CHILE & ARGENTINA WINE & WALKING ADVENTURE

Immerse yourself in the rich culture of both Chile and Argentina while indulging in the finest wineries, restaurants, and lodges South America offers. Visit world-renowned winemakers in the Casablanca Valley, Valle de Uco, amongst others. Encounter breathtaking scenery and diverse wildlife while enjoying moderately strenuous hikes in the world-famous Andean mountains, including the famed Ski Portillo Resort, a historic training ground for elite snow skiers. When not on the mountain, stroll leisurely through the local museums, shops, and even enjoy Chilean cooking classes. Explore two of Argentina’s most stunning regions including the wide-open vineyards in Mendoza Province and Patagonian National Park, Nahuel Huapi, as you walk in the footsteps of locals. Journey around some of the most notable mountains in the world including Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Adventure

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy/Moderate

TRIP LENGTH: 12 days/11 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 12-24

TRIP COST: From $5,900/person/double occupancy

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Immerse yourself in the rich culture of both Chile and Argentina.
  • Indulging in the finest wineries, restaurants, and lodges South America has to offer.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Santiago, Chile

  • Arrive in Santiago, Chile, Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL)
  • Explore Santiago on your own
  • Welcome dinner and reception
  • Orientation
  • Overnight: Hotel San Francisco or comparable
  • Meals Included: D

Day 2 : Santiago, Chile

  • Santiago walking city tour, including: La Moneda Square, Hotel General Carrera, Cathedral Square, Paseo Ahumada, Pre-Colombian Museum, Museo de la Memoria
  • During tour, enjoy lunch at the Central Market, featuring fish and crab, then return to hotel for mingling
  • Overnight: Hotel San Francisco or comparable
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 3: Casablanca Valley | El Cuadro Winery

  • Travel to Casablanca Valley
  • Full day visiting El Cuadro Winery where you will enjoy wine tastings
  • Learn about the winemaking process, create you own “assemblage” and compete in teams for first place
  • Overnight: Hotel Casablanca or comparable
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 4: Valparaíso

  • Visit Nobel prize winner, Pablo Neruda’s house, La Sebastiana, UNESCO World Heritage Site: Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso
  • Spend time overlooking the quaint and colorful city
  • Chilean Cooking Class & Anti-tour
  • Overnight: Verso or comparable
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 5: Portillo Ski Resort | Laguna del Inca

  • Arrive to Portillo Ski Resort
  • Laguna del Inca hike
  • Return to resort for dinner
  • Overnight: Portillo Ski Resort or comparable
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 6: Horcones Valley

  • Drive to border crossing, winding up into the Andes Mountains
  • Drive to Horcones Valley (6,962′) for hike viewing Aconcagua (22,841′), the tallest mountain in the Americas
  • Hike to Horcones Lagoon (9,350′) to enjoy a picnic lunch
  • Transfer to hotel
  • Enjoy grilled dinner on Sarmiento Street
  • Overnight: Hotel Aconcagua or comparable
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 7: Mendoza, Argentina

  • Classical walking city tour of Mendoza, including: San Martin Park, Cerro de La Gloria, and Plaza Independencia
  • Visit a historical museum, Museo del Pasado Cuyano
  • Overnight: Hotel Aconcagua or comparable
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 8: Vallecitos Valley

  • Vallecitos Valley hike – begin in the Vallecitos Valley where we will take the path of mountaineers at over 9,000’
  • Enjoyable meal at San Bernardo Mountain Hut (local favorite of climbers)
  • Return back down the mountain
  • Overnight: Lares de Chacra or comparable
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 9: Valle de Uco

  • Full day wine tour at famous Las Terrazas winery
  • Cooking class and luncheon
  • Enjoy another afternoon of blending your own wine and competing with other guests
  • Overnight: Lares de Chacra or comparable
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 10: Buenos Aires

  • Transfer to airport to Buenos Aires
  • Transfer to hotel
  • Steak dinner in Buenos Aires – Traditional Asado
  • Overnight: Hotel Principado or comparable
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 11: Buenos Aires

  • Walking city tour, including: cultural stops at Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo antique neighborhood, and Recoleta with its famous Cemetery
  • Visit the Modern South American Art museum
  • Dinner and Tango Show for Celebration Dinner
  • Overnight: Hotel Principado or comparable
  • Meals Included: B/D

Day 12: Departures

  • Transfer to airport for international departures
  • Meals Included: B

HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT

One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we travel. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe, and connecting trekkers with voluntourism opportunities in local communities.

