Argentina with ursula hosting

Jan 25 - Feb 10

(Feb 3 Update)

Hello again, 

Please find below the plan updated with details you will. need during your trip.  

We could still add, or try edit things if you desired.  

Please take a look and let me know what you think. 

Summary:

 

Based on agreed itinerary  shared on Dec 17th via email. 

 

  • 16 Nights in Argentina (Based on provided list)

    • 3 nights in Buenos Aires (BA) - Jan 25 - Jan 28Mio Hotel (Recoleta) 

      • Av. Pres. Manuel Quintana 465, C1129 CABA, Argentina ​(+54 11 5295-8500)

      • Deluxe Room

      • Centrally located, gay friendly, modern, trendy.  ​Mio is a 5-start hotel in the heart of the city. A beautiful area full of character, restaurants, and cafes. Close to many landmarks, and also very safe..  ​

    • 3 nights in Iguazu - Jan 28 - Jan 31, Loi Suites Hotel 

      • Selva Iryapú s/n, N3370 Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, Argentina (+54 3757 49-8300)

      • Studio Junior Deck

      • Elegant, resort, lush style. Located only 15 min away from the waterfalls. This hotel is immersed in the subtropical jungle of Iryapú. ​

    • 2 nights in Cordoba - Jan 31 - Feb 2, Windsor Hotel & Tower  

      • Buenos Aires 214 – CP 5000, Córdoba, Argentina (+54 351 422 4012)

      • Superior Double Room

      • Centrally located, modern, trendy.  One of the best hotels in town, close  to everything. 

    • 4 nights in Mendoza - Feb 2 - Feb 6, Casa Coria 

      • Justicia 28 - Chacras de Coria, Chacras de Coria, 5505, Argentina (+54 9 261 217-3283)

      • Superior Double Room

      • Country style bed and breakfast,  located in charming Chacras de Coria. A picturesque town near wineries and with a charming town center.  You can walk or bike around, and the  center of the city of Mendoza is just a 10 minute cab ride.  

    • 4 nights in Buenos Aires (BA) - Feb 6 - Feb 10, Mio Hotel (Recoleta) 

      • Av. Pres. Manuel Quintana 465, C1129 CABA, Argentina ​(+54 11 5295-8500)

      • Deluxe Room

      • Centrally located, gay friendly, modern, trendy.  ​

  • Flights - All are with Aerolineas Argentinas - Economy Plus - One Checked bag included. -  Reservation code is ELLZJI. Ticket confirmation emailed directly. 

    • BA - Iguazu  (1.75 hr - direct)

    • Iguazu - Cordoba (2hr - direct)

    • Cordoba - Mendoza ( 1hr - direct)

    • Mendoza - BA (1.5 hr - direct)

  • Airport Transportation

    • Round trip shuttle in all destinations - Drivers will be. waiting for you with signs, and will come looking for you at your hotels before each flight.  

  • Breakfast  

    • Included in all locations

  • Activities/Experiences 

Buenos Aires (Jan 25 - Jan 28)

  • Saturday, Jan  25th - Arrival - 09:10am (EZE) , BA0245 British Airways. Juan, your main driver while in Buenos Aires, will be  picking you up. He will be waiting outside of customs by the. Starbucks.  He will have a sign with your names on.  

    • Juan Lopez (Driver): +54 9 11 5726-5395​

  • Saturday, Jan  25th - (3PM - 7PM).  City Tour North Zone - Private guided walk of Recoletta Area. One of the most beautiful areas, and with more landmarks, (included tour of the Recoleta cemetery (Evita). This could be the best way to be introduced to your neighborhood and Buenos Aires. We can do it later in the afternoon, once you are all settled and the sun has come down a bit. ​  Your guide for the evening will be Sebastian.

    • ​Sebastian (Buenos Aires Guide): +54 9 11 2632-5799

  • Saturday, Jan 25th - 9PM - Gay night out experience - Private. Led by our own social butterfly. Lovely Brian will share with you traditions and tips, some of his favorite bars,  and dinner and show at one of the funnest places in BA.  Dinner and some drinks included. This can also be in a group if desired. Exact location where you will be meeting Brian will be announced later. 

    • Brian (Gay Night Experience Host):+54 9 11 2284-6222

  • Sunday,  Jan 26th - Noon -  History/Culture Walking Tour Private guided walk of San Telmo, The beautiful old town area of Buenos Aires . This day, San Telmo is alive, due to the famous San Telmo Antiques market. 

