This three-time alumni couple just came back from a custom Best of Patagonia trip with an enchanting extension at Iguazu Falls. From boating along-side glaciers around Torres del Paine, to local, traditional family barbeques on the Pampa in El Calafate, to exploring the urban splendors of the ‘Paris of the South’ in Buenos Aires and finally to the steamy jungles surrounding Iguazu, hear some of their stories and favorite memories from their adventure below!
“It seemed to take forever to get to Punta Arenas from Portland....you really are at the bottom of the world (almost)!
Both of the Singular Santiago and Singular Patagonia hotels were very nice and the ground arrangements worked very well. The Santiago guide was very good and even helped us at the airport to get checked in.
We have been very fortunate to have wonderful weather and no rain for over three weeks! The Singular Patagonia is certainly a one-of-a-kind place and they have great people and guides. We went to the glacier in the boat in the morning and I was able to do all the hiking/walks with no problem. We had the afternoon at a sheep ranch.
We loved Alta Vista, the owners were charming, we had a lovely Sunday barbecue with other guests and great conversation. They all left on Monday and then we were the only ones there for two nights. The owners drove us around the property, we did a long downhill hike from some viewpoints up the mountain, we enjoyed the peace and quiet, the family farm atmosphere. It is an advantage to staying there, being closer to Perito Moreno glacier and the beautiful surroundings.
The flights on Aerolineas Argentinas were great, on time, new planes, good service.
We loved Iguazu Falls, it was plenty hot and after doing the walkways all over in the morning I had to skip the boat trip. It was in the high 90s and very humid. John enjoyed the boat trip and loved getting soaked. :) We also chose a ‘free day’ the following day and went back on other trails in the morning, slept in, had a leisurely breakfast and lunch, took a nap, went to the swimming pool in the late afternoon. This a good place for a break. The Sheraton also did a great job with our laundry for a very reasonable price.
We had a great guide and driver in Buenos Aires, it was blazing hot (41C.) and the full day trip was very good, we did a lot, but all of us were cooked by mid afternoon. The tango show was very fun and professional.....a unique experience. We found that it was difficult to wait until 8:00-8:30 to get an open restaurant… Americans!
The Nuss was very nice, the area felt safe for walking about, the shops though are not for someone who is 70! :) We were lucky to leave on schedule on Copa, as LAN went on strike the day we left and the lines were very long and lots of unhappy people.
Thank you again for planning a trip that worked very well for ‘seniors’ and had a lot of great guides, nice hotels, interesting activities.
As you can tell, I am so glad to share the experience. Everything went well, no problems, many great memories!
Thanks and all the best! Anita and John”
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