Insider Tips – Daytours4u http://www.daytours4u.com/en Tours, activities and travel tips in South America Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:50:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 96832869 Tips for Solo Female Travellers in Colombia http://www.daytours4u.com/en/colombia4u/tips-for-solo-female-travellers-in-colombia/ Tue, 06 Mar 2018 12:00:34 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12150 Be it for fun, introspection or business, more and more women are taking their suitcases and travelling the world without a companion or travel partner. For many, traveling is more than just moving from one place to another, it is a therapeutic tool, the opportunity to put together your own itinerary and to experience new [...]

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Be it for fun, introspection or business, more and more women are taking their suitcases and travelling the world without a companion or travel partner. For many, traveling is more than just moving from one place to another, it is a therapeutic tool, the opportunity to put together your own itinerary and to experience new cultures.

Surely you have heard that Colombia is a destination where you must take certain safety precautions and this statement has a lot of truth, but those who have ventured to this land discover that the biggest risk is wanting to stay. Therefore, in this article, we gather 10 recommendations and 4 places that may be of interest to women traveling through Colombia.

Traveling in Colombia is a unique experience, the biggest risk is that you want to stay / Photo: Daytours4u

10 recommendations for Solo Female Travellers in Colombia

1. Our first recommendation is that you don’t give papaya, this popular expression means that you avoid exposing yourself to situations of vulnerability by visiting desolate places or displaying objects of great value without proper security in the centers of the most populated cities such as Bogotá and Medellin.

2. Don’t walk alone at night, especially in places with few cars.

3. Whenever you can, look for trusted transport options through tour operators, uber or ask for a taxi over the phone.

4. If you’re going to travel by taxi, always ask a local how much it should really cost so they don’t overcharge you.

5. While you should walk with confidence, also try to blend in without losing your essence. Walking around Bogotá in shorts, for example, can give you away as a tourist.

Try to blend in without losing your essence, especially in big cities / Photo: Daytours4u

6. Locals sometimes associate tourists with money. Our advice is that you carry few valuables, and don’t walk around with all your cash.

7. When you arrive in a place where you feel secure, meet people and talk to them, that will help you lose the fear of traveling through the cities you visit.

8. If you have doubts about where to go, what activities to do and where to stay, consult the tour operators who usually have inside information about each region in Colombia.

9. Communicate with your family or friends so that they know you are well and where you are staying.

10. Keep an open mind, be careful but stay open minded because if not, you will miss the details that this experience offers.

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What to do and where to go in Colombia

Here are 4 routes that cover all the options: rest, meditation, exploration in the city and adventure to inspire you to visit this magical country.

1. Relaxation in Santa Marta: It’s one of the most pleasant cities in Colombia to live in due to the security and friendliness with foreigners, that’s why it’s a recommended destination when traveling alone. Walk through the streets of Samaria, feel the sea breeze, and visiting its historic center is a good activity to start your trip.

On the second day, you can enter one of the most emblematic indigenous communities, climb the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta; the walk and encounter with these ancestral cultures is an experience that takes you out of the routine. We advise that you book this tour with specialized companies, in order to guarantee your safety.

You can also visit the exotic beaches of Tayrona National Park, where there are at least 3 different types of sand; there you can also participate in watersports or simply lay out on the sand and enjoy the tranquility of the place.

Reserve a day in Tayrona online

The Tayrona Park is one of the must-see places of Santa Marta / Photo: Daytours4u

2. Glamour in Medellín: If you’re a woman who travels alone and loves certain comforts this city is for you. The kindness of its people makes you never feel insecure; you can also take a bicycle, tram, metro, taxi or bus to reach the most tourist destinations. This metropolis is known as the capital of Colombian fashion, so visiting Medellin is an excellent excuse to renew your wardrobe.

Being a city of contrasts, between the modern and cultural roots, the gastronomic experiences are inexhaustible. You can find one of the first molecular gastronomy restaurants called El Cielo, where there are 12 moments for enjoying new flavors. You can also go for the more traditional and take a cooking class to learn how to prepare the famous Bandeja Paisa.

Enjoy the best travel experiences in Medellín

3. Meditation in the Coffee Triangle: Coffee lands harbor a magic that inspires tranquility, its climates are not very cold but not excessively warm, which facilitates things when it comes to packing. In this region there are different spaces for recollection and meditation. The Cabaña Océano, for example, is one of the places for spiritual retreats. In addition, its conveniently located between Pereira and Armenia.

