Family Vacation and Whitewater Rafting

Our trip Argentina was the trip of a lifetime!  My husband, son (17) and daughter (15) recently returned from our 10 day trip over the Christmas holiday.  In planning the trip, we asked our travel agency to create a trip that combined good food, culture, adventure, and a chance to get to know and understand the Argentine people.  We got exactly that.  We started our trip spending 3 days in Buenos Aires. We stayed at a nice boutique hotel in the very cool, So-Ho like neighborhood of Palermo, in which we ate at cafes, walked through open air markets, explored the bright-colored streets filled with murals, and watched locals tango in “milangos” until the wee hours of the morning. We then shifted gears and went to a small Estancia (or ranch) outside of Buenos Aires, at which we shared a memorable Christmas dinner with the 10 other guests. Our next stop was Patagonia, the adventure part of our journey.  We white water rafted, went horse back riding, and trekked on the Perito Moreno glacier.  We also had plenty of time to take in a vast beauty of Patagonia, whose vistas change dramatically at every turn.  Our final stop was up North to Iguazu, experiencing the incredible Iguazu Falls, and ringing in the New Year with an innovative, delicious Italian tasting menu (with plenty of Argentine wine) at De la Fonte restaurant.   Throughout our visit we found everyone from our hotel hosts to our tour guides to our taxi drivers to be incredibly warm.  We learned much about Argentina and the local culture, and shared many laughs (in both English and Spanish).  In Buenos Aires our travel agent connected us with friends he knew well to show us some of the less traveled parts of the city.  And, despite covering LOTS of ground, the entire trip went incredibly smoothly.  Every transfer to every destination was clear and easy.

What were the most enjoyable or memorable parts of your trip?

Exploring Palermo in Buenos Aires, white water rafting and glacier trekking in Patagonia, getting to know some of the Argentine people, and drinking Malbec wine.

If you could take your trip again, what would you do differently?

We tried to cover a LOT of ground in 10 days.  Argentina is a very large country, with so much to discover in each stop.  We would probably have skipped Iguazu Falls (which was quite touristy and VERY hot), and traded it in for a stop in either Bariloche (the mountain/lakes region) or Mendoza (wine country).  Both are further South and would have taken less travel time.

On a logistical note, make sure that you pay close attention to the “vouchers” that you are provided for all of your activities and transfers.  There were a few instances in which the timings had changed, as had actual hotels or locations (relative to what was written in our itinerary).  This led to things like showing up 6 hours early to an activity and almost missing a flight.

Review by traveler Jennifer T. on 1.14.2018 for a customized tour designed by Travel Agency 2308545