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Classic South America Brazil & Argentina 14 days

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In 14 days this itinerary encompasses the highlights of both countries with stays in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian and Argentine Iguassu Falls, Mendoza and Buenos Aires.

We can modify this itinerary to suit your holiday length and specific interests.  Should you have a few more days of vacation, a wonderful extension would be Bariloche in the gorgeous Lake District of Argentina.

Day 1 - Arrive in Rio de JaneiroDay 2 - Rio de Janeiro - SugarloafDay 3 - Rio de Janeiro - CorcovadoDay 4 - Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu FallsDay 5 - Iguassu Falls - Argentine SideDay 6 - Iguassu Falls - Argentine Side - MendozaDay 7 – Mendoza Wine CapitalDay 8 & Day 9 – Mendoza Wine CapitalDay 10 – Mendoza – Buenos AiresDay 11 – Buenos AiresDay 12 – Buenos AiresDay 13 – Buenos AiresDay 14 – Buenos Aires to USA
Upon arrival at Rio de Janeiro International Airport, your local guide and driver will meet and transfer you to your hotel in Copacabana.

Your guide will provide assistance with hotel check-in.

Balance of day at leisure to for self-exploration of this beautiful beach-side location.

Overnight: Belmond Copacabana Palace or Miramar Hotel by Windsor

 

 

 

 

 

 

For this half-day privately guided excursion, on board deluxe vehicles with a professional guide, you will be picked-up from your hotel, and you can enjoy a scenic drive to Praia Vermelha, in the classy Urca neighbourhood of Rio.
To reach the Sugarloaf peak, you will take the cable car to the top of Urca Hill, decorated with colorful gardens and lookout points of Rio, Guanabara Bay and its rocky peaks jutting out of the water. Then, a second cable car will take you even higher to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, 1300 feet asl. Here, the view of the beaches, bay, hills and harbor is simply breath-taking.

Later, after the tour, enjoy lunch at a local Brazilian churrascaria, where a wide array of choices is available.

Overnight: Belmond Copacabana Palace or Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Meal Plan: B, L

Rio de Janeiro

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy a half day privately guided excursion, in a private vehicle with a professional guide. After being picked-up from your hotel, you will be taken on a scenic drive through popular beaches of Rio de Janeiro and to the foothills of the Tijuca National Forest, in the traditional Cosme Velho neighborhood.

Later, you will board a cog-wheel train up to the top of the iconic Corcovado Mountain, through the Atlantic rainforests of Tijuca. The peak of the Corcovado Mountain is over 700 meters high and crowned by the 30-meter statue of Christ the Redeemer, placed on an 8-meter pedestal, with a chapel in honor of the Lady of Aparecida, patron Saint of Brazil. Before returning to the hotel, we will have a panoramic visit of the famous Maracanã stadium and the Sambaromo.

OPTIONAL afternoon tour can be arranged to visit the historic downtown part of Rio along with the newly developed port area, known as Porto Maravilha and the Olympic Boulevard, which hosted the Olympic Flame during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Overnight: Belmond Copacabana Palace or Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Meal Plan: B

Cristo Redentor
The Statue of Cristo Redentor
Cristo Redentor

Ipanema

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today, your local guide and driver will provide transfer and check-in assistance for your flight to Foz do Iguaçu. (Flights to be booked separately). Upon arrival a local guide and driver will provide transfer and check-in assistance at your hotel.

In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the Brazilian side of the falls, where we will take a descending trail of the canyon, and enjoy panoramic views of more than 240 falls! As you get closer to the falls, you will board a glass elevator, which takes us to a platform where even more exquisite views will be revealed.

Along with its “sister” park in Argentina, The Iguassu National Park forms the most significant remaining rainforest in the southern cone of South America, which along with the waterfalls has been declared a National Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Iguazu Falls National Park is four times wider than Niagara Falls, and undoubtedly the most spectacular in South America, the Iguazu Falls in Paraná is where the powerful river Iguazu hurtles into a deep canyon, carved into the shape of a horseshoe in the gigantic basalt flow. Starting its course near the Atlantic seaboard, the Iguazu River crosses the western highlands of the states of São Paulo and Paraná and arrives at the edge of the plateau to discharge its waters at a rate, which can reach 150,000 m³ per second.

