A Taste of Uruguay & Argentina
February 28 - March 13, 2016
Discovering the Gems of South America –
Bargain Real Estate, Natural Resources,
PLUS, Enjoy a Culinary Tour of a Lifetime!
Dear Friends and Fellow Travelers…
Circle the dates February 28-March 13, 2016, because I have something extraordinary to share with you…
Come and join us for a unique excursion to places where you can truly enjoy life to its fullest…
Where you could earn healthy profits for years to come by investing in real producing assets… assets uncorrelated to the stock market and protected even in a high inflationary environment.
Whether you’re looking to internationalize and diversify your portfolio… searching for that “just right” retirement spot… or simply seeking a comfortable adventure in good company…
You don’t want to miss this rare opportunity to discover the treasures Uruguay and Argentina have in store.
Change is happening – NOW!
A window of crisis opportunity opened on December 10, 2015 – when Argentina’s government changed from populism to pro-business.
After years and years of frustration, Argentina has begun a new era with newly-elected President Mauricio Macri who has already initiated market-friendly policies and fiscal reforms.
You’ll be shoulder-to-shoulder with our experts and hear firsthand what’s happening as we “kick the tires” on investments that most folks will never even know exist.
This is truly an exclusive expedition…
From Buenos Aires, one of the most exciting cities in the world... to the snowcapped Andes and picture-postcard lakes district of northern Patagonia… to the unforgettable Harvest celebration in Mendoza… to Uruguay and sophisticated Montevideo with its intriguing “Ciudad Vieja” and lovely Colonia del Sacramento… plus beaches... and farmland investments.
You’ll see and experience so much more than you could possibly do on your own… and... we will pamper you every step of the way.
Not only that, we’ll introduce you to our excellent contacts we’ve made during 15-plus years of “due diligence” and exploring these fascinating countries.
Our associate and “boots on the ground” expert, Steve Rosberg, founder and managing partner of Ushay Investments, will reveal his insider’s view of top investment opportunities in real estate developments… timber… natural resources… and agriculture.
Meet the Rosberg Family
Economist Steve Rosberg founded his investment management company – Ushay – in 2003. Prior to that he held top management positions in banking, in Argentina, Grand Cayman and Ecuador, and worked with both individuals and corporations as an international financial consultant. Steve has honed his considerable expertise in financial systemic meltdowns, country default situations and inflationary environments. He is presently the Trustee of Los Arbolitos Vineyard and the Project Director of La Morada de los Andes.
Andrés Rosberg is one of Argentina’s first professional sommeliers and currently the President of the Argentine Sommelier Association, which he co-founded. A “Certified Sommelier” by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Andrés is a member of tasting panels for wine guides and competitions all around the world, and a celebrity in Argentina’s local wine scene. His wine selection in Villa Hípica restaurant was repeatedly chosen as the country’s best and was the first to win a Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” in Latin America.
Today Andrés is the Executive Sommelier of the praised UCO Restaurant in the Fierro Hotel and the Managing Director of Operations at the Los Arbolitos Vineyard Trust, in association with Ushay Investments.
The founder and director of acclaimed Fierro Hotel in Buenos Aires, Martin Rosberg brings his many talents to this award-winning boutique hotel in the heart of Palermo Hollywood... and one of the hippest eateries in the city. Martin is also the Managing Director of real estate projects for Ushay Investments.
You’ll also meet attorney Juan Federico Fischer and hear directly from him what it takes to obtain residency, acquire property, or start up a business.
And the best part?
Your front-row seat in this exciting culinary adventure awaits you… at world-renowned restaurants featuring award winning chefs and the finest regional foods… plus, select wines chosen for you by our good friend, Andres Rosberg, President of the Argentine Sommelier Association.
And there’s more! The not-to-be-missed Harvest Celebration in Mendoza will be a memorable wine and food tasting extravaganza in itself.
For me, <grin> if the food is good, usually everything else is too. It’s even better if there’s chocolate close at hand.
And speaking of chocolate, Bariloche is noted not only for its Swiss-style architecture; the chocolate is said to be among the best in the world, thanks to Europeans who immigrated after World War II. Boutique chocolate vendors line the streets here and in the beautiful small town of Villa la Angostura where we’ll be overnighting.
What makes this tour so special?
