Argentina re-opens to tourism

The Prime Minister of my home country, Boris Johnson, unwisely dubbed it “Freedom Day” when the UK liberated itself from most Covid-imposed restrictions on July 19th this year.

The result was an uptick in infection rates despite mass vaccinations, and increasing hospital admissions now autumn is setting in.

So it’s not Freedom Day today in Argentina, but the slightly less snappy: Loosening of Travel Restrictions Day.

What’s important is that from November 1st, the borders are now open to fully vaccinated visitors from all over the world.

You need to have evidence of full vaccination, a negative test taken in your home country within 72 hours of arrival here, and travel insurance covering Covid.

After borders were opened to neighbouring countries on October 1st, the monthly total showed an average of 780 new Covid cases per day. That compares to an average of 27,000 daily cases six months ago.  And infection rates have shown a downturn for 20 consecutive weeks.

In the few trips I’ve taken during July, August, and September with guests from Buenos Aires, tourist hotspots like Purmamarca and the Salinas Grandes have been absolutely packed with people: and luckily there hasn’t yet been any evidence of increased cases.

People have got used to wearing masks (still obligatory in some provinces, while not in others),  drinking their own maté, and crucially the warm weather has arrived so we’re spending more time outdoors.

And there are still plenty of places a bit further off the tourist trail where there’s hardly anyone around: as in Tolar Grande, where I recently took a group of schoolteachers from Salta.

We are offering generous discounts not just to those arriving in November or December, but to anyone who books a 2022 holiday with us before the end of this year. So get in touch asap!

Here’s a news report in Spanish, and here’s one in English.

Duration
3 days
Group Size
1 to 4

Salt & Seven Colours

This trip combines the historic UNESCO site of the Quebrada de Humahuaca with the Salinas Grandes salt flats of the Altiplano mountain plateau.

We can often combine this trip with our Classic Wine route by taking the mountain pass of Abra el Acay, the highest road crossing in the world outside the Himalayas, at just under 5,000m altitude.

from
300 USD
Duration
6 days
Group Size
1 to 4

Footsteps of the Conquistadores

A high altitude 4x4 adventure along the old colonial mining route: bringing you into close contact with the Altiplano wildlife of vicuña, flamingoes, and rhea.

This tour combines the must-see highlights of the UNESCO-protected Quebrada de Humahuaca with little-explored sections of the Argentine mountain plateau, close to the border with Bolivia.

from
600 USD
Vineyard La Rioja
Duration
6 days
Group Size
1 to 3

Wine and Mountains

A 4WD safari tour of the heart of Argentina’s Andean mountain plateau, combined with the Valles Calchaquies wine region.

It’s combined with a tour of the Valles Calchaquies wine region, where the white grape of Torrontes finds its best expression, and apart from the classic Argentine Malbec, you can also sample Tannat, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Wine lovers should see our Classic Wine route or Salta to Mendoza trip for more details on the sacred grape: either of those trips can be combined with this one.

from
900 USD