Inspiration – Daytours4u http://www.daytours4u.com/en Tours, activities and travel tips in South America Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 96832869 Handy facts to understand the best carnivals in South America [Infographic] http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/handy-facts-to-understand-the-best-carnivals-in-south-america/ Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:00:56 +0000 http://daytours4u.com/en/?p=9079 Check out our guide to 6 of the best Carnivals in South America with this handy infographic filled with fun facts and insider tips.

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It’s Carnival season in South America, and many of the world’s largest and most extravagant parties have begun in earnest. A great number of towns and cities across the continent spare no expense to celebrate Carnival, with people of all ages donning fanciful costumes and coming out into the streets for some widespread merrymaking.

From Barranquilla, Colombia to Gualeguaychú, Argentina, Carnival is one of the most anticipated events on the cultural calendar, drawing huge crowds of tourists who come from all corners of the globe to soak in the local history, culture, and traditions. Each place has its own unique selling point – parades, llamadas, corsos, tablados, murgas, and comparsas. These are just some of the customs that make this a fantastic, and extremely entertaining, time to visit. Check out our guide to 6 of the best Carnivals in South America in this handy infographic.

If you are currently travelling through South America and would like to experience the thrill of one of these spectacular celebrations, we offer great Carnival tours in Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, and Barranquilla. Alternatively, if all the revelry becomes too much and you need to take some time to recover, check out our range of tours on offer in Argentina, Buenos Aires, ChileColombia, Rio, Sao Paulo, and Uruguay. If you need help putting together your itinerary, just drop us a line – we’re happy to answer any questions you have about these exciting destinations.

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Everything you need to know in order to discover the best beaches in South America http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/the-best-beaches-in-south-america/ Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:30:56 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12025 The South American biodiversity is perfect for putting together a travel itinerary full of all kinds of experiences: dazzling mountains for hiking, boat trips through imposing glaciers, kayaking across infinite rivers and, of course, you can not miss the paradisiacal beaches of the tropics for spending an unforgettable vacation. In this article you’ll find all [...]

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The South American biodiversity is perfect for putting together a travel itinerary full of all kinds of experiences: dazzling mountains for hiking, boat trips through imposing glaciers, kayaking across infinite rivers and, of course, you can not miss the paradisiacal beaches of the tropics for spending an unforgettable vacation. In this article you’ll find all you need to know to discover the best beaches in South America with our guides from Rio de Janeiro, Colombia, Argentina and Uruguay.


Beaches in Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana and Ipanema are the most-well known beaches to tourists in Rio de Janeiro. However, the Wonderful City offers other equally charming options and for all tastes. São Conrado beach, for example, is ideal for the more adventurous who want to push themselves to do a parachute tandem jump; for its part, Leblon beach is a favorite to visit with children.

Read all of the recommendations from our experts in Top 10 beaches in Rio de Janeiro: traditional and alternative.

Go beyond Copacabana and Ipanema, be surprised by the less explored beaches of Rio / Source

Beaches in Colombia

The main advantage of the beaches in Colombia is that they can be visited at any time of the year, since the weather doesn’t change and maintains high temperatures all 365 days. Another interesting aspect of this country is the fact that it is the only one in South America that has two coasts: the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Discover Colombia’s Best Beaches: very complete travel guide and explore the charm of the Colombian sea, whose beauty perfectly complements the kindness and joy of the coastal people.

Guide to the best beaches in Cartagena: ideal for discovering the location of each one, their peculiarities and our advice on where to go and what to do.

Find your favorite beach in the Caribbean or the Colombian Pacific, there are options for all tastes / Photo by Daytours4u

Beaches in Argentina

The atlantic coast of Argentina is a Porteño favorite for enjoying the austral summer. From November to March, the locals travel in family or with friends to cities like Mar del Plata, Pinamar, and Cariló beaches primed to receive visitors with the best comforts. However, Las Grutas in Patagonia is also a choice beach during the summer season, especially for those who prefer to escape the hustle and bustle of the more frequented beaches.

4 great beaches to visit in Argentina: read here about the most important beaches in Argentina and stay cool during South America’s scorching summer.

If the bustling Mar del Plata is not for you, go to Las Grutas in Argentine Patagonia, you’ll love it! / Source

Beaches in Uruguay

With 600 kilometers of coastline, Uruguay represents a true coastal paradise in South America. Although Punta del Este is the queen of the country, Piriápolis and Cabo Polonio offer an intimate and innovative experience for travelers of the world.

Best beaches in Uruguay: this complete article collects all the details of each of the beautiful Uruguayan hidden gems, so you know how to get there, what to see and what to do around the whole circuit of beaches from Montevideo to Punta del Diablo.

Cabo Polonio is one of the most beautiful hidden treasures in Uruguay / Source

Traveling through South America is an experience that never ceases to be new and exciting, because there will always be another place to explore. Come and discover these paradisiacal beaches and all our coasts bathed by an infinite blue and have an unforgettable vacation.

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6 energetic destinations in South America to start 2018 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/energetic-destinations-south-america/ Thu, 04 Jan 2018 16:00:33 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11982 Energy, mysticism and good vibes are all synonymous with South America. This continent is full of harmonious places to begin the year with the best predisposition and in this article we offer a list of 6 energetic destinations in South America to get off to a good start in 2018. You don’t need to be [...]

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Energy, mysticism and good vibes are all synonymous with South America. This continent is full of harmonious places to begin the year with the best predisposition and in this article we offer a list of 6 energetic destinations in South America to get off to a good start in 2018. You don’t need to be religious or a hippie to perceive all the vitality that our countries transmit, although we warn you that there’s a lot of mystique (and the possibility of non-human life) that surround the places we will talk about. Open your mind!


1. The Atacama Desert in Chile

The Atacama desert occupies first place in some really curious natural aspects: it is the place where the least rain falls on the entire planet, the region with the clearest skies and the site that NASA chose to test its robots before sending them to Mars because of its similarities with the red planet. It is a region charged with intense energy, ideal for those who seek to take a truly introspective journey in the middle of nowhere.

However, many travelers with varied nationalities flock to the desert to explore Cerro Unita where you can see about 500 geoglyphs that, according to archaeologists, correspond to a cave drawing made by humans. Despite this version, there are some doubters who insist that the specific case of the “Giant of Atacama” measuring 86 meters, couldn’t have been a drawing made by humans and some say that aliens created it to be seen from up above. It is worth going to the place and deciding for yourself which version you believe.

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Atacama is ideal for those who seek to take a truly introspective journey / Photo by Daytours4u

2. Capilla del Monte in Argentina

This is the home of UFOs in Argentina. At least that’s what its inhabitants say and the hundreds of tourists who claim to have seen one during their trip. It is located in the province of Córdoba and upon arrival to the town the figure of alien figure welcomes curious travelers.

The place is simply beautiful, full of spectacular mountains and crystal clear rivers that create a natural spa, perfect for recharging your batteries and starting the new year fresh. There is a huge quantity of quartz on the banks of the Calabalumba river, minerals that are known for balancing the energies of the human being. The blinding brightness produced by these gems is, according to skeptics, the explanation for the alleged UFOs that are sighted in the region.

Regardless, in this location there is a UFO Information Center that investigates the most emblematic historical cases of Capilla del Monte and each year they hold an International Congress of Ovnilogy that in 2018 will celebrate its twentieth meeting in the month of November. Those interested can now reserve their tickets.

Travel Tip: Take advantage of your visit to this place to take home some souvenirs such as quartz, books on how to harmonize the chakras and figurines of the green extraterrestrial at the entrance.

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Find your own UFO in Córdoba / Source

3. Tayrona Park in Colombia

All the beaches in the Colombian Caribbean are magical but Tayrona Park concentrates the most ancestral energy that surrounds this beautiful region of the continent. The four native groups of the area have fought hard to try to protect and conserve this area from the intervention of man and have been successful to the point of achieving the annual closure of the park for a month, with the aim of restoring the spiritual cleanliness of the place.

In addition to enjoying the sea, travelers go to Tayrona Park to take the Tour to Pueblito Chayrama, a mystical place that is accessed after a long walk of three hours and offers as its reward a dazzling landscape where the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta stands. This important archaeological zone is composed of terraces, cobbled streets and aqueducts of this ancient city built by the Tayrona people. The tour ends at the beautiful beaches of Cabo San Juan del Guía.

