Wildlife of Argentina Tour

Day 1: Travel from Buenos Aires to Mercedes

Take an overnight sleeper bus to the town of Mercedes

Day 2: Arrival to Mercedes

Transfer to via 4x4 a Hostería Rincón del Socorro

The next three days are spent in the Ibera Marshland, where many delightful activities await the nature lover, such as nature walks, boat trips, horse riding, night safaris. Vizcachas, burrowing owl, crab-eating fox, brocket deer and Geoffroy's cat are just a few of the exciting wildlife present in this area. Accommodation: Hostería Rincón del Socorro. 3 nights

Day 3: Hosteria Rincon del Socorro

Breakfast

Day 4: Hosteria Rincon del Socorro

Breakfast

Day 5: Mercedes to Iguazu

Breakfast

Transfer to Posadas via 4x4 where you will board a coach and Travel to Puerto Iguazu

You will go to St. Georges hotel where you will spend the next 2 nights.

Day 6: Iguazu Falls Argentine side

Breakfast

Pickup from your hotel and transfer to Iguazu Falls

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 feel 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 St. Georges in the late afternoon.

Day 7:
Yacutinga Lodge

Breakfast

Transfer from hotel to Yacutinga Lodge where you will spend the next 2 nights

Includes Activities and meals.

Introductory explanation about the environmental problematic of the rainforest

  • Guided activities (Naturalist English speaking guide + Auxiliary guide during the excursions):
  • Half day interpretative walk
  • Kayaking along San Francisco stream and Upper Iguazú River
  • Night walk
  • Guaraní afternoon
  • Environmental activities
  • Rights to enter the Yacutinga private Reserve
  • Naturalist English speaking guide + Auxiliary guide during the excursions
Day 8:
Yacutinga Lodge

Breakfast

Day 9:
Yacutinga Lodge – Buenos Aires – Puerto Madryn

Breakfast

Transfer to Airport to take flight to Buenos Aires and connecting flight to Puerto Madryn

Second Stage

Arrival at Trelew Airport

A chauffeur will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel Dazzler Puerto Madryn Lodge where you will spend 3 nights.

Day 10:
Puerto Madryn & 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 11: Puerto Madryn 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 12: Puerto Madryn to Ushuaia

Transfer to Trewlew airport (REL and fly to USH (1035-1250). Transfer to Tolkeyen hotel for 3 nights BB which is a great base to enjoy the local wildlife and beautiful scenery. This hotel is located on the outskirts of Ushuaia. The hotel has a regular transfer service to take you in and out of town free of charge.

 

Day 13: Ushuaia

Breakfast Make your way to the docks from where we depart from the local seaport towardAlicia Island, where we will find a colony of South Americansea lions. Then we sail to Bird Island to watch king shags and imperial shags living close to their nests, and from spring through fall we can even find their breeds.   Again, we head east towards another small island that, depending on the season, we can view South American fur seals. Very close to this island is Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, an authentic symbol of Ushuaia, built in 1919. From there we have a view of the island where rock shags live. On our way back to Ushuaia, we disembark at Bridges Island to walk along a path for the interpretation of wildlife, while listening to the history of the native inhabitants, the Yamanas. On this island, we can find the largest Yamana's "concheros" (shelly deposits) of the region.   As this is the largest island, we reach the highest panoramic point from which we can enjoy amazing views of the Beagle Channel with the town of Ushuaia in the distance. During the trip, we offer coffee with liquor, different types of tea, a delicious hot chocolate with biscuits and cookies and, of course, the typical Argentine beverage, the mate.

Tour duration: 4 hours.
Day 14: Ushuaia

Breakfast Visit Tierra del Fuego National Park In the morning I strongly recommend you to 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 15: Ushuaia to Calafate

Transfer to Ushuaia Airport Fly to Calafate Pick up and transfer to Alto Calafate Hotel Patagonico

 

Day 16: Calafate

Breakfast

Recommended Options:
Perito Moreno Glacier Tour

Full day activity departing from El Calafate you travel 80 Km by bus and you will arrive to the balconies, where you can enjoy different panoramic views of the Perito Moreno Glacier, into the Los Glaciares National Park, for about 4 hours. If you want to have lunch, you can visit the restaurant 1 Km far away from the balconies, or the snack bar next to the balconies, or you can take your own food and enjoy it admiring the landscape. (Cost US$50)

 

Day 17: Calafate

Breakfast

Recommended options:
Mini trekking on Ice

(cost US$140 +Park entrance US$30)

THE MINI-HIKING TO THE PERITO MORENO GLACIER HAS ALREADY BECOME A CLASSIC AND IT INVITES YOU TO VISIT THIS FAMOUS MASS OF ICE, WITH DEEP EMOTION, ADVENTURE, AND LOW RISK.

Lacustre Ice Rivers Cruise

(cost US$198 + Park entrance US$30) The schedule of shipment in the port of Punta Bandera Private (47 kilometers from the city of El Calafate), will be at 08:30 am and the game will be at 09:00 am, after the passengers are informed the safety and seaworthiness. Once on board sail across the North Arm of Lake Argentino to reach the Channel Upsala, where we will find a spectacular Barrier Icebergs. From there we will have a panoramic view of the Upsala Glacier. Then navigate Spegazzini Channel, where we observe the Seco Glacier to reach the front of Spegazzini Glacier, the highest in the National Park. Then navigate the Canal of the Icebergs up to the wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier rupture and this last point of our visit. Return to Private Puerto Punta Bandera will be at approximately 04:00 pm, by boat. * The tour can be modified depending on weather conditions and safety and the decision of the captain of the boat

Day 18

Break fast

Transfer to Calafate Airport

Return to Buenos Aires

Included:
  • Breakfast
  • Meals were indicated
  • Transfers as listed
  • 3 nights Rincon del Socorro
  • 2 Yacutinga Lodge
  • 2 nights St. George Hotel
  • 3 nights Dazzler Puerto Madryn Lodge
  • 3 nights Tolkeyen hotel
  • 3 nights Alto Calafate Patagonico Hotel
  • Tours & activities as listed

 

Not Included:
  • Internal Flights
  • International Flights
  • Access to National Parks

 

 

 

 

17 Days
Summary:

CORRIENTES, IGUAZU FALLS, PUERTO MADRYN, USHUAIA & CALAFATE

Description:

This 17 day Wildlife of Argentina Tour package has been specially designed for nature lovers to see and experience the natural wonders of Argentina.

Departs:

Every Day

FROM US$ 4957

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