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Spanishmania invites
you to discover


Argentina


Buenos Aires Iguazú Mendoza

Sep. 1, 2017 - 2 or 3 weeks


Join us for this unique trip!

Come with us and discover
Buenos Aires - Iguazú
And why not Mendoza, too?



WHAT: Discover beautiful Buenos Aires;
the Iguazú Falls, one of the
seven natural wonders of the
world; and why not some of the
best wines in the world! Immerse
yourself in the culture of tango,
soccer, gauchos and barbecue!
 
WHEN:  September 1st to 14th, 2017
Optionally extend your experience
until September 21st
WHERE: Buenos Aires, Iguazú &
optionally Mendoza
WHO: Learners of Spanish, Family & Friends
(no knowledge of Spanish required)

Starting on September 1st, 2017

  • 14 or 21 days of immersion in the Argentinean culture
  • Delight your soul in Buenos Aires as you discover its unique architecture and rich European heritage, its museums, churches, cemeteries and life of the city known as the "Paris of South America"
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Iguazú falls
  • Treat your palate to the world famous wines of Mendoza and learn their secrets
  • Savour Argentinean "asados" and try the typical "mate"
  • Have a memorable time watching and learning how to dance "Tango"
  • Go with us to a stadium and live the excitement of an Argentinean soccer game
  • BONUS: Enjoy this wonderful trip with your favorite teachers!
These are only some of the activities that we will be enjoying

  • Explore the famous DELTA of the Río de la Plata
  • Visit the most diverse neighborhoods of the city of Buenos Aires from colourful to upscale to bustling and discover their treasures: tunnels, architecture, churches, shops, restaurants, cafés and even cemeteries!
  • Stroll around artisan and flea markets
  • See popular tango danced on the streets, parks, formal shows and take your first steps!
  • Admire some of the most important landmarks: Teatro Colón, Plaza de Mayo, Obelisco, Avenida de Mayo, Puerto Madero, Palermo, La Boca and more!
  • Spend a day at an "estancia" and learn all about the "gauchos" and the "cultura gauchesca"
  • Discover what real night life is!
  • See the wonderful Iguazú falls from as close as you can get! (You can see them from the Brazilian side too, if you wish, and even take a helicopter flight over them!)
  • Visit semiprecious stones mines
  • Be awed by the city of Mendoza. You will fall in love with it and with its wines. Visit some great "bodegas" (wineries)

We will have a list of optional activities for your free time.


All breakfasts are included, as well as a total of 8 additional meals in the 2-week program and 12 additional meals in the 3-week trip.

We will make sure that you will have the time and the opportunity to try all the Argentinean specialties such as the typical local beef & assorted barbecued meats topped with chimichurri, and paired with Malbec; empanadas like no other you've tried before; alfajores; dulce de leche; mate; medialunas; grilled Provolone cheese; helados and more!

Starting on September 1st, 2017

Cost of this once in a lifetime trip is CAN $3,750.00 for the 2-week trip or CAN $5,980.00 for the 3-week trip. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include GST.

If you would like participate in this trip, please Contact Us and we will send you an email with all the information and forms to finalize your registration. Spaces are limited so register soon!

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • 4-star accommodation or similar with WIFI
  • All breakfasts, and 8 additional meals in the 2-week program
  • Transit card to move around Buenos Aires
  • Visit to the ancient underground tunnels dating from the 16th century and rich in urban archaeology
  • City tour on a Hop-on, Hop-off bus
  • Walking tours of downtown Buenos Aires, Avenida de Mayo, San Telmo, Recoleta, Puerto Madero, and La Boca
  • Transfers to and from the local airport in Buenos Aires for trip to the Iguazú Falls
  • Transfers from and to the local airport when visiting the Iguazú Falls
  • Transfer from hotel to Argentinean Iguazú National Park and back
  • Entrance to the Argentinean Iguazú National Park to see the falls from the Argentinean side
  • Full day trip to the delta of the Río de la Plata (River Plate)
  • One night out with milonga (includes tango class)
  • 24/7 expert guidance of your favorite Spanish teachers!

