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Wonders of Chile and Argentina: Patagonia, Iguazu Falls and Splendid Cities

Program Number: 20789RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/7/2014 - 11/20/2014; 12/2/2014 - 12/15/2014; 1/9/2015 - 1/22/2015; 1/17/2015 - 1/30/2015; 2/7/2015 - 2/20/2015; 2/14/2015 - 2/27/2015; 3/7/2015 - 3/20/2015; 10/2/2015 - 10/15/2015; 10/17/2015 - 10/30/2015; 11/6/2015 - 11/19/2015; 12/4/2015 - 12/17/2015;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: Chile/Argentina
Price starting at: $5,295.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 31; 11 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

Uncover treasures built by man and forged by nature on this journey in Chile and Argentina. Explore the cosmopolitan capitals of Santiago and Buenos Aires. Experience the otherworldly natural environment of Patagonia, where snowcapped volcanoes rise above crystal-clear lakes. And hear the roar of Iguazu Falls, a spectacle of water surrounded by jungle.




Highlights

• Discover both Chilean and Argentine Patagonia, crossing from one to the other by boat.
• Learn about the world-class Chilean wine industry and visit a vineyard.
• Experience the lively neighborhoods and elegant architecture of Buenos Aires.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven terrain. Long (approximately 8-9 hours) ferry and coach transport to Bariloche.




Date Specific Information

11-7-2014, 12-2-2014, 1-9-2015, 1-17-2015, 2-7-2015, 2-14-2015, 3-7-2015, 10-2-2015, 10-17-2015, 11-6-2015, 12-4-2015

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Santiago (Chile), 3 nights; flight to Puerto Montt; coach to Puerto Varas, 2 nights; ferry to Bariloche (Argentina), 2 nights; flight to Iguazu Falls, 2 nights; flight to Buenos Aires, 2 nights; departure and overnight flight to the U.S., 1 night.



Overnight flight from U.S.
1 night
Arrival Santiago (Chile)
3 nights

View fascinating exhibits at the Museo Colonial Iglesia San Francisco. An expert-led walk in downtown Santiago showcases stately palaces, plazas, parks and churches. Take a field trip to Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Chile’s “cultural capital.”



Flight to Puerto Montt
Coach to Puerto Varas
2 nights
Coach / ferry to Bariloche (Argentina)
2 nights

Journey to Chile’s Los Lagos Region and discover Puerto Montt and the bustling Angelmo fish market. Witness the horsemanship of huasos, Chilean cowboys, at an equestrian farm. Learn how the culture of Puerto Varas was influenced by the German immigrants who settled on the shores of Lake Llanquihue. At the Petrohue Waterfalls see water tumbling from Osorno Volcano toward the lake. Journey to Argentina, crossing multiple scenic lakes by ferry. Explore Bariloche, a charming city in the foothills of the Andes, and take a chairlift to the peak of Cerro Campanario to enjoy sweeping views. Visit a family-owned beer brewery to enjoy one aspect of the German influence on this region.



Flight to Iguazu Falls
2 nights

Take an expert-led walk in the jungle near Iguazu Falls to learn about this environment. Enjoy various views of the magnificent falls and take a scenic train through Iguazu National Park on the Rainforest Ecological Train.



Flight to Buenos Aires
2 nights
Overnight flight to U.S.
1 night

Discover the renowned opera house, buzzing cafés, grand boulevards and energetic street performers of Buenos Aires. Walk through the European-style La Boca neighborhood. Visit the Evita Peron Museum. Experience the tango in a presentation and performance.




