Daytours4u http://www.daytours4u.com/en Tours, activities and travel tips in South America Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:50:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 96832869 Friendship Day: What to expect from South Americans when they become your friends http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/friendship-day-expect-south-americans-become-friends/ Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:50:35 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12415 The value of friendship for South Americans can be demonstrated in three common ways: you will the first person they call up to party, they’ll invite you to their homes to eat like a member of the family, and will be in solidarity to join you on this adventure of travelling across South America. In [...]

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The value of friendship for South Americans can be demonstrated in three common ways: you will the first person they call up to party, they’ll invite you to their homes to eat like a member of the family, and will be in solidarity to join you on this adventure of travelling across South America.

In countries like Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay, friendship is so important that there’s Friendship Day to celebrate with your closest friends. This date was taken from the day that man stepped on the moon for the first time – July 20, 1969 – “in the name of the friendship of humanity towards the universe.” So if you’re going to travel to any destination in South America soon, here we leave you with some tips that will allow you to identify when you’re become more than just simple acquaintance to a South American and are now a friend.

Amigos y el fútbol

Football is ideal to share, like this group of friends who enjoyed a unique day at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro / Photo: @bertrandgrem


Friends in Argentina: Barbecue for everyone

The Argentines, especially the porteños, are known for their extroverted personalities. They enjoy sharing the classic barbecue, football and clubbing. They are famous for establishing long-lasting friendships, and the bonds they create in school often remain intact throughout their lives. They go on holiday together to the Atlantic coast and to the south, and meet up at least one day a week to talk about the news over the last 6 days of the week or make the same jokes that have been ongoing over the last 20 or 30 years.

Prepare to get a new nickname (if your name is Valeria, now you’ll be called Vale, or if your name is Sebastián, now you’ll be called Seba), although they can also adjust it and instead of Joaquín you’ll automatically become Joaco. After the nickname, they’ll invite you to the nightclubs where you’ll dance until dawn and the you’’ receive golden test of true friendship when they invite you over for barbecue or ravioli with the family.

Travel tip: If you want to make friends in this beautiful country, the tours in Argentina are the perfect opportunity to meet not only South Americans but also people from all over the world. If you’re traveling through Buenos Aires, take the opportunity to visit the top bars and clubs in the city, an ideal place to meet new potential friends.

Amigos en el Planetario

Buenos Aires is a city full of great attractions to visit with friends like the famous Palermo Planetarium / Photo: @edimardibilay


Friends in Brazil: Lets go to the beach!

Gestures of affection and generosity in Brazil are commonplace. The kindness of its inhabitants is widespread and they’ll be courteous to you even if it’s the first time they’ve ever met you. If this is how Brazilians are with strangers, imagine how they treat their friends with expressions of their affection.

For Cariocas mainly, any excuse is perfect to go celebrate on the beaches of Lapa and Ipanema, with tropical music in the background and a cold beer in hand. Friends also get together to go to the stadium and enjoy a soccer match, the favorite sport of the Brazilians, and they also love a good party. If you are part of their inner circle of friendship, they will open the doors of their homes to welcome you during your trip to Brazil.

Travel tip: One of the best places to make friends in Brazil, especially in Rio de Janeiro, is in the bars and clubs of the city, so take advantage of the Pub Crawl in Lapa and Ipanema. If you’re in São Paulo, here we provide find 3 trendy bars that you can’t miss during your trip in order to make new friends.

Bares de Buenos Aires

The party never ends in Rio de Janeiro; join the best pub crawls in the city and meet new friends!


Friends in Chile: Born to Party!

Chileans also love a good party because according to them they’re”born to party”. For the younger crown, partying is synonymous with friendship and at least once a week, they get together to go out “carretear” (go club hopping). Like the Argentines, they host a “ pregame”(meeting at a friend’s house before going out to dance) and at 2:00 am they start the tour of the top bars and nightclubs in the big cities.

You can expect kindness and long conversations from Chileans. They aren’t very strict about planning to meet up with friends, and are happy to incorporate new friends into their groups and are also very generous when it comes to sharing. Be prepared for their off-color humor, because the natural disasters they’ve had to ensure due to climatic reasons have only strengthened their spirit. Therefore, it is not surprising that they have famous drinks like “El Terremoto” (Earthquake), “Tsunami” or “La Réplica”.

Travel tip: If you’re in the Chilean capital and feeling energized, don’t miss the Santiago by Night Bike Tour, it’s a great opportunity to visit the emblematic places of the city and make new friends during the excursion.

After a fun night in the clubs of Viña del Mar, this group of friends decided to end their journey in front of the Pacific / Photo: Paola Rodríguez


Friends in Colombia: The best therapist and the life of the party

In Colombia your friends will call you parcero, panita and even compadre / comadre as if you were made one of godparents to their children. Possibly the most valuable quality of Colombians as friends is their ability to listen to you and find the perfect words for any situation. You don’t go to the therapist in Colombia to get out of a funk, for example, you just get together with your Colombian friend and a bottle of the best aguardiente!

Like every good South American, the party and the flavor runs through their veins. They dance salsa better than anyone (just ask James Rodríguez of the Colombian soccer team!), they cook their traditional dishes at any time and place in the world, and they’re so proud of their homeland that they sport t-shirts and objects with the yellow, blue and red of the national flag. Feel fortunate to have a Colombian friend or friend, because you’ll learn to dance, cook and be a good listener as God intended.

Travel tip: Live the most authentic experiences and enjoy these excursions with the locals in three of Colombia’s main cities: the Bogotá Salsa Night Club Tour, the Medellín Nightlife Tour and the Chiva Rumba – Cartagena Party Bus Tour.

Colombians do know how to have fun, especially when they are on the beautiful beaches of Cartagena / Photo: @catherinefg16


Friends in Uruguay: Everything that lasts begins with a mate

For Uruguayans the first real and authentic test of friendship is the ritual of mate. After drinking your first mate with a Uruguayan you can be assured that a beautiful friendship has begun. Clearly there will be other types of important demonstrations, such as going out to eat a barbecue together, but drinking mate is the key.

Your friendship with the Charrúas will be based on two admirable values: respect and tolerance. They are open and respectful of each other’s differences and celebrate cultural, religious, political, sexual, etc. diversity. They live a slower paced life than many other South Americans and they know how to live together in harmony. One of the exceptions to the rule is football, an a ritual that is experienced with intensity, so prepare your eyes and ears to witness it in each superclásico between Nacional and Peñarol, as the Uruguayans rarely behave like this.

Travel tip: If you’re travelling to the Uruguayan capital with friends, do the Bar Facal Lunch & Show tour. If you’re more traditional, you can opt for the Wine Tasting at a themed hotel in Punta Carretas and then take advantage of the best of Montevidean nightlife. Find the best options for going out in the city in our Montevideo Nightlife Guide of clubs, pubs and things to do.

Bar Facal

Uruguayan cuisine is amazing, nothing better than going with friends to the Facal Bar in Montevideo to eat a delicious chivito / Photo: @cheilaanja


The value of friendship is transcendental for the South American culture and although each country has different codes and traditions, they all recognize that meeting with old and new friends is one of the pillars of life, because friends really are, at the end of the day, the family that one chooses.

HAPPY FRIENDSHIP DAY!