    • NIcolas (History/San Telmo Guide): +54 9 11 4407-8099 ​

    • Please meet Nicolas at Parque Lezama,  right at the corner or Brazil and Defensa, at the "Monumento Fuente a Don Pedro de Mendoza". 

    • Address: Defensa 1527, C1143AAH CABA, Argentina

  • Monday, Jan  27 - 9AM -  Street Art and Urban Experience - Explore another area of the city with an arty mindset.  Lunch, drinks, and snacks included.  Your guide for the experience is Florencia! our local art expert. She will be picking you up. at the hotel.  

    • Lunch is included in this one. Argentinian steak and wine.  Please let me know if there are any dietary restrictions.

    • Florencia (Street Art / Palermo Guide): +54 9 11 3803-5551 

  • Tuesday , Jan 28 11:15AM Pick Up -  Flight to Iguazu at 13:30 (AR 1732)  -  Juan. will come pick. you up at t hotel. 

    • Juan Lopez (Driver): +54 9 11 5726-5395​

 

Iguazu (Jan 28 -  Jan 31)

  • Tuesday, Jan  28 - Travel day. Arrival in Iguazu.  Driver will be waiting for you at. airport with a sign.

  • Wednesday, Jan 29 -7AM -  Private tour of national Iguazu Park. Spend the day discovering and admiring this natural wonder.   Brazilian Side was selected.  Your guide for the day. is Eduardo.  

    • NOTE: Passports will b e  required as you will be crossing the border into Brazil

    • Eduardo (Iguazu Guide): +55 45 9131-4169

  • Thursday, Jan 30 -  Free day 

    • NOTE: We have other option as well for additional activities, please let me know if interested:​

      • Visit Argentinian side of Iguazu National Park and Falls

      • Dinner with locas​

      • Eco tourism

  • Friday, Jan 31 - Flight to Cordoba at. 08:50 (AR 2707).  Please confirm pick up time with concierge at the hotel.  I recommended leaving at 6:45AM.  Transfer has already been paid.   ​​

 

Cordoba (Jan 31- Feb 2)

  • Friday, Jan 31 - Travel day. Arrival in Cordoba.  Driver will be waiting for you at airport with a sign.

  • Saturday, Feb 1 -  9 AM - Private experience discovering central Cordoba, colonial town. Explore this fascinating city and learn about its interesting history.  Ariel will be your guide. He will come get you at the hotel. 

    • Ariel (Cordona Guide): +54 9 351 223-6555​

  • Sunday, Feb 2 - Flight to Mendoza at 12:40 (AR 2562).  Please confirm pick up time with concierge at the hotel.  I recommended leaving at 10:30 AM.  Transfer has already been paid.   ​​

About Cordoba:  

 

Restaurants: The restaurant in the hotel is known for being good, but exploring the area around the hotel will be fun. A lot of restaurants, bars, and places to check out.  One that has been recommended is  "El Solar de Tejeda", just about 200mts from the hotel 

Gay Night Life:

  • The largest and main gay plus is called Zen.  Not in el Centro but jut about 10min from the center.   

  • As you may have already noticed, things start a bit later in Argentina and clubs are no exception. People  always hangout in bars and restaurants for drinks first, and then head out to the club around 1:30-2am. 

  • Friday you might decide to stay close by and not out too late. So make sure to ask Ariel, your guide, about things to do that Saturday night. He knows the gay scene in Cordoba. 

Mendoza (Feb 2 - Feb . 6)

  • Sunday, Feb 2  - Travel day. Arrival in Mendoza.  Luigi, your driver, will be waiting for you at airport with a sign.

    • Free afternoon.  Get to know Chacras de Coria town after checked in or get a taxi and check out Mendoza city. center, and start enjoying some wine!!

    • Luigi (Mendoza Driver and Hike Lead):+ 54 9 261 361-3992​

  • Monday, Feb 3 - 9AM - Wine Experience - Private guided experience visiting wineries and getting to  know one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world.  Included private guide, private transportation, lunch hosted by chef in a unique and private setting, and three wineries/wine tastings.

    • Daiana. (Mendoza Hostess/Guide): +54 9 261 609-8063

  • Tuesday, Feb 4 - 8AM  - Hike - Guided private hike/walk along side the beautiful Andes. Lakes, Mountains, and views for days! don't forget your camera this day.  ​Luigi,  your guide, will come looking  for you at the hotel. He will have a light snack and water for you. 

