Daytours4u http://www.daytours4u.com/en Tours, activities and travel tips in South America Tue, 09 Oct 2018 13:59:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 96832869 Why should you have a Polo experience in Argentina? http://www.daytours4u.com/en/bsas4u/polo-experience-in-argentina/ Tue, 09 Oct 2018 12:00:03 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12461 One of the oldest sports in the world, polo boasts over 2500 years of history. Throughout this time, polo has seen a magnificent journey from its origins to its current state. During this period polo arrived in America, and eventually found itself in Argentina, where it saw itself developed to maximum potential. How did Polo [...]

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One of the oldest sports in the world, polo boasts over 2500 years of history. Throughout this time, polo has seen a magnificent journey from its origins to its current state. During this period polo arrived in America, and eventually found itself in Argentina, where it saw itself developed to maximum potential.

Polo en Argentina

Enjoy an authentic Polo experience in Argentina and discover why it is so important for the local culture / Photo: Daytours4u


How did Polo arrive in Argentina?

Polo arrived in our country right along with the English, largely landlords, who arrived in our territory in the second half of the 19th century. With the hand of these immigrants, polo was able to find the men and horses in Argentina to bring it to its top level.

Who were the precursors?

One of the precursors in the history of Polo in Argentina was the British Francis Balfour, who started practicing the sport in 1890 prior to emigrating to Argentina, bringing his passion for the sport with him.

One of the most important clubs at the beginning of polo in our country was in Hurlingham Club, founded in 1888 by the Englishmen Campbell, Fortune, Ravenscroft and Robson – and it was the first Polo Club winner of the Argentina Open Polo Tournament.

Why is Argentina the best in Polo?

The key to the superiority of Argentine polo has to do both with the skill of the riders and the quality of the horses. The high skill level of the Argentine game has turned the three most important Argentine tournaments, the Argentine Open, Hurlingham, and Tortugas, into the most prestigious tournaments worldwide. They are known as the Triple Crown of Argentine Polo.

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¿Sabías que los 10 jugadores de polo con mejor handicap son argentinos? Comprúebalo tú mismo en un día de polo en Buenos Aires / Foto: Daytours4u


Ten players in the world have the highest handicap: Pablo Pieres y Guillermo Caset, Adolfo Cambiaso (considered the best polo player in history, David Stirling, Pablo Mac Donough, Juan Martín Nero, Gonzalo Pieres (h.), Facundo Pieres, Nicolás Pieres e Hilario Ulloa. They are Argentinians.

The other key to Argentine success is the excellent quality of their horses, which are a product of a carefully controlled breeding and training. From the robustness of the “criollo” horse, used first, to the speed of the “pura sangre”, the performance of the horses has only improved with time. These days the Argentine Polo horse is a cross between the “mestizo” ranch horse and the Pure Blood horse. This breeding is done under strict control and careful selection, creating an incredibly valuable race of highly skilled horses that are unique to the rest of the world.


Why is it important to try polo when visiting Argentina?

Argentina offers a wide-ranging tradition in respect to polo, giving everyone the possibility to enjoy the noble sport of top-notch horses and skilled polo players. Alongside a typical “asado” and a great bottle of Argentine wine, it’s an amazing experience both for the polo lovers and for those just curious about the sport.

Currently, in a total of 1477 polo players throughout the world, 711 (nearly 50%) concentrate solely in Argentina – the rest are found in the US, the UK, Uruguay, France, the UAE, South Africa, and Chile, among others.

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Top destinations to travel to in spring in South America and why to choose them http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/top-destinations-to-travel-to-in-spring-in-south-america/ Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:00:42 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12455 Traveling in the spring through South America is a wise decision for several reasons: the cities are not crowded with tourists being that the high season is summer which begins on December 21, the prices of accommodations, flights and excursions are usually considerably lower, and the weather is perfect for doing all kinds of activities [...]

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Traveling in the spring through South America is a wise decision for several reasons: the cities are not crowded with tourists being that the high season is summer which begins on December 21, the prices of accommodations, flights and excursions are usually considerably lower, and the weather is perfect for doing all kinds of activities from city tours on foot and extreme sports to outdoor ecological experiences.

While all South American destinations offer travelers tourist options to spend an excellent vacation, these are the 5 cities that we highlight in Daytours4u to travel to in spring.

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Take advantage of spring to visit the squares and parks of South American cities / Photo: Daytours4u


Medellín: Spring all year round ideal for outdoor activities

Medellin has an average annual temperature of 22º C and that’s why it is known as the City of Eternal Spring. No matter what time of year you travel to Colombia, you can always visit Medellin and enjoy its natural beauty.

We particularly recommend taking advantage of your stay to do outdoor excursions in the city itself, such as the Fernando Botero Walking Tour, where you’ll find the work of one of the most renowned artists in Colombia, and the Medellín Transformation Tour that will take you to discover how the city has changed in the last 40 years, especially after Pablo Escobar.

We also advise you to visit the surroundings of Medellín to enjoy a Day in Guatapé and El Peñol and visit with the Arví Ecotourism Park, perfect for the whole family.

Tours en Medellín

In the Fernando Botero Walking Tour of Medellín you will get to know the work of one of the most recognized artists in Colombia / Photo: Daytours4u


Buenos Aires: Culture and entertainment at any hour

The cosmopolitan Buenos Aires is one of the tourist cities par excellence of the southern cone. At this time of the year the city dresses in lilac with the flowering of jacaranda trees and shrubs typical of the intertropical and subtropical America, temperatures favor long walks through the streets and parks of Buenos Aires, and the sun goes down later and later.

City Walking tours and cultural experiences are probably the best activities to do in spring. Our recommendations for the season are the San Telmo and La Boca Walking Tour, a private walk through the most traditional neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, the Guided Tour of the Teatro Colón, which also includes a walking tour around the theater to discover the architectural details of the surrounding buildings, and the Political Tour: Traces of Buenos Aires, a walk specially designed to learn about the nuances of Argentine history and society.

If you also wish to discover the best of Buenos Aires nightlife, the tango shows in Buenos Aires are the classic options that never disappoint, while the Speakeasy Bars Tour is a novel journey through the top clubs in the city.

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Explore the emblematic sites of Buenos Aires with a private walk through San Telmo and La Boca / Photo: Travel Buenos Aires


Carmelo: The destination of the romantic getaways of Uruguayans and Argentines

Carmelo is a charming city by the Rio de la Plata, located in the area of Colonia in Uruguay. The main attraction of the place are its extensive vineyards, full of history and romance. The unmissable activity of Carmelo is, of course, wine tasting, however, there is also the option to do sailing and recreational fishing, ideal tours for the spring.

Due to its proximity to Buenos Aires, Carmelo is also a place of getaways for the porteños and all travelers who are in the Argentine capital. For this reason, one of our Rio de la Plata recommendations for Sundays this season is A Day in Carmelo: Cacciola Wine Route, which includes boat tickets from Tigre to Carmelo and vice versa, bus transfers from the port and throughout the day in Carmelo, lunch and guided tour to the wineries El Legado, Cordano and Familia Irurtia with tasting at each one.

