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Buenos Aires, Calafate, Chalten & Ushuaia – 12 Days

Enjoying El Calafate

It takes two to tango in Buenos Aires

Ushuaia, the Southern-most city in the world

FROM 1778 USD 12 Days/ 11 Nights
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Enjoy Tango in Buenos Aires
Travel to Ushuaia, the end of the world
Trekking in El Chalten
Perito Moreno Glacier Tour
Argentina Tours

Buenos Aires, Calafate, Chalten & Ushuaia – 12 Days

Travel to Patagonia & Buenos Aires - 12 days

Visit the highlights of Argentine Patagonia during this 12-day active journey. Visit Buenos Aires with a specialized local guide, enjoy an authentic tango show, and learn about our local cuisine. Then fly to El Calafate, home of the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. Take a boat trip up to its icy walls, and then continue traveling to El Chaltén, the mountaineering village visited by thousands of travelers every year. See the awe-inspiring peak of Mount Fitz Roy and discover the hundreds of hiking trails around the area. End your adventure in Ushuaia, canoeing through Tierra del Fuego National Park and sailing the Beagle Channel in a fully-equipped boat.  

Day 1 – Buenos Aires, your Argentina Vacations

 

Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to the city and you’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy Buenos Aires at your own pace. Buenos Aires is a marvelous, furious, cosmopolitan city, full of plenty of colors and different kinds of architecture. 

 

The capital of Argentina and described as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires proudly embraces this title, as well as shows off plenty of its own culture! Argentinians are usually eager to host visitors: if you walk the streets with a map, someone will surely stop and ask if you need directions, that’s our spirit! 

 

So, for this first day, feel free to wander the cobblestone streets lined with outdoor cafes, enjoy the mouthwatering aroma of prized Argentine beef sizzling on an open parrilla (barbeque), and browse the local antique and artisan markets that offer plenty of bargain shopping.

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

So, you don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, che! (“che” is our “guy”) take a look at our Buenos Aires travel guide and check out our recommendations on where to eat dinner and the can’t-miss places to visit in town.

 

 

Travel to Argentina and try the traditional mate beverage

 

(this is the Mate, our national drink, you must try it!)

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Day 2 – Buenos Aires City Tour & Tango Show

 

In the morning we’ll pick you up to enjoy our 5-hour Buenos Aires city tour—you will be swept away by the highlights of our beloved Buenos Aires. Over the course of a half-day you will have the chance to visit the historical and political center of the city; Plaza de Mayo and the Pink House (the presidential house).

 

Next, we’ll move on to San Telmo, with its cobblestone streets and the oldest residential neighborhood, and then to La Boca where Buenos Aires turns colorful and tango is ever-present. Come walk Caminito Street and dance with the locals. The next stop is the chic and aristocratic Recoleta, where the big palaces remind us why Buenos Aires is called the “Paris of the South”.

 

In the evening we’ll pick you up from your hotel to take you to a mystical place where you’ll discover one of our most ancient traditions. Tango is more than our national dance tango is our immigrant origins, the talent of our local artists, the sensuality of Argentine women and our way to deal with a broken heart; dancing our way through tragic, and yet eternal, love stories.

 

Tonight you will enjoy a 3-hour professional display of tango and music with a group of local artists onstage immersed in an elegant and alluring place. The manners, ambience, clothes and dance steps which tango-lovers used to practice 100 years ago will come to life again and you will travel back in time for a night.

 

This spectacular demonstration of the finest local dancing will be accompanied by delicious Argentine and international cuisine. Dinner is all-inclusive, beverages included so you can lose yourself in the ethereal taste of Malbec wine. At the end of the evening, around midnight, you will be driven back to your hotel, fully in love with the bohemian spirit of our incredible city.

 

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

Tango is, all in all, a cultural experience that’s deeply rooted in Argentine hearts. Where do regular people go to dance tango? Check out what these two tango dancers have to say and uncover the mystery…

 

 

Buenos Aires tours bring you the best tango experience.

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Day 3 – From Buenos Aires, travel to Patagonia: El Calafate/El Chaltén

 

Upon arrival at the El Calafate airport, you will meet your transportation and start your 4-hour trip to El Chaltén. Let the Patagonia Adventure begin! 

 

You’ll travel along the famous Route 40, surrounded by the Patagonian steppe, and pass through La Leona River, which connects Lake Argentino and Lake Viedma, and where you’ll get to see La Leona Road house, where the famous thieves Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hid for a while. After discovering some other gems along your journey, you’ll reach El Chaltén and we’ll drop you off at your hotel.