By: Keilma Rojas, content editor at Daytours4u

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The street art of Valparaíso: A true museum to heaven http://www.daytours4u.com/en/chile4u/street-art-of-valparaiso/ Tue, 10 Jul 2018 14:34:38 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12411 Valparaíso is a city that is unique in its class. Its labyrinthine framework marked by passages, elevators and stairs, its eclectic architecture and its neighborhoods on multiple hills amaze all those who visit it. It’s the capital of the region that bears the same name and houses the main port of Chile, which is also [...]

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Valparaíso is a city that is unique in its class. Its labyrinthine framework marked by passages, elevators and stairs, its eclectic architecture and its neighborhoods on multiple hills amaze all those who visit it.

Valparaíso is one of the most visited cities in Chile


It’s the capital of the region that bears the same name and houses the main port of Chile, which is also one of the most important in the South Pacific. In 2003, Unesco declared the historic center of the city a World Heritage Site for many reasons. One of them is that the port of Valparaíso is considered a benchmark in the beginnings of globalization from the intercontinental trade that began to intensify at the end of the 19th century. Another reason is the morphology of its landscape, which resembles a huge amphitheater where each point of the old city overlooks the sea.

However, Valparaíso has other heritage treasures that are rarely mentioned officially and yet, it’s created a reputation that has crossed borders and attracts thousands of tourists every year, mainly young photographers or instagrammers in search of the best shots for their social network. We’re talking about the graffiti and murals, many of which have been made by artists of the highest level, both Chilean and foreign. So now you know that one of the best things you can do in Valparaíso is to take your camera and start touring this city-museum, either on your own or by joining a tour that shows you what is now known as La Ruta del Graffiti Porteño.


Where to start

In Valparaíso (as in all big cities) you’ll find neighborhoods that are more and less touristy. For this reason, especially if you’re staying for a short period of time, we recommend that you start by visiting the most emblematic neighborhoods, which is where the best hotel, gastronomic and nightlife offers also lie. To begin you can take a walk around the Puerto neighborhood (preferably by day), located in the flat area and near the sea. Take a tour of the squares Echaurren, Sotomayor and Wheelwright, as well as the Church of the Matrix and the Mercado Puerto. There you’ll see some works of legendary graffiti artists such as Cekis, Hes, Saile and the Ha Crew, who are already part of the history of Chilean muralism.

Then you can start climbing the hills, and in those same streets that ascend you will find more “exposed galleries” so to speak. There’s also the famous Plaza Anibal Pinto, from which the Cumming ascent and the Condell ascent rise. It’s a classic meeting point for all Bohemians and also a place crowded with murals that rotate out regularly, but all can remember some classics like those of Aislap, El Odio and Dana Pink.

Any place is perfect to capture the creativity of Chilean artists like this mural in a parking lot in Valparaíso


Cerro Alegre and Concepción

Continuing with our tour, we recommend that you go directly to Cerro Alegre and from there you pass to Cerro Concepcion; without a doubt one of the most chic, arty and well-kept areas of all Valparaíso.

Now, if you want a 100% porteño and heritage experience, we recommend that you go up in the El Peral elevator that is located in Playa Sotomayor. As soon as you exit this elevator, you’ll stumble across works by some of the best-known Chilean and foreign muralists. In this neighborhood you can locate, for example, the famous INTI Castro, who has literally walked around the world making murals, and who only after gaining international fame was recognized by the cultural authorities in Valparaíso, his native city.

Other notable works that you’ll l find in the charming little streets of Cerro Alegre include La Robot de Madera, Claudio Dre, Un Kolor Distinto, Charquipunk, the Colombian Stink Fish, the Spanish Cuellimangui and the French Ella & Pitr.

Travel tip: When you’re here, be sure to visit the Yugoslavian Promenade and its staircase full of tags, posters and stickers.

The whole city is a real museum, do not forget your camera!


Valparaíso en Colores

Since we’ve mentioned Inti Castro, a famous Chilean artist who has transferred Latin American syncretism (especially that of the Andean culture) to muralism, we’d also like to take this opportunity to note one of the most important projects in which he has participated. We’re referring to Valparaíso en Colores, which is something like a “turn of the screw” of the Porteño Graffiti Route. This project, which has a permanent staff of five people and in which more than forty artists have collaborated with the support of the University of Valparaíso, aims to take mural art beyond the circuits normally frequented by tourists.

The premise behind this initiative is that all people like and are struck by art, as all feel the need to express themselves in an aesthetic key, different from everyday communication. The problem is that art is often circumscribed in exclusive spaces or restricted access. Hence the enormous potential of muralism and graffiti, phenomena that bring art closer to the neighborhoods and indirectly redistribute the income that comes from tourism by opening new circuits on the agenda of cities with heritage value.

Travel tip: If you want to admire some of the works that have emerged from this project that mixes mural art with the preservation of neighborhood identity, we recommend taking a walk around Cerro la Cruz, one of the most colorful parts of the port.

Muralism and graffiti are phenomena that bring art closer to the neighborhoods


Cerro Cárcel

From Cerro Alegre, you’ll continue climbing until you reach San Luis Square, where (surprise!) there’s also graffiti. Once there, turn left on Avenida Alemania and go down to Cerro Cárcel, the adjoining neighborhood, whose name comes from the building of the Ex Prison of Valparaíso, today converted into an important cultural center.

In this sector you’ll find murals by the Chilean Dasic Fernández (who currently lives and paints in Brooklyn), the Belgian artist Roa, famous for his giant animals in black and white. There’s also a piece by the Australian Swaze and finally a mural by the Brazilian duo Pam and Tikka.

Take advantage of your tour of the hills of Valparaíso to enjoy the beautiful view offered by the port of the city


Van Buren

This sector takes the name of an important hospital located there. In the surrounding streets there are murals by renowned artists such as the Danish Soten and TIWS, and the French Kaput, as well as the locals 056 and UKD.

The Van Buren sector has two particularities that are worth mentioning: on the one hand, it’s comprised of a set of walls that combine both urban art and illegal graffiti, so that both the followers of one movement and the other will be appeased with a visit. Another characteristic of the sector is that it has many nooks and crannies that aren’t easy to recognize. For this reason, if you visit Van Buren we recommend that you join an urban art tour. Know that in Valparaíso there are many corridors in disuse, abandoned houses, hidden doors and old stairs. It’s in those places where some of the most valuable gems of muralism and porteño graffiti are hidden.

Murales de Van Buren

In the least expected place of Valparaíso you will see murals that you can not stop photographing


Cerro Polanco

Cerro Polanco is part of what we could call “the deep Valparaíso”. It includes a sector that formerly attracted almost no tourists. This was until 2012 when the girls of Crazys Crew organized an international graffiti meeting (Polanco GraffFestival) that filled the neighborhood with colors, including the blocks of buildings of Lechería, Larraín and Cerro Barón. Taking into account that Valparaíso is a city that depends largely on tourism, this initiative had very positive results, since it integrated a sector of the city that was commonly relegated and even stigmatized because it was considered a low-income neighborhood full of delinquency.

What’s more, once the graffiti tours began to circulate around the Polanco Hill, the building authorities began to prioritize various stagnant works in the public agenda, such as the improvement of lighting, paving of cobblestones, repairing the sidewalks, repairing the roofs of houses, etc. Then urban art in this context became part of a comprehensive project to improve urban equipment and social conditions of life.

