Summits & Wines of the Central Andes

Overview

Chile and Argentina are known for their world-class wines and magnificent mountains. Get a taste of both on this 10-day adventure that's the perfect mix of leisure, activity, and fun. Explore Chile's charming foodie paradise of Valparaiso, coastal surf village of Matanzas, and bustling capital city of Santiago. Then it's across the Andes for wine tasting at Mendoza wineries, Argentina's most renowned wine region, hiking against the backdrop of Cordon del Plata, and a tour of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires' most interesting neighborhoods. Join us for this well-rounded journey highlighting the best of two countries!

  • Enjoy contrasting hikes, from Chile´s coastal villages to the Andean heights

  • Taste the world's finest Malbecs and more in South America's top winemaking regions

  • Discover the culture of two capital cities: bustling Santiago and glamorous Buenos Aires

  • Arrive: Santiago, Chile
  • Depart: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Group Size: 8-12 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 18 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in Santiago & Visit a Casablanca Valley Winery

    Arrive in Santiago and transfer to the beautiful Casablanca Valley - a must-visit destination for wine-lovers! Feel the cool oceanic breeze that makes the terroir perfect for producing some of the best Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays in the country. Check in at the colonial country home of La Casona de Viña Matetic, a typical Chilean hacienda, followed by lunch and a visit to the winery. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon before a welcome dinner at the lodge.

  • Day02

    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 into the steep surrounding hills. Enjoy a walk through the upper hills, board the funicular railway, and admire the colorful profusion of street art while wandering through town. Return to the lodge for some mid-afternoon relaxation, then settle in for the evening's dinner and wine.

  • Day03

    Visit Pablo Neruda's Home

    After breakfast, head southwest towards Pablo Neruda's seaside house at Isla Negra, and tour the museum that shows the poet's endless appetite for life. Enjoy a seafood lunch, then go for a scenic drive along the coast. Check in at a beach lodge and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure before rejoining the group for Pisco Sours on the beach followed by dinner.

    • Accommodation: Hotel Surazo
    • Transportation: 2.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Discover Matanzas Surf Town

    Take a morning hike through rolling hills, pine tree plantations, and dunes. Have lunch back in town and spend the afternoon at your leisure. The beach at Matanzas is known for its fine grey sand and year-round windy weather, making it an ideal destination for surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. Matanzas is also known for its rich fauna, with nearby islets providing nesting ground for several bird species. At sunset, take an easy walk and taste some of Chile's most iconic wines.

    • Accommodation: Altiplanico Maipo Valley
    • Activity: 4-5 hours/5 miles of moderate hiking on dunes and rolling terrain
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    See the Sights of Santiago de Chile

    In the morning, transfer to Santiago de Chile, the country's bustling capital. Check in to your hotel, then stop at El Galindo for delicious corn pie and other traditional dishes. After lunch, walk through the city's main historic and cultural landmarks, including the incredible Mercado Central where Chilean chefs go for fresh seafood, 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. Return to the hotel and enjoy the evening on your own.

  • Day06

    Take a Scenic Andean Drive into Argentina

    Depart early for one of the world's most scenic roads, crossing the Andes into Argentina. Take an easy hike with astonishing views of Mount Aconcagua (22,844') - the Summit of the Americas. After a picnic lunch, transfer to Mendoza and check in at the hotel. Afterwards, enjoy dinner at a local venue.

    • Accommodation: Park Hyatt
    • Activity: 1-2 hours/2 miles hiking with 400' elevation gain
    • Transportation: 5.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day07

    Sip Delicious Wines in Mendoza

    Enjoy a morning visit to two wineries that have helped earn Mendoza a place among the world's great winemaking regions. Begin by sampling premium wines at Catena Zapata, the pioneer of quality wine-making in Argentina, whose winery was built in the style of a Mayan temple. We'll relax over lunch at Finca Decero, producer of premium Malbecs. Afterwards, transfer to the heart of Mendoza for an historic overview of the city and walk through Mendoza's extensive green areas.

  • Day08

    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, set out for an easy to moderate trek with amazing views of the entire Uco Valley and surrounding peaks. Later on, descend back to the cozy mountain hut for a true Argentine gaucho-style barbecue before returning to the lodge in the late afternoon, stopping along the way to visit the traditional Sunday Fair at Chacras de Coria.

    • Accommodation: Park Hyatt
    • Activity: 4-5 hours/5 miles hiking with 1,500' elevation gain
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day09

    Discover Vibrant Buenos Aires

    Take a morning flight to Argentina's cosmopolitan capital and transfer to your hotel, located in the elegant Recoleta neighborhood. Later in the day, gather for a walking tour of the city's traditional neighborhoods. At Plaza de Mayo square, learn about the country's recent history and Evita's favorite balcony before walking the few blocks to San Telmo art district. Evening farewell dinner.

    • Accommodation: Buenos Aires Grand Hotel
    • Activity: 3-4 hours city walking
    • Transportation: 1.5-hour flight transfer & 1.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day10

    Depart from Buenos Aires

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

    • Activity: 2-3 hours city walking
    • Meals: Breakfast
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  • AvailableMar 17 - 26, 2019
  • AvailableApr 07 - 16, 2019
  • AvailableNov 24 - Dec 03, 2019
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been leading pioneering adventures in South America for 50 years, including immersive journeys through the Central Andes.

Reason #02

Expert local guides offer an insider perspective and navigate your journey every step of the way.

Reason #03

This adventure perfectly combines scenic touring and wine-tasting with rewarding hiking and insightful city exploration - in Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Valparaiso.

Meet Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Tasting the premier wines of Chile and Argentina, with easy walking tours and two slightly longer hikes up to 5 hours through scenic landscapes.

  • Lodging

    A variety of boutique-style hotels, each one with its own unique vibe - from bustling city hotels to serene vineyard stays.

  • Climate

    In Santiago and Buenos Aires, weather varies based on time of year. In Mendoza, the climate is sunny and dry, with warm summers and relatively cold winters.

FAQ

  • Who will meet me on arrival?

    Your MT Sobek Trip Leader will be waiting for you at Santiago Airport on Day 1.

  • What kind of food will we enjoy on this trip?

    Argentine meals largely consist of beef, vegetables, and pasta (due to the considerable Italian heritage). Chilean food is largely comprised of seafood and corn-based recipes. We are able to accommodate most dietary restrictions.

  • Is the water drinkable throughout the region?

    Yes, safe drinking water is available all through the trip.

  • Do I need to bring swimwear?

    Most hotels have swimming pools, and we will be staying two nights at a beach resort in the town of Matanzas near the ocean. You might enjoy a swim!

  • Do we have to pay reciprocity fee when entering Chile or Argentina?

    US Citizens no longer have to pay a reciprocity fee.

  • What do you recommend I read or view to better understand this area?

    You might enjoy reading Pablo Neruda's works or biography, or watching the film "Il Postino," which portrays Pablo Neruda.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

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    Mar 17 - 26, 2019
  • Available
    Apr 07 - 16, 2019
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    Nov 24 - Dec 03, 2019

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Additional Cost

  • $300.00 Internal Airfare
  • $1,500.00 Single Supplement

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Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Lunch on Days 5 and 9 and dinner on Days 5, 7, and 8
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of Day 1
  • Optional travel protection

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