Tour of Argentina
Description of Tour of Argentina
This 12-day, small group tour of Argentina includes two days in Chile as you start your trip in the Chilean capital of Santiago. This 500 year old colonial city sits on a wide plain with a magnificent Andean backdrop. You will spend a night here, with plenty of time to enjoy a guided tour of this fine city. Next up is coastal Valparaiso, Chile’s second city, and worth the day trip before hitting the more remote spots of northern Argentina.
We then take one of four internal flights on this trip into Mendoza in Argentina, located in an extraordinary setting where desert meets the Andes. It is home to equally extraordinary vineyards and visits to wineries are very much on the cards here. More Andean treats await after our next flight north to Salta, a town with more incredible vistas and vineyards, as well as a fascinating indigenous history.
Every day brings new landscapes and colours on this trip, from the red canyons around Cafayate to the dramatic Iguazú Falls on the Brazilian border. If Iguazú is the natural heritage finale of this trip, the cultural heritage one is in Buenos Aires, considered to be one of Latin America’s most cosmopolitan cities. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy a guided tour of the capital, eat fine food in the San Telmo district and, of course, try out some tango.
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Planet and peopleWe work with local guides throughout Argentina, not only supporting local employment, but our guides are best positioned to teach you about the local flora and fauna, as well as the more disturbing aspects of the local environment, notably the receding glaciers and areas of former deforestation. On our small group tours our guides, and tour leaders, advise how best to minimise our impact whilst travelling in this region and the receding glaciers act as stark reminder of what we can also do back home to minimise the impact of our humankind on the environment.
Much of this tour is spent in the national parks of Argentina. When inside the parks we ask clients to keep all waste with them until back in the nearest town, to walk only on designated paths, and not to pick flowers or disturb the natural resources. Given the purity of the water in Patagonia, we also encourage clients to drink tap water rather than buy bottled water, to avoid excess waste of plastic.
One of the major attractions of the tour is the visit to the Iguazú Falls. The falls lie in both Brazil and Argentina. UNESCO, in association with the WWF, works to coordinate both the Brazilian and Argentine sides of the National Park, and make sure that all the money raised from the thousands of visitors each year in entrance fees is properly distributed to the protection and development of the area.
Throughout this tour we work with small privately owned ground agents who live in the area, have established RT policies in place, and employ local guides and staff. The hotels on this tour are individual properties, not part of international chains and we eat in local restaurants serving locally grown produce – our style of travel ensures that as many local people as possible benefit by our being there. This tour runs with a maximum of 20 people which helps to minimise the impact on delicate environments.
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