Nov 9 – 18, 2022 “Waterfalls, Wine & Gauchos”
Seeking a sweeping South American adventure of dazzling diversity? We have the perfect escape to 3 must-see regions with an intoxicating blend of rainforest, wines, urban wonders and countless waterfalls. No visas needed. We’ll make it so easy for you with group air to say Hola, Argentina and Chile! It’s not just the scenic wonders, sizzling cultures, and historic sites. We’ve packed in fun to play with the gauchos, dance the tango and taste the wines with countless Instagram-worthy moments. This was postponed twice for our group but all is open here for fall of 2022! For your patient waiting, we added a spectacular tango show and dinner for you.
We begin in the capital of awesome Argentina – Buenos Aires – “Paris of South America.” I can’t say enough about this seductive city that has such a European feel with its Parisian architecture and vitality that rivals Manhattan. Its famous for the legendary Eva Peron, the world’s best leather shopping and Texas-sized steaks, BA is like several cities in one with its distinctive Barrio neighborhoods. Alive 24-hours a day, it offers countless enticements to awaken your senses.
There are so many highlights on this. We fly north to behold the scenic wonder of majestic Iguazu Falls, one of the world’s most inspiring sights. Higher than Niagara – wider than Victoria Falls – it’s no wonder it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Witness 275 separate waterfalls plunging over a 2-mile precipice with an earth-shaking roar and delivering endless rainbows. Our past groups loved standing on the edge of Devil’s Throat and our thrilling safari boat rides right underneath the wet thunder!! It’s an exhilarating experience that will leave you spellbound. Also, spend a full day on the pampas with gauchos, watching these skilled cowboys demonstrate their horse-riding. A traditional Argentinian barbeque awaits with more delicious food than you could eat in a lifetime!
Then it’s on to uber-cool Chile. Everyone loves this sliver of a country with its 2600-mile-long coastline, a land of extremes from deserts to glaciers. No wonder it is now in Virtuosos’ Top 10 List of travel destinations for 2020. Our home – the cosmopolitan capital of Santiago, framed by snowcapped Andes Mountains. This vibrant city is bustling with events, markets, theater, parks and plazas and is a foodie’s paradise. We follow the Wine Route into the lush Maipo Valley of sprawling vineyards to visit a wine estate for tastings and learn about Chile’s wine culture. Sample award-winning pedal vintages and pedal your way through the idyllic setting of the historic estate on a new “Pedal Bar.”
From world-class shopping and world-class wines, the best cuisines and greatest photos ever, this is one of those rare combo trips that can knock off a lot of bucket list desires. Come feel the Latin passion in spots listed in “Places to See Before You Die.” It’s urban, It’s nature, it’s exhilarating… all in one sizzling vacation designed to make your heart leap!
Our Glorious AFS Itinerary
Nov 9 – Depart USA
Depart the U.S. for an overnight flight south to Buenos Aires. All trip details with group air coming soon in our Trip Tips.
Nov 10 – Buenos Arrival D
Welcome to Beautiful Buenos Aires! We are met just outside customs and head to our hotel, the Kenton Palace, in the heart of the historic sand fun San Telmo District. This beautiful hotel has everything, including a great spa, but its location is perfect to get out and see the funky, artistic district that is San Telmo. Named for the 13thCentury Spanish Saint Pedro Gonzalez Telmo, this is the oldest and most artistic of Buenos Aires barrios and is known for its markets and galleries. Our rooms may not be ready when we arrive, but you can store your luggage and explore. (Check-in time varies from 2pm to 4pm). You’ll some free time to explore. Best places: Famous Recoleta Cemetery, La Boca neighborhood, shop San Calmo Market, 24 museums and more. Evenings Puerto Madero Port area comes alive at night.
In the evening, we’ll celebrate with a 3-course Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant!
Overnight: Kenton Palace Hotel (3 nights)
Nov 11 – Buenos Aires Tour & Tango B
We head out after breakfast for a half day tour. The city is divided into distinctly different barrios and there is plenty to see. Enjoy Buenos Aires’ most iconic highlights such as the impressive National Congress and its gorgeous grounds, Plaza de Mayo which is just across from Casa Rosadawhere Evita Peron notably gave her famous speech, the stunning Metropolitan Cathedral, and the distinctive Spanish colonial period city hall, the Cabildo. You will also see the famous Colon Theatre, considered one of the best Opera Houses in the world.