 

El Chaltén is the top-rated hiking destination in Argentina. This charming little village sits at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy and it’s surrounded by glaciers, lakes, rivers and forests. It’s also the jumping-off point for most hiking trails in the area. A paradise for sunny walkers and trekkers alike.

 

Enjoy your first afternoon of leisure in Patagonia by relaxing in the local brewery or strolling around a little waterfall…

 

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

Take a look at some of our favorite hikes in the Chaltén Travel Guide, and take note of our travel advice on how to make the most of your time here.

 

 

Patagonia hiking is an amazing experience in Argentina

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Day 4 – Trekking in El Chalten - Mountains and Lakes- Self Guided

 

Today, we have a recommendation for true hiking-lovers: trek all the way to Cerro Torre and Laguna Torre, one of the most famous hiking trails in the area. Step into the wild for about 8 hours and 12 miles. This is a moderate-difficulty hike, but there is no steep climbing involved, so no previous experience is required!

  

The journey starts at a notable wooden sign which reads ‘Laguna Torre’ and features a  woodpecker; you probably already saw the sign if you visited the Cerro Torre Viewpoint the previous day. From there, you will continue through a stunning, multi-colored landscape; snow-capped mountains will rein over the native forest of lenga and ñire trees. You’ll pass by the De Agostini campsite and continue to the front moraine…you can hit the summit in 15 minutes! From here you can descend to the lagoon and watch the floating icebergs, or continue to the Mascardi viewpoint, 1 mile up the hill.

 

 

Tour to South America and see its incredible mountains

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Day 5 – Hiking in Chalten

 

If you liked the Laguna Torre’s hiking trail, you’ll love our next hiking favorite: Laguna de los Tres and the base of Mount Fitz Roy. Go for a medium-difficulty, 9-hour hike to the most impressive views of Rio de Las Vueltas valley. You’ll cross Del Salto Stream, with its icy waters cradled by orange-tinted rocks which frame the breathtaking views of Mount Fitz Roy.

 

And here’s a little secret: you can also reach Laguna Sucia from Laguna de los Tres… it’s only a 5- minute walk away. Though this hike increases in intensity during the last bit, it’s totally worth it. This is one of the best day-hikes in the world!  

 

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

Seize the day, wake up early, and watch the sunrise at Laguna de los Tres (see Fitz Roy’s peaks turning red) — this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You can depart from the town of El Chaltén during the night or stay one night at Poincenot campsite, just 1 hour away from Laguna de los Tres.

 

 

 

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Day 6 – From El Chalten, back to El Calafate - Patagonia Adventure

 

Enjoy an early walk around town or a quick hike this morning. We recommend that you walk to El Chorrillo del Salto, 1 hour away from the village, and reach its little waterfall encircled by native trees and flora, like the Patagonian Orchid.

 

Bear in mind that in the afternoon you will board your bus back to El Calafate, so you need to be back in time. The 3-hour drive back will be a good opportunity to relax while enjoying the passing landscapes out your window.

 

Once you arrive in El Calafate, the bus will drop you off at your hotel. Now is your chance to try some tender Patagonian Lamb, or maybe a heavenly Calafate ice-cream. In Calafate, food options are varied and plentiful; from veggie delicacies to the best demonstration of national steaks, there really is something for everyone. You can choose a fancy restaurant for dinner, or a more traditional local tavern to spend an unforgettable night.

 

 

Come to Patagonia and taste Calafate ice-cream.

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Day 7 – El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier Tour

 

In the morning, we’ll bring you to Glaciers National Park to take the 6-hour Perito Moreno Glacier Tour. Get prepared to get up-close and personal with these icy giants!

 

Glaciers National Park has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981, and is home to approximately 200 glaciers. Half of this park is occupied by the Campo de Hielo Patagónico (Patagonian ice field), the largest ice field in the world, outside of Antarctica.

 

You will travel about 25 miles from El Calafate to the park, enjoying the views of the Patagonian steppe along the way. Once inside the park, you will follow the walkways to explore the different viewpoints, and you’ll feel incredibly close to the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. If you’re lucky, you may get to see a piece of ice break off and fall from the glacier wall to sink forever into the lake.

 

Over the course of an hour, a bilingual guide will provide you with all the informationyou might want to know… you will learn things about this unique Patagonian environment that you may have never thought about. After this visit, you will take a boat that will bring you close enough to fully appreciate the 262-foot-high ice walls of Perito Moreno! You’ll never feel closer to this gigantic and impressive natural masterpiece.   

 

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

Have you ever imagined walking over the ice of a glacier? Well, why don’t you take a look at the Mini Trekking Tour, where you would have the unique opportunity of crossing the surface of the Perito Moreno Glacier… we’re sure you won’t regret.

