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We're the sisters who founded Across South America 15 years ago... and we're here to help you fall in love with South America just like we are!


Updated: Jul 21, 2022

I don’t need to tell you that there are a LOT of great things about travel.

Meeting new people…

Eating Local food…

Seeing new landscapes…

But if you are like me, if there’s one thing that I freakin’ hate about travel, it is staying at those Big Hotels…a standardized hotel where all the rooms are equal..and wherever you are in the world you will have the same room…the same service, the SAME EXPERIENCE…

What about you? If you are a bit of an “anti-chain” person….at least when traveling on vacation, this article is for you!

We are always seeking out hotels in South America that have individual character and creativity. Charming, intimate hidden places where no two stays are the same.

We have our selection of remote and incredible places in South America that will leave an indelible imprint in your heart.⁠…

And I wrote this blog post to share some of them with you.

✨Go to Where You Want to Go

  1. Our Selection of Boutique Luxury Hotels in South America – What to expect
  2. Boutique Luxury Hotels in Argentina

2.1. Casa Escondida, Villa La Angostura

2.2 Aguas Arriba, El Chaltén

3. Boutique Luxury Hotels in Brazil

3.1 Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

3.2 Nannai Noronha Solar dos Ventos

4. Boutique Luxury Hotels in Chile

4.1 Patagonia Camp Luxury Glamping

4.2 &Beyond Vira Vira Resort

5. Boutique Luxury Hotels in Peru

5.1 Atemporal Lima

5.2 El Mercado Cusco

6. Boutique Luxury Hotels in Uruguay

6.1 Bahia Vik

6.2 Narbona Wine lodge

7. More Boutique Luxury Hotels in South America

What can you expect from our selection of Boutique Luxury Hotels?

Our selection of Small, Luxury Boutique hotels includes one-of-a-kind hotels, estancias or lodges located in-on-of-a-kind destinations.

They are tiny, almost private homes, lodges, or estancias away from the madding crowds of massive tourism. Places that give you the chance to discover the most amazing places from a different perspective are a new way to travel, visit and connect with the authentic local atmosphere.⁠

Our selected hidden treasures also have personal attention, often provided by the owners or hosts who are into every detail to turn your experience into a lifetime memory. ⁠

We believe that It’s people who transform any stay from ‘so-so’ to superb.

Clara and I have pampered ourselves in many of these places. You can’t beat personal recommendations!

In this blog post, we share 10 of our selected hidden treasures. (I have chosen 2 for each South American destination — you will LOVE them ❤️!)

Argentina Boutique Luxury Hotels

Casa Escondida, Lake district Patagonia

Your Perfect House on the Lake to unwind, read a book, enjoy the views and drink delicious wine from Patagonia.

📍Villa La Angostura, Patagonia Argentina

🏠 Located in one of the most beautiful places of la Patagonia, Argentina, Bahia Manzano, La Escondida has about 12 rooms with a fantastic view of the lake and the mountains. It’s really like being in your private mansion. The setting is surreal. Located on a little bay of the lake, it’s as peaceful a location as you can ever desire.

✨ Activities you can do: Kayaking in the lake, with crystal waters. The hotel also features a spa and a heated outdoor pool overlooking the picturesque bay.

✨ The Food: The Hotel has a gourmet restaurant next to the main house, La Delfina. Local cuisine in a historic cottage where you’ll be served incredibly great food!

Aguas Arriba lodge, El Chalten Patagonia Argentina

This remote Lodge is a beautiful intimate treasure that the owners, Pato and Ivor, share with their guests making you feel at home.

📍Chalten, Patagonia Argentina

🏠 The lodge’s location is sublime on the shores of Lago del Desierto. It is only accessible by a small boat after a long drive on gravel roads from El Chalten. Aguas Arriba is a mountain cabin lodge with a rustic style, only six rooms, and has breathtaking views of the lake, multiple glaciers, and the Famous Fitz Roy.

✨Every evening before dinner, you will plan the following day’s activities, which can combine either treks or boat trips. This is also a dream place for challenging trout for those who love fly fishing!

✨Food is part of the experience with Fresh, natural, and local ingredients. Delicious “Grandma’s recipes.”

Brazil Boutique Luxury hotels

Janeiro Hotel, Rio de Janeiro

The design is minimalistic yet very cozy with beautiful ocean views.

📍Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

🏠 Janeiro Hotel is elegant and comfortable with a great location in the safest area of Rio, Leblon. Beautiful ocean view room and superb amenities.

✨Enjoy seats and towels service on the beach in front of the hotel. The hotel has a beautiful rooftop bar & restaurant to enjoy a romantic night with stunning beach views.

