Highlights of Argentina

Duration: 13 days

Highlights: Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Ushuaia, Iguazu

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Day 1 - Welcome to Buenos Aires

Elegant, old-worldly, with a touch of Paris here and a touch of London there, a dash of New York cosmopolitanism and big splash of Italian exuberance, the city also has a strong Latin America personality as well as uniquely Argentine elements such as tango bars. Here, everything is grand, on a scale fit for kings: Tourists photograph vast steaks at restaurants, Nueve de Julio avenue ranks as the world's widest, a cemetery so fancy that it occupies one of the most affluent parts of the neighborhood, while the entire city fronts onto the world's widest river. Buenos Aires never fails to impress.

Overnight: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

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Day 2 - The Colors of the City

After having breakfast at the hotel, familiarize yourself with some of the most recognizable landmarks in the ‘Paris of the South’ during a guided half-day Buenos Aires city tour. This tour includes the most historical areas of Buenos Aires. Starting in Plaza de Mayo, the political heart of the city, this square was designed by Don Juan de Garay in 1580. Continue to La Boca, the tough port barrio (neighborhood) and colorful working-class area of Buenos Aires, and finally Puerto Madero, the city’s newest district whose red-brick warehouses have been transformed into trendy restaurants and bars. Board a ferry in Puerto Madero for a 20-minute boat ride on the Río de la Plata (River Plate) to see the city from a completely different angle.

Return to the hotel, where you have some time at leisure.

An evening of intimate music and dance await at Rojo Tango, a unique venue located inside Faena Universe, in Puerto Madero. Private round trip transfers without guide are included.

Following a venue transfer, dinner and a tango show await at the Philippe Starck-designed cabaret for a performance filled with fantasy, sensuality and nostalgia.

Rojo Tango’s vanguard show recreates the age when tango was danced on the streets of Buenos Aires. Talented dancers, musicians and singers leave guests breathless, while the Faena’s gastronomic offering teams aromas and textures with one of Argentina’s finest sparkling wines.

After the show, transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

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Day 3 - Embracing the Gaucho Life

After breakfast a 90-minute drive north of Buenos Aires city leads guests to San Antonio de Areco, a traditional gaucho town whose colonial buildings are straight out of the 19th century. A place with history and tradition, this is where Don Segundo Sombra, Argentina’s most famous literary gaucho, belongs. A picturesque town, this is the place to discover the gaucho lifestyle and customs, particularly at Ricardo Güiraldes Gaucho Museum.  It’s also home to some of the best leather designers and silversmiths’ ateliers that produce regional wares from yerba mate gourds to belts. November is the perfect time to visit San Antonio de Areco, when the town celebrates Argentina’s Day of the Tradition for a week, culminating in a parade showcasing gauchos' skills on horseback as well as folk music and dances.

Close to the town of San Antonio de Areco, La Bamba de Areco estancia is located in the heart of the pampas on the banks of the Areco stream. La Bamba de Areco offers precisely what its Celtic name translates to; a place to rest. A welcome drink and empanadas awaits, followed up by a range of activities such as equine and folkloric demonstrations. Enjoy a barbecue lunch after which guests can relax by the swimming-pool, take a stroll in the park, or go horseback-riding or cycling before a traditional English tea.

Overnight: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

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Day 4 - The End of the World

After the transfer from your hotel to the local airport, and upon arrival at Ushuaia airport, you are welcomed by your local host who transfers you to your selected hotel and helps you to check in.

Welcome to Ushuaia City
Often referred to as ‘the end of the world’, Ushuaia was once a penal colony but these days, it’s a busy port and the capital of Tierra del Fuego, the largest island in South America. Christened in 1520 by Hernando de Magallanes, it was given its name for the fires lit onshore by the Onas native inhabitants, who arrived some 10,000 years ago when it was still connected to the mainland.

Ushuaia and its surrounding area are now something of a Patagonian paradise with so much to offer visitors - including amazing wildlife, a rich history, treks and walks where you get up close and personal with beavers and unique birds native to these forests, challenging trips for hikers and climbers and the opportunity to hit the slopes depending on the season.

Discover the Ushuaia City, in a half day sightseeing visiting the End of the World Museum.
Ushuaia, capital city of Tierra del Fuego province, is located on the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Martial Hills. This city offers a unique landscape in Argentina due to its combination of mountains, sea, glaciers, and forests. Your tour begins at the pier, before driving along Maipu Avenue towards La Misión neighborhood, an area established by the area’s first white men more than 100 years ago. Also see other neighborhoods such as Brown and Solier, areas where the first inhabitants built their houses at the start of the 20th century. See houses that belonged to the first families of Tierra del Fuego, such as the Beban, Pastoriza, and Ramos families. Also pass by Provincial City Hall and the former Government House. Discover the contrast sand developments produced by the arrival of new inhabitants in the 1980s. Drive back to the city to visit the End of the World Museum, an institution aimed to preserve the natural and historical heritage of Tierra del Fuego.

