After spending several Christmases trekking through the snow and battling mounds of tourists, I have decided to abandon the usual Christmas in New York and head to South America. With reverse seasons, I will be enjoying a moderate summer, street markets and fairs, and the opportunity to practice my less than perfect Spanish.
First Stop, Chile!
The beach at Vina del Mar will more than likely be packed with locals and tourists relaxing in the warm sun and enjoying the view.
On to Buenos Aires!
I am so excited about spending my holiday in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After checking into the Baucis Boutique Hotel in Palermo, I will board the Tren de la Costa and head to Delta Tigre. The Delta Tigre is a picturesque area along the Parana River. The water is sure to be clam and the area is heavily wooded. I can’t wait to exercise my amateur photography skills on this part of the trip. Along the way I will stop to see some of the other exciting areas that can be reached by the Tren de la Costa.
Christmas Day will be spent at the hotel taking advantage of the spa services. Manicures, pedicures, 60-minutes spa massages, and nothing over $40US.
After a much needed spa day, I will spend the rest of my trip shopping. Argentina is famous for its local designers, who make clothing in the back of their stores and sale for less than reasonable prices. How exciting! The historical and chic neighborhoods of Palermo, Recoleta and San Telmo have roots in Europe as well as the United States, with a great Latin flair. Each neighborhood has its own unique treasures like antiques, leather, furs, shoes, and clothing. I will be spending the majority of my shopping day on Avenue Florida in El Centro and the local boutiques in Palermo. These are two of the largest and most talked about shopping areas in Buenos Aires.
Christmas Eve in Uruguay!
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay is a small town along the coast lined with cobblestone streets…and a beach. The one-hour boat ride across the Rio de la Plata is sure to be just as exciting as the day trip exploring Colonia.
Three countries in one week…now that’s an unusual, yet exciting, way to spend Christmas. Spending the holidays in South America has many advantages – lower prices, summer temperatures, and great people.