|Purpose:||Culture, Adventure, Ecotourism, Wildlife|
|No. of days:||13 days - 12 nights|
|First & Last Cities:||Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls|
|Other cities:||Puerto Madryn, Ushuaia, El Calafate|
Your Tour includes:
Tour does not include:
Hotels in your Tour:
|Buenos Aires||Amerian Park||5|
|Puerto Madryn||Península Valdes||4|
|El Calafate||Alto Calafate||4.5|
|Puerto Madryn||Dazzler Puerto Madryn||4.5|
|El Calafate||Kosten Aike||4.5|
|Iguazú||Amerian Portal de Iguazú||4.5|
|Buenos Aires||Sheraton Libertador||4|
|Iguazú||Loi Suites Iguazú||4.5|
All hotels are subject to confirmation at the time of booking
Situated on the shores of the Nuevo Gulf, on the coasts of the province of Chubut, Puerto Madryn is one of the most outstanding cities in the Argentine Patagonia. Its origin can be traced back to the arrival of the Welsh colonists in 1865. Nowadays, it is the gateway to Peninsula Valdés, one of the largest wild animal reserves in the South Cone, declared World Heritage site by the UNESCO.
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Seven miles south of the city of Ushuaia, the park was created in 1960 and covers an area of 156,000 acres from the southern end of the Cordillera de los Andes to the coast of the Beagle Channel. In it you’ll find a synthesis of the biological wealth of the island of Tierra del Fuego and of its beautiful landscapes. The vegetation is characterized by the wild flora of the highlands’ steppe subject to severe climatic conditions. The multiplicity and profusion of Tierra del Fuego, changing flora in each station, give color and texture to unique places such as Lapataia Bay, Lake Acigami and Ensenada Bay, where we can still find vestiges of the ancient inhabitants of the region (the Yamana) like mounds of shells of circular shape named "concheros", product of accumulated debris of molluscs they consumed. The park is inhabited by a limited variety of wild animals because of the inhospitable climate, comprising about twenty species of mammals and about ninety species of birds. Some species introduced by man such as the European rabbit, beaver, muskrat and grey foxes are causing, in some cases, serious impacts on the natural landscape.
Perito Moreno Glacier
The Perito Moreno glacier, the eighth wonder of the world, is located in the outskirts of El Calafate. The town also gives access to a multitude of mountains of ice forming the Glaciers National Park, declared by UNESCO as "Heritage of humanity", and makes it a privileged touristic location in the world. The city takes its name from the small shrub "calafate", typical of the Southern Patagonia. Located 200 miles from Río Gallegos, and on the south bank of Lake Argentino in the Andes, El Calafate is a picturesque small town of 4000 inhabitants where streets have a particular charm, characterized by low buildings, warm and rustic houses that contrast against a blue landscape that merges with the sky. It’s a haven of peace and greenery and an important tourist center because all the glacier circuits start from there.
Day 1: Buenos Aires
Welcome to Buenos Aires! Upon arrival transfer to hotel of choice. This afternoon enjoy a panoramic tour of Buenos Aires including the most important landmarks of this European city also known as the Paris of South America. See Plaza de Mayo, site of the most important historical events held in Argentina. Admire its surroundings with several emblematic buildings, like the Pink House, sit of the Executive Power, and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Your next stop is in San Telmo. Walk along the cobble-stoned streets and discover the charming antique shops at the oldest residential neighborhood in the city. Next, revive the traditional Tango with live dancers in the neighborhood of La Boca, and stroll down the colorful Caminito Street. On the tour you will also see the mythical Boca Juniors soccer stadium, where Maradona once played, admire the modern-chic Puerto Madero area, pass through the traditional Retiro neighborhood, and move on to see Palermo before finally arriving at the glamorous Recoleta district with its fine boutiques, parks and cafes.
Day 2: Buenos Aires, Puerto Madryn
At agreed time transfer to the airport to board your flight to Trelew. Upon arrival enjoy a panoramic transfer to Puerto Madryn. Afternoon at leisure to relax and explore the city at your pace. [B]
Day 3: Puerto Madryn
Enjoy sea lions, exotic birds, whale watching and amazing views on a full day tour to Peninsula Valdes.
In the morning depart from your hotel for a scenic ride towards Puerto Pyramides, located just one hour from Puerto Madryn. Upon arrival board a catamaran to take a whale watching tour (available from June to December). The catamaran will turn off the engines and the whales approach the boat and sometimes even swim under it. Continue to the Lighthouse at Punta Delgada, where you will have lunch in a beautiful landscape with high cliffs and a panoramic view of the sea. Then on to Caleta Valdes, from where you will admire the impressive elephant seals that weigh between 1 and 3 tons and measure up to 18 feet. .On the way back stop at the Bird Island, 5 km from the Isthmus Ameghino, to observe the packs of birds in their habitat. In the afternoon you go back to your hotel. [B/L]
Day 4: Puerto Madryn, Ushuaia
After breakfast transfer to Trelew Airport to board your flight to Ushuaia. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. [B]
Day 5: Ushuaia (Islas de Lobos y Pajaros)
After breakfast enjoy a half day tour of the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Observe the complex landscape that encompasses the Patagonia forest. Its topography is formed by mountain chains and glacier valleys. The vast lenga forest covers part of the mountains from the sea level up to 1800 feet high. You can also find guindo trees in humid areas of the Pipo Valley. Keep your eyes open to spot the Zorro Colorado fueguino (Red Fox), guanacos and huillins. Go back to the hotel to relax before the afternoon tour.