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Recharge your energies for 2018 in Tayrona Park / Photo by Daytours4u

4. Paraty in Brazil

The mystery that surrounds Paraty is not associated solely with its natural beauty, as with the rest of the destinations mentioned in this article. The mysticism of this city, located 250 kilometers from Rio de Janeiro, comes from being urbanized by the freemasons. So in addition to taking a dip in Ensenada Trinidade, take advantage of your days in Paraty to discover the Masonic symbols.

In the eighteenth century the doors and windows of the houses were painted in white and blue, specifically with the blue of the hydrangeas. The first patron of Paraty was San Roque, an esoteric mystic saint. The streets have a crooked (oblique) layout, as the Masons usually organize them, and the locals say that the three carved stones that are observed in some corners form the Masonic triangle.

Do you still have doubts about the mystique of this place? Well, the columns of the streets of Paraty form a portico, to inform the visitor that a mason lives there and you can even learn the degree of the mason of each residence. Another interesting fact is that the floors of the houses are made to scale 1.33.33, because the number 3 is of great importance to this lodge. The City, obviously, has 33 blocks.

Travel Tip: discover each of these masonic tracks and take the opportunity to clear your mind in the beautiful city with the tours in Paraty.

Discover all the Masonic elements in Paraty / Photo by Daytours4u

5. Marcahuasi in Peru

Peru is a country full of mysticism. Machu Picchu is probably the best-known energetic place on an international scale. However, in the capital itself, Lima, lies Marcahuasi, a plateau of the Andes that rises to 4000 meters above sea level.

In Marcahuasi you can see giant rocks with human and animal profiles that attract the attention of many travelers. Added to this natural spectacle is the fact that it is considered a recognized world energy center, due to its volcanic origin that has fostered the generation of rocks with enormous amounts of quartz and in the depths of the plateau the subterranean waters that intensify the energy of the place.

Local experts believe that the place may have healing effects and lovers of astrology say that there is so much magnetism in the area that there’s likely a gateway to other dimensions. From these types of assertions, rumors constantly arise that both UFOs and spirits appear in Marcahuasi.

Travel tip: you can get to Marcahuasi by bus. From the center of Lima you will go to Paseo Colón and take the minibuses that go to Chosica. After two hours of travel to Chosica, you will take another bus to San Pedro de Casta, the town where you start the final stretch towards Marcahuasi. Travelers can go by foot or on horseback and donkeys can also rented to carry luggage. The trip lasts between 3 to 5 hours, depending on the speed.

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Marcahuasi is full of mysterious giant rocks with human and animal faces / Source

6. The Sierra de las Ánimas in Uruguay

The Sierra de las Ánimas is the only place of volcanic origin in Uruguay. It is located right at the point where the Cordillera de los Andes begins to rise between Argentina and Chile with a height of 6,962 meters. Due to the conformation of its soil that also has minerals such as quartz, the place is considered an ideal energy center for adventurers who enjoy hiking.

It’s a private place and that can only be accessed on Saturdays and Sundays. During the Tourism Week (Holy Week) and the week of Carnival the entrance is open every day. The most popular trails are the Cerro de las Ánimas and Cañadón de los Espejos, both of extraordinary beauty, full of small natural pools, with waterfalls and pure water, although very cold, where only the brave will enter.

Travel Tip: Find out all the information about the Walk to the Sierra de las Ánimas and live a refreshing experience in Uruguay.

The Sierra de las Ánimas is a must see for the more adventurous who love hiking / Source

The search for evidence of the energy centers on our planet and the possibility of non-human life in the universe do not stop. Even the Department of Defense of the United States recently recognized the existence of a secret program to investigate UFOs, whose budget exceeded 20 million dollars and just recently closed its doors in 2012.

But you do not need such a large budget to discover the mystique of this magical continent that preserves the strength of its original people with great care, so encourage yourself to renew your energy in South America and don’t be afraid to open your mind because you might just get lucky and you can hunt a UFO.

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The best-selling tours of 2017: Unmissable excursions according to our travelers http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/the-best-selling-tours-of-2017-unmissable-excursions/ Tue, 19 Dec 2017 12:00:03 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11941 The travel experiences South America offers its visitors are inexhaustible. This continent has an infinite catalog of tours and activities that range from outdoor adventures, city tours and native cultural shows, to walks to unique places that are carefully preserved by its inhabitants. In this article we have gathered the best-selling tours of 2017 according [...]

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The travel experiences South America offers its visitors are inexhaustible. This continent has an infinite catalog of tours and activities that range from outdoor adventures, city tours and native cultural shows, to walks to unique places that are carefully preserved by its inhabitants. In this article we have gathered the best-selling tours of 2017 according to the preferences of our travelers, who have been inspired by the charm and diversity that surrounds the continent.

PatagoniaWalking along the Patagonian trails is one of the favorite activities of tourists / Photo by Daytours4u

The best-selling tours in Argentina

Throughout its more than two and a half million kilometers, Argentina, like almost all countries in the region, has landscapes as varied as its cultural offer. Only Buenos Aires is one of the most important tourist gems in the country: 83% of foreigners that visit Argentina are destined for the Capital Federal. In the city, tango is the one that takes the grand prize of the best-selling tours for 2017.

Señor Tango: It is one of the most famous shows in Buenos Aires, recognized for its choreographic performances that evoke the best Broadway shows. There are more than 40 artists on stage who transmit an intense passion of tango.

Estancia Santa Susana Fiesta Gaucha: In the outskirts of Buenos Aires, travelers will enjoy an entertaining dance show, as well as a demonstration of gaucho skills on horseback. The tour includes barbecue (asado) and wine.

Tigre Full Day Tour: Outside of the cultural shows, the most sold tour in Buenos Aires was the Tigre Full Day Tour. It is a beautiful outing through the landscapes around the city, the Paraná River and the Delta Islands.

Tour recommended by Daytours4u: One Day in Colonia, although it is not technically in Buenos Aires, it does allow you to leave the Argentine capital and is a great opportunity to connect with the Rio de la Plata culture on the other side of the river.

TangoWatching a tango show in Buenos Aires is the must-see tour in the Argentine capital / Photo by Daytours4u

After Buenos Aires, Patagonia Argentina is the favorite of travelers and the most adventurous will find unforgettable natural wonders in the north. These were their favorite excursions:

Perito Moreno Glacier Tour: It is a full day tour for the Los Glaciares National Park that passes through channels, fjords and bays from where incredible views of icebergs and Patagonian landscapes can be admired.

Torres del Paine Full Day Tour: It goes from El Calafate to the Argentine border to visit Patagonia in Chile. Visit Sarmiento and Nordenskjold lakes until you reach the dazzling Mirador (lookout) de los Cuernos del Paine.

Iguazu Falls Argentinian Side: a trip to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the imposing Iguazu Falls National Park in Argentina. The tour leads to the famous Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat).

Tour recommended by Daytours4u: it is difficult to choose because Córdoba and Mendoza offer excellent tourist options. Despite this, Salta is the destination that brings together in one place activities for all types of travelers: families, couples and solo adventurers; that’s why we recommend the Going Around the Heights (Salt Flats), a full day tour with visits to Salinas Grandes, Quebrada del Toro, Cerro de los Siete Colores and more.

IguazuRecharge all your energies in the Iguazu Falls / Photo by Daytours4u

The best-selling tours in Brazil

Our travelers who were in Río de Janeiro and São Paulo in 2017 were fascinated by all the options offered by these cities at any time of the day and at any time of the year. Beach, mountain, walks through the city, gastronomy and adventure are only a small part of the Brazilian offer.

In Rio de Janeiro, the top 3 of the tours preferred by our clients were, as expected, related to the spectacular beaches around the city:

Angra Dos Reis & Ilha Grande Day Tour: Includes a day on the tropical island of Ilha Grande, on the coast of Angra Dos Reis. It is the perfect occasion to leave the bustling city and enjoy a totally relaxed beach day.

Boat Tour to Arraial do Cabo: ideal for those who seek to visit the surroundings of Rio de Janeiro. In this tour you will visit Isla do Farol, the Blue Grotto, Playa do Forno and other tropical places.

Rio Express Day Tour: a very complete excursion that includes a visit to the most emblematic places of interest in Rio in just 7 hours: Sugarloaf, Christ the Redeemer, the Sambadrome, the Metropolitan Cathedral, among other attractions in the city.

