Mountains and rivers have been shaping this land from East to West all along the country, drawing the land with towns absolutely surrounded by agriculture areas, where the production of fruits and vegetables have been part even of the pre-colombian activities as well. Period when most of the chilean traditions were developed, such as growing grains like quinoa, the vernacular architecture, functional pottery among others were part of the life of Aymara, Quechua, Mapuche, Diaguita etc. in the Central Valleys. As a contrast Chilean People have preserved most of those traditions till these days as a complement of more technological farming productions as wine making, the most outstanding internationally. The Denomination of Origin of products such as Carmenere Wine, Cahuil Salt, La Lajuela Traditional Hats as some examples are a constant all along the territory, from North to South where products done by ancestral ways of making are internationally considered unique in the World.

DEPARTURE TIME Upon Request
INCLUDED
Accommodation 7 nights Breakfast
Program Book Private Tours
Transportation Bilingual English Spanish Tour Guide
Local transportation Professional guide
1 individual mineral water and 1 organic snack per person per day Empanadas Tasting
Museums Tickets Cable Car Tickets
National Park Tickets Chicha Tour and Tasting
Brewery Tour and Tasting Winery Tour and Tasting
Lunch day 1 to day 7 Transfer in and out
Courtesy Gift Gift Certificate
NOT INCLUDED
Tour guide and driver tips Hotel Bell boys tips
Hotel laundry, frigobar, phone calls and/or other expenses Hiking shoes and sticks
Souvenirs Travel insurance and medical assistance
Evening Meals Optional Tours

 

 

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Day 1

WELCOME DAY FOODIE EXPERIENCE: After being pick up from the airport and having the check in done, from the hotel we’ll go walking to visit the oldest building of the city, The San Francisco Church, Presidential Palace ‘La Moneda’, Plaza de Armas where the History of Chile begins, visiting the Cathedral and National History Museum place where all the Chilean Prehistory and History is expressed, and you will enjoying in the most delicious empanadas in the city. From here we continue to Mapocho Quarter, Santiago largest food market, La Vega Central, and taste the freshest and native products of our land. Our last visit will be to the Mercado Central, the most important seafood market of the city. You will also have an opportunity to learn local names of the products, visit a restaurant and have a unique gastronomic experience. Back to the Hotel.
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Day 2

CURACAVI THE HERITAGE ROUTE: From Santiago we’ll go toward Curacavi, one of the oldest towns of the country, where among plantations of fruits and vegetables, farmers supply Santiago City. This place is nationally known for the production of a naturally fermented beverage called Chicha and we’ll have the chance of visiting one Chicheria to learn about the making process while we taste the traditions drink. After this experience we’ll continue to Valparaíso to surround the Historic Quarter, where the city developed a very particular architectural style being a mixture of European style and traditional way of construction. We will enjoy the impressive view of the bay, one of the most amazing ones, having also the chance to travel by one of the traditional Cable Cars and Ascensores. You will also visit Casa Cervecera Altamira where, after lunch, by a guided tour, we’ll learn about the beer making process and enjoying in the beer tasting. Back to Santiago.
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Day 3

CHACABUCO INDEPENDENCE ROUTE: During our trip we’ll have the chance to visit Til Til, and the Chacabuco Battle Monument which are the two most important sites during the Independence War. Continue through the Aconcagua Valley. The name is given because of the Aconcagua Mount that is located in the area, the highest of the Andes Mountain Range and the river that irrigates the area. This agricultural zone is full of plantations of grapes, kiwis, vineyards, cactus fruit, avocados, among others creating a particular and colorful landscape. You will continue your trip to San Esteban where you will have lunch at a restaurant which is an old house build in 1890. Specialty are typical Chilean country side food, including homemade wine.
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Day 4

ANDES EXPERIENCE: At this magic trip we’ll go to Farellones, skiing village located 36 km from Santiago, situated in the Andes Mountain Range, the largest in the Earth (7240 km) and the second highest of the world. It’s 60 millions of years old and it constitutes, after the Himalayas, the second most important mountain range. And that’s the road we’re going to follow, bordering the Mapocho river ascending by car passing through Condors Valley and Wind Valley till getting to La Parva and El Colorado, the oldest skiing centers of the country from where it is possible to see Santiago City. From there we’ll get to Yerba Loca, the most important Forrest Reserve of the area, where we’ll enjoy a soft hiking finishing with an “asado”, traditional country side barbecue, different kinds of grilled meats, baked bread, “pebre” (chilean salsa), salads, wine, natural juice, dessert and coffee/tea.
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Day 5

PUEBLO DE INDIOS ANCIENT POTTERS: 140 km southern from Santiago is located Tagua Tagua, an old lagoon that was dried up in 1841. for agricultural purposes which was the reason why the aborigines, who lived in the area for hundreds of years, were moved to another area called Rucahue, later called Pueblo de Indios. They were traditionally potters that works the clay without any potter’s wheel or any other kind of machinery, just their hands. Unfortunately it become unpopular when plastic was brought to the country. However these days, thanks to the NGO RIMISP it has been retaken which activity is training of new generations about the importance of keeping the tradition and transmitting the knowledge to the youngest. You will have an opportunity to visit them, also having the experience of making clay pots as our ancient inhabitants, the Mapuche. Than you will have lunch at local restaurant. Continue to Santa Cruz arriving at 6 p.m.
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Day 6

LOLOL THE WINE ROUTE: 30 minutes from Santa Cruz it’s located Santa Cruz Vineyard inspired by the indigenous people of Chile. You will going to learn not only about the production of wine but also about Chilean ancient tribes enjoying the best view of the area from the top of the hill Shaman. After this we’re going for lunch at a local restaurant to visit Lolol town, originally a Hacienda. It was declared National Monument in 2003. because of the well preserved traditional adobe colonial architecture with houses more than 200 years old. In returning to Santa Cruz we’ll do another stop to visit La Lajuela, traditional town where the production of handmade straw products and hats obtained the international origin mark certification. Our last stop is going to be a view from where we’ll have the chance to get the best image of the Colchagua Valley at sunset.
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Day 7

PICHILEMU THE HERITAGE ROUTE: The Pichilemu area was long populated by the indigenous Promaucaes. European-Chilean development has began at mid-sixteenth century by an agricultural Hacienda. Pichilemu was established as an city on December 22, 1891. when Agustin Ross Edwards, a Chilean politician, planned to develop it as a beach resort on the Pacific Ocean for upper-class Chilean families. 82 km from Santa Cruz is area full of little picturesque villages such as Ciruelos and its colonial church and museum, Pañul potters, the watermill in Rodelillo, Cahuil sea salt. You will have the chance to stop and enjoy every of these unique sites and their local activities. Back to Pichilemu after having a traditional coast lunch we’ll have the city tour to enjoy and admire the particular European architecture style of houses, buildings and parks constructed at the end of the XIX century. Back to Santa Cruz.
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Day 8

COLCHAGUA MUSEUM & TRANSFER: This morning before going back to Santiago we’ll have the opportunity to visit the Colchagua Museum the largest private museum in Chile. The collection includes pre-Columbian anthropomorphic ceramics from all over Latin America; weapons, religious artifacts and Mapuche silver; and a whole room of huasos (cowboy) gear, paleontology collection, XIX century agricultural machinery and also old wine and beer making artifacts including an important exhibition of old rural and urban carriages and wagons. That will be trip through the Prehistory and History of America. At noon after checking out we’ll go back to Santiago.

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  • From the 6th till 2 days before trip departure: 25% of the total tour price will be refund
  • 1 day before trip departure and/or on departure date: there will be no refund

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