Mapplr’s favorite hotels in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

If you are going to San Pedro de Atacama, try to stay for at least three days to give yourself time to enjoy the stunning desert landscapes and visit the El Tatio geyser field, Moon Valley, Rainbow Valley, Laguna Cejar and Lagunas Altiplanicas. Excursions to these areas require six or more hours, and they are […]

Travel guide to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

We are driving through the Atacama desert at sunrise: barren, rugged, pockmarked hills, deep grooves etched into them by centuries of wind and the violence of nature. Nothing grows here! Around us the wind-blown tracks of offroad vehicles zigzag, appearing and disappearing again into the distance. The chilled blue sky slowly loses its deep serenity as […]

Hotel Antumalal: relax in the natural beauty of Pucon, Chile

In 1945, Czech immigrants Guillermo and Catalina Pollack commissioned renowned Chilean architect Jorge Elton to build them a hotel between Lago Villarrica and the eponymous volcano. Elton was a fan of Bauhaus and his creation, Antumalal (“corral of the sun”) in the native Mapuche tongue, is a perfect illustration of the harmony  of form, natural environment […]

The Aubrey: historic boutique hotel in Santiago, Chile

If you are heading to Santiago, Chile, check out The Aubrey, a boutique hotel housed in a restored 1927 mansion that once belonged to a Chilean railway magnate. The house functioned for decades as a “salon” for Chilean politicians who would gather regularly for their legendary Thursday political lunches. Renovated between 2006 and 2009, the […]