The Iguazu River divides Argentina and Brazil, so both nations get to claim one of the world’s most dramatic waterfalls, or rather 275 waterfalls. The river pours into the fissure for four kilometers along the canyon rim on the Argentina side. As the water level drops in the dry season, April through October, the river splits into dozens of channels and multiple falls form along the cliff face. But regardless of the time of the year, the panoramic view is astonishing.

Overnight: Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas or Recanto Cataratas Thermas Resort
Meal Plan: B

 

 

 

 

 

After Breakfast, we will leave from the hotel and transfer to the Argentina side of the falls – 45 minutes to your hotel.

On arrival, your local guide will take you on a tour of the Argentinean side of the national park. Walk the paths that lead along the lush, tropical basin of the Devil’s Gorge and over and under the splashing torrents of falling water.

The Argentine National Park was created in 1934 and covers some 50,000 hectares. In order to feel the proximity of the falls and observe the beauty of its vegetation, birds and butterflies, it is essential to walk along the footbridges and roads. Waterproof clothing is essential, since there is a small price to pay for getting within such close range of the falls!

A short train trip will take you up to the pathways leading to the Devil’s Gorge, one of the more impressive falls. Standing on the viewing platform at the edge of Iguazu Falls, one realizes exactly why the narrow gorge is known locally as “Garganta del Diablo” (Devil’s Throat). Hundreds of metres wide, the Iguazu River flows placidly until it reaches the precipice of the canyon. Then the mighty flow plunges over the rim into a deep crevasse.
Lunch will be served at a restaurant on the Argentine side of the park, before returning to the hotel. Evening is at leisure.

Overnight: Melia Iguaçu Resorte E spa
Meal Plan: B, L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Breakfast, you will have the morning free to relax and enjoy the resort facilities before your afternoon flight to Mendoza.

This afternoon, your local guide and driver will provide transfer and check-in assistance for your flight to Mendoza. (Flights to be booked separately). Upon arrival a local guide and driver will provide transfer and check-in assistance at your hotel.

Welcome to Mendoza, Land of Sun and fine Wine! Mendoza, located in the mid-west of Argentina and at the feet of the Andes, is the country’s 4th largest city with over 1.6 million inhabitants. Widely known for its beautiful landscapes, it enjoys a strategic geographical location and becomes a real link by connecting Chile with the Mercosur countries – Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. Moreover, it is a perfect example of a successful combination of Spanish, Italian and indigenous cultures: The outdoor cafés and treelined avenues of its capital city attest to the province’s European heritage while the legacy from the Incas is Mendoza’s intricate irrigation system used for agriculture. Its particular way of cultivating the land has given birth to a culture of hard work supported by a careful and intelligent use of natural resources.

Events related with the Viticulture’s world and Aconcagua, highest peak of America (22,841ft), are interests that turn Mendoza into one of the favorite international tourist destinations: Trekking, rafting, skiing, mountaineering and astounding landscapes where to carry out photographic safaris, among other activities.

Mendoza is the center of Argentina’s wine industry and accounts for approximately 70% of the country’s total output. Nearly all the major wineries are concentrated in this province. A combination of right temperatures, long sun hours, scarce rainfall, low humidity, and the absence of strong winds, coupled with exceptional soil conditions have given rise to an excellent ecological environment that is ideal for the production of top quality grapes.
Its signature grape is the Malbec. The climate and terroir in Mendoza are the ideal setting for the full expression of this grape variety. Harvest normally happens between February and early April turning the whole city into its atmosphere: numerous cultural events, celebrations and parades crowned by the Vendimia Festival take place then.

Overnight: Park Hyatt Mendoza
Meal Plan: B

After Breakfast, you have a relaxing morning to enjoy this beautiful hotel and heated swimming pool.

In the afternoon we invite you to discover Mendoza City: its wide tree-tunneled streets, its squares, its history and its best kept secret: artisanal ice-cream.

