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Recommended U.S.-Based Operators

The following U.S.-based tour companies offer solid, well-organized tours in various price categories based on years of experience. All can arrange tours of Buenos Aires, the surroundings, and other parts of Argentina and South America.

Borello Travel & Tours, 7 Park Ave., Ste. 21, New York, NY 10016 (tel. 800/405-3072 or 212/686-4911; www.borellotravel.com; info@borellotravel.com), is a New York-based travel firm specializing in upscale travel. The owner, Sandra Borello, has run the company for nearly 20 years and is a native of Buenos Aires. They also have an office in Buenos Aires, at Perú (9 de Julio) 359 (tel. 11/5031-1988). Travel Dynamics International, 132 E. 70th St., New York, NY 10021 (tel. 800/257-5767 or 212/517-0076; www.traveldynamicsinternational.com), is a luxury cruise operator that specializes in educational enrichment programs aboard small cruise ships. TDI voyages include expert guided land tours and onboard lectures by distinguished scholars and guests. Limitless Argentina, 135 Willow St., #907, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (tel. 202/536-5812; www.limitlessargentina.com), is a boutique travel company dedicated to designing authentic, personalized journeys for the discerning traveler. Itineraries include fine arts, regional culture and history, food and wine, the great outdoors, and shopping. The company earned the distinction of top travel specialist for Argentina 2006 from Condé Nast's Traveler magazine.

Recommended Buenos Aires-Based Operators

The following companies are all excellent and have English-speaking staff members. All can also arrange trips to other parts of Argentina and the rest of South America.

Say Hueque Tourism, Viamonte 749, Office 601 (tel. 11/5199-2517, -2518, -2519, or -2520; www.sayhueque.com) organizes various themed city tours, adventure tours to the Tigre Delta, and longer trips to Patagonia and Iguazú that focus on remote, often overlooked destinations. Euro Tur, Viamonte 486, 1053 Buenos Aires (tel. 11/4312-6077; www.eurotur.com), one of the largest and oldest travel companies in Argentina, specializes in inbound travel but can also accommodate travelers directly in Buenos Aires, arranging city tours as well as trips throughout South America. Les Amis, Maipú 1270, 1005 Buenos Aires (tel. 11/4314-0500; www.lesamis.com.ar), is another large Argentine tour company with offices throughout Buenos Aires and Argentina. South America Travel Advisor (tel. 11/5275-5280 or 11/15-3232-8600 [cell] in Buenos Aires and 646/233-1152 in the U.S. and Canada; www.southamericanadvisor.com; info@southamericanadvisor.com) is a travel advisor for Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, and Peru. For a flat fee, travelers can contact them with a tentative plan and budget, and they will suggest customized itineraries. They also run cuisine and restaurant tours of Buenos Aires.

Private Tour Guides

You can hire guides through your hotel, any travel agency, or AGUITBA (Asociación de Guías de Turismo de Buenos Aires), Carlos Pellegrini (9 de Julio) 833 (tel. 11/4322-2557; aguitba@sion.com), a professional society of tour guides. Its offices are open Monday to Friday from 1 to 6pm. I also recommend private guides Marta Pasquali (tel. 11/15-4421-2486; marpas@uolsinectis.com.ar), Monica Varela (tel. 11/15-4407-0268; monyliv@hotmail.com or varmonica@gmail.com), Rubén Forace (tel. 11/15-4410-8234 [cell] or 11/4866-6193; rudarifo@yahoo.com.ar), and Francisco Martoccia (tel. 011/4803-0950; franmarto@hotmail.com).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.