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If you are in Buenos Aires, take the one day tour to Carmelo and visit its great wineries like El Legado / Photo: Daytours4u


Búzios: The perfect rest by the sea and very close to Rio de Janeiro

The city of Búzios is a beach destination in the State of Rio de Janeiro that can be visited at any time of the year. Its average annual temperature is 25º C and if you travel during the spring months of South America you will have the city all to yourself.

Búzios also stands out for its nightlife and the two places you can’t miss are the Orla Bardot promenade and the Rua das Pedras where most of the nightclubs, restaurants, shopping centers and craft galleries are concentrated.

If you’re staying in Rio de Janeiro in the next few months and will spend most of your vacation in Brazil, book the One day tour to Búzios and spend an excellent day in this magical place.

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Include in your travel itinerary through Rio de Janeiro the one day tour to Búzios: beach and fun for everyone / Photo: Daytours4u


Puerto Natales: Patagonian landscapes for lovers of the cold

All the recommended destinations so far have one element in common: the weather, all with temperatures above 20º C. Now, if you’re looking for cold and Patagonian landscapes, Puerto Natales is our recommendation for you in the spring season, especially because it’s the time of year with less wind and rain.

From Puerto Natales, a city in the Chilean Patagonia, you will be able to visit unique attractions in South America such as the Torres del Paine and the Perito Moreno Glacier. Let yourself be conquered by this beautiful Chilean city whose landscapes recreate the best of the steppe and the Magellanic forest and the Cordillera de los Andes.

The most recommended excursions leaving from Puerto Natales are the Torres del Paine Tour, a 10-hour tour that includes a visit to the Cueva del Milodón, and the Perito Moreno Glacier Tour, a full day that will take you to Patagonia Argentina to witness this awesome natural wonder.

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Patagonia is a unique place in the world; know the Torres del Paine from Puerto Natales in Chile and discover its magic / Photo: Daytours4u


Enjoy the spring in South America, take your time to travel peacefully through each destination and take advantage of the incredible prices of the low season. Live the best travel experiences in South America with Daytours4u!

By: Keilma Rojas, Web Content editor at Daytours4u

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6 things you should know before travelling to San Andres http://www.daytours4u.com/en/colombia4u/things-know-travelling-to-san-andres/ Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:30:05 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12448 Blue ocean, heat, sun, beach, coconut water, are most likely the images that come to mind when you think of San Andrés. This beautiful Caribbean island, small in size but big in cultural and natural wealth, has traditionally been generous with the tourists who visit every year to see its sea of ​​7 colors, enjoy [...]

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Blue ocean, heat, sun, beach, coconut water, are most likely the images that come to mind when you think of San Andrés. This beautiful Caribbean island, small in size but big in cultural and natural wealth, has traditionally been generous with the tourists who visit every year to see its sea of ​​7 colors, enjoy its paradisiacal beaches and venture out to explore the other two archipelagos that accompany it: Providencia and Santa Catalina.

Of course, when travelling to a Caribbean Island like San Andres, it’s worth taking into account a series of recommendations that can make your stay more pleasant, so here we have gathered the advice of our local experts so that your experience in San Andres is unbeatable.

Take into account the recommendations of our experts and enjoy every second of your vacation in San Andres Island / Photo: Daytours4u


1. An entrance fee must be paid to the Island

This fee costs approximately USD $ 25 to date (08/2018) and is paid to the Carrier during the check-in. The receipt must be presented at the entrance to the Island together with the passport or identity document for Mercosur citizens. This document must also be presented when leaving the island, otherwise they will have to pay a fine. The collection of this tax is used to improve the tourist infrastructure of the Island.


2. Everything is more expensive than on the mainland

The cost of transporting basic consumer products is the main reason why everything is more expensive than in the continent. There are products that aren’t produced on the island such as lettuce, for example, and others such as fish, which despite being a typical food of the region, is more expensive than in other coastal cities of Colombia because in 2012 , during the litigation over the sovereignty of the territory against Nicaragua, Colombia “lost” within the cession or return of territorial sea, 75 thousand kilometers of sea among which were important fishing banks.


3. The restaurants close at 10pm

Like in all of Colombia, dinner time is between 7pm and 8pm. If you fell asleep after a day at the beach, you’re likely to miss out on dinner. Most restaurants close their kitchens after 10 pm and you’ll only find fast food joints open.


4. All the raizales are Sanandresanos but not all the Sanandresanos are Raizales

The term Sanandresano refers to someone born in San Andrés, regardless of their ancestral origin. Many Sanandresanos are mestizos from the continent (the interior of Colombia), while the Raizal is an ethnic group defined as the original indigenous town of San Andrés, with origins from the mixture between British who settled on the abandoned islands and the Spaniards and Africans who were brought to work on their plantations.

Take advantage of your visit to the island of San Andrés and get to know the interesting culture of the raizales / Photo: Daytours4u


5. In San Andrés they speak Spanish, English and Criollo Sanandresano (Creole)

it’s very common to hear how Colombian Spanish mixes harmoniously in street conversations with the language of the Raizales, the Creole, or Criollo. This language is a mixture of English, Spanish and African that not only has its own phonetics but also a grammatical structure different from English.


6. Ideal for shopping lovers

Souvenirs, perfumes, liquors, electronics and other products are the order of the day in San Andrés. The Island is a territory free of taxes, therefore imported products can cost as much as 26% less than they cost in mainland Colombia (almost 10% of the import tax and 16% of VAT), you just have to have note that most of the stores accept cash only and that the change of the dollar does not favor the buyer, therefore the recommendation is to bring Colombian pesos.


The best recommendation, as with every destination, is to get outside of the resort, bond with the locals, experience the local cuisine and, above all, enjoy its natural beauties always taking care of and respecting the environment so that many generations to follow can appreciate its charm. The natural environment of San Andrés and the friendliness of the islander will undoubtedly make you fall in love.

The island despite being small, (just 26 kilometers), has many magical hidden places that are worth discovering; you can see them here with the activities and tours available on the island all year.

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A weekend in the Chilean Central Coast: Viña del Mar, Valparaíso and Isla Negra http://www.daytours4u.com/en/chile4u/weekend-chilean-central-coast/ Thu, 13 Sep 2018 12:00:40 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12443 This article is specially designed for those visiting Chile for few days. In previous entries we have already mentioned the attractions of Santiago, so this time we’re going to propose a complementary route because it is one that can be done in just one weekend and is also very close to the capital. We’ll explore [...]

