Looking for the perfect travel destination to spend your free time? Look no further than Argentina, the country that has something for everyone with a full range of climates, diverse geography and many possible excursions.
Top destinations in Argentina, like Buenos Aires and Patagonia, boast thousands of international visitors each year. In January and February, the southern hemisphere weather is the perfect escape from cold northern winters. Argentina should be at the top of the list when brainstorming for vacation ideas.
Day 01: Welcome to Argentina: travel to Buenos Aires
Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to the and you’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy Buenos Aires at your own pace.
Buenos Aires is a marvelous, furious, cosmopolitan city, full of plenty of colours and different kind of architecture. Capital of Argentina and described as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires proudly embraces this title, as well as showing off plenty of its own culture! Argentines are usually eager to host visitors: if you walk the streets with a map, someone will surely stop and ask if you need directions. That’s our spirit! So, for this first day, be free to wander the cobblestone streets lined with outdoor cafes, enjoy the the mouthwatering aroma of prized Argentine beef sizzling on an open “parrilla” (barbeque), and browse the local antique and artisan markets that offer plenty of bargain shopping.
Day 02: Discover Buenos Aires: half day city tour
In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel (private service) to enjoy our traditional Buenos Aires city tour.
You will be swept away by the highlights of our beloved Buenos Aires. Over the course of a half day you will have the chance to visit the historical and political center of the city around May Square (Plaza de Mayo) and the Pink House (the presidential house). San Telmo with its cobblestone streets and the oldest residential neighborhood and La Boca where Buenos Aires turns colorful and tango is ever present: come to walk Caminito street and dance with the locals. The next stop the chic and aristocratic Recoleta, where the big palaces remind us that Buenos Aires was once the “Paris of the South”.
At the end of the tour you will be driven back to your hotel.
Day 03: Patagonia trip: from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
At the appropriate time you will be transferred (private service) to the domestic airport to take your flight and travel to Ushuaia, the famous “end of the world” most popular destination.
Upon arrival you will be taken to the hotel (shared service) from where you can make a short walk through the city centre.
Ushuaia is a small town, really easy to get around on foot. The Yamanas, its first inhabitants, called it Ushuaia which means “protected bay” in their language. Ushuaia was officially incorporated into the Republic of Argentina in 1884, and it soon became a penal colony, in order to establish a permanent Argentine settlement. Take the afternoon to explore the town: its typical artisanal shops with unique handicrafts, such as native masks or learn of the region’s history at the Prisoners Museums. And please, don’t forget the local gastronomy! Ushuaia is the best place to eat seafood.
Day 04: Full day Trekking & Canoeing in the National Park
We will pick you up at your hotel in the morning to start the excursion (shared service).
Today you will visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, just 12 km away from the city and lying on the shore of the famous Channel sailed by Charles Darwin. Once at Ensenada Bay, you will have time to enjoy the view over the Beagle Channel before start hiking along the coast.Six kilometers of wild trail await you where you’ll discover native flora and wild fauna. Discover the remains left by the Yamanas, the native inhabitants of the área. After this 3 hour hike, you will reach Lake Roca where lunch (included) will be served. After a full homemade picnic you will start the second part of this adventure. Take your oar and plunge to start a 1 h 30 canoeing trip* along Lapataia river. Make all the way till Lapataia Bay, where the Panamerican Highway and National Route 3 ends at an awe-inspiring landscape. After discovering the unique vastness of this forbidding setting, you won’t regret a second of this haunting journey.
At the end of the excursion we’ll drive you back to your hotel.
Day 05: Half day Beagle Channel navigation
Today you will make your way to the port at downtown to take the Beagle Channel navigation.
