Family Experience: Patagonia & The Great Falls

Plan your adventure

  • Wander the colorful streets of  Buenos Aires city on a bike.
  • Take a boat trip to sail next to Perito Moreno Glacier front wall and have a close-up encounter with the amazing Iguazú Falls (both sides, Argentina and Brazil).
  • Best time to travel: From October to April
 

On this 10-day trip to Argentina discover stunning glaciers, super-sized waterfalls, and a vibrant city with your family. Enjoy our tours designed to discover the culture of each destination, and both suitable to ensure fun for grownups and kids.  

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to your family vacation in Argentina
Buenos Aires

  • Transfer from the airport to hotel in Buenos Aires
  • Discovery at city with a local guide

 

  • Transfer from the airport to hotel in Buenos Aires

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires you will be met at the international airport and take a private transfer to your hotel. No matter how early you land in the morning, your room will be ready for you upon arrival: early check-in is guaranteed. You’ll receive our Argentina Challenge Adventure Kit, the perfect tool to generate engagement between your children, the places they visit, the people they meet, and you!

 

  • Discovery at city with local guide

How do locals interact with their city? The best way to figure it out is to walk side-by-side with them… get prepared to take your first Buenos Aires walking tour, and start discovering the city at your own pace with a local guide.

Our guide will pick you up at your hotel and, over the course of 2 hours, you will wander the neighborhood together. Depending on your hotel’s location and your personal interests, you can choose to explore either the Northern area of the capital, the aristocratic face of the city, filled with magnificent architecture, or the green spaces and bohemian culture of the trendiest area of the city. It’s up to you!

Enjoy the unscripted moments of chit-chat with your tour guide… and with other locals who you meet along the way! After all, we are all lovely people. The icing on the cake will be tasting our world-famous ice-cream! We recommend trying the dulce de leche ice-cream flavour… you won’t go back to vanilla. By the end of this tour you will have acquired a clearer picture of the neighborhood in which you’re staying; where the main supermarkets, pharmacies, and money exchange houses are located. 

 

Why your kids will love it

“Why are there graffitis everywhere? And why do people move their hands like crazy when they talk?” Your kids will be glad to have a new person (besides mom and dad) to calm their curious minds. Our local guide, specialized in family trips, will be more than pleased to answer their questions in a didactic and friendly way.

 

Why you will love it

It’s a personalized tour so you will be able to explore the city at your own pace, focusing on the personal interests of each member of the family. 

 

Day 1

Day 2

Traditional city tour and bike in Buenos Aires

  • Half-day city tour in Buenos Aires
  • Bike city tour
  • Optional dinner and tango show in San Telmo

 

  • Half-day city tour in Buenos Aires

Continue with the urban exploration with your family, taking a 5-hour historic tour through the city’s ornate architecture with a private car at your disposal. We’ll pick you up at your hotel to spot the most important sites of the city and learn some fun facts, like why the Presidential Palace is pink, or the reason that houses in La Boca are so colorful.

Visit San Telmo, the oldest residential neighborhood, with its classic cobblestone streets, and La Boca, where Buenos Aires turns colorful and tango is ever present; come to walk Caminito Street and dance with the locals. If you’re a soccer enthusiast, you’ll learn all about Argentina’s favorite fútbol (soccer) teams.

Why is soccer such a passion for Argentinians? Well, only a true Argentinian can answer that question. Continue your full cultural immersion learning about our rich history as you speak with locals (known as Porteños) and learn fun facts about our fascinating past. At the end of your tour, we’ll take you back to your hotel.

 

  • Bike city tour

In the afternoon, get ready to explore the city on two wheels. Departing from Palermo district, start your bike tour to discover the Northern region of Buenos Aires, where you’ll find the famous Recoleta Cemetery, the Floralis Generica, and the biggest green areas of Buenos Aires.

Stop at Recoleta cemetery and leave your bikes to walk through the amazing tombs and mausoleums, 90 of which have been declared historical monuments. Dare your kids and find the exact place where the mythical Evita Perón (one of our first female political leaders) rests, or David Alleno’s tomb, the cemetery keeper that saved money during his whole life in order to be buried with the most important characters of Argentine history.

