Steeped in a rich heritage of dance, melody and rhythm, a holiday in Latin America moves to its own inimitable beat. Immerse yourselves in an intensely musical world of authentic salsa clubs, pulsating Milongas, world-renowned artists & musicians and an entire culture defined by its love for dance. During the day, take professional dance lessons, explore ancient heritage towns, visit an authentic sugarcane plantation, a typical estancia and the gorgeous Parana Delta, and in the evenings witness unforgettable tango shows and salsa performances or better still, put on your dancing shoes and hit the clubs. Let the music carry you through the night.
10 Nights / 11 Days
Cali, Cartagena, Bueno Aires
Upon your arrival in Cali, your bilingual guide welcomes you and whisks you away to your hotel. Check-in and freshen up, you have an action-packed day ahead. You begin your holiday this afternoon, with a half-day city tour, aptly named, ‘Cali is Salsa’. Visit famous sites and discover why Cali is often called the Salsa capital of the world. Begin with a visit to a unique workshop where percussion instruments are hand-crafted. Follow it up by a tour of the Barrio Obrero, the worker’s quarter. The tour ends with a visit to two of the most important dance schools in the city. Some of the world’s best dancers in the world learn their craft here. Overnight at the selected hotel
This morning, you really start getting into the spirit of things by taking a 2-hour professional salsa lesson. Learn some groovy, new moves. Then spend the afternoon relaxing, we understand dancing is hard work. This evening, visit a glamorous dance show. Opt to enjoy a delectable meal during the performance. Overnight at the selected hotel.
This morning, continue with your professional salsa lessons. Polish the moves you learnt yesterday and pick up a few new ones. This is a city that lives, breathes and dances salsa like nowhere else in the world. Soak in its remarkable vibe. In the afternoon, if you’re up for it, take an optional guided tour to an authentic sugar plantation, the Sugarcane Museum and an 18th century colonial hacienda. Overnight at the selected hotel.
This morning, you transfer to the airport for your flight to Cartagena. Here again, your bilingual guide welcomes you and helps you transfer to your hotel. Check-in and get ready for a slightly different kind of dance class. This time it is two hours of salsa along with the merengue. This evening, you get to try out all the moves you’ve learnt at one of the best salsa clubs of Cartagena, Mister Barbilla (or similar). Party the night away! Overnight at the selected hotel.
Today, take a half-day tour of Cartagena and discover why it has the title of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin at its highest point, the Convent of La Popa, and drink in outstanding views of the well-preserved city. Continue to the Castillo de San Felipe, the formidable, 17th century fortress with its mystery-laden and complex system of tunnels, and listen to stories from its colourful past. At the base of the castle is the monument of Zapatos Viejos, the ‘Old Shoes’, a tribute to local poet Louis Carlos Lopez, one of South America’s most respected writers. Take the requisite dozen selfies. Spend the rest of the day, wandering about the old town, exploring churches, museums, plazas, restaurants and jewellery shops. Admire its beautiful colonial architecture. Overnight at the selected hotel.
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, head to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Overnight at the selected hotel
The morning is at leisure to explore this beautiful, bustling city. In the afternoon, you go head out on a unique tour that brings together a heady cocktail of places, experiences and feelings. The Tango was born in Buenos Aires, and lovers of this steamy dance form can explore its roots and learn about the life of Carlos Gardel, the French Argentine singer, songwriter, composer and actor, and one of the most prominent figures in the history of tango. And when you’ve had your fill of the lore, you can immerse yourself in this sensuous world that moves to its own rhythm, by taking tango dance lessons, visiting typical tango venues and best of all, attending an unforgettable tango show with performances by some of the best dancers and singers of the country, whilst enjoying a delicious meal. Overnight at the selected hotel.
Today, get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Buenos Aires, and head out to the vast grassy plains of the Pampas, the birthplace of the true gaucho tradition. Spend a day at a typical estancia (cattle estate), ride on ancient horse-drawn carriages accompanied by seasoned gauchos or be bold and get on horseback. For lunch, enjoy delicious "asado" (barbecued meats) together with fine Argentinean wines and a feisty show with folk songs and dancing. Later, you get to see the gauchos in action. Ring racing, horse racing, racing with leathers, the gauchos’ incredible skills on horseback will leave you awestruck. The evening is at leisure. You can explore the Milongas (tango dance clubs) on your own. Overnight at the selected hotel.
Today, the day is at leisure. We recommend you polish up those Tango moves, for in the evening, you will head out to the Milongas. In the Milongas, age, origin and social backgrounds are all forgotten as Tango lovers come together in a breathtaking swirl of rhythm, beat and energy to dance the most authentic form of Tango late into the night. Each Milonga has its own unique dancing style and crowd. Tonight, you get to visit at least two of them. Overnight at the selected hotel
This morning, you see a completely new side of Argentina. Take a trip to the city of Tigre, the gateway to the rivers and wetlands of vast Parana Delta. On your way, visit the beautiful Cathedral of San Isidro. At Tigre, take a boat cruise down the Parana river to explore its famous Delta. An exotic subtropical forest formed by thousands of small islands that can only be reached by water. During the cruise, you’ll see exclusive yacht clubs on the side of the Luján River as well as extravagant mansions on the slopes facing the La Plata River. Attractions also include the Port of Olivos, the “Monumental” (stadium of the River Plate football club), the University Campus of Buenos Aires, and the local airport to see planes landing and taking off. A tour guide with a driver will be at your disposal to show you the most important tourist spots. Overnight at the selected hotel.
Transfer from your hotel to the international airport of Buenos Aires for your flight back home. Your Latin holiday comes to an end today. But the music will continue to sound in your ears for a long time to come.
Cali - Cartagena
Cartagena - Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires - Home
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