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This article is specially designed for those visiting Chile for few days. In previous entries we have already mentioned the attractions of Santiago, so this time we’re going to propose a complementary route because it is one that can be done in just one weekend and is also very close to the capital. We’ll explore a circuit of the Chilean Central Coast that includes Viña del Mar, also known as the “Garden City”, then the port of Valparaíso, also known as “The Pearl of the Pacific”, and we’ll end up in one of the most important coastal towns that form part of the Litoral de los Poetas. We’re referring to Isla Negra, where the famous poet and lover of the sea, Pablo Neruda, lived.

Viña del Mar, also called the “Garden City”, is one of the favorite destinations for tourists and Chileans to visit in summer / Photo: Chile Travel


Viña del Mar

Viña is one of the most important tourist cities in all of Chile. It’s located 120 kilometers from Santiago and can be reached in two and a half hours of travel either by private vehicle or passenger buses. The latter depart every day and every twenty minutes from the San Borja, Alameda and Pajaritos terminals.

The first thing that will call your attention when you arrive in this city is the great care of the surroundings, the beautiful park gardens and squares, and the varied offer of entertainment and gastronomy. Viña is known for its casino located in a historic Greco-Roman style building, in which the visitor will find elegant and spacious rooms where you can play endless games of chance, from the noisy slots to the classic roulette and the inevitable blackjack.

Viña also has one of the most popular beaches for young people, we’re referring to Reñaca, whose summer beach explodes and transforms into a stage for outdoor musical events. Many local and international television programs are also set up in Reñaca during the summer to cover the Viña Festival, which adds a touch of glamor and a bit of entertainment to the summer nights.

However, if you’re searching for a little more peace and quiet, Viña also has other beaches such as the Marineros, Las Salinas and Playa Estero. Another suitable family-friendly panorama is to visit the botanical garden located within the Quinta Vergara Park. The Vergara Palace stands in its interior, which in turn contains the Museum of Fine Arts. Some other interesting buildings here are the Rioja Palace, the Fonck Museum, the Anquetín Museum, the Carrasco Palace, Wulff Castle, or the Municipal Theater. Viña’s most famous postcard at in the Clock of Flowers, a beautiful and colorful garden of plants and flowers that form the numbers and hands of a clock.

Travel Tip: In Viña del Mar there are a variety of hotel offers, but we recommend choosing one with an ocean view. Prices for a double room fluctuate between USD 50 and USD 245. The difference is noticeable, but it has to do mainly with location of the hotel, its internal offer of entertainment and relaxation (spa, restaurant, etc.) and the size of its facilities. Regardless, there’s nothing a good boutique hotel won’t offer compared to the best Viña Hotel if you’re staying just for one night.

Viña’s most famous postcard at in the Clock of Flowers / Photo: Chile Travel


Valparaíso

Valparaíso and Viña del Mar are urban cities that are literally right next to each other and can be reached by public transport or even by taxi. However, Valpo is very different from Viña. Of course it’s a matter of personal preference, but if you’re expecting to find beautiful and neat gardens like in Viña, we must warn you that this will not be the case. You’ll need be prepared to tour the main port of Chile with an open mind, because it’s a strange city that was built without a regulatory plan, meaning that it emerged in a chaotic and impromptu way.

Valparaiso has an aroma of poetry, of artists’ gatherings, of bohemianism and of the melancholy from past glories. It’s the city of murals and graffiti, of and stray cats and dogs, of cobblestone, and of passages. It’s a place where creativity flows without limits, and this can be seen not only on its walls, but also in the hundreds of cultural spaces and the ateliers that many artists have decided to install here.

The attractions of “Valpo” can be appreciated from the moment you arrive in the city, starting with the peculiar public transport. Being located on several hills, the authorities had to develop a system of elevators that connect different points of the flat areas with the neighborhoods that are up higher, which greatly alleviates the walk that otherwise is done by climbing stairs of infinite steps. The old trolley buses or “trolleys” are also preserved, a type of bus that runs off the energy of the cables that hang over the streets through which they circulate. These begin their journey from the flat areas and reach Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepcion, without a doubt the most touristic neighborhoods of Valparaíso. Once there you will find a varied offer of hostels and boutique hotels (not large hotels).

In Valparaíso the best panorama is seen simply by walking, it’s a city to get lost in, explore, and take pictures. We recommend visiting the Bismarck Square, the Yugoslavo Walk, the Atkinson Passage, the Polanco Hill lift, the Matriz Square and the Market. If you visit the latter, you can’t miss out on the opportunity to eat a good plate of fried fish with a side or a paila marina, very fresh dishes with good prices (7 USD approximately).

In Valparaíso the best panorama is seen simply by walking, it’s a city to get lost in, explore, and take pictures / Photo: Daytours4u


Travel tips: Staying up in the hills of Valpo is not recommended for people with some type of motor disability; for the simple reason that they will need to go up and down many stairs and walk along small streets that do aren’t always perfectly paved or have cobblestones in the best conditions. For these visitors the most comfortable option will be to stay in the flat downtown, and to take taxis if they wish to visit a bar, restaurant or museum that is up in the hills.

Accommodations in boutique hotels in Valparaíso usually have the same prices as Viña del Mar although they do not include a spa or restaurant inside their facilities. This is because they’re usually restored buildings with heritage and architectural value, or in some cases because they have been designed by renowned artists or interior decorators. The added value of the hotel is also the aesthetic experience of lodging in a place with these characteristics. Undoubtedly the cheapest option which is also a good one is to stay in a hostel, which is usually the most popular choice among young American and European tourists. One night in a single room in Cerro Alegre will cost on average about USD 60 per night and USD 30 if it’s in a shared room.


Isla Negra

Assuming that it’s Sunday morning and that you’re having breakfast in Valparaiso looking out over the sea and getting ready to leave for Isla Negra, you have the necessary directions to get there provided here: you’ll need to go to the bus terminal located on Pedro Montt Street and buy a ticket from the company Peñuelas Pullman Bus. The trip costs about 5 USD in low season and 7 USD in high season. The trip takes an hour and a half, so you’ll be able to sleep for a while and recover if you went out in Buenos Aires the night before.

When you get to Isla Negra you’ll experience the contrast with what you saw in Viña and Valpo, since now you’ll find yourself in a much smaller and rustic village with low wooden houses and the odd old house of the old santiaguina aristocracy. Originally called Las Gaviotas (the seagulls), the town officially changed its name after Pablo Neruda fell in love with this place and renamed it with its current name. Some say he called it Isla Negra because it was the refuge that this poet chose to isolate himself from the world on his return from Europe, a period in which he wrote one of his greatest works, the Canto General.

