3. Santiago: Incan Petroglyphs, Alpacas, and Wine Experience
After being collected from your Santiago accommodation, your tour will begin with a stop at Paidahuén Archaeological Park. Paidahuén is an isolated hill located along the northern bank of the Aconcagua River in the rural town of San Esteban. At the top of Paidahuén, you will be able to appreciate slabs of large rocks adorned with petroglyphs. Full of symbolism and mystery, these rock drawings are work of native populations dating from 450 to 1,000 years ago. From the top of the hill, you may ponder unanswered questions while taking the natural context into consideration. Specifically, the relationship between Paidahuén Hill and other peaks in the valley, the hill’s strategic positioning, and the prevalence of north-facing petroglyphs.
Following this, you will visit the San Esteban Winery for a vineyard tour and tasting. San Esteban is a family-owned and operated producer of high quality wines and table grapes. The vineyard exports to more than 20 countries, and their grapes are planted along the banks of the Aconcagua River, along the surrounding hillsides. This geography creates a micro-climate ideally suited for wine and table-grape production, with a soil quality that rivals the best wine-growing regions in other parts of South America.
After lunch at a rustic restaurant in the mountains, you will venture to the largest privately-owned alpaca farm in Chile. Here you will be able to indulge in nature and discover this beautiful animal up close. You will see the entire alpaca wool production process, and also enjoy a broad selection of exclusive creations and handmade alpaca wool items that portray the patrimony and spirit of the Andean culture.