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  1. The heart of the city

    The Obelisk is a modern monument placed at the heart of Buenos Aires. It was built in May 1936 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first founding of the city. (Dennis Degnan / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Passion dance

    Two tango dancers perform in Calle Caminito, a street in La Boca district of Buenos Aires famous for this passionate dance. (Sergio Pitamitz / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Color block

    Colorful buildings are hard to miss on Caminito Street in Buenos Aires. (Sergio Pitamitz / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. A place in the sun

    Sun-seekers crowd a beach in Mar del Planta - Argentina's premier seaside resort on the southern coast of Buenos Aires Province. (Yann Arthus-bertrand / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A walk on the water

    The 335-foot-long suspension pedestrian bridge, Puente de la Mujer (Bridge of the Woman) was donated by Alberto L. Gonzales and his family to this city of Buenos Aires. Designed by Santiago Calatrava , it is the architect's only work in South America. (Michael Lewis / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Amazing acoustics

    The Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires is one of the most famous opera houses in the world. It has 2,367 seats and standing room for 1,000. (Hubert Stadler / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Capital beauty

    Finished in 1906, the National Congress Building in Buenos Aires is four stories high and has two pavilions, one on each side. (Anthony Cassidy / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 2/11/2010 8:38:41 AM ET 2010-02-11T13:38:41

The Real Deal: Three nights at the Hotel El Presidente in Santiago, three nights in Mendoza at a to-be-determined hotel, three nights at the Waldorf Hotel in Buenos Aires, ground transportation and an arrival transfer by bus, a local flight (between Mendoza and Buenos Aires on Aerolineas Argentinas), a full-day winery tour in Santiago, a half-day winery tour and cooking class in the Mendoza region, a full-day trip to a working ranch plus a cooking class, 11 meals (breakfast daily and two lunches), and the services of an English-speaking tour guide, from $1,530 per person—plus a $100 entry fee into Chile.

When: April 4, 2010; add $269 for Feb. 21, March 7, 21, July 25, Oct. 17, Nov. 7, 28, Dec. 19, 2010.

The fine print: Does not include a $100 entry fee per person into Chile. International airfare not included. Based on single or double occupancy (solo travelers will be paired with someone of the same gender). Solo travelers can have their own room for an extra $359. Maximum group size is 15 people; the average is 10 people. Use trip code CAG. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability (although these trips tend to sell out fast!).

Contact: Gap Adventures, 800/708-7761, gapadventures.com.

Why it's a deal: The April 4 trip date is 15 percent off regular prices for this package. The trip price breaks down to $170 per person per night for accommodations, bus transportation, a one-way flight between Mendoza and Buenos Aires, some meals, and the coordination of activities like wine tastings and cooking classes. You also have the benefit of an experienced, English-speaking guide. For the regularly priced trip dates, the price is about $200 per person per night.

More: Add nights at the Hotel El Presidente in Santiago from $75 per person, based on single or double occupancy.

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