When to go: December – March
Where You’ll Go
Patagonia is a spectacular and varied wilderness. The lakes near to the gateway town of Bariloche are superb for fishing, while the soaring, spectacular topography of Torres del Paine is fantastic for hiking or ice trekking. What you burn off in the clean high altitudes you’ll replace at a traditional Argentinian barbecue called an Asado, pairing a full-bodied Argentinian Malbec with a thick, perfectly seared steak. You’ll also track the provenance of your wine with a visit to the Mendoza region.
What You’ll Do
Near the bottom of the world you’ll find over 50,000 acres of glorious, unique land enclosed within Torres del Paine National Park. Argentina’s most eye-catching national park makes even an ordinary hike feel like something fresh and novel. You’ll also be able to take a helicopter to visit a glacier; seek out the best fly fishing with a knowledgeable guide, and go mountaineering or biking while tracking the magnificent Patagonian puma. As the sun begins to set on this natural wonderland, sink into your alfresco hot tub at your luxury villa, pour some wine, and enjoy the show.
You’ll fly to Bariloche in the north for the next part of your trip, where you’ll experience all the lakes have to offer near this gateway to the park. A private yacht will transport you to the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake where a gourmet lunch awaits. Canter through your new surroundings on horseback, exploring its harder-to-reach regions. Finally, tucked up in your fully serviced luxury camp, gaze up at the night’s sky while your personal astronomer directs your attention around the diamond-bright constellations.
The final leg of your journey involves tasting the wines from the renowned Uco Valley in the Andean Mendoza region. You’ll gallop on horseback to the Manzano Historico where Argentine gauchos will lead you on an engrossing tour. At the summit, you’ll breathe in the rich smells of your dinner as the steak and short ribs crackle and pop over the cooking fire.
What You’ll Learn
You’ll discover Patagonia’s remarkable landscapes, while the gastronomic emphasis that runs throughout this gourmet itinerary will ensure that you’ll return home a devotee of Argentine food and wine.