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TANGO TO TOTALITY Trip details for a private group experience

June 30- July 6, 2019 7 days/ 6 nights

Total Solar Eclipse in Argentina July 2nd, 2019

Buenos Aires – The Pampas – San Juan - Rodeo

SUMMARY

The Argentina Northwest, fabled for its wide-open spaces and incredibly varied landscapes, is home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites and unique National and Provincial Parks. Today these vast protected areas continue to inspire visitors with spectacular vistas, remarkable wildlife encounters, and authentic wilderness adventures that rival those of any region on the planet. So where better to experience the total solar eclipse viewable from the South American continent? Join us in a unique adventure that weaves together one lifetime moment after another: visit the land where the dinosaurs are known to have roamed and enjoy the best of regional cuisine, culture, and hospitality during your stay in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires city and the surrounding grasslands known as “The Pampas”. This is an unmatched opportunity to experience a rare astronomical event while discovering the natural beauty of Argentina’s backyard.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Sunday, June 30th, 2019 BUENOS AIRES / ESTANCIA LA CANDELARIA (TEA/ D)

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires you will be greeted at Ezeiza International Airport by an experienced guide who is just waiting to introduce you to one of the world's most exciting cities. A private vehicle will transfer you to the Estancia La Candelaria for your check-in. The Castle and the grounds will be exclusively for our group only during our stay. “Estancia” has been the word used for a South American estate ranch. Candeleria was historically known for its horses and a place for polo. The introduction of a castle by the original owners gives the grounds a European flavour. Depending on your arrival time, enjoy high tea and local sweet treats. The masseuse will be greeting us for complimentary foot and neck massages. Enjoy dinner at the paddock house around a fireplace. The evening is to relax and recover from your flight.

Day 2 – Monday, July 1st, 2019 ESTANCIA LA CANDELARIA (B/L/D)

After a hearty breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of this historic castle and grounds. Learn about life in the Argentinian outback. Hike, bike ride, horseback or carriage ride through their incredible majestic forest and experience Argentina like the original settlers on this peaceful setting of 250 hectacres. Learn how to make empanadas and enjoy your creation for lunch. Then, get ready for a great tango party with live music, tango lessons, wine tasting and dinner.

Day 3 – Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 BUENOS AIRES /SAN JUAN / EL RODEO / BUENOS AIRES (B/ Snack /D)

After breakfast and checkout, start the journey on private jet service to San Juan. Upon arrival at San Juan International Airport, your guide will transfer you to the El Rodeo base camp to observe the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE!! Distance: 215 km – a 2 hour and 50 minute drive. A snack will be provided on the way. The farm of the Mini family is located in the town of Rodeo and is the selected place for the realization of this event. On the farm we found a great flat hill formed of tectonic rock, 50 meters high and 500 meters wide, a perfect natural setting for seeing the eclipse.

Considering that the eclipse will be close to the horizon, this hill provides us with a unique and ideal position.

  • Important facts:
  • Total duration: 2 hours, 19 minutes, 40 seconds
  • Partial begins: Jul 2, 2019 at 4:27:51 pm
  • Maximum: Jul 2, 2019 at 5:42:11 pm
  • Sunset: Jul 2, 2019 at 6:43:37 pm
  • Partial ends: Jul 2, 2019 at 6:47:31 pm

Early dinner and drinks will be provided during the historic event — the first visible total solar eclipse in Argentina! Return to the airport to take the private flight back to the big city: Buenos Aires. Upon arrival your guide will transfer you to your hotel for check-in. More info about the eclipse location is in the summary at the end.

Day 4 – Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 BUENOS AIRES (B / L /)

Today, after breakfast and a morning of leisure you will visit the best of Buenos Aires surroundings: the nearby city of Tigre and the Parana River Delta. Departing from Buenos Aires, you head north, stopping en route in the town of San Isidro to visit its wonderful cathedral. Upon reaching Tigre, you take a boat cruise to discover the Delta of the Paraná - An exotic subtropical forest formed by thousands of small islands that can only be reached by water. During the private boat ride, you will see exclusive yacht clubs, as well as extravagant housing and mansions on the slopes facing the La Plata River. Lunch by the shore. On the return to Buenos Aires, you will pass the Port of Olivos, the northern residential area of Buenos Aires, where the President's Main House is located, the “Monumental” (stadium of River Plate football club), the University Campus of Buenos Aires, and the areas of Palermo and Recoleta. Dinner on your own. There are many great bistros, restaurants in this area.

