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Join Sue Gardiner in South America in 2020. Take in contemporary art and cultural highlights including Sao Paulo and Brasilia, a visit to Inhotim (world famous sculpture park near Belo Horizonte), and time taking in Rio. Including work of architect Oscar Niemeyer and landscape architect Roberto Burle-Marx. Enjoy the art and culture of Buenos Aires.

This will be a comprehensive itinerary that will provide you a unique experience of modern and contemporary art and architecture in South America, including professional guides, unique experiences and amazing food.

Highlights include:

Buenos Aires

  • MALBA Museum and Parque de la Memoria in Buenos Aires
  • The fabulous Tigre Delta and its waterways
  • Artist Studios and dealer galleries

Sao Paolo



 Rio de Janiero

  • Christ the Redeemer
  • Copacabana Beach
  • Museum of Modern Art and Niemeyer’s Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Sunset Cruise across the bay
  • Landscape architect Roberto Burle-Marx home and gardens
  • Dealer galleries and private collections

 See our current itinerary inclusions below 


 SOUTH AMERICA   May 10 – 26 2020

Join Sue Gardiner in South America in 2020.

*Itinerary very much subject to change – including artist and private collection visits.

Sunday, May 10 2020 

Welcome to Buenos Aires
Transfer to hotel, check in and free time to rest. Welcome dinner. 
Overnight at hotel. 

 Recoleta Grand or Similiar


Monday, May 11 Buenos Aires

Walking tour: Guided by a renowned historian and professor at the University of Buenos Aires, we will be treated to a tour of beautiful Buenos Aires & its neighbourhoods, focusing on the most significant sites, with an emphasis on cultural and socio-political events that shaped the growth of a village that became megalopolis. Notable highlights will include the Main Square, the colonial town-hall, the financial district (Buenos Aires’ answer to Wall Street), Plaza de Mayo and its neo-classical Cathedral, the ’Casa Rosada’ (“Pink House”) Presidential Palace, plus numerous Neoclassical jewels along the Avenida de Mayo. Including the famous La Boca area.

Visit Parque de la Memoria (The Remembrance park) is a public space situated in front of the Río de la Plata. It is a memorial to the victims of the 1976–83 military regime. The park covers about 14 hectares (34.5 acres). In October 2006 a ramped path was installed as well as commemorative sculptures, dedicated to the victims of the government sponsored violence. The ramped path is meant to form a giant “wound” in the lawn of the park leading toward the river, where the name of those killed or vanished are located. The park contains 18 sculptures, 12 of which were chosen through a competition, the other six were by artists with a commitment to human rights. Sculptures by Roberto Aizenberg, William G. Tucker, and Dennis Oppenheim were installed and dedicated at the park during October 2006. There is also a public meeting hall in the park used for purposes related to the arts, science and the memory of the victims of the reorganization.

On the return to the hotel stop by MALBA. We will be led on an informative guided tour of MALBA (Museum of Latin American Art, Buenos Aires), where we will discover a thoughtful selection of pieces that best represent Latin American art.
Remainder of the evening and dinner on your own. A list of recommended restaurants will be provided and we will assist with reservations.
Overnight at Hotel. 

Tuesday, May 12 Buenos Aires

 Visit the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes for an overview of 20th Century Argentinian and Latin American Art. We will start by works by Barradas, Xul Solar, Pedro Figari, Joaquín Torres García, Emilio Pettoruti and Alicia Penalba. We will also appreciate works by kinetic artists Gyula Kosice, Julio Le Parc and Martha Boto, as well as, Argentine art from 1960 to 1980 through works by Ernesto Deira, Jorge de la Vega, Rómulo Macció, Luis Felipe Noé, Antonio Saura, Carlos Alonso, Antonio Seguí, Juan Carlos Distéfano, Edgardo Giménez and Marta Minujin, among others.  

 Lunch at Gardiner, restaurant located by the river Rio de la Plata in the Costanera Norte where you will be able to savor traditional Argentinean dishes. 
We will board the bus to Tigre Delta.

The region is vast. At 5,405 square miles, the Tigre Delta is among the world’s largest, and it is one of the only major deltas in the world that does not empty into a sea or ocean. It flows instead into the Río de la Plata, which separates Argentina and Uruguay, after the Río Paraná splits into several smaller rivers and forms a multitude of sedimentary islands covered in forest and grasslands. With its islands and canals, Tigre is what Venice might have looked like before development.Arrival in Tigre where we will board a boat to Isla del Descanso, a magical island located in the River Sarmiento. We will have a guided tour of the sculpture garden with the owners Claudio and Felipe. We will view works by Argentinian artists like Pablo Reinoso, Bastón Díaz, Carlos Gallardo and José Fioranvanti.Board the bus to continue to return to hotel. 

Remainder of the evening and dinner on your own. A list of recommended restaurants will be provided and we will assist with reservations.
Overnight at hotel.   

