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Chilean Cuisine: A Bite-size Tour

PRIVATE TOUR - 6 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $2376+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Dining at "Como Agua Para Chocolate" Restaurant in one of Santiago’s more bohemian neighborhoods.
  • Visiting Santiago's main produce, meat and fish markets in preparation for a real-life cooking lesson.
  • Learning the secrets to a good Pisco Sour, one of the signature drinks of the region.
  • Tasting some of Chile’s finest wines during a visit to the Casablanca Valley.
  • Home-cooking at a private house in Isla Negra.
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Tour Overview

Savor the finest Chilean Cuisine: A Bite-size Tour! One of the best experiences to have while traveling is embracing the culture of the area, and what is more cultural than the local dishes that one can savor during their travels? When traversing through foreign lands it is important to not only view the sites, but to use every one of the senses to have a full experience. Smell the fresh products selected from the local market, and of course taste and savor the unique flavors that the country has to offer.

After landing in the city of Santiago, enjoy dinner at “Como Agua Para Chocolate” Restaurant located at the bohemian neighborhood of Santiago. The next day visit Santiago’s main produce and fish markets to buy fresh ingredients for a fresh and tasty home cooked meal, accompanied by a local guide. Afterwards, head away from downtown Santiago to the base of the Andes mountain to a private home in San Carlos de Apoquindo, a community overlooking the city. It is here where a simple but delicious Chilean meal using the fresh fish and produce that was selected prior will be put to use. Rather than a formal cooking class with technical instructions, this is a collaborative effort to prepare a fresh meal and discuss food and culture.

The next day make a stop in the quaint agricultural and wine making village of Isla de Maipo to visit one of the local vineyards for a wine tasting and vineyard tour. Drive along a quiet country road, passing through the fields of grapes, peaches, produce livestock – with the mountain as constant backdrop – before reaching the community of Champa to make the last purchase at a country store that gets its products straight from the nearby farms. Then it’s on to a private parcela to fire up a mud oven and cook a fresh Chilean meal!

Continue this tour with a visit to one of the most important valleys for the white grapes, Casablanca Valley. Enjoy a unique wine & organic chocolate tour designed to satisfy the pleasures of the spirit. After a tour of the gardens and vineyards, Yampu travelers are invited to share this sweet and magical experience. These natural chocolates have been chosen with no additives, fats or artificial colors to harmonize with the wines that have similar characteristics. Continue this visit through the valley to a family boutique winery, exclusively oriented to the production of high quality wines The tour at Casas del Bosque includes a visit at the wine cellar and lunch at Tanino Restaurant After lunch transfer back to the hotel in Santiago.

Wrap up this delicious experience with one final full day. Leave the hotel in Santiago and pass through lovely pine and eucalyptus forests and through small farming communities that bear definite Colonial features. Reach the city of San Antonio, a busy port with a fisherman’s wharf and lively fish market. Afterwards, drive through Cartagena and continue to Isla Negra where Pablo Neruda’s house is located. Lunch will be at Kaleuche a unique restaurant located in front of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy delicious flavors of the Chilean seafood before returning to Santiago by way of the charming town of Pomaire, a community known for its artisans who produce excellent clay pottery.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.

Note:
From October to February is the best time to experience Chilean wine country, when the vines are green and growing, March to May is the harvest season, also one of the prime times to visit. A visit to the wineries during the country's winter (July to September), can also be a great addition to a day on the slopes.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Pricing Details
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Double £$2376 £$2552 £$2714 £$3164
Single £$4194 £$4545 £$4869 £$5769

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Arrive in Santiago

Upon arrival at the Santiago airport, receive assistance and transfer to the hotel. On arrival, enjoy the delights of Santiago with an afternoon Santiago city tour. Explore the historic-colonial downtown area, Main Square, Cathedral, Government Palace, Santa Lucia hill, bohemian, artistic, culinary Lastarria and Bellavista neighborhoods. Experience the lively atmosphere of the Fine Arts Museum and the pleasant Forestal riverside park. Yampu Travelers will also have the opportunity to stop here at the bohemian and cultural area to enjoy a coffee or delicious ice tea at the trendy Emporio La Rosa ice cream parlor. Continue towards the eastern sector of the capital, main financial City Centre, surrounded by major hotels, design boutiques, restaurants and chic open air cafes.
Dinner tonight will be at the lively and sophisticated "Bocanariz resto-bar" in the easy-going Lastarria neighborhood. Still relatively new, it offers the unique premise of allowing diners to choose between a straightforward dining experience, and a full-on wine tasting, overseen by experts. ...read less