Day 5 – Thursday, July 4th, 2019 BUENOS AIRES (B / D)

City Tour of Buenos Aires

After breakfast, We will break up into small groups and make a stop to visit the Recoleta Cemetery that contains the graves of notable people, including Eva Perón, presidents of Argentina, Nobel Prize winners, the founder of the Argentine Navy, and a granddaughter of Napoleon. Recently, Recoleta Cemetery has been listed among the 10 most beautiful cemeteries in the world.

The soul of the city bears an irresistible allure to Argentines and visitors alike, its parks, cafés, streets, theatres, museums, markets, restaurants, and its homes - the elegant, the chic, the eccentric, the everyday. You'll visit the most important sites of this triumph of a city. The magnificence of the Northern Quarters, Palermo and the beauty of its parks and buildings, Recoleta with its French-style architecture, bars and cafes; Plaza de Mayo surrounded by Government House (The Pink House), The Old Cabildo (Town Hall) and the Metropolitan Cathedral; San Telmo, residence of the aristocracy until the turn of the XIX century. The colors of La Boca, picturesque quarter of Italian immigrants; and the fashion area of Puerto Madero with its many chic bars & restaurants round off this heady excursion. End at Florida St., which is a pedestrian walking area filled with shops and teats.

Evening Tango Show & Dinner, including wine tasting - Buenos Aires' nightlife provides the local porteños and its ever-growing swarm of visitors with a seemingly endless array of quality entertainment options. Just as an example: this evening you'll be blown away by an unforgettable tango show performed by the best dancers and singers of this seductive genre, while enjoying a dinner no less seductive. This is the way one ought to live Buenos Aires, the city of the tango. After the show has dazzled you sufficiently, you will be transferred back to your comfy hotel.

Day 6 – Friday, July 5th, 2019 – BUENOS AIRES/HOME (B/L)

Colon Theater,

After breakfast, morning tour the Colon Theater and Palaces of Buenos Aires. Get “skip-the-line” Access to one of the world's most popular opera houses, the Colon Theater, for a 2 hour guided tour. The theater is considered to be among the five best concert venues in the world acoustically. Learn about the history of the theater, as well as the artists who've performed there.

Palacio de Aguas

The tour continues with an outside view of three other emblematic palaces of the city: Palacio de Aguas - Built to house the water supply tanks of the growing city at the end of the 19th century, wrapped in sumptuous architecture of imported materials. The artwork of the exterior façade was awarded to Juan B. Médici, directed by the Swedish engineer Carlos Nyströmer and the Norwegian architect Olof Boye. The works began in 1887, employed 400 workers and finished in 1894, with the building inaugurated by President Luis Sáenz Peña.

Parliament Palace

Parliament Palace: Completed in 1906, this impressive building is one of the largest congresses in the world. It was totally restored between 1994 and 2010

Barolo Palace The Barolo Palace gives homage to the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. It is a unique architectural style with a mixture of neo-romantic and neo-Gothic. Even the dome with its unique Indian style from the Budanishar region represents the Tantric union between Dante and Beatriche , the protagonists of the Divine Comedy. The morning tour will end at one of Argentina’s largest open air markets where you can find some great food and great souveniers. For those who have chosen a late Friday night return flight, late night check-out from the hotel will be included

Day 7 – Saturday, July 6th, 2019 – BUENOS AIRES/HOME (B/-/-)

After your last sumptuous breakfast, make sure you save some time to buy your last-minute souvenirs and/or take photos. At the scheduled time, you'll be picked up from your hotel to be transferred to Ezeiza International Airport to board your flight back home. It's certain you'll carry the warmth of Argentina´s people in your soul, not to mention the natural beauties of this wonderful country in your camera! Say Ciao to Argentina or choose to continue on with one of our fabulous post trips!

Post trip offerings: (Pricing available after signup)

  • Iguazu Falls - 3 days, 2 nights- July 6-8, 2019
  • Salta Region Experience- 4 days, 3 nights July 6-10, 2019
  • Colonial Full Day Trip to Uruguay- July 6-7, 2019

Package Includes:

  • 6 night accommodation at selected hotels
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch, 2 high teas, 2 dinners at Candelaria, including a dinner party with wine tasting, tango lessons, music
  • 1 lunch & beverages service at the Eclipse camp viewpoint.
  • 1 lunch at Tigre by the riverside
  • 1 dinner Tango Show in Buenos Aires
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Sightseeing tours with English-speaking, local guides as per itinerary
  • Charter flight AEP-UAQ-AEP in a private jet CRJ200 with capacity for 48 passengers.
  • Domestic flight airport taxes

Excluded:

  • International flights
  • Extras at hotels (telephone calls, laundry, etc.)