I’ve traveled to these countries more than a dozen times and I never tire of the diversity… the stunning beauty of the landscape, the nature… and of course, the culture.
Think tango… fútbol... gauchos… asados… Patagonia… the Andes… add to that a distinctive take on literature, cinema, music and the arts... and you end up with a rich culture – part Latin American and part European – that you can’t help but fall in love with.
And to top it off, at Opportunity Travel our excursions are designed with you, my fellow adventurers, in mind.
You’ll be pampered…
Opportunity Travel staff will be available to you at all times… and we’ll be traveling with a small group of like-minded individuals. It’s an ideal, no-hassle way to escape and explore opportunities in these fascinating destinations.
You’ll have memories to treasure for years to come and I can assure you we’ll share amazing experiences… and make life-long friendships.
So what are you waiting for?
If this tour sounds like something you’d be interested in, I urge you to email or call me today at 800-926-6575 or +561-243-6276. Only a limited number of spaces are available and several of those are already spoken for.
I hope you’ll seriously consider joining me in South America, February 28 – March 13.
If you’re thinking about internationalizing your portfolio or investing in real assets outside the US, this trip will showcase opportunities worthy of your attention.
And, if you’re looking at this tour strictly for pleasure – you won’t be disappointed… and you might even be surprised.
This is the ideal way for you to enjoy the beauty and great pleasures these nations offer… and who knows?
Perhaps you’ll discover an investment opportunity along the way that’s just what you’ve been looking for!
To learn more about what we’ll be doing day-by day, please read the full itinerary below.
Director, Opportunity Travel
A Taste of Uruguay & Argentina
Sunday, February 28
Day 1 – Depart for Montevideo, Uruguay
Depart on an overnight flight from Miami to Montevideo, where we begin our adventure.
(Please note: airfare is not included but we can assist you in booking your flights.)
If you choose to use American Airlines, we suggest the AA flight 989 that departs MIA at 9:55 p.m., arriving MVD on February 29 at 9:09 a.m.
Monday, February 29
Day 2 – Montevideo, Uruguay
Once we arrive into Montevideo, we’ll be met by our guide who will transfer us to our hotel. The drive from the international airport will take us along the waterfront most of the way. Montevideo is a medium to large cosmopolitan city with impressive infrastructure, and it boasts one of the loveliest "old cities" in South America.
We will check-in at the luxury Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco & Spa, our hotel for the next two nights.
We will have lunch here today at the Sofitel and you’ll meet some our hosts on the trip. After lunch we will have a presentation from Juan Federico Fischer and hear first-hand what it takes to obtain residency, acquire property, set up or start up a business. Juan is a valued contact here who we’ve worked with for more than ten years. After the meeting you will have the rest of the day free to enjoy the property or Carrasco. L
Juan Federico Fisher
Foreign Investment & Real Estate Attorney
Juan Federico Fischer is the managing partner of Fischer & Shickenantz, one of Uruguay’s leading law firms. Both a lawyer and an MBA, he oversees the firm’s foreign investment consulting unit, advising both multinationals and individual investors with regard to real estate developments, acquisition of local companies, and privatizations.
In his 20 years as a corporate attorney, Juan has advised and is counsel to dozens of international corporations and multilateral institutions. His firm is also the local advisor to First American Corp., the world’s largest title insurer.
Tuesday, March 1
Day 3 – Montevideo, Uruguay
After an enjoyable breakfast at the hotel, we’ll meet with Steve and Martin Rosberg, my contacts in both Argentina and Uruguay since 1999… and our hosts throughout this entire tour. Here in Uruguay, they will present their Ushay Agricultural Income Fund LLC and take us to visit several projects in Ciudad Vieja, Piriapolis and in Currasco.Learn more about Ushay here.
This morning we’ll be heading along the coast to the town of Piriapolis where we will be visiting some of the real estate projects that are available. We will also visit Carrasco, a unique residential neighborhood preferred by Uruguayans as well as expats, diplomats and long-term visitors. Carrasco offers a carefree lifestyle and level of bonhomie that has been lost in most of the world today. Located near the sea… close to the city… surrounded by nature… it is the ideal place to be. We’ll visit income properties and others suitable for part or full-time residence.
