Nov 9 – 18, 2022    “Waterfalls, Wine & Gauchos”

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Iguazu Falls

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! 

Easter Island is an optional extension at the end of the main trip….

What’s the most remote inhabited island on the planet? Windswept Easter Island, discovered on Easter Sunday in 1722. So isolated, this volcanic island in the South Pacific is called “the naval of the world”. Few places on earth evoke such a sense of mystery as this place that is like a living museum.

Easter island is for curious traveler seeking unique destinations for a once in a lifetime experience. It’s filled with natural wonders, archaeological treasures and a Polynesian culture that survives all odds today. Our past groups loved it. “Thank you, Suzy. I love this trip. We felt we landed on another planet, and it should be on everyone’s bucket list!” Deborah P. You asked for it. Now is the time to book it.

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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) Address: Defensa 383, C1065 CABA   Phone: +54 11 4331-2020

  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

Nov 12 – Gaucho Time! Full day at Estancia Santa Susana  B L

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)

Nov 14 – Iguazu Falls           B L

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

We head to the airport after breakfast to fly back to Buenos Aires’s domestic airport. A guide will meet us and help to transfer us to the International airport for our flight to Santiago.

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

bikeToday, 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.

Optional extension to Easter Island – TBA

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Land Price $ 1895 pp twin share
based on 34 participants, plus $95 gratuities for guides and drivers

Deposit $500

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.
      • Please review AFS Terms and Conditions, Heading Abroad with AFS, Covid Policy.  Travel insurance is important nowadays.  It’s rare, but we reserve the right to modify schedules, tour and hotels.
      • Read Trip Tips on its own tab next itinerary for latest details. 
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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.   

Trip Tips are designed to answer trip-related questions. It’s your responsibility to read this information.  We’ll be updating Trip Tips about every two months. Understand that 90% stays the same. The only changes may be Air times or Covid rules. Relax, we’ll do all the research for you. Over 400 AFSers sent abroad over pandemic without a hiccup.  Please check back from time to time.

IMPORTANT PAYMENT DATES   FINAL PAYMENT: Aug 5, 2022

Land begins –  Nov 10 in BA,  Land ends –  Nov 17 in Santiago

Covid rules are ever-changing depending on country and time of year.  Therefore, I created a single Covid rule page so everything can be up-to-date for participants on our trips.   Covid Rules Click Here

Emergency Contact – AFS Phone 770-432-8225, or email us at https://www.afstravelers.com/contact-us/  and more contacts will be provided with your Final Docs email 2 weeks before departure.Your guide can handle a call home for a true emergency. Do not expect to use your trip leader’s cell phone; you’ll need to use your own cell phone.  3 weeks prior to departure more details on this will be emailed.

Cancellation Penalty –  At booking, we sent you our terms and conditions. Click here for our Terms & Conditions   Briefly, on land packages as of September 1, 2021  will refund your deposit less 50% until 6 weeks prior trip’s final payment due date.   Any cancellation after this date will result in full forfeiture of your deposit. AFS reserves the right to resell or otherwise use the canceled space at our discretion.

Travel Insurance– While travel insurance is optional, in today’s world we highly encourage you to get standard coverage to cover trip interruption and cancellation.  Call to ask what Covid coverage they have.   Some companies cover Covid related issues. Best source for all is www.insuremytrip.com.   CFAR or cancel for any reason covers Covid but is expensive.  Note that no company covers for fear.

Preexisting conditions – If you would like the security of travel insurance and have a pre-existing condition (elderly parent, medical, etc.), you must purchase insurance within 15 days from your initial trip deposit in order to assure full coverage.  The trip cost can be amended or adjusted as needed after your initial purchase (eg. like adding an air ticket cost later). You can buy travel insurance at any time, just know that there may be some possible limitations if purchased outside the 15 day period.  We like TravelSafe, World Nomads and Seven Corners.

Your fearless GTL (Gracious Trip Leader, not a guide but liaison between our guides and group to ensure things run smoothly.)

GTL SalandaSalanda Williams has decades of experience in the travel industry and has worked over 12 years as a travel consultant for one of the world’s largest management companies!  She has been on dozens of AFS solo travel tours over the years. With a passion for nature and unique culture is, she chooses and has led some of our most exciting adventures – (Kilimanjaro, Mt Everest base camp and Galapagos to name a few.)