Continue your bike-ride to the park that houses the incredible Floralis Generica, the giant metallic flower of Buenos Aires, where you’ll stop to have a snack while watching this breathtaking sculpture actually move! Taste some traditional Argentine maté (herbal tea) and the alfajores (finger-licking sandwich cookies).

We’ll keep riding on to explore Palermo Woods, the biggest green area of Buenos Aires, where you’ll have a close-up view of the beautiful Planetarium and enjoy a typical Porteño lunch from one of the many food trucks spread all over the area. We’ll return to our departing spot after 5 hours of family fun. 

 

  • Optional dinner and tango show in San Telmo

At night, you have the opportunity to enjoy a special evening at one of the traditional tango houses of Buenos Aires in San Telmo, the oldest neighborhood of the city, where all tango dancers used to gather. Taste Argentine Malbec wine paired with a juicy steak, and enjoy a 1-hour tango and folklore show with the best dancers and musicians in Buenos Aires. We also offer a babysitting service in case you would love to have an exclusive romantic dinner. 

 

Why your kids will love it

The kids will have a lot of fun watching the street performers and tango dancers in Caminito, discovering the spooky alleys of Recoleta Cemetery, and biking the city with Mom and Dad.

 

Why you will love it

You’ll be able to explore the city in a relaxing way (with a vehicle at your disposal) during the morning, and then get active in the afternoon with the bikes. Bike tours are the best option if you’re interested in an easygoing family activity that pleases everyone. It’s also a safe and healthy way to connect with the city of Buenos Aires.

 

Day 2

Day 3

Visit estancia “El Ombú de Areco”
Argentina family vacation

  • Full-day visit to a traditional estancia near Buenos Aires

 

  • Full-day visit to a traditional estancia near Buenos Aires

Today, we’ll pick you up at your hotel to begin a 9-hour visit to this time-honored ranch. Learn about the gaucho culture and traditions, strolling around the beautiful old streets, museums and ancient pulperías (grocery stores) in San Antonio de Areco before heading to El Ombú.

Argentina is famous worldwide for its fútbol players, but also for the vastness of its green-tinted fields best known as ‘La Pampa’. That endless land at the edge of the horizon is still home to the descendants of the first gauchos (Argentine cowboys), who still care for and work the land as their ancestors taught them to.

There are still some estancias (ranches) that preserve the gaucho traditions, and are located in picturesque towns within Buenos Aires’ province. One of the most alluring estancias is El Ombú de Areco, a colonial style working ranch built in 1880 that is located in the town of San Antonio de Areco, where gaucho traditions are still palpable all around. 

Once you’re in the estancia, enjoy a typical asado (barbecue) before either a horseback ride in nature or a relaxing bike ride. For those who like to take things slow while on vacation, there is a peaceful swimming pool (only available in summer) and many sunny relaxation areas where you can take la siesta (an afternoon nap). At the end of the day, we’ll take you back to your hotel in Buenos Aires.

 

Why kids will love it

They will enjoy having free time for some unscheduled exploration of the area before enjoying one of the many available activities. They will be in contact with locals and their traditions, hear the enchanting sound of the guitarra criolla (creole guitar), and witness the tight bond between a gaucho and his horse in a unique spectacle called Doma India (a non-aggressive form of horse training).

 

Why you will love it

Walking through the old town in San Antonio de Areco will be like taking a time machine back to the colonial era. Also, the comforting facilities of El Ombú will provide adults with some quality relaxation time to unplug from the rapid pace of daily life. 

 

Day 3

Day 4

Continue your 10-day family trip to Patagonia
El Calafate

  • Transfer from your hotel to the airport / Transfer from the airport to your hotel
  • Optional tours - Visit to a Patagonian estancia

 

  • Transfer from your hotel to the airport / Transfer from the airport to your hotel

Today we’ll pick you up from your hotel in Buenos Aires and drive you to the airport to take your flight to El Calafate and start your family Patagonian adventure! Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and take a private transfer to your hotel. No matter how early you get to the hotel in the morning, your room will be ready for you upon arrival: early check-in is guaranteed. 

