Argentina Tour North and South

DAY 1

Transfer in from Airport to hotel

A bilingual chauffer will be waiting for you at the airport with your name on a board to take you to the hotel.

 

Evening Tango Class

There is a saying: "It takes one lesson to learn Tango and a lifetime to improve it." An individual Tango Class is provided for you by experienced Tango teachers for you to experience the passion and sensuality of Tango.

 

Dinner at the famous Chiquilín Restaurante

Here you will be able to enjoy the world famous Argentine beef and Malbec Wine.

 

 

DAY 2

City Tour

In the morning, you will be picked up by a local guide and given a tour around the city and its surroundings that will allow you to discover its spirit, its mystique and its charm. The following areas will be visited: Plaza de Mayo, Puerto Madero, La Boca, San Telmo, Palermo, Recoleta Cemetery.

 

Tango Show with Dinner at “El Querandí”

Carlos Gardel is recognized as one of the most important singers and actors of the 19th century. Born in France, he came to Argentina as a child. Here he came to fame singing Tango in the many theatres of Buenos Aires.You will enjoy a Gala Dinner show of dance and singing dedicated to this icon whose voice has now been registered by UNESCO.

 

 

DAY 3

Gaucho Party at the Estancia Santa Susana

Today you will be taken out to the pampas of Buenos Aires to a typical ranch were you will be able to enjoy and gain an insight to the “Gaucho” culture. Gauchos are the famous horsemen (descended from the native Indians and Spanish settlers) who work the ranches of Argentina who have a clearly defined culture that manifests itself through folklore, music, dance and sport.

At the Gaucho party the following activities take place:

Wine and Empanada Reception

Visit to the Estancia museum and Church

Horse and sulky trips

Typical Argentine BBQ with wine

Folklore show with Malambo

Show of Gaucho horsemanship.

The services of a bilingual tour guide

 

 

DAY 4

Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls

Breakfast

Transfer to Airport

Arrival at the airport. Welcome to the town of Igauzu, this small sleepy town is the gateway to the Mighty Iguazu Falls.

You will be met by our English speaking staff and Transfer to your selected Hotel.

 

Brazilian Falls tour

In the afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken across the Argentine –Brazilian border and enter the Iguazu National Park on the Brazil side. Here you will enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the Falls during a walking tour through the passages that connect the different observation points.

Similar to football, the Brazilians and Argentines argue which side has the best view of the Falls. What is clear is that both sides are different and spectacular in their own unique way. You can decide for yourself, which side you are most impressed with.

 

 

DAY 5

IGUAZU FALLS

Breakfast at the hotel

 

Argentine Falls Tour

Today you will enjoy a full day tour of the Argentine side of the Iguazu Falls. During the tour you will get ‘up, close and intimate’ with views of this unforgettable section of the Iguazu River. Our guide will show you the hidden gems of this unique National Park in the lower and upper walkways and will take you off the beaten path to show you the best views. Trails through the 210 square mile reserve provide visitors with various views of the Falls, especially the largest one, Devil's Throat.. The mist over the Devil's Throat is such that endless rainbows are formed.Expect to be get wet today and fell exhilarated with the spray and close contact with the sheer power of the falls.

The ecological train ride is included in the tour.

 

Options available: Jet boat ride under the falls at a cost of US$75 is available for purchase on day of visit whilst in the park.

 

Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

DAY 6

IGUAZU FALLS - SALTA

Breakfast at the hotel.

 

Transfer to the airport to board flight.

 

 

DAY 7

SALTA

Arrival at the airport. You will be met by our English speaking staff and Transferred to your selected Hotel.

 

You will be taken on a bilingual city tour which will give you an insight into its Colonial past which is seen in the Hispanic architecture of its houses and Churches. San Francisco Church, first built in 1626 and rebuilt in 1870, has the highest church tower in South America (53 mts.). The tour continues to San Bernardo Hill where you will get a panoramic view of the city and Lerma and Lagunilla Valleys that is one of the most fertile regions of Argentina. You will travel through Castellanos Gorge to get to the residential summer resort San Lorenzo located on the river shore. On the way back the tour will stop at the famous indigenous handicrafts fair.

 

In the evening you are free to visit one of the many cafés in the main plaza to watch the world go by and enjoy the vibrant and authentic folkloric singers over a few wines.

 

 

DAY 8

CAFAYATE

Breakfast at the hotel.

 

Full day tour of Cafayate

Today you will enjoy excellent wines and take-in the unbelievable 'Puna' landscape. Cafayate, renowned for its excellant white wines and its magnificent silverware, is a picturesque city located in the Valley of Las Conchas River. The tour passes along Cerrillos, El Carril and Coronel Moldes to get to Las Conchas River Gorge, a natural monument of spectacular beauty, and on to Cafayate. The houses in the city show a mixture of the colonial and baroque architecture from the late 19th Century. The tour includes a visit and wine tasting in one of the famous wineries in the area.

