Each expedition traverses through the highlights of Chile and Argentina.
Our Wine and Country Expedition travels through the bustling city of Santiago, boutique wineries in Chile’s Casablanca, San Antonio, and Cachapoal Valleys, and the beauty of Pucón. Heading further south, delight in San Martin de Los Andes, and the gastronomic capital San Carlos de Bariloche. Your expedition ends in Puerto Varas with the stunningly scenic Lago Llanquihue.
The Patagonia Lakes Expedition takes you to Puerto Varas, renowned for its spectacular views of both the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. Delight in the fascinating conservation project of Pumalín Park, in the heart of Northern Patagonia, and explore Futaleufú one of the top outdoor destinations of Chile. Continue to Bariloche, Argentinas’ chocolate capital, and head onwards to sensational San Martin de Los Andes. End in Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve, a must-see for nature and photographic enthusiasts alike.
The capital of Chile, vibrant Santiago, is a bustling city tucked away in a valley surrounded by the Andean foothills. Founded in 1541, Santiago is now a thriving metropolis dotted with fine eateries and top-class hotels. It is the only city in the world that offers skiing high up in the majestic Andes, followed a mere 90 minutes later by walks on the beach and surfing in the Pacific Ocean. Guests visiting the Chilean capital are in for a heady mix of exclusive boutiques, sprawling shopping centres, magnificent architecture and discerning residential areas. Explore the wonders of this vibrant city and discover its museums, theatres, art galleries, fine dining options, nightlife, bustling markets, grand architecture and more.
Not-to-be-missed is a memorable adventure through Chile’s flourishing Wine Country, a mecca for wine enthusiasts and culture lovers alike. Perfect climatic conditions of hot summers, cool coastal breezes and gentle rainfalls ensure bountiful grape harvests that create delectable varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Carménère, the emblematic grape of Chile which hails from France and is now exclusive to Chile. Cushioned between the Andes and Coastal Mountains lies the Central Valley where the first vineyards were established in the colonial era. World-class estates are found in 14 principal valley regions; however notable destinations include the Aconcagua, Casablanca, Colchagua, San Antonio-Leyda, Maipo, Cachapoal, Curico and Maule Valleys.
The utterly spectacular landscape of the Lake District makes this destination a firm favourite of guests travelling to Chile. Breathtaking glacial lakes mirror the frosted tips of dormant volcanoes and the verdant flora of nearby national parks. Stretching over 300 kilometres (186 miles), this region was once the homeland of the courageous Mapuche people who fought off the advances of Inca and Spanish invaders. It has since grown from thriving farmlands into the tranquil tourist mecca it is today. Quaint villages, such as Pućon perch along the various lake shorelines and offer adventures such as horse riding, hiking, fishing, mountain climbing, nature walks and water sports. Pućon is situated along the shores of the Villarrica Lake, near the active Volcano Villarrica. Traveller’s visiting this destination will be treated to sensational views and landscapes as well as exceptional activities such as the opportunity to hike up the volcano and unwind in a natural hot spring.
Those with a penchant for breathtaking scenery, skiing, hiking and photography will love the gateway city of Bariloche, situated in the northern Patagonia region of Argentina, in the Lago Nahuel Huapi National Park. It is from here that lovers of the snow, launch their expeditions to the country’s renowned snow-capped Cerro Catedral and Lopez Mountains and for adventurers to embark on the famous lake crossing of the Andes into Chile. Bariloche boasts beautiful Swiss-style chalets accentuated by carpentry and stone masonry from Patagonia. This is mixed with world-class boutique hotels and dotted with stores dedicated to all things chocolate.