About Active Argentina Plus Iguassu Falls

Our high energy trek is definitely for the active member who loves to Bike, Hike, Raft in the arms of Mother Nature’s finest. Join us as we expand our horizons in Buenos Aires, biking in Mendoza Wine Country, Hiking National Parks of the Andes and Rafting in Bariloche.

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Active adventures in Argentina sound pretty amazing, but when you really think about where they’re taking place, they become nothing less than mind-blowing. This nine-day journey through some of the greatest landscapes in Argentina will remind you that you’re somewhere exceptional. Start with a wine cycle (two words that go together beautifully) tour of gorgeous Mendoza before heading toward Aconcagua for a full-day trek to its scenic base. Later in Bariloche, opt to go whitewater rafting for an exhilarating way to wrap up a thrilling week away from the hectic pace of your daily life.

Inclusive Features of Our Tour:

  • 7 Nights, 3-Star YOUR OWN ROOM Hotel Accommodations with Private Bath or Shower
  • 1 Night, Overnight Bus from Mendoza to Bariloche
  • Half Day Mendoza Cycling Wine Tour
  • Visits to Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Bariloche and Aconcagua
  • Full Day Hike of Aconcagua Provincial Park Including Permit
  • Class II/III Whitewater Rafting in the Manso River near Bariloche with “Asado Patagónico” (Patagonian barbecue lunch)
  • Tango Show with Dance Lesson
  • One Way Flight Buenos Aires to Mendoza
  • One Way Flight Bariloche to Buenos Aires
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Free Time in Spectacular, Mountain Studded, Fresh Air Locations
  • 9 Meals: 7 Breakfast & 2 Lunches
  • All Taxes and Gratuities for Hotels & Meals Included
  • Special Attention from Experienced, Professional Local Tour Director
  • Private and Secure Chat Reserved Exclusively for Members on Your Vacation
  • Great Times with other Adventurous and Nature Loving Singles!
  • OPTIONAL Post Tour, 3 Night Package to Iguazú National Park, on the Unesco World Heritage List (Brazilian Visa Required)

Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of STI. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios

Itinerary

Saturday, Oct 13:  Buenos Aires, Argentina – Optional Pre Tour Package for an Extra Day of Adventure
Sunday, Oct 14:  Buenos Aires, Argentina
Monday, Oct 15:  Buenos Aires to Mendoza
Tuesday, Oct 16:  Mendoza Wine Country Cycling
Wednesday, Oct 17:  Mendoza to Aconcagua’s First Camp Hike
Thursday, Oct 18:  Mendoza; Optional Cooking Class or Rafting, Overnight Bus to Bariloche
Friday, Oct 19:  San Carlos de Bariloche
Saturday, Oct 20:  San Carlos de Bariloche Rafting
Sunday, Oct 21:  San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires; Tango Show
Monday, Oct 22:  Adios Buenos Aires or Add our Optional Iguaçu (Iguassu) Falls Package 
Tuesday, Oct 23:  Optional Iguaçu (Iguassu) Falls Package 
Wednesday, Oct 24:  Optional Iguaçu (Iguassu) Falls Package 
Thursday, Oct 25:  Optional Iguaçu (Iguassu) Falls Package  & Main Tour Departure
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EXTRA NIGHT IN BUENOS AIRES – October 13-24

MAIN TOUR  – October 14-22

POST TOUR PACKAGE TO IGUASSU (IGUAZU) NATIONAL PARK AND FALLS – October 22-25

Day 1 – Friday, October 12
(Extra Night in Buenos Aires Package  – Members depart home city)

Board your overnight transatlantic flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Day 2 – Saturday, October 13
Extra Night in Buenos Aires Members Arrival (B aboard aircraft)

Arrive at Ministro Pistarini International Airport (commonly referred to as Ezeiza: EZE), situated 35 km (22 miles) from the city, about 40 minutes in a taxi. A taxi to the center is approximately $45 USD and may be arranged from the official counter inside the Arrivals area.  See the FAQ tab for instructions for more options.