 

  • Optional tours – Visit to a Patagonian estancia

El Calafate is a starting point for adventure travelers who desire to unearth the natural wonders of Patagonia, like Perito Moreno Glacier. But is El Calafate only about the glaciers? Well, yes and no… though glaciers are the main attraction, you will also have plenty to discover about Argentina’s rural, indigenous culture. 

Start your family adventure trip to Patagonia with a visit to a traditional Patagonian ranch. Depart from your hotel in a minivan headed towards Glacier National Park. Leave El Calafate behind and travel for 1hr 30mins with the snow-capped Cerro Frías as your backdrop. Once inside the National Park, make your way to Nibepo Aike Ranch, the only ranch in the area that has maintained the traditions of sheep-shearing and Hereford cattle-breeding as its primary focus.

Enjoy an inviting hot drink and a delicious snack in the classic quincho (rustic dining room)! Walk the coast of Lago Argentino, watch how a real gaucho (the Argentine cowboy) works the shearing shed, and view a unique demonstration of gaucho horsemanship. Depending on the day’s activities, you might help milk the cows, herd sheep, or learn the history behind the founders of the estancia. At the end of the day, return to the quincho, where a mouth-watering grilled lamb awaits, sizzling over the traditional Patagonian fire pit. Take the same road and transportation to return to El Calafate.    

 

Why your kids will love it

The kids will have varied options for outdoor activities to discover the terrain, the native fauna, and to be in contact with locals. They will also get to taste some homemade traditional dishes— this is the perfect time to leave hamburgers and french fries behind!

 

Why you will like it

This is your opportunity to immerse yourself in some famous, wild Patagonian landscapes, and to come into true contact with nature, speak with locals, and enjoy a delicious asado (barbecue).

 

Day 4

Day 5

Mayo Trek boat trip & ice bar
El Calafate

  • Full-day Mayo Trek boat trip - Discover the Perito Moreno Glacier!
  • Visit to the Glaciarium Museum 

 

  • Full-day Mayo Trek boat trip – Discover the Perito Moreno Glacier!

Start off the day with a pick up at your hotel, and travel to Puerto Bandera to embark on an 8-hour nautical safari where you’ll discover the secluded glaciers and waterfalls of Glacier National Park that can only be reached by boat!

Sail Mayo Channel and disembark at Toro Bay to hike through the Patagonian forest; your specialized guide will tell you about the vegetation of this area (very different from other varieties inside the park) and show you the ancient cherry tree and its 10-foot-diameter trunk. Tell your kids that they can call it El Abuelo (grandpa), as locals have nicknamed it, and prepare yourselves to discover a waterfall!

Set sail again towards Cerro Negro (Black Hill), where you’ll do a soft, half-mile hike to the base of the hill to admire the massive Black Glacier. Enjoy your free time in this place that not many travelers have seen, before departing for our third stop, the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. As the boat passes by the immense icy wall, put on your beanie and grab your camera, because you may see a piece of ice breaking off and crashing into the water below!

Finally, you’ll disembark at Puerto Moreno, where you can enjoy your free time wandering across the traditional catwalk circuit that surrounds the glacier before sailing back to Puerto Bandera.

 

  • Visit to the Glaciarium Museum 

On your way back to El Calafate make a stop at the Glaciarium Museum and learn about the history of the glaciers and their first explorers. Interactive screens, a synchronized projection, and the natural sounds of ice caves playing throughout the museum’s hall will totally immerse you into the glaciers’ fascinating history. At the end of your tour, visit the fascinating Ice Bar, where you can take a sip from a glass made completely of ice. At the end of the experience we’ll drive you back to El Calafate.

 

Why your kids will love it

The special boat trip is always a thrilling and memorable part of the family trips to Patagonia, especially for the youngest members of your family! They will feel like little sailors and explorers of the lake. Plus, this tour is the perfect combination of short navigations and hikes, which will keep little explorers entertained and active. The superhero capes, gloves, and boots they will have to wear in order to enter the Ice Bar at the Glaciarium Museum will be a perfect end to a day full of fun!

