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Cavas Wine Lodge

Cavas Wine Lodge was the first of its kind in the Mendoza region: a luxury hotel set among the region’s famed vineyards and wineries. In 2003, Cecilia Diaz Chuit and her husband Martin Rigal selected the hotel’s location from dozens of options.

Their efforts created a tranquil, 55-acre retreat in the heart of Lujan de Cuyo—a bullseye location surrounded by Mendoza’s most noteworthy winemakers–names such as Catena Zapata, Vina Cobos, Achaval Ferrer, Caelum, and Mendel.

Cavas Wine Lodge is a member of the Relais & Chateaux family of boutique hotels.

Food is a priority; the lunch menu is updated seasonally and the dinner menu is changed each night. Meals feature organic locally-sourced meats and produce.

Accommodations 

Each of the 18 guest rooms and villas is furnished with a private plunge pool, fireplace, bathtub, deck or patio, and air conditioning.

The rooms are arrayed in the vineyard so that each has a view of the Andes Mountains.

In-room amenities include: luxury linens, security box, hair dyer, robes, slippers, and Wi-Fi.

Because Cavas Wine Lodge is focused on wine, fine dining, and active outdoor pursuits, the lodge is primarily a couples retreat. The minimum age for guests 12-years-old. (Exceptions are possible; please contact LANDED for details.)


Grand Villa:

Ideal for couples and families with children 12 and older. The villa measures 3,500 square feet, and features two full bedroom suites, one room with a king bed, and one with king or two twins.

It is equipped with a 700 square foot living room with fireplace, pullout sofa, pantry, fridge, outdoor dining facilites, private shower garden, jacuzzi and plunge pool.

The Grand Villa deck features an outdoor pool, lounge chairs and vineyard views.

One-Bedroom Villa:

This 2,800 square foot villa features inside and outside living space, views of the Andes and a private terrace.

It also includes at outdoor hote tub and private pool, jet shower, a private outdoor shower, and private patio.

A man and woman sip wine on a rooftop villa at Cavas Wine Lodge.

Vineyard Villa:

This 2,200 square foot villa features a large master bedroom, living room and inside-outside living space.

It is also equipped with a private plunge pool and outdoor hot tub, outdoor shower, and an oversized terrace with views of the Andes mountains.

A king-size bed with white bedding is surrounded by wood furnishings and a large window.

Front Row Room:

This 970 square foot room features a spacious living areas, terrace, and fireplace. It also includes a deep soaker tub, indoor and outdoor shower and private plunge pool and patio.

A man and woman sit on an outdoor patio drinking wine while overlooking a vineyard.

Luxury Room:

This 970 square foot room features private vineyards, outdoor deck, large windows and a large living space.

It also includes a deep soaker tub, indoor and outdoor shower and private plunge pool and patio.

The luxury room at Cavas Wine Lodge has a king-size bed with white bedding, a large rug and living room with windows.

Amenities

On property, guests can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, sundeck, spa, restaurant, wine cellar, gardens, and vineyard trails for hiking and biking.

Exploring Mendoza

Just a 90-minute flight from Buenos Aires, Mendoza lies at the foothills of the Andes and boasts over 900 wineries. Some of the top wineries are within walking distance from Cavas Wine Lodge.

Other activities include horseback riding through the vineyards, hiking through the Andes, zip-lining, bike rides and river rating.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT CAVAS WINE LODGE? LANDED PROVIDES PERSONALIZED, CUSTOM TRAVEL WITHIN CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE ANTARCTIC. WE’LL CREATE A UNIQUE ITINERARY PLAN TAILORED TO YOUR INTERESTS AND DREAMS. EXPERIENCE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR EXPERT TRAVEL PLANNERS TODAY AT 801.582.2100.

Patagonia Camp

Patagonia Camp is nestled within a private forest reserve, nine miles south of the main entrance of Torres del Paine National Park. The camp overlooks Lake Toro and, in the distance, the Paine Massif.

The camp’s facilities include a main lodge, guide center, and 20 yurt cabins–most with lake views. The structures are connected by an elevated wooden boardwalk.

The full-board program at Patagonia Camp includes accommodation; group basis transfers (Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, or the border crossing at Cerro Castillo); three meals daily; open bar with select beverages; guided excursions in the company of other guests; and national park entry fees.

Laundry service and premium beverages are available at an additional cost.

Accommodations

Staying at Patagonia Camp is no hardship. The yurt cabins are furnished with comfortable bedding, radiant heating, soft linens, and private en-suite bathroom (shower, vanity, and flush toilet). Other features include private terraces, wood floors, and a skylight dome.

The yurts are nestled within the native lenga forest, most with views of the lake and mountains. Wi-Fi is accessible in the main lodge.

