Insider Tips – 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 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

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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.

See and quote all Shore Excursions in Argentina for Cruise Liners. If you are planning to take a cruise to other destinations in South America Contact usand get a quote for available shore excursions in Uruguay, Rio de Janeiro or Colombia,.

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

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Things to do during the Weekend in Rio de Janeiro http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/weekend-in-rio-de-janeiro/ Thu, 07 Sep 2017 17:55:39 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=1997 Are you planning your trip to Rio de Janeiro? Unsure how to fit all Rio’s top attractions into just two days? We’ve got your back, with our guide on how to spend a weekend in Rio de Janeiro. We’ve compiled our ideal itinerary for one weekend in Rio de Janeiro to help you make the [...]

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Are you planning your trip to Rio de Janeiro? Unsure how to fit all Rio’s top attractions into just two days? We’ve got your back, with our guide on how to spend a weekend in Rio de Janeiro.

We’ve compiled our ideal itinerary for one weekend in Rio de Janeiro to help you make the most our of your limited time in Brazil’s ‘Marvellous City’.

Friday in Rio de Janeiro

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Every night in the exclusive Leblon area, Plataforma Show offers a musical performance that travels across the Brazilian culture. Photo source: Rdj4u

If you arrive on Friday afternoon, head straight to Rio’s beaches. Sandwiched neatly between Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, you’ll find Arpoador Rock. Join the crowds on the rocks, with magnificent views over both neighbourhoods, the city skyline and the sunset. When the sun goes down, take a stroll along the beachfront of either Copacabana or Ipanema, choosing from the range of dinner options. Try your first “by the kilo” restaurant or hit one of Rio’s trendy food establishments.

If you’re looking for a party afterwards, it doesn’t get much better than Arcos de Lapa on a Friday night, which turns into a big street party. Be warned: if you’re planning on sampling Brazil’s iconic caipirinha, this local favourite is deceptively strong. Go easy if you want to pack in a full day of sightseeing on Saturday!

If you prefer to stay in Zona Sul area, places like Plataforma Show and Ginga Tropical offer a daily performance of brazilian rythms and culture. Preferring a party? then a Pub Crawl in Lapa will take you to visit several pubs and a Samba dance club

Saturday in Rio de Janeiro

Rio Scenarium is a classic Carioca experience in Lapa – Photo source: Rdj4u

Aim to fit in the bulk of your sightseeing today. If it’s sunny, get a jump start on the crowds and head to Sugar Loaf Mountain or Corcovado, where the giant Christ the Redeemer Statue is perched above the city.  After taking in the spectacular views, head down to the shady Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world. Finally, make your way to the city centre for a tour of Rio’s historical buildings and museums.

To maximise your time and fit in as many Rio attractions as you can, book a city tour. The Rio Full Day Tour visits Rio’s highlights and top attractions, along with an expert tour guide who will fill you in on all you need to know about Rio.

If shopping is on your agenda for your trip to Rio, remember that while the malls are open on Sundays, the majority of street shops are not. Take a half-day Express tour of Rio de Janeiro instead and then spend your afternoon at the city’s best shopping spots. Hit the Rio Sul Mall, one of the largest shopping centres in the city, or head to a more traditional market at the Old Rio Market ( Feira do Rio Antigo), taking place the first Saturday of every month in the Lapa district. If you’re looking for smaller boutique shops, visit the Rua Visconde de Pirajá in Ipanema or Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva in Leblon. Alternatively, swing by the neighbourhood of Santa Teresa for its art galleries and handicraft stores.

End the day by exploring Rio’s legendary nightlife. If it’s pre-Carnival season, attend a samba school rehearsal to get a taste of the world’s biggest Carnival party. Otherwise head to Rio Scenarium, one of the best famous nightlife spots in Brazil. With three floors, this restaurant, bar and club is the perfect place to listen to live music or dance the night away to Rio’s samba rhythms.

Sunday in Rio de Janeiro:

Nothing more interesting to learn about the carioca culture than spending a busy Sunday on the Ipanema beach. Photo: Matt Kieffer

Spend your last day in Rio enjoying what the city is most famous for: its beaches! Grab your sunscreen and hat, rent a beach chair and soak up the sun, sand and waves. You’ll be spoilt for choice when choosing which beach to visit, so read our handy guide to Rio’s best beaches to help you make up your mind.

For those that can’t face lazing on the beach all day, take a cultural trip to the Copacabana fort or add some activity to your day by renting a bike and cycling along the promenade or visiting the city’s parks. If you’re looking for a bit more adrenaline, step up the tempo with a surfing lesson, a hike up Pedra da Gavea, or hang-glide over the city for spectacular views.

Rio has something for everyone, whether you’re a beach bum, history lover, shopaholic or sporty traveller. Don’t try to fit it everything in – tailor your itinerary to your interests to ensure a memorable weekend in Rio de Janeiro.

Finally, keep in mind that Rio sits in a tropical zone and clouds and rain are common year-round. It’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast before your visit so that you can choose the sunniest day for activities like Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado that need a clear day for you to fully appreciate the spectacular views!

Other Sources:

Rio Nightlife Guide:  updated local guide with local events, shows and performances in the city.
Tours and activities in Rio:  from city tours to local experiences,book online travel related services in Rio.

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5 Reasons to Visit Paraty http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/5-reasons-to-visit-paraty/ http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/5-reasons-to-visit-paraty/#comments Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:26:56 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=511 Just 125 miles south of Rio de Janeiro lies Paraty, a beautiful colonial town located on the Costa Verde. It is renowned for its charming cobbled stone streets which run throughout the historic centre, where vehicles are banned but horses and carts can be frequently spotted. With its combination of historic buildings, beaches and jungle, Paraty is [...]

