Discover the beguiling ways of this rich city
After disembarking your expedition aboard National Geographic Endurance take time to explore one of the world’s most intriguing cities. See its famous architecture, explore the most interesting neighborhoods, visit top museums, and take in a tango performance on an extension curated to provide the very best that Buenos Aires has to offer.
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Today we disembark our ship in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for our charter flight to Buenos Aires. We check in to our hotel, the Alvear Icon, which is included in the voyage expedition, prior to starting our extension tomorrow. This evening is at leisure. (B,L)
We begin our guided explorations this morning in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata. We visit the brightly painted bohemian community of La Boca, with shops, street art and galleries, and continue to San Telmo, whose exceptional market and antique stores paint an intriguing portrait of the city. Finally, we visit the Plaza de Mayo at the city’s heart, seeing the presidential palace (called the Casa Rosada), with its famous balcony forever associated with Eva Perón. (B,L)
This morning, we’ll have a guided visit to the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires’s grand opera house, opened in 1908. Its ornate décor has been magnificently restored, and the building retains the splendor in which greats such as Enrico Caruso, Lily Pons, and Luciano Pavarotti performed. We continue to the Puerto Madero area, where old warehouses and other buildings have been refurbished, creating a stylish waterfront area of shops and restaurants. We’ll have lunch here, then visit the MALBA Museum, with a first-rate collection of Argentinean and Latin American art. This evening, we venture out to a local restaurant for dinner, and then see a performance of traditional and modern tango dance and song in a restored colonial building that has hosted tango performances for decades. (B,L,D)
In the morning we drive out of town to the province of Tigre, where the Paraná and Uruguay Rivers combine to form a vast delta that is slowly advancing in the direction of Buenos Aires. The exceptional Delta Terra project protects some of the delta’s natural habitat and wildlife, and we’ll have the chance to walk trails that have been established here, in search of birdlife and other fauna and flora of this unique environment. After lunch we drive back to Buenos Aires to the Evita Museum, which has exhibits on Eva Perón’s riveting story and the role she played. We continue to renowned La Recoleta Cemetery, where for generations Argentina’s elite (including Eva Perón) have been buried in the most elaborate mausoleums, in a variety of architectural styles with ornate statuary and elaborate ornamentation. Later, we transfer to the airport for overnight flights home. (B,L)
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