Accommodations
Santiago: Modern hotel in the lovely Providencia neighborhood. Puerto Varas: Lakeside hotel. Bariloche: Stylish hotel in town center. Iguazu Falls: Jungle eco-lodge with outdoor pool. Buenos Aires: Modern hotel near 9 de Julio Avenue.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Torremayor
  Santiago, Chile 3 nights
   Hotel Cabanas del Lago
  Puerto Varas, Chile 2 nights
   Hotel Nahuel Huapi
  Bariloche, Argentina 2 nights
   Amerian Portal del Iguazu
  Iguazu Falls, Argentina 2 nights
   Hotel Regente Palace
  Buenos Aires, Argentina 2 nights
 Hotel Torremayor
Type: Hotel
  Description: Comfortable hotel located in the Providencia neighborhood in Santiago, near stores and restaurants.
  Contact info: Ricardo Lyon 322
Santiago,  00000 Chile
phone: +(56-2) 234 20 00
web: www.hoteltorremayor.cl/quienes_m.htm
  Room amenities: Air-conditioning, Wireless connection.
  Facility amenities: Cafe, Cocktail bar, Conference facilities, Lounge, Restaurant, Room Service, Business Center, Laundry Service, Currency Exchange.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Subject to availability. Please contact your program provider, Holbrook Travel, for additional information.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Hotel Cabanas del Lago
Type: Hotel
  Description: Hotel overlooks Lake Llanquihue and the Osorno and Cabulco volcanoes.
  Contact info: Klenner 195
Puerto Varas,  00000 Chile
phone: +56-65 232291
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, mini bar, cable TV, and direct dial telephone.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, meeting facilities, indoor pool, gym, and sauna.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Nahuel Huapi
Type: Hotel
  Description: This attractive family-owned hotel has a long standing history in Bariloche. The small bed and breakfast style property that first opened its doors in 1938 gradually blossomed into a stylish hotel with modern installations and 80 comfortable rooms. Within a short walking distance of the hotel guests can reach the scenic shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake or check-out the downtown restaurants and shops.
  Contact info: Moreno 252
San Carlos de Bariloche,  8400 Argentina
phone: +54 -2944-426146
web: hotelnahuelhuapi.com.ar
  Room amenities: Direct dial phone, WiFi, heating, cable TV, mini bar, wood floors, safety deposit box, and private bathrooms with hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: 24 hr room service, turn down service, laundry service, a salon for special events, WiFi, restaurant and wine bar.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Amerian Portal del Iguazu
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: This attractive hotel is located approximately 9 miles from the famous Iguazu Waterfalls and a five-minute walk from Hito Tres Fronteras. The Hito Tres Fronteras is a viewpoint from where visitors can admire the confluence of the Parana and Iguazu Rivers where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay share borders.
  Contact info: Av. Tres Fronteras 780 y Av. Eduardo Arrabal
Puerto Iguazu, Missiones,  N3370XAJ Argentina
phone: +54 -3757-498200
web: www.portaldeliguazu.com
  Room amenities: Free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, cable TV, mini bar, safety deposit box, and dressing gowns.
  Facility amenities: Business center with WI-Fi and reading room, outdoor pool and solarium, indoor heated pool, spa, gymnasium, restaurants, bars, meeting/event rooms, outdoor BBQ, tennis court, playroom, playground, and vegetable garden.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Regente Palace
Type: Hotel
  Description: Modern hotel located in downtown Buenos Aires, just 2 blocks from Florida Street.
  Contact info: Suipacha 964
Buenos Aires,  00000 Argentina
phone: +54 -11 4328-6800
web: www.regente.com
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable TV, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, and mini bar.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, snack bar, gym, meeting facilities, laundry services, and business center.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Prices starting at $90. Additional nights are subject to hotel availability.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrivals to the Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez Airport in Santiago, Chile. Group lunch at the hotel starts at 1 p.m. You will be staying at Hotel Torremayor that night.
  End of Program:
Evening departures from the Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Day room check-out by 6 p.m. You will be staying at Hotel Regente Palace the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. U.S. citizens need valid passports (valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry). Argentina charges U.S. citizens a $160 USD (per person) entrance fee (a.k.a. reciprocity fee) that needs to be paid online PRIOR TO ARRIVAL. Participants will need to pay Argentina’s entry fee with a credit card at one of the following sites: www.migraciones.gov.ar/accesible/ or www.provinciapagos.com.ar/dnm/ . Please remember to print a receipt of your payment and keep it with your passport. The fee is valid for up to 10 years. Activities while at Iguazu will focus entirely on the Argentinean side of the falls. This program will not spend any time in Brazil; therefore, no special visas are necessary. In May of 2014 Chile stopped requiring U.S. citizens to pay a reciprocity entry fee of $160 (per person) upon arrival at the Santiago International Airport.
  Parking availability:
Not applicable.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Santiago
  Transportation to site: Taxi services can be booked at one of the official counters located in the International Arrivals Hall of the international airport in Santiago, Chile. These services are available 24-hours. For a full list of transportation options at the airport, please visit: www.aeropuertosantiago.cl/english/
  From End of Program
  Location:  Buenos Aires
  Transportation from site: Taxi services are available at the hotel. If you wish to hire a taxi, please ask for assistance at the hotel's front desk.
Elevation Note: Elevations of up to 6,000 feet.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Depart from the USA.
(Saturday, March 7)
   