Another experience that helps you reconnect with yourself, and that is becoming increasingly loved who meditate, is getting into nature: observing the flora and admiring the wildlife. The Coffee triangle is an immense bird corridor. In Quindío there are more than 400 species of birds and at least 4 endemic species of mammals. Therefore, to navigate one of the rivers in the area is to be given the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the coffee fauna and magical stories, because these types of tours are made in the company of expert bogas.

Book here the Timber Rafting on Rio la Vieja

4. Adventure in Bogota: Being the capital, making a stop here is an almost obligatory destination if you come from another country so that you can take advantage of your time passing through Bogotá to dare yourself with adventure sports. The geography of Bogota has a characteristic point: the Eastern Hills. These imposing mountains are part of the Andes Mountain Range. So if you’re a traveler looking for adventure then this destination is for you. You can walk or ride through the mountain range and discover waterfalls such as La Chorrera, a waterfall that is halfway between Choachí and Bogotá.

The Eastern Hills tour can be done from different locations and you will always find a different natural landscape that will feed your spirit and leave you wanting more. You can also get out of Bogotá and go rafting on the río Negro.

Travel tip: Remember that this type of tour should always be done in the company of expert guides.

The trekking in La Chorrera is one of the must-see activities for travelers who love adventure / Source

There is no excuse for turning down the opportunity to experience a great adventure in Colombia with the best company you can have on a trip: yourself!

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

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Tips for Solo Female Travellers in Argentina http://www.daytours4u.com/en/argentina4u/tips-for-solo-female-travellers-in-argentina/ http://www.daytours4u.com/en/argentina4u/tips-for-solo-female-travellers-in-argentina/#comments Mon, 05 Mar 2018 16:40:00 +0000 http://argentina4u.com/blog/en/2012/06/this-is-for-you-girls.html In this article, we have prepared an interview from one of the reporters of Go! Girl Guides, a printed and online independent travel guide written by women for women. The guides do not only give their readers information about where to eat and drink in these countries, but also where to stay (in terms of safety and affordability), [...]

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In this article, we have prepared an interview from one of the reporters of Go! Girl Guides, a printed and online independent travel guide written by women for women. The guides do not only give their readers information about where to eat and drink in these countries, but also where to stay (in terms of safety and affordability), what to do, and volunteer options for those who want to help the Earth we live on. Many women throughout the world have either been interviewed or have contributed to writing articles for Go! Girl Guides for the sole purpose of helping other women be safe and have as much fun as possible during their travels.

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On this occasion, the editors of the famous magazine have gathered a set of interesting tips for Solo Female Travellers in Argentina and that can be useful and inspiration for those who are close to traveling.

1. One of the most frequently asked questions asked by women traveling alone on travel forums is with regards to safety. How did you feel traveling alone in Argentina?

Generally, I felt very safe traveling alone in Argentina. There were moments when I definitely acted on instinct, and I think that it’s important not to hesitate when you get an uncomfortable feeling in a certain situation – whether it’s while walking, at a bar or in a hostel. It’s better to use caution and possibly insult someone, than to be caught in a precarious situation. I also never walked alone at night. There are plenty of other travelers to team up with on night-walks.

2. Do you have any special tips or advice on how to stay safe whilst traveling alone?

Try to walk like you are on a mission. Eyes forward, nice quick pace and as much as you are inclined to react to catcalls, just ignore them. The more attention you return, even if it’s a giggle, the more they will escalate the situation. (Side note: the catcalling in Argentina was generally harmless and actually quite pleasant most of the time).

Dress modestly and in neutral colors. There is no need to attract extra attention to yourself when you are traveling alone, as you will probably already stick out just by being from another country/culture.

3. What type of hostel accommodation have you found as the best or most comfortable as a solo traveler: mixed dorms, women only dorms or a private room?

I would definitely say women only dorms. I stayed in all three at some point and found that there is a feeling of safety in numbers and it’s a great way to meet other solo female travelers as well. The mixed dorms were fine too, I never ran into any real problems, but if the option is there for a female dorm, take it.

4. What are local´s reactions to you when you say you are girls traveling alone? For example, are they surprised or do they take it like a normal thing?

They were usually surprised. Many of them gave strict precautions, and seemed a little worried about me. I heard the same story over and over about the French girls who were murdered in Salta. It was an awful thing that happened, but you can’t let things like this inhibit you from experiencing life. We have to accept that in life at home or abroad, there are some things that are out of our control, so just use your brain and your instinct and enjoy life to its fullest.

5. Does traveling alone affect where or how you travel around Argentina?

Absolutely. You definitely have to stay on point. A big part of travel for many of us is enjoying the local food and drink. But you should really use restraint when drinking alcohol; the worst situation you could find yourself in is being drunk, alone and not in control of your surroundings.

