Buenos Aires, San Antonio de Areco, Bariloche, Tigre, Iguazu, Rio de Janeiro
February 4th - February 14th, 2018
This comprehensive journey introduces you to the history, arts, architecture and music of Argentina and Brazil.
Explore the capital city of Argentina, discover Buenos Aires’ Jewish past, visit the mighty Iguazú Falls on the Brazilian border, meet Argentinian cowboys, and discover one of the most magical countries to travel around. Then experience the vibrant metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil, which boasts stunning beaches, unique architecture, and plenty of adventure. On our tours the journey is often just as amazing as the destination, and in between these two cities we invite you to explore rural Patagonia, with exclusive excursions to communities of gaucho cowboys and breathtaking natural wonders. Whether you are a seasoned explorer or a first-time visitor, the memories and experiences gathered from this trip will stay with you forever.
Our bespoke tour has been carefully crafted to ensure that it is educational, exciting and fun for all the family. With a healthy mix of guided tours, excursions and free time to explore, our tour is unique in providing an exclusive experience at the perfect time of year. The 100% kosher tour permits you to travel comfortably and confidently, and our bespoke itinerary includes many sites that explore the history of the Jewish diaspora in Patagonia.
Argentina and Brazil welcome you.
Sunday, February 4th
We depart on our overnight flight to the capital city Buenos Aires. Enjoy kosher meals and in-flight entertainment during your journey, or read some of our suggested books about Argentina and Brazil (see above).
Monday, February 5th Buenos Aires
Meet and greet, Orientation, Avenida de Mayo, Argentine National Congress, La Boca barrio
Upon arrival in Buenos Aires Airport we are welcomed to Argentina by our carefully-selected personal Deluxe Kosher Tours tour director. They will bring us to our luxury hotel, the *****, and offer an introduction to Argentina and Buenos Aires.
In the afternoon we will go on a guided tour of the historic Avenida de Mayo, named after the May Revolution of 1810, up to the main landmark of the city, the Argentine National Congress.
We learn about the fascinating history of the colonial origins of the city and its importance during the Argentinian Wars of Independence. Following this we visit one of the city’s most colourful and fun barrios (neighbourhoods) – the La Boca quarter. Here we learn more about Argentinian culture, art and music, as well as the country’s love of football as we amble along the El Caminito, listening to the sounds of tango projecting from the side streets. Dinner is enjoyed at one of Buenos Aires’ excellent kosher restaurants.
Tuesday, February 6th Buenos Aires
Gaucho museum, tour of San Antonio de Areco, La Plata Cathedral, Museo de La Plata, Tango Show
After breakfast, we embark early to the beautiful town of San Antonio de Areco, west of Buenos Aires. This town was of major influence for the popular writer Ricardo Güiraldes, a friend of Jorge Luis Borges and descendent of the original 18th century founder of the town. We visit the Gaucho museum and learn about the history of the Argentinian cowboys, their importance in Argentinian national identity and culture, and their lifestyles today. We have ample free time to explore the numerous small artisan shops producing locally made crafts, before transferring back to Buenos Aires.
We then discover La Plata, Buenos Aires’ “Second City” and the official capital of the Province of Buenos Aires. This handsome, perfectly organised corner of the region has excellent architecture and a buzzing university community. We visit the La Plata Cathedral, the early-20th century Neogothic basilica boasting some of the tallest towers in South America, sumptuous stained glass windows, and soaring flying buttresses. Afterwards we get a guided tour of the Museo de La Plata, a fantastic natural history museum containing millions of exhibits. The whole family will delight in exploring the veritable treasure trove of flora and fauna – which even includes dinosaurs!
Argentina is famous for the tango, which developed primarily in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires as a hybrid combination of Spanish, Italian, Cuban, Slavic and local gaucho music traditions. After dinner we invite you to a night of Tango performances – and if you feel inspired to get up and dance, that’s fine!
Wednesday, February 7th Buenos Aires-Bariloche
San Telmo barrio, Plaza Dorrego market, Cerro Campanario, San Eduardo Chapel, Llao Llao Hotel, El Trebol Lagoon
After breakfast we visit the bohemian San Telmo barrio, the oldest neighbourhood in the city. Wander its cobblestone roads admiring the colonial architecture and listening to street performers, and perhaps even discover a priceless treasure at the antique fair in the Plaza Dorrego.
