Day 1: Arrive in Chile / Atacama Desert

On arrival Santiago’s International Airport you will be met and welcomed by our local representative who will assist you through passport control, baggage claim and connection within the airport to your domestic flight to Calama in the Atacama Desert.

Upon arrival at the airport in Calama, will be met by a representative of Awasi staff, who will drive you to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, located approximately 80 minutes away. This afternoon an activity will be provided by the hotel, giving you your first taste of the area. At an altitude of 7,900 feet in the very heart of the Atacama, Calama is your gateway to the geological and archaeological wonders of the central desert.

The sheer starkness of the Atacama Desert is one of awe-inspiring beauty. A landmark of the El Norte Grande, this region boasts an incredible landscape of ragged, rocky mountains, hills and ravines that are interspersed by a striking white salt pan and surrounded by towering volcanoes. As the world’s driest desert, the Atacama lives up to its name, with not a single raindrop recorded in over 150 years in some areas of this vast high plateau desert. Sitting at an altitude of 11,500 feet, the Atacama Desert boasts clear, unpolluted skies that allow for the most incredible, unforgettable stargazing. Amongst the desolate landscapes you will find the quaint town of San Pedro de Atacama, which serves as a gateway to the desert’s main attractions such as the Cejar Ponds (which contain more salt than the Dead Sea and will allow you to float with no effort), the Toconao Village, the Valley of the Moon and the Flamingos National Reserve.

Awasi Atacama

Three nights at Awasi Atacama. Dinner included.

Days 2 & 3: Exploring the Atacama

You will have two full day to enjoy the excursions available at Awasi Lodge Atacama. Awasi suggests a series of excursions so you can enjoy the magic of the Atacama geography, the silence of its landscape and the warmth of its people. Each couple can program their outings according to their own rhythm and particular interests, and will be accompanied by an experienced guide willing to share their knowledge of the place and his own experiences.

Perhaps your days in the Atacama focus on adventure with hiking, biking and trekking tours, or explore the rich cultural and archaeology of the area with your private guide, perhaps this family holiday would be best suited with horseback riding, cooking classes or an astronomy lesson! Plan your days based on your interests with your private vehicle and guide - Awasi style!

All meals included.

Day 4: Chilean Lakes District

After breakfast, you will leave the lodge and drive to Calama airport for the flight to Santiago. Upon arrival to Santiago, you will check in at for your connecting flight to Temuco where you will be met and transferred to Vira Vira Hotel near the picturesque town of Pucon. This afternoon enjoy an activity based from the lodge.

Considered as the adventure capital of Chile, the area around Pucón offers myriad outdoor activities such as rafting, hiking, skiing, kayaking, and fly-fishing. Adventure activities aren’t the only option here, though - hot springs, national parks, volcanoes, mountains, and lakes create one of the most beautiful natural stings Chile has to offer. The area is also home of the Mapuche, Chile’s main ethnic group. Their culture is very much alive in the area, through cuisine, traditions, and language. The word ‘Mapuche’ literally means “people of the earth“. This ancient civilization has gone through a difficult history, continually facing opposition, but they have remained free and independent. Mapuche art is known for its beautiful metalwork, especially silver jewellery such as headdresses and necklaces as well unique wooden carvings. They also have an ancient tradition of weaving textile and carpets.

Vira Vira Hotel

Three nights at Vira Vira Hotel. Breakfast, dinner included.

Days 5 & 6: Exploring the Lakes District

You will have a full two days of activities at Vira Vira. The many surrounding natural parks, the majestic volcano Villarrica with its unbelievable views, water sports, horseback riding, and trekking in the foothills of the Andes, are a vital part of the experience at Vira Vira. You are encouraged you to explore a new adventure or experience every day, with the aim of understanding the mystic ambiance of these ancient Mapuche territories. The guides at Vira Vira are passionate about their work, and about the excursions on offer. With some thirty options available, choosing what to do may seem daunting. That is where the role of your hosts and guides become of paramount importance. Each day they will make a series of options available, allowing you to pick and choose according to your personal preferences, their level of difficulty, or simply a natural or cultural focus.

Activities are centered on nature and adventure, with treks and horseback rides of various duration. There are also explorations of the nearby Villarrica volcano, visiting its labyrinth of tunnels, or even reaching the summit. There are also several cultural activities, aimed at revealing the secrets of the region. Vira Vira also offers some wonderful experiences at the hotel itself such as cooking, cheese-making, and even spending a day on their organic garden. There are also more relaxing activities. What better than sitting in a hot pool of thermal spring water, glass of red wine in hand, and looking out across a backdrop of mountains, forests, and volcanoes?

Of course cuisine plays an important role in the Vira Vira experience. Their menu veers away from the typical international offerings by blending Chilean and ancient indigenous recipes, all created with the freshest seasonal ingredients. Each day the chef prepares a selection of two full menus, carefully composed and lovingly arranged and paired with the perfect wine for each dish.