 

 

DAY 9

Jujuy

Breakfast at the hotel.

 

Full day tour of Humahuaca Gorge

Whilst travelling through the Humahuaca Gorge on our way to Jujuy, you will visit a chain of little villages, surrounded by a colorful and charming landscape. The erosion has carved interesting shapes into the rocks. Along the way, we will take our time to stop, walk around and appreciate the impressive natural wonders.

This area was declared a World Natural Monument by UNESCO for its colorful hills and unique natural formations. Each of the hills has distinctly shaped features including the Devil's Throat, the Amphitheater, the Frog, the Obelisk and the Castles.

In Jujuy, you will visit the Cathedral, famous for its golden altar, a valuable piece of colonial art, and the Government House where the Argentine flag was raised for the first time.

 

 

DAY 10

SALTA-BUENOS AIRES-PUERTO MADRYN

Breakfast at the hotel.

 

Transfer to the Airport to board flight to Buenos Aires and connecting flight to Puerto Madryn.

 

 

DAY 11

PUERTO MADRYN

Breakfast at the hotel.

 

Full day Punta Tombo Penguin rockery

Punta Tombo is located on the Atlantic Ocean coast, 150 km from Puerto Madryn. During the warm months (September to April) Punta Tombo reserve is home to the world's largest colony of Magellanic penguins. Spending much of their lives in the water, these penguins return yearly to the Patagonian coast to court, breed, and raise their young. Approximately half of the colonies of penguins that nest at Punta Tombo burrow underground. Males arrive prior to the females, preparing and settling into their old nests. When the females arrive, they search out their lifelong mate through a series of calls and a chorus of answers. After an elaborate courtship, the female will lay one egg and both male and female will share the two-month incubation. Once the baby penguin, or chick, hatches, the parents will forage for food, feeding the chick by regurgitation until it can fend for itself. After the chicks learn to swim, the family will return to the ocean and migrate north to southern Brazil. Some Magellanic penguins may migrate 3000 miles round-trip between Brazil and Patagonia. When the immature penguins return to Punta Tombo the following year, they will moult their feathers, and breeding will once again resume. Besides penguins it is also possible to see many other kind of birds in the area.  During the transfer to Puerto Madryn, the tour stops at Gaiman, one of the oldest Welsh colonies in the area, where it is possible to taste an excellent tea with homemade cakes.

 

 

DAY 12

Puerto Madryn-Peninsula Valdez 

Breakfast

 

Early morningdeparture with our bilingual guide who will take you on a full day's tour of the Valdes Peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We will arrive at Isthmus Carlos Ameghino from where it is possible to see at the same time Nuevo and San Jose Gulfs, visit the Interpretation Centre and see the Birds’ Island. This is a small island connected to the continent during low tides where visitors are not allowed. A wide variety of birds arrive during their breeding season: seagulls, flamingos, herons, cormorants, ducks and penguins among others.

 

The tour continues to Caleta Valdes where there is an important settlement of Southern Elephant seals. Further along you will arrive at Caleta Valdes, a large natural creek that is home to a colony of sea elephants. After admiring Caleta Valdes you'll continue along the road as it drops suddenly down into a crescent of golden cliffs overlooking a bright blue bay and the small village of Puerto Piramides. Here herds of southern right whales tend to arrive in June.
You will take a boat trip around the Golfo Nuevo bay and watch these immense creatures gliding past. The peninsula navigation allows you to get unusually close to the whales. You will even get wet if they jump!

While the whales may be seen from late June to mid December, the sea elephants and sea lions are permanent residents.

 

 

DAY 13

Puerto Madryn-Peninsula Valdez 

You can see the sea elephants in Punta Delgada, the only continental post of elephant seals in the world. Males can reach 5 meters in length and weigh 3,500 kg while females can reach 3 meters in length and weigh 900 kg. Elephant seals are the largest of all seals. They use their trunks to fight for females. Every year, they arrive to the Valdés Peninsula in two different occasions. In spring, they come to mate and give birth and, in summer, they return to moult their skin.

They are extremely polygynous. Males compete for females and subordinate them to form harems.

They give birth to one pup per year after being pregnant for over 11 months. The mothers nurse their pups for less than
a month. While on the coast, they do not eat, and rest most of the time, so as to save energy and be able to return to the feeding area without any problem.

They feed on squid, but their diet also includes fish.

They migrate 400 km heading to the continental slope to forage for food. They are amazing divers. They can stay at depths of 1,200 meters for over 100 minutes. As they dive, they exhale the air from their lungs.
The bloodstream carries oxygen through the haemoglobin and the muscles carry oxygen through the mioglobin.

