Travel The Guardian Satur­day 10 Novem­ber 2018

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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, ha­cien­dade­moli­

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