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Maita Barrenechea

A-List Travel Agent: Maita Barrenechea

Photo: Courtesy of Maita Barrenechea


Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tel: 54-11-6760-4060



Barrenechea is renowned for her local expertise and hands-on approach to travel management throughout Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. “I believe it takes discernment as much as contacts,” she says. “I can open doors, but more importantly, I understand what door to open for every traveler.” Barrenechea has done more than follow regional travel trends in her 29-year career, she has shaped them—through supporting hotel and estancia openings, promoting responsible travel, and working with organizations that preserve cultural treasures.

Excited About: Uruguay continues to grow in popularity. Travelers are planning trips to hotels, such as Playa Vik and Bahia Vik in José Ignacio, more than a year out. The coastal area of Carmelo, known for its vineyards and polo fields, is also getting more attention, with new boutique inns such as Finca y Granja Narbona and Posada Campotinto.