 

After lunch transfer back to Puerto Madryn.

 

 

DAY 14

Puerto Madryn - Ushuaia 

Breakfast and transfer to the airport to take the flight to Ushuaia.

 

Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

 

 

DAY 15

Ushuaia 

Breakfast at the hotel.

 

In the morning we visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, when you can choose from many of the varied walks. This Park is the only National Park with ocean coast in the country. Its 63.000 hectares protect innumerable ñires, lengas, cherry trees, calafates and notros and flowers as violets and orchids. The walk in the park offers marvellous panoramic views of the Beagle Channel surrounded by mountains and an opportunity to feel nature at its best.There is an abundance of wildlife such as Magellanic Woodpeckers, condors, Steamer Ducks, Kelp Geese, guanaco, the Patagonian grey fox and the rare southern sea otter.

 

In the afternoon, after making your way to the tourist pier, we embark on a boat excursion along the famous Beagle Channel. You will gain panoramas of Ushuaia Bay and see the diverse marine wildlife, such as cormorants and fur seals, on De los Lobos and De los Pajaros Islands. On one of the Bridges Isles, you can explore the island for concheros, or giant shells, and enjoy the views of Chile and Argentina.

 

 

DAY 16

Ushuaia 

Breakfast.

 

Full day 4x4 tour in a Land Rover Defender off-road through Tierra del Fuego National Park. Delight in amazing views of Hidden Lake (Lago Escondido) and Lake Fagnano – impressive natural attractions within the Southern Andes range. Your sturdy 4x4 off-road utility vehicle takes you through a stunning Patagonian landscape, where you’ll enjoy a lakeside barbecue lunch paired with Malbec wine.

 

 

DAY 17

Ushuaia –Punta Arenas (ARGENTINA-CHILE)

Breakfast.

Transfer to the bus station to take the bus that will cross the Argentine Chilean border to Punta Arenas.

 

In 1976 Argentina and Chile almost went to war in this area due to a territorial dispute over certain Islands of Tierra de Fuego. Thanks to the intervention of Pope John Paul II, both sides backed down. The islands are now recognized by Argentina as Chilean territory.

The 3 hour bus ride to Punta Arenas will pass through some of Patagonia's most stunning scenery. On the way you will cross the mystical Strait of Magellan.

 

Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

 

 

DAY 18

Punta Arenas (CHILE)

 

City tour of Punta Arenas is Chile’s southernmost city. It was once a wealthy, aristocratic and European style place due to its importance as shipping stop off point before going through the Beagel Canal. With the opening of the Panama Canal, its strategic importance significantly waned.
This was the most important stop before or after crossing the Magallean straight. You can see the remains of that in the local cemetery, with its impressive mausoleums and in the architecture of the oldest areas. Stroll around to discover the old mansions and a character filled place in the extreme south Patagonia- where now more sheep than people live.

 

In the afternoon we visit Seno Otway penguins’ rockery.  A feast for nature lovers, this captivating excursion takes you into the Patagonian landscape and to the renowned penguin rookery at Otway Sound. En route – in spite of their camouflage – other local wildlife in the form of guanacos and rheas can be spotted. A hike across grassland interspersed with sandy areas leads to a specially developed enclosure at Otway Sound where you are able to observe the delightful Magellanic penguins at close quarters. Every year between October and March, these penguins favor the shelter of the sandy burrows and surrounding shrubs, returning year after year to lay eggs and raise their young. There will be plenty of time to observe and photograph these marvelous birds.

 

 

DAY 19

Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales (CHILE)

Breakfast and transfer to the bus station to take the bus to Puerto Natales, the base town to the world famous Torres del Paine National Park.

 

Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

 

 

DAY 20

Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine (CHILE)

Breakfast

 

 

Full day excursion visiting Torres del Paine National Park.

This National Park covers 181.000 hectares on the Seno de Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Inlet). There are many hiking paths that cover differing types of terrain, from windswept pampas to thick Magellanic forests, and along lakes with huge glaciers and icebergs. The park is surrounded by huge, craggy mountains, including the famous Cuernos del Paine (Paine Horn). Keep an eye out for wild guanacos as they roam the windy plains. You will also see rheas, Patagonian hare, and even condors. Tonight we spend the night in the Park in lodge cabin accommodation. With light pollution non-existent, you can look into the Patagonian sky and almost touch the star. Overnight inside the National Park.

 

 

DAY 21

Torres del Paine-Puerto Natales (CHILE)

Breakfast

 

Full day excursion visiting balmaceda and serranos glacier, including lunch.

