Argentina and Uruguay holiday
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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PlanetAccommodation 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 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.
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.
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.
PeopleWe 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.
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.