Best in Travel

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After months of ex­plor­ing the globe and weeks of friendly de­bate, our travel gu­rus share their top rec­om­men­da­tions for 2018.

In our an­nual roundup of the best places to visit, we present a year’s worth of travel in­spi­ra­tion to take you out of the or­di­nary and into some un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ences. From a land of ex­plod­ing vol­ca­noes and melt­ing glaciers to a charm­ing, un­der-the-radar city brim­ming with world-class art and ar­chi­tec­ture, here are

our picks for what to see and do in 2018.

Mark­ing 200 years of in­de­pen­dence in 2018, Chile is a sinewy sliver of a na­tion, iso­lated from the rest of South Amer­ica by the soar­ing An­des to the east, the vast Pa­cific Ocean to the west, the bone-dry Ata­cama Desert up north and the im­pen­e­tra­ble wilds of Patag­o­nia down south. It’s Chile’s daz­zling ex­trem­i­ties that lure most trav­el­ers. In Patag­o­nia, Puerto Natales’s air­port was ex­panded in 2016, mak­ing Tor­res del Paine Na­tional Park more ac­ces­si­ble than ever; in the Ata­cama, there’s been a big bang in as­tro­tourism, with new stargaz­ing ho­tels and ob­ser­va­tory tours. Mean­while, in be­tween San­ti­ago, the ever-trendier cap­i­tal with its flour­ish­ing food and per­form­ing arts scenes, and coastal and artsy Val­paraíso, you’ll find tourist-friendly winer­ies in the Casablanca Val­ley. For more on Chile, see our “Great Es­cape” fea­ture

(p. 85). » Don’t Miss Hike the five-day “W” trek through Tor­res del Paine Na­tional Park, a high­lights reel of Patag­o­nia that can be as rus­tic (tents and camp grub) or as chic (room and board refu­gios) as you want it to be.

For more on the best trends, des­ti­na­tions, jour­neys and ex­pe­ri­ences, see Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 book and visit lone­ly­planet.com/best-in-travel.

Look for the Best in Travel logo for more on our fa­vorite des­ti­na­tions for 2018. // Shi­rakawa-go, Ja­pan

The de­sign of the strik­ing Re­mota, a 72-room lux­ury ho­tel out­side Puerto Natales in Chilean Patag­o­nia, was in­spired by the re­gion’s his­toric sheepsheer­ing sheds.

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