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Summits & Wines of the Central Andes

Trip Length 10 days

From $5,195

  • Get first hand experience with renowned winemakers and stay at private properties among the iconic vineyards of Chile and Argentina
  • Taste the world’s finest Malbecs and more—and world class cuisine—in South America’s top winemaking regions
  • Discover the culture of bustling Santiago, cross the Andes, and enjoy the glamour of Buenos Aires

Chile and Argentina are known for their world-class wines and magnificent mountains. Get a taste of both on this well-rounded adventure, spotlighting the scenic and culinary delights of each country. Explore the charming foodie paradise of Valparaiso, hike the dramatic Maipo Valley (Chile’s cradle of winemaking), and see the landmarks of Santiago. Then it’s across the Andes for views of Mt. Aconcagua, South America’s highest peak. Enjoy tastings at famed Mendoza wineries, hike the foothills of the Cordon del Plata, and indulge in a traditional Gaucho barbecue. With tours of Buenos Aires’ vivid neighborhoods and a tango lesson at a local milonga, this itinerary is the perfect mix of activity, leisure, and fun.  

Day 1: Welcome to Chile!

Arrive in Santiago and take a one-hour transfer to the beautiful Casablanca Valley—a must-visit destination for wine-lovers! The valley receives a cool oceanic breeze that makes this terroir a perfect one for some of the best Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays produced in the country. Check in at the colonial country home of La Casona de Viña Matetic, a typical Chilean hacienda, and enjoy lunch and a visit to the winery. Take a leisurely afternoon before a welcome dinner at the lodge.

For the February and March 2017 departures, guests will also transfer to the beautiful Casablanca Valley and enjoy lunch and a visit to the winery. The group will then take a scenic half-hour drive on to the UNESCO-listed coastal city of Valparaiso, and settle into the beautiful Casa Higueras.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:La Casona de Viña Matetic OR Casa Higueras

Day 2: Explore scenic Valparaiso

Take a morning drive to the UNESCO-listed coastal city of Valparaiso. Historically the main port of Chile, Valparaiso's colorful buildings are nestled in the surrounding steep hills making for a photographer's delight. Enjoy a walk through the upper hills, board the funicular railway, and wander through town admiring some stunning street art. Return to the lodge for some mid-afternoon relaxation, and settle in for the evening's dinner and wine.

Guests on the February and March 2017 departures will awake in Valparaiso and then head out on the day's explorations.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:La Casona de Viña Matetic OR Casa Higueras

Day 3: Visit the cradle of Chilean wine-making

After breakfast, head towards the rolling hills of Maipo Valley—the landlocked cradle of Chilean wine-making traditions. Just west of the main Cordillera, the founders of Haras de Pirque winery have excelled in blending two national passions: horses and wines. It's a unique place, where thoroughbred breeding and fine wines elaboration come together. After visiting the winery, enjoy the beauty of a scenic country drive into the Maipo River canyon. Next, check into the secluded Altiplanico Maipo Valley and enjoy lunch and an afternoon of leisure. The small boutique hotel will be your home for the next two nights and a base for tomorrow's adventure—the  magnificent trek t El Morado Natural Monument. Tonight, enjoy Pisco sours, while the house chef barbecues under the fabulous southern skies.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Altiplanico Maipo Valley

Day 4: Hike the Maipo Canyon to El Morado National Monument

Rise for a morning drive up to the Maipo Canyon, with its magnificent view of San Jose Volcano at 19,127 feet. From the small Village of Baños Morales, our trek into the valley begins. For the first hour the trail moderately ascends until we reach the first lookout point, with clear views of the San Francisco and El Morado peaks. From this point the trail levels up, gently ascending through green pastures and surging fountains of water to the end of the valley. Our destination and picnic spot is a remote pond at the bottom of vertical walls, with magnificent views of hanging glaciers and peaks. Upon return, relax in the lodge's hot tub on a cliff overlooking the river!

(Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours of moderate hiking; Elevation gain: 2,000 feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Altiplanico Maipo Valley

Day 5: See the sights of Santiago de Chile

In the morning, transfer to Santiago de Chile, the country´s bustling capital. After checking in at your centrally located boutique hotel, you'll have free time to explore the many restaurants on your own. The group will gather together again after lunch for a walking tour of the city's main historic and cultural landmarks—from the incredible Mercado Central, where Chilean chefs go for fresh sea food, to the colonial Plaza de Armas, the impressive Cathedral, the Mint, Chile’s current government house, and Santa Lucia Hill for great views of the city. Enjoy the evening on your own to explore this vibrant city.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation:The Singular Santiago

Day 6: Take a scenic drive through the Andes into Argentina

Depart early for one of the world’s most scenic roads, which crosses the Andes into Argentina. For the first three hours the road ascends up to 11,000 feet, and after leaving behind the famous Portillo Ski area, we'll enter the international tunnel and cross the border. Just a few minutes into Argentina, lies Horcones Valley and the entrance to Aconcagua Provincial Park. Next, take an easy hike with astonishing views of the “summit of the Americas “ Mount Aconcagua´s (22,844') southern face. After a picnic lunch, transfer down to the Argentine Valleys for a late-afternoon arrival in Mendoza. Check in at the lodge and enjoy dinner.

(Hiking time: 1 to 2 hours easy to to moderate depending on trail conditions; Elevation: 10,000 feet starting point)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lares de Chacras

Day 7: Sip delicious wines in Mendoza

Enjoy a morrning visit to two of the most emblematic wineries of the region, which have helped to establish Mendoza as one of the world´s newest wine meccas! Begin by sampling premium wines at Catena Zapata, an architecturally impressive winery that has been acknowledged as the pioneer of quality wine-making in Argentina. Next up, take a trip to Achaval Ferrer, which took the wine scene by storm when—only a few years into the market—created some of the world´s hightest ranked Malbecs. Afterwards, the group will transfer to the heart of Mendoza for an historic overview of the city and lunch on your own, before returning to the lodge for a leisurely afternoon.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Lares de Chacras

Day 8: Hike at Farm Ranch

Start the day with a scenic drive to the foothills of the impressive Cordon del Plata mountain range, where a narrow road leads us into Estancia Quebrada de los Condores. From the Estancia's stables and mountain hut, the group will set out for a trek with amazing views of the entire Uco Valley, the main Cordillera, and Potrerillo Lake. Later on, we'll descend back at the cozy mountain hut for a true Argentine gaucho-style barbecue before returning to the lodge in the late afternoon.

(Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours moderate hiking)

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Lares de Chacras

Day 9: Discover vibrant Buenos Aires

Take a morning flight to Argentina´s cosmopolitan capital and transfer to your hotel, located in elegant Recoleta neighborhood. Later in the day, the group will gather back for a walking tour of the city's traditional neighborhoods. At Plaza de Mayo square we'll learn about the country’s recent history and Evita's favorite balcony before walking the few blocks that separate us from San Telmo art district and its popular Sunday street fair. Our walking ends at one of the local milongas, where locals go to learn tango. Try a few tango steps yourself this evening! Enjoy a farewell dinner at La Brigada  steak house in San Telmo.

(Walking time: 2 to 3 hours easy walking)

  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Buenos Aires Grand Hotel

Day 10: Depart from Buenos Aires

See the sights of Buenos Aires' northern neighborhoods, including Recoleta Cemetery and Palermo, on an early walking tour. Midday is free to explore the city's museums and parks by yourself. In the afternoon, transfer to Ezeiza international airport to board evening flights back home.

(Walking time: 2 to 3 hour easy walking)

  • Breakfast

Mar 10 - 19, 2018

Nov 24, 2018 - Dec 03, 2018

pricing

2017/2018 PRICES

$5,195 (4-12 members)
$5,695 (2-3members)
$1,500 single supplement
$220 internal flight (Mendoza-Buenos Aires) subject to change.

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Altiplanico Maipo Valley — Cajón del Maipo

In the midst of central Andes this destination, though not widely known is a treasure for those who love mountains, silence, and nature. At only one hour from Santiago, in the Maipo river canyon, it has access to the El Morado and the San Francisco Glazier, as well as Colina hot springs. It is ideal for trekking and horseback riding. Also for wine lovers, the Maipo Valley offers its exclusive vineyards to visit. Silent and starry nights, clear air, with only the sound of the Maipo river beside, makes this area an ideal getaway for nature lovers.

Buenos Aires Grand Hotel — Buenos Aires, Recoleta

Located at the heart of the bustling Recoleta district of Buenos Aires, the  Recoleta Grand Hotel provides easy access to historical landmarks, excellent shopping and fine dining. Rooms are modern and stylish with comfortable beds and remote-controlled black out curtains (perfect after a long night out on the town). Staff are friendly and attentive, and the on-site restaurant “Jenny” serves an excellent menu, though in this neighborhood you're spoiled for choice of incredible restaurants.