It’s not a true beach, since the it’s access impeded by extensive and dark rocks. Isla Negra is rather a place where tourists can connect with the emotional impression that invaded Neruda the first time he saw breaking the furious waves of the Pacific on that jagged coast. No doubt the greatest attraction here is the museum of the poet’s house, which was expanded and refurbished little by little until it became his favorite, since he had three houses in total. The other two were the Chascona and the Sebastiana. Entrance to the Isla Negra museum house costs 6.5 USD and the operating hours are from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The greatest attraction of Isla Negra is the Pablo Neruda house museum; the entrance has a value of USD 6.5 / Source


Travel Tip: Once you’ve finished your visit to Neruda’s house, you may want to grab a bite to eat before returning to Santiago. We recommend a restaurant called El Rincon de la Florencia which is a few meters away. You won’t regret it, you’ll find typical dishes and large portions made with fresh sea products, meats, bread dough and also menus for children here. Good prices and the best service. A meal for two people costs around USD 48.

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

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Why is Uruguay the best LGBT destination in South America? http://www.daytours4u.com/en/uruguay4u/uruguay-the-best-lgbt-destination-south-america/ Tue, 04 Sep 2018 15:15:38 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12439 For more than 5 years Uruguay has been leading the lists of gay friendly destinations in Latin America and is one of the top 10 countries in the world that supports diversity with concrete actions. Two emblematic examples of these inclusive actions are equal marriage and the adoption law for homoparental families, which have had [...]

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For more than 5 years Uruguay has been leading the lists of gay friendly destinations in Latin America and is one of the top 10 countries in the world that supports diversity with concrete actions. Two emblematic examples of these inclusive actions are equal marriage and the adoption law for homoparental families, which have had a positive impact on all sectors of Uruguayan society, including tourism.

Uruguay celebrates Diversity Month every September as part of its commitment to the LGBT community / Photo: LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Business of Uruguay


Uruguay’s commitment to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBT +) community is strengthened every year, especially in September when Diversity Month is celebrated. On the occasion of this annual festival, we spoke with Sergio Miranda, director of Friendlymap Magazine and vice president of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Business of Uruguay, who explained to us why Uruguay continues to be the best LGBT + destination in South America.

1. Is Uruguay the best LGBT destination in South America? Why?

Uruguay has been labeled on more than one occasion as one of the most gay friendly destinations in Latin America and the world by various guides and leading magazines in the world of tourism. Uruguay has a legislative framework that is a worldwide example of respect and protection of rights: anti-discrimination laws, adoption law for homoparental families, assisted reproduction laws, concubinage and equal marriage laws. In addition, it is one of the few countries that receives the same amount of tourists as its entire population; figures that position it as a leader in tourism throughout the year.

2. What are the most gay friendly cities in Uruguay?

First, Montevideo. Then Colonia de Sacramento, Punta del Este and the spas La Pedrera, Punta del Diablo and Cabo Polonio in Rocha.

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In addition to Montevideo, the beaches of Rocha are considered gay friendly places in Uruguay / Photo: Daytours4u


3. What remains to be done so that Uruguay can continue to consolidate itself as the best LGBT destination in South America?

More and better services aimed specifically at this sector, more campaigns in the public eye and representation in international media, more participation in fairs and international thematic events on this sector, and furthering the training and professionalization of our human resources.

4. Why would you recommend that the LGBT community of the world come to Uruguay for tourism?

For all the above, for being a friendly country that receives visitors all year round, where they will feel respected, at ease and can enjoy their stay with all that the country has to offer.

5. What places in Montevideo and Punta del Este would you recommend the LGBT community visit on their next trip to Uruguay?

In Montevideo, in addition to visiting all its tourist attractions, the places where you will feel at ease are:

Splendido Petit Hotel & Hostel
Mercado Agrícola de Montevideo (MAM)
Restaurante Francis
La Cocina de Pedro, the most gay friendly restaurant in Uruguay
Cafetería che.co.ffee
Disco Il Tempo
Chains Club
Cain Disco
Sauna Horus
Sauna Toronto

In Punta del Este I’d recommend Undarius Hotel (gay men exclusive) and Restaurante Soho.


Uruguay is, without a doubt, a South American example of inclusion and respect for diversity. Live the best travel experiences in Uruguay with Daytours4u and enjoy your holidays in this beautiful country.

By: Keilma Rojas, web content editor at Daytours4u

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Colombia4u: From Digital to Local http://www.daytours4u.com/en/colombia4u/colombia4u-digital-local/ Tue, 28 Aug 2018 12:00:31 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12434 Colombia4u, the Daytours4u tours and activities booking website dedicated to destination Colombia, recently became a local operator and now has its own National Registry of Tourism, an office in Bogotá, and extensive payment methods for foreigners and nationals and local representative expertise of the destination. This transformation from the digital to the local is a [...]

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Colombia4u, the Daytours4u tours and activities booking website dedicated to destination Colombia, recently became a local operator and now has its own National Registry of Tourism, an office in Bogotá, and extensive payment methods for foreigners and nationals and local representative expertise of the destination. This transformation from the digital to the local is a return to the origins of tourism experiences that aims to offer travelers the world’s most authentic excursions and activities in Colombia.

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Colombia4u has become a local operator and this transformation will result in authentic and rewarding travel experiences for both foreigners and Colombians alike


In this new stage, Colombia4u will continue to provide the best service to tourists seeking to discover the natural wonders and diversity that Colombia and its people offer, and will also address the high demand of private groups and Colombian companies that organize incentivizing trips within the country’s national territory, who trust in the selection of the experiences that are offered, since they respond to three fundamental premises: quality, authenticity and a positive impact for both the traveler and the local community.

Being a local tour operator also contributes to the expansion of the catalog of tours and activities at Colombia4u, since it promotes the creation of new projects by other Colombian companies and enterprises, as well as the development of its own initiatives that meet the expectations of different types of travelers: from those looking for adventure in the Coffee Triangle, to couples who choose the romanticism of the paradisiacal coast of San Andrés, passing through the most intrepid tourists who look for personalized excursions in remote places like the Amazon.

In addition to the classic city tours through the main cities of Colombia and guided tours of the country’s emblematic attractions, Colombia4u will continue offering new ways to discover these fantastic sites of interest and experiences aimed at discovering the richness of the local culture beyond the destinations. Every location within this magical country houses indescribable landscapes and fascinating stories that no tourist can resist.

At Colombia4u we aim to provide that travelers from all over the world with the opportunity to enjoy the true Colombian experience, always accompanied by a multicultural, committed, and responsible team that speaks their same language and understands their needs. Join our social networks on Facebook and Instagram and find your next adventure through Colombia at www.colombia4u.com.

By: Daytours4u’s Content Team

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5 popular festivals in Uruguay and nostalgia night “de yapa*” http://www.daytours4u.com/en/uruguay4u/popular-festivals-in-uruguay/ Tue, 21 Aug 2018 13:55:57 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12071 Although carnival in Uruguay is the quintessential festivals and during February there are celebrations and parades throughout the capital cities of the country, the opportunities to experience the national rural and folk traditions aren’t so abundant. However, we offer you here the list of some popular festivals in Uruguay, suitable both for the whole family and [...]