 

 

Perito Moreno Glacier, the gem of Patagonia

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Day 8 – El Calafate

 

“Adventure” in El Calafate has different kinds of colors and shapes. For your free day, our suggestion is to get those wheels in motion and keep on exploring. Ten minutes outside of town stands a 3000 feet hill from where you can get stunning views of Lake Argentino, Mount Fitz Roy and Mount Torre.

 

Take a day tour (not included) and ride in a 4×4 right to the top, where you will spot the Perito Moreno Glacier emerging little by little form La Cordillera de los Andes (The Andes Range).

 

It’s also a perfect place to find archeological treasures (like millenary shark teeth or petrified oysters) from different geological periods of Earth.

 

For the second part of the trip, you’ll get on your mountain bike to ride back down to El Calafate. On the way you’ll stop to grab a bite, take pictures, spot wild guanacos and challenge your riding abilities by climbing or crossing marshes and little lagoons until reaching civilization again. Nature, history and adventure, all in one trip!

 

If you would like to add this tour on your free day, just let your travel advisor know.

 

 

Take a bike tour to disocver beautiful destinations.

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Day 9 – From El Calafate, travel to Ushuaia - the end of the world!

 

Today we’ll drive you to the airport to take your flight to Ushuaia, the popular “End of the World” destination. Upon arrival you will be taken to your hotel. Then, you will have the rest of the day to relax or explore your surroundings

 

Ushuaia is a small town, and it is really easy to get around on foot. The Yamanas, who were the first inhabitants, named it Ushuaia, which means “protected bay” in their native language. Ushuaia was officially incorporated into the Republic of Argentina in 1884, and it soon became a penal colony, and later, a permanent Argentine settlement. 

 

Take the afternoon to explore the town, learn about the region’s history at the Prisoner’s Museum, or visit the Galleria of Fuegian History (its restaurant is also very nice). Please, don’t forget about the local gastronomy! Ushuaia is the perfect place to try the best seafood in Argentina.

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

You’ve arrived to the edge of the world… and there are two seafood dishes that you absolutely MUST taste: the Blake Hake and King Crab. Our Ushuaia Travel Guide will point you in the direction of the best restaurants in town.

 

 

Taste the best seafood in Patagonia.

 

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Day 10 – Ushuaia: Trekking & Canoeing in the National Park

 

Today we’ll pick you up for an 8 to 10-hour, moderately difficult, adventure in Tierra del Fuego National Park, just 7.4 miles away from the city and bordering the shore of the famous Beagle Channel.

 

Once in Ensenada Bay, you will have time to enjoy the view over the Beagle Channel before you start hiking along the coast. Four miles of trail await you, where you’ll discover native flora, wild fauna and the remains left by the Yamanas, the native inhabitants of the area. After this 3-hour hike, you will reach Lake Roca, where lunch will be served.

 

After a full homemade picnic, you will start the second part of this adventure. Grab your oar and plunge into a 1hr 30min canoeing trip along the Lapataia River (only available for children over 5 years old). Make it all the way to Lapataia Bay, where the Panamerican Highway and National Route 3 end at an awe-inspiring landscape.

 

After discovering the unique vastness of this stunning setting, we’ll take you back to your hotel to rest and enjoy another Patagonian evening. 

 

 

Travel Argentina and go rafting!

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Day 11 – Beagle Channel Cruise & fly back to Buenos Aires

 

In 1833 Charles Darwin sailed the Beagle Channel and discovered something great. Today is your day; become another explorer of this historic channel!

 

Make your way to the pier (located downtown) to embark on a 4-hour Beagle Channel navigation on a fully-equipped boat with a capacity for up to 26 people.

 

Argentina standing at your left and Chile at your right, you’ll sail along this natural border until reaching the iconic Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, which is still in operation.

 

On the way, enjoy uplifting panoramic views of Ushuaia Bay, crowned by the Martial Glacier’s diverse marine wildlife, such as cormorants (flying birds, closely related to penguins) and sea lions. Hop off on Bridges Island to explore its vegetation and visit the archeological remains of the Yámanas, all while accompanied by a specialized bilingual guide. 

 

During the trip, enjoy bottomless hot cocoa and cookies, or try the mate (loose herbal tea), which is every Argentinian’s favorite drink.  Once we get back to the port, you’ll make your way back to your hotel.

 

At the appropriate time, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. You’ll be welcomed at the Buenos Aires airport, and taken you to your hotel to spend your last evening in the city.

 

 

 

Say Hueque Tips  

 

If you want to walk amongst the penguins on this day, you can change this tour for the Martillo Island Penguin Rookery, which is a little bit longer and also includes the Beagle Channel visit! Want to get inspired? Contact us!

