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4 Days Long Weekend Gourmet & Cooking Vacation in Chile

  • Mapuyampay Cooking School, Parcela 2, Valle Central, Curico 192, Chile

Cooking School Holidays in Chile

Come and visit Chile at Mapuyampay Hostal Gastronmico & Cooking School. Experience Chile's wine country in the company of Vicente Escobar, a wine lover, entrepreneur and poet, and Ruth Van Waerebeek, an international acclaimed chef and cookbook author. Ruth will take you into her spacious kitchen to teach you all about the local specialties or introduce you into the inspiring flavors of the world cuisine. Join us for an unforgettable culinary adventure.

Highlights

  • Wine pairing during cooking classes
  • Hands-on cooking classes with the in-house chef, Ruth
  • Taste traditional Chilean cuisine and learn how to cook it
  • Visit a winery in the valley of Curicó or Colchagua for a wine tasting
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and 1 brunch
  • Enjoy a tasting of 3 premium Chilean wines
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • Dutch, Spanish, English
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In Mapuyampay, you will be comfortably housed in one of the five spacious and cozy rooms on the property, each with its unique decoration, private bathroom and terrace. Your privacy and well-being is secret to them. They only accept 10 to 12 guests at the same time, to be able to offer you true hospitality and personalized service.

Day 1, Thursday - Arrival

  • Afternoon arrival and welcome drink in Mapuyampay
  • 4-course tasting dinner

Day 2, Friday - Cooking class, wine tour, wine tasting

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 14:00 Class 1: Introduction in traditional Chilean cuisine, Pisco Sour, the art of the perfect empanada (baked and seafood fried), the famous pastel de choclo, traditional desserts
  • Afternoon: Visit to winery in the valley of Curic or Colchagua and wine tasting
  • Free time in the evening

Day 3, Saturday - Cooking class, wine tasting, free time

  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 14:00 Class 2: hands-on cooking and wine pairing class, creative Chilean cuisine and tasting of 4 premium wines
  • Free time in the afternoon: rafting, horse back ridind or visit to olive groves and tasting
  • Light dinner: Mediterranean flavours

Day 4, Sunday - Departure

  • Brunch (fruits, quiche, home-made marmalades, our special French toasts or true Belgian waffles)
  • Departure

You will visit a winery in the valley of Curicó or Colchagua where you will be delighted with a wine tasting.

  • Ruth Van Waerebeek

    Ruth Van Waerebeek, Belgian-born chef and cookbook author, is a former Peter Kump’s NY Cooking School (now ICE) instructor and since 2000, a brand ambassador and executive chef for the mayor international events of Chile’s leading Winery Concha Y Toro.

Mapuyampay is quietly nestled in the foothills of the majestic Andes Mountains, at only 2 hours drive south of Santiago. It's a little off the beaten paths, away from touristy areas, that's why its so peaceful there. Actually, it is located right in the heart of Chile's wine country, only one hour away of the Andean village Los Quees with its breathtaking views, or the colonial town of Santa Cruz, ideal for interesting day trips and olive growers or winery visits.

Only 200 kilometers away is south of Santiago. Curico, the provincial capital, is the entrance to the main touristic resources of Maule Norte Mountain Range through improved roads. This area has a mild Mediterranean climate with well defined seasons. It is dry and hot in summer, rainy and chilly in fall, cold and rainy in winter, and dry and mild in spring. Up to 2,000 meters, in the Pre Mountain, there is a slight change becoming mild and therefore the temperature lowers slightly and the rainfalls increase. Over 2.000 meters high, snow like rainfall is common throughout the Maule Norte Mountain Range, which turns the area into a huge potential for winter tourism.

Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Horse riding/rental nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
Services
  • Free bicycle
  • Tour assistance

Great food, fine wines and sharing experiences is Ruth and Vicente's life passion. In Mapuyampay, all meals are prepared by the Belgian-born chef and cookbook author; Ruth Van Waerebeek, former Peter Kump’s NY Cooking School (now ICE) instructor and since 2000, a brand ambassador and executive chef for the mayor international events of Chile’s leading Winery Concha Y Toro. All the cooking workshops (minimum 2 persons, maximum 10) are hands-on, take about four hours, and are dictated in Ruth's spacious and professional kitchen. After class, you will all sit down under the shady vines to enjoy the dishes prepared in class with a nice glass of wine. For every class, you will receive a booklet including recipes of all the dishes made during your stay.