Then return to the bus for our transfer to San Carlos de Bariloche, nestled between the foothills of the Andes and the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake. Bariloche is located within the Nahuel Huapi National Park, a protected landscape that contains many natural wonders within its boundary. We take the Cerro Campanario cable car for wonderful panoramic views of Bariloche, before driving to Puerto Panuelo on the Llao Llao Peninsula. Here you can admire the wonderful architecture of the wooden San Eduardo Chapel and the Llao Llao Hotel. Our final stop is for a relaxing walk around the El Trebol Lagoon, before returning to Bariloche for dinner.
Thursday, February 8th Bariloche-Buenos Aires
Enchanted Valley Drive, Cuyin Manzano, Villa Traful, Villa La Angostura
We set off early for a morning drive along the Limay River through the Valle Encantado (Enchanted Valley), a popular destination for mountain climbers. We stop at Cuyin Manzano, a village where gauchos tend to the cattle and horses that roam the surrounding mountains. We continue to Villa Traful, a small hamlet set on the shores of the Traful Lake, from where you can get spectacular views of the Patagonian landscape. We then enjoy a relaxed walk through Villa La Angostura, admiring its Alpine wooden style architecture and many artisanal shops selling locally made products. We then make our way back to Buenos Aires, and check back in to the hotel before dinner.
Friday, February 9th Tour Of Jewish Buenos Aires
Libertad Museum and Synagogue, AMIA Community Centre, Paso Great Temple, Latin American Rabbinic Seminary, Boulevard de Tigre, Parana River Cruise, Museo de Arte Tigre
Today we provide a comprehensive tour of Jewish Buenos Aires, visiting the major synagogues, monuments, and Jewish neighbourhoods of the city as we learn about the rich history of the Jewish diaspora in the city. After breakfast we begin our tour at the Libertad Museum, where we receive a guided tour of the museum’s collection of art and photographs, and visit the adjacent synagogue.
We then transfer to the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) community centre in the “Once District”, the headquarters of an organisation dedicated to promoting and upholding the values of the Jewish community in Argentina. We then go to the Paso Great Temple, one of the highest-regarded and impressive synagogues in South America, with a capacity of up to two thousand. Finally, we visit the Latin American Rabbinic Seminary where rabbis are educated and ordained before working in Jewish communities throughout South America.
Later we take the coastal train to the town of Tigre on the Parana Delta north of Buenos Aires. Named after the jaguars hunted in the wooded banks of the river, this beautiful town is favoured by the residents of Buenos Aires as a getaway from the bustle of the city. We start by walking down the stunningly colourful Boulevard de Tigre, a perfect location to study the grassroots artistic styles of the city. When we reach the Puerto de Frutos we embark on a river cruise upstream, from which we can admire the gaudy houseboats and homes on stilts that line the banks. When we disembark we continue to the unmissable Museo de Arte Tigre. Originally a casino known as the Tigre Club, this national historic monument is a spectacular architectural gem, and proudly displays well-kept gardens and a fine collection of Argentinian art. We then return to the hotel to prepare for the Shabbat.
Saturday, February 10th Buenos Aires
Shabbat services, Seudat Shabbat, Palermo Park, Florida Street
After the Shabbat services and lunch with the local community, you are free to spend the rest of the day freely. Those who wish are invited to have a peaceful afternoon walking through the Palermo Park, a gorgeous green space perfect to relax in. Visit the lush Japanese Gardens within the park to view pagodas and arched bridges nestled between exotic plants, or visit the Planetario Galileo Galilei for a more cosmic experience.
If you desire to do some shopping then the elegant pedestrianized Florida Street will be perfect. This is where the most urbane locals shop in fashionable boutique stores, cheer for street performers, or relax in the numerous cafés.
Sunday, February 11th Buenos Aires-Iguazu
Iguazú Falls, Paseo Garganta del Diablo
In the morning we go to the airport to fly to Iguazú Falls, on the border between Argentina and Brazil. This UNESCO world heritage site stretches across a 1.7 mile (2.7km) chasm and is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. We invite you on a guided journey around the falls, stopping off at various lookout points providing unique panoramic views of the falls and surrounding subtropical rainforests.
We then invite you on a memorable train ride through the forest to the Paseo Garganta del Diablo or “Devil’s Throat”, the highest and deepest of the numerous waterfalls in the area. Be sure to look out for some of the most unique flora and fauna in the world as we pass through the jungle, including tapirs, howling monkeys, caimans and even reclusive jaguars!
