Then the women fly north to the spectacular Iguazu Falls, on the border with Brazil and Parguay, for two nights at a five-star tropical resort near the park.
A Good Fit
Lynda Quinn, of Ontario, Canada, is a veteran women-only tour participant. She had been to Costa Rica but never to South America. Several other woman we interviewed from previous trips said that this was also their first time that far south in South America.
For Lynda, it was a friend’s recommendation that Sights and Soul would be a good fit for her. It seems like most of the women who travel with the company are referred by friends, that says a lot about their level of quality and that they keep their travelers happy.
“Being with women only there are no worries that can come with mixed company,” Lynda said. She added that every time she’s traveled with just women it’s always been great fun and very interesting. The common bond Lynda identified was a love of travel but not a love of traveling alone.
She also liked learning about other women’s lives and forming what sometimes become lifelong friendships. Lynda herself has five traveling friends she met on Sights and Soul trips who she keeps in touch with regularly.
Mary Donovan, a retired former federal employee, now lives in Florida and West Virginia, and had been to many countries in South America before her trip with Sights and Soul to Argentina. Her memories of living as a Peace Corps volunteer in South America in her youth made her interested in seeing some of those places again as an adult.
A Manageable Sized Group
“The women I met on the Argentina trip last November were amazingly bright, interesting, involved and full of life. It eliminated any concerns I may have had about traveling this way.
Our group was manageable in size, so we never felt lost in the crowd, had easy access to the tour leaders, and the ability to ask any questions and get them answered.”
Beautiful Buenos Aires.Iguazu Falls was a big highlight, Mary said. Another was the day excursion across the Rio de la Plata to Uruguay. “It’s a complete contrast to Buenos Aires, and we had the great fortune to meet a group of delightful school children who were so very curious about the American women wandering through their town.”
Lynda had a quick answer. “My thoughts go straight to beautiful Iquazu Falls where you can see Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil all in one place! It is so lush with so many colorful butterflies, and birds.
For Mary Donovan, it was staying in The Recoleta neighborhood, the wonderful tango dinner show and the riverboat trip to El Tigre in the countryside were her favorites. She also liked that the events planned appeal to women, like shopping excursions and cooking classes. She’s already planning another trip with the company to Greece, and said she’s kept in touch with three of her Argentina travel mates.
Long Air Trip Tips
Mary suggests that if you have miles, look into upgrading into business class, where a lie-flat bed can make the journey easy peasy. Mary Donovan also suggested that you exchange a small amount of money into the local currency before you fly, so you’ll have money for tips, small essentials etc. And don’t expect everyone to speak English–keep an open mind, and see the beauty of a strange different country instead of the shabbiness.”
Find out more about this women-only trip at Sights and Soul Travels in Germantown MD. 866-737-9602. www.sightsandsoul.com
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