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Argentina. In the Wake of Magellan: Patagonia by Land & Sea

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Consider adding time before or after you trip in either Santiago or Buenos Aires. Or opt to explore another region for several days, such as the Lakes District, Easter Island or the Atacama Desert in Chile or Iguazu Falls and Mendoza in Argentina.

Valparaiso and the Casablanca Valley

Visit the coastal town of Valparaiso, known as “The Jewel of the Pacific” and a UNESCO world heritage site. Built upon 44 hills around a bay, the hills create an amphitheatric setting with the port as its focal point. Every inch of it is vivaciously covered with art: art with political purpose, art with playful tones, art of love, even ugly art- but art all the same. Leave the ocean breeze behind and stop for a few days to visit Chile’s warm and rural Casablanca wine valley. It is here that you will find the quaint, yet highly sophisticated, winery: Matetic Vineyards. Matetic Vineyards prides themselves in being not only organic, but also biodynamic. Biodynamic practices not only take into account the natural well-being of the grape vines but also the entire well-being of the valley at large. They use quartz to help with photosynthesis, chickens to eat bugs (including portable chicken coops) instead of pesticides, gravity rather than electricity in wine processing, and many other rigidly calculated natural practices to promote the highest quality of grapes for their wine.

Day 1: Santiago to Valparaiso
This morning depart Santiago for Valparaiso and Vina del Mar after breakfast. Upon arrival enjoy a city tour of Valparaiso and lunch. Valparaiso is a picturesque city that more closely resembles a European harbor than a 21st century commercial port. It offers panoramic vistas of the Pacific from its steep cerros and beautiful beaches. With your guide explore the historic district, the colorful markets and hills of “Valpo.” Overnight at Cirilo Armstrong.  

Day 2: Free day in Valparaiso
Enjoy free time to explore this colorful maze of a city. Find your way down to the seaside wandering through public art spaces and walk along the beach of Valparaiso while watching the lazy seals sunning themselves nearby. This city is a photographer’s paradise, so make sure to bring your camera! Overnight at Cirilo Armstrong.

Day 3: Valparaiso to Matetic Vineyards
After a beautiful breakfast at Cirilo Armstrong, depart for Casablanca Valley and Matetic Vineyards. Upon arrival at Matetic you will have the chance to sip a glass of welcome wine as you take in the gorgeous vistas that sprawl out aroudn the valley's picturesque scape. Then, have a full presentation of Rosario Valley by your specialized guide at the “El Emporio”and end the day with a completely organic dinner and complementary half bottle of red or white Corralillo wine. Overnight at La Casona 

Day 4: Matetic Vineyards
After a delicous breakfast at La Casona, head out on an outdoor guided excursion (horseback riding, cycling, trekking or driving tour in van). Have a special lunch at La Casona with food & wine pairing: mini dishes paired with Matetic's main Premium and Ultra-Premium wines. In the afternoon, tour the wine cellar and complete a tasting of 4 Ultra-Premium wines from their EQ lineMini course. Finally, in the evening, enjoy a “How to make your own pisco sour and afternoon cocktail” and a fantastic dinner with half bottle of red or white Corralillo wine. Overnight at La Casona. 

Day 5: Matetic Vineyards to Santiago

After breakfast, your driver will meet you and bring you back to Santiago, where you will catch your flight home or onto your next exciting destination. 

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Atacama Desert Adventure

Atacama DesertAmidst an otherworldly landscape, you’ll travel among salt lakes and hot springs, volcanoes and lush oasis in the highest and driest desert in the world. Red snow-capped volcanoes merge with pastel colored desert expanses that are interrupted only by the outlines of the hills, salt formations, and giant dunes. Hike among sand dunes and bizarre rock formations of the Valley of the Moon, observe flamingos and experience extra buoyancy in the saline lagoons of the Atacama, mountain bike desert trails through red-rock canyons, walk among the ruins of ancient pre-Columbian villages, watch the daily eruption of the Tatio geysers and photograph the ever-changing colors of the amazing scenery. Time your visit to coincide with a New Moon and you’ll have the chance to observe some of the clearest and most brilliant night skies in the Southern Hemisphere.