    • Luigi (Mendoza Driver and Hike Lead):+ 54 9 261 361-3992

  • ​Wednesday - Feb 5. - Free Day. - Continue to explore Chacras de Coria, rent Bikes and visit near by wineries,  or visit Mendoza center. if you haven't already. 
    • NOTE:  We could include more activities if you prefer having things planned in advance.  Some additional options are:

      • Andes Mountains experiences -Day excursions on vehicle. ​

      • Gaucho Experience - Horse back riding experience with asado and wine

      • Wine tasting in other regions.

  • Thursday,  Feb 6 - 06:45 AM Pick Up  -  Flight to Buenos Aires. at 09:20 (AR 1537). Luigi. will come. pick you up at the hotel

    • Luigi (Mendoza Driver and Hike Lead):+ 54 9 261 361-3992​

About Mendoza:  

 

Restaurants: You are located in the heart of Chacras. This little charming part of town has a good number of restaurants, bars, and even breweries to choose from.  These are some of my favorites 

 

If you decide to go to Mendoza, You have a couple of main areas for bars and restaurants. They are usually around Independencia Plaza, the main square in the city.  You can find many along "Sarmiento". The  Paseo (Pedestrians only. side) to the West of the plaza, and the Avenue to the East of the Plaza. Another street with a lot of action is Av. Aristides Villanueva (East of Belgrano)   

Gay Night Life:

  • La Reserva - Only open Thursday to Saturday evenings from 11:30pm till late. Rivadavia 32

  • Bar Spazio 348: Gay friendly, live music. Not open on Sundays. San Lorenzo 348.  

  • Cachita's: Great cocktails, karaoke night. Avenida Sarmiento 784 

  • Club - Queen Disco - Open everyday. Not in the center of the city. Short cab ride away.  25 de Mayo 318

Buenos Aires (Feb 6  - Feb 10)

  • Thursday, Feb 6 -  Travel Day. Arriving at AEP airport. Juan will be waiting for you to. take you back to Hotel Mio.

    • Juan Lopez (Driver): +54 9 11 5726-5395​

  • Thursday, Feb 6 -Dinner and Tango Show at Esquina Homero Manzi. One of the most iconic tanguerias of the city.  Dinner will be served first. I chose for you the Best option for menu. You will have options for main dish, a complimentary drink and a bottle of wine with your meal.

    • ​I recommend arriving around 9 PM to enjoy dinner without rushing.  Show starts around 10:15PM and lasts approximately 80min. 

    • Address: Av. San Juan 3601, C1233ABG CABA​. The hotel can help you with a taxi, you can order Uber or Cabify, or I could arrange transportation for you. 

    • Reservation is under your name,

  • Friday, Feb 7 - 10AM - Navigate in El Tigre (Delta of Parana River) - This is another great experience. It takes all day .  Privately cruise the canals while admiring the views of the area, and sipping drinks as part of experience.  Private transportation, drinks, and snacks onboard are included. Andres, your captain, will come pick. you up at the hotel to. drive. you to Tigre. Dress comfortably, think beach day (Speedos, bikinis, bathing shorts welcome),  and don't. forget your sunblock.

    • ​Andres (Tigre Cruising Captain/Host):+54 9 11 2515-2211

  • Saturday,  Feb 8 -  08:30PM  - Free Day

  • Sunday, Feb 9 - Free Day 

    • NOTE: I can recommend and plan other activities for your free time if you wish.   Some options are:

      • Bike tour in. the natural reserve within the city

      • Cooking class, food or wine tasting

      • List of recommendations for things to do and places to visit during your visit are included below.

  • Monday, Feb 10 - 11:45 AM Pick UP - Travel Day. Flight at 14:15 (BA0244). Juan. will come pick you up at the hotel. Feel free to coordinate with me or him at different time as desired.  

  • Full concierge services -  Before and throughout the trip (reservations, suggestions, etc)

    • Additional Activities - Help with additional activities you might be interested in while in any of the destinations. Including suggestions for things to do during free time.   

    • Nights out/shows - Plan nights out, provide suggestions for bars and local night life, and more as requested. I will add names of gay  and gay friendly bars and clubs to the final plan. 

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

    • Transportation - I would help organize as needed.  

 

There are many options for things to explore on your own,  Places you can visit after our tours if you  are in the area,  or during your free days:

  • El Ateneo Library

  • Colon Theater 

  • Recoleta Cemetery 

  • The Obelisk of Buenos Aires

  • Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

  • Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires MALBA

  • Museo de Arte Moderno de BA (MACBA)

  • Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento

  • Plaza de Mayo

  • Plaza Serrano Square

  • El Rosedal Park

  • Porto Madero 

  • Reserva Natural (rent Bikes)

  • Evita Peron Museum

  • El Caminito (Boca) - Very Touristic, but still has some charm. 

