Turavion  - Chile August 2017 newsletter

The Bloomed Desert of Atacama 
The "Bloomed desert," is a natural phenomenon that splashes with colors the Atacama Desert, the driest in the world, which will reach its peak in the first half of September 2017 and visitors to the northern end of the country will be able to see flowers atypical to the geographic location.

According to Chile's national forestry corporation, the Atacama region could see an even more flourished desert than those recorded in 2015 and 1997 due to the amount of precipitation recorded in the southern region of the Atacama Desert where flowering is concentrated. During this period there is a great concern for the flowering fields, with the aim of protecting not only the flowers, but also the high number of insects that proliferate. The Blooming desert is the gateway to the Atacama region not only with regard to this natural event but also to the full offer of beaches, national parks and the Atacama Desert.

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2019 solar eclipse will be in the Elqui Valley in Chile

The long Chilean geography is an ally when it comes to seeing total eclipses. The next big event will take place on July 2nd , 2019 in Elqui Valley, Coquimbo Region in northern Chile, a privileged place because of its skies, considered the cleanest on the planet with a privileged climate, Astronomical infrastructure in Chile with tourist and scientific observatories.

In the field of tourism, there is already expectation of what will be experienced in 2019 in the region and there are already reservations for that date. For the year 2019, Elqui Valley seeks to become the world capital of astronomy, when on July 2 at 16:39 the skies of Vicuña, surrounded by the natural mountain dome, will change its deep blue and will dye black. Thousands of people will be witnesses and have their eyes towards the stars that can be seen in broad daylight. The Coquimbo Region, especially the Elqui Valley, will be the best place to witness it..



The Pisco Route in The Heart of Valle del Elqui
Pisco is considered one of the traditional beverages of Chile. But where is this exquisite liquor of intense fruit aroma made? The answer can be found only by passing through the Elqui Valley in northern Chile, where the most important producers of Pisco are found.

From La Serena in northern Chile, begins a route that leads to the pre-Cordillera mountain range of the Elqui Valley. Along the way visitors will pass through some of its villages such as Paihuano, Montegrande, Cochiguaz, Horcón and Alcohuaz to finally reach the town of Pisco Elqui. Once there, visitors can go to the most important distilleries of this area, among them the Pisco Mistral distillery, to learn about the process of Pisco production, as well as tour the artisan sector, its Plaza de Armas and its Church, one of the few monuments in Chile designed by Gustavo Eiffel. We have programs developed for you, which are available at the following link:
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Isla Damas – Humboldt Penguins National Reserve
The beautiful Humboldt Penguin National Reserve located on Choros Island at the beginning of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, one of the driest and most arid in the world, is the natural habitat for dolphins, sea lions, an innumerable variety of striking birds and of the Humboldt Penguins that gives its name to the reserve.

120 kilometers to the northwest of the city of La Serena, is the Caleta Punta de Choros filled with charming restaurants of local and seafood gastronomy. A short sail in a boat among dolphins and whales is the way to Isla Damas, belonging to the Penguin National Reserve of Humboldt. Upon landing at Isla Damas, amazing white sand beaches and turquoise waters welcome the visitors, where marine fauna, bottlenose dolphin colonies, sea lions, seagulls and Humboldt Penguin colonies coexist. Isla Damas owes its name to a curious rock formation that resembles the profile of a woman lying against the island.

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Culture and Heritage - Museo Violeta Parra
This museum is dedicated to national folklorist Violeta Parra and has the most complete collection of the brilliant Chilean artist. Located just steps away from the Plaza Baquedano in Santiago de Chile, where her visual, musical and documentary work is displayed. The Museum has three exhibition halls in which burlap, paintings and papier maché art are shown, as well as documents and objects related to the life of the folklorist.

The Museum has an Auditorium, where concerts and events are held; an audiovisual room and an educational room in which workshops and multiple activities focused on children and young people take place.


Hotel Grand Hyatt Santiago
Grand Hyatt Santiago will change its name from July 31st, 2017 and will no longer belong to Hyatt Hotels Corporation, however the Hotel Owners have the commitment to honor any individual or group reservations with a signed or negotiated contract with Grand Hyatt Santiago.

On August 1st, 2017, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will take the operation of the property under the name "Hotel Santiago". The transition will last for one year, and then begin operating as Mandarin Oriental Santiago on August 1st, 2018.

Hotel Rio Serrano – Torres del Paine
We inform that Hotel Rio Serrano of Torres del Paine will have the following restrictions for the Season 2017 - 2018:

  • From 12/15/2017 to 12/19/2017 and from 06/01/2018 to 02/28/2018 the only reservation option available to its guests will be the "Nuevo All Inclusive" program, due to the High demand and logistics at this time of year.
  • From 20/12/2017 until 05/01/2018 only the all inclusive program of END OF YEAR (ALL INCLUSIVE with old values) will be sold, it will include Christmas and New Year dinner.
  • Finally, as of July 17, 2017, the "All Inclusive" program will have the following changes: all excursions, with the exception of horseback riding, will not have guides. Guests will be transported in hotel vehicles to points of interest to take a self guided tour of the attractions of Torres del Paine National Park. It should be noted that previously, guests will be properly instructed with a talk, with audiovisual support in the hotel's premises, as well as informative and explanatory brochures for each excursion of the National Park.

Hotel of the Month

Lastarria Boutique Hotel - Santiago
The bohemian Lastarria neighborhood located in the heart of Santiago de Chile is an area full of history and surrounded by the best museums, exhibition center, modern shops, antique sale houses, cinemas, theaters, innovative restaurants and many options to live Santiago in a different way.