Although we don’t have projects in this part of the world, there are always opportunities to get involved and find a meaningful way to engage with the local community. We would love to talk to you about custom voluntourism and humanitarian opportunities that you can incorporate into your WWTrek trip. The find out more, go to HumanOutreachProject.org or contact us.

TRAVEL NOTES

Best time of the year to visit:

November to early March

Arrivals & Departures:

Arrive at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport (SCL), Santiago, Chile. Depart from Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Recommended Flights:

There are many flight options, our expert travel agent that can help you with all of your travel arrangements. We utilize Danny Genung at Harr Travel to book all of our flights. He can be reached at: danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117. The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, they are not recommended, due to instability in the itineraries.

We recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

Customs, Visas, & Immigration:

U.S. Citizens are not required to obtain a visa for travel in Argentina or Chile.

*Please Note: You will need a passport valid for more than six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at hime and bring the other with you to Argentina and Chile in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date. Carry two extra passport photos when you travel.

Add-on Adventures:

Many guests choose to add additional adventures to the beginning or end of our scheduled itinerary. If you are interested in learning about options or have an idea in mind, please let us know! We are happy to plan all logistics for you and your group.

Gratuities:

In many parts of the world, gratuities are given in appreciation for a job well done. Our guides will take care of tipping service personnel along the way so that you don’t have to think about it.

For any additional services outside of our itinerary, plan to tip 10% (transport, restaurants, baggage, lodges, etc). We will provide you a tipping guide once you sign up for a trip.

At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented to your WWTrekking guides and trekking staff as we say our goodbyes.

Currency Exchange:

We recommend exchanging money at the airport as soon as you clear customs. We will offer additional exchange opportunities, but typically you will receive the best rates at the airport. Exchanging $100 should suit your needs for the trek. We always recommend bringing $500 cash with you on your trip for incidentals.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Country:

Argentina

Capital City:

Buenos Aires

Population:

43,847,430

Time Zone:

Argentina Time (ART, UTC-3)

History & Culture:

Covering the majority of southern South America, Argentina is the 8th largest country in the world. From plains to jungles, the rolling plateau of Patagonia to the rugged Andes, Argentina pulses with life and exceptional natural beauty. Colonized by the Spanish in 1776, it wasn’t until 1816 that Argentina declared independence. Argentina went on to be instrumental in revolutionary movements elsewhere in South America. The capital city, Buenos Aires, is a crowded metropolitan area known as the Paris of the Americas for its European architecture and flair. This city is home to some of the world’s finest arts, entertainment, and cuisine. Argentina is also known for its wine country, which lies in the shadow of the Andes mountains.

Country:

Chile

Capital City:

Santiago

Population:

17,574,003

Time Zone:

Chile Standard Time and Easter Island Standard Time (CLT and EAST) (UTC -3 and -5)

History & Culture:

This South American country lies along the western coast of the continent, boasting 6,435 km of coastline on the Pacific Ocean. Chile is the longest north-south trending country in the world, spanning 39 degrees of latitude from its northern boundary with Peru to the southern-most tip of South America. This slender and long country passes through a multitude of climates, starting in the north with the world’s driest desert, to a Mediterranean climate, then to a rainy temperate climate, and alpine tundra and glaciers in the south. From granite spires, to fjords, and vast desert, Chile has beautiful and unique landscapes.

The majority of Chileans are part of the Roman Catholic church, although the country enjoys religious freedom and the percent of the population that identifies as Roman Catholic has been decreasing. Chilean culture is diverse, varying from north to south. Some regions have a strong indigenous heritage while others have a heavier European influence woven into their culture. Before Chile was colonized by Spanish explorers in the 16th northern Chile was under Inca rule while central and southern Chile were inhabited by the Araucanians (Mapuche). Chile has developed into one of the most stable and prosperous nations of Latin America.