Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio Hotel

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Estancia Vik José Ignacio sits on vast acres of rolling countryside along Uruguay’s spectacular coastline. Drawing travelers to its pristine beaches, rugged landscape, and relaxed, bohemian setting, this Spanish Colonial-style hotel offers guests a plethora of adventure and relaxation. Outdoor courtyards and idyllic gardens cover the grounds, as well as expansive patios, an outdoor stone pool, golf greens, and plenty of room to roam by foot, bike, or on horseback. Book a spa treatment, dine on traditional cuisine made fresh from local ingredients, while surrounded by breathtaking artwork from local, world renowned artists.

A CELEBRATION OF URUGUAY

Inside the brick-barreled dining room, guests are treated to an intimate dining experience. The hotel showcases Uruguayan parillero, or barbeque, cooked over the traditional central open fire. Guests also enjoy fresh fish and seafood, locally grown fruits and vegetables, and homemade breads and pastries. Seated above the hotel’s plentiful wine cellar, staff offer guests the perfect accompanying wine.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

From the polo fields and adjoining golf green, the expansive property also offers guests the chance to ride horses, see indigenous wildlife on nature walks, and go on birdwatching tours. Explore the nearby arroyo and lakes with handmade canoes, kayaks, or sailboats. Visit the beach or simply slip into the freshwater outdoor pool.

Ideal fortravelers looking for an off-grid yet child-friendly option near the beach. Also a Honeymoon hotspot

estancia vik jose ignacio hotel is one of our preferred hotels when travelling in uruguay

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highlights

  • Golf green and driving range
  • Polo fields with a Stable of Criollo riding horses/li>
  • Beach excursions
  • Traditional Uruguayan cuisine and robust variety of wine
  • Eco-friendly, self-sustaining design

rooms

  • Suite: Double or Twin beds; Balcony or terrace; Safe; Minibar; Views over lake or garden
  • Master Suite: Double or Twin beds; Balcony or terrace; Safe; Minibar; Views over lake or garden
  • Special Master Suite: Double bed; Balcony or terrace; Safe; Minibar; Views over lake or garden; Exclusive bottle of VIK wine; Private 3 course dinner for two at La Cava

services

  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • 24-hour reception
  • Information desk
  • Laundry service
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Conference rooms
  • Private polo field
  • Horseback riding
  • Tennis court
  • Water sports
  • Game room
  • Yoga

Playa Vik Jose Ignacio Hotel

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A strikingly contemporary property that incorporates natural elements, Playa Vik Jose Ignacio exudes a unique architectural tone created by Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, who has also worked on the Paris Opera House. Playa Vik sits in the Village of Jose Ignacio, Uruguay. While not far from Rio, it provides a relaxed, small-town ambiance where it’s easy to go for strolls through the neighborhood and along the beach.

ARTWORK IN ITSELF

Contemporary artwork of murals, collages and abstract oils from Uruguay and beyond graces the walls of the central building, which has a dramatic 55-foot inclined facade, a giant, sculpted bronze door, and wide expanses of glass that maximize the ocean view. Indeed, the architectural style appears to be designed as a work of art in its own right; the central building, which has been dubbed “the Sculpture”, is divided into several public areas, including a living room furnished with sofas, semi-precious stone tables and offbeat sculptural pieces, a formal dining room, and a library furnished with a small selection of books.

BY THE WATER’S EDGE

Guests may swim in the ocean at Playa Mansa, a beach with gentle waves that lies just in front of the property, or make use of the 75-foot cantilevered LED illuminated infinity pool, a strikingly minimalist structure made of Uruguayan black granite that juts out toward the ocean, giving you the impression you just might make it all the way to the Atlantic if you make it to the very end of the pool.