The day is at leisure to explore Buenos Aires and have an extra day to work on your jet lag.  Members who arrive early will meet early evening for a get together and optional dinner in town.

Overnight at the Hotel Dazzler San Telmo (or similar).

Day 3 – Sunday, October 14
Main Tour Members Arrival in Buenos Aires (B aboard aircraft)

Arrive at Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) and transfer to our hotel at your own expense.  See the FAQ tab for instructions on arrival transfers to our hotel.

The day is at leisure to explore Buenos Aires and get settled at our hotel. Normal check-in times (3 p.m.)  apply at our hotel, but you may store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Optional tours that you may arrange with our local director once in Buenos Aires. Rates are approximate for planning purposes and subject to change. 

Buenos Aires Bike Tour (450-600ARS per person, subject to change)

Experience this vibrant city cruising around on a bicycle with a local Argentine. Bike, helmet, knowledgeable tour guide, they’ve got it all taken care of, just come along for the ride and take in the many historical sights on offer. Choose to explore the South and discover Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo and the working class neighbourhoods where Tango was born. Or, explore the North and discover grand, leafy, parks, the famed Recoleta cemetery, European architecture and some of Buenos Aires’ wealthier neighborhoods.

Buenos Aires Guided City Tour
Enjoy a guided tour exploring beautiful, vibrant Buenos Aires. Be introduced to historic sites and districts, including Plaza de Mayo where Eva Peron’s famed balcony presides over the square. See La Boca and San Telmo’s colorful street life, painted houses, and the famed Recoleta Cemetery.
Teatro Colón Tour (250ARS per person)

Explore this stunning opera house on a guided tour and find out why it is voted one of the best acoustic venues in the world.

La Boca Neighborhood Visit (20-100ARS per person)

Visit La Boca to soak in the vibrancy of the barrio’s brightly colored buildings and El Caminito (a cobblestone street lined with artist studios that’s often used as an impromptu setting for tango performances). Or, if lucky, catch a match at fabled La Bombonera, the home stadium of the Boca Juniors’ fútbol club (the crowd’s excitement is electric!).

This evening, join your fellow travelers and after introductions, our local tour manager will review the details of our tour. Enjoy an optional dinner at our hotel or at a nearby restaurant.

Overnight at the Hotel Dazzler San Telmo (or similar).

Day 4 – Monday, October 15 (B)
Buenos Aires to Mendoza

After breakfast, we board a flight bound for the wine region of Argentina and explore the world renown city for wine, Mendoza.

The impressive snow-capped Aconcagua looms in the background of this laid-back city, drawing adventure seekers and wine enthusiasts alike. Famed worldwide for the high quality wine produced in this region, Mendoza makes the perfect base to discover wine country. Enjoy the slow pace of this desert town with large parks, charming plazas, and lively evenings where locals mill about outside the many cafés, bars and restaurants on offer on Avenida Arístides.

Wander the leafy streets and peek into shops, stop at a local café or explore one of the nearby parks. Have dinner at one of your local finds or with nee friends based on recommendations from our local guide.

Overnight at the Hotel Mendoza (or similar).

Day 5 – Tuesday, October 16
Mendoza (B)

After an early breakfast this morning, we head out by private vehicle into the mountains via scenic route. Our day includes a trek to Aconcagua’s first camp taking in views of the largest mountain in the Americas en route. The highest peak outside of the Himalayas, Aconcagua, stands 6962m (22841ft) tall. Located roughly 3 hours from Mendoza, Aconcagua Provincial Park is the start point of the trek.

Arrive in Aconcagua Provincial Park and start the trek toward the immense mountain towering above. The first half of the trek winds uphill through a deep valley, reaching 3400m (11,200 ft), stop along the way to take in the spectacular views of the neighboring Andes.
Our hike is approximately 5-6 hours at high altitude, is a demanding yet fulfilling exercise and requires that you are a healthy traveler in with appropriate fitness level.

Overnight at the Hotel Mendoza (or similar).

