Triangle of Waters - 9 days from $3,099
Triangle of Waters - 9 days from $3,099
|Purpose:||History, Culture, Ecology & Adventure|
|No. of days:||9 days/8 nights|
|First & Last Cities:||Buenos Aires, Iguazu|
|Other cities:||El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier, Rivers of Ice, Iguazu Falls|
Argentina is a destination rich in contrasts: its landscapes, weather and culture vary from the special charm of the North with its legacy of Pre Colombian and Colonial traditions, the abundance of wild life, flora and water at the Iguazú Falls & Jungle in the Northeast, to the vastness, isolation and breathtaking views of the Glaciers and marine life of Patagonia. The wine and sunshine in the Cuyo region and the brightness and exuberance of tango in Buenos Aires, the “Paris of South America”, and The Pampas, one of the richest natural regions of the continent and home to the “gaucho”, complete the wonders of this land of contrasts. Argentina, land of contrasts, has something for everyone. Let our expertise lead you to discover your own experience in “Our World”.
Day 1: Buenos Aires
After you pass customs and immigration at Ezeiza International Airport you will be met and assisted by our representative who will escort you to your hotel in Buenos Aires. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to rest and relax after the long flight. Famous for its amazing nightlife and for being the land of Carlos Gardel, Buenos Aires has countless gastronomic and artistic options. Tango portrays the "Queen of the River Plata" ("Reina del Plata") so, tonight we will enjoy an unforgettable night at La Ventana, a typical restaurant, surrender to the magic of this city that never sleeps and to the charm of this overwhelming and sanguine music —main protagonist of the night— while enjoying the best of its varied gastronomic offer. Return to the hotel for overnight. [D]
Day 2: Buenos Aires
After a buffet breakfast at the hotel you will encounter with one of the biggest urban concentrations in the Southern Hemisphere. We'll visit the bohemian and colorful neighborhood of Italian immigrants - La Boca -, the historical May Square (Plaza de Mayo) surrounded by the Government House (Pink House), the Metropolitan Cathedral and the ancient City-Hall, seat of the former Spanish Viceroys and continue along May Avenue, of strong Spanish influence, until we get to Congress Square facing the National Parliament. Then we drive along Callao Street until the intersection with Corrientes Avenue, the never-sleeping avenue, up to the most emblematic symbol of Buenos Aires, the Obelisk, passing by one of the widest avenues in the world, namely, 9 of July Boulevard as well as the famous Colon Opera House. Our next target is the new Puerto Madero neighborhood and the most fashionable district of the city: Recoleta, with a scent of French charm and the spacious and oxygenating Palermo Parks for a relaxing stroll. We'll also visit its artistic cemetery, where Evita Peron´s tomb is, among others of the former prominent local characters. Return to the city center. The rest of the day is at leisure to continue your discovery of Buenos Aires. Overnight at the hotel. [B]
Day 3: Buenos Aires, El Calafate
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel and get ready to be picked up for your transfer to Aeroparque Airport to board your domestic flight to Iguazu. At Comandante Armando Tola Airport you will be met by our representative and assisted on your transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Depending on your arrival time you may want to schedule a tour of the city and the Walichu Caves. [B]
Day 4: El Calafate – Perito Moreno Glacier National Park
Enjoy early buffet breakfast at the hotel before being picked-up for a drive to Perito Moreno Glacier, about 50 miles away on a mostly paved road leading to Los Glaciers National Park. From the very beginning, the trip provides the traveller with amazing landscapes. First you will drive along Lake Argentino Lake and its Bahía Redonda (Round Bay) providing an unforgettable view. Along the way watch a great variety of birds, mainly black neck swams, flamingos, steam ducks, ‘gallaretas' and ‘cauquénes'. Then your eyes will be filled with the yellow color of the countryside, resulting from the local grass called ‘coirón' that may also be white. In the first 25 miles you will see the Patagonian steppe, and later, at the National Park's entrance, a rich tree vegetation belonging mainly to the ‘Nothofagus' family (Nothofagus Antartica or Ñires, cherry trees and Nothofagus Pumilio or Lengas), and a few cinnamon trees. The flowers, are varied in color but the Chilean Firebird (‘Notro' or Ciruillo), a plant native of the Andean Patagonian, stands out because of its intense red. Once at the Glacier, the majestic view will amaze you and will be one of those moments that you will never forget. Afterwards, we take the footbridges and sets of stairs to get a different view of the Glacier's front. For your comfort we have prepared a lunch box before leaving the hotel so you may enjoy lunch while in the park. After the visit we will drive back to the hotel for overnight. [B/L]