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Just 125 miles south of Rio de Janeiro lies Paraty, a beautiful colonial town located on the Costa Verde. It is renowned for its charming cobbled stone streets which run throughout the historic centre, where vehicles are banned but horses and carts can be frequently spotted. With its combination of historic buildings, beaches and jungle, Paraty is an ideal destination for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Rio and enjoy a calmer, more relaxed and more natural environment. Below are five good reasons to visit Paraty.


1. Architecture

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Discover Paraty’s charming colonial architecture and its mystic cobblestone streets.

Undoubtedly Paraty’s main attraction is its stunning colonial architecture, most of which has not changed for over two hundred years. Wonderful colourful historical buildings are positioned on the cobbled streets, where pedestrians and cyclists are free to roam, but the lack of cars means the streets are kept peaceful and quiet, free of traffic and pollution. This is notably the main reason that tourists choose to visit Paraty.

Book a city tour in Paraty to uncover its history and mystique


2. Beaches

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A boat ride will take you to navigate and discover many hidden beaches of clear water and white sand. Photo source: Rdj4u

Paraty is surrounded by many beautiful beaches. One must-do for visitors is a boat tour of Paraty Bay, which enables you to visit the best of these beaches and go swimming, snorkelling and diving, or simply sunbathe on the sand while listening to the waves lapping against the shore. Nearby fishing village, Trindade, is another hot destination for tourists, as it too has access to a number of fantastic beaches, such as Cepilho, which is ideal for surfing, Figueria, a nudist beach, and Cachadaco, a stunning setting with rock formations and natural pools.

Enjoy the Brazilian beaches of Paraty with this fun Boat Ride in Paraty


3. Jungle

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Taking a jeep tour you will be able to reach the mountains and to hike to the many “cachoeiras” or waterfalls around. Photo source: Rdj4u

Paraty is bordered by jungle-clad mountains, which blend harmoniously with the town’s old buildings, islands and beaches. You can experience the lush nature of the jungle with an off-road Jeep tour, which takes you to the cascading waterfalls, followed by the Gold Trail Exposition, a cachaca distillery, a farm and finally, a Bromeliad Exhibition with over three hundred different species of plants.

Discover the amazing jungles of Paraty with this Waterfalls Jeep Tour.


4. Art

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Julio Paraty is one of the brazilian artists that found in this city the inspiration for its art. Photo source: mapadecultura

Paraty is an important artistic centre, which plays host to old traditional craftsmen and modern artists alike, who are drawn to the region by its striking scenery and picturesque landscapes. There are a number of interesting art galleries and museums dotted around the historic centre, which exhibit paintings and sculptures as well as ceramics, jewellery and traditional handicrafts produced by the native Indians. For those interested in religious art, the Museu de Arte Sacra (Museum of Sacred Art), boasts some highly impressive religious works of art, alongside magnificently carved woodwork on its altars and doors.


5. Vibrant Atmosphere

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The streets of Paraty offer a genuine and vibrant atmosphere at any time of the day and night. Photo source: Rdj4u

Paraty attracts partygoers from all over Brazil, meaning the streets are constantly brimming with young, lively people. While it may be peaceful and quaint during the day, Paraty comes alive at night, when people make their way not only to bars and clubs but parties on the beaches and nearby farms too. Head to Café Paraty for live music, Porto da Pinga to sample local cachaças and Paraty 33 for some late night dancing.

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You only need to visit Paraty for three to four days to satisfy your urge to be out of the city and spend time somewhere that is peaceful and beautiful, but which still manages to maintain a fun and lively vibe. If you’re planning on visiting Paraty, why not book a private transfer to Angra Dos Reis, the gateway to Paraty and Ilha Grande.

Click here to see and book more tours outside Rio de Janeiro

By: Camilla Day

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Montevideo Nightlife Guide of clubs, pubs and things to do http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/montevideo-nightlife-guide/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:24:37 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11613 The Montevideo nightlife has its secrets and one of them is knowing the right time to go out, more similar to that of Argentina and Spain. On Fridays and Saturdays the peak time is between 11 pm and 2 am and the dance floor will be full only after 3 am. Even though some establishments [...]

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The Montevideo nightlife has its secrets and one of them is knowing the right time to go out, more similar to that of Argentina and Spain. On Fridays and Saturdays the peak time is between 11 pm and 2 am and the dance floor will be full only after 3 am. Even though some establishments offer the opportunity to go for a drink right after office, this has not turned into a habit for the people of Montevideo.

In order to fully enjoy the Montevideo nightlife, read the recommendations of a local journalist and blogger. The first one is: do not hesitate to have a little nap and a little reinvigorating shower before going out; that way you will be able to face the night with all your batteries charged.


MONTEVIDEO NIGHTLIFE IN THE “SOHO” DISTRICT

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Brickell Irish bar, already a classic of the Montevideo nightlife / Picture: Búsqueda

At the border between the neighbourhoods of Cordón and of Parque Rodó, you can find several nightclubs concentrated in a few blocks. Among them, you will find the rock and roll Irish pub Brickell (Blanes 1175). In front, there is another option mixing pop music and commercial cumbia: the Después te explico pub (Blanes 1188). In the surroundings, you can also find Bakers (Pablo de María 1198 at the corner of Charrúa) and Monroe (Constituyente 1885). The last one is hidden in a bookstore without any poster to advertise its presence, just like a speakeasy from the United States.

Even though almost all those places are pubs, you can also eat something there (share tapas, pizzas, chips and other snacks with your friends) and from Thursday to Saturday, after 1 am they take the tables and chairs out so that the whole place can turn into a dancefloor. Definitely a great option to enjoy the Montevideo nightlife!