Day 6 – Wednesday, October 17

Mendoza to San Carlos de Bariloche (B)

Breakfast at our hotel and then we are off to spend the day cycling through vineyards. We’ll visit two different vineyards and wineries on our journey. Enjoy half a day of tastings, history and wine culture while we sample the world-famous Malbec. We’ll delight our tastebuds as we learn more about the region and the people who call Argentina home.

This evening, we will take an overnight bus to Bariloche. Bus travel is the most popular form of transport in Argentina, and bus connections exist to virtually all destinations. We will reserve comfortable, reclining (140 degrees) seats for our members based on availability at time of booking.  Settle in and order a light dinner (optional) with new friends before nodding off.  Enjoy a comfortable slumber and don’t worry, you won’t miss a thing.  The last 3 hours are the most scenic before we arrive in Bariloche.

Day 7 – Thursday, October 18

San Carlos de Bariloche (B)

A light breakfast is served aboard our bus and we arrive in Bariloche in the late afternoon. Bariloche, an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true is located in the Lake District of Argentina and national park. Relax by Nahuel Huapi Lake or wander the streets and pop into artisanal chocolate shops.

Towering snow-capped peaks surround Lake Nahuel Huapi, creating the perfect photo at every turn, it’s hard to deny that Bariloche is a photographer’s paradise. There is plenty to see and do no matter the season. Winter draws skiers and snowboarders from near and far to carve through the excellent snow cover. In summer, hikers and mountain bikers abound taking advantage of the many trails to explore in the area. If that’s not enough, Bariloche is Argentina’s chocolate capital offering chocolate of all kinds to delight the senses.

Tonight, enjoy a freshly prepared dinner at a local restaurant at your own expense.  Our local tour leader will have choices available for us.

Overnight at Soft Hotel (or similar).

Optional tours that you may arrange with our local director once in Buenos Aires.

Whitewater Rafting Mendoza
Whitewater raft down the Mendoza River, one of the best places for rafting in Argentina. While most of the year the river is calm, in the summer the melting snow from the Andes streams into the river, creating Class IV and V rapids.
Cooking Class with Wine Tasting & Lunch

Visit a popular winery and enjoy a cooking class followed by gourmet lunch. Learn how to prepare empanadas and ¨carnes asadas¨ (grilled meat) and other dishes made from fresh meat and produce grown right in Mendoza. Good food, great wine. Who needs anything more?

Day 8 – Friday, October 19
San Carlos de Bariloche (B, L)

This morning after an early breakfast, we depart for whitewater rafting on Class II/III rapids. Enjoy the thrilling ride and navigate down the river to the Chilean border. Remember to bring your waterproof camera and/or GoPro, today will be filled with opportunity!

Grab a paddle, strap on your helmet, and head down the Class II/III rapids of the Manso River towards the Chilean border. Rest from paddling from time to time to take in the beautiful scenery around the emerald waters before rewarding your hard work with an “Asado Patagónico” (Patagonian barbecue).
Return to our hotel after lunch with dinner on our own with new friends.
Overnight at Soft Hotel (or similar).
Day 9 – Saturday, October 20

San Carlos de Bariloche (B)

 

Enjoy a free day in Bariloche to take advantage of the optional activities in this picturesque town.
Overnight at Soft Hotel (or similar).

Day 10 – Sunday, October 21
San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires (B)

After breakfast, we all take a flight back to Buenos Aires and enjoy the evening in this vibrant city known so well for Tango.

Enjoy one of our optional excursions and when you are done exploring, settle your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants. You’ll soon begin to understand the contemplative Argentine way of life.

Tonight, we get together for one last meal and a final bottle of wine, but tonight, we are adding a live Tango show to top off your Argentinian experience. Discover the passion of tango. Watch the pros step and slide around the dance floor while you dine on a traditional Argentine dinner. Get lost in the music, savour the sensuality, and see why this traditional dance continues to ignite the senses of locals and visitors alike.

This will be your last chance to try Argentina’s succulent bife and parrilladas, so dig in and enjoy!