Cerro Polanco

Cerro Polanco is part of the “deep Valparaíso” that was integrated into the tourist circuit by an initiative of the Crazys Crew / Source: Polanco GraffFestival


Did you enjoy yourself?

If after going up and down stairs photographing the amazing murals of Valparaíso you haven’t been satisfied, then we recommend that you take a workshop and go from being a just a spectator to an actor in the world of urban art. There are many undertakings that nowadays combine both tours and mural painting classes, and many of these are taught by the artists themselves. These last ones are the ones we recommend the most, because who better than a porteño muralist to enter and get lost in this incredible labyrinth of colors?

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By: Brian Gray, Chilean anthropologist and muralist specializing in urban visual culture

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5 places in the Colombian Pacific that you didn’t know existed http://www.daytours4u.com/en/colombia4u/5-places-in-the-colombian-pacific/ Thu, 05 Jul 2018 12:00:40 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12398 The southwest of Colombia has a magical region where euphoria, nature and gastronomy come together to offer travelers an extraordinary experience. In this article, we invite you to visit 5 places in the Colombian Pacific that hide all the ‘tumbao’* of this region that offers flavor, warm climate and variety of rhythms to enjoy an [...]

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The southwest of Colombia has a magical region where euphoria, nature and gastronomy come together to offer travelers an extraordinary experience. In this article, we invite you to visit 5 places in the Colombian Pacific that hide all the ‘tumbao’* of this region that offers flavor, warm climate and variety of rhythms to enjoy an unforgettable vacation.


1. Cali: The salsa capital of the world

This city was made for dancing and being one of the capitals of the Colombian Pacific, it hosts important folk music festivals such as Petronio Álvarez, or the World Salsa Festival. It also has a varied gastronomic offer whose based in fried foods that can be tried in restaurants like Hacienda del Bosque, a great place to explore the flavors of Latin fusion cuisine.

This ‘branch of the sky’, as the city was nicknamed after the Pan American Games of 1971 due to the civility, organization and kindness of its people, has a remarkable characteristic: the greenness of the mountains that surround it. Therefore, one of the recommended activities is to visit the top of the city to see it from different viewpoints.

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Cali

Cali is also a romantic city; do not forget to visit her on your next trip to Colombia / Photo: Ricardo Hincapié


During the day you can also visit several cultural centers such as the Museum of Tertulia or Caliwood, and even escape to Andoke, a butterfly garden where your senses will be awoke. In the evening, the rhythm heats up ** so, we suggest you take some salsa lessons to be able to keep up.

On the outskirts of Cali you can find the best of nature and adventure. Extreme sports and a beautiful landscape in one place. La Maloca de los Vientos is a theme park that brings together 9 extreme and innovative activities. Although it’s difficult to choose whether the best part of this adventure is arriving at the park or entering the traditional haciendas in Cali.

If you’re a romantic, then you’ll love visiting Hacienda El Paraíso, the inspiration for Colombian writer Jorge Isaacs of his iconic novel: María. Entering the gates is like going back in time and reliving this love story.

Hacienda El Paraiso inspired Jorge Isaacs to write “María”; inspire yourself too / Photo: Mario Carvajal


2. Calima Lake: a place for adventure

This reservoir is one of the largest in the America, which makes it the perfect location for water sports. The combination of warm weather and the blue of the lake invite you to adventure.

This place is ideal for leaving the bustle of Cali to relax in nature for a day. In addition, in the town of El Darién, where the lake is located, you can visit the Archaeological Museum. If you come in August, when the Summer Festival takes place, you’ll also experience the best of Vallon folklore.

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Lago Calima

Live your own adventure on Lake Calima! / Photo: JMisael123ct


3. Gorgona Island, ideal for whale watching

The islands of Gorgona and Malpelo are National Natural Parks that were declared Natural Heritage of Humanity sites. If you love diving, you can’t miss the opportunity to visit this natural reserve.

In its waters you can see starfish, moray eels, turtles and sharks, and if you go between July and mid-October you can go whale watching! Before traveling, even before arriving in Colombia, consult the National Natural Parks page, to find out the cost of the entrance fee, as well as any restrictions or reservations required to enter the park.

Take advantage of the whale season and book this magical experience!

Ballena jorobada

Between July and October you can see the whales in the Colombian Pacific, you can not miss it! / Source


4. Nuquí, a space for ecotourism

Located in Chocó, this magical place is ideal for those who want to disconnect from the modern world. The internet and telephone signal is inconsistent, there are modest lodgings and the menu is limited; even so, it’s one of the best places to get lost, to relax, to fall in love, to swim, and for everything. Therefore, if you’re a person with an adventurous spirit, this region is ideal for you. It’s possible to go outside of Nuquí to tour the mangroves, surf or kayak.

As it’s an isolated place, remember to bring cash since finding ATMs or exchange houses is challenging. Reserve your lodging before traveling and get vaccinated because it’s tropical zone with a lot of risk for mosquito bites.

There are places like Posada Palo de Agua where you can sleep in hammocks or in private rooms. Solomon’s Refuge is another good option, located 45 minutes by boat from Nuquí. At each place you’ll find different features but all with the objective of making your trip a haven of peace.


5. San Cipriano Natural Reserve

This reserve is located a couple of hours from Cali. You can’t get there by the main road and have to arrive by the train tracks, a transport that the locals call ‘brujitas’. This transport consists of pulling along, powered by a motorbike, a wooden blank with benches placed on the train tracks. It’s not a fast option fast but it is always better to be safe when riding.

San Cipriano is one of the wettest places in Colombia, so you’ll probably enjoy diving into its crystalline river, where you can see the bottom even when it’s 5 meters deep! Another of the unmissable activities is to walk upstream for an hour and then slip down the river on tires.

Its star dish is the Muchillá caviar, a river seafood soup that’s ambrosia on the palate. The recommendation is to plan the trip and book before you arrive because being a small town, in high season it can be difficult to find lodging.

Reserva Natural San Cipriano

Are you going to resist this spectacular river? Let yourself be surprised by the Colombian Pacific! / Photo: Laura García


Bonus: ¿How to speak caleño?

This region has a very unique way of speaking, so here we leave you with some translated expressions to make you feel like local when you are there.

– Aletoso: It’s an aggressive person who has no trouble looking for a fight.

– Abejorreo: Kissing passionately in public. It’s a common act when the festive atmosphere reaches its peak.

– Biringo: Being naked.

– ¡Bien o qué!: It’s a friendly greeting very common in all of Colombia, but to some foreigners, especially to Spanish speakers, it can be considered aggressive.

– **Calidoso: Is something or someone cool, they also say chévere or bacano.

– Cusumbosolo: Being lonely and bitter.

– Entuque: It’s an informal relationship, when you first start dating a person they say that you have an ‘entuque’.

– *Tumbao: Having style in the way you talk, dress, or walk.

Sign yourself up to dance salsa, speak caleño and eat fish. The Colombian Pacific awaits you!

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By: Laura García Betancur, Colombian journalist and audiovisual communicator at the University of Manizales, Colombia.