This tour aims to offer some key interpretation of the city of Mendoza throughout the course of history. The tour begins in the Foundational area, followed by the squares and museums and it finishes in Mendoza’s best ice-cream store: Ferruccio Soppelsa, located in elegant 5th Section neighborhood.

Afterwards a private tasting guided by sommelier Mariana Onofri will be set up at The Vines of Mendoza Private tasting room at the same hotel. The aim of this activity is that you taste those “must-see” wines from wineries of Mendoza.

In December 2004, Michael Evans came to Mendoza for a long weekend of wine tasting, and never left. The magic and majesty of Mendoza, along with the chance meeting of co-founder Pablo Gimenez, resulted in the foundation of The Vines of Mendoza in the Spring of 2005.

Their business includes: delivery of Argentina’s best boutique wines directly to your, Real Estates of Private Vineyards in the breathtaking Uco Valley and the tasting room that is the first space in Argentina dedicated solely to showcasing Argentine wines and bodegas. Either by flight or by glass, wine lovers can enjoy the best boutique wines Argentina has to offer in an intimate setting.

Dinner is on your own.

Overnight: Park Hyatt Mendoza
Meal Plan: B

Basic wine geography in Mendoza can be divided into 5 great wine oases. Each of them presenting specific characteristics and differentiating from one another quite notably according to location, height and soil composition. Enjoy visits, and tastings, at several of the best wineries and restaurants in the region on this comprehensive 2 day overland extension. Highlights: Luján de Cuyo, Maipu and Uco Valley wine regions.

OPTIONAL WINE REGIONS & TOURS TO CHOOSE FROM TO FILL YOUR 2 DAYS

OPTION #1 (Luján de Cuyo)
After breakfast and check out, meet at the lobby of the hotel to depart to Lujan de Cuyo Wine Region. Mendoza is divided into 5 wine regions. One of them is the Zone of Mendoza River. This Region involves Lujan de Cuyo and Maipú districts. Its vines are grown around 650 and 1060 metres above sea level. And this is the area where first vines were grown in Mendoza. It is also called “Primera Zona” (First zone), because of the prestige of its wines. The emblematic grape is “Malbec”. But we can find Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah. White grapes: Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Nowadays, is going through the process to get “Land of Malbec” denomination of origin.

The first winery today is Renacer Winery, where you will play winemakers for a day designing your own blend, bottling it and labeling it, you can get as creative as you want.

Owned by Chilean winemaker Patricio Reich, Bodega Renacer is located at the foothills of the Andes Mountain range, combining a medieval tower built of rocks with state of the art technical equipment. Its wines, Punto Final, Punto Final Clasico, Enamore, and Renacer Malbec have great ratings. Consultant winemaker, Alberto Antonini works with Patricio to create these outstanding wines.

This will be a “Hands On” unforgettable winemaking experience:
– Visit the vineyards.
– Learn about the collaboration of “Enamore” (a joint venture between Allegrini winery from Verona, Italia and Renacer Winery, Mendoza). This wine is made using the “apassimento” technique, where the grapes are naturally dried until losing 1/3 of their weight. The result is an Amarone-style wine full of spicy aromas, ripened fruit and a pleasant long finish…a love affair between the Old and the New World.
– Taste the wines straight from the tanks.
– The party will be divided to begin the competition of the wine blending session: Design a blend using 3 Malbecs coming from 3 different wine regions in Mendoza: East region, Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valley, emphasizing the importance of making a blend. Each blend will be evaluated and judged by the winemaker.
– The second part of the competition will be to cork, bottle and create a label for the wine you have made.
Afterwards you will head to Bressia Winery, for a private tasting tour with Mary Bressia. At the beginning of 2003, Walter Bressia, together with his wife and children, started a family enterprise under the concept of “Vinos de Autor” (Signature Wines.
Which was the result of a long experience as a winemaker in the national and international market. It is a small project aiming at personalized and limited sales of high-quality wines and grappas.
Lunch will be held at Melipal Winery, paired with the best wines of this winery.
Melipal is one of the few wineries own and run by an argentine family. Located in Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo, the property is framed by the snowcapped Andes and surrounded by willow trees, poplar trees, canals and vineyards. The restaurant achieves perfect combination between modern lines and local materials such as wood and Stones. The 5 course lunch is carefully designed to pair with the outstanding wines of the winery. A festival to the senses!

