Chile Tour: A Cultural and Culinary Exploration Uncover South America

Chile Tour A Cultural and Culinary Exploration

13 Days Similar tours from £4732

    Cultural and Gastronomic Adventure

    Embark on a 13-day sensory through this Chile tour, tailored for culture and gastronomy enthusiasts. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of experiences that will awaken your senses. From the rugged beauty of MontGras Winery to the ancient mysteries of Easter Island, each day promises a unique blend of flavours and cultural wonders. 

    Indulge in a cooking class with locals in Santiago, connecting intimately with Chilean culinary traditions. Feel the heartbeat of Chile as you connect with Mapuche traditions in Pucon and discover the enchantment of nature's symphony at Quillelhue Lagoon. Immerse yourself in the therapeutic waters of Termas del Sol. 

    This is more than a journey; it's an invitation to experience the soul-stirring essence of Chile's diverse landscapes and culinary treasures.


    Culture, Gastronomy & Adventure

    Tour Highlights

    Local Cooking Classes: Immerse in Chilean culture through hands-on culinary experiences, creating lasting memories and deepening your connection with local traditions.

    Adventure in Nature: Explore Chile's diverse landscapes, from horseback riding through wineries to hiking pristine lagoons, combining cultural immersion with thrilling outdoor activities.

    Community Connections: Engage with local communities, forging authentic connections as you participate in Mapuche traditions, providing a genuine and enriching cultural exchange.

    Ancient Mysteries Unveiled: Discover the secrets of Easter Island with expert-guided tours to historic sites, connecting with the island's ancient heritage and captivating mysteries.

    Exclusive Tastings: Indulge in exclusive wine tastings and culinary delights, savouring the finest flavours of Chile while enjoying breathtaking views and unique gastronomic experiences.

    Tour Itinerary and Essentials

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      • Day 1 Santiago Unveiled – Horseback Riding and Winery Magic

        Step into the heart of Chile with a warm welcome in Santiago, whisked away to your hotel by our private service. Your journey begins seamlessly, setting the stage for the extraordinary experiences ahead.

        Embark on an exclusive adventure at MontGras Winery in the Colchagua Valley, starting with a horseback ride on Ninquén Hill. Traverse the rugged terrain, guided by our expert, soaking in a 360° view of the valley's raw beauty.

        At a breathtaking viewpoint, discover the secrets of MontGras' premium vineyards and witness firsthand how grapes transform into exquisite wines. Conclude with a guided tasting of three wines, perfectly paired with finger foods, offering a sensory journey into Chile's winemaking excellence.

        The highlight? An al fresco picnic—feast on dried and fresh fruit, artisanal cheese, and charcuterie. This isn't just a meal; it's a celebration of Chilean flavours amidst nature's wonders.

        Overnight: Le rêve Santiago
        Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

      • Day 2 Santiago's Culinary Odyssey

        Our gastronomic journey kicks off with a meeting point for an exploration of Santiago's culinary gems—Central Market, La Vega Chica, and Vega Grande. These bustling food markets showcase the vibrant local produce and flavours that define Chilean gastronomy.

        Our expedition extends to the charming neighbourhoods of Bellavista and Isidora Goyenechea, where the streets exude the aromas and stories of Chilean cuisine.

        Post-walk, we gather at the chef's residence in El Golf, an exclusive neighbourhood. Here, a welcoming cocktail sets the tone for an immersive cooking class. Learn the art of crafting a starter, Ceviche de Reineta, and a main course featuring Charquicán, a dish rooted in Mapuche culture. The culinary journey concludes with tempting desserts and your choice of coffee or tea.

        This gastronomic escapade isn't just about flavours; it's an interactive celebration of Chilean culture and culinary artistry.

        Overnight: Le rêve Santiago
        Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

      • Day 3 Soaring to Easter Island's Mystique

        Embark on an enchanting journey as we board a flight to Easter Island, a haven of ancient mysteries and breathtaking landscapes. Once there, our exploration takes flight with a half-day tour, delving into the rich history of this remote paradise.

        Our first stop is the dormant volcano of Rano Kau, an awe-inspiring natural wonder that unfolds tales of the island's geological legacy. From there, we venture to the stone village and ceremonial centre of Orongo, where the echoes of ancient rituals still linger in the air.

        Continuing our odyssey, we arrive at Ahu Akivi—a site adorned with seven Moais, each bearing the same mesmerising shapes and dimensions. These monumental statues stand as silent sentinels, guarding the island's secrets and telling stories of a bygone era.

        Overnight: Hotel Hare Uta
        Meal Plan: Breakfast

      • Day 4 Unveiling the Majesty of Moai Monuments

        The adventure kicks off by exploring the Ahu platforms at Tahai, where ancient Moai stand guard over the meticulously restored ancestral village of the Rapanui people.

