Holiday in Argentina, Glaciers, Falls & Tango

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Responsible tourism: Holiday in Argentina, Glaciers, Falls & Tango

Environment

As a locally owned Argentine business, we strive to operate all of our tours in a responsible manner. We work with local tour operators, tour guides and properties to ensure that they understand the importance of protecting the environment as it is a finite resource that, if managed properly, can provide economic benefit to the local community.

We follow all local environmental laws and legislation, and work with local partners that minimally impact the natural surroundings to ensure that we protect the national parks and destinations that we visit for future generations.

National Park entrance fees are paid directly to the national parks by the clients to ensure that they directly support the parks´ maintenance and preservation.

During our trekking tours with overnight camping in a national park, local or wilderness site, we aim to minimize waste by using products with minimum packaging, leaving no litter behind, keeping all water sources clean and leave the camp sites cleaner than we found them. At the core of this effort is the desire to leave no trace behind and to minimize our impact on the beautiful lands that we visit.

We are working to keep our operations green and are utilizing web/e-communication to reduce paper consumption. We have taken the decision to no longer produce 75 page printed brochures and focus on web/e-communications. We utilize low energy lightbulbs in our offices, recycle paper/glass and try to minimize our water consumption. We also reduce our plastic bottle waste by providing refillable large water coolers. Additionally, we are constantly assessing our operations to see how we may partner with and support local communities, NGOs, wilderness areas, regional and national parks that we visit.

We are also looking into how we might implement a voluntary carbon-offset program for our clients.

Community

As an Argentine owned travel business, we understand the importance of supporting our local partners during both the good times and the bad times. By partnering with locally owned hotels, activity providers, guides, restaurants and properties over the years, we not only ensure a high level of quality and that our clients' needs are satisfied, but we also develop long term relationships with local business owners and help them plan and prepare for the busy and slow times of the year. And this also helps our clients to better experience the local culture.

We hire local guides and pay them a solid wage (which is generally higher than the local average). We also train our guides and cover the associated costs with the training program.

We prefer small, family run operations to ensure that we help sustain the community economy, and actively seek them out rather than using international chains.

We donate each month to the Argentine not-for-profit organization, “Por los Chicos” and our support benefits poor and vulnerable street children in Argentina.

In addition, we also share our ethos of cultural and environmental respect with our local partners. Be it a small hotel, mountain lodge, kayak or hiking guide/outfitter, we ensure that they work their best to incorporate environmental and culturally sensitive best practice in their operations, so as to benefit the diverse communities in which we operate.

On this trip in particular, we work closely with the Iguazu community and in our pre-departure materials (and on tour) we recommend local cafes, restaurants and shops to ensure that our clients support the local businesses. In addition, we hire local Argentine guides from Iguazu to ensure that our clients will have the best local leaders available.

We also work closely with the local El Calafate community and in our pre-departure materials (and on tour) we recommend local cafes, restaurants and shops to ensure that our clients support the local businesses. In addition, we hire local Argentine guides to ensure that our clients have the best local leaders available.

Reviews of Holiday in Argentina, Glaciers, Falls & Tango

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


So many highlights: tango in Buenos Aires, the unforgettable Iguazu Falls; but for me Patagonia and particularly the Perito Merino glacier was the outstanding memory of the trip. Nature in raw, exquisite and awe-inspiring beauty: simply
stunning.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


You do need to pack for different weather conditions but even so do try to pack lightly so you still have space for all the things you will want to buy whilst you are there.

Do consider also going to other parts of Argentina to also take in the less-touristy areas.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, these locations are prime visitor sites so clearly they are quite commercial. Even so we were able to meet local people and support local artisans.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic - this was a great trip. We added this week to Buenos Aires, Iguazu and El Calafate on to an independent trip covering the northwestern areas around Salta, Cafayate etc. Although Argentina is a huge and varied country, we felt we saw a great deal of different environments, stunning scenery and met some wonderful people.

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