Argentina Newsletter – December -2023
December Dreams: Your Argentina Adventure
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Month’s theme Introduction: Where it is summer in December.
Travelling to South America is an eye-opening journey in many ways. Not only will you find it very different from your typical Western / Asian destinations but a place - where your preconceptions can be flipped. Take, for example, the fact that it's summer in December there! This is because it lies in the Southern Hemisphere of the Earth where seasons are inverted. This delightful twist is just the beginning of the surprises this continent has in store for you.
South America invites you to challenge your comfort zone, uncover new perspectives and broaden your horizons. It's a place where travel isn't just about sightseeing; it's about personal growth and discovery.
Argentina, with its diverse landscapes and rich culture, is a prime example. It beckons you to sip Malbec under the scorching sun, navigate the vibrant streets of Buenos Aires and lose yourself in the passionate rhythms of tango. In this ever-surprising land, you will also find extremes, from the lush jungles in the north to the rugged beauty of Patagonia in the south.
However, the true essence of South American travel goes beyond geography. It's about connecting with warm-hearted locals, savouring mouth-watering empanadas and uncovering the profound beauty of places like Iguazu Falls. It's about embracing the unexpected and learning that sometimes, flipping your notions can be the most rewarding journey of all. So, pack your bags, expand your horizons and let South America show you the deeper meaning of travel.
Soul Trip: Best Travel Companions
Travel is a powerful tool. When you visit new places, you discover that people, customs and cultures are diverse, but they all share the common thread of humanity.
Imagine strolling through the bustling streets of Marrakech, Morocco. The vibrant colours, the exotic aromas and the melodic calls to prayer fill the air. It's a sensory explosion. You realize that this place, so different from your home, is a vibrant tapestry of life.
Picture yourself in a quiet village in rural Japan. The simplicity and tranquillity of life there teach you that there is beauty in the uncomplicated. It's a revelation that breaks the bias that busyness equals success.
When you sit down with a local family in a remote Indian village, sharing a meal cooked with love, you discover that hospitality knows no boundaries. People with limited means can offer the richest of welcomes and it's a humbling experience.
As you venture into the unknown, you confront stereotypes and misconceptions, replacing them with genuine appreciation for the world's rich diversity. You learn that the media's portrayal doesn't define a whole nation and that the world is more interconnected than you might have thought.
Travel, when embraced with an open heart and mind, has the power to break your biases. It's a journey of self-discovery as much as it is an exploration of the world. So pack your bags, step out of your comfort zone and let travel be your guide to a more inclusive, empathetic and enriched life.
Discover Your World
A December Summer – an adventure like no other.
Argentina, a land of vibrant culture, stunning landscapes and rich traditions, beckons you to embark on a remarkable journey in the heart of summer. As December dawns, the sun-kissed streets and boundless natural wonders of this South American gem come alive, offering travellers a unique blend of experiences. The promise of adventure, passionate tango, mouth-watering cuisine and a dash of soccer excitement in a country where soccer is a religion, make Argentina an irresistible destination for the last month of the year.
Embrace the Argentine Summer: December in Argentina means basking in the warmth of summer. It's a time when the entire country seems to celebrate life outdoors. From the bustling streets of Buenos Aires to the tranquil vineyards of Mendoza, you will find locals and visitors alike embracing the sunshine.
The warmth of the sun can be felt in every corner of this vast nation, inviting you to explore its diverse regions. While the Northern provinces boast lush jungles and thundering waterfalls, the Andes Mountains in the west offer thrilling outdoor adventures. Down south, the breathtaking landscapes of Patagonia paint a serene picture.
The capital city, Buenos Aires, is the perfect place to kick off your Argentine adventure. Colourful streets buzz with energy and you will find yourself immersed in the joyous rhythm of this bustling metropolis. The captivating rhythms of the city's beloved tango music provide the soundtrack to your exploration.
Culinary Delights: Argentina's culinary scene is a treat for your taste buds. In December, you can savour freshly grilled meats at traditional asados (barbecues), dine on exquisite empanadas and indulge in the iconic Argentine beef. The country's diverse geography means you will find a wide range of flavours and ingredients from the fertile plains of the Pampas to the seafood-rich coasts.
Don't miss the opportunity to try Mate, Argentina's national drink. Sipped through a metal straw from a hollowed-out gourd, this herbal infusion is a social ritual. Share a Mate with locals in a park and you will quickly discover the warm hospitality of the Argentine people.
Natural Wonders: Argentina's vast landscapes hold natural wonders that will leave you speechless. Explore the Iguazu Falls, a collection of 275 waterfalls, where the power of nature is on full display. The deafening roar of the falls and the misty air creates an otherworldly experience.
For those seeking adventure, Patagonia offers trekking and hiking amidst glaciers and pristine lakes. Witness the towering Perito Moreno Glacier as it creaks and groans, sending icebergs crashing into the water below.
Wine and Dine in Mendoza: Mendoza, Argentina's premier wine region, offers a serene escape from the city. In December, the vineyards are in full bloom and wine enthusiasts will relish in the beauty of the grapevines set against the backdrop of the Andes.
