Why Choose Poncho Tours?

Bespoke Private Tours in English since 2008

Poncho Tours is a family company working with a select group of English-speaking guides, expert local providers, and boutique hotels. We've been organising tailor-made for clients from 48 different countries across the world for 14 years.

Team

Meet the Owners & Founders

Nick & Alicia Evans

Poncho Tours was founded by Nick Evans, a Brit who fell in love with this part of the world, and his wife Alicia, a native of Salta.  We still meet all our guests, and run many of the tours, with help from our hand-selected local English-speaking guides. Because our company has stayed deliberately small, we've kept the personal touch, so it's us you'll be dealing with when you contact Poncho Tours to organise your holiday in Argentina.
Story

How We Started

Nick and Alicia met in 1999 on a bus from Bolivia and Peru, and shared a passion for travel.

After moving from London to Salta in northwest Argentina in 2008, Nick, a journalist and TV producer, and Alicia, a History teacher, turned their old colonial house into a B&B, and started taking some of the guests on tours.

And so Poncho Tours was born!

The travel operator remains dedicated to providing a bespoke, personalized service from start to finish: helping you decide where to go in Argentina.

Why choose us?

With a dedicated English speaking driver/guide, we’ll take you on a personalised private tour exploring the best of the north west. All our guides have an intimate knowledge of the scenery, people and places of iinterest: and by the end of the trip so will you. We guarantee to take you to the places where the tour buses don’t go!

Quality & Experience

When you're planning your trip to Argentina, wherever you’re going, do get in touch with Nick and Alicia at Poncho Tours. We have been organizing people’s tailor-made holidays for 14 years. Though based in Salta and specialists in the northwest, we have contacts all over the country, so can recommend the best things to do in Buenos Aires, the finest wineries in Mendoza, and the top places to visit in Patagonia.

During our Covid-enforced shutdown over 2020-21, Nick returned to his old job as a journalist and has been writing for the international blog Budget Travel Plans.

Here you will find links to his write-ups on Buenos Aires:

Of course, in Salta we are close to the borders of Bolivia and Chile, so can arrange your tours to the Atacama Desert and Uyuni or even the little-known wine region of Tupiza. Don't miss Nick's blog on the Salar de Uyuni Bolivia salt flats to help plan your trip.

And check our blog for lots more useful information about your holiday in South America.

Culture & Tradition

Your trip with Poncho Tours will give you an insight into Argentina's culture and tradition. Argentina is an ostensibly Catholic country but, particularly in the rural areas, Christianity is mixed with pre-hispanic beliefs in Mother Earth, Pachamama. When you visit Argentina, you will come across roadside shrines to more contemporary folk saints like Gauchito Gil and the Difunta Correa. In the North West, the coca leaf is also bound up with ancient traditions: it's still chewed daily by the locals and is ideal for combating altitude sickness.

Though some may quibble about its listing under culture, football is the glue that binds the nation, and it provides a great ice-breaker for foreign visitors. It was immigrant railway workers who staged the first ever football match in Argentina in 1867, and the Scotsman Alexander Hutton who founded the Asociación del Fútbol Argentino 26 years later. The Brits, of course, also brought rugby and polo (as well as cricket, which, mysteriously, never quite caught on).

Food & Drink

Nick and Alicia from Poncho Tours will be your guides to the Argentine kitchen, and we can organise special classes for those who are passionate about food (and drink!). The nation is a carnivore's paradise: the classic Asado is an unmissable barbecue that includes parts of the cow you never knew existed (or would perhaps prefer not to think about). In the northern province of Jujuy, the llama is a speciality: accompanied by Andean potatoes, of which there are hundreds of varieties of all shapes, sizes, and colours.

Salta is famous for its empanadas, small meat pies, normally filled with meat, chicken, or cheese. Salta's empanadas are the best in South America: in Bolivia and Chile, empanadas are known simply as salteñas. Other regional specialities include tamales (cornmeal and meat) and humitas (sweetcorn and cheese). Perhaps surprisingly, Argentina also offers a host of culinary treats for pescatarians and vegetarians: river fish abound, and thanks to the huge influx of immigrants from Italy, there are numerous pasta places. We also have the Italians to thank for the best ice cream parlours in South America.

Read our blog about Argentina's sweet tooth here.

Location

South America's True Gems Salta, Argentina

We are based in North West Argentina: one of South America's true gems. This is a region rich in history and indigenous culture boasting some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth. The Cafayate wine region lies to the south, while a short hop across the Andes lies the famous Chilean Atacama desert and the breathtakingly beautiful Salares of Uyuni in Bolivia.

We specialize in hiking and wine tours, but whatever your interests we can design a bespoke holiday in Argentina to suit your tastes: from history to horse-riding, music to mountain biking, indigenous life to nightlife.

Contact Us Now To Help Plan Your Trip To Argentina.

Tailor-made tours & English-speaking guides.