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WRC Argentina April 21st April ~ 28th April When we think of Argentina, what are our first thoughts that spring to mind Football , the infamous Maradona, (last year Maradona made an appearance at the Service Park) music, the sultry tango, juicy steaks, stunning natural wonders, rallying, very passionate people who love their sport and their culture, then there is the facts that you may not have known.
Comprising almost the entire southern half of South America, Argentina is the world's eighth largest country, covering an area of 2.8 million square km. Argentina possesses some of the world's tallest mountains, expansive deserts, and impressive waterfalls, with the diversity of the land ranging from wild, remote areas in southern Patagonia to the bustling metropolis of Buenos Aires in the north.
The WRC Argentina wont be back to Argentina till 2011 so this tour gives you a great opportunity to experience some of Argentina’s people, their passion for rallying and tango, to embrace all that is Argentina.
We have complied a very exciting ‘Rally’ programme, with two options to stay on and see more of Argentina.. Read on…...
Tuesday 21 April
Arrival in Buenos Aires Ezieza International Airport, then continue with a short flight to Cordoba International Airport, where you will be greeted by our Argentine agent Mario and his team. A short transfer to your accommodation, at Villa Carlos Paz where you will stay for the next six nights. Dinner will be at your own arrangements, the evening will be your opportunity to enjoy the hotel, the pool (outdoor and a heated indoor pool). and admire the views.
Wednesday April 22
Today is the sightseeing tour of Villa Carlos Paz. Up into the hills to view the lake and appreciate the beautiful views.
Afternoon is free time to enjoy the hotel surrounds and the service park. Lunch is own arrangements.
The evening will be a group dinner at the hotel with good Argentine wine. This is the welcome to ‘Argentina’, especially to the Cordoba province. It will be here that you will receive information about the ‘Rally’ and the following days activities
Thursday April 23
Today we head to the ‘Shakedown’, which will start with the priority 1 and 2 cars. Then to Villa Carlos Paz, to the service park and see the teams at work.
The afternoon, will start with ‘asado’ (Argentine BBQ) lunch, and take in the sights and shopping. Afterwards we will return to Cordoba Stadium to view the official start of Rally Argentina 2009 and the start of SSS 1.
This will be something to remember!! Dinner at own arrangements.
Friday April 24
The first day of the rally takes place in around the mountain ranges of the Punilla Valley on very rugged rally roads. We share the great viewing spots with the locals, some have been camped here for days, waiting in anticipation. Today will view at least two different stages, including a Super Special stage. The return back to the hotel will be at dinner time. Dinner will be at
your own arrangements, there are some great local restaurants close to the hotel or in the town.
Saturday April 25
Today the rally takes place in and around the big mountain ranges at the Traslasierra Valley, through narrow bridges, winding roads, more than 2000 meters above sea level and into beautiful landscapes. We will do two stages, one of them is the most iconic and maybe the best one of the stages of Rally Argentina, between El Condor and Copina. The second one, will be at even higher altitude. Today will be a group dinner which will take place at the hotel, including good Argentine wine.
Sunday 26 April
Today the rally takes place in and around the nearer Punilla Valley and we plan to view at least one stage. Back to view the Ceremonial finish, ramp and podium. Tonight is the farewell dinner, followed by a musical show. After dinner a must, is the “Zebra” night club where the rally teams are celebrating the end of Rally Argentina.
Monday 27 April
Live our Tango……Today we leave Cordoba and head to Buenos Aires. As we return to Buenos Aires here you can stay one more night and head home on 28th April or take advantage of the two exciting extensions we have on offer.. to the north to the incredible Iguazu falls or south to stunning area of El Calafate … read on
Buenos Aires…you will be transferred to your hotel. Today’s activities will start with
lunch. After lunch we continue the city tour of Buenos Aires.
Tonight we go Esquina Carlos Gardel , ‘to live the tango’ An excellent
dinner menu with beverages included. Followed by the ‘tango show’.
Tuesday 28th April
After breakfast and checkout we will visiting a typical estancia (Argentine Ranch). We will savours some empanadas and enjoy a BBQ accompanied by exquisite Argentine wines. You will enjoy live folk music and a demonstration of the ‘gauchos’ skills, an opportunity to have rides on horseback. A day to be remembered. Back to hotel to collect your luggage and transfer to airport for your flight back home.
Included in the entire programme:
Included in the ‘Rally’ programme
6 nights of lodging at Villa Carlos Paz, with breakfast
Tour of Villa Carlos Paz and surroundings on the Wednesday
Greg Paul from Rally Tours NZ Ltd will be your Tour Leader
Welcome dinner with beverages on Wednesday
BBQ lunch with beverages on Thursday
City tour of Cordoba city
Boxed lunches with beverages during the three days of rally
Group dinner with beverages on Saturday
Farewell dinner with beverages, followed by a show at the hotel
on Sunday night
Entrance tickets to rally stages
1 nights of lodging with breakfast
City tour of Buenos Aires
Day tour to Estancia which includes lunch, with beverages
Dinner with beverages and tango show
Transfer to airport
COST NZ$5990 inc flights ex Auckland
IGUAZU FALLS EXTENSION
Monday 27th April
Live the incredible Iguazu falls
Today we transfer from Cordoba airport to Iguazu falls. You will be
Transferred to your lodgings on the Brazilian side of the Iguazu falls. The day will be free time to relax and enjoy the facilities. Dinner will be at your own arrangements.