Amenities

The main lodge houses a restaurant, bar, lounge, library area, boutique, and reception.

Breakfast is buffet. Most lunches are packed for eating on-the-go during excursions. Dinners are multi-course, and feature fresh regional ingredients such as salmon, king crab, and lamb. A selection of Chilean house wines and beers is also offered.

Adventures

Patagonia Camp’s full-board program includes guided full and half-day excursions in the company of other guests.

The camp’s list of excursions includes hiking, trekking, and kayak options, each graded by level of activity / difficulty. Catch-and-release fishing (self-guided) is also possible.

During much of the camp’s October to April season, privately-guided tour options are also possible.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT PATAGONIA CAMP? LANDED PROVIDES PERSONALIZED, CUSTOM TRAVEL WITHIN CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE ANTARCTIC. WE’LL CREATE A UNIQUE ITINERARY PLAN TAILORED TO YOUR INTERESTS AND DREAMS. EXPERIENCE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR EXPERT TRAVEL PLANNERS TODAY AT 801.582.2100.

El Casco Art Hotel

El Casco Art Hotel is located on the southern shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi in Bariloche, Argentina.

Each of the 33 guestrooms showcases up to a dozen original artworks by one of Argentina’s most influential artists; in fact, the collection of paintings and sculptures has more than 500 pieces.

Accommodations 

As the hotel is oriented along the lake edge, most rooms have views of the lake. Each guest room at El Casco Art Hotel is furnished with television, security box, hair dryer, slippers, bathrobes, minibar, and Wi-Fi. Twice daily housekeeping is provided.

El Casco Art Hotel has five room categories:


Studio Bustillo 

Measuring 322 square feet, the Studio Bustillo rooms are furnished with a queen bed. Each Studio Bustillo features original artwork. Maximum occupancy is 2 guests.


Studio Nahuel  

Measuring 484 square feet, the Studio Nahuel rooms are furnished with a queen bed or two twin beds. Each room features original artwork. These rooms are large enough to accommodate a roll-away bed (subject to availability). Maximum occupancy is 3 guests.


Nahuel Corner

Measuring 559 square feet, the Nahuel Corner rooms are furnished with a queen bed. Each Nahuel Corner room features original artwork. These rooms are large enough to accommodate a roll-away bed (subject to availability). Maximum occupancy is 3 guests.


Master Suite

Measuring 990 square feet, the Master Suite is furnished with a king bed. The Master Suite features original artwork. The room is are large enough to accommodate a roll-away bed (subject to availability). Maximum occupancy is 3 guests.


Studio Nahuel Balcony

Measuring 602 square feet, the Studio Nahuel Balcony rooms are furnished with a queen bed. Each room features a balcony with lake views, and original artwork. These rooms are large enough to accommodate a roll-away bed (subject to availability). Maximum occupancy is 3 guests.

Amenities

Among the amenities at El Casco Art Hotel are concierge service, a sculpture garden, restaurant, wine cellar, fitness center, heated swimming pool, sauna, and jetted tub.

Activities

El Casco Art Hotel is located 30 minutes by road from San Carlos de Bariloche, situated in the foothills of the Argentine Andes on Lake Nahuel Huapi. Bariloche began as an outpost for early German settlers. The town later attracted Swiss, Austrian, Italian, and Chilean immigrants.

Summer high season runs from November to March, with highs near 70° and lows around 40°.

Guests typically stay three or four nights. Since 2006, LANDED has arranged experiences such as these for our guests in Bariloche:

  • Privately guided canoe or lake kayak trips
  • Navigations on Lake Nahuel Huapi (private or group options) with privately guided hiking and lake shore picnics
  • Privately guided rafting trips
  • Day trips to a private estancia for hiking, canoeing, and horseback riding
  • Chocolate making classes and chocolate tastings
  • Condor viewing excursions with an expert ornithologist
  • Privately guided fly-fishing outings
  • Privately guided mountain biking and hiking in the Andes
  • Multi-sport adventures combining mountaineering, kayaking, and hiking
  • Helicopter overflights of glaciers and lakes
  • Privately guided scenic driving tours
  • Wine tastings
  • Cooking classes and chef’s table dining
  • Photo workshops with master photographers (November to March)
  • Private lakeside dinners
  • Privately guided backcountry skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing days (June to August)

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT EL CASCO ART HOTEL? LANDED PROVIDES PERSONALIZED, CUSTOM TRAVEL WITHIN CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE ANTARCTIC. WE’LL CREATE A UNIQUE ITINERARY PLAN TAILORED TO YOUR INTERESTS AND DREAMS. EXPERIENCE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR EXPERT TRAVEL PLANNERS TODAY AT 801.582.2100.