This evening, we’re in for a very special treat. Dinner will be at one of our favorite spots, a boutique family-owned winery and farm that serves unique wines only found in Uruguay. Overnight at the Sofitel. B, L, D
Wednesday, March 2
Day 4 – Farmland and Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
Today we’ll travel to the gem of Uruguay, Colonia del Sacramento – an irresistibly picturesque town enshrined as a UNESCO World Heritage site. On the way, we’ll stop and enjoy lunch and have a presentation about Paraguay and Uruguay agriculture by Ushay Agricultural Income Fund LLC. We will also be driving through rolling hills of farmland to give you an idea of the agriculture in this country. After arriving into this lovely seaside city, we will check into the Radisson Colonia del Sacramento.
After a pleasant walking tour of the town, we’ll head to the farm home of Martin Rosberg for a delightful dinner. B, L, D
Thursday, March 3
Day 5 – Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay to Bariloche, Argentina
After breakfast at the hotel, we depart for our hydrofoil to Buenos Aires (a one-hour trip). We will be met at the port for a quick transfer to AeroParque, the local airport, where we’ll catch our two-hour flight to San Carlos de Bariloche.
Bariloche is to Argentina what St. Moritz is to Switzerland. From June through September, this upscale ski resort is the place to see and be seen. We'll be there in the season when visitors come to hike, fish, sail, ride horseback, swim, and enjoy the sun.
Founded in 1895 by German-Swiss settlers, Bariloche retains its Alpine flavor... chalet style buildings with flower-filled window boxes... chocolate factories and fondue restaurants.
Tourism here is booming, especially with North Americans and Europeans who come to ski during the northern hemisphere's summer. But, other South Americans are also taking advantage of this resort destination, especially Chileans from just across the mountains, and Brazilians who come in droves to ski, an activity not available in their own country.
Here we will check into one of most famous hotels in all of Argentina, the Llao Llao Hotel & Resort. Spectacular views of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, an extraordinary setting of crystal blue lakes, snow-capped mountains and unexplored forests… are just some of the highlights.
During our two days in this northern area of Patagonia, you'll have the chance to look at investment opportunities near the Llao Llao, and in Arelauquen, one of our favorite residential/resort communities.
Arelauquen is a five-star development just 15 minutes outside the city of Bariloche. Built on the grounds of a world-class golf and polo community, it also features a boutique hotel, marina and five restaurants.
If you've ever dreamt of a mountain or lake home in one of the world's most popular resort communities, this will be your opportunity. B, D
The fact that Argentina was in one of its cyclical crisis modes caused construction costs to fall so the timing now is optimal to buy, build, use and rent.
Friday, March 4
Day 6 – Bariloche
Today we will continue our tour of this spectacular lake area, taking in the pure beauty of the lakes and snow-capped mountains. You can visit more property with us or just take the day off and enjoy a round of golf, horseback riding, or the wonderful spa and pools at the resort. River rafting, fly fishing or a cruise on the lake are other options available to you.
Our day ends with a fantastic dinner at a quaint local restaurant. B, D
Saturday, March 5
Day 7 – Villa la Angostura
This morning we’ll be departing from the LLao LLao and driving through Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapí, one of the jewels of Argentina. The name comes from the Mapuche language, where nahuel is tigre, or tiger, and huapí is isla, or island.
Spread over 2,927 sq mi (7,581 sq km) of Río Negro and Neuquén provinces, the park is an internationally known year-round destination for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts.
Our drive will take us through the city of Bariloche and around Lake Nahuel Huapí, and all the way to Villa la Angostura, a beautiful small town nestled against the lakeshore. We will be staying at the lovely Correntoso Lake and River Hotel. B, D
Sunday, March 22
Day 8 – Cosmopolitan Delights in the Heartland of Tango
After our breakfast, we’ll head to the Bariloche airport for our flight to Buenos Aires and be met there by our tour operator who will whisk us off to the luxurious Fierro Hotel, located in the Palermo Hollywood neighborhood.
The award-winning Fierro was built by the Rosberg family as an investor hotel and has been ranked in the top ten by TripAdvisor since it opened five years ago. You’re sure to enjoy the lovely, spacious suites, the heated rooftop pool, and the wonderful restaurant.
At the hotel, we’ll meet up with Steve Rosberg and his son, Andres, the head sommelier... and we’ll sample selections from his impressive wine cellar. B, D
Monday, March 7
Day 9 – Buenos Aires
Today, we will explore this vibrant city, which has a sophisticated, genteel Latin flair – on a cosmopolitan par with New York or Paris.