Ideal forwater-sports enthusiasts, beach lovers, or those who simply wish to relax in style, in the "lap of luxury;" Guests can enjoy surfing, sailing, wind-surfing, golf, and horseback riding

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highlights

  • Avant-garde beachfront resort with luxurious spa treatments
  • 10-minute walk of Jose Ignacio Beach and Parque Faro Jose Ignacio
  • Eco-friendly, self-sustaining design
  • Individually decorated guest rooms with terrace or patio
  • Stunning infinity pool
  • Variety of activities available

rooms

  • Casa Blanca: Two master suites with king size bed and fully-equipped bathroom; Two private terraces
  • Casa Jose Ignacio: Master suites with king size bed and fully-equipped bathroom; Single suite with bunk beds, bathroom, shower; Living room; Fireplace; Plasma TV; Private terrace
  • Casa Mar: Two master suites with king size bed or two twin beds and fully-equipped bathroom; Single suite with en suite bathroom and shower; Living room; Fireplace; Plasma TV; Private terrace; Private balcony
  • Casa Ebano: Two master suites with king size bed or two twin beds and fully-equipped bathroom; Single suite with en suite bathroom and shower; Living room; Fireplace; Plasma TV; Two private terraces
  • Casa Raices: Two master suites with king size bed or two twin beds and fully-equipped bathroom; Single suite with en suite bathroom and shower; Living room; Fireplace; Plasma TV; Two private terraces
  • Casa Tierra: Master Suite with king size bed and fully-equipped bathroom; Single suite with bunk beds, bathroom, shower; Living room; Fireplace; Plasma TV; Two private terraces
  • Caras Suite: King size bed; Walk in closet; Fully-equipped bathroom; Ocean views
  • Fuerteventura Suite: King size bed; Walk in closet; Fully-equipped bathroom; Ocean views
  • Master Suite Valentina: King size bed; Walk in closet; Fully-equipped bathroom; Ocean views

services

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Spa
  • Outdoor pool
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Game room
  • Barbeque grills
  • Bicycles
  • Cooking classes
  • Laundry service
  • Babysitting service
  • WiFi

Journey to Uruguay

Despite being one of the smallest and lesser known countries in South America, Uruguay continues to capture the imaginations and hearts of adventurous travelers who are seeking a unique and secluded destination. The areas surrounding the capital city of Montevideo are the most popular destinations, but Uruguay packs adventure into every one of its small corners. While Uruguay is a “country of experiences,” there is nothing travelers really have to do — just follow your interests and passions, and do as little or as much as you’d like!

Cultural colonial city of Colonia del Sacramento, ideal for boating, fishing and swimming

City of Rivera, capital city of Montevideo and the famous resort destination Punta del Este and Jose Ignacio

Kayaking, cycling and horseback riding

Fabulous food and wine experiences

Relax on the sun-kissed beaches

Retreat to exclusive properties and lodges

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Itinerary

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Arrive Uruguay

Welcome to Uruguay!

Upon arrival to Montevideo, you are welcomed and privately transferred to Carmelo (with English-speaking driver), located in Uruguay’s picturesque wine region. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight Narbona Wine Lodge

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Discovering Uruguay’s Wine Region

Start your winery tour in the birthplace of wine in Uruguay. In the XVIII century, the Jesuits established in the north of the Province of Colonia in Uruguay, where they continued their mission and built the national monument “La Calera de las Huerfanas” in 1741.

Afterwards, visit two wineries in the region of Carmelo, about 80 minutes away from Colonia (the selection of wineries may vary due to their open times). Start with a visit to Bodegas Cordano, a small family-run winery which is led by Ana Paula Cordano and her family in the fifth generation. After a warm reception, visit the vineyards and the production areas. Enjoy a tasting of the Cordano wines in a special atmosphere of the Almacen de La Capilla.

Continue to El Legado Winery, a boutique family-owned winery located in the Carmelo region. The winery’s name, meaning “legacy,”was chosen in honor of Bernardo’s father, Luis Mazurca, who bought the land and planted the vines. Bernardo and his family decided to continue the project and produce wines not because of a family tradition in winemaking, because they “fueled by a true passion” in what they do. The visit includes lunch and tasting of two Tannat and Sirah Wines with cheese platters, sausages, chestnuts, among other tasty delights.

