What type of food is typical of Argentina?
Beef is central to the Argentinean diet. Barbecue grills and steak houses are common, often with 10-15 different choices of beef cuts. For vegetarians, pasta dishes and pizza are also fairly ubiquitous. In the Lake District, game dishes such as trout and venison are regional specialties and the Northwest is particularly well known for spicy dishes.
What are the tour leaders like?
All of our tour leaders are exceptional! They are fluent in English and Spanish. They are from the local areas where they guide and are among the very best guides available in each region. Our tour leaders treat our travelers like friends, showing visitors both the major highlights and the local treasures.
Are these trips suitable for kids?
Yes and no. The Mare Australis cruise and Iguazu Falls tours are great choices for families with school-aged children who have an interest in nature and wildlife. Awesome Argentina and the Northwest Cultures and Landscape tours are also possible options for kids that enjoy hiking and nature. Most of our other Argentina tours
include multi-day treks so they are generally recommended only for kids age 12 and above. Our Family Travel Page
has some helpful hints for making the most of your family vacation. We realize that you know your kids best so we will be happy to answer all of your questions and try to give you the most accurate impression of what to expect. However, please remember that these are adventure tours and flexibility is essential!
To make family tours easier, we often recommend having a private group and guide, though families with well-behaved children are welcome on our group departures as well. We have special private tour rates for families- please ask your trip coordinator if you are interested.
Are these trips a good choice for solo travelers?
Yes, some are. Solo travelers are welcome on any of our tours, but some trips tend to attract more couples and families so single travelers may feel out of place. Our Awesome Argentina, Argentina Glacier Adventure, and Pure Patagonia tours are great choices for solo travelers - attracting varied groups and offering reasonable single traveler rates! If you are interested in another tour, just ask your trip coordinator. He or she can recommend a departure date that is likely to have a good mix of other travelers. Solo travelers should also take a look at our exclusive Solo Traveler Departures
How far in advance should I book?
You can book your Argentina tour at any time and generally the earlier you book, the better. Mare Australis cruises (especially holiday departures) often fill up 6 months in advance or more. We usually recommend that you wait to book your international flights until after your tour is confirmed. The sooner that you book your tour, the sooner you can take advantage of flight deals as they become available. That said, we are often able to accommodate last-minute travelers (some even departing in less than one week!!), so give us a call and we will do our best! For last-minute bookings, it helps to be flexible and organized. Your first choice tour may not be available for your selected dates, but your trip coordinator can probably recommend some other similar options that would be equally interesting! Many lodges will not hold spaces less than 30 days before departure so for last-minute bookings, you may be asked to send your registration form and trip payment in right away to secure your spaces.
How safe is Argentina?
According to the US State Department, there is no evidence of terrorist organizations or violent groups in Argentina that specifically target U.S. visitors. However, street crime is relatively common in the major cities and travelers should take common sense precautions. Don't walk alone or at night and don't carry large amounts of valuables with you. Most hotels have safes where you can store your belongings. Check out the US State Department travel advisories for the latest information at: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html