Best Places to Travel in 2015

Vira Vira Hacienda in Pucón, Chile
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The world is getting smaller, but the chances of having an extraordinary new experience are only increasing. Whether it's an emerging style hub in North Africa or a quiet stretch of sand in the Caribbean, this year's standout destinations are changing the travel map.

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Chilean citizens no longer require a visa to enter the U.S., and in turn, Americans no longer need to fork over a $160 “reciprocity fee” to visit Chile. Many travelers touch down in Santiago, then go for the extremes, either the Atacama Desert to the north or the Patagonia of the far south. But there’s a lot brewing in between. Santiago Adventures has launched a new six-day outdoor adventure through Northern Patagonia’s lake region, with overnight stays in private cabins and kayaking on the turquoise waters of Lake Tagua Tagua. In Pucón, the all-inclusive Vira Vira Hacienda debuted in fall 2014 on 100 acres of forest and lagoon, along with a dairy farm where guests can learn to make cheese; hiking the surrounding lakes and volcanoes is one of many other activities. Farther south, in Millahue Valley’s wine country, the 22-suite Viña Vik caters to oenophiles, with vino bottled on property and a wine spa. And save a few days for the underrated city of Santiago. Check in to the new Singular Santiago, with a rooftop pool and lounge in the hip Lastarria neighborhood, and put Minga, Chile’s brand-new wine and food festival, on your to-do list (September 25–27, 2015). —Nora Walsh

Vira Vira Hacienda in Pucón, Chile

Best Places to Travel in 2015

Chile

Chilean citizens no longer require a visa to enter the U.S., and in turn, Americans no longer need to fork over a $160 “reciprocity fee” to visit Chile. Many travelers touch down in Santiago, then go for the extremes, either the Atacama Desert to the north or the Patagonia of the far south. But there’s a lot brewing in between. Santiago Adventures has launched a new six-day outdoor adventure through Northern Patagonia’s lake region, with overnight stays in private cabins and kayaking on the turquoise waters of Lake Tagua Tagua. In Pucón, the all-inclusive Vira Vira Hacienda debuted in fall 2014 on 100 acres of forest and lagoon, along with a dairy farm where guests can learn to make cheese; hiking the surrounding lakes and volcanoes is one of many other activities. Farther south, in Millahue Valley’s wine country, the 22-suite Viña Vik caters to oenophiles, with vino bottled on property and a wine spa. And save a few days for the underrated city of Santiago. Check in to the new Singular Santiago, with a rooftop pool and lounge in the hip Lastarria neighborhood, and put Minga, Chile’s brand-new wine and food festival, on your to-do list (September 25–27, 2015). —Nora Walsh

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