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Although carnival in Uruguay is the quintessential festivals and during February there are celebrations and parades throughout the capital cities of the country, the opportunities to experience the national rural and folk traditions aren’t so abundant. However, we offer you here the list of some popular festivals in Uruguay, suitable both for the whole family and for groups of young people, who remember the gaucho culture in the times of colonization and during the first decades of independent life, where guests will not only be able to enjoy themselves but also deepen their connection with the Creole roots of the country.

Remember that, unlike other Latin American countries with greater indigenous presence, in Uruguay the mythical ancestor is “the gaucho” and all the traditions that surround it. It’s not without reason that the Uruguayans say that we do not grant favors: we offer “a gaucho”.

The popular festivals in Uruguay are suitable to go as a family and for groups of young people / Source

1. Fiesta de la Patria Gaucha (Tacuarembó)

Located in the center of Uruguay, about 400 kilometers from Montevideo, the city of Tacuarembó every year becomes the core of the country’s gaucho traditions during the “Fiesta de la Patria Gaucha”, a celebration that takes place annually between March and April, prior to Tourism Week (Holy Week). Surrounding the city’s Laguna de Las Lavanderas, mud huts from the colonial period are created every year -they even hold competitions- and for six days there are bonfires, arenas, country activities, equestrian shows and concerts, some folkloric payadores and traditional dance performances, while others are a bit more modern, but always related to popular culture.

Whoever makes it here will have the opportunity to visit Eden Valley, a small town 23 kilometers from the city of Tacuarembó, where a picturesque train station and a museum of the tango singer and actor Carlos Gardel await, since the theory of most Uruguayans is that “the creole thrush” was born here.

When: The 2018 edition of the Fiesta de la Patria Gaucha will be the 32nd and will take place from Tuesday March 6 to Sunday, March 11. More information available on the website www.patriagaucha.com.uy.


2. Festival del Olimar (Treinta y Tres)

On the banks of its river, Olimar, the city of Treinta y Tres (33), at the beginning of each year hosts Tourism Week (Semana Santa) and about 30 thousand people in what is probably the largest folk festival in the country. The members of the famous folk duo Los Olimareños, José “Pepe” Guerra and Braulio López, natives of this city, are usually included in the program, together with other representatives of Uruguayan popular music, which is also combined in several days of stage performances with rock, pop, and cumbia modern national bands.

Furthermore, about 35 kilometers from the city of Treinta y Tres, travelling by route 8 and then by a picturesque ballast road, the Quebrada de los Cuervos offers visitors the opportunity to hike through the mountains, through a nature reserve where you can even can camp or rent cabins.

When: The 2018 edition of the Olimar Festival will be the 46th and will take place from Saturday, March 24 to Sunday, April 1 (to be confirmed). For more information, call the Intendencia de Treinta y Tres (+598 4452 2108) or send an email to prensa@treintaytres.gub.uy and turismo@treintaytres.gub.uy.

The Olimar Festival is probably the biggest folk event in the country

3. Beer week (Paysandú)

Although the name suggests an Oktoberfest in German style, don’t get confused. The name of this traditional festival in northern Uruguay refers to the Norteña brewery, which has worked for decades in this part of the country and is the main sponsor of this festival that takes place during Tourism Week (Semana Santa) on the shores of Uruguay River – the “paterno”, as the sanduceros call it – offers several days of shows in the amphitheater that is located there, with seating capacity for 20,000 people. During this time of year, there are also dozens of eclectic stands complementing the event, which are installed with selections ranging from Uruguayan artisanal and rural crafts to curious novelties.

The north of Uruguay also offers several thermal water spas: Guaviyú, Daymán, Arapey and Almirón -the latter’s distinguishing feature is that it has salt water. The best time to visit them is mid-season, which coincides exactly with the the dates during which this festival is celebrated.

When: The 2018 edition of Beer Week will be the 53rd and will take place from Saturday, March 24 to Sunday, April 1. More information available on the website www.paysandu.gub.uy/semana-de-la-cerveza.

Beer week is celebrated in an amphitheater that has capacity for 20 thousand people / Source

4. ExpoPrado (Montevideo)

In spring, for about 10 days, the Uruguayan agricultural community comes together in the Prado neighborhood in Montevideo, thanks to the International Exhibition of Livestock and International Agro Industrial and Commercial Exhibition (ExpoPrado), which combines exhibitions of all kinds and equestrian activities with stages and cultural performances.

Although the Prado neighborhood is not present in most tourism brochures in Montevideo, it has several other attractions near the ExpoPrado site, such as El Rosedal (located on Av. Delmira Agustini, Av. Buschental, at that time of the year it’s roses are all in bloom), the Botanical Garden (access door on the street April 19 1181) and the Museum of Fine Arts Juan Manuel Blanes (Millán Avenue 4015), which includes a small Japanese garden in its facilities.

When: The 2018 edition of ExpoPrado will be the 113th; its date had not yet been confirmed at the time of writing this article, although it is estimated that it will be, as every year, in the month of September. More information on their website www.expoprado.com.

The ExpoPadro is a fair that offers very varied activities, especially for children / Source

5. Heritage Weekend (the entire country)

Once a year, the doors of offices, companies and other non-traditional sites in Uruguay are opened so that the public can learn about its interior and history, while museums, plazas and other frequent transit sites organize special exhibitions and shows for visitors.

It was held for the first time in 1995 under the name “Heritage Day” and has since evolved to characterize a different theme every year, which in previous years has included various topics such as tango, Uruguayan architecture and national theater, and figures such as the national hero José Artigas, the plastic artist Joaquín Torres García and the historian Horacio Arredondo, among others.

When: The 2018 edition of Heritage Weekend will be the 24th; Its date had not yet been confirmed at the time of writing this article, although it is estimated that it will take place during the last four months of the year. More information is available on the website www.patrimoniouruguay.gub.uy.


6. Nostalgia Night (The entire country)

Unlike the previous festivals, Nostalgia Night has no connection to the rural traditions of the country nor is it pure city, but rather, as the name suggests, is related to the typical Uruguayan melancholy for times that have gone by, so we decided to include it in this list.

Its celebrated on the night of August 24 across the entire country – and on August 25 in Uruguay its a holiday under the Declaration of Independence so few people have to get up early – and the music playlist is focused on the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, although recently music from the 90s and early 2000s has also been added. The celebration was held for the first time on August 24, 1978, when Dj Pablo Lecueder, the owner CX-32 Radiomundo during that time, organized a party with oldies, which was the theme of his radio program “Old hits”, and over the years the event has been replicated in other dance clubs and venues.

Although the official name (” Nostalgia Night”) is coined by its creator, those who visit Uruguay at the end of August will have dozens of choices for parties with music from all decades. And on August 24 being young is not a requirement to let loose, in fact it’s the day of the year when adults of all ages come out to dance, some even dressed up in afro wigs and dressed in sparkles and sequins like “Saturday night fever”.