MONTEVIDEO NIGHTLIFE IN DOWNTOWN & OLD CITY

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The FunFun Bar offers a fun culture night with an amazing decoration. Picture: Uruguay4u

Even though we must warn you that FunFun (Soriano 922) is a place where you will find more tourists than Uruguayans, the visit is still worth it since this place offers live music and decorations that combine colourful elements of Uruguay such as sports and culture, among other things. The menu is quite simple (pizza, empanada and snacks) but you cannot leave the place without tasting the “uvita”, a liquor made with wine that was created in this pub. If you are into this sort of things but want something a little more refined, you should go to El Milongón (Gaboto 1810) that looks like an international dinner show. This is one of the few places in the city where you can have dinner as you watch tango and folklore shows.

Book here  El Milongon tango and candombe show.

If you wish to try something really different, try Barón (Santiago de Chile 1270): this place looks like a speakeasy that came right out of the Prohibition. This is a barber shop that indeed can cut your beard but also hides a bar and restaurant in the back. Another jewel of the area, a few blocks away, is the Candy Bar (Durazno 1402 at the corner of Ejido), an old store of the neighbourhood that turned into a “cool bar” of the city, that offers exquisite tortillas de papa (potato omelette). There aren’t many tables and they do not accept reservations so you should better go early.


MONTEVIDEO NIGHTLIFE IN POCITOS & PUNTA CARRETAS

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Bar Negroni, you cannot miss it if you are a cocktail lover / Picture: @NegroniMontevideo

Inaugurated in 2016, Vasca bar de tapas (Miñones 455 corner of Jaquín Nuñez) mixes the Spanish concept of offering a little of everything in small portions with the Montevideo menu. Another Montevideo nightlife option is El Fondito (Pedro Bustamente 1222, near Montevideo Shopping) that is especially nice during warm nights as visitors can enjoy its garden, tables and chairs. Informal and mostly dedicated to youngsters, you should try its gramajo served on a plow disc. You will have a lot to eat so you should share it with someone!

On the other hand, as far as high-end cocktails are concerned, one of the best of the city in terms of innovations is Negroni (Guipúzcoa 352). If you want something similar but with the international atmosphere of a hotel bar, doubtlessly your best option is Moderno Bar, in the recently inaugurated Hyatt Centric Montevideo (Rambla Perú 1479). Besides, its interior design will doubtlessly also surprise you.

If you want original options in Montevideo, one of the most innovative is the BocaNegra vinos & tapas (Ellauri corner of García Cortinas) since they offer a magnetic card that enables everyone to go and pour different varieties directly in their cup using electrical dispensers that indicate the prices and calculate your bill as you enjoy the Montevideo nightlife. Wherever you choose to spend your night, take into account that Uruguay is famous for its Tannat: you must try it at least once!


MONTEVIDEO BEER CIRCUIT

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Those last years have been a boom for the craft beer Uruguay market / Picture: Uruguay4u

Uruguay has not been left out of the worldwide craft beer boom and there are more than fifty locally brewed ales you can try, such as the Bizzarra, Volcánica, Mastra and Davok. Some of them are available at the Montevideo Beer Company (Bvr. España 2614 corner of Muñoz), La Choperia (21 de Setiembre 2650, corner of Bonpland), Montevideo Brew House (Libertad 2592 corner of Maeso), Gallagher`s (Pagola 3233 between Berro and 26 de Marzo), El secreto de Igor bar de tapas (Guipúzcoa 318 corner of García Cortinas) and Patagonia Brewing Co. (L.A. de Herrera 1193 between Iturriaga and 26 de Marzo); the last one is the top-notch establishment of Uruguay in terms of South Argentinian beer.

Don’t miss: Mastra Artisanal Brewery Tour


MONTEVIDEO NIGHTLIFE UNTIL EARLY MORNING

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The decoration and location of Volvé mi Negra is perfect for a night with style / Picture: Estudio de Arquitectos Alvarez Urioste

If after going to the pub – or having a few cups with friends – you wish to keep on enjoying the Montevideo nightlife, in the Plaza Mateo centre (Rambla corner of Sarmiento, Parque Rodó), several night clubs, pubs and restaurants coexist. Among them, Volvé mi negra, where you will be able to dance pop music, cumbia pop, quechengua and other contemporary music still until early morning.

Another option for night owls is the Lotus Club (Luis A. de Herrera 1248, World Trade Center). It has been opened for more than a decade but is very selective, above all when the club is full (which usually happens from 3 am). Just in case, do not go with sports shoes (boys or girls) and if you are a man try not to wear a short. For girls, this is one of the few places in Uruguay where you can go with dresses and lot of jewels without calling too much attention – in most places jeans are generally more than perfect.


MONTEVIDEO NIGHTLIFE IN CARRASCO

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Clyde’s Carrasco, after having survived 40 years in this area, is a must-see location / Picture: Clyde’s

The historical pub restaurant Clyde’s (Costa Rica 1690) is about to celebrate its 40th birthday in a neighbourhood in which pubs and clubs come and go: just by visiting it, you will understand the secret of its success. However, if you are looking for a more recent, informal offer made for youngsters, ChiviPizza (Schroeder 6472) is what you are looking for. Its menu combines pizzas and chivitos with daiquiris, caipiriñas and other cocktails: a great option to enjoy the Montevideo nightlife with friends.


FOR MUSIC LOVERS

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Live music lovers and contemporary music and local rock and roll fans must go a to a concert at La Trastienda MVD / Picture: La Trastienda

Crossing the Carrasco Creek you will find the music bar Hendrix (Gral. Lavalleja 1018 almost Rambla, Barra de Carrasco). Two Uruguayan musicians, Diego Martino of the band Hereford and Marcel Frontanini of Snake joined together to create this pub restaurant in 2012. In Hendrix, you will hear rock and all its variations and you can also generally listen to live music or have a laugh with stand up shows as you enjoy cocktails and pizzas.

