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World Library and Information Congress:
70th IFLA General Conference and Council

"Libraries: Tools for Education and Development"

August 22th - 27th 2004, Buenos Aires, Argentina






A. Optional day tours

B. Two or three-day excursions





Please note: These Optional Day Tours and Two or Three-day Excursions can be booked on the Hotel and Excursions Booking Form at http://archive.ifla.org/IV/ifla70/hotel-e.pdf


The cost of the following excursions corresponds to regular tours, i.e. a local bus company picks up passengers at different hotels. Tours may include other passengers aside from Congress participants.

(A 3-hour drive. Daily departures at 09.30 and 14.30).
Buenos Aires is undoubtedly one of the large American cities that best combines the cosmopolitan and aristocratic atmosphere of European cities. However, yet another atmosphere that includes the colourful corrugated iron houses in La Boca and the popular tango played on the streets in San Telmo blends into Buenos Aires. This mixture is what makes this city such an original and irresistible metropolis. This tour is an introduction to Buenos Aires, showing you the highlights of this city viewed through its history and its culture to understand how it grew from a small village to a large city. The following districts will be visited: City centre, Monserrat, San Telmo, La Boca, Puerto Madero, Palermo and Recoleta, stopping at Plaza de Mayo, Caminito and Recoleta Cemetery.
Price per person: USD 10.--

(5 hours- Operates Mondays to Thursdays at 14.00).
On this tour you will get to know another part of the city: its residential district. You will drive through elegant Barrio Norte (Northern neighbourhood), along Libertador Avenue passing by several sports clubs (River Plate and its World Championship stadium, Gimnasia y Esgrima de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Club and the Federal Shooting Range amongst others). Continuing your journey you will see the Presidential Residence in Olivos and the residential districts of Martinez and San Isidro to finally arrive in Tigre where you will be taken on a one-hour boat cruise along the canals of the Parana Delta, the place of choice for water sports lovers and hundreds of families who enjoy spending the day at one of the many restaurants and entertainment centres or their own weekend houses.
This can also be done as a full-day excursion including lunch at one of the typical Delta restaurants.
Price per person: USD 18.--

(7 hours - Operates on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10.00).
An outing to enjoy Argentine gaucho and country traditions, folklore dancing and music, local customs and meals.
Participants will be taken to Estancia Santa Susana in the outskirts of the city, where you will be greeted by the owners with the typical "empanadas" (pastries with different fillings) and red wine. After a short visit to the facility, a typical Argentine barbecue will be served, followed by a folklore show. There will be time in the afternoon to ride on horseback or on old-fashioned carriages and watch a demonstration of gaucho skills and games.
Price per person: USD 30.--

(7 hours - Operates on Thursdays and Saturdays at 09.00).
New and spectacular Theme Park with exotic birds and animals where visitors are taken on a nature tour through space and time.
It is located in the city of Escobar, 50 km from Buenos Aires.
The park implements many technological, audiovisual and computer resources in order to communicate the mysteries of the animal world.
The greatest attraction is a fabulous aquarium that stimulates your senses and allows you to appreciate underwater life.
Price per person: USD 31.--

(3 hours - Daily evening departures, beginning at 20.00).
Nightlife in Buenos Aires is known the world over due to the variety and excellent quality of the shows offered. A visit to one of the typical tango shows is a must for every visitor to Buenos Aires. Transfer from the hotel to "La Ventana" or "Señor Tango" to enjoy dinner followed by a tango show.
The most famous orchestras, singers of international renown and excellent dancers will ensure your spending an unforgettable evening.
Price per person: USD 38.--


The following excursions do not include air fares, as most foreign participants will be able to include these domestic flights as part of their international fare at a lower cost.

TOUR 6: ESTANCIA "EL OMBÚ DE ARECO" (www.estanciaelombu.com)
The best way to enjoy the peace of the "pampa", its farmland and activities is to spend a night on an "estancia" (farm). El Ombú de Areco dates back to 1880 and is located in the town of San Antonio de Areco, the cradle of gaucho tradition.
Horseback riding, farm activities (milking cows, rounding up cattle, branding), simply taking a walk or riding a bicycle around the carefully groomed parks are some of the possibilities.
Distance from Buenos Aires: 120 km.
This excursion includes:
Roundtrip transfer by private car from Buenos Aires.
Accommodation for 2 nights including full board.
Recreational and country activities.
Price per person in Double room: USD 250.--
Price in Single room: USD 350.--

