Southern Comfort

South America contains the Amazon, the Andes, 19,000 miles of coastline, and arguably more adventure than any other continent. So where to start? Try one of these adventure lodges.

Tierra Atacama     Photo: Courtesy of Tierra Atacama

Tierra Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Best for: Desert Adventure
The Atacama, in northern Chile, is one of NASA's preferred research destinations. Why? Because the high-altitude terrain of the world's driest desert bears an uncanny resemblance to Mars. Tierra Atacama tucks into the arid landscape with luxe minimalist style. While nearby 19,423-foot Lincancabur volcano dominates the view, raves go to the hotel's fairy-godmother service. Linger in private wooden hot tubs or get spackled with volcanic mud at Tierra's spa, but don't miss the expeditions—on foot, by mountain bike, or by jeep—to see high-altitude lagoons, salt flats, and altiplanic villages. At night, terrace bonfires and Chilean wines warm stargazers. From $970 per person, all-inclusive; tierraatacama.com

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