Tangos, T-bones and Torrontés wine – Oasis Overland launch a new trip through Argentina
Tuesday 28th December 2010
Adventure travel specialist, Oasis Overland is launching a new tour in South America for 2011. For the past ten years, the company’s overland trips from Quito have ended in Santiago, Chile however some departures will now finish on the other side of the continent in Buenos Aires.
The 53 day journey by overland truck will travel from Ecuador through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. The Argentina section is a new route for Oasis and includes spectacular desert mountain scenery, pampas grasslands, the small town of Cafayate and Argentina’s second city, Córdoba.
The trip costs £1195 plus US$1040 local payment and includes transport in the Oasis Overland expedition truck, accommodation (a mixture of camping and basic hotels/hostels) and approximately 50% of meals. The price does not include flights, visas and some optional activities.
The first trip leaves from Quito on 6th July 2011 with the second departure running in reverse from Buenos Aires on 31st August. Those with less time can start or finish their journey in Lima, making a 35 day trip which costs £925 plus US$800.
Oasis Overland director Chris Wrede says that feedback from Oasis travellers brought about the new route.
“We consistently hear from our travellers that Buenos Aires wins over Santiago for its great steak, wine, tango dancing and you guessed it... football!”
...from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid country in Bolivia, the journey takes intrepid adventurers through stunning Andean mountain passes into Argentina and the Humahuaca Canyon, on to the colonial city of Salta and through arid mountain landscapes to Cafayate. Although in a well known wine region where primarily Torrontés grapes are grown, Cafayate is a less familiar stop on the tourist trail. The wineries can be explored by bicycle – best to visit the furthest one first if wine tasting!
Further south, Córdoba is famous for its Jesuit Block, a group of buildings which includes the 17th century university and Argentina’s oldest church. The Block is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site along with five Jesuit Estancias, the sites of South America’s first vineyards. Through Argentina’s cowboy country, where gun-toting gauchos on horseback look after vast herds of cattle, the final leg of the journey reaches Buenos Aires for tango, football and arguably the best steak in the world.
The Peaks & Plains 53 day overland adventure can be found on Oasis Overland’s website.