I call her “gadget girl” because she always comes equipped with the coolest new travel items – pocket-sized washing machine and video-recording sunglasses.  She video-recording 6 continents, 60+ countries, all 50 states, and countless islands!  Her preferences are international destinations with action and a focus on nature.  But she’s thrilled to fly you anywhere. We received many emails praising her excellent performance and attention to detail. Salanda has never met a stranger in this friendly to all. Everyone will appreciate her leadership and astute leadership skills.

Air- New Group Air finally… Fares we’re ridiculously high on our 3 regions in 2 countries. We searched all airlines from 5 US cities and now present you the best route, times and price on reputable American (AA).

International Group Air Dates:  Nov 9-19 from Miami
Nov 9. AA907. MIA-BA  (EZE airport)  10:35 PM-9:45AM next day Nov 10
Nov 18. AA912. Santiago (SCL) – MIA  11:15PM – 6AM next day Nov 19
These perfect times are better than before. Price with taxes $775 plus $698 for the internal legs = $1473
We could only secure 19 seats! I would grab yours now.  $100 will be billed to you to secure your seat with a non-refundable deposit to the Airline.
Domestic Internal Group Air from BA to Iguazu (IGR) to Santiago (SCL) on Aerolineas Argentina (AR) Nov 13–15
Nov. 13 AR1736  BA (domestic airport  AEP) – IGR 1:10pm-3pm
Nov. 15. AR1733. IGR-AEP. 10:30am-1:30Pm, AR1283 AEP-SCL 5pm-6:30pm
Price $698. * All the group should be on these internal legs.  This will keep the group together mid-trip with many transfers.
Doing Own Air – note seats are very limited so reserve them now. Land dates November 10-18. You must depart November 9. Flights: USA to BA, BA to IGR, IGR via BA to SCL, SLC to USA. See group air dates and times above.  If you need help, you can call our air expert Raj at (281) 912-9173 (M-F 9am-6pm Eastern). raj8travel@gmail.com
You may book only international flights into BA and out of SCL.  Then you can reserve and book our internal group legs for $698 (just holding 8 seats for land only.) I suggest you book it soon.
Transfers-  We get only one airport transfer in and out to hotels and will give you set times closer to departure. Chosen times will be based on the majority of arrivals of airlines. If your flight time coincides with the group, you may take our single airport group transfer.  It’s responsibility to find the group as they exit baggage claim.  If your flight time falls outside the group, you’ll need to make your own transfer arrangements.  Consider Uber or sharing taxi ride with group member.
If you arrive outside of group air check out https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Ezeiza-Airport-EZE/Kenton-Palace-Buenos-Aires for transfer options to hotel.  (Taxi are about 25 mins about $9)
Meet Up With Group- On Day 1 a time will be set to meet the group at the hotel for a briefing. More on this later.

Baggage– Think light to ease your burden, not like you’re fleeing your homeland.  You change hotel properties several times. 1 carry-on bag& 1 medium suitcase not to exceed 45lbs – weigh on a bathroom scale – are ideal. This weight limit is set for our porterage and luggage vans.  If you overpack by adding side pre-or post-trip luggage, make prior plans as to where to stow the excess luggage. You may be responsible for any overage charges. So many cool new luggage trackers with GPS available now to prevent lost baggage!  We like LugLoc, DynoTag, Samsung or Apple Trackers.   The new hard cases are difficult to fit in coach storage. Leave space for great souvenirs. Be sure to attach ID to carry-on and bag to assure your bag never gets left behind.

Packing – This trip is so easy and think multiple layers for a moderately warm climate. Pack casual summer clothing including a light jacket for long flights and warm sweater for evenings. Also bring sun protection, a daypack, a wide brim hat, comfy sneakers/walking shoes, swimwear for the beach, pools, and spa.  Bring raingear for falls – raincoat or poncho with hood.   Don’t overpack!

