‘Say Hueque – Tours in Argentina and Chile’ is a reputable travel agency based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Established in 1999, we specialize in providing customized tours to independent travelers throughout Argentina’s and Chile’s national parks and cities. Popular destinations and experiences include Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Perito Moreno Glacier, hiking in Patagonia, wine tasting in Mendoza, horseback riding through traditional estancias, glacier cruises and much more.
Offering the low prices that only a local operator can provide, our goal is to ensure that you have the best experience in South America at an exceptional value.
Rafa’s passion for travel revealed itself when he was a child. Born in a home of travelers, he became a young backpacker and spent his time and money saving for his next adventure.
After receiving his degree in Marketing and Advertising, he traveled around the world until the age of 24, when he decided to settle down and dedicate himself to what he loved the most: inviting people from around the world to experience South America.
Rafa founded Say Hueque in 1999 and was able to combine his two greatest loves: Argentina and travel.
Twenty years later, his company is a team of 45 people who share his love for local culture, his appreciation for amazing landscapes and his passion for helping people experience Argentina in a memorable way.
Today, married with two children and with some gray hair in his beard, he still makes a point of traveling the country a couple of times a year. You might find him camping on the beaches of Bariloche, hiking through the forests of Torres del Paine with his youngest son Camilo tucked into his backpack, or perhaps exploring the Salt Flats of Northern Argentina alongside his oldest son Tobias.
We are adventure-seeking travel professionals from Argentina who are passionate about sharing the best that our country has to offer. We have personally visited each destination throughout the region, and over the past 20 years we have provided outstanding excursions to thousands of happy travelers worldwide. Our number one goal is to help you experience the beauty and culture of South America at an exceptional value.
We are fun-loving travel professionals from Argentina who are passionate about sharing the best that our county has to offer. We have personally visited each destination throughout the region, and over the past 20 years we have provided excellent holidays to thousands of happy travelers wordlwide.experience in South America at an exceptional value.
Since 1999, we have developed enduring relationships with independent hotel owners and local activity providers. As your local operator, we have the ability to go directly to the source in order to ensure that you have the best price and best value available.
We know that we organize great trips, and all of the major travel guides agree! Our endorsements include: Lonely Planet, Frommer´s, Fodors, Rough Guides, Time Out, New York Times and Le Guide du Rutard, among others.
For us, planning the perfect trip is as important as taking the perfect trip. That said, we will ensure that you have one of our travel specialists working with you throughout the trip-planning process. And while you are on the road, we will also provide you with a 24-hour emergency telephone contact in case something unexpected comes up and you need to change your plans.
An internationally renowned travel company, Say Hueque is a member in good standing within each of the following professional travel industry groups- ATTA (Adventure Travel Trade Association), ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), LATA (Latin America Travel Association), BACC (British Argentine Chamber of Commerce) and CAT (Camara Argentina de Turismo) & Family Travel Association.
Say Hueque is committed to making the world a better place. As a local, Argentina- based company, this means that we not only want to help travelers to see our beautiful country, but we also want to give back a portion of our proceeds to our community. We believe that this is the core principle of any organization which promotes responsible tourism, and for this reason, we launched Say Solidario, a fund specifically focused on giving back to the people, culture, and environment in the destinations we visit. If you want to learn more, please have a look at the complete article here… http://argentina-travel-blog.sayhueque.com/responsible-tourismsay-solidario/
It is our belief that the combination between a curious traveler and people passionate about a destination can result in a much more meaningful experience than the one we might usually expect. Magic happens in the encounter between these two energies as the receptive soul of a traveler and the hospitable soul of a proud host converge. In that encounter, an infinite path opens, and that path creates the space in which the TEEM project develops.
We believe that from this perspective we can work professionally and methodically to make the travel experience something extraordinary. We are sure that we’re not just service suppliers, but rather we are responsible for a holistic travel experience – this trip is part of someone’s life, a life that can be changed by a new encounter with a different culture, or an outstandingly beautiful landscape, or the sincere desire of a local to concentrate the identity of a country into an itinerary.
“A bandoneon (Argentine instrument similar to an accordion) player surprised me in the middle of the city tour when he appeared and played two songs for me to personally introduce me to the music style of tango”
”My destination host took me into Iguazu National Park before it opened to see and listen to the waterfalls without the distraction of other visitors”
“Our host took us to a milonga where we were invited by local people to join in and dance tango”
“After a long day of trekking through the mountains our host opened a bottle of wine in front of the fire place. It was the perfect way to end a magical day”
These are the special moments which turn a normal trip into a profound travel experience. This is our job: to work continuously on this project by analyzing our current methods and researching ideas for new ones, always in the pursuit of the perfect trip.
Valentín Sayhueque is the name of the last tribal chief to surrender to Spanish conquistadores (conquerors) during their seizure of American lands in 1885. The Great ‘Cacique’ (native chief) Sayhueque was a Mapuches leader, a powerful tribe in the central Patagonia area.
Their cultural influence is still very strong in some locations close to the Andes Range.
In the Mapuche dialect, the sound hueque /ueke/ signifies a ‘guanaco,’ a camelid animal native to South America and typical of the Southern Andes (in the family of Llamas, Alpacas and Vicuñas). Mapuches used to say “hueque” every time they saw a group of guanacos nearby.
We are the spirit of Argentina. Find yourself in a beautiful place and begin to dream. Look around, take a deep breath and know that you are experiencing something unique and unforgettable. Our goal is for you to take that deep breath and feel completely content………. that is what we call the “Say Hueque Spirit.”