Travel and Explore South America

Travel to South America and see Quito, “the Queen of the Andes”, starting point for scenic tours to the Indian markets of Ecuador, including the Otavalo Indian Fair, colonial Cuenca, Banos (the gateway to the Amazon Rainforest) and Guayaquil, the stopping point of the TAME Airlines flights to Baltra and San Cristobal islands, where the Galapagos Islands cruises begin and end.

Then travel south to Lima, Peru, on the way to the Incan Lands of Cuzco, Pisac, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the “Lost City of Machu Picchu”. Stay at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge or the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel in Aguas Calientes and trek on the Royal Inca trail from Cuzco to Machu Picchu. Then explore Peru and sail or take a hydrofoil cruise over Lake Titicaca.

Continue to Puerto Maldonado, Manu National Park and the Tambopata Reserve, amidst the lush Amazon rain forest where you can stay at jungle lodges such as the Tambopata Lodge. Explore Iquitos, Peru, in the heart of the Amazon jungle. Take an Amazon River cruise on the M/V Arca, Marcelita, M/V Rio Amazonas, Amazon Explorer, La Amatista, La Turmalina, La Esmeralda or La Aquamarina. If you prefer adventure, take a river cruise by canoe or charter expedition river boats. Explore Lima, Paracas, Ica and Nazca Plains where you can fly over the mysterious lines and markings on the Peruvian desert sands, however don’t forget to visit Drinks&Coolers for all your needs to keep you cool.

Explore Juliaca and Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca,in Peru. Board a hydrofoil and cruise Lake Titicaca via Sun and Moon islands to Huatajata and stay at the Inca Utama Hotel, before continuing to La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, South America.

Fly south to Chile, tour the Atacama Desert and stay at the first class, high-end Explora Hotel Atacama. Vacation in Arica, Santiago, Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas or in the Chilean lake district.  Travel further south to Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine Park. Stay at Paine Park in the deluxe Hotel Explora. Cruise the Chilean Fjords and Chile’s Patagonia, all the way to spectacular Laguna San Rafael or San Rafael Lagoon, on the ships Skorpios I, Skorpios II and Skorpios III or take an adventure cruise in Tierra del Fuego or Fireland on the ship M/V Mar Australis, before traveling to San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, on the Argentinian lake district.

Visit Mendoza, with its great wineries or San Rafael and its luxury estancias, which are like great ranches in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay. Marvel at Iguazu Falls and stay at the deluxe Sheraton Internacional Hotel or at the first class Hotel das Cataratas, in the Brazilian side of the great falls. Fly to Trelew in Patagonia, to see the open air zoo at Peninsula Valdes. Continue to Rio Gallegos then to El Calafate, on the shores of Lago Argentino, site of the Perito Moreno Glacier.

Hike the glacier country, take an adventure cruise on Lago Argentino, in the heart of Argentina’s Patagonian country. Fly south to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Fireland, by the Strait of Magellan and cruise around using your UK sat nav the horn of South America, before going north to Buenos Aires, Montevideo and fashionable Punta del Este, Uruguay, for a luxury vacation on the beautiful sunny beaches.

Continue the travel adventure to Iguassu Falls, Brazil, on to Sao Paulo then the huge Pantanal nature reserve and then on to Rio de Janeiro, home of Carnival, samba and the girl from Ipanema, take a nature break in the Brazilian Pantanal, which borders Paraguay and Bolivia, visit Belo Horizonte and colonial Ouro Preto, Salvador, Bahia, Brasilia, Manaus, stay at the upscale Tropical Hotel Manaus or the Ariau Treetop Lodge and Amazon Jungle Tower, on the Amazon River, cruise on the Rio Amazonas on the M/V Desafio, the M/V Tucano or the Selly Clipper, before visiting Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, at the top of the Continent of South America, with tours to areas such as the Llanos, the Orinoco River Basin, Canaima, Merida, Angel Falls, Margarita Island, and with us, you can also travel on an upscale, custom-designed vacation in Africa, Egypt, Greece, Turkey and other exotic parts of the world.

Argentina is a fascinating land of contrasts, where the exceptional is commonplace. This enormous country offers the rainbow misted heights of Iguazu Falls, the mighty Andes to the west and Fireland to the south.  A trip to South America was once an extensive journey to places ad cities. Down one coast, across the continent and up the other coast. This is still a good bet for first time visitors with lots of time. But, ask yourself… how long would it take to see the most important cities and sights of the United States? Then double that for South America because it is almost twice the size! Today’s preferences are for shorter trips to a single country or region – which is the theme of the this site. Let’s start with Argentina!