IF YOU ARE TAKING THE 3-WEEK TRIP YOU WILL ALSO HAVE THE FOLLOWING INCLUDED

  • All breakfasts and 4 additional meals (making a total of 12 meals in the 3 weeks)
  • Transfers to and from the local airport in Buenos Aires for trip to Mendoza
  • Transfers from and to the local airport when visiting Mendoza
  • Full day wine tour

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to and from Argentina
  • Transfer from the international airport to downtown or back
  • Flights from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazú or back (We will coordinate so you can book your flights together with the other travellers)
  • Flights from Buenos Aires to Mendoza or back (We will coordinate so you can book your flights together with the other travellers)
  • Access fee to soccer game, semiprecious stone mines, museums, exhibits, theatres or any other activities or events except as per details above
  • Optional activities
  • Reciprocity fee to enter Argentina
  • Cost of obtaining your visa to enter Brazil
  • Visit to the Brazilian side of the Iguazú Falls
  • Helicopter flight over the Iguazú Falls
  • Meals other than the ones listed above
  • Alcohol
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses and any other incidentals not listed under "What is included"

Starting on September 1st, 2017

Where is Argentina?

The República Argentina is in the southern end of South America. Its neighbouring countries are Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay. The country covers 2,791,810 square kilometers of land and an extra 969,464 square kilometres correspond to the Antarctic continent and islands in the South Atlantic Ocean. Its current population is of about 44 million people.

Where is Buenos Aires?

The city of Buenos Aires is the capital city of the country and it is located on the shore of the Río de la Plata, about 240 km from the Atlantic Ocean. The city combines European grandeur with Latin passion; it exudes energy and elegance; it is sexy and alive. This beautiful city will get under your skin!

Where are the Iguazú Falls?

This awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping chain of almost 300 waterfalls are on the border of Argentina and Brazil at almost 1300 Km from the city of Buenos Aires.

Where is Mendoza?

The city of Mendoza is the capital of the province with the same name. It is located at about 1000 Km west of the city of Buenos Aires, on the eastern side of the Andes. It is the heart of Argentina's wine country.

Do I need to book my own travel?

Yes, you do! Your experience with Spanishmania starts and ends in Buenos Aires. You need to plan to arrive anytime after noon on Friday, September 1st, 2017. Our last group activity will be on Wednesday evening, so you will be free to return home or continue your travel on your own on Thursday, September 14th, 2017 if you go for the 2-week program or on Thursday, September 21st , 2017 if you take the 3-week trip.

How can I get there?

You have to fly into Buenos Aires' international airport Ministro Pistarini (EZE), located approximately 35 km south of downtown Buenos Aires


  1. (EZE) Buenos Aires' international airport Ministro Pistarini.

Is there transportation from/to the airport?

You will have to arrange your own ride but we can assist you if you need help. See the question Do I need to book my own shuttle?

Do I need to book my own shuttle?

Yes, but we can help you make the arrangements in advance. You will pay the shuttle company directly. We can provide you with the names of the shuttle companies that operate this transfer.

Is it safe to travel to and around Argentina?

You should always be cautious and use common sense with regards to security precautions.

We strongly recommend you read the report on security from the government of Canada at: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/argentina

Are there medical advisories I should be aware of?

Please refer to the Health section on the government of Canada website at https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/argentina for ALL details on medical-related questions.

YOU MUST HAVE ADEQUATE TRAVEL HEALTH INSURANCE and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment and medical evacuation, if required. Contact your insurance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

If you take prescription medication, bring along an adequate supply and a copy of the prescription. Ensure that both the generic and trade names of the drug are stated.

What vaccines do I need?

