• 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

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Avaliable as a private trip. Call for details

Active exploration of Mendoza wine country and the Andes

Keep in mind that outdoor adventures pique the palate.  Come with us to Argentina for days of extraordinary hiking in the Andes Mountains, followed by rich and robust wine tasting. You’ll head south from Mendoza into the vineyards, where stark grassy plains and rocky outcroppings gradually give way to snow-capped peaks.

Experience the variety of Mendoza wine country: relax at country estates, hike in and around dramatic rock formations, cruise down rapids between the hills, enjoy the views of Aconcagua—the highest peak in the Americas—and cap each day with excellent wine tasting and fine cuisine.

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Activities

5 days moderate walking on varied terrain, wine tasting

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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 to Mendoza where you will be greeted by an MTS representative.  Before we transfer to the hotel, our local Mendocian guide will join us to show us the city of Mendoza. We begin at the main Plaza of Independencia and walk towards Emilio Civil until the entrance to the city park General San Martín. This park originally served as a place to train the Argentine army. We pass through the gate to the park, which is emblematic of Mendoza City. We´ll walk through the Rosedal (rose garden), past the golf course and arrive at the base of Cerro de la Gloria (Mt Gloria). We might walk to the top of the Cerro de la Gloria for sweeping views of Mendoza city and the back drop of the Andes mountain range. From the park we walk along Avenida Los Libertadores past the main congressional buildings and meet back with our vehicle and transfer to the beautiful Uco Valley.  Driving time 1 hour.


     


    INCLUDED MEALS: Dinner
    LODGING: Salentein Winery - Valle de Uco
  • Day 2 : Andes Trek: Tapón de Arenales

    Tapon de Arenales – is considered the Mecca for rock climbing and a great hiking destination. Isolated, surrounded by the crystal waters of a snow melted river and view soaring condors that nestle in the area.  It is situated at 9,843ft above sea level, in an historic area called El Manzano Historico, here we can choose hikes of different levels of difficulty.  Leaving our hotel we’ll first arrive to El Manzano Histórico and ascend 25 minutes by car.  Upon arrival at Portinari Station, one of the four mountain shelters and park ranger station, we’ll start our hike.  After crisscrossing the river several times we’ll stop for a picnic lunch.  The natural water from the river is considered one of the purest in the world..Be sure to take time to enjoy the amazing views of the surrounding mountains with a wide variety of colors; from red to green, brown, red, black and even white due various minerals.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
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    Day 3 : Wineries Uco Valley - Full day excursion

    Located 80 Km from Mendoza City, in the central-west of province. 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.

    Bodega Salentein. Art Museum, Private Visit and Premium Tasting Nominated by Wine & Spirit as Winery of the Year in 2003, Bodegas Salentein offers visitors a unique combination of top quality wines and a breathtaking view of the Andes. Located at 4,000’ above sea level and literally at the foot of the Andes, this winery has received several international awards in recognition of its excellent wines. Visit the Kilka Art Gallery where you will find an outstanding collection of local art.

    Atamisque – Winery & Trout Farm. Five step Lunch paired with wines.  Atamisque is a brand new winery, the property of French businessman John Du Monceau and his wife Chantal. They fell in love with Mendoza the minute they landed and decided to have their own retreat in Uco Valley. They found Estancia San Jose, a property of some 800ha that had belonged to the Jesuits back in the 18th Century. They decided to call it Atamisque, a flowery bush that grows wild in these lands. The estancia grows not only grapes but also cherries, pears, peaches, apples and nuts. A real treat is to stay for lunch and savor the fantastic wines they produce paired with fresh trout from the property's own trout farm.
     


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Lares de Chacras
  • Day 4 : Montesquieu Winery visit and rafting the Mendoza River

    This traditional winery belongs to Federico Benegas Lynch who was born in the properties main house where he still lives to this day.  Throughout his childhood he worked every step of the way, helping his father in the winemaking process.  Benegas is focused on quality and celebrating its Finca Libertad terroir.  They believe in the judicious use of oak, maintaining it as a background component in the wine.  Tannins should be balanced and the finish long, Their total production is only 30,000 cases.  Michelle Roland says, "Benegas wines have a strong personality which is the result of a very unique terroir for its quality and the combination of French and Argentine traditions.  The wines are a reflection of Federico Benegas Lynch's passion and his constant search for excellence.

    After a picnic lunch, we'll embark on a trip down the Class III rapids of the Mendoza River,. The Mendoza River has the perfect conditions for water sports such as rafting, kayaking and river boarding among other river activities. With the gear on and the rafts on the trailer we’ll be taken to the starting point, 15 minutes away. There, the safety procedures will be explained and demonstrated. Once in the water some river sections will allow us to appreciate the scenic mountains and wildlife. After a good hour of exercise and fun, we will be picked up to go back to the base where we can have a good warm shower.  After a short drive, we'll arrive at our boutique hotel near Chacras de Coria, a veritable crossroads for many of the area's wine routes. A country-style house, Lares de Chacras is a small elegant hotel built with Andean stone and wooden logs, creating an extension of nature with a modern touch, and surrounded by vineyards, plum trees, and olive groves. Next to the garden, you may opt for a dip in the pool or hot tub, or enjoy wine tasting in the stone-walled tasting room. Once you've made yourself at home in Argentinean wine country, you'll enjoy a delicious meal at the hotel's restaurant, featuring local specialties and, of course, an excellent selection of the cellar's regional wines.  Total driving time 3 hours.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch
    LODGING: Lares de Chacras
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    Day 5 : Mount Aconcagua - Quebrada Horcones

    After an early breakfast, we'll head for the rugged and imposing hills to the west: the Andes Mountains. The drive will help us develop an appreciation for the stark landscape and vast mountains as we approach. At the base of Mount Aconcagua—the highest mountain in South America at 22,944 feet—you'll begin a scenic hike.  You'll wind through the small settlements of Potrerillos, communities built from agriculture and now tourism, featuring an 8-mile-long lake held back by the Potrerillos dam.  Continuing past the jagged outcroppings of the Uspallata Valley (where parts of the movie Seven Years in Tibet were filmed!), we're afforded gorgeous views of snow-capped Mount Penitentes nearby. You'll cross a natural slabrock bridge, dubbed the Bridge of the Incas, which hovers above a stone dwelling structure, where Incans enjoyed the curative properties of the hot springs. With changing vistas and inspiring scenery, we'll enjoy lunch in the fresh air, and then finish our easy hike through the Horcones Ravine, looping around the base of Mount Aconcagua. Once back at the hotel, you'll have time to relax and enjoy some wine before dinner on your own. Total driving time 3 hours (Approx. hiking time: 2 to 3 hours)


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch
    LODGING: Lares de Chacras
  • Day 6 : Mendoza Airport

    Depart in the morning for Mendoza Airport and connect to international flights home. We highly recommend you spend more time in Buenos Aires, Santiago, or join one of our extension adventures in South America.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
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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.

PRICING:

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.

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