Natural Argentina: City, Country, Glaciers & Falls

This itinerary outlines a tour through Argentina's more rugged landscapes, including Tierra Del Fuego and Patagonia. Argentina is a land of dramatic contrasts, and while some may travel here to enjoy the wine estates and the city life of Buenos Aires, this itinerary quickly dives into the epic landscapes that beg to be hiked through and explored by adventure-seekers. From Buenos Aires, you will travel to Patagonia, then to the glaciers of Tierra Del Fuego and finally to see Iguazu Falls, one of South America's natural wonders.

Daily Itinerary

1: Buenos Aires Arrival

Buenos Aires Arrival
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Tour: Half Day City Tour
  • Accommodation: Hub Porteño

Welcome to Argentina! Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the airport in Buenos Aires and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)

Buenos Aires

The cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires is the colorful capital of Argentina. Known as the "Paris of South America", Buenos Aires is steeped in culture, unique to this extraordinary country. Feel the rhythm with tango dancers in the streets of La Boca, discover the history behind Recoleta's neighborhood attractions and wake your senses up with delicious flavors in the Palermo district. Buenos Aires is a great base from which to explore a variety of iconic Argentine experiences.

Half Day City Tour

Today, you will be taken on a private guided half day tour of the city. During this excursion, you will visit the main attractions, including the Metropolitan Cathedral, Government House, Mayo Square, Congress Hall, Colon Opera Theater, San Telmo, La Boca Italian District and Palermo Park. Your guide can also take you to see the famous cemetery in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Although the historic cemetery sits in stark contrast to the fashionable nearby streets that are decorated with quaint sidewalk cafes and elegant boutiques, its beauty is worth its own exploration. This tour will last four hours, as you venture through the wonders of this beautiful city! (This service is on a private basis.)

2: Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Half Day Hidden City Tour
  • Accommodation: Hub Porteño
  • Meals: B

Half Day Hidden City Tour

Today you will enjoy a half day Hidden Buenos Aires tour. Your private guide will take you to a number of off the beaten path sights sure to offer a unique and exclusive perspective of this beautiful city. (4 hour tour) (This service is on a private basis.)

3: Buenos Aires - Bariloche

Buenos Aires - Bariloche
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfers
  • Accommodation: Llao Llao Hotel & Resort
  • Meals: B

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Buenos Aires and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Bariloche. Upon arrival in Bariloche, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)

Bariloche

San Carlos de Bariloche, the gateway to the Argentine Patagonia, is perched on the tranquil shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi. The incredible natural beauty of the area is available all year round for a rejuvenating retreat. In addition to the region's famous outdoor activities, ranging from mountain biking and kayaking, to snow boarding and hiking, the town of Bariloche itself, features a charming Swiss Alps feel.

4: Bariloche

Bariloche
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Full Day Andes Trail & Adventure Activities
  • Accommodation: Llao Llao Hotel & Resort
  • Meals: B, L

Full Day Andes Trail & Adventure Activities

Enjoy a relaxing morning to sleep in and rest, before you are picked up at the hotel at 10:30 am. With your private guide, you will drive to Bahia Lopez, located just under an hour away. Here, you will get to enjoy a leisurely walk that will lead you deep into the woodlands. At the end of your walk, you will be rewarded with the views from the natural balconies at the Brazo Tristeza of Nahuel Huapi Lake. The walk itself will offer breathtaking views over the nearby mountains and ravishing lake. You will access another balcony as well, after a short ascent, where you can admire the beauty of the Cerro Tronador. During the 40 minutes trek journey in total, there will be a mild altitude gain and about a 20 minute ascent.

For those who dare to venture even further, you can join the thrill of a 40 meter rappel descent. At the base of the wall, there will be a delicious mountain lunch prepared and served for you, complete with Patagonian delicacies and wines. After lunch, you will walk back to the starting point, where you can choose to board double adventure kayaks and paddle through one of the stunning lakes in the area (optional activity at additional cost). Alternatively, you can be returned directly back to your hotel, as long as you are staying at the Hotel Llao Llao. (This service is on a private basis.)