Another place where you will be able to listen to original music is El Mingus coffee bar (San Salvador 1952, Parque Rodó) that can offer you some jazz sessions and Mexican snacks and other surprises. But if what you want is a concert, go to La Trastienda website (Fernández Crespo 1763, www.latrastienda.com.uy) and you should find what you were looking for. If you cannot find your happiness there, another place where you can get information about big and small live concerts to enjoy the Montevideo nightlife is www.cartelera.com.uy , one of the most complete websites in the city.

Montevideo Nightlife Address List

Bakers (Pablo de María 1198, corner of Charrúa, Phone 096 212 767 y 097 457 260)

Barón, the barber shop that hides a secret (Santiago de Chile 1270, Phone 097 978 566)

Brickell Irish Pub (Blanes 1175 Phone 2401 2804)

BocaNegra vinos & tapas (Ellauri corner of García Cortinas Phone 2716 5935)

Candy Bar (Durazno 1402 corner of Ejido, Phone 2904 3179)

ChiviPizza (Punta Carretas: Miñones 2855 Phone 2710 1710; Carrasco: Schroeder 6472 Phone 2600 6161)

Después te explico (Blanes 1188 Phone 091 314 980)

Clyde´s (Costa Rica 1690 esq. Rivera Phone 2600 4198)

El Fondito (Pedro Bustamante 1222 Phone 2628 8167)

El Milongón (Gaboto 1810, Phone 2924 8535)

El secreto de Igor (Guipúzcoa 318 corner of García Cortinas) tapas bar and artisan beer

FunFun (Soriano 922 Phone 2904 4859)

Gallagher`s (Pagola 3233 between Berro and 26 de Marzo)

Hendrix music bar (Gral. Lavalleja 1018 almost rambla, Barra de Carrasco. Phone 094 122 700)

La Choperia (21 de Setiembre 2650 corner of Bonpland. Phone 095 927 454). Tuesday to Saturday from 7 pm to 2 am.

La Trastienda (Fernández Crespo 1763, Phone 2402 6929, Website. www.latrastienda.com.uy)

Lotus Club (Luis A. de Herrera 1248, World Trade Center)

Mingus coffee bar (San Salvador 1952, Phone 2410 9342)

Moderno Bar (Hotel Hyatt Centric, Rambla Perú 1479 Phone 2621 1234)

Monroe Bar (Constituyente 1885 Phone 092 666 763)

Montevideo Beer Company (Bvr. España 2614 corner of Muñoz. Phone 2716 6218)

Montevideo Brew House (Libertad 2592 corner of Maeso. Phone 2705 2763)

Negroni (Guipúzcoa 352 Phone 2716 7903)

Patagonia Brewing Co. (L.A. de Herrera 1193 between Iturriaga and 26 de Marzo. Phone 2622 9812)

Plaza Mateo (Rambla corner of Sarmiento, Parque Rodó)

Vasca tapas bar (Miñones 455 corner of Joaquín Nuñez Phone 093 982 211)

The pictures used in this article are directly taken from the social networks of the recommended establishments.

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

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Tips for travelling to Uruguay and blending in with the locals http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/travelling-uruguay-blending-locals/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:00:53 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11337 When we travel to other countries we often do not want to look like foreigners. Sometime because we don’t want the locals to take advantage of our “gringo look” – which happens all around world. Sometimes we just want to keep a low profile. However, as the old saying says: When in Rome, do as the [...]

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When we travel to other countries we often do not want to look like foreigners. Sometime because we don’t want the locals to take advantage of our “gringo look” – which happens all around world. Sometimes we just want to keep a low profile. However, as the old saying says: When in Rome, do as the Romans do. If you want to be in tune with the local culture while travelling to Uruguay, check the following to ensure you will look like a true Uruguayan!

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Football, asado and mate are the most important characeristics of the Uruguayans without age distinction. Source: Daytours4u


How to look like a local when you’re travelling to Uruguay?

– When you speak Spanish in Uruguay, be sure to use the word ta” as much as you can. For a Uruguayan,ta”  means okay, but it can also mean stop or enough. For instance:  ¿Vamos a la playa? Ta, dale. (Let’s go to the beach? Yeah, okay) ; Ta callate me tenés podrido (Enough keep quiet, I am fed up with you) ; Nos vemos de noche ¿Ta? (See you tonight, right?).

– Another word you should learn to use is “salado”. Apart from meaning salty, it can also be used to talk about something difficult or impressive, or just as a confirmation. For instance: El examen estuvo salado (The exam was difficult) ; ¡Qué calor! Si, salado (It’s hot! Yes, terribly) ; Francisco es un salado ; (Francisco has an impressive curriculum); La situación de Camila está salada (The situation of so-and-so is complicated). Use those words during your trip to Uruguay to sound like a true Uruguayan.

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Have a walk in the Rambla of Montevideo with a thermos and a mate to look like a local during your trip to Uruguay / Source: Flickr

– Take a thermos and a mate with you every time you go out. It doesn’t matter if it is 30 degrees outside, if you have just eaten or if you prefer to keep your hands free to take pictures of your trip to Uruguay. They’re essential.

– Be offended when they think you are from Argentina. Even if you have a lot of Argentinian friends you love: to be truly Uruguayan you must still consider it as an insult.

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Carlitos Gardel, probably the most well-known Uruguayan, has an already classical memorial statue in the traditional Bar Facal in Montevideo. Photo source: Daytours4u

– Convince yourself that Gardel, the famous tango singer, and the dulce de leche are 100% Uruguayan. The best meat in the world is from Uruguay too. If you do not believe that … You are not Uruguayan!

Discover the tango culture in Uruguay with the Tango and  Candombe Night Tour in Montevideo!

– During your trip to Uruguay, make sure you do not have dinner at 7:00 pm. Have a mate, cup of tea or a merienda. In Uruguay, dinner is between 9:00 pm and midnight: if you go to a restaurant earlier than that, it will be closed. You have been warned!

