Stunning landscape of Mendoza

Wine & Wildlife of Chile & Argentina

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Stunning landscape of Mendoza

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Wine & Wildlife of Chile & Argentina

Migrating southern right whales, one of the world’s largest nesting colonies of Magellanic penguins, breathtaking scenery and some of the world’s finest wines are just a few of the highlights that await you on International Expeditions’ new Wine and Wildlife of Argentina and Chile adventure. An exciting and rare combination of three unique regions creates an adventure to delight the senses as you journey from the wildlife-packed Atlantic shores of the Valdes Peninsula to the Andean paradise that is Argentina’s wine country and all the way to Chile’s premiere wineries on the Pacific Coast.  

Under the guidance and leadership of a professional IE Expedition Leader, local guides and oenologists, guests on IE’s new Wine and Wildlife of Argentina and Chile journey will search out interesting and unique species of the Patagonian steppe and Atlantic waters, walk amongst Magellanic penguins at one of the largest nesting colonies on Earth, witness the peak of the of the southern right whale migration where roughly 1,000 congregate to mate and give birth, and pay visits to some of the premier wineries that Chile and Argentina, the world, have to offer.  A combination of the best wildlife and wine will make for a rewarding and memorable journey while multiple optional extensions can add even more to the experience.

Things to Know

What is included in the price of IE's Wine and Wildlife?

Accommodations on group dates

Excursions, activities, and meals as listed in the itinerary

Services of experienced English-speaking guides

Arrival and departure transfers between the group hotel and airport regardless of day or time

Selected beverages included with lunch and dinner

Potable water

Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

What is the level of activity for IE's Wine and Wildlife?

A trip to Argentina and Chile requires good health and mobility. While we have time scheduled for rest, your itinerary in has a moderate pace, involving activities and transportation from place to place to ensure that you have maximized opportunity to interact with the wildlife and local culture. Consult your physician if you are in doubt about your ability to enjoy this adventure and please contact our office with any questions.

The Valdes Peninsula is a large place, requiring visitors to drive long distances to get from place to place.  The drive from Trelew to Puerto Piramides is two hours, one way, on good roads. Your days on the peninsula will start early to beat the heat and can last all day, with wildlife-viewing at the best spots on that particular day. You will drive from place to place and then walk to sets of stairs along the coast where you descend to get closer to the wildlife.  There can be up to 100 stairs or as few as 20. You will also take a boat for whale watching.  Life vests are provided. In addition, Rawson and Punta Tombo are on the mainland and reachable only by road. Punta Tombo is a four-hour drive from Puerto Piramides.  At the penguin rookeries you will walk up to two miles roundtrip on mostly even surfaces in the open sun. Walking is at a leisurely pace and there are some places to sit.  Driving in the Mendoza region is not long from place to place and the roads are good.  It’s a full day driving from Mendoza to Santiago but that includes stops for photos, WCs, and lunch.  Your visits to wineries involve little walking and are not strenuous.

What is the expected weather for IE's Wine and Wildlife?

September/October is springtime for our destinations. Buenos Aires will be mild to warm, and we can expect the same at the Valdés peninsula, though typically at least a bit cooler so pack some warm clothes as well. It will be cool to cold in the mountains and Santiago, with little rain expected.

Do you offer optional extensions to IE's Wine and Wildlife?

We do offer optional extensions to other wonderful places in the region to enhance and complete your experience, should you choose to do so. Information on these extensions is listed on the webpage for this program and feel free to contact our office for more info. 

Are you able to customize a trip to Chile and/or Argentina to feature destinations and activities of my choice?

Yes! If our group itinerary does not suit your desires please contact our Custom Department where a specialist can craft the kind of experience that will make your adventure the trip of a lifetime.

Accommodations

Paradise Hosteria

Paradise Hosteria

The Paradise Hosteria features just 12 rooms, all of them with fully-equipped private bathroom. Services include heating and A/A, TV, IDD and NDD, Fax, Wi-Fi, maid, room service and hot water 24 hours a day.

Hotel Territorio

Hotel Territorio

This boutique hotel is located on the edge of town with wonderful views of Gulfo Nuevo. Built in the spirit of a traditional sheep shearing farm with infusions of modernity and elegance, the hotel features a lounge,  restaurant and highly attentive staff. 36 rooms all feature individual temperature control, mini-bar, hair dryer, en suite facilities and free Wi-Fi. The hotel offers a fitness room and laundry services.

Huentala Hotel

Huentala Hotel

Huentala means “Valley of the Guanacos” and its name honors the ancient Huarpes, one of the first settlers of Mendoza. Opened in 1976, the hotel is a landmark in its four-star category. Located in downtown Mendoza City, on a beautiful cobblestone street, Huentala Hotel is just one block from San Martin Ave. and is in walking distance to the main attractions of the city. Classic rooms include free Wi-Fi, AC, LED TV, hairy dryer, and mini-bar.  The hotel offers a pool, gym, spa, laundry service and even a wine tasting cellar.  Authentic regional cuisine combines with elegant and peaceful atmosphere in Champay (House of Friends) Bistro while Kunuk Bar is known for its elegant cocktails, including a chinch corn drink for which the bar is named.

Field Leaders

Argentina guide Paula Bertotto

Paula Bertotto

Expedition Leader

A native of Eldorado, Misiones, near Iguazú Falls, Paula studied at the Universidad Nacional de Misiones. An avid cyclist, after university Paula moved to Patagonia to lead biking tours. After devoting years to learning about the distinct flora and fauna of Patagonia, Paula returned to the Iguazú area. While working toward designation as a certified naturalist guide, Pala received a grant to work with The Nature Conservancy on a project in Iguazú National Park. As part of the project, Paula worked on the development of sustainable ecotourism with the park. This experience encouraged Paula to return to school to earn a second degree in Sustainable Tourism. Currently, Paula lives in Puerto Iguazú, the gateway to her beloved Iguazú National Park. Paula’s expertise in logistics will ensure a worry-free journey, while her experience as a naturalist will add immeasurably to the experience.

Trip Highlights

  • Southern right whales, elephant seals, fur seals, orcas & more sea life of the Atlantic coast
  • Walk among Magellanic penguins at one of the world's largest rookeries
  • Watch for herds of guanaco as well as rhea, lesser & greater cavy, Patagonian fox and more
  • Exceptional wineries in the world-famous wine regions of Argentina and Chile
  • Travel from Atlantic shores, over towering Andes to Pacific coastline