Restaurant-Santiago
Day
2

Central Market & interactive kitchen

Taste the contrast of the traditional cuisine of Santiago and visit the market with a modern and gourmet scenery.

This will be the best way to know the City of Santiago and a perfect way to start the trip in Chile. First, be picked up from the hotel. Next, head to the market area where one will experience different food sampling and drinks. Select ingredients that will form the basis for the menu prepared by the chef.

Transfer to El Galleon restaurant and enjoy lunch in the interactive kitchen.

Taste the contrast of the traditional cuisine of Santiago and visit the market with a modern and gourmet scenery.

This will be the best way to know the City of Santiago and a perfect way to start the trip in Chile. First, be picked up from the hotel. Next, head to the market area where one will experience different food sampling and drinks. Select ingredients that will form the basis for the menu prepared by the chef.

Transfer to El Galleon restaurant and enjoy lunch in the interactive kitchen.

Santiago-Market
Day
3

Countryside Wines

Start this excursion by departing from the hotel to begin the tour of Maipo Valley, one of the most emblematic areas in the central region of the country, well known for its wines. This area is where the conquistadores founded the first vineyards in colonial times after learning of the benefits of its climate and agricultural wealth have to offer. There are two main factors that make this area so special; its strategic location, only a few kilometers from Santiago and Valparaiso, and its topography, which allows cultivation of various wines that must occur at different heights.

During the last century, the Pérez Cruz family started to develop the agricultural activity with a high level of dedication and professionalism. They took advantage of the capabilities and enthusiasm each member of the family had to maintain their passion for their common interests.
Viña Pérez Cruz produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Petit Verdot, Syrah, and Cot.

Take a tour around the bodega, the mezzanine floor and cellar. At the end, tasting of one Reserva and one Limited Edition wines.
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Mendoza-Vineyard-Winetasting_Argentina
Day
4

Casablanca Valley

Today, visit one of the most important valleys for the white grapes which is the Casablanca Valley. The main grapes found here are: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah among others. First stop will be at Emiliana Organic Vineyards: Tour with Wine & Organic Chocolate Designed to satisfy the pleasures of the spirit, the wine & chocolate tasting stands out for its uniqueness. After a tour of the gardens and vineyards, Yampu travelers are invited to share this sweet and magical experience. Guided by the organic philosophy the vineyard is known for, natural chocolates have been chosen that have no additives, fats or artificial colors to harmonize with the wines that have similar characteristics.
Continue this visit through the valley and next stop is at Casas del Bosque Winery. It was established in 1993 to be a family boutique winery exclusively oriented to the production of high quality wines. Currently, Casas del Bosque has 232 productive hectares of white vines: Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc; and red vines: Syrah and Pinot Noir. The ultra-premium Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon red wines come from the Rapel and Maipo valleys. The tour at Casas del Bosque includes a visit at the wine cellar and lunch at Tanino Restaurant After lunch transfer back to the hotel in Santiago.
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Day
5

Isla Negra & Pomaire With Pablo Neruda's house

Leave the hotel in Santiago in the morning and pass through lovely pine and eucalyptus forests in the Mapocho and Maipo valleys and through small farming communities that bear definite Colonial features on the way to the seaside resort of Santo Domingo, marveling at the beautiful summer homes and golf courses there. The destination is the city of San Antonio, a busy port with a fisherman's wharf and lively fish market. Afterwards, drive through Cartagena and continue to Las Cruces and El Tabo, eventually arriving at Isla Negra where Pablo Neruda's house is located. It is filled with interesting knickknacks: miniatures, multicolored bottles, fine crystal, a unique collection of figureheads, and original manuscripts of poems he wrote. Lunch will be at Kaleuche a unique restaurant located in front of the Pacific Ocean where lunch will be enjoyed with delicious flavors of the Chilean seafood. At the scheduled time, return to Santiago by way of the charming town of Pomaire, a community known for its artisans who produce excellent clay pottery. ...read less

Day
6

Flight Home

Transfer to the airport in time to board for the departure flight home.

