ACE CAMPS TRAVEL COMPANY

ARGENTINA + CHILE | Santiago, Mendoza + Buenos Aires

EXPLORE ARGENTINA + CHILE | BUENOS AIRES,MENDOZA + SANTIAGO | WINE, FOOD, LEARN TO TANGO + THE CULTURES OF ARGENTINA + CHILE | APRIL 4 - 14, 2018

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ABOUT THE TRIP:

This 10-day, adventure-filled tour combines the cities of Santiago, Mendoza, and Buenos Aires, tango dancing, wine tastings, city tours, cooking lessons, horseback riding and a road trip from Santiago to Mendoza through the Andes are included in the price of this journey. Amazing, right!

Your adventure kicks-off in Santiago, Chile where we meet each other on the first night for dinner and wine.  The next morning we're up and running with an excursion to Vina del Mar + Valparaiso.  We will also stop in Pomaire and check out the pottery and visit Pablo Neruda's house.  While in Santiago we will head to the market with a chef and then go to her private home for a cooking class and lunch and learn how to make a perfect Pisco Sour.

This trip includes a road trip from Santiago to Mendoza and we will cross the Andes Mountains and check out the amazing sites along the way.  In Mendoza we'll have a cooking class and wine tasting.

As a group we fly to Buenos Aires to tango lessons, a tango lesson, visit an Estancia to ride horses, swim and have a barbecue lunch then the next day go on a river cruise.

BUENOS AIRES

- A city with a European grandeur, an almost palpable tango heritage, and an unmistakable character, Buenos Aires is one of the world’s greatest cities. then you will fly to Mendoza to visit the wine country and fly to Santiago, which is a progressive, colourful, and eclectic metropolis.

It is impossible to imagine Argentina without thinking of the tango, its sensual violin strings and beat of its guitar, widely considered as the country’s greatest export to the world. Enter the exciting and decadent world of tango and enjoy a lesson at the legendary Tango Porteño before being spoilt with a professional tango spectacle and lavish three course dinner.

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Pablo Neruda on Isla Negra | Nobel Prize-winning poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda is one of Chile's most famous figures. A lifelong communist, he was variously feted and hunted by Chile's leaders. He was called the greatest poet of the 20th century by Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Pablo Neruda on Isla Negra | Nobel Prize-winning poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda is one of Chile's most famous figures. A lifelong communist, he was variously feted and hunted by Chile's leaders. He was called the greatest poet of the 20th century by Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

The pottery from Pomaire, Chile | Pomaire, a small village famous for its clay pottery, including bowls, baking ware, and vases in all different sizes, along with cute piggy banks. If you eat at any restaurant serving traditional food in Chile, you'll probably find that they use pottery from Pomaire.

The pottery from Pomaire, Chile | Pomaire, a small village famous for its clay pottery, including bowls, baking ware, and vases in all different sizes, along with cute piggy banks. If you eat at any restaurant serving traditional food in Chile, you'll probably find that they use pottery from Pomaire.

This Ace Camp includes:

  • 10 nights accommodation - 4 nights in Buenos Aires, 3 nights in Mendoza, 3 nights in Santiago (*based on shared occupancy)
  • Bus trip from Santiago to Mendoza
  • Airport transfers to and from the hotel(s) in Buenos Aires from Mendoza
  • Transportation to dinner
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 6 dinners
  • a tour of Buenos Aires
  • a tour of Santiago including an excursion to Vina del Mar + Valparaiso + Pablo Neruda's house
  • a tango class followed by dinner and a performance
  • a Gaucho Day at Estancia Puesto Viejo with a barbecue lunch and a live performance
  • wine touring in Mendoza
  • two cooking classes
  • visit local markets

*Rooms are shared with one other person.  Unfortunately, there is no opportunity for single rooms.

This Ace Camp is limited to 10 people.

Fee:  $3589.00 - airfare is not included

Deposit:  $2000.00 - due when place in workshop is confirmed 

Final Payment of $1589.00 due January 20, 2018

 
 
Puesto Viejo Estancia is a fully affiliated Polo Club in Argentina with many members who livery, ride and play their horses throughout the season at the club. 

Puesto Viejo Estancia is a fully affiliated Polo Club in Argentina with many members who livery, ride and play their horses throughout the season at the club. 

Estancia Puesto Viejo

Estancia Puesto Viejo

Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso, Chile

A Tango performance in Buenos Aires

A Tango performance in Buenos Aires


WHERE WE'RE STAYING:

LUCIANO K HOTEL / SANTIAGO, CHILE

The building is a cultural jewel in the heart of the gastronomic Lastarria neighbourhood of Santiago, originally designed by the arquitect Luciano Kulczewski in the 1920s. At the time, it was the tallest building in Chile, the first with a lift and central heating. The glamour and elegance of the 1920s is showcased in the architecture and design, accompanied by the highest levels of comfort and technology you will find at the best international hotels.

