Day 1: Buenos Aires
Welcome to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Transfer in from Airport to your hotel, Rooney’s Boutique Hotel.
One of Argentina’s top attractions is the leviathan metropolis of Buenos Aires, the most fascinating of all South American capitals. It’s a riveting place just to wander about, people-watching, shopping or simply soaking up the unique atmosphere. Its many barrios (neighborhoods) are startlingly different – some are decadently old-fashioned, others daringly modern – but all of them ooze character. Buenos Aires has got everything: night-life, tango, culture, football, excellent beef and the best local wine.
City Tour: In the afternoon, 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 Querandi”: 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 2: Ushuaia
Transfer to Airport to take flight to Ushuaia
Upon arrival transfer to Alto Andino.
TIERRA DEL FUEGO: THE END OF WORLD Reluctantly shared by both Argentina and Chile, this ‘land of fire’ really is the end of the world. Its faraway location has drawn explorers since the days of Magellan and Darwin, and this tradition continues with today’s travelers. A triangular archipelago surrounded by the stormy South Atlantic and the Strait of Magellan, Tierra del Fuego offers plenty of natural beauty: scenic glaciers, lush forests, astounding mountains, clear waterways and a dramatic sea coast. The region’s largest city, Ushuaia, is also the ‘southernmost city in the world’ – a major draw for list-tickers – but has also become the main gateway to wondrous Antarctica. Tierra del Fuego is isolated and hard to reach, but for true adventure-seekers in Argentina it’s a must.
Beagle Canal Cruise: In the afternoon, 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 3: Ushuaia
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 4: Ushuaia
In the morning we visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, where 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 marvelous 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.
Day 5: El Calafate
Transfer to airport to take flight to El Calafate
Welcome to El Calafate
A chauffeur will be waiting to take you to your hotel, La Cantera Boutique hotel where you will stay during the following 5 nights.
El Calafate is ideally located to explore this fascinating region.
In the heart of Patagonia, next to the Andes, is one of Argentina’s most scenic areas, commonly referred to as Lago Argentino and the Perito Moreno Glacier, declared “Universal Heritage” by the UNESCO. The most renown of all the glaciers is the Perito Moreno Glacier. This is an imposing ice river that descends from the Southern Patagonian Ice Cap down to the lake, at ‘Canal de los Témpanos’ (Icebergs’ Channel). It is the only glacier in the area which is considered to be in equilibrium, that is: not receding. It has always been the most important attraction of the region thanks to its spectacular beauty, but especially because of its unusual behavior. The glacier slowly advances down the mountain slope towards the lake, producing, as it spills down, thunderous noises and ruptures.
Day 6: 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). 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 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).
Day 7: Full Day Upsala Glacier Tour
Experience the remote beauty of Patagonia’s Estancia Cristina and Upsala Glacier on a journey of discovery from El Calafate. Sail past icebergs across Lago Argentino and tour the historic Estancia Cristina ranch. In the afternoon, choose between a short and easy trek to a beautiful waterfall or an off-road tour to the beautiful Upsala Glacier.
Our Patagonian adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in El Calafate. Relax on the 28-mile (45-kilometer) journey to the port at Punta Bandera, where your three-hour boat cruise departs. Enjoy croissants and hot drinks served on board the comfortable boat as you glide among icebergs, past the stunning scenery of snow-covered peaks. Sail to the western front of the Upsala Glacier, then cruise along Cristina Channel to Estancia Christina. Disembark at the historic estancia, and learn the history of the sheep and cattle ranch on a visit to the museum and old shearing shed. Enjoy a snack break before continuing your tour of the estancia. Take a short guided walk up to Caterina River to visit the estancia’s chapel and other historic buildings. After lunch (own expense), take an off-road trip for fantastic views of the Upsala Glacier, or an easy trek to see the beautiful waterfall of Los Perros. The three-hour off-road trip takes you along a scenic mountain trail, following a route of great geological interest, until quite recently covered by glaciers. Reaching a mountain refuge, take a 20-minute walk over terrain eroded by glaciers to reach the Upsala Glacier. From here you can see amazing views of Lake William, the Patagonian ice field and the Andes mountains. If you choose the walk to the cascading waters of Los Perros waterfall, the two-hour trek takes you through beautiful woodlands for lofty views of Caterina River and the estancia below. In the late afternoon, relax on the boat ride back to the port of Punta Bandera, arriving at around 7:30pm, then be dropped off at your hotel at El Calafate
Day 8: Perito Moreno Glacier Ice Hiking
Departing from your El Calafate hotel, you'll head to the Bajo de las Sombras (Under the Shadows) port. After a quick 20-minute sail, you'll reach the opposite shore and the base of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Here, the guides will help you pick out a crampon, special metal spikes worn on your boots for traction. Then, your adventure begins as you hike along the Rico Arm to reach the glacier. With your crampons fastened, head out for the real adventure as you embark on a 1.5 hour walk across the glacier. Your guide will be there to tell you about the famous Perito Moreno Glacier while trekking. At the end of the walk, enjoy lunch (bring your own) before continuing on. Finish up your adventure as you cross the Rico Arm again, which leads you to a footbridge located in front of the glacier for one last glance at the beautiful glacier. Then, make your way back to the road that cuts between the fores of lengas and the pier. Board a bus that will take you to the glacier's viewpoint and footbridges, where you have an hour to enjoy before heading back to your hotel.