Activity Options:

Bike ride between the wineries of Carmelo

Kayak along the widest river in the world

Horseback ride along the pine forest

Polo lessons

Rio de la Plata sunset boat experience

Overnight Narbona Wine Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Colonia del Sacramento

Today, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Colonia del Sacramento through a city tour: Discover the little stone streets, the old edifications, the fort, port, Spanish and Portuguese houses, downtown and the Rambla, which borders the Old City to the “Real de San Carlos” where the “Plaza de Toro,” the “Hipodromo” and the old harbor can be seen.

Overnight Narbona Wine Lodge

Meals B

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Montevideo

Today, you are met by your guide for transfer back to Montevideo (English-speaking driver). Upon arrival, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Capital and home to nearly half of Uruguay’s population, Montevideo is a vibrant, eclectic city with a rich cultural diversity and 20 kilometers of pristine river beaches along the Rio de la Plata known locally as “La Rambla.”

Activity Options:

Montevideo art tour

UNESCO Awarded Atelier of leather artist

Tango tour

Wineries of Montevideo bike tour

Overnight Hotel Boutique Alma Historica, or Sofitel

Meals B

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Jewish Heritage of Montevideo

Follow the history of the Jewish community in Montevideo on a half-day city tour. Your visit starts in Old Town where Jewish immigrants first settled at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. Explore important sites that are related to the Jewish Heritage such as the Sephardic Beth Israel Temple, Ashkenazi Synagogue and the main community center, but also main highlights of the city such as the famous Parliament House (Uruguay’s pride), the Obelisk, and more. Then, enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.

Activity Options:

Montevideo art tour

UNESCO Awarded Atelier of leather artist

Tango tour

Wineries of Montevideo bike tour

Culinary experience of Uruguayan Gastronomy

Horseback riding through the vineyards

Overnight Hotel Boutique Alma Historica, or Sofitel

Meals B

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Montevideo

Enjoy a full-day at your leisure to further explore Montevideo as you wish!

Activity Options:

Montevideo art tour

UNESCO Awarded Atelier of leather artist

Tango tour

Wineries of Montevideo bike tour

Culinary experience of Uruguayan Gastronomy

Horseback riding through the vineyards

Overnight Hotel Boutique Alma Historica, or Sofitel

Meals B

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Pueblo Eden

Visit the charming village “Pueblo Eden,” starting with Lote 8 Olive Oil Boutique Plant to tour their production facilities and to sample their olive oil and a selection of cheeses. Then, head to the rocky outcrops of Pueblo Eden and taste the wines of Viña Eden Winery, including Chardonnay, a typical Tannat Reserva and the Cerro Negro wine. After lunch at the winery, private transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight Hotel Fasano Las Piedras, or Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio, or a charming boutique hotel

Meals B,L

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Uruguayan Cooking Class

Today, enjoy a private cooking class at the home of a local chef. The experience takes place within an informal atmosphere, accompanied by a glass of good wine. Learn about the traditional local products of Uruguay such as the butia, dulce de leche, olive oil, Uruguayan cuts of meat and other typical local ingredients. Prepare the main course of the proposed menu (menu is pre-selected taking into consideration your personal preferences and any dietary restrictions). Or, if you wish, prepare the complete menu.

Overnight Hotel Fasano Las Piedras, or Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio, or a charming boutique hotel

Meals B,L

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Jose Ignacio

The physical appearance of this small town on the Atlantic coast has changed little over the past decade. For much of the year, the sandy streets of this former fishing village are quiet, the funky and stylish designer houses half-hidden behind modest fishing shacks, and tumbledown cottages shuttered and empty. Over New Years, local aristocrats and A-list celebrities transform the coastline into South America’s most exclusive yet determinedly rustic place to wine, dine and party. It’s a great scene for those seeking to be surrounded a stylish group of people.

Activity Options:

Walk along the beautiful shoreline

Explore the charming village of Jose Ignacio

Horseback riding through the vineyards

Mountain biking through dunes

Overnight Hotel Fasano Las Piedras, or Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio or a charming boutique hotel

Meals B

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Jose Ignacio

Enjoy two full days at your leisure taking advantage of your hotel facilities including the twenty-meter swimming pool, gym, spa, private polo field, golf green, and stable of Criollo riding horses.