URBANA SUITES

Urbana Suites is located in a modern building in central Mendoza, 100 meters from Las Heras Avenue. Rooms at Urbana Suites are spacious and bright. There is free Wi-Fi and air conditioning and should you need to they also offer laundry service. Urbana Suites is 20 km from Francisco Gabrielli International Airport.

MELIA BUENOS AIRES

Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages and facials, recreational amenities, including a health club, an outdoor pool, and a sauna. Spacious, comfortable and fully soundproofed rooms, all with beautiful views of the city

Luciano K Hotel / Santiago

Luciano K Hotel / Santiago

Luciano K Hotel / Santiago

Luciano K Hotel / Santiago


Why MENDOZA? Mendoza is one of the great wine capitals of the world, offering exceptional vineyards with an assortment of varieties as well as spectacular eateries. 

Why BUENOS AIRES? The capital city of Buenos Aires offers a pulsating and eclectic atmosphere of sophistication. Buenos Aires is dotted with many fine eateries, a thriving arts and culture scene, packed nightclubs and tango. The city is flanked by the Rio de la Plata, the world’s largest estuary, and the lowlands of the Pampas.

Why SANTIAGO? The Capital of Chile, vibrant Santiago is a bustling city tucked away in a valley surrounded by the Andean foothills. It has sidewalk cafés and world-class restaurants and the bustling Mercado Central.

TRAVELLING TO SOUTH AMERICA

The hallmark of Argentina's famous wine regions, charming Mendoza lies in a fertile valley surrounded by high glaciated Andean peaks.

No visas are necessary for North Americans or Europeans.
No shots are required for your entry into the country, but we suggest you visit a travel health clinic before your departure to make sure you have all the vaccinations you need.

The wine industry in Chile is huge, as you may know from all the Chilean imports in stores. Food is also fantastic, with plenty of beef thanks to the cattle ranches, and seafood fresh from the long coastline.

Buenos Aires is the gateway to this marvellous country of multifarious delights, and you will have a hard time leaving: once the charm of BA grasps you it is hard to break out of its spell.

Argentines don’t shy away from boasting: they say they have the best steak in the world and it’s a hard thing to argue with. Buenos Aires and Mendoza are definite culinary destinations, with meat heavy offerings as well as amazing Malbec wine and fantastic empanadas.


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TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

TO ARGENTINA Buenos Aires is served by two airports: Ezeiza (EZE) for international flights and Jorge Newbery (AEP) (usually referred to as "Aeroparque") for domestic and other SA countries.

FROM CHILE is home to Santiago International Airport, also known as Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, located 15 km north-west of downtown Santiago. 

We will travel as a group by bus or van from Santiago, Chile to Mendoza, Argentina and fly from Mendoza to Buenos Aires, Argentina - all included with your Ace Camps fees.

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WEATHER

ARGENTINA has a mild and warm climate throughout the year. The autumn months are March, April and May. Buenos Aires is ideal in spring and fall. The average temperature in Mendoza in March is somewhat warm at 19.5 °C (67.1 °F). Afternoons can be hot with average high temperatures reaching 25.9 °C (78.6 °F). Overnight temperatures are generally mild with an average low of 14.8 °C (58.6 °F).

CHILE has almost all the climates of the planet and the four seasons of the year well differentiated. The warmest time is between October and April. The central zone is characterized by a Mediterranean climate, and the south by lower temperatures and more recurrent precipitations throughout the year.

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SOUTH AMERICAN SHOPPING

ARGENTINA has an eclectic mix of artisan and handicraft stores that will have you filling your suitcases quickly. We'll tell you more about these later but in the meantime if you want to discover on your own - here are are few things to consider bringing back as souvenirs: A Mate Gourd, Alfajores, Fernet Branca, Leather, Silver, Malbec Wine, Asado Kit, Yerba, Dulce de Leche, a soccer jersey, Chimichurri Sauce, Bariloche Chocolates

CHILE - Lapis lazuli. Chile is one of the world's few producers of the turquoise semi-precious stone. Feria Santa Lucia, a budget-price outdoor market with everything from antiques to T-shirts and handmade jewellery, open Monday-Saturday from 10am

 


ITINERARY

DAY ONE - Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Travel Day

Arrival to Santiago and transfer to Hotel and check in.

