Argentina self drive holiday
Description of Argentina self drive holiday
For those with a taste for adventure, the opportunity to take a self drive holiday in Argentina may prove irresistible. Three key advantages for you as a traveller: the freedom of the open road, to discover Argentina on your own terms; the peace of mind that comes from pre-booked accommodations, quality rental vehicle and 24-hour support, and an itinerary that takes in some of the most incredible destinations around the country: the Lake District from Bariloche, Glaciares National Park, and the lively Buenos Aires, home of the tango.
In Bariloche and Calafate a 2WD rental car will be waiting for you on arrival, for you to spend a couple of days driving around, with detailed route maps and information packs provided. You’ll stay largely in rustic, estancia-style accommodations, which while not luxurious are certainly very comfortable, and offer an insight into genuine Argentinean life you won’t get from a big hotel. And of course this is a tailormade tour, giving you flexibility with travel dates, itinerary and accommodation types.
There are several key highlights on your Argentina self-drive tour: the capital, Buenos Aires – you will have plenty of time to thoroughly roam the city with its tango bars, superb cuisine and historic architecture. The Argentinean Lake District, with suggested driving routes taking you through some of the region’s most magnificent scenery, and opportunities to pull over whenever you want for a lakeside stroll.
And then of course the famous Glaciares National Park in southern Patagonia. Here you’ll be able to admire up close some of the country’s most spectacular natural landmarks – the vast Perito Moreno glacier, and the massif of Mount Fitz Roy.
This Argentina holiday is a fantastic option for those with a love for walking, natural scenery, authentic rather than pre-packaged culture, and an urge to discover independently.
PlanetWe realise that travel and tourism can benefit as well as harm the environment, the economy and the social and cultural structures of communities. The concept of sustainable tourism - the travel trade’s principles of using tourism to benefit local communities, conserve natural resources, and bolster the survival of cultural heritage – lies close to our heart. Our love and passion for Latin America encourages us to do everything in our power to protect the destinations we take you to. As members of AITO, we are committed to AITO’s Sustainable Tourism Guidelines, which means that we ensure that environmental and cultural demands are kept as low as possible.
During this holiday you will visit national parks, including Los Glaciares National Park, Lanin National Park and Fitz Roy National Park. We follow local legislation and environmental laws, and fees are paid to the National Parks in order to contribute to the protection and the preservation of the local flora and fauna. Additionally, we carefully select our local partners, some we’ve worked with for over 25 years. They have a proven record in training guides to set a good example in their respect for the surroundings and the local communities. We will always encourage you to keep a few basic things in mind, including refilling your water bottle, disposing of rubbish in a responsible way and by staying on designated roads and trails. Furthermore, we’ve partnered up with Water to Go in hope to reduce plastic waste by offering clients 50% discount on filtered water bottles.
Moreover, we strive to use accommodation that reflect the area they are set in and respect their local surroundings and history, as well as the environment. In Patagonia for example we’ve selected accommodation at an unusual variety of rustic estancia-style properties. At Estancia Nibepo Aike in Los Glaciares for example you will be invited to take part in rural activities that are typical for this region. Cattle branding, dressage, milking, cattle herding and sheep shearing are a few example of optional activities while staying at the estancia. (Guided) horseback riding trips or hikes can be undertaken from most estancias as well to see the most of the local flora and fauna present.
PeopleDuring this holiday you will be utilising existing infrastructure, and we would like to encourage you to visit towns and villages along the way. We are more than happy to recommend local bars, restaurants and shops that we have tried and tested. Our local guides are on hand to provide advice on the best way to communicate with the local community, what and what not to buy, as well as explaining the importance of giving gifts responsibly, and acting in a respectful way while taking photographs.
Additionally, for this holiday we have selected accommodation in the countryside at an unusual variety of rustic estancia-style properties. Whilst not luxurious, what they lack in contemporary comfort is repaid with regional flavour. In San Martín de los Andes for example you stay at cosy country hideaway La Casa de Eugenia, a family-home-turned-guesthouse on the edge of a lake backed by forests. It was built in the 1920s and one of the first residences of the town. In 1997 the house was transformed into a hotel, while respecting and keeping the traditional features that still can be seen and experienced today. Moreover, at Estancia Nibepo Aike you are invited to experience what it’s like to take part in typical Patagonian cattle activities.