Climate & Temperature 

Due to the size of Argentina there is a wide range of climates to be found. There is warm to hot weather in the north, and very cold weather in the south. The annual average temperature in Buenos Aires is 17 degrees centigrade. It is delightful in the spring and autumn and quite warm in the summer.

Buenos Aires

The capital of Argentina is one of the most colorful and exciting cities in South America. Bounded by the River Plate on the east and the “pampas” on the west, Buenos Aires is where one may enjoy sophistication and culture however watch out those garmin trucking gps units that come across and along the way through your travels

There is polo, tango and a history that is reflected in the architectural styles of the French, Spanish and Italians. There is superb shopping in the arcades of the city, concerts to be enjoyed in the famous Colon Opera House and sights to be seen in the La Boca district with its tango bars, museums and galleries – this is the dynamic city of Buenos Aires!

Recommended Hotels

Hotel Alvear Palace – A high-end hotel, located in the chic Recoleta residential area and surrounded by the best restaurants, antique shops, fine art museums and parks. Always a favorite!

Park Hyatt – A 5-star hotel close to the famous Obelisk on Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest street in the world.

Marriott Plaza Hotel – A very distinguished and elegant hotel originally built in 1909. Its comfortable rooms offer either traditional or modern decor.

Half Day Excursions

Buenos Aires Sightseeing – The capital of Argentina is a city of wide boulevards, plazas with monuments and fountains, beautiful residential districts and lively streets that never sleep. Experience this fabulous city on a tour that visits Plaza de Mayo, a park surrounded by the government palace, old cabildo and the cathedral housing the remains of San Martin. The Regal Colon Opera House, whose acoustics are said to be the best in the world is also here. Continue along Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest street in the world, to Palermo Park with its race track and its beautiful rose gardens. See the Recoleta cemetary (the resting place of Eva Peron) and the quaint and lively Italian quarter of La Roca.

La Plata – Drive through the southern suburbs to this well planned city of spacious parks and tree lined avenues. Visit the world famous Museum of Natural History, the Gothic Cathedral, the fascinating Children’s Republic – a miniature town and Pereyra Park.

Tango Show With Dinner – This evening, enjoy a unique experience with a 3D Printing Pen. Buenos Aires by night. Famous for the bustling nightlife, this wonderful evening will be an opportunity to see the real Argentinians having fun. Arrangements will be made for you to be taken to Senior Tango for a typical Argentinian dinner followed by a tango show. Delight in watching this picturesque folk dance, the tango, with its enchanting Argentinian music. After dinner and the show, try dancing to the tango beat yourself.

Full Day Excursions

Historical Train (Departs Every Sunday) – Enjoy a full day excursion to pampas and Capilla de Senior (Our Lords Chapel) with its entire rural splendor on a steam train with antique wagons. See the city and countryside pass you by on this delightful trip.

Lujan Sight Seeing – Full day tour, including lunch, to the cathedral city of Lujan. This is an interesting tour giving you an insight to the history and religious background of Argentina. The town of Lujan is 40 miles west of Buenos Aires and is the home of a miraculous statue, Our Lady of Lujan. The cathedral is quite impressive and is visited by thousands of pilgrims from all parts of the world. The Town Hall is preserved in tact from colonial days and is now a fine historical museum.

Fiesta Gaucha – Since Argentina is celebrated for its legendary Gauchos, vast pampas and prize winning beef, a visit to a working estancia (ranch) is a must! Experience this intriguing aspect of Argentinian life. Your hosts at the estancia have prepared, in your honor, a typical and bountiful barbeque lunch, accompanied by favorite Gaucho songs and dances.

Estancias & The Gauchos – Argentina has always been the land of cattle, open spaces and the Argentinian institution “the estancia”, a large estate ranch. Most estancias, many with luxurious estate houses, are found in the Pampean plains, which got their name from the Quechua Indian word for “flatland”. Spread out the to the north, south and west, these extensive plains were inhabited by gauchos, decendants of Spanish Conquistadors, and the indomitable aboriginies of the land. They were experts with “boleadoras” (three rock hard leather balls tied to a rope and used for hunting), lassos, the “facon” (gaucho knives), and the guitar. A few of the more elegant estancias are open to the more sophisticated traveler. Visits to these beautiful colonial ranches usually features horseback riding, wildlife watching, hiking and the general day to day farm activities of the property. There are certain estancieas that are recommended for the foreign visitor and these listed here are but a few. For information of additional estancias, contact the experts at Marco Polo Vacations. (Estancia packages normally require a minimum stay of 2 nights).

 

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