At the wooden boathouse, you can find kayaks, kites and wind surfers, canoes, sailboats and fishing equipment to enjoy the arroyo and lake. Nature walks and bird  watching, tennis, cycling and hiking are all part of the activities available. The expansive property is host to riding and polo horses, farm animals, and native wildlife. A game room with pool table, table tennis and a variety of other games is found in the Estancia house.

Activity Options:

Take advantage of your hotel facilities

Walk along the beautiful shoreline

Explore the charming village of Jose Ignacio

Horseback riding

Mountain biking through dunes

Overnight Playa Vik Jose Ignacio, or Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio or a charming boutique hotel

Meals B

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Jose Ignacio

Second full day to enjoy your hotel and surrounding area.

Activity Options:

Take advantage of your hotel facilities

Walk along the beautiful shoreline

Explore the charming village of Jose Ignacio

Horseback riding

Mountain biking through dunes

Overnight Playa Vik Jose Ignacio, or Estancia Vik Jose Ignacio or a charming boutique hotel

Meals B

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Departure

After breakfast this morning, you are transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

Meals B

Chile, Argentina & Uruguay

This 19-day excursion through Chile, Argentina and Uruguay is an expertly crafted adventure highlighting the ecological majesty, cultural sophistication and eclectic performing arts of South America, all in one memorable journey. Experience the artistic flair and historical significance of cities like Santiago and Buenos Aires, explore the otherworldly landscape of the Atacama desert, taste the subtlety of fine winemaking in the Tuscany of Uruguay and enjoy activities like horse riding or hot air ballooning in the emblematic countryside. Our itinerary is the perfect combination of a diverse cultural immersion into three very different countries, with ample time for relaxation and recreation in luxurious accommodation.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Flight to Santiago

Take your international flight to Santiago, Chile, a mix of sleek new cultural centers, thoughtful museums and gorgeous green parks set in the stunning backdrop of the Andes.

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Arrive Santiago, Chile

Welcome to Chile!

Upon arrival, take a taxi on your own to your hotel in Lastarria neighborhood, an eclectic and artsy neighborhood filled with bohemian wine bars, fine museums and live performances in the street.

Settle into the Singular Santiago, a trendy and warmly elegant hotel and enjoy the rooftop swimming pool for a quick dip and sweeping views of the city. Mid-afternoon, a privately guided city tour leads you through Santiago de Chile’s historic sights, charming cobblestone streets and specific highlights, according to your interest.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals None

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Santiago to Calama (Atacama Desert)

This morning, take a taxi on your own to the Santiago airport for your flight to Calama, gateway to the Atacama Desert.

Flight: Santiago to Calama

Upon arrival, your guide picks you up at the airport and transfers you to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. Begin your 4D/3N program at Awasi Atacama with a privately guided excursion in the afternoon.

Inspired by Pre-Inca ruins located outside San Pedro de Atacama, Awasi Atacama’s 10 adobe suites have charming thatched roofs and large bathrooms which open into private solariums with al-fresco showers.

Overnight Awasi Atacama

Meals B,D

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Exploring the Atacama Desert

Enjoy an array of explorations into the Atacama Desert with your private 4×4 jeep and bilingual guide. Choose one full-day or two half-day excursions each day from Awasi Atacama’s menu of excursions, where you will be awed by high altitude mountain lakes and otherworldly landscapes. Highlights include the Tatio geysers, the highest and third largest geothermal field in the world, as well as the eerie Moon Valley, the Atacama Salt Lake, Altiplano lagoons, canyons, hot springs, fascinating archaeological sites and quaint adobe villages.

Overnight Awasi Atacama

Meals B,L,D

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Day5

Exploring the Atacama Desert

Enjoy a second day of guided excursions, choosing from an array of incredible options.

Overnight Awasi Atacama

Meals B,L,D

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Awasi Atacama Morning Excursion

Enjoy one last morning excursion from Awasi Atacama (check out is at 12:00PM but hotel facilities are available to you until departure). Return to the lodge for a Chilean lunch of locally crafted ingredients prior to your private transfer to Calama airport for your flight back to Santiago.

