Argentina offers an incredible sort of landscapes to discover. Argentina is a land of extremes: its hectic urban centers contrast with a staggeringly remote hinterland. The country can be simultaneously hot in one region and cold in another. It is Argentina's natural history that truly astounds. It is so topographically diverse that there is something for everyone. Come explore Buenos Aires, arguably the most cosmopolitan city in all South America, where you'll explore the major sights and landmarks of this fascinating city. Then, on to El Calafate- the gateway to Glaciers National Park, where you'll admire the Perito Moreno Glacier, an imposing river of ice and make a "mini-trek" over the glacier. And finally, Iguazú Falls, where you will marvel at the spectacular falls and admire the whole system of more than 270 falls and where you will see many species of wildlife.
Day 1- Buenos Aires, Argentina
Today after clearing customs & immigration at Buenos Aires Airport, you will be met and transferred privately to your hotel for check-in. Buenos Aires continues to be a wonderful combination of sleek skyscrapers, ornate friezes and turn-of-the-last-century grandeur - at once ultrachic and humble, up-to-date, yet firmly planted in the past. Even before the recent financial troubles, there was always a spirit of malaise in BA, as it is affectionately known locally, which may help explain the devotion to that bittersweet expression of Argentine popular culture, the tango. Performed in the streets, on stages and in cafes, the sorrowful and romantic nature of the dance is integral to the city.
Urban, avant-garde and cosmopolitan, the Vista Sol Hotel is living evidence of what the Argentine capital has always been like. The hotel is strategically located in the center of Buenos Aires, near the major tourist attractions and through its concept, is an attraction in it's own right. Vista Sol's minimalist style, in combination with modern hospitality management technology, gives the hotel a unique character.
Vista Sol Buenos Aires Design Hotel
Day 2 - Buenos Aires
Today you will discover the beauty and wonders of Buenos Aires on a private half-day city tour of the bustling capital of Argentina. The guide will take you to the most important neighborhoods of the city, which all have their own character.
Downtown you can see the Congress Building, Avenida de Mayo and the Government House 'Casa Rosada' at Plaza de Mayo. In San Telmo there are tango performances on the streets and the neighborhood La Boca is the most colorful neighborhood. The tour is complemented with a visit to Puerto Madero, the newest and most modern neighborhood in Buenos Aires, trendy Palermo, an area of designer shops, lush green parks, and Recoleta, an exclusive and elegant neighborhood where the famous cemetery is found.
In the evening you will enjoy a spectacular Tango & Dinner Show at Piazzolla Tango! Be mesmerized by this elegant dance and live orchestra in the midst of a magnificent theater while enjoying a delicious three-course dinner.
Vista Sol Buenos Aires Design Hotel (B, D)
Day 3 - Buenos Aires- El Calafate
You will be picked up at the hotel and brought to Buenos Aires National Airport for your flight to El Calafate (not included). When you arrive in El Calafate your chauffeur will be waiting to bring you to the hotel.
In Patagonia, you have landed in an entirely different world! Here you are in the midst of the Patagonian Highlands, surrounded by a breathtaking landscape of high mountains, glaciers and ice. You are in the far southwest of Santa Cruz Province, where the most spectacular mountain range of Argentina is situated. Dozens of meters of thick ice masses glide slowly from the Andes peaks to lower valleys and form wide glacier lakes. El Calafate is one of the most famous gateways to discover the Argentinean part of Patagonia. It is beautifully situated on the Patagonian altiplano along the azure Lago Argentino and is the starting point for an incredible visit to the Perito Moreno Glacier.
Hosteria Posta Sur (B)
Day 4 - El Calafate
Today you will visit the famous Perito Moreno Glacier and embark on a real ice trek! A full day excursion, the bus will pick you up at the hotel to bring you to Bajo de las Sombras Harbour, where you will take a catamaran across the south branch of Lake Argentino, known as Brazo Rico. Once the boat reaches the opposite shore, the guides will lead you towards the glacier and, before starting this exciting adventure, will help you put on your crampons. The hike takes two hours and after finishing you will return to the refuge for lunch (not included). Finally, you will have one hour free, in which you can walk along the balconies in front of the glacier.
Hosteria Posta Sur (B)
Day 5 - El Calafate- Iguazú
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Calafate Airport for your scheduled flight to Iguazú (via Buenos Aires, not included). When you arrive in Iguazú, you will be met and driven to your hotel for check-in.
Iguazú is famous for its very impressive waterfalls, which are situated on the border of Brazil & Argentina. The waterfalls are not the highest, but the widest in the world, with up to 260 (depending on the water level) big and small waterfalls with a total width of 2,700 meters. From the city of Puerto Iguazú you can see the coast of Brazil and Paraguay when you are standing along the banks of the crossing of the Parana and Iguazú Rivers. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Orquideas Palace (B)
Day 6 - Iguazú
A big day ahead! Today you will spend a full day walking along the Argentinean side of the falls with a professional private guide. Experience the imposing sounds of the waterfalls, in the midst of a 2,000 hectares nature reserve. Plants and flowers lushly cover the surroundings and you will encounter a huge number of butterflies. The National Park has great footpaths which provide spectacular views of the falls. The paths will take you on a nice walk along the water right up to the "Devil's Throat" where you can marvel at the crashing water. A spectacular sight!
Then, experience the Great Adventure Tour through the National Park. By 4X4 you will drive an 8 km circuit through the jungle until you reach the banks of the Iguazú River. Here you will get in a zodiac, navigate towards the falls and visit Devil's Throat and San Martin waterfalls. This close, you will get a great idea of how massive the waterfalls really are and actually feel its power by a quick baptizing by the mist (Shared service).
Orquideas Palace (B)
Day 7 - Day of Departure
In the morning you will be driven to Iguazú airport for your flight to Buenos Aires (not included). Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to Ezeiza International Airport to board your departing flight home.
Depart any day! Speak with an iExplore Adventure Consultant today to find out how!
2013 Prices: $1529 USD based on double occupancy (Valid thru 12/31/13).
Single Supplement: $415
· Meet and Assist at all airports in Argentina/Chile
· Transfers to/from hotels
· Accommodation in mentioned budget and or/comfort hotels in Argentina/Chile including specified meals
· All excursions included in the program, accompanied by an English speaking guide
· International Air and domestic flights
· National Park entrance fees.
· Argentina/Chile departure taxes
· Non-specified meals, optional excursions and tips.
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: Dinner & Show at El Querandí, incl. regular transfer in/out $110 USD per person
- Please be aware of visa requirements and multiple entry requirements for Argentina if you decide to cross the border of Brazil and Paraguay at the Falls.
- Full Day Minitrekking is only applicable for people between the age of 10 and 65 in good physical condition.
- 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.