        Our journey continues with a visit to the haunting ruins of fallen Moai at Ahu Akahanga, followed by the awe-inspiring sight of Ahu Tongariki. Here, fifteen colossal Moai stand proudly, overlooking the expansive landscape—a testament to the island's rich cultural legacy.

        Pause for a moment of reflection and rejuvenation with a break and a picnic before delving into the afternoon's exploration. Witness the enigmatic Moai emerging from the volcano crater of Rano Raraku, an iconic image that defines the island's mystical allure. Our expedition then leads us to Ahu Te Pito Kura, home to the largest Moai, standing as a monumental testament to ancient craftsmanship.

        As the day draws to a close, savor the serenity of Anakena Beach, where the post-modernist style Moai of Ahu Nau Nau awaits, casting a spellbinding silhouette against the twilight sky. 

        Overnight: Hotel Hare Uta
        Meal Plan: Breakfast

      • Day 5 Embracing Dawn's Radiance and Historic Echoes

        Rise with the sun on day five for a captivating journey to witness the sunrise over the fifteen majestic Moais of Ahu Tongariki. As the first light of day bathes the ancient statues in a golden glow, experience the enchantment of this spiritual moment amidst the serene beauty of Easter Island.

        Marvel at the Southern Hemisphere's celestial wonders, with a crystal-clear view of the Milky Way adorning the dawn sky. 

        In the afternoon, bid farewell to the captivating landscapes of Easter Island as we board a flight back to Santiago. 

        Overnight: Le Rêve
        Meal Plan: Breakfast

      • Day 6 Journey to Pucon's Cultural Heart

        Your adventure continues on day six as we bid farewell to Santiago. Upon landing in Temuco, a seamless transfer awaits to whisk you to the enchanting town of Pucon, where natural beauty and cultural richness converge. 

        In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the traditions of the Mapuche people with a visit to a Mapuche household. Ascend to a panoramic lookout point in the heart of Pucon, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.

        Venture into the home of an esteemed Mapuche grandmother, where conversations unfold around a crackling fire. Here, you'll gain insights into their ancient traditions and profound wisdom, connecting with the roots of Chile's indigenous culture. The experience culminates with a delightful tasting of local products, a sensory journey through the flavours that define this vibrant community.

        Overnight: Aldea Naukana Posada Boutique
        Meal Plan: Breakfast

      • Day 7 Nature's Symphony at Quillelhue Lagoon

        Embark on a nature-infused journey on day seven as we set out to explore the pristine Quillelhue Lagoon, nestled on the border with Argentina. A scenic 30-minute drive brings us to the Zomo Ngen Cooperative in Curarrehue, a fair trade project championed by 35 Pehuenche women. Here, we delve into their vibrant community and learn about their unique cultural and sustainable practices.

        Pause to appreciate the intellectual richness at the new Curarrehue Library and School, symbols of education and community resilience. Our adventure then continues with a 30-minute drive, leading us to the starting point for a captivating 6-kilometer hike. Traverse the untouched landscapes featuring crystalline lagoons, ancient araucaria forests, and an array of native species, all beneath the majestic presence of the Lanin Volcano.

        The 3-hour round-trip hike unfolds like a symphony of nature, treating you to panoramic views and the invigorating scent of the wilderness. As we return to Curarrehue by midday, savour a hearty lunch at 13:30 hrs, curated by Pehuenche chef Anita Epulef—a culinary maestro weaving indigenous flavours into every dish.

        Overnight: Aldea Naukana Posada Boutique
        Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

      • Day 8 Discovering Huincacara's Enchanted Forests

        Embark on a morning adventure on day eight as we journey to the captivating Huincacara forests, a mere hour away. Delve into a realm of unparalleled natural beauty, where every step reveals the wonders of this enchanting environment.

        Embark on a scenic hike through lush landscapes, immersing yourself in the tranquillity of nature. Approach a glacier viewpoint that offers panoramic vistas, capturing the essence of this pristine wilderness. Engage in birdwatching, as the forest comes alive with the melodies of its winged residents.

        Following a forest crossing that feels like stepping into a fairy tale, we return by vehicle, ensuring a comfortable 45-minute journey back to the vibrant town of Villarrica. Here, discover the Liken Cultural Center and the Mapuche Subway Museum, portals to the rich heritage of the indigenous Mapuche people.

        Savour a leisurely lunch in an excellent local restaurant, where the flavours of the region come to life.

        Our journey concludes with a return to Pucon, ensuring you carry the memories of Huincacara's magical forests and the cultural treasures of Villarrica with you. 

