Argentina Wild Patagonia
Argentina is a land of contrasts that never ceases to amaze. The many natural wonders are breathtaking and marvellously unspoiled. Subtropical rainforests and spectacular waterfalls in Iguazu, the immense Perito Moreno Glacier, the sparkling lakes and rolling green hills of the Lake District, salt flats and cloud forest jungle near Salta, whales basking in the bay at Peninsula Valdes, and of course the miles of gaucho (cowboy) filled Estancia country for which Argentina is so famous. The combination of all this natural beauty, together with one of the most buzzing and cosmopolitan capitals in South America, delightful colonial towns, a luxurious wine region and a population of friendly and welcoming people you really can’t go wrong with a trip to Argentina. It truly has something for everyone.
You will be met at Ezeiza Airport by one of our great English-speaking guides who will escort you in your private car to your hotel in the centre of the city.
Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan, dynamic & generous city. It offers a rich cultural, historic and architectural heritage built by generations of Spanish, Italians, Germans, Russians and many other immigrants. The “porteños” are stylish, urban and friendly people who get the most out of their city. Buenos Aires is a blend of Tango, coffee stores, theatres, antiques, arts & crafts markets, museums, gallery nights, and gastronomic delights.
Half day city tour of Buenos Aires
On Day 2 you will have a private tour with English speaking guide to visit the city. Buenos Aires is a dazzling minefield for city lovers. This tour will help you to quickly get your bearings, hitting on all the highlights. Your expert guide will adapt the tour to your personal interests and if you wish help point the direction of your own explorations.
You will be met at your hotel by your private driver and taken to the airport for your internal flight to Puerto Madryn.
Upon Arrival you will be met and taken by private transfer to your hotel for the next 3 nights.
In the northern area of Patagonia, along the vast, dry, treeless plateau of the coast, you will find a wonderful array of marine life, birds and Patagonian wildlife such as Guanacos, Rheas, Patagonian hares and armadillos. From June to the beginning of December you may find hundreds of whales (Ballena Franca) in the Golfo Nuevo, where they mate and give birth. And from September to March, Punta Tombo reserve houses penguins and chicks who are here to breed. Gaiman, a small town, with old brick houses was built by the Welsh who settled two centuries ago, today it hosts the annual Eistedifod (Welsh Festival of Arts) in October.
Full day Welsh Colonies
During Day 4 you will enjoy a private full day tour with your guide to visit Welsh Colonies in this area of the Patagonia. As part of this tour you will get to know more about the Welsh colonies visiting Trelew, Dolavon and Gaiman.
The tour does not include the traditional tea but you will have time for a stop for a tea and you will be able to pay locally.
Full day Península Valdés
At Day 5 you will enjoy another full day tour but to Valdés Peninsula.
During Southern Right Whale’s season, from June to December, it is possible from Puerto Pirámides during the tour to take the whale-watching tour in modern embarkations. This small town has some restaurants which offer international menu and seafood. During this shared navigation lifejackets and capes are provided. The whale-watching tour takes between 1 hour and a half and 2 hours. This depends on the distance where the whales are situated. This tour includes National Park entrance fee but does not include lunch.
Full day excursion to El Pedral
This excursion will be taking place on Day 6 and it is a shared experience with your guide.
Setting off from Puerto Madryn and after travelling 70 km along the Patagonian steppe, we will reach the south end of the Golfo Nuevo mouth and find the lighthouse at Punta Ninfas, a valuable reference for sailors coming into the gulf. Along the beaches bordering Punta Ninfas, we might be able to watch sea lions and elephant seals in their rookeries. Afterwards, we will head towards the house of El Pedral, an original Patagonian farmhouse built at the beginning of 20th century. Its materials have been brought in ships from Europe, which disembarked on the coasts of the proper farm. After listening the story of the house, you will visit the Magellanic penguins’ colony. A guided tour among its nests will enable you to know much more about these curious animals. In the summer, we recommend to bring a cap and sunglasses, as well as a bottle of water. At midday, you will be able to enjoy a lamb roasted on a spit, along with a variety of salads, desserts and coffee. Lunch includes drinks and house wine. Later on, after you have lunch you can enjoy the pool, as well as walk in the surroundings of the house or enjoy a tasty cup of tea or coffee, accompanied with a delicious Welsh cake, before we finally set off our way back.
You will be met at your hotel by your private driver and taken to the airport for your internal flight to Ushuaia.
Upon Arrival you will be met and taken by private transfer to your hotel for the next 3 nights.