CHARTER FLIGHT ON JULY 2ND, 2019

  • About the aircraft:
  • CRJ 200:
  • 2 bilingual crew on board.
  • Capacity: 48 passengers
  • Speed: 850 km/h
  • Catering
  • Toilet
  • Flight duration: 1 hour 10 minutes approximately

About the eclipse: ECLIPSE VIEWING POINT

Eclipse in Argentina. Our viewpoint is Bella Vista. Upper left.

The total eclipse will be observed in a strip that runs, from west to east, along the center of the province of San Juan, south of La Rioja, north of San Luis, south of Córdoba, south of Santa Fe and north of Buenos Aires. The localities located within the whole strip in Argentina are: Rodeo and Jachal (San Juan), northern area of Greater San Juan, Chepes (La Rioja), Merlo (San Luis), Villa Dolores, Río Cuarto, Gral. Deheza, Gral Cabrera and La Carlota (Córdoba), Venado Tuerto (Santa Fe), Junín and Rojas (Buenos Aires).

The eclipse will occur at sunset time in Argentina & Chile and therefore at a very low altitude from the horizon: 12º in San Juan, and less, towards the east. For this reason the observation may be interrupted by the mountains and hills. It is recommended to look for a high point, without obstructions in northwest direction.

General climatic conditions:

The mountains of the Andes form an impenetrable barrier to the moisture of the Pacific, except in the upper levels of the atmosphere. On the contrary, the flat plains of central Argentina do not represent an obstacle for the humidity of the Atlantic, reason why the meteorological systems can approach and surround the track of the eclipse from the south and the east. Fortunately, the San Juan area is far from the Atlantic and moisture reaches the foothills from that direction only occasionally. This gives the Argentine slopes of the Andes a micro-climate, especially favorable for observing the eclipse.

All available evidence (satellite and ground level measurements) points to a location facing the eastern slopes of the Andes as the best to see the eclipse. In particular, the small villages of Bella Vista and Iglesia (north of Bella Vista) are on an open plain where satellite images promise the lowest average cloud amount anywhere along the trail. Bella Vista is located just 33 km from the large town of Rodeo and 80 km from San José de Jáchal. The two communities have good visibility towards the west. (That’s where we will be!)

Weather statistics for selected sites in Argentina along the eclipse trail:

The month of July finds Bella Vista, San José de Jáchal and San Juan in the middle of its dry winter season with little precipitation in the month. The nights are cold due to the season and altitude (1200 m in Jáchal, 1900 m in Bella Vista), with temperatures that often fall below freezing and occasionally as low as -10 ° C in Jáchal.

Although the climate is dry, the terrain still has a modest effect on cloud statistics. From a minimum of about 28% in Bella Vista, the amount of clouds increases a fraction in San José de Jáchal and then rises more clearly to 44% in San Juan. Bella Vista (along with Iglesias and Rodeo) is located in a deep north-south tectonic valley (sometimes called Valle de Iglesias) with the Andes of 6,000 meters to the west and the Precordillera of 3400 meters to the east. The valley is narrow, about 40 km wide, with a climate and geography comparable to those of Death Valley, California, although without the dunes. Because it is protected by terrain in the east and west, it is found in a particularly effective rain shadow and also in one of the driest climates in Argentina. It is also one of the sunniest regions in the country, making it a premium wine region.

An important part of the cloudiness that occurs in the eastern slopes of the Andes comes from wind-blown clouds that cross the nearby peaks, transported by the region through the flow of the upper level. Because they are formed at very cold temperatures, there is usually little moisture in the air and high clouds are often semi-transparent. If it is not too thick, the high cloud would interfere with an eclipse, but it would not obscure it completely.