 Depart From: Depart the U.S.A. on overnight flight to Santiago, Chile.

Day 2: Arrive to Santiago, Chile.
Program Orientation/Railcar Ride to San Cristobal Hill.

(Sunday, March 8)

Note: Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.



   
 Morning: Road Scholar group flights arrive in Santiago.
Proceed through Immigrations, Baggage Claim, and Customs. After exiting the restricted arrivals area, participants should look for the Road Scholar representative who will be holding a Road Scholar sign (only applies to group flights).

Transfer to the hotel.
A light snack will be available for those arriving on very early flights.
Enjoy some time at leisure to freshen-up and get settled-in.
 Lunch: At the hotel.
 Afternoon: Program Orientation. Get to know your group leader and fellow Road Scholar participants during a welcome and introduction session at the hotel. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Lecture: An Overview of Chile.

Catch panoramic views of Santiago during a visit to San Cristobal Hill (a.k.a. Cerro San Cristobal).

Board a funicular and travel uphill through the city's largest green space, the Parque Metropolitano, to reach the Terraza Bellavista on San Cristobal Hill. Once at the summit, take a deep breath and enjoy the spectacular views!

Return to the hotel.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: Time at leisure. Get a good night's rest in preparation for a full day of activities tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Torremayor
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Santiago -
Santiago City Orientation.

(Monday, March 9)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: A History of Chilean Wine.

Chileans have produced fine wines for over a century, although the conquistadors also planted vines. The origin of today's world-class Chilean wines stems from cuttings brought over from French vineyards in the mid-19th century before their stock was decimated by disease. Later, the European vines were grafted onto disease-resistant American stock. Chilean growers, however, had the advantage of original, non-grafted vines from France as well as an ideal climate in the Central Valley.

Orientation to downtown Santiago with a museum visit.

Pedro de Valdivia founded the city on the Mapocho River in 1541 in the fertile Central Valley, but the hostile Mapuche almost wiped it out. Spaniards stubornly held out, establishing farms, ranches and mines.

Return to the hotel.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an orientation to greater Santiago to view local architecture, shops, and neighborhoods.

The capital of Chile is a city where residents have traditionally looked to Europe as a model for architecture and culture.This influence can readily be seen in its stately palaces, plazas, parks and churches. Santiago is the country's colonial center, surrounded by 31 comunas or communities with their own municipal administration.

Return to the hotel.
Time at leisure.
 Dinner: On your own, for a chance to explore local fare.
 Evening: Time at leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Torremayor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Santiago -
Wines of the Casablanca Valley/Orientation to Valparaiso.

(Tuesday, March 10)

Note: Valparaiso is located 70 miles northwest of Santiago. Driving time: approx. 1:20.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Depart for Valparaiso.

Enjoy a railcar ride and walk in Valparaiso with a view of the harbor and city.

