A culinary tour of Argentina and Chile
A slap-up South American feast
5 HOTEL STAYS
14 DAYS, 13 NIGHTS
per person, including transfers
(based on two people sharing)
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- Stay in the best luxury and boutique Mr & Mrs Smith hotels throughout (we'll always try to get you the best room)
- Get the passwords to Buenos Aires' best secret bars
- Drink your way along Mendoza's wine route
- Learn how to cook classic Argentinian dishes
- Get active in Chile's Lake District
- Get a warm welcome and a few free samples at Chile's most renowned wineries
Glass half full
Days 1–3: Buenos Aires
Argentina’s capital is a sizzling, heaving parilla of a city, with an array of architectural styles, hot hot tango clubs and the finest meat and malbec. The neoclassical, art deco and nouveau buildings populating the barrios feel reanimated by the thrum of city life – and a new coat of made-you-look street art. Make like a hungry porteño and settle in at a bodegón till you’ve polished off a rare slab of steak, a bottle of wine and a few scoops of dulce de leche ice-cream.
HotelFaena Hotel Buenos Aires
SettingWaterfront Puerto Madero
RoomPark View Room
Hotelier Alan Faena pretty much gave Philippe Starck carte blanche when it came to designing Faena Hotel in the waterfront Puerto Madero barrio. The result is a baroque, down-the-rabbit-hole confection of golden crown fountains, spraying jets, unicorn mounts and a rouged-up dance club that feels straight out of a David Lynch film. Theatrical, kitsch and ultimately, very cool – if the heaving open-air bar is anything to go by, it’s the place to be in BA.
Smith ExtraA bottle of malbec in your room and US$30 towards spa treatments
Half-day cookery class in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires’ Secret Spots bar tour
Days 4–6: Mendoza
Mendoza, languishing in the rain shadow of the Andes range, should be a dry desert wasteland; however, a complex ancient irrigation system engineered by indigenous people to harness the flow of the Mendoza River, has made it lush and fertile, and one of Argentina’s premier and prettiest wine-producing regions.
HotelCasa de Uco
RoomCordón del Plata
Vines stretch out in neat rows in every direction from cleverly conceived, impressively eco-friendly stay Casa de Uco, which uses solar power and grows many of its restaurant’s ingredients on site. Guests are assured of a splendid view from whichever room they choose: frost-tipped Andean peaks crowning the fertile, seasonally colour-changing plains of the Uco Valley; and vinotherapy is offered in all iterations.
Smith ExtraA wine-tasting with the hotel's sommelier for two
Wine tour of Luján de Cuyo with lunch
Days 7–8: Santiago
Before a backdrop of stony Andean-cordillera sentries, skyscrapers – and a few surviving colonial relics – crowd together; within, the Chilean capital of Santiago serves up fiercely national cuisine from a vanguard of boundary-pushing chefs, pre-Colombian to contemporary artwork; and nightlife composed of salsa moves and jazz solos.
HotelThe Singular Santiago
SettingBohemian art city
RoomThe Classic Room
Make yourself at home in Santiago’s artsy Lastarria neighbourhood, at the Singular hotel. Get an eyeful of the Andes from the roof terrace, where there’s also a pool hidden away, then sink a few Pisco sours. Lastarria’s cinemas, museums and clubs beckon, but homebodies can enjoy the French-Chilean fare from the restaurant (crossover stars such as guanaco tartare and dulce de leche millefeuille) served in a sunny courtyard.
Smith ExtraA bottle of Chilean wine on arrival, plus (subject to availability) early check-in
Days 9–10: Millahue
This hilly expanse in Chile’s wilds wears its greenery well. Aside from providing plenty of drama, the tierra also supports a number of well-to-do wineries.
Viña Vik was a winery before husband-and-wife owners Alex and Carrie commissioned architect Marcelo Daglio to build a hotel that delightfully contrasts with the surrounding verdure. An undulating bronzed-titanium roof and an art-installation reflecting pool, studded with boulders (the work of Chilean architect Smiljan Radic, who built the winery), may seem at odds with nature, but they’re an homage to the peaks and valleys of the region. Within, there’s more innovation, window-walled rooms, and lashings of wine.
Smith ExtraA bottle of wine
Days 11–14: Pucón
Pucón is Chile’s action hero. Set on the banks of Lago Villarrica (amid Chile’s Lake District), and in the shadow of Villarrica volcano, surrounded by rainforest reserves and waterways with plenty of fight in them, it’s a non-stop thrill-ride of white-water rafting, skiing, snowboarding and slope-scaling. And, after an adrenaline-fuelled day, you can sink into one of the area’s natural hot springs.
HotelAndBeyond Vira Vira
StyleCall of the wild
SettingDown by the river
Both a hacienda (plantation) and a hotel, Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira brings modernism to Chile’s Lake District. Set in a vast nature reserve and farm by the Liucura River, the hotel houses guests in cubed, wooden lodge-like rooms – each luxuriously dressed and with a view of the grounds. (Some higher-tier suites have hot tubs overlooking the river). The hotel’s natural disposition ensures farm-to-table food and plentiful outdoorsy fun.
Smith ExtraAn in-room bottle of sparkling wine
When to go
Spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) in Argentina and Chile are considered to be the best times to visit. Temperatures are clement, and the countryside is at its loveliest: either carpeted in grasses and lush with vines, or aflame with autumnal reds.
You’ll need to arrange your own all air travel throughout the trip, including flights to arrival point Buenos Aires and from departure airport Santiago; some carriers fly direct from major cities throughout Europe and the US to Buenos Aires; those arriving from Australasia and Asia connect via Santiago in Chile or stop over in Europe. There are three internal flights in this itinerary: Buenos Aires to Mendoza, Mendoza to Santiago and Santiago to Temuco; there are plentiful domestic carriers, or Smith24 can arrange all travel for you. All land transfers are included.
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What if I want to add on a few extra nights or arrange a special meal? Can I add on a waterskiing lesson? I've always fancied that… And can we stay in the honeymoon suite instead?
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