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Argentina – Adventures

Argentina is a vast country that has much to offer, if you are a resourceful traveler. From towering peaks and rolling vineyards to frosty sailings, there seems to be no end to the adventures to be had. Here are some terrific opportunities that you may consider on your Argentina trip. The best part is—you don’t need to be an expert or an Olympic athlete to take advantage of the natural beauty and fun activities all across the country!

photo by Miguel Vieira

Take a Catamaran along the Beagle Channel

Take a catamaran tour from Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel. Experience the frozen beauty of the southernmost tip of the Americas, and glimpse a world of wildlife and glaciers. Float by small islands and coastal scenery, and keep your eyes peeled for seals, sea lions, and coastal birds. Admire the photo opportunities of Bird Island and Seal Island, before making your way over to the 74-foot Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse.

photo by Phillip Capper

Ride up to the Andes

Experience the best of the Andes along part of the Pan-American Highway. Walk in the footsteps of Charles Darwin for some incredible vistas! A well-qualified guide will take you to the panoramas circling the highest mountain of the Americas—Aconcagua. Stop at various cultural sites along the way including Puente del Inca rock bridge and Las Cuevas. Chat with the locals in the high alpine villages of Potrerillos and Uspallata, and scan the archaeological remains at Picheuta.

Paraglide over Mendoza

In Mendoza and had your satisfying fill of Argentine wine? Clear your head and pump up your adrenaline with a paragliding excursion! With spectacular, unforgettable views of the city and the surrounding Andes, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Jump off the summit of Cerro Arco with an expert and let yourself soar like an eagle!

photo by Alex Proimos

Socialize with Gauchos

Experience Argentine culture at its heart—with local gauchos (cowboys). You’ll ride through the plans to a ranch and be welcomed by a reception at a pub with—what else?—empanadas and wine. Indulge in some traditional, succulent BBQ with locally brewed maté.

Enjoy the history of Santa Susana town and its museum and church, go on a horse-drawn carriage ride or horseback ride. During lunch, enjoy the lively tango and folk show, then the boleadoras, a performance of throwing weapons used by gauchos. Engage in the cowboy spirit while watching typical gaucho games of the ring race, animal herding, and the cuadreras race (a 400-meter horse race).

Ride a boat across the Rio de la Plata

Take a ferry from the Rio de la Plata into Uruguay. Enjoy a walking tour of the city of Colonia del Sacramento, a historic Uruguayan town just minutes away from Buenos Aires. Discover UNESCO World-Heritage architecture and enjoy a delicious lunch at your leisure. Wander around the historic quarter and take in the Portuguese-influenced city gate, drawbridge, lighthouse, basilica, and convent ruins.

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River Raft in Mendoza

Hop aboard with your fellow passengers and expert guide, and start paddling! Our preferred vendors offer a day rafting in Mendoza! Create a memorable excursion that will take you through the countryside of Mendoza to the town of Cordillerano de Potrerillos. With a professional guide, participate in this sport guaranteed to get your heart pumping, and learn to navigate level 3 and 4 rapids. Take home some unforgettable memories of racing through the Argentine torrent!

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Admire the Fuegian Lakes

Don’t have time for a full-length tour of Patagonia? Opt for a full-day tour to Lake Escondido and Lake Fagnano and uncover the stunning mountains and valleys of Patagonia. With a local guide and roundtrip transportation included, embark on a wild journey into the heart of the Fuegian region. Cross the rustic Garibaldi Pass, admire the curve of the gorgeous Andes, and delve into the local immigrant history. Your trip will conclude in Las Cotorras Valley, where you’ll indulge in a traditional lamb barbecue!

Willamette Intl Travel can arrange these trips and more well before your trip begins! Ask us about more opportunities abroad. Call us at 503.224.0180 or email info@wittravel.com.

 

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Vendor of the Month: Avanti Destinations

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Willamette Intl Travel uses Avanti Destinations as one of our main tour operators in Central America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Avanti is world-renowned, a member of the United States Tour Operators Association, and have been in the business for over thirty years. Best of all, they are based in Portland, Ore., right around the corner from Willamette Intl Travel!

Avanti offers fully customizable tours in a range of destinations—from jungles and mountains to deserts and islands. Their established, creative itineraries are designed to make the most of your cultural jaunt abroad—and can even be tailored to the minute details to your interests and needs. They even offer theme journeys, focusing on ecology, adventure, food and wine, romance, etc.

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Avanti’s services extend to transfers, tours, lodgings, day trips and more. They keep a range of hand-picked accommodation on list—from lodges, villas, and condos—and every property has been inspected by an employee. These visits ensure the lodgings are of the highest quality, while maintaining a range sensitive of varying budgets. Avanti can arrange shared and private transfers to and from the airport/each destination. In some major ports, they can even arrange pre- or post-cruise itineraries for comprehensive land tour. Day tours are booked with local tour operators, keeping you always on schedule, and with local guides who have grown up in and around the region.

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On a recent itinerary to Costa Rica, we booked some of our clients on an adventurous tour through cloud forests and volcanoes. They spent a week traversing treetop walkways, river-boating, swimming in hot springs, and horse-riding on the beaches of Guanacaste. To quote one client, “This was the best vacation of my life!”

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Travelers on an Avanti booking have:

  • – Taken a bus through the Andes to Puerto Natales
  • – Cruised the channels of Tierra del Fuego from Ushuaia
  • – Caught glimpses of the leopard and cranes in the forests, lowlands and wetlands of the Pantanal
  • – Spent a night overlooking the Iguassu Falls
  • – Wandered the cobblestoned streets of the colonial city of Paraty
  • – Explored the boutiques and glitzy restaurants of Buzios on the charming Costa Verde
  • – Savored wine in the Loire valleys
  • – Hiked Chile’s spectacular Torres del Paine National Park and the Atacama Desert with its salt flats and dramatic volcanoes
  • – Zip-lined in the butterfly-rampant Cloud Forest of Monteverde
  • – Visited the Uros-Iruitos floating reed islands and the quaint village of Copacabana
  • – Traced the cultural journeys of the pre-Inca Chimu and Moche civilizations, climbed the pyramids of Tucume, and visited the tomb of the Lord of Sipan in Huaca Rajada

Ask us more about Avanti or call us to find more about destinations. We can be reached at 800.821.0401 or info@wittravel.com.

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