Nostalgia Night is celebrated on August 24 and is the day of the year in which more adults of all ages come out to dance / Source

If you wish to include original tours in your itinerary that allow you to experience authentic Uruguayan popular culture, don’t miss the Uruguay4u tours catalog, which includes the Estancia Tour that leaves from Montevideo as well as the Tuscan BBQ and Olive Experience from Punta del Este. Reservations are made online and include a team of experts available to offer the best travel tips for your destination.

*Yapa: South American adverbial phrase that means in addition.

Por: Carina Fossati, Uruguayan, journalist, and author of the blog Hills To Heels

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12 Fun Things to Do with Kids in Buenos Aires http://www.daytours4u.com/en/bsas4u/things-to-do-with-kids-in-buenos-aires/ Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000 http://bsas4u.com/blog/en/2012/11/buenos-aires-with-kids.html Buenos Aires is a city famous for tango, architecture and wine, but did you know that it is also a family-friendly vacation destination? Every weekend you’ll find hundreds of families out and about in the city enjoying everything on offer. So if you’re planning on travelling to Argentina, don’t hesitate to bring your kids with [...]

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Buenos Aires is a city famous for tango, architecture and wine, but did you know that it is also a family-friendly vacation destination? Every weekend you’ll find hundreds of families out and about in the city enjoying everything on offer. So if you’re planning on travelling to Argentina, don’t hesitate to bring your kids with you. There are plenty of fun things to do with kids in Buenos Aires.

Children walking down a bridge in a park in Palermo.

There are plenty of fun things to do with kids in Buenos Aires / Source


1. Play make-believe at the Museo de los Niños (Children’s Museum)

Museo de los Niños is actually a miniature city that has been built on the entire upper floor of Buenos Aires’ Abasto Shopping centre, one of Buenos Aires’ best shopping malls. Your kids can pretend to be bus drivers, TV presenters, doctors, cooks, builders and more, and there’s a variety of toys for them to play with. Getting there is easy: just hop on a taxi or take the Subte (subway) line B and get off at the station Carlos Gardel, where escalators will take you straight up to the shopping centre. The kids activities in the Children’s Museum are a great way to keep the kids entertained while you pop off to do some shopping.

Openings hours: Tuesday to Sunday and holidays 1pm to 8pm // Entry Kids: A$ 250 (Sat & Sun A$ 280), Adults: A$ 100


2. Get artistic at the Buenos Aires Polo Circo

Buenos Aires Polo Circo is a programme created by the city government to promote the circus arts. There are three permanent tents with regular shows, suitable for various ages. The shows are not only highly entertaining for kids, but are filled with incredible acrobats that are sure to impress parents as well.

Shows: Check the official website for the current schedule and prices.

Families heading into the circus tent at Polo Circo

See incredible circus acts at Polo Circo / Source


3. Connect with the animals at Temaikén Biopark

Take your kids on an entertaining and educational wildlife and animal adventure to the Temaikén Biopark. The park is a foundation that was set up to protect specific animal and plant species and to educate the public about conservation. There’s a huge range of kids activities within the park. Some of the main attractions include a huge aquarium, a typical Argentine farm with farmyard animals, interactive centres and sessions to see hippos and birds of prey up close. The easiest way to visit is with a guided tour to Temaikén Biopark.

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4. Chase the thrill at Parque de la Costa (Coastal Park)

Situated in Tigre, Parque de la Costa is an amusement park with rides for the whole family, from carousels to roller coasters! During the summer, we recommend visiting on a weekday, when there are less people and entrance is cheaper. A new water park, Aquafan, has recently opened up next door, for some added fun on a hot summer’s day. To get to Tigre, take the Mitre Train from Retiro station in Buenos Aires.

Opening hours: depends on the season, Saturday, Sunday and holidays 11am until 6pm // Tickets start at A$ 200

Rollercoasters in Parque de la Costa in Tigre

Parque de la Costa is full of roller coasters and rides for the whole family / Source


5. Interact with everything at the Museo Prohibido No Tocar

This Museo Participative de Ciencias in the Centro Cultural Recoleta is a fascinating interactive museum, ideal for curious kids. As the name (prohibited not to touch) suggests, the idea is to touch everything. The museum is also centrally located in Recoleta, close to the famous Recoleta Cemetery.

Location: Centro Cultural de Recoleta // Opening hours: Tues to Fri, 10am to 5pm, Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 3:30pm to 7:30pm // Entry: A$ 180


6. Update your history at the Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales (Argentine Natural History Museum)

A little off the beaten tourist track, the Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales is perfect for kids who love dinosaurs and all things prehistoric. If you visit the museum on the weekend, combine it with a trip to the nearby Parque Centenario. Getting there is easy; by taxi or walk roughly 5 blocks from the subway station Angel Gallardo, Line B.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 2pm until 7pm // Entry A$ 50


7. Experience the Argentine football at La Bombonera Stadium

Older kids and football fanatics will enjoy a visit to the most famous football stadium in Buenos Aires: Boca Juniors’ La Bombonera Stadium. Take a tour to the stadium of Boca Juniors and its museum, to live a bit of the legendary history of this clubs and see where some of Argentina’s greatest football players have played.

2 kids playing in the stadium of Boca Juniors

Visit a stadium of legends, La Bombonera in La Boca / Source


8.  Chill out at the Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Forest)

It’s not all concrete and skyscrapers in Buenos Aires. The neighbourhood of Palermo is home to a huge network of parks called the Bosques de Palermo. Here you can rent rollerblades, bikes and pedal boats on the large lake. Relax on a quiet patch of grass, or visit the beautiful El Rosedal (rose garden), Botanical Gardens or Japanese Gardens. 


9. Stare at the stars at the Planetarium

Located in the Bosques de Palermo, this impressive dome-shaped building has five floors and is made of a giant sphere, supported by three large arches.The Planetario has plenty to keep your kids entertained, such as interactive exhibitions, shows for kids and a number of events in the auditorium explaining various aspects of the cosmos.

Shows: Check out the full list of shows here, with times and prices.

The Planetarium in Buenos Aires lit up at night

The planetarium is captivating for kids and adults / Source


10. Keep your kids occupied at the República de los Niños (Republic of Children)

República de los Niños makes for a perfect Buenos Aires family day out for travellers with a little more time during their vacation in Buenos Aires, wanting to discover more of the Province of Buenos Aires. The Republica de los Niños lies in the city of La Plata (about 55 km form the centre of Buenos Aires). We recommend putting aside a whole day to visit this park, as it will keep your kids entertained for hours! The theme park has a miniature city, including mini replicas of governmental buildings in Argentina where children can learn more about life in Argentina, a petting zoo and rides. To get there you can take the bus to La Plata, which leaves from Retiro’s bus terminal or take a train from Constitución train station.

Opening hours: Mon to Fri, 10am until 6pm; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 9am to 7pm // Entry: A$ 20, kids under 7 enter for free.