 

Why you will love it

Apart from the amazing landscapes, you’ll enjoy the comforts of free-flowing tea and medialunas (Argentine croissants) on-board the tour boat. Also, you’ll get to see the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier up-close, passing right by its huge ice wall, and end your visit with a modern multimedia museum.

 

Day 5

Day 6

Day at leisure in Calafate with your family

  • Optional tour to Cerro Frias adventure hub
  • Optional walk to Laguna Nimez

 

  • Optional tour to Cerro Frias adventure hub

For your free day in El Calafate, if you’re still wanting to get active and visit another highlight of the area, we recommend that you visit Cerro Frías, an outdoor activity center. We’ll pick you up from your hotel and drive you 20 minutes outside of Calafate to Alice Ranch in Cerro Frías.

This ranch still maintains its traditional activities, its cattle, and its natural guanaco reserve. Enjoy any of the activities offered at the ranch: 4×4 rides to explore the area, horseback riding along beautiful slopes, or gliding down South America’s longest zipline. There’s an option for all ages and interests! 

At the end of the day, enjoy lunch or dinner in the elegant quincho (this is the typical place to gather and cook asados, the Argentine barbecue), and during tea time, enjoy maté (Argentine herbal tea) and traditional Argentine pastries. At the end of this 6-hour tour, we’ll drive you back to El Calafate to have some relaxing family time. 

 

  • Optional walk to Laguna Nimez

If you would prefer to stay in town, you definitely must stop by Laguna Nimez, an ecological reserve which hosts 80 different types of birds, including the Chilean Flamingo, and includes a fun, little hike that’s perfect for kids! Then, enjoy a hearty lunch at Buenos Cruces restaurant; try the guanaco meatloaf or the nut-crusted trout while your kids run around in the play area.

 

Day 6

Day 7

Continue your family trip to Argentine Patagonia
Iguazú Falls

  • Transfer from your hotel to the airport/Transfer from the airport to Puerto Iguazú

 

  • Transfer from your hotel to the airport/Transfer from the airport to Puerto Iguazú

Today we’ll pick you up from your hotel in El Calafate and drive you to the airport to take your flight to Iguazú, the last stop on your 10-day family trip to Argentina. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. No matter how early you arrive in the morning, your room will be ready for you upon arrival: early check-in is guaranteed.

This little, relaxing town is the gateway to visit the impressive Iguazú Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Take your time and settle in, check out the facilities (most of the Puerto Iguazú hotels have a pool!) and explore your surroundings

Puerto Iguazú is a quaint, relaxing destination to share some quality family time. You’ll be impressed by the verdant landscape, covered in dense vegetation that is visible from the moment you step out of the airport. 

 

Day 7

Day 8

Iguazú Falls tour, Argentine side & ecological train

  • Full-day visit to Iguazú Falls, Argentina

 

  • Full-day visit to Iguazú falls, Argentina

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…” After breakfast we’ll begin your 8 hour-long adventure to the Argentine side of Iguazú Falls, where you will enjoy intimate views of this unforgettable section of the Iguazú River.

The falls are surrounded by a humid subtropical forest where the lush vegetation is home to a variety of different animals and birds. An experienced guide will help you to spot toucans, coatis (raccoon-like animals), butterflies, and more! They will guide you through the park to avoid crowds and discover the most awe-inspiring views. There is no man, woman or child who can hide their amazement at Iguazú’s 1.5 million liters of water cascading from heights of over 80 meters!

During the day you will walk through the lower and upper walkways that allow visitors to get up-close and personal with this magnificent spectacle of nature. To get to the most impressive views, you will hop aboard a picturesque ecological train that will transport you for 2 miles to the Devil’s Throat (the largest of the falls and for many the most spellbinding). At the end of this exciting tour we’ll take you back to your hotel.

