Argentina and Chile Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Mendoza & Iguaza Falls
Day 1 - Buenos Aires *The capital of Argentina and the center of the country’s political, ecoomic and intellectural life, Buenos Aires is also one of the world’s ten most important metropolitan areas. The most elegant and busiest city in South America, Buenos Aires has managed to preserve old traditions and charm while also reflecting European cultural influence. A four day visit to this delightful city will include:City tour including backstage at the world famous Teatro Colon and other highlights of the town where the Tango was born! At the end of the tour we will visit the Recoleta area, one of the city’s most glamorous spots, once the home of a slaughterhouse and now the quarter of the wealth of Buenos Aires. The afternoon will include a tour of the Jewish “Once” district, the home of the majority of Jewish institutions.
Day 2 At leisure to shop or enjoy the city on your own. Dinner will be at the exclusive Casa Alma Tinto whose sommelier will invite you to enjoy a unique moment, rediscovering the richness of local wines and cuisine followed by a live tango and music performance by professional dancers who personify the pleasure and admiration for the tango.
You may be inspired to end the night with a “Milonga Crawl”, visiting some local dance halls or Milongas to mingle and perhaps tango with a local crowd. are nothing like the shows for tourists; they are a little more “gritty” and the better ones don’t get started until around midnight. If you are too intimidated to tango, just sit back, watch and enjoy. Enjoy tango as a social phenomenon and learn about the “codes” and “secrets” and the many styles of tango. It’s a trip to the tango universe from the inside.
Day 3 The historical neighborhood of San Telmo is the oldest district of Buenos Aires and the Antique Fair every Sunday plays host to over 270 stands that offer for sale their unique goods of antiques and old things.
Located at San Telmo (Tango’s birthplace), Mansion Dandi Royal is a theme residence unique in its artistic presentation of the Tango ambience in its architectural style and filled with art nouveaux pieces. All public spaces and its30 rooms are decorated with murals portraying tango scenes and original objects d’art. Guests will be able to take hour long private lessons with specialized teachers. The tour will continue with a visit to the National Fine Arts Museum with pieces by El Greco, Rubens and Goya and then to the Museum of Latin American Art which features one of the world’s great collections of Latin American art.
The evening will end with dinner and a tango show!
Day 4 - Santiago de Chile Half day city tour through Santiago, a city of contrasts with traces of its Colonial past mixed with the ultramodern, high-rise buildings of the financial center; Chile’s capital will surprise you. This tour offers you the opportunity to see this eclectic mix for yourself
Day 5 Full day excursion to the cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, driving to the famous beaches of Salinas, Reñaca, Los Lilenes and Concón and then back to Santiago.
Day 6 Back in Santiago you will visit the Museum of Memory & Human Rights in the cultural district of Matucana, where you will learn more about Chilean history between 1973 and 1990. Afterwards you continue the tour with a visit to the world class Museum of Fashion and then to the Museo de la Moda, a world class fashion museum in Santiago. Finally you will visit la Chascona, a house that belonged to the Chilean Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, located in the bohemian Bellavista district. Then on to Mendoza, a green city in a kind of dessert whose inhabitants have planted trees to have shade during the very hot summer and have dug a system of channels to provide water for the trees.
Day 7 - Mendoza A full day visiting wineries in the beautiful Uco valley, one of the finest wine making regions in Mendoza, located about 100 kms outside the city. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the wine industry, visiting some of the most interesting vineyards of this province.
Day 8 - Mendoza The morning will include a city tour of Mendoza, located at the foot of the Andes mountains with Mount Aconcagua (6958m), the highest peak of the American continent and second in the world. The city is an oasis that has survived thanks to the glacier waters of the Andes distributed by artificial watering systems first developed by the Incas. You’ll fly next to the Mendoza airport for a flight to Iguazú Falls.
Day 9 - Iguazu Falls You have never seen a sight like this before, anywhere in the world. Nature blessed the Argentine, Brazilian and Paraguayan border with a show of her splendid talents. Iguazú Falls leaves every visitor speechless. Eighteen kilometers from Puerto Iguazú you enter the National Park with its famous cataracts and exotic subtropical vegetation, which surrounds the falls - 2000 plant species (giant trees, ferns, lianas, orchids), 400 bird species (parrots and toucans), jaguars and caimans.