2. Baha'i Temple & Haras de Pirque: Wine & Reflection Tour
Take a day to relax and enjoy the peace that can be found so close to Santiago on this inspirational tour to the Baha’i Temple and Haras de Pirque Vineyard in the Maipo Valley. After your hotel pick up, we will visit the Baha’i Temple for some peace and reflection. Located at the foothills of the Andes, the Temple opened its doors in 2016. It welcomes visitors from all over the world to enjoy its serene environment. The site also offers spectacular views of Santiago and the Andes. All Baha’i Houses of Worship are circular and nine-sided. Accordingly, the Santiago temple is ringed by nine entrances, nine pathways, and nine fountains, and the structure is composed of nine arching “sails.” These have also been described as nine “petals” and the temple’s shape as “floral”; the “petals” are separated by glass which allows light to illuminate the temple’s interior. The exterior of the “petals” is made from cast glass while the interior is made from Portuguese marble. The sides of the temple are held up on the inside by a steel and aluminum superstructure. The temple can seat 600 people and it is 30 meters (164 feet) high and 30 meters (98 feet) in diameter. The Baha’i Faith teaches that a House of Worship should be a space for people of all religions to gather, reflect, and worship. After visiting the Baha’i Temple, our tour continues to the boutique Haras de Pirque Vineyard, an oasis in the upper Maipo Valley. Discover the union of two passions, horses and wine, in a unique place where the breeding of thoroughbred horses and the production of fine wines come together to see the birth of Premium and excellent wines that today give life to this exclusive and award-winning vineyard. We will begin with a tour of the winery’s facilities, in the shape of a horseshoe, and finish with a tasting of the exclusive wines of the vineyard. Afterwards, you will be treated to a charcuterie of fine cheeses and meats and more wine as you enjoy the marvelous views of the vineyard and Andes Mountains. Come join us on this special tour and enjoy a perfect day of peace and harmony so close to Santiago!