Monday, February 12th Iguazu-Rio de Janeiro
Itaipu Dam, Sambadrome, Catedral Metropolitana, Cinelandia Square, Municipal Theater, National Library, National Museum of Fine Arts
In the morning we visit one of the seven wonders of the modern world – the Itaipu Dam. This is one of the largest power plants in the world, second only to the Three Gorges Dam in China. Over 700 feet (200m) high and 4.8 miles (7.2 km) long, this stunning feat of engineering provides energy to numerous surrounding countries.
We then transfer to the airport for our flight to Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city in Brazil. The ancient history and modern mixture of ethnicities is said to be where Brazil’s identity was forged – it’s cultural and natural importance indicated by the city’s UNESCO World Heritage status. Upon arrival we check in to the ********* Hotel, where our expert tour guide will offer an introduction to Rio and Brazil. We then go on an afternoon tour of the city. Our first stop is the Sambadrome, where samba schools have an annual parade during the Rio Carnival. The Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro is next. Delight in the unique architecture of the building (we guarantee that you will never have seen a cathedral quite like it), as well as its dazzling interior decorations. Then circle around the Cinelandia Square, where the Municipal Theater, National Library, and National Museum of Fine Arts are located. We return to the hotel with plenty of time to relax before dinner.
Tuesday, February 13th Rio de Janeiro
Urca neighbourhood, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado Mountain, Copacabana, Samba performance
After breakfast we make our way to the Urca neighbourhood. This was traditionally a military residential area, but today it is one of the wealthiest and most sought after places to live in the city. This is where we begin our journey to Sugar Loaf Mountain by cable car. Rising 396 meters (1,299 ft) above the harbour below, this is the perfect place for stunning views of the city, Guanabara Bay, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge, Corcovado Mountain, the Santa Cruz Fortress and the beaches of Niteroi. We then transfer to Cosme Velho train station where we travel through the Tijuca rainforest on a traditional cog train to Corcovado Mountain. Here we can stand beside the famous Christ the Redeemer, and admire the spectacular views from this lofty peak. Then we return to ground-level, making our way along the coast from Praia do Arpoador to Copacabana. You may rest and relax on the beach for the rest of the day, or explore the many sights and sounds of the local neighbourhood. In the evening we invite you to a traditional samba performance. This genre of music and dances dates back to the 16th century. The music is fast-paced, played by drums, whistles, a type of guitar called a cavaquinho and a mixture of percussion instruments that accompany the dance.
Wednesday, February 14th Rio de Janeiro
Santa Teresa, Arcos da Lapa, Escadaria Selarón Staircase, Ruins Park, Mosteiro de São Bento, Centro Cultural Banco Do Brasil
We get up early to view some final sites in Rio. We begin by travelling via the old tram network to the bohemian neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. Here we can view the Arcos da Lapa 18th-century aqueduct, the famous Escadaria Selarón Staircase, and the unusual buildings of Ruins Park. Our final destination is the awe-inspiring Mosteiro de São Bento, before enjoying our last lunch together. Then transfer to Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport for our return flights home.
Cost Per Person:
Based On Double Occupancy (two to a room)
- Round-trip airfare from New York, London or Tel Aviv
- All domestic airfares within Argentina and Brazil
An English-speaking, experienced tour guide/chauffeur
- Full board accommodations for entire trip
- 3 Kosher meals daily
- All admissions as per itinerary
- Visa fees as required
- Health and Travel Insurance
- Budget for extra snacks, gifts, or other expenses of a personal nature
- Any other services not specified
$2,495 (Single Supplement)
ITINERARY AND HOTELS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
RATES MAY BE ADJUSTED IF THERE’S A FLUCTUATION IN CURRENCY OF MORE THAN 4% FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
RATES MAY BE ADJUSTED IN THE EVENT OF AN INCREASE IN AIRLINE FUEL CHARGES
- Patagonia – Bruce Chatwin
- The Argentina Reader: History, Culture, Politics - Gabriela Nouzeilles, Graciela Montaldo, Robin Kirk, Orin Starn
- Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings - Jorge Luis Borges
- The Authentic Bars, Cafes, and Restaurants of Buenos Aires - Gabriela Kogan
- Travelers’ Tales Brazil – Scott Doggett and Annette Haddad
- How to Be a Carioca – Priscilla Ann Goslin
- The Jewish Gauchos of the Pampas - Alberto Gerchunoff
- Listen to some tango and salsa, especially Tango: Zero Hour by Astor Piazzolla.