Though we often create custom itineraries, Adventures in Wine with H2O Patagonia typically takes you away from home for ten days including travel time. Whether you arrive in Patagonia via Santiago, Chile or Buenos Aires, Argentina, we make the travel as pain-free as possible. Your arrival into the heart of Patagonia on day two of your South American adventure is exquisite, and each day after that is fun-filled yet relaxing. Day nine finds you refreshed, renewed and invigorated as your bags are packed for the journey home.
Adventures in Wine Itinerary:
Day 1 - Leave home and fly to Chile.
Day 2 - Arrive in Santiago, Chile. Transfer to Puerto Montt-a one and a half hour flight to the south. You will be met in the airport by our representative, and escorted onto a 45 minute charter flight (weather permitting) that will take you over the Andes. You'll virtually land at Antucamay, our 175-acre ranch on the mighty Futaleufu River. Once settled, you'll meet your rafting and adventure guides who will prepare you for the week's activities on and around the Futaleufu river. That evening you will also meet your Chilean sommelier for the week, Alex Ordenes.
Day 3 - Rafting the Futaleufu River, "Bridge to Bridge", Class III-IV+. The rapids in this section are big and exciting, but consider them a warm-up for the whitewater to come. Rapids such as Entrada, Pillow, and Mundaca get you into the rhythm of the mighty Rio Futaleufu. Follow up the whitewater with a massage and a soak in the spa for a cap to a perfect day.
Day 3 - Evening, Aromas. Learn the technique of sensorial analysis while indulging in the varied aromas and flavors of Chile’s more popular grapes. This evening is a must for new wine enthusiasts, focusing on the classic and most well-known grapes of Chile: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Carmenére and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Day 4 - Hike and float upper Futaleufu. Today your morning is spent trekking through an awe-inspiring nature preserve along the Upper Futaleufu River. Later, we'll paddle inflatable kayaks back down to Antucamay. Your night is spent dining on exquisite food and relaxing in our spa.
Day 4 - Evening, White Wine. Tonight we explore Chile’s fine selection of white wines. Experience perfection while learning the patience required to craft it - we look at the effects of traditional oak barrel aging and consider how best to harmonize white wine with delicious foods.
Day 5 - Horseback ride with local "huasos" (Chilean Cowboys). Today, cool-tempered horses lead you through the breathtaking hills and valleys of Futaleufu. This ride makes you feel as if you have stepped back in time, back into the old-world charm that permeates this region. After the ride we return to Antucamay for a restful evening of pampering.
Day 5 - Evening, Organic Wine Tasting. Experience wine produced with total respect for and in balance with nature. This evening’s selection of organic wines are the result of a totally natural process that translates into a pure expression of the Tierra from which they come.
Day 6 - InfernoCanyon, Class V. Back to Whitewater Rafting! Today we launch at the ranch and float downstream to Inferno Canyon*. This section is the perfect mix of gorgeous pools punctuated by stomping whitewater. At the confluence of the Rio Azul we'll call it a day and return to the luxury and comfort of Antucamay.
Day 6 - Evening, Open bar. Tonight we break from our nightly tradition of sampling Bacchus' fine fares. The bar is open as we prepare mixed drinks from around the globe.
Day 7 - Canyoning and inflatable kayaking. If you've ever dreamed of being a kid again, canyoning is for you. Canyoning is the hybrid of watersports and mountain climbing. Rappel down waterfalls, leap into turquoise pools, zoom down water slides, and crawl through tiny caverns. After canyoning, you'll spend the afternoon kayaking down the Espolon, a stunning tributary of the Futaleufu.
Day 7 - Evening, Carmenére. Truly a unique experience, tonight we will taste a wine produced only in a few select places around the world. Mistaken for Merlot, the Carmenére grape was thought to have disappeared amid years of selection and breeding. Re-discovered by a visiting Frenchman only nine years ago, it has since become Chile’s signature wine. Carmenére producers are known to achieve wines of great smoothness, making it easy to pare with our delicious gourmet food. We will taste the best varieties of Chilean Carmenére from select areas and vineyards, utilizing our new sensorial skills to appreciate their distinguishing characteristics.
Day 8 - Rafting the FutaleufuRiver, Pasarella to Casa de Empanadas. Your adventurous week closes with a class IV-V bang! Astounding rapids are interspersed with calm pools on this final day of rafting.
Day 8 - Evening, Traditional Chilean Barbeque:
Celebrate your week’s adventure with some delicious asado and use your new knowledge of Chilean wine to pick your own beverages for the evening!
Day 9 - Departure Day:
After a hearty breakfast and a farewell to your guides and sommelier, the charter flight will return you to Puerto Montt. Please plan your Puerto Montt-Santiago flight for mid-afternoon in order to meet your outbound international connection that evening. Most international connections leave Santiago after 8:00 PM, arriving at US destinations early the following morning.
Day 10 - Arrive home, renewed and invigorated!
- Seven nights accommodation;
- Pick up at Puerto Montt airport in Chile or Esquel airport in Argentina and rapid transfer to H2O Patagonia's all-inclusive riverside ranch and spa;
- Charter flights from Puerto Montt to Futaleufu and back should you travel through Chile;
- All food and drink from the time we meet you in the airport until we return you there again eight days later;
- All amenities available at H2O Patagonia's riverside ranch. These include massage services (a minimum of three per week!) yoga classes, hot tub, plush robes and towels, open bar, fine wines and gourmet organic meals;
- All teachings with sommelier;
- All technical equipment for rafting and multi-sport activities, with the exception of fly fishing equipment;
- H2O Patagonia chums, hat, travel mug, Tshirt and personal dry bag for you to take home as souvenirs;
- DVD and photo CD of your week's adventures!
Price Does Not Include:
- International airfare from your home to either Puerto Montt, Chile or Esquel, Argentina;
- Meals prior to our rendezvous in the airport;
- Excess baggage charges;
- Travel insurance (although we offer this as an easy add-on to your travel package);
We reserve the right to change the order of activities or even some of the activities due to changes in weather, transportation or other unforeseen events.
Also see tour packages in:
South America Chile Outdoor: Water Drifter Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting
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