Overnight at the Hotel Dazzler San Telmo (or similar).

Day 11 – Monday, October 22
Buenos Aires (B)

POST TOUR PACKAGE TO IGUASSU (Iguaçu) NATIONAL PARK AND FALLS – October 22-25

Enjoy breakfast at our hotel before making your way to the airport for our Optional Iguaçu (Iguassu) Falls Package (click BOOK NOW or PRICE MY TRIP to add to your tour) or to return home.  Our trip ends and because flights are generally late in the evening (if not flying to Iguaçu), we have several options for you to explore before you go.  See our FAQ tab for important, specific information about scheduling your flight times. Transportation to the airport is at your own expense and our local tour director will assist you with them.

Optional tours that you may arrange with our local director once in Buenos Aires. Rates are approximate for planning purposes and subject to change. 

Buenos Aires Bike Tour (450-600ARS per person, subject to change)

Experience this vibrant city cruising around on a bicycle with a local Argentine. Bike, helmet, knowledgeable tour guide, they’ve got it all taken care of, just come along for the ride and take in the many historical sights on offer. Choose to explore the South and discover Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo and the working class neighbourhoods where Tango was born. Or, explore the North and discover grand, leafy, parks, the famed Recoleta cemetery, European architecture and some of Buenos Aires’ wealthier neighborhoods.

Buenos Aires Guided City Tour
Enjoy a guided tour exploring beautiful, vibrant Buenos Aires. Be introduced to historic sites and districts, including Plaza de Mayo where Eva Peron’s famed balcony presides over the square. See La Boca and San Telmo’s colorful street life, painted houses, and the famed Recoleta Cemetery.
Teatro Colón Tour (250ARS per person)

Explore this stunning opera house on a guided tour and find out why it is voted one of the best acoustic venues in the world.

La Boca Neighborhood Visit (20-100ARS per person)

Visit La Boca to soak in the vibrancy of the barrio’s brightly colored buildings and El Caminito (a cobblestone street lined with artist studios that’s often used as an impromptu setting for tango performances). Or, if lucky, catch a match at fabled La Bombonera, the home stadium of the Boca Juniors’ fútbol club (the crowd’s excitement is electric!).

Optional Iguaçu (Iguassu) Falls Package

Morning flights to Cataratas International Airport (AGR) from Buenos Aires regional airport, Jorge Newbery Airfield (AEP). Flights are at your own expense; see FAQ for recommended flights so that you may share taxis in Buenos Aires and travel together. On arrival, we will be met and transferred to the hotel in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil by private vehicle.

Spend the next 3 nights in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, exploring this tri-border region where Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay meet at the junction of the Parana and Igussu rivers. The focus, however, will be the magnificent Cataratas do Iguaçu, or Iguassu Falls.

There are no planned activities so feel free to explore or rest up for the excitement ahead.

Upon arrival at our hotel on Day 1, you will receive a welcome package providing a schedule, documentation/vouchers and pick-up times for all included activities. It also will contain contact information, should you have any questions about your tour.
Enjoy dinner with your friends from last week’s adventure. Although this portion of our tour is independent, you are not alone!
Overnight at Hotel Del Rey (or similar).

Day 12 – Tuesday, October 23
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil (B)

Breakfast at our hotel, then we’re off for a half-day excursion to Iguassu National Park on the Brazilian side.

In order to see the falls properly, view them from both the Brazilian and the Argentine sides: the Brazilian side offers the grand overview and the Argentine side gives a closer look.

Iguassu Falls (Brazil Side) Guided Tour 2.5-3.5 hours

Visit the Brazil side of the falls to get a panoramic view of Iguassu, one of the world’s largest and most impressive waterfalls. In total, there are over 275 individual falls spread out over 3km (2 mi). Find the best spot to take jaw-dropping photos of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

This afternoon is free to explore on your own or opt to visit the bird park.
OPTIONAL Iguassu Falls Bird Park Visit – 60 BRL per person (book onsite, rate subject to change)

Grab a camera and get up and close and personal with macaws, parrots, parakeets, and 150 other species of birds. Located on the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls, the bird park is on 12 acres of native subtropical forest. Enter a huge aviary to see the birds free from cages and nets. Check out other exhibits to view butterflies, alligators, and snakes (boas and anacondas).

