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Cruising South America’s East Coast

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Eiva hosted. Cruise South America’s East Coast

From Buenos Aires to Rio De Janiero

March 3 – 14, 2017.

 

Highlights of Buenos Aires to Rio De Janeiro with Crystal Cruises

  • Sizzle with South American beat of Tangos and Sambas on this ballroom dance cruise with Crystal Cruises.
  • Improve your ballroom dance moves with our award-winning professional dance teachers.
  • Discover South America’s Eastern Coastline including exciting Buenos Aires, colonial Montevideo, the splendid beaches of Buzios, Brazil, and the vibrant Rio De Janiero.
  • Ballroom dance with us on Crystal Cruises and meet our award-winning and intentionally acclaimed dance professionals.
  • Enjoy nightly dancing to live music, nightly shows, daily group dance lessons hosted by our Evia dance professionals, cocktail parties, and more.
  • Complimentary select fine wines, champagne and premium spirits.
  • Complimentary gratuities for all dining, bar, housekeeping and Penthouse butler staff.
  • Complimentary enrichment via the innovative Creative Learning Institute® and Computer University@Sea® with classes in diverse topics such as world affairs, wellness, art, wine appreciation, digital photography and iPad filmmaking, fitness and Wellness at Sea® programs with classes in yoga, mat Pilates, Spinning®, and so much more!
  • Our cruise fare represents savings of 60% off regular cruise fare prices. Ask about our special event discounts only available though Evia       LET’S TALK

Buenos Aires – Rio De Janeiro: Ballroom dance on Crystal cruises

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Buenos Aires – Rio De Janiero: Ballroom Dance on Crystal Cruises

March 3 – 14, 2017

Highlights of Buenos Aires to Rio De Janeiro with Crystal Cruises

  • Sizzle with South American beat of Tangos in Buenos Ares to Rio de Janerio’s Sambas on this ballroom dance cruise with Crystal Cruises.
  • Improve your ballroom dance moves with our award-winning professional dance teachers.
  • Discover South America’s Eastern Coastline including exciting Buenos Aires, colonial Montevideo, the splendid beaches of Buzios, Brazil, and the vibrant Rio De Janeiro.
  • Ballroom dance with us on Crystal Cruises and meet our award-winning and intentionally acclaimed dance professionals.
  • Enjoy nightly dancing to live music, nightly shows, daily group dance lessons hosted by our Evia dance professionals, cocktail parties, and more.
  • Complimentary select fine wines, champagne and premium spirits.
  • Complimentary gratuities for all dining, bar, housekeeping and Penthouse butler staff.  LET’S TALK

Tango, Argentina’s Passion Dance

Tango Dance on the City Street

Experience real tango in Buenos Aires

By Eva Stelzer

Five things you need to know about Argentinean Tango. It is a must to round out any Buenos Aires experience. Tango is passion, the music is haunting, there is tango for show and then there is the real tango, and lastly, tango is pure entertainment.

Tango is an essential part of any Buenos Aires experience
It is commonly held that tango was born in the brothels of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It’s more likely tango started elsewhere, but the brothels of the port area of La Boca is where people of the upper and middle classes first encountered it. Brothels were major places of entertainment for the working classes. Due to a shortage of women in the early days of Buenos Aires, prostitution became a thriving industry, with long queues forming as men waited for the women to become available. Visit the ever-colourful houses of La Boca for a glimpse back into history, where tango dancers perform on the streets outside the buildings, maintained as a memory to this port city’s past.

Journey to the bottom of the earth

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Hiking in Southern Patagonia

The moment my husband and I arrive in El Calafate, an oasis town in Southern Patagonia’s desert, we know that our decision to travel to Argentina’s outback wilderness was right. It is exotic and exciting. Birds dig their webbed feet into the sand to keep from being blown away. Clouds swirl past the snow-capped Andean peaks. We came to explore remote hiking trails, gawk at wind-hewn icebergs, and walk on Perito Moreno—one of the southern hemisphere’s few advancing glaciers.

“That’s Cristina’s place,” announces our driver. He points to sprawling bungalows and an enormous villa. They are surprisingly lavish in this frontier town of slapdash clapboard buildings with corrugated metal roofs.

“Who’s she?” I ask, sounding quite ignorant, I later realize.

