Deadline to register for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure is January 27, 2014!
One of 2014's HOTTEST destinations! Offered next year ONLY, it's an eclectic and electric mix of the Best of Chile. We begin our adventure vacation in South America just outside Santiago, Chile, walking beautiful vineyard trails in the Colchagua Valley (“valle de colchagua”), the heart of Chile's wine country and one of the most outstanding agricultural zones in this beautiful Latin American country.
Join AdventureWomen for wine tasting in Chile at some of the top Chilean wineries and discover what Wine Enthusiast Magazine calls "The next Napa Valley". The Wine Spectator anointed the Colchagua Valley “Wine Region of the Year” in 2005 and Travel and Leisure Magazine named it as “one of the 25 most interesting destinations in the world in the 21st century”. These valleys produce some of the world’s finest red wines of Chile: Cabernet Savignon, Carmenere, Syrah and Malbec. Beginning in the foothills of the Andes Mountains and reaching west to the Pacific Ocean, the Colchagua Valley looks much like Napa Valley with its ubiquitous vineyards, valley floor river, tree-studded foothills, and the Andes Mountains always as a backdrop.
In 1840, the Pioneer Silvestre Ochagavia initiated the grand history of Chilean wine production by planting the first and the finest French wine varieties in the valley. Today, the area is one of the most important wine regions in South America. Our fun and active walking tour here is punctuated with winery visits and tastings to some of the most historic and award-winning wineries with names like Bisquertt, Montes, Santa Rita and Montgras. Overnights are spent in sumptuous Chilean hotel-haciendas and guesthouses.
From Santiago's wine country we fly to the silent and mystical moonscapes of the Atacama Desert (or “desierto de Atacama”) in Northern Chile, to explore the driest desert in the world and experience a bare but beautiful landscape that's out of this world. Strange and fantastic sand dunes, canyons, geysers, high-plateau lagoons, hot springs, volcanoes and extraordinary skies. The salt flats or “salar de Atacama” occupy a 600-mile plateau and are a marvel of geology. Vast open spaces, ink-blue skies by day and star-filled jet-black canopies at night create the perfect conditions for the two major astronomical observatories that occupy the arid and lonely landscape. No surprise, it's here in the Valley of the Moon, that NASA trained its Lunar Rover!
The most developed town of pre-Colombian Chile, San Pedro de Atacama sits on the desert’s northern edge and offers an oasis in the moonscape. Laid-back and arty, it is home to about 2,500 “atacameños” (indigenous residents of Atacama). Our sumptuous Altiplanico hotel in the Atacama Desert is built in a unique design inspired in the style of an altiplano village, and exemplifies the concept of visual silence in this surreal environment.
Next stop, our flight from Santiago in Chile takes us over 2,100 miles of the deep blue Pacific Ocean to a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Polynesia, and a small, 64-square-mile speck in the vast ocean – Easter Island! Annexed to Chile in 1888, Easter Island is known as the world’s largest open air museum, one of the most mystifying places in the world, and the most remote inhabited island on Earth. Easter Island’s history remains as unclear as it is evocative and the people of “Rapa Nui” (Easter Island in Polynesian) developed their own distinctive culture, best known by the "Moai," the colossal stone statues that stand as silent bystanders of the past, guarding their isolated South Pacific outpost. These monolithic sculptures with heads and bodies are the most famous residents of Easter Island and were carved of volcanic rock. More than 600 of them dot this exquisite Polynesian island landscape. During our time here we'll explore why many important mysteries of the Easter Island puzzle, including how and why the Moai were built, still remain unsolved. Our stay at Easter Island's Altiplanico hotel is spectacular. Designed in the style of the traditional Easter Island boathouse, with luxurious gardens, a beautiful swimming pool that overlooks the sea, and large open spaces in which to relax after encountering the seductive mysteries of the island, is the perfect way to end our Best of Chile adventure vacation!
- Hike the vineyards of the Colchagua Valley near Santiago, Chile, known as the Chilean "wine route", for wine tastings and touring some of the best known wineries in the world.
- Explore the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world, and San Pedro de Atacama, considered the archeological capital of Chile.
- Fly to Easter Island, the easternmost island in Polynesia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the most isolated place on the face of the Earth.
- Experience the culture and cuisine of cosmopolitan Santiago, the Colchagua Valley, Atacama Desert, and Easter Island.
- Stay in wonderful, sumptuous accommodations that perfectly fit the environments of all three areas of Chile we are exploring.
What You'll See and Do!Archaeology, Architecture, Cultural Exploration, Cultural Performances, Hiking, Natural History, Photography, Sightseeing, Walking, Wine Tasting
What You'll See and Do
- Cultural Exploration
- Cultural Performances
- Natural History
- Wine Tasting