Tour recommended by Daytours4u: We love the Authentic Feijoada Experience, because we know that gastronomy is a key element to discover the essence of each place visited. In addition to the delicious dishes tasted, the popular Minas Gerais coffee completes this truly authentic experience.

The visit to Christ the Redeemer is one of the best-selling tours / Photo by Daytours4u

In São Paulo, on the other hand, the most sold tours in 2017 were:

Tour to Santos & Guarujá: A refreshing excursion to the beaches of the Costa Verde (Green Coast): Asturias, Ensenada, Pernambuca and Pitangueiras. The tour also includes a tour of the busiest port in Latin America and the Coffee Museum.

Layover Tour São Paulo: Due to the importance of the Guarulhos Airport for the connections of the main airlines of South America and the world, this tour is one of the most sold in São Paulo, because in 6 or 8 hours (depending on the waiting time the passengers) will tour Ibirapuera Park, Paulista Avenue, Metropolitan Cathedral and a dozen tourist sites in the city.

Architecture Tour: São Paulo is the capital of events in South America and, because of that, this tour is the favorite of those who travel to the city to participate in conventions or congress meetings for professionals. The city has a modernist and eclectic design, combining sleek and bright skyscrapers with the classical architecture imposed by the Portuguese Empire.

Tour recommended by Daytours4u: the Hot Air Balloon Ride is one of the most fun activities to do in São Paulo. If your dream as a child was to ride on one of these giant balloons, this is one of the safest and most beautiful places to do it.

Spend the day in Santos and Guarujá is an excellent tourist plan in São Paulo

The best-selling tours in Chile

After establishing itself as the world leader in adventure tourism in 2016, Chile has become an increasingly attractive destination for those traveling to South America. Despite offering multiple options for trekking, rafting, surfing or horseback riding, our travelers decided in 2017 for more thematic and relaxed excursions. Here we show you the 3 best-selling tours in Chile:

Magdalena Island Penguin Tour: Chilean Patagonia, as well as Argentina, occupies the first place in the itinerary of our travelers. This excursion in Magdalena Island departs from Punta Arenas to sail through the historic Strait of Magellan until reaching the natural monument, where 150,000 penguins walk freely from November to March.

Concha y Toro Winery Tour: the second place is held by wine tours in Santiago, especially this one to Viña Concha and Toro, which is one of the most emblematic of the city. It was founded in 1883 and its wine -mainly those from the Casillero del Diablo winery- are distributed in 147 countries.

Tour to Valparaíso and Viña del Mar: departing from Santiago, this excursion allows travelers to visit the main cities of the Chilean Central Coast in one day. Among the sites of interest that are visited is the Quinta Vergara in Viña and La Sebastiana, one of the houses of Pablo Neruda, in Valparaíso.

Tour recommended by Daytours4u: Valparaiso is a charming city and the Tour to Isla Negra with Wine Tasting is a tour that departs from Santiago and crosses three emblematic places in Valpo: the Pablo Neruda House in Isla Negra, the beaches of Algarrobo and the Valle de White House. An unmissable excursion!

Knowing the best of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar is possible with the full day from Santiago / Source: Tourism Chile

The best-selling tours in Uruguay

Uruguay is the second smallest country on the surface of South America – after Suriname – but this is not directly proportional to its tourist offer. On the contrary, so far in 2017, the country has received almost 3 million tourists, that is, 21% more than what it received in 2016 and it is expected that next year this figure will increase. In the midst of this continuous growth, these were the three most-sold tours in Uruguay according to the preference of our customers:

Punta del Este Tour from Montevideo: the biggest tourist attraction in Uruguay is Punta del Este, that’s why this trip is first in the top 3, ideal for those who will spend most of their vacations in Santiago. You will visit in one day the beaches Mansa, Brava, Atlántida, Piriápolis, the downtown, the Maldonado bar and more.

Sunset at Casapueblo – Boat Cruise: It was the hit of 2017 in Punta. The mythical “Casa Pueblo”, workshop and home of the renowned Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró, is a reference of the city, but appreciating it through a boat navigation as the sun sets is the most romantic experience of all.

Colonia Tour from Montevideo: Colonia is the place of excellence for romantic getaways. Lovers from Buenos Aires come to this city and also those from Montevideo with the intention of spending a relaxing day walking through the beautiful cobblestone streets of the Old City, and touring the Port Zone, the Rambla and the old pier.

Tour recommended by Daytours4u: the Primuseum Restaurant Dinner Show is not just any dinner. In addition to the delicious food and interactive tango show where attendees can ask the tangos dancers what they want to hear, the place itself is a unique tourist attraction: it is a mansion in the old city of Montevideo created in 1870 that houses more than 3000 antiques, including about 300 primus, which are the first patented brand of kerosene stoves, from Sweden, that were used in homes to cook, heat and work.

The beaches of Punta del Este are the favorite of most tourists who visit Uruguay / Photo by Daytours4u

The best-selling tours in Colombia

Colombia was voted the destination “revelation of the year” according to our travelers. The economic growth of the country has also been reflected in tourism and it’s a nation that offers its visitors the possibility of vacationing at any time of the year, whether to enjoy its beaches, visit the Coffee Region or submerge yourself in the Amazon. The most sold tours in Colombia this 2017 were:

Tayrona National Park Tours: all the options we offer to enjoy Tayrona were preferred by our clients in Colombia. The charm of the little town Chayrama, as well as the Cañaveral, Arrecifes, Neguanje and Cristal beaches captivated tourists, who took the opportunity to also visit Bahía Concha, a magical place to relax for hours.

Day Trip to Guatapé and El Peñol: the second place goes to Medellín and the city of Guatapé, where visitors push themselves to climb the steep 7,000-foot ladders to reach the top of the Guatapé monolith. The panoramic view is spectacular!

Bogota Layover Tour: after the infrastructure reforms that were carried out at the El Dorado Airport, the number of airlines arriving in Bogota has increased and this is one of the reasons why this tour was so popular in 2017. Passengers can choose from tours that last 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 hours and it is also ideal for those who will spend little time in the Colombian capital, since their vacations will be centered in Cartagena, San Andrés or the Coffee Region.

Tour recommended by Daytours4u: Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Coffee Triangle is a fantastic 45-minute experience where you can look over more than 340,000 hectares of the beautiful Coffee Cultural Landscape, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011.

Enjoy the Coffee Cultural Landscape from the height with the balloon flight / Photo by Daytours4u

Without a doubt, 2017 has been a year of great experiences and this is just a tiny taste of what South America has to offer the world. Get ready for everything new that 2018 will bring and book the excursions that you would love to partake in during your holidays with Daytours4u.

*The data used in this article was given by the Daytours4u Sales team, who perform a thorough analysis of the reservations made by travelers to our websites. Also, their expertise about each destination was fundamental to the selection of recommended tours.

Por: Keilma Rojas, Venezuelan journalist, Web Content Editor of Daytours4u

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What to do to celebrate New Year’s Eve in South America http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/celebrate-new-years-eve-in-south-america/ Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:45:34 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11925 Saying goodbye to the year in any country in South America is a ritual that begins the first days of December and almost ends in February. From day 1 of the last month of the year you can feel the festive atmosphere and until February 2nd there will be people locked in the “Happy New [...]

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Saying goodbye to the year in any country in South America is a ritual that begins the first days of December and almost ends in February. From day 1 of the last month of the year you can feel the festive atmosphere and until February 2nd there will be people locked in the “Happy New Years hug” even after the first month has already passed. The traditions of each country are as diverse and peculiar as its people, but there is a common denominator that synthesizes the spirit of these days: partying and more partying, until dawn. Get excited about the energy and discover what to do to celebrate New Year’s Eve in South America.


Dance samba in Copacabana

RíoSpending the New Year in Copacabana is an experience that you have to live once in your life / Source

When it comes to choosing the best destinations in the world to spend New Year’s Eve, Rio de Janeiro always appears among the top spots on the lists. Copacabana is the epicenter of the great party on December 31st; its extensive beach with all its energy receives the Cariocas and foreigners dressed in white and with offerings in their hands to honor Yemanjá, the goddess of the sea of the orishas.

Many New Year’s Eve parties are usually organized in Copacabana, such as the Bukowski bar and in Lagoa, but what you definitely have to do, at least once in your life, is to join the two million souls that come out to the sea to watch the fireworks, dance a lot of samba and have fun until dawn.

