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
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
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
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
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