Trip Overview

Trip Length: 8 days, 7 nights

Trip Style: Cultural 

Category: Boutique Travel

Group Size: 8-12 Women

Accommodation: Boutique Hotel in Palermo Soho

Activities: Explore Buenos Aires on foot and on bicycle • Teatro Colon • Evita Museum • La Recoleta Cemetery • Museum of Decorative Arts • Explore art and people watch in the La Boca neighborhood and the Plaza de Mayo • Explore the historic area of San Telmo • Spend the day at a polo club watching a polo match, playing a game of polo, relaxing by the pool, or walking the beautiful grounds of the polo club • Wine tasting • Shopping  • Tango show  • Tango lessons • Cooking classes • Visit various local markets and fairs 

 
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Activities

Our focus on this trip will be on immersing ourselves in the culture and saturating our senses. We will eat decadent foods and drinks but balance this indulgence by walking, cycling and tango. We will be staying in Palermo Soho, one of the trendier parts of Buenos Aires. Our hotel is on a quiet street a short walk away from cafes, restaurants, parks, museums and artisanal markets. You will have plenty of free time to stroll the lazy tree-lined cobblestoned streets and browse boutiques situated in converted warehouses and in Spanish-style houses.

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Food & Argentine Wine

On this trip, a variety of decadent culinary experiences await you. Each day will begin with a rather generous breakfast by the pool at the hotel. We will sample a wide array of Argentine foods at local restaurants in Palermo. For a more personal and intimate experience, we will also sample a multicourse meal with wine pairings at a closed-door restaurant known as Puertas Cerradas. These are private dining rooms in the homes of local chefs. Known for their variety and high quality, these dining alternatives have become quite popular in recent years and offer you an authentic cultural experience. To help us take a little of the culture with us, we will take a cooking class to learn how to prepare traditional foods.

The vast array of high-quality local wines available in Argentina and the enthusiasm of locals to consume this libation has, in part, influenced the Argentine government to declare wine as their national drink. Wines as well as wine tasting establishments are plentiful throughout Buenos Aires and in keeping with the spirit of the local customs, we will indulge in wine tasting as well as enjoy wines with some of our meals.


 
 
 
 
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Polo

A cultural immersion trip to Argentina would not be complete without appreciating polo. The game of polo is considered a national obsession in Argentina and their players’ skills are unmatched in the sport. In high demand worldwide, Argentinian polo players are referred to as ‘hired assassins’ when employed by overseas clubs. Boys are trained in the skills of riding and the secrets of the game from a young age. As part of our cultural immersion experience, we will spend a day at a polo club watching a polo match, learning the rules of a simple game of polo and mounting horses and playing! No previous experience on horses is required.

Culture

Buenos Aires is divided into various barrios or areas, each with a unique personality. You will have plenty of opportunity to walk and visit the various cultural sites and talk with locals. We have the opportunity to take walking and cycling tours of the various barrios in Buenos Aires such as the brightly colored La Boca barrio which is lined with artists and markets and San Telmo where we will find street tango performers and antique dealers. To fully appreciate the historical offerings of Buenos Aires, we will tour the Evita Museum, the famous La Recoleta Cemetery and the breathtaking Teatro Colon opera house. 

 
 
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Tango

An activity that is dear to many Argentinians is tango. Whether you are an experienced tango dancer or you have never tried the dance, you will have the opportunity to learn the basics of the dance during a group tango class. We will also watch a professional ‘stage’ tango show but even more important we will visit a ‘milonga’ (dance gathering) where seasoned locals dance tango the traditional way – with deep feeling and passion. You can join in on the dancing or just watch!

For the Buenos Aires trip, there is free time built into the schedule every day except on the day that we spend at the polo club. If you would like to take daily tango classes, please let us know and we can arrange this experience for an extra fee (we do not take a commission but the fee is for the instructor) or you can arrange this directly with the instructor yourself.


 

 
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Just for You!

For the Buenos Aires trip, there is free time built into the schedule every day except on the day that we spend at the polo club. If you would like to take daily tango classes, please let us know and we can arrange this experience for an extra fee (we do not take a commission but the fee is for the instructor) or you can arrange this directly with the instructor yourself.

By the conclusion of our journey. You will have a true appreciation for the many delightful aspects of this Latin American culture!

 
 

ABOUT BUENOS AIRES

Buenos Aires, often referred to as the Paris of South America, is a city alive with passion. Known for its love of tango, wine, and beef, Buenos Aires is a city steeped in rich history and influenced by centuries of waves of immigrants from Europe. There is a vibrant energy that lingers in the air and a slow pace in daily life. Come and experience this city by indulging in wine tastings, tango lessons, polo matches, shopping excursions, people watching and more.

 
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Our Stay

 
 
 

Additional Information

We will be visiting Marrakech during Ramadan. Ramadan is the month when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. However, this will only enhance our visit as the souk is a little less crowded during the day. Shops open around 10:00 a.m. and close before individuals break the fast (closing about an hour before sunset) and then open back up about an hour and a half after sunset and stay open until late at night. Foreigners are not expected to fast and we can move around freely and have water with us wherever we go. We will be respecting the custom and not walk down the street eating; however, during the day the restaurants still cater to foreigners and our riad will also be cooking some of our meals for us. In the evenings, the restaurants are alive and filled and people are in an especially good mood!

The benefits of visiting during Ramadan are many. A cannon is sounded every evening to signal the breaking of the fast, special foods are served after sundown that you can only eat during Ramadan, the shops stay open until 2:00 in the morning and the souk is alive and brightly lit in the evenings.