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Explore and Relax Argentina to Brazil: Estancias and beaches

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This is a luxurious holiday where you will discover some of the most attractive places on South America’s Atlantic seaboard while based at three of our favourite, top-of-the-range properties. The Alvear Palace is a traditional hotel with an illustrious history:  presidents and rock stars have wallowed in its ornate, classic ambiance and excellent facilities. The service is very attentive; depending on your chosen room grade you may enjoy the services of a personal butler.   

Move on from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires to the simple rural appeal of Argentina’s pampas. Here you will stay at a sumptuously restored colonial estancia, where you can ride with the gauchos and take afternoon tea around the pool.  For a top notch beach stay head into Brazil and the Hotel Ponta dos Ganchos, the epitome of excellence with discreet, understated attention, remotely situated on a lovely stretch of unspoilt coastline.

Holiday itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Buenos Aires. Transfer to your hotel, the famous Alvear Palace.

Day 2

Guided city tour including the Teatro Colón.

Day 3

At leisure: evening tango show with dinner.

Day 4

By road to Estancia La Bamba in the pampas.

Days 5-6

Optional activities at the estancia.

Day 7

Transfer to Buenos Aires and connect to Florianopolis, Brazil. Transfer to Ponta dos Ganchos.

Days 8-12

At leisure at your exclusive oceanfront hideaway.

Day 13

Transfer to Florianopolis airport for flight to São Paulo and your international flight home.

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Imagine Brazil and Argentina and you’ll most likely conjure up images of vibrant beaches and gauchos riding their horses through grasslands – on this holiday you get to experience all that and more. We’ve carefully selected properties that offer luxury, history and authentic experiences. Culture and relaxation is what this holiday is all about; you’ll experience the real Brazil and Argentina on this trip and we’re sure you’ll want to come back for more.

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Places visited on this holiday

Explore and Relax Argentina to Brazil: Estancias and beaches

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Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
Along with Rio, this is a city worth crossing the Atlantic for in its own right. Dynamic, stylish and nostalgic, it’s the continent’s most European city, but does not lack South American verve. Its contrasting neighbourhoods reveal colonial plazas, shady avenues, quirky antique fairs, street art, world famous theatres and football stadiums and spruced-up metropolitan port districts. Studded with extensive parks, cutting-edge boutique hotels, designer boutiques and a myriad of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, it’s a restless place, challenging to find your way around but well worth the effort. It’s the beating heart of Argentina, the hub for visits throughout the country.
When's the best time to visit Buenos Aires?

Buenos Aires is at its hottest Jan-Mar (very humid with tropical showers, occasionally over 40C during the day). It can be cold and cloudy Jul-Aug, so weather conditions are best for a visit in spring and autumn. Dec-Feb and Jul are local holiday times: Porteños head for the beach.

What's the official language in Buenos Aires?

Spanish.

How do I get local currency in Buenos Aires?

Argentine Peso.

Notes can be withdrawn from the many ATMs using a UK credit or debit card. Limits may be lower than your UK bank allows. Please note that in 2016 many of the ATMs were not functioning properly; we are recommending that for the moment you take a good supply of US dollars cash. There are many banks and money exchanges (casas de cambio) where you can exchange US dollars cash; rates for euros and sterling frequently poor. 

What's the time difference between Buenos Aires and the UK?

GMT -3 hours. Sometimes daylight saving is observed in the summer, but this is announced ad hoc on a year-on-year basis.

What places combine well with Buenos Aires?

Beach time in Mar del Plata (392 km by road, 5hrs); Colonia or Montevideo in Uruguay across the River Plate: travel by ferry, bus or plane; a stay on a working estancia in the pampa south and west of the city; Iguazú Falls (2hrs approx by air).

How long is the flight to Buenos Aires from the UK?

Average flight time is 14hrs 20mins on a direct flight from London. There are also flights requiring a change of plane in Europe or the USA.

What are the festivals and cultural and sports events in Buenos Aires?

Tango Festival: Aug. The world's – top tango festival, nine days  of concerts, shows, free classes, exhibitions, open-air milongas (Avenida Corrientes is closed for a massive display) and other tango-related festivities.

Opera season: Mar-Dec. Take in a concert or opera at the refurbished Teatro Colón which attracts internationally esteemed artists. 

Argentine Polo Open: Mid Nov-mid Dec. Polo is a passion for many Argentines. This is the year’s main attraction, taking place in Palermo’s 16,000 seater stadium.

