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LATIN AMERICA


This is the land of the gaucho and the tango, cultures both vibrant and thriving. Argentina is a renowned wine producer, with many vineyards located close to Mendoza and Cordoba in the shadows of the Andes. Food is unquestionably a highlight, embodied in the mouth watering and colossal steaks of Buenos Aires, and the delicious lamb barbecue in Patagonia.


BUENOS AIRES, CITY OF TANGO Vibrant and engaging, with a rich European heritage, Argentina’s capital has long been regarded as the ‘Paris of South America.’ There is so much to occupy the visitor: tango shows (both formal and impromptu), great shopping in Recoleta, splendid plazas and buildings, and world renowned restaurants.


WHERE TO STAY IN ARGENTINA The country’s choice of hotels is vast, ranging from 5-star hotels to small elegant boutiques, to working estancias, including:


ALVEAR PALACE – Classic Buenos Aires luxury near Recoleta LLAO LLAO – Picturesque lakeside serenity in Bariloche CAVAS WINE LODGE – Boutique flavours outside Mendoza


PERITO MORENO GLACIER Set amidst the dramatic landscapes of Los Glaciares National Park in Argentine Patagonia, this incredible wall of ice and snow is the 3rd largest reservoir of fresh water in the world. Covering some 250 sq km, it rises around 60 metres above the icy waters.


IGUASSU FALLS One of the world’s most stunning cascades, Iguassu Falls are the thundering centrepiece of the Iguassu Falls National Park, straddling the border between Brazil and Argentina. The Argentine side offers closer views, jungle trails and the chance of a boat ride to the base of the electrifying ‘Devil’s Throat’ Falls.


PENINSULA VALDES A key breeding ground for endangered Southern Right whales, as well as Southern Elephant seals and sea lions, the Valdes Peninsula is home to a vast variety of wildlife. Lying along the Atlantic coast, its rock cliffs harbour around 180 species of birds.


ESTANCIAS An integral part of Argentine culture, estancias (ranches) helped to make Argentina one of the world’s major exporters of meat and grain. Steeped in gaucho culture, an estancia stay provides an ideal opportunity to experience the true spirit of the pampas.


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SOUTH AMERICA – COAST TO COAST


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Cross the continent from west to east visiting 3 of South America’s most vibrant countries


DAY 1 – Fly to Santiago Overnight flight from Heathrow, via Sao Paulo to Santiago with TAM Brazilian Airlines.


DAYS 2/3 – Santiago On arrival transfer to the Crowne Plaza for 3 nights. Enjoy a morning historical tour of Chile’s capital city.


DAY 4 – Valparaiso and Vina del Mar Full day excursion to the coast’s UNESCO listed colonial town and the elegant resort, visiting a vineyard en route.


DAY 5 – Mendoza Thrilling ride over the Andes to Argentina for 2 nights at the Sheraton Hotel (NB the July date will fly this section).


DAY 6 – Mendoza Tour this pleasant city, Argentina’s renowned wine centre.


DAY 7 – Buenos Aires Fly to Buenos Aires for 3 nights at the NH Lancaster. Afternoon tour including the colourful area of La Boca.


DAYS 8/9 – Buenos Aires 2 full days to take in this beautiful city, with optional tours available, including a Pampas ranch visit or tango show.


DAY 10 – Iguassu Falls Fly north and view the Argentine side of the falls before crossing the border for 2 nights at the Mabu Thermal Hotel.


DAY 11 – Iguassu Falls Explore the Brazilian side of the spectacular waterfalls.


DAY 12 – Rio de Janeiro Fly to Rio for 2 nights at the Windsor Excelsior Hotel.


DAY 13 – Rio de Janeiro Full day sightseeing to the famous beaches, Sugar Loaf Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer.


DAYS 14/15 – Fly to the UK Morning at leisure before your TAM Brazilian flight back to the UK, arriving the following morning.


BUZIOS EXTENSION DAY 14 – Buzios Shared transfer along the coast for 4 nights at the Vila D’Este Hotel.


DAYS 15 to 17 – Buzios 3 days to relax and explore the peninsula’s beaches.


DAYS 18/19 – Fly to the UK Morning at leisure before your private transfer back to Rio and your TAM Brazilian flight to the UK, arriving the following morning.


DEPARTURES JAN-APR, JUL & SEP-NOV


TANGO MILONGAS The name given to the local dance halls, the Milonga is a place where young and old congregate to enjoy the tango as it should be enjoyed, without expense or pretence. Immerse yourself in the dance’s true rhythms and passions as your private instructor leads you through the elegant moves and sensual ambience.


BEST OF ARGENTINA TOUR


For an itinerary featuring Argentina only, please see our website for our ‘Best of Argentina’ journey. This itinerary features Buenos Aires, San Carlos de Bariloche, El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier and Iguassu Falls.


13 days from £3695 per person.


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