Enjoy dinner with friends at a local restaurant near our hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Del Rey (or similar).

Day 13 – Wednesday, October 24
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil (B)

This morning after breakfast, we’ll tour the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls, wandering the extensive walkways through the jungle. Opt to do a jet boat tour or a helicopter ride over the falls.  Important note: The tour is on the Argentine side of the falls; therefore, Canadian, and Australian citizens will need to pay the reciprocity tax for Argentina to do this activity.

Border Crossing (Brazil – Argentina) – Foz do Iguaçu – Puerto Iguazú – 1.5 hour drive each way

Spend the whole day on the Argentina side of Iguassu, exploring the paths over the falls or experience the UNESCO World Heritage site from a boat tour. Tours utilize trails and catwalks adapted to the landscape of the area, and walking is easy for all ages; guided tours of the complex are available several times a day.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS:

Iguassu Helicopter Ride – Foz do Iguaçu – 460 BRL per person (book onsite, rate subject to change)

Fly above the roaring cascades of Iguassu falls on a memorable helicopter ride to get a unique view and mind-blowing photo opportunities. Sit back in the comfortable seats, enjoy the ride and let the experienced pilot guide you over the immense falls.

Iguassu Falls Boat Tour – Puerto Iguazú1h-2h – 700 ARS per person (book onsite, rate subject to change)

Enter the jungle from the “Sendero Yacaratía” and enjoy the panoramic view. Board motorboats that pass through the Lower Canyon of the Iguassu River, and continue onto the falls. After enjoying the view from San Martin Island, sail to “Tres Mosqueteros” to the “Devil’s Throat.” Sail along the shore before and enjoy the splendor of the San Martin waterfall, a wonderful and unforgettable experience.

Adios once again as you enjoy your last dinner with friends at a local restaurant near our hotel. What an awesome adventure this has been!

Overnight at Hotel Del Rey (or similar).

Day 15 – Thursday, October 25
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil (B)

Our tour ends after breakfast.  Say your goodbyes and depart at any time, transfer to airport is included. Be sure to share your flight schedule with us no later than 30 days prior to the tour departure, September 14, 2018, in order for us to arrange your transfer.

 

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of our local operators without compensation. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes.

 

FAQs

Once you make your online reservation you will receive a final invoice from us confirming your reservation details.  Our STI reservation specialists are available to review your reservation and recommend additional services. Depend on them for assistance with airfare, proper protection, pre and post tour services, etc.  Contact us with your travel requests.

READ your invoice and the FAQ page very carefully and advise if any changes need to be made.

REVIEW the Trip Options and make your reservations early to get in on promotions and so you don’t miss out on any limited or time-sensitive Add-Ons.

SOCIALIZE
Say hello to your fellow travelers on the chat and see “Who’s Going”.

PASSPORT MANDATORY
A passport is required for US citizens and be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website.

**UPLOAD** a COLOR copy of your passport to us within 7 days of your reservation (within 24 hours if reserved after August 9, 2018).

Click here to upload to our secure folder

VISA REQUIREMENTS
U.S. citizens carrying a tourist passport and in possession of an onward or return airline ticket do not require a visa to enter Argentina. The passport must have at least six months validity remaining to be allowed entry.   Canadian citizens must purchase a reciprocity tax in advance.  See our FAQ about Visa Requirements. 

Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this tour.

MANDATORY INSURANCE
It is mandatory for all of our members to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers for both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing an all inclusive plan that covers cancellation/interruption insurance as well and will send a quote to you after you receive your confirmation invoice.

FINAL PREPARATION
Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be posted here 14 days prior to trip start date. Questions? Email us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

 

The tour begins in Buenos Aires at 6:00 p.m. on October 14, 2018, and ends the morning of October 22. Therefore the tour is 8 nights/9 days. Note: Flights from North America may depart on October 13 in order to arrive in Buenos Aires on October 14, so the actual length of the trip is 9 nights/10 days (first night on airplane).

