Taste of Chile, Argentina & Uruguay

Comfort, Santiago to Buenos Aires

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If you're the epicurean sort who's looking to experience some gourmet living, try this culinary trip on for size. You'll spend 11 days travelling Chile and Argentina, immersing yourself in the Mendoza and Maipo Valley wine regions and taking a taste (or three) along the way. Add to that an estancia (ranch) stay in Uruguay for some tasty BBQ and a visit to a culinary school for a demonstration and more tastings, we can guarantee you won't find South American cuisine food fresher than this.

What’s included

  • Hands-on: Maipo Valley Wineries Tour, Maipo Hands-on: Mendoza Wine Tour, Mendoza Hands-on: Cooking Class, Mendoza Hands-on: Organic Farm youth project Cooking Demonstration and lunch, Buenos Aires
  • Arrival transfer
  • Full-day tour of wineries with tastings in the Maipo Valley
  • Full-day Mendoza wine tour with tastings, gourmet lunch and cooking class
  • Buenos Aires orientation walk
  • Two nights at a rural Estancia in Uruguay
  • Visit to a culinary school with demonstrations and lunch
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Taste your way through the maipo valley and mendoza vineyards
  • Learn to prepare local specialties at a cooking class in mendoza
  • Live the cowboy life at a stylish 'estancia' ranch in uruguay
  • Visit a culinary youth training project for cooking demonstration and lunch
  • Explore buenos aires's trendy neighbourhoods

Itinerary

Day 1 Santiago Arrive any time. Arrival transfer included. The day is free to spend at your leisure exploring the city until our welcome meeting this evening. Santiago is Chile’s largest city and capital, with internationally recognized vineyards and Andean ski resorts very close by. Explore the many museums and parks, and visit the vibrant neighbourhood of Bellavista to see some handicrafts and trendy cafés. Additional Notes: There is a lot to do and see, in and around Santiago, we highly recommend booking pre-nights if you want time to explore. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Santiago (1B) Head out on a full-day excursion to the Maipo Valley area for an in-depth look at the region that produces such fine quality wines. Chilean wine is top-notch, with only France and Italy selling more wine worldwide. Visit some of the vineyards that are not only well-known internationally, but best-equipped for attending to visitors and situated in the midst of stunning scenery. Learn more about the process from local experts, taste a range of wines including the Carmenere, one of Chile's specialties. Included Activities: Maipo Valley Wineries Tour Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 3 Santiago/Mendoza (1B) Cross the Andes into Argentina and arrive in Mendoza, the heart of that country's wine growing region. Mendoza is a lovely city, known worldwide for its fabulous wine. It is home to 1,221 wineries producing nearly a billion litres of wine yearly. The Malbec varietal is sustained by the crystalline waters of the Rio Mendoza fed by the melting snows of the Andes. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Chile - Argentina) Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00-10.00 hours, 339km) Private Vehicle
Day 4 Mendoza (1B, 1L) Explore the Mendoza region and its wineries. Enjoy a full-day wine tour including a visit to three different wineries, a gourmet lunch, and an included cooking class. Included Activities: Mendoza Wine Tour Cooking Class
Day 5 Mendoza (1B) Mendoza is also the provincial capital, and outdoor activities such as whitewater rafting and skiing/snowboarding are plentiful depending on the season. There will be free time for optional hiking or cycling.
Day 6 Mendoza/Buenos Aires (1B) Fly to Buenos Aires and take an orientation walk with your CEO. Opt to take a city tour or enjoy a tango dinner show. Known as the ‘Paris of the Americas’, Buenos Aires is a vibrant city full of life. Visit the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo or catch a tango show at one of the many famous tanguerías. Wander the pedestrian walkways and see some dancing in the streets. Whatever you do, Buenos Aires is sure to leave lasting memories. Transport: Plane (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 7 Buenos Aires/Mal Abrigo (1B, 1L, 1D) Catch the ferry to Colonia, Uruguay, take an orientation walk through this beautiful town. Continue to the rural estancia, our guest ranch for the next two nights. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Argentina - Uruguay) Orientation Walk Transport: Ferry (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 125km)
Day 8 Mal Abrigo (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a relaxing day in rural Uruguay. Devour homemade meals from local ingredients and delicious barbecue while acquainting yourself with the gaucho (cowboy) lifestyle. Free time for optional hiking and horseback riding.
Day 9 Mal Abrigo/Buenos Aires (1B) Rest your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants and you will begin to understand the contemplative Argentine way of life. Since Buenos Aires will be your last chance to try the succulent beef and parrilladas, dig in and enjoy! Included Activities: Border Crossing (Uruguay - Argentina) Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours) Ferry (1.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Buenos Aires (1B, 1L) Visit a community project outside the city to see the empowerment and apprenticeship of youth through culinary arts. Enjoy a cooking demonstration and lunch at the school. Included Activities: Organic Farm youth project Cooking Demonstration and lunch Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Day 11 Buenos Aires (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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