In the next instalment of Our Routes series dedicated to sharing travel experiences from our experts all over Latin America, Head of Trade Sales Gaynor Atherton visited an array of wondrous landscapes in her Chilean adventure, from the sands of the Atacama desert to the vast views of Patagonia and the epic Easter Island.
I flew direct from London Heathrow to Santiago and was lucky enough to fly Business Class which was a lovely treat.
First time, so I was excited to finally see these places first-hand.
I struggled to choose a favourite location as they were all amazing, but if I had to then I would say Patagonia. It’s just stunning – wide-open spaces and epic landscapes and the mountain ranges blow your mind, they are much bigger than you imagine.
I have two that were equally as memorable: watching the sunrise over the Moai statues on Easter Island was a really beautiful moment, and watching the sunrise over the Moon Valley in the Atacama Desert was incredible – cold, but incredible! Seeing the salt mountains change colour as the sun rose over the Andes is really something pretty special.
Horse riding through the vineyards of the Central Valley region and then straight onto an amazing wine-tasting experience.
Make sure you pack for all seasons! You can go from hot weather in the north and central regions to the cold and ice of Patagonia in the South.
The wine in the Central Valley was lovely. My favourite was a Pinot Noir from Matetic Vineyards. My best meal was in Patagonia, the lamb was absolutely gorgeous – so tender and tasty.
Easter Island kiss statue!
Exciting – Epic – Incredible.