Tour description

On this 16-day tour from Santiago to Buenos Aires we will explore the rich cultural heritage of Chile and Argentina while sampling some of the best food and wine in the world. Due to turbulent politics, economic ups-and-downs, and geographical isolation, these two countries have remained off the mainstream travel path, their charms known only to the adventurous traveller. During our pre-travel classroom sessions we will focus on the theme of human rights through the analysis of literature, music and film.

We begin our journey by visiting the three unique homes of the Nobel Prize winning poet Pablo Neruda   and by touring some of the outstanding wineries in Chile’s Central Valley region. From Santiago we’ll fly to Argentina’s premier wine-producing region, Mendoza, home of the renowned Malbec. On a day excursion we will view the Puente del Inca, a unique geological formation and thermal hot spring located 2720 metres above sea level, and the impressive Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas, and visit some small villages amongst the dramatic backdrop of the Andes mountains.

From Mendoza we travel to the cosmopolitan capital Buenos Aires, where we will attend a tango show and learn about the murky and scandalous history of Argentina’s most internationally recognized form of music and dance.  From the city we will make two one-day excursions, one to visit the islands of the River Plate delta by boat from Tigre, and another into the heart of the pampas, San Antonio de Areco, home of the legendary gaucho (cowboy).  We end our tour here with a traditional asado (barbecue) at one of Argentina’s great estates.

Tour Activity Level: Mild to Moderate

Participants should be in good health and be able to endure some longer touring days. The itinerary includes walking tours and some stairs.

Academic Resource

Instructor Christine ForsterChristine Forster first came to the University of Victoria as a Visiting Sessional Lecturer in 1998 and has been teaching Spanish language and Latin American culture courses in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies ever since. Christine spent her last year of her secondary education at a public school in the Province of Buenos Aires, and after returning to Canada, completed a Graduate Studies program in Contemporary Latin American Literature and Music. She now spends her free time hosting a Latin music radio show, and singing with a local group of Latin American musicians. Christine was the academic resource for Continuing Studies’ 2008 and 2016 tours to Cuba.

Pre-tour sessions

Your six pre-tour classroom sessions will be held on Thursdays, March 29 to May 3, from 7 to 9 pm.

Please note: should you be unable to attend any or all of the pre-tour sessions, we will do our best to send you information discussed and distributed at these classes in a timely manner. It is not possible to offer a reduction of the tour cost for missed classes.

Travel itinerary

(subject to change and rearrangement)

Meals included: B = breakfast L = lunch D = dinner

Fees and registration

*Early bird registration: Pay your deposit by Dec. 15, 2017 and receive a $200 reduction on your balance of payment.

Tour dates May 8 – 23, 2018
Total tour cost (based on double occupancy)$7,865.00
Early bird cost*$7,665.00
Single supplement$1,145.00

INCLUDED IN YOUR TOUR: • Return airfare and land transportation • Accommodation • Many meals, as indicated in tour itinerary • Admissions and excursions • Baggage handling at hotels, where available

To ensure a place on this tour a nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required with the registration form by Jan. 26, 2018 (provided space is still available). The balance of payment is due on Feb. 2, 2018.


Please contact Janet McDonald at 250-721-8827 or for further information or to place your deposit.


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