Chilean stew dish called Cazuela Chilena

A CULINARY JOURNEY: DISCOVER CHILE’S RICH GASTRONOMIC HERITAGE (9D-8N)

Santiago, Valparaíso, Chiloé, Puerto Varas

9 days and 8 nights

Embark on a culinary odyssey in Chile, from bustling fresh food markets in Valparaíso on the Pacific Ocean and the wonderful Lakes & Volcanoes District by the imposing Andes, to the vineyards of the Maipo Valley and the seafood shacks of Chiloé. Experience the unique flavours of Chilean cuisine, from traditional dishes such as lamb asado, curanto and cazuela to modern iterations by renowned chefs.

Day 1: Santiago Airport – Santiago de Chile

  • Private transfer from Santiago Airport to your hotel in Santiago City.
  • Bus at your disposal for 4 hours in Santiago, within the perimeter of Américo Vespucio Beltway.

 

Chilean cooking experience with Valentina Mac Auliffe: Chilean cooking classes with Valentina Mac-Auliffe. She is one of the most important chefs and influencers in Chile. The cooking class is an interactive experience where passengers cook their own meal under Valentina’s guidance. In this incredible experience, you will be able to cook Chilean dishes, but more than that, you will have an engaging conversation with a local insider. The course lasts approximately 2.5 hours.

Modalities:

  • An interactive class where the participants prepare the dishes.
  • The chef prepares the dishes in front of the group.

Includes starter, main course, dessert, and drinks (soft drinks, juices, water, sparkling wine, red wine, beer). The menu will be decided closer to the date of the event.

Night at Le Reve hotel in a terraza room.

 

Day 2: Santiago and Maipo Valley.

Private Tour of the Maipo Valley (7 hours): The oldest wine valley in Chile and the closest to Santiago, the Maipo Valley combines sun, wind, and winter rains to provide a Mediterranean climate that is perfect for producing Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Less than an hour’s drive from Santiago, the valley is famous for its well-balanced red wines. The salts carried in the waters of the Maipo River irrigate the fields, creating a unique balance of flavour and acidity in the resulting wines. The Maipo Valley is open all year round.

Private Organic Wine Tour with the owner: Patricio Ulloa, the founder of Viña Las Araucarias, will take you on a tour of our organic vineyard, the harvest patio, the cellar, the barrel room, and the bottling room, where you will taste the wines in different fermentation stages and finish tasting three organic wines:

  • Organic Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Organic Merlot
  • Organic blend; Gran Reserva Las Araucarias, Carmenere, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, 2015

 

This tour features a conversation with Patricio, who will share his experiences in winemaking, explain why he chose to go organic, dispel myths about Chilean wine, and show the passion and work he has put into his organic vineyard.

Lunch and wine tasting at La Viluma Restaurant. Tips included.

Night at Le Reve Hotel in a terraza room.

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Day 3: Santiago and Valparaíso.

Private transfer from Santiago to Valparaiso/Viña del Mar (approx. 1hr 30 mins).

Food Market & Cooking Class Experience: Today we will have a cultural and gastronomic experience in Valparaíso, one of the main ports of Chile, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003.

Itinerary:

10:00: Meet our guide at the fish and food market in Caleta Portales. We will do some shopping in the cove and at the Cardonal Market. Depending on the day, you can also shop in other traditional establishments in the town. We will also have some tastings of traditional products (empanada, ceviche, fish fingers or some vegetarian options).

12:00: A cooking class where the products bought in the morning will be used. Depending on the participants’ tastes, we can prepare ceviche, caldillos, pastel de choclo, etc. All this will be paired with drinks and Chilean wine.

15:00: Cultural tour of Cerro Alegre and Concepción. Wander through the picturesque streets and appreciate the breathtaking bay and vibrant hills that have sparked creativity in famous painters, architects, artists, musicians, and poets.

17:00: Return to Santiago (1:30 hr)

Night at Le Reve Hotel in a terraza room.

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Day 4: Santiago Airport – Puerto Montt Airport – Castro.

Private transfer from hotel in Santiago to Santiago Airport.

Culinary Experience in Chiloé & Lakes District – 5 nights / 6 days: Welcome to Chiloé.

Upon arrival, your local guide will meet you at the Puerto Montt Airport (PMC) to take you to the ferry that will cross over to the island of Chiloé. Our first stop will be at Caulin Bay, which was declared a bird sanctuary in the 1990s and is renowned for its black Chilean oysters, which we will have the pleasure of tasting. We then continue to Castro, the island’s capital, to check in at your hotel and relax for the afternoon. Dinner is at local chef Lorna Munoz’s traditional restaurant, Travesía, where we will enjoy a sample menu of fresh seafood.

Overnight at Sizigia Hotel in a superior room.

 

Day 5: Castro.

One of Chiloe’s highlights is its wooden churches, which UNESCO declared a World Heritage Site in 2000. On this day, we will visit some of them on the east coast of the island. No visit to Chiloé is complete without trying a curanto, the island’s quintessential culinary experience. Cooked in a sizable pit in the ground lined with hot stones, a variety of shellfish, smoked meats, vegetables and potato-based patties are cooked between layers of pangue (giant rhubarb) leaves.

Overnight at the Sizigia Hotel in a superior room.

 

Day 6: Castro.

Chonchi and Fogón Experience

Today we depart at 2.30pm and head to the picturesque town of Chonchi where we will visit the local museum and then head to a Quincho-Fogón, a local countryside setting with an outdoor food area for a local cooking demonstration using the freshest produce from the land and sea with a renowned local chef. After dinner, we return to the hotel for a well-earned rest.

Overnight at the Sizigia Hotel in a superior room.

 

Day 7: Castro – Puerto Varas.

Cazuela. A soup present all over Chile

On this day we will sail from the island of Chiloé to the city of Puerto Varas, and right after disembarking from the ferry we will enjoy a local lunch of cazuela in a restaurant that specialises in this particular dish. Cazuela is a comforting and hearty dish that showcases Chilean cuisine’s flavours. It’s a perfect representation of the country’s culinary traditions and the importance of gathering with loved ones over a warm, nutritious meal. After enjoying this lunch and your guide explaining the different variations of a cazuela, we will continue to Puerto Varas to check into your hotel. Free evening.

Overnight at the Bellavista Puerto Varas Hotel in a superior room.

 

Day 8: Puerto Varas.

Petrohué Falls. Lamb & Beer

We start our day at 12:30 and travel to the Petrohué waterfalls, where we will explore their magical natural surroundings. In the afternoon, we will cruise around the lake to Puerto Octay to enjoy a Patagonian lamb, but first, we will have time to sample craft beers at a local brewery.

Overnight at the Bellavista Puerto Varas Hotel in a superior room.

 

Day 9: Puerto Varas.

Goodbye, Chile!

Your transfer with a guide will take you to Puerto Montt airport (PMC) for your flight back to Santiago. You will connect with your international flight.

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