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Tracking the Andes Across Argentina & Chile

  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Fares

A journey overview

  • Santiago
  • Mendoza
  • Purmamarca
  • Buenos Aires
  • Bariloche
  • Puerto Varas
  • Santiago

16 Days Exploration
  • Departing:
  • 28 Oct 2025 New release

This journey is a showcase of nature’s spectacular manifestations, from the rising peaks of the Andes to the surreal salt flats of Salinas Grandes. Throughout our time in Argentina, you will enjoy your choice of compelling experiences, as well as the exceptional culinary offerings of the region. Our journey begins and ends amid the cultural charms of Chile. Everything has been considered and included on this journey, reserved for just 28 guests.

Tracking the Andes Across Argentina & Chile Map

Tour Doctor - Dr Claudia Lee

Your Accompanying Tour Doctor For This Journey is Dr Claudia Lee

Your private transfer brings you to the Mandarin Oriental, Santiago. Take the rest of the afternoon at leisure to explore the city or relax at our hotel. Get to know your fellow guests and Tour Host Team at our Welcome Dinner this evening, which takes place at a nearby local restaurant.

Following breakfast at our hotel, we transfer to the airport, where we join a flight across the Andes to the city of Mendoza. From here, we take a short drive to Bodega Lagarde, an idyllic winery which hosts us for lunch. A further drive southward delivers us to the wine resort, Casa de Uco, our home for the next three nights. Acclimatise to the natural surroundings of this 320-hectare estate during an afternoon at leisure. Dine within our resort’s cool wine cellar and restaurant this evening.

Your World experiences give you the opportunity to discover the region in a manner of your choosing:

— Grab a bike and ride through the wine corridors of the Uco Valley. Stop in at local winery, SuperUco, for a guided tour and learn about their winemaking philosophy. From here, head to Solo Contigo, a winery designed by the prestigious architects, Bormida & Yanzon. Enjoy a picnic lunch within the property’s lush garden, while being entertained by local musicians. This is a full-day experience. 

— Visit Gaia Restaurant within Domaine Bousquet Winery this morning. Meet the chef and participate in a cooking class, learning how the local cuisine is paired with the finest organic wines. Your experience also includes several take-home recipes and your own apron. Afterwards, savour the restaurant’s seasonal flavours during lunch. 

— This afternoon, join a guided tour of our resort’s vineyard. Learn about the individual characteristics of the varietals here, then enjoy a tasting back at the winery. 

—Our resort’s spa offers a range of massage treatments, which you are able to select from this afternoon.        

Alternatively, feel free to simply relax and enjoy the lodge’s scenery and facilities. 

This evening, we head into town to dine at our choice of local restaurants.

Another day of Your World experiences awaits us: 

— Enjoy a full-day wine and architecture experience. Guided by a local expert, you will first head to Alfa Crux, renowned producers of malbec. Its innovative and purposeful building design stands in contrast to a striking Andean background. From here, set out for the award-winning winery, Piedra Infinita, whose futuristic exterior reflects the meticulous standards also carried out within. The winery’s restaurant showcases the flavours of the region during a lunch with paired wines. 

— Climb aboard a 4x4 vehicle this morning and head to a spectacular, remote location with one of our expert local guides. Then saddle up for a horseback adventure across the rugged landscapes along the base of the Andes Mountains. Return to our accommodation for lunch.      

— This afternoon, join a guided tour of our resort’s vineyard. Learn about the individual characteristics of the varietals here, then enjoy a tasting back at the winery. 

— Our resort’s spa offers a range of massage treatments, which you are able to select from this afternoon.        

You’re also welcome to simply relax and enjoy the lodge’s scenery and facilities. 

A special dining experience awaits us this evening. At Siete Fuegos, or Seven Fires, we feast upon the inspired dishes of internationally acclaimed chef Francis Mallmann.

After a final breakfast at our lodge, we fly north to the province of Salta. At the House of Jasmines, we enjoy a pause in travelling to take lunch within an idyllic country setting. Later this afternoon, we arrive in the beautiful village of Purmamarca, set against striking Rainbow Mountain, whose multi-hued bands rise and fall in mesmerising fashion. We spend the first of three nights at the exquisite Hotel El Manantial del Silencio this evening.