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Enjoy a true Uruguayan asado like a local would / Source: Ernest Markwood

– Your weekly menu should always include there, milanesas (a sort of escalope), asado (a type of barbecue) and pasta with tomato sauce. You should put meat in your tomato sauce as well: do not forget, it takes meat to make a meal.

– Try not to shout or call too much attention to yourself during your trip to Uruguay. Uruguayans like to keep a low profile and do not like to be noticed.

– Uruguayan women don’t usually put a dress on to go out to dinner, the pub or even a club (called boliche in Uruguay). Uruguayan women have simple taste: jeans or black trousers (or shorts during the summer) and a tank top (called musculosa in Uruguay). If you really want to wear jewellery, you can, but it should be discreet.

– If you are a man, you are not going to seduce a Uruguayan girl  by showing your awesome salsa skills on the dance floor. When Uruguayans go out, they don’t dance – this one of the differences between us and the other “latinos”!

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– If someone praises you, pretend they didn’t and don’t revel in the compliment or any sort of flattery. Uruguayans hate to be envied, you must always look worse than you actually are. Some examples of answers that will be useful to you during your trip to Uruguay: ¡Pero hace años que lo tengo! (I have been wearing it for years!) ; Me lo regalaron (They gave it to me) ; ¡Lo encontré en liquidación, tan barato que no vas a poder creer!  (I bought it at a clearance sale, so cheap you would not believe!)

– If you see someone who doesn’t respect the former and is being insultingly happy (and besides he probably has a new car or house…) say something like: Este seguro que jodió a alguien (he must have ripped someone off); En algo raro debe andar (he must be mixed up in something); Lo habrá acomodado algún político (surely he knows some politicians).

If you are going out with a group of Uruguayans, check the newspaper quickly before and think of 3 or 4 subjects to complain about. If you do not have time, complain about the weather: heat is never a good thing in Uruguay. Nor is the Cold. Nor the Rain. No, rain even worse.

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Nacional vs Peñarol is the Uruguayan superclasico / Source

– Choose a team between Peñarol and Nacional, then become a passionate fan of one of them (but you have to hate the other one as much as you can). Remember that SPORT is FOOTBALL. Other sports are less important or just a pass-time.

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– Luis Suárez is sacred. This guy came from a low-income household and became one of the most important football players in the world but remained very humble. Do not even think about mentioning his “biting habit”.

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In any case, the best part of travelling is being a part of different cultures and learning to accept our differences and quirks with a little bit of humor. It does not truly matter if you have a mate and a thermos or not, Uruguay is a very welcoming country and its inhabitants are very nice with their visitors. We love to hear about everyone’s origins and to share stories about the different peculiarities that exist in every country.

Experience some unforgettable moments and get to know the unique Uruguayan culture. Book here your tours and activities in Uruguay.

By Carina Fossati, Uruguayan, journalist and author of Hills to Heels  / Translated to English by: Grégory Noël

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4 unmissable superclasico derbies in South America http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/4-superclasico-derbies-south-america/ Tue, 04 Apr 2017 21:37:47 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11293 Find out about the Superclasico derbies in South America you cannot miss some useful tips and the dates of the next games.

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Living the South American football experience is like being immersed in one of the most thrilling experiences this continent has to offer. If you like sport tourism, are a football fan or want to get to the heart of South American culture, then this article is just what you need.

Discover the best derbies in South America (First Leagues), the dates of the next games and some useful tips in order to go and celebrate amongst the “hinchas” (South American football fans) in the stadium.

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The 14th of May 2017 is played the Superclasico of Boca vs River at the Bombonera Stadium / Source


The Superclásico of Argentina – one of the most famous throughout the world – is the game between the Club Atlético Boca Juniors and the Club Atlético River Plate.  Boca plays at “La Bombonera” and has achieved a lot since its creation: they won the record of consecutive years played in the Premier League and 66 official titles in national and international championships. As for River’s stadium, it is called “El Monumental” and is the biggest in Argentina. River has won 63 official titles and won more games in the Argentine First Division than any other club.

The two teams come from the same neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, “La Boca”, and their rivalry began at the beginning of the twentieth century. From the very beginning the competition between the two teams was so tight that they became legendary rivals making this superclasico a  totally unique experience. It is so popular that The Telegraph – on May 2016 – ranked River and Boca first in their list of 25 biggest club rivalries in the world. 

Even during the summer,  Boca and River play each other in a superclasico in the “Torneo de Verano” (Summer championship) in Mar del Plata, a traditional summer holiday destination for Argentinians. You cannot survive an entire summer without football!

Travelling tip: Be prepared as in Argentina, football is a complicated event, especially at La Bombonera. It can be very difficult to buy tickets for the games and it can be tricky entering and finding your way around the stadium.

Next Boca-River game: Sunday, 14th May of 2017 at La Bombonera
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Uruguayan Clasico Nacional vs Peñarol

The clasico of Uruguay will be played on Wednesday 5th of April / Source

Uruguay’s superclasico is  between Club Nacional de Football and Club Atlético Peñarol. If you go to the Gran Parque Central – Nacional’s stadium – and Campeón del Siglo – Peñarol’s home stadium – you will instantly become part of their colourfull celebration, stood amongst the “hinchas” euphorically singing throughout the game. Nacional has won 155 official national and international titles while Peñarol is considered Best Continental Club of the XXth Century in South America by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).

The rivalry between these two legendary teams dates back to the creation of the two clubs in the late XIXth century. Peñarol players were initially immigrants from England whereas Nacional players were exclusively Creole (born in South America). This superclasico derby is considered the oldest rivalry in the world – excluding the United Kingdom – and usually takes places in the magnificent Estadio Centenario, known for hosting the first World Cup in 1930.

