Dates: Feb. 20 - Mar. 5
For 8 days, we’ll explore Patagonia's emerging wine country by mountain bike, horseback and kayak, seeking out tastings in some of the most spectacular geography on the planet. Then, for 4 days in Buenos Aires, we’ll refurbish a small lavanderia operated by college students from the city’s poorest neighborhoods. This adventure philanthropy expedition will be Roadmonkey’s third to Latin America and first to Patagonia.
The Patagonia adventure philanthropy expedition begins Sunday, Feb. 20, in Buenos Aires, following your overnight arrival from abroad. On Monday, we take a short flight into Patagonia’s Lake District, and set up for three days in San Martin de los Andes, our launchpad for three days of horseback/mountain bike and kayak adventure. In the evenings, we’ll take a journey of sorts into Patagonia’s emerging wine country, via wine tastings led by local experts and connoisseurs.
From this region, we’ll fly to Patagonia’s southern region, settling into the rugged charm of El Chaltén, a short distance from the most stunning glaciers in Patagonia. More horeseback adventures may be possible, along with hiking the glacier and learning to ice climb.
We’ll then fly back three hours north, back to Buenos Aires, the city in which we’ll complete our 4-day volunteer project. Evenings will be spent exploring the food, nightlife and inspired way of life that has made the city famous. You need not be a Master of the Universe athlete to enjoy this adventure! Just be in proper shape for a week of activity at your own pace.
Following our Patagonia adventure, we’ll spend 4 days in Buenos Aires rebuilding a rathern run-down laundromat operated by and for a community of at-risk youth, in cooperation with our non-profit partners Voluntario Global. The idea is to create a hospitable work and study environment for young people who may not have homes of their own; see an aspect of South America most travelers don’t; and work with a group of young people working hard to help themselves.
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The cost of this two-week adventure philanthropy expedition is $4,990. The price includes lodging, adventure equipment, most meals, full preparation and planning of the volunteer project and also the three domestic flights required to travel within Patagonia. The price does not include international airfare to and from Argentina and entry visa, issued automatically upon arrival. The expedition begins in Buenos Aires on Feb. 20 and ends in the city on Mar. 5.
Lodging will be at comfortable, sometimes superior hotels, inns or ranch-style lodges in Buenos Aires or Patagonia. Food will often be typical Argentine cuisine, with vegetarian options at virtually every location.
You should fly into Buenos Aires on Saturday, Feb. 19. Arrivals should be no later than early on Sunday, Feb. 20. Note that many flights from North America and elsewhere arrive overnight. Departures from Argentina should also be scheduled out of Buenos Aires no earlier than late afternoon on Saturday, Mar. 5.
What you are doing has had a huge affect on all of us, internally. Externally, there is a playground where there was none and a bit more hope than there was just a week ago. There are ties forged by the experience that go both ways, and cross oceans, that will never be undone. It's a beautiful thing.
~ John, architect