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LGBT Pride Day: 8 gay friendly tourist experiences to do in South America http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/lgbt-pride-day-gay-friendly-tourist-experiences/ Thu, 28 Jun 2018 15:39:25 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12393 South America continues taking important steps to solidify the rights of the LGBT+ community and for this reason many countries in our continent are considered gay friendly by the rest of the world. Today, for Gay Pride Day, we’ve selected 8 of the best gay friendly tourism experiences in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia and Chile, [...]

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South America continues taking important steps to solidify the rights of the LGBT+ community and for this reason many countries in our continent are considered gay friendly by the rest of the world. Today, for Gay Pride Day, we’ve selected 8 of the best gay friendly tourism experiences in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia and Chile, with the aim of highlighting the transcendental role of tourism in promoting tolerance and equality.

Many countries in South America are considered gay friendly by the rest of the world


After the violent riots that took place against the LGBT community on June 28, 1969, in the New York bar Stonewall Inn, this day is commemorated every year around the world with the Gay Pride March. In South America, these demonstrations are multitudinous and the organization of the combative community has accomplished, among other achievements, that 6 of the 12 countries in the continent recognize some type of same-sex unions, and that marriage between persons of the same sex is legal in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay, and adoption by homoparental families in these same countries.

Thus, the South American countries seek to consolidate as gay friendly tourist destinations and a significant proof of this is the award received in 2017 Colombia for promoting LGBT tourism. Discover all the diversity of our countries and travel with pride in South America.


Buenos Aires Gay Pub Crawl

Argentina is one of the most sought after destinations by the LGBT + community precisely because of the amount of gay friendly activities that can be found in almost every city in the country. In Buenos Aires, one of the most popular tours is the Gay Pub Crawl. Travelers visit the best bars and clubs in Palermo Soho, where much of the Buenos Aires nightlife is concentrated. Tourists seek out this activity because it’s a complete package: it includes drinks, snacks, tickets to the nightclubs without waiting in long lines and bilingual local guides who accompany them throughout the night.

In Buenos Aires, one of the most popular tours is the Gay Pub Crawl


Madero Tango Show in Buenos Aires

The artistic offer of Buenos Aires is another of the elements that make it so attractive to the LGBT + community and, in the case of Gardel’s birthplace -although it’s not yet known if it was in Uruguay or France-, tango shows are the most requested by travelers. Madero Tango is an exceptional proposal to experience the best of Buenos Aires nightlife in one of the most innovative neighborhoods of the city: Puerto Madero. It’s also one of the few shows recommended by the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), the leading global network of tourism companies that provide resources and information for travelers in the LGBTQ community in more from 75 countries. In addition to the dance performance, at Madero Tango you can enjoy a delicious dinner with the best view of the city.

Madero Tango

It’s also one of the few shows recommended by the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association


Snow and Fire with Dinner in Ushuaia

Buenos Aires is not the only city that has a reputation for respecting the sexual diversity of all those who pass through. At the end of the world there are also exciting experiences for everyone and one of them is the activity known as Snow and Fire with dinner in Ushuaia. Take advantage of the austral winter to explore the frozen forests of this charming Argentine city and walk in the snow with the starry sky up above. In the refuge of the mountain, you’ll enjoy an exquisite dinner cooked in a magical atmosphere that’s like out of a movie. It’s a lovely excursion for solo travelers or couples!

Nieve y fuego en Ushuaia

With the activity Snow and Fire in Ushuaia you’ll enjoy an exquisite dinner cooked in a magical atmosphere


Ginga Tropical Show in Río de Janeiro

In Brazil there are great contradictions in relation to gender equality and the rights conquered by the LGBT + community. Despite important achievements such as the legalization of same-sex marriage, the country recognizes that much remains to be done. However, the South American giant offers unmissable tourist options for all, and one of the infallible recommendations is the Ginga Tropical show in Rio de Janeiro. It’s a night full of music and color to exalt the best of Brazilian culture and its diversity.

Ginga Tropical Show

One of the infallible recommendations in Rio de Janeiro is the Ginga Tropical show / Source


Wine Tasting in Montevideo

The Uruguayan legislation of the last decade is one of the most advanced in Latin America and the world in terms of LGBT + rights. Not only with its laws, but from the cultural point of view, Uruguay is a prime example of respect for diversity, and that’s why it’s won the hearts of the international community that chooses it as a vacation destination. Recommendations for activities and excursions in Uruguay are endless, but if we had to suggest one at this time it would be the Wine Tasting in Montevideo. Tannat, olive oil and a cheese and cold cuts platter are the perfect combination for an unforgettable afternoon in the Uruguayan capital.

Vinos en Montevideo

Tannat, olive oil and a cheese and cold cuts platter are the perfect combination for an unforgettable afternoon in Montevideo


Excursion to Viña and Valparaíso from Santiago de Chile

Chile is in style. Apart from being an ideal destination for adventure, it’s become very attractive country for tourists from all over the world. Its big cities have a solid infrastructure and a cultural formation of respect and tolerance from the tourist staff, so you can not miss visiting Valparaíso and Viña del Mar during your trip. They’re charming places, where the sea breeze gives you an unparalleled peace and its extensive vineyards transport you to the deepest part of the Chilean countryside. If you’re in Santiago de Chile and have little time to explore the surroundings, take advantage of this one-day tour, you won’t regret it!

Valparaíso

Travel to Valparaíso and fall in love with its murals!


Andrés Carne de Res Night Tour Bogotá

Much has been said about Latin American machismo and there are probably those who tie Colombia to this negative image. However, the country has taken short but firm and significant steps to promote the image of the country as an LGBT destination. As in all the South American nations, the great capitals are the pioneers in carrying the flag of respect and tolerance; that is why Bogotá is a city that offers varied alternatives to have great experiences. One of them is to go out to dinner at Andrés Carne de Res, especially at the main restaurant located near Bogotá. Exquisite food, a festive and colorful atmosphere, and first class attention is what awaits you at Andrés Carne de Res.

Andrés Carne de Res

A festive and colorful atmosphere is what awaits you at Andrés Carne de Res / Source


Tour to Holambra in São Paulo

São Paulo is one of the cities where the most multitudinous Gay Pride parades in the world take place. Unlike other large world cities, the Paulistas hold the grand parade every June 3 and this year, 2018, more than 3 million people participated. In this huge and diverse city there are plenty of experiences to live, one of the most charming is the walk to Holambra, known as the City of Flowers. It’s a day tour to escape from the concrete city to enjoy flower fields in the middle of a small town created by Dutchmen who still possesses the original architecture of its foundation.

Tour a Holambra

Escape the concrete city and enjoy flower fields in Holambra


By: Keilma Rojas, web content editor at Daytours4u

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Useful tips to experience the best ski resorts near Santiago de Chile during the austral winter http://www.daytours4u.com/en/chile4u/the-best-ski-resorts-near-santiago/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:00:54 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12384 Chile is one of the favorite destinations for tourists who practice winter sports in Latin America, especially those who are not accustomed to seeing snow in their countries of origin. It is also an attractive panorama for those who are visiting Santiago during the winter months, because it’s very easy to access the snowy mountain [...]

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Chile is one of the favorite destinations for tourists who practice winter sports in Latin America, especially those who are not accustomed to seeing snow in their countries of origin. It is also an attractive panorama for those who are visiting Santiago during the winter months, because it’s very easy to access the snowy mountain range and the top ski resorts that exist there. So if you want to break out your ski goggles when you are in Chile, here you’ll find a list of places that you can’t miss and a few tips that will come in handy.