Of the 528 clasicos played between Peñarol and Nacional, Peñarol has won more so far.

Travelling tip: If you coming from abroad, you should book a football tour with tickets and transport to the stadium included. This way you can be guided by a local company and peacefully enjoy your football experience.

Next game: Nacional – Peñarol, Wednesday, 5th April of 2017 in the Estadio Centenario.
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Fla-Flu Derbie or Flamengo vs Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro

Every game is a true national event, full of colours and emotions / Source


The rivalrly between Rio’s Clube de Regatas do Flamengo and Fluminense Football Club, is commonly known as Fla-Flu. Fla-Flu is how this Rio de Janeiro clasico is commonly called. Every game is a true national event and every “hincha” gets as emotional as if that game were their last.

The rivalry between Flamengo and Fluminense dates back to 1911 when some Fluminense’s players abandoned the club and joined Flamengo. However, some Brazilians football experts claim that this is a social class rivalry: Fluminense is considered a football club from the high class whereas the fans of Flamengo are considered as being part of the popular classes.

The clasico Fla-Flu was played the 2nd of April and ended with a tie (1-1)
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Atlético Nacional vs Millonarios Derbie en Colombia

The clasico of Bogota is a spectacle full of football and colours / Source


Of all the South American derbies described so far, the one between the Azul & Blanco Millonarios Fútbol Club S. A. and the Atlético Nacional S.A is the most recent. The others originate back to the late XIXth century or the early XXth whereas the rivalry between Millonarios and Nacional began in the 1980’s.

The antagonism began with Ricardo “Chico” Pérez, who first signed for Millonarios and then, only a few days later, for Nacional. If this triggered the rivalry, the quality of both clubs on the “cancha” (field) is what turned this game into a true South American superclasico derby. So far, Millonarios won 102 clasicos and Nacional 75; there were 75 ties.

Next game: Nacional – Millonarios, Friday, 7th of April of 2017 in the Estadio El Campín de Bogotá.
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Tips for going to a stadium in South America

  • Buy your tickets from registered agencies or a package deal with transport and guide included from tourism agencies. This might result in being more expensive, but this is the only way to be sure you can safely see the game without having to worry.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and leave all unnecessary valuables at the hotel. You can take a camera to the stadium, but it should be small enough to go unnoticed.
  • Going with a group is always better. First of all, because clasico is  best celebrated among friends, but also for safety reasons. Going with a group will enable you to look after one another and to be more organised when you enter or exit the stadium.
  • Every Football clasico is a celebration, so behave respectfully to avoid any kind of violence.  Even though the famous “barras bravas” (organised groups of supporters of football teams in Latin America) are there, everyone inspires be part of an amazing spectacle without any confrontation. Celebrate, sing and enjoy the euphoria of football in South America.

Read the football calendar 2017 in South America here

Be the first protagonist in this passionate experience that is football in South America and go to the stadiums of the most important teams of the continent. Ask our support team all the information you need to enjoy this experience. Our experts will be ready to answer all your questions. You do not have any excuse to have authentic experiences during your vacation in South America!

By: Keilma Rojas, Venezuelan journalist, specialised in culture and actuality. Writer in Spanish for Daytours4u

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What to Do in El Chaltén (When You’re Not Hiking) http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/el-chalten-youre-not-hiking/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:00:39 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11271 When in El Chaltén, hike. But, let’s face it, you’re not going to spend all your time in the mountains. Maybe that inescapable Patagonian wind is howling, or you just want to get a feel for more of this incredible area in Patagonia, Argentina. Luckily, there’s more to do in El Chaltén than conquer Mount [...]

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When in El Chaltén, hike. But, let’s face it, you’re not going to spend all your time in the mountains. Maybe that inescapable Patagonian wind is howling, or you just want to get a feel for more of this incredible area in Patagonia, Argentina. Luckily, there’s more to do in El Chaltén than conquer Mount Fitz Roy. Here are 5 great things to do in El Chalten beyond the hiking trails.

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The Viedma Glacier is trully worth a visit / Source: Daytours4u


1. Observe the Viedma Glacier

Perito Moreno might be the most famous glacier in the Los Glaciares National Park, but it’s certainly not the only impressive glacier you can get up close to. If you’re looking for an incredible glacier experience without the massive crowds, consider visiting the spectacular Viedma Glacier close to El Chaltén. You can take a relaxing boat cruise up to the glacier or be adventurous with an ice trek, with both mini-trekking and full day trekking options

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2. Refresh with a Beer

The craft beer scene in Patagonia is strong, and even the tiny town of El Chaltén has a few great options to chug a local brew. The cosy La Cerveceria serves their own handcrafted beers, along with great food. Two other great options in town are Don Guerra and La Vineria. Not only will you get to enjoy some local flavours, but these local joints are great places to meet like-minded fellow travellers and exchanges tips on El Chaltén’s famous trails.

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The stunning Desert Lake makes the perfect setting for a day out in nature / Source: Daytours4u


3. Visit Desert Lake

For a day out in nature that requires less effort on your part, take an excursion to Desert Lake, or Lago del Desierto. This stunning, secluded lake makes the perfect setting for a day out in nature. You can enjoy a leisurely cruise on the lake, or combine it with a bit of walking if you just can’t get enough of the trekking opportunities around El Chaltén.

4. Rent a Bike

While travelling around Patagonia, you’re sure to meet a few adventurous people cycling the famous Carretera Austral. If you’re inspired, rent a bicycle and hit some mountain bike trails or just cycle around the area for unique views of the breathtaking mountains and Patagonian Steppe. Walking around the town, you’ll find a few options for rentals during high season.

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Just cycle around the area for unique views of the breathtaking mountains / Picture by: Nicole Eberhard


5. Go Fishing

Avid fishermen will know that Patagonia is a top destination for fishing. In El Chaltén, fly fishing in particular is quite popular and a number of companies run fishing excursions. If you’re keen on fishing, there are few spots as memorable as southern Patagonia to cast a line.

