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Argentina & Patagonia at its Best ~ 13 Days

Highlights

  • Visiting Argentina and Patagonia at its Best
  • Buenos Aires (4 nights), Ushuaia (3 nights), El Calafate (2 nights), Bariloche (3 nights)
  • 13 days/12 nights
  • Tour Code: BOAPADT18

Itinerary - click for more

Day 1 – Buenos Aires Arrival at the international airport, meeting and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation at selected hotel, breakfast and local taxes are included.

City tour of Buenos Aires

With this tour you will understand why it’s known the beautiful city of Buenos Aires as the “Paris of South America”. The tour begins with a tour of 9 de Julio Avenue, one of the widest avenues in the world, where you can find the symbol of the city: the Obelisk. You will stop at Plaza de Mayo, where you will visit the Casa Rosada, name by which it is popularly known the presidential palace, and the magnificent Metropolitan Cathedral, with its incredible neoclassical facade, mausoleum of national hero, General San Martin. You will also visit squares as San Martin, Alvear and Plaza del Congreso. Important avenues like Corrientes, Av. De Mayo, among others. Important areas of the city like La Boca, San Telmo, Palermo, Recoleta and the most modern: Puerto Madero.

Day 2 – Buenos Aires | Meals: Breakfast / Dinner.

Tigre Tour and Northern Zone

We will leave Buenos Aires city heading for the town of Tigre, one hour away, where we will board a tourist boat to navigate along the Delta and its islands. The life of the isleños (people who live on the islands of the Delta) is very special. We will learn about their customs, culture and ways of life. On the way back to Buenos Aires city we will drive by the elegant residences of the well-off, located in the northern suburbs, and the San Isidro neighborhood. Additionally, you will also get a glimpse of the Presidential Residence (Quinta de Olivos) as we drive by it. Free time at the afternoon. At night, dinner and tango show at Tango Porteño. Enjoy the night of fun and elegance in a dazzling and spectacular tango hall. Let the luxurious, old theater take you away as you feel the grandeur of the theater the minute you walk through the door. To begin the evening, you will enjoy a three course meal of the highest quality Argentine cuisine. Your dinner will be paired with traditional Argentine wines, as well as soft drinks and purified water. As the show starts, travel through the glory days of tango as Tango Porteño recreates the golden age of the forties, a time unquestionably known as the reign of tango. Enjoy a live performance by professional dancers, singers and musicians. The meticulous scenery and costumes at Tango Porteño create the ultimate framework for an unforgettable experience. Roundtrip Transfers in regular service are included.

Day 3 – Buenos Aires | Meals: Breakfast / Lunch. Escape the city and journey back to simpler times with this Gaucho Party tour. Let us pick you up and transport you to an ‘estancia’ or ranch for a fun filled day. Once we arrive at the estancia, Santa Susana, we’ll have some time to get to better acquainted with one another while indulging on handmade empanadas. After which, we will have some free time to take in the sights, explore the area, go horseback riding etc. The grounds are literally at your disposal. You won’t have to worry about going hungry on this tour. After our free time we will be invited to partake in an ‘asado’, which is a traditional Argentinean barbeque that includes – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and dessert with coffee or tea. The fun doesn’t stop there; after lunch we will be treated to both a folkloric and a tango show. The cultural experience doesn’t end there. The real show will start when the gauchos come out to show you their skills. They will demonstrate ring-races, horse mildness among many others. This part of the day is also interactive, so you better have your boots on and ready to go. Once we have said goodbye we will hop back on our comfortable and air conditioned bus for a relaxing trip back to Buenos Aires.

Itinerary

11:00am – Reception with handmade empanadas and wine at the ranch’s pulperia (traditional argentine bar).

11:30am – Free activities. Walk around the beautiful garden, visit the local museum and church, go horseback riding or try the typical carriages.