When to go

Depending on the center or resort and with a few small differences, the ski season in the main ski resorts in Chile opens in June and closes in October; July being the strongest month since it coincides with the winter school holidays for children and university students.

Travel Tip: If you want a relaxed ski trip and to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city, we recommend that you go up to the mountains during the month of August and on weekdays, since in July, and especially on long weekends, the centers closest to Santiago (as Farellones) are crowded with visitors.


How to access the ski resorts near Santiago

Although the closest ski resorts to Santiago is just a few kilometers away, the trip there can take between an hour and a half and two hours by car due to the curvy route that climbs through the mountains and the high traffic that is sometimes generated on weekends.

If you’re staying in the city, you can rent a car from 60 USD per day and make the trip on your own. Then you’ll need to buy the tickets for each ski route, whose prices vary according to the season and the ski resort, but on average they charge around 20 USD in high season and 15 USD in low season.

Esquí en Valle NevadoThe ski resorts near Santiago have many activities for beginners and experts; live an adventure in Chile!  / Photo: João Mattos

You can also go for the day by hiring a tour for USD 70 on average. However, if your intention is to stay more than a day, snowboard or ski and try out several resorts, then it’s best to hire a transfer or a package directly, for the convenience. On average, the transfers departing from the Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport and from any hotel in the capital have cost around USD 24 per one-way trip. As for the packages, there are all kinds available that vary in price depending on the specific resort and the services they offer, but most include the transfer from the airport or hotel, bed and breakfast, ski lift tickets, group ski lessons and equipment rental.

Travel tip: Before visiting a ski center or purchasing a package, get all the information. Some prices can have major differences, especially in regard to accommodation, since there is a wide range of residential to luxury hotels offered. Also, if you’re an experienced skier or snowboarder, then you’ll need to find out which centers offer the best tracks and off-piste, both backcountry, cross-country and frontcountry.


Farellones

Farellones is the oldest ski center in Chile and gets its name from the town of wooden houses in which it is located. Located on an extensive plain in the middle of mountain range at 2400 meters above sea level, Farellones is a great destination to visit with your family. It has three drag lifts, the Novices, Forestin and Funnel, which allow access to the two tracks for beginners and intermediates, as well as off-piste called “Falso Funnel”, the latter ideal for practicing frontcountry skiing, obviously only for the experienced skiers.

The center offers all the necessary services for the tourist, but in high season they are unable to accomodate all their visitors. Maybe it’s because Farellones is, on the one hand, the ski center closest to Santiago (36 kilometers), because it is the cheapest and also because it is one of the few that offers more entertainment alternatives for children. Recently, a snowboarding park was inaugurated, which experiences long lines to its popularity, and there is also a tubing park where parents and children can go down the slopes together.

Travel Tip: Don’t miss the famous pub El Montañés. In addition to its exquisite menu, this place has the distinction of being the first Andean pub and dates back to the time of the pioneer skiers in Chile who entered the cold summits of the mountain looking for good snow to practice the sport that fascinated them. It’s a place with a lot of history and mystique, elements that undoubtedly imbue the atmosphere of the lively evenings that you can experience during your visit.

FarellonesFarallones is the oldest ski resort of Chile, a ideal destination for families / Source

Valle Nevado

Located 46 kilometers east of the Chilean capital, Valle Nevado is the largest ski center in Latin America and the most modern in Chile. It was designed by French architects following the pattern of the winter resorts of the Alps.

It’s located at the foot of Cerro El Plomo, in the middle of the Andes Mountain Range, and is famous for the quality of its facilities, for the great extension of its fields (23,000 skiable acres) and for being one of the current venues of the Snowboard World Cup. It has three first class hotels, four types of apartments, detachable chairlifts (easier to board than common ones), ample parking, shops, a wide variety of restaurants and a snow school.

It also has specially prepared runs for beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert skiers. For those true adventure seekers, perfect for adrenaline lovers of, Valle Nevado also offers a heli boarding and heli riding service, which consists of access to territories that are outside the courts open to the public and which can only be reached by helicopter. It is an exclusive experience in the middle of spectacular spots covered in powder snow.

Valle NevadoValle Nevado is the biggest ski resort of Latin America; you can’t miss it!  / Photo: Daytours4u

La Parva

La Parva is also very close to Santiago, just 50 kilometers to the east following Camino a Farellones. Located at 2750 meters of altitude and with a beautiful view of the central valley, La Parva is the ski center that has the largest lodging capacity in Chile, which makes it a great place to vacation and make new friends from June to October. Like Valle Nevado, it has virgin snow fields ideal for snowboarding, as well as powder snow circuits where heli-skiing is carried out.

In the sector known as Villa la Parva the tourist will find all the services and amenities necessary to have an enjoyable and comfortable stay: condominium apartments for rent, cafeterias, restaurants, bar, ski school, a nightclub, health clinic and parking.


El Colorado

La Parva, Valle Nevado and El Colorado make up the largest ski area in South America. The Colorado is also one of the oldest ski centers in Chile and was built by the same pioneers who founded the mountain village of Farellones in the 40s.

It’s located at 2560 meters of altitude and its highest track reaches 3333 meters. It has 70 slopes and 40 kilometers of skiable terrain, both for beginners and for expert skiers. It has all the services that the tourist needs: a cafeteria, bar, nightclub, small hotels and apartments for rent. It is without a doubt a wonderful place that is worth visiting, especially if you’re at the nearby ski resorts.

El ColoradoThe highest piste of El Colorado reaches 3333 meters, you will live a very special moment in this resort near Santiago  / Source

Portillo

Some say that Portillo is older even than Farellones, and there is some truth to that. This place was founded as a refuge for the workers and engineers in charge of maintaining the old railroad that connected Chile with Mendoza at the end of the 19th century. From 1910 the same train began to be used as a cableway to ascend from Caracoles to Juncal, a sector in which the Portillo ski area is currently located. Because of this we could say that technically yes, this center dates from a time before the founding of Farellones. However, the place did not begin to have many visitors until 1945, the year in which its first grand hotel was inaugurated.

If we had to say something about Portillo, they would only be positive things. Its snowy fields surround the beautiful emerald waters of the Laguna del Inca, a place with a lot of history within the Andean culture, as it happens with Cerro el Plomo, both sacred places in the Inca culture.

Due to its slope, Portillo has hosted world ski championships and is a training place for competitors from all over the world to practice descents at high speed. The famous French skier Jean Claude Killy won his first gold medals in Portillo, and still today the national team of the United States trains in these fields before attending the Olympic Winter Games. It’s also an ideal place to practice snowboarding thanks to its abundant powder snow.

As for its equipment, it is necessary to point out that Portillo is located in the middle of the Andes and surrounded by true nature, 165 kilometers from Santiago. For this reason it has a hotel as it is easier and safer to offer all the services that tourists and athletes require in one place.

Laguna del Inca en PortilloIn Portillo, apart from skiing, you can also see the incredible landscape with the Laguna del Inca and the Cerro El Plomo / Photo: Residencia Altamar

Travel Tip: As we pointed out at the beginning, there are options to travel directly from the airport to the ski centers. However, you may prefer to head first to a shopping mall in the center of Santiago before venturing into the mountains, since at all the large shopping centers you’ll find shops specializing in ski and snowboard equipment. In these places you’ll also find the best prices, but not when you are already up in the mountains. Reserve the Shopping Tour in Santiago online and take advantage of all the information of interest about discounts that the experienced local guide will give you.