6. What has been your scariest moment whilst traveling in Argentina? What was your happiest moment when you enjoyed being without the company of a guy?

Honestly, the scariest moment I had was during a bus ride from Puerto Iguazu to Corrientes. It was night time and raining like crazy. The bus had a leak in the roof, so all of the windows were fogged up (including the drivers windshield) and he was driving SUPER fast down a two-lane highway with impaired vision. It was kind of terrifying, but hey, we made it there.

One of my happiest moments was waking up in Corrientes at sunrise and walking down the river drinking coffee and enjoying the beautiful scene above the water. It was early in my trip and I had that overwhelming feeling of strength and peace at the same moment; empowered by my solitude and enjoying the landscapes of one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

Thank you and happy travels!! 

Whether you’re a solo female traveller or not, we have many tours and activities in Argentina for you, visit our official site Argentina4u.com

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Top Places to Spend Valentine’s Day in Rio de Janeiro http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/valentines-day-in-rio/ Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:55:04 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=1232 Rio de Janeiro is a city for lovers so spending Valentine’s Day here can be very special. Some say that romantic ambiance is generated by Rio de Janeiro Carnival, but we believe it’s due to Rio’s natural beauty, which is truly inspiring. To help you score points with your special someone, we’ve listed some of [...]

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Rio de Janeiro is a city for lovers so spending Valentine’s Day here can be very special. Some say that romantic ambiance is generated by Rio de Janeiro Carnival, but we believe it’s due to Rio’s natural beauty, which is truly inspiring. To help you score points with your special someone, we’ve listed some of the top places to spend Valentine’s Day in Rio de Janeiro.

Enjoy with the love of your life the spectacular view of Rio in Pedra Bonita / Source


1) Pedra Bonita for a picnic under the stars:

Pedra Bonita is one of the mountains that shapes Rio de Janeiro and is the site for tandem hang-gliding. It’s one of the tallest hills in Tijuca Forest and offers a beautiful view over the beaches in the south and west zones of Rio. Behind the jump zone, there’s a little trail that leads to a higher part of the hill, where you can sit and appreciate the views over the beaches in São Conrado and Barra da Tijuca, and of Pedra da Gavea in front. There, you can camp overnight and enjoy a private evening with your partner beneath the stars and away from the city. Bring your picnic basket and a bottle of wine to make it a simple yet wonderful Valentine’s Day celebration.

Getting there: Walk up the Caminho da Pedra Bonita, from the Alto da Boa Vista neighborhood, until you reach the take-off point for hang-gliders take-off ramp. From there, take the little trail up the hill.

Price range: $

Romance-o-meter: <3 <3 <3

Valentine's Day in Rio de Janeiro - Pedra Bonita for a picnic under the stars / source

Appreciate the charm of the Sugar Loaf during a romantic dinner in Porcão Rio / Source


2) Dinner with a view over Sugar Loaf Mountain:

One of the best views over Sugar Loaf Mountain can be seen from Aterro do Flamengo Park. The restaurant Porcão Rio is the perfect spot to admire not only the hills, but the whole of Guanabara Bay. You can make a reservation for a table near the panoramic window and enjoy a romantic evening complete with excellent food and a spectacular view for your Valentine’s Day.

Getting there: Take a taxi to Porcão Rio: Infante Dom Henrique Ave, Aterro do Flamengo.

Price range: $$

Romance-o-meter: <3 <3

Valentine's Day in Rio de Janeiro - Dinner with a view over Sugar Loaf Mountain / source

At any time on February 14, Copabana is a magical place to enjoy / Source


3) A dream meal in Copacabana:

On top of a hotel in Copacabana, there is a beautiful deck lounge with a panoramic view over the beach, which is simply breathtaking. The food here is exquisite, with a mixture of Brazilian classics and international dishes. There is also a bar, where you can enjoy tasty caipirinhas and relaxing music beside the pool. For a sophisticated warm-up to the night, we would recommend this option, followed by one of the nearby nightclubs as Valentine’s Day combo.

Getting there: Go up to the Deck Lounge Bar at the top of Pestana Rio Atlantica Hotel: 2964 Atlantica Ave., Copacabana.

Price range: $$$

Romance-o-meter: <3


Besides these three places, there are a number of options for ways to spend Valentine’s Day in Rio de Janeiro. Visit our website for more information, or to book tours and activities.

By: Pedro Rocha

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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.

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.

Written by: Nicole Eberhard

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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

Paraty Architecture

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.

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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.

Superclasico Boca vs River in Argentina

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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.

What to do in el chaltén Viedma Glacier / Argentina4u

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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