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This is a wonderful personalized culinary tour specially focused on markets, cooking classes, excellent restaurant dinners, and wine tastings, plus a perfect combination of visiting vineyards of Central Valley Chile, the remote and unknown Carretera Austral, and its famous marble caves in Aysen region. With a bilingual guide and all ground private transportation, this tour is the best option for a culinary experience in a rich and flavorsome country.
For this holiday, you will be staying in different accommodations. For the first three nights, you will stay in the Hotel of Santiago. The following next three nights, you will be staying at the Mapuyampay lodge. On the seventh day, you will be transferred back to the Hotel in Santiago. For the following next three nights, you will then be staying at the Mallin Colorado Ecolodge on Lake General Carrera, where the tour visits to marble caves and river Baker are close by, and finally for the last night, you will arrive at Coyhaique for lodging.
You will arrive at the reception at your hotel in Santiago and will be served a welcome dinner, with Paula Christensen, the owner of the company that organizes this tour. There will be a brief day by day explanation of the tour where you will have the opportunity to ask all questions and doubts about this culinary tour in Chile. You will then overnight in the Hotel of Santiago.
After breakfast, you will start your day with a pick-up at the hotel and move to Santiago’s historic and bustling center. Here, you will receive an introduction to Chile’s cuisine and its typical products, during a visit to an open market on the banks of the Mapocho River.
After a stop for a quick snack, you will move on to the neighborhood of Lastarria for an introduction into Santiago’s cultural side, plus a visit to a gourmet food store to pick up some supplies for your meal.
You will head to the modern neighborhood of Las Condes where you will be welcomed with a cocktail, followed by a chef’s presentation and demonstration, cooking a selection of gourmet dishes and courses using local ingredients, while your hosts and the chef further the knowledge of Chilean cuisine through the demonstration, anecdotes, and a lively, informal, but informative narrative. Each dish will be paired with one of Chile’s fine wines in a blending that enhances the palate and warms the soul. The meal takes place in an exclusive demo space with a Chilean chef and also includes a presentation on Chilean food and drinks from their culinary hosts.
After pick up in your hotel, you will head towards the coastline, stopping at an organic vineyard to sample some the fruits of Chile’s cool and bountiful Casablanca Valley. The tasting led by a vineyard representative details the wine-making process and the fruits of this labor.
Next, you will visit the port town of Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Chile’s most eclectic cities. Tour the historic port, before riding a historic ascensor up to the hills of the city for breathtaking views of the city and port below. Wander the crooked streets, with its colorful facades and funky culture. Here, you have a number of places, where you can stop for a tasty lunch, depending on your tastes and interests.
Afterward, you will head up the coast for a drive towards the popular beach communities of Viña del Mar, Reñaca, and then Concon, and stop for a chance to breathe in the fresh Pacific air and relax, before heading back to Santiago. Arriving in the hotel, dinner awaits you in a close restaurant.
After breakfast, you leave Santiago at about 10:00 in a private van towards the south of Chile, visiting Concha y Toro vineyards for a tasting visit by midday, which is at 12:10. Then, you will continue south for lunch in a typical road restaurant.
After lunch, you will continue your tour to Mapuyampay, a gourmet lodge in Curicó valley. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a welcome drink in Mapuyampay lodge. Tonight you will receive a four-course dinner.
After breakfast, you will take your first cooking class in Mapuyampay consisting of traditional Chilean cuisine and wine pairing. During the afternoon, you will visit a winery in Curicó valley and do a wine tasting with local experts. That evening, you will stay in the town of Curicó for dinner. You will then stay in Mapuyampay lodge for the night.
After breakfast, you will start a second cooking class in Mapuyampay, a much more hands-on cooking class, with 3 wine tastings and a wine pairing class.
The afternoon is free for an adventure activity organized by your guide, according to your demand. At night, you will be served with light dinner Mediterranean style in Mapuyampay.
You will start your day with brunch in the lodge until 13:00 and drive to Santiago for a free evening. You will have dinner on your own. Tonight, you will stay at the Hotel in Santiago.
You will depart on an early flight to Patagonia. You will be transferred to the airport at 06:00 for an early flight to Balmaceda Airport (BBA) in Aysen region. Once there, the driving direction to Mallin Colorado Ecolodge will be 5 hours, along the famous Austral road. You will make a stop at Cerro Castillo Villa, for an early sandwich lunch in a local restaurant. You will arrive in the lodge by afternoon, after several magnificent stops for photography along the road. At night, you will enjoy a welcome dinner and stay in the Mallin Colorado Ecolodge on Lake General Carrera.
You will start your day with a morning trekking or horseback riding tour through the surrounding forests of Coigues, Ñirres, and Lengas, which include wonderful views over Lake General Carrera, Lake Bertrand, and Lake Plomo. You will have lunch and will visit the greenhouse of the lodge to take vegetables and herbs, accompanied by the owner of the lodge.
Today, you will learn about the famous morelle that grows in the native forests of Mallin Colorado. Morelle is a wild champignon considered worldwide a delicatessen. You will prepare the morelle soup. Before dinner, you are invited to learn how to prepare pisco sour. You will end your day with a dinner.
After breakfast, you will drive south to get to know the famous Baker River and its confluence with River Neff, visiting the small enchanting village of Puerto Bertrand, where Lake Bertrand gives birth to River Baker. This is also a spectacular opportunity to take photos and film. Back in the lodge, after a garden cold lunch, you will have a longer antique desserts class in the kitchen of the lodge. There, you will learn how to prepare old Chilean recipes of the lodge owner.
At 17:00, you will begin the preparation of a barbecued lamb for 5 hours, until it is ready to eat. You will then have dinner in the typical quincho of the lodge, with special desserts. You will stay overnight in the Mallin Colorado Ecolodge, where the tour visits to marble caves and river Baker are near by, for the next day.
After breakfast, you will drive north to take a boat trip through Puerto Tranquilo area of Lake General Carrera, where you can enjoy the famous rock formations of the Marble Cathedral on the calypso waters of the lake. You will enjoy an amazing boat visit to caves, marble walls, and holes from your boat. You will continue driving to the capital city in Aysen, where you will arrive at Coyhaique for lodging. Dinner will be on your own in this small and enchanting city center.
You will be transferred to Balmaceda Airport (BBA) for your flight to Santiago.
This holiday will take place across several locations in Chile.
You will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and learn hands-on cooking Chilean cuisine from chefs, with the use of local ingredients and produces. Not only that, you will make several stops to vineyards and wineries for wine tastings and wine pairing classes. Adding on to that, you will also able to learn about the famous wild champignon, morelle that grows in the native forests of Mallin Colorado and prepare the delicious morelle soup.
You will have plenty of free time to explore the areas you will be visiting.
Transfer from and to Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL) is available upon request.
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