Flight: Calama to Santiago

On arrival, pick up your rental car (not included, booked directly) and drive to your hotel in the Lastarria neighborhood.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B,L

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Drive to Valparaiso / City Tour / Santiago

This morning, drive to Valparaiso and arrive by 10:00AM. Then enjoy a half-day (approx. 4 hrs) privately guided tour, focusing on the city’s street art/graffiti and iconic hillside ascensores (elevators).

Lunch reservations at Pasta e Vino in Valparaiso (table reservations only, meal to be paid on-site).

Following lunch, drive yourselves back to Santiago and, along the way, visit the sophisticated wineries of the Casablanca Valley.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Day8

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Santiago / Flight to Mendoza

This morning, drive your rental car back to Santiago airport for your nonstop flight to Mendoza in Argentina’s premier wine region.

Flight: Santiago to Mendoza

Welcome to Argentina! On arrival, pick up your rental car (not included, booked directly) at Mendoza Airport and drive yourself to your wine lodge in the Lujan de Cuyo Valley, approx. 50 minutes away. Spend the rest of the day at leisure as you wish.

Entre Cielos is a 16-room luxury boutique hotel set against the awe inspiring backdrop of the snowcapped Andes Mountains and nearly a dozen acres of the Malbec Vineyards of Mendoza. With an ultra-modern design, timeless furniture, rotating art exhibitions and the area’s first true Hamam + Spa, Entre Cielos is the perfect place to unwind and soak up the beauty of the Argentinian countryside.

Overnight Entre Cielos

Meals B

Day9

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Enjoying Entre Cielos or Exploring Mendoza

The day is yours to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities at your leisure. The Experience Concierge at Entre Cielos can assist with arranging world-class winery visits, premium wine tastings, and other activities in the area. Mendoza province is home to nearly 1,200 vineyards, ranging from idyllic fincas to renowned major wine growers. Horseback riding through vineyards, hot air ballooning, hiking through the Andes, and biking are also available.

Overnight Entre Cielos

Meals B

Day10

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Full-day Private “Winemakers’ Experience” in Uco Valley

Today’s agenda whisks you away in a privately guided “Winemaker’s Experience” in Mendoza, one of the greatest wine regions in the world. In the renowned Uca Valley, surrounded by the grandeur of the snow capped Andes, visit two vineyards and tour the grounds with the winemakers, participating in the process and sampling biodynamic wines from the barrel. Enjoy a 6-course lunch paired with wines at Andeluna Cellars, a state-of-the-art winery located on 200 acres of vineyards at the foothills of the Andes. There are four separate tasting areas to enjoy, and a stroll in the picturesque grounds is the perfect way to experience the rich history and tradition of the winery with a glass of Argentina’s finest wine in hand.

Overnight Entre Cielos

Meals B,L

Day11

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Optional Morning Excursion / Mendoza to Buenos Aires Flight

Spend the morning in leisure at Entre Cielos, or arrange an additional vineyard visit in the area. You may also drive to Mendoza city to explore and have a delicious lunch at one of the gourmet restaurants that we may personally recommend. After lunch, drop off your rental car at Mendoza Airport and take your nonstop, domestic flight to Buenos Aires.

Flight: Mendoza to Buenos Aires

Upon arrival, your guide greets you at the airport and privately transfers to your hotel in Recoleta. We can assist with making dinner reservations at a recommended restaurant this evening.

The luxurious Four Seasons of Buenos Aires offers a romantic atmosphere in one of a kind suites. Options range from rooms graced by the country decor of France in the adjacent Belle Époque-style mansion to mahogany and leather furnished tower rooms. The hotel even offers a signature Porteno Tango Massage, choreographed to Tango music!

Overnight Four Seasons Buenos Aires

Meals B

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“Four Balconies” Tour of Buenos Aires

Today enjoy a half-day (approx. 4 hr) private guided “Four Balconies” tour of Buenos Aires. Your expert guide leads you through four parks and plazas of Buenos Aires (Plaza de Mayo, Parque Lezama and La Boca, Plaza San Martin and Recoleta), and introduce you to color and character of Argentina, including the rich culture of the “porteños,” the charismatic inhabitants of Buenos Aires. Your tour will include the top highlights of Buenos Aires, including Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo, La Boca and Recoleta. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the city further on your own.