Wednesday, May 13 Buenos Aires

Visit the studio of Leandro Erlich*. Erlich is an internationally exhibited Argentine conceptual artist. He is best known for his installations using optical illusions and sound effects to shake up our notions of common sense. In 2001 he represented Argentina at the Venice Biennial and was included in the main section of the biennial once again in 2005. The artist’s work was also included in the 2000 Whitney Biennial and the 2001 Istanbul Biennial. In 2008 Erlich created a swimming pool installation, which was on display at MoMA PS1 in the Long Island City section of Queens, New York City 

The artist Nicola Costantino* will receive us for a unique lunch at her studio. Nicola is an internationally renowned artist who has exhibited in leading museums. Her work about Eva Perón was shown at the Venice Biennale in 2013. 

After lunch we will visit the area Museum of Contemporary Art, and stop at the Kirchner Cultural Center before arriving at the hotel
Return to hotel to freshen up for an (optional extra) Dinner and Tango Show Dinner and Tango Show.  

Overnight at hotel

Thursday, May 14 Buenos Aires-São Paulo

Free morning to explore Buenos Aires on your own and afternoon transfer to airport. 
Late afternoon arrival in São Paulo and check in at hotel. 

Dinner on your own. A list of recommended restaurants will be provided and we will assist with reservations.
Overnight at Hotel Tivoli

Friday, May 15  São Paulo

Possible visit to the José Olympio* collection. Featuring works by Sandra Cinto, Adriana Varejao, Jac Leriner and Vik Muniz.

Visit to dealer gallery Galpão Fortes D’Aiola & Gabriel

Directed by Marcia Fortes, Alessandra d`Aloia  and  Alexandre Gabriel, this gallery is the most reputable in São Paulo. It represents very succesful Brazilian artists like: Adriana Varejão, Beatriz Milhazes, Ernesto Neto, Iran do Espírito Santo, José Damasceno, Leda Catunda, Nuno Ramos, Rivane Neuenschwander, Osgemeos and Los Carpinteros.

Lunch at the Pinacoteca Café. 

We will visit the Pinacoteca a beautiful exhibition space that links contemporary art with classical pieces.  The building was renovated by Paulo Mendes da Rocha (winner of the 2006 Pritzker Prize) in 1993. His restoration of the 19th-century building included adding glass roofs for the courtyards, transforming the central courtyard into a slightly sunken auditorium and connecting the upper galleries with metal catwalks. 
This afternoon visit the home of a local collector before returning to the hotel.
Remainder of the evening and dinner on your own. 

Overnight at hotel(B,L)

Saturday, May 16   São Paulo 

Visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art MAC –USP, and the Museum of Modern Art in Ibirapuera Park. Lunch at the museum’s restaurant and view Oscar Niemeyer’s key works in the park, and stroll by the lake.

Visit to Galeria Nara Roesler.

Nara Roesler shows more than forty artists, many of them Latin American practitioners of various generations, including those born in the 1920s and ‘30s, like Hélio Oiticica and Julio Le Parc; Paulo Bruscky and Antonio Dias, born in the ‘40s; and children of the ‘60s and ‘70s, such as Vik Muniz, Virginia de Medeiros, and Cao Guimarães. Nara Roesler also works with artists hailing from other parts of the globe, representing Daniel Buren and Isaac Julien in Brazil.

This afternoon drive to the fabulous SESC Pompeia. Experience the unique architecture and social outlook of the SESC program.
Return to the hotel and freshen up for dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight at hotel.  (B,L)  

Sunday, May 17  São Paulo – Brasilia

This morning wander nearby pedestrianized Paulista Avenue, one of the main roads of Sao Paolo, for a combination of people watching and an architectural experience, including the newest SESC, and Japan House. Finish our time in Sao Paolo with a visit to iconic MASP Museum before we take the bus for an afternoon flight to Brasilia.

Transfer to Congonhas airport for an afternoon flight to Brasilia. 
Dinner in Brasilia, and prepare to visit some of the architectural highlights of this city of the future.

Monday, May 18  Brasilia

Today we will visit select buildings designed by Oscar Niemeyer and others. See end of itinerary for a list of Brasilia buildings. 

Return to hotel. Dinner on own tonight.

Tuesday, May 19- Brasilia- Belo Horizonte

In the morning, we will visit two buildings that were part of the Brasilia’s beginnings.  
We will fly to Belo Horizonte. Check in at hotel. 

Possible private collection* visit. 

Dinner at Belo Horizonte. 
Overnight at Mercure Belo Horizonte. 