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Gauchos on the Argentine pampa
Best known for being the home of the gauchos, Argentina’s famous baggy-trousered cowboys, the pampa stretches south and west from Buenos Aires. It’s a region of endless yawning plains, the fertile soils of which support succulent pasture for the country’s revered beef cattle, along with golden wheat and sunflowers. Pretty featureless apart from some attractive little towns, the flat pampa can be atmospheric in a morning mist or when reflecting an apricot sunset. The landscape is divided into estancias, or ranches, many of which nowadays welcome visitors. Along the Atlantic coast are a string of beach resorts, mostly catering for Latin American tourists.
When's the best time to visit the Argentine Pampas?
The pampa is at its hottest Jan-Mar (very humid with tropical showers, occasionally over 40°C during the day). It can be cold and cloudy Jul-Aug, so weather conditions are best for a visit in spring and autumn. Dec-Feb and Jul are local holiday times: porteños head for the beaches along the pampa’s Atlantic coast.
What's the official language of the Argentine Pampas?

Spanish.

How do I get local currency in the Argentine Pampas?

Argentine Peso. Notes can be withdrawn from the many ATMs in larger towns and cities using a UK credit or debit card. Limits may be lower than your UK bank allows. Acquire pesos before you head out into the pampa.

What's the time difference between Argentine Pampas and UK?

GMT -3 hours. Sometimes daylight saving is observed in the summer, but this is announced ad hoc on a year-on-year basis.

What places combine well with Argentine Pampas?

A visit to the capital Buenos Aires (2-4hrs by road); beach time in Mar del Plata, or in Punta del Este, Uruguay across the River Plate, accessible from Buenos Aires.

How do I get to Argentine Pampas?
Some of the most popular estancias are a 2-4hrs drive from Buenos Aires. San Antonio de Areco is 113 km from the capital, 2hrs by road.
What are the festivals and cultural and sporting events in Argentine Pampas?
Dia de la Tradición: San Antonio de Areco, 10 Nov annually. The principal gaucho festival where events extend over a full week, with exhibitions of cowboy skills, music, dancing and barbecues.
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Beaches of southern Brazil
Florianopolis

The prosperous, European-influenced southern state of Santa Catarina has over 500km of undulating coastline scalloped with pretty crescent-shaped beaches. Ilha de Santa Catarina (the gateway is the city of Florianópolis) is beloved of Argentine holiday makers and popular with families (the sheltered beaches in the west) and surfers (who ride the rollers in the east). On the mainland the coast is fringed by attractive green hills covered with monkey puzzle trees. The cliffs and bays along the coast shelter a few top end beach properties and attract whale-watchers.

The coastline adjoining the agreeable little resort of Praia do Rosa - considered one of the top most beautiful 30 bays in the world - is particularly exquisite. There are nine beaches and bays, each very different from one another, separated by rugged headlands and linked by coastal paths reminiscent of those in Cornwall or Jersey. It is possible to spend days exploring on foot and by hire car, stopping off at Siriu to admire the sand dunes and maybe sandboard down them and at Ferrugem for the surfing or Gamboa to visit an unspoilt Brazilian beach village. Praia Vermelha's rust coloured sands are only accessible on foot, whereas you can take your car out onto the beach at Ouvidor (watch the tides!). Many beaches are backed by tranquil lagoons safe for swimming. Most visitors base themselves at chic Praia do Rosa but visit the charming low-key and laid-back fishing town Garipoba.

When's the best time to visit beaches of south Brazil?

The state has a semi-tropical climate, with summers that are hot and winters mild but a bit too cool for the beach. There is sunshine all year round however, with most rain falling in late Dec-Mar – the local holiday season when beaches are packed. The whale watching season is Jun-Oct.

What's the official language of beaches of S Brazil?

Brazilian Portuguese, a more languid and musical version of Portugal’s mother tongue.

How do I get local currency in beaches of S Brazil?

Brazilian Real. Notes can be withdrawn from the many ATMs of Banco do Brasil, Bradesco and HSBC in Florianópolis using a UK credit or debit card. Limits may be lower than your UK bank allows. ATMs close at 10pm.

What's the time difference between beaches of S Brazil and UK?

GMT -3 hours. There is daylight saving Oct- end Feb (approx) when clocks are put forward one hour.

What places combine well with beaches of S Brazil?

A holiday in Argentina: relax on a beach after visiting Buenos Aires (direct flight to Florianópolis, 2 hours) the Iguazú Falls, or maybe even travels further afield, to Patagonia; the Serra Verde train ride from Curitiba (38mins by air from Florianópolis) to Morretes.

How do I get to beaches of south Brazil?

There are domestic flights from Rio (1hour 40mins), São Paulo (1hour 15mins) and Curitiba (38mins) to Florianópolis.

What are the festivals, cultural and sports events at beaches of S Brazil?

Farra de Boi: Florianópolis, Easter. A festival dedicated to the bull, which has great significance in Brazilian celebrations.

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