In 1833 Charles Darwin sailed the Beagle Channel and discover something great. Today is your turn: become another explorer of this channel, primitively named Onashaga Channel since the Onas where its first sailers. You’ll make your way to the tourist pier (at downtown) to embark on a boat trip along the famous Channel. You will gain panoramas of Ushuaia Bay where the city lies proudly crowned by the Martial Glacier. Unearth the diverse marine wildlife, such as cormorants (flying birds, closely related to penguins) and fur seals which frolic its time away on Alicia Island. Argentina standing at your left and Chili at your right, you’ll sail this natural border till reach the iconic end-of-the-world lighthouse, the ancient guard of the bay. On your way back, you’ll stop at Bridges Island to walk a wildlife interpretative path, lear about Yaman’s history (the native inhabitants) and see the largest shelly deposits of the region.
You’ll be brought back to the port from where you’ll make your way to your hotel.
Day 06: From Ushuaia to El Calafate
Today you will be driven to the airport (shared service) to take your short flight to El Calafate, another favorite of adventure travelers who chace to unearth the most spellbinding natural wonders, like the Perito Moreno Glacier.
The Perito Moreno glacier is one of the only glaciers in the world that’s still advancing. Though it’s not the only glacier in the area is the one that made the city of El Calafate famous worldwide. For many years now, El Calafate has been considered capital of the glaciers. Located at the shore of Lago Argentino (the southernmost, largest Patagonian lake) it’s also home of the Spegazzini glacier, which forms the natural border between Argentina and Chile, and the Upsala glacier, named “Glaciar del Gigante” (Giant’s glacier) upon its discovery and the biggest glacier that sits at the mouth of Lake Argentino. So is El Calafate all about the glaciers? Well, yes and no…glaciers are main attractions that you can visit via hiking or a boat ride. But you have lot more to discover about Argentine rural culture. From Calafate you can also visit a typical Patagonian “finca” (ranch) and learn all about the gaucho culture and enjoy a great “asado” (barbecue). You’ll soon realize that Calafate is much more than the gateway to the Perito Moreno glacier.
Upon arrival you will be taken to the hotel (shared service) and have the rest of the day to relax or explore the areas around the town.
Day 07: Full day Perito Moreno Glacier tour
In the morning, you will be driven (shared service) to Glaciers National Park to take the Perito Moreno Glacier tour. Get prepared to play with the giants!
Los Glaciares National Park has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981 and home to 200 approximately glaciers . Half of this park is occupied by the “campo de hielo patagónico” (Patagonian ice field), the largest ice field after Antarctica . You will travel 40 km (about 25 miles) from El Calafate to the park, enjoying the views of the Patagonian steppe. Once inside the park you will take the walkways to explore the different viewpoints, and you’ll feel really close to the Perito Moreno Glacier. If you’re lucky, you may get to see a piece of ice break off and fall from the glacier wall to sink forever into the lake. During about one hour, a bilingual guide will provide you with all the information you might want to know…and things you might have never thought about. After this visit you will take a boat ride that will take you close enough to fully appreciate the 80 meter (262 feet) high ice walls of Perito Moreno! You’ll never feel closer to this gigantic and impressive natural masterpiece.
At the end of the tour you will be driven back to your hotel.
Day 8: Your free day at El Calafate
“If we got this further, why stop now?”, that’s what most travelers says, willing to make the best of their time in Patagonia. That’s why most people choose to spend this free day visiting Torres del Paine, a spectacular and worldwide famous biosphere reserve. You can take a day tour, across the Chilean border, to hike different path of this National Park. You’ll take short and easy hikes to get to the most stunning viewpoints. You’ll get to see the famous Cuernos del Paine jagging the sky and the emerald waters of Nordenskjold Lake.
Note: this day tour is restricted to pregnant women, people with overweight (max 110 kgs), some type of disability, or health problems, children under 10 and adults over 75 years old.
Day 9: Goodbye Patagonia! From El Calafate to Iguazú Falls
Today you will leave the freezing weather and fly to jungle. At the appropriate time you will be transferred to the domestic airport to take your flight to Puerto Iguazú (shared service). The small border town of Puerto Iguazú is the gateway to visit the impressive Iguazú Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site, making it a must-see destination for any traveler visiting Argentina.
Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and provided a transfer to your hotel.