Private Villa in Patagonia: Paguimalal

PRIVATE VILLA IN PATAGONIA

Looking for a private retreat in Patagonia for your family or small group? Pucon is the outdoor adventure capital of northern Patagonia. Located in the Chilean Lake District, the city rests on the eastern shore of Villarrica Lake, roughly 10 miles north of the snow-capped Villarrica Volcano.

Overlooking the lake and its forested peninsula, Paguimalal is a private, family-owned estate. The name is a play on the names of the owners’ three children (Paloma, Guillermo, and Matilde) and the Mapuche word for “place”. This is an ideal location for families or groups–up to 14 guests–to gather and enjoy this wild region.

Private

The 7,750-square-foot home rests on 44 acres of green fields, wildlife-friendly flowers, and native forest. A stream feeds the swimming pool and wood-fired hot tub.

The homeowners–Marina and Guillermo–spent their childhood family vacations in Pucon, and first met on one of the lake’s beaches. Pucon is part of their family history: Marina’s family was among the first settlers, and her grandfather opened Pucon’s first hotel.

As they raised their children together, the homeowners dreamt of a vacation home in this area. Over the years, they looked at several pieces of land, but none felt right. Then, miraculously, they were given the chance to acquire the estate of their dreams–a privileged location overlooking the lake and peninsula. Even the volcano summit is visible on a clear day.

The home is accessed by a private road and gate, approximately 10 minutes by car from downtown Pucon. The property is large enough to support two helicopters simultaneously.

Charming

Although the home is spacious, guests are charmed by its coziness. The wood-lined interior, multiple fireplaces, and a library of regional photo books draw guests together. Picture windows bathe the rooms in soft light. Gathering spaces are oriented to take advantage of the lake views.

You’ll spend your evenings enjoying prismatic sunsets, relaxing in the garden hot tub, and dining on showcase regional meals. Each dinner is included in your stay, and prepared to your tastes by top local chefs who cook for Paguimalal guests out of deep affection for the homeowners. Beer, soft drinks, house wine, and bottled water are also included.

An experienced kitchen staff prepares daily lunches and breakfasts, included in your stay. An English-speaking concierge is on call to arrange touring and restaurant reservations. Daily housekeeping, with turndown service, is included. Anything you need–from gear rental to on-request laundry service–is tended to expertly.

House Amenities

  • Panoramic lake and peninsula views
  • Living / dining room with large fireplace
  • Professional display kitchen and back-of-house kitchen
  • Second living room with games, 40-inch television, and fireplace
  • Two furnished terraces
  • Organic garden and hen house (fresh daily eggs)
  • Walking trail
  • 30-meter swimming pool (chemical free; cleaned naturally by aquatic plants)
  • Wood-fired hot tub tucked into the trees
  • Sun deck with lounge chairs, sun umbrellas, and bean bag seating
  • Roofed barbecue patio with fireplace / charcoal grill and long-table seating for 18 guests
  • Private access (security gate controlled)

Lodging is also available for support staff.

BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS

1 Master Bedroom — Ground floor, super king-size bed (2×2 meters), fireplace, heated floors, walk-in closet, en suite with room with two shower heads and freestanding bathtub. Lake views and private terrace.

3 Guest Bedrooms (three bedrooms of this type) — Ground floor, two full-size beds (1.35×2 meters) combinable to queen bed, ensuite bathroom with shower, closet, lake views. Upper floor mezzanine loft with closet, forest view, and two single beds (0.9×2 meters) combinable to a queen bed.

1 Exterior Suite — Second floor, queen bed, woodturning stove, en suite bathroom. This room is accessed from the exterior of the home.

Exciting

Pucon is sometimes called the Jackson Hole of South America–a place with natural beauty, a vibrant town center, and dozens of outdoor activity options.

Guests at Paguimalal enjoy privately-guided experiences, tailor-made to their interests, skills, and desired level of activity. Each guide is hand-selected by the homeowners, and most of the excursions are included in your stay*.  Some activities are scheduled in advance, while others can be timed with same-day flexibly.

* Some activities (e.g. fly fishing, helicopter flights, and jet boat use carry an additional surcharge).