Ushuaia, known as the city at the end of the world, is the starting point to discover this region. Whilst there experience the national park, the navigate along the Beagle Channel, and visit the Les Eclaireurs lighthouse, Fganano and Escondido lakes. This charming town still retains the feel of a pioneer town, isolated and expectant. The remote spectacular landscape combines with the intriguing atmosphere of the old prison and the Yamana museum. Ushuaia has become a very important destination as the departing point for the ships going to Antarctica.
Half day navigation to Seal Island
In the afternoon upon arrival in Ushuaia if the weather is good you will enjoy a shared navigation to Seal Island and transfers are included.
After being picked up from the hotel, the trip starts and ends at the city’s tourist dock, where you will undergo pre-embarkation procedures: exchange the ticket or voucher for the boat ride ticket and payment of the corresponding port charges (included). You will have an unforgettable experience sailing the waters of the Beagle Channel in a catamaran. First you´ll navigate the waters of the Ushuaia Bay (which gave its name to the city) then you´ll sail the channel itself closer to the “Bridges” and “Les Eclaireurs” archipelagos, where you´ll see “Magellan and Imperial Cormorants”, two species of Sea Lions and an important variety of Sea Birds (Gulls, Chilean Skuas, South American Terns, Snowy Sheathbill, Black-Browed Albatross, Southern Giant Petrels, among others.) During the return you will have amazing views of “the southernmost city of the World” facing the Beagle and the foot of the Andes.
Full day Lakes Off-Road
At Day 7 you will enjoy this shared excursion with bilingual guide: “Lakes Off-Road”, the original and authentic, is a fun and intense way to know the secrets behind the Southern Andes. Expert drivers in off-road driving propose a proper 4×4 journey, and a memorable barbecue in the Fuegian forest. This is an adventure suitable for all sorts of travelers, accessible to anyone who wants to have fun and free themselves from limitations. Fun and enjoyment never depend on the weather: aboard a 4WD vehicle we will cross the forest and the rivers through impossible mud roads, between trees, and by the coast of a lake with unique views.
Full day Trekking & Canoeing
You will enjoy at Day 8 a shared tour to Tierra del Fuego National Park with your specialised guide, to unfold this paradise of Mountains, rivers, lakes and the sea. During this amazing experience you will walk through the forest, canoe down rivers and arrive to the famous Lapataia Bay. This excursion takes you around the National Park involving ornithology, geology, ecology, trekking, canoeing and photography. This tours includes includes Lunch.
You will be met at your hotel by your private driver and taken to the airport for your internal flight to El Calafate.
Upon arrival you will be met and taken by shared transfer to your hotel for the next 3 nights.
The town of El Calafate is the starting point for a visit to Los Glaciares National Park. Of all the impressive landscapes of our country, this is the one you will remember most. Huge blue icebergs floating on the milky turquoise waters, cracking sounds of huge ice pieces falling into the lake and the immense Perito Moreno Glacier (UNESCO World Heritage Site) will leave you breathless.
Full day Perito Moreno glacier
On day 10 you will have an early start in preparation for a fabulous full day excursion with your guide to the iconic Perito Moreno Glacier. You will be picked up from your hotel by a private car and expert guide and head out of the town towards ‘Parque Nacional Los Glaciares’ where the iconic Perito Moreno is found. It is an 80 km journey but you will have a couple of stops along the way to take pictures, your guide will explain how this Park came to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site and give you an overview of its natural treasures. Your first sight of the Glacier is a truly spine-tingling moment – after entering the Andean Patagonian forest area, you will stop at ‘Curva de los Suspiros’ (Sighs Curve), to enjoy the first panoramic view. On reaching the heart of the Park you will be guided through the many platforms and balconies offering fantastic views of the multi-hued Glacier, if you are lucky you will see huge shelves of ice ‘calving’ into the milky water accompanied by some other-worldly sounds of creaking and breaking ice. This tour ensures plenty of time to head off for some quiet contemplation with this astounding feat of nature.
This tour includes entrance fee to National Park but does not include lunch.
Day 11 is a day at leisure to select one of the optional tours.
If choosing luxury option, these days will be including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
You will be met at your hotel by your private driver and taken to the airport for your internal flight to Buenos Aires.
Upon Arrival you will be met and taken by shared transfer to your hotel for the next 1 night.
The Argentine Culinary Experience
The Argentine Experience is designed to give you an introduction to the best of Argentine cuisine and culture. This is not a cooking class, but a fun and unique experience, where you will meet and dine with people from all over the world. Our international team of guides are on hand to spoil you and take you through every step of this culinary journey.
The tour includes wine during dinner but does not include transfers. If lasts around 4 hours.
Day 13 is your final day in Argentina. You will be transferred from your hotel to the international airport by private transfer with driver only.