Answer the call of vacations and take your time to relax at your hotel. If you’re eager to explore, you can visit the “Hito tres fronteras”, a viewpoint west of the town center that stands high above the turbulent reddish-brown junction of the Iguazú and Paraná rivers, which also form the Triple Frontera, or Triple Border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Or visit the Güirá Oga (the house of birds in native Guaraní language), the sanctuary for animals hurt by illegal hunting and trapping.
Day 10: Iguazú Falls: full day Argentine side of the falls tour
Today our driver and bilingual guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to the National Park, on the Argentinian side (private service).
The falls are surrounded by a humid subtropical forest where the exuberant vegetation is home to many different animals and birds. Our guide will help you spot some of them: ant birds, toucans, manakins, parrots, coatis, just to name a few of the most common birds. Lower and upper walkways weave in and around falls permitting up close and personal experiences with this magnificent spectacle of nature. The Argentine side of the falls is filled with a myriad of paths and walkways and stairways which allow you to have an experience from many different perspectives. You will have the chance to meet “The Devil’s throat”: the largest of the falls and for many the most spellbinding. To get to the Devil’s throat you take the ecological train and then walk out along boardwalks. After walking and taking pictures of animals and plants, you will have some free time to eat lunch (not included) in this amazing environment . This excursion is highly recommended in order to experience the true power of Iguazú falls.
At the end of this exciting tour you will be driven back to your hotel.
Day 11: Iguazú Falls tours: Brazilian side / Travel back to Buenos Aires
After breakfast, our driver and bilingual guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to the National Park, on the Brazilian side (private service). Don´t forget your passport!
While Argentina has 80% of the falls on its side, Brazil has the best panoramic view. On the Argentinian side you had the sensation of being right inside the falls, but only by visiting the Brazilian side you will fully appreciate the immensity of Iguazú Falls. Take your time to enjoy it and feel it, to stroll the different walkways and feel the spray of water in your face. Take the boardwalk over the Salto Santa María, it feels like walking on the water. Get closer to the Devil’s Throat and feel the power of water! We are sure this is a day you will never forget.
At the end of the tour you will be driven back to your hotel
At the appropriate time in the afternoon you will have a transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires.
Upon arrival to Buenos Aires you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 12: Depart Buenos Aires
You will be transferred to the international airport for your flight back home.
|Buenos Aires||02||Hilton Buenos Aires|
|Ushuaia||03||Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa|
|El Calafate||03||Rochester Hotel Calafate|
|Iguazu||02||Wish Foz do Iguaçu|
|Buenos Aires||01||Hilton Buenos Aires|
– Meeting and assistance by our representative.
– Welcome with fresh flower garlands.
– 11 Nights accommodation
– Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners.
– Local English-speaking guide
– All transfers, sightseeing, excursions as per the program by private vehicle.
– Entrance fees as per mentioned in the program.
– Transport, Parking, Gasoline & Toll ways.
– All present government taxes.
– International Airfare.
– Tips, gratuities, Portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks, camera/ video camera charges, or any other expenses of a personal nature.
– Visa fees, personal insurance.
– Any item not specified under cost includes.
– Accommodation in good hotels.
– Check-in / out time is 12 noon at most of the hotels.
– Extension to other places is also possible with a minimal extra cost.
– Additional nights are available at each place with minimal supplement.
– A visa is required and must be obtained prior to your departure from your Country.
– If quoted hotel is not available, we will provide one of a similar category and standard.
– Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.
– In case the government changes presently applicable taxes, increase in airlines prices, fuel surcharge our rates will need to be adjusted accordingly.
– Sometimes, there is no relevance between the distance and time of travelling, as it depends upon the condition of the roads and congestion of the traffic.
– While every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of local strikes etc that are beyond our control all schedule and itineraries are subject to last moment changes.
– Clients must be fully insured, as the company cannot accept liability for loss or damage to client’s property, medical emergencies or any other loss suffered by them whilst on tour.
– In Case of issuing Domestic or International air tickets, SGV is not responsible for any refund if the flight is delayed or cancelled, as it is the responsibility of airline.