Although the eclipse arrives in the winter season, temperatures will not be particularly cold compared to the North American and European experience. Temperatures below the freezing point can be expected at higher elevations, but a detailed examination reveals some curious features of the climate. The extreme high temperature records in San Jose de Jachal, San Juan, Chamical and others reach more than 30 ° C, a value that is considerably at odds with the season. The cause is the Zonda, a downhill wind that dries and warms by compression as it descends the slopes of the Andes, bringing exceptionally high temperatures when it reaches the lowest elevation of the San Juan area. The Zonda is the equivalent of the North American Chinook wind. A typical Zonda has winds of 40 km / h, but it is known to reach more than 120 km / h, with strong storms that extend eastward beyond Córdoba towards central Argentina. Along the slopes of the Andes, the wind begins in the morning hours; in San Juan, it is usually around noon or shortly after. Normally, they last around 8 to 12 hours, but may continue intermittently for several days. The Zonda can cause the Sun to turn brown with dust and sand and cause extensive damage to local infrastructure. The desiccation that comes with these downslope winds often damages the region's wine grapes (the area around San Juan is the second largest wine producing area in Argentina), but at the same time, the wind makes Rodeo famous for its Windsurf competitions in the Laguna Brava.

Characteristics of the farm (our viewing point):

The farm of the Mini family is located in the town of Rodeo and will be the selected place for the realization of this event.

On the farm, there is a large hillock formed of tectonic rock 50mts high and 500mts wide, which will be the natural scenery selected for the sighting of the eclipse.

Taking into account that the eclipse will occur with the sun close to the horizon, this hill provides us with a unique and ideal position.

Buenos Aire Hotel

LOISUITES RECOLETA - http://www.loisuites.com.ar/en/hotel/loi-suites-recoleta-hotel

About the hotel:

Located in the heart of the exquisite neighbourhood of Recoleta, at walking distance from the historical Recoleta Cemetery, the hotel shares the area with art galleries, restaurants, bars and beautiful parks. In the hotel, the Winter Garden extends to 400m, including the swimming pool. Ideal ambiance for relaxing with natural light and vegetation during your stay. Services include:

  • Wifi
  • Two restaurants and a snack bar
  • Indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and gymnasium
  • Buffet breakfast
  • 24 hours medical emergency service
  • Laundry and dry cleaning service (with cost)
  • Parking lot and valet parking (with cost)

Hotel Address: Vicente López 1955 - Buenos Aires - Argentina - C1128ACC

BUENOS AIRES Weather

Temperatures in early July will average in the upper 50 degrees fahrenheit during the day and upper 40’s at night. Sunshine is more abundant during the winter season, but also be prepared for a shower or two.

BUENOS AIRES Currency

The national currency is the Argentine pesos.

BUENOS AIRES -US Travel

There are no entry or exit tourist taxes. At the time of this printing, no visa is required for US travellers staying under 30 days, but one never knows what might happen between now and then. We will let you know if it changes

BUENOS AIRES Architecture

Buenos Aires is a city influenced by European immigration. A touch of Paris set against the deep blue sky of the Southern Hemisphere: intricate façades and ornate cupolas give Buenos Aires its European flavor in architecture.

Italian immigration, which outnumbered all others, even Spanish, supplied the city with skilled builders and artisans, and gave the city a new face, that of master masons’ stucco façades, decorated with their quirky angelic faces and mythological beauty-contest bodies. By around 1890, Italianate academicism was the dominant style everywhere: the front facade of the Casa Rosada is an outstanding stylistic achievement of this period.

Art Nouveau took on a local flavor, as did Art Deco when its turn came. In the early 1930s, the city learned a new architectural language that would finally make it an authentic modern metropolis. White returned to the streets, but this time as a symbol of the new, unadorned, nautical style. The new functionalist architecture coexisted harmoniously with the French style, leaving its unmistakable mark on an area as large as Barrio Norte. At the turn of the century, the city's wealthiest landed families built mansions on as grandiose a scale as ever seen anywhere. Today these still spectacular buildings house embassies or institutions and remain a well-tended reminder of the elegance and refinement that characterized the city a century ago. By 1900 the city's center of gravity had moved north from the Plaza de Mayo area toward Barrio Norte and Recoleta. By 1930 modern architectural styles took precedence over French models, and more and more ten to fifteen-story apartment buildings were built as rental properties. Many of the new buildings were derived from what was locally called the yacht style, with curved chrome railings on balconies, flat masonry walls, and Art Deco-like angels.

Historic masterpieces featuring Ionic, Doric, and Corinthian columns borrowed from Greece, as well as Renaissance, Baroque, Neo-Gothic, Moorish, Byzantine, Neo-colonial, Egyptian, and even Hindu and Assyrian details, all inspired architects to look deeper into history for inspiration in their quest to change the face of the city to one less dependent on classical French design.

During the colonial period, the cities that seemed destined to become the metropolises of the future were Mexico City and Lima, with Havana and Recife as contenders. They, too, grew, but were unable to adapt to the changing times as well as Buenos Aires did.

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