 

 

The Magellan Penguin lives in the Patagonian coast.

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Day 12 – Buenos Aires, last day of your Adventure in Argentina

 

How would you like to spend your last hours in the city? Here are some ideas…

 

You can explore the cobblestone, tree-lined streets of Palermo Soho in search of some one-of-a-kind Porteño fashion stores and the district’s notable graffiti circuit. Or you may want to stop by one of our historic cafes (called “cafés notables”) located all over the city and have a “cortado”, the most popular Argentine coffee choice. If you’re leaving on a Saturday or Sunday, you may also have the chance to visit one of the city markets, only open on weekends.

 

After saying your goodbyes to our marvelous city, you will be transferred to the international airport for your flight back home.

 

If you want to continue traveling, Argentina still has plenty to offer! Check out some more of our travelers’ favorite trips to Argentina and Chile

 

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Included

3-night accommodation in a hotel (Buenos Aires), 3-night accommodation in a hotel (El Chaltén), 3-night accommodation in a hotel (El Calafate), 2-night accommodation in a hotel (Ushuaia)

Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary

Bilingual local guide (English / Spanish)

Destination host local support

Daily breakfast

Meals: Snacks and dinner (day 2), lunch (day 11), snack and boxed lunch (day 14)

Not Included

International or Domestic Flights or Buses.
National Park Entrance fees
Por tax (day 11)
 Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads

Accommodation & Prices

Buenos Aires, Calafate, Chalten & Ushuaia – 12 Days


INN/ B&B

USD 1778

COMFORT

USD 1990

SUPERIOR

USD 2318

*Prices in US Dollars.
*Valid until April 2020 (Not valid in Christmas, New Year and Carnival).

NOTE:
Visiting Chalten is subject to weather conditions during May, June, July, August and September.

*Prices are per person, based on 2 people in double occupancy. Single rates are available on request. Flights are not included in the price, but can be arranged on request.

*Please note that this tour is also available in Luxury Category. Ask your Travel Advisor for the details and quotation on this category.



Flights needed for this itinerary

Buenos Aires – Calafate – Ushuaia – Buenos Aires

Flights in South America cost approximately $150 to $300 USD per segment (destination).
We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

Included

3-night accommodation in a hotel (Buenos Aires), 3-night accommodation in a hotel (El Chaltén), 3-night accommodation in a hotel (El Calafate), 2-night accommodation in a hotel (Ushuaia)

Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary

Bilingual local guide (English / Spanish)

Destination host local support

Daily breakfast

Meals: Snacks and dinner (day 2), lunch (day 11), snack and boxed lunch (day 14)

Not Included

International or Domestic Flights or Buses.
National Park Entrance fees
Por tax (day 11)
 Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads

Trip Reviews

Buenos Aires, Calafate, Chalten & Ushuaia – 12 Days

Ariaans Family

Ariaans Family

(5 / 5)

The trip was TOP organised.

Dear Ines.

Of course we will answer the questions and we will write a verry positif review on Trip Advisor!!
1. We found Say Heuque by google. The site was/is verry positif. Then we contacted Say Hueque and talked to Maria. She kept all options open and advised us verry well in a kind and positif way. Chapeau for Maria.
2. The whole trip was verry well organised. And the wonderfull back up Ines!! Nothing went wrong. Everything and everybody was in time and always with a smile on the face.
3. Our favorite hotel was in Ushuaia. The Fueguino hotel. Verry big room and a beautiful view. But also fantastic food. And everywhere we stayed the people were verry nice.
4.Our favorite excursion was in Ishuaia. Verry impressif.
5. Our guide in Iguazu was fantastic. Het worked at Ecoiguazu turismo.
6. We had one room in the old part of the hotel and that was not so good. It was the hotel : st George.

We would like to thank Ines for always stand by during the three weeks. That was amazing.
Than we like to thank the people behind the desks of Say Hueque. The trip was TOP organised.

Ines.
We wish you the best in life. Take care, live your life and jess...
we will say goodbye to Maxime

Enda, Loek Ariaans


10.12.19

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Family Trips, Iguazu Falls, Patagonia

Donald Pierce

Donald Pierce

(5 / 5)

We all talked about how the whole trip exceeded our expectations.

Hi Ceci,

I have answered the questions below. I think this is the sense of the whole group since we had some discussions about our experience. It was very difficult because our trip was wonderful and there were not any bad experiences. "From the beginning of the process to end of our trip, Say Hueque was wonderful to work with. They made the planning easy and the logistics of the trip were always perfect. I would highly recommend Say Hueque to anyone traveling Argentina"

1. Why did you choose to travel with Say Hueque?

I was looking for a service that would help me create a trip without being part of a group. Say Hueque is perfect for the independent traveller. I found Say Hueque while searching the internet. I checked various sites for reviews and all were good.

