Buenos Aires history is packed into this unusual house. When the property's owner decided to develop what was then a run-down tenement, he began to discover all sorts of things beneath the house: pottery and cutlery, the foundations of past constructions and a 500-foot network of tunnels that has taken more than 20 years to excavate. With the help of historians and architects, they've painstakingly restored the site and it has been transformed into a private museum. We'll be joined by the mastermind and curator, Jorge Eckstein, for a private tour.
The Plaza de Mayo is the oldest public square in Buenos Aires and has been the scene of many of the most important events in the city's history, from the second founding of the city in 1580, through the revolution of independence, to more recent political demonstrations. In 1955, 30 aircraft from the Argentine Navy and Air Force strafed and bombed Plaza de Mayo square in the largest aerial bombing on the Argentine mainland.
The Teatro Colón (Colón Theatre) is one of the most important opera houses in the world. Its rich and prestigious history and its exceptional acoustics and architectural features rank it among theatres such as Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Paris Opera House, the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House in London and the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Enrico Caruso, Claudia Muzio, Maria Callas, Régine Crespin, Birgit Nilsson, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti have performed here.
Puerto Madero is the largest urban renewal project in Buenos Aires. It is one of the most successful recent waterfront renewal projects in the world. One of the main attractions in modern Puerto Madero is the Puente de la Mujer, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. This beautiful footbridge is meant to be a representation of a couple dancing tango. The port itself is beautiful and is a popular spot to walk.
The tango is known for being a passionate, emotional form of dance in which the dancing couple hold each other closely and make abrupt — yet graceful — movements. It evolved around 1880 in dance halls and brothels in the lower-class districts of Buenos Aires. We'll evolve, too, as we take a private tango class on our last night in Buenos Aires and attend dinner and a show at Gala Tango.
El Calafate is home of southern Patagonia's crown jewel, the Perito Moreno Glacier, and the hub to enter the Los Glaciares National Park, which includes Perito Moreno Glacier, Cerro Chaltén and Cerro Torre. The Perito Moreno glacier is one of the only glaciers in the world that's still advancing. We'll have lunch at Nativos Restaurant overlooking the glacier.
The park's name refers to the giant ice cap in the Andes, the largest outside Antartica, Greenland and Iceland, feeding 47 large glaciers, of which 13 flow toward the Pacific Ocean.
Glaciarium Ice Museum is one of the few glacier museums in the world. The unique architecture and the façade of the building resemble the face of a glacier. Exhibits include models, dioramas, photographs, screens, interactive representations, a 3D documentary and other resources that provide an enriching experience.
Estancia Cristina was founded in 1914 and was originally designed to raise livestock on the shores of Argentino Lake. Distance, wind and lack of communication did not stop founders Joseph Percival Master and his wife, Jessie, who through enormous effort and perseverance, turned this inhospitable and lonely place into a little paradise. Our tour starts with a boat ride between ice floes to go to Cristina Ranch. We then travel in 4x4 vehicles along mountain roads that were once hidden by glaciers. Lunch will be at the ranch.
San Carlos de Bariloche, or simply "Bariloche" as the locals call it, is a laid-back mountain town in northern Patagonia that makes most visitors wonder if they've landed in Switzerland. This region of Patagonia is also noted for its chocolate (the fresh raspberries dipped in white and dark homemade chocolate by Rapanui are legendary), microbrews and traditional Argentine Asado, making this a dream destination for foodies and nature lovers alike.
Near San Carlos de Bariloche are the renowned Seven Lakes passing through the Lanín and Nahuel Huapi national parks. We'll visit this beautiful, picturesque and tranquil region of Argentina. The route around the seven magnificent lakes passes the Correntoso, Espejo, Escondido, Viallarino, Falkner, Machónico and Lácar lakes, which are flanked by mixed natural forests.