Classic Chile Experience

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January, February, March, April, October, November, December

Chile is a massively underrated destination with a little of everything. A welcoming culture, stunning scenery, adventurous wilderness destinations, plus wildlife, wine tasting, street art and thousands of kilometres of coastline.

This experience will give you an idea of what is possible in Chile, if you have ten days to explore this country on the edge of the world.

Day 1 - Santiago de Chile

Santiago Wine & Dine Tour

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Chilean cuisine is dominated by rich flavors reflecting its varied landscapes. Get to know the tastes and aromas of this vibrant culture through a whirlwind food and drink tour of the nation’s capital.Along with your guide, dive into a chaotic market to gather fresh ingredients like cherimoya and aji verde, seasoned meats, and merquen spice. Explore the city’s best seafood market, Santiago’s favorite ice cream bottega, and a hidden sandwich shop.Then retreat to a stylish apartment for a private cooking class. Local chefs will offer instructions on how to prepare ingredients to make Chilean classics. Afterward, sample your creations, paired with the finest Chilean wines.

Day 2 - Santiago

Santiago de Chile City Tour

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Santiago is a city with nearly 500 years of history. Sitting against a spectacular backdrop of Andean peaks, it’s home to over six million people and a cornucopia of both political and cultural institutions.With a private car and knowledgeable local guide, you’ll see the best of one of Latin America’s largest cities on this whirlwind tour tailored to your interests.See the imposing neoclassical architecture of the Palacio de la Moneda. Enjoy the cityscape along with locals at Santa Lucia Hill and Metropolitan Park. Get amongst the action in the city’s fiscal center—Santiago boasts the largest concentration of financial institutions and corporate headquarters in Latin America.The tour can be adjusted to your interests and timeframes, so it can be an ideal start or finish to a Chilean vacation.

Day 3 - Chilean Wine Tasting

Scenic Helicopter Flight to the Colchagua Vineyards

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Peer out the window at rolling forested hills while the helicopter blades beat overhead. You won’t know where to train your eye, with so much fabulous landscape unfurling beneath you. That is, until you spot the meticulous rows of grapes that are Colchagua Vineyards.Established on land chosen after extensive searching and soil testing throughout South America, Colchagua Vineyards is one of the most creative and exclusive winemakers on the continent.Touch down and embark on a private adventure for the senses. Tour the facility, encounter grapes on the vine, and of course taste sumptuous wines, including the vineyard’s signature creation: an inspired blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, and Carménère.

Days 4 & 5 - Valparaiso

Maipo Valley Wine Tasting

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The Maipo Valley is a region characterized by its pleasant climate, mountain views, and rich red wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon. Visit the valley’s most distinguished wine producers on this taste-forward tour.Get granular and dive into the technical aspects of wine-making at Viña Undurraga, where you can learn about painstaking soil analysis at their test pit, before honing your olfactory skills in an aroma room.Taste all the wine you can manage at Viña El Principal before driving to nearby hilltops to survey the vineyard while enjoying a heaping asado (barbeque) of Chilean classics.

Valparaiso Street Art Tour

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The steep roads and cobblestone alleyways of Valparaiso hide a secret underground culture. The Pacific breeze perpetually rolling through the city occasionally carries the scent of spray paint, as yet another masterpiece is made.Valparaiso (“Valpo” for locals) is the cultural capital of Chile, and with that distinction comes an abundance of street art. Tour the city with a member of this underground culture to see a side that eludes most travelers. Visit alleys adorned with murals, staircases flowing with visual manifestos, and an insight into why this art is here. Here is a very comprehensive inside look at Valpo street art.

Days 6 & 7 - Northern Patagonia

Kayak on General Carrera Lake and Baker River

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Chile’s largest lake, General Carrera is a shimmering expanse bordered by snow-capped mountains. Explore it by kayak, using the agile vessel to investigate features along the shore and various islands, like Marble Caves. Paddle in and around these fascinating and surreal curves of undulating color, where the lake water has eroded calcium carbonate cliffs. Afterward, get your blood pumping with a high-octane paddle down Baker River. Battle with pounding white water as you rocket through a landscape almost too large to grasp.

Icefield Hiking in San Rafael Lagoon National Park

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Hike on ancient ice that’s hundreds of meters thick!The Northern Patagonian Icefield is one of the largest bodies of ice remaining outside of the polar regions. The last vestige of an ice sheet that covered most of Chile 18,000 years ago, the icefield is a fearsome place even as it retreats.Follow your guide across a boundless expanse of rolling white. Hear splendid silence punctuated only by the crunch of your crampons in the ice and the tinkling of carabiners on your safety harness. Gaze at incandescent peaks rising in the distance like blades. And if you’re feeling adventurous, climb one!

Days 8 to 10 - Torres del Paine

Trekking in Torres del Paine

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Turquoise lakes, tumbling glaciers, and sheer granite mountains—Torres del Paine is a wonderland of rugged scenery.Move through this incredible landscape on foot, taking the time to appreciate the mountains from all aspects, to stop and investigate fascinating fossils, and to connect with the region’s unique wildlife. Take advantage of luxurious accommodations and venture around the national park on day hikes. Or stay in huts along the storied W Trek, a four-day adventure that brings you through three of the park’s valleys, bordered by rock and ice.

Rock Climbing in Chilean Patagonia

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Patagonia’s Fitz Roy massif is out of the question for most climbers, but the area hosts plenty of other vertical adventures for all experience levels. Get the Torres del Paine climbing experience without the crowds or committing routes, by sampling excellent stone with sweeping lake views at nearby Laguna Sofia.For those with more skill and grit, the rocketing spires of Torres del Paine offer some more moderate routes, such as the Aste Route on South Tower.Your internationally certified guide will have intimate knowledge of these mountains and guide you safely up the region’s famous orange granite, as you jam perfect cracks and fight both gravity and the notorious, buffeting Patagonian winds.

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa

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With its subtle curves, beige camouflage, and abundant windows, Tierra Patagonia mingles effortlessly with its surroundings. Located on the outskirts of Sarmiento Lake, tapping into the magic of Torres del Paine National Park, this is a special place.Gaze out at the Patagonian wilderness while dining on locally sourced delicacies. Watch the sunset as you soak your tired legs in the heated pool.Trek across ancient glaciers, ride a horse across scrubland, or go fishing for salmon. Connect more deeply with the area by venturing out with Patagonian guides and get introduced to the land by the people who know it best.

Day 11 - Departure

This experience was created by
Stephen John
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