These internationally famous falls are located in Iguazú National Park and are part of the frontier between Argentina and Brazil. They are one of the first protected areas in America and the UNESCO declared them a Natural World Heritage Site.
A walk along its pathways and lookouts will allow you to admire its 275 waterfalls that plunge 70 metres into a gorge as well as an amazing variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies. Later, after taking a small gas train, you reach a short path that leads to the impressive Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Gorge) Lookout.
Very important: all passengers taking this excursion must travel with the required documents to enter Brazil: passport and visa, if necessary.
Closest airport: IGUAZÚ
This excursion includes:
Arrival and departure transfers in Iguazú.
Accommodation for two nights in a 3-star hotel including breakfast.
Excursions to both sides of the falls and to the Itaipú Dam.
Price per person in Double room: USD 120.--
Price in Single room: USD 180.--

A small piece of Switzerland in Argentina. Situated on the shore of lake Nahuel Huapi, this city is synonymous with winter holidays as it is close to the Cerro Catedral ski resort, but you are also able to enjoy a wide variety of tours, museums, good food, and nightlife in a cheerful and entertaining atmosphere.
Closest airport: BARILOCHE
This excursion includes:
Arrival and departure transfers in Bariloche.
Accommodation for three nights in a 3-star hotel including breakfast
"Circuito Chico" (city tour) for a panoramic view of Bariloche including Cerro Catedral.
Price per person in Double room: USD 195.--
Price in Single room: USD 280.--

In the heart of Patagonia lies the ecological sanctuary of 4.000 km2 preserving 3.000.000 birds, 700,000 penguins, elephant seals and sea lions, and especially its famous and most protected visitor, the Southern Right Whale, that arrives every year in groups of 500 or more individuals off the shores of the peninsula.
Closest airport: TRELEW
This excursion includes:
Arrival and departure transfers from Trelew to Puerto Madryn.
Accommodation for two nights in a 3-star hotel including breakfast.
Excursion to the Península Valdés to enjoy the wildlife.
Price per person in Double room: USD 160.--
Price in Single room: USD 240.--

The sun, the stars, the perspective of the world changes completely as you have never imagined before: It is Ushuaia, the southernmost capital of the planet and the entry way to the Antarctic. In beginning to discover Tierra del Fuego and its capital Ushuaia, adventure lovers will be fascinated by countless legends, myths and tales of shipwrecks.
Closest airport: USHUAIA
This excursion includes:
Arrival and departure transfers in Ushuaia.
Accommodation for two nights in a 3-star hotel including breakfast.
Excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park.
Price per person in Double room: USD 160.--
Price in Single room: USD 250.--

Next to the Andes Mountains and lying on the shore of Lago Argentino, you will find El Calafate, point of departure for the Los Glaciares National Park and its majestic Perito Moreno Glacier declared a Natural World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. This ice giant extends over 17,000 km2. The calving of enormous chunks of ice from the glacier is one of the most dazzling spectacles of nature.
Closest airport: EL CALAFATE
This excursion includes:
Arrival and departure transfers in El Calafate.
Accommodation for three nights in a 3-star hotel including breakfast.
Excursion to Los Glaciares National Park.
Price per person in Double room: USD 265.--
Price in Single room: USD 380.--

Between the Andes Mountains and deep blue skies, Mendoza offers a different option, full of magic and delicate aromas. The horizon, bathed by immense mountains, lives in perfect harmony with green valleys that form a framework for this privileged area in Argentina, where 70% of our local wines are produced and which is known as "the land of sun and good wine".
Closest airport: MENDOZA
This excursion includes:
Arrival and departure transfers in Mendoza.
Accommodation for two nights in a 3-star hotel including breakfast.
A tour of the vineyards and a visit to wine cellars.
Price per person in Double room: USD 130.--
Price in Single room: USD 230.--

The Northern part of Argentina lies against the impressive Andes Mountain Range. This is a land rich in history and traditions, many of which date back to pre-Columbian times. Towering over the multicoloured landscape of mountains and ravines you will find Salta, "the pretty one", preserving its colonial architecture with low houses and narrow streets.
Closest airport: SALTA
This excursion includes:
Arrival and departure transfers in Salta.
Accommodation for two nights in a 3-star hotel including breakfast.
Excursion to the Quebrada de Humahuaca (Humahuaca Ravine).
Price per person in Double room: USD 180.--
Price in Single room: USD 275.--


Mrs. Claudia León
Fundación El Libro
E-mail: claudialeon@el-libro.com.ar


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