We work with a selection of three unique properties that each offer an all-inclusive experience in the Atacama Desert. Stays range from 3-5 nights (or more upon request) and the character, location, and excursions differ slightly from lodge to lodge.  

Day 1: Arrive in Santiago - Fly to Atacama Desert

Morning arrival into Santiago via your international flight or onward connection within Chile. After clearing customs and collecting luggage, check in with your flight to Calama. Upon arrival airport reception by lodge staff and transfer to the hotel. Participation in an afternoon excursion is dependent upon flight arrival time. Otherwise relax and refresh, enjoy dinner and overnight at the lodge of your choice. One of the guides will discuss the various excursions you can select over the next few days. 

The northern skies of Chile are famous for being some of the clearest in the world. The combination of an extremely dry climate, high altitude and the distance from any source of environmental or light pollution makes them a perfect and clear window into the Universe. Consider partaking in an astronomy tour one evening – an hour in length and offered ever night except during the week of the full moon. 


Days 2 - 5: Atacama Desert Explorations

Four full days of exploring the fascinating Atacama geology, fauna and culture. Choose from a variety of excursions, catering to different interests and activity levels. Visit the high mountain-village of Chiu-Chiu, trek across expansive salt flats, observe the incredible Taito Geysers, hunt for petroglyphs along sandstone cliffs, float in saline lagoons and enjoy an easy mountain bike ride through the Katarpe Valley. The Valley of the Moon offers some of the best hiking and most dramatic scenery in the Atacama. Day ventures to Laguna Chaxa include a visit to the Reserva Nacional los Flamencos, excellent for observing flamingos and other birds. Extreme adventure enthusiasts can attempt to climb some of the Atacama’s five major volcanoes, ranging from 17,300-19,712’ (acclimatization days are required.) Mountaineering and some other excursions into the Andes have an acclimatization requirement so be sure to liaise directly with your guides to plan your time accordingly. 


Day 6: Departure

After breakfast, transfer to the Calama airport for your afternoon flight to Santiago for international departure or onward travel. 

Standard Atacama Accommodation: Casa Atacama, Hotel Terrantai, Hotel Altiplanico

Upgrade Atacama Accommodation: Explora, Awasi Lodge, Alto Atacama

IguazĂș Falls Extension

Fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazú Falls, a place of supernatural beauty with 275 separate waterfalls located within a two-mile stretch, some plunging from a spectacular height of 260 feet. With your naturalist guide by your side, spend your days hiking miles of lush trails and learning about the rainforest’s ecosystems and resident animals – watch for butterflies, monkeys, caiman and a variety of birds, such as parrots, toucans and hummingbirds. 

 


Flights to Iguazu not included.

DAY 1: ARRIVE AT IGUAZU FALLS

Arrive in Iguazú Falls mid-morning where you’ll be met and taken to the Brazil side of the falls. Spend this afternoon on your own viewing and feeling the the falls. Walk on the extensive trail system that features numerous view points of the Falls. Overnight in nearby resort


DAY 2: FREE DAY AT IGUAZU FALLS

Today explore the tropical rain forests and multiple waterfalls of Iguazú National Park with a naturalist guide. Iguazú Falls consists of 275 separate waterfalls along a nearly two mile long fall line along the Iguazú River on the border between Argentina and Brazil. Spectacular falls plunge 260 feet in a thunderous roar of mist and rainbows among giant ferns, vines and orchids. Today will be our introduction to the rainforest ecosystem full of butterflies, monkeys, caiman, peccary, deer and abundant birdlife especially parrots, toucans, hummingbirds and guan. There are miles of trails, a train to the Devil’s Throat overlook, walkways with foot bridges, and a boat crossing to more trails, all providing strategic access for unlimited photographic viewpoints. Overnight in nearby resort


DAY 3: RETURN TO BUENOS AIRES
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires. (Depending on flight times, you might have extra time to explore the falls on this day).


 Standard Iguazu accommodations: Loi Suites

Upgrade Iguazu accommodations: Melia Iguazu Resort

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