Drink Mate with newfound or old Argentinian friends. Also known as yerba mate, chimarrão or cimarrón is a traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink, particularly in Argentina where it is defined by law as the “national infusion”, Uruguay, Paraguay and Southern Brazil, and to a lesser degree in southern Chile, the Bolivian Chaco, Syria and Lebanon. It is prepared by steeping dried leaves of yerba mate in hot water.
Experience the German cultural influences in Puerto Varas, a city and commune located in the southern Chilean province of Llanquihue in the Los Lagos Region. Nearby is King of the South, Los Lagos region of Chile. A 2,652 metre tall stratovolcano between Osorno and Llanquihue provinces. A volcano textbook conical in shape and looms imposingly over the emerald green waters of Lake Todos Los Santos and Lake Llanguihue.
Take yourself off on a wine tour to sample the world’s finest Malbec in Mendoza. Mendoza is the capital city of Mendoza Province, in Argentina. It is located in the northern-central part of the province, in a region of foothills and high plains, on the eastern side of the Andes. The award-winning nectar can be found in our favourite family vineyard Hacienda del Plata. We stayed at Posada Olivar, which was as secluded as it was special, breakfast was a fresh feast each morning, the bed was a super-king and the power shower a memorably massaging experience. It was such a welcomed break from our two wheeled nomadic life, it was a wrench to leave.
Go and get drenched in Iguazú National Park’s waterfalls Argentina, located in the Iguazú Department, in the north of the province of Misiones, Argentine Mesopotamia. It has an area of 550 km².
Bob on the surface of a salt dense waterhole in Chile’s Atacama desert, you’ll float like polystyrene!
Immerse yourself for a day in Santiago’s culture: National Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago Metropolitan Park, Santa Lucia Hill, San Cristobal Hill