About Us

Our company mission is simple, and it’s all about you. We promise to put our years of experience and knowledge into creating personalized vacations to match your desires. All of us share a passion for travel, a seeking of that next mememorable experience that will lighten our souls, and an uncompromising sense of dedication to our work. And we have to admit….this work is a lot of fun.

Postales Guest Services:
* We tailor every excursion based on your input.
* We provide sample itineraries to help you generate ideas for your trip.
* All of our travel planning services are complimentary.
* On-site offices in Mendoza and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
* Airport meet and greet by our full-time multilingual hosts who will facilitate all aspects of your trip.
* Flexibility in altering your itinerary to suit your desires of the moment.
* Company-owned and operated lodges in renowned Valle de Uco and Chacras de Coria.
* Special “insider” relationships with Mendoza’s finest wineries and restaurants.
* Close relationships with other specially-selected hotels and service providers.

John Ecklund
Co-founder
Over two decades ago John cashed in his mainstream job and founded the premier fly-fishing guide service in Eastern Oregon. As the owner of Little Creek Outfitters, John explored and developed a variety of fishing programs that have become the fly-fishing standards for other outfitting services that followed in the footsteps of Little Creek. An explorer at heart, John has traveled extensively in Cuba, Baja, Venezuela, Argentina, and Chile. These travels led to the creation of Postales del Plata, S.A. and to the development of the Mendoza Wine Experience. John has extensive experience in the lodging and food industry, having owned and operated Grande Ronde Lodge, and as current owner of a successful restaurant, Foley Station, in LaGrande, Oregon, He is also owner and operator of Hells Canyon Whitewater Co, a whitewater rafting and fly-fishing service on the Snake River. When John is not holding a wine glass, or rowing down a favorite river, he’s probably on the hunt for his favorite food…homemade empandas. In the picture above, he strikes gold.

Stephen Vletas
Co-founder
After years of guiding fly anglers, Stephen co-founded Westbank Anglers in 1986, and then began exploring the world in search of the finest fly-fishing destinations for Westbank’s travel clientele; everywhere from the Bahamas, to Alaska, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Costa Rica, the Seychelles, and points in-between. Along the way the Bahamas became a second home (Jackson Hole the first), which led him to become the author of The Bahamas Fly-Fishing Guide (Lyons 1999, 2002, 2005). He has also written a novel and many magazine articles for national publications on subjects ranging from fly-fishing in saltwater to gourmet wine tours in South America . After selling Westbank in 2002, Stephen had even more time to spend hopping from island to island, and to rediscover and renew his passion for Argentina. Thanks to John, Mendoza is now his “third” home. When not working with Postales del Plata guests and clients, Stephen can be found laying down first tracks on Rendezvous Mountain or in Las Lenas, casting a fly to bonefish in the Bahamas, or sipping a nice Malbec in Valle de Uco. (Photo above: with Postales hostesses Daniela and Marianna at the opening party for Valle de Uco Lodge.)