WE booked a 16 day vacation in Argentina through Evaneos. The highlight of our vacation was a 3 day tour around Salta in the Andes where we had an excellent guide and visited some wonderful locations. We also visited Bariloche in Patagonia and had a guided visit to visit to Iguazu falls which I would highly recommend.
Our trip was well organised by Evanos and the local agent was very helpful. We had to re-book a flight (due to adverse weather) and this was handled smoothly by the agent in Buenos Aires.
This was the highlight of our visit to Argentina. Salta is a beautiful city and our hotel was located just off the main plaza (a great location). The hotel (Hotel Balcon de la Plaza) was charming and the staff very accommodating.The tour of the Lerma Valley, Cachi, Purmamarca, Tilcara and the Quebrada de Humahuaca were the highlights of our vacation. Our guide for the 3 days was from Uma travel (Javier) and he was great. He had an excellent knowledge of the local history and culture. Javier also chose very good restaurants for lunch and dinner featuring the local cuisine.
Unfortunately, our final stay in Buenos Aires, which was over Christmas (23-27 December) was disappointing. The agent booked us into hotel Casa Sur Palermo since over the Christmas period Palermo was supposed to be more lively, with numerous bars and restaurants open, compared with the centre of the city. Unfortunately, the opposite was the case; the majority of the bars and restaurants were closed. In addition, the hotel was not disappointing as many of the facilities were not available.
The other disappointmnet was our visit to an estancia on 23 December. Unfortunately, the property we visited, RANCH VILLA MARIA, was not a ranch at all but a country hotel where the main activity was organized polo matches or polo lessons (neither of which we had requested). The only activity was a horse ride (20 minutes) and a carriage ride (15 minutes).