We’ll tour our own historic San Telmo neighborhood before heading over to the colorful La Boca barrio. The first settlement for the Italian immigrants, it if known for its vibrant colors and architecture as well as people dancing the tango in the streets! Pass busy Puerto Madero on the way to Palermo, the largest residential neighborhood of the city. Here, we find the Palermo Parks, City Zoo and the Planetarium. Finally, it’s on to Recoleta, the most elegant neighborhood of the city with its famous cemetery, boutiques, gourmet restaurants and sidewalk cafes. The tour ends back at our hotel and the rest of the day is ours to explore.
Tonight our group will be taken for an unforgettable Dinner and Tango Show at the famous La Ventana. In the heart of artsy San Telmo neighborhood, La Ventana barrio de tango opened in 1982, this totally refurbished his Storico tenement offers a definitive tour of classic porteno culture. This typical early 20th-century house is an ideal stage for a most unique show: 32 artists, 2 tango orchestras, a folk music group, dancers and singers with fabulous food. All our past AFS groups love this.
Overnight: Kenton Palace Hotel
Today is all about fun and food. We spend an exhilarating full-day with true gauchos on a working ranch or estancia outside of Buenos Aires. Estancia Santa Susana is a historic 3000-acre cattle ranch that introduces us to the lifestyle of the gaucho, giving us the opportunity to even try our hand at learning some of their skills. Our day includes carriage and horse riding, allowing us to fully experience the Argentine countryside charm amid Susana’s cultivated fields.
And it’s nor a complete day without an authentic diet-busting “Asado” barbeque featuring every type of meat imaginable as well as homemade Argentinian dishes such as empanadas and lots of delicious regional wines. About the time we’re to the point where we can hardly move, folk music starts and we are entertained with a traditional dance show. The gauchos will also treat us to a show of their skills including the “sortija” horse racing.
Overnight: Kenton Palace Hotel
Nov 13 – Fly to Iguazu B
Head out in the morning to the airport where we fly to the town of Iguazu, Argentina. We’ll go immediately to our hotel in Puerto Iguazu, the spectacular Panoramic Hotel. Surrounded by a lush garden, the hotel has wonderful views of the Iguazu River. It’s also within walking distance to town.
Your evening is free, so take advantage of the hotel’s close proximity and explore the quaint little downtown known for its shops and cafes. You could even wander down to Avineda Fronteras (Borders Avenue) and look across the river and see the meeting point of three countries – Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.
Overnight: Panoramic Hotel Iguazu (2 Nights)
It’s a full day of exploring the Argentinian side of these amazing falls! (Visiting the Brazil side would require a prearranged visa.) Named by the Guarani natives who lives on the river’s edge, Iguazu means “Great Waters.” We board a train near the Visitor’s Center, traveling through thick, tropical jungle along the Senero Verde (Green Trail). You can hear the thunder of the falls as we stop Garganta del Diablo(Devil’s Throat) Station. Walk via the catwalks out and over the river, reaching out to the goosebumps-inducing vista of the Devil’s Throat, the highest of all of the mighty Iguazu Falls. There is a 230-foot drop to where several branches of the Iguazu River converge, churning together in a spectacular sight.
Return to the station and reboard the train back to the Visitor Center where we start the Upper Trail walk. The Upper Trail is a relatively easy half-hour walk up a small incline with no stairs, taking us deep into the Jungle and over the precipice of the many falls on the Argentinean side. We will have earned our lunch, which will be at El Fortin Restaurant located inside the Iguazu Falls National Park.
Optional Gran Aventura Boat Safari – Those who want can take an optional boat tour among the falls. We’ll travel by 4 wheel drive vehicle through the forested area of the park to the boat dock on the river. Once at the dock near Isla San Martin, we board a speed boat for our heart thumping trip across to the base of both the Brazil and Argentinean falls. Tour the Iguazu River with over a mile of rapids finally, reaching the base of the Garganta del Diablo falls covered in the obligatory mist! We will certainly get wet!! ($110 and worth it).
