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Diverse, Vibrant Chile

Discover Chile’s Rich Culinary Heritage
(8 Days / 7 Nights)
September 22-29, 2018

Chile has some of the most diverse terroir in the world. From arid deserts to Mediterranean wine valleys and lush, cold rainforests in the south this diversity is mind-blowing. It’s, quite simply, a culinary dream. A crop of young, talented chefs have quickly made Santiago a top foodie destination. On this amazing foray into Chilean cuisine and wines, start in the modern capital, home to some of the world’s best markets and restaurants in South America. Then, journey deep into wine country to explore Chile’s agricultural roots. End in the pristine Lake District at an exquisite “estancia” for a true farm-to-table experience. Join us to explore this enchanting culinary landscape and get to know first hand the passionate food artisans, farmers and wine “growers.”

If you would like a detailed itinerary for this Signature Journey, including hotel information, please contact us at info@lizcaskey.com

Day 1
Land in Santiago and meet your English-speaking driver for private transfer to your hotel located in the heart of the hip Lastarria area. Hit the ground running with an intensive visit to Santiago’s main market dating back to the late 1800s where caseros hawk the freshest seasonal produce and seafood. Stop for a colloquial lunch to savor some Chilean classics made from scratch. Continue the colloquial city tour through the downtown area stopping for local snacks and treats along the way to contextualize Chilean cuisine, history and culture. Return to the hotel to rest. In the evening, join for a welcome dinner at one of Santiago’s top tables lead by a young chef with a refined, locavore approach and a curated tasting of wines from Chile’s farther flung valleys.

Day 2
Today, head to the Casablanca Valley, renowned for its cool grape varieties from Sauvignon Blanc to Pinot Noir. Check out a petit project known for its fresh, easy-drinking Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. Next, visit a friend dedicated to the art of making sublime Sauvignon Blanc. Sip on the fruits of his labor with views of the vines from his scenic terrace. Take a long, windy road down to the rocky shores of the Pacific. Cross the sand to lunch at a favorite seafood spot where the fish and shellfish never hits ice. With a view of the fishing boats and azure water, feast on machas (razor clams), congrio (conger eel) and abalones—and more. Delicioso. Continue to the historic port of Valparaíso, a veritable time warp. Take the city’s pulse by walking its colorful hillside and riding the century-old emblematic on a historic tour. Return to Santiago in the early evening.

Day 3
Drive due south of Santiago to the Maipo Valley, touted for its benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon. Get to know a project in the Andean Piedmont that produce elegant Bordeaux-style blends. After visiting the vineyards, sit down to a private tasting in their cellar to savor the wines. Lunch on a non-profit farm nearby where all ingredients of the lunch are grown and made from scratch. Sustainable and inspirational, the fare will be paired with a selection of favorite small producer projects. After lunch, get acquainted with Chile’s pioneer organic and biodynamic wine project that cultivates its grapes in harmony with nature. Continue deeper into the heart of cowboy and wine country to arrive at your stunning hotel in its own valley. Check into your stylish, spacious suite with a view and gorgeous contemporary art. This evening, gather as a group for a welcome dinner and introduction to the subtle wines and cuisine of this marvelous terroir.

Day 4
Awaken to the sounds of nature and a scenic breakfast on their terrace. Mid-morning meet the group and saddle up for a scenic ride through the vineyards to arrive at the state-of-the-art winery. Tour the facilities and sit down in the handsome cellar to a private, professional-style tasting to explore the many terroirs of this project. After, return to the hotel and the rest of the day is free to enjoy—lounge by the pool, head on foot or horseback, or make use of their outstanding spa. Tonight, join the chef for a cooking class on regional cuisine. Perhaps even learn the secret of making the perfect empanada!

Day 5
Return to the Santiago airport for a short flight to the southern Lake District with rolling green pastures, native forests, snow-capped volcanoes, and quaint towns. Transfer to your luxe estancia, a working farm set on acres of lush native forest complete with a babbling river. Check into your spacious suite featuring a wood burning fireplace and private outdoor Jacuzzi. In the evening, join together to celebrate our arrival with a tasting of many fine wines from the nearby Malleco Valley.

Day 6
Today, visit the organic garden and farm with the passionate, on-site owner where turkeys, wild boars, chickens, and cows roam. After, head out on one of the guided excursions: horseback riding, trekking in the ancient Araucaria tree forests, kayaking on the lake, soaking in nearby thermal baths, or meeting with local Mapuche weavers. Tonight, enjoy a private cooking demo on Mapuche ancestral cuisine followed by dinner.

Day 7
Today is yours to set off on excursions at Vira Vira with your guide. Come together to celebrate the end of our trip with a traditional lamb spit barbecue in an intimate al fresco setting by the river. Raise your wine glass in a hearty salud! It’s been a wonderful week together.

Day 8
Today is open for half-day excursions if you have an evening departure. All transfers to the Temuco airport provided by the hotel. Buen viaje amigos!

Want to learn more? Contact us for a detailed itinerary at info@lizcaskey.com