Nannai Noronha Solar dos Ventos

Exclusive hotel in Paradise

📍Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

🏠 Located in the wild, remote, and fiercely protected, Fernando de Noronha Island, Nannai Noronha Solar dos Ventos, is like paradise. With stunning views of the beach that will make you will disconnect from the world and connect with nature. With an intimate atmosphere and rustic and sophisticated decor at the same time. Perfect for enjoying the local nature experiences that the magical island has but also enjoying delicious moments and comfort.

✨The restaurant at the hotel has excellent dishes, is well served, tasty, and beautifully presented.

Chile Boutique Luxury hotels

Patagonia Camp, Torres del Paine

Magical eco-friendly glamping with panoramic vistas by the foothills of Torres del Paine National Park.

📍Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile ⁠

🏠 Luxury Patagonia Camp combines adventure & comfort in their glamping style luxury yurts.⁠ Circular in shape, the yurts are very comfortable and cozy. ⁠Watching the stars and the moon through the window on the yurt’s roof is fantastic.⁠

⁠✨ Activities for all kinds of “Hikers.” ⁠Explore Torres del Paine with a wide range of hiking opportunities with experienced guides.

✨ Delight yourself with Exquisite Chilean food and wines.

READ MORE Why You Should Choose a Glamping Vacation at Patagonia Camp in Torres del Paine

&BEYOND Vira Vira

Enjoy Luxury & Adventure in beautiful, natural surroundings

📍The Chilean Lake district

🏠 Beyond Vira Vira is located in the picturesque Araucanía region of Chile’s Lake District. This is what we call an All inclusive adventure + spa experience in Chile’s Lake District. The hotel is a small unique property with an eye on architectural and interior design, using furniture and accessories handmade with local materials to be as authentic as possible.

With the most beautiful views of the landscape around the lodging.

✨Explore Chile’s pristine lake district with a menu of excursions to go at your own pace, with friendly and professional guides. Activities include kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting, and cheese tours. Everything is included; you just have to take yourself and start to enjoy!

✨Taste the most delicious local food produced with local ingredients and be pampered with a top-notch personalized and friendly service.

Read More: All-Inclusive Adventure + Spa Resorts in South America

Peru Boutique Luxury hotels

Atemporal Lima

Your Home in Lima

📍 Lima, Peru

🏠 Atemporal is located in Miraflores, one of the best beautiful (and safe) spots in Lima

It is a secret location with only nine rooms in the entire hotel.

✨Delightful small garden with a patio is a lovely place to have breakfast and eat excellent snacks.

LEARN MORE: Best Luxury Hotels to Stay When Visiting Machu Picchu: The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge & The Inkaterra.

El Mercado, Cusco

Lovely & boutique in the heart of Cusco

📍Cusco, Peru

🏠 El Mercado is ideally located only a ten-minute walk from the main Cusco square; it is an old colonial building with a lovely courtyard.

✨ El Mercado has both a bar and a restaurant. Don’t miss the 2 x 1 pisco sours! Live music is provided every night.

Uruguay Boutique Luxury hotels

Bahia Vik, Jose Ignacio

Perfect rainbows and sunsets to take your breath away.

📍Jose Ignacio, Uruguay

🏠 Expect the most beautiful natural beauty, exciting art, good food, incredible service, positive vibes, large rooms, and spa-like bathrooms.

Bahia Vik is a modernist design hotel with one of the best beachfront spots in José Ignacio, Uruguay’s hippest beach town. Its luxurious and art-filled rooms invite you to rest and experience a unique experience for all your senses.

✨For a unique adventure – drive an hour to the town of Garzon. A true super-foodie haven where Francis Mallmann cooks up specialties and the Bodega Garzon Winery will amaze the most severe wines…

LEARN MORE The Best Countryside Travel Experiences: Argentina & Uruguay

Narbona wine lodge

Superb wine lodge to relax and unwind

📍Carmelo, Uruguay

🏠 Located on the Rio de La Plata River Plate shores in the hull of the original farm dating from 1909, Narbona is an estancia with only five rooms, so it is a tiny, charming place.

✨ One of the best things to do there: Spend time around the pool with a bottle of Tannat or go for a pick-nick and follow a fantastic sunset at the Rio de la Plata.


These hidden treasures give you the chance to discover the most amazing places in South America from a different perspective; it is, ultimately, a new way to travel, visit and connect with the natural, local atmosphere.⁠ ⁠

Small luxury boutique hotels to visit stunning destinations in South America and avoid the crowds you will LOVE.

You can find more of our recommended Luxury boutique hotels in South America in our South America Travel Guide.


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