Argentina is one of the most exciting and beautiful countries in the world, and on this comprehensive 13 day tour you will see so many of its natural wonders as well as some of its great towns and cities. Beginning in the stunning capital Buenos Aires, where you will have time to see all the famous sights, you travel into the heart of the country seeing exotic wildlife and visiting historic places of interest. This is one South American tour you will remember forever.
On arrival at Ezeiza International Airport you will be met by one of our tour representatives and driven to your hotel in the city where you you will be staying for the next three nights with breakfast included. Relax after the journey, then the rest of the day and evening is free for you to go out and explore on your own seeing some of the nearby sights, then enjoying dinner and possibly a show at one of the many local restaurants. Buenos Aires is one of the world's great cities and today you will begin to see why.
After breakfast visit the most important sites on a three hour tour when you discover the magic of this cosmopolitan capital city. The magnificence of the Northern Quarters, Palermo and its lovely parks, Recoleta with its French style architecture, bars and cafes, the imposing Colon Theater, Plaza de Mayo, the Old Town Hall, the Metropolitan Cathedral, San Telmo, the colours of La Boca and the fashion area of Port Madero - you will see them all. In evening watch an unforgettable tango show while enjoying a delicious meal.
Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
You'll be making an early departure from your hotel to the airport to board your flight down to Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city. Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the airport by a friendly and experienced guide, who'll transfer you to your chosen hotel in their private vehicle, and then help you and the city become friends. Your afternoon will be spent at your leisure to walk around as you will. A couple of good hints would be to make your way to the End of the World Museum, and/or the Old Penitentiary Museum. Make sure to enjoy the typical dish at these latitudes: the ridiculously delicious king crab.
Tierra del Fuego's endless wonders
This morning you'll visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park, the only one in the country with a maritime coast. Within its 63,000 hectares, you will find fire-bushes, beech trees, ñires, box-leafed barberries and endless profusions of flowers such as orchids, violets and other species. Bordering the mountains, you'll follow a road where you'll come across both peat bogs and beaver dams. After crossing the Lapataia River, a magnificent view of Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon) and the upland geese and ibis that come here every summer will present themselves to your astonished eyes. A walk along the path up to Laguna Negra (Black Lagoon) or the Beavers' Path will be suggested at that point - your camera will be amply rewarded if you take either of these up. At Lapataia Bay, you'll witness the testimony of the original inhabitants of the Island (the Yamanas) at a fascinating archaeological site: the "concheros". On the way back to Ushuaia, you will make a brief stop at Lake Roca, whose colour varies according to the weather. You may be a little fatigued from all this wonder, so you'll have the afternoon free to do as you please. If your sense of wonder is still not completely sated, an amazing Optional Tour to sail along the Beagle Channel and visit Seal and Bird Islands, the penguin rockery and Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse will certainly fit the bill a fair sight more than nicely.
Ushuaia to El Calafate
Today you check out of your hotel in Ushuaia and are driven to the airport to board your flight to El Calafate, which is the gateway to the stunning Glaciers National Park. On arrival at El Calafate International Airport you will again be met by one of our tour representatives and driven to your hotel for a two night stay with breakfast included. In the evening you can take a walk around this picturesque Patagonian town located on the shore of Lake Argentino and enjoy dinner in a restaurant.
Full day tour to Perito Moreno Glacier, located within the Glaciers National Park and 50 miles from El Calafate. This glacier is one of the main natural beauties of Argentina. Due to its wonder it has been declared by UNESCO a World Natural Heritage site. Arriving at the Glaciers' balconies, you spend around four hours walking along pathways and admiring it from different viewpoints. Framed by a beautiful landscape of mountains, lakes and forests, the glacier owes its fame to its continuous movement.
El Calafate to Bariloche
After a wonderful day spent at Glaciers National Park today you leave El Calafate for your next Argentinian adventure. You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and taken to the airport to catch your flight to San Carlos de Bariloche, which is the gateway to the country's Lake District Area.On arrival you will be met and taken to your next hotel for another two night stay. The rest of the day and evening is free for you to walk around this Andean town located on the shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi.
First enjoy a half day 'short circuit' tour starting at Bustillo Avenue bordering the lake. Visit Playa Bonita, Mount Campanario, San Pedro Peninsula, Llao Llao Peninsula and Saint Edward's Chapel. Then cross the Angostura Bridge over the stream that joins the Moreno and Nahuel Huapi Lakes, to reach a panoramic point with a natural balcony. After lunch visit Cathedral Mount, one of the most important ski resorts in Argentina. From the base, a chair lift or a cable car ride takes you to the snowy summit.
Bariloche to Iguassu
You should be getting used to this by now: another day, another flight to another outrageously spectacular location. This time, it's Puerto Iguazu's turn to bedazzle. Your local guide will meet you, and share their insights into the stunning national parks of this area where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet. After you've checked into your hotel, you'll have all the evening to relax by the swimming pool and start to get captivated by the sounds of this subtropical rainforest
Today's source of awe will be your visit to the Argentinean side of the spectacular Iguassu Falls. First stop will be the Visitors Center, an impressive structure with giant panels demonstrating the importance of the biodiversity of this subtropical rainforest. To get to the boardwalks overlooking the falls, you'll board a gas-propelled train that will take you to the Upper Falls Circuit and the Devil's Throat. The walking tour here will astound you over its two hours. To visit the Devil's Throat, you'll jump on the train at the Cataratas Station. Upon arrival, you'll take a boardwalk to the balconies for an amazing panoramic view of this magnificent work of nature. Just close your eyes and feel the Mother Nature's awesome power!
Iguassu to Buenos Aires
Get up early in the morning, so that you take the opportunity to gawk at the Falls with a walk on the Brazilian Side, crossing the border and taking your fill of the falls from a number of different viewpoints. At the end of the boardwalk, you´ll be treated to a fantastic close-up encounter with the Devil's Throat and the main falls. After all this excitement, the afternoon will see you transferring to the Puerto Iguazu (IGR) airport to head on back to Buenos Aires and your comfy city hotel. Have the night out on the town, taking in the many shops, art galleries, bars, restaurants and discotheques with which Buenos Aires is packed.
Depart Buenos Aires
After your last sumptuous breakfast, make sure you save some time to buy your last-minute souvenirs and/or photos. At the scheduled time, you'll be picked up from your hotel to be transferred to Ezeiza International
Airport to board your flight back home. It's certain you'll carry the warmth of Argentina's people in your soul, not to mention the natural beauties of this wonderful country in your camera! It wouldn't be too much of a surprise if you're back over this way some time soon. Argentina’s waiting...