Overnight Four Seasons Buenos Aires

Meals B

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Jewish Heritage Tour of Buenos Aires

This morning, enjoy your half-day privately guided Jewish Heritage tour of Buenos Aires (approx. 4 hrs). Buenos Aires has the third largest Jewish community in the world; this active social group of Argentines has left its traces in its culture from the very beginning. You will follow the traces and traditions while visiting the Jewish neighborhood of Once, and in an informal way you will be in touch with the anonymous Jewish businessmen (mostly owners of the small shops in the area) who will explain to you all of the benefits and turmoil of living in Buenos Aires. This visit will mostly be a sightseeing tour with our guides introducing the lives of this important Argentine community. Then return to your hotel and have the afternoon at leisure to explore the city further independently.

Overnight Four Seasons Buenos Aires

Meals B

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Explore Buenos Aires / Rojo Tango Show

Spend the full day at leisure in Buenos Aires, exploring the city further independently.
Tonight, enjoy dinner and the Rojo Tango Show at Faena Hotel + Universe, with private round-trip transfers provided. The Rojo dinner and Tango show is an avant-garde and intimate show coupled with five-star food, top choreography and talented musicians.

Overnight Four Seasons Buenos Aires

Meals B,D

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Ferry to Montevideo / Jose Ignacio

This morning, your guide will be privately transfer you to the port in Buenos Aires to take your Buquebus ferry to Montevideo.

Ferry: Buenos Aires to Montevideo (First Class)

On arrival, you will pick up your rental car (not included, booked directly). Drive up the coast to Jose Ignacio (approx. 2.5 hours), stopping along the way as desired.

Suggestion: Stop in Pueblo Eden for lunch, then visit Altos de la Ballena Winery or Viña Eden Winery for a tour and tasting. Continue to the famous “Casapueblo,” built by the Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró, in Punta Ballena. The building itself is a work of art but we also recommend visiting the museum, a great place to enjoy a sunset drink or coffee. Afterwards, drive approx. 50 minutes to arrive at Estancia Vik. Settle into your Suite and spend the evening as you please.

Overnight Estancia VIK

Meals B

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Garzon, Uruguay

Today, drive to the sleepy village of Garzon, also known as the “Uruguayan Tuscany”—an oasis of charm and gastronomic excellence. Upon arrival, enjoy a visit to Colinas de Garzon olive plantations and Garzon Winery, with tasting included. Explore the olive plantations and extra virgin olive oil boutique production plant, where you learn about the origin of this product and the elaboration process, while appreciating wonderful views at the same time. Taste rich wines and olive oils, offered with selective cheese and homemade bread. When ready, drive back to Jose Ignacio.

Overnight Estancia VIK

Meals B

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Private Cooking Workshop

Start your day with a private cooking workshop with a local chef, including lunch. The “asador” (local cook specialized in cooking with fire) shares the flavors of local gastronomy in a participatory cooking class for those interested in going beyond mere tasting. The experience takes place within an informal atmosphere, accompanied by a glass of good wine. Learn about the traditional local products of Uruguay, and prepare some or all of the proposed menu, according to interest.

Overnight Estancia VIK

Meals B,L

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Enjoy Estancia VIK

Today, Enjoy the day at leisure at Estancia Vik, which sits on 4,000 acres of rolling countryside. The Estancia borders the Arroyo and the Laguna José Ignacio, which meet the Southern Atlantic just two kilometers away. Staying at Estancia Vik also grants you access to the facilities at Bahia Vik and Playa Vik on the beach. Relax, stroll along the ocean’s edge, enjoy a massage, or watch polo matches with South America’s best players. If you are feeling more active, take a polo lesson yourself, visit local art galleries, or arrange activities like canoeing, horseback riding, birdwatching, or biking.

Overnight Estancia VIK

Meals B

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Jose Ignacio / Montevideo to Buenos Aires

Spend the morning at leisure in Jose Ignacio. Then drive your rental car to Montevideo airport (approx. 2 hours away), from where you will take your flight back to Buenos Aires.