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Enjoy a tango show in Buenos Aires

Buenos AiresNew Year’s Eve tango shows in Buenos Aires do not disappoint viewers / Photo by Daytours4u

Another South American classic to celebrate New Year’s Eve is the dazzling tango shows in Buenos Aires. These shows are planned well in advance and always culminate a full house for events that contemplate all aspects of logistics so that the assistant does not have to worry about anything: transfers included, an exquisite dinner, tango show, dance floor, fireworks and champagne for the toast.

Travel Tip: Another option in Buenos Aires are the exclusive dinners in first class restaurants such as the New Year’s Eve Dinner in Puerto Madero, ideal to attend with the whole family. The younger crowd will find private parties in Palermo, Recoleta and the Costanera Norte and those who decide on a more relaxed party, for free and held outdoors can go to Puerto Madero where, in recent years, a fun celebration with music and beer is put on.

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Going to party in Punta del Este

Punta del EstePunta del Este is the ideal destination for youngsters celebrating New Year’s Eve / Source: Flurmagazine

The New Year’s Eve parties in Punta del Este, Uruguay, have become very popular. They are already an important representation of the continent and it is common to see listings in other parts of the world that include them. One of the most emblematic is BOX in Punta del Este, which starts right at 11:55 pm and is the favorite among the young crowd especially for its bar that’s open all night. For its part, the most classic is the party at Moby Dick -one of the most important bars in the city- which includes dinner and starts at 9:00 p.m.

Travelers who prefer something less ostentatious will find along the coastline the locals with their beach chairs heading out to the shore to enjoy the fireworks show after midnight and taking advantage of the music from the nightclubs and restaurants in the surrounding area. Dance for free until the sun comes up.

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Watch the sky of Valparaíso for 25 minutes

ValparaísoThe fireworks show in Valparaíso is the second longest in South America / Source

“That’s how you’ll end up, Mr. Bell, If you let yourself love a wild thing. You’ll end up looking at the sky.” These words from the beautiful Holly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Truman Capote) describes how visitors and natives of Valparaiso, Chile, spend the night of December 31, but not exactly because they give their hearts to wild beings, but because of the spectacular display of fireworks that lasts approximately 25 minutes, the second longest in South America, after Rio de Janeiro.

Starting at 6:00 p.m. the people come to Plaza Sotomayor to see the show over the Pacific Ocean. There are travelers who rent apartments with balconies to witness the show with family and others book romantic dinners on yachts to enjoy the show from the sea. Fireworks are seen in both Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, so if you are in these cities, you can also enjoy the show.

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Burn the old year in Cartagena

ColombiaThe dolls that are burned for the New Year usually represent political characters / Photo: Juan Pablo Rueda, El Tiempo

One of the most fun things to do in Cartagena on the last night of the year is to burn the old year with the locals. The creativity of Cartagena is reflected in perfectly designed dolls that allude to national and international personalities, generally associated with politics. Presidents, ministers, mayors and other characters are made with rags and easily combusted materials that are burned on December 31st at night.

This is one of the ways to celebrate New Years in Colombia and in other countries in South America such as Venezuela, so travelers will find dozens of dolls to be burned in Cali, Medellín, Barranquilla and other cities. Particularly in Cartagena it is worth watching this show and then heading over to the walled city to enjoy the party that fires up at midnight, where strangers become family in seconds.

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To take into account

– The large hotel and restaurant chains of these cities usually organize dinners and exclusive parties for New Year’s Eve celebrations. If you wish to select this option, it is important to make the reservation in advance to guarantee your spot.

– With the exception of dinners and tango shows in Buenos Aires, the travel agencies and operators of tours and activities in the countries mentioned tend to provide their services until December 31 at noon and resume their activity on January 2nd. In the case that you want to book excursions for those dates, verify availability in advance.

By: Keilma Rojas, Venezuelan journalist, specialized in culture and actuality. Editor in Spanish for Daytours4u

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Excursions in Argentina for cruise passengers: local experts advice http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/excursions-in-south-america-for-cruise-passengers/ Thu, 02 Nov 2017 03:22:06 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11874 If you are looking for shore excursions in Argentina for cruise passengers we have some local experts advice. If you decided that South America will be your next cruise destination, you will most likely do the classic route that includes Uruguay, Brazil, Chile and Argentina or a more extensive trip that includes Colombia. Regardless of the [...]

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If you are looking for shore excursions in Argentina for cruise passengers we have some local experts advice. If you decided that South America will be your next cruise destination, you will most likely do the classic route that includes Uruguay, Brazil, Chile and Argentina or a more extensive trip that includes Colombia. Regardless of the final itinerary, if the land of tango and asado is on your list of countries to discover on your next cruise, this is the information you will need to know to ensure a great travel experience with the best tours and activities in Argentina.

Cruise travel has many advantages: an all-inclusive service (accommodation, meals and transfers), an itinerary with several destinations and luxury service. Now, traveling on a cruise through South America implies other great benefits such as the weather that is opposite of the northern hemisphere, the undisputed charm of its cities and the perception of safety that travelers have of the cities of this American continent.

The cruise ports in Argentina known for excellence are the Port of Buenos Aires, the Piedra Buena Pier in Puerto Madryn and the Port of Ushuaia. Once your cruise arrives at any of these cities, you can’t miss the opportunity to visit the most important tourist sites and enjoy the classic excursions planned by the tourist agencies so that you can abide by the strict schedules of arrival and departure of the cruise ships and enjoy the best available excursions in Argentina for cruise passengers.

Excursions in Buenos Aires for cruise passengers

Photo credit: La Nación

The Hop-On Hop-Off Bus is the ideal sightseeing tour to see the most important attractions of Buenos Aires. It includes a general view of the most important neighborhoods such as San Telmo, Palermo, La Boca, Recoleta, among others, as well as the chance to observe the landmarks of the city such as the Obelisk, the Cathedral or the Planetarium.

Then, take advantage of the nightlife in Buenos Aires with a traditional tango show, whose spectacles perfectly combine the sound and sensuality of yesterday together with modern performances that dazzle the audience. Also live an authentic gaucho experience by visiting Santa Susana Ranch and do not miss for anything in the world a professional wine tasting that will allow you to discover the secrets of the Argentine Malbec.

Travel Tip: Keep in mind that to book these tours on a regular basis you must confirm with the travel agency that you select the availability. Once the time of arrival and departure of the cruise is scheduled, it is only necessary to define the meeting point to start the routes you have chosen. However, you can opt for private tours that simplify the logistics.

Excursions in Puerto Madryn for cruise passengers

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Upon disembarking in the Patagonian city of Puerto Madryn you will have at least three options of tours to choose from that you cannot miss in your itinerary: the Peninsula Valdes Tour, the Punta Tombo Tour with Penguins and the Punta Loma Tour with Sealions. In all cases you will be able to admire the splendor of this unique landscape in South America, as well as the most interesting aspects of its biodiversity.

The Valdes Peninsula was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and during the tour that will take you to see it, you will observe how the wide variety of local animals that include whales, sea lions and penguins live.

The Punta Tombo Tour with Penguins, on the other hand, includes a more intimate experience with these peculiar animals that many of us could only see in Happy Feet. In addition to appreciating the more than 500,000 Magellanic penguins that live here, you can enjoy the spectacle offered by other species such as seagulls and armadillos.

The third option that combines the Tour to Punta Loma and the Welsh Villages is ideal for those who want to appreciate the wildlife of Puerto Madryn and, in turn, learn a little about the culture and history of the city. Prepare your camera to closely portray the charming sea lions that rest on the shores of the Patagonian beaches and finish the day participating in the traditional Tea ritual in this city built by Welsh settlers.

See: Shore excursions in Puerto Madryn

Excursions in Ushuaia for cruise passengers

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When you arrive to the southernmost city in the world, do not waste time and take a tour that will take you directly to the Tierra del Fuego National Park. There are 68,909 hectares of preserved Patagonian forests to safeguard the species that inhabit it and offer tourists an unforgettable experience.

The first attraction that you should visit is the End of the World Train, where you will travel the last 7 kilometers of the prisoner’s train who lived in the Ushuaia prison. During the outing you will learn about the history of the place, visit the Pipo River and you will enter one of the areas where you can not access the park by foot because of environmental restrictions. It is a fascinating journey in time aboard a luxurious steam locomotive in the middle of a majestic landscape.

