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Argentina won’t be crying for you—at least not when you’re touring exciting Buenos Aires, Iguazú National Park, and saving $300 to boot. With this 9-day excursion, you’ll visit breathtaking Iguazú Falls accompanied by an expert tour guide to explore jungles home to toucans, parakeets, and capuchin monkeys. Other package highlights include a 3-hour boat ride on the picturesque San Francisco River, as well as a ride through the lush, tropical rainforest in a 4X4 vehicle. This unforgettable trip costs $2,195 if you book by August 31. Rates include eight nights in luxury hotels and lodges, guided tours and entry fees, and some meals.
On a recent trip to Argentina, I stayed a night at the lovely Sofitel Buenos Aires. It’s on a quiet, leafy street that’s lined with galleries and antique shops. It provides all the comforts (and great food) that one expects of this luxury French brand but with a distinct sense of place (the landmarked building was the city’s first skyscraper when it was built in 1929 and the handsome rooms are trimmed in biker bar-levels of Argentine leather). The elegant cafe–Cafe Arroyo–off the lobby was modeled after Buenos Aires’ distinguished jockey clubs of the early 1900s. Here, guests can find a singular amenity.
TOMS Shoes, a popular California-based nonprofit, sells linen espadrilles modeled after Argentinian alpargatas at stores such as Bloomingdale’s and Urban Outfitters. For every pair purchased, one pair of TOMS is donated to a needy child in Argentina, South Africa, Ethiopia, or the United States. This past fall, the company launched an initiative called TOMS Tours. Currently operating biweekly, the tours consist of eight-day volunteer trips to Argentina, where the project began back in 2006. Participants spend about half the time partaking in “shoe drops,” during which they visit local communities and hand out shoes to kids. The rest of the time, do-gooders take in the sites, including hikes in Iguazu National Park, wine tasting and horseback riding in Mendoza, and shopping in Buenos Aires. From $1,800/person, with accommodation, meals, activities, transportation (except for international airfare).
From the Feb/March issue of Sherman’s Travel magazine.
In Buenos Aires’s hip Palermo district, you can’t throw a steak without hitting a boutique hotel, but we think Legado Mitico is a standout. Since its opening nearly a year ago, the 11-room hotel has proven itself to be more than just a pretty face: The service is both warm and meticulous, from the clued-in concierge to the twice-daily maid service to the lenient check-in policy (crucial for guests arriving on red-eye flights). Read more
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