Friday, May 11, 2018

Friendship Exchange to Argentina

What:  A wonderful and friendly exchange with the warm-hearted and very gracious Rotarians of Northwestern Argentina.  The group will visit a select group of sites in that beautiful part of Argentina.

When:  The Outbound contingent of Rotarians from Utah to Argentina will take place in the February - March, 2019 time frame.  That is a great time to visit during the early Autumn.  

Why:  Friendship Exchanges have been called the ¨best part of Rotary¨ and the ¨best kept secret¨.  They give the participants a rich taste of the visited culture and form the beginnings of firm and lasting friendships.  Additionally, the exchanges give us a chance to form partnerships for future humanitarian projects.  

Who:  The inbound and outbound groups will consist of 10 - 12 Rotarians and partners.  While not required, speaking/understanding some Spanish will make the adventure more of an exchange of ideas and culture.  

Cost:  The total cost of the trip will be the responsibility of the participants.  A recent check of airfare to Buenos Aires showed RT fares at $1,800 - $2,600.  We can probably do better but that will give you an idea of what to expect.  It would be good to expect the cost per person to be about $3,000 - $3,500 for the trip.  

Contact:  If interested please contact Fred Berthrong at 435-760-2734 or

What follows is some information from our Argentinean coordinator, Ana Cáceres.
As you know, our district embraces many provinces (states) in Argentina: Mendoza, San Luis, San Juan. The latter are called REGION DE CUYO. And the other provinces are: Santiago del Estero, the place where I live, Tucumán, Salta, Jujuy and the city of Santa Marita in the province of Catamarca. These later ones belong to the Northern part of my country. As you can read, a vast territory to travel and to visit a range of different landscapes and idiosyncrasies.

All in all, my district group 8 (eight) provinces of my Argentina. There are almost 81 clubs with about 1100 Rotary members.

We have been talking and our suggestion could be many. The first one is to receive the American team in February or March, 2019. The district would offer accommodation and transportation in some parts of the district, from some cities to the nearest ones.

To my knowledge, a rough schedule of the visit can be as follow: 


San Juan

San Luis


Santiago del Estero




and its most important attractions..
The hills of the seven colours.

You can start your visit to our district in Mendoza or vice versa, in Jujuy. They can travel along the district by coach. You need't visit the whole district. 

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