Day 1: Arrive Mendoza
We pick you up at the Mendoza Airport and transfer out of the city to a country inn (Lares de Chacra or similar) in the picturesque farming community of Chacras de Coria. After settling in, you'll meet your guide for an orientation meeting to review the plans for the next few days. At today's lunch we sample the gourmet local delicatessen at Almacen del Sur, then head to a small boutique winery to learn about the superb Argentine Malbecs. Dinner on your own.
Day 2: Biking & Wineries in the Uco Valley
Transfer south by van for about an hour to the town of Tupungato, in the Uco Valley. Once at the valley, we ride our bikes following country lanes to La Azul vineyard, another renown producer of Malbecs. Continuing by bicycle for a couple of miles we reach the famed Salentein Winery. Enjoy lunch at Kilka, the Bodega's restaurant and gallery, then tour the winery. Late afternoon transfer back to Mendoza. Dinner on your own this evening. Cycling distance: 20 miles; Terrain: Mostly flat, paved roads. Lodging: Lares de Chacra- (Chacras de Coria) (Breakfast & Lunch included)
Day 3: High Andean Valleys & Biking at Uspallata
After a leisurely breakfast, we cycle to award winning winery Achaval Ferrer. Only a few years into the market, its wines consistently receive 90+ grades in Wine Spectator. Late morning transfer by van northwest, following Route 7, the main highway leading into the high Andes. We stop at Potrerillos to check in at out lodge the Pueblo del Rio, and have lunch. In the afternoon we drive to the town of Uspallata, enjoying dramatic scenery changes as we cycle away from the village’s green pastures and into the desert. Our goal is to find some hidden pre-Columbian petroglyphs. Cycle back to the village and transfer by van to the hotel. Dinner is included at the lodge. Cycling distance: 24 miles; Terrain: rolling hills, on paved and gravel roads. Lodging: Rio del Pueblo - ( Potrerillos) (All meals included)
Day 4: High Andean Valleys: Biking & Hiking at Aconcagua’s foothills
We drive north and then west, higher into the mountains, to Puente del Inca, from where we cycle for about 12 km to the entrance of the Aconcagua National Park. Enjoy the outstanding mountain scenery, leading up to Mt. Aconcagua, the highest peak of the Americas, and the second most prominent mountain in the world. We hike to Lake Horcones and enjoy an al fresco lunch with awesome views of Aconcagua`s south face. We make the most of the open spaces until it's time for the late afternoon return to our country inn. Dinner is included at the inn tonight. Cycling distance: 8 miles – rolling hills. Terrain: mostly gravel roads. Hiking distance: 3 miles
Lodging: Rio del Pueblo - ( Potrerillos) (All meals included)
Day 5: Mendoza – Central Valley
This morning we return by van to Mendoza, and check in the Club Tapiz. The 1890-period house, surrounded by ten hectares of vineyards, was lovingly restored to preserve its Renaissance-style villa structure and period details. You have the remainder of the day to bike through the surroundings, to visit Mendoza city with its tree-lined boulevards and sidewalk cafes, or just relax and enjoy the civilized luxuries at the lodge. Lunch & Dinner are on your own (Breakfast included.)
Day 6: Mendoza – Transfer to Airport
Morning transfer to Mendoza airport to board flights to Buenos Aires. (Breakfast included)
All accommodations in superior hotels (double occupancy,) charming country inns, and Wine estates ( All lodges are subject to availability )
Most meals, as described in the detailed itinerary
Private transportation in all locations
Private, English speaking expert local guides throughout
Wine expert guides during wine tasting activities
Wine tasting & outdoor activities as described
Top quality 24 gear, aluminum, hybrid bikes.
Water Bottles / Snacks during outdoor activities & shuttle time.
Wine and other alcoholic beverages during meals, except during picnics ( included).
Insurance of any kind
International and domestic flights