 

 Why your kids will love it

They will have the chance to wander around a myriad of paths and stairways surrounded by dense vegetation, they will have fun spotting coatis (which are everywhere). There are more than 200 waterfalls to discover in the park —welcome to endless fun.

 

Why you will love it

To start off, this is a stroller friendly tour, so it is ideal for families with little ones. In addition, you’ll get to see one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, all while assisted by a knowledgeable local expert. For most people, being in front of the powerful falls is a very touching experience between oneself and pure nature.

 

Day 8

Day 9

Iguazú Falls tours, Brazilian side and Macuco boat trip

  • Half-day visit to Iguazú Falls, Brazil and Parque das aves
  • Macuco boat trip experience
  • Argentine dinner experience

 

  • Half-day visit to Iguazú Falls, Brazil and Parque das aves                 

Today we’ll pick you up at your hotel and take you on a 3-hour visit to Parque Nacional Do Iguaçu (Brazilian side) (Don’t forget to bring your passport!). While other overcrowded tour busses don’t make any stops other than the Park itself, you will be able to visit Parque Das Aves, an amazing bird park, with species from all over Brazil. Here you’ll be able to walk amongst flying toucans, see butterflies of all sizes and colors, and discover birds you’ve never seen before. 

From Parque Das Aves, you can walk to the entrance of the Parque Nacional Do Iguaçu. Take a bus and head to the beginning of the only footbridge inside the park. While Argentina has 80% of the falls on its side, Brazil has the best panoramic views.

You’ll be thrilled by the landscape, but this is also a great opportunity to learn about the region’s geography: rivers, waterfalls, jungles, and more! Walk around, accompanied by your guide, enjoy the views of the massive Argentine waterfalls until reaching Floriano Waterfall, the natural highlight of this side, and the Salto Santa María, where it feels like you’re walking on the water.

Although you’ll be looking into Argentina, your feet will be on the ground in Brazil! Where does Argentina start and Brazil end? Well, it’s time to walk the line… Back from the footbridge, you’ll have some free time to use the restrooms, visit the gift shop and take a special elevator to an especially high viewpoint. 

 

  • Macuco boat trip experience, drench in Three Musketeers Fall!

Inside the National Park of Foz do Iguazú, take one of the busses that connects the different areas of the park and reach the entrance of Macuco Safari Experience. Take a 2-mile trip across the jungle in eco-friendly electric trucks and enjoy a 20-minute walk accompanied by a specialized guide who will tell you all about the native vegetation and wildlife that you’ll discover. Arrive at the port and embark in inflatable boats, sailing across the river up to the Three Musketeers Falls, where you’ll take part in the famous ‘water baptism’ of getting drenched underneath the cascading falls, an experience that none of your family will ever forget. After 1hr 30mins of enjoying a full jungle exploration, you’ll return to the port and we’ll take you back to your hotel in Puerto Iguazú (Argentina).

 

Learn how to cook in your Argentina Trip Cooking your first Argentine meal

 

  • Argentine dinner experience   

At night, enjoy a 4-hour dining experience where you’ll learn all about our traditional dishes in a cozy (and hidden!) restaurant in downtown Puerto Iguazú. Make your way to the closed-door restaurant where our bilingual guide will be waiting to greet you. 

First you’ll pass through a hidden winery, and then approach a large table where your materials will be waiting for you to start your cooking class and dinner. Get all dressed-up in your professional chef outfit and start preparing your first Argentine cocktail with delicious Malbec wine (and its non-alcoholic version); some serious shaking is involved here, which will be a blast for your kids! 

After competitions and videos with your finished beverages, it’s time to taste some appetizers and get ready for the empanada contest. Learn how to properly fill the empanada and practice your skills with the “repulgue” (a special way to close and seal the empanada). 

Then, it will be time to order your steak! Learn how to ask for your desired cooking point in Spanish. Led by passionate hosts, learn about the classic social customs used by Argentines to enjoy plenty of funny moments at the dinner table. Finish the evening sipping on maté and making ‘alfajores de maicena’ (sandwich cookies overflowing with dulce de leche). Finally, make your way back to your hotel with full bellies and fabulous memories.