The experience of this excursion in Ushuaia also includes a short walk along the trails of the national park until you reach the Redonda and Estorbo Islands. Immediately you will be transferred to the Lapataia Bay where you will explore with a local guide the Magellanic forests and you will learn about the history of the Yámanas, ancient indigenous settlers of the area.

The last section of the tour corresponds to Roca Lake, of glacial origin, and you will return your cruise on time after having visited the main attractions of the beautiful city of Ushuaia.

Travel Tip: In case you are only interested in taking the End of the World Train, you can get to the train station on your own or purchase a private car through a travel agency. The rest of the excursions, both in Ushuaia and in Puerto Madryn, are only reserved privately to comply with the schedules of the cruises.

See: Shore excursions in Ushuaia

Expedition cruise through Antarctica

If your idea of a cruise is more inclined towards a researcher experience and you want to visit inhospitable places in South America out of the ordinary and beyond tourism, you must reserve your spot on an expedition cruise through Antarctica. The excursions are made on smaller boats and you will always be accompanied by an expert who will reveal to you the secrets of this cold, dry and unexplored continent, unparalleled on the planet.

In addition to witnessing how colonies of seals, penguins, whales, orcas and more live in their natural habitat, you can admire the imposing icebergs that stand out through the crystalline waters and the length of the beautiful Andes Mountain Range.

Those who will most enjoy this trip will undoubtedly be scientists and photographers. The first for all the information that this place offers about the origin of the planet and global warming; and the second for the spectacle of the light offered by Antarctica where the sunset lasts for hours instead of minutes during the austral summer.

Useful Information for cruise passengers

  • The tours and activities that are booked through tourist agencies usually have much lower prices than those offered by the cruise lines.
  • Private excursions always include transfers of passengers to and from the port.
    Tours are conducted with bilingual English-Spanish guides. Requesting a guide in another language, usually involves an extra cost.
  • Cruise excursions include the port fee in case you take the tour leaving from the port.
    The operators of the services are coordinated with the schedules of boarding and departure of the cruises to guarantee the return to be on time so as to not miss the ship.
  • In the case of excursions in Ushuaia and Puerto Madryn, only regular tours can be taken as long as the ship arrives at 7:00 am or earlier and has a departure time of 6:00 pm, otherwise, the services must be taken in private.

Although the regions that lead tourism in cruises are the Caribbean, Mediterranean Europe, Alaska, Northern Europe and Asian-Pacific, South America continues to consolidate as a holiday destination for cruise passengers and those who choose this region will be guaranteed a experience that is worthy of being categorized as once in a lifetime.

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By: Keilma Rojas
Venezuelan journalist, specialized in travel, culture and current affairs. Translated to English by: Anna Englund

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Any halloween parties in South America? http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/halloween-parties-south-america/ Sun, 29 Oct 2017 18:58:38 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11870 Halloween parties are part of the imagination of several generations of young people and adults in Latin America. Although in South America people have not grown up with the tradition of celebrating Halloween, the influence of movies and TV shows from other countries makes of celebrations like Halloween a fun activity for children and adults, so here [...]

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Halloween parties are part of the imagination of several generations of young people and adults in Latin America. Although in South America people have not grown up with the tradition of celebrating Halloween, the influence of movies and TV shows from other countries makes of celebrations like Halloween a fun activity for children and adults, so here we have listed the best Halloween parties in South America.

From there the customs have spread: it is common to find good Halloween parties throughout the continent. So if you are one of those travelers who hasn’t found a good party or any other Halloween craze (with more of a local spin), we invite you to read our list of recommended events across the region.

HALLOWEEN PARTIES IN BUENOS AIRES

the best halloween parties in buenos aires

In Buenos Aires you can even find the race to fantasy! (photo: Travel, Run, Live)

The Argentine ‘brothers’ may be the South Americans with the most resistance to influences coming from the north. Argentina’s anti-imperialist tradition dates back to long before the time of Peron or the birth of Che Guevara, and even since war times against Spain and England in the nineteenth century.

Even so, Buenos Aires is a city where you find absolutely anything and EVERYTHING! From a night marathon of bar hopping through the city to, although you may not believe it, a real night marathon. In the City of Fury, there’s never a lack of options.

Bar Marathon:
Sinful Halloween Costume Party
Palermo, Saturday, October 28, 2230h

Night Race:
Halloween Run 2017 – 5k
Vicente Lopez (North of Buenos Aires), Saturday, October 28, 20h

HALLOWEEN PARTIES IN RIO Y SÃO PAULO

THE BEST HALLOWEEN PARTIES IN RIO AND SAO PAULO

Sao Paulo has a Halloween party in an abandoned train station. (foto: Nos Trilhos)

Did you know that in Brazil October 31 is officially Saci Day? This tradition has developed in the country since a law was approved by Congress, that this date would be just as important to us or an equivalent to Halloween. In fact, every October, across the walls of several cities you can read graffiti that shows the people’s dissatisfaction with the celebration of Halloween, and other more allegorical ones that display more identity such as “Long live national Culture!” In any case, if we always enjoy a good celebration, we also have with us a great pride of our cultural identities.

It’s understandable that there are people who want to spontaneously enjoy Halloween as an excuse to party in the street in a carnival block- in Rio, of course. In São Paulo, things are going in a different direction: there are people working hard to build a real ghost train, with high-quality production in an abandoned railway station, with great style and lots of electronic music. Good for Paulista Avenue.

Choose the style that best suits you!

Blocoween – Halloween Psychedelic Courtship
Rio, Wednesday, November 1st, at night

Ghost Train – Halloween on the rails
São Paulo, Saturday, October 28, beginning at 22h

HALLOWEEN PARTIES IN SANTIAGO DE CHILE

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Halloween Hotel W is already a classic in Santiago (photo: reproduction)

Within the last ten years, Halloween parties began to appear in Santiago. At first quietly, in the recent years, they have been offering a more interesting selection of various options. Halloween has been deemed as the opportunity for young people and Chilean adults to dress up, a custom that for them is something new.

Among the parties that have already become traditions, the Hotel W is the one that stands out, with many food and drink options and well-made themed decorations.

Circo Remix – Halloween Night
Santiago, Tuesday, October 31, 23h

HALLOWEEN PARTIES IN BOGOTA

THE BEST HALLOWEEN PARTIES IN BOGOTA

Halloween in Bogotá is no joke (photo: Andrés Carne de Res)

The land of Cumbia is also, incredulous as it may seem, a South American mecca at Halloween parties. No one knows for sure if it has to do with its proximity to the United States, but the fact is that Colombians love the celebration of Halloween. One of the most traditional is the party at the restaurant Andres Carne de Res, a beautiful themed space in the outskirts of Bogota.

Jaloguín 2017 – Brujus Tentirujus
Chía (outskirts of Bogotá), Saturday, October 28, beginning at 19h

HALLOWEEN PARTIES IN URUGUAY

THE BEST HALLOWEEN PARTIES IN URUGUAY

In Punta, Halloween is even a VIP event (photo: reproduction)

The land of mate and Pepe Mujica doesn’t have very strong ties to this history of Halloween. Uruguayans prefer to eat a good asado, go to a soccer game, play games, or talk quietly around a wood stove. But in Punta del Este, there is always an Option B that gives you the possibility to do something outside the norm. On Halloween, the exclusive spa event is held for the chance to step foot on the red carpet at the Ocean Club nightclub party.

Halloween Festival by Ocean Club 2017
Punta del Este, Saturday, October 28, beginning at midnight (*)

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Montevideo Guide: a comprehensive neighborhood guide – PART 2 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/montevideo-guide-comprehensive-neighborhood-guide-part-2/ Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:20:33 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11820 On the first chapter of our Montevideo Guide, we described the best attractions and places to visit in the Old City, Aguada and Parque Batlle and Parque Rodó. Follow this insider recommendations to find out more about Pocitos, Carrasco and other trending neighborhoods to arrange your travel itinerary with unique and interesting sightseeing journeys in [...]

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On the first chapter of our Montevideo Guide, we described the best attractions and places to visit in the Old City, Aguada and Parque Batlle and Parque Rodó. Follow this insider recommendations to find out more about Pocitos, Carrasco and other trending neighborhoods to arrange your travel itinerary with unique and interesting sightseeing journeys in Montevideo.