Large boulevards, expansive parks and plazas, tall trees… it's a walking city with an aristocratic European feel. Here people use all the community green space.
Stroll through a park, and you'll see people reading, picnicking, talking… and even dancing the tango.
We’ll visit some of the most interesting neighborhoods…
Recoleta has long been our favorite… the boulevards, plazas, parks and colonial charm make it a very desirable location to visit… and to live.
San Telmo is a bohemian neighborhood where you can stroll the cobblestone streets, browse the many antique shops or take in the scenery from a cozy, old-world café.
Towards the river, we’ll check out La Boca, where Tango was born… a colorful neighborhood settled by Italian immigrants – homes splashed in bright hues of blue and red, pink and orange. It's an artists' colony today as well as a working-class area.
And our visit wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the famous Florida Street where you can buy beautiful leather purses, belts, shoes, and custom-fit jackets, pants, and skirts (made for you and delivered to our hotel) as well as the famous Argentina pink stone, Rhodochrosite.
Lunch is at your leisure.
In the evening, we'll sit down for a fine meal… and then the lights will dim, the curtains will part, and Tango dancers will move to center stage, enthralling you in the classic rhythms of Argentina's soul. B, D
Tuesday, March 8
Day 10 – Depart to Mendoza and the Harvest Celebration
Today, we will fly to Mendoza, Argentina's wine capital where we'll be based for four nights. The first two nights will be at the lovely, old world Park Hyatt, with its beautifully restored 19th-century Spanish colonial façade, top-flight service, and rich mahogany woodwork. This is the top hotel in the area, featuring wonderful restaurants and a delightful patio café. A luxurious spa offers an entire afternoon of pampering… for the cost of just one treatment in the U.S.
After checking in, you'll have time to relax, stroll the splendor of the Plaza de la Independencia where the hotel is located… and enjoy the city.
Early in the evening, we’ll share a welcome drink on the Hyatt Veranda and meet up with our hosts and sponsors of the Harvest Celebration… Steve, Martin and Andres Rosberg. Afterwards we’ll will take a walk to the nearby restaurant Los Toneles for dinner. B, D
Wednesday, March 9
Day 11 – Mendoza
After breakfast we’ll depart to visit wineries in the Lujan de Cuyo district. We will begin at Viña Cobos, which is Paul Hobbs' (perhaps America's best-known winemaker) project in Argentina. Their top Cuvée, Viña Cobos Malbec, just got 100 points and named number one in James Suckling's top 100 wines from the world in 2014. (Suckling is the former editor of Wine Spectator)
Next we’ll head to Lagarde Winery for a cooking class, blending session and lunch at one of the most beautiful wineries in Mendoza … family owned, and producer of simply incredible wines.
From there we go back to the city and have a bit of free time before we go to dinner at Fuente y Fonda – traditional Argentine food, by Pablo del Río, one of Mendoza's best chefs. B, L, D
Read about Alejandro Vigil, Chief Winemaker at Bodega Catena Zapata:
A naturally restless person, Alejandro strives to channel his creative energy into pushing the limits of conventional viticultural and winemaking wisdom. Always ready to try something new, full of endless experiments, Alejandro's goal is to constantly increase his understanding of the unique terroir in Mendoza's high altitude desert oasis.
“Winemaking is a way of life that revolves around contact with nature and a true love for the work. To produce wines from a place you need to breathe the same air as the vine, suffer the cold and the heat, and feel a sense of belonging to that place.”
“I love the unpredictability of being a farmer-- the fact that one day the vineyard is perfect, and the next day a frost comes and we are up all night, running around trying to save it. And then there are those moments when we discover a sublime new flavor in a wine that comes out of nowhere. This unpredictability could kill me from all the stress, but it’s actually what keeps me alive.”
In 2014, Bodega Catena Zapata was the only Argentine winery among Wine and Spirits’ Top 100 Wineries list.
Alejandro has led the winery to garner international acclaim with over forty 95+ points ratings from the world’s most influential wine publications including, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Advocate, Decanter and Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar.
Thursday, March 10
Day 12 – Valle de Uco
Today we’ll see what all the buzz is about. This morning we will check out of our hotel and begin our exploration of the Valle de Uco area, where large stretches of vineyards belong to the major Argentine and foreign wineries. The Uco, at the foot of the Andes, is blessed with a climate that encourages high-quality wines.
