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Accommodations in four to five star hotels

24/7 professional English speaking guide

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Fees for all services, most tips and taxes

Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details

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Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary

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This lovely 4 star hotel is ideally located in the heart of El Calafate, close to many restaurants and other local businesses. The hotel has an indoor pool, gym, spa and services of any first-class hotel.

They offer free wi-fi throughout the property and offers many dining options. An extensive breakfast buffet offers a choice of American, Argentinean or Patagonian foods. The La Posta Restaurant serves an a la carte menu of international and regional specialties, including Patagonian lamb. The hotel also features two bars.

Detailed Itinerary

Date & Length:
 5 days December 3-7, 2017

Extension cost: $2,899 per person (includes all gratuities)

Single supplement: $699

Inclusions: Flights to/from Buenos Aires/El Calafate; baggage handling, all tips; transfers to and from the hotel; tours as mentioned; 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 segment on your return to Buenos Aires.

To participate in the optional extension, complete and return the extension registration form. Return no later than 90 days prior to departure or within five
days of receiving the information.

Day 01: Depart for Chile
Depart today and make your way to Chile (gateway city set out of Miami) with a short stop in Buenos Aires. The stunning beauty and friendly people alone are worth a visit!

Day 02: Santiago, Chile
Arrive early this morning in Buenos Aires where you will connect to your ongoing flight to Santiago, Chile. Upon arrival in Santiago, the group will be met and be transferred to the local hotel where early check-in has been confirmed.

After some time to rest, meet with your Journey Leaders and national guide for an orientation and welcome briefing. All delegates will gather to receive further information on the program. Discuss the political and cultural diversity of Chile.

Lunch will be provided at the hotel.

After lunch, explore Santiago including a visit to the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino and the La Chascona Museum accompanied by a knowledgeable expert. The Pre-Columbian Art Museum is dedicated to the study and display of pre-Columbian artworks and artifacts from Central and South America. Among other collections, La Chascona houses an interesting art gallery with paintings by Chilean and foreign artists from all times. There is also an African carved wood collection and another collection of furniture and objects from designer Piero Fornasetti.
Your last stop of the day is to Sky Costanera. At a height of 300 meters, it has the most impressive 360° view of Santiago.

Enjoy a welcome dinner at the Como Agua Para Chocolate Restaurant. This Bellavista restaurant is a lovely dining spot to enjoy local Chilean dishes.

​Overnight:  Solace Santiago Hotel
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Professional Exchange - Santiago, Chile

Today you will meet local health care professionals with discussions including an overview of the medical system in Chile. A meeting will be requested with (1) the Ministry of Health to discuss overall statistics on illnesses and health issues, the overall health care system, and medical education and (2) the Chilean Nursing Association to discuss the education and role of the nurse in Chile (subject to confirmation).

A major professional objective for this journey is to observe and discuss the Chilean and Argentinian healthcare systems including healthcare delivery, access to care, unique approaches to the care of their citizens across the lifespan including the care of the elderly, mental health care, and approaches to vector borne illnesses.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon.

This afternoon, explore the city starting with a stop at Mercado Central (Central Market) to browse stalls bursting with exotic local produce before continuing to stop briefly at the gardens of the Ex Congresso government building and Iglesia de la Gratitud Church.

Dinner will be included this evening at a local restaurant.

Overnight:  Solace Santiago Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Cultural Exploration and Professional Development, Santiago
This morning, explore the city including a drive up to San Cristóbal Hill, to board the funicular railway to climb up to the top of the hill for a panoramic view of the city and the omnipresent Andes Cordillera. Later you will head uptown to the Pueblo de Los Dominicos Handicrafts Market.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon at a local restaurant. After lunch with your colleagues, visit a local hospital or clinic to continue your discussions about health care delivery, nursing care, research, and education nursing education and patient care.

Enjoy some leisure time to explore Santiago independently this evening including dinner on your own.
Overnight: Solace Santiago Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 05: Cultural Exploration Vina Del Mar and Valparaiso
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. 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 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 homes of different architectural styles. You will visit Plaza de la Victoria, the famous Turri Clock and the Naval Academy, and the home of Chile's Nobel Prize-winning poet, Pablo Neruda.

Lunch is included at a lovely beachfront restaurant this afternoon, where we will enjoy the Chilean cuisine and learn about dishes featuring fish.

Return via bus to Santiago and fly to Buenos Aires this evening. After check-in at your local hotel, dinner is by individual arrangement.
Overnight: Amérian Buenos Aires Park Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 06: Professional Exchange - Buenos Aires

A meeting will be requested with a representative from the Ministry of Health, as well as members of the Argentinian Nursing Association, to provide an overview of illness encountered and Argentina’s health care delivery system, the role of the nurse, and nursing education.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant this afternoon. Later today the group will enjoy an afternoon professional visit to a local nursing school (subject to confirmation).
Dinner will be provided this evening at a local restaurant.

​Overnight: Amérian Buenos Aires Park Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 07: Professional Exchange, Buenos Aires

The professional exchange this morning will include a meeting at a local hospital or clinic and touring several patient care settings.

