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Iguazú Falls are among Argentina's most spectacular attractions.
  • Jan 4-19, 2015
  • Privately on Request
  • Duration 16 days
    Group Size 5-12
    Land Cost $5,050 Details
    Single Supplement $2,340
    Lodging 3 stars
    Grade I-II
    Best Time

    Vivid Argentina

    Comprehensive exploration of Argentina's astounding diversity of landscapes

    Day 1      Buenos Aires

    Upon landing in Buenos Aires our city host will meet you and bring you to your hotel in the Palermo Soho neighborhood.  Your host will be your local contact while you are in Buenos Aires and can answer questions, offer tips about places to see and restaurants to try, and also arrange additional activities as you desire.

    You will have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy this vibrant city, so you can explore the historic neighborhoods, enjoy the café culture of Buenos Aires, and recover from your overnight flight.

    Meals: None
    Lodging: Hotel Savoy or similar

    Day 2      Buenos Aires City Tour & Tango Show

    In the morning, your host will be your guide and will pick you up from your hotel to enjoy a half-day city tour that hits all the spots of significance in Buenos Aires. Visit the historical and political center of the city, charming San Telmo with its cobblestone streets, and colorful La Boca where tango is ever-present. Also stroll through the chic and aristocratic Recoleta neighborhood, where the regal homes are reminiscent of the city's glory days. (3-4 hrs)

    In the evening you will be picked up from your hotel for a night out at one of Buenos Aires’ most emblematic cultural highlights -- a tango show offering a spectacular demonstration of the finest local dancing. The dinner theater also includes your choice of Argentine cuisine and all the malbec you’d like. At the end of the evening you will be driven back to your hotel. (4 hrs)

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging: Hotel Savoy or similar

    Day 3      San Isidro, Tigre, and the Delta del Paraná

    Today you will explore one of the most beautiful areas in the Buenos Aires region, the northern riverside districts of Tigre and San Isidro. In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and drive to the city of San Isidro. The charming architecture here reflects the colonial heritage. On your tour of San Isidro, you will visit the Pueyrredón Farm, the San Isidro Cathedral, several colonial mansions, and Victoria Ocampo's Mansion.

    Continue to Tigre, a city overlooking the delta of the Paraná River. Here, you will explore a different, almost magical world with streets full of the colors of rustic fabric, furniture and accessories made in cane and willow, delicious jams and honey, brilliant flowers, and a large variety of native fruit. After lunch, enjoy a riverside walk and a boat trip through the countless islands of the delta of the Paraná River. You’ll have beautiful views of the riverside villas, Victorian docks, English gardens, and traditional rowing clubs. If weather conditions allow, you will sail by the River Plate back to Buenos Aires. Later, you will be transferred back to your hotel. (6-7 hrs)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Hotel Savoy or similar

    Day 4      Flight to Mendoza

    Transfer to the domestic airport midday for your flight to Mendoza. Argentina's primary wine region and home of the Malbec grape, Mendoza also offers breathtaking views of the impressive Andes mountains.

    Upon landing you will be taken to your hotel. The rest of your day is your own. Consider exploring the charming village of Chacras de Coria and even wandering the roads among the surrounding vineyards. 

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Bohemia Boutique Hotel or similar

    Day 5      Bike Tour of the Wine Country

    You will be picked up this morning for a gentle half-day bicycle tour of the Mendoza wine country. Explore two of the wineries near Mendoza and learn about their traditions, philosophies, wine-making processes, and the variations in product. Taste the local specialties, Cabernet and Malbec, and develop your vocabulary for describing the flavors. Enjoy lunch along the way, and return to your hotel mid-afternoon. (4-5 hrs)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Bohemia Boutique Hotel or similar

    Day 6      Andes Mountains & Mt. Aconcagua

    After breakfast depart for a full-day excursion to the nearby section of the Andes mountain range. You will encounter panoramic views of the impressive Mt. Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas. Also enjoy a hike past Horcones Lagoon to Quebrada del Durazno, at the base of Mt. Aconcagua. The difficulty of the hike can be varied depending on the members of your group. Also visit Uspallata, Penitentes, and Puente del Inca (the Inca Bridge) before returning to your hotel late in the day. (10 hrs)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Bohemia Boutique Hotel or similar

    Day 7      Flight to El Calafate

    Argentina is a big country, so flights are required to hit all the best parts. Fly from Mendoza to El Calafate today, connecting in Buenos Aires.

    El Calafate is the gateway to Patagonia. On landing you will immediately notice the difference in climate and landscape. The town sits on the dry, dramatic Patagonian steppe, on the shore of Lago Argentina, Argentina's biggest lake. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. You will have the evening to explore this frontier-like town with many shops and restaurants. It stays light late in the southern summer, so you may also have time to make the 1 km hike out to Laguna Nimez to catch the beautiful Patagonian sunset.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Hotel Kau Yatun or similar

    The Patagonian landscape is stunning viewed from El Calafate.
    Day 8      Perito Moreno Glacier

    El Calafate sits at the edge of the Patagonian Continental Ice-cap, which stretches for 560 miles and contains the third largest glacier in the world (after Antarctica and Greenland). Set out on a full day excursion today to this stunning ice field: Perito Moreno Glacier. Revel in multiple perspectives on the glacier's face as you meander the well-positioned walkways that allow you the perfect vantage point to watch, and hear, giant chunks of ice plummet into the waters of Lago Argentino. Your guide will answer questions about the glacier and the park. Also included are a nautical safari to see the 300-foot walls of the north face up close and a mini-trek on the glacier itself. (6 hrs)

    Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch
    Lodging: Hotel Kau Yatun or similar

    Perito Moreno Glacier
    Day 9      El Calafate

    Day at leisure to enjoy any of the optional tours around El Calafate. We suggest a visit to Estancia Cristina, a bike ride out to the lake, or a boat cruise to explore some of the more remote glaciers in the region.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Hotel Kau Yatun or similar

    Day 10      Flight to Ushuaia

    Make the most of the morning in El Calafate, fitting in any last sites you want to explore.  At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the Calafate airport in time for your flight to Ushuaia.

