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Chile & Argentina

Santiago, Valparaiso, Puerto Varas, Torres del Paine, Calafate, Buenos Aires

RESERVE
MY SPOT
RSVP:
Monday, October 15, 2018
Member Fees:
$7,350.00
NonMember Fees:
$7,550.00

Join People to People International Director of Travel and Business Development, Anna Bazan-Munguia from November 30 to December 11, 2018 for an incredible tour of Chili and Argentina. Start off by visiting the enchanting city of Valparaiso and tour wineries in Casa Blanca Valley. You’ll have the chance to take in once in a lifetime views of the Chilean Lakes District and Osorno Volcano while experiencing the rich and ancient cultures dotting the countryside. Walk through the heart of Patagonia and observe the many types of flora and fauna that dwell in one of the most breathtaking places of the world. You’ll find yourself in the setting of a documentary while trekking across a glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, only to take a step into another world while visiting the city of Buenos Aires, the Capital of Argentina. From visiting historic and eclectic landmarks to experiencing the culture of the city, all while interacting with the local populations and community leaders, this trip will provide an authentic and immersive view of these two incredible nations. 

Itinerary

Day1, November 30 | Santiago-Valparaiso

This morning, arrive to Santiago, Chile's Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport where you will be met by your tour guide. 
 
Drive to Valparaiso. The most colorful city of Chile, this seaport is a conglomerate of hills, and cobbled stone streets. In 2003, the historic quarter of Valparaíso was declared a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site.
 
Early check in at Hotel Palacio Astoreca. Located at Cerro Alegre, this boutique hotel is blessed with the most beautiful views of the Bay of Valparaiso.
 
After getting settled in the delegation will enjoy a light lunch nearby our hotel.
 
This afternoon, we will walk around the beautiful Dimalow promenade. The area is full of enchanting craft shops including one of the oldest candy shops in the country. 
 
This evening, enjoy a sunset dinner at an ocean-side restaurant.


Day 2, December 1 | Valparaiso 

This morning, enjoy breakfast meet writer and TV personality Jorge Baradit.  Born and raised in Valparaiso, Baradit’s trilogy “The Secret History of Chile” made him an instant star.  Written as novels, these history books tell us little known episodes of the history of Chile.  Learn about the country’s socio-political history and current state of events.
 
This afternoon, enjoy lunch at local restaurant for a traditional Chilean meal.
 
Walking city tour with local expert. During the 19th century, an influx of European immigrants left their mark on the city’s architecture and cultural institutions, many of which congregate around downtown’s Plaza Sotomayor. An important part of the heritage district is the collection of funiculars that connect the historic Upper and Lower Towns. To this day, this unusual means of transport provides a welcome alternative to those tired of trudging up and down the city’s famous steps all day long!

Before dinner we will visit Pablo Neruda’s home La Sebastiana. The Nobel Prize winner was constantly inspired by this unique and bohemian city.
 
This evening, enjoy dinner at a nearby restaurant to enjoy one last time the magical view of the port.


Day 3, December 2 | Valparaiso-Casablanca-Santiago

This morning, enjoy breakfast followed by a visit the Mapuche Community of Las Palmas and learn about the Mapuche culture. The natives have inhabited Chile and Argentina since year 600 BC. This is a rare insight into their lives and traditions. The children of the area are welcome on the weekends to learn traditional dances, art and their language Mapudungun (from mapu 'land' and dungun 'speak, speech').

This afternoon, following this special visit, we will drive to wine country-Casa Blanca Valley. Savor Chile's exquisite wines and learn more about Chilean cuisine in a Chef's Table culinary experience during an exclusive visit to a family vineyard. Drive to Santiago, on the way we will have a panoreamic tour of the Chilean capital.
 
Check in Hotel Singular Lastarria. A renovated 1927 mansion with 14 rooms in Santiago’s vibrant Lastarria neighborhood. Understated elegance running through a historic four-story stone structure with marble floors and a winding marble staircase. 

This evening, enjoy dinner at leisure.

Day 4, December 3 | Puerto Montt-Puerto Varas

This morning, after an early breakfast, fly to Puerto Montt, gateway to the gorgeous Chilean Lakes District. Transfer to Puerto Varas a charming village established by Chile’s first German settlers. Check in at your hotel Cumbres Patagónicas.
 
