Wines and Traditional Cuisine by the Andes

Tour Overview:
• Combine a relaxing vacation with tasting of excellent wines and delicious gastronomy.
• Visit the land of the Malbec wine, in the valleys surrounding Mendoza, and try this emblematic variety of Argentina.
• Learn about the legacy of original and Pre-Columbian peoples in the north of Argentina: the folklore music, their handicrafts and the typical dishes.

Day 1: Mendoza  (- / - / -)

Arrival at Mendoza Airport. The transfer will be waiting to take you to the hotel located in the Central Valley of Mendoza.

Expert ́s Tip: Wine Route

The different wine routes are symbols of flavors and sensations of the grape of the region. Argentina is

among the top producers of wine in the world. The viticulture industry has achieved market conquests

among the most demanding consumers, resulting in a growing number of tourists who wish to combine a relaxing vacation with tasting of excellent wines, delicious gastronomy, and the distinguished hotels in the city or lodges in the wineries. Mendoza, located in the western zone of Argentina is located at the foothills of the Andes Cordillera and here you find the largest quantity of the most well-known wineries: Catena Zapata, Ruca Malén, O Fournier, Atamisque, López, Navarro Correas, Bianchi, Chandon, Familia Zuccardi, Vistalba Wines, Trapiche, Flichman, La Rural, Norton, Luigi Bosca, Salentein, Clos de los Siete, Lagarde, Nieto Senetiner, Alta Vista, Kaiken, Cruzat, Achaval Ferrer, Séptima, Decero, and Viña Cobos among others. In the high river zone in Mendoza, the majority of the noble varieties adapt easily to the climate. Still, Malbec is the most popular planted variety. The northern zone of Mendoza province is apt for the planting of white grapes and young red varieties.

Overnight in Mendoza.

Day 2: Mendoza   (B / L / -)

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart on a full day tour to wineries in the Central Valleys.

Mendoza is home to excellent wineries and the National Capital for the World-famous variety, the Malbec Wine. On this tour we will visit different local wineries and vineyards where we will try some of the local varieties, including the Malbec. We will also learn about the other products that characterize this region, such as the olive oil. We will finish the tour tasting a delicious lunch marinated with some local wines.

Overnight in Mendoza

Day 3: Mendoza   (B / L / -)

Breakfast. Today enjoy a full day tour: Horseback riding in the Uco Valley with “asado” lunch

in the Uco Valley, in the middle of the Andes ridge, at 2400 mt above sea level, a unique landscape is the

background for this tour, together with magnificent condors flying above our heads. The tour starts at 8.30, picking our passengers from their hotels in Mendoza city. We head up to the “Quebrada del Condor “(Condor’s gorge) through the village of Potrerillos and “Mirador de la Hoyada” (Panoramic viewpoint). We reach the gorge at 10.30, where a traditional breakfast will be served. After a brief health and safety introduction, the ride starts. At the foot of the “Cordón del Plata” in the Uco Valley, the local wildlife and flora will amaze us. Llamas, condors, foxes, hares and awesome birds will be part of this ride, too. In the middle of the ride, we will enjoy our local infusion, “mate”, at the shore of a creek. We will follow then ancient paths to reach a viewpoint at 2800 meters above sea level, in order to

appreciate the unique scenery of the “Cordón del plata” ridge, and the Potrerillos Valley. At 2:30pm, the

world famous Argentine “Asado” will be served for lunch. We will be leaving the gorge around 5pm.

Arrival to Mendoza will be around 6:30pm-7:00pm

Overnight in Mendoza

Day 4: Mendoza / Salta  (B / - / -)

At the set time you will be transferred to the airport to fly to Salta. Arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel in Salta City.

Expert ́s Tip: Gastronomy in the North

While descendants of Spaniards and Italians populate the majority of Argentina’s vast territory, the Andean northwest glimmers as a jewel of an exception to that rule. Here you’ll find strong traces of indigenous heritage in the music, dance, hand crafts, and of course, the cuisine. Many write off Argentina as steak. end of story. In the provinces of Salta and Jujuy, however, you’ll find a delectable array of local cuisine unique to the north. The Andes Mountains are one of the main influences in the ingredients found here. Quinoa, an ancient grain grown in the Andes, is recognized in many of the dishes from empanadas to milanesas. You can also find potatoes, corn and this being Argentina, a lot of meat. In addition to the numerous cows grazing about, you will notice goats and llamas, especially at higher altitudes. The mountains also mean colder weather and the food reflects this. Hearty stews and filling fare make up the bulk of the northwest’s cuisine. These are some of the “must-try” meals: Humitas, Tamales, Gout Chease, Empanadas and Locro.

Overnight in Salta

Day 5: Salta  (B / L / -)

Breakfast. Enjoy a Gastronomic Tour with lunch.

For lovers of fine cuisine, a day to enjoy the regional cuisine of the Northwest.

During the morning, a visit to San Miguel Market, where local products and spices, and various oddities will capture the attention of many. Based on a list according to the dish to cook, we will seek out the best ingredients as well as being in contact with local culture. We develop a kitchen activity, where customs and stories will be shared at a regional cuisine while the dish is prepared advised by a local chef, to conclude finally tasting the same.

Overnight in Salta

Day 6: Salta  (B / - / -)

Breakfast. Depart on a Full Day High Mountain Wines Tour.

The journey starts from Salta city to the south, through route 68 traversing the Lerma Valley and its

historical towns. We reach Quebrada de las Conchas (the Shell ́s Gorge), where wind and water erosion carved curious shapes on the rocks (The Amphitheater, Devil ́s throat, The Toad, The Castles, among others). When we arrive to Cafayate, we visit some wineries, famous for their production of Torrontes, with special characteristics due to the particularities of the climate and land. Then we visit the Museum of Vine and Wine, and two wineries to taste their wines. After lunch we return to Salta through Quebrada de las Conchas (the Shells ́ Gorge) and the Lerma Valley.

Overnight in Salta

Day 7: Salta  (B / - / -)

At the set time, you will be transferred to the airport to board your departure flight.

Inclusions:

· Transfers Airport – Hotel – Airport in each city

· Excursions as outlined in the program

· 6nts Accommodation in First-Class Hotels

· Daily breakfast at the hotel

· Other meals as indicated in the itinerary

· Permanent assistance in each destination

Exclusions:

· International or domestic airfare

· Services and non-mentioned meals in the itinerary. Drinks

· Early check-in, late check-out, and hotel extras

· Personal expenses

· Tips for guides and hotel staff