Argentina is a land of extremes, its hectic urban centers contrasting with a staggeringly remote hinterland, and can be simultaneously hot in one region and cold in another. The one common thread is that the people possess a curiosity, passion, and fervor for life, most visible when it comes to football, the national obsession. Evita, the Tango, gauchos and estancias are the country's clichéd attractions, but what strikes visitors most is that life here is for living - the fast pace only letting up for the afternoon siesta. Argentina's national parks teem with wildlife and incredible mountainous vistas, while the colossal Perito Moreno Glacier and Iguazú Falls are natural wonders. The Andes offer excellent skiing with the Bariloche resort being the country's most established. Horseback riding, adventure sports and bird watching are just a few of the other activities on offer throughout the country. Argentina, vastly unexplored and undiscovered by most tourists, is an adventure waiting to happen.
Day 1: Buenos Aires
After arrival at Buenos Aires international airport your chauffeur will be waiting to bring you to your hotel in the city. Welcome to Buenos Aires, the Paris of South-America, the city of the Tango, Maradonna and Evita Perón! It is home to than 10 million inhabitants spread over 40 different neighborhoods called "barrios," which all have their own distinctive character. From the 16th century a big stream of immigrants came from Italy, France and Spain and you can still find influence of these countries lively in the neighborhoods where the people established themselves. In the neighborhood of La Boca, you come upon the rich Italian culture, in San Telmo you can find real Argentinean culture with tango dancing in the streets and many antique stores. Recoleta has a fine French feel with elegant houses, nice restaurants and a beautiful and famous cemetery. Palermo is an upcoming neighborhood with its many designer shops and grand green parks.
Vista Sol Design Hotel (B)
Day 2: Buenos Aires
Today you will discover the beauty and wonders of Buenos Aires by taking a private half day city tour through the bustling capital of Argentina. You will see the symbol of the city, the obelisk, as you visit different squares such as Plaza de Mayo, Plaza San Martín, Plaza Congreso. Avenues like Corrientes, Mayo, 9 de Julio, among others. Wander through the historical neighborhoods of La Boca, San Telmo, and Montserrat in stark contrast with the modern, elegant neighborhoods of Palermo, Recoleta, and especially Puerto Madero.
In the evening you will enjoy a spectacular Tango & Dinner Show at El Querandi! Be mesmerized by this elegant dance accompanied by a live orchestra, a distinguished cast of professional dancers and singers for the perfect after-dinner entertainment (Optional).
Vista Sol Design Hotel (B)
Day 3: Buenos Aires – Bariloche
You will be picked up at your hotel and brought to the national airport of Buenos Aires for your flight to Bariloche. At arrival you are welcomed and brought to your hotel.
In the afternoon you will leave Bariloche for a private half day tour by means of Bustillo Avenue, which goes alongside Nahuel Huapi Lake with its beautiful scenery. After 10 kilometers we reach the base of Cerro Campanario (Belfry Hill), where you can see the Nahuel Huapi and Perito Moreno Lakes, El Trebol Lagoon, the San Pedro and Llao Llao Peninsulas, Victoria Island, and the Otto, Lopez, Goye and Catedral Hills. At Llao Llao, come across the San Eduardo chapel and Puerto Pañuelo (Handkerchief Port) on the Nahuel Huapi lakeside. Heading down the road you pass by a golf course over the Angostura Bridge towards Lopez Bay at the foot of the Lopez Hill. Then you cross the bridge on Lake Moreno’s narrow point and go along El Trebol (Clover) Lagoon. Further on, you reach the junction with Bustillo Avenue along which you will return to the city.