Day 9: Torres Del Paine Full Day Tour
Early morning pickup
Travel from El Calafate across the Argentinean border to experience the stunning part of Patagonia in Chile. Explore exceptional glacial landscapes, rugged mountains and deep blue lakes on this full day tour of Torres del Paine National Park, which will without a doubt take your breath away!
The full day tour to Torres del Paine National Park will take you from El Calafate and across the border to explore Patagonia in Chile. Discover the colorful nature and impressive rocky landscape of the Torres Del Paine National Park. Trek along Patagonian park trails on this Torres del Paine day tour and sightsee the exceptional surrounding mountains, glaciers and lakes within the abundant nature in one of Argentina’s most spectacular national parks.
The full day excursion to the Torres del Paine National Park will depart early from El Calafate to arrive at the Argentinean/Chilean border crossing. All your necessary documentation will need to be presented to Customs before continuing on this spectacular Patagonia tour circuit on the Chilean side of Patagonia. The tour will stop in Cerro Castillo, where guests can enjoy a traditional breakfast and change money (remember that the park entrance must be paid in cash). Here passengers will be transferred to smaller buses in order to maximize the experience. A smaller group gives you more interaction with the specialized guide. Once everyone is on board, the guided tour will continue on to Lake Sarmiento where you’ll stop to enjoy stunning views of the crystal clear lake framed by mountainous landscapes.
Next, this Torres del Paine tour will take you to Laguna Amarga, where travelers register and pay the entrance to the Torres Del Paine National Park. After completing these formalities, the tour will head to Lake Nordenskjold, an excellent lookout point which offers magnificent views of the mountains, where you can see the imposing “Cuernos del Paine” (“Horns”), with their image duplicated in the reflection in the water. Then the tour continues with a walk to the amazing waterfall, Salta Grande, a place where photography lovers will go crazy with happiness. Hydrate at this point before starting the ascent to the Mirador de los Cuernos del Paine. From here you will be transported back to El Calafate. Arrive back at the hotel around 11pm.
Day 10: Iguazu Falls
Transfer to Airport to take flight to Iguazu Falls. Upon arrival, transfer 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. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 12: Iguazu Falls - Salta
Brazilian Falls tour 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, transfer to airport to take flight to Salta. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, Ankara Suites. 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 13: Salt Flats & Purmamarca town
Get on board of our special 4x4 truck with open roofs and set off on this amazing expedition to the heights of the Puna, the Salt Falts and Purmamarca town. Pick up at your hotel in Salta and drive south through the Lerma Valley then into the Quebrada del Toro closely following the route of the famous Tren a las Nubes (Train to the Clouds). We pass the many viaducts, stations and tunnels that made this line a feat of engineering for its time, before arriving at San Antonio de Los Cobres mining town for lunch at a typical restaurant. We continue across the deserted Puna at 4000 metres and arrive on the Salt Flats where we stop and walk around the piletas and shoot some salt flat special photos. We drive down from high altitude along the snaking cuesta de Lipan, another engineering marvel, and into Purmamarca with a stop to see the 7-color hill and a visit to the plaza marketplace for local handicraft shopping. We then return to Salta City and your hotel at 19-20.00.
Day 14: Buenos Aires
Transfer to airport to take flight to Buenos Aires and connecting flight home.
- Meals were indicated
- Transfers as listed
- 4 Star accommodation as listed
- Tours & activities as listed
- English speaking guides
- Travel Insurance
- Access to National Parks (U$35+US$35+US$35+US$28)