By: Brian Gray, Chilean anthropologist and muralist specializing in urban visual culture

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Uruguay4u Review: Historic Quarter City Tour of Colonia del Sacramento http://www.daytours4u.com/en/uruguay4u/historic-quarter-city-tour-of-colonia/ Wed, 20 Jun 2018 19:57:52 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12378 During my stay in Uruguay, before taking the ferry to return to Buenos Aires, I had the opportunity to visit the small city of Colonia del Sacramento thanks to the City Tour through the Historic District. Colonia is known mainly for this center full of old buildings and is also noted on the UNESCO World [...]

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During my stay in Uruguay, before taking the ferry to return to Buenos Aires, I had the opportunity to visit the small city of Colonia del Sacramento thanks to the City Tour through the Historic District. Colonia is known mainly for this center full of old buildings and is also noted on the UNESCO World Heritage List. For both of these reasons, the city attracts many tourists every year.

Walking through the streets of Colonia transports you to the origin of one of the most charming cities in Uruguay


Historic Quarter City Tour of Colonia

The tour started at the door of the old walled city, at 3:00 p.m. The guide, Federico, very nice and passionate, began by explaining why this site was so important in history an especially to the Portuguese and the Spanish.

After sharing a short history of Colonia with us, he had us enter the walls of the city founded by the Portuguese in 1680, to show us the architectural differences between the Portuguese and Spanish buildings of each period of occupation in the city. He also told us some anecdotes and we entered the Calle de los Suspiros, where we saw an old Portuguese-style house restored with techniques and materials from that time. There is a local artist in this house who sells some of his works, mainly paintings.

The lighthouse of Colonia was built in 1857 and is one of the emblematic attractions of the city


Later on, we went to the square that was used in the colonial era for inspections and military parades. The ruins of the governor’s house that the Spaniards destroyed after the last capture of the city can also be found a few meters away. Next to the governor’s house, you can see the historic church of Colonia del Sacramento; very well maintained and restored.

Some of the tourists on the tour didn’t speak Spanish and the guide translated all the content of the tour in English. Because of this, they increased the length of the itinerary a little to have enough time for explanation in each place we visited. Also, Federico took the time to answer all our questions and gave us suggestions for restaurants and other interesting sites to visit in Colonia.

The Historic Quarter City Tour of Colonia del Sacramento is available in English and Spanish and the guide is always ready to answer all questions from tourists


Although the historical center of Cologne is quite small, this guided city walk allows you to discover much of the historical richness and to get a better understanding of the development of the city up until today, all thanks to the information provided by the guide. I highly recommend this tour if you’re passing through Colonia because it’s a really unique location in Uruguay.

By: Simon Ortiz

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4 reasons to enjoy tango in Medellín http://www.daytours4u.com/en/colombia4u/4-reasons-to-enjoy-tango-in-medellin/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:40:50 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12371 Tango won the heart of Medellín a century ago and to this day, this passion of the Rio de la Plata is still alive in this charming Colombian city. Carlos Gardel well aware of the fascination of this city for tango visited Medellín as well as other Colombian cities in June 1935, this is also [...]

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Tango won the heart of Medellín a century ago and to this day, this passion of the Rio de la Plata is still alive in this charming Colombian city. Carlos Gardel well aware of the fascination of this city for tango visited Medellín as well as other Colombian cities in June 1935, this is also where he died in a plane crash. For this reason and others that we will give you, enjoying tango in Medellín is one of the unmissable activities for any traveller.

The Festival Internacional de Tango in Medellín is one of the reasons you have to enjoy this rhythm in the city / Source


1. 100 years of tango tradition

Medellín’s love for tango is not something new, for those who think that tango in the city started with Carlos Gardel, le danseur Jhonny Blandón, director of the Academy El Candombe assures that the Zorzal Criollo (it’s how Gardel was called) went to Medellín because there already was a tango tradition in the city.

But, how did the tango travelled 4225 miles from the Rio de la Plata to Medellín? Experts say that was possible thanks to the music industry with the records which arrived in Colombia in the early 20th century, these records had on one side Colombian rhythms and on the other side they had tango. These records arrived in the canteens of Medellín and in the surrounding towns, this helped to popularize tango in the region.

Since the start of the 20th century, tango is in the heart of the inhabitants of Medellín


2. Carlos Gardel

On the 24th of June 1935, Carlos Gardel died in Medellín. The plane where he was crashed at the Airport Olaya Herrera, his tragic departure strengthened the relationship of the paisas(inhabitants of Medellín) with tango. The legend of the singer continues to live and there are statues of him and even museums with his name all over the city.

Gardel returned the love of the Colombians for him and his music, in the last musical show he gave, he said: “Before singing my last song, I want to say that I have felt great emotions in Colombia. Thanks for the amability. I found in the smiles of the children, the looks of the women and the kindness of the Colombians a great source of joy (…) This land that welcomed me is so enchanting that I leave feeling like if I was his son, I can’t tell you goodbye, only hasta siempre”.


3. Cultural spaces to live tango

The third reason to enjoy tango in Medellín is that the city possesses many cultural spaces to dance and learn the history of this rhythm in the city. In El Patio del Tango, created in 1958, are musicians and dancers to create a great party. It’s a very intimate show where it’s possible to listen to old school tango songs.

The second famous place of the city is the Museo Casa Gardeliana, founded in 1973, declared Historical and Cultural Heritage of Medellín, it is situated in the Manrique suburb, crossed by the Avenida Gardel (The 45), an area full of tributes to the artist. There, valuable objects related to tango are exhibited and tango lessons are given for children and teenagers.

Two places which also have a tango spirit are the Salón Málaga, a bar-restaurant decorated with old photos and there is music which brings us back to the middle of the 20th century and, the Casa Cultural Homero Manzi, where you can often see live music, social gatherings, and celebrations associated with tango.

Travel tip: Discover in first person the influence of Carlos Gardel in the city with the Medellín Tango Tour.

The Casa Gardeliana is one of the temples of tango in Medellín, a must-see!


4. Festitango Medellín

If you still need more reasons to enjoy tango in Medellín, this one should convince you, especially if you are travelling in Colombia during the month of June. The Festival Internacional de Tango de Medellín (Festitango) has been held for 12 years, close to 80 events are organized for tourists and locals.

This year, it will take place from 18 to 24 June and events will take place in the Teatro Metropolitano, the Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe and the Plaza Gardel. The tributed of this festival will be the Argentine composer Homero Expósito, to remember the 100 years of his birthday. The principal event of the festival is the Campeonato Mundial de Baile de Tango where more than 350 competitors from different cities will show the talent of the Colombians to dance the 2×4 rhythm.

Among the most importante activites of the festival, there is the World Tango Dance Championship, a real show / Source


Discover this and other interesting aspects of the Colombian culture with Daytours4u. Make your trip to Colombia a unique opportunity to know the tradition of this lovely country especially through his music.

