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. With 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.
Upon your arrival, you will be met and taken by private transfer to your Palermo hotel for the next 3 nights.
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 your second day, you will discover that 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 private English speaking guide will meet you at your hotel from where you will begin your city explorations.
This tour will see you braving the widest avenue in the world Avenida 9 de Julio, being wowed by the beauty of the famous Teatro Colon Opera House and pottering around the Plaza de Mayo with its iconic pink government house Casa Rosada. History buffs will adore the La Boca & San Telmo barrios, the history-soaked Italian-immigrant districts where the city was born.
The tour continues through the modern area of Puerto Madero, the superbly regenerated docklands now buzzing with beautiful people, top-notch restaurants and classy cafes. The grand finale takes you to the Recoleta neighbourhood, with its vast cemetery where the great and the good of the country are buried, and finally to trendy, park filled Palermo. Your expert guide will adapt the tour to your personal interests and, if you wish, will help point you in the direction of your own explorations in your free time for the rest of your stay.
On day 3, you will be at leisure to explore the city according to your guide’s suggestions.
You will be met at your hotel by your private driver and guide, and taken to the airport for your internal flight to El Calafate.
Upon arrival, you will be met and taken by private transfer to your hotel for the next 3 nights.
The town of El Calafate is the starting point for a visit to Los Glaciers National Park. Of all the impressive landscapes of this country, this is the one you will remember most. Huge blue icebergs floating on the milky turquoise waters, cracking sounds as huge fragments of ice break away and fall into the lake and the Immense Perito Moreno Glacier (UNESCO World Heritage Site) will leave you in awe.
Full Day Perito Moreno Tour
The following morning you will have an early start in preparation for a fabulous full-day excursion 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 plenty of stops along the way to take pictures, and during this time 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.
Included: Entrance fee to National Park. Not included: Lunch.
The third day in El Calafate is at your own leisure.
If choosing the luxury option, these days will be including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
You will be met at your hotel by your private driver and guide, and taken to the airport for your internal flight to Puerto Iguazu.
Upon arrival, you will be met and taken by private transfer to your hotel for the next 2 nights.
The Iguazu Falls are the most extraordinary waterfalls in South America, consisting of 250 different falls that together form one gigantic curtain of water. Perpetual rainbows, hundreds of butterflies, immense green jungle and the energy of the falling water will leave you lost for words. The falls lie on the Argentinian border with Brazil, and though you can visit them from either side, they are closer from the Argentine side, whilst you will have the best panoramic view from the Brazilian side. The falls can be visited all year round!
Full Day Tour Argentinean Falls
On your second day, experience a full-day tour to the Argentine side of the thundering Iguazú Falls. You will be met at your hotel after breakfast by your private guide and driven out to the heart of the reserve where you will arrive mid-morning.
An expert guide will accompany you throughout this tour, pointing out all the treasures of the jungle and the fabulous flora and fauna found amidst this breathtaking rainbow-soaked landscape. The Lower Circuit is a group of walkways and stairways cleverly designed to allow exquisite views of the falls and offers an intimate encounter with the cascades found in this enchanting corner of the jungle. The Upper Circuit offers the most magnificent panoramic view of the Iguazú Falls and river. Finally, you will experience the wonderful power of the infamous Devil’s Throat Gorge, an intoxicating force field of nature’s energy which is sure to astound with its sound as well as its beauty. You will enjoy travelling between these points on the Green Trail, a circuit of ecological trains snaking through the jungle and along the riverside, where you can access the catwalks and different sections of the Park in eco-comfort.
Please note the lower circuit section involves stairs and is the most challenging section of the tour.
Included: Entrance fee. Not included: Lunch
Half Day Tour Brazilian Side of the Falls
On your third day in Iguazu, you will be collected after an early breakfast at around 08:30 by your expert guide for your half-day adventure to visit the Brazilian side of the magnificent Iguazu Falls. You will cross the border into Brazil with the help of your guide. You will have 2 hours to experience all the attractions this side offers. Whilst the Argentine side is about getting up close and personal to the thundering waters, this side of the Falls offers a spectacular panoramic view. Depending on your time it is possible to add on a lunch (not included) with a mind-boggling view of the Devil’s Throat Gorge, or if you prefer, to head into the Paraná Jungle in order to make the circuits of the Iguazú Canyon, Pozo Preto or Bananeiras Path.
It is also possible to arrange some adventure activities; rafting, rappelling and some diverse river activities are all available (not included). An expert guide will accompany you throughout this tour pointing out all the fabulous flora and fauna and natural wonders of this rainbow flooded landscape.
Included: Entrance fee.
At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel and then on to Foz do Iguazu airport (IGU) by your private driver and guide for your onward travel arrangements