Electric– Don’t forget a portable backup charger, cords, gadgets, etc. Cell phones and tablets do not need a converter; you only need an adapter plug.  AFSers often leave charger cords in room, so be sure to double-check your room before check out. All properties have hairdryers.

See https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com

Money Matters – You will need some cash for personal tipping, meals, and shopping. $500 in cash should suffice. (Venmo may be convenient at home, but useless overseas, ATM may eat your card.  Always bring some cash!  Wise to have new crisp bills.)   Change currency arrival at airport, bank, or hotels or withdraw local currency from an ATM.  Note -independent ATMs are risky due to skimmer scams. Safest ATMs are at airport and banks. Always shield your pin number when entering. Avoid using unless it’s an emergency.  Master Card and Visa widely accepted.  Amex rarely accepted.

Currency – Current Exchange Rate (approximate)

  • $1 USD = 105 Argentine Peso
  • $1 USD = 808 Chilean Peso

Follow the link https://www.oanda.com/currency/travel-exchange-rates to create a conversion cheat sheet.

Be sure you bring New Bills (dates after 2016) as countries may not accept older bills when changing money.   Credit cards are far safer than using your debit card. I convert half of it upon entry. I use my credit card for most purchases.  Many cards now offer no foreign transaction fees.

Gratuities – (Prepaid)  It’s protocol to tip our local guides, assistants, porters, drivers and ground staff. Guidelines have increased globally, but around $10 to $15 per day should cover all for the trip.  A $85 total will be added to your invoice. Please understand this is only the suggested minimum.  For ease of distribution, your GTL will tip the different ground services for the entire group each day.

Tipping on own – If service is stellar, feel free to give more directly.  All we tourists leave behind is our reputation. I personally carry a personal stash of US ones in an envelope to draw from as needed. Bell staff/porters – AFSers roll bags to their room.  If you use a porter, please tip $2. Restaurants – 10%. For Group lunches or dinners, please leave a dollar or two for waitstaff!

Communication– Internet is available. With smartphones, be sure to check with your provider for rates and coverage for international phone plans before departure. Data Roaming rates can be expensive. To reach home – Texting, iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook messaging when using WIFI. Be cautious using public Wi-Fi without using VPN. Without VPN never open attachments or view financial or personal accounts on the Internet while abroad.  Phone calls, text messages, and data usage of all kinds, it is crucial to understand that, unless you are connected to Wi-Fi, every use of your phone incurs a data toll. That means that viewing and downloading email, browsing the web, viewing social media, and mapping all incur data charges, as do applications that we sometimes assume to be “free,” such as Skype and WhatsApp. Unless you are connected to Wi-Fi, however, WhatsApp is using cellular data, so you are getting charged at your provider’s international roaming data rate.  Facebook Messenger Phone is an easy free way to make calls.

Get Smart: Avoiding Hackers on Vacation.  Thieves not only want your money but also your data.    Change passwords often. Check device security settings before you leave for your trip. Back up, update, and encrypt your devices and data using a virtual VPN.

  • In hotel rooms, hide iPods or laptops to avoid “evil maids” that want to clone your tech.
  • Bottled water is always best abroad, as our gut isn’t accustomed to local tap water. Eat clean food and avoid street vendors.
  • Pickpockets are everywhere now, especially at night.  Never carry your passport outside of the room.
  • It’s wise to grab a business card from the desk before heading out on own.  To get back just show the card to a taxi driver- no memory or English needed.

Photography – Before taking pictures of locals, know it is polite to ask.  Your AFS Private Facebook Group Page is a great way to share your best shots with each other. AFS loves photos with group participants (not typical churches, monuments, or any shot that looks like you pulled it off of the net, etc.) for our website. The best photos are ones that include a group member with a local, children, animals, or at iconic sites in the same frame!

Retail Therapy – There is wonderful shopping in both Argentina and Chile. Even non-shoppers will find themselves tempted by local goodies. Our past groups have come back with the coolest stuff.

Argentina: Sought out treasures are mate sets for tea, asado knives (facones – grilling meat knives), leather bags, cowhide rugs, Dulce de Leche (caramel sauce), a box of Alfajores (sugary snack), tango shoes, and rhodocrosite jewelry. Many travelers also come home with exquisite leather jackets, bottles of malbec wine, polo boots and shirts, tango art, and fernet (hard liquor).