4 – Pocitos / Punta Carretas

Pocitos

Photo: Leonardo Correa

This zone has the highest concentration of inhabitants and therefore each square meter is more expensive, especially within the blocks near the beach. On the weekends the social life of the neighborhood seems to be concentrated along its main boulevard, from young people who get together to drink mate – an infusion similar to the tea very typical of the region- to families who walk their babies in strollers, and the active individuals who use this space to run or ride bicycles. For being the safest and most active places at night –Ciudad Vieja and Centro are hectic during the day but empty at dusk- it’s the area most recommended to stay, and also contains interesting restaurants and bars to wrap up the day.

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While walking on the coast it’s worth it to stop at  la Plaza Gomensoro, a picturesque space with a gazebo alongside the beach, and a few blocks notice the Pittamiglio Palace “Pittamiglio Palace” (Rambla Gandhi 633), a building that almost goes unnoticed among the others, despite having the bow of ship with the Victory of Samothrace at the front. It was home of the wealthy architect Humberto Pittamiglio (1887-1966), who is said to have been an alchemist. It is worth taking a guided tour to surprise yourself with rooms full of nooks, doors, and stairs that lead nowhere, and alchemical symbols everywhere; another way to experience it is to attend a play inside.

In these neighborhoods, there are also the two biggest shopping centers in the city: Montevideo Shopping and Punta Carretas Shopping. The second, located on Ellauri 350 and inaugurated in 1994, was previously a prison, famous for some of its prison breaks- which gave rise to films – and for having housed several political prisoners before and during the last Uruguayan dictatorship (1973-1985).

Montevideo Shopping has the title of being the first mall of the city (it was inaugurated in 1985) and it is located on the Avenue Luis Alberto de Herrera, also home to the complex offices World Trade Center, restaurants, bars and Lotus, the most VIP nightclub of Montevideo. In addition, walking a few blocks from Montevideo Shopping towards the coast you will arrive at the MONTEVIDEO sign, a place popular among tourists to take pictures, as it offers a unique view of Pocitos beach.

5 – Malvín / Punta Gorda / CarrascoSofitel Carrasco

The biggest residential area of the city apart from La Rambla de Malvin which today has acquired a profile similar to that of Pocitos for its buildings – is not a place commonly recommended to travelers but has its attractions: for something a large part of the country’s wealthiest people chooses to live here. How about renting a bike to check it out?

On the Rambla of Malvin at Rimac Street, you will find Villa Yerua, former property of the Argentinean Francisco Maschio, a horse trainer, who received Carlos Gardel as a guest on several occasions. This year (2017) it reopened as a Turf and Tango Museum, held by the Uruguayan Association of Racehorse Owners (see schedules below), and there is a  statue of Carlos Gardel by the door where visitors can take pictures.

Continuing east along the Rambla you will find the beautiful Plaza De La Armada “Navy Square”, baptized by the locals as Plaza Virgilio, the meeting point of local neighbors and an ideal place to get a panoramic view of the coast of Montevideo.

Continuing further down the Rambla towards the east you will find the Casino Carrasco Hotel, a giant building of French style inaugurated in 1921, which since 2013 is now owned by French chain Sofitel. Staying here is not suitable for all budgets, but anyone can enter to admire the architecture and decoration, view some of the art exhibits that are usually on display, and perhaps then try their luck (in moderation) in the casino.

On the way out you will see the main commercial zone of the neighborhood, Arocena avenue, and parallel to it a picturesque street of old houses now transformed into stores: Rostand Avenue. You might have the luck that your visit happens to coincide with “Paseo Rostand”, an event that is held several times a year by placing Food trucks and musical shows along the sidewalks.

MONTEVIDEO USEFUL INFO

When to go. The middle season (March and April – September to December) are the best times of the year to visit. In summer the city is a bit too hot, but also a good option if you want to combine the visit with a couple of days at the beach towards the east. During January you will find the city rather empty, therefore many shops and restaurants are closed, as it is the favorite month of the locals for their holidays. February is the perfect month to enjoy multiple carnival shows.

Transportation. Of the public transport buses, you can use 121 to move from Ciudad Vieja / Centro to Pocitos and Punta Carretas, and 104 covers this route but also serves to reach Malvin, Punta Gorda, and Carrasco. It can be purchased in cash at the time of the trip, but for long stays, the magnetic transport card is advisable because it offers discounts. If this is going to be your main means of transport, the “Comor Ir” app will help you to know what collective to take according to its origin and destination. Other apps related to transport available in the city are Easy, Uber and CabyFy.

Bus Turístico / Tourist Bus  “Descubri Montevideo”. This bus stops at most of the main points of interest in the city – except for Malvín, Punta Gorda and Carrasco – and the user must acquire a valid pass allowing them to get on and off as many times as they want, for one day (637 pesos, just over 20 dollars ) or two days (980 pesos, a little more than 30 dollars). It runs between 9.30 and 18.30 on weekends, and from 10 to 17.45 during the week. Book here Montevideo hop on hop off bus

Walking tour. To walk around la Ciudad Vieja this guided tour is a good option because it does not require a prior reservation or fixed rate – the traveler leaves a tip at the end of the tour. There are guides available in Spanish, Portuguese and English. Some free walking tours leave Plaza Independencia, from Monday to Friday in the mornings, but you can also book here a city tour in Montevideo here.

Mercado Del Puerto / Port Market. Located at the corner of  Piedras 237 and Pérez Castellano has 14 restaurants and also includes various craft stalls. Inside the building, only lunch is available (the most recommended option) but the barbecues on the outside are also open at night.

Teatro Solis / Solis Theater. Located on Buenos Aires Street, it offers guided tours Tuesday and Thursday at 4:00 p.m.; Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 11, 12 and 16 hours, and Saturdays at 11, 12, 13 and 16 hours. The cost is 90 pesos (except on Wednesdays tours are free), and there are guides available in English, Portuguese and French. Our recommendation is to know the interior of the theater by attending a work: see the billboard at www.teatrosolis.org.uy

Mirador Panorámico / Panoramic View. Located at the corner of 18 de Julio and Ejido, the viewpoint the of the Intendencia of Montevideo is open to the public the seven days of the week, from 10 to 16 hours. It is free and utilizes a glass elevator offering a view of the exterior.

Palacio Legislativo / Legislative Palace. Entering through the door at Av. General Flores guided tours are available, from Monday to Friday, from 10.30 to 15 hours, in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, with a cost for foreign tourists of $ 3.

Complejo Torre de las Comunicaciones / Complex Communications Tower. Located at the corner of Paraguay 2097 and Guatemala, free guided tours are available with access to the viewpoint on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, at 15.30, 16, 16.30, and 17 hours, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10.30, 11, 11.30, and 12 hours. It is not necessary to sign up beforehand; it’s sufficient to arrive a few minutes early at the reception in the Joaquin Torres Garcia building.

Museo de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes / Museum of Fine Arts Juan Manuel Blanes. Located at Millán 1415 and the corner of Pierre Fossey, open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 12 to 17.45 hours. Free entry.

Jardín Botánico / Botanical Garden. Botanical Garden / Botanical Garden. Main entrance located at Avenida 19 De Abril 1181 and the corner of Valdense, open seven days a week from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm. Free entry.

Estadio Centenario y Museo del Fútbol /Centenario Stadium and Football Museum. Located on the premises of Parque Batlle/Park Batlle (Av. Ricaldoni s/n), entry is only permitted during sporting events or concerts. Check to see if your visit coincides with one! The Museo Del Futbol/ Football Museum (open from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., entrance fee) is available at the stadium, but in addition, more football fans can purchase a tour that will take them to the stadium with entries and transportation included. Book here a football experience in Montevideo.

Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales / National Museum of Visual Arts. Located in Parque Rodó (at the corner of Julio Herrera y Reissig and Tomás Garibaldi) is open  Tuesday through Sunday, from 14 to 19. Free admission.

Centro Cultural y Museo Castillo Pittamiglio / Cultural Center and Castle Pittamiglio Museum. Along Punta Carretas, almost arriving at the corner of 21 de Septiembre, this oddly shaped house (has the prow of a ship with the Victory of Samothrace on the outside) is open to the public with guided tours at 5 pm, Tuesday through Sundays. There are also plays for children and adults, most created for the visitor to walk through the installations as they change the scenes. Check which shows are currently on display at their website www.castillopittamiglio.org

Villa Yeruá. Located in Rambla de Malvín at the corner of Rimac, EL Museo Del Tango y Turf  “The Tango and the Turf Museum’ open to the public from Tuesday to Saturdays, from 12 to 17 hours.

