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South American Culture & Wine

Highlights Include:

  • Experiencing tango at a local milonga in Buenos Aires
  • Horseback riding in the Uco Valley
  • Immersing yourself into the wine culture of Mendoza
  • End the trip in vibrant Santiago de Chile
Tour Details

From: $5,600 per person | Single supplement on request

10 days

Departures: Daily, All Year

Imagine 10 amazing days of tango, beef, gaucho cowboys and Andes-backed vineyards. In Buenos Aires there is the chance to experience tango at a local milonga, and then head due west to Córdoba to our favorite estancia, Los Potreros, a real working ranch where guests are made to feel totally at home by the owners and their team. The trip then continues west to Mendoza where a few days are spent sampling the incredible food and wine on offer. These delicious encounters can, if desired, be offset by taking one of the many active biking, riding, or hiking tours that we have in the region. Then hop over the Andes by bus or plane (both offer wonderful but very different views) to Santiago. If you have time, add a night in Santiago and take a day trip to colorful and vibrant Valparaiso to complete the trip from the Atlantic to the Pacific!

Itinerary
This is a sample semi-independent itinerary. Travel will be independent with guided tours and activities along the way. Our Specialists will work with you to create an itinerary to meet your preferences.

Day 1Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrival in Ministro Pistarini International Airport (in Buenos Aires) and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Buenos Aires

Day 2Buenos Aires City Tour | Meals: B

Your expert, friendly guide will take you on and off the beaten track as you explore this vibrant and fascinating city. Of course, you will have a car at your disposal, but we recommend getting out and walking around some of the neighborhoods. The tour will take in the main highlights, but we encourage you to let us know in advance if there are particular things that that interest you so we can tailor the tour for you. Tango show with dinner at La Vantana: The show includes dinner and drinks, or at some, you can book just the show if you prefer. Optional tango lesson before the dinner-tango show. Overnight in Buenos Aires

Day 3Buenos Aires – Córdoba | Meals: B L D

Transfer to Buenos Aires Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Airport for your onward flight to Córdoba. Upon arrival in Córdoba, transfer to the wonderful Estancia Los Potreros. Overnight at Estancia Los Potreros

Days 4-5Estancia Los Potreros – Córdoba | Meals: B L D

Spend two full days at Estancia Los Potreros. All of your meals are included, in addition to many riding, hiking, and relaxing activities around the farm. There are also opportunities for watching or getting involved with the gauchos at work. The estancia is located on the beautiful but little-known range of hills known as the “Sierras Chicas.” Nestled between the Pampas and the Andes, the area is designated provincial reserve, renowned for its stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and rural traditions. Overnights at Estancia Los Potreros

Day 6Córdoba – Mendoza | Meals: B

Transfer back to Córdoba airport. Fly Córdoba to Mendoza. Upon arrival in Mendoza, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Mendoza

Day 7Lujan de Cuyo Wineries | Meals: B L

This high-end tour is designed for you to enjoy an excellent day of wine with a select group of up to only 8 people. Luján de Cuyo is the heartland of the Malbec grape, and this tour lets you experience this amazing variety as well as other tremendous wines of the region at three different wineries. In recent years, Achaval-Ferrer has represented Mendoza in Wine Spectator‘s list of Top 100 wines with various Malbecs. The winery, cozy and modern, is located at the edge of the Mendoza River amongst vineyards almost 100 years old. Their peculiar winemaking methods and business philosophy makes for a dynamic and interesting visit followed by tastings of premium wines. Located in a completely restored centenary building, Casarena winery opened its doors to teach about their wines and vineyards. During the visit to this winery, guests taste wines from all of the different stages of winemaking – fermentation, oak barrels, and finally the wines from labeled bottles. Casarena invites their guests to experience these differences in aromas and flavors of the wine during its production, demonstrating how the wines evolve during the winemaking process. In 1999, after 30 years advising companies in the wine sector, Susana Balbo decided to undertake her dream of having a winery herself, beginning the construction of Dominio del Plata in the heart of Lujan de Cuyo. Overnight in Mendoza

Day 8Horseback riding in the Uco Valley | Meals: B L

This riding trip takes you to 7800 feet in the Andean foothills. The tour starts at 8:30 a.m., picking you up from your hotel in Mendoza. You head up to the “Quebrada del Condor“ (the Condor’s Gorge) through the village of Potrerillos and past the Hoyada viewpoint. You reach the gorge at 10:30 a.m., where a traditional breakfast will be served. After a brief health and safety introduction, the ride starts. At the foot of the “Cordón del Plata” in the Uco Valley, the local wildlife and flora will amaze you. Llamas, condors, foxes, hares and awesome birds will be part of this ride, too. Follow ancient paths to reach a viewpoint at over 9000 feet above sea level from where the “Cordón del Plata” range can be appreciated in all its glory. Here you have lunch – a famous Argentine asado will be prepared for you. After lunch, the group heads back to Mendoza. Overnight in Mendoza

Day 9Mendoza – Santiago | Meals: B

Transfer to the Mendoza airport for the onward flight to Santiago. Upon your arrival in Santiago, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Santiago

Day 10Depart Santiago, Chile | Meals: B

You will start your touring in Santiago, where you will visit some highlights including the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art; La Moneda, where the current seat of government is located; El Centro’s lively shops and street vendors; and San Cristobal Hill, where a panoramic view of the city and the snowcapped Andes awaits. After the tour, transfer to the Santiago airport for your onward flight – or extend your stay in South America!

Included
  • Nine nights’ accommodation
  • Transfers as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Services with local English speaking guide.
  • National parks entrance fees when applies
  • Tour of Buenos Aires
  • Tango Show
  • Two days all-inclusive at Estancia Los Potreros
  • Mendoza Wine Tour with three winery visits, local guide, samples
  • Horseback riding Uco Valley
  • Santiago City Tour
Not Included
  • All flights and related taxes & surcharges
  • Travel insurance, recommended
  • Fees for passports, visas, or health vaccinations
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals and beverages not specified
  • Luggage handling at airports and hotels
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
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