Transfer to the airport in time to board for the departure flight home.

Santiago, Chile

Colchagua, Chile

Isla Negra, Chile

Pomaire, Chile

Places You'll See

  • santiago_chile

    Santiago

    As the political and cultural center of Chile, Santiago has much to offer. Relax at one of the many jazz clubs scattered throughout the city, or go for a wine tasting at one of the local wineries. Take a guided city trek to learn about the Chilean culture and their traditional meals. Or visit the summit of Cerro Santa Lucia for beautiful views.

  • Colchagua_Valley_Chile

    Colchagua Valley

    Not too far south from Chile’s Capital, Santiago, is the vast wine region of Colchagua Valley. Home to Chile’s most famous wines, Colchagua Valley is well known for its bold varieties and it’s diversity of wineries. Learn how the region’s grapes are harvested with a tour of the vineyards along with tastings in the charming tasting rooms. Indulge in relaxed winery lunches while taking in the fabulous views of Chile.

  • Pablo-Neruda-mansion

    Isla Negra

    Located in central Chile is the beach front town of Isla Negra. Once home to the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, Isla Negra is the prime location for inspiring artists and poets. Visit Naruda’s home, now a museum of the poets collections, or take in the rocky shoreline as waves crash over the black rocks from which Neruda named the town.

  • Clay-Pots-Pomaire

    Pomaire

    The small rustic town of Pomaire is located just a few kilometers from Santiago. Known for its fine clay pottery and craftsmanship, Pomaire is the center of Chilean pottery and the prime location to purchase souvenirs, such as one of their famous clay pigs (chanchito)

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Santiago : Orly (Providencia)

Santiago : Hotel Plaza San Francisco (Downtown)

Santiago : Torremayor Lyon (Providencia)

4 Star Properties

Santiago : Hotel Magnolia

Santiago : Carménère ecoHotel

Santiago : Noi Victoria

5 Star Properties

Santiago : Le Reve (Providencia)

Luxury Properties

Santiago : Ritz Carlton

Santiago : Lastarria Boutique Hotel (Downtown)

Santiago : The Singular Santiago

Santiago : W Santiago (Las Condes)

Testimonials

R

Traveled May, 2014

Everything you arranged was perfect to the last detail

Everything you arranged was perfect to the last detail. The hotels were all nice. My favorite was probably Remota, in Puerto Natales, Chile. Their food was excellent, tour guides and drivers are all professionals. I learned a lot.

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Steve M.

Traveled February, 2015

I recommend Yampu highly for S. American travel

In 2015, Yampu organized a 19-day individual itinerary tour for me to Peru (Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lima), Chile (Santiago, Valparaiso/Casablanca, and southern Patagonia) plus a short stop in Buenos Aires. This tour included three nights at the all-inclusive Hotel de los Torres in Torres del Paine National Park, and a 4-day, 3-night cruise on the MV Stella Australis through the Tierra del Fuego archipelago from Punta Arenas to Cape Horn and on to Ushuaia. At every stop Yampu arranged airport transfers, superb guides, safe and cordial drivers, comfortable and beautiful hotels, and fascinating programs. The trip ran like clockwork, was educational and immense fun, a true mix of adventures and wondrous scenery and cultures. Yampu’s sales staff was knowledgeable and highly responsive to my requests as we constructed the tour plan, and worked well within my budget constraints to create this wonderful and most memorable travel experience. I recommend Yampu highly for S. American travel.

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Louise

Traveled January 2016

Darla and I were impressed

Darla and I were impressed and overwhelmed with the level of service and care that Yampu provided. We will certainly encourage anyone to use Yampu.

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