Day 1: Puerto Madryn
Take flight from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn. Upon arrival you will be transferred to Hotel Peninsula Valdes.
Rest of the day free.
Day 2: Peninsula Valdes
Breakfast Early morning departure 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. Following your tour you will return to your hotel in Puerto Madryn.
Day 3: Punta Tombo Breakfast 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 4: El Calafate Breakfast Transfer to Airport to take flight to El Calafate. Upon arrival you will be transferred to Kosten Aike Hotel. Rest of the day free.
Day 5: Perito Moreno Breakfast Perito Moreno Full Day Glacier Tour We depart from El Calafate, which borders the southern arm of the Argentine Lake and travel to Los Glaciares National Park. An 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 Glacier. 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 meters 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).
We get up close and personal with the largest glaciers in the El Calafate region by boarding a sightseeing cruise. Sail through Lake Argentino and admire the majestic beauty and size of the Upsala and Spegazzini glaciers.
Return to hotel
Day 6: Torres del Paine
Transfer via coach and private transfers to Torres del Paine National Park
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Hotel Las Torres
Day 7: Torres del Paine
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.
Day 8: Torres del Paine
Free day to explore the National Park
Day 9: Torres del Paine – El Calafate
After breakfast, we travel back to El Calafate via coach and private transfers. Upon arrival transfer to Kosten Aike Hotel.
Day 10: Iguazu Falls
Transfer to Airport to take flight to Iguazu falls.
Upon arrival you will be transferred to Grand Crucero Hotel.
Day 11: Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls is undoubtedly the most visited place in Misiones and one of the most imposing natural attractions in Argentina. In guarani language, the term "Iguazú" means "great waters". It was discovered in 1541 by Alvar 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 get wet today and fell exhilarated with the spray and close contact with the sheer power of the falls. The ecological train & boat ride is included in the tour. Return to your hotel - Grand Crucero Iguazu Hotel - in the late afternoon.
Day 12: Iguazu Falls
In the morning, 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. In the afternoon, you will be transfered to the Airport to take flight to Rio de Janeiro Upon arrival you will be transferred to Pestana Hotel Evening free in Rio.
Day 13: Rio de Janeiro
After breakfast, you will be picked up for the Sugar loaf mountain tour.The morning tour starts with a panoramic tour of downtown Rio where you'll pass by the infamous Sambadrome, the exhibition area for the renowned Samba schools in Rio. A brief stop is made at the Metropolitan Cathedral, made famous for its unusual pyramid shape. Admire its beauty and rareness from both the outside and the inside!
Your panoramic city tour continues with a visit to the traditional Cinelandia Square where you'll tour the various historic buildings such as the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Head towards the Urca neighborhood, where one of Rio's most iconic symbols is located, Sugar Loaf Mountain. Traveling up Sugar Loaf mountain on a cable car, you'll make a brief stop at a vantage point at approximately 700 feet (215 meters) above sea level. Capture unparalleled panoramic views of the city, Guanabara Bay, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. You'll then ascend to the peak of Sugar Loaf for breathtaking views of Copacabana Beach, the Santa Cruz Fortress and the beaches of Niteroi. After a wonderful experience, you will be taken back to your hotel in Rio de Janeiro.
Day 14: Rio de Janeiro
After breakfast, you will take the Corcovado Mountain and Christ the Redeemer Statue tour. Your half-day tour to Corcovado takes you to the Cosme Velho station to catch the cog train. The steep train journey takes you through the dense Atlantic rain forest of Tijuca to the Art Deco statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado mountain. You'll spend up to an hour here with your tour guide, who will show you the sights of Rio from this incredible mountain-top vantage point.
After a wonderful experience, you will be taken back to your hotel in Rio de Janeiro.
Day 15: Rio de Janeiro Breakfast Transfer from hotel to airport to take your flight home.
- Transfers as listed
- Accommodation as listed
- Tours & activities as listed
- Internal Flights
- International Flights
- Travel Insurance
- Access to National Parks (US$25+US$25+US$25)