Valparaiso is the country’s most important seaport, and now said to be the cultural capital of Chile. Built upon dozens of steep hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso boasts a labyrinth of streets and cobblestone alleyways, embodying a rich architectural and cultural legacy. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is also host to the National Congress of Chile.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Afternoon field trip to a Casablanca Valley winery.

Chile’s Casablanca Valley has developed an international reputation among wine connoisseurs for turning out deliciously crisp white wines. The Valley is located just 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean and less than 50 miles northwest of Santiago. As the nutrient-rich Humboldt Current makes its journey northwards from Antarctica, it moves up along the coast of Chile bringing cool ocean breezes. The cool Mediterranean-like climate in the area is perfect for producing high quality Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Riesling wines.

Return to Santiago.
 Dinner: On your own, for a chance to sample local fare.
 Evening: Free time to explore Santiago's evening entertainment options.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Torremayor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Puerto Varas -
Angelmo Fish and Craft Market/Huaso Demonstration.

(Wednesday, March 11)

Note: Flight from Santiago to Puerto Montt takes 1:45 hours. Drive from Puerto Montt to Puerto Varas takes approx. 20 mins. Puerto Varas is 12 miles (20 km) north of Puerto Montt. **Airlines in Chile and Argentina are notorious for changing flight routes and schedules without much notice. In the event of flight delays or airline schedule changes, it might be necessary to adjust the timing of some program activities. Your group leader will keep you updated on any changes to your itinerary.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to the airport.
Board a flight to Puerto Montt (1:45 hrs).

Founded by German settlers in the mid-19th century, Puerto Montt still retains a distinct middle European face, with Nordic and Alpine architecture. The city is best known as a gateway to the southern lakes of Chile, Chiloé Island and Chilean Patagonia. Located nearby is the fishing and ferry port of Angelmo.

Excursion to the bustling Angelmo Fish and Craft Market.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the hotel and check-in.
Time at leisure.
Field trip to an equestrian farm for rodeo demonstration by local huasos (Chilean cowboys). Site lecture: Training a Show Horse, a Labor of Patience and Love.
 Dinner: Enjoy a traditional meal at the farm.
 Evening: Return to the hotel followed by free time.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Cabanas del Lago
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Puerto Varas -
Germanic History of the Area.

(Thursday, March 12)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: German Immigration.

Puerto Varas is nestled between the towering peaks of the Andes and the shores of Lake Llanquihue in Chile, twelve miles north of Puerto Montt. Puerto Varas is known for its spectacular views across Lake Llanquihue to the Andes Mountains.
The area was settled by predominantly German immigrants in the middle of the 19th century, and remnants of their culture are evident in many small communities in the area. Puerto Varas, founded in 1854, served as an important port on the lake during this period. Because of the hilly land and curved shoreline the street plan is irregular, but the town displays a well-preserved concentration of European architecture.

Excursion to German Museum with site lecture.
Short walk through the small German town of Frutillar and its new performing arts theater.
 Lunch: At a local farm with a site lecture.
 Afternoon: Return to the hotel.
Time at leisure.
 Dinner: On your own, to explore local fare.
 Evening: Time at leisure in Puerto Varas. Meet some of your new Road Scholar friends at one of the local watering holes for drinks and musical entertainment, try your luck at the town's casino, or enjoy a relaxing evening on your hotel's terrace admiring the twinkling lights reflected off the waters of Lake Llanquihue.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Cabanas del Lago
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Bariloche -
Petrohue Falls/Full Day Lake Crossing to Bariloche/Andean Highlands.

(Friday, March 13)

Note: The lake crossing from Chile to Argentina takes approximately 8-9 hours and includes a series of boat and coach transfers.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to the Petrohue Falls and begin your lake crossing journey to Argentina (across Lake Todos los Santos). The scenic crossing, from Chile into Argentina, takes approximately 8-9 hours from start to finish.

En route to the lake crossing, participants will have the opportunity to visit the black rock waterfalls of Petrohué at the end of the Todos Los Santos Lake crossing. Petrohué Falls lies in the threshold of the mighty Osorno Volcano, and the unique falls are comprised of a series of oddly twisting chutes among crystallized black volcanic rock. The rock is particularly resistant to erosion, lending the falls a peculiar shape.