Day 5: El Calafate – Rivers of Ice ~ Ranch Discovery Tour
Have your buffet breakfast at the hotel and enjoy a free day to explore on your own or you may want to take one of the optional excursions. Overnight at the hotel. [B]
 Option: Rivers of Ice:
Once on board we will sail through the North Arm of Lake Argentino until we reach the Upsala Channel, where we will find a spectacular Iceberg Barrier, and if the location of the icebergs allows us, we will be able to get near the glacier’s wall. Afterwards we will navigate the Spegazzini Channel, where we will observe the Seco Glacier to reach the front of the Spegazzini Glacier, the highest in the National Park. For your comfort we have prepared a lunch box before leaving the hotel so you may enjoy lunch while in the park. Return to Punta Bandera Port. Transfer from Punta Bandera Port to Hotel. [L]
 Option: Cristina Ranch Discovery Tour
In an almost magical atmosphere, ice blocks floating adrift and impressive landscapes complete this unforgettable experience of full contact with Nature. Sailing out of Puerto Bandera, only 50 km away from El Calafate, a modern and comfortable ship will take us to the best views of the occidental front of glacier Upsala, the second largest glacier in South America. We will then sail the Cristina Canal to disembark at the ranch bearing the same name, where we will visit the old shearing house now turned into a museum. On the jeeps, we will drive almost 10 km of mountain roads to reach the Continental Ice Refuge, where we will walk over land eroded by glaciers and enjoy a privileged view. Return to the hotel for overnight.
Tour is available October through December
Day 6: El Calafate, Iguazu
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel and get ready to pack your bags as soon you will be picked up and assisted on your transfer to Comandante Armando Tola Airport Airport for your flight to Puerto Iguazu International Airport for the continuation of your adventure. At Puerto Iguazu Airport (Argentina) you will be met by our representative and assisted on your transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day allows you to get settled. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Iguazu – Argentinian Falls
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel and get ready to start you tour of the falls. Iguazú National Park a total of 137,000 acres and bears the name of the river serving as northern border, which means "great waters" in the Guaraní language. Surrounded by a lush subtropical rainforest, we will find the majestic Iguazú Waterfalls. Its water volume and more than 275 falls places it among the most important and spectacular waterfalls in the world. On different footbridges, we will visit the heart of the waterfalls, appreciating them from different angles. We will visit the lower circuit, and feel part of nature, refreshing ourselves with waterfall drizzle. On the upper circuit, we will stop at different viewpoints, and then reach the balcony at Garganta del Diablo (Devil"s Throat). No doubt, this is the most amazing of all falls: water falls down from 262 feet. Return to your hotel for overnight.
 Option: The Big Adventure Navigation tour (Argentinean side)
A tour that combines rain forest and waterfalls. We will drive trucks into the vast wild vegetation joined by experimented guides. We will get off at the pier and board a boat to sail the Iguazú Inferior river canyon, rafting the river rapids to appreciate falls from the San Martín island peaceful backwater. Then we will visit the Tres Mosqueteros (Three Musketeers) fall, and Garganta del Diablo (Devil"s Throat) will crown the tour. Sailing the coast of the island, we will get to the next exciting point: the San Martín fall, the greatest a boat can approach.
Day 8: Iguazu, Buenos Aires
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before being picked-up for your transfer to Iguazu airport for your flight to Buenos Aires Aeroparque Airport where you will be met and ssisted on your transfer to your hotel in Buenos Aires. [B]
Day 9: Buenos Aire
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel and get ready to pack your bags as soon you will be picked up and assisted on your transfer to Ezeiza International Airport to board your international flight back home. [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [D] = Dinner | [B/L] = Breakfast and Lunch