• Purpose: New Years Celebration  
  • Stops Along the Way: Buenos Aires, Colonia, Iguazu Falls, Mendoza, Uco Valley
  • Description: Argentinian wine trip
  • Group Profile: Couple 
  • Activity Level: Low to Moderate 
  • Resources: Argentina Planning Quick Facts & Itinerary Planning Template
  • Stories: Argentine Asado on New Year’s Eve
  • Itinerary Developed by: Village & Vine Travel 
  • Note: As you will read in my Observations I did very little to no research and planning for this trip.  On reflection I deeply regret that we did not fly from Mendoza to Chile (just over the Andes Mountains) to tour the vineyards outside of Santiago.  Two to three additional days added onto this itinerary would have allowed us to experience the food and wine of Chile.  This was a mistake as it is unlikely that we will get back to South America. 

11-Day Itinerary: Argentina & Uruguay

Date of Trip: December 25 – January 5, 2015 Rectaingular Img
Day Stops Itinerary Observations
1

N/A

Travel day

2

Buenos Aires

Arrive Buenos Aires
Airport transfer pick up at airport
Check-in Melia Recoleta Plaza, Posadas 1557

Melia was centrally located and the staff were very friendly.

3

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires group guided tour

We made arrangements at the hotel for this group tour.

4

Colonia, Uruguay

Take the Buquebus High Speed Boat to Colonia, Uruguay

The historic quarter of Colonia del Sacramento, founded in 1680, evokes old Lisbon with its Portuguese-influenced architecture and winding streets. The area, located in southwestern Uruguay on the Rio de la Plata, was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995. Major sights include Iglesia Matriz, the country’s oldest church, the Municipal Museum and a 17th-century port jutting into the river.
Lunch at Charco Bistro in Charco Hotel on the Bay – lovely views from our table on the terrace.

Recommended by the hotel. I’m so glad that we did this day trip to Uruguay. Colonia is a lovely village with beautiful architecture and cobblestone streets.

Lunch at Charco was memorable for both food and view.

5

Iguazu Falls

Depart Buenos Aires (BA) on Aerolíneas Argentinas for Iguazu Falls
Tour Iguazu Falls
Return flight to Buenos Aires

While this was a long day it was worth it! We booked this flight after arriving in BA.

6

Mendoza
Chacras de Coria

Checkout Melia Recoleta Plaza
Depart Buenos Aires con Aerolineas Argentinas
Arrive Mendoza
Hotel pick up at airport at Customs Gate with sign
Check-in Casa Glebinias

I booked this flight prior to leaving the US

7

Chacras de Coria

8:30-12:30AM New Years Eve Argentine Asado hosted by the owners of Casa Glebinias

Beautiful way to celebrate the new year.

8

Chacras de Coria

New Years Day – Wineries and other places closed
Watched football in our casita and relaxed around the pool (summer in Argentina).

I failed to factor in closures due to the new year’s holiday.

9

Barrancas

Tour of the vineyards at Finca Agostino Winery prior to joining a cooking class where we learned to make empanadas
Dinner at Brindillas

Prior to arrival Casa Glebinias made the arrangements for our wine tour and cooking class.

10

Tupungato

Uco Valley Winery Tour including: Andeluna, Salentein, and La Azul (with lunch)
Dinner at 1884

11

Travel Day

Depart Mendoza
Arrive Buenos Aires
Transfer to international Airport
Depart Buenos Aires
Arrive back into the US

Relatively easy connections to the international airport – we had allowed sufficient time.

Mary Beth I have a passion for creating and experiencing unforgettable moments and sharing those with others. I hope that this story has helped you experience one of those moments.

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