  • Dinner  Reservations to be l listed here: TBD

  • Restaurants: Check out my list of recommended restaurants on. google maps: HERE

  • Most of the gay bars and. clubs. will be closer to Palermo, but that's just a short drive away.  Near the hotel, there are some cocktail bars, and not too. far a well known Live jazz bar called Notorious.  Check it out if you like live music.

The Cost

The estimated cost of this packages with everything outlined above included is:

 

  • $7490 USD 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • This estimate is total for both, not individual cost

  • FLIGHTS - Overall cost of flights only went down a little. Certain times and airports vary in price, and cost of checked bags (One per passenger per flight) was also added.

  • ACCOMMODATIONS - Overall cost of accommodations went up as we added boutique hotels again in the plan vs apartments in BA (7-8 nights total), and we added one more night to the plan (16 vs. 17)

    • Most accommodations have options for additional upgrades. Let me know if interested in learning more. ​

  • ACTIVITIES - Current amount allows you to experience each city main attractions and culture, while still enjoying plenty of time to unwind, relax, and explore on your own. 

    • I am added El Tigre experience without removing any of the previously included options. Please let me know if you would like to remove something to reduce cost.

    • Furthermore, we can continue to look into other options, and validate schedule as desired.

  • You could save about 3.5% if payment is made via bank deposit (i.e. Transferwise) or another preferred payment method without fees. 

  • Overall, we can continue to update the package as desired, and price would be updated accordingly.

  • ​It is still an estimate because prices might change. 

  • Our packages do not include insurance. 

NEXT STEP : To confirm reservation, we would need at least 50% commitment now . to reserve hotels and secure flights.  If we make changes to activities or other services we can adjust remaining balance.  Remaining balance will need be paid 2 weeks before trip. In this case January 11. 

Let me know if there are any questions, comments, decisions.  

THANK YOU 

PREVIOUS PROPOSAL (Dec 13, 2019)

 

 

Hello, 

Thank you again for the opportunity to show you what your trip with us could look like.  This is a high level plan/proposal to get your first impression and thoughts.  Please take a look and let me know what you think. 

This is a living document, so we can add, remove, and edit it as much as necessary until you are fully satisfied. 

Summary

Based on our last conversation, I have updated the itinerary.  I am going to in more detail  my number . one recommendation, and at the end I would tell . you the other options in a more simplified way:

 

OPTION ONE -Based on wanting to stay north and not travel as much, I am suggesting this be your plan:

 

  • 16 Nights in Argentina (Only Mendoza and Punta del Este) 

    • 3 nights in Buenos Aires (BA) - Private apartment. ​

      • Central private apartment, modern, trendy.  ​

    • 4 nights in Mendoza - 4 star country guesthouse

      • Lovely Hacienda hotel is charming town, near wineries​

    • 3 nights in Buenos Aires - Private apartment. ​

      • Central private apartment, modern, trendy. 

    • 6 nights in  Punta Del Este - Gay hotel 

      • Cute and Fun hotel near the gay beach. This is where gay Argentinians escape to during the summer​

      • Locals do leave the city for long periods of time during the summer, and Punta del Este is one of the destinations they prefer. It is the closest beach town for Buenos Aires

  • Flights - All are with Aerolineas Argentinas - Economy Plus - One Checked bag included

    • BA -  Mendoza (1.5 hr - direct)

    • Mendoza -  BA (1.5 hr - direct)

    • BA - Punta del Este (55 min - direct) 

    • Punta del Este - BA (55min - direct) -  Early flight, same day as your return flight home

  • Airport Transportation

    • Round trip shuttle in all destinations

  • Breakfast  

    • If accommodation permits.

    • Quality and type of breakfast is dependent of hotel. 

    • Buenos hotel charges extra for this. I am including cost in estimate, but could remove if not desired. 

  • Activities/Experiences 

    • Buenos Aires

      • *Gay night out experience - Private. Led by our own social butterfly. Lovely Brian will share with you traditions and tips, some of his favorite bars,  and dinner and show at one of the funnest places in BA.  Dinner and some drinks included. This can also be in a group if desired. 

      • *History/Culture Walking Tour - Private guided walk of Telmo, The beautiful old town area of Buenos Aires  ​

      • *City Tour -  Zona Norte . - Private guided walk of another part of the city. One of the most beautiful . and with more landmarks, Recoleta. Included tour of the Recoleta cemetery (Evita)​

      • ​*Tango Experience - Dinner, show, and class. This is a VIP experience. Very Recommended. 

      • *Street Art and Urban Experience - Explore another area of the city with an arty mindset.  Lunch, drinks, and snacks included. 

