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Need to Recharge Your Batteries? Escape to Chile!

Are you suffering from end of year burnout? After another long hard year, preparations for Christmas celebrations can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, especially as the nights draw in and the cold begins to bite. It might be called a holiday, but the packed social schedule and family commitments of the festive season can leave you more tired than ever. If this sounds like you, it’s time to relax, recharge and reawaken your lust for life with an escape from the daily grind in sunny Chile, to leave you feeling ready to face the new year head on. Here are our top three ultimate getaways!

 

1. Robinson Crusoe Island

Cast yourself away in the vast Pacific Ocean

robison crusoe island

If you’re looking to leave it all behind, you won't find better than remote Robinson Crusoe Island in the Juan Fernandez Archipelago. This island is found 674 km off the Chilean coast and was once home to the unfortunate Alexander Selkirk, a sailor who was marooned there for three years when he left his ship after predicting - correctly as it turned out! - that it was on the brink of sinking. This story served as the inspiration for the quintessential castaway tale, Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, after which the island is now named. Whilst uninhabited in 1704 at the time of Selkirk’s adventure, Robinson Crusoe island does now have a small permanent population, mostly centered on the town of San Juan Bautista on the north coast. This brings this quiet fishing enclave in the middle of the boundless Pacific Ocean within the reach of run-down landlubbers yearning for some down time and a complete escape from the rest of the world. These days, there’s no need to chase down your own goat for dinner, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the restorative effects of the bracing sea air, the lush natural landscape and as much fresh seafood as you could wish for. Spend the days in your own little underwater world scuba-diving off the picture-perfect coast or strengthen your body and mind with hikes in the hills. Then top it all off with an overnight stay at the brand new Robinson Crusoe Island Lodge by NOI complete with its own spa, pool, sauna and hot tubs.

2. Easter Island

Discover the world’s most isolated inhabited island

easter island

Rapa Nui, or Easter Island as it’s known in English, lies 3,510 km to the west of mainland Chile and it’s nearest neighbour - the sparsely inhabited Pitcairn Island - is 2,075 km away, making this mysterious Polynesian island one of the most isolated inhabited islands on earth. So far is Easter Island from anywhere else, that historians are still fiercely divided over how the original Polynesian population of the island could possibly have arrived there, travelling only in simple wooden canoes. There is also controversy surrounding the creation of the 887 stone statues that stand on platforms with their backs to the ocean, or sink slowly into the islands drifting soils, with theories ranging from painstaking hand-carving to extraterrestrial intervention. Whatever the real story may be, the pervading sense of mystery and other-worldly majesty hangs over the island to this day. Nourish your soul as you explore these ancient monuments and meditate on their meaning for yourself. The island is a paradise for hiking through the meadows and small forests with views of the spectacular crater of the extinct Rano Kau volcano. The island is also well-suited to exploration on horseback, with revitalising rides along the cave-pitted coast where snorkelers dip in clear, calm waters. Stay overnight at the Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa with its four cave-like treatment rooms, pool, jacuzzi, Finnish-style sauna and a therapeutic sand sauna. Relaxation is almost mandatory!

3. Chilean Patagonia

Go on the run at the bottom of the world

EcoCamp Patagonia

Covering the southern tip of the South American continent, Patagonia remained until quite recently an untamed land at the end of the earth, braved by only a select few. In the shadow of the Andes, the land is scoured by infamous winds, spun with glacial rivers and paved with enormous slabs of glacial ice that make it an isolated haven for the adventurous of spirit. The vast Patagonian steppe was famously, albeit briefly, home to career criminals on the lam Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in the early 1900s, as it was the only place wide enough and wild enough for them to pass unnoticed. Fortunately, these days you can enjoy the comforts of home in this romantic windswept location, and all without compromising your interaction with the unforgettable elements. At EcoCamp Patagonia in Torres del Paine National Park you stay in your own private dome, completely off the grid with no internet nor phone signal to distract you from the beauty at hand. As you move from dome to dome along wooden walkways designed to protect the delicate plants below from being crushed into the ground, you’ll meet this natural eden face to face. Feel the wind blow the cobwebs and cares from your overstimulated mind, leaving you ready to take in the tranquility that surrounds you. Invigorate your muscles with the classic Torres del Paine W Trek or connect with nature on a wildlife safari. There are many ways to explore Patagonia, but whichever you choose, break out from the nine to five and let Patagonia work its magic on you.