Kenton Palace (B)
Day 4: Bariloche
Today's full day boat excursion will take you to the largest island in the Nahuel Huapi Lake, a natural showcase of native and introduced wildlife and plants, and then on to the last remaining natural "Arrayán" forest. You will be picked up at the hotel and brought to Puerto Pañuelo where you board a catamaran. After sailing for an hour you will arrive at Peninsula Quetrihué and its "Arrayán" forest. The 1,000 hectares that mile up The Quetrihue Peninsula are joined by a narrow isthmus to the mainland, where the picturesque town of Villa Angostura is located. A unique forest grows on the southern tip of the peninsula as it is the only place in the world where the "Arrayán" grows into full-sized trees, and the only pure "Arrayán" forest. The "Arrayán" is a tree of singular beauty, with fine, cinnamon-colored bark that is cold to the touch and peels off in flakes, giving the trunk its unique appearance. This forest was declared a National Park by law in 1980. Stroll through it's 600 meters of walkway, but you will be requested not to pick or take any twigs or branches, and in general, to take great care of this natural monument. The trip then goes on to Puerto Anchorena, on Victoria Island. Walk along the trails through lush forest and see a variety of trees like sequoias, birches, firs, aromos and pines, among others. Take a dip (in summer) at Toro beach or take the chair lift up Bella Vista Hill, 900 meters above sea level, flanked by enormous "Coihue" and "Ciprés" trees, before returning back to San Carlos de Bariloche.
Kenton Palace (B)
Day 5: Bariloche – Buenos Aires – Puerto Iguazú
You are brought to the airport for your flight to Puerto Iguazú (via Buenos Aires). At arrival you are welcomed an brought to your hotel. Puerto Iguazú is famous for its very impressive waterfalls, which are situated on the border of Brazil and Argentina. The waterfalls are not the highest, but the widest of the world, with up to 160 to 260 big and small waterfalls (depending on the water level, which can vary) with a total width of 2,700 meters. If you are standing on the banks of the river crossing of the Paraná and Iguazú Rivers, you can see the coastlines of Brazil and Paraguay and, if you have time, visit these two countries by boat!
Hotel Orquídeas Palace (B)
Day 6: Puerto Iguazú
Today you will walk along the Argentine waterfalls for a full day with a professional, private guide. Experience the imposing sound of the water amidst 2,000 hectares of nature reserve. The surroundings are lushly covered by plants, flowers and butterflies. The National Park has great footpaths which will give you a spectacular view of the different waterfalls. Via the Upper and Lower Circuit you will have a nice walk along the waterfalls with a last stop at the spectacular Devil´s Throat.
From San Martin Island you navigate the Iguazú River in zodiacs toward the waterfalls. This close up adventure will give you a great impression of how massive they really are. Feel its power by a quick baptizing through the mist! After a short walk in Macuco you hop on the 4x2 trucks in which you will discover the Yacaratia jungle path!
Hotel Orquídeas Palace (B)
Day 7: Puerto Iguazú – Buenos Aires – Departure
At the right time you are picked up at the hotel and brought to the airport of Puerto Iguazú for your flight back to the Argentinean capital. Arrived at the national airport of Buenos Aires you are transferred to the international airport for your flight back home.
Depart any day! Contact an iExplore Adventure Consultant for details.
Price per Person $1499 based on two people.
Single Room Supplement: $445 per person
Package price is valid through 12/31/13; subject to change.
Inclusions: Meet & assist at all airports in Argentina/Chile, transfers to/from hotels, accommodation in mentioned budget and/or comfort accommodations in Argentina/Chile, including specified meals,
all excursions specified in the program, accompanied by an English speaking guide.
Exclusions: intercontinental & domestic flights, Argentinean/Chilean departure tax, non-specified meals, optional excursions, tips, and entrance fees to National Parks.
All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.
Options and Extras
Optional Excursion: Dinner & Show at El Querandí, incl. regular transfer in/out $110 per person
- Although the flight from Buenos Aires to Bariloche is NOT included in the cost, we recommend you book a morning flight due to the excursions in the afternoon.
- FD Isla Victoria & Bosque de Arrayanes in English is only possible from Wednesday to Saturday and includes transfers to and from the pier. Excluding port tax.
- Unfortunately people with heart & back problems and pregnant women are not allowed on the Great Adventure Tour. It is advised to wear suitable clothing as during this excursion you will get wet.
- Please be aware of visa requirements for Argentina and Paraguay, as well as the need for multiple entries if you are going to cross over the Falls.