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Chile Gay Tour - Chile Wine & Shine

Chile Gay Tour - Chile Wine & Shine

An industrious yet luxurious wine country bike tour

Santiago, Maipo Valley, Colchagua Valley, Atacama Desert, Cejar Lagoon, Guatin, El Tatio, and more!

10 Days from/to Santiago, Chile

January 18 – 27, 2019

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Santiago Chile Gay Group TourCan't decide whether to partake in a hardcore bike holiday, or an elegant wine country affair? This Chile gay trip offers both, for an unforgettable taste of South America's wild west. We kick off with a couple days in wine country, then visit Atacama Desert - the driest place ON EARTH - with great bike rides and a trek thrown in. We'll also get a taste of Santiago, Chile's sensational urban center.

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In 2015, Chile legalized same-sex civil unions lifting the nation one step higher on the list of gay travel destinations. Chile’s energetic capital city Santiago has been the epicenter for the country’s flourishing gay culture with a multitude of hotels, restaurants, bars, and adults-only places to visit.

Bellavista is known as Santiago’s bohemian quarter, with new hip restaurants, boutiques, and avant-garde galleries occupying loft spaces and lordly mansions that punctuate tree-lined streets awash with colorful antique homes. Nightlife explodes on the weekends in Santiago, so make sure you are well rested. Luckily, bar crawling is quite easy if you stay in the “gayborhood” of Bellavista. Many of the bars and clubs are on Bombero Núñez, a street which shines with colorful graffiti by day, and colorful Chilenos by night.

 

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Chile Wine & Shine Gay Group Tour Highlights

• Sample local brandy with a master distiller

• Taste some of Chile's finest vintages

• Cycle the country's acclaimed wine regions

• Trek unforgettable landscapes

• Stargaze from the driest place on Earth

• Visit Chile's largest salt flat

• Appreciate local wildlife at the National Flamingo Reserve & Moon Valley Nature Sanctuary

• Explore the El Tatio geysers

 

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What's Included

• Group leader from beginning to end of tour
• Professional, bilingual local guide
• Airconditioned vehicle
• Flights during tour from/to Santiago
• Arrival/Departure Transfers to/from accommodation booked through OUT Adventures
• 9 nights hotel
• Almost all meals (noted in itinerary)
• Porterage
• Tips at included restaurants
• Entrances Fees to Parks
• Transportation to/from the airport

 

Not Included

• International Airfare
• Meals & Activities not mentioned in itinerary
• Optional activities
• Gratuities for Group Leader
• Gratuities for drivers, hotel staff, porters
• Visas required

 

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Chile Wine & Shine Gay Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival Santiago, Chile
Santiago Chile gay tourHola! Welcome to Chile! Upon arrival at Santiago International Airport, meet your guide and head to the hotel.

Chile's capital is a vibrant city full of character with thriving arts and culture, a trendy restaurant scene, and lively nightlife.

Tonight, as part of our complimentary Welcome Dinner, we'll sample pisco - a local brandy - with Master Distiller Rodrigo Bauzá. Rodrigo is the grandson of Pisco Bauzá, who founded the distillery in 1925.

 

Day 2 - Maipo & Colchagua Valley Wine Experience
Chie gay tour - Maipo ValleyMeet your guide after breakfast - we're off to Maipo Valley. Chile's second-oldest wine region is among the most traditional, hence its glorious Cabernet Sauvignon (the Carménère is also divine). Architecture fans and horse lovers will enjoy the setting at our first winery, which is transitioning to organic production.

Then we lunch at a fifth-generation family-run winery that honours the people, traditions, and environment of the Colchagua Valley (each wine must be unanimously approved by a five-member tasting panel). Today's final winery opened as a retirement project by a winemaker returning from life abroad in Canada. The visit begins with a carriage ride around the property and ends at a traditional bodega.

 

Day 3 - Bike + Wine: The Colchagua Valley
Colchagua Valley Chile gay bike tourOur first day by bike features an area long celebrated for ripe and juicy reds. Even the region's Malbecs get noticed, though its traditionally an Argentinean varietal.

