For a taste of remoteness, old world charm, and untouched wilderness, look no further than the vast continent of South America. A destination where adventure lurks around every corner, surprising encounters are the norm, and magic awaits for those with eyes wide open. Conservation of wildlife and culture has largely been maintained over huge swathes of land, while Life in many regions has withstood the test of time, offering simplicity and authenticity during your travels. The range of flavourful cuisines are plentiful and distinctive, and by combining all these aspects, one’s innermost explorer is provoked and revealed. Escape the grind, your rituals, and your tried and true; break free from expectation and witness these places and people up close and personal.
Pálacio Tangará, Brazil
Blending European hospitality with São Paulo art de vivre as part of the Oetker’s Masterpiece Collection, Palacio Tangará is characteristic of luxury across all aspects. You’ll feel transported through their groovy music nights, renewed in airy rooms overlooking Burle Marx park as its backyard, replenished in their grand pools, and spoiled by their quality of service. An exclusive gourmet meal by Jean-Georges Vongerichten is a must, taking inspiration from Brazil’s bountiful ingredients.
Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa, Chile
In one of the driest and most uninhabitable places in the world, Alto Atacama is a haven of blissful interiors with a cactus garden, heated swimming pools and a llama corral; “a place of wonder and an oasis under the stars” amidst a surreal landscape befitting outer space! The dramatic abode is looked after by some of the friendliest and well-informed staff who live and breathe the Chilean desert mentality.
Awasi Iguazu, Argentina
With just 14 villas tucked away on the banks of the River Iguazú with your own 4WD and private guide, the Awasi brand is synonymous with sharpening your senses and crafting wholly personalised excursions. Whether relaxing at hidden creeks, experiencing the mighty power of the falls, spotting exotic birdlife, discovering Jesuit ruins, or connecting with Guarani tribes, their array of activities can easily prolong your visit to the lush Atlantic Rainforest.
Sol y Luna, Peru
One of the Sacred Valley’s unforgettable experiences is a stay at Sol Y Luna’s stylish casitas and abundant gardens, also offering daily Peruvian Paso Horse shows and in-depth gastronomy. Surrounded by majestic mountains and a great base from which to explore the Maras salt mines and unique Moray archaeological complex, you could also spend your time horse-riding, paragliding, and kayaking, or witness traditional Andean weaving based on ancestral techniques.
Casa San Agustin, Colombia
This romantic refuge stays true to the colonial heritage of Cartagena de Indias with characteristic stone walls, wood-beamed ceilings and white-washed houses, Casa San Agustin is quintessentially Colombian while accommodating the needs of the modern day traveller. As a special treat for their guests, expect a boat charter across turquoise waters to their private beach Acasi, pure paradise along the Caribbean Sea.
Pikaia Lodge, Ecuador
Representative of Relais & Chateaux’s extraordinary portfolio, Pikaia Lodge on Santa Cruz Island honours the environmentally conscious when experiencing the Galapagos, highlighting luxury eco adventure with one of the most dramatic infinity pools in the world! Staying on land provides more privacy, divine gastronomy, small guided tours, and best of all, access to their incredible giant tortoise reserve.
This continent takes a lifetime to discover and is easily blended by cross-country visits, so why not choose 3 destinations to round out your South American sojourn! We will seamlessly connect you from each place, including exceptional experiences to soothe your soul.
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