Flight: Montevideo to Buenos Aires (EZE)

Upon arrival, connect independently to your international flight home.

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

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Colonia

Founded by the Portuguese in 1680 on the tip of a peninsula on the Río de la Plata estuary, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Colonia’s cobblestone streets are reminiscent of old Lisbon, lined with small museums, tiny bars, fine restaurants and arts and crafts shops.

Colonia Uruguay (population 30,000) is a lovely historic city.

It is one of the destinations we highly recommend you plan on visiting when you travel to South America. Uruguay is a magical travel destination in and of itself! Join our founder, Eric Sheets, on this self-guided walking tour of Colonia to step back into time.

A recommended Colonia walking tour

Start by the eastern end of the Historic District (Barrio Historico) at Puerta de Campo, the restored city gate in greystone (1754) and drawbridge. If you arrive by ferry, simply take the waterfront street to the left of the harbor (Florida) and walk to the end of the street. There, on the right-hand side is a narrow alley that leads across the lawn to the drawbridge of the Puerta de Campo. Cross the bridge and gate (note the Portuguese Coat of Arms), and take the first street to the left (San Miguel), the one that borders the Wall, and then right and right again by the lovely Calle de los Suspiros with bougainvillaea. You will reach the Main Square (Plaza Mayor), where you shouldn’t miss the Portuguese Museum (to the left, on Manuel Lobo), the lighthouse dating from 1857 (left) and Casa Nacarello (corner of Manuel Lobo and del Comercio), at least, so that you can have an idea of the Spanish and Portuguese influence. Walk the surrounding streets and just savor stepping back into the 16th Century.

New Year’s Eve in South America

The New Year is celebrated with “gusto” across South America, but it’s hard to think of more lively and sensational celebrations than those in Cartagena, Colombia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Punta del Este, Uruguay. If you plan to visit these cities at the end of December, be prepared for crowds, road closures, and holiday premiums; but you can also expect world-class festivities with local panache.

Cartagena is as much of a New Year’s Eve destination for Colombian families as it is for energetic international travelers. People come from all over the country to occupy Cartagena’s streets, and many set up for the night with plastic tables and chairs, and perhaps a bottle of local rum or Aguardiente, as well as savory food from curbside vendors. The weather is ripe for parties in the streets, and fireworks help to ring in the New Year. Decadent parties are thrown at many of the hotels, such as the Charleston Santa Teresa and the Sofitel Santa Clara, and nightclubs like Bendito host musical gatherings for young and glamorous crowds from mid-December until mid-January. The ultimate place to be on New Year’s Eve could very well be Cafe del Mar on the ramparts of the city, sponsored by Moet & Chandon, beckons guests with not only champagne but also an extensive DJ line-up and Parisian decor.

Rio de Janeiro offers a New Year’s party that rivals Carnival in scale and splendor. The fireworks display at Copacabana is the main event, and millions of locals and tourists combined gather on the beach to watch the midnight show and revel until the early hours of the morning. Many Brazilians light candles for the Afro-American goddess of the sea, Yemanja, and place them in the sand, as they make wishes for the coming year. High-class parties happen throughout the city, and the most notable are those at the Copacabana Palace Hotel, the Fasano Hotel, the Museum of Modern Art on Flamengo Beach, and the Jockey Club. And for those not willing to shell out up to $1,500 on a ticket that includes dinner, drinks, and entertainment, one of the most popular free parties is Lual Arpoador, where many young cariocas watch the fireworks and dance till the sun rises.

Punta del Este is a place to see and be seen, popular with the rich and famous from Buenos Aires and Brazil, and frequently compared to the Hamptons. Celebrities migrate to Punta del Este for Christmas and New Year’s, and lavish private homes and trendy clubs are the places to be on December 31st. Unlike Cartagena and Rio, where there are ample festivities for the masses, Punta del Este is highly exclusive, and many of the soirees are invitation-only. Some merry-makers head to the Our Lady of Candelaria harbor for the fireworks display at midnight, but the crowd clears quickly, bound, perhaps, for tireless clubs in La Barra, 24-hour casinos, or luxurious hotels that sell out months in advance.