Casa Higueras — Valparaiso

Tucked away on a charming street, this sophisticated and warm boutique hotel occupies five floors of an original 1920s mansion overlooking Valparaiso's bay. Casa Higueras blends classic touches wtih modern amenities, and its 20 guest rooms are designed with bright colors and detailed artistic touches throughout. The hotel also offers a beautiful pool and garden area, in addition to a patio-style dining complete with mouthwatering Chilean cuisine.  The combination of luxury, history, location and comfort make the Casa Higueras an exceptional place, and a pick for TripAdvisor's Travelers Choice in 2016.

La Casona de Viña Matetic — Casa Blanca Valley

LA CASONA at Matetic Vineyards is a typical, colonial, country home feauturing seven stylish rooms. With over 100 years of history, in 2004 it was fully remodeled and beautifully decorated by the renowned Max Cummins. La Casona offers the perfect setting for a relaxing, unique holiday experience. Visit the vineyard, explore the grounds, taste our fine wines and relax in the peaceful Rosario Valley.

Lares de Chacras — Mendoza

A charming boutique hotel designed as a traditional country style house, Lares de Chacras combines Andean stone with desert wood to create a natural yet modern look. Rooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated, featuring private balconies, satellite TVs, Wi-Fi and DVD players. The property boasts a common area with traditional clay ovens for barbecues, a pool, a restaurant serving a seasonal menu using regional products, and of course, lest you forget you're in Mendoza, a wine bar with an excellent selection.

The Singular Santiago — Santiago, Chile

Built to blend seamlessly into the Neighborhood of Lastarria, The Singular Santiago combines the style of early 20th-century buildings with neoclassical French architectural influences. The result is a striking new addition to the Santiago cityscape. The hotel is not only bounded by natural beauty, though; Lastarria is the epicenter of the arts here in Santiago. Walk just a few minutes and you can discover some of the finest visual and performance art Chile has to offer at The Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Visual Arts, the Gabriela Mistral Center and more.

  • Get first hand experience with renowned winemakers and stay at private properties among the iconic vineyards of Chile and Argentina
  • Taste the world’s finest Malbecs and more—and world class cuisine—in South America’s top winemaking regions
  • Discover the culture of bustling Santiago, cross the Andes, and enjoy the glamour of Buenos Aires

Chile and Argentina are known for their world-class wines and magnificent mountains. Get a taste of both on this well-rounded adventure, spotlighting the scenic and culinary delights of each country. Explore the charming foodie paradise of Valparaiso, hike the dramatic Maipo Valley (Chile’s cradle of winemaking), and see the landmarks of Santiago. Then it’s across the Andes for views of Mt. Aconcagua, South America’s highest peak. Enjoy tastings at famed Mendoza wineries, hike the foothills of the Cordon del Plata, and indulge in a traditional Gaucho barbecue. With tours of Buenos Aires’ vivid neighborhoods and a tango lesson at a local milonga, this itinerary is the perfect mix of activity, leisure, and fun.  

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Chile!

Arrive in Santiago and take a one-hour transfer to the beautiful Casablanca Valley—a must-visit destination for wine-lovers! The valley receives a cool oceanic breeze that makes this terroir a perfect one for some of the best Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays produced in the country. Check in at the colonial country home of La Casona de Viña Matetic, a typical Chilean hacienda, and enjoy lunch and a visit to the winery. Take a leisurely afternoon before a welcome dinner at the lodge.

For the February and March 2017 departures, guests will also transfer to the beautiful Casablanca Valley and enjoy lunch and a visit to the winery. The group will then take a scenic half-hour drive on to the UNESCO-listed coastal city of Valparaiso, and settle into the beautiful Casa Higueras.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:La Casona de Viña Matetic OR Casa Higueras

Day 2: Explore scenic Valparaiso

Take a morning drive to the UNESCO-listed coastal city of Valparaiso. Historically the main port of Chile, Valparaiso's colorful buildings are nestled in the surrounding steep hills making for a photographer's delight. Enjoy a walk through the upper hills, board the funicular railway, and wander through town admiring some stunning street art. Return to the lodge for some mid-afternoon relaxation, and settle in for the evening's dinner and wine.