2. How was the booking process with your Travel Advisor?

Patricio was very easy to work with. He was able to discern the type of trip we were all looking for and he delivered completely. Even when Patricio was out of the office, our emails were answered by one of his associates. It seemed as though he could figure what sort of trip we were looking for without our ability to be very clear. He really came through.

4. Which was your favorite hotel and which was your least favorite?

This is difficult since we were happy with all of the hotels. We really liked Senderos in El Chalten. It has a quaint feel with a fire in the lobby and a nice little restaurant with excellent food and service. The front desk staff at the hotel were exceptional. Ilum Home in BA was also very nice. The front desk staff there were also very good. Probably our least favorite was the Indigo in Puerto Natales. It is a pretty odd property in the way it is laid out and decorated. It was also difficult to eat in the restaurant. For example, they sell wine by the bottle, but there is no wine list to choose from. They were also the only property that charged our credit card at check in. As of now, I still have the pending charge on my credit card account.

5. What was your favorite excursion and why? Would you share with us your favorite memory from the trip?

We didn't all agree on this one! The consensus top three were Estancia La Peninsula, Perito Moreno Glacier, and the landing at Cape Horn ( Australis Cruise). We all really enjoyed the cruise and if you count the cruise as one excursion, it was a our favorite.

6. Is there a guide (or guides) that you would like to specifically mention?

Ceci in BA was wonderful. She is a great guide and very enthusiastic about it. I really liked her care of us and the fact that she checked in with us even after we left BA. It was like having a friend in country. Natalia with Perito Moreno Glacier tour was outstanding. Her knowledge was incredible and she was very personable.

7. Is there anything that did not fulfill your expectations? Please be specific

Nope! We all talked about how the whole trip exceeded our expectations.

Don Pierce


15.11.19

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Buenos Aires, Patagonia

Susan Wolfelt

Susan Wolfelt

(5 / 5)

Say Hueque was great to work with and created a perfect trip for us!

I am happy to give feedback about our travels in Argentina! We had a great time!

1. I chose Say Hueque based on several things including great reviews, comprehensive custom tour offerings at good prices and personal service.

2. Agustin was very efficient and helpful in all aspects of the booking process. He created a perfect combination of tours in the selected destinations including all transfers. Payments were simple and easy via PayPal and it worked great that all three of us could pay individually. He was also very patient will all of my questions via email and wrote back promptly with advice and suggestions. He also communicated with me while we were in Argentina about concerns with a possible pilot’s strike by Aerolineas Argentina and helped resolve the changes that we needed to do both before and after the strike was resolved. Kudos to your emergency crew as well who were aware of everything that was going on with us and were right on top of things. I had to call them several times with issues related to the threatened strike and also a transfer at the end of our trip. Great job all round!

3. My favorite hotel was probably Dazzler Palermo though I would have liked a hotel that was a little closer to Recoleto or San Telmo areas as it turned out. Most of the other hotels had large rooms and friendly staff. Koi Aiken in El Calafate was also pretty far outside the center of town but we liked the hotel otherwise. The one place that we didn’t care for was De Los Andes in Ushuaia. The triple room we had was very small, barely room for three beds and we had to squeeze by one of the beds to get to the bathroom. The hotel seemed very old and needs some updating. The location was very nice though. I wouldn’t recommend this hotel.

5. We really liked all of our excursions in Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego hike and canoe, Trek to Esmerelda Lagoon and Beagle Channel cruise) but also the Peninsula Valdes tour to Punta Norte from Puerto Madryn because of all the animals that we saw that day.

6. Our two favorite guides were:
Tina for our walking tour in Buenos Aires. She took us to the southern part of the city to San Telmo and La Boca and was very easy to talk with and very informative.
Daniel in Ushuaia for our Tierra del Fuego hike and canoe and also the trek to Esmerelda Lagoon. He gave us two very good days of activity and is very knowledgeable about the area.

7. I think the only thing that we were disappointed in was the hotel in Ushuaia, otherwise we absolutely loved the entire trip! We all agreed that Say Hueque was great to work with and created a perfect trip for us! Thanks so much!


I will also plan to write a TripAdvisor review too in the next few days.

Susan Wolfelt


20.10.19

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Ariaans Family

The trip was TOP organised.

Donald Pierce

We all talked about how the whole trip exceeded our expectations.

Susan Wolfelt

Say Hueque was great to work with and created a perfect trip for us!

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