Explore Argentina and Chile in one trip! For travelers who want a deeper, more intimate experience and a chance to get off the tourist track, come join us to learn about the people of these beautiful countries. Nature, Customs, Music, Art, Food, Wine and deeper connection, personal transformation, and truly unique and original experiences. We'll participate in cooking classes, artisan experiences, dance demos (step out and give it a try if you like!), horseback riding in the shadows of the Andes Mountains, soaking in hot springs, hiking in alpine environs, spending a day with the indigenous Mapuche community, touring vibrant seaside Valparaiso city, hiking in lava fields near a volcano, and always eating incredible food and enjoying local wines! We value ethical travel and you'll be staying in beautiful, locally owned and operated lodgings, connecting with locals to learn about their lives, work, and beliefs, and patronizing local communities as much as possible. This trip is about people, about relationships, about seeing a new world, learning about a different way of life, opening minds and hearts, and enjoying a lively, lovely and beautiful people and land all at the same time!
Our group trip begins in the evening, at Lares de Chacras, a family-run, boutique hotel in the village of Chacras de Coria, the heart of wine country, just south of the big city of Mendoza, Argentina. This small, 10-room inn, provides the perfect, intimate and luxurious atmosphere for our introduction to Argentina. The hotel features a lovely swimming pool with hot tub, a wine cellar where you can select local wines, and a play room with pool table. Beautiful rooms are charming and well-appointed, providing you all the comforts you need to rest after the flight from home. We'll kick off our South American adventure with a delicious wine-pairing dinner at one of the top-rated local restaurants.
Important Note: Please plan to arrive at the Mendoza, Argentina airport by 3:00pm on November 7th in order to arrive at the hotel in time for our departure to the Welcome Dinner. Arriving a day ahead or earlier on that morning is an even better plan!
Optional Daytime Activity
If you arrive a day early, join us on a Wine Country by Bicycle day tour. We'll ride through the relatively flat wine country near Chacras de Coria (steering clear of busy roads!) and enjoy tours and tastings at a couple of wineries including a wine-pairing lunch at a local restaurant.
Do you love Malbec? Are you familiar with this Argentine wine? You may have been hearing a lot about it lately, as it is quickly gaining popularity in the States. Mendoza is Malbec country! This zone has some of the same beauty and sophistication of Burgundy or Napa with the added, jaw-dropping backdrop of the snow-covered, dramatic Andes Mountains to enjoy as you ride along.
While this is a wonderful and enjoyable activity for adults, it wouldn't be much fun for kids. Age 18+ on this activity please.
November 7 11:00-5:00
$120, includes transportation to tour office, private guide for our group, bicycle and helmet, wine tasting and tours at each stop, multi-course lunch with wine pairing, and gratuities