Who we are

We are explorers – We are passionate – We are nature enthusiasts

In 1999, based on personal travel, dreams and passion Say Hueque Journeys was born! We are a travel company based in Argentina that creates sustainable and immersive travel experiences focused on connecting travelers with nature and our local communities.

We craft each and every one of our trips using local knowledge and the highest international standards, and that’s how we gained recognition from the most reputable travel sources in the industry. (National Geographic, The New York Times, Lonely Planet, Travel & Leisure, CNN to name a few…)

As local experts, and professional travelers, we know our region as if it was our own backyard, so we are able to design your dream journey, according to your style and budget. We don’t only work with the most exclusive properties but we are also very familiar with small boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and the coziest boutique hotels.

We know how to visit the Perito Moreno Glacier in order to avoid crowds, when to trek in Torres del Paine for intimate experience with the Patagonian mountains and what time of day to visit Iguazú Falls to enjoy the best day-light and a personal encounter with this wonder of nature.

Compensating carbon emissions, operating plastic-free trips and committing to local communities is how we are leading to a more sustainable, responsible and meaningful way of exploring Argentina and Chile.

Rafa Mayer

Founder & Team Leader

Travel roots 

Rafa’s passion for travel revealed itself when he was a child. Born in a home of travelers, he became a young backpacker during high school when he would go camping in Patagonia with his friends. He could stay there forever wandering between mountains, campfires and lakes.

After finishing the university, he traveled the world, and it was during that trip that he realized that his dream was to inspire  travelers from all over the world to explore and experience Argentina and Chile with deep connections with our nature and with an honest insight into the local cultures. And that’s what he did.

Travel, a force for good  

He is a strong believer that travel, can be a powerful force for good.  Travel helps to protect and empower local cultures, help to develop a sense of responsibility with the environment, and open our minds and hearts to other traditions and ways of living.



Say Hueque & Argentina Family Adventures

At the age of 24, he founded Say Hueque based on 3 values that are still our milestones. Love for Nature, share with local communities, and do that with an exploratory spirit of travel.

As the Ambassador of the Transformational Travel Council in Argentina and also the local Ambassador for the Adventure Travel Trade Association, he is now promoting a change in the industry to inspire a more sustainable way of traveling.

Today, father of two boys, he now spends a lot of time traveling together as a family, where he has a front-row seat to see how traveling transforms, teaches, and moves his kids. It is with the fuel from these experiences that he decided to develop a new travel division: Argentina Family Adventures, his latest passion.

About Us

Say Hueque Team

Our Values


Protect our natural landscapes for future generations.


Travel with the eye of the explorer: discover new cultures, mingle with locals and avoid crowds.


Support local economies. More than 80% of what our clients pay, stays in the communities.

Why Choose Say Hueque

We live here, we know the insider secrets to travel the región.

Reputed publications and travel organizations have awarded and talked about our trips.

For 20 years, our travelers have supported and enjoyed our work.  

We work with locals and we get the best prices.

We protect our nature and support projects to reduce travel impact. 

We take you to explore the region as a local.

What does Say Hueque mean?

Sayhueque was the last native leader of Argentine Patagonia. He was a Mapuche, which means “men of the land”, and the child of the native chief Chokori, one of the bravest Mapuche warriors of the 19th century. In Mapuches’ native language, “hueque” means “guanaco”, a type of camelid typically found in Patagonia. Mapuches used to say “hueque” every time they saw a group of guanacos nearby.

Travelers wrote in their chronicles that Sayhueque used to ride his horse, wearing a blue poncho, stretching hands with the people and always keeping a smart and welcoming smile. Is in that first encounter between an Argentine native and a foreign traveler that our story begins.

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