The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner is on your own.
Overnight: Park Hyatt Mendoza
Meal Plan: B, L

OPTION #2 (Maipu)
After breakfast you will head to Domaine St.Diego Winery, taste some wines that you will only find at the winery!

In 1988 Rosalía E. Pereyra and Ángel A. Mendoza started their own family wine business Project. The main objective has always been the estate-bottled limited wine production collected from its vineyards. The domain is strategically situated in a privileged terroir in Lunlunta, located right next to the Mendoza River. It is a wine area of 300 year old history. Angel used to be the winemaker of Trapiche winery, when they started exporting and improving the quality of their wines. He worked hard to get those wines into the foreigner market by creating better quality in the whole winemaking before. Once he successfully reached this challenge, he was ready to move into his own elaboration. Today it is his whole family who run and works at Domaine St. Diego.

Proceed to Benegas Winery, for a private tasting at the owner cellar!
Agustín Alvarez, Governor of the Province of Mendoza in those years, finished the construction in 1901. It is one of the few historic relics that remain from the old Mendoza of the end of the XIXth century. The building is made of mad bricks and stones and there is an underground cellar to store casks and bottles both, in summer and in winter because the temperature variations are minimal. Benegas Winery has a strong personality which is result of a very unique terroir, its quality and the combination of French and Argentine traditions. Benegas wines are reflections of Federico Benegas Lynch passion and his constant search for excellence, being part of one of the most well-known traditional names in viticulture, producing wines for more than 120 years.

Lunch will be held at Almacen del Sur restaurant.
You cannot leave Maipu without stopping at Almacen del Sur, one of Mendoza´s finest gourmet restaurants. It is the dream of three young brothers whose aim was to set up a warm, elegant & intimate place for people who enjoy an outstanding gourmet experience, both watching the chef putting hands to work and savoring the different homemade delicacies in the restaurant. Located in an old Casona in the Maipu area, the whole experience constitutes a festival to the senses. Almacen del Sur makes the best delicatessen of Argentina, and there are sold all over the country. Return to cavas.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Dinner is on your own.
Overnight: Park Hyatt Mendoza
Meal Plan: B, L

OPTION #3 (Uco Valley) – this tour can be combined with Option #4 and stay 2 nights in a Posada
After breakfast you will head southwest of Mendoza into Uco Valley.

Uco Valley is one of the 5 wine regions of Mendoza. It involves: San Carlos, Tunuyán and Tupungato departments. Located well inside the first mountain sides of the Andes’ foothills, the Valley presents the highest altitudes at which wines are produced in the province of Mendoza: up to 1,400 meters above sea level.
This region is undergoing an intensive development process thanks to the influx investments from foreigners. It is coveted because of thermal amplitude and high solar radiation levels, which result in slow and balanced ripening cycles. Thus, both white and red varieties give forth their primary varietal bouquets. Particularly, in the case of the red varieties, the tannins and color become fixed in the grape’s skin, thus giving the wines intensity and structure.

The first stop will be Pulenta Estate Winery.
Pulenta family has been involved in the Argentine viticulture for three generations. Sons of the well known vine grower Antonio Pulenta and descendants from Italian immigrants, Eduardo y Hugo Pulenta, gave birth to this winery in 2002, providing experience and the most qualified labour.
Their philosophy is a must: to achieve the best quality in their products, keeping an exclusive production and a permanent nature care. To produce limited series of great wines, proudly made in Argentina. For them: “ making a great wine is an act of generosity, always considering the one who is going to taste it”.

Lunch will be held at Atamisque Winery. Enjoy!
A very pretty estate with vineyards and fruit trees is located in Uco Valley, where it used to be Estancia Atamisque. The stance was purchased in 2006 by a frenchman, John Du Monceau, who fell in love with the place and decided to settle there with his wife Chantal.