“The President. She vacations here. Owns the hotel.” Los Sauces belongs to Argentina’s first elected female leader, the glamorous and tough Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. I hadn’t realized that our accommodations and her private home would be so close together, sharing an elegant décor of British hunting lodge-meets-hearty ranch. The property originally belonged to her late husband and political predecessor, Néstor. The goal to transform the remote location into a premier travel destination is ongoing. Progressing from a one-runway airport to a four-terminal stop opened in 2012, all signs point to their success.

Patagonian supper After checking in, we bundle up for the trek to the hotel bar. Sand hits our faces like shards of glass. There’s an eerie quiet. We are aware of thethings that are missing more than what is there: an absence of city lights and neon signs leaves us in unfamiliar darkness. Because we are traveling off-season, the staff has time to chat while plying us with drinks. Chef Carlos whips up a parilla that includes a lamb chop the size of a rib steak and a steak resembling an entire side of cow. Excited by my limited Spanish, he rambles on about the region’s world-class cattle culture. In Argentina, animals roam great expanses of open land, chewing thick grasses and grey-leaved desert thorns. It takes six years—compared to one year in North America—to bring the meat to market. We savour the results—a reduced-fat beef with melt-in-the mouth tenderness.

Unforgettable Locations: the Perito Moreno Glacier

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As one of the most accessible ice fields in the world, the Perito Moreno glacier attracts thousands of tourists to Argentina every year to take in its rigid, icy peaks and the boisterous roars of falling ice bergs. This spectacular feat of nature, a sprawling wall of vivid blue ice, runs through the southern region of Los Glaciares National Park. Perito Moreno is an active glacier, moving up to two metres a day, sending massive pieces of ice into neighbouring Argentino Lake. When visiting the region, Perito Moreno should be at the very top of your to-do list.

The glacier is located approximately 80km from the town of El Calafate, a favourite among tourists. The town is easily accessible from El Calafete International Airport with regular service from major cities in Argentina and Chile. Once in El Calafete, travellers can conveniently take buses to the glacier, other areas of Los Glaciares National Park and surrounding tourist destinations.

TANGO IN BUENOS AIRES ARGENTINA

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 TANGO IN BUENOS AIRES ARGENTINA: 5 REASONS TO TANGO IN BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

  1. Tango is an essential part of any Buenos Aires experience.

It is commonly held that Tango was born in the brothels of Buenos Aires, Argentina It’s more likely tango started elsewhere but that the brothels of the port area of La Boca is were where people of the upper and middle classes first encountered it. Brothels were major places of entertainment for the working classes. Due to a shortage of women in the early days of the history of Buenos Aires, prostitution became a thriving industry, with long queues forming as men waited for the women to become available. Visit the ever colorful houses of La Boca for a glimpse back into history where tango dancers perform on the streets outside of colorful buildings, maintained as a memory to the this port cities past.

  1. Tango is passion.

Top Five Things To Do in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Skyline, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Where to start in the bustling, busy, colorful city of Buenos Aires? In no particular order, here are our top five things to see and do in this amazing city.

Plaza de Mayo
Numerous gatherings and political protests have taken place since the Plaza de Mayo was first built in the 16th century. The Presidential Palace, or the Casa Rosada, stands at the eastern end. Many important Argentinean politicians have addressed the country from the palace balcony. The Piramide de Mayo, a white obelisk built in 1811, rises in the Plaza’s center marking the first anniversary of Argentina’s independence from Spain. If you happen to visit on a Thursday at 3:30 p.m., you’ll see the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo (mothers of the disappeared) marching for the loss of loved ones during the Dirty War.

Buenos Aires

Congress Square downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina

Half Day and Full Day Tours Available

Buenos Aires is an amazing international city that can be visited on its own for a few days, in combination with travel to other parts of Argentina, or as place to spend a week or two as one would in Paris, London, or New York. With a rich tango culture, opera culture, exceptional museums, exquisite architecture,superb gastronomy, and an outdoor cafe life, Buenos Aires is a city of great intrigue and elegance.

Consult our concierge service to plan your Buenos Aires adventure. Read from our list of highlights to be enjoyed. We recommend between 3 and 4 nights in Buenos Aires, more if you really like to get a sense of place or if you plan to try some tango. Our half day and full day tours are available year-round.

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Wine, Wheels, and Words

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You can usually find me writing or leading some walking holiday in Italy. I took a detour so that my husband, a self-proclaimed oenophile, could discover the wines of Mendoza. I searched for a holiday that combined his love of wine with my passion for bike riding in the countryside. Trying to find one to merge our two and very unrelated loves could have been a challenge. Thanks to Duvine, it was as easy as signing the application form and writing a check.