Chile: Safe for Travel after Earthquake

- Melanie Zieba,

The world opened their hearts to Chile after the recent devastating earthquake at the end of February. Relief and rebuilding efforts are ongoing, helping those most affected by the quake. The most recent positive news to be heard is that as of Monday March 15th electricity was restored to all of Chile after an overheated transformer caused a blackout for over 90% of the country.

And although there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in the country, not all areas of the country have been affected and Toruismo Chile would like to state that visiting the country is safe and all visitors from around the world are welcome.

Certain areas of the country such as the Desert, Easter Island and Patagonia have been virtually unaffected by the recent earthquake, while areas such as Santiago and the Central regions, where the heart of the earthquake occurred have experience damage but nothing that would affect travel. The Passenger Terminal of the Santiago Airport did not suffer structural damage and the main runways of the local air terminal show no problems. Passenger transit has been restored to normal and buses are available to central Santiago until affected areas are repaired. Telecommunications are almost back to normal with 95% of affected areas operating for cellular and landlines.

Kiwi Collection would like to support all of our friends in Chile and would encourage you to visit this beautiful country. From expansive deserts, to glacial fields, gorgeous beaches and amazing people, Chile is one place every traveler must visit. And when you plan your next vacation, be sure to consider one of these amazing hotels to stay at:


Tierra Atacama:
Surrounded by natural beauty, the Tierra Atacama is the perfect place to be if you love experiencing a local culture. Known as of the most eco-friendly hotels in the entire country, this shows great support of the local community who have a high respect for nature. And if you love food, come here and dine on traditional Chilean and Andean dishes created with the best seasonal ingredients from their onsite garden and surrounding areas.


Grand Hyatt Santiago:
Sitting right in the heart of Chile’s capital city, the Grand Hyatt Santiago is standing strong as a luxury urban oasis with views of the Andes Mountains in the distance. Complete with elegant design, a lagoon-style swimming pool with water fall and a luxurious spa. This is one location that shouldn’t be missed. With only minor repairs needed to the hotel, the Grand Hyatt Santiago will be accepting reservations after March 22, 2010. And when you book with Kiwi Collection you will receive a complementary bottle of Chilean red wine.


Indigo Hotel & Spa Patagonia:
Innovative and modern, a visit to the Indigo Hotel might make you feel as though you have ventured to the edge of the earth. Set in the coastal town of Puerto Natales at the southern tip of Chile with the most spectacular surroundings this is one place you may never want to leave. Spend your days here taking a Glacier cruse, horseback riding in Patagonia or kayak though the fjord. Unbelievable experiences await you.


explora  en Patagonia:
Are you ready to explore the Chilean wilderness? Set right in the middle of the beautiful Torres del Paine National Park is explore en Patagonia, a sleek eco-conscious luxury hotel with a minimalist design and exquisite architecture. Food and wine lovers will also enjoy dining here where they feature some of the best Chilean produced wine as well as adopting a philosophy towards cuisine that is to enhance the original flavors of selected ingredients, avoiding excess and alteration.


Hotel Casa Higueras:
Hotel Casa Higueras is an intimate 1920’s mansion in the port city of Valparaiso and offers amazing views from every window. Comfortable, luminous and spacious rooms at this boutique hotel also offer individual terraces to look out over Valparaiso bay, the Cordillera and Concepcion hills. Be sure to take a dip in their pool which is surrounded by their exquisite gardens.


ZEROHOTEL is a small nine-room boutique hotel that is completely luxurious with the charm of the area’s unique architecture in the city of Valparaiso. Ultra modern with huge floor to ceiling windows, exquisite design and one of the most comfortable says imaginable is what you will get when you visit this beautiful hotel.

And we’ve also got many more of the best luxury hotels in Chile that are open for business and ready for your visit. Click on the links below to learn more about the hotel and book your next stay:

Ritz Carlton Santiago in Santiago
W Santiago in Santiago
Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa in Patagonia Aysen
Patagonia Camp in Torres del Paine
Hotel Casa Real in Maipo Valley
The Cliffs Preserve at Patagonia in Puerto Varas
Awasi in San Pedro de Atacama
explora en Atacama in San Pedro de Atacama
Alto Atacama in San Pedro de Atacama
Kunza Hotel & Spa in San Pedro de Atacama
Hotel Portillo in Ski Portillo
explora en Rapa Nui on Easter Island

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