​Ursula Hosting, 2019

Argentina

Buenos Aires/ Mendoza

8 nights (Possibly 15 - 23, Feb 2020) 

Hello Daniel, 

I would like to present to you the updated high level plan for your trip to Argentina with Ursula Hosting. 

 

I have updated the options for accommodations, and activities, trips based on the input you have provided.  Take a look and let me know if you have questions, or . additional changes. 

Like before, this is still a living document. If you are interested, we will continue to tailor the plan. We can add, remove, and create things for you.  We will continue to work this plan until you are completely satisfied.  

Thank you again for this opportunity, I hope this plan is of your liking.

First, let's review what we would include for you in this estimate: 

 

  • 8 nights (2 rooms)

    • ​5 nights in Buenos Aires 

    • 3 nights in Mendoza 

    • NOTE: This estimate is assuming you will return from Mendoza to BA, and flight out of BA back home the same day, in other words, not needing a last night in BA.  As you confirm your travel plans, we can adapt this plan to meet your needs as necessary.

  • Round trip airport transportation

    • 2 transfers in Buenos Aires

    • 2 transfers in Mendoza 

  • Breakfast

    • Available only in Mendoza hotel

  • Activities (4 included)

    • Walking Tour in Buenos Aires (Historic District - San Telmo)

      • Let me know if you prefer a different one. ​

    • Day trip from Buenos Aires to Colonia

      • Gorgeous colonial town in Uruguay. A ferry ride away.

    • Wine Tasting Day in Mendoza - See description in itinerary.

    • Hiking in Mendoza

  • Flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza (6:55am, 12:10pm, 12:55pm, 3:10pm, or 8:20pm) - Priced on Sep 3rd

    • Direct flight. Three seats (foreigner rate) with no checked bags. Just carry on. 

    • Removed cost of flight from Mendoza back to Buenos Aires (Sep 2 email)

    • NOTE:  I will continue to review prices and availability until we confirmed reservation, updating estimate/plan appropriately. 

  • Full concierge services  before and throughout the trip. Personalized service.  

    • Additional Activities - Help with additional activities you might be interested in while in Buenos Aires (suggestions, planning)

    • Nights out/shows - Planning for nights out, or suggestions for breweries, cocktail bars, local night life, and more upon request.

    • Lunch/Dinners -  Suggestions and reservations to some of the best restaurants in town, as desired. 

    • Transportation - I would help organize additional private transportation if needed.  Local mass transportation systems and services like Uber and local taxis are easy to use, but in case you want to pre-schedule. 

Additional activities available in Buenos Aires:

  • History walks -Guided tours of main areas of the city like  Palermo, Recoleta (Cemetery), and more.

  • Gay Night out with a local! 

  • Day Trip - Navigate El Tigre (Parana River Delta). Beautiful area on the city in the north, surrounded by canals. 

  • Bike tour of the Natural reserve within the city

  • Cooking class

  • Tango Night (Queer or not), Dinner tango shows

  • Local traditions like Mate

  • and more...

Additional activities available in Mendoza

  • Day trips in the Andes​ - Some focused more on history others on landscapes

  • Mendoza city tour

  • Visit to Mountain Spa

  • Additional wine tasting days

  • Horseback riding with "Asado" and wine dinner at the end (Argentinian BBQ)

Accommodations - Buenos Aires​ 

 

Private Apartment  - Saturday to Thursday (5 nights)

  • Newer/modern two-bedrooms /two-bath apartment A lot of open spaces, big windows,  located in apartment buildings with pools, spa, gym, all amenities. 

  • This one is in Palermo. A very trendy area with good options for cafes where you can get breakfast in the morning, as well as restaurants and bars for night activities. It is a bit further from some landmarks, but no more than 20 min car ride. 

  • This one is available now. Once we have confirmed dates, I will confirm availability again.  If this one is not available by the time you are ready to reserve,  I will present you with similar options. 

Accommodations -  Mendoza

 

Country Style - Boutique Hotels  

  • Mendoza area is beautiful.  The mountains (Andes), the wine, the people, the food, the wineries... the list goes on. I believe the best area to stay is Chacras de Coria.  This is about 10 min drive from Mendoza downtown. It is a beautiful town you can walk. Full with art galleries, coffee shops, restaurants, small wineries, and even beer breweries, with wineries a short walk or bike ride away. 

    • If you want to visit the center of Mendoza for dinner or a visit, it would be just a short car ride. Hotel staff could help you get a car, or you can also use Uber. 

  • This one is a beautiful and cozy hotel that embraces the local landscape and offers all amenities, with open spaces, swimming pool, breakfast, and more.  Small and quaint.  Great Service. Walking distance to the center of Chacras. 

  • This one is the most economic of the ones I presented to you. Great reviews, good customer service, and helpful staff.  It is available now.  Once we have confirmed dates, I will confirm availability again.  If this one is not available by the time you are ready to reserve,  I will present you with similar options. 

  • For this estimate, I am including two suites (3 nights) - King size bed.