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Football in South America: Tips on how to celebrate like a true South American fan during the World Cup http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/football-in-south-america/ Thu, 14 Jun 2018 11:00:29 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12366 The Russia 2018 World Cup will experience as much, and maybe even more euphoria, in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, and Peru than it will in Moscow. Although Argentine, Brazilian, Peruvian and Colombian fans are found amongst the top 10 countries that requested the most tickets for the World Cup, the majority of South American fans [...]

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The Russia 2018 World Cup will experience as much, and maybe even more euphoria, in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, and Peru than it will in Moscow. Although Argentine, Brazilian, Peruvian and Colombian fans are found amongst the top 10 countries that requested the most tickets for the World Cup, the majority of South American fans will be located in this part of the world, glued to their tv sets to cheer on their teams. If, during the next month you choose to visit some of these countries of our continent, be sure to keep these cultural tips in mind so that you can truly experience Football in South America like a local.

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Brazil: Eu sou brasileiro, com muito orgulho, com muito amor

Brazil is the reference point for football not only in South America, but also for the entire world: it has won more cups than any other team (5 in total), and is the only team that has qualified for every single world championship. The most valued player on Brazil’s team is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, more widely known as Pelé, who is recognized by FIFA as the best player of the 20th century.

The pride that Brazilians feel for their team is as vast as their territorial expanse, and fans everywhere are compelled to support their team wearing the infamous canarinha, which is the name for their distinguishing yellow and green shirts.

During your time in Brazil this month, join the party of the jogo bonito and become one of the fans. So how do Brazilians celebrate? They meet in houses or at a place in the office where they watch the game, prepare food and drinks, all of which always includes music. They wear yellow garments, sing the national anthem as if they were in the stadium, and then chime into the classic “I’m Brazilian, very proud, with lots of love”, which was written 65 years ago.

Click the link below to hear the song and practice along:


Uruguay: The first world champion and the unforgettable match of the Maracanazo

The Uruguayan team was the first to win a World Cup (1930), the first American Championship, and is one of the three teams with the most official titles -19 in total- recognized by FIFA. Despite these exceptional achievements, for Uruguayan supports, the most important event in the team’s history has been the famous Maracanazo: the incredible victory against Brazil in Río de Janeiro in 1950.

Just like Brazilians, Uruguayans celebrate together with friends and family and watch the games from start to finish. Along with churros and fried cakes to eat, there will be mate, and each person will be wearing the blue jersey of the national team, along with painted faces in the colors of the flag. It is also very common to celebrate in bars within the city, where the owners set up televisions streaming the games for customers to enjoy.

If you are in a Uruguayan city until half time, we recommend that you learn a couple parts of a song from The Party Band which begins by saying, “I did not ask to be born here, I was only lucky, and the feeling has grown: I am celeste until death.”


Argentina = Maradona and Messi

9 out of 10 Argentines consider themselves to be fans of a soccer team. But as you travel throughout the cities of this beautiful country, you will notice that 10 out of 10 exemplify the national team with all of the passion that characterizes them. Like Brazil and Uruguay, Argentina boasts of having world-class players like Diego Armando Maradona and Lionel Messi. Argentina has won 2 world cups, and is a member of one of the three teams that has the most official titles history (19 in total).

The celebration in Argentina is typically spent amongst family, where a house is selected for watching the game, and that place is usually designated as the main venue during the entire month of the World Cup. In addition to wearing the blue and white shirts, the national flag is always present. Argentine fans are superstitious, and during free throws or penalty charges they cross their fingers and sometimes slip out a couple of bad words to release their emotions.

Argentina also has the most popular chants at the World Cup. In 2014, the famous “Brazil, how does it feel” was heard in surprising places, and this year the song “I love you Argentina” seeks to replicate the same popularity. The lyrics say, “I’m grateful I was born in Argentina. Proud as players defend the colors. Nothing compares to Maradona and Messi. I love you Argentina, I would not change you for anything. I would not change you for anything.” From there, the rhythm of the song.


Colombia: With James Rodríguez to the rhythm of ras tas tas

After obtaining fifth place in World Cup Brazil 2014, Colombia made a very clear statement about the quality of their football and their player selections. The country has participated in six world cups (1962, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2014), along with this year’s 2018. Players on their team, like James Rodríguez and Radamel Falcao García, are internationally recognized for their expert skills.

In Colombia, the party hasn’t stopped since they were guaranteed a spot in Russia, and the country, along with eager families, have been busily preparing to see their team make their national team debut. The yellow shirts shine in every city, and if you’re traveling through Colombia during this time, we suggest you join the celebration. Another traditional activity that takes place before the start of matches is the “polla”, the Colombian term that refers to a bet: each person must bet on a score, and at the end, the person that has guessed the correct score wins all of the money.

At this time, take advantage of the excitement and buy a typical hat called “vueltiao”, which is adorned by the colors of the national tri-color flag (yellow, blue, and red), and learn the tricky choreography of the ras tas tas so that you’re best prepared to celebrate the goals of the Colombian national team.


Peru: The return of the “blanquirroja” after 36 years

Just like Colombia, Peru will attend its sixth World Cup this year. After 36 years of waiting, the blanquirroja returns and brings great joy the Peruvian fans, who arrive in Russia with a run of 15 games without knowing the defeat amongst competition in the past couple of months. With the help of Paolo Guerrero and Jefferson Farfán, the Peruvian team will aim for the impossible in Group C, composed of Denmark, France and Australia.

Peruvian fans typically celebrate with lots of music and fireworks, so get ready to see a wonderful sky show in any of the main cities. They also dance to the rhythm of the excitement, and carry the national flag with them at all times everywhere they go. The excitement of returning to the World Cup is so great that the National Stadium of Lima will open its doors for visitors to enjoy watching the national team on three giant screens. Admission is free on Saturday, June 16 at 11:00 a.m. (vs. Denmark), on Thursday, June 21 (vs. France), and on Tuesday, June 26 (vs. Australia).

Like the other teams in this article, Peru was not left behind, and we’ve added a link below to the official song for you to learn and root on your team:


Join the football party and take advantage of your days to have the best possible experiences in South America. Join Daytours4u on visiting the most dazzling tourist attractions in the continent, and discover the characteristics of local culture in each country.

By: Keilma Rojas, Web Content Editor at Daytours4u

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Romantic Experiences on the Río de la Plata: Carmelo and Buenos Aires, to celebrate Brazil’s Lover’s Day http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/carmelo-buenos-aires-celebrate-brazils-lovers-day/ Tue, 12 Jun 2018 11:00:52 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12361 In Brazil, the South American giant, any excuse is perfect for celebrating love. While some celebrate with friends and couples on February 14 (Valentine’s Day), July 12th is the exclusive day for lovers in Brazil. But why this day? Unfortunately, we regret to say that it has little to do with affection, because it was [...]

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In Brazil, the South American giant, any excuse is perfect for celebrating love. While some celebrate with friends and couples on February 14 (Valentine’s Day), July 12th is the exclusive day for lovers in Brazil. But why this day? Unfortunately, we regret to say that it has little to do with affection, because it was actually a publicist who, in 1949, had the idea of creating a day on the eve of Saint Anthony of Padua (a saint who is typically prayed to for getting married), to mobilize consumption in the classically low season month.