Here you will find Lastarria Boutique Hotel which becomes an innovative option for Premium accommodations in Santiago de Chile. Its main features are the noble elements with which this old house was built, its garden with outdoor pool, eclectic style, design and warmth in all the rooms. Lastarria Boutique Hotel has 14 rooms, in 4 categories. The hotel was redesigned to offer the warmest accommodation in the city combined with the most personalized service.



Hotel AWA Puerto Varas 

The AWA Hotel with its contemporary architecture is located on the shores of Lake Llanquihue in the Lake District, just minutes away from Puerto Varas in southern Chile. The hotel is focused on creating a service of Excellence in Accommodation, Gastronomy and Spa, adapting to the preferences of its guests and offering the possibility of including excursions to the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park where the Petrohué river falls are and the beautiful and cultural town of Frutillar River, as well as various nautical activities on Lake Llanquihue in a quiet environment with privileged views.

The architecture and design of this hotel mixes and uses materials from the area such as Piedra Laja, Volcanic Stone and noble Woods from Cypress de las Guaitecas, a native tree, respecting its surroundings to give a warm atmosphere in this unique place in southern Chile focused on sustainability and energy efficiency.


Where to go….?

Restaurante Peumayen – Ancestral Food
Located in the best area of the Bellavista  neibourhood in Providencia, Santiago, is Restaurant Peumayen - Ancestral Food . Its name and its concept come from a beautiful word extracted from the Mapudungun (Mapuche language); "Peumayén" meaning "dream place".

Visiting this place is a culinary experience, not only for its menu, a fusion of high gastronomy and the flavors, preparations and ingredients of Mapuche Origin, but also for its rustic, intimate, relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. This merge of Native Flavors and "Haute Cuisine" result in dishes such as Millokin, vegetable puree with onion, lemon and parsley, pork ribs in algarrobina sauce and other interesting mixtures that are worth trying. The desserts are full of flavors in interesting preparations. It is an unforgettable gastronomic experience of the flavors of Chile.



**Cultural and Heritage Program Hotel Casa Real** (Dates from 02 to 04 August 2017)

Cultural program in hotel Casa Real. A fascinating journey through the wine, historical, cultural and Gastronomic heritage, together with a special invitation to the Santa Rita Concert Series.
02 nights program includes::

  • 2 nights accommodation: Pompeian style 1880's house with contiguous chapel from 1885, surrounded by a 40 hectare park declared Historic Monument.
  • Breakfast, lunch (at the Hotel, restaurant Doña Paula or Pic-Nic in the parks), aperitif and dinner. Includes drinks, sparkling wines and premium wines.
  • Welcome bottle of Casa Real in the room.
  • Premium tour: guided tour of the centennial park, Roman baths, neo gothic chapel and centenary wineries, ending with a wine tasting of the three best wines of the winery, table of cheeses and nuts. (In exclusive service, for guests of Hotel Casa Real).
  • Sunset Casa Real: private themed tasting on the terrace or red lounge.
  • Guided tour of the Andean Museum: an ethnographic collection of more than 3000 pieces of the Claro Vial foundation, located in the middle of the vineyards.
  • Mountain biking or hiking through our 40 hectare park, designed by Guillermo Renner.
  • Rack rate: USD 980 per person, per program 2 nights, on a double basis.
  • Access to concert Europa Galante in the chapel and cocktail.



**Promotion Explora Patagonia**

Complimentary Night.

PROMOTION: A complimentary Night at Explora Patagonia. The first 200 reservations for stays from three nights between September 1 and December 20, 2017, will receive an additional fourth night complimentary stay to extend your stay at no cost.


·         Promotion valid for new reservations made between July 15 and December 1, 2017 for stays between September 1, 2017 and December 20, 2017, except for the period from November 17 to November 27, 2017.

·         Maximum 5 rooms per reservation.

·         Does not combine with other promotions or benefits.

·         Does not allow date changes for stays outside the validity of the benefit.

·         Cancellation fee: USD 200 per person at any time; From 29 days to the date of arrival, normal Cancellation policies Apply.

·         Not valid for special programs.

·         Pick up and Drop off.
Explora Patagonia will offer its passengers transfers to and from the hotel from Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales every day of the year at the times indicated below, except for the period between December 21 and January 22, in which the calendar of entries applies. Additionally, between October 30 and March 31, every four days and according to our calendar there will be transfers at 9:00 a.m. From / to the city of Calafate (Argentina).

·         Any additional requirements must be processed as Private Transport, with the corresponding additional cost.


·         All Schedules may vary according to weather conditions, roads or other conditions.

END 03/08/17



The World's 50 Best Restaurants, one of the world's principal gastronomical references, named Santiago as one of the five cities that all gastronomy lovers must visit in 2016, alongside Seoul (South Korea), Sydney (Australia), San Sebastián (Spain) and Guadalupe Valley (Mexico).

The article forms part of the annual selections that produce The World's 50 Best Restaurants, a list drawn up by the British magazine, Restaurant, which in this opportunity chose to include Chilean gastronomy as a feature, little by little, hogging the attention of the rest of the world, primarily owing to our territory's geographical diversity. It also highlighted the wine industry, a feature of Chile that's long since been a country highlight and which enjoys high international recognition.
The best chef is Rodolfo Guzmán and his restaurant Boragó, selected as the second-best restaurant in Latin America – thanks to its choice of native Chilean ingredients – and came in at 42nd on the list of the 50 best restaurants in the world. Other national restaurants mentioned in the article, and which also form part of the Top 50 ranking in Latin America, were Osaka (25), highlighted for its Japanese-Peruvian fusion; Ambrosia (32), winner of the "One to Watch Award" in 2014; and 99 (46), recognized for its gamble in the Chilean bistro category.