Enjoy the swimming pool, gardens, and countryside trails for walks or bike rides. Mapuyampay has mountain bikes available for its guests. Its easy enough to get around by car in the region and truly a privileged way to discover this still unspoiled countryside. There are detailed route indications at your disposal. Located in the foothills of the Andes and in the middle of the wine Valleys of Colchagua and Curic, Mapuyampay recommends the following tourist destinations:

Curic

Located 40 kilometers away, It is the capital of the province with its main square considered as one of the most beautiful in Chile. Its fresh market, La feria, is worth a visit.Convenient for its restaurants and shopping mall and the surrounding wineries, such as San Pedro, Miguel Torres, Echeverria and others (several offer visits and tasting). We recommend the following restaurants in Curic: Las brasas de Zappallar (steakhouse), Miguel Torres Restaurant (international cuisine) Hotel Turismo, and Soler (excellent pork sandwich).

Los Quees

Mountain village located 40 kilometers away, at about one hour of travel inland, over dirt roads in good condition. This little village is nestled in the imposing Andes Mountains at the encounter of two rivers, the Teno and the river Claro. Ideal for rafting, kayak, or fly fishing.

Santa Cruz

A Colonial town 60 kilometers away with one of the most complete museums regarding the history of Chile, various art and craft shops and good restaurants. We recomend these restaurants in Santa Cruz: Vino Bello (Italian cuisine), La Casita de barrlales (Peruvian cuisine), El Candil (steakhouse and Chilean cuisine), Pan Pan Vino Vino (international).

Optional tours

Beer and olive oil tastings: For the amateurs of micro breweries and artisanal beers, visit Mauricio Bruna and our friends Juan Manuel and Juan Pablo in brewery Berner. In the region of San Fernando, (at 1 hour of Mapuyampay) visit our friends and producers of Premium olive oil, the family Diaz Guerrero. A walk through the olive groves and facilities culminates in a tasting of 2-3 oils (minimum 4 people) An unique opportunity to know all about the art of making Premium olive oils and learning to differentiate varieties such as Arbequina and Picual.

Fishing: For the amateurs of fishing, our friends Carlos and Lorena organize fly fishing expeditions in the mountain hills of Potrero Grande (at 1.5 hrs drive of Mapuyampay), an ideal area for this sport, surrounded by native forests for a full day activity.

Horseback riding: In Mapuyampay we organize horseback riding trips from 2 to 3 hours exploring the surrounding countryside and hills. You will be accompanied by Patricio, an experienced guide. For the beginners, Patricio will give a small demonstration / lesson of riding in the media luna. (Location Fundo San Alfonso, neighbors of Mapuyampay). For the more adventurous and experienced riders we offer a wonderful Full Day Riding Experience. On the trails of Chiles Independence will take you over the coastal hills to the peak for an aperitif-break, overlooking the majestic Andes and valleys of Colchagua and Curic. After a 3-4 hours ride you will return to the historic Hacienda San Isidro for a typical Chilean asado or barbecue.

Rafting, kayaking, and hiking: Easily accessible trails are perfect for walking and hiking, and suitable for all members of the group. The more experienced and well-equipped hikers can venture into the mountains. Our friends Tod and Marcela Erickson offer rafting or kayaking in a safe and professional way.

Wine and bike: Discover Chiles wine country on a bike. Our friend Marc guides and organizes interesting visits of wineries and wine country on the bike. Santa Cruz, in the Colchagua Valley is surrounded by worldwide acclaimed wine houses such as Via Montes, Via Lapostolle, Via Santa Cruz, Viu Manent, Las Nias, Laura Hartwig and many others.