*Read the first chapter of our Montevideo Guide

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By Carina Fossati, Journalist specialised in travelling and author of the blog Hills to Hells
Translated to English by Anna Englund

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Montevideo Guide: a comprehensive neighborhood guide – PART 1 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/montevideo-guide-comprehensive-neighborhood-guide-part-1/ Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:00:30 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11812 Nightlife in Montevideo is much more than the Mercado del Puerto, the Ciudad Vieja and the Rambla de Pocitos. The capital of Uruguay has many more attractions than those listed in the traditional tourist guides, and neighborhoods outside the main circuits that are worth the visit. In this Montevideo guide, we provide you with a [...]

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Nightlife in Montevideo is much more than the Mercado del Puerto, the Ciudad Vieja and the Rambla de Pocitos. The capital of Uruguay has many more attractions than those listed in the traditional tourist guides, and neighborhoods outside the main circuits that are worth the visit. In this Montevideo guide, we provide you with a summary, prepared by a local and separated by areas, that combines the traditional with the “off the beaten path” so that you can get the most out of your visit.

1 – Ciudad Vieja/Centro “Old City/Center”

Photo: Enrique Pérez

A good site to start the tour is the Plaza Independencia “Independence Plaza”, in the center of which you will see the monument dedicated to Artigas – our national hero – and surrounding it the Executive Branch – the seat of the country’s president – Palacio  Salvo  an ex hotel which is now an apartment building of interesting architecture, the five-star hotel Radisson Victoria Plaza, and diagonally across from it, the Teatro Solís, one of the oldest in Montevideo. The theater offers guided tours, but depending on who you ask the best way to experience it is to enjoy a play, opera or concert inside.

Passing through Puerta de la Ciudadela – Old city gate – one of the few remains from when our city was walled – you can enter the Old City or the Historic District of the city, and following the Peatonal  Sarandí “Pedestrian Sarandí”, which offers shops, bars and restaurants, you will reach the Rio de la Plata and blend in with the fishermen of the Escollera Sarandí, passing through plazas like the Plaza Matriz – where  the Cathedral – and the Plaza Zabala are. Because of the large concentration of offices in the area, the best time to do this walk is around noon, Monday through Friday.

If you find yourself in the area around noon, you will have several great options for lunch just a few feet away, but you can also stop at the Mercado del Puerto, a building more than 100 years old that combines upscale restaurants with simpler and more affordable grills – although the prices are not the cheapest for being an important tourist attraction, because of it’s location across from the port where many Argentine tourists, as well as international cruise travellers, arrive in the ferry Buquebús. In addition to enjoying barbecue or empanadas, at this spot you can also try two of our local delicacies: the Tannat wine and the Medio y Medio –Half and Half-, a sweet Uruguayan drink that is prepared with champagne and white wine.

Although the avenue has several plazas, the greatest attraction is not at ground level but several meters higher; the domes of the buildings. On the corner of Calle Río Negro, you will see a traditional example adorned with a sculpture of the titan Atlas. The London Paris department store stood there for several decades and was an icon of the city before shopping malls had opened in other neighborhoods.

Montevideo's Fountain Lock Bar Facal

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Another attraction on 18 de Julio is a Fuente de Candados –Fountain of Locks-, located at the corner of Yi street, that was placed there by the owners of the neighborhood bar Facal. Several couples spontaneously began to vow their love to each other there, based on the romantic novels of the Italian Federico Moccia “Tre metri sopra il celo” and “Ho voglia di te”, which were later transformed into films. Incidentally, Facal is one of the places where you can try our “chivito” – a typical meat sandwich of the country-, see tango shows and take photos with a statue of Gardel.

Book here a traditional lunch with tango show in Bar Facal

It is also worth seeing the architecture of the Facultad de Derecho “Law School”, located more towards the east, between streets Eduardo Acevado and Tristan Narvaja. In this area on Sundays there is a flea market, popular among locals and tourists, where you can find of all sorts of things.

The avenue 18 de Julio ends with the Obelisk , and a few blocks away you will find Terminal Tres Cruces, “Three crosses terminal” where you can take buses to Punta del Este or Colonia del Sacramento and to the interior of the country. A brand new spot is the Sinergia Design (Eduardo Víctor Haedo 2240) where local designers have their offices and also sell their creations. How about picking up a souvenir of an artist’s own design?

Book here a day tour to Punta del Este o Colonia from Montevideo

2 – Aguada/PradoThe Legislative Palace

From Plaza Fabini, commonly known as “Plaza del Entrevero” located at the intersection of 18 de Julio and Avenida Del Libertador “Liberty Avenue”, you can take Libertador to reach the Palacio Legislativo,  which houses the offices of senators and deputies of the country. Inside it stands the Pasillo de Pasos Perdidos, an interesting space with stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings. Domestic marble in different colors was used as decoration as well as mosaics and bas-reliefs created by artists Edmundo Partti, Jose Belloni, y Juan Buffa. Guided tours available (see schedules below)

Just a few blocks away stands the complex Torre de Telecomunicaciones, a group of modern mirrored glass buildings where the company Telefonica Antel operates. The tallest building reaches 160 meters and offers a lookout point for tourists, as well as murals originally created by artist Torres García’s workshop to decorate the walls of the hospital Saint Bois, restored in the last few years. Both buildings can be seen by guided tours, (See schedules below).

In La Aguada, the name given to this part of the city, there is also the newly renovated Mercado Agricola –Agricultural Market-, a historic building which was recently restored, where not only fruits and vegetables are sold, but also has many restaurants and specialty stores. Ideal for a rainy day!

Furthest from the city center towards the northeast lies the neighborhood Prado, the country’s old aristocratic zone, where the president resides. Presidents traditionally lived in this area, until Jose “Pepe” Mujica decided to permanently install his own farm during his term. It’s worth the visit to this neighborhood to feel as if you were in the elegant Montevideo in the early part of the 20th century, with avenues lined with old mansions and estates. Although a few decades later the high national aristocracy moved to Carrasco and nowadays are even in private neighborhoods in the suburbs like La Tahona “The Flourmill”, many of the families that founded the city continue to reside in the Prado.

One of the attractions of this neighborhood is the Botanical Garden, an enclosed park filled with many varieties of trees, flowers, and plants. Another one of its strong points is The Rosedal, a walkway dedicated to our poet Juana de Ibarbourou that has four crowned by eight domes of art nouveau style and a fountain in the middle; designed by the French landscaper Charles Racine in 1912, offers about 300 varieties of ancient and modern roses. The best time to visit in spring, when the flowers are in their maximum splendor.

In Prado there is also one of the most beautiful churches in the city, called Las Carmelitas (Irigotiria Street, between Hemanos Ruiz y Av. 19 de Abril), a Catholic temple of gothic style built in the year 1929. And if you want to top off your visit with a bit of national art, you must also visit the Museum of fine Arts Juan Manuel Blanes  (Av Millan 4015). This Palladian villa offers permanent exhibitions of our artists Juan Manuel Blanes (1830-1901) and Pedro Figari (1861-1938), as well as with other travelling exhibitions and behind the museum, the Japanese Garden of Montevideo, a small but very picturesque space designed by a Japanese landscape artist.

The Rural del Prado, a property is also in this neighborhood, where spring expo fairs are held every year in autumn and spring, combining various stands from different countries – with all kinds of products available- as well as livestock barns and agricultural machinery. In addition, they put on parties, parades, concerts and other cultural activities. Check to see if your visit to the city coincides with the weeks in which La Rural Del Prado is held, and if so, do not miss it.

3 – Parque Batlle/Parque RodóThe legendary Centenario Stadium

Important features of the most central part of the city, the first is an obligatory attraction for football lovers, given that there is the Estadio Centenario. Did you know that the first world cup was held there in 1930? And that we won? And that we also won the World Cup in 1950, but in the Brazilian stadium of Maracaná? For the people of Uruguay, who are quite nostalgic (our most important night party is called “Night of Nostalgia” and is celebrated on August 24) Maracana is something that remains in our memory, even though so many decades have passed. In the stadium, there is a Football Museum, but in addition, tourists who are football fanatics can book a football tour in Montevideo that will take you to the stadium with tickets, transfers, and guide included.