El Chaltén’s remote beauty, prime location in the Los Glaciares National Park, and incredible mountain ranges make it a magical place to visit. When you want to give your hiking boots a rest, be sure to explore further with this great things to do in El Chaltén.

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By: Nicole Eberhard, travel writer and avid explorer, with a Masters in English Literature.

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Visiting Salar de Uyuni or Salinas Grandes? http://www.daytours4u.com/en/argentina4u/salar-de-uyuni-or-salinas-grandes/ Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:00:42 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11103 Salar de Uyuni or Salinas Grandes? A common question amongst those travelling to South America. Check out our handy comparison here.

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South America boasts some of the most impressive, and seemingly unreal, salt flats in the world – together they thrill travellers looking for unique landscapes and breathtaking photographs to take home. Two of the most popular salt flats to visit are Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia and Salinas Grandes in Argentina. But with so much ground to cover on your travels and so little time, which one should you visit?

salinas grandes or salar de uyuniSalar de Uyuni, in southwest Bolivia, is the world’s largest salt flat / Image Source

SALAR DE UYUNI

If you’ve been dreaming about a trip to South America, you’ve definitely seen the pictures of the mesmerising Salar de Uyuni. It’s the favourite site for incredible forced perspective photographs. Not only is it the world’s largest salt plain, it is also the most unique to visit, with the Incahuasi “island” in the middle – a rocky outcrop jutting out above the endless sea of white, dotted with giant cacti. It is the perfect spot to watch the sunrise.

Top reason to visit: It is the pinnacle of salt flats. If your travel itinerary has a spot open for a tour to Bolivia, it is well worth your time.

Keep in mind: If Bolivia isn’t specifically on your travel list, it is quite a detour from Argentina, and does require a certain amount of roughing it, particularly if you take a multi-day tour through the high altitude terrain.

salinas grandes or salar de uyuniThe bright blue natural pools are a great attraction at Salinas Grandes / Photo by Daytours4u

SALINAS GRANDES

Argentina’s largest salt flat is Salinas Grandes, a vast plain in the northwestern corner of Argentina spanning 525 square kilometres across the provinces of Jujuy and Salta, close to the borders of Chile and Bolivia.

Top reason to visit: The location of Salinas Grandes means it is easy to visit on a day tour from Salta or on a trip combining some of the spectacular surrounding attractions in Salta and Jujuy. If you’re hiring a car, you can even drive onto the salt flats yourself – a unique experience. If you’re passing over from Argentina into San Pedro de Atacama in Chile, these salt flats are located on the way.

Keep in mind: As impressive as Salinas Grandes is in terms of its size and unique deep blue pools, it doesn’t offer quite the same appeal if your main goal is taking perfect forced perspective photos or want that classic mirror effect (if you’re lucky enough to time your visit with some rain).

salinas grandes or salar de uyuniThe salt flats are unmissable if you’re travelling in northern Argentina / Photo by Daytours4u

CHOOSING WHICH SALT FLAT TO VISIT

In an ideal world, visit both salt flats. They are both truly impressive, and each have their own unique characteristics, making them both memorable experiences. They are also convenient to combine in one trip if you’re travelling by land from Bolivia to Argentina, or vice versa.

However, you will most likely be limited by your travel itinerary. If you’re short on time and are focusing on Argentina, then Salinas Grandes is your best bet. If you want to travel through Bolivia, no trip here is complete without visiting Salar de Uyuni and the surrounding high altitude landscapes.

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Vast salt flats amidst the high deserts of the Andes are one of the many enchanting reasons to visit this region of South America. Be sure to check out Argentina4u for tours to Salinas Grandes and its surrounding areas.

By: Nicole Eberhard, travel writer and avid explorer, with a Masters in English Literature.

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Planning the Perfect Trip to the End of the World http://www.daytours4u.com/en/argentina4u/planning-the-perfect-trip-end-of-the-world/ Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:00:59 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=10749 Take a trip to the southern frontier of South America and combine two incredible destinations of the imagination: El Calafate and Ushuaia.

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One of the most popular combinations of travel destinations in Argentina is El Calafate and Ushuaia. And for good reason – these two towns in southern Patagonia offer dramatic scenery and incredible attractions. Travellers are often overwhelmed by the options and how to put together their travel plans, and so to help you out, we’ve put together some suggestions for planning the perfect End of the World itinerary.

perito-moreo-glacierA tour group about to go mini-trekking on Perito Moreno glacier / Photo by Daytours4u

TRANSPORT

First of all, book your flights. Don’t underestimate the distances in Argentina. Unless you want to spend days in a bus, you’re better off booking a flight. Both Aerolineas Argentinas and LATAM have daily flights between Buenos Aires and El Calafate and Ushuaia, as well as between the two towns themselves. This way you can spend most of your time enjoying the amazing sites.

ITINERARY

There are many ways to combine these two destinations at the end of the world, depending on the amount of time you have. Of course, the longer your itinerary, the more you can discover. Here are our recommendations:

Day 1: Buenos Aires – Ushuaia

Take a morning flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. Be warned – most flights leave very early, but this gives you plenty of time to explore. Spend the morning exploring the town, and indulging in a warming submarino and pastry or a full on Patagonian lamb feast at one of the many great places to eat in Ushuaia. Then take an afternoon cruise on the Beagle Channel.

The landscapes around Ushuaia are something of the imagination

Day 2: Ushuaia

On your second day, visit one of the most iconic places in Ushuaia, and indeed Patagonia: Tierra del Fuego National Park. You can take an ordinary tour, or the more adventurous can try a variety of hiking, canoeing and cycling options. In the afternoon, visit the old prison and its Maritime Museum.