1:00pm – Lunch Time. Traditional argentine barbecue with salads. Your choice of drinks includes soft drinks, beer, and red or white wine. For dessert taste traditional pastries accompanied with coffee or tea. Enjoy a lively folklore show with traditional singing and dancing as well as tango.

3:00pm – The gauchos will show you their skills such as ring-races, horse mildness, and troops retail-trade including the participation of the public.

4:30pm – Return to Buenos Aires.

Day 4 – Buenos Aires / Ushuaia | Meals: Breakfast. Private transfer from to the domestic airport. Arrival in Ushuaia. Shared transfer from Airport to the hotel. Accommodation for 3 nights at selected hotel, breakfast and local taxes are included. Free time.

Day 5  – Ushuaia | Meals: Breakfast. We invite you to know more about Ushuaia city, Tierra del Fuego’s capital, though a walking tour. Located on the shores of the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Martial Mounts we can see the most impressive views of this unique place where the most beautiful landscapes of Argentina are combined: mountains, sea, glaciers and forests. We will start this experience from the port going to different neighborhoods, discovering areas of early settlement and the first immigrants of the century, visiting neighborhoods as the Mision, Brown and Solier, also noting the contrast with the growth occurred in the past decades. Martial Glacier, from the height we will have a very beautiful scenery as we go away from the city through the winding road. Finally, we will know the 2 biggest museums in Ushuaia: the Maritime Museum and Old Prison of Ushuaia and the End of the World Museum, where the past can be appreciated.

Day 6  – Ushuaia | Meals: Breakfast. Many fascinating natural environments such as those surrounding Lakes Escondido and Fagnano may be reached getting away from the city. Come with us and explore these beautiful regions on this fascinating tour. Leave Ushuaia, traveling through the peat bog covered valleys of the southernmost outstretches of the Fuegian Andes. Explore the nature of the region in the Carbajal, Huskies, Tierra Mayor and Las Cotorras Valleys, popular winter month cross-country skiing destinations. We will start by crossing the sharply rising Andes at Garibaldi Pass (1,476 feet/450 meters), host to spectacular views of the lakes Escondido and Fagnano. Then travel down the mountain to Petrel hosteria beside Escondido Lake for a little time to absorb the surroundings and their rustic charm. After spending some time, we will continue with a visit to the Martinez Sawmill along Lake Fagnano. This interesting sight provides a glimpse into local history (no longer in operation). After enjoying the scenery of the lake, our final stop is Las Cotorras Valley where we will indulge in a traditional Fueguian lamb barbecue (lunch is not included in the total price)

Day 7  – Ushuaia / El Calafate | Meals: Breakfast. As we head outside of town towards The Tierra del Fuego National Park, located only 11 km away from the city, we will almost instantly begin to experience and take in lakes, lagoons and rivers. You will learn that an interesting characteristic of these particular bodies of water is they all exit towards Beagle Channel. Along the drive out of the city we will see the slope of the Susana Mount, and get to see the old prison, where now the Southern Fuegian Railway is located. After visiting the prison we will board the End of the World Train on the railways used when the Prison was still opened. We will go through bridges and peat bogs and stop at the Macarena fall. The guide will give us indications about the area as we continue our train ride through the Tierra del Fuego National Park. We will get off the train at the station located on the national route 3. We will continue through the valley to the Ensenada Bay, where we will be able to take in the Redonda and Estorbo Islands juxtaposing the snow-white Mountains of the Sampaio Chain in the neighboring country Chile. As we return to the national route 3 the Fuegian Forest and its flora will begin to open up to beautiful views and landscapes. We will get to see Roca Lake and take a long walk by the lake coast and by the Lapataia River where we’ll be able to see the Cóndor Hill. As we trek to the other end of the park we will observe the Green Lagoon and the Black Lagoon and large growing peat bog. At the end of the tour we’ll get to see the large colony of beaver dams. Shared transfer from your hotel to the Airport. Arrival at Calafate. Shared transfer from Airport to downtown hotel. Accommodation for 2 nights at selected hotel, breakfast and local taxes are included.

