Argentina with Iguazu Falls and Patagonia!
 

SEPTEMBER 17th - OCTOBER 1st, 2023

2-week trip with Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Ushuaia and El Calafate

We are still working on the final details of this trip with the air and hotels. See projected cost below

 

 

September 17th: Depart to Argentina - arrival the morning of the 18th

SEPTEMBER 18th: DAY 1 - Buenos Aires City Tour - Private Service with Guide
This complex, energetic, and seductive port city is considered “The Pearl” of South America. Buenos Aires has an intense cultural life where tango, long coffee klatches and football (soccer) are essential elements in its people daily lives. Portenos, as themultinational people of Buenos Aires are known, possess an elaborate and rich cultural identity. They value their European heritage highly—Italian and German names outnumber Spanish, and the lifestyle and architecture are markedly more European than any other in South America. We’ll enjoy fine dining, good wines and impressive entertainment on our journey. Buenos Aires is never more alive than it is at night. It is what you’d expect from a city that invented tango. Avenues come alive with people on their way to restaurants and theaters.

On an unforgettable route, you will love all the Porteño magic. These few hours feature all the magic of Argentina's capital city. In this most complete overview of the Paris of South America you will visit the glamorous neighborhoods of Recoleta and its most famous cemetery, Palermo, May Square and the Pink House, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the newest and trendiest Puerto Madero Area and many other emblematic buildings and palaces of unique architectural, historical, and cultural value. The visit would not be complete without the sights of the first settlements of the city of Buenos Aires. The picturesque neighborhood of San Telmo, residence to the Porteño aristocracy until the end of the XIX century where the renowned antiques market is held every Sunday; Caminito Street, in the colourful, Italian immigrants neighborhood of La Boca.

SEPTEMBER 19th: Day 2 - September Buenos Aires
Tigre Delta navigation with lunch


After the Amazonia, the Paraná Delta is the most important delta in South America. Green and rich in rivers and creeks, this gorgeous natural reserve is located barely 30 km. from the city of Buenos Aires. This tour first sails on the Río de la Plata to reach the suburb of San Isidro and visit its magnificent 1897 neo gothic cathedral, the theatre, and the public library. The trip goes on to Tigre's fluvial station, to sail the rivers and canals between a thousand little islands covered with ceibo trees and an amazing biodiversity. We will take lunch at a typical restaurant.

SEPTEMBER 20th: Day 3 - guided bike tour or free day
On our last trip to Buenos Aires the guided bike tour was a really fun way to see the sites.

SEPTEMBER 21st & 22nd: DAY 4 & 5 - flight to Iguazu and tours

We will have 2 days to tour Iguazu falls - seeing both the Argentina and Brazilian sides. Nothing in the world of water compares to, or is as impressive as, the natural spectacle provided by the stunning group of 275 waterfalls that make up the Iguazu Waterfalls. Witness the mighty roar and jaw-dropping-spectacle of South America's grandest natural attraction - Iguazu Falls. which have been recently declared as one of the New Seven Natural Wonders, making them a must see destination for any traveler. The falls are surrounded by humid subtropical forest where the exuberant vegetation is house of different animals and offers some superb tropical bird watching. Tanagers, ant birds, toucans, manikins, parrots, trogons and tyrant flycatchers will thrill you.

Lower and upper walkways permit up close and personal experiences with this magnificent spectacle of nature. Trails through the 210 square mile reserve provide visitors with various views of the Falls, especially the largest one, Devil's Throat. Then our guide will take you into another marvelous adventure, the "Aventura Nautica", in which the Iguazu boat trip takes you right up to the base of the Falls.

SEPTEMBER 23rd: DAY 6- flight to Ushuaia

Beagle Channel navigation - with transfer from/to pier

From Beagle Channel, Ushuaia and its surroundings offer a wonderful scene. You will sail along the channel to enjoy the magnificent landscape that perfectly combines mountains, woods, and the sea. You will observe mounts Olivia and Cinco Hermanos, Túnel Ranch, until reaching Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, where you will observe a small cormorant colony. On our way back, you will approach Isla de los Lobos (Sea Lion Island) to enjoy these curious sea mammals and Despard Island, natural environment of imperial cormorants.

SEPTEMBER 24th: Day 7 - Ushuaia
National Park Tour with Train


Only 12 km west from the southernmost city in the world, you find Tierra del Fuego National Park, the only one in Ushuaia. You will be able to appreciate the varied local flora, including different types of trees, bushes, and flowers, and fauna, including both native and introduced animals, such as Andean foxes, beavers, rabbits, and over 90 bird species. In this half-day tour, you will visit Ensenada, Acigami Lake, and Lapataia Bay, and walk short distances around the lake, beaver dams, and the bay itself, very close to the Chilean border. From the End of the World Station on the same concrete ramp that prisoners walked on over a century ago", you will be joined by a bilingual guide who will explain in detail the story of the "train of the prisoners". Through Cañadón del Toro, you will cross Pipo river over the Puente Quemado (Burnt Bridge) to observe the re-enactment of a Yamaná Indian settlement, and the footprints left by prisoners on their daily routine of felling trees during almost 50 years of continuous work. The tour will finish at National Park Station.