My previous visits to the Valle de Uco confirmed that it is rapidly becoming Argentina's Napa Valley – in every sense.
There are vintners from Europe and the U.S. producing top wines… international tourism has taken off… a number of lovely lodges, spas, and delightful restaurants are flourishing… and there are several real estate projects that offer a foothold here early in the game.
During my last visit to China, I was surprised to learn that Argentine Malbec had been discovered by the Chinese – it was featured on the wine list in almost all of the fine restaurants we patronized. With China now buying Malbec, the need for grapes in this most fertile valley is surely poised to increase substantially over the years to come. We’ll show you how you can position yourself to take advantage of this exciting potential growth.
Our first stop will be just outside the city at Bodega Trapiche, one of Argentina's largest and most traditional wineries… the winery is almost 100 years old and has been fully revamped.
Awarded Gold for best architecture and landscape by Best Of Wine Tourism Winners for Great Wine Capitals of the World in November 2014.
We will share an enjoyable lunch at Ojo de Agua Bistró, located next to Ojo de Vino winery, a small project owned by the famous Dieter Meier, maker of outstanding wines.
After lunch we’ll drive to the Valle de Uco. Here you’ll get a chance to see the Rosberg’s projects – Los Arbolitos, their vineyards, and their vineyard-lifestyle development, La Morada.
First we will check in at Posada Salentein, our home for the next two nights. After refreshing ourselves, we’ll go to dinner at The Vines of Mendoza, across the street from LaMorada de los Andes.
Overnight at Posada Salentein. B, L, D
Traveling to Valle de Uco with Andres Rosberg, who is the President of the Argentine Sommelier Association, is a special treat since all of the top winemakers in the region know him personally and always extend a warm welcome to his guests.
You’ll not only have the opportunity to invest in shares in Los Arbolitos, the most up-and-coming wine valleys in the world... but also the chance to enjoy the vineyard lifestyle via lots in La Morada, for a small fraction of what it would cost you to do so in Napa Valley (if you could even find such an opportunity in Napa).
Friday, March 11
Day 13 – Uco Valley and La Morada
This morning we will tour Bodega Salentein, one of the leading wineries in Argentina. We’ll go for an early visit to Salentein’s Killka art gallery and a tour of the winery. If you’d rather relax and take it easy this morning, you can join us at noon when we depart for the Harvest Celebration at La Morada de los Andes.
The Harvest Celebration is a memorable occasion every year! A lively group gets together and mingles with other special guests, including the entire Ushay team. This is both a time for learning and enjoyment, featuring a very special and unique Argentine lunch and of course, an abundance of fine wines!
We’ll head back to the hotel for some rest and relaxation before our dinner at Salentein, complete with wine tasting.
Overnight at Posada Salentein. B, L, D
Saturday, March 12
Day 14 – Return flight to Buenos Aires; meet evening flights returning home
Today is the last day of our official tour. We will make your flight reservation from Mendoza to Buenos Aires or to Santiago, Chile in time for you to catch your return flight as most depart in the evening.
(Note: This flight is NOT included in the pricing as it must be booked in conjunction with your return flight out of South America. Also, Santiago is closer than flying back to Buenos Aires so this is another option for your return international flight.)
Since you will be departing from the Uco Valley we need to allow enough time for your transfer back to Mendoza (about an hour and a half) so we will book flights accordingly.
If your flight is late in the day or if you want to extend your trip, then you also may want to join the Rosberg’s for a final wine tasting and asado with the Michelini brothers.
Matías, Gerardo and Juan Pablo Michelini are three brothers who are revolutionizing the wine industry in Mendoza. Each has his own project: Matías has Passionate Wine, Juan Pablo has Zorzal Wines, and Gerardo has Bodega Gen. Each of these wineries produces small amounts of several different cuvées that are renowned for their extreme personality and characteristics.
To give you an idea, they make orange wines; sharp, 9.5% alcohol Sauvignon Blanc; some of the best Pinot Noir in Mendoza; and they play with biodynamics. The brothers are getting 90+ scores on most of their wines… and the three of them jointly have a common project, called SuperUco. They are at the cutting edge of winemaking in Mendoza.