Day 8 – El Calafate | Meals: Breakfast. Take in the rare and breathtaking beauty of the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the UNESCO JEWELS. The tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning for a full day tour on the Perito Moreno Glacier. On the way to the park, they will explain the importance of the glacier and share interesting details and facts about the park and Perito Moreno. Your first stop will be at a series of walkways for views of the glacier and to take photos. From there the bus will continue and you will get to see the amazing views and natural beauty that the park has to offer. You will get to walk along the walkways to see the glacier and watch as the chunks of ice break off and crash into the water. At the end of the day the bus will take you back to your hotel.

 

Day 9 – El Calafate / Bariloche | Meals: Breakfast. Optional tour (if time allows) – Ice Rivers Express. You will be leaving from El Calafate and then go for a 50 km trip by Mini Bus. Then you will arrive to the Port of the Cruz at Punta Bandera where you will take the boat at 9am. After one hour and forty five minutes of navigation you will enjoy the first image of the Glacier and then afterwards you will see more. You will continue on the trip where will see the Spegazzini Canal and Spegazzini Glacier.

Note: The obstruction in the North Zone of Lago Argentino, make that the tour takes place in Spegazzini Glacier.

IMPORTANT: The activity depends on the weather conditions. Shared transfer from your hotel to the Airport. Arrival at Bariloche. Shared transfer from Airport to downtown hotel. Accommodation for 3 nights at selected hotel, breakfast and local taxes are included.

Day 10 – Bariloche | Meals: Breakfast. It is almost compulsory that the first excursion done in Bariloche be the famous Circuito Chico, not only because it shows such an abundance of the places in the mountain range, but also because visitors see and fall in love with this city in just half a day. Which borders Lake Nahuel Huapi with a winding layout. This beautiful water body, which is a sight in itself is the largest lake in the region and, with its 55,700 hectares, is present almost all through the tour. The first stretch, in addition to urban architecture, includes the houses of pioneers, the Nautical Club and the Melipal neighborhood. As buildings are left behind, the scenery near the Nahuel Huapi begins to change. From this point, it shows off cypresses, maitenes, coihues and ñires, among other typical trees. In summer, this road acquires brilliant red and yellow colors from the rose hip bushes, blackberry and raspberry plants which bloom all around. 8 kilometers ahead, opposite Huemul Island, lies a beach called Bonita. Farther ahead, Serena Bay is reached, a small bathing resort with a boat ramp. At the 17th kilometer marker, stands the base of Mount Campanario, which reaches 1,050 meters of height and whose summit may be accessed through a chairlift. Passing by the San Pedro Peninsula, the itinerary continues towards the Llao Llao Peninsula. At the 24th kilometer marker, the San Eduardo Chapel, Puerto Pañuelo and the Llao Llao Hotel may be spotted. Totally refurbished and with all its facilities open, the classical hotel is one of the best known postcards in Bariloche, with panoramic sights of the national park and Lakes Perito Moreno and Nahuel Huapi. The Llao Llao Municipal Park protects forests of coihues and cañas colihues, as well as creepers, bushes and other trees, which may be seen when hiking along its trails. After passing by Villa Tacul and Lake Escondido, the joint between Lakes Nahuel Huapi and Perito Moreno is reached. This is crossed by Bridge Angostura, over the river bearing the same name. This is the ideal spot to have a break and go down to the rocky beaches of both lakes, lying 150 meters from one another. The circuit also shows the mountaineers cemetery, the Swiss hamlet and, finally, the panoramic or vantage point over Lake Moreno, at the 40th kilometer marker. The way back begins at El Trébol Lagoon and continues to the joint with Bustillo Avenue, which leads back to the city center. Then, traveling along just 60 kilometers, visitors may admire lakes, mountains and native forests of singular beauty. The journey begins at Puerto Pañuelo, a lake harbor located just 25 km outside of Bariloche. We’ll board a boat to sail 30 minutes across Lake Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Anchorena where the real journey begins!You’ll have the chance to jump onto a chairlift and ride all the way to the top of Cerro Bella Vista where you’ll have panoramic views of Bahía Anchorena and the entire Llao Llao Hotel/Puerto Pañuelo area. Once we have rested a little at the top of the mountain we’ll leave from Puerto Anchorena on a nature walk you’ll have the option of walking along with a guide or taking it at your own pace along trails through the park. The most outstanding hikes are the former National Nursery Trail, the Antonio Pargade Interpretation Trail, Pto. Gross, Old Settlement, Cave Paintings, Playa del Toro, and the Balcony on Cerro Bella Vista. You can’t go wrong with your trail choice; every corner of the island is host to its own variety of magnificent views, rich history and impressive natural surroundings. Nearby you’ll also have the chance to take a short walk to beautiful Patagua Lagoon with pebble beaches.An interesting sector of the Arrayanes Forest hosts a beautiful wooden cottage built deep inside. A classic sight, this wooden house has been photographed countless times by visitors. This sector of the forest is said to have been visited by the famous American cartoonist and film maker Walt Disney who was inspired by the amazing landscape to create the film Bambi. You’re invited to enter the cottage for a tea and snack or to purchase handicrafts and souvenirs. At the end of the trail you will find a Visitor Center where you can visit with the national park rangers.

