WOW Argentina; Rio VIP Tours

Old Oct 21st, 2005, 04:25 AM
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WOW Argentina; Rio VIP Tours

I just returned from a trip to Buenos Aires and Rio. I wanted to let anyone know that if they are planning a trip to either of these places, please use Cintia at WOW Argentina. She helped me with a half day tour of BA to show me the "must sees" of BA and the history of the city. The guide was very informative and had a driver take us all over the city. Next she arranged a trip to an estancia, the Silencio Estancia which was absolutely amazing. Very peaceful and my hostess was very gratious. They raise cattle and polo horses. You can ride if you care to, I chose not to. The best arrangement Cintia did for me was to arrange for a ticket to the River Plate v. Boca Juniors football (soccer) game. Being a great fan of football, I was thrilled to be able to see this match. She met me at my hotel and I got to meet her. She was absolutely great. I would truly recommend her for your travels. The one thing I wish I could have done was have her make my hotel arrangements. Next time I will.

I then went to Rio and had Rio VIP Tours make some arrangements for me. I had a tour with Regina who was very informative of the history of Rio and spoke English very well. She was absolutely great.

However, the best part of my vacation was a boat ride to a local beach. To tell you the truth, this was the best day of my whole vacation. I got to relax and have so much fun, especially with a hard working young man named William... He uses a small boat to pick up people who arrive at the beach on boats and take them to the beach.

All in all, this was one of my best vacations and I travel to many places. If you are heading to either of these places, please use these people. They work very hard to make your vacation a memorable one.
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Old Oct 21st, 2005, 10:30 PM
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Heidi, thanks for the great tips. I will travel to Brazil with my daughter in December and I'm looking for English-speaking guides and female would be best. Did you go anywhere outside Rio? We are planning to spend most of our time in/around Salvador. Glad you had a great trip. I've never been to South America, and I can't wait!
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Old Oct 22nd, 2005, 08:18 AM
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Last year my family did a similar trip. We also used Cintia and Regina (Regina works with her brother in law, Luciano, at RIO VIP Tours). We had a fanatastic time. We could not have asked for more from travel agents/ guides. Cintia is professional, knowledgeable and kind and touring with Regina is like traveling around Rio with a good friend. Both love their respective cities and it shows.

We were met at the BA and Rio airports and from there on everything went like clockwork. Both Cintia and Regina will "create" a tour depending on where you want to go. Regina took us, on a spur of the moment and at the end of the day, to a game at Maracana stadium. We had terrific seats at a small price and the game was a highlight of our trip.

I have kept in contact with both Cintia and Regina/Luciano since our trip and we are returning to Rio this February. We will again use Regina and see some different sights. I used to be a travel agent years ago and I know how difficult it is to find people as good as these. I have referred friends and all are equally impressed. When we return to Argentina we will for sure use Cintia.

Cintia y Regina son las mejores.
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Old Oct 22nd, 2005, 08:49 AM
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Hi there, Can anyone tell me how long the flight is from Boston to Argentina - would March be a good time to go and do they have any all inclusives there - as we have teenage daughters we usually stay all inclusive first time to get our bearings and South America really intrigues us! thanks
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Most flights from the United States to Argentina are overnight. I have never flown from Boston, but the flight from Miami is about 8 1/2 hours.

I don't know of any all-inclusives in Buenos Aires. Some tour operators may offer media pension options (two meals)per day, but this is not like an all inclusive resort....

March is an excellent time to visit Argentina...the seasons are the opposite of ours, so March is in their fall. The weather varies somewhat depending on the part of Argentina you visit....the climate in Buenos Aires is similar to Houston or Charleston. Igauzu is semi-tropical...warm and humid most of the time, and very hot and humid in Jan and Feb.

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Hi I was recently in Argentina, and again I can say that Cintia and Matias at WOW Argentina made my stay a great stay.I havenīt been to RIo lately but if Regina is as good as she must also be an excellent choice.This year we went to Mendoza and enjoyed tremendously the Cavas WIne Lodge . A fantastic place, with great hosts Cecilia and Martin that made our stay there the highlight of our trip.
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This thread was very helpful. I have used Cintia twice in the last 3 years on our trips to Agentina and referred many satisfied customers to her but I have put off a trip to Brazil because I had not found my "Cintia" for Brazil(I did in Ecaudor with Martin Slater)so now I am encouraged to do 2 plus weeks next winter.I was told to not go in Dec. or Carnival so would late March or April make sense? Is 14 days enough for Rio ,visiting a few small indigenous towns ,a little exploring and shopping for local crafts maybe a short beach visit?I guess my next move would be to contact Regina at Rio/VIP Tours..Thanks
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I am planing to visit Buenos Aires and Rio in May 2007.Could you please post contact information for Cintia and Regina.I am new to Fodors and could miss that. Sorry.
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Old Sep 24th, 2006, 10:13 AM
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I don't have any information on Regina
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