This is a week-long tour through Santiago valley in Chile where you can hike, bike, taste wine and enjoy traditional Chilean cuisine. This Latin America adventure travel includes a city tour of Santiago's historical places, trekking El Morado Glacier and visiting various local wineries.
Tour wineries in both the Colchagua and San Antonio Valleys on bike
Enjoy hiking through El Morado National Park to Laguna Morales
Visit the chic beachside cities of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar
Visit Santiago and explore its most famous historical sites
Explore the best of the Santiago valley region on this Latin America adventure travel and cuisine adventure! Enjoy biking through vineyards, trekking in the Andes, and culinary tasting in Colchagua and San Antonio valleys. Enjoy breathtaking views and visit famous historical sites on this week-long Chile tour. Visit famous museums and hidden gems as you immerse in the wonderful landscapes and picturesque villages which make this region unique and entertaining.
On your arrival in Santiago, we will transfer you to your hotel.
In the morning, your guide will pick you up your hotel. Your guide leads you on an excursion which includes Santiago’s most significant historical sites, including the downtown area surrounding the Plaza de Armas and the La Moneda Presidential Palace. Travel through the Mercado Central, one of Chile’s biggest fresh seafood markets, and walk by the many bustling stalls to witness the huge variety available from Chile’s abundant sea. Visit some of the lesser-known barrios of Santiago, including Republica and Concha y Toro, which were historically vested neighborhoods and home to Santiago's privileged society. There is time to wander around and take photos of the various styles of architecture dating back to the 19th and early 20th century. Proceeding through the cobblestoned Lastarria neighborhood, stroll through the Parque Forestal and cross by the Bellas Artes Museum. For a scenic vista of the city, visit the top of Cerro San Cristobal Hill, which stands 984 feet above the city.
During the trip, the opportunity to visit one of Santiago’s most renowned museums, La Chascona, is available. The former home of beloved poet and Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda, the playful residence provides a snapshot into the life and mind of Neruda and is loaded with art, eccentric collections, and even his Nobel Prize. The free afternoon is free to explore further the city on your own.
Your guide will pick you from your hotel and head for the exciting peaks of El Morado National Park, one of the Central Valley’s greatest places to hike and explore. Start at Banos Morales and continue toward Laguna Morales, a small lake at 7,874 feet above sea level. After a picnic lunch, proceed along the way until you reach a viewpoint of San Francisco Glacier, one of the twenty-nine Chilean glaciers which have a significant influence on the nation’s landscape and water supply. Following the same path, head back to Banos Morales for some snacks before driving higher into the Andes for a relaxing soak in the Banos Colinas hot springs. This trip includes four to five hours of moderate hiking.
In the morning, head out with your guide for a day of biking and wine tasting. Start with a three-hour drive south to the high eastern part of the famous Colchagua Valley where you begin your ride. Take a soothing ride downhill for 20 miles toward the city of San Fernando and end at the Casa Silva Winery which highlights a rich history dating back over a century. Enjoy a trip of the winery and lunch with wine tasting. After your time at the winery, drive to your new lodge in the Colchagua Valley to relax from the day's ride.
Enjoy a second day exploring around the Colchagua Valley. In the morning, your driver will meet you and take you to Estampa, the first winery in Chile which was committed to mixing its wines. The architecture of Estampa highlights an avant-garde design, which exhibits cutting-edge winemaking equipment. Next, pedal to the family-run Viu Manent winery for a picnic lunch. Established in 1935, Viu Manent’s core philosophy is focused on attention to detail, respect for the environment, and admiring history and tradition.
Following your lunch, bike a short distance to Neyen Winery. Established on the site of one of the region’s pioneering wineries and dating back to the 19th century, Neyen is the ideal blend of traditional and modern times. Its Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon vines were planted in 1890 and produce great fruit. Famous enologists Patrick Valette and Eduardo Silva worked as consultants, employing art, accuracy, and passion to achieve the maximum appearance of the vines, varieties, and unique terroir. Drive back to your hotel late this afternoon.
In the morning, head out for a three-hour drive to the San Antonio Valley, Chile’s biggest coastal wine region. Nurturing the grapes needs a unique knowledge in order to accomplish the delicate balance between sunlight, wind, and temperature. The hard work of winemakers has produced great results: crisp whites and spicy reds which are increasingly gaining attention around the world. First, start with the Matetic Winery. A state-of-the-art winemaking facility, Matetic was created to complement its elegant natural surroundings. Grapes are handpicked and thoughtfully examined to ensure only those of highest quality are picked for the winemaking process. Enjoy a trip to the grounds and taste the flavors of their unique wines.
Your next target is Casa Marín Winery. Established in 2000 by Chile’s first female vineyard owner, Maria Luz Marin, Casa Marin has been defined as one of the most daring and innovative vineyards in the country. Its unique wines have received many awards, including Best Sauvignon Blanc in the World (2010), Winery of the Year (2010) by industry association Wines of Chile. Two of its famous wines, Miramar Vineyard Syrah 2010 and Cipreses Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011, were named the best in Chile by the country’s most prestigious wine publication, Descorchados. Following a trip and tasting of their premium wines, enjoy a delicious lunch on the grounds. This afternoon, return to your hotel at Matetic Winery and enjoy the rest of the day free to further explore the region.
In the morning, head out with your guide for a city tour of Valparaiso. Start in the downtown sector and know about the history of 'Valpo' and its significance in South American trade and commerce. Century-old hillside elevators carry you up the city’s steep hills, where a labyrinthine maze of streets uncover vividly colored buildings, bohemian cafes, and beautiful restaurants. Have lunch at one of the city’s top restaurants, which is placed in the hills. With a diverse menu and a fresh pisco sour or glass of wine, what could be better? After lunch, continue your journey in the resort city of Vina del Mar, also famous as 'the garden city' for its rich gardens and palm-lined boulevards. Travel by the 'Reloj de Flores' (flower clock) and sandy beaches while absorbing the colonial history of the city, as well as its modern flair.
Today is the last day of your Latin America adventure travel. After breakfast, We will transfer you to the airport to catch your home flight.
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