Bodega Atamisque’s construction began in 2006 and the first harvest was performed in 2007. From the very beginning, the respect for the nature has been emphasized. The winery’s surroundings have remained intact with their natural flora, including the regional bush atamisque, chañar, piquillo, cactus and many other varieties. Besides, the catalpa tree that grows in the estate gave origin to the name of the Premium wines line.

Late afternoon head back to the Mendoza City hotel and Dinner is on your own OR check in at Posada Salentein. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the facilities of the property. You can choose whether you want to explore the surroundings in a horseback ride, enjoy the pool or just relax in the gardens.
Overnight: Park Hyatt Mendoza
Meal Plan: B, L

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Overnight: Posada Salentein
Meal Plan: B, L, D

Posada Salentein is located in Finca La Pampa, within the Salentein property in Tunuyán, 100km south of Mendoza city. It is part of the Salentein Winery´s Proyect. For recreation, it offers guided tours to the winery or art gallery, horseback riding through the Finca, cycling and walks around our vineyards, as well as relaxing by the swimming pool. Strategically located in the Uco Valley, its views of The Andes, will take your breath away.
Dinner will be served at the restaurant of the Posada.

OPTION #4 (Uco Valley)
After breakfast you will head to Andeluna Winery, where you will put hands in a cooking class guided by Pablo del Rio followed by a gourmet lunch paired with the best wines of the winery.

Set among the foothills of the Andes, Andeluna Cellars is a remarkable beautiful place to behold. There are four separate tasting areas to enjoy, and a walk on the grounds is the perfect way to experience the rich history and tradition of the winery while enjoying Argentina’s finest wines. Visitors can taste several of the wines of Andeluna Cellars, most notably the Winemaker’s Selection Malbec and the Reserve Malbec, made from Argentina’s signature grape. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience sitting at the great table in the dining room while you gaze at the magnificent Andes in the background. It also offers the very finest tasting menu, prepared in the Andeluna show-kitchen by its talented chef, Pablo del Rio, who perfectly pairs the excellence of Andeluna wines with the very best of Argentine cooking.

Afterwards you will head to Salentein Winery and its outstanding Art Gallery, Killka.
Bodegas Salentein is a leader in cultivating global awareness of the emerging premium wineries of Argentina. A new vision of quality – which includes planting of classical varietals, preservation of old vines, re-application of
European artisan, and advanced technology – is yielding world-class wines. Its architecture is so stunning that many visitors have dubbed it “the most beautiful modern winery ever designed.” Another attraction is the Killka Museum: In a fortress of regional textures, it houses masterpieces of Argentine and Dutch Art of the XX century

Late afternoon head back to the Mendoza City hotel and Dinner is on your own OR return to the Posada. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Dinner will be served at the restaurant of the Posada.
Overnight: Park Hyatt Mendoza
Meal Plan: B, L

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Overnight: Posada Salentein
Meal Plan: B, L, D

After breakfast and checking out the hotel, you will be driven to Mendoza airport to take your flight to Buenos Aires.

Balance of your day at leisure to unwind and relax before dinner on own.

Overnight: Faena Hotel Buenos Aires or 1828 Smart Hotel
Meal Plan: B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After breakfast, it will be time to explore Buenos Aires.

Your guide will be waiting to escort you on a comprehensive sightseeing excursion of the Argentine capital.
The tour will take in all the major sights including a behind-the-scenes visit to the Teatro Colón Opera House (re-opening in 2010), the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Government Palace (Casa Rosada), the colourful La Boca district, the tough port barrio and working class heart of Buenos Aires, and San Telmo, home and birthplace of the sultry tango. Lunch will be served at a restaurant in the fashionable Puerto Madero district of the city.

The legacy of “Peronismo” is not only the subject of books or mere memories. It has left its mark in the very buildings, squares and neighborhoods that grace this fine city. The second part of your tour includes those landmarks connected with this crucial political movement, with the emphasis being on its major figure: Eva Perón. Her life, her political activity, her tragic death, the myth. Everything framed by a story that helps to understand contemporary Argentina. Included in this tour will of course be the incredible Recoleta Cemetery, where Evita is buried.