The team will interact with professional experts to learn about Argentina’s health care delivery system and the country’s approach to the provision of health care to citizens across the lifespan, including the care of the elderly, clients with mental health issues, and measures to control of vector borne diseases.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon.

Put on your dancing shoes and learn some tango skills from a local professional late this afternoon. The evening dinner will also include a professional Tango Show at the La Ventana. You will have the chance this evening to also learn about the local cuisine including preparation of Argentina’s most famous condiment, salsa chimichurri from a chef.​
Overnight: Amérian Buenos Aires Park Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 08: Cultural Exploration

Today explore the highlights of a special Gaucho cowboy experience including a full day tour to Estancia Santa Susana. An Adobo (BBQ) lunch will be provided during your visit to Estancia Santa Susana.

Learn all about Gaucho skills and enjoy demonstrations from your instructors followed by a folk show.

A farewell dinner is included at a local restaurant.

Overnight:  Amérian Buenos Aires Park Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch​, Dinner

Day 09: Cultural Immersion & Evening Departure for U.S.
The group will explore the highlights of magnificent Buenos Aires in a four-hour guided sightseeing excursion this afternoon (morning free). Your afternoon kicks off in 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. Continue to the San Telmo neighborhood, with its cobblestoned streets, where the original porteños (Buenos Aires residents) settled in the early days. Stop at picturesque La Boca, the colorful working-class port neighborhood, and walk along Caminito Street, where local artists display their artwork to the tune of tango music performed on the street.

Drive towards Palermo, passing through Puerto Madero and see this regenerated area where redbrick warehouses have been transformed into trendy restaurants and bars. Once in the northern area of the city, drive through Palermo Chico with its impressive townhouses, tree-lined boulevards and parks. Palermo Soho, meanwhile, fuses the flavor of a working-class neighborhood with contemporary twists such as ethnic restaurants, design stores and bars. Its bohemian atmosphere makes it popular with Argentines as well as foreign visitors. Continue to Recoleta, the most sophisticated district, to visit Nuestra Señora del Pilar Church and Recoleta Cemetery to glimpse stunning mausoleums, the final resting place for many of Argentina’s key characters.

Depart for the airport to check in for your evening flight home.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Arrive back to Miami
​Arrive this morning in Miami.

Note: Please note the gateway city for your international flight is currently being evaluated and will be finalized closer to travel. 

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Cultural, Healthcare & Nursing Journey to Chile & Argentina  - led by Trudi McFarland and Cris Sparks-Early

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. Interact with professional experts and local citizens to learn about both Chile’s and Argentina’s health care delivery system; approach to the provision of health care to their citizens across the lifespan, including care of the elderly, mental health, and control of vector borne diseases. Explore and learn about Chilean and Argentinian culture includingart, dance, music, literature, architecture, sports, cuisine, language and social mores.



Chile - Santiago, Valparaiso |Argentina - Buenos Aires | 9 days

November 25 - December 4, 2017 | $5,299

​Return to the local airport for your flight to Buenos Aires domestic airport. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to the international airport where you will say goodbye and return to Miami. **Arrive back in Miami on December 8.**

Return to the group hotel after your final program day with the group. Dinner is by individual arrangement this evening.

Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight 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. Dinner will be provided this evening at the group hotel with lunch on your own arrangement.

​End 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. 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.

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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  LakeArgentino. 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.

Gertrude (Trudi) McFarland, RN, PhD, FAAN
Trudi McFarland, Health Scientist Administrator (Ret), Nursing Research Study Section, NIH, former Nursing Education Consultant, HRSA, USPHS, specializes in
psychiatric mental health nursing, research administration, and education.

She has received many NIH and

USPHS awards;

AJN Book Awards; a 2015

university Outstanding Career

Achievement Award; has led

numerous overseas delegations,

including to Cuba in both 2015

and 2016; and has a working

knowledge of Spanish.

Cristina (Cris) Sparks-Early, BA, MA

Cris Sparks-Early, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Assistant Division Dean, World Languages, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) has taught Spanish for 25 years and has been awarded NOVA’s Outstanding Faculty Award three times.  She has chaired numerous faculty committees including the Hispanic Heritage Month, International Education Week, and the Multi-Cultural Week. 

She provides consultation to

Vista Higher Learning and consults with

faculty nationwide. She is a

member of Sigma Delta Pi,

Spanish Honor Society, was born

and lived in Spain, and has

traveled extensively to Spanish

speaking countries


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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, enjoy the Safari Nautico, an excursion that takes you on a cruise across Lake Rico, passing beside icebergs that have calved off the front of the Perito Moreno glacier. Reaching the Icebergs Channel, the boat will stop at a safe distance from the glacier, continuing to sail down its front, allowing a spectacular view of the high wall of ice.   The excursion lasts approximately one hour and provides a totally different perspective of the Perito Moreno glacier, with almost constant falling walls of ice from its front. This is truly a unique opportunity for photographers and nature lovers alike.

Lunch will be provided today with dinner on your own.

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