Tuesday 28th April
After breakfast, we will tour to view the Brazilian side of the Iguazu falls. Then we will continue to view the Itaipu dam, which is a shared hydroelectric central between Paraguay and Brazil. The word Itipu means “the rock that sings’ in Guarani language. It is considered one of the biggest human constructions that benefit an important region of the South of Brazil and Paraguay. It generates 12,600.00 Kwh, and has 18 units with a nominal power of 700.000 Kwh each.
Finally we will go to do ‘duty free shopping’, allowing you to get your gifts from tax free merchandise from all over the world. Tonight dinner with beverages followed by a show, will be at the El Quincho del Tio Querido.
Wednesday 29th April
After breakfast we will view the falls on the Argentine side. Here we will get into boats and face the falls, go down the river, into the jungle in 4WD’s. Stop for a buffet lunch, with non alcoholic beverages. Continue on the tour return to the hotel, tonight dinner will be at your own arrangements
Thursday 30 April
After breakfast and check out, you will be transferred to the Iguazu airport and flight back to Buenos Aires. After your arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Lunch will be at ‘Broccolino’ (non alcoholic beverages will be available). The afternoon will be city tour of Buenos Aires. There will be free time till 8.00pm, you will be collected and tonight ‘we live the tango’, an excellent dinner menu, and beverages are included.
Friday 1st May Estancia
Once breakfast and check out has been completed, we will be visiting a typical ‘estancia’ (Argentine ranch). Here you will savor some empanadas and enjoy a BBQ accompanied by exquisite Argentine wine. You will also listen to live folk music and a demonstration of the ‘gauchos’ skills, maybe you would like to take the opportunity to do some horseback riding. This is a day to remember.
We will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
Included in the Iguazu extension
3 nights of lodgings with breakfast
Tours of the Iguazu falls
Tour of the Itaipu dam
Duty free shopping
City tour of Buenos Aires
Buffet lunch with beverages (no alcohol)
Entrance tickets to Argentina and Iguazu National Parks
Hotel service tax
Dinner with beverages and Tango show
Estancia visit, which includes lunch Transfer to airport
COST NZ $1750 (includes flights)
EL CALAFATE EXTENSION
Monday 27th April
to El Calafate
Transfer from Cordoba to Buenos Aires to El Calafate to your hotel Shehuen Hotel
Tuesday 28th April El Calafate
Enjoy your full day tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier. Depart by bus along a beautiful route along the Brazo Rico Coast of
Lake Argentino to the Canal De Los Tempanos and the imposing Perito Moreno Glacier. Take a short walk of the area to experience the movement of the surrounding glaciers and listen to the enormous pieces of ice that break away and fall with a thunderous noise into the lake every now and then. Over night a the Sierra Nevada Hotel
Wednesday 29th April to Punta Arenas
After breakfast, taxi to the bus station for the 5 hours scenic road transfer to Puerto Natales. You cross over to Chile, so don’t forget your passport. Staying at Hotel Saltos del Paine for 3 nights.
Thursday 30 April Serrano & Balmaceda Glaciers
Today take a full day to Serrano & Balmaceda Glaciers. Travel by boat via the Ultima Esperanza Sound, flanked by rugged
mountains, sea lions and cormorants (birds) resting in the rocks. Watching the ice drifting nearby is quite amazing.
Friday 1st May Torres del Paine National Park
Another full day excursion into Torres del Paine National Park, where you will have the impressive sight of three imposing
granite ‘torres’ (towers) which together reach over 3000m
Saturday 2nd May
After breakfast return to El Calafate airport for your onward flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer to your lodgings, here you
will have free time till 8.00pm. You will be collected to, live our Tango….. An excellent dinner with beverages then a tango show to follow, at Esquina Carlos Gardel
Sunday 3rd May
Will be free time till we go to ‘Broccolino’ for lunch ( with non alcoholic beverage), then a ‘city tour’. Back to the hotel, to collect your luggage, and transfer to airport for your flight home.
Included in the El Calafate extension
Accommodation, sightseeing & meals per itinerary, transportation,
national park fees
1 night in Buenos Aires, with breakfast
Dinner and Tango show
City tour of Buenos Aires, and transfer to airport
NOTE: Transfers & tours are on a regular bus services with an English speaking guide on the El Calafate extension.
COST NZ$2750 includes flights
Comments from one of our Clients from 2008
On the Rally
Even though the weather could have been kinder to us as true rally enthusiasts we took this in our stride and the experience of attending this rally was well worth the effort of getting there. The organisation was faultless and our rally guides were warm, welcoming and very helpful. Food and drink were very cheap but very good and we enjoyed overcoming the language barrier. Overall a rally experience not to be missed.
On El Calafate
The staff were friendly, the tour was planned very well, and visited the most fantastic scenic areas. Perito Moreno Glacier, it was spectacular and incorporated a boat cruise as well as walk down towards the face. The food & drinks were fantastic and very good value. We also got to see a wide variety of wildlife and landscapes.