Chile: Crafts, clothes and fabrics, and artwork are favorites for souvenirs and gifts, including a huaso (Chilean cowboy outfit), alpaca, Crin 9Fabrics of woven horse hair), presanado de flores y frutas (trays and kitchenware decorated with thinly sliced and preserved fruits), Chilean wine, Chilean Carico (Chilean golden papaya), Lapis Lazuli jewelry, Rapanui (Easter Island Moai miniature statues), and copper art and jewelry. Other great take homes include traditional Mapuche woven fabrics and musical instruments, leather goods, traditional masks, and bottles of Pisco (liquor).

Chewing- Argentina is known for its delicious foods inspired by European and Mediterranean flavors, influenced by Spanish, Italian, and French cuisines. Particularly known as a meat and especially beef country, you will enjoy sample a variety of recipes.  Succulent meats, hearty stews, spicy sausages, drool-worthy desserts, and a blooming street food scene are just examples of what you should expect.

Popular Argentinian dishes include locro (traditional stew), asado and parrilas (traditional barbecue), empanadas (pastries filled with meat); choripan (chorizo sandwich); dulce de leche (sweetened milk), faina (pizza), milanesa (schnitzel), provoleta (grilled cheese), humita en chala (flavorful corn snack), and medialunas (croissant). Sip on an Argentinian Malbec, an aloja de chaucha (alcoholic drink made of fermented fruit of white or black carob), a Torrontés Riojano (aperitif), or a hesperidina, which is characterized by its aromas of fresh oranges and herbs.

In Chile the traditional cuisine is very similar to Argentinian foods and is actually quite simple. Popular dishes include pastel de choclo (corn casserole with meat stuffing); empanadas (pastry filled with meat, cheese or mussels); cazuela (homemade stew with beef, chicken, corn, rice and potatoes); asado (barbecue of beef, pork, or chicken); reineta, congrio, corvina (the most typical types of fish); locos (a rare type of mollusks); jaiva (shrimp, crab); and centolla (king crab with tender meat of reddish color). Enjoy your meal with an excellent Chilean wine and go ahead and have one or two pisco sours!

Websites of Interest – Google these sites for awesome in-depth info…

Roomies – Single supplements have significantly increased – if available at all.  Save money and buy yourself an awesome local gift. We all live alone, but save money when traveling by rooming together. Suzy spends a lot of time on roommate matching.  99% of our clients are wonderful and you’re only in your room to sleep at night.   Note, kindness begets kindness.

Leisure Time –  For your free time, it’s best to arrive and ask our local expert guides for suggestions.  We notice many newer clients pre-plan many activities on the AFS trip well before they arrive, often with disappointing results.  Our daily itineraries are pretty full, but there will be some free time. Expert travelers revel in the element of surprise in a new destination and allow the wind to blow them where it will. Use Google Maps on your phone to find everything nearby.

Amending tour pre-or post-trip or arranging private tours during free time.  We often see many AFSers on Facebook urging others to join them to countries before/after our trip. Stopovers are great to add, but understand AFS has nothing to do with this and is not responsible for the quality of these trips.

Private Facebook Group Page  –  The benefit of the Private FB Group Page is that you have an opportunity to introduce yourself to your fellow travelers before departure and share trip photos during and after the tour.  Where can I find the FB link? Ask us for an invite.

(We found that some never read the Trip Tips jumping right to the Private FB Group Page assuming they will get all trip info needed. Often, they only receive rumors and misinformation. All important information is ALWAYS emailed to each participant and posted here in Trip Tips under UPDATES. Nobody misses a thing.)

Emergency Contact – AFS Phone 770-432-8225, or email us at https://www.afstravelers.com/contact-us/  and more contacts will be provided with your Final Docs email 2 weeks before departure.Your guide can handle a call home for a true emergency. Do not expect to use your trip leader’s cell phone; you’ll need to use your own cell phone.  3 weeks prior to departure more details on this will be emailed.

