With three decades of on-the-ground travel-management experience in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay, Barrenechea has the friends and the industry connections to arrange everything from an equestrian getaway at a Patagonia estancia to a high roller’s beach weekend on the Uruguayan coast. She was also a pioneer in the estancia movement, helping ranchers (may of whom were suffering financially) convert their properties into the luxury guesthouses that are so popular among her clients today. She’s happy to see that travelers are showing increasing interest in lesser-known towns and cities, including a string of townships in the Pampas outside Buenos Aires home to 1930s and 40s Italian-inspired architecture and wildlife areas such as La Sistina, an island estancia southwest of the capital where you may see ostrich-like rheas, guanacos (similar to llamas), and fallow deer.
Trend watch: The stunning Uco Valley in Mendoza, Argentina, is becoming the new Napa. In addition to world-class wineries, the region now has top-notch restaurants and boutique hotels, including the 22-villa Vines Resort & Spa, on the 1,500-acre Vines of Mendoza estate, and Casa de Uco, a collection of bungalows and suites with an expansive spa.
Maita Barrenechea is a Super Agent and specializes in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.