      • I can recommend and plan other activities, if you have something particular in mind.  For instance:

        • Bike tour of the Natural reserve within the city

        • Cooking class

        • Navigate in El Tigre (Delta of Parana River) - This is another great experience. It takes all day and can be private or in group.  Cruise the canals while admiring the views of the area, and sipping drinks as part of experience.  

        • List of recommendations for things to do and places to visit during your visit will be included on the final plan. 

    • Mendoza

      • Wine Experience - Private guided experience visiting wineries and getting to  know one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world.  Transportation, lunch, and tastings included.

      • Hike - Guided private hike along side the beautiful Andes. Lakes, Mountains, and views for days! don't forget your camera this day.  

        • Note:I recommend not many scheduled activities here, and enjoy some free time exploring the town, near by wineries, and the local night life.  Play it by ear.

        • Never the less I can recommend and include more activities if you prefer having things planned in advance.  

    • Punta Del Este​

      • I am not including activities here. I recommend enjoying the beach, meeting people, going out for dinner,  drinks, and shopping, etc. This is a place to relax and enjoy the sun while making friends. Punta del Este is famous and glamorous too.

        • You can work with your hotel extra activities ​

  • Full concierge services -  Before and throughout the trip (reservations, suggestions, etc)

    • Additional Activities - Help with additional activities you might be interested in while in any of the destinations.

    • Nights out/shows - Plan nights out, provide suggestions for bars and local night life, and more as requested. I will add names of gay  and gay friendly bars and clubs to the final plan. 

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

    • Transportation - I would help organize as needed.  

OPTION TWO - This option would be:

16 Nights in Argentina (With Mendoza, Punta del Este, and quick trip to Iguazu Falls ) 

  • 3 nights in Buenos Aires (BA) - Private apartment. ​

    • Central private apartment, modern, trendy.  ​

  • 3 nights in Mendoza - 4 star country guesthouse

    • Lovely Hacienda hotel is charming town, near wineries​

  • 4 nights in Buenos Aires - Private apartment. ​

    • Central private apartment, modern, trendy. 

    • One day trip to Iguazu Falls in between - 

      • 1.5 hr flight each way from City airport. Leaving first thing in the morning and returning late that night.

    • Another option is to go for one night (2 in BA, 1 in Iguazu, 1 in BA)

      • Leaving in the evening and returning next evening.  You would travel light since you would leave your luggage at the apartment in Buenos Aires

      • Small boutique 4 star hotel​

  • 6 nights in  Punta Del Este - Gay hotel 

    • Cute and Fun hotel near the gay beach. This is where gay Argentinians escape to during the summer​

Activities/Experiences 

In addition to  the ones described in Option One, this option offers:

  

  • Iguazu Falls​

    • You will be picked up from the airport and taken to the Iguazu National Park for a day not to forget. Spend the day discovering and admiring this natural wonder.  You will have time to enjoy the park, see the falls, grab lunch and dinner before heading back without feel rushed.

      • If  you . opt for the option of staying the night,  you would arrive in the evening ​and be taken to the hotel, and wake up the next morning for breakfast and then the park. 

      • Private guided tour included.

Accommodations - Actual photos of accommodations . 

 

Buenos Aires  -  Chic Apartment in the heart of Recoleta. Recoleta is located between San Telmo/Monserrate (Old Town) and the North (Palermo ). This place is walking distance from many landmarks. 

 Mendoza -  Beautiful country style guest house (4 stars) located in beautiful Chacras de Coria. A picturesque town near wineries. You can walk or bike around, and the  center of the town is just a 10 minute cab ride. 

Punta del Este (Chihuahua) Gay hotel located in the gay friendly area of Chihuahua, near the beach and only a short cab ride from the center of Punta del Este.

Iguazu Falls - If you do decide to stay one night, I will confirm availability in our  favorite hotels. All 4 stars minimum, located in the jungle near the falls, with pool and breakfast included. 

The Cost

The estimated cost of this packages with everything outlined above included is:

 

  • Option One - $5960 (All tax and fees included)

  • Option Two - $6650 -  $6770 (All tax and fees included)  

PLEASE NOTE:

  • This estimate is total for both, not individual cost

  • We can make changes to the package as desired, and price would be updated accordingly.

  • ​It is still an estimate because prices might change. As soon as you approve the plan we will confirm prices. 

  • Our packages do not include insurance. 

Let me know if there are any questions, comments, decisions.  Please remember this is a living document.  We can continue to add, remove, change, etc.  We'll tailor this until everyone is completely satisfied. 

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