In September I joined a tour from Buenos Aires with a leading travel company – G Adventures. Previously I’d spent 6 weeks travelling Peru and Bolivia on an adventure tour with a different company, and then 2 and a half weeks travelling solo across Argentina and Chile. Here’s a link to the G Adventures tour I took part in after making my way back to Buenos Aires: http://www.gadventures.com/trips/in-search-of-iguassubuenos-aires-to-rio/JBR/2013/.
The tour didn’t start off too well – partly my fault. We were due to meet on the 14th September at Hotel Carsson, I knew that much, but the problem was I wasn’t informed what time. Having spent an almost comical day in Tigre with a friend, at 8pm I finally jumped in a taxi from my hostel and headed into the hotel. Initial impressions were that it was the most sophisticated place I’d stayed in so far. I asked the kind man at reception about the G Adventures tour and he pointed me to a sign on a message board in the corner of the foyer. Apparently they’d all met and gone out for dinner at 6:30pm.
There was a number on the sign to ring the tour guide but it wouldn’t ring through. The receptionist tried as well but the same thing happened. There was no mention of where they’d actually gone, so in the end I resigned myself to a thrilling night watching Terminator and Mission Impossible in Spanish on the telly (sadly my initial idea to just hit the internet was thwarted – the only wifi available in the hotel had to be paid a fortune for).
Around midnight my new roommate returned and told me they’d all gone out for a lovely three course meal accompanied with a bounty of wine. She told me that people were planning to go to the market in San Telmo the next day and then a tango show in the evening. Having already been to the markets I decided I’d wait to meet people at the ferry crossing to Colonia the day after and instead spent the next day wandering around the natural history museum with guys from my old hostel. Initial mis-hap aside though, the rest of the G Adventures tour was great.
Here is my personal list of advantages and disadvantages I found when doing this tour:
- You visit absolutely stunning locations.
- Takes the hassle out of sorting out transport.
- Ideal if you’re nervous to travel alone.
- Given insightful knowledge about the places you’re visiting.
- Freedom to do what you like.
- Mostly private transportation. No need to worry about your bag – though it did lack the sense of adventure because of this.
- Hotels. This is probably not a disadvantage at all if you like hotels. But after a mixture of camping and hostels 2 months prior to the G Adventures tour, I became accostomed to roughing it a little and much preferred the relaxed vibe of a hostel over the isolation of a hotel.
- Feeling like a huge tourist.
- Suggested optional activities are expensive.
- It’s the luck of the draw whether you get on with your group or not.
And finally, here are the highlights of the In Search of Iguassu tour:
The estancia near Mercedes
Rio de Janeiro