11. Entertain your babies at the Teatro del Ángel

Buenos Aires has plenty of theatre shows geared towards children. Leading the pack is Teatro del Ángel, which focuses on projects appealing to young kids. As well as plays, they put on art events, cultural workshops, and providing teaching materials in rooms specially equipped for young children and their families.

Shows: See the current schedule of shows at Teatro del Ángel here


12. Enjoy a delicious coffee at Casa Muamor

The concept of Casa Muamor is simple yet genius: a beautiful café where you can relax, combined with a playroom that has everything to keep your child entertained.  As well as toys, books and a chalkboard, there is a door attendant who keeps watch over everything to make sure that no harm is being caused.  Better still, you’ll find all the food you’re yearning for from back home, such as bagels, proper smoothies and cookies, as well as Argentinian treats like alfajores.

Location: Soler 4202 // Opening hours: 8:30am to 9pm 

Casa Muamor

Casa Muamor is the perfect place to relax while your kids have fun / Source


As you can see, the list of things to do with your kids activities in Buenos Aires is endless. You won’t be short of things to do with your kids while in Argentina, plus the whole family will get to experience something completely different!

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10 Reasons to Visit Puerto Madryn http://www.daytours4u.com/en/argentina4u/reasons-to-visit-puerto-madryn/ Wed, 08 Aug 2018 19:00:35 +0000 http://daytours4u.com/en/?p=7035 Whale watching is an incredible experience for travellers from all over the world, young and old, who want a closer look at these gentle giants of the ocean. One of the best places in the world to see whales is on the coast of Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Thanks to the large whale numbers and influx [...]

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Whale watching is an incredible experience for travellers from all over the world, young and old, who want a closer look at these gentle giants of the ocean. One of the best places in the world to see whales is on the coast of Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Thanks to the large whale numbers and influx of tourists, Puerto Madryn has developed a range of high quality tourism services for visitors, while keeping the focus on their wildlife and conservation. But whales aren’t the only reason why you should visit Puerto Madryn. There are a number of other exciting activities on offer in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Here are 10 reasons to include it in your itinerary:

Looking down at a Southern Right Whale in the water

See the incredible Southern Right Whale in Puerto Madryn / Source

1. Go Whale Watching

Between May and December, the Southern Right Whales (Eubalaena australis) migrate to the coast of Puerto Madryn. The experience of approaching these curious mammals governing the Atlantic Ocean is indescribable. There are a number of whale watching tours which take you sightseeing by boat along with great guides for an enriching experience that allows you to connect with the whales in a non-invasive environment. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn more about marine life and the importance of environmental conservation.

Tip: Besides a traditional whale watching tour in a boat, you can also see whales straight from the beach with a tour to El Doradillo Beach, or by kayaking in Golfo de San José.

A gull and a sea lion relaxing on a rock in Peninsula Valdes

Peninsula Valdes receives thousands of migratory animals / Source

2. See a variety of wildlife at Peninsula Valdes

Peninsula Valdes is one of the most important nature reserves in the Southern Hemisphere and one of nine World Heritage sites in Argentina. This peninsula’s 3,625 km² acts as a refuge for many endangered species. In its bays, beaches, cliffs and steppes you can find whales, orcas, penguins, elephant seals, sea lions, dolphins, porpoises, guanacos, rheas and hundreds of migratory birds. The best time to visit the reserve is between September and March for the greatest concentration of animals.

Tip: Book a night at one of the hotels located inside the reserve.

A group heading out to the boat to snorkel

A group heading out to sea to snorkel with sea lions / Photo: Daytours4u

3. Snorkel with Sea Lions at Punta Loma

An opportunity like no other, don’t miss this chance to snorkel with sea lions. You don’t need to be able to swim well, as the activity involves floating on the surface. You’ll be given a wetsuit or a dry suit depending on the conditions, and will snorkel in the shallow waters as these curious and playful sea creatures come up to greet you. It’s a definite must-do activity for the adventurous traveller.

Tip: Puerto Madryn is the scuba diving capital of Argentina, so if you have your scuba diving certificate, you can opt to do this tour as a dive.

A penguin

See penguins up close in Punta Tombo / Source

4. Visit the Penguin Colony at Punta Tombo

Every year, the Punta Tombo Nature Reserve, 170km South of Puerto Madryn, receives nearly 800,000 Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus). These fascinating birds come here to have their young, and always come back to the same spot to build their nests. The first to arrive are the males who come in late August to build the nest, while the females arrive in early October to lay their eggs. At the end of April you can see them preparing their babies for life in the ocean before they start their journey back to the Antarctic in march. Seeing this cute black and white creatures and hearing their raucous singing is a memorable experience.

Tip: While you can take a tour to Punta Tombo between September and March, the best month to visit is October.

The Ecocentro perched on the coast of Puerto Madryn

Visit the excellent Ecocentro to learn more about this unique environment / Source

5. Learn about the marine environment at Ecocentro Mar Patagonia

The Eco Centre of Puerto Madryn is the perfect complement to your wildlife watching in the region. The interactive museum, opened 25 yeas ago, invites children and adults to learn about wildlife in Chubut’s oceans. The museum, featuring a number of exhibits, was awarded the Best Museum of the Year Award in 2006 by Magazine Places, showing that conversation and environmental education can be fun and interesting. Plus, the museum is situated on the cliffs overlooking the bay, with beautiful views over Puerto Madryn’s coast.

Tip: The museum has a great shop to pick up souvenirs.

Welsh descendants carrying flags in Puerto Madryn

The first Welsh settlers arrived on the Mimosa led by Captain Love Jones Parry / Source

6. Get to know the Welsh Community

Puerto Madryn and it’s surrounding towns, Rawson, Trelew and Gaiman, were the main settlements built by the Welsh community who arrived in this region 150 years ago. After being subject to religious persecution in Great Britain, they rebuilt their lives under the harsh conditions of Patagonia. One remarkable feature of the Welsh was their peaceful coexistence with the Tehuelche indigenous people. They also brought their culture and traditions to this region, creating a lasting impact on this part of Argentina.

Tip: It’s worth setting aside a few hours to tour these Welsh towns and learn about their history and culture. Trelew also boasts a dinosaur museum, the Museo Paleontólogico Egidio Feruglio.

Cups ready to tea in a Welsh tea house

Be sure to experience a Welsh tea ceremony in Gaiman / Source

7. Enjoy a tea ceremony at a Welsh tea house in Gaiman

Among the most cherished customs that the Welsh brought to Argentina, the traditional teahouses stand out. Gaiman is a popular spot to enjoy a proper tea ceremony accompanied by cakes and sweet treats. A delicacy that shouldn’t be missed in this ceremony is Cacen ddu (Welsh black cake), a delicious sweet bread typical of Wales. Be sure to also try the Chubut cheese, made with a recipe dating back to the early years of the Welsh colony.

Tip: You won’t be allowed to share a tea tasting, despite the large amount of food, so go hungry!

