• Argentina: Hiking the Vineyards of Mendoza

    Active exploration of Mendoza wine country and the Andes

    Experience the variety of Mendoza on this active exploration, and cap each day with excellent wine tasting and fine cuisine.

    best times to go: January - April, September - December

    departures: Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.

    pricing: from $3,095 see detailed pricing

    Other South America

Avaliable as a private trip. Call for details

Active exploration of Mendoza wine country and the Andes

Explore the depths of Argentina—from half-way up the peaks of the Andes Mountains to the valleys of the Mendoza vineyards below! This trip combines extensive exploration on foot, and palatable discovery in countryside tasting rooms. Meeting in the city of Mendoza, a cosmopolitan city flanked on the west by the Andes, you'll head south into the vineyards, where stark grassy plains and rocky outcroppings gradually give way to snow-capped peaks. You'll experience the variety of Mendoza wine country: relaxing at country estates in the plains and vineyards, hiking in and around dramatic rock formations, trekking along the base of the Andes' highest peak, cruising down rapids between the hills, and capping each day with excellent wine tasting.

Knowing that outdoor adventures pique the palate, most days revolve around extraordinary hiking in the Andes Mountains, followed by rich and robust wine tasting. Argentina's wines are popular worldwide, producing one fifth of the world's production, and Mendoza boasts vineyards planted at some of the highest altitudes in the world (1,970-3,610 feet!). You've tasted Argentina's Malbecs and Syrahs from afar, but tasting the wine on-site, from that vine right over there, is a whole new experience. Blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Malbec, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and others are rich, bold, and elegant. Standing in the midst of the wine's environment—its terroir—the wine's character and complexity are that much more pronounced.

Our hiking is just as phenomenal and rich as the wine! The Andes Mountains are a treasure of discovery, from beholding its lofty peaks to treading its hidden valleys. Experience the rushing water of the mountains on our whitewater rafting expedition on the Mendoza River!

This trip is sensational for hikers and wine lovers alike! Hiking the Andes Mountains—the world's longest mountain range!—is fuel for inspiration, weaving you through rugged rocks and simple villages. Join us for a trip to cherish with all the senses—hiking and wines have never been so sweetly paired.


5 days moderate walking on varied terrain, wine tasting


  • Hike spectacular routes on mid-elevations of the Andes Mountains
  • Taste robust wines-like Malbec, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon-perfectly paired with Mendoza's best cuisine, at relaxing country estates amidst the vineyards
  • Discover the timeless nooks and crannies of the Andes: hike past tall jagged rock outcroppings, visit the stone Bridge of the Incas, and raft the rushing waters of the Mendoza River

Duration: 6 days Start Location: Mendoza End Location: Mendoza

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  • Day 1 : Arrive in Mendoza

    Fly into Mendoza, Argentina where you will be greeted by an MTS representative. After a tour of Mendoza you wiill be transfered to the hotel, 1 hour away from the Airport in the beautiful area of Uco Valley.

  • Day 2 : Andes Trek: Tapón de Arenales

    Today we'll hike in Tapon de Arenales – considered the Mecca for rock climbing and a great hiking destination. At 9,843ft above sea level. 

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    Day 3 : Wineries Uco Valley - Full day excursion

    The Uco Valley is an ideal alternative for lovers of agritourism and nature. Uco Valley includes Tupungato, Tunuyán and San Carlos departments, where harmoniously natural wonderful landscapes are combined with typical crops: vines, fruits and olive trees. In higher elevation than Luján de Cuyo, excellent wines are produced from vineyards to 1400 meters (4600 feet) high on the
    food of the Andes.  We will visit two of the best wineries of Valle de Uco: Salentein and Atamisque.

  • Day 4 : Montesquieu Winery visit and rafting the Mendoza River

    Today, we'll visit the winery of Federico Benegas Lynch in the Central Valley  " After a picnic lunch we'll embark on a calm trip down the Class III rapids of the Mendoza River, with the Andes hovering above.

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    Day 5 : Mount Aconcagua - Quebrada Horcones

    Drive into the Andes and hike around the base of Mount Aconcagua—the highest mountain in South America at 22,944 feet. Dinner in Mendoza tonight is on your own. (Approx. hiking time: 2 to 3 hours).

  • Day 6 : Mendoza Airport

    Morning departure to Mendoza Airport.

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DATES: Best time to go: January - April, September - December Departures: Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.


2013/2014 Prices
$3,295 (2-3 members)
$3,095 (4-6 members)
$550 single supplement

  • Lares de Chacras

    This country style house reflects the art of combining Andean stone with typical desert wood, bringing out a natural, simple and modern look.

    The minute any guest walks in, they know they are in a land of wines. You can see an original window on the floor, showing the view of a wine cellar covered in stone and logs. The perfect atmosphere for tasting the best wines from Mendoza.

    There are wide logs in every room, showing good taste in the country décor and warmth in the Southern style construction; a style that inspired the architect of Lares de Chacras.

    The natural environment is seen through all windows and doors, a typical view for Chacras de Coria, the galleries, the park, swimming pool and hot tub, solarium and a “quincho”, a covered area very common for barbecues and special clay ovens, always available for guests who love out-door life.

  • Salentein Winery
    Valle de Uco

    Posada Salentein is located in Finca La Pampa, Tunuyán, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina—a breathtaking location just one
    hour and a half from Mendoza City.
    The small and exclusive estancia, Posada Salentein is surrounded by the vineyards of Bodegas Salentein at the foot of the Andes Range. Posada Salentein has 16 double rooms in Valle de Uco, a reception area with a business centre, a large dining room with a gallery with view of the vineyards, a kitchen equipped with last generation technology, a parking lot for 20 cars, a swimming-pool, and innovative landscaping and garden design A special place to relax in style while exploring the most desirable areas of the Mendoza Wine Country. Centrally located in Valle de Uco, about a ten minute drive west of the town of Tunuyan, this exclusive 15-acre resort is yours to enjoy and explore.....Malbec vineyards, tree-lined paths flanked by small streams, fruit orchards and gardens, expansive lawns, and stunning views of the snow-capped Andes.

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.

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Many activities are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding sea kayaking and river rafting trips with Class I-II rapids.


More active trips involving hiking over moderate terrain, usually - but not always - with vehicle support and at elevations less than 10,000 feet, or trips with long hiking days, multiple sea kayaking days, wilderness camping, or other invigorating activity. On many trips, you can elect to skip a day's activity, depending on logistics. Includes more demanding sea kayaking trips and river rafting trips with Class III rapids.


Hiking and trekking over steeper or more rugged terrain or where elevations may exceed 10,000 feet - often several days in a row. Includes more demanding sea kayaking trips (4-5 hours paddling a day) and river rafting trips with Class IV-V rapids.

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Our most demanding trips: trekking over steep, rugged terrain at high elevations (no vehicle support) or with substantial altitude gains and losses; trips to remote, extreme wilderness; mountaineering trips. Includes our most demanding sea kayaking (5-7 hours paddling a day) and river rafting trips with Class IV-V rapids.


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