Coolest Accommodations in South America
Sometimes a place is so special that a standard hotel simply won’t do. From the windswept wilds of Patagonia to the bio-diverse majesty of the Galapagos Islands, amazing natural scenery demands amazingly unique accommodations, and these South American destinations deliver. Here are four of the coolest hotel-alternatives in South America:
Galapagos Safari Camp, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
There’s no better way to interact with the infamously friendly wildlife of the Galapagos Islands than to get up close and personal, surrounding yourself in nature. The luxury tents offered by Galapagos Safari Camp are on raised wooden platforms, offering canopy views of the surrounding environment. While they are canvas tents, this is certainly not roughing it: the tents also come with custom furniture and large balconies, while the main building offers a pool and fine dining. You also get the feel of an African-styled tent camp safari, an atmosphere at home in this rich environment – perfect for couples and for families looking to experience the Galapagos in a more intimate way.
Luxury Airstream Trailer, Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia
One of the most unique ways to see one of the most unique places on earth. The vast emptiness of the Bolivian salt flats is magnificent no matter how you experience it, but being able to be in the midst of the salt flats, surrounded by nothing but salt, silence, and the Milky Way for miles is an experience that few get. Staying in an airstream trailer offers the ability to bask in the void, with safety and surprising hints of luxury – like your own private chef to prepare you meals under the stars.
Tent or Dome Glamping, Guatavita or Suesca, Colombia
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Bogota with a quick trip into Colombia’s beautiful countryside. Just 1-2 hours from the capital, you can find luxury tents or geodesic domes, complete with private bathrooms, gorgeous surroundings, and your own private driver and guide. In Guatavita, explore the famed lake, rumored to be the site of El Dorado, the city of gold.
Patagonia Camp, Torres del Paine, Chile
Torres del Paine might just be the most beautiful place on earth. It is a place where nature shines in all her glory, and you want to be as close to it as possible. This makes the deluxe yurts at Patagonia Camp the perfect combination of nature and luxury. Sturdy enough to withstand the harsh winds of the End of the Earth, you get the feeling of camping from the thick canvas walls and the view of the stars, but the private bathrooms, gourmet meals, and expert guides provide the comfort and indulgence any deluxe vacation demands. You can also feel good about your impact on the environment while feeling pampered, as the property is dedicated to sustainability.