    Ushuaia lies at the southern end of Argentina, on the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, and claims the title of southernmost city in the world. Located on the Beagle Channel with  an impressive vista of sea, forests, lakes, and mountains, Ushuaia is a picturesque city that offers unexplored, untouched territories that invite visitors to discovery and adventure. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have time to visit the Prisoners Museum this afternoon to learn about this outpost region's history (not included).

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Mil810 Hotel or similar

    Day 11      Tierra del Fuego

    Today you explore Tierra del Fuego National Park. The full day excursion around the park includes an easy trek and a canoeing expedition. A short drive from your hotel brings you to the park, where you start a 7-km trek of about 3 1/2 hours to a wonderful scenic point overlooking Lake Roca, Lagunas Verde and Negra, Rivers Ovando and Lapataia, and Bahía Lapataia. Hiking through this beech forest you will be able to look for the Magellanic woodpecker (the largest in South America), Austral parakeets, black-chested buzzard eagles, and Andean condors. You may also discover artifacts of the Yamanas, the ancient inhabitants of the area. Enjoy a fun outdoor lunch on Lake Roca. Spend the afternoon paddling in the National Park. You will be outfitted with equipment and embark on sturdy inflatable canoes with instructions from your experienced guide in Lago Roca. Paddle the Ovando River, which flows into the Green Lake, offering one of the most beautiful views of the Park. (8-10 hrs)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Mil810 Hotel or similar

    Float through the park in a canoe.
    Day 12      Harberton Ranch and Penguin Rookery

    Today you will be visiting Harberon Ranch and the Magellanic Penguin rookery tour on Martillo Island where you will be able to walk with the penguins.

    Depart early in the morning from Ushuaia, and drive about 90 kilometers to Tierra del Fuego's oldest ranch: Estancia Harberton. The land it's built on was a gift from President Roca's government to Rev. Thomas Bridges, for his contributions in exploring the area and in establishing a harmonious relationship with the native population, the Yamanas.

    The Yamanas were the native inhabitants of the coast of the Beagle Channel. It is said that the Yamanas advised Rev. Bridges on the site to establish his estancia, which is the actual location of Harberton. From the estancia you will board a small boat to visit the penguin rookery at Martillo Island. The unique location of this island (close to the point where the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean waters merge) allows for an incredible variety of rich sub-aquatic life, making it an amazing spot for bird watching (petrels, skuas, cormorants, sea gulls, and albatross).  (5-7 hrs)

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Mil810 Hotel or similar

    Day 13      Ushuaia / Buenos Aires / Iguazu

    This morning head to the airport for your flight to Puerto Iguazu connecting in Buenos Aires. The little and relaxing town is the gate to visit the impressive Iguazu Falls, (which have been recently declared as one of the New Seven Natural Wonders!), making them a must see destination for any traveler visiting Argentina.

    Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and provided a private transfer to your hotel. You will have the afternoon to relax and enjoy the tropical climate and jungle setting.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Aldea de la Selva Hotel or similar

    Day 14      Iguazu Falls - Argentine Side

    After breakfast you will depart on a regular, full day tour to the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls, where you will have intimate views of this unforgettable section of the Iguazu River. 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. The ecological train ride is included in the tour with an option to add the Safari Nautico boat trip (for an additional cost). The Iguazu boat trips take you right up to the base of the Falls. On warm days, this exciting excursion is highly recommended in order to experience the true power of Iguazu Falls. But please be aware- on the boat trip there is a 100% chance that you will get wet! The Falls provide a refreshing “natural shower”. Be sure to take some extra clothes if you want to do this excursion.

    Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Aldea de la Selva Hotel or similar

    Iguazú Falls is made up of dozens of individual waterfalls.
    Day 15      Iguazu Falls Options / Buenos Aires

    After breakfast, enjoy a regular, half day excursion to the Brazilian side of  the falls, where you will enjoy vast panoramic views that allow you to take in the magnitude of this mind-blowing site.

    Note that Brazil requires that American citizens have a visa to visit the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. Please check with the Brazilian Consulate to ensure that you have the appropriate visa before traveling or you will not be allowed to enter Brazil.

    If you prefer not to obtain this visa, enjoy a 2-hour hiking tour in the rainforest learning about local flora and fauna and visiting a Guarani Village with Cardenas is also possible.

    In the late afternoon, transfer to the airport and return to Buenos Aires.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Hotel Savoy or similar

    Day 16      Onward

    Soak up your final hours of leisure before heading home this evening.  If you have any final wishes for your time in Argentina, your host will be happy to help you achieve your desires. You will be picked up at your hotel in time for your flight home.

    Meals: Breakfast

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