All meals included.

Day 7: Welcome to Argentina!

After breakfast bid farewell to Vira Vira and your vehicle will transfer you to the border at San Martin de los Andes where you will be met by your Argentina guide and vehicle and continue by road to Villa La Angostura.

Just as Nahuel Huapi National Park is dominated by an immense lake, the Lanin National Park is dominated by an immense volcano. This National Park (1508 sq miles) gets its name from the imposing Lanin Volcano, situated at the border with Chile. The volcano soars to 12,474 feet, far above the height of the surrounding peaks. We continue on the scenic "Road of the Seven Lakes" passing by the lakes and through forests and finally approach Villa La Angostura from the Northern shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi.

Villa La Angostura is a small charming village, located on banks of the Nahuel Huapi Lake, ideal for local people and for those who want to avoid crowds. With the lake on its doorstep and intimate ski resorts above, Villa La Angostura is a year-round destination in Argentina's Lakes District.

Hosteria Las Balsas

Two nights at Hosteria Las Balsas. Breakfast included.

Day 8: Paddle and hike Nahuel Huapi

Meet your guide for a full day excursion paddling and hiking in this picturesque landscape. Paddle across the Nahuel Huapi Lake and then hike up to a hut located near the summit of Dormilón peak. This lookout provides expansive views of the glaciated Mount Tronador and a unique perspective of the largest lake in the Argentine Lakes District. Relax on the sandy beach and take a dip in the refreshing lake while enjoying drinks and hearty snacks to refuel before paddling back. The evening is yours to relax at Las Balsas and soak in the lakeside setting. Dinner on your own - we recommend the gourmet restaurant on-site at Hosteria Las Balsas.

Distance: 6 miles paddling. 6 miles hiking; Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet to the hut.

Breakfast, picnic lunch included.

Day 9: Mendoza Wine Country

After breakfast transfer to Bariloche airport for your flight to Mendoza. On arrival in Mendoza you will be met and transferred to Cavas Wine Lodge, a boutique wine resort just outside of Mendoza city. The evening is at leisure for you to relax at the lodge.

Cavas Wine Lodge

Three nights at Cavas Wine Lodge. Breakfast included.

Day 10 & 11: Agrelo & Uco Valley Wine Tours

Two full days of private winery tours and tastings in the Mendoza area including a day visiting Agrelo wineries: Bodega Catena Zapata, the family winery of revolutionary Argentine vintner Nicolas Catena; Finca Decero Winery, where you will enjoy a gourmet lunch with wine pairing; and Benegas Winery for a private tour and tasting. Your wine country touring continues with a second full-day private tour to the Uco Valley wineries. Start the day at Pulenta Estate with a blind sensorial tasting; continue on to Bodega Salentein, and the Kilken Art Gallery, a private winery tour and premium tasting including Numina. At Andeluna Cellars a six course lunch and wine pairing awaits. After a full day of wine tasting, return to Cavas Wine Lodge to unwind.

Return to Cavas Wine Lodge for overnight.

Breakfast, lunch included.

Day 12 & 13: Buenos Aires

After breakfast at the lodge, transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires' regional airport. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Hub Porteño Hotel. European in appearance, but Latin through to its soul, Buenos Aires will certainly impress any culture-oriented visitor. A vibrant city, with a variety of architectural styles and colorful neighborhoods, it’s common to find porteños (locals) dancing tango in the streets, relaxing with a cappuccino or glass of wine at a sidewalk cafe or dressed to the nines heading to a concert.

This afternoon, you’ll head out on a unique, private tour exploring Buenos Aires with the interpretation of an expert guide who uses four parks and plazas to set the stage for understanding the historical, political and social context of this vibrant city. Tonight, explore Buenos Aires’ amazing culinary scene on your own (we can assist with restaurant recommendations and reservations).

On your second day, explore the vibrant culinary scene in Buenos Aires with Alejandro Frango, our famous gastronomic expert. He unveils Buenos Aires and the best of Argentina on a culinary adventure. Start the day with a visit to the Mercado del Progreso, a local market in a rarely visited and charming neighborhood of Caballito. At the market learn about the rich tradition of food, how porteños shop, the different meat cuts, and the variety of produce. We will show visitors that being Argentina the first world producer of lemons, of garlic and of apples, the second world producer of pears, the fifth of wine and the tenth of cheese, the country has something to offer more than beef and tango! Continue on to San Isidro, where we will enjoy lunch at a very small, but very good restaurant off the beaten tourist path. After lunch, explore San Isidro before returning to the hotel to freshen before a night out! Your driver will meet you at the hotel this evening for your transfer to dinner an an exciting, impressive tango show.

Two nights at Hub Porteño Hotel in Recoleta. Breakfast included daily. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included on day 13.

Day 14: Departure

Meet your guide at the hotel and transfer to the International airport for your flight home.

Breakfast included.
Rates - 2017
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
2 travelers sharing $8,673.00 $4,421.00
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