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Tailor-Made Chile & Argentina: Culinary Discovery

11 days from $10,495

If a getaway devoted to gastronomy should include incredible street food through to 5-star restaurants, traditional markets bursting with regional produce, and beautiful landscapes ranging from orchards to vineyards (and the fine wines to go with them), then a trip through Chile and Argentina is almost impossible to beat.

Stretching 4,300 km from the towering Andes in the north to the vast glaciers of the south and yet averaging just 175 km in width, Chile is home to some of our planet’s most picturesque natural plateaus that remain unaltered by humans. Volcanoes, ancient forests, parched dunes, fertile valleys and fjords decorate Chile’s landscape. With such beauty abound, it’s no wonder buena onda (good vibes) characterises the local culture – ‘those who hurry waste their time’, as they as say in Patagonia. The laid-back nature of Chile is reflected in its food scene; great wine, friendly company, and tasty cuisine that doesn’t need to be fancy to be unforgettable.

And then there’s Argentina, a fast-paced and vibrant nation with thumping metropolises like Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Salta, Mendoza and Bariloche. There are also spectacular natural settings that include rich wetlands, blue lakes, rust-hued deserts, arid steppes and lichen-clad Valdivian forests, not to mention the stunning Mendoza winelands. What’s for dinner? It could be a new gourmet trendsetter, an Argentinian-style pasta, or a steak from the local parrilla (grill house). Whatever it is will go down smoothly with a glass or two of Malbec.

Argentina & Chile at a Glance

In South America, nations don’t get much friendlier towards the LGBTQ+ community than Argentina. It became the continent’s first country to legalise same-sex marriage in 2010. In 2012, the right to change gender was made legal, while hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community became punishable by life imprisonment. Buenos Aires has a thriving gay scene, mostly centred around the Recoleta and Palermo neighbourhoods – certainly worth a few days of your vacation time. Smaller cities like Mendoza and Cordoba are also hubs of LGBTQ+ activity. In Puerto Mardryn, same-sex marriage ceremonies take less than five days from start to finish. The most popular times to visit Argentina are winter (June, July and August), and summer (December, January and February). While landscapes range from subtropical to desert in the north, you can expect extremely cold conditions in the south.

Chilean society isn’t quite as liberally minded as Argentina due partly due to the nation’s Catholic and conservative values. Same-sex relationships have only recently been made legal, and public displays of affection tend to be rare even in the larger cities. Gay scenes exist, but many locals prefer to keep their gender identity and sexual orientation private. Nevertheless, LGBTQ+ visitors to Chile are unlikely to encounter discrimination or prejudice. Same-sex civil unions have been legal since 2015, homosexual activity has been legal since 1998, and LGBTQ+ discrimination was made illegal in 2012. Chile’s capital, Santiago, is home to a vibrant gay scene, with the Bellavista district being the epicentre. We recommend visiting Santiago between September and November or March and May, when crowds disperse and the weather is cool and crisp.

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Currency

Argentine Peso (ARS) & Chilean Peso (CLP)

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Language

Spanish

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Visas

Not needed for travellers from the US, Canada and Europe

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Best Time To Visit

During the summer, from December to February

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Timezone

Argentina Standard Time (GMT-3)

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Homosexual Activity

Legal

Photo: Francisco Kemeny

Photo: Cynthia Del Rio

11-day travel itinerary

Here’s how we suggest making the most of 11 days in Chile and Argentina if you want to broaden your culinary horizons. We recommend booking restaurant reservations and attraction tickets in advance of your trip.

DAY 1

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Arrive in Santiago, Chile

With no time to waste on your first day, you’ll embark on a walking tour of Santiago, which is set in a dry valley enveloped by the snow-capped peaks of the Andes. Start at La Moneda, the presidential palace, before moving on to Los Tribunales de Justicia and the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. Then, head to the Plaza de Armas, the city’s main square, where you’ll see the City Hall, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, and the National Historic Museum, plus an array of artists showcasing their work. After exploring the neoclassical National Museum of Fine Arts and riverside Parque Foresta in the Barrio Lastarria neighbourhood, end the day with dinner at one of the city’s fabled restaurants.

DAY 2

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Chilean cuisine in Santiago

Today, you’ll browse local ingredients, homemade Chilean delicacies and artisan crafts in Santiago’s market district. The most notable markets include Mercado Tirso de Molina, La Vega Central, and Mercado Central. Grab dinner at a Chilean homestyle restaurant in the afternoon.

DAY 3

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Casablanca Valley and Valparaiso

On day three, you’ll travel through the Casablanca Valley, which sits 1,300 feet above sea level on a coastal plain. This relatively young wine region is home to crisp whites like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc as well as quality Pinot Noirs. Stop by Casas del Bosque to create your own vintage at a famous winery. Then, enjoy lunch in a wine cellar at Matetic Vineyard before travelling to the city of Valparaiso, where you’ll check into your hotel.

Santiago Chile | Photo: Luis Alfonso Orellana

DAY 4

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Explore Valparaiso

After breakfast, take a stroll along cobbled streets to Valparaiso’s best-known landmarks, which include the Plaza de la Victoria and Pablo Neruda’s hilltop residence-turned-museum. Enjoy lunch by the bay before discovering the city’s graffiti culture.

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Fly to Mendoza from Santiago

On day five, you’ll return to Santiago to catch a flight to the Argentinian city of Mendoza. We recommended staying in a vineyard hotel that overlooks the magnificent Andes. Take the rest of the day to relax.

DAY 6

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Wine sampling in Maipu

Dedicate the entirety of day six to exploring the city of Maipu, located just east of Mendoza. We recommended touring a winery or two, roaming through the vineyards, and visiting an artisanal olive oil producer.

DAY 7

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Cooking class in Mendoza

On day seven, attend a cooking class accompanied by wine sampling in Mendoza’s Lujan de Cuyo region. Take the rest of the afternoon to relax or venture around the city.

DAY 8

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Buenos Aires

Today, you’ll fly to Buenos Aires and check into a hotel in the upscale district of La Recoleta. In the afternoon, head to the La Recoleta Cemetry to see the resting place of former presidents, Nobel-prize winners and historic figures.

Palacio Barolo, Buenos Aires

DAY 9

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Explore Buenos Aires

Wake up early to explore the seven-tiered Teatro Colón, famous for its marble stairwells, stained glass, chandeliers, and amazing acoustics. Continue to Buenos Aires’ oldest square, Plaza de Mayo, before driving through the San Telmo neighbourhood, home to artists’ studios, boutiques, ethnic restaurants, and the Sunday market within Plaza Dorrego. Attend a tango lesson in the evening, followed by dinner with a tango performance.

DAY 10

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Buenos Aires

Start day ten by discovering the street art in the Villa Crespo and Palermo neighbourhoods. You may also want to attend an artist's workshop and a cooking class to sample more regional dishes.

DAY 11

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Depart from Buenos Aires

On your final day, enjoy a spot of last-minute shopping before catching a flight home from one of the city’s international airports.

Plaza Congreso Buenos Aires

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La Boca Buenos Aires Santiago de Chile Pablo Garcia Saldana
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