Guests on the February and March 2017 departures will awake in Valparaiso and then head out on the day's explorations.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:La Casona de Viña Matetic OR Casa Higueras

Day 3: Visit the cradle of Chilean wine-making

After breakfast, head towards the rolling hills of Maipo Valley—the landlocked cradle of Chilean wine-making traditions. Just west of the main Cordillera, the founders of Haras de Pirque winery have excelled in blending two national passions: horses and wines. It's a unique place, where thoroughbred breeding and fine wines elaboration come together. After visiting the winery, enjoy the beauty of a scenic country drive into the Maipo River canyon. Next, check into the secluded Altiplanico Maipo Valley and enjoy lunch and an afternoon of leisure. The small boutique hotel will be your home for the next two nights and a base for tomorrow's adventure—the  magnificent trek t El Morado Natural Monument. Tonight, enjoy Pisco sours, while the house chef barbecues under the fabulous southern skies.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Altiplanico Maipo Valley

Day 4: Hike the Maipo Canyon to El Morado National Monument

Rise for a morning drive up to the Maipo Canyon, with its magnificent view of San Jose Volcano at 19,127 feet. From the small Village of Baños Morales, our trek into the valley begins. For the first hour the trail moderately ascends until we reach the first lookout point, with clear views of the San Francisco and El Morado peaks. From this point the trail levels up, gently ascending through green pastures and surging fountains of water to the end of the valley. Our destination and picnic spot is a remote pond at the bottom of vertical walls, with magnificent views of hanging glaciers and peaks. Upon return, relax in the lodge's hot tub on a cliff overlooking the river!

(Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours of moderate hiking; Elevation gain: 2,000 feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Altiplanico Maipo Valley

Day 5: See the sights of Santiago de Chile

In the morning, transfer to Santiago de Chile, the country´s bustling capital. After checking in at your centrally located boutique hotel, you'll have free time to explore the many restaurants on your own. The group will gather together again after lunch for a walking tour of the city's main historic and cultural landmarks—from the incredible Mercado Central, where Chilean chefs go for fresh sea food, to the colonial Plaza de Armas, the impressive Cathedral, the Mint, Chile’s current government house, and Santa Lucia Hill for great views of the city. Enjoy the evening on your own to explore this vibrant city.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation:The Singular Santiago

Day 6: Take a scenic drive through the Andes into Argentina

Depart early for one of the world’s most scenic roads, which crosses the Andes into Argentina. For the first three hours the road ascends up to 11,000 feet, and after leaving behind the famous Portillo Ski area, we'll enter the international tunnel and cross the border. Just a few minutes into Argentina, lies Horcones Valley and the entrance to Aconcagua Provincial Park. Next, take an easy hike with astonishing views of the “summit of the Americas “ Mount Aconcagua´s (22,844') southern face. After a picnic lunch, transfer down to the Argentine Valleys for a late-afternoon arrival in Mendoza. Check in at the lodge and enjoy dinner.

(Hiking time: 1 to 2 hours easy to to moderate depending on trail conditions; Elevation: 10,000 feet starting point)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lares de Chacras

Day 7: Sip delicious wines in Mendoza

Enjoy a morrning visit to two of the most emblematic wineries of the region, which have helped to establish Mendoza as one of the world´s newest wine meccas! Begin by sampling premium wines at Catena Zapata, an architecturally impressive winery that has been acknowledged as the pioneer of quality wine-making in Argentina. Next up, take a trip to Achaval Ferrer, which took the wine scene by storm when—only a few years into the market—created some of the world´s hightest ranked Malbecs. Afterwards, the group will transfer to the heart of Mendoza for an historic overview of the city and lunch on your own, before returning to the lodge for a leisurely afternoon.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Lares de Chacras

Day 8: Hike at Farm Ranch

Start the day with a scenic drive to the foothills of the impressive Cordon del Plata mountain range, where a narrow road leads us into Estancia Quebrada de los Condores. From the Estancia's stables and mountain hut, the group will set out for a trek with amazing views of the entire Uco Valley, the main Cordillera, and Potrerillo Lake. Later on, we'll descend back at the cozy mountain hut for a true Argentine gaucho-style barbecue before returning to the lodge in the late afternoon.

(Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours moderate hiking)

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Lares de Chacras

Day 9: Discover vibrant Buenos Aires

Take a morning flight to Argentina´s cosmopolitan capital and transfer to your hotel, located in elegant Recoleta neighborhood. Later in the day, the group will gather back for a walking tour of the city's traditional neighborhoods. At Plaza de Mayo square we'll learn about the country’s recent history and Evita's favorite balcony before walking the few blocks that separate us from San Telmo art district and its popular Sunday street fair. Our walking ends at one of the local milongas, where locals go to learn tango. Try a few tango steps yourself this evening! Enjoy a farewell dinner at La Brigada  steak house in San Telmo.

(Walking time: 2 to 3 hours easy walking)

  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Buenos Aires Grand Hotel

Day 10: Depart from Buenos Aires

See the sights of Buenos Aires' northern neighborhoods, including Recoleta Cemetery and Palermo, on an early walking tour. Midday is free to explore the city's museums and parks by yourself. In the afternoon, transfer to Ezeiza international airport to board evening flights back home.

(Walking time: 2 to 3 hour easy walking)

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Altiplanico Maipo Valley — Cajón del Maipo

In the midst of central Andes this destination, though not widely known is a treasure for those who love mountains, silence, and nature. At only one hour from Santiago, in the Maipo river canyon, it has access to the El Morado and the San Francisco Glazier, as well as Colina hot springs. It is ideal for trekking and horseback riding. Also for wine lovers, the Maipo Valley offers its exclusive vineyards to visit. Silent and starry nights, clear air, with only the sound of the Maipo river beside, makes this area an ideal getaway for nature lovers.

Buenos Aires Grand Hotel — Buenos Aires, Recoleta

Located at the heart of the bustling Recoleta district of Buenos Aires, the  Recoleta Grand Hotel provides easy access to historical landmarks, excellent shopping and fine dining. Rooms are modern and stylish with comfortable beds and remote-controlled black out curtains (perfect after a long night out on the town). Staff are friendly and attentive, and the on-site restaurant “Jenny” serves an excellent menu, though in this neighborhood you're spoiled for choice of incredible restaurants.

Casa Higueras — Valparaiso

Tucked away on a charming street, this sophisticated and warm boutique hotel occupies five floors of an original 1920s mansion overlooking Valparaiso's bay. Casa Higueras blends classic touches wtih modern amenities, and its 20 guest rooms are designed with bright colors and detailed artistic touches throughout. The hotel also offers a beautiful pool and garden area, in addition to a patio-style dining complete with mouthwatering Chilean cuisine.  The combination of luxury, history, location and comfort make the Casa Higueras an exceptional place, and a pick for TripAdvisor's Travelers Choice in 2016.

La Casona de Viña Matetic — Casa Blanca Valley

LA CASONA at Matetic Vineyards is a typical, colonial, country home feauturing seven stylish rooms. With over 100 years of history, in 2004 it was fully remodeled and beautifully decorated by the renowned Max Cummins. La Casona offers the perfect setting for a relaxing, unique holiday experience. Visit the vineyard, explore the grounds, taste our fine wines and relax in the peaceful Rosario Valley.

Lares de Chacras — Mendoza

A charming boutique hotel designed as a traditional country style house, Lares de Chacras combines Andean stone with desert wood to create a natural yet modern look. Rooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated, featuring private balconies, satellite TVs, Wi-Fi and DVD players. The property boasts a common area with traditional clay ovens for barbecues, a pool, a restaurant serving a seasonal menu using regional products, and of course, lest you forget you're in Mendoza, a wine bar with an excellent selection.

The Singular Santiago — Santiago, Chile

Built to blend seamlessly into the Neighborhood of Lastarria, The Singular Santiago combines the style of early 20th-century buildings with neoclassical French architectural influences. The result is a striking new addition to the Santiago cityscape. The hotel is not only bounded by natural beauty, though; Lastarria is the epicenter of the arts here in Santiago. Walk just a few minutes and you can discover some of the finest visual and performance art Chile has to offer at The Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Visual Arts, the Gabriela Mistral Center and more.

Dates and Pricing

Mar 10 - 19, 2018

Nov 24, 2018 - Dec 03, 2018

pricing

2017/2018 PRICES

$5,195 (4-12 members)
$5,695 (2-3members)
$1,500 single supplement
$220 internal flight (Mendoza-Buenos Aires) subject to change.

Activity Level Easy to Moderate
Trip Length 10 days

From $5,195

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