Argentina and Uruguay holiday

“ A tantalising taste of South America, taking in three countries, a working ranch and both sides of Iguazu Falls, with a small group of like minded travellers for company ”

Highlights

Montevideo | Ranch Stay | Colonia del Sacramento | BUenos Aires | Iguazu Falls | Rio de Janeiro

Description of Argentina and Uruguay holiday

This Argentina and Uruguay is a fantastic introduction to three of the most exciting countries in South America. This 14 day trip skirts focuses on the eastern coast of the continent, with time spent in three dynamic cities – Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro – as well as a two day stay on a working estancia in Uruguay. You’ll also visit one of the oldest colonial towns in South America and visit one of the continent’s most dramatic natural sites - the Iguazu Falls - from both the Argentinian and the Brazilian sides.

Along the way you’ll experience some of the best steak and wine in the world, and get to take in a tango show in Buenos Aires. You’ll travel with a maximum of 15 other like minded travellers, with expert guides on hand to show you what’s what, and night spent in small, locally run hotels and guesthouses.

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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Argentina and Uruguay holiday

Environment

Accommodation and Meals:
On this trip, we stay in various locally owned hotels where they employ local staff and purchase local produce wherever possible. This ensures that the money remains in the local community and benefits them economically. When food is not provided, our local guides will encourage and recommend clients to visit local restaurants and cafes to try local specialties. Argentine cuisine is a mix of Mediterranean influences with popular dishes such as chorizo (pork sausage), morcilla (blood sausage) and empanadas (small pastries mainly filled with meat, cheese and sweet corn).

Local craft and culture:
There is so much culture to be explored and discovered on this trip. In Uruguay, we visit the historic quarter of the city of Colonia del Sacramento for a walking tour to find out some of the towns rich history and learn why it is declared a UNESCO world heritage site. In Buenos Aires, we visit the well-known Recoleta cemetery, one of the most unusual and interesting cemeteries in the world. The cemetery holds the graves of notable people including Eva Peron, the first lady of Argentina. Clients also get to watch a tango show in the old quarter of San Telmo. And in Rio de Janeiro, we visit the most famous landmark there – Christ the Redeemer Statue.

There are plenty of opportunities to support local craft and businesses as street vendors and smaller markets are easily found during the trip. In Montevideo, we will visit local markets where clients can try local food and see how they are made. Laws in Argentina regarding endangered species are quite strict and the sale of products made from these species is prohibited. Nonetheless, our local guides will still advise clients on what can be purchased and what should be avoided.

A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. The leaders will give a briefing on Responsible Tourism issues to help clients understand how they can help reduce their impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from our visit.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with trips such as this and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Wherever possible we provide safe alternative sources of water to buying single use plastic bottles. This may be through large water containers, or encouraging our passengers to filter, sterilise or purify water. We encourage all our passengers to come prepared with a reusable water bottle for this purpose.

Group Size:
This is a small group tour, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

UK Office:
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through energy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.

Community

We use a variety of hotels for 8 nights of the trip and mountain refuges for 4 nights. All accommodation is locally staffed, which helps to keep money in the community. This is especially significant in the more remote areas which we encounter on the tour. We try to select accommodation with strong environmental policies, like the Refugio Torre Central in Torres del Paine, which uses renewable solar and wind power. They also have tight recycling regulations and a system which cleans and re-uses water from the showers and toilets. Most meals are provided in lunch boxes and consist of fresh, locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. Guides encourage guests to spread their commerce to a variety of local restaurants in the evenings as this is more authentic and helps the economy. Chile is well known for barbeques and wine but they also have several micro-breweries and some wonderful, local seafood.

Local Craft and Culture:
There are several local craft and food markets on this tour which sell traditional handicrafts and regional delicacies- like in San Pedro de Atacama and Punta Arenas. These are great opportunities to support small vendors and get in insight into daily life for many locals. Handmade earthenware, painted pottery, brightly woven textiles and intricate jewellery are all common items. At the Central Market and Vega Central in Santiago it is possible to buy and eat an array of colourful, fresh local food- fruit, ice cream, empanadas, completes, shellfish and sopaipilla.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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