Day 01: Depart for Argentina
Depart today and make your way to Argentina (gateway city set out of Miami). The stunning beauty and friendly people alone are worth a visit! Elegant, old-worldly, with a touch of Paris here and of London there, a dash of New York cosmopolitanism and Italian exuberance here, the city nevertheless has a lot of Latin America in it as well. And some things that are uniquely Argentine, such as its tango bars and overflowing kiosks. Here, everything is grand, on a scale fit for kings. Buenos Aires never fails to impress.​

Day 02: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Arrive early this morning in Buenos Aires. The group will be met at the airport by your national guide and will be transferred via private motor coach to the group hotel where early check-in has been confirmed for your convenience.

Located in the heart of the traditional Recoleta neighborhood, Palladio Hotel M Gallery by Sofitel offers a unique and exclusive experience. Close to the business districts and the city's main tourist attractions. The hotel has a heated pool and spa, fitness center, meeting rooms as well as a fashionable bar and restaurant. Guest rooms have free Wi-Fi, tea and express machines, personal safe, minibar, iron, hairdryer, shower & tub combo, AC, plus other amenities for a very comfortable stay.

After some time to check in, meet with your national guide for an orientation and welcome briefing. All travelers will gather to receive further information on the program. Discuss the political and cultural diversity of Argentina.

Lunch will be provided at the hotel this afternoon.

Enjoy an afternoon sightseeing excursion to explore some of the most recognizable landmarks during a four-hour sightseeing tour with your guide. Find out about the history and culture of Buenos Aires, as you take in some of the city’s the most significant spots. Explore the highlights of magnificent Buenos Aires starting at one of the city’s most significant spots: Plaza de Mayo square. This is where the city was founded in 1580 and where the most important governmental buildings are located including Casa Rosada, Cabildo (City Hall) and Catedral Metropolitana. Walk down Defensa Street to reach San Telmo, one of the oldest areas of the city. This neighborhood maintains a great part of its architectonic patrimony intact: colonial-style houses, cobbled streets and a bustling collection of artists' studios, ethnic restaurants, antique shops and boutiques.

Walk through the oldest and narrowest streets of this protected colonial district, with its famous cobbled streets, to Plaza Dorrego. This is the heart of 19th-century Buenos Aires, plus this area is home to some fascinating antique shops. The next stop-off is the picturesque district of La Boca, home to Caminito. This block houses one of the few outdoor museums in the world, where artists exhibit works related to the influence of mainly Italian citizens who arrived at the end of the 19th century. Also stop by at the famous Bombonera Stadium, home to legendary football soccer giants Boca Juniors.

Before returning to your hotel, pass through Puerto Madero and see this regenerated area where red brick warehouses have been transformed into trendy restaurants and bars.

Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant like Aldo’s Winery.

​Overnight:  Palladio Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Professional Exchange - Buenos Aires

Begin the morning with a visit to a local mental health hospital such as Hospital Interdisciplinario Psicoasistencial José Tiburcio Borda (Borda Hospital). This public hospital was founded in 1863 and renamed in 1967 to honor the psychiatrist Dr. Jose Tiburcio Borda who joined the UBA Medical School faculty in 1891 and began working at Hospicio de las Mercedes shortly thereafter, staying on until his retirement in 1930.

Lunch for the professionals will be provided at a local restaurant this afternoon.

A meeting will be requested with a mental health representative from PAHO/WHO based in Buenos Aires to wrap up discussions around the Argentine mental health systems and provisions for care of its people.

Accompanying guestswill enjoy a Parrillas tour to visit several Argentine restaurants offering the most traditional cuisine. Most visitors to Buenos Aires only dine at the most touristy parrillas published in guidebooks and sadly miss out on some of the city’s most delicious gems. To experience and taste authentic Porteño flavours, join us on our Parrilla Tour, to discover hole-in-the wall restaurants where the locals go, learn about Argentina’s culture and traditions, and meet others during the relaxed and social tour. Enjoy a guided tour of several locations including a visit to one of the best artisanal “heladerias” (ice cream shops) in the city!

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense). Your national guide or the concierge will be happy to recommend local restaurants if you opt to dine outside the hotel.
Overnight:  The Palladio Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 04: Cultural Exploration, Buenos Aires
Escape the busy hustle and bustle of central Buenos Aires on this relaxing full-day getaway featuring fashionable riverside suburbs and a cruise along a sheltered waterway. Your private vehicle winds through the elegant suburbs of Olivos, San Isidro and San Fernando in route to Tigre passing gracious homes, weeping willows and open-air cafés. This tour traverses the porteños’ (Buenos Aires' residents) playground.