Return to the hotel, where the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Freshen up and prepare for a special view of the city by night and a Tango Show. You will be transferred to Café Tortoni. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest coffee shop in the whole country and has a very rich history. Then continue to El Querandi, the most famous tango restaurant where you will have dinner and appreciate a tango show.

Overnight: Faena Hotel Buenos Aires or 1828 Smart Hotel
Meal Plan: B, D

Buenos Aires; Tango Musicians along Caminito Street in LaBoca District

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After breakfast, drive to the Estancia La Alameda, located by the Chascomús Laggon, where you will enjoy one of the best folklore shows in Argentina, a true gaucho party.

At only 120 kilometres from the city of Buenos Aires, this is a chance to experience tradition and history combined with the finest style. The traditional dances performed by a young ballet, the typical colorful costumes and the songs specially staged for the occasion take you on a tour around the regions of the country with their different rhythms.

As well as seeing the gauchos show off their horseback prowess, you will also enjoy a sensational asado lunch before returning to Buenos Aires late afternoon.

Overnight: Faena Hotel Buenos Aires or 1828 Smart Hotel
Meal Plan: B

Argentinian Gaucho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Breakfast, day at leisure or for optional touring.

Overnight: Faena Hotel Buenos Aires or 1828 Smart Hotel
Meal Plan: B (Lunch included with option #1, #2 & #4 – Dinner included with option #3)

OPTIONAL TOURS:

Option#1 – Ferry to Colonia de Sacramento in Uruguay (UNESCO)
Morning transfer to the local pier to board the hydrofoil and navigate about 1 hour through the River Plate until Colonia de Sacramento (Uruguay). Upon arrival at the local pier in Colonia, you will start the visit to this colonial town.
Founded in 1680 it has been recently declared a UNESCO world heritage site. This charming city founded by the Portuguese in the 17th century with its old inner city, still has a lot to say about its Colonial period, preserved in old building and museums.
The famous Calle de los Suspiros, (Street of Sights), the Puerta del Campo, the Plaza Mayor 25 de Mayo; all of them are places that invite visitors to ream through them and discover the past, a past that can still be felt in the cobblestones and stone walls. The ruins of the Calera de las Huérfanas are also located near to Colonia.

Besides the Barrio Histórico (Historic Quarters), its many tourist attractions includes white sand beaches, resorts such as Riachuelo and Artilleros with gorgeous sunsets; then continue along its beautiful coastline to the Real de San Carlos, the great bullring of the time of Charles III of Spain, the racetrack and the old dock.

During the visit you will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch at local restaurant.
In due time, transfer back to the pier and navigation back to Buenos Aires.

Option#2 – Cooking lesson, lunch, folklore show
In Argentina, we have a Tradition: we gather together to share an Asado, Argentinean barbecue. While you may taste Argentinean beef in almost any restaurant, you are not trying a proper Argentinean Asado. For Argentines, an Asado Criollo is a Ritual, a Tradition, a good excuse to meet with friends and relatives. The Asado is the perfect occasion to talk, sing, joke, eat, drink and have a great time.

That’s why we invite you to discover the secrets of cooking a delicious Asado: lighting the fire, preparing the beef and the right dressing, the “Chimichurri” sauce. You’ll also get tips on the proper temperature and cooking time. Then you’ll enjoy the Asado you yourself cooked! It will be accompanied by different salads, French fries, desert and free beverages including our house wine.  You’ll not only enjoy the Asado you made but also a good live Argentinean music show or folkloric dance.  You’ll leave satisfied and eager to get home and surprise your friends with a delicious Asado!  In Argentina, we have another Tradition… if the Asado is really good and tasty; one of the guests at the table stands up and says “Un aplauso pa’l asador!” (Clap your hands and congratulate the cook!).