This afternoon, we will take a short drive to Frutillar, a charming village established by Chile’s first German settlers. Observe how their influence remains in the gardens, architecture and enjoy breathtaking views of Osorno Volcano. Chileans are called the English of Latin America, among other reasons because they have daily tea time.  Enjoy tea time at Lavanda Casa de Te. This is a lovely tea room amid lavender fields.
 
This evening, drive back to Puerto Varas and enjoy a late dinner at your hotel where the restaurant offers excellent examples of local cuisine.

Day 5, December 4 | Puerto Varas-Chiloe

This morning, after breakfast travel to the island of Chiloe. It is a magical wonderland where beliefs in ancient superstitions still linger. The rolling landscape is circled by the Pacific and dotted with pretty colorful fishing villages and wonderful stilt houses. Chat to the islanders on your day trip to learn about their traditions and mysterious tales, before you feast on traditional dishes.
 
This afternoon, we will return to Puerto Varas and delegates will enjoy dinner at leisure.


Day 6, December 5 | Punta Arenas-Torres del Paine

This morning, after breakfast fly from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas. We will then drive to Torres del Paine National Park stopping on the way for lunch at a traditional Estancia. These farms have been raising sheep for over 100 years.
 
This afternoon, check in Hotel Tierra Patagonia. Perched on a bluff on the edge of Chile’s Lake Sarmiento, Tierra Patagonia celebrates all that is majestic about its surroundings while offering a space where comfort reigns. With enormous windows everywhere, the lakes and peaks of Torres del Paine National Park are a constant and awe-inspiring backdrop. Explore the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site just outside the front door. Enjoy the world class Uma spa or take an easy stroll by the Sarmiento Lake.
 
This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel. 

Day 7, December 6 | Torres del Paine

This morning, after breakfast enjoy activities in Torres del Paine National Park in the heart of Patagonia. These areas boast a stunning array of mountains, glaciers, lakes and forests. Along with thousands of sheep, Patagonia is home to local animal species such as guanaco, ñandú, condor and flamingo. Explore by vehicle; on horseback with trails providing access to places unreachable by car; by boat along the fjords or rivers; and on foot, with treks ranging from easy walks to much more extensive explorations.
 
The hotel has enough guides and cars to tailor excursions according the travelers specific interest.
 
This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Day 8, December 7 | El Calafate 

This morning, after breakfast we will cross the border to Argentina’s Patagonia to the city of El Calafate. Situated on the southern border of Lake Argentino in the southwest part of the Santa Cruz Province. The name of the city is derived from a little bush with yellow flowers and dark blue berries that is very common in Patagonia. Enjoy views of the Andes mountains at one of the most remote places in the world.
 
This afternoon, enjoy a lunch box that will be provided. After arriving at Hotel Xelena you can rest or take a five -minute drive to the charming town center.
 
This evening, enjoy dinner at leisure.


Day 9, December 8 | Calafate-Perito Moreno 

The Perito Moreno Glacier (Spanish: Glaciar Perito Moreno) is a glacier located in the Los Glaciares National Park in southwest Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. It is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Argentinian Patagonia. The 250 km2 (97 sq mi) ice formation, and 30 km (19 mi) in length, is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Souther Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes  system shared with Chile. This ice field is the world's third largest reserve of fresh water. The Perito Moreno Glacier, located 78 kilometres (48 mi) from El Calafate was named.

This afternoon, enjoy lunch in the area overlooking the glacier and afterwards return to El Calafate where we will enjoy dinner at the hotel.


Day 10, December 9 |  Buenos Aires

This morning, after breakfast fly to the Capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires. This city with European feel is the most cosmopolitan of the capitals of South America. Check in Alvear Palace Hotel in the exclusive neighborhood of Recoleta. After a light lunch at a nearby hotel you can choose to walk around the area or book a tango lesson class.
 
This evening. we recommend you attend a Tango show. Our favorite is Rojo Tango in Puerto Madero. 


Day 11, December 10 | Buenos Aires

This morning, enjoy breakfast at the hotel and after breakfast we will take an architectural tour of Buenos Aires. We will see the most important landmarks of this dashinhg city: the Casa Rosada, Cabildo, Metropolitan Cathedral, Plaza de Mayo and La Recoleta Cemetery, last resting place of Eve Perón, Argentina’s beloved and controversial former First Lady, who left behind a legacy of social justice.

This afternoon, enjoy a light lunch in one of the hip restaurants in Recoleta.

This evening, we will enjoy a fabulous farewell dinner at one of Buenos Aires best restaurants.