Overnight: Arakur Hotel

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Day 5 - Meet the Penguins

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy today on a full day tour to Harberton with Penguin Roockery and a visit to Gable Island. Away from crowded areas and in the middle of the Beagle Channel, this place is recommended by word-of-mouth. Gable Island offers untouched nature and history in the present tense. During this full-day excursion, go for a ride, cross the channel by motor boat, walk and discover. On route to Gable Island, see penguins in their natural habitat. This adventure summarizes the history and variety of nature of Tierra del Fuego province.

Overnight: Arakur Hotel

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Day 6 - El Calafate

After taking your flight at the Ushuaia Airport and upon arrival in El Calafate, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

A charming village on the banks of Lake Argentino. Named after a Patagonian bush, according to legend, whoever eats its berries always returns to Patagonia. Picturesque streets are surrounded by beautiful trees and colorful gardens that make this village an oasis in the middle of the barren Patagonian landscape.

El Calafate is the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park an area of lakes, mountains and glaciers with astounding scenery that is best seen from one of the various boat tour options available.

Perito Moreno Glacier is the area’s main attraction, a series of walkways and balconies allow easy access to one of the few remaining advancing glaciers in the world, currently grinding its way down the Andes range into a branch of the enormous Lake Argentino. The more daring may enjoy a trekking experience over its millenarian ice field.

Overnight: Eolo Patagonia's Spirit

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Day 7 - The True Spirit of Patagonia

After breakfast at the hotel, get ready for embarking on the exciting South Glacier Pioneers experience, an option thought for those seeking exclusive experiences or a different glance at landmarks. It is a Patagonian gaze of the National Park Los Glaciares, which runs from the steppe to the Perito Moreno Glacier.

Drive through the old route of Patagonian ranches until reaching the National Park access through 'Roca Lake' A low-decidious beech forest announces the arrival to Nibepo Aike ranch. Visit the installations and enjoy the rural environment until lunch, a typical barbeque at Glaciar Sur's table.

After lunch embark on 'Hautal', a cabined rubber boat equipped with heating system, with a holding capacity of 15 people, depart from the 'Pioneers' Quay' to navigate the Southern and Rico Canals. Panoramic views of Adriana and Moreno Hills and of Magallanes Peninsula will accompany the circuit until disembarking on De las Monedas Beach.

Enjoy a pleasant walk through the forest is started on this beach to meet the immensity of Perito Moreno Glacier seen from 'Glaciar Sur' viewpoint.

The navigation continues its itinerary to the southern front of Perito Moreno Glacier until reaching 'Bajo las Sombras' Port, where a vehicle awaits to get to the traditional catwalks, having 2 hours to walk through them. In the afternoon, the sunlight gives unique colors to the glacier views.

Only 15 people out of the 2.000 visitors that daily enter the National Park will be able to live this magic experience.

Overnight: Eolo Patagonia's Spirit

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Day 8 - Bariloche

From the El Calafate Airport, you will take your flight to Bariloche where, upon arrival, you will be welcomed to the capital of the Argentine Lake District and take a private transfer to the hotel.

Guarded by majestic mountains and Lake Nahuel Huapi, Bariloche stands proudly as the gateway to the stunning Lake District. This city has strong ties to central Europe as many families immigrated from Germany, Switzerland and Northern Italy over the past century. Their influence is easily found in the local culture and, of course, in the mountain-style architecture.

Bariloche is one of Argentina’s most exciting resorts, it offers mountain resort activities and every season is distinctively charming. Summer is best for outdoor activities and sports such as trout fishing, horseback riding, rafting, trekking and hiking. Enjoy lazy days at the lake at river beaches or more vigorous mountain climbing. In winter, Cerro Catedral is visited by increasing numbers of winter sports enthusiasts every year; it is the largest and most developed ski resort in South America with 600 hectares (1,482 acres) of snow.