  • 1 brunch
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • One 4-course tasting dinner
  • Wine pairing during cooking classes
  • Wine tasting tours
  • Winery visits
  • Optional activities
  • Transportation

Driving directions from Santiago

  • Take Ruta 5 SUR (or highway 5 to the South) to km 163, (you will pass Rancagua, San Fernando, Chimbarongo) until you reach the second Toll Payment station Quinta/Morza
  • Go through and leave the highway immediately, take direction Morza, pass the bridge over Ruta 5, towards the mountains
  • You will drive through the village of Morza until you reach the bridge Puente el Sauce, go over this bridge and turn right immediately after bridge, direction Huemul.
  • You will follow this road for about 5 km until you reach the little community of Huemul
  • At your right side you will pass la Posta de Huemul, the college Escuela de Huemul and you will see 2 small wooden chapels with a dirt road in the center
  • Take this road, pass a small stream (wooden bridge is safe!) and continue about 1 kilometer until you reach Mapuyampay, on your right side

GPS

Latitude: S 34 51 30.8

Longitude: W 70 58 50.4

For information about the booking conditions, please send Mapuyampay an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler from Santiago, Chile

    "This is the most wonderful place to go to. A haven of tranquility with beautiful gardens to wander around. Vicente and Ruth are the perfect hosts, charming and informative. The cooking classes were fabulous and creative. And the wine pairing at dinners gives that little extra touch. The accommodation is beautifully rustic. For everything you get - the classes, breakfasts, dinners - it is amazingly good value for money as well. Everybody who goes must count down the days until they can return. I know I am!"

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  • Review by traveler from Washington DC

    "We stayed for only a night, we drove from Santiago but it was worth it. Ruth is gracious and a pro. Vicente is friendly and accommodating. Together, they make the perfect hosts. We stayed in a villa and it was really nice to have our own rooms and living room, at a fraction of a hotel room. Dinner was delicious. Breakfast was abundant and excellent. Vicente maintained great communication from time of booking. He arranged a nice horseback ride for us. I enjoyed the swimming pool and also star gazing at night with his powerful green laser to teach us the constellations."

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  • Review by Robert E

    "This is a great place to relax and to enjoy Ruth's wonderful cuisine and Vincente's Pisco Sours. In a secluded valley with great views and close to the wind country make it a lovely place to see this part of Chile. It's the best value stay we have had in Chile."

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  • Review by a traveler from California, USA

    "Three of us spent a week at Mapuyampay with Ruth and Vincente - and it was the highlight of our two and a half weeks in Chile. We stayed in the cabin which has two bedrooms, kitchen, dining and living area - and a fabulous private patio. The grounds of the property are lovely - green and lush with a pool and several sitting areas.Our cooking lesson with Ruth was fun and the meal we prepared in her large comfortable kitchen was creative and delicious. We will be preparing the same menu for friends back here at home. We also had a breakfast, lunch and two other dinners - all were special and made with many things from the garden and featured local recipes with her special twist.Both Ruth and Vincente are delightful hosts! Ruth made us maps to various day trip destinations including the markets in Curico, a small mountain town and an olive oil ranch - where we had a great tour and learned how the pros taste olive oil from Carlos - whose family owns the place. No bread when you taste it the right way! We tasted Pisco Sours in many places - but had the very best ones here! We highly recommend visiting Mapuyampay!"

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  • Review by a traveler from North Carolina, USA

    "I hardly know where to start in describing our very best experience in over 3 weeks of traveling through Chile. Do not be discouraged by the road to Mapuyampy. It goes from paved to gravel to dirt. You will drive over a broken down wooden bridge that you will think will not hold your car...but it will!We were there for 3 nights and had our meals there. The cooking school was all about Chilean cooking and was superb. You will be doing lots of the prep work yourself. Each of the three main meals we had were outstanding.As you can surmise this is out in the country and has lots of acreage. They also have a very nice pool. Be sure and go to the most excellent web site. wwwmapuyampay.cl It is no wonder that every reviewer has given Mapuyampay 5 stars It is impossible to go wrong at this destination."

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