Johanna and Kristy are awesome
Argentina | Nov 9 - Nov 19, 2023

Ajay
Ajay P.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Nov 25, 2023

Johanna and Kristy have been awesome specialists helping us plan the trip and execute it.
They were prompt in replying on the portal before the trip and on WhatsApp during the trip.
We always felt we were in good hands.
Their advice was right on about the key things to see in the places we picked.
They were accomodative to the changes we made before the trip due to preferences, just before the trip due to airline schedule changes and during the trip due to weather issues.
Kristy also helped us get the flight changes we needed when Aerolineas was not being responsive.
She even helped us pick the restaurants that cater to our vegan preference.
Of the tour agents they picked for us, Piratour to Isla Martillo were the best.
Both Thomas the tour guide and the ladies at Haberton marine mammal museum were quite informative and awesome.
Sabrina was an excellent tour guide at Buenos Aires, very knowledgable, patient and took us to off-beat interesting spots in the San Telmo and La Boca neighborhoods
Visits on our own to the 3 places Kristy recommended were definitely worthwhile - Glaciarium at Calafate, Casa Botella and Tres Fronteras at Iguazu falls.
Word of caution to other vegans - Vegan restaurants are hard to find outside Buenos Aires - do your research ahead of time.
El Chalten has only 1 but it's awesome - Curcuma! Iguazu falls has only 1, and average at best, on the Argentina side.
There are more vegan choices on the Brazil side of Iguazu falls. The one recommended by our side, Gilderlei, Cantina de Bea was very good.
Another word to the wise: We wish our Spanish ability were better. While the tours were bilingual, we kept wondering if we were missing anything.
In the shops, restaurants and on the streets we found very few english speakers, even in the Buenos Aires Metropolis.
Google translate was quite inefficient at best and useless where there was no internet connection.

Hotel Reviews
Palma Real Posada
Puerto Iguazu

Staff was coreteous and helpful. Grounds and pool are attractive. But the room and the location lowered the rating.

Authenticity & Character
nice pool and garden and decor
Location
About a quarter mile from a corner store, half mile from a grocery store, a mile from most restaurants and 2 miles each from tres fronteras, guira oga and casa botellas, not really convenient walking distance to anything. needs taxi for most needed places
Staff
Amazingly helpful and coureteous staff in spite of limited english ability - helped filling our water bottles, prompt attention to room issues brought up, refiiling breakfast items as they deplete.
Cleanliness & Comfort
room seemed old and not well kept. lock and ac did not work on the first day. ac remote was finnicky in spite of the staff attempt to fix it. there were mosquitoes on the property and in the room; we had bites each night in spite of applying deet spray.
Los Naranjos
Ushuaia

nice hotel at the edge of town so away from noise and crowd yet on main street with restaurants and not far from the gathering spot by the port for the tours both buses and yachts. good choices on free breakfast buffet, nice comfortable lobby. friendly staff but little to no english . wish the triple rooms were in the main building and not down a flight of stairs next to a major high speed road with vehicle and construction noise even in the evening and night.

Authenticity & Character
nice decor, rustic, matches the town character
Location
triple rooms in main building away from roads
Staff
very helpful, but minimal or no english
Cleanliness & Comfort
clean, comfortable rooms, lobby and food areas
Local specialist: Johanna Fabian
Johanna
Johanna Fabian
Local specialist in Lima, Peru | Replied on Nov 26, 2023

I'm so glad to hear everything with your family trip to Argentina went smoothly Ajay!
We'd be happy to help you again with your future trips to South America.

Best,
Johanna