        Overnight: Aldea Naukana Posada Boutique
        Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

      • Day 9 Nature's Symphony in Huilo Huilo and Panguipulli

        Embark on a picturesque journey on day nine as we travel to Puerto Varas, a town nestled beside the stunning Llanquihue Lake. Our first adventure awaits in the Huilo Huilo Ecological Reserve, where we undertake a 1.5-hour hike to the mesmerising Salto el Puma. Immerse yourself in the serenity of the forest, accompanied by the soothing sounds of the waterfall, creating an enchanting atmosphere.

        Following the nature walk, we make our way to the Panguipulli Theater, a cultural gem showcasing the region's artistic vibrancy. Here, the past and present intertwine, providing a unique perspective on the local heritage.

        Indulge in a theme lunch that captures the essence of the surroundings, savouring flavours inspired by the region's rich culinary traditions. 

        As the day unfolds, bid farewell to Huilo Huilo and commence your journey to Puerto Varas, a town embraced by the grandeur of nature. 

        Overnight: Cabana del Lago
        Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

      • Day 10 Chiloé's Marvels: Ancud and Puñihuil Adventure

        Our journey begins with a scenic navigation through the enchanting Chacao Channel, offering breathtaking views that set the tone for the day.

        Our first destination is the charming town of Chacao, providing our initial glimpse into Chiloé's unique way of life. From there, we venture to the Islotes de Puñihuil Natural Monument, a sanctuary where two of the planet's penguin species, the Magellanic and Humboldt penguins, coexist harmoniously.

        Navigate the waters of Puñihuil Reserve on a boat, allowing an up-close encounter with these fascinating penguin colonies. As we explore, witness the rich diversity of native and endemic flora and fauna that call this place home.

        Enjoy a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant, immersing yourself in Chilote flavours and hospitality. The journey continues with a visit to Ancud, a city with a storied past. Stroll through its charming streets, explore the bustling market, delve into local history at the museum, and indulge in the unique culture that defines Chiloé.

        Overnight: Cabana del Lago
        Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

      • Day 11 Serenity and Scenery at Termas del Sol

        Indulge in tranquillity on day eleven as we invite you to immerse yourself in the rejuvenating embrace of Termas del Sol. Nestled in the heart of the sublime Chilean Patagonia, this natural haven offers a perfect retreat for your body, mind, and soul.

        Spend the day at your leisure, unwinding in the thermal water pools, each offering a unique temperature gradient to suit your preferences. Dive into the therapeutic benefits of the thermal mud sector, rich in magnesium, copper, zinc, and silicon—potent cellular regenerators that enhance your well-being.

        As you bask in the therapeutic waters, let the awe-inspiring evergreen landscapes of Patagonia captivate your senses. Later, our journey takes us to Cochamó, where the meeting of sea and mountain creates a breathtaking panorama along the shores of the Reloncaví Fjord. Marvel at the distinctive Chilota characteristics of the Church, the wooden houses, and the charming waterfront that define this coastal gem.

        Overnight: Cabana del Lago
        Meal Plan: Breakfast

      • Day 12 Exploring Frutillar's Cultural Charms and Osorno's Majestic Volcano

        Embark on a day of cultural enchantment and natural marvels on day twelve as we journey to Frutillar, a picturesque city in the heart of southern Chile. Nestled against the backdrop of the majestic Osorno Volcano, Frutillar welcomes you with its unique charm and Unesco-recognized status as a "Creative City of Music."

        Wander through this cosy city, where local gastronomy delights await. Immerse yourself in the warmth of the community and savour exquisite culinary preparations that showcase the region's flavours.

        Our adventure continues to the iconic Osorno Volcano, celebrated for its perfect shape and colours. En route, traverse an impressive scenic route, meandering through green fields, lakes, and geological wonders. This journey blends the natural beauty of the southern landscape with the cultural development of Frutillar, creating a harmonious tapestry.

        As we travel along the south shore of Lake Llanquihue and enter the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, prepare for breathtaking views as we ascend towards the Osorno Volcano ski centre. The journey offers glimpses of the Petrohué River valley and, if luck is on our side, encounters with the region's diverse fauna.

        Arriving at the volcano, you'll have free time to explore at your own pace. 

        Overnight: Cabana del Lago
        Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

      • Day 13 Farewell to Chile

        As your remarkable journey through the diverse landscapes and cultural gems of Chile comes to an end, we provide a seamless transfer to the airport of Puerto Montt, ensuring your departure is as smooth and comfortable as your arrival.

        Meal Plan: Breakfast

    • What's Included

      • 12 nights' accommodation 
      • Private ground transportation 
      • Meals as defined in the itinerary
      • Local English-speaking tour guide
      • Domestic flights
      • Activities mentioned in the itinerary

      What's not included

      • International flights
      • Meals not listed in the itinerary
      • Tips and other discretionary expense


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