Our trip planners from this travel company planned our entire trip, we visited Iguazú, Buenos Aires and last we traveled down to Patagonia. Every step of the way, from the planning and communication beforehand to daily check-ins during our trip, was absolutely perfect. Our trip planners understood our priorities and what was most important to us, and they were always available and willing to answer our questions. The entire trip was spectacular from accommodations, to transportation, to activities during the trip. Our planners made sure everything went as planned and were available to assist with any little issue that arose - some examples of this were being able to coordinate a private trip and boat tour in Tigre when we requested it the day before, our planner speaking with the airport personnel in El Calafate when there was an airline strike and we nearly missed our flight, and making arrangements for one of our hotels to hold luggage that we wouldn't need in Patagonia so we didn't have to worry about flying there with extra baggage. We highly recommend this travel company for assistance in planning a wonderful trip to Argentina, they recommended the perfect excursions for us and secured reservations at some of the most exclusive and sought after properties that we never would have been able to get on our own. We could not be more pleased with our trip and will never forget it. Thank you for planning, organizing, and executing the PERFECT trip to Iguazu, Buenos Aires and Patagonia. We will be recommending you to all our friends and family and will definitely be using you in the future!!
1. Iguazú - The villas we stayed in were beautiful and the staff went above and beyond to meet our every request, including sending someone into town to buy Gatorade to stock our refrigerator and coming to our villa in the middle of the night to catch a frog that invited itself inside. Our private guide, Mau, was superb. He was happy to do as much or as little as we wanted to do each day, and he always had a little surprise planned for us during our excursions, like pulling off the road for a sunset champagne toast at the Awasi Yacu-í Reserve after a day of hiking, kayaking and having a delicious barbecue.
We spent two half-days visiting the Iguazú Falls, which were absolutely breathtaking. It was such a large waterfall system, some massive and powerful, some small and dainty, and again we saw plenty of wildlife while walking through Iguazú National Park. Our guides were incredibly knowledgable about the falls and the surrounding flora and fauna, and knew all of the tips and tricks about visiting the park, like the times to visit to avoid the crowds and the best places to stop to take in the beautiful views or snap a photo as you are getting soaked by the spray from the falls.
2. Buenos Aires - Our visit to Buenos Aires was the perfect eclectic mix of activities. Cecilia took us on a wonderful half-day city tour, concentrating on the old city of Buenos Aires. She was a wealth of knowledge and made exploring the area a delight. We especially enjoyed the rich and colorful history of La Boca and visiting the Recoleta Cemetery. We loved our private chef's dinner hosted in a cozy local home. The food was possibly the best we had on the whole trip and the atmosphere and company were so welcoming and fun. There was nothing better than "assisting" a private chef (Rodrigo) and then listening to two guitar players and a singer in our hostess's (Justina) living room while enjoying an exquisite meal. And a bonus on this evening was meeting our favorite driver in Buenos Aires, Mariano. He was just as knowledgable as any of the guides we had, traveling with him was like having a mini-private tour within our planned daily activity.
We really enjoyed the tango show, it was in an intimate theater and the performers were incredibly talented. We spent a wonderful half-day in Tigre on our private boat tour while exploring the intricate waterways connecting the many tiny islands that create this unique Delta of the Paraná River community. The bike tour allowed us experience more areas of the city like a local, and we also got to see Floralis Genérica, The Rose Garden and Bosques de Palermo. We also really liked spending another day with Rodrigo on a culinary tour of some of the best treats in the city. We took the local bus and got to have coffee, churros, pizza and mate, and finally shopped at a local store for some things to enjoy at a picnic in the park.
3. El Calafate - We were lucky enough to stay at a lodge which is on a sprawling estancia completely off the beaten path. The staff and service were impeccable, as were the restaurant and bar. We spent the first day at the Perito Moreno glacier which is in the Los Glaciares National Park , which is even more incredible than you can imagine from photos. Once inside the park we took a short boat cruise along the glacier's front wall. Our guide then lead us through the forest where we put on our crampons to do the mini-trekking which was a lot of fun, followed by the catwalks for stunning views of the glacier. This was absolutely the most unforgettable experience. You could not believe your eyes when pieces of the glacier begin to break away and fall into Lake Argentina. The next day we chose to do a private horseback ride on the lodge property which was an incredibly tranquil and serene way to spend the morning, taking in all of the natural beauty of our surroundings. That afternoon we decided to do zip line, a 2,500 meter zig-zagging line that is the longest in South America. Once getting over the initial shock of jumping off a platform and flying over the lower valley, it was such a thrill and we are glad we took the plunge. That afternoon we returned to our room to find champagne and snacks in honor of a very special birthday, and the chef went completely over the top creating a fabulous birthday cake to follow dinner that evening.
1. I think one more day in Iguazú would be helpful so that we could spend more time exploring the property itself and to be able to relax. We like to do a lot when we travel, but the property had so much to offer by just being at your villa at the plunge pool, or even sitting outside by the restaurant/bar and enjoying the good food and friendly staff.
2. I think one or two more days in Patagonia. Maybe even split the stay into two locations in Patagonia Argentina. We never had the chance to visit the town of El Calafate and the other glaciers are far away from the lodge, so committing an entire day just to travel to visit another glacier doesn't seem the best use of time.
3. Visit Ushuai, Bariloche and Mendoza.
4. Visit Chile and visit Awasi Patagonia. We would like to visit Chile and we don't know if it makes sense to visit Chile while in Argentina.
5. If we visited again we would like to figure out a better way to get money than just depending on ATMS. We spent a lot of money in fees. Now that we have the experience we know more than before.
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