Option #3 – Learn tango from Tony-Award-winning dancers followed by dinner and a tango show
Tango; the authentic music of Buenos Aires. Its origins are traced back to 1880 and its birthplace the slums, inhabited by Italian and Spanish immigrants, Africans and “gauchos”.
From this racial mix appeared the “compadritos” (small-time hoods) who tried to reflect in their music, their letters and their dance, the typical “cuchilleros” (knife fighters) duel characteristic of their social ambient.
Despite its humble origins, in the 20s tango left the brothels and the underworld districts to reach the high-class ballrooms, but to do so it had to travel to Paris to come back triumphant.
Forget the mannered ballroom dancing image, tango is real roots music: sometimes sleazy, sometimes elegant, but always sensuous, rhythmic and passionate.

An elegant way to learn Tango is to join Mayoral & Elsa María, the world famous dancers at their incredible early 1900s French-style mansion. Every lesson is personally attended by these teachers of teachers who are spreading culture with genuine respect for their roots in Universities and Academies worldwide.
The Tony Award-winning couple are surely the best people in Buenos Aires to teach the art of tango, whether to novices or experienced dancers. Their impressive celebrity client list includes Bill & Hillary Clinton, Liza Minelli, and Whoopi Goldberg, among others.

This evening, enjoy a special dinner at Esquina Carlos Gardel, where VIP seats will be arranged for you. Elegance and splendor share every corner of this dazzling place. This three level building, the upper two forming the VIP sector, will seduce you with refined details and furniture. Esquina Carlos Gardel has a capacity for up to 500 people who, as tango itself, will be reluctant to leave.
The Orchestra mingles both dancers and voices, thus reaffirming unparalleled interpretative standards well worth of clap standing ovation.

Option #4 – River cruise, lunch at an island restaurant, San Isidro
Meet your local guide and begin the journey driving towards the Tigre and its Delta. As you head north, you will pass by the northern suburbs of Buenos Aires with its mansions facing the river and the greenery of its gardens. The neighbourhoods of Olivos, San Isidro and Acasuso are among the most elegant in Argentina and have been chosen by Argentina’s wealthiest families to settle their mansions due to their riverside location. The styles of these properties vary from one to the other and guests will see Tudor style houses, French and Italian palaces.

After visiting this area, you will arrive in the delta of the Paraná River, a unique and natural environment just one hour from Buenos Aires where passengers will see the typical islands wooden houses, public buildings and the store boats that offer their products to the local islanders. Watching the Delta means appreciating the generosity of Nature in this singular place of the world. This area is one of the most important recreational retreats around Buenos Aires, and Porteños are used to hanging around during weekends and summer holydays. Your boat will sail among these islands and you will have lunch at one of the best spots in the Delta. Its restaurant will delight you with distinctive cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere.
After lunch, sail back to Tigre and return to downtown Buenos Aires.

Option #5 – Shopping excursion
Shopping is one of the best pastimes in Buenos Aires. Prices are low, and there are plenty of attractive items to tempt you. This afternoon we can provide vehicles to take you around the shopping areas of the city.

For those with a specific interest (fashion, design, art, leather goods, music, wine), we can provide the services of a personal shopper who will accompany small groups to the best boutiques and stores in Buenos Aires.

Option #6 – Custom designed tour
Or we can design your own afternoon tour. Each option will be 2-3 hours in duration, and will focus on art, architecture, shopping, or additional suggestions that suit your particular interests. Keep in mind the famous Plaza Dorrego Market in San Telmo is open on Sundays. This is one of South America’s best shopping areas and is full of bargains. A guide will be present in the square to coordinate.

Full Day at leisure for self-exploration or optional touring before your transfer to the airport for your evening flight to the USA.

Meal Plan: B


Important to note: A valid tourist Visa is required for citizens from United States traveling to Brazil – This takes ample time to process.

Pacific Destination Center South America Specialists are here to help personalize your holiday for the Most Memorable Experience – Just give us a call at 800-227-5317, or email us at info@pacific-destinations.com with your desired destinations and focused activity wish list, or special occasion celebration and we will get started on your personalized dream holiday.

 

Phone one of our South America Specialists at 1-800-227-5317 to start planning your Brazil & Argentina Holiday now!

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