For details on recommended vaccination for travel to Argentina, check the Health section on the government of Canada website at http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/argentina

What are the numbers for Emergencies?

The number for Emergencies in Buenos Aires is 911. We will provide you with some other useful numbers upon arrival.

How big will the group be?

The group will have a maximum of 10 people plus one representative from Spanishmania.

Do all the people in the group have the same level of knowledge of Spanish?

No, because knowing Spanish is not a requisite to partake in this trip.

What should I pack?

You need to remember that the seasons are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere so September is the end of winter and the beginning of spring. The average temperatures in September vary from 8C to 20C. Keep in mind that Buenos Aires is much more humid than Calgary! You should pack both stylish city clothing as well as rugged sportswear.

Will I have free time?

Yes, you will! And you will never run out of things to do! We will provide you with tons of suggested optional activities and places to visit.

How can I get around?

The Buenos Aires metro is called the "subte" and is the fastest and cheapest way to get around. Buses, called "colectivos", are also convenient, cheap and reliable. We will provide you with a transit card. The city is swarming with taxis with low fares. "Remis" is some sort of radio taxi, very popular, safer and also very reasonably priced.

Will we have Spanish class?

No. We will not have Spanish class. We will have some time every day after breakfast to prepare for the activities planned for the day, and review/learn specific vocabulary. We will have some other time later in the day or in the evening which we will use to "debrief" your day's experience! You are encourage to keep a "diario" with, at least, the highlights of your day. We will help you with guidance to keep a more thorough one, though!

Do people need to have taken classes with Spanishmania to participate on this trip?

No, because knowing Spanish is not a requisite to partake in this trip.

Do people need to know Spanish to participate in this trip?

No. Knowing Spanish is not a requisite to partake in this trip.

Do I need a visa to go to Argentina?

Canadian citizens going as tourists do not need a visa but need a passport valid for the duration of the stay and will have to pay a Reciprocity Fee of US$78 prior to entering the country. Please visit the website of the government of Canada for more details at https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/argentina

Do I need a visa to enter Brazil if I want to see the Iguazu falls from their side?

Yes, you need a visa to entry Brazil. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the date of expected departure from the country. You need to obtain a tourist visa in advance as well. Please refer to the website of the government of Canada for more details at https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/brazil

Is there a welcome reception?

No, because participants will be arriving from different places at different times so there will not be an organized event.

How much should I tip?

It is customary to tip servers 10% of your total bill. 15% only if you are really happy with the service. Don't forget to tip your shuttle driver, cab driver and maids as well.

What are the store hours? Do they close for "la hora de la siesta"?

In Buenos Aires stores do not close for "siesta". Store hours vary greatly between independent stores and shopping malls. You can count on them being open from 9 am to 8 pm. Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. Shopping malls normally will be open from 9 am to 10 pm. Cafés and restaurants are open most of the time except between 2 am and 6 am. Bank hours are 10 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday.

In the provinces, most stores close at around 1:30/2 pm and will reopen generally around 5:00 p.m. Some restaurants stay open through "siesta time".

Meal hours can be shocking for foreigners! Lunch in restaurants is served after 12 pm until 2:30/3 pm and dinner not before 8 pm, and normally until midnight or later!

Is dinner included the night of arrival?

No. Since everyone will be arriving on their own, from different places, and at different times we will not organize a dinner.

What is the best currency to use in Argentina?

The national currency is the Argentinean Peso. Currently there are no exchange restrictions and US dollars can be freely exchanged by Argentinean pesos. It is a good idea to get some pesos as soon as you get to Argentina. Public transit does not accept foreign currency and shops may accept US dollars but it will take some negotiation. Note that taxis do not accept payment by credit cards and also may not accept foreign currency.

Can I stay longer after the trip?

Of course you can! Our trip starts on September 1st, 2017 in Buenos Aires and ends on September 14th or September 21st, 2017 in Buenos Aires. Before and after those dates, you can make your own plans!