If Charles Darwin and Hiram Bingham had ever planned a vacation together, it would have been one crazy wonderful experience. Out on the Galápagos Islands, Darwin would have taken his travel companion on a stroll through crowds of 100-year-old land tortoises as blue-footed boobies slapped out a mating dance in the background. Not to be outdone, Bingham would have led the biologist through the Andean rainforest, past llamas grazing in high meadows to an outlook above the lost Incan city of his discovery.
Chile is a spectacular country with so much to offer. Spaghetti-thin, up to half of this country’s slim width is covered by the stratospheric Andes. Glaciers calve. Penguins mix with flamingos. Vineyards knit mild valleys into a neat green patchwork. Sharp spikes of snow-capped rock bite into the sky. At least that’s what your photos will say. It’s harder to capture how it feels to be wrapped in the raw wilderness or to scan the expansive pampas from the porch of a secluded estancia. North to south, mountaintop to the seashore, you’ll get a carefully curated up-close look at this vast and varied country. It's easy to get overwhelmed by all the wonders Chile has to offer, so to help you out we've rounded up our favorite spots in Chile to assure an outstanding visit to this gorgeous country.
#1 - Experience the 2020 Total Solar Eclipse
Évora, Portugal is an ancient walled Portuguese city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its ancient Roman temple and volume of historical white-washed Baroque churches. After a day of delving into the past and wandering the winding cobblestone lanes inside the 14th-century walls, retreating back to a relaxing and comfortable accommodation is a must. Enter the Convento do Espinheiro, a new 92 room resort hotel that was created from an 1834 monastery just on the outskirts of town. Pairing a cultural discovery and luxurious holiday, you can enjoy a huge outdoor pool, tennis court, indoor salt-water pool, jacuzzi, and full spa after a day of discovering all Évora and the Alentejo region has to offer.