Chile’s Foodie Frontier
This morning, fly from Santiago to the tip of South America–to Patagonia and Puerto Natales. Transfer to the breathtaking Torres del Paine national park, an UNESCO biosphere. Settle in your “home”, Explora’s Salto Chico lodge, with sweeping views of the turquoise Lake Pehoé and vistas of the serrated peaks of the Cuernos del Paine. Here, exploring Chilean Patagonia’s pristine wilderness and the 450,000 acres of the park are literally at your doorstep. Unwind after your long journey in your eco-sleek room with native lenga hardwood floors and stunning views of the Macizo Paine. Sip lemony Pisco Sours as the sun sets and get ready for your adventure. (Explora Salta Chico)
The next three days explore this untouched corner of Patagonia on horseback or foot, by boat or kayak. Trek to the glaciers, mountains, or rolling grasslands teeming with condors, foxes, pumas, and graceful condors. Remember to keep a sense of humor here. Mother Nature will shower you with four seasons in day’s time (rain, wind, sudden snow, and bright sunshine) on the drop of a dime! Take part in a typical Patagonian-style asado, barbeque for lunch in their stunning quincho. Unforgettable. (Explora Salta Chico)
After lunch, After lunch, transfer to the historic Puerto Bories, nestled on the shores of the Last Hope Fjord. Check into your hotel in a handsome brick building built in 1915, now a historical monument. Expertly “recycled” using environmentally friendly architecture, the old frigorífico was transformed into this hipster hotel. Settle into your spacious room with a fjord vista. Visit the hotel’s private collection, a museum about the origins of the region or unwind in their spa. Dinner is at the hotel restaurant where sustainable meats like guanaco, wild hare, and seafood dot the menu. Delight in the crunchy, flavorful organic seasonal vegetables paired with stellar Chilean wines. (The Singular Patagonia)
This morning, make time to head into the town of Puerto Natales, a charming frontier town. Lunch at the chef’s table of the best restaurant in town fusing African and Patagonian cuisine together with pristine local ingredients.
In the late afternoon, fly north to Puerto Montt and drive, literally, to the land’s end. Arrive at The Cliffs Reserve Patagonia, an eco-luxury Relais & Chateaux set on a stunning 8,000 acres of private property where the Chilean continent ends. Check into your suite, or villa, where the only vistas are of the sapphire ocean and green rain forest. Constructed in native wood, the villa feels cozy and comforting, where your every need is anticipated.
Tonight, dine in the main building, reminiscent of a contemporary mountain lodge with accents of Patagonia in hand woven Mapuche rugs and hand-carved Ibis statues. Dine on homegrown organic vegetables and local seafood paired with fine wines. (The Cliffs Preserve)
Today, spend the day as you please. Head out on a skiff to see the penguin colony. Gallop with the gauchos. Practice your yoga handstands on the beach. Visit the sustainable fishing communities nearby. Contemplate the beautiful sunrise and sunset. Hike the perfumed bush. Go flyfishing. Skinny dip in your secluded private hot tub. Cuddle up by the fire and hear the wind whisper and waves crash. Let the reflexologist wipe away any remaining stress. Let go, that’s what The Cliffs is all about. (The Cliffs Preserve)
Check out and travel through the rolling green hills towards the sapphire Lake Llanquihue with the conical, snow-capped Osorno volcano towers in the distance. Pass by the quaint village of Puerto Varas where German settlers landed in the mid-1800s. One of Chile’s “greenest”, eco-friendly towns, it has a hodge podge of Bavarian architecture framed by gorgeous farms producing cheese, sausages, beer, and organic produce. Walk the costanera, waterfront for a beautiful view.
Lunch at a local restaurant with glorious views of the bay serving sublime seafood. Try the traditional paila marinera (seafood soup), tiny borde negro oysters shucked straight from the tank, creamy chupes with fresh crab, grilled octopus, all paired with wines. Salud to your last meal in Patagonia.
Transfer to the Puerto Montt airport for your flight to Santiago and connections.