Overnight: Panoramic Hotel Iguazu (2 Nights)
Nov 15 – Fly to Santiago B
The flights are just more than 2 hours. We arrive in Santiago and head to our hotel, the Atton El Bosque. Located in the El Golf neighborhood, the area is known as the financial district but is also known as being a gastronome’s paradise because of the many nearby restaurants. Your evening is free to check out some of these fantastic eateries.
Overnight: Hotel Atton El Bosque (3 nights)
Nov 16 – City Tour Santiago B
After breakfast, we set out for a half-day city the tour to see the main sights of the city including being able to take in the vistas from Cerro San Cristobal high above the city. We’ll visit the heart of Santiago and the historic Plaza de Armas, the stunning Catedral de Santiago and explore the amazing architecture of the Correo Central. We’ll be dropped back at the hotel and the rest of the day is free. So much to do from cooking classes to Segway tours. If time allows visit Valparaiso, colorful Bohemian town on the sea.
There are plenty of things to do including climbing to the top of Sky Costanera. Rising almost 1000 feet above the city. It is the highest viewpoint in South America and offers 360-degree views of the city. Or you could pay a visit to the Artisans Village where you can see artisans creating their works and learn about some of their traditional methods.
Overnight: Hotel Atton El Bosque
Nov 17 – Santa Rita Winery B L
Today, it’s all about Chile’s rich wine culture! We make our way to the nearby to the town of Alto Jahuelin the stunning Maipo Valley, known for its fertile soil – perfect for growing grapes. The Santa Rita Winery was founded in 1884 by Domingo Fernandez Concha and has become a premium destination for its historical interest and the quality of the wines they produce. Walkthrough sculpted gardens and learn not just about the region’s viticulture and winemaking, but about the history of Chile as well. Highlights we’ll see include the winery’s chapel, a visit to the historic “Bodega 1” building made of masonry as well as the famous “Bodega 120 Patriotas” – The Cellar of the 120 Patriots, considered a national monument. There’s so much to see and do here, including the possibility of the new Pedal Bar tour on a traveling wine bar.
A traditional Chilean lunch awaits at “Restaurant Dona Paula.” Considered by many as one of the best restaurants in all of Chile, this landmark eatery changes its menu according to the season and pairs its food with Santa Rita Wines. Our tour ends with a tasting of 2 reserve wines. We return to Santiago for a free evening.
Overnight: Hotel Atton El Bosque (3 nights)
Nov 18 – Back to USA B
We’ll transfer to the airport for our return flights to the U.S.
Land Price $ 1895 pp twin share based on 34 participants, plus $95 gratuities for guides and drivers
Based upon 30 participants
It is too early to price group air. This will be offered as we get closer. If traveling on your own, you will be offered the chance to book the internal flights with the group.
Group Air: We will present a group air option 10 months prior in the tab labeled Trip Tips.
Group air roundtrip Miami to Buenos Aires (BA) to Iguazu to to BA, BA t0 Santiago to Miami (est cost $1398)
3 Internal Legs Only BA-Iquazu-BA-Santiago (est $695)
Land Only $40 for 90 min. transfer from BA local airport to Int’l Airport for flight to Santiago
- Land prices per person twin share. Trip price based on a minimum number of participants.
- Single rooms limited with $ supplement. Cost varies. Email us for availability. AFS will find you a roommate.
- The earliest we present group air is 10 months prior. We’ll send email to ask who wants it. A minimum number of 12 is needed.
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AMAZING ARGENTINA & CAPTIVATING CHILE TRIP TIPS
Prepare to be thrilled with the cultural wonders on our South American adventure! There’s great diversity in the three areas you’ll explore. I wonder what part will be your fave? Our past AFS groups loved this trip but we enhanced this one to make it even more special for you. Be sure to check out all the details in the tourism website below. These tips will be updated as departure nears. Updates will be added here as departure nears. You’re fortunate to get on this popular trip We have a wonderful group of 37 AFS travel lovers. I know most of you and can promise there will be a lot of laughter. After final payments are in, we will send you contact and room list. The Faceboook private page is only for those booked and the link is emailed, ask to join.
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IMPORTANT PAYMENT DATES –
- FINAL PAYMENT: Aug 5, 2022
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