5: Bariloche

Bariloche
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Llao Llao Hotel & Resort
  • Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

6: Bariloche - El Calafate

Bariloche - El Calafate
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfers
  • Accommodation: Eolo
  • Meals: B

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight. Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the airport by a representative from Eolo and transferred to your hotel, located approximately 20 minutes outside of El Calafate town. (This service is on a shared basis.)

El Calafate

The small town of El Calafate is located on the southern border of Lake Argentino, in the great Patagonia region of Argentina. This quiet little town is the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, home of the famous Perito Moreno Glacier and the Cerro Torre. The Perito Moreno Glacier is the largest advancing glacier in the world. Due to its idyllic location, the opportunities for outdoor adventure are unparalleled. From hiking through snow capped mountain peaks and cycling around wide open lakes, to trekking the icy surface of glaciers and paddling past ice blocks in kayaks, you can find it all!

7: El Calafate

El Calafate
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Perito Moreno & Safari Nautico
  • Accommodation: Eolo
  • Meals: B

Perito Moreno & Safari Nautico

This morning, you will be met by your guide to depart El Calafate, heading towards Perito Moreno Glacier, for a full day of unforgettable adventure! It is an 80 km long journey to the glacier, with time for plenty of stops along the way to take pictures. For the duration of the tour, a guide from “Los Glaciares” National Park will be with you, informing you about the surrounding area, the history and mysticism of this unique glacier. After entering the Andean Patagonian forest area, you will stop at “Curva de los Suspiros” (Sighs Curve), to marvel at the first panoramic view of the Perito Moreno Glacier. While trying to take it all in, continue your way to the platforms and balconies in front of the glacier, with free time to explore the various perspectives on your own.

You will then board the Safari Nautico for a 30 to 40 minute boat ride. This will award you with an alternative view of the glacier (departing from “Bajo de las Sombras”). Marvel at the different perspective of the stunning walls of the glacier and the permanent detachments of blocks of ice. The blocks will later become icebergs, and as others float by very close to the boat, they provide a tinge in the reflection of the channels and lakes, to give it that peculiar blue they have always had. The craft, which offers room for up to 70 people, takes a prudential position, close enough to the wall, as to be able to cover its whole extension.

Today's excursion will last about 10 hours, for a long, but very worthwhile experience. You will be dropped back off at your hotel by the end of the tour. (This service is on a group basis.)

8: El Calafate

El Calafate
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Upsala Glacier & Estancia Cristina 4X4 Tour
  • Accommodation: Eolo
  • Meals: B, L

Upsala Glacier & Estancia Cristina 4X4 Tour

Today, you will head to Estancia Cristina for another day of adventure! You will be met at the hotel this morning by your guide and transferred to Punta Bandera, which lies approximately 49 kms from town. Along the journey there, keep a lookout from the window of the spectacular views of the 9km-wide Upsala Glacier, the largest in the area. When you reach Punta Bandera, board a modern and comfortable boat to sail among icebergs. Admire the stunning scenery overlooking the western front of the Upsala Glacier, as you navigate along the northern channel of Argentino Lake. Once you reach the pier at Estancia Cristina (Cristina Ranch), you will disemebark the boat to continue your exploration from land.

At the Estancia, you will hop on a 4WD to discover all that the property has to offer, and observe the variety of flora and fauna of the Los Glaciares National Park. You will ride on to visit Upsala Glacier, Lake Guillermo and the Southern Patagonian Ice and Andes, spending a total of 3 hours in exploration on the 4WD and 30 minutes of walking. Lunch is not included in the tour, although delicious BBQ options are available for you at the Ranch. After lunch, you will head out on a historic walk to visit the Chapel and Costumbrista Museum (sheep shearing shed), before heading back to the port. From there, you will take a bus back to El Calafate, arriving later this evening. (This service is on a group basis.)

9: El Calafate - Iguazu Falls

El Calafate - Iguazu Falls
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfers
  • Accommodation: Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel
  • Meals: B

In the morning, a representative from Eolo will transport you and any other guests to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Iguazu. Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)

Iguazu Falls

The waterfalls of Iguazu are located in northern Argentina, near the border of Paraguay and Brazil. They are made up of 275 falls, some of the cascading waters rushing up to 80 meters high! The 1,000 meter foot bridge on the Argentinian side will lead you to the largest of the falls, La Garganta de Diablo, the Devil's Throat. You can hike the trails on the Argentinean side, as well as the Brazilian side for various perspectives of the breathtaking scenery. Both sides offer exceptional views of the majestic waterfalls and the rich green jungle that surrounds the area. The natural beauty here is simply incomparable.