A tree in the edge of a picture of the Pucon Volcano, photographed while hiking the lake distric in Chile

Summer

During the shoulder and summer months of October to April, guests at Paguimalal can enjoy:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Trekking in the ancient forest, to waterfalls, and on the volcano
  • Via ferrata canyon ascents
  • Waterfall rappelling (canyoning)
  • Zip-line canopy touring
  • Horseback riding (in forests, mountains, or at a Spanish riding school)
  • Rafting and river floats
  • Sailing and sailing lessons
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Hydrospeed (river boarding)
  • Power boating (26-foot Cobalt with seating for 14 guests; water skiing, wake boarding, wake surfing)
  • Day trips to the lake’s volcanic sand beaches
  • Jet boating *
  • Off-road motor biking (for experienced riders)
  • Visit to the volcano’s lava tubes
  • Visits to native Mapuche communities (cultural exchange, weaving, music, and traditional food)
  • Patagonian forest foraging and cooking classes
  • Birding
  • Yoga and meditation classes
  • Visits to the Cassis chocolate factory, local pubs, or the town’s galleries and boutiques
  • Picnics and s’mores parties
  • Traditional Patagonian barbecues at the home
  • Fly fishing (for trout and salmon) *
  • Helicopter tours of the volcanos *
  • Heli-treking, held-biking, and heli-fishing *
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Visits to the hot springs

Winter

In the winter season (May to September) guest options include:

  • Skiing and snowboarding (usually June to September)
  • Dog sledding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Heli-skiing *
  • Helicopter tours of the volcanos *
  • Randonee / backcountry skiing on the Villarrica Volcano
  • Hiking
  • Visit to the volcano’s lava tubes
  • Visits to the hot springs
  • Yoga and meditation classes
  • Visits to the Cassis chocolate factory, local pubs, or the town’s galleries and boutiques
  • Picnics and s’mores parties
  • Cooking classes and foraging in the Patagonian forest
  • Visits to native Mapuche communities (cultural exchange, weaving, music, and traditional food)

* Some winter activities (e.g. helicopter flights carry an additional surcharge).

How to Reserve Paguimalal

Dreaming of Patagonia for your next family vacation? Want to experience the best of Chile’s amplified landscapes and warm welcomes?

Reach out to one of our expert travel planners today. We’re at your service.

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When to Visit Antarctica

What is the Best Time to Visit Antarctica?

When should you visit the Antarctic Peninsula and Sub-Antarctic Islands?  Antarctic wildlife is most active during the Austral summer (November to February). Wildlife are also active in the islands near Antarctica (the Sub-Antarctic Islands) during October and March. These months—October to March—are the ideal time to visit the Antarctic region.  Most cruises operate in Antarctica only during these months.

A small expedition group in a zodiac exploring a glacial arch during a trip to Antarctica

October

Early Austral Spring

  • In the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, summer arrives earlier than in the South Shetlands or the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Seabirds and marine mammals begin mating rituals and breeding on these islands in October.
  • As this is “shoulder season” for Antarctic visitation, landing site cancelations due to sea ice and high winds are more likely.
Two off-white crab eater seals resting on an ice shelf overlooking the arctic ocean, spotted during a wildlife expedition in Antarctica

November & December

(Austral Spring to Early Summer)

  • Landing sites are at their most pristine; snow is still fresh, with little evidence of human visitation.
  • In the Sub-Antarctic islands and on the Antarctic Peninsula, penguins begin mating rituals, nest building, and stone stealing.
  • Penguin, cormorant, and petrel eggs are laid.
  • By the end of December, penguin chicks hatch in the South Shetland Islands.
  • The golden hours of dawn and dusk extend, allowing for spectacular landscape and sea-scape photos long into the night.
  • Some research stations open to visiting guests
  • Crabeater seal pups arrive from September to November. Elephant seals guard their beach territories and harems until December.
  • Weaners (elephant seal pups no longer being fed milk) may approach visitors at landing sites.
  • Large migratory whales (humpbacks, minke, and southern right whales) arrive during these months.
  • The winter sea-ice breaks up, allowing navigation between ice floes.
  • During November, landing site cancelations due to sea ice and high winds are more likely.
Group of Antarctic Birds and Penguins on a cluster of rocks by the Antarctic Ocean

January & February

Austral Summer

  • Penguin rookeries are full of life: chicks are hatching and parents are feeding them.
  • Fur seal and leopard seal pups have arrived.
  • Whales are at their most numerous.
  • Receding ice allows for exploration farther south along the Antarctic Peninsula.
Small tan seal with cute face on rocky bank in Antarctica

March

Austral Autumn 

  • Adult penguins molt and curious young penguins take to the seas.
  • Whale watching is still excellent! The migrating whales have mostly arrived, and the ocean is rich with food.
  • Receding ice allows for exploration to the deepest points south along the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Green and pink algae blooms become visible on snowy slopes and ice cliffs.
  • Spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
  • This is also the season when most Antarctic Circle cruises are scheduled.
Whale tail just over the surface of the Antarctic, photographed on an wildlife watching excursion focusing on the Animals of Antarctica

Dreaming of Antarctica? LANDED provides personalized, custom travel within Central America, South America, and the Antarctic. We’ll create a unique itinerary plan tailored to your interests and dreams. Experience the trip of a lifetime. Speak with one of our expert travel designers today at 801.582.2100.