Best in Travel
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.
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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.