Beat jet-lag! Add an extra day in Buenos Aires so you’re fresh and ready to go on Sunday when our tour officially begins. Click BOOK NOW or PRICE MY TRIP to add the package.

Looking for the full throttle adventure?  Add our 3 Night/4 Day, Iguassu Falls Package after the tour. Click BOOK NOW or PRICE MY TRIP to add the package.

Active & Demanding

Hiking, trekking, biking and rafting adventure made for travelers who enjoy the outdoors and nature.

Our tour included some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travelers in good physical condition and fitness levels.

Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every trip sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 24 years, we have perfected the singles vacation experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you join our tour, our STI Concierge is waiting to meet you. Our first day begins with an orientation and the camaraderie builds as we go along. The object of your vacation is trying something new, seeing new places and making new friends. The bonds that develop on our tours are by far the strongest and longest lasting.

No need as our tour is designed and specially priced with no extra charge to have your own room!  Every member on our exclusive tour has his or her own room.  Exception:  Night 4 aboard our bus to Bariloche, accommodations are not private. Each member will have his or her own comfortable, reclining (140 degrees) seats.  Bathrooms are shared by all travelers.

Our active adventures attract singles in their 40s, 50s and early 60s. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages.

We recommend that you meet the members of the STI Community online where you may view and interact with members via “Who’s Going” on every trip page. This is the best way to find out exactly who will be on your vacation.

Make sure your flight lands at Ministro Pistarini International Airport (commonly referred to as Ezeiza: EZE) any time before 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 14 in order to join us for our welcome orientation at approximately 6:00 p.m.

The airport is situated 35 km (22 miles) from the city, about 40 minutes in a taxi. A taxi to the centre cost approximately $45 USD and can be arranged from the official counter inside the Arrivals area.

There is also a bus company that will take you to the hotel of your choice in the centre of Buenos Aires. Manuel Tienda Leon is the most well known, and costs about $13 USD (80 ARS). Their counter is at the customs exit.

There are exchange facilities in the Banco de la Nacion at the airport with 1.5% commission, ATM Visa and Mastercard facilities available. There are many official places to exchange money in centre of the city.

Our local tour director will organize a short meeting early evening, during which you will meet our other members and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel so you have all the necessary information regarding the meeting time. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.

Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by STI. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate without paying an equivalent fee to the rest of the group that made the reservation with STI. Your credit card on file will automatically be charged.

Of course, a pre tour package is available. Click BOOK NOW or PRICE MY TRIP to add to your vacation. If you need other arrangements, please call us, we’d be happy to assist with your vacation plans. Remember that if you arrive early or stay late, transportation to and from the hotel is not included in our package. Public transportation is reliable and available.

Be one of the FIRST FIVE and your extra night is on us!

A deposit is due at time of reservation. Final payment is due in our office by July 6, 2018, and your card will automatically be charged. A reminder will be emailed to you 7 days prior to due date. If you make a reservation after July 6, full, non-refundable payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply.

Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:

After deposit and at anytime of cancellation, a minimum charge of $75 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.

*Between July 6 and August 15, 2018 – $500 penalty applies.

*After August 15, 2018 – 100% penalty applies

 

Your 2 internal flights between Buenos Aires and Mendoza as well as Bariloche to Buenos Aires are included.

Your international flights are not included. In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.

Planning to add our 3 Night Package to Iguazú National Park, on the Unesco World Heritage List?  You will need to reserve your own flights. 

Book early and try to reserve the following flights on October 22, 2018, between Buenos Aires (AEP regional airport) and Iguassu (AGR-Argentinian side) so that you may share taxis in Buenos Aires and arrive together in Iguassu.

Aerolineas Argentinas (AR) #1730 AEP/AGR  11:10 a.m./1:00 p.m.