On arrival at the Paraná River, board a private motor launch and head out along the Delta’s waterways. An array of colorful sights awaits as your boat passes islands, turn-of-the-century homes, yacht clubs and a flotilla of water-crafts, including canoes and sailboats. Cruise past the Delta's most beautiful islands, adorned by many floral species before disembarking for lunch at Gato Blanco restaurant, and its distinctive cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere. After a provided lunch, sail back to Tigre and transfer back to your hotel for some time to relax.

The evening dinner will also include a professional Tango Show at the Gala Tango. A unique venue thanks to its architecture and décor that evokes the 1930s, this tango dinner show offers up an unforgettable experience. On arrival, a welcome drink and a short tango lesson to pick up a few steps ensure guests work up an appetite for dinner teamed with some fabulous Argentinian wines.
Overnight: The Palladio Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Professional Exchange & Cultural Exploration - Buenos Aires
Wrap up your professional program in Buenos Aires with a visit to a local university or outpatient clinic.

Accompanying guests will explore several areas of the south of the city, namely the historic and industrial barrios of La Boca and Barracas. These neighborhoods are steeped in art and history, and home to some of the most huge and spectacular murals in the city as well as recent urban art festivals and artistic projects. This route combines the historical framework that has shaped the different facets of the graffiti and urban art movement of Buenos Aires with large scale projects far off the beaten path. This tour takes an in-depth look at the effect of politics, economics and social change on Buenos Aires street art and activism. You’ll finish the tour with a greater understanding of how Buenos Aires’ history has influenced public expression.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

This afternoon the group will become familiar with some of the most recognizable landmarks in the northern area of Buenos Aires. Stop off in Palermo, a district with several faces such as classic Palermo Chico and contemporary Palermo Hollywood and Soho. Head towards Palermo Chico with its impressive townhouses, tree-lined boulevards and parks, then continue to Bosques de Palermo woods for the Japanese and Rose Gardens and their wonderful sculptures and lakes as well as the race track and polo grounds. Palermo Soho, meanwhile, fuses the flavor of a working-class neighborhood with contemporary twists. Finally, visit Recoleta neighborhood, home to many a mansion, which takes you back to Argentina’s grander days. The tour ends at Recoleta Cemetery, renowned for its rich architecture and sculptures.

Dinner is on your own this evening.
Overnight: The Palladio Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 06: Travel to Santiago, Chile
Check out of your hotel and head to Santiago de Chile today. Upon arrival, the group will head to the hotel for lunch with check-in at 3:00 pm.

Nestled in the historic Lastarria District, Cumbres Lastarria Boutique Hotel offers an intimate accommodation to unwind in the fashionable lobby bar or savor creative cuisine and marvelous city views from the eighth-floor restaurant. The hotel also features a fully-equipped gym and a seasonal outdoor pool. Guest rooms have free Wi-Fi, safe, AC, coffee machine, free local calls, mini bar and water plus blackout blinds.

After lunch and check-in, the rest of the afternoon is yours to relax and get settled.

Dinner will be provided at Castillo Forestal Restaurant this evening where French fare is on the menu at this spacious national heritage converted castle with a turret room and gorgeous terrace.
Overnight:Cumbres Lastarria (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 07: Professional Exchange - Santiago
Today you will meet with local mental health professionals for discussions focused on the complex nature of mental health issues in Chile. Meetings will be requested with representatives from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) and if permitted to visit a local hospital, public school, medical university or outpatient clinic providing mental health services.

Accompanying guestswill experience Chile's vibrant market district first hand. In the Market tour you'll get not only an introduction to the fresh, simple but wholesome typical fare that Chileans eat at home, but you'll get to sample it as well. We start in the Plaza de Armas and walk our way north through La Vega Chica, La Vega Central, Tirso de Molina and Mercado Central. This takes us through the lively bustle of the real working market that supplies much of the city with its fresh goods. A blend of colors, smells, and faces with just a bit of chaos.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon at the Mercado Central (Central Market) with a chance to take a stroll around the market downstairs, serving as the final resting place for much of Chile's fish population.

Dinner will be provided at Restaurant Casa Lastarria at the cultural heart of Santiago.
Overnight:  Cumbres Lastarria (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Coastal Exploration

​Explore two of the most important beachside cities on the central coast of Chile: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Be amazed by the colorful port city of Valparaiso, now a mix of port and university city. Famous for its stacked hills and winding stairs with incredible street art, this UNESCO World Heritage city takes you back in time yet has a modern, forward-looking feel. As you climb the winding stone stairs or head up in one of the famous funiculars, you'll enjoy incredible views of the bay and surrounding German-style homes. The city tour will show you the important places such as Plaza de la Victoria, the famous Turri Clock and the Naval Academy. A highlight of this tour is visiting the home of Chile's Nobel Prize-winning poet, Pablo Neruda.