An old picture of people gathered for the Eisteddfod

One of the earliest Eisteddfod’s held in Patagonia, in 1880 / Source

8. Have a cultural experience at Eisteddfod

Another custom the Welsh brought to this region is the Eisteddfod. This is a competitive festival of poetry and music. The best druids (dryw) of the region meet each year to share (and compete) the beautiful myths and stories of their culture, recited in the Welsh language and also in Spanish. The first Eisteddfod took place in Rawson in 1865, and continues today, taking place in Puerto Madryn during August.

A lamb stew

Try the delicious Patagonian lamb in a traditional dish like cawl / Source

9. Eat delicious Patagonian Lamb

While you may associate Puerto Madryn with fresh seafood (of which there is plenty in abundance), make sure you also taste the delicious Patagonian lamb. The secret to this highlight of Patagonian cuisine is the wild oregano and other species that the lambs feed on in the Patagonian steppe. You can eat it gaucho style, grilled on a stake over a wood fire giving it a smoky flavour.

Tip: Add mint sauce to your lamb, or enjoy it as part of a local dish such as stew (or cawl), or in a shepherd’s pie.

A view of the Patagonian pampas

The view on the way to Southern Patagonian Coastal Marine Park / Source

10. Attend the National Salmon Festival in Camarones

Each February, hundreds of fishing experts and fans travel 250 km south of Trelew to the town of Camarones to celebrate the Festival Nacional de Salmón. Fishing competitions are held, while the foodies can sit around and enjoy the best seafood in the region. Other attractions in Camarones are the Parque Marino Costero Patagonia Austral (Southern Patagonian Coastal Marine Park) and the Reserva Faunistica provinvial Cabo Dos Bahías (Cabo Dos Bahías Provincial Wildlife Reserve). These two nature reserves were developed to conserve the habitat of the wild animals living on the coasts of the southern hemisphere.

Tip: Although there are no regular tours to this area, you can rent a 4×4 in Puerto Madryn to drive through these stunning landscapes.

With so many reasons to visit Puerto Madryn, don’t hesitate to include it in your itinerary for Argentina. With plentiful wildlife and great oceanic nature reserves, it’s sure to be an unforgettable holiday!

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By: Daytours4u’s Content Team

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4 Ways to Discover the Best of Medellín http://www.daytours4u.com/en/colombia4u/4-ways-to-discover-the-best-of-medellin/ Tue, 31 Jul 2018 11:00:14 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=10791 Medellín, capital of the department of Antioquia, is the second largest city in Colombia. Come and discover what the City of Eternal Spring has to offer.

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A few years ago, Medellín competed against 200 other major famous cities and was crowned the most innovative city in the world. It certainly lives up to its title.

This Colombian metropolis has an exemplary public transport system having managed to pacify various slum areas, integrating them with other neighbourhoods through the installion of a cable car. With plazas that seems more like an open-air museum and incredibly friendly residents, what’s not to love about Medellín?

MedellinMedellín combines art, innovation and culture / Photo by Lucila Runnacles, Viagem Cult

METROCABLE

All of Medellín’s citizens are proud of their public transport system. Their metro runs above ground and the metrocable offers public cable cars. There are various lines that connect the cumunas (pacified slums) with the main metro stations. One of the best views of Medellín is from the cable car that takes you to Aurora.

Another example of Medellín’s innovation is the escalators that changed the lives of the residents in Comuna 13. Before, whoever lived on the top would have to climb down a huge ladder the equivalent of 28 floors.

Nowadays, the descent takes no more than five minutes. This social inclusion project set a global example. When there, don’t forget to take a look at the beautiful graffiti that stretches across the walls and brightens up the views of the residents and tourists passing through Comuna 13.

MedellinThe metrocable of Medellín / Photo by Lucila Runnacles, Viagem Cult

ART

The famous artist Fernando Botero was born in Medellín, and there, it is possible to see a large collection of his pieces without spending a penny. Botero is world renowned for painting and sculpting “chubby” figures – it is his most famous motif.

A stroll through the plaza that takes his name in the city centre is truly a delight for the eyes. There are 20 enormous bronze sculptures that don’t go unnoticed.

If after that stroll you still want to discover more of his work, the Antioquia Museum is right opposite the plaza, one of the most important museums in the country. This museum collates various pieces from the work of this renowned Colombian artist and there is also a permanent collection of modern Latin American art. The closest metro station to the Plaza Botero is Parque Berrio.

img_0129The urban art decorates with colors the Commune 13 / Photo by Lucila Runnacles, Viagem Cult

A STEP BACK IN TIME

To have an idea of what Medellín was like in the past, just visit the Pueblito Paisa. The little church, the colonial houses with clay roofs, and the fountain in the middle of the plaza recreate the twentieth century little towns of Antioquia. The people born in the department (state) of Antioquia are called antioquianians.

Pueblito Paisa is located on top of Cerro Nutibara and from there you have an amazing view of the city, including the comunas. Visiting this place at night is an absolute delight due to the lit up view of Medellín. Apart from the restaurants you can also buy various souvenirs there.

MedellinVisit the charming Pueblito Paisa to know how Medellín was in the past / Image Source

BANDEJA PAISA & AREPAS

Colombian food is delicious from the North to the South. From the simplest of dishes to the most elaborate, all of them are incredibly tasty. No one should go to Medellín without trying the famous bandeja paisa, an extremely nutritious and abundant meal. The bandeja consists of a bit of rice, beans, patacones (mashed and friend banana), meat, avocado, egg and arepa.

However, the city’s culinary prize has to go to the arepa de choclo (corn). Arepa is something that is eaten throughout the entire country. In some regions it is made with rice, but in Medellín it is more commonly made with corn which has a sweeter flavour and is accompanied by a slice of cuajada, a cheese similar to Minas cheese. To the delight of both locals and tourists alike it is common to see many people selling arepas throughout the city and for very reasonable prices.

Did you know?

Medellín is the second most important city in Colombia, after Bogota, the county’s capital.

Medellín lies in a valley, 1,500 metres above sea level. The city is surrounded by the main chain of the Colombian Andes and that is why the climate there is always so pleasant.

Medellín is the capital of the department (state) of Antioquia and the people born in that state are called paisas.

MedellinAppreciate the views of Medellin to understand its geography / Photo by Lucila Runnacles, Viagem Cult

When to go:

The city has a great climate throughout the year. After all, the city is known as the City of Eternal Spring. It has a mild climate and the city’s average temperature is 24°C. The hottest month of the year is July, when temperatures reach 28°C. October and May are considered the months with the most rainfall, however, December, January and February are the driest months.

Perfect for…

People who like big cities, innovation and art. Medellín is perfect for travelling with friends, a couples getaway and for anyone who likes to shop. Medellin has the most important fashion fair in the whole country and is also famous for its shopping centres.

By: Lucila Runnacles, journalist and author of Viagem Cult blog

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