10: Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Argentina Side Full Day Tour
  • Accommodation: Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel
  • Meals: B

Argentina Side Full Day Tour

After breakfast at your hotel this morning, you will embark on a full day private tour of Iguazu Falls from the Argentinean side. Enjoy the 275 cascades in all of its splendor, as viewed from various access points. In order to get the most out of this experience, follow along the footbridges and the navigation tours, which lead you closer and closer to the waterfalls. Beginning at the Visitors Center, you will venture out into the stunning scenery of the lower circuit. This picturesque route showcases a discovery of the dense jungle, in addition to the falls. But, it is the 1,000 meter footbridge that will take you to the fierce and impressive Garganta del Diablo! (This service is on a private basis.)

11: Iguazu Falls - Buenos Aires Departure

Iguazu Falls - Buenos Aires Departure
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Meals: B

Today, you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your departure flight home, via Buenos Aires. Buen viaje! (This service is on a private basis.)

Accommodation

Hub Porteño

Hub Porteño

Hub Porteño is an 11-suite urban retreat, located in a former private mansion of Paris Stone, on a charming, leafy street of Buenos Aires. The hotel offers the atmosphere of a private home, with each room individually decorated using design pieces, handcrafted furniture and antiques, selected from the local auction houses. Featuring walk-in showers, jacuzzi baths and cut glass chandeliers, the bathrooms are some of the most luxurious in town. In addition to a trendy cocktail bar and two living rooms, you can relax on the rooftop terrace, lounge in the garden, or enjoy the gym and spa services, all within the heart of the city.

Llao Llao Hotel & Resort

Llao Llao Hotel & Resort

Located in the Argentine Patagonia, the emblematic Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Golf-Spa is a true ecologic paradise. Perched on a small hill within Nahuel Huapi National Park the hotel lays amidst limpid lakes, the majestic Andean peaks, and colorful larch and cypress forests. The resort has recently opened a new wing - Moreno Lake wing - featuring 43 deluxe studios and suites with air conditioning, jacuzzi, terrace, wide windows and panoramic views of the wonderful Patagonian landscape. Every space in the hotel is both beautiful and functional, creating the most unique blend of the highest standards, elegance and Patagonian majesty. Its exclusive services, the Conference and Convention rooms, Business Center, five top restaurants, 18-hole golf course, Lobby Bar, Spa and the two wings of the hotel - Ala Bustillo and Ala Lago Moreno – will make the Llao Llao Experience an unforgettable one.

Eolo

Eolo

Built around a protected courtyard, Eolo is upscale through and through, yet casual and comfortable. Expansive cream-colored rooms have huge windows and a mixture of new and antique furnishings. Bathrooms feature refurbished mirrors, vanities, and deep tubs with windows looking out to the vast open landscape. No matter which way you look, there are sublime expanses outside with no trace of civilization in sight. Only 15 miles from El Calafate, and en route to the Perito Moreno Glacier, the property's location is convenient to town, the airport, and the main tourist attractions. Simply put, it's the perfect base from which to explore. The excellent restaurant on property is open to the public with reservations. Most people come here as an all-inclusive package that includes the traditional local glacier tours, as well as trekking, bird-watching and horseback riding. Of course, you may just want to lounge by the indoor heated pool as well.

Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel

Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel

Loi Suites is a luxurious hotel set in the 600-hectare subtropical jungle of Iryapu, just 15 minutes from the Iguazu Falls. This beautiful property that was built with great respect for nature, preserving native trees and the surrounding jungle. The hotel offers several features to make your stay in Iguazu as unique and memorable as possible. Some of these amenities include an exotic Tiki Bar, a large outdoor swimming pool and a scenic pier on the Iguazu River. Loi Suites boasts 154 guest rooms in 4 categories with a jungle view, and 8 exclusive "villas" that offer a view of Iguazu River.

Pricing and Details

Starting from $ 7,078 per person

*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.

Price Includes

  • Full support before, during & after your trip
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • Transport as mentioned

Price Excludes

  • International & domestic flights
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Taxes and fees

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