Lunch will be provided prior to taking the funicular down and heading up the coast to Viña del Mar. In route stop at the prestigious Casas del Bosque wine estate for a wine tasting tour.

Drive back to Santiago early this evening where you will have the remainder of the evening to relax with dinner on your own arrangement.

Overnight:  Cumbres Lastarria (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 08: Cultural Exploration - Santiago
Explore the cultural highlights of Chile’s capital city. Their heritage comes to life through iconic city sights such as the Moneda Presidential Palace, designed by the Italian designer, Joaquin Toesca. The Plaza de Armas is the city's most famous square, surrounded by important and beautiful buildings such as the Cathedral and Central Post Office. One of the most important parts of the city is San Cristobal Hill. The hill is recognized as one of the largest urban parks, topped by a stunning 22 meter (72 foot) tall statue of the Virgin Mary.

At the end of your tour, visit the Pueblo de los Dominicos handicraft market, which resembles a colonial village. Discover all sorts here, from hand-knit sweaters to lapis lazuli, art and even pet animals - an excellent end to your comprehensive sightseeing tour of Santiago!

The tour also includes a visit to Sky Costanera! At a height of 300 meters, Sky Costanera has the most impressive 360° view of Santiago. We invite you to live a world-class experience, see the city through different eyes, and feel the world beneath your feet.

Lunch will be provided at Barrica 94, located at Patio Bellavista, before returning to the hotel for a free afternoon.

A farewell dinner is included at a local restaurant, such as La Mision, this evening.

Overnight:  Cumbres Lastarria (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Time to say goodbye
Breakfast will be provided today with the balance of the day at leisure. Hotel checkout is early this afternoon with luggage storage available.

Lunch is on your own before your late afternoon direct transfer to Santiago’s Arturo Merino Benitez Airport. Upon arrival at the airport, your guide is on-hand to assist with check-in formalities before your evening departure.

PLEASE NOTE: Arrival in Miami is scheduled for early the next morning (Tuesday, November 26). Flight times are subject to change.

Meals: Breakfast

Professional Participants - As this Nanda Journey is focused primarily on professional development, costs associated with your participation on the program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Consult with a tax professional to determine eligibility.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.

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Detailed Itinerary

Through professional site visits and discussions, learn more about the current state of mental health services and policies in Argentina & Chile. Meet with medical and mental health practitioners from a variety of settings such as local hospitals, schools and relevant medical societies. Learn about mental health policies, education and training as well as the establishment of ongoing communication and collaboration. Focus on the cultural beliefs and practices that affect the presentation and treatment of mental health problems; methods of medical education; investigate the complex nature of mental health issues they are facing as well as discuss opportunities to work together to improve mental health care. Buenos Aires, Argentina has an elegant, old-worldly feel, with a touch of Paris here and of London there, a dash of New York cosmopolitanism and Italian exuberance. Here, everything is grand, on a scale fit for kings. Buenos Aires is known for its European-style architecture and rich cultural life. Santiago de Chile is one of the most developed cities in South America, combining an urban environment that artfully unites classic and modern architecture. Your journey also includes a visit to two of the most important beachside cities on the central coast of Chile: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar.

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Argentina -Buenos Aires | Chile - Santiago, Valparaiso | 9 days | November 16-26, 2019 | $6,399

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Mental Health Journey to Argentina & Chile led by Dr. Tom Barrett

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Begin your exciting journey in Argentina with a visit to Patagonia. A visit to the southernmost regions of the continent will give
you the opportunity to explore the majestic glaciers and their magical, blue ice.​

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Day 1 & 2: NOVEMBER 12–13, 2019 - Fly to El Calafate
Depart from the US and arrive in Argentina the following morning (Nov 13). Continue onward to El Calafate Airport in southern Argentina (Patagonia). You will be met on arrival and transferred to your local hotel late this afternoon. This home base will be the perfect spot to explore Los Glaciares National Park.
Overnight:  Design Suites Hotel Calafate (or similar)
Meals: Dinner

Day 3: November 14 - Perito Moreno Glacier and Safari Nauticoe

​After breakfast, head out to explore the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the world’s few remaining advancing glaciers. It is currently grinding its way down the Cordillera directly into an arm of the enormous Lake Argentino. Upon arrival, stand at the promenade deck right across from Perito Moreno Glacier. Along the walkways there are seven “balconies” located at different heights and distances from the glacier. These are connected by trails that allow for hikes of different length and degree of difficulty. From the highest balcony, you will see a large section of the glacier—northern and southern facing. As you go down, you will find the second balcony, closer to the ice. This is the place where, on occasion, the ice dam is formed. The lower balcony, 700 meters above the parking lot, is the closest you will get to the glacier.