In the afternoon, you will visit the incredible Isla de Lobos y Pájaros (island of Wolves and Birds) where you will witness the 700 pound sea lions surrounded by its harem. Board a comfortable boat to sail around the Archipelago to see the Bridges Islands and Les Eclaireurs lighthouse, the rocky outcrops in the middle of Beagle Channel, and the mountain chains that complete this magnificent interoceanic passage. You will then head to the Túnel Farm, the southernmost farm in the World before you go back to your hotel. (B)
Day 6: Ushuaia - El Calafate
In the morning transfer to the airport to board your flight to El Calafate. Upon arrival you will have assistance at the airport, followed by transfer to hotel of your choice. Afternoon at leisure to explore El Calafate at your pace. (B)
Day 7: El Calafate (Perito Moreno)
Located just 50 miles from El Calafate, rises majestically the Perito Moreno. This is one of the largest glaciers on earth, and the biggest attraction at Los Glaciares National Park, a 600.000 hectare protected area covered by an ice mantle. Start your journey walking through the imposing Patagonia Andean forest. Your first stop is at "Curva de los Suspiros" where you will be marveled with the incredible view that surrounds you. Then walk down the wooden catwalks to get closer to the Glacier and admire this panoramic site from different angles. Every few minutes a large chunk of ice will drop off the face of the glacier becoming beautiful ice floes in the waters of the lake Argentino. Next embark on a catamaran and navigate the serene lake Rico. Gaze at the ice blocks as they fall down. This one hour sail will get you a short 900 feet from the glacier southern wall, where you will stop to take in this wonder of nature. Later in the afternoon, go back to El Calafate. (B)
Day 8: El Calafate (River of Ice Express Tour to Upsala & Onelli)
Wake up in the early morning and depart towards Puerto Bandera to board your boat. You will sail through the North Arm of Lake Argentino to reach the Upsala Canal, where you will find a spectacular ice barrier. Enjoy amazing views of the Upsala Glacier and the mountains around you. Continue through the Spegazzini Canal and the Seco Glacier to reach the front of the Spegazzini Glacier National Park. In the afternoon head back to the hotel. (B)
Day 9: El Calafate, Buenos Aires
At agreed time transfer to the airport to board your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. (B)
Day 10: Buenos Aires
Day at leisure to explore Buenos Aires on own or take an optional tour. (B)
Day 11: Buenos Aires, Iguazú
At agreed time, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Iguazú Falls. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.
Located inside a protected area, the Iguazú National Park with a total of 55,500 hectares— stands the Iguazu River, which means "great waters" in the indigenous Guaraní language. Surrounded by a lush subtropical rainforest, you will find the majestic Iguazú Waterfalls. The more than 275 cataracts and volume of water places it among the most important and spectacular waterfalls in the world
Day 12: Iguazú (Argentine side)
Leave the hotel in the morning and head to the entrance of the park. As you stroll through the alleys and different areas, you will be able to see the different falls and appreciate a huge variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies. The highlight of your tour is a visit to the most impressive of all falls: the Devil Throat. A U-shaped fall, 240 feet high, 450 feet wide. In the afternoon go back to your hotel. (B)
Day 13: Iguazú (Brazilian side) - Buenos Aires – USA
This morning depart your hotel to visit the Brazilian side of the falls.
Walk along the catwalks and admire the several panoramic views of the falls. At the end of the catwalk a fantastic close-up encounter with the Devils’ Throat and main cataracts. The tour ends at the upper part of Iguazú Falls accessed through a panoramic elevator; from there, follow a track heading to the lookout of Espaço Canoas from where you can take amazing pictures!
Now we go to the airport to board our flight to Buenos Aires with connection to the USA, or to your next destination. [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [B/L] = Breakfast and Lunch
Visa is required for US citizens who cross the border to visit the Brazilian side of the falls.
Aug 1 - Dec 20
Rates are per person, valid from August 1st to December 20th 2017 and may change without notice. Price for single is for passenger traveling alone, staying in a single room. Single supplement based on 2 or more pax traveling together is available upon request. Rates do not apply to the following month/holidays: July, Christmas and New Year’s (December 23 through January 1 Other blackout dates may apply.
Visa is required for US citizens who cross the border to visit the Brazilian side of the falls.
Tour Code: AR24BUE17AMV