Take leisurely tours of wineries, sipping on Malbec and learning about the winemaking process. The region's culinary scene complements the wine perfectly, offering a blend of Argentine and Mediterranean flavours.
Beaches and Beyond: While Argentina might not be the first country that comes to your mind when you think of beaches, it has its own hidden coastal gems. December is an ideal time to explore the country's beautiful coastline. The picturesque town of Mar del Plata, for example, offers sandy shores and a relaxed seaside atmosphere.
Further south, the pristine beaches of the Peninsula Valdés become a sanctuary for diverse marine life. Witness playful sea lions, elegant orcas and majestic southern right whales as they make their annual appearance.
Sports Fever: If you're a soccer enthusiast, Argentina in December offers a special treat. The country is passionate about its football and you may have the chance to catch a live game during your visit. The energy in the stadiums is electrifying and the experience is something every football fan should savour.
Wildlife Encounters: For wildlife enthusiasts, December is a fantastic time to spot unique creatures. Argentina is home to a variety of species, from capybaras and penguins to elusive jaguars in the northern jungles.
Take a guided wildlife tour in the Iberá Wetlands to observe birds, caimans and marsh deer in their natural habitat. You can also embark on a thrilling whale-watching adventure in Peninsula Valdés to witness the gentle giants of the sea up close.
Exploring Patagonia: Patagonia's natural beauty is best enjoyed during the Argentine summer. Hike in Los Glaciares National Park, where you can stand in awe of the towering Fitz Roy Mountain and hike on ancient glaciers. If you are a seasoned trekker, embark on the epic Torres del Paine circuit in Chilean Patagonia, which can be easily reached from Argentina.
In conclusion, Argentina in December is an invitation to embrace the warmth, culture and beauty of this captivating country. From vibrant cities and tantalizing cuisine to awe-inspiring natural wonders and unique wildlife, Argentina offers a diverse range of experiences for travellers. Whether you are exploring the bustling streets of Buenos Aires, sipping Malbec in Mendoza or immersing yourself in the wild landscapes of Patagonia, your December adventure in Argentina promises memories that will last a lifetime. So pack your bags and get ready to experience the magic of Argentina in the summer.
Navigating Connecting airports and layovers
Traveling to distant destinations often means dealing with connecting airports and layovers. These in-between moments can either be a source of stress or a chance to make your journey more enjoyable and efficient. In this edition of Travel Smart, we will share some valuable tips to help you make the most of your layovers and connecting flights.
Plan Ahead: Before your trip, research your connecting airports. Familiarise yourself with the layout and facilities, especially if you have limited time between flights. Knowing where your gates are and where you can find essentials like restrooms and food can help you save time.
Extend Your Layover Purposefully: If your layover is lengthy, consider planning a mini adventure. Some airports offer city tours for travellers with extended layovers. Explore nearby attractions and make the most of your time.
Stay Entertained: Download your favourite books, movies or TV shows to keep yourself entertained during layovers. Many airports provide free Wi-Fi, so you can stay connected and productive if needed.
Stay Energized: Opt for healthy snacks and stay hydrated. Long layovers can be tiring, so eating well and drinking water will keep you energised for the next leg of your journey.
Pack Essentials in your Carry-On: Ensure you have important items like chargers, medications and a change of clothes in your carry-on bag. This will be a lifesaver in case your checked luggage gets delayed.
Join a Lounge Program: Consider investing in lounge access that offers a quiet, comfortable space with amenities like showers, snacks and charging stations, allowing you to relax and refresh between flights.
Keep an eye on the clock: Stay mindful of your departure time. Set alarms or reminders to avoid missing your connecting flight. Many airports have screens displaying departure gates and flight information.
Be Flexible: Sometimes, flight gets delayed. If your flight is late, stay calm and check with airline staff. They can help you re-book your connecting flight if necessary.
By following these tips, you can turn connecting airports and layovers into an opportunity to travel smart, ensuring a smoother, more enjoyable journey to your final destination.
Sustainable Travel Tip of the Month
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Let us all be responsible travellers.
In our quest for more sustainable travel, one simple yet powerful idea stands out: traveling light. Not only does it make your journey easier, but it's also a key to reducing your carbon footprint and protecting our planet. This edition of Sustainable Travel Tip explores the benefits of embracing a minimalist approach to your adventures.
Traveling light means packing only the essentials, leaving behind the excess baggage, both physical and environmental. The less you carry, the lighter the plane, train or car, leading to decreased fuel consumption and emissions. Air travel, in particular, contributes to a significant portion of carbon emissions. By packing lighter, we can collectively lessen the environmental impact.
Air travel is essential for long-distance trips, but it comes at an environmental cost. On an average, a single long-haul flight can produce a substantial amount of carbon emissions. For example, a round-trip flight from New York to Paris can generate as much carbon dioxide as an average car emits over an entire year. By reducing the weight of your luggage, you not only ease the burden on your shoulders but also contribute to reducing the carbon load in the sky.
When you travel light, you not only help the environment but also make your journey more convenient. It's a win-win situation that allows you to explore the world with a clearer conscience, one step at a time. In the following sections, we'll provide practical tips for packing light, selecting eco-friendly travel gear and making conscious choices while on the road.
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