When we travel it is important to us that we learn something of the country we are visiting, and more important to learn something of the people and their culture. If we just had a check list to see Plaza de Mayo, Caminito, we could find those by ourselves. Say Hueque appeared to us to offer the cultural enrichment to better understand Argentina and make the trip more valuable to us.
Booking was very easy. We were somewhat concerned over how early payment was requested, but upon learning more of the economic situation in Argentina, it all made sense and we were at ease with the payment.
While the Patios de San Telmo was very nice and we had no complaints, the Copa Sul in Rio de Janeiro offered such large rooms and such a sumptuous breakfast buffet that it was our favorite.
We enjoyed and learned much from each of our excursions. Our time in Buenos Aires was memorable, particularly the mate ceremony. The tango lesson and show was astounding. Our time in San Antonio de Areco was great. The tour of Santa Teresa and the Tijuca National Forest was phenomenal. Our only disappointment was what was supposed to be our tour of central Rio, which ended up being mostly a repeat of the Santa Teresa tour we had taken the day before.
The guide Agostina Marangoni went above and beyond typical duties in offering a bottle of Malbec and sharing mate with us. It is one of the best memories we had of the trip. We were caught unaware that the tour of Buenos Aires would be our last time to see her and had hoped to offer her a nice tip for such good service.
Pablo from Signature Tours who took us to the El Ombu de Areco estancia was also excellent in explaining Argentine history and culture as we headed out of town.
Marcelo Macedo was a most impressive guide in Santa Teresa and the Tijuca National Forest. He had a difficult task guiding my wife and I and two residents of Rio who were merely out for a day of drinking while someone else did the driving. Marcelo handled it all well.
Ilana May and her friend Helen who filled in for her on our tour of downtown Rio were disappointments. Both seemed more interested in chatting in Portuguese with the driver than with us. Helen was apparently unaware that most of the sights she took us to, with the exception of the Cathedral and Sambadrome, where places we had been to the previous day with Marcelo. Helen also appears to be unaware that Jorge Selaron, of Escadaria Selaron fame, is from Chile, not Venezuela. It was the only downside on the trip.
Again our thanks for a wonderful trip.