This is a simple guide to have an unforgettable experience with nature. It contains health and safety recommendations as well as good environmental practises to follow.
Read it, take it with you and, most importantly, make use of it.
Nature makes you feel good. Therefore, give yourself time to enjoy all that surrounds you, put your cell phone away, meet the people who live in the places you are visiting, learn new things and enjoy the ride with all your senses.
- Plan your trip ahead: read, take a look at maps, do some research. In other words, start your journey even before you set off.
- Ask if the destination has access restrictions, requires special permits, or has imposed any pandemic-related restrictions. For more information, go to https://www.argentina.gob.ar/circular/turismo
- Check if a special physical preparation is required.
- Find out the different ways to get to your destination, the means of transport available and the roads’ condition. Check the locations of fuel stations, ATM’s and stores you may need to go to.
- If your destination requires to be visited with tour guides, hire licensed service providers.
- If you have special food requirements (gluten-free food products, intolerance to lactose), accessibility requirements or others, make sure to find out in advance whether the destination has the facilities, services or products you need.
- When you define your travel dates, check the weather forecast and take appropriate clothes and footwear with you.
On the Journey
Take care of your health
Protect yourself from the heat and sun. Sun and heat strokes may ruin your trip. Use a cap, apply sunscreen and, whenever necessary, wear dark glasses.
Stay hydrated. Always take a bottle of water.
During your tours, take breaks to rest and drink water.
Use repellent for mosquitoes.
On the road
- Drive safely: avoid accidents that may put yourself or others in danger.
- In protected natural areas, wild animals often cross the route. Avoid running over by always respecting the maximum speeds.
Camp fire, barbecues and cigarette ends
- Please help prevent fires. Avoid making a fire, and if it is indispensable, do it only in permitted areas and never under trees.
- Make sure to put out the fire completely: use plenty of water, remove the ashes to eliminate lit logs, pour water on the rocks and area surrounding the fire and check to make sure the site is left cold when you leave. A slight moment of neglect may cause a serious fire.
- In many sites, smoking is forbidden. Where it is allowed, put out your cigarette completely and take the ends with you for final disposal. Cigarette ends are very harmful for the environment.
- If you see fire or smoke, please inform the park ranger, authority or let the neighbours know immediately.
- Please help keep the places clean. Take the waste you generate with you (even organic waste) to their final disposal.
- Minimize waste, replace one-time disposable plastics for reusable materials.
- Avoid using soap, detergents and similar products in rivers or streams to prevent contamination.
Experience a safe journey
- If you go trekking, walk or take a ride on your own, inform the park ranger or local authority. It is essential for them to know where you are.
- Always move around in groups of two or three people and do not divert from the trails and circuits marked off.
- Make sure you have all the necessary gear for the excursion, water, cap, repellent, appropriate clothing and shoe wear.
- Respect the guidelines of signs, park rangers and tour guides; they are responsible to take care of the sites, but also to protect you.
- Move around and camp in permitted areas. Do the same when you want to swim or take a bath. Do not trespass to private sites without authorization.
Let´s be good travellers
- Enjoy everything you see, but do not take with you any plants, flowers, rocks, mushrooms, fossils or archaeological remains. Collect images, experiences, memories, feelings and emotions.
- Make a responsible use of infrastructure such as outlooks, towers, passways, camp sites, bathrooms and any facility you may use. Take good care of facilities to allow others to enjoy using them as well.
- Support the local communities by choosing to buy their craftsmanship, products and typical dishes which reflect the identity of the place you visit.
As far as possible, use public transport or bicycle, prioritize lodging that may implement real measures to protect the environment and try to make a responsible use of water and electricity during your stay to cause minimum impact to the destination.
Become a fauna and flora defender
- Never feed wild animals, even if you believe it is fun; it harms them and causes health issues.
- Keep a safe distance from animals you see on your way. Be especially respectful and quiet in places where animals gather to nest or breed their offspring.
- Respect the circuits designed for 4x4 wheel drive vehicles and Jeeps, especially on beaches, dunes, salt flats, lagoons and other fragile ecosystems where many species live.
- Do not enter with dogs and other pets to protected natural areas. Outside such areas, always take them on a leash and do not let them chase or hunt wild animals.
- Do not use drones without prior permission, as you may scare the fauna.