Argentina and Chile holiday
Description of Argentina and Chile holiday
This Argentina and Chile holiday takes you on a 13 day tour of Chile and northern Argentina, travelling by 4WD with a small group of fellow travellers and expert local drivers and guides. As well as taking in some well known highlights, you’ll visit the remote Puna desert region, discovering multi-hued mountains, giant cacti, arid landscapes and ancient traditions along the way.
You’ll be bowled over by the drama and variety of the landscape, but particular highlights include the historical villages, colourful mountains and otherworldy rock formations of the Quebrada of Humahuaca; El Tatio Geyser Field, the third largest field in the world and home to over 80 geysers; the wild and desolate Valle de la Luna, whose terrain of made of salt, clay and gypsum is so inhospitable that no living thing thrives here; and Antofalla, once an important station for llama caravans and now home to a tiny community of shepherds.
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PlanetThe Puna region is extremely fragile, that's why our trips are designed and operated on the basis of environmental care and respect for the culture of the people and the nature of the Andes. 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 delicate local environment. During this tour, our guides understand that they have a responsibility for preserving and protecting the environment and wildlife of the Puna. They are also briefed on local issues and check on industrial activities in the area: in particular mining which they are able to report any abuses taking place.
We do everything possible to reduce our waste while travelling, using local cafes and restaurants. We also work extremely closely with our locally owned suppliers to inform and educate their staff about a range of issues, including litter and waste disposal, and the recycling of material. Clients are advised to bring their own water bottles rather than purchase plastic.
PeopleAs well as a local team of drivers and guides, we also use local guides in many of the places where we stop. We make sure that they are paid a wage which is generally higher than the local average. The guides are well trained and there are no additional costs associated with the training program. We try and use small, family run operations to ensure that we help sustain the community economy, and actively seek them out rather than using international chains.
In Tolar Grande, Pocitos Antofallita, El Mojon, Angastaco (in the Calchaquíes Valleys) to name a few; meals, breakfasts and snacks are prepared in houses of people who live in the area and, that over time, have learned to serve their guests the best way without abandoning its authenticity.
All of our trips include visits to local markets, craft shops and fairs. As well as being good for the local economy this gives travellers to the country a real feel for the life and culture of this remote area of Argentina and Chile.