Our first stop is Chile's first winery dedicated to assemblage, aka blending. The architecture is avant garde; the equipment cutting edge. Lunch will be served at a winery that honours tradition while embracing innovation.

Our final stop was founded on one of the valley's oldest vineyards. Then, after an industrious day of wine and shine, we'll be driven to the hotel for dinner.

Today's Distance: 17.5 miles / 28 km. Pedaling Level: Moderate-Difficult.

 

Day 4 - Colchagua Valley
Colchagua Valley gay wine tourToday we rest our weary legs and lean into the vintages. The first winery has won acclaim in local and international press since opening in 1993. For an unforgettable souvenir you can even blend, label, and cork your own bottle.

Up next is lunch at a winery owned by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle (of Grand Marnier fame). It produces some of Chile's best values.

After a lovely day of devouring, dinner awaits at the hotel.

 

Day 5 - Flight to Atacama Desert
Atacama Chile gay tour - Moon ValleyThis morning we fly from Santiago to Calama, then transfer to San Pedro de Atacama (just over an hour away). Take the day to explore this oasis amidst the world's DRIEST desert.

At 4PM we visit the Moon Valley Nature Sanctuary in the nearby Salt Mountain Range.

We will also see Dinosaur and Death Valleys, then savour sunset aperitifs before a barbecue dinner.

 

Day 6 - Atacama Salt Flats and Altiplanic Lagoons
Chile gay tour - Atacama Salt FlatsOur 8-hour visit to Salar de Atacama, Chile's largest salt flat, begins early in the morning. First stop is the National Flamingo Reserve, where we can observe the James, Andean and Chilean varieties of the bird.

Then we continue to Altiplano, the high Andean plateau (max elevation 4,200 meters/13,780 feet above sea level), with a stop in Socaire village to acclimatize our bodies and photograph a small church. Crystal blue lagoons await; home to the parina, playero and horned crane among others.

On our way back we pass through Toconao, a small town whose inhabitants make a living through agriculture and handcrafts.

STAR GAZING: As the driest place on earth, the star gazing from Atacama Desert is second to none. Why not spend tonight observing splendid nebulas and constellations while hot cocoa and sweet snacks are served?

 

Day 7 - Atacama Saltpan / Cejar Lagoon Biking
Chile gay bike tour - Pukara de QuitorToday's bike ride brings us to lagoons north of the Atacama Saltpan. We'll float in Laguna Piedra, thanks to its salt-dense waters, then walk a few minutes to Cejar Lagoon for a box lunch.

In the afternoon we'll visit the most important sites of San Pedro de Atacama (it's considered Chile's archaeological capital): the Pukara of Quitor, a pre-Hispanic fortress built by the Atacameñans, and the hamlet of Tulor, the oldest settlement in the basin. We only can see about 3% of the village because the rest is buried under sand.

Today's Distance: 22.3 miles / 36 km round-trip. Pedaling Level: Moderate-Difficult.

 

Day 8 - Trekking Guatin & Termas de Puritama
Chile gay tour - Termas de PuritamaToday we trek by foot for two hours, hitting 3,200 meters above sea level. It begins in the ancient Atacameñan village, Guatin, where old shepherds' and farmers' homes dot the land. Upriver along the Puritama, we discover how the riverbed is the ideal environment for a range of plants, like the Foxtail, Ojalar, Tikara and Cardon cactus.

The trek ends at the Puritama Thermal Springs. Be sure to unwind in the mineral-rich, 33°C (90° F) water while a symphony of birds like the Andean Ibis and Yellow-Finch serenade you. En route you'll also see Guatin Canyon, where a lukewarm stream flows.

 

Day 9 - El Tatio Geysers and Santiago
Chile gay tour - El Tatio GeysersRise and shine extra early to explore the geysers, fumaroles and mud baths of some nearby geothermal fields at dawn.

After breakfast, dip into a rustic hot spring before we visit Machuca village.

Then we fly to Santiago (2hrs flight) for one last night in the city and our Farewell Dinner.

 

Day 10 - Santiago / Outbound Flights
As the last day of our tour, there is nothing planned. Please confirm departure transfers with your trip leader, and safe travels home.

