Lunar landscapes, icy peaks, sophisticated wine and cities like an artist’s canvas
“As if you were on fire from within,” wrote the poet Pablo Neruda, “the moon lives in the lining of your skin.” No wonder that he and many of Latin America’s greatest poets wrote about love and life with metaphors from the natural world. They were Chilean; surrounded by the hot-pink peaks of the Atacama Desert at sunset, the majestic fjords of Patagonia, and the undulating vineyards of Chile’s sun-kissed Central Valley.
A slender ribbon running the length of the west coast of South America – over 2,500 miles long but only ever about 150 miles wide – Chile boasts pristine wilderness like nowhere else on earth. It spans the driest desert on earth in the north to glacial fields, fjords, and the southernmost tip of the South American continent in Tierra del Fuego, the “Land of Fire”. Volcanos, desert, salt flats, temperate rainforests, lakes, rivers and beaches, all sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains, it is indeed poetic.
As colossal as its topography, is its hospitality. Chileans often use the phrase “Buena onda” (good vibes), and after a few days here you will know exactly what they mean. The country’s diverse geography naturally translates into an astonishing abundance of local produce, so it is no surprise that Chile is also renowned as an international gastronomic hotspot.
Whether you want to camp under the desert sky, dine on an experimental tasting menu in the culinary capital of Santiago or hang out with philosophers and artists in the crumbling mansions of Valparaiso, like Neruda, Chile will light your fire within.
We are winding down after our tour of Buenos Aires at the truly delightful Legado Mitico. Absolutely everything has been perfect and exceeded expectations and we are looking forward to La Bamba tomorrow. But we wanted to especially call to your attention and thank you for our guide in Iguaçu, Tadeu. This gentleman is a warm, knowledgeable and generous soul who totally captivated us and provided us with the experience of a lifetime. The falls took on a spiritual dimension under his guidance, not to mention good fun, smiles and laughter.
Spreading the word
Tom, we have had the most wonderful holiday, quite beautifully organised by you and beautifully looked after wherever we went. Thank you a million times. We will definitely be spreading the Dehouche name about, once back in Scotland!
A Peruvian expedition
I wanted to thank you for a wonderful trip. The guides were excellent and very knowledgeable. Your local staff helped with any issues. All your suggestions were perfect.
I will definitely use you again and recommend you to my friends.
Thank you again.
Guides that became friends
Seeing as I was a solo traveller, both Veronica and Walter helped make my visits to Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu memorable and I felt I was traveling with helpful friends rather than disinterested employees. My thanks to both of them for making my visit one that I will remember for a long time!
Full marks Inca Trail
In short, it was excellent. Your suggested itinerary, accommodations, restaurants, etc. were superb. Everything went as planned. We rate the parts of the trip you were responsible for as a 10/10. The guides on the Inca trail were excellent. They were professional, attentive and observant. We would love to travel with Holger and Ceasar again. The tents and food on the trail were excellent also.
Overall, a great experience and we will be telling friends and family about Dehouche's excellent planning and execution for the trip.