Wednesday, May 20  Belo Horizonte

Visit Inhotim-Bernardo Paz collection. 
Mr. Paz maintains his art collection in modern pavilions spread throughout acres of gardens, lakes and walkways. Each building interacts with the natural surroundings and compliments the tropical landscape. Featured artists include Jose Damasceno, Tunga, Cildo Meireles ,Janet Cardiff, Doug Aitken, Ollafur Eliasson, Tunga, Mathew Barney, Dan Graham, Carlos Garaicoa, Jorge Macchi, Adriana Varejao, Cristina Iglesias and any others.
Lunch at Tamboril restaurant, located by the lake in a lush tropical setting.
Visit of the collection.
Depart Inhotim 
Dinner on your own.  (B,L)

Thursday, May 21  BH-Rio de Janeiro

Depart hotel. 
Flight to Rio de Janeiro

Visit MAR (Museu de Arte do Rio de Janeiro) and wander across the plaza for lunch at Museu do Amanhã by architect Santiago Calatrava. 
Travel to Niteroi across the Guanabara Bay to visit the almost complete buildings by architect Oscar Niemeyer: Fundação Oscar Niemeyer (Niemeyer Foundation), Teatro Popular (Popular Theater), Memorial Roberto Silveira (Museum of Niteroi).   Visit The Contemporary Art Museum in Niteroi, designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1996, will be our next visit.  Built in a spectacular and privileged location surrounded by mountains and overlooking the ocean, the museum is one of the architect’s most prized masterpieces.

Return to Rio de Janeiro on a sailing boat across Guanabara Bay.    

Return to the hotel.
Dinner at Bazzar(B,L,D)

Friday, May 22  Rio de Janeiro

Depart hotel to visit Burle Marx Gardens
Roberto Burle Marx was a Brazilian landscape architect (as well as a painter, print maker, ecologist, naturalist, artist and musician) whose designs of parks and gardens made him world famous. He was one of the first people to call for the conservation of Brazil’s rainforests. More than 50 plants bear his name. He amassed a substantial collection of plants at his home, including more than 500 philodendrons.
Lunch at Quinta.  

Visit art galleries in Gávea:  Carpintaria and OM
Opened in November 2016 by Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, Carpintaria is its Rio de Janeiro branch. The project is part of the Vila Portugal complex, a cultural and gastronomic center located in the premises of Jockey Club of Rio de Janeiro, and it occupies the building where an old carpentry used to function – hence the name choice. The space was remodeled by Pedro Evora and Pedro Rivera, from Rua Arquitetos, with the concern of keeping its original features as conserved as possible. The only radical change was the elevation of the ceiling height, but the wooden A-frames and the original tiles have been kept. It is a large and versatile space, overlooking the racetrack and the city´s mountains.Return to hotel. 
Remainder of the evening and dinner on your own. A list of recommended restaurants will be provided and we will assist with reservations.
Overnight at Hotel

Saturday, May 23  Rio de Janeiro

Visit a private collection overlooking Copacabana Beach.  

Possible Artist Studio Visit 
Jose Bechara* 

The artists most significant solo and group exhibitions include those held at the Culturgest, in Lisbon, Portugal; the XXV So Paulo International Biennial, Brazil; the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the Tomie Ohtake Institute, in So Paulo, Brazil; the Arizona State University Art Museum in Phoenix, Arizona; the Patio Herreriano Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art, in Valladolid, Spain; the Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM), in Valencia, Spain; and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MARCO), in Vigo, Spain. His works are included in public and private collections in Brazil and abroad.

Lunch at Laguiole at the Museum of Modern Art. 

Visit the Musuem of Modern Art, an impressive modernist building designed by architect Affonso Reidy that holds the collection of Gilberto Chateaubriand. 
Visit to the Christ the Redeemer,  Rio’s quintessential iconic mountains for a breathtaking view of the city.
Return to hotel. 
Depart hotel for dinner. 
Farewell dinner.

Sunday, May 24  Rio de Janeiro

Free morning to enjoy Rio de Janeiro at your own pace. 
Afternoon transfer to the airport and flight from Rio via Buenos Aires to New Zealand.Arriving home early 26 May.




 Price Budget $17000 – $18000 NZD twin share, exchange rate dependent. (At NZD/USD 0.65 the cost is $17800)

Single Supplement: $2500 NZD 

4 Nights Buenos Aires

3 Nights Sao Paolo

2 nights Belo Horizonte (inhotim)

2 Nights Brasilia

3 nights in Rio

As usual Sue and I will be travelling, and we will have a good deal of assistance on the ground too.


• Domestic airfares in economy class.
• All group transfers
• Meals as outlined in final itinerary: daily breakfasts and dinners and lunches
• Bottled water, sodas, fruit juices, wine and beer are included at all meals.
• Transportation in an air-conditioned private coach
• Program direction and coordination, full-time escort from Art Quest International.
• Local guides in each city as necessary
• Entrance fees to all museums and events listed in itinerary
• Tips to guides, drivers, restaurant staff, and hotel porters


• International Airfares (Economy from $2200, Premium – approx. $4000 – 5000, Business Approx $7500 – $10000)
• Travel Insurance (Mandatory)

Cancellation fees and other House of Travel terms and conditions apply

Travel Insurance is mandatory and should be taken out at time of deposit
A moderate degree of fitness should be required for this tour as there will be walking and climbing stairs required.

Minimum Group Size is 14 guests: Maximum is 16

Minimum Numbers are required by 31 August 2019