You will also need a return flight departing Iguassu on October 25.  Transfers are included so you may reserve at any time on that day so that you connect with your international flight back home.

 

 

In order to be ready to begin the tour at 6:00 p.m. on October 14, you may be required to depart your home city on the day before. Please make sure that your flight lands in Buenos Aires by 3:00 p.m. and allow 1 hour for customs and immigration after you land.

The trip concludes on the morning of October 22.  Please schedule your return flight any time on that day. Transfer to the airport in not included and our local guide will assist us with making those arrangements.

Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.

Make sure your flight lands at Ministro Pistarini International Airport (commonly referred to as Ezeiza: EZE) any time before 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 14 in order to join us for our welcome orientation at approximately 6:00 p.m.

The airport is situated 35 km (22 miles) from the city, about 40 minutes in a taxi. A taxi to the centre cost approximately $45 USD and can be arranged from the official counter inside the Arrivals area.

There is also a bus company that will take you to the hotel of your choice in the centre of Buenos Aires. Manuel Tienda Leon is the most well known, and costs about $13 USD (80 ARS). Their counter is at the customs exit.

Our tour does not include airfare, 8 dinners and 6 lunches. You are responsible for alcoholic beverages (except when included in STI events), incidentals such as laundry and phone calls, plus gratuities to our local travel director. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your local tour leader did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline, we recommend $40 USD per person for this tour.

It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $5-10 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask our local tour director for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.

We suggest you bring along USD150-200 for additional sightseeing and optional tours.

 

All members are required to travel with a valid Passport that does not expire prior to April 22, 2019 (6 months after return home).

If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or US guests may visit their website.

We recommend that you also make copies of your passport and driver’s license, in case of loss, and carry them with you on your trip separate from your original documents.

VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR ARGENTINA
U.S. citizens carrying a tourist passport and in possession of an onward or return airline ticket do not require a visa to enter Argentina.

Canadian citizens must purchase a reciprocity tax in advance.

ARGENTINA’S “RECIPROCITY FEE”:
Effective January 7, 2013 all Canadian citizens are required to pay a reciprocity tax in order to enter Argentina.  The fee is 78 USD and is valid for multiple entries until one month prior to the expiry of your passport. This reciprocity tax must be paid in advance online with a credit card.  Cash at the border or airport is not accepted. Click the following links to learn how and access the online payment form.

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VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR BRAZIL
If you plan to add our Iguassu Falls Package and wish to visit both sides of the falls which will no doubt be the highlight of your trip, you will need a Brazilian Visa. Please allow up to 60 days for approval and return of your passport.

To apply for a Brazilian Visa ($160 USD) Follow this link to make your visa application with our preferred visa provider.

Step 1: Fill in your country, state, country you are visiting and purpose of visa (Tourist). Click to see example.

Step 2: Start Order – Click to see example.

Hover over any of the boxes on the page to see more info about what you need to apply for the visa. Click to see example.

For general information and a checklist of requirements, follow this link.

You will also need the following information.

OCTOBER 22: The group will meet up and be staying at the Hotel Dazzler San Telmo (Address: Piedras 303, Esquina Moreno, Buenos Aires, Argentina).

OCTOBER 22: The group will be traveling on Aerolineas Argentinas to Iguassu.   Flight details to be advised.

The group will be staying at the HOTEL DELRAY (Address: R. Tarobá, 1020 – Centro, Foz do Iguaçu – PR, 85851-220).

OCTOBER 24: The group will be traveling over to Brazil with the local agency, name to be advised.  They will be traveling over in a private bus, and visiting the Brazilian side of the Falls. They will also visit the local bird park before returning to Argentina on the same day. The estimated maximum time frame of the tour on October 24 is 6-8 hours.

The group will be returning back to Buenos Areas, Argentina on the same day.

If you have any difficulty, simply call CIBT and mention Singles Travel International account 44791 in order to get our discounted application rate of $84 (plus $160 payable to the Brazilian government for the Visa) for standard delivery. Allow up to 21 business days for your visa once the application is complete.