 Lunch: En route to Bariloche.
 Afternoon: Continue lake crossing with a series of boat and coach transfers.
Arrive in Bariloche and transfer to the hotel.

Bariloche is the primary city in the Argentinean Lake District and is a hub for accessing alpine resorts in the area as well as the Nahuel Huapi National Park. The area was once inhabited by Mapuche Indians, but after General Roca's brutal "Conquest of the Desert" campaign, both Argentinean and foreign settlers began to colonize the area. The land for the Nahuel Huapi National Park was set aside in 1904 to preserve local flora and fauna. The park is home to pristine Andean-Patagonian forests and rare animals like the huemul (Andean deer) and pudú (miniature deer).

Many Germans, Swiss and northern Italians came to the region, leaving an indelible cultural influence. In the last 20 years, the area has experienced considerable growth in the resort industry owing to its natural beauty. Bariloche lies on the south shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi's eastern end. The city itself is a modern urban and commercial center set amidst a spectacular panorama of mountains and lakes.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: Time at leisure in Bariloche.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Nahuel Huapi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Bariloche -
Orientation to Bariloche/A Look at European Influences in the Region.

(Saturday, March 14)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: The Mapuche Indians and Early History of Argentina.

Walking orientation of Bariloche, including the downtown museum.

Embark on a scenic chairlift ride to Cerro Campanario and its look-out point, set high above Bariloche. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a coffee break at the on-site restaurant and appreciate the views of the city. A site lecture on the economic and agricultural activities in the region will complement this activity.

Following the chairlift ride, enjoy visiting with a local immigrant family to learn about their experiences settling in Bariloche.
 Lunch: At a restaurant owned and run by a local immigrant family.
 Afternoon: Return to the hotel.
Time at leisure.
Lecture: European Immigration and Settlement.
 Dinner: On your own, to explore local fare.
 Evening: Time at leisure in Bariloche.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Nahuel Huapi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Bariloche to Iguazu Falls -
Fly to Iguazu Falls/Nature Hike: Introduction to the Iryapu Jungle.

(Sunday, March 15)

Note: The flight from Bariloche to Buenos Aires takes 1:05 hours. The flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu takes 1:45 hours. **Airlines in Chile and Argentina are notorious for changing flight routes and schedules without much notice. In the event of flight delays or airline schedule changes, it might be necessary to adjust the timing of some program activities. Your group leader will keep you updated on any changes to your itinerary.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to the airport to board a flight to Iguazu Falls (via Buenos Aires).

Arrive in Iguazu and transfer to the hotel, located between Puerto Iguazu and the Falls.

Note: Activities while at Iguazu will focus entirely on the Argentinean side of the falls. This program will not spend any time in Brazil; therefore, no special visas are necessary.

 Lunch: Boxed lunch.
 Afternoon: Arrive at Iguazu. Transfer to the hotel and check-in.

Enjoy a walk to a local lookout point and a site lecture. The scenic spot is located at the confluence of the Parana and Iguazu Rivers and offers views of three countries: Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.

Return to the hotel.

Pre-dinner lecture: Iguazu Falls: Its Geology and Economic Significance.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: Time at leisure.
   
Accommodations: Amerian Portal del Iguazu
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Iguazu Falls -
Full Day Exploring the Falls (Argentinean Side).

(Monday, March 16)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: This day will be spent visiting the Argentinean side of the Iguazu Falls. Board a park train for a scenic ride through the jungle, along the edges of the mythical waterfalls.

This excursion takes us along the upper and lower trails of the Iguazu National Park, allowing you to get a closer look at some of the 275 falls that drop from the Iguazu River. Enjoy the fantastic wildlife and jungle that surrounds it. At the end of the trail, we will appreciate from a short distance, a view of the Devil's Throat Cataract.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch by the Falls.
 Afternoon: After lunch, continue exploring the area around the Falls.

