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GET­TING THERE

Bri­tish Air­ways (ba.com) of­fers di­rect flights from Lon­don Heathrow to San­ti­ago four times weekly: from £949 re­turn.

WHERE TO STAY CASONA DISTANTE

Aptly named “Dis­tant House”, this wood-framed ho­tel is at the end of the road in the Elqui Val­ley. The food is ex­cel­lent and the set­ting, in a val­ley planted with vines be­side a fast white­wa­ter river, is stun­ning. Dou­bles from £85; tele­graph.co.uk/tt-ca­sonadis­tante

PUNTA DE DOMOS

Ge­o­desic domes right on the beach, and very handy for the boat rides out to see the dol­phins, whales and cor­morants on the cliffs of the ma­rine re­serve. pun­tade­do­mos.cl

CASA HIGUERAS

Val­paraiso’s most stylish ho­tel, with 20 rooms scat­tered around a ram­bling five-storey Twen­ties man­sion; the Mar­ale­gre restau­rant serves ex­cel­lent ce­viches and fish cur­ries. Dou­bles from £261; tele­graph.co.uk/tt-casahigueras

AWA

Opened a year ago, this ho­tel is a dar­ing Mod­ernist-in­flu­enced land­mark on Llan­qui­hue Lake; ev­ery room has a view of the Osorno vol­cano. Ma­puche fab­rics and open fires soften the hard edges. Dou­bles from £160; tele­graph.co.uk/tt-awa

TIERRA CHILOÉ

Re­cently ex­panded, this full-ser­vice re­sort is ded­i­cated to ad­ven­tur­ous ex­cur­sions all around Chiloé is­land; set­tle in for three days and set off on bike, horse­back, boat and boots, com­ing back ev­ery afternoon for gourmet food, in­clud­ing out­door bar­be­cues. Dou­bles from £460; tele­graph.co.uk/tt-tier­rachiloe

THE PACK­AGE

Aud­ley (au­d­ley­travel.com) can ar­range an ex­tended trip to Chile in­clud­ing four nights’ self-drive ex­plor­ing the ex­treme north of the coun­try, two nights in the cap­i­tal, San­ti­ago, and two in Val­paraiso, plus two nights in Puerto Varas and three at Tierra Chiloé. From £5,800 per per­son, in­clud­ing di­rect flights from Lon­don Heathrow with Bri­tish Air­ways.

Rooms with a view: the Awa ho­tel

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