 

Why your kids will love it

The kids will love seeing all of those exotic birds at Parque Das Aves, and discovering the immensity of Iguazú Falls by taking an elevator to an especially high viewpoint. The safari and boat trip and the cooking class will just be the cherry on top of this fun-filled day!

 

Why you will love it

This is a relaxing excursion, shorter than the previous one on the Argentine side. You’ll get to see a bit of Brazil, which is always an exotic and colorful destination, and have a close-up experience in the jungle, in a completely safe and informative way. Plus, the Argentine dinner experience will be the perfect introduction to Argentina’s rich culture, and the cooking will encourage your children to try new foods and expand their palettes.

 

Day 9

Day 10

The end of your 10-day family travel itinerary to Argentina

  • Transfer from your hotel to the airport
  • Optional full-jungle experience, bikes and falls

 

  •  Transfer from your hotel to the airport

This is the end of the 10-day family trip to Argentina. At the appropriate time, we’ll drive you to the airport. Check out some other family trip ideas to continue your travel adventures.

 

  • Optional full-jungle experience, bikes and falls

Enjoy your last morning in Iguazú by immersing yourself in a brand new experience, the outcome of the effort and inspiration of freelance guides who decided to show off another local side to Iguazu’s attractions. Conveying both beauty and some rough-around-the-edges adventure, this 4-hour excursion injects some excitement and freshness into the more typical tourist activities in Iguazu.  

We’ll pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the operative base, Jungle Bike, where a guide will meet you and prepare you to take your bikes for their mile-and-a-half ride along a gravel road up to the Parque Natural Municipal Arroyo Mbocay.

The trek will start here, at Don Carlos’ jungle campsite, where this native resident of the area will take care of the bikes while you go off on your adventure. You’ll follow the same road that children in the neighborhood take to go play in the jungle, which leads you into a purely local, hidden part of Iguazu!

Walking through the jungle, skirting a stream and crossing a handmade bridge, we’ll get to the first small waterfall to take our first dip of the day. Get prepared to experience a natural hydro-massage under the stormy waters. 

After freshening-up, the path gets steeper, so get ready to work up a sweat on our way to discover the renowned giant jungle vines and arrive at Mbocay Fall, which offers an enthralling scenery for pictures. After enjoying a sunbath, we’ll get on our way and return to the Jungle Bike base with our bikes. 

 

Day 10

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  • Price per person family base – 4 passengers

–  Price for teen (age: 13-18) $ 2311

– Price for child (age: 2-12) $ 2068

  • Valid until April 2022 (ask for prices in Christmas and New Year).
  • Prices are per person, based on 4 people in 2 double-occupancy rooms. Single rates are available on request.
  • Flights are not included in the price but can be arranged on request.
  • We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you book with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset. We are working to create more sustainable, responsible and meaningful ways of exploring South America.

INCLUDED

  • 3-night accommodation in a hotel (Buenos Aires), 3-night accommodation in a hotel (El Calafate), 3-night accommodation in a hotel (Iguazú)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Transfers & transportation mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals according to itinerary: Lunch (day 2, 3), boxed lunch (day 5), dinner (day 7)
  • Bilingual guide (English/Spanish)
  • Argentina Challenge Adventure Kit

NOT INCLUDED

  • International or domestic flights
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quote please follow this link: World Nomads
  • Iguazú Eco Fee: this is a mandatory tax that you have to pay once you get to your hotel in Iguazú. It’s about $5 usd per guest, per night, and it varies according to your hotel category. Only cash is accepted.
  • Visa to enter Brazil: US, Canadian, Japanese and Australian citizens don’t require a visa to enter Brazil. For other nationalities please check requirements with the consulate of your country.

FLIGHTS NEEDED
FOR THIS ITINERARY

Buenos Aires - El Calafate - Iguazu Falls - Buenos Aires

Estimated cost for the flights in South America: If you plan to visit other destinations in the region, local flights cost approximately $100 to $250 USD per segment (destination).

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