Late afternoon return to the hotel.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: Time at leisure. Take a leisurely stroll around the hotel gardens, do a little stargazing (remember to look for the Southern Cross!), or perhaps enjoy an early night in preparation for tomorrow's activities.
   
Accommodations: Amerian Portal del Iguazu
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Buenos Aires -
Flight to Buenos Aires/Colon Theater.

(Tuesday, March 17)

Note: The flight from Iguazu to Buenos Aires takes 1:45 hours. **Airlines in Chile and Argentina are notorious for changing flight routes and schedules without much notice. In the event of flight delays or airline schedule changes, it might be necessary to adjust the timing of some program activities. Your group leader will keep you updated on any changes to your itinerary.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for flight to Buenos Aires.
Fly from Iguazu to Buenos Aires.

Arrive in Buenos Aires in time for lunch.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the hotel and check-in.

This afternoon, enjoy a visit to the world-famous Colon Theater, Buenos Aires' grand opera house.

Since 1908 visitors have marveled at the imposing seven-story Teatro Colón, a truly world-class center for opera, ballet and classical music. The theater's basement houses impressive workshops, costume designs and rehearsal studios. The majestic hall seats 2500 and has standing room for 1000. The Teatro is the site of regular Presidential Command Performances.

Lecture: Contemporary Argentina: a Social, Economic, and Political Overview.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: Time at leisure to sample some of Buenos Aires' famed evening attractions.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Regente Palace
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Buenos Aires -
City Orientation - La Boca/Tango.

(Wednesday, March 18)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Excursion to La Boca area of Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires offers a wealth of culture for the visitor. Headed by an expert guide, the city orientation allows for a closer glimpse of intricate architecture and observation of the vivacious daily life. Street performers are colorful and impressive; many probably will be doing the tango. The Italian quarter, known as La Boca, will also be visited. Taking in Buenos Aires will be both a joy and a learning experience.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Time at leisure.

Lecture: The Tango, So Much More than a Dance.

A way of life for the people of the city, the tango pulsates with the lifeblood of romantic Buenos Aires. The dance has its origins in the brothels and tenements of late 19th-century Buenos Aires and was a synthesis of Spanish and Italian music, Negro candombe and bawdy Gaucho verse. It was popularized by legendary performers like Carlos Gardel, and soon spread from the fringes to the middle class, and then to the elegant salons of Buenos Aires. The tango has enjoyed a modern resurgence, and as the country's most famous cultural export it is a staple of Buenos Aires nightlife. To this day, Gardel has thousands of followers.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner and a tango show at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Regente Palace
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Depart to U.S.-
Orientation to Buenos Aires/Recoleta Cemetery/Evita Museum/Farewell Lunch.

(Thursday, March 19)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Orientation to the city of Buenos Aires.

Settled in 1536 and founded in 1580, Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, lies on the banks of the Rio de la Plata River. Sometimes called the "Paris of South America," the bustling city is known for its sophisticated, cosmopolitan inhabitants and its non-Spanish European influences (Parisian architects designed many of the buildings). Stately mansions, broad boulevards, artists' quarters and lively sidewalk cafes bring to mind the grandeur of Europe.

Visit the Evita Museum.

The Museo Evita is housed in a historic mansion built for the Carabassa family during the early 20th century. During the late 1940s the Fundación Eva Perón bought the property and turned it into a shelter for homeless single mothers. Since there was no love lost between the Argentinean upper class and Eva Perón, many believe she purposely chose that site in order to slight the residents of this wealthy Palermo neighborhood. Evita, as she was affectionately called by her followers, was a polarizing figure during her years as First Lady and even after her death in 1952. The museum showcases her life and political history through photographs, clothing, and all nature of personal artifacts, providing a window into the life of a complex Argentinean public figure.
 Lunch: Farewell lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Time at leisure.