 

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Trip Notes & Chile Info

How We Travel
OUT Adventures is all about good times with likeminded guys. Whatever's on the itinerary - from fireside camping to five-star decadence - our goal is to make the experience magical. We're also committed to supporting the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations when possible, and celebrating local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.

Visas
Canadians, Americans, and most Europeans don't need a visa. Australians must pay a reciprocity fee, and South Americans need only an ID card. For all visitors, a 90-day Tourist Card will be issued. There may be exceptions, and all visas are the traveller's responsibility. For more info, click here.

 

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Culture Shock
Chile is one of South America's most highly developed nations, with a thriving GDP, but it also has a major chasm between rich and poor. Most economic and industrial development was in the last thirty years, so their newfound prosperity is beginning to have an impact.

Local LGBT Scene
Queer rights are progressing in this once socially conservative but still Catholic country. Same-sex couples have had legal protection since 2015, but still cannot marry. They can also apply to adopt, but only one partner becomes a legal parent. There are no service bans for the military, and transgender people can change their sex and name.
Community and nightlife thrive in the capital of Santiago, especially in Barrio Bellavista. To make the most of it, bear in mind things don't get rolling until late in the night (the Latin way).

 

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Weather
November through February is summer in South America - that makes it the ideal time to visit Chile's Patagonia region. There's great skiing to be had from June through August on local mountains. And like all great cities, Santiago is alive all year round.

Required Vaccinations:
Based on the entry requirements, there are no immunizations needed for entry, except to Easter Island (a yellow fever vaccine is required when arriving from certain tropical countries). To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult with your doctor or a travel medical clinic. We cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

 

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Electricity
Chile uses C- and L-type sockets.

Connectivity
All of our hotels will have Wi-Fi access. Feel free to check your email and post away on social media.

Physical Preparedness
This trip is not a laid-back escape. We've got two big days on bikes plus a trek, but will be rewarded with beautiful wines, upscale fare and dreamy hotels.

Meals
Virtually all meals are included in this itinerary, making it an especially great offer.

Accommodation
4-Star +

 

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Tipping
If you are happy with services throughout your trip, a tip is recommended. Tipping details will be provided in your final trip documentation, however we recommend budgeting approximately $150 USD.

Money
The local currency is the Chilean Peso. Use local currency for small purchases, however credit cards are accepted at most upscale restaurants and hotels.
NOTE: We recommend carrying approximately $400 USD to be used in case of an emergency, or if your credit/ATM cards are placed on hold. This should be in addition to any spending money.

 

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Fellow Adventurers
OUT Adventures are a great way to meet people from around the world and all walks of life. Bear in mind that everybody's on the tour for a good time, so mutual respect will go a long way. Please be on time for any meet-ups, empathetic to the needs of others, and ready to roll with whatever the adventure brings.

Although we can't tell you who your fellow travellers are for privacy reasons, we can assure you many great friendships began on an OUT Adventure. And just because we're gay doesn't mean we're exclusive: friends and family are always welcome to join the fun.

Traveling Solo
If you've never travelled on your own, it's an amazing way to learn about yourself while making friends along the way. We can set you up to share a room with someone around your age, or you can pay a supplement if you'd rather some space and privacy. If there's an odd number of solos, we'll rotate single rooms on a random basis.

Itinerary Disclaimer
The itinerary is correct at time of publishing. If anything, it will only improve with feedback from travellers and our own experience, so it's best to reference your final trip documents (rather than our website) to confirm if any changes have affected your departure.

 

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Group Size
Minimum 4 and maximum of 16 guests.

Optional Activities
Every OUT Adventure offers optional excursions that are not included in the trip price. Please see the daily itinerary in your final pre-trip packet to see what's available.

What to Bring
Most OUT Adventures entail carrying your own luggage on occasion. And while you'll never schlep far, things can quickly get heavier than a celebrity breakup if you don't keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb. If you bring along a steam trunk, chances are you'll have costly surcharges on short flights. You should also bring something smaller for day trips to carry water, your camera, and any souvenirs you pick up along the way.

 

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Chile Wine & Shine Gay Tour Prices

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$ 5650

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Min. $750.00 deposit required.
Remaining balance collected min. 60 days prior to departure.

 

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