Dinner at local Restaurant

Overnight Luciano K Hotel

DAY TWO   Thursday, April 5, 2018

Full Day Excursion to Pomaire, Viña del Mar + Valparaiso, visiting two of the houses of Pablo Neruda, Isla Negra and La Sebastiana - all tickets included.

Depart Santiago for a full day tour, visit Pomaire, a small village where the inhabitants work with local clay to make a variety of tableware and pots. We then head to Renaca - a UNESCO town of 43 hills with narrow windy streets, staircases and a series of funiculars. Neruda’s Isla Negra house is a kind of visual and material synthesis of Neruda’s lyrical world, La Sebastiana Neruda’s House in Valparaiso was his inspiration.

Lunch at local restaurant in Vina del Mar. Return to Santiago in the afternoon.

Dinner with group

Overnight Luciano K Hotel

DAY THREE   Friday, April 6, 2018

Guided Market Tour, Cooking Class, Pisco Sour Lesson.

Early morning we will visit Santiago’s main produce market to buy fresh ingredients and produce for our cooking class and to learn about market culture. We will head to a private home to prepare a simple, delicious Chilean meal and mix a Chilean Pebre and Pisco Sour in this collaborative cooking class. Everyone will receive a gift and all the recipes to try at home. After lunch we head out for a city tour of Santiago.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight Luciano K Hotel

DAY FOUR   Saturday, April 7, 2018

TRAVEL DAY - From Santiago, Chile to Mendoza, Argentina crossing the Andes Mountains.

Road Trip! 340 kilometres – 5 hours – Maximum Altitude over sea level 3100 metres. Santiago to Mendoza - a “High Mountain Tour” to see both sides of the Andes. The border between Argentina and Chile is located in the middle of a 3-km long tunnel unites both countries, and shortly after we arrive to the Customs office.

Settle in your hotel room

Dinner at local Restaurant with private guide.

Overnight

DAY FIVE   Sunday, April 8, 2018

MENDOZA

Uco Valley Cooking class at Andeluna Winery (lunch with wine included)

Uco Valley is one of the most interesting and  stunning areas to enjoy a wine tour in Mendoza. Situated in the foothills of the Andes, this new frontier in Argentine winemaking is attracting winemakers from all over the world. You will help in the preparation of the mise en place of the 6 courses tasting menu followed by lunch.

Following lunch we will return to Mendoza Dinner at a local restaurant downtown Mendoza

Overnight

 

DAY SIX   Monday, April 9, 2018

FREE DAY

Group dinner at a 1884 Francis Mallman

Overnight

DAY SEVEN   Tuesday, April 10, 2018

TRAVEL DAY - we fly to Buenos Aires (flight not included with Ace Camp fee - approximately $180.00 - we will organize for you)

Spend the morning relaxing in Mendoza and get ready for your flight from Mendoza to Buenos Aires.

Free day to settle in your hotel in Buenos Aires

Meet for dinner with group

Overnight in Buenos Aires

DAY EIGHT   Wednesday, April 11, 2018

City Tour Buenos, Tango lessons and Tango Performance with Dinner Show  

Today we discover Buenos Aires - San Telmo, Recoleta, Puerto Madero, Palermo and more. Back to the hotel and get ready for your tango lesson and dinner performance at Tango Porteno - a luxurious building once a theatre for Metro Goldwyn Meyer. Dinner includes half bottle of wine per person.

Overnight in Buenos Aires

DAY NINE  Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Gaucho Day in the Countryside at Estancia Puesto Viejo
Puesto Viejo means the “original post” and was the name given to the old building where the most trusted gaucho lived. Combining old, rustic charm with modern day comfort, the location and experience is truly authentic.

You will have a barbecue lunch with empanada, Argentinean asado, fresh salads with afternoon beverages and local pastries.

You can ride a horse or relax by the pool.

Dinner on your own

Overnight in Buenos Aires

DAY TEN   Friday, April 13, 2018

Tigre + Parana River Navigation (Optional) or Free Day

Replace the bustle of Buenos Aires with the green countryside of the Tigre Delta. A popular weekend getaway for Buenos Aires locals with a boat and train ride and a chance to see another way of Argentine life. We will ride along Costanera Avenue, parallel to the Rio de la Plata and head out of the city to San Isidro, then board a catamaran for a 40-minute cruise through the delta.

Lunch on own free afternoon

Farewell Dinner at Local restaurant.

Overnight in Buenos Aires

DAY ELEVEN   Saturday, April 14, 2018

TRAVEL DAY

Nota Bene: this is a prospective itinerary. It is subject to modest modifications, dependent on local weather, new opportunities and the desires of the group.