Select from the following Your World experiences, which showcase the sublime landscapes of the region:

— This full-day experience begins from Tilcara, one of Argentina’s oldest towns. Drive on to Uquia, and walk amid the rugged, red rocks of Cerro Las Señoritas. More spectacular and colourful mountains can be viewed from the town of Humahuaca, and also across the vast Serrania del Hornocal. After absorbing these surreal landscapes, return to the hotel late in the afternoon.   

— Take a walk this morning through the town of Purmamarca, before heading along the Paseo de los Colorados, a path through the surrounding and dramatic landscapes. Return to town for a visit to Casa Barbarita Cruz, a museum dedicated to the respected teacher, painter, potter and writer. Conclude with lunch at a local restaurant. 

— Enjoy a relaxing massage at our hotel’s spa this afternoon.

You may prefer to just enjoy the serenity of our accommodation’s secluded surroundings.   

Tonight, we make our choice from a selection of Purmamarca’s dining venues.

On our final full day in Purmamarca, Your World experiences once more offer us a choice of fascinating local encounters:

— A westerly drive sees you navigating a series of mountainous switchbacks along the Cuesta de Lipán. Arrive at Salinas Grandes, the Great Salt Flat, where your sense of visual perception will be challenged, as you look upon a vast white landscape. Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

— Pay a visit to the Museo en los Cerros. The exhibits here showcase Argentine photography and include various interactive and educational elements. Afterwards, follow the Río Grande to Bodega Dupont for lunch. The winery here takes advantage of its varied topography in producing syrah, malbec and cabernet sauvignon. Take a stroll through the vineyard and enjoy a tasting. 

— Take a final opportunity to enjoy a restorative massage at our hotel’s spa.

As always, you’re free to simply relax and take in our property’s peaceful surrounds.

Return to Salta this this morning for our southbound flight to Buenos Aires. On touching down, we are transferred to the Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt, our home for three nights. Take the afternoon to get an overview of the city on your own schedule. You may prefer to simply relax at our stylish hotel. This evening, we enjoy a special dining experience, with nine courses at the renowned Fogón Asado restaurant.

A choice of full-day or afternoon Your World experiences serves as an introduction to this fascinating city:

— Take in the history and architecture of Buenos Aires, beginning at the striking La Casa Rosada, or Pink House, located at the historic Plaza de Mayo Square. Here, you will also see the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral, as well as the Cabildo, formerly the town hall and now a museum. Follow cobblestone streets to the nearby San Telmo district, whose markets and antique stores offer a wealth of souvenirs. In the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca, see street tango performances, browse the local craft shops, and stop for delicious pastries and coffee. Following lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a private visit at the Teatro Colón, the city’s famous opera house. On your return to the hotel, discover the neighbourhood of Recoleta, best known for its historic cemetery and eclectic architecture. 

— Take the morning at leisure before enjoying lunch at Casa Cavia, a chic restaurant and bar in the nearby neighbourhood of Palermo. Then join with the rest of our group for a private tour of the Teatro Colón. The grand opera house, whose facade reflects the neoclassical style, once played host to such luminaries as Baryshnikov, Pavarotti and Strauss. Admire the grandeur and detail within the awe-inspiring theatre, including its majestic domed ceiling. 

Late this afternoon, take the opportunity to participate in a private tango class, conveniently held within our hotel. Afterwards, at Gala Tango, our day is rounded out in style with dinner and a fiery tango show.

A day of Your World experiences shines a light on alternate aspects of Argentine life:

— Head to the town of San Antonio de Areco, renowned as the traditional home of the gauchos, the cowboys of the South American pampas. Along the way to your ultimate destination, Estancia La Bamba de Areco, stop in at the workshop of a famed silversmith, whose work continues to be sought by collectors worldwide. On arrival at the estancia, enjoy a lunch of Argentine barbecue and wine. Then witness a gaucho polo and horse whispering demonstration upon the property’s lush grounds. This is a full-day experience.