Day 12, December 11 | Buenos Aires

This morning, enjoy breakfast at your hotel before being transferred to the Buenos Aires, Minitro Pistarini Intrernational Airport (EZE). Buen viaje! 

Note: This itinerary is subject to change and does not necessarily include all meetings and events that will be in the final program.

Additional Information

Leader



Anna Bazan-Munguia joined the People to People International team in 2016 and serves as their Director of Travel and Business Development. Originally a Texas native, Anna relocated to the Kansas City area five years ago. Since her move to Kansas City she has stayed quite involved in the community. Anna is a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters, served on their diversity task force, volunteered with their BIG Impact Group, and a BBBS Most Wanted Auction alumnus. She is also a member of Young Latino Professionals and served as their Vice President of Membership. For the past three years she was the co-chair of her Texas A&M University-Kansas City chapter club. Anna also volunteers with DIFFA, Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation, is a mentor with The University of Missouri Kansas City’s Avanzando program, and is an alumnus for Woman of the Year with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Anna loves to travel and is bilingual in English and Spanish. She looks forward to traveling with the delegation and exploring Chile and Argentina! 

Faqs

Inclusions

The following is included in your registration fee:

Hotel Accommodations
Domestic Airfare 
12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 7 Dinners
Motor Coach Transportation 
Bilingual Local Guide
Gratuities
 
The following is NOT included:

International Airfare
Passenger Travel Insurance

Airfare

International airfare is not included in the cost of the program. We kindly ask that you please note the following instructions when booking your international flight to Santiago, Chile and from Buenos Aires, Argentina:
  • The delegate must book flight arrangements for arrival to Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport (SCL) on the morning of Friday, November 30, 2018.
  • The delegate must book flight arrangements for mid-evening departure out of Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) to their final destination on Monday, December 11, 2018.

Hotels

November 30-December 2
VALPARAISO
Hotel Palacio Astoreca

December 2-December 3
SANTIAGO
The Singular Santiago, Lastarria Hotel 

December 3-December 5
PUERTO VARAS
Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas

December 5-December 7
TORRES DE PAINE
Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa

December 7-December 9
EL CALAFATE
Xelena Hotel & Suites 

December 9-December 11
BUENOS AIRES
Alvear Palace Hotel 

Single Room Supplement-$1,500
*Available upon request 

Terms and Conditions

Balance due Monday, October 15, 2018

People to People International reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a program participant. Should any person’s health, physical infirmity, or general deportment, in the judgment of the delegation leader, impede the operation of the program or the rights, welfare, or enjoyment of other participants, the leader has the right to terminate that person(s) participation, and a refund of unused services, where such refund can be obtained from land operators, is the limit of the sponsor’s responsibility should such person be required to depart the program. In arranging for transportation or conveyance, hotel accommodations, or other services and in carrying out the program, neither the sponsors nor their agents shall be responsible or liable for any loss, cost, damage, injury, delay, irregularity, or expense of any kind whatsoever arising from the use of any conveyance, accommodations, or services, or from thefts, pilferage, government restrictions, or regulations and any loss or expense resulting from the above contingencies shall be borne by the participant. Neither the sponsors nor the agents shall be responsible or liable for any loss, injury, damage, or expense suffered or incurred by the participant in respect of any acts, or omissions of any third parties, the participant hereby expressly waiving any such responsibility or liability, and services are subject to the laws of the countries visited. People to People International shall not be responsible in any way for loss or damage to baggage or personal effects. INSURANCE FOR LUGGAGE, PERSONAL EFFECTS, ACCIDENTS, AND TRIP CANCELLATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If the program must be canceled prior to travel, the liability of People to People International or its agents is limited to refund of monies received by People to People International or its agents for delegates currently registered. The sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to withdraw the program (in which case a refund will be made) or to make such alterations in the schedule as they may deem necessary or desirable. No refund shall be made for services not taken in case of sickness, accident, or emergency resulting in omission of service for less than three consecutive days. Refund will be made on the basis of such amount, if any, as is actually recovered on unused accommodation and service, less all expenses and charges incidental to effecting cancellations. Refund for unused transportation tickets will be made in accordance with the respective carrier regulations. If the program must be canceled after travel has begun, the liability of People to People International or its agents is limited to a refund of unused services, where such refund can be obtained from land operators. All parties must be 18 years of age or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Enrollment in a program allows People to People International the right to use any photos or videos taken during the program.