In 2004 Hugh MacDermott bought a horse in the province of Buenos Aires and rode off to explore Argentina. Two years later he had ridden over 2,000 miles and created a network of friends and contacts round the country. Over the years we have built upon these contacts and they form the base of the people we work with today.
HUGH MACDERMOTT an Anglo-Irish migrant to Argentina, worked on horse riding holiday operations in Kenya and Uruguay before organising his own rides with a large cattle ranch in the Aconquija sierras, Northwest Argentina. Before founding MacDermott’s Argentina he spent another year travelling round Argentina (this time in his truck), to fill in the gaps of his knowledge. There are few non-Argentines who know the country as well as he does and he continues to host many of our trips today.
PAULO SALVADOR JIMENÉZ VERÓN was born in Paraguay and moved to Buenos Aires aged nineteen to study tourism. He then worked for LATAM, South America’s largest airline for eight years before moving to two different local travel companies before becoming a partner at MacDermott’s. He has two great passions: Dance and Travel. He is currently studying dance choreography and was a member of the National Arts University of Art (UNA) contemporary dance company and he has travelled extensively round Argentina both for MacDermott’s and for pleasure.
LAURA ROSSIGNOLI born in Uruguay and moved to Buenos Aires aged five has been helping a variety of companies, in several different industries, navigate the trial and tribulations of Argentine bureaucracy since 2000. She came to MacDermott’s Argentina in 2013 and is the head of our administration.
Adriano La Croce is born and bred in Buenos Aires, has a degree in tourism and a masters in Economics and Tourism Management. His great passions are acting and Tango and he speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and English.
Why MacDermott’s Argentina?
Just one country: We offer one country and it is where we live. There are very few who can match our knowledge of Argentina and we personally guide many of our trips. By continually travelling round Argentina we have been able to build strong personal relationships with our providers, maintain our high standards and always have our finger on the pulse for new and exciting accommodations and activities.*
Bang for your buck: All our trips are carefully tailored around the wishes of our guests, we can cater to any needs because we work with a very wide, and continually growing, range of providers. This also enables us to make our guest’s budgets stretch to get the absolute best holiday their money can buy.
Peace of mind: We are people passionate about Argentina who have converted that passion into a business. Our team comes from all corners of Argentina’s travel industry including a lot of experience as local guides – on foot, on horseback and behind the wheel. In even the best laid out plans Argentina has a habit of throwing up bumps in the road, because of our on the ground experience we understand these problems and we know how to fix them as quickly as possible.
* We do make an exception on our one country policy when crossing into one of Argentina’s neighbouring countries is an intrinsic part of a particular trip, such as a ride over the Andes.