Travel Psychology 101  – Prepare for your departure joyfully with no contempt before investigation upon arrival. Please understand that with travel, things are not like at home and changes may occur. Great trips work best for those with an open mind, flexible attitude and adventuresome spirit.  If changes occur, embrace them with serendipity. Who knows?… The unexpected may prove to be a better experience.  Adapt and go with the flow with a laid-back attitude.  Be spontaneous. Be tolerant of foreign cultures in respecting their centuries of traditions. Embrace the differences. Be curious, not shy. Smile – locals will sense your energy of kindness and kindness always begets kindness.  Our common goal is to experience different cultures, make new friends, get great photos, have large fun, and return home safely with memories worthy of recollection.

The best spirit of an Explorer requires the openness of a child – Suzy

“When traveling, remember that a foreign country isn’t designed to make you comfortable.  It’s designed to make its own people comfortable.” – Clinton Fadiman

Please note that AFS is non-partisan – With our homogeneous groups, we all want to focus on the common denominator – our love of travel.  In today’s divisive world, we suggest members not discuss politics and if you must, please practice my rule of TOK:  Tolerance, Open-mindedness and Kindness.

Book AFS with Confidence – Thank you for booking! We are blown away by the support from all of you throughout this pandemic. It validates the trust and values AFS was built on over 35 years. As countries reopen, so will we. Travel is a shared experience. Together we press on and travel boldly. Below are new guidelines. We all must adapt and embrace any challenges with confidence for the freedom and privilege to travel.

As in life itself, travel comes with some inherent risk the minute we step out our door.   Travel isn’t dangerous. Being irresponsible is. For your protection we want you to be proactive in following new health guidelines. They involve teamwork and personal responsibility, but they do not preclude you from having fun and enjoying your trip! Things constantly change and it’s a huge challenge for airlines, airports, hotels, cruises and tour companies.  We will do our best to keep you up to date with any adjustments.   Please understand we reserve the right to amend any tour activities if needed. To present responsible travel, we at AFS do our part: Our vetted suppliers uphold the highest standards under CDC guidelines.

Safety measures on a trip; frequent handwashing, (bring personal sanitizer) and wear a mask when applicable. Insurance provides trip cancellation, but not from fear, trip interruption, added medical protection. Call them to understand coverage. We are not responsible for any additional cost to you due to quarantine or illness

Our Pledge to You – Our global, vetted suppliers uphold the highest standards under new CDC guidelines.

  • We ensure that heightened sanitation methods have been adopted in every place we visit and that all hotel properties and vehicles have passed cleanliness protocols.
  • Our guides and drivers must be vaccinated and pass stringent safety measures.
  • Most of our groups will be limited to half the size of normal in the past.
  • We are choosing destinations with wide-open spaces for physical distancing.
  • Some private tours for groups of friends only can be arranged.
  • We’ll monitor your trip closely and provide a 24/7 emergency number if your trip is disrupted.
  • All clients must take the AFS pledge that they are COVID-free and will follow all the safety protocols.

Your Pledge to AFS  – We ask you to assume personal responsibility to protect your health and the well-being of your fellow travelers, guides and locals.  Know the COVID rules of the airlines you’ll fly.  Get vaccinated (if you choose not, it’s your responsibility to follow PCR tests.)

  • Read and print all updated Trip Tips on your trip’s AFS webpage.
  • Get travel insurance with trip interruption
  • Stay healthy with vitamin D and zinc
  • Confirm within 14 days of departure but you have no symptoms of Covid nor being in close contact with anyone diagnosed with it.
  • You agree to assume any risk of participating in trip activities, comply with applicable government, airline and health authorities.  Some suppliers may request signature on waiver of liability.
  • Exercise social distancing and local guides directions whenever possible.
  • Sanitize your hands and phone throughout.
  • Read more here –  https://www.afstravelers.com/terms-and-conditions/

Covid Travel Rules are ever-changing depending on country and time of year.  Therefore, we created a single Covid rule page so everything can be up-to-date for participants on our trips.   Click Here for the latest Covid Travel Rules

Covid travel rules seem to mutate faster than the virus itself.  To keep all groups up to date with the lasted information, we’ve created a page that’s updated as needed.  Set a reminder for yourself to check the Covid page 7 days before departure.  

Please open and read about traveling and Covid Rules

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