The north American travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler has recently published the best 20 places in the world to visit in 2020, and one of them is Argentinian: the village behind Los Glaciares National Park, El Chaltén town in Santa Cruz province. Declared National Trekking Capital in 1994 this place is home to breathtaking landscapes, glaciers, massive lakes and snowy peaks worth knowing.
The full list of the 20 best places to visit this 2020 includes: 1. Armenia, 2. Bahia in Brazil, 3. Botswana Salt flats, 4. The Canadian Arctic, 5. Canary Islands in Spain, 6. Copenhagen, 7. Dominica, 8. Dubai, 9. El Chaltén in Argentina, 10. Guiana, 11. Metz in France, 12. Mokpo in South Korea, 13. Nashville, 14. Okinawa in Japan, 15. Rwanda, 16. Slovenia, 17. The southern coast of Sri Lanka, 18. South Eastern Australia, 19. Southwest of Michigan, and 20. Tanger in Morocco.
According to data retrieved by an investigation carried by the accommodation company Booking.com, during 2018 this destination has welcomed travelers from the United States, France, Germany, Brazil and the United Kingdom. In addition, in the beginning of 2019 and based on the comments of travelers from all around the world, it was also named one of the most welcoming destinations in the world. The activities the destination has to offer are several and varied, but trekking is definitely one of the best ways to explore it.
to the Electric Valley and the Marconi Glacier, explora El Chaltén will open
its doors in 2020. 17 km away from El Chaltén –in the Argentinean Patagonia–
the lodge is a headquarter from where to explore a world-renowned destination
by those who love nature and trekking.
is not a country nor a place. It is a vast territory shared by Chile and
Argentina, whose remarkable geography –shaped by mountains, glaciers, lakes,
and rivers– offers countless exploration opportunities.
All our programs include accommodations, transfers to and from the airport, meals and beverages, and a selection of exploration routes designed by our outdoors team.
Why explora El Chaltén?
With a unique location, explora El Chaltén is the perfect headquarter from where to visit the amazing geography of the Argentinean Patagonia. We conduct explorations that go off the beaten track and delve deep into the natural surroundings of this region.
Explorations at El Chaltén
To travel through the vastness of the Argentinean Patagonia –from its valley and rivers to its mountains and glaciers– along with our bilingual guides and marked by the seal of the world’s leading expedition company: That is the experience we invite you to enjoy in each of our explorations.
typical design of the ancient Argentinean Patagonia estancias, our comfortable
rooms are thought to ensure our travelers’ deep rest. They are the perfect
place to recharge batteries after a day of exploration.
travel journalist & bestselling author, Larry Olmsted, gives his lowdown on
the 10 Best Hotels of 2019 in the prestigious Forbes Magazine.
“I am reflecting on wonderful travel experiences and revisiting the 10 best hotel experiences I had”, Olmsted writes. “…too much industry focus in on what’s new, rather than what’s good. I’d much rather stay at a great hotel that’s been exceptionally run for 20 years than a sexy new one still working out the kinks, but almost every other 2019 round up is “all new.” My focus is on just the best lodging experiences I had this year that impressed me so much that I heartily recommend them, regardless of price or longevity. Some were properties I visited for the first time, some I’ve stayed at before.”
Among this list of ten, we were delighted to stumble across our very own Awasi Iguazu, our Relais & Chateaux lodge, just 15 minutes from the Iguazu Falls.
the Awasi location on the Argentine side of Iguzau Falls, one of the Seven
Natural Wonders of the World and a truly amazing, Bucket List attraction.” –
Larry Olmsted for Forbes Magazine.
Olmsted opens with a bit of context on South America’s best hotels: “One of the most unique offerings in travel is South America’s home-grown groups of all-inclusive luxury adventure lodges. These typically have a full-time staff of highly trained guides and a large slate of outdoor activities to choose from daily, while including first rate lodging, dining and beverages, even wine and cocktails, in the rates. It is basically the African safari lodge model applied to active travel, rather than wildlife viewing, and there are several top operators I have covered here at Forbes in the past, including Explora and Tierra, both of which have multiple properties and both of which I highly recommend, but I had not tried Awasi, which is the most luxurious of these big three, with all three of its locations (the other two are in Chile’s amazing Atacama Desert and Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, one of the most desirable natural destinations on earth) are members of Relais & Chateaux.
“In the style of the very best safari camps, what Awasi does differently is assign a dedicated private guide and vehicle to each of its sumptuous villas for your entire stay, instead of group activities or changing guides, and then ups the culinary ante with really standout food, sommeliers and shockingly impressive craft cocktail mixologists in a remote setting where this is highly unexpected. The resort has just 14 villas, each large and featuring a private plunge pool and large deck. The call their product “truly all-inclusive” and just about the only extra you can opt for is spa treatments, which are bargains compared to just about any other place, and even normal exclusions such as airport transfers (from either nearby international airport, Argentina or Brazil) are included.”
Olmsted finishes by summing up what sets Awasi apart: “The food and drink are exceptional at any price, the guides and accommodations are first rate, and while in most cases, all-inclusive and top shelf luxury accommodations do not go together, Awasi is a delightful exception.”
This news has been brought to light yesterday in Burdeos, France, during the Great Wine Capitals ceremonial gala, hosted by the network bringing the 10 most important wine regions on a world scale together.
On top of that, the Golden Awards of the Best of Wine Tourism 2020 contest were announced, during which the Rosell Boher Lodge restaurant – in the recent past weeks awarded with the regional prize to best winery restaurant in Mendoza -, has been crowned best winery restaurant in the entire world.
Located in a winery with over 40 hectares of vineyards, facing no less than the mighty Andes mountain range, the lodge has a 3 bedroom guest house, and 11 “Vineyard Houses”, each with their very own fireplace, jacuzzi hot tub and individual bonfires in their terraces. The restaurant under the leadership of chef Lucas Olcese is working inside the guest house, with the capacity to host 30 eaters. Based on all local and seasonal produce (some of it even originated in their very own organic orchard), and with artisanal pastries, all lunches and dinners are three and six course meals, paired with their own winery labeled wines (Casa Boher); and there is also a special five step menu paired with the five sparkling wines offered by the Rosell Boher brand.