One of the most original experiences to celebrate this day: the renewal of votes in a tango house / Photo: Adriana Carolina

Although this is a cold origin of “Dia dos Namorados” (Lover’s Day in Brazil), Brazilians are very committed to having a good time with their loved ones, and are eager to prepare authentic surprises to celebrate their commitments. Below you will find some romantic plans to enjoy this day (whether you’re Brazilian or not) by getting to know the beautiful areas around the Río de la Plata, and, best of all, these ideas can be applied all throughout the year for any day that you like, because in South America, we love romance, escapades… love.


Romantic Experiences in Buenos Aires

Almost any activity you do with your partner in Buenos Aires can be considered romantic: from walking down Corrientes Avenue (a recommendation from Fito Páez), to sitting down to have a snack in Café Notable. Now, if what you’re looking for is to have a truly unforgettable experience in the Argentine capital, here are the perfect options:

Attend a tango show and enjoy art together: this is an excellent cultural activity of Buenos Aires. There are options for all tastes and budgets. All tango houses offer the possibility of including dinner in their service, and guarantee a quality show for the public.


– Renew your vows at a tango house: for couples that want to go beyond the average tango night, Daytours4u offers vow renewals next to the tango house Café de los Angelitos. During this magical night, lovers will renew their promises in a special room, and will have a host/hostess that will entertain the gathering, as well as a photographer who will capture this special day. The evening will culminate with a toast, and, if you wish, you may go to the tango show after.

Travel tip: to book our vow renewal service, contact our Customer Service team to find out all of the details surrounding the budget and logistics of the event.

– Dine in an exclusive sail boat on the Río de la Plata: this is the best option for lovers looking for an intimate and exclusive night. There is nothing more romantic to do in Buenos Aires! The service includes a delicious dinner and a wonderful crew consisting of a captain and a sailor. The Río de la Plata is the perfect setting to have a truly unforgettable night.

– Fly in a balloon around Buenos Aires: fly high into the Buenos Aires skies with the person you love the most, and enjoy the best views of the city. This is a hot air balloon ride from where you can see the Argentine pampas at 200 meters up in the air. If you are thinking about making a special proposal (you know what I mean!), then this is the perfect setting. Your beautiful trip will last 45 minutes, allowing you to see the sunrise, and with it, the beginning of the day.

During the hot air balloon ride you will have the best view of the Argentine pampa

Romantic Experiences in Carmelo

The beautiful city of Carmelo, located in Colonia Department of Uruguay, is one of the most romantic places in the Río de la Plata. The wine tastings are the most requested for excursions here, because their wineries are charming, and their wines are very high in quality. Each vineyard is unique, so it is worth discovering the distinctive characteristics of each one.

Wine Tasting at Campotinto Winery: it is one of the youngest wineries in Carmelo, and you will surely hear excellent reviews about it in the city. Even among Argentines, who travel from Tigre (Buenos Aires) to Carmelo by boat, say Campotinto is not to be missed. Here, you will spend a beautiful afternoon with your partner tasting medio y medio and Tannat, accompanied by nuts and bites of cheese.

Taste the most exquisite wines of Carmelo / Photo: Bodega Campotinto

– Wine Tasting at El Legado Winery: this vineyard is one of the most recognized vineyards in the Carmelo Wine Route. Lovers will enjoy touring its extensive fields while discovering the process of making these local wines and then tasting three wines from region, accompanied by an exquisite table of cheeses and cold meats.

– Tasting at the Familia Irurtia Winery: from the start, the experience at this winery is very different from the other two, because in order to get to the vineyard, you have to make a short navigation through the Arroyo de las Vacas. During the tour, you will see the famous Playa Seré, as well as the Río de la Plata and the Paraná. When you reach the Familia Irurtia Winery, whose history in wine production started in 1913, you will tour the vineyard and the wine cellar to finally taste 3 glasses of premium wines, along with a selection of cheeses and homemade breads.

– Carmelo Vineyard Bicycle Tour with Picnic: this is an alternative but equally romantic option. The itinerary includes travelings through part of the Carmelo Wine Route by bike, and enjoying a delicious picnic in the middle of nature. Don’t forget your bottle of wine to celebrate a magical and unforgettable day together!

Travel tip: those that are in Buenos Aires and want to spend a different day on the other side of the river, can book another onetour, Day in Carmelo: Cacciola Wine Route, which includes a roundtrip ticket from Tigre to Carmelo, bus transfers from the port and all throughout the day in Carmelo, lunch, and guided visits to the following wineries: El Legado, Cordano, and Familia Irurtia wine tasting.

If you are looking for a romantic getaway from Buenos Aires, book the day to Carmelo from Tigre

Surprise your partner with the best gift of all: travel! Discover the magic of Buenos Aires, Carmelo, and the rest of South America with the travel experiences offered by Daytours4u. Create an itinerary that suits you, and fall in love with every corner of our continent.

By: Daytours4u Content Team

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World Environment Day: Tips on how to be a responsible traveler and contribute to preserving the planet http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/world-environment-day-tips-preserving-planet/ Tue, 05 Jun 2018 12:00:47 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12351 Every June 5, World Environment Day is celebrated. This decision created by the United Nations seeks to create awareness about the protection of the environment that surrounds us, in order to conserve it for future generations. The responsibility that we have for helping our planet must accompany us at all times, especially when we are [...]

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Every June 5, World Environment Day is celebrated. This decision created by the United Nations seeks to create awareness about the protection of the environment that surrounds us, in order to conserve it for future generations. The responsibility that we have for helping our planet must accompany us at all times, especially when we are on vacation and visit the dazzling natural attractions that each landscape offers to us.

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Actively contribute to the preservation of the environment with these useful tips on how to be responsible travelers:

1. When you arrive at your holiday destination, locate the recycling bins. If there are none, make a separation of organic and inorganic material in different bags and then throw them into the corresponding containers when you find them. The most important part is that you never leave your waste.

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2. If you can be more precise when recycling, separate the waste in different bags as follows: plastics (then throw them in the yellow container), paper and cardboard (in the blue container), glass (in the green container), organic waste (in the brown container), and inorganic waste (in the gray or dark green container).

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3. Minimize the amount of waste generated. One concrete way to do this is to reuse plastic bags as much as possible.

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4. Responsibility for consumption is also fundamental. Strive to know the origin and composition of the products you are going to buy, and prioritize those that are respectful towards the environment.

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5. Be extremely careful when you decide to camp in a protected area. If you are going to light a fire, do it only in the places designated for this, respect the indications and rules of the area, carefully read the signs of the national parks, and always walk on the marked trails if they exist.

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Always walk on the marked trails in national parks / Photo: Daytours4u


6. Use public transport, bicycles or even opt for walks to move around the places near your destination.

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7. Prioritize eco-friendly tourist activities in each destination that you visit. In this article, you can find the must-see ecological tours to do in South America.

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Select ecological tours like this trek through the Patagonian glaciers / Photo: Daytours4u


8. Do not waste natural resources. Be careful with the consumption of water and electricity.

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9. If you practice diving, do not touch the corals or stand on them. Also do not extract animals from their natural habitat or feed them, as you can seriously damage their health.

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Traveling is one of the most rewarding experiences in life and doing it responsibly is everyone’s task that will allow us to continue enjoying the wonders that surround us. Become a spokesperson for good conservation practices and join more environmentally friendly travelers!

Por: Daytours4u Content Team

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