A culinary tour of Argentina and Chile

A slap-up South American feast
5 HOTEL STAYS
14 DAYS, 13 NIGHTS

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£5,589 (US$7,567)

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Highlights

  • 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

Destinations

Glass half full

Argentina and Chile are best experienced fork first; the former’s national barbecue obsession and superlative steak; the latter’s penchant for culinary experimentation with a wealth of native ingredients; and the swiggable wines of both make them destinations for the robust of appetite. We’ve created a plate laden with adventure, that travels through Buenos Aires’ speakeasies, Mendoza’s vineyards and Chile’s farm estates, so your cup runneth over. But if you’re dying to try something else off the menu, just let our Smith24 team know and we’ll ensure your trip is just right.
On touchdown at Ministro Pistarini International Airport, a personal driver will meet you to transfer you to your hotel in a luxury car.

1 Hour

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.

Style

Seeing red

Setting

Waterfront Puerto Madero

Room

Park 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 Extra

A bottle of malbec in your room and US$30 towards spa treatments

Day 1

Today, rest and recuperate after your flight, then wander Buenos Aires’ barrios. Engage in La Boca’s café culture (and stop by La Bombonera football stadium to pay homage to the nation’s worshipped pastime); stock up on antique trinkets, kitschy bits and vintage paperbacks in San Telmo and seek out murals by street artists Ice, El Marian, Cof and Jiant in Coghlan.

Day 2

Today you’ll get to grips with Argentinian cuisine, as you prep and cook traditional dishes during a half-day class.

Half-day cookery class in Buenos Aires

Eating is a convivial, social affair in Buenos Aires, so pitching in to help make your meal seems appropriate. In an elegant house in the city, you’ll spend four-to-five hours crafting thick, meaty locro and carbonada stews; tamales and empanadas for snacking on; and sweet dulce de leche flan, among others. Afterwards, you’ll dine on your spoils and crack open the wine.
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Day 3

During the day, you’re free to explore the city, perhaps plot a course through Recoleta’s nearby art and design museums; then hit the Latin American Art Museum (MALBA), housed in a striking Deconstructivist shell. By evening, you’ll be shown around BA’s hippest hidden speakeasies.

Buenos Aires’ Secret Spots bar tour

A covertly exchanged password here, an unmarked door there: we love the giddy thrill of getting into a speakeasy. A hangover from the Prohibition era, when bartenders from the US came south to open bars; Buenos Aires still has a number of hush-hush drinkeries hidden throughout the city. On this private tour, an in-the-know guide will help you gain access, so you can enjoy wine with well-informed locals.
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To connect to wine-region of Mendoza for the second leg of your itinerary, you’ll need to arrange internal flights (or the Smith24 team can book these for you). A private transfer to Buenos Aires’ airport is included, and the flight takes around two hours. On arrival, a car will be waiting to transfer you to your next stay.

4 Hours

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.

Hotel

Casa de Uco

Style

Bucolic bacchanalia

Setting

Vine-clad valley

Room

Cordón 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 Extra

A wine-tasting with the hotel's sommelier for two

Day 4

Today, you’re left to your leisure. So, pour the malbec and sip as you gaze in awe at the distant Andes.

Day 5

Today you’ll taste the – fermented – fruits of Mendoza.

Wine tour of Luján de Cuyo with lunch

The bodega-packed town of Maipú has a wealth of wine vaults to plunder. You’ll have a designated driver, who’ll ferry you here for a private guided tour. You’ll try three wines at each stop: Trapiche Winery and El Enemigo, where you’ll stop for a three-course lunch in wood-lined Casa Vigil.
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Day 6

Do as much or as little as you wish today, but you can find as much or as little as you wish to do on site. Hotel staff can arrange day trips for the curious: saddle up and channel your inner gaucho; borrow a bike and bomb through the vineyards; or simply sit and sip.
Flights to Chile’s capital Santiago are not included, but it’s a fairly stress-free journey (made even less stressful if you ask the Smith 24 team to arrange transport). A private chauffeur will take you to Mendoza’s Governor Francisco Gabrielli airport (a 90-minute drive away); from there, you can fly to Santiago in around an hour with a number of domestic carriers. On arrival at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez airport, a driver will be waiting for your next private transfer.

3 Hours

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.

Style

Masculine charm

Setting

Bohemian art city

Room

The 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 Extra

A bottle of Chilean wine on arrival, plus (subject to availability) early check-in

Days 7–8

Explore the capital at your own pace over the next two days. Within Lastarria, catch a chin-stroker at indie arthouse cinemas El Biógrafo or Centro Arte Alameda, wander by fountains and forts at the elegant Cerro Santa Lucía park, or check out the walls at hip Plop! Galería. Pass some time in the grand Plaza de Armas, swing by love poet Pablo Neruda’s pad or head out of town and hike the trails of the scenic Cajón del Maipo gorge. If you need more inspiration, hotel staff can supply it.
A driver will pick the two of you up at your hotel for your onward journey to Millahue, south of the city.

2 Hours

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.

Hotel

Vik Chile

Style

Refined palette

Setting

Top terroir

Room

Suite

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 Extra

One 30-minute spa treatment for one person

Days 9–10

The hotel hosts an array of free activities for inquisitive, adventurous guests; explore the terrain by bike or horsie, get better acquainted with the region’s wines (especially those grown on site), take a yoga class, or venture out to Colchagua and Cachapoal valleys. Cookery lessons can be held on request, too.
You’ll need to arrange flights from Santiago to Pucón (or the Smith24 team can do this for you); however, you’ll have luxurious private transfers to Santiago and from Temuco airport (a 90-minute flight away), on arrival.

3 Hours

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.

Style

Call of the wild

Setting

Down by the river

Room

SUITE

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 Extra

An in-room bottle of sparkling wine

Days 11–14

An impressive range of activities are included in the hotel’s room rates. Learn how to ride like a huaso on a horse ranch, or saddle up and go through the cordillera at a leisurely clip. Hit the trails at Villarrica and Huerquehue National Parks, or saddle up a two-wheeled steed to bike over hill and meadow. Water-based fun can be low-key (fishing, boating to a lakeside beach) or high-energy (kayaking, white-water rafting), and in winter guests can ski and snowboard (for a supplement). Back on the hacienda, the action’s centred on the kitchen, where guests can learn to make cheese, get a bubbling pot of jam on the go, or help pull honeycombs from the apiary.
Today, you’ll be driven to Temuco Airport for your flight back to Santiago and then home – or on to the next Smith hotel…

2 Hours

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.

Getting there

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.

Packing tips

Movable, breathable – and possibly waterproof – gear for ‘go, go, go’ days; something sexier for nights out in Buenos Aires; and a good nose.

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What's included
The package includes all accommodation in Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotels; and all applicable taxes.
What's not included
International flights and car hire, visa fees, airport taxes or insurance. Any items which are not mentioned as included in the itinerary. Any increase in government taxes. For the Timeless Tuscany package, car hire is included, but guests will be responsible for drop-off fees if delivered to a different end point than Florence Airport, refuelling charges, delivery and collection, extra insurance, additional driver costs, admin fees, tax and parking.
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