Following a transfer, explore Patagonia's best-kept secret spots. Walk for about 40 minutes on even terrain, a low-intensity activity, your guide interpreting the sounds of the forest, such as the thrilling sound of the chucao (chucao) or the regular pecking of a woodpecker while enjoying a yerba mate (tea) tasting. Transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight: Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Golf - Spa

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Day 9 - The Other Face of Patagonia

This full-day trek up Cerro Bellavista (beautiful hill) is the ideal way to get close to local alpine fauna and flora, such as the large Patagonian woodpecker and amancay wildflowers, while enjoying some spectacular views.  Drive up to the start point at 850 meters above sea level (2,600 feet) for an introductory talk before starting off at a slow pace to warm up. The adventure kicks off walking through the woods, following a trail surrounded by thick vegetation. A gentle slope leads you to the first lookout (about 50 minutes); from there, continue ascending until you reach the second part of the trail surrounded by tall lenga (lenga beech) trees (about 40 minutes). When crossing the tree line (1,600 meters above sea level, 4,800 feet) vegetation yields the center stage to fresh air and panoramic views (about 30 minutes). After a three-hour walk, reach the pre-summit where views do justice to the name of this hill, offering postcard-like pictures. Lunch time here encompasses a hearty picada (charcuterie) prepared in the mountain. Relax here, absorbing peace and beauty. The return along the same trail takes about two and a half hours. Difficulty level is medium, the minimum age is 12 years old, and it requires a good fitness level. Wear trekking shoes, synthetic warm clothing, a small backpack for personal belongings such as sunglasses, hat, gloves, and sunscreen.

Overnight: Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Golf - Spa

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Day 10 - Sailing the Lakes

Take a full-day tour to discover Victoria Island, a universe of natural attractions. Board a boat across Lake Nahuel Huapi's crystal clear waters to the island. Centennial cypresses and coigues (bamboo) woodland and native and exotic fauna are found at every turn.  At 10.00, a private transfer takes you to the pier (30 minutes from downtown/five minutes from Llao Llao Hotel) where you board to cross the cold waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi up to the millenary island in 45 minutes. Walk woodland trails for two hours to see varied flora and fauna and learn about its history. Trails are easy and with quiet and a little luck, you might spot some deer or pheasant.  Lunch is an elaborate meal and while resting, enjoy the artistic moment that provides a cultural evening immersed in nature. Another part of the island is discovered on your way to Puerto Pampa before embarking for the 30-minute navigation back to Puerto Pañuelo. Transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight: Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Golf - Spa

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Day 11 - Iguazu

Today transfer to Bariloche airport to board your flight to Buenos Aires and then Puerto Iguazu, and upon arrival at Puerto Iguazu Airport, you are welcomed to Puerto Iguazu by your local guide and transferred to your hotel to be helped with check-in procedures.

Puerto Iguazú is a quiet town located at the confluence of the Iguazú and Parana rivers. The mighty Iguassu Falls, recently declared one of the New Seven Wonders are one of the most impressive sights in the world, with a breath-taking 275 cascades spread across a gulf of nearly 3 kilometers (two miles). Taller than Niagara Falls and twice as wide, Iguazú has 275 cascades spread across 3 kilometers (two miles) along the path of the River Iguazú, on the border between Brazil and Argentina. Viewpoints from both sides offer different perspectives of this unique lively and colorful spectacle.

Overnight: Meliá Iguazu

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Day 12 - The New Natural Wonder of the World

Enjoy a full-day visit to the Argentine side of the Iguazu Falls National Park. This side of park was created in 1934 and covers around 123,5000 acres (50,000 hectares), offering unique contact with nature as you get within a few steps from the thundering cascades. Feel the proximity of the falls and observe its beautiful vegetation, birds and butterflies, walking along the footbridges and roads. Waterproof clothing is necessary, since there is a small price to pay for getting within such close range of the falls! Arriving at the Visitors Center, access the Nature Interpretation Center of Iguazu National Park, which also provides cultural, educational and social activities. This is the starting point for the amazing Devil’s Gorge tour. Departing from Cataratas Station, the train takes you to Garganta Station in 18 minutes. The stroll along the catwalks is 1.2 km (one mile) across the delta islands, leading to the main balcony located next to the most spectacular fall, the Devil's Gorge. Time required: two hours. Difficulty: low, no stairs. Upper Trail: a 2 kilometer walk (1.5 miles) offering magnificent view of the falls from the Upper Iguazu River. Time required: 1.15 hours. Difficulty: low, no stairs. Lower Trail: a 1.6 kilometer walk (1.2 miles) provides a view from below and around the falls. Time required: 2 hours. Difficulty: moderate, with stairs.

After this, head off for the Great Adventure (seat in Bus, sharing with other passengers): climb aboard for an exciting truck ride through eight kilometer (five miles) of riverside jungle following the Yacaratiá trail to Port Macuco. Here, embark a motorboat that navigates up the Lower Iguazú River, going through rapids to approach the falls at Garganta del Diablo canyon in the heart of the falls. A very wet ride is guaranteed, but so is a memorable experience. Important note: You will get wet. There are 100 meters (300 feet) of stairs. This activity is not recommended for pregnant women or anyone with physical difficulties. This is a shared program.

Overnight: Meliá Iguazu

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Day 13 - Departure

This morning fly to Buenos Aires where upon arrival this afternoon you are met and transferred to the international airport to board your flight for the journey home.

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