We strongly recommend that you use a professional visa service such as CIBT because they will identify any lacking information or errors on your application before submitting to the embassy, which assures that your visa is processed on time.

If you choose to make your own application for $160 USD, contact the Brazilian embassy nearest to you.

We use comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character in a centrally located area whenever possible.

See the Itinerary section for direct links to each hotel.

 

 

It’s springtime in the southern hemisphere! Expect daytime to rise as the month progresses. In Buenos Aires, daily highs increasing from 66°F to 72°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 80°F or dropping below 59°F. Perfect weather for touring.

Mendoza will be slightly warmer and Bariloche a bit cooler.

Precipitation and humidity are very low.

Currently, most airlines will allow you to check 1 bag, weighing 50 pounds each, for a fee. However, our internal flights on Aerolineas Argentina have a max weight limit of 15kg (33lbs).  For every extra kilo the airline will charge $10 per kg at the time of check-in. Members are responsible for any excess luggage charges.

Our program is very laid back and you will be in outdoor wear most of the time.  With cooler weather, you’ll be able to wear tops and jeans more than one time.

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

 

 

 

Bring along fall/winter clothing in layers. Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots are a must.

 

Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.

Cold Weather:
• Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
• Scarf
• Warm gloves
• Warm hat
• Warm layers

Documents:
• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (With photocopies)
• Passport (required) (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)

Essentials:
• Binoculars (optional)
• Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
• Cash, credit and debit cards
• Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
• Ear plugs
• Electrical Adapter/Converter for South America
• First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
• Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
• Fleece top/sweater
• Footwear
• Hat
• Locks for bags
• Long pants/jeans
• Moneybelt
• Outlet adapter
• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
• Photography Equipment: Bring a sufficient supply of film and extra batteries.
• Reusable water bottle
• Shirts/t-shirts
• Sleepwear
• Small travel towel
• Sunglasses
• Sunscreen (we are closer to the Equator
• Small, Swiss Army type utility knife. Remember to pack this in your checked luggage!
• Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
• Travel journal/notepad
• Watch and alarm clock
• Waterproof backpack cover
• Windproof rain jacket

Trekking:
• Gloves
• Hat
• Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes
• Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended)
• Snacks (Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies, energy sweets.)
• Socks (Trekking socks (woollen or synthetic, not cotton).)
• Thermal base layer (Woollen or synthetic, not cotton.)
• Walking poles (Highly recommended)

 

The currency used in Argentina is the Argentine Peso (ARS). Save $5 on your first order when you purchase Pesos in advance with Travelex

A combination of Credit cards and debit cards and some cash is the ideal mix.

Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances. Visa cards are the most widely accepted cards. While ATMs are widely available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Latin America. Check with your bank.

You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% usually applies.

Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money, a combination of US dollar cash and cards is best. Please bear in mind that cost of living in the southern cone countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile) is much higher than the rest of South America, and in the case of Argentina, more comparable with Europe. Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.

We do not recommend bringing travellers cheques as they are very difficult to change in country.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE TIP: Please be advised that slightly torn notes, notes that have been heavily marked or are faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than 100USD (or equivalent).

As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com

Travel Insurance is available through Travel Guard and in addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation. If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere. In addition, we suggest that you have a physical check-up before your trip, and discuss the type of trip in which you are participating with your physician. Explain that you will be participating in high energy and high altitude activities.

You and your physician may access much more, very detailed health information for travelers (including tips on staying healthy while traveling).

Two excellent websites outlining the major precautions for Thailand are: CDC, click here or call toll-free 24-hours at 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) and Who International which are the official sites for the centers of disease control prevention and the World health organization respectively.

 

Your Final Vacation Details & Meetup Info Documents will be available here on FAQ (question #1), 14 days prior to departure and will include phone contact numbers for each hotel listed in your daily itinerary. We suggest you leave a copy of this with your family.

Check with your mobile phone provider. You will likely be able to establish a data, text and phone plan and we recommend that you check before departure.

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.

 

All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.

On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing US Customs on their official website, click here to learn more.

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