Southern Discovery

Comfort, Santiago to Buenos Aires

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From the wineries of the Maipo Valley to the pristine beauty of northern Patagonia and the cosmopolitan flair of Buenos Aires, experience the riches of South America. Enjoy a taste of wilderness with hiking opportunities in Chile's Lake District and Argentine Patagonia before cleansing your palate for a wine tasting at a vineyard. Travel days are well paced and include short flights, allowing you the time to really experience the region’s highlights—in comfort and style. As an introduction to Chile and Argentina, this trip offers the perfect combination of guided excursions and free time to explore at your own pace.

What’s included

  • Hands-on: Maipo Valley Wineries Tour, Maipo
  • Arrival transfer
  • Maipo Valley winery tour with tastings
  • Half-day cultural tour with visit to Angelmó fish market and traditional curanto meal
  • Visit Petrohue Falls
  • ‘Cruce de los Lagos’ lake crossing by scenic ferry
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Sample the best chilean wines in the maipo valley
  • Soak in the stunning natural beauty of the lake district's volcanoes and waterways
  • Savour a local meal slow-cooked under hot rocks in the ground
  • Experience the sophistication of buenos aires.

Itinerary

Day 1 Santiago Arrival day, no activities planned. 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. Possible day trips include a trip to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, Chile’s premier beach resort, and to Isla Negra, Pablo Neruda’s seaside home. Additional Notes: Should you want more time to explore Santiago and do optional day trips, we highly recommend you book additional pre-nights. 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, Chile's signature grape. Included Activities: Maipo Valley Wineries Tour Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 3 Santiago/Puerto Varas (1B, 1L) There are few areas in the world that can match the Chilean Lake District for scenic grandeur. Enjoy picture perfect views from snow-capped mountains to deep-blue and emerald lakes, smoking volcanoes, forests and glaciers. Included Activities: Puerto Varas Cultural Tour Transport: Plane (1.50-2.00 hours, 996km) Private Vehicle
Day 4 Puerto Varas (1B) Today is free to explore on your own. Opt to take an excursion to Chiloé Island.
Day 5 Puerto Varas/San Carlos de Bariloche (1B) Travel by bus and ferry to Bariloche, Argentina. Visit the Petrohue Falls, then enjoy the sights from the ‘Cruce de los Lagos’, considered one of the most scenic cruises in the world. Additional Notes: The Approximate journey time today is 10-11 hours. This journey is by comfortable bus and scenic ferry and crosses the Chilean/Argentine Border. Travel time is approx. and based on time of year and weather conditions. During certain times of the year, the ferry cannot be used, in which case we will travel overland by bus. Included Activities: Petrohué Falls Visit Cruce de los Lagos Cruise Border Crossing (Chile - Argentina)
Day 6 San Carlos de Bariloche (1B) Bariloche in many ways resembles the alpine resorts of Europe. Sample a beef parrillada, or a variety of fresh salmon or lake trout, then work it off during a day hike around Cerro Catedral or while practicing your salsa at one of the town's salsotecas. Careful—Bariloche is also famous for its quality and quantity of chocolate!
Day 7 San Carlos de Bariloche/Buenos Aires (1B) Fly north to the buzzing metropolis that is Buenos Aires. Known as the ‘Paris of the Americas’, Buenos Aires is a vibrant city full of life. When you are done exploring, settle 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, chicken and chorizo parrilladas, dig in and enjoy! Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s), 1640km)
Day 8 Buenos Aires (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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