Book here a football experience in Montevideo

The stadium is located in the neighborhood Jardin Parque Batlle, where El Velódromo “The Velodrome”, La Pista de Atletismo “The Athletics Track”, El Club de Tiro “The Shooting Club” and the Hospital de Clinicas “Clinical Hospital”, a place where most of the medical students undergo training to gain experience, and well known for its size and architecture, also operate.

Another neighborhood with ample green spaces is Parque Rodó, which has the advantage of being next to the Rambla and offers a small amusement park and an amphitheater, the Summer Theater, where carnival shows take place in February and during the year there are concerts of bands and artists. On Sundays, the neighborhood hosts a fair offering clothing, fruit, vegetables and other items.

In December there is an annual exhibition of books and crafts. In addition, in this location there is another interesting point for art lovers, the National Museum of Visual Arts (Julio Herrera street and Reissig corner of Tomás GGaribaldi which also has one of the largest collections of national art, with artists such as Rafael Barradas, Joaquín Torres García , José Cúneo, Carlos Federico Sáez, Pedro Figari and Juan Manuel Blanes, among others. Parque Rodó is also one of the trendy places of  Montevideo’s nightlife, both in the area neighboring the amusement park and on the border with the neighborhood Cordón.

Read here a complete nightlife guide in Montevideo

Watch here the Part II of this Montevideo Guide

By Carina Fossati, Journalist specialised in travelling and author of the blog Hills to Hells
Translated to English by Anna Englund

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To land in Argentina- and basically in any country in South America- is, in itself, a great experience. The cultural and natural diversity of the country attracts all types of tourists and the time seems to short to visit each place and be satisfied. For that reason, we have prepared this list with the top 10 experiences in Argentina that you can’t miss, hoping that the reader will be able to put together the most complete itinerary without leaving out the essential excursions.

1. Great Adventure in Iguazú


Unesco declared the falls a World Heritage Site and in 2011 they were nominated as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World; these are sufficient reasons to visit Iguazú Falls in the province of Misiones in Argentina and there is no better way to do it than with the Great Adventure Iguazú. The excursion consists of a fascinating immersion in the missionary jungle that includes a wild ride in a 4×4 pickup truck, navigating through the rapids of the river that has as its destination the imposing Garganta del Diablo. The adrenaline will return to stable in the exuberant island of San Martín where you will be able to rest from this great adventure, while engraving in your memory this unique moment of your trip to Argentina.

Book here Iguazu Falls Great Aventure Tour

2. Mini-trekking on Glaciar Perito Moreno

The glacier Perito Moreno is definitely one of the top 10 experiences in Argentina. Simply seeing this glacier of about 60 meters high, is already an overwhelming experience, but to walk on it and feel it literally underneath your feet is a greatly superior experience that can only be defined as sublime. The Mini-trekking across the Glacier Perito Moreno takes you through several stages: a trip in catamaran sailing through Lake Argentino, a walk through the Patagonian forests and hiking with the crampons in the boots through the ice. It will be two hours of hiking accompanied by a guide that will allow you to live a moment of introspection and admiration for nature like nowhere else.

Book here Mini-trekking on Glaciar Perito Moreno

3. Walk with penguins and Sailing in the Beagle Channel

To travel to Ushuaia is to reach the end of the world or the beginning of it, depending on how you look at it. At this point of arrival and departure emerges the historic Beagle Channel, always mesmerizing and welcoming to tourists who love birds. Because it is one of the most important bird conservation areas in Argentina, the Penguin Walk and sailing around its islands is an unforgettable excursion in Patagonia. Among the tourist sites visited are the Estancia Harberton, the oldest hacienda in Ushuaia, navigating through the islands of Lobos, Birds and the Lighthouse Les Eclaireurs, until arriving at Isla Martillo to do the walk in Pingüinera.

Book here Beagle channel cruise and walk with penguins

4. Whale Watching in Puerto Madryn

Although nearly extinct due to indiscriminate hunting, some 3000 Southern right whales come together safely from July through December to the beautiful Peninsula Valdes, on the Patagonian coast, to move within their natural habitat and offer a show not to be missed. Although this mammal that can weigh up to 5 tons and measures 14 meters, it has an admirable dexterity that is worth witnessing at least once in a lifetime. The Whale Watching Tour in Puerto Madryn can be done in semi-rigid boats or in the “Yellow Submarine”, a semi-submersible boat where you can observe them both from the surface and submerged in the ocean.

Book here whale watching in Puerto Madryn

5. Train to the Clouds Salta


The tourist options in Argentina are endless and the north is as vast and fascinating as the southern end. Proof of this is found in the mythical province of Salta that houses among its emblematic attractions the Train to the Clouds. The excursion aboard this great railway is a full day that includes three of the main attractions in the region: San Antonio de Los Cobres, Viaduct La Polvorilla – one of the highest railway sections in the world located at 4200 meters – and Santa Rosa de Tastil. This tour is ideal for those who have little time to experience the best of Salta and wish to travel with family.

Book here train to the clouds excursion

6. Bus vitivinícola in Mendoza

El Argentine Malbec, beacon of the southern nation, is recognized in the world for its high quality. This international reference is reason enough to embark on the trip to Mendoza – the province that produces the most wine in Argentina – and to live through the best wineries of Luján de Cuyo, Maipú and Valle de Uco the experience of tasting the national drink, accompanied by expert oenologists. The Bus Vitivinícola through the wine country is an opportunity to tour the largest number of vineyards in least amount of time and the best part, with a designated driver, so everyone can enjoy the best wines worry-free. With the full day option you can visit up to 4 wineries in 6 hours, while the half day option includes up to two wineries in 4 or 6 hours according to the the schedule selected. Not to be missed!

Book here Hop-on Hop- off wine tour

7. Isla Victoria in Bariloche

Bariloche is one of the most visited tourist places in Patagonia, Argentina and the Tour to Isla Victoria is among the most requested in the region due its many excursions including catamaran navigation on  Lake Nahuel Huapi, Quetrihué Peninsula, and the spectacular Arrayanes Forest replete with Myrtle which are imposing trees up to 18 meters high. Travelers looking to disconnect from everything and enter the heart of nature must take partake in this excursion and prepare to mentally document the spectacular Patagonian landscape and its particular fauna where everything from woodpeckers, hummingbirds, seagulls, red deer to wild boars thrive.

Book here Isla Victoria in Bariloche

8. Argentine Asado Experience

José Hernández said in his work Martín Fierro:  “Any creature that walks will stop at the parilla.” Probably of all the Argentine traditions this is the most rooted, to the point that the Chronicles of the Indies already spoke of this practice that is such a part of daily life and so Argentine. Unless you are vegan or vegetarian, you can not leave Argentina without experiencing step by step the ritual of Argentine asado. It is one thing to enjoy it on a grill in Buenos Aires and an entirely different thing to be part of its preparation. The Closed-Door Argentine Asado Experience offers tourists this very possibility that ranges from purchasing the essentials to preparing fernet with coke, going through the instructions on how to light the fire and how to place the meat on the grill.

Book here The closed-Door Argentine Asado

9. Football Experience

Messi, Maradona, Boca, River, Batistuta and Argentina are almost synonymous in the popular slang of the southern nation. The passion that envelops the Argentines when it comes to football is as deep as faith and in the stadium the fans cease to be mere mortals and become guardians of their teams. It may sound exaggerated but you will only be able to verify it by living the Soccer Experience in its own right. If you happen to be in Buenos Aires just when you are going to compete for the Superclásico between Boca and River, reserve your tickets with a reliable agency and enjoy this enthusiastic show. If you can not attend a match, visit the stadiums of these two great teams and hear from the locals the great cultural importance that the “king of sports” holds for them.

Book here Football experience

10. Tango Show


The tango show falls tenth on this list but we all know that the tango is to Argentina what the sauce is to the Caribbean. If we were to describe the south in a sound, it would undoubtedly be the sublime notes emitted by the bandoneon. Give yourself the opportunity to enjoy live this Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, as declared by Unesco, and let yourself be enveloped by the passion that characterizes this beautiful musical rhythm. There are dozens of tango houses to enjoy this show, among the noteworthy are Madero Tango, the Esquina Carlos Gardel or Piazzolla Tango. Find the show that best fits your interests with this guide: How to select a Tango Show in Buenos Aires.

Book here Tango Show in Buenos Aires

by: Keilma Rojas, Venezuelan journalist specialised in culture and actuality. Writer in Spanish for Daytours4u.
Translated to English by Anna Englund Daytours4u

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