Enjoy a full-day boat trip through the scenic Última Esperanza Sound. In 1558, this Chilean fjord was the "last hope" for Juan Ladrillero's expedition to find the entrance of the Strait of Magellan ("última esperanza" means "last hope"). As the boat sails through the fjord towards Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, visit a cormorant colony, potentially observe some sea lions and spot majestic condors flying high in the sky. At the far end of Última Esperanza Sound, the landscape becomes even more dramatic: the snow-capped Monte Balmaceda stands 2,035 m/ 6,677 ft tall above the fjord and sends down the glaciers Balmaceda and Serrano. Balmaceda Glacier is best seen from the boat, as it almost touches sea level. "Around the corner", disembark in Bernardo O'Higgins National Park and go for an easy walk of about 20 minutes one way, along a glacial lake to the front of Serrano Glacier. On the way back to Puerto Natales, stop for lunch at Estancia Perales and enjoy a typical Patagonian-style barbecue at a typical Patagonian ranch (Vegetarian option available). Arrival to Puerto Natales s port and transfer to the hotel. Overnight

 

 

DAY 22

Puerto Natales – El Calafate (CHILE-ARGENTINA)

Breakfast.

 

Transfer to the bus station to take the bus to El Calafate.

Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

 

 

DAY 23

El Calafate (ARGENTINA)

Breakfast.

 

Early in the morning, transfer to Puerto Bandera for “Glaciers Gourmet Experience”, of Spirit of the Glaciers cruises. At 9 a.m. the cruise departs heading northeast to Punta Avellaneda across the "Brazo Norte" of "Lago Argentino". The first icebergs to appear indicate the closeness to Upsala Glacier, one of the largest in the national park, with a width of almost 4 km. If the climate conditions are wood is possible to watch this big glacier.

 

Later, the cruise will navigate towards the Spegazzini Glacier, a large ice river that descends through a rocky slope falling over the lake, emphasizing its high walls. Lunch is served while enjoying this beautiful view. Afterwards, the boat will navigate to Puesto Las Vacas, and once there, we anchor and passengers can disembark to walk around and take pictures of this beautiful place. Return to Puerto Bandera, disembark and transfer to El Calafate. Overnight in hotel.

 

 

DAY 24

El Calafate (ARGENTINA)

Full day Perito Moreno Glacier Tour

We depart from El Calafate, which borders the southern arm of the Argentine Lake and travel to Los Glaciares National Park (90 km away). A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981 and home to one of the most awe inspiring landscapes in Argentina). Our bilingual guide will provide you with important facts and  information about the Galcier.
From the nearby walking trails and viewing platform you will have the chance to enjoy stunning views of the glacier and see its surface of 192 km2, its front wall of 5 km long and some of its peaks at 80 metres high. By being so close, you will also be able to hear the majestic sounds and movements of the Glacier and bear witness to its advancements as the deep silence is suddenly interrupted by the tremendous noise of massive shards of ice cracking from the Glacier and collapsing into the Canal de los Tempanos (Icebergs Channel).

 

Optional Tour: Safari Nautico sailing.

 

Return to Calafate in the afternoon. Overnight.

 

 

DAY 25

El Calafate – Buenos Aires (ARGENTINA)

Breakfast.

 

 

Transfer to El Calafate airport to take the flight to Buenos Aires. Arrival and transfer to hotel.

 

 

DAY 26

Buenos Aires (ARGENTINA)

Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INCLUDED:

- Accommodation at the mentioned hotels daily with local taxes (21%) included for the specified number of nights

- Breakfast

- All Transfers and tours as specified in the itinerary

- Meals were specified

- Seat in bus/train services

- Local Bilingual speaking guide

NOT INCLUDED:

- International or domestic fights. Domestic flights Buenos Aires-Iguazu-Salta- Buenos Aires economic class, from Usd 600 x pax tax included, Bue/Rel/Ush/Fte/Bue, tourist class : from Usd 799  x pax tax included( promotional air fare last minute booking available only 14 days or less before departure)

- National Park FeeS entrances: usd 203 per person

 

 

 

26 Days

Summary: BUENOS AIRES, USHUAIA, PUNTA ARENAS (CHILE), PUERTA NATALES (CHILE), TORRES DEL PAINE (CHILE), PUERTO PIRAMIDES, PUERTO MADRYN, PENINSULA VALDES, WHALE WATCHING NAVIGATION, PUNTA TOMBO PENGUIN ROCKERY

Description: This Argentina tour of  26 day package enables you to tour argentina north and south from  Buenos Aires, the magnificence of the Iguazu Falls in their entire splendor from both the Brazilian and Argentine side, to explore the unforgettable North Western region of Argentina and to witness all the natural wonders of Patagonia (both Chile and Argentina).

Departs: Every Day

 

FROM US$D 7655

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