Our tour and tour guide were absolutely amazing!! My son and I had a wonderful day. Just be aware that there are a few extra charges during the day for rental of boots and snow pants, shopping, and a possible trip on the ski lift.
Excellent and comprehensive tour, nice and skillful guide...a must when in Buenos Aires for the first time
Doing what: Buenos Aires Sightseeing Tour
We booked this tour in order to see some sights outside Buenos Aires. We had the choice between the Tigre or Colonia, but we choose this one. It turned out to be a very pleasant day spent at a typical Argentinian estancia. When you arrive, you'll be able to ride horses if you like. Then an excellent lunch will be served including salads, plenty of different meats and local wines. While lunch is being served, there is a folkloric show going on with dancers, singers, musicians. The day concludes with the Gauchas demonstration of their skills. A very interesting excursion to do in couple, with kids, or in a group.
Great performances. Excellent gaucha horse riding skills, and the people were extremely friendly.
This tour was great! They picked us up at 7:30am, and we were off to the Andes for the day. The bus was clean and comfortable. The tour stops were great — my personal favorite was Puente del Inca. If you go in winter, be dressed properly! The first stop off is at location where you can rent some snow clothes, but honestly, this is not necessary unless you will be skiing/snowboarding or knee-deep in the snow. I recommend just wearing warm clothing (plus, gloves and boots). Our tour was in Spanish (as most people were Spanish speakers), but this was fine for me (my boyfriend translated anything I didn't get). The tour guide was very nice. The stop they make in Las Cuevas is a stop to eat and the food is about 75 Argentine pesos. Enjoy!
This was an excellent trip. The tour guide was very good, and even brought us samples of the local calafate-berry liquer. However, we went on the boat cruise (for an additional fee) first, and I probably would have skipped that if the order was reversed with the time spent on the balconies/trails overlooking the glacier. In fact, if I was traveling in a group, I would rent a car because it is so easy to get around the area--but as a solo traveler, this group tour was excellent. There was just the right balance between time with the group and time on your own. And the Glacier itself (as well as the National Park facilities) was really incredible.
Doing what: Full Day Tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier
The trip was great! The Falls was beautiful, the guides were especially nice and spoke very good English and the transfers were prompt and comfortable. Also, the St. George hotel was very nice. The only reason you didn't get a 5* from me is because the add in the internet as well as the ticket/vouchers stated that the bus to/from Buenos Aires had seats that reclined 180 degrees, and while some did on the lower level, ours did not on the upper level. I don't remember anyone asking our preference since there was a difference. I feel I was led to believe something different than what was actually received. You may want to remedy that for future clients.
Doing what: 4-Day Tour to Iguassu Falls from Buenos Aires
I had a great time and great exercise with the bike tour. The guide was very helpful explaining the sites, statues, etc. I was lucky in that there were only two participants including myself, so the atmosphere was personal and I was able to ask all the questions without worrying about taking too much time of others. I initially signed up for Fri, but due to my change of trip schedule, I had to call on the day I was supposed to join to postpone my tour. They were pleasantly able to change my tour date! The only reason I am giving 3 stars instead of 4 is the price - it was a bit expensive for the time, 4 hrs, but I guess it also includes insurance for us and the bicycle. I'd definitely recommend it, especially if you are there by yourself. If you are pretty sedentary, you may get tired, but Buenos Aires is pretty a flat city, so there are minimal slopes, etc. I'd recommend that you wear comfortable shoes and outfit. Lastly, don't skip breakfast or lunch before you join, because by the time the tour is over, you will be very very hungry! And of course, sunblock is a must. My hands and butt got quite dirty. I only realized after I got back to the hotel, so you may want to carry a pack.
We were picked up at our hotel at 9:30am. We arrived at the Ranch approximately 10:30 and that is when the problem began. When we asked what was to happen next,we were told to look at the house and you are on your own. After a visit to the home which lasted approximately 15 minutes, we then had to wait almost 2 hours with nothing to do. On your own with nothing to do is not what we expected or paid money. The vast majority of people arrived around noon or later. We were the first people there at 10:30. This, we found frustrating and annoying. It would have been much better to be picked up at 11:00 or 11:30. Like many tourists with limited vacation time, we could have used this time much more effectively. We enjoyed the lunch, show and skills exhibition. However, our unnecessary early arrival negatively impacted our experience. Bottomline, the scheduling was bad! I would not recommend your tour unless the pickup was changed to be more reflective of the timeline for the activities.
The trip was an interesting glimpse into gaucho life. Still, the ranch seemed like a theme-park catered towards tourists-- first we were directed to a half-hour long horseback ride, then we were given various demonstrations on how to make mate and empanadas, then we were treated to lunch and a music/dance performance, and lastly, the gauchos exhibited some riding skills. The entire experience seemed a little artificial and not very authentic. Still, it's a pleasant day trip from Buenos Aires if you are in need for something less hectic or loud.
Itaipu Dam can be skiped from your trips. You can find better things to do.
After a long and tedious bus ride picking up other passengers and depositing half of them at the start of a totally separate tour, finally made it to the Ranch which had a number of homes/outbuilding preserved and furnished in period furniture and curios. All quite interesting. A wagon ride was followed by lunch which was adequate but not overly memorable and then a live show involving tango, samba and guitar playing - all performed moderately well and with the necessary enthusiasm. Finally it was the turn of the gauchos to show their skills which was quite impressive but went on and on; the tedium putting a dampener on what was otherwise an interesting day.
I don't think I would recommend this tour to anyone I know. We had paid for an English tour and the whole dinner show was in Spanish. It would have been nice to know what was going on and what was being said. Our tour guide could have translated for us but she didn't. Save your money and go to a nice restaurant in Buenos Aires or go shopping in Palermo Soho instead. Skip this tour. Was very disappointing. However, If you do go on this tour, bring bug spray!
The train was expensive and the cost on this website does not include the mandatory park entrance fee that must be paid in cash at the train station. The ride was unimpressive, very difficult to hear the audio. Recommend skipping the train, rent a car and enter the National park on your own. Also, book a trip to walk with the penguins - kids loved it.
For the price of this tour, it was completely not worth it. I still had to pay for entry into Wanda Mines and the San Ignacio Mission. So in effect, I was paying $96 just for the bus. It would have been a tonne cheaper if I booked this tour in Puerto Iguazu. I find it hard to believe that the bus would cost me THAT much, considering I had caught a bus from Buenos Aires to Iguazu (18 hr bus ride) for roughly that same cost.
The English guide at Wanda Mines had very poor English speaking skills. We did not understand 95% of what he was saying. Because he had trouble speaking English, our tour of the mines were very quick. We then had to wait 45 minutes for the Spanish tour to finish so that we could leave.
The tour of the San Ignacio Mission was interesting. The guide spoke good English which was great.
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