Sunday, March 13
Day 15 – Arrive Home
You'll arrive Stateside (or wherever your home may be) on this day.
***Please note that this schedule is subject to change***
Pricing and What's Included
To Register please call Barbara Perriello at Opportunity Travel:
+800-926-6575 or +561-243-2572.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $6,299 USD
Single Supplement: $1,399 USD
Sign on Early and Save! Reserve your place before January 8, 2016, and you’ll save $100 USD per person.
Past-Attendee Discount – If you've traveled with Opportunity Travel before, you're eligible for an additional $100. Also if you are an elite member with one of the Agora groups just let us know as you might also qualify for a discount.
Registration and Payment Details:
In order to hold a reservation for the tour, a $1,500 non-refundable deposit is due now and full payment is due on January 21, 2016.
This Trip Includes:
- 3 internal flights: From Buenos Aires to Bariloche roundtrip and Buenos Aires to Mendoza. (Note: final flight from Mendoza to Buenos Aires or Santiago, Chile is not included)
- 12 nights' luxury accommodation at world-class hotels (February 29-March 12)
- All breakfasts, some lunches, and most dinners
- Several cocktail receptions
- Guided tours
- A spectacular tango show in Buenos Aires
- Harvest Celebration in Mendoza with Andres Rosberg, President of the Argentine Wine Association
- All taxes
- Assistance from our staff throughout the program
Price Does NOT Include:
- International Airfare (however, we can assist you in booking your flights).
- Passport or Visa fees.
- Argentina Reciprocity Fee. The visa for Argentina is generally known as the Argentina Reciprocity Fee. The cost is approximately $160 but if you have been to this country previously and have this in your passport, it is good for 10 years.
- The internal flight, From Mendoza to either Buenos Aires or Santiago Chile.
- Travel Insurance
- Personal expenses. (Alcoholic beverages outside meals, laundry, telephone calls or tips to local guides).
Optional activities with fees (Massages, horseback riding etc.).
International Air Fare is NOT included: Since we are a full service travel agency, we are more than happy to assist you with booking flights from your home city into Montevideo, Uruguay and returning from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Also, the flight from Mendoza on the return is not included as we need to book that to connect with your international flight.
Protect Your Investment: TRAVEL INSURANCE
For the protection of your investment, we strongly recommend that you purchase individual TRIP, AIR, HEALTH, ACCIDENT, BAGGAGE AND CANCELLATION INSURANCE.
We feel this is a must these days.
Please contact Maria Maher in our office at +800.926.6575 or +561.266.6570 for more information. Please note that rates are based on the total dollar amount of your trip and your age.
If you would like a quote and to book your travel insurance online we offer two options:
- Travel Guard Insurance: click here for a quote.
- Travel Insured Insurance: click here for a quote.
The tour is completely non-refundable. If you cancel due to medical reasons that are covered by your purchased travel-insurance policy, we will advise the insurance company that your travel and conference or tour fees are non-refundable.
DISCLAIMER: Nothing in this communication should be considered personalized investment advice. Although our employees may answer your general customer service questions, they are not licensed under securities laws to address your particular investment situation. No communication by our employees to you should be deemed as personalized investment advice.
In the interest of full disclosure:
- Opportunity Travel may receive commissions from any sales made during this trip;
- The Harvest Celebration in Mendoza is sponsored by Ushay Investments.
Unless otherwise noted, accommodations are based on double occupancy. Participants who specifically request single accommodations must pay a single supplement. If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room with another participant, we will try to find a roommate for you although we cannot guarantee a match. The single supplement cost is due when you register. If a roommate is available, we will issue you a credit.
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Limitations & Participant’s Responsibility:
Please realize that on this tour you will encounter many cultural and geographical differences such as ethnic foods, changes in altitude and weather. At times our tours could be physically demanding and may require climbing stairs and extensive walking. We try to stay at the best or most accommodating hotels in each area, but at times we may run into hotels with problems or limitations such as weak water pressure, limited or no hot water, lack of elevators and handicap facilities and no non-smoking rooms.
Participants have the responsibility to select a trip appropriate to their abilities and interests. We are happy to discuss our tours with you, as well as provide you with names of past participants who can discuss their experience with you. Participants are held responsible for being in sufficient good health to undertake the trip and are responsible for preparing for the trip by studying the itinerary and pre-departure information packets sent by OT & CS.