Participants will be able to keep their hotel rooms in order to rest, finish packing, and freshen-up before transfering to the airport to catch their individual flights back to the U.S. Hotel check-out by 6 p.m.
 Dinner: Light snack available at the hotel.
 Evening: Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the U.S.

This concludes the program. We hope you enjoyed your Road Scholar adventure! When you get home, remember to stay in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network; share memories, pictures, and comments about your recent travels.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Arrive to U.S.
(Friday, March 20)
   
 Arrive To: Arrivals in the U.S.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Moon Handbook Patagonia


Author: Moon Handbooks


Description: This practical guide covers where to go and what to do in southern South America from Puerto Montt and the Lake District to Perito Moreno, Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego. With chapters on Santiago and Buenos Aires.



Natural Patagonia, Argentina and Chile


Author: Marcelo D. Beccaceci


Description: An informative photographic journey through the breathtaking landscapes and wildlife of Patagonia, featuring 120 color photographs, presented in Spanish and English.



Map of Lake District, Araucania: Argentina & Chile


Author: Zagier & Urruty Maps


Description: This regional map (1:400,00) covers the mid-section of Chile and Argentina from Bariloche across to Puerto Montt and Temuco.



South American Explorer Chilean Fjords Map


Author: Ocean Explorer Maps


Description: A handsome map of southern South America (1:4,800,000) with a detailed map of the Chilean Fjords (1:2,200,000) on the reverse. Includes Santiago and Buenos Aires.



Insight Guide Argentina


Author: Insight Guides


Description: This handsome guide is a profusely illustrated overview of the country, featuring concise essays by well regarded authors on natural history, politics and culture. With hundreds of photos and excellent maps.



Insight Guide Chile


Author: Insight Guides


Description: In the style of Insight Guides, this book provides a good overview of Chile, featuring concise essays by well regarded authors on natural history, politics and culture.



Far Away and Long Ago


Author: W.H. Hudson


Description: Hudson's enthralling childhood remembrances are rich with descriptions of the landscapes, birds and nature of Argentina.



Travels in a Thin Country, A Journey through Chile


Author: Sarah Wheeler


Description: British author Sarah Wheeler deploys her wit, intelligence and powerful investigative skills on the Republic of Chile in this insightful travelogue.



Evita, The Real Life of Eva Peron


Author: Nicholas Fraser


Description: A sophisticated biography of Evita, tracing her humble origins to her place as a revered cult figure. Frazer also reveals Peronism and Argentine politics of the 1930s and 1940s.



Birds of Southern South America & Antarctica


Author: Martin D. la Pena, Maurice Rumboll


Description: With color plates, range maps and brief descriptions, this is a compact regional guide.



A Wildlife Guide to Chile


Author: Sharon Chester


Description: Chester's splendid guide, featuring 120 color plates, covers the wildlife, plants and natural history of Chile from the Atacama Desert and Patagonia to Easter Island and Antarctica.



No (film)


Author: Pablo Larrain


Description: This highly aclaimed movie was directed by Pablo Larrain and produced by Juan de Dios Larrain and Daniel Dreifuss. Based on a true story, it details how opposition leaders in Chile cleverly devised a way to win the 1988 elections and remove Augusto Pinochet and the military from power. ***Recommended by a RS participant*** “A resounding ‘yes’ to ‘no,’ an exceptionally smart political drama with a satirical edge.” -Joe Morgensten, The Wall Street Journal “Sly and smart. Weirdly funny and rousing, both intellectually and emotionally.” -Manohla Dargis, The New York Times



The Mission (film)


Author: Robert Bolt


Description: Produced by David Puttnam, directed by Roland Joffé and written by Robert Bolt. Winner of various awards including: Palme d'Or, Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Award for Best Editing, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Producer This British drama is set in South America, in the jungles around Iguazu Falls, during the mid-1700s. Religion, economics, and politics clash as Spanish and Portuguese colonial forces compete for control of business interests in the area (namely slave trade) and Jesuit priests work to establish missions and convert the indigenous population. **Recommended by Road Scholar participants.**





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