Later, navigate De Los Tempanos Canal of the Argentino Lake to admire Perito Moreno Glacier’s Northern Front. Departing from Moreno Port, located at the catwalks’ end, the boat trip lasts an hour. The Northern Front can be observed in a completely different perspective from the one in the catwalks. When close to the Glacier, the boat may sail its whole front, according to the allowed distances that guarantee participants’ safety. The aim is to admire the landscape and to enjoy both the silence and roar that announces the Glacier’s pieces fall, witnessing a natural phenomenon that leaves an unforgettable memory.

Lunch will be provided today with dinner on your own.
Overnight:  Design Suites Hotel Calafate (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: November 15 - Estancia Cristina Discovery
This morning you will be transferred to the small pier of Puerto Bandera, where you will board a modern and comfortable ship to navigate for about two hours along Lake Argentino. Sail among icebergs, watching the breath-taking views of the occidental front of the Upsala Glacier before arriving at the port of Estancia Cristina. A boxed lunch will be provided this afternoon.

The Upsala Glacier is one of the largest in Los Glaciares National Park. To sail through the Argentino Lake among icebergs and mountains and then visit Estancia Cristina is an interesting combination of nature, adventure, history, and pleasure. This full day program allows you to get in touch with a natural, unique, remote environment, with the culture and lifestyle of the pioneers and the interesting relationships with famous explorers of past centuries. Estancia Cristina was founded in 1914 by Joseph Percival Masters, an Englishman who came with his wife in 1900, after hearing marvels about the Patagonian lands of Southern Argentina and being in search of a promising future. After saving some money working in Rio Gallegos, they started their journey towards the west and with a small boat transported all their belongings, including cattle, toward a sheltered place in the southern  bank of the North Channel Square Bay. At first they lived in tents set near the lake with their few belongings but then the Estancia grew and had up to 22,000 hectares of land surrounded by glaciers, snow peaks and lakes of great natural beauty. Nowadays the staff of the Estancia keep alive the history of this family who, with the effort and endurance common to every old pioneer, left an everlasting mark in this unique region.

Later today enjoy a guided visit to the Costumbrista Museum, the old shearing shed, and ascend in all-terrain vehicles traveling 9.5 km through mountainous roads. Upon arrival at the continental ice shelter, there will be a 30-minute walk to visit the oriental front of Upsala Glacier, view Lake Guillermo, Southern Patagonian ice and Andes range. Return to the boat at 5.30 pm and arrive at Punta Bandera around 7:00 pm. Dinner is on your own tonight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight:  Design Suites Hotel Calafate (or similar)

DAY 5: NOVEMBER 16 - Fly to Buenos Aires
After breakfast, head to the local airport for your flight to Buenos Aires to check into your local hotel. Lunch and dinner are on your own today with the afternoon free.

Included meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Palladio Hotel (or similar)

DAY 6: NOVEMBER 17 - Buenos Aires
Connect with the group who arrive from the U.S. this morning.
Included meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Palladio Hotel (or similar)

Inclusions: Flights to/from Buenos Aires/El Calafate added to your group international ticket; baggage handling, most tips; group transfers to and from the respective hotels; tours and meals as mentioned; and accommodations based on double occupancy. 

Not Included: Hotel incidentals, spa services, and meals not mentioned. Luggage: limit of 44 pounds (1 piece of luggage) per person for domestic flight back to Buenos Aires.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​

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​​​​​​Leader Spotlight:  Thomas Barrett  Ph.D. Clinical Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver

Dr Barrett was senior medical officer and senior mental health consultant for the mental health and substance abuse department for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland between 2004 and 2007.  He was the Mental Health Director for the state of Colorado between 1994 and 2004 and  program evaluation and executive director for Bethesda Community Mental Center in Denver between 1974 and 1990.  Dr Barrett was a Fulbright Professor at University of Zagreb in Croatia in 2011.  

Dr Barrett is also past president of the National Association of State Mental Health Directors Board of Directors.  He has authored or co-authored many journal articles and made keynote addresses at many national and international professional conferences.

Dr. Barrett currently serves as clinical professor emeritus at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Barrett teaches in both the Pys.D. program and in the International Disaster Psychology program.  He also provides consultation services for the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education and

for the Denver Children’s Advocacy

Center. Dr. Barrett has led professional

mental health delegations to China,

South Africa, Rwanda, India, Cuba,

Myanmar, Peru, and Vietnam and



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