  • Breakfast is included 

Possible Itinerary 

BUENOS AIRES

  • DAY ONE - Saturday - Feb 15

    • Arrival at the airport - Driver ready to pick you up

    • Settle in, and explore on your own

  • DAY TWO - Sunday - Feb 16

    • 11:00 AM - Walking tour - Explore San Telmo. A historic and emblematic district of the city.  Learn about the history of the city, interesting facts, and more. Our guides are very professional, knowledgeable and and fun.

  • DAY THREE - Monday - Feb 17

    • Day Trip to Colonia (Uruguay)

      • Pick up at the house to drive you to international ferry terminal. 

      • Tickets for first class seating (round trip)

      • Explore on your own Colonia. Small colonial town with rich history, beautiful parks, museums, restaurants, and bars. (we can hire a guide for you if desired)

      • Ferry rides last about 1hr 15m each way.  Average stay in Colonia is about 5 hours. 

      • Private transportation from the terminal back to the house included. 

  • DAY FOUR - Tuesday - Feb 18

    • ​Explore on your own

  • DAY FIVE - Wednesday - Feb 19

    • ​Explore on your own

  • DAY SIX - Thursday - Feb 20

    • Travel Day - Flight to Mendoza 

      • Pick up at the house to drive you to airport

      • Airplane tickets for three guests, with no checked bag.

      • Flight lasts approx 1hr. 

MENDOZA

  • DAY SIX - Thursday  - Feb 20 (Continuation)

    • Arrival at the airport early in the day - Driver ready to pick you up

    • Settle in, explore on your own. 

  • DAY SEVEN - Friday - Feb 21  

    • Private Wine Tasting (Approx 10 hrs) 

      • Pick up at the hotel. Spend the day visiting wineries (About 4), stopping also for lunch at one of the most unique restaurants in the area (a well kept secret where you will be attended personally by the chef).

      • You will get to see large and small boutique Bodegas (Wineries). We try to take you to at least three or four of them.  We make all reservations (required by the wineries "bodegas"), and maintain the group on schedule. Nevertheless, you decide ultimately how long you stay in each winery if you want to change the itinerary.  In case you want to check out other places like Olive oil factories or the wine museum. 

      • There are multiple routes and wine regions we could do. We like to recommend Maipu, and plan to take you there. Nevertheless, let me know if there is a wine region or a winery in particular you would like to visit. We can try to accommodate and update the plan if necessary. 

      • In the price, we include the cost of the private transportation, guide services, tastings, and lunch.

        • I have updated this from the last version to include tastings and lunch. 

  • DAY EIGHT- Saturday - Feb 22

    • Hike (Approx 4 hrs)

      • Our guide will take you on a hike you won't forget.  The views will be impressive, and you will have the chance to see main landscapes, the beginning of the Andes; a different side of Mendoza.  There will also be a ​stop for lunch . (Not included)

  • DAY NINE - Sunday​ - Feb 23

    • ​Travel Day​ - Return Home

      • Pick up from the hotel to the airport

      • Per Sep 2 email, Removed flight back to Buenos Aires and related costs.

​COST ESTIMATE (Updated Sep 3)

  • The new total for the entire package is $3812. (Updated to reflect checked bags)

  • After applying your Nomadic Boys reader discount of 5%,  your final total is $3621 (Updated to reflect checked bags)

Let me know if you would like to add/remove more activities to either city. I am happy to update the plan accordingly. 

Please Note:

  • The cost estimate is totals, not individual cost. It will continue to be updated based on your choices. 

  • Last reduction of the estimate was after removing MEN - BA flight related costs.

  • I was able to stay under your budget ($4000) by selecting the most economic versions for accommodations, and also by not including checked baggage with your flights. That alone saved us almost $200.  You guys could decide later to add that if necessary.  I could look into other options to reduce cost if necessary. 

  • Everything is estimated based on current prices. We will need to confirm prices once we confirm dates and we are ready to make reservations. 

  • We'll tailor this until everyone is completely satisfied. 

 

Let me know if you have any questions, comments, etc.  decisions. 

BELOW some photos from Buenos Aires, Mendoza, and Colonia, taken during our trips. Enjoy them! 

THANK YOU 

PREVIOUS OPTIONS 

Boutique Hotel (Five Stars) 

  • Once we have confirmed dates, I would look for availability in some of my favorite hotels.  For now I looked for prices in late February.

  • This one is a five start boutique hotel I like to work with. Their prices are some of the best for a 5 star hotel in BA. It is newer, and great customer service, pool, spa, restaurant, hotel, all amenities.  ​​

  • I like to recommend hotels in central areas. This one is in Recoleta.  You can walk to parks, restaurants, hotels, etc. Less than 10 minute drive to most points of interest in the city. 

  • For this estimate, I am including two suites (4 nights) - Breakfast included. 

    • Deluxe Suite: King bed, deep soaking tubs, 24-hour room service, rainfall showerheads, free wifi, all the goodies. 

Apartment One in BA

Option One in Mendoza