WHET YOUR APPETITE
Delve into the vibrant heart of Argentina via a hands-on exploration of its world-class gastronomy, art, architecture & cultural traditions. In both Buenos Aires and the Northwest provinces of Salta & Jujuy, share food, wine, conversation & folkloric traditions with residents. From an empanadas cooking class in B.A. to gaucho-inspired BBQ in Molinos, from a horse-whisperer to a wine maker, from master weavers to creators of devotional art using local flowers & grains, we are welcomed into the lives of fascinating Argentines from all walks of life.
The buzzing cultural & social milieu of Buenos Aires plays the perfect foil to the wide-open spaces and geographic drama of Argentina’s Northwest, where striated, wind-swept canyons compete with verdant valleys and improbably tall cacti for the eye’s attention while trains that ride into the clouds vie with the mythical gaucho for the traveler’s imagination.
Savor a seasonal tasting menu at the home of a Buenos Aires chef whose mission is to promote local culture & biodiversity through ecologically sourced food.
Roll-up your sleeves as we work side-by-side with a warm & welcoming home-based chef who teaches us the art of making flaky, juicy empanadas. Enjoy the fruits of your labor in Teresita’s shady garden with a glass of fragrant Malbec in hand.
LIFE AT GROUND LEVEL
Experience Argentina’s love affair with the tango up close and personal, with a lesson at a milonga (tango dance hall) and a chance to mingle with local aficionados.
ACCESS & EXPERTISE
Gaucho culture is an indelible part of Argentina’s northwest and the gaucho’s most important companion is his trusted steed. This morning meet a local Horse Whisperer for an equestrian demonstration and a ride into the surrounding mountains.
EXTEND YOUR EXPERIENCE
BUENOS AIRES UNVEILED
While Buenos Aires is without a doubt a brash, energetic metropolis, we’ll take you beyond B.A.’s grandiose architecture and bustling avenues into the living, local heart of the city’s vibrant neighborhoods. From dinner at a chef’s home, to a tango lesson at a local milonga; from an urban picnic in the park, to a home-hosted empanadas workshop, Buenos Aires will be revealed with ground level experiences and through locals’ eyes.
MAGICAL MISIONES (INCLUDING IGUAZU)
Our secluded base in lush Misiones is a converted, colonial-style private family estate set within a 300-hectare private nature reserve strategically ensconced between the region’s two compelling UNESCO World Heritage sites.
To the South lie the red sandstone ruins of San Ignacio Mini, the best-preserved remaining example of the 30 missions that the Jesuit order built in this region in parts of what now comprise Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. To the North, engage in an in-depth exploration of one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, Iguaçu Falls. At over 80 meters high and a mind-boggling 2,700 meters in diameter, they are one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls, while Iguaçu National Park is home to over 2,000 vascular plants as well as endemic wildlife, including: tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys ocelots, jaguars and caimans.
Gaucho culture remains an icon that continues to thrive in this region. Our afternoon visit to a multi-generation working estancia provides a delicious taste of gaucho life.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
At Culture Xplorers, we insist on being not only responsible travelers, but on making a positive impact on the communities with which we come into contact. We work hand-in-hand with local leaders in the destinations we visit to spend time as well as money in their communities, to exchange views and to support the living traditions that make these destinations unique.
As a catalyst to these deep-rooted partnerships in each of our destinations, the non-profit Culture Xplorers Foundation was created in 2007 with the goal of fostering the sustainability of local culture in indigenous communities worldwide.
We constantly look for ways to minimize our carbon footprint before, during and even after our travels. We start in the office by not producing or printing any printed brochures. We have adhered to this leading-edge environmental practice since 2005, sending all our correspondence electronically as PDFʼs, from program itineraries to comprehensive pre-departure materials, to invoices, to our feedback & evaluation forms after the journey ends.
Traveling in extremely small groups (maximum 10 travelers) helps us minimize our ecological footprint in other ways. We stay in locally run, upscale boutique lodging brimming with local character — often in converted historic buildings, rural haciendas & renovated manor homes. This re-purposed lodging not only transmit a deeply authentic sense of place, they eliminate the need for additional tourism infrastructure.
When it comes to food ways and traditions, we emphasize visits with farmers and local producers and during each of our trips we participate in a hands-on culinary workshop focused on locally sourced foods & regional specialties.