Travel The Guardian Saturday 10 November 2018
With a breathtaking view over the bay at Puerto Piramides, at the southern edge of the remote Valdes peninsula. this eco-lodge was the area’s first boutique option when it opened three years ago. Water recycling, solar energy and a geothermal gas system are some of the green standards implemented at this 12-room lodging, and it’s all so much sweeter when you hear a southern right whale breathing loudly through its blowhole as you breakfast on your terrace. This town is the only embarkation point for whalespotting trips in this Unesco world heritage site.
Hacienda de Molinos Salta
This 17th-century former governor’s residence is a comfortable stop-off on Ruta 40 through the Calchaquí valley in the rugged northwest. The hotel is reached via an archway opposite San Nicolás church, and set around a stony courtyard with a pink pepper tree. The 18 rooms are large and airy, with thick adobe walls and carob wood ceilings, wrought-iron beds and handknitted throws. Cool off in the pool on steamy summer days; the restaurant serves regional dishes such as ravioli-like sorrentinos, stuffed with lamb.
• Double from $123 B&B, haciendademolinos.com.ar