SEPTEMBER 25th: Day 8 - Ushuaia
Fagnano and Escondido Lakes Tour


From the Andes to the Patagonian steppe 60 km away from Ushuaia Escondido and Fagnano lakes shine majestically. Fagnano lake is the largest lake in Tierra del Fuego, and one of the largest in South America. You will travel Northeast crossing different Andean mountains until reaching Rancho Hambre. At this point you will travel up a winding road leading to Garibaldi border crossing. Its viewpoint will offer you a unique view surrounded by an unbeatably beautiful landscape. At 430 m above sea level, you will stop to appreciate the stunning beauty of these unique natural treasures. Later you will visit Lago Fagnano, an impressive water mirror worldly known by its fishing. On our way back, you will stop to have lunch (optional).

SEPTEMBER 26th: Day 9 - flight to El Calafate
Free afternoon

SEPTEMBER 27th: Day 10
Perito Moreno Glacier Tour - Fee included

The Perito Moreno Glacier rises majestically 80 km away from El Calafate. This is one of the largest and the only advancing glacier in the world, as well as the biggest attraction at Los Glaciares National Park, a 600,000-hectare protected area covered by an ice mantle. You will start by penetrating the Patagonic Andean Forest and make a first breath-taking stop at "Curva de los Suspiros" (Curve of Sighs), where you will enjoy a first view of this incredible natural wonder. When you approach the glacier, you will walk down the catwalks to approach the Glacier and admire from different panoramic points this wonderful creation of Mother Nature. You will be able to contemplate very closely when varied-sized ice blocks loosen and fall into the water with a great thunder becoming beautiful ice floes in the deep waters of the Lago Argentino. This day will be an unforgettable experience, a once in a lifetime delight.

PLUS: Safari Náutico Navigation

This activity is an ideal complement to the Perito Moreno glacier tour. It will allow you to appreciate very closely this wonder of nature. You will sail out of Bajo de las Sombras Bay port, 7 km away from the glacier's catwalks, down to the southern side of the glacier. On our way, you shall contemplate ice blocks falling off until reaching the southern point of Los Témpanos canal, until reaching the standing point 300 m away from the southern wall of the glacier, where you shall stop to admire its greatness.

SEPTEMBER 28th: Day 11 - El Calafate
El Chalten Tour with Trekking with box lunch - Private service with guide


Leaving El Calafate you will head north to arrive at the town of El Chaltén, where you will do a 4 hours trek to the Cerro Torre viewpoint.
The trail begins entering the valley with a gentle ascent in the shade of the first Lengas, and very soon straightens up alongside the Fitz Roy river canyon. The footpath continues through the native ñires forest, following the course of the Fitz Roy River. The footpath goes through open thickets full of beautiful Patagonian flowers, areas of ñires and lengas, two varieties of southern beech (Nothofagus). Along the whole trek there are possibilities to meet the Magellanic carpenter, with his striking fire redhead. Therefore, it is better to be attentive and walk in silence to listen to him hitting the trees with his strong beak. Upon reaching the Mount Torre viewpoint, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Torre granite massif, the Cordón Adela, the Solo hill and their respective glaciers. After lunch and a rest to regain strength, you will return to El Chaltén.

SEPTEMBER 29th: Day 12 - El Calafate
All Glaciers navigation - OPTIONAL TOUR


This boat tour starts at Punta Bandera, 50 km from the city of El Calafate. You will sail on Lago Argentino's north part, where you will appreciate huge icebergs that have broken off the Upsala Glacier, the largest in this area. You will continue the boat ride until you reach a view point to admire three hanging glaciers: Peineta, Seco and Heim. You will continue to the highest glacier: the 130 meter tall Spegazzini. You will disembark at the Spegazzini Base and begin the walking visit through the forest path to the Spegazzini Refuge. This 300-meter path offers different views and viewpoints to enjoy "Los Glaciares" Bay. In the refuge you will have time for lunch. For those who like to walk, you will be able to make a trekking of medium difficulty through a wooden road with natural viewpoints. After 2hrs time spent in this special area, you will return to the port and then, by bus, to the hotel. Box lunch included. The cost for this tour is $225 so we've left it as an optional tour.

SEPTEMBER 30th: Day 13 - flight back to Buenos Aires and LAX (back on Sunday, October 1st).

PROJECTED COST: $3,700 INCLUDING ALL DOMESTIC AIR, HOTEL, GROUND TRANSPORTATION AND TOURS (other than the All Glaciers navigation). We are still finalizing the air and hotels which is holding us back on posting the final price.

American Airlines has round trip air from LAX to Buenos Aires for under $900. We should have a group agreement by November.
As we continue to finalize this trip we will update you accordingly

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Your own room should you choose - $1,200

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