Day 11 – Bariloche | Meals: Breakfast. Enjoy this six hour tour winding through forests, rivers, streams, lakes and beaches. This beautiful tour will help introduce you to the beauty of the area and see why Bariloche is called the lakes region of Patagonia. The road to San Martín winds through forests, crosses rivers and streams, and skirts several lakes (such as Nahuel Huapi, Correntoso, Espejo, Escondido, Villarino, Falkner and Machónico). On the shores of these lake beaches we will stop several times at scenic lookout points to admire magnificent views.We will drive around Lake Lacar to San Martín de los Andes for lunch and a visit to the town. We will take the traditional route along the unpaved Paso Córdoba road, where the scenery is different from the first part of the trip; the forest will give way to beautiful and intriguing rock formations.Both these routes meet up at Confluencia Traful, where the magical landscape includes curious rock formations in the Enchanted Valley and the amazing Amphitheater.We will follow the road alongside the river to its source in Lake Nahuel Huapi and then all the way back to Bariloche where our tour will end.

Day 12 – Bariloche / Buenos Aires | Meals: Breakfast. Private transfer from your Hotel to the Airport. Arrival at Buenos Aires. Private transfer from Airport to downtown hotel. Accommodation for 1 night at selected hotel, breakfast and local taxes are included

Day 13 – Buenos Aires | Meals: Breakfast. Departure transfer from your hotel to International Airport.

2018 Rates

Argentina & Patagonia at its Best1 Pax2-3 Pax
Aug 16 - Sept 30, 2018SingleSingleDoubleTriple
Hotels 4*$4607$3998$2827$2678
Hotels 5*$6628$6360$4007$3751
Argentina & Patagonia at its Best1 Pax2-3 Pax
Oct 1 - Nov 30, 2018SingleSingleDoubleTriple
Hotels 4*$4541$3961$2784$2891
Hotels 5*$5509$5253$3432$3208

Included

  • 12 nights of accommodation in the hotels, breakfast and local taxes are included.
  • Transfers in regular service without guides.
  • Excursions in regular service with Spanish/English Guides.
  • Private transfers in Buenos Aires.

Not Included

  • Domestic Flights
  • Admission fees to National Parks / city tax
  • Tips
  • Late Check Out and/or Early Check In

Price per person in US $ Dollars.    Minimum 2 passengers
All rates and hotel availability subject to change
High season surcharges may apply
Note:  Rates not valid at Christmas, New Year , Easter, Carnival or long weekends


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