— Take your morning at leisure, then enjoy lunch at Casa Cavia. From here, set out for the Buenos Aires Latin American Arts Museum (MALBA Museum), where an arts specialist will guide you through the museum’s impressive collection of Latin American art. After your visit, see a further array of contemporary exhibits at the nearby Ruth Benzacar Art Gallery. 

The celebrated dining scene of Buenos Aires is on show this evening, as we select from its wide range of exemplary restaurants.

Following a final breakfast at our hotel, transfer to the airport for our flight to the city of Bariloche. Occupying a position along the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, Bariloche lies within the northern portion of beautiful Patagonia. En route to our accommodation, we take a moment to absorb the spectacular panoramic views available from Cerro Campanario. Soon, we arrive at our lakeside lodge, Llao Llao Hotel. Relax and dine within our lodge this evening.

Take your choice of morning, afternoon, or full-day Your World experiences today:

— Drink in the majestic natural surroundings of Nahuel Huapi National Park. Walk, kayak, or join a guided tour, across stunning landscapes and waterways. Discover the flora and fauna of the region, before relaxing during a picnic in this delightful setting. This is a full-day experience. 

— Kayak across nearby Lake Moreno this morning. Marvel at the changing appearance of the water in response to its depth. Upon reaching the shore, enjoy a gourmet lunch while absorbing the peaceful environs. 

— Our lodge offers a range of indoor and outdoor activities, which you’re able to partake in this afternoon. Enjoy a hit of tennis or hone your archery skills. There are also plenty of water-based activities, including kayaking, windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding, canoeing and fly fishing. 

We dine at Patagonia Brewery this evening, enjoying a striking sunset over the Patagonian wilderness.

Rise to greet another day in the arresting wilderness of Patagonia. Your World experiences offer you a choice of diverse activities:

— A horseback riding experience takes you through remote forests before you follow a gradual incline to Campanario Hill. Pause here for breathtaking vistas across Lake Nahuel Huapi and the Peninsula San Pedro. Enjoy a nourishing Patagonian lunch before continuing along quiet roads to Lake Moreno. Take in more serene perspectives as you guide your steed along the beach, to the mouth of the Casa de Piedra River, before arriving back at our lodge. This is a full-day experience. 

— Bariloche is known as the home of Argentine chocolate, so what better place to indulge in a chocolate tasting experience this morning, with lunch at a local restaurant. 

— After a relaxing morning, set on an E-bike adventure this afternoon, cycling along the shores of Lake Moreno and the Cerro Bella Vista trails. Continue through local villages, and past waterfalls and streams, before reaching the quaint town of Colonia Suiza. Founded by Swiss and German settlers in 1862, the town retains its connection to those earliest inhabitants, with well-preserved 19th-century homes still occupying their long-held positions. Take a walk along the peaceful streets here, and enjoy a picnic, before continuing to a panoramic viewpoint overlooking Lake Nahuel Huapi, Victoria Island, and our own Llao Llao Hotel. 

Choose your preferred local restaurant for this evening’s dinner.

This morning, we head to the picturesque port of Puerto Pañuelo. From here, a flotilla of private yachts sails us across Lake Nahuel Huapi. Snow-capped mountains and verdant shores surround us during our voyage. We disembark momentarily for panoramic lake and mountain views from Victoria Island. Discover some of the local flora and fauna during a brief hike along the island’s scenic trails. Another idyllic setting awaits us at Villa La Angostura, where clear blue waters lap shores that lead to ancient forests brimming with myrtle trees. While here, we enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, before making our border crossing into Chile. On the shores of Lake Llanquihue, we find Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas. Dine at our hotel this evening, enjoying views across the lake to the mountains beyond.

After this morning’s breakfast, we transfer to the airport at nearby Puerto Montt. From here, we board a flight to the Chilean capital, Santiago. On arrival, take a tour of the city’s premier sights. Even with Santiago’s diversity of architecture styles and cultural charm, the Andes Mountains remain apparent, paying a final and fitting tribute to the natural wonders we have witnessed on our journey. This evening, we are welcomed back to the Mandarin Oriental, Santiago, where we celebrate our adventures together during a Farewell Dinner.

Enjoy breakfast this morning, before saying farewell to your fellow guests and Tour Host Team. Then join your private transfer to the airport, where your journey concludes.