Day 3: Ushuaia

If you’re feeling active, immerse yourself in Tierra del Fuego’s spellbinding landscapes with a wonderful hike. Emerald Lagoon is a popular trail that isn’t strenuous but offers great scenery. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, go for a hike up to Vinciguerra glacier. Alternatively, if you like getting your thrills a bit more passively, take a fun offroad 4×4 tour to the lakes.

Day 4: Ushuaia – El Calafate

Hop on a morning flight from Ushuaia to El Calafate. Make the most of the afternoon by booking an afternoon tour to Cerro Frias. Or, if you want to do your own thing, walk down to the Laguna Nimez Reserve to see the flamingos and other bird life and stroll through the charming town with its many artisanal craft shops.

perito-moreno-glacierTake a classic tour to Perito Moreno and explore the amazing network of boardwalks / Photo by Daytours4u

Day 5: El Calafate

Dedicate a day to El Calafate’s biggest tourist attraction: the breathtaking Los Glaciares National Park and its main star, the Perito Moreno Glacier. There are a number of ways to experience it, depending on your preference: a normal tour or ice trekking. Whichever you choose, you’ll be treated to spectacular views of this vast expanse of moving ice.

Day 6: El Calafate

Spend your last day getting a real sense of the Patagonian gaucho (cowboy) lifestyle on a typical ranch. Estancia Cristina is a must-visit, thanks to its location in the Los Glaciares National Park, its choice of activities, and the insight it gives you into the life and history of Patagonia’s gauchos. Then it’s time to head back to Buenos Aires, or on to your next exciting destination in South America.

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Of course, there are numerous itinerary variations. These are simply our suggestions for making the most of a short vacation and planning the perfect itinerary in Ushuaia and El Calafate.

To make the most of your time, book a convenient End of the World Package to combine the best tours in El Calafate and Ushuaia. Visit argentina4u.com for more great tours in Patagonia.

By: Nicole Eberhard, travel writer and avid explorer, with a Masters in English Literature.

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6 Tips for a Perfect New Year’s Eve in Rio http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/6-tips-perfect-new-years-eve-in-rio/ Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:00:18 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=2096 New Year's Eve in Rio de Janeiro is an exuberant celebration that everyone should experience once in their lifetime. We tell you how to prepare for it all.

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New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro is an exuberant celebration that everyone should experience once in their lifetime. That being said, one does have to prepare themselves for one of the biggest New Year’s parties in the world! Not only are there practical things to consider, there are also traditional ones that will elevate the evening from amazing to extraordinary. Here are some tips to ensure a successful New Year’s in Rio de Janeiro:

New Year's In RioNew Years celebrations in Rio de Janeiro are something quite spectacular / Image Source

1. Where to Spend New Year’s in Rio de Janeiro

The number one option, and only to most, is Copacabana beach. The beach becomes a sea of happy and peaceful celebrators looking to end their year with a bang. Choose a spot on the beach or opt to rent a tablet at one of the beachfront kiosks. If you choose the latter, make sure you reserve it in advance!

If a crowded beach is not your scene, you can opt to rent a Copacabana beachfront apartment. Enjoy the festivities from the comfort of your temporary home without losing the opportunity to take part if the mood strikes you. While this option is significantly less friendly on your wallet than the first, it does give you the best of both worlds.

Should you want something fancier, buy a ticket to one of the New Years balls. For example, The Copacabana Palace and the Forte de Copacabana offer themed parties for those who want to bring in the New Year in style.

2. Your New Year’s Uniform

If you think showing up to a party in the same outfit as someone else is embarrassing, try being the only one in colour amongst 3 million people. That’s what will happen to you on Copacabana beach if you don’t wear white.

Brazilians are what some countries consider superstitious, and that goes double on this special holiday. Cariocas wear white on New Year’s Eve as a way of asking for a peaceful and prosperous new year. Of course other colours are often worn in the form of accent pieces. Be warned though that each colour has a meaning.

For example, green is supposed to provide good health. Yellow is said to help you with money. Red classically pushes for passion and romance. And purple is responsible for delivering inspiration.

3. Make a New Year’s Wish

lemanjá (Yemanja in English) is the Goddess of the Ocean and Cariocas have a high respect for this Candomblé deity. Rio de Janeiro residents throw white flowers into the ocean as a New Years offering in hopes that lemanjá will grant them their wishes for the new year.

4. Jump Some Waves

When it comes to this tradition we are all very fortunate that New Years happens in the middle of Rio de Janeiro’s summer!

Once the midnight fireworks finish, stroll down to the waterfront and jump seven waves. It is said that if you do this Iemanjá will open paths for you in life. It is important to remember that Iemanjá wouldn’t be a Goddess if she wasn’t at least a bit temperamental. If you choose to jump waves you must be sure to NOT turn your back on the ocean afterwards. You should back away while still facing it if you do not wish to anger the Goddess.

5. Getting There

On New Year’s Eve all roads into Copacabana close early. The only way in is by bus, bike, foot, taxi, and metro. While that may sound like a lot of options, you must remember that the city is filled to capacity.

If you plan to take the metro, buy your tickets in advance! You will NOT be able to buy tickets regularly. Also remember that metro tickets are sold by time slot for New Year’s Eve. Yes, it gets that full. If you plan to return by metro, make sure you pre-purchase that ticket as well.

6. Getting Home Afterwards

As much fun as it is to pass into the new year with millions of people, it is a pain to leave afterwards. Do not expect to just hop in a cab and zip home. That is difficult enough on a normal day in Rio de Janeiro, making it virtually impossible on New Year’s. Patience is key.

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In order to fully enjoy New Year’s in Rio de Janeiro worry-free, remember to book your activities online in advance. This once in a lifetime experience is one you will cherish forever, so make sure you make the most of it.

By: Daytours4u Content Team

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