Argentina for Adventurers

Argentina for Adventurers

HIGHLIGHTS

El Calafate - Ushuaia - Buenos Aires - Iguazú Falls

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HIGHLIGHTS

El Calafate - Ushuaia - Buenos Aires - Iguazú Falls

days 15
  • Explore glaciers that rise up over icy lakes, and hike around the National Park in Ushuaia, the land of fire and snow.
  • Then, travel to the North and  take a boat trip underneath the immense Iguazú Falls.
  • Best time to travel: From October to April
In this 15-day adventure tour to Argentina you’ll see Patagonia, but also explore the North Eastern region. For those who enjoy some urban adventures, Buenos Aires will be a delightful stop on this journey! Come walk through the different ‘barrios’ (districts), discover the magnificent architecture and enjoy a beautiful tango evening in a traditional ‘milonga’ (tango house).
Itinerary
Day 1

Welcome to your adventure trip - Buenos Aires

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  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel – Day at leisure

Upon arrival, we will drive you to the city and you’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy Buenos Aires at your own pace. Buenos Aires is a marvelous, energetic, cosmopolitan city, full of color and different styles of architecture.

The capital of Argentina, and described as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires proudly embraces its title, and also shows off plenty of its own culture! Argentinians are usually eager to host visitors; if you walk the streets with a map, someone will surely stop and ask if you need directions…that’s just our spirit! 

 

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  • Our recommendations for your first day in Buenos Aires

Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, che! (“che” means “guy” in Argentina). For this first day, feel free to wander the cobblestone streets lined with outdoor cafes, enjoy the mouthwatering aroma of world-famous Argentine beef sizzling on an open parrilla (barbeque), and browse the local antique and artisan markets that offer plenty of bargain shopping.

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Day 2

Bike city tour & tango show - Buenos Aires

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  • Full-day heart of the city by bike

Today, you’ll make your way to our meeting point to start the ride. Your guide will be waiting for you with our fleet of bikes to discover the beautiful city of Buenos Aires.

After a short briefing session, we will go through the oldest “barrio” (neighborhood) of Buenos Aires: San Telmo, the historical city center, where we will talk about the first settlement of Buenos Aires and how immigration has shaped the city.

We will continue to move further south towards La Bombonera (the Boca Jr soccer team stadium) and will dive deeper into the city’s Art District of La Boca visiting the famous “Caminito”, a place known by its colorful “conventillos” and its street tango exhibitions.

Back on our bikes, we will head to Puerto Madero, which started out as a huge port project and after almost 80 years of abandonment, turned into the most modern and sophisticated district of Buenos Aires. There, we will stop for lunch at a local “parrilla” to enjoy a delicious Argentine barbeque.

We will finish our tour at the very heart of Buenos Aires: the May Square, a historical “plaza” and hotspot for many public demonstrations.

 

  • Dinner and Tango Show 

In the evening we’ll pick you up from your hotel to take you to a mystical place where you’ll discover one of our most ancient traditions. Tango is more than our national dance… tango is our immigrant origins, the talent of our local artists, the sensuality of Argentine women and our way to deal with a broken heart; dancing our way through tragic, and yet eternal, love stories.

Tonight you will enjoy a 3-hour professional display of tango and music with a group of local artists on stage immersed in an elegant and alluring place. The manners, ambiance, clothes and dance steps which tango-lovers used to practice 100 years ago will come to life again and you will travel back in time for a night.

This spectacular tango show in Buenos Aires will be accompanied by delicious Argentine and international cuisine. Dinner is all-inclusive, beverages included so you can lose yourself in the ethereal taste of Malbec wine. At the end of the evening, around midnight, you will be driven back to your hotel, fully in love with the bohemian spirit of our incredible city.

 

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  • What you need to know about tango culture in Buenos Aires

Tango is, all in all, a cultural experience that’s deeply rooted in Argentine hearts. Where do regular people go dancing tango? There is an immense number of dance halls or milongas in Buenos Aires. Some of our favorites are La Viruta -beginners friendly- and Salon Canning -with more advanced clientele- in Palermo neighborhood. Tango has evolved a big deal in the past years, and now there are also LGBT milongas that encourage a most inclusive practice. 

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Day 3

The Patagonia adventure begins - El Calafate

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  • Transfer from your hotel to Buenos Aires airport

It’s time to leave the city and start enjoying your adventure tours in Patagonia. Today we’ll pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the airport to take your flight to El Calafate. 

 

  • Transfer from El Calafate airport to your hotel – Day at leisure

Upon arrival we’ll drive you to your hotel. Then, you will have the rest of the day to relax or explore your surroundings.

El Calafate is a starting point for adventure-seeking travelers who chace to unearth the most spellbinding natural wonders of Patagonia, like the Perito Moreno Glacier.

The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the only glaciers in the world that’s still advancing. Though it’s not the only glacier in the area, it’s the one that made the city of El Calafate famous worldwide. For many years now, El Calafate has been considered the capital of the glaciers.

Located at the shore of Lago Argentino (the southernmost, largest Patagonian lake) it’s also home to the Spegazzini glacier, which forms the natural border between Argentina and Chile, and the Upsala Glacier, named Glaciar del Gigante (Giant’s glacier) it’s the biggest glacier that sits at the mouth of Lake Argentino.

But there is much more to see in El Calafate than glaciers. Make the most of your free day and discover other secret gems of the region.

 

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  • Our recommended activities in El Calafate for your free day.

Glaciers are the main attractions that you can visit via hiking or a boat ride, but you have a lot more to discover about Argentine rural culture. On your free day, you can visit a typical Patagonian finca (ranch) and learn all about  Argentine rural culture, and the traditions of the gaucho (cowboy) and enjoy a great asado (barbecue).

If you feel like exploring a bit on your own today, you can visit Laguna Nimez, a nearby nature reserve where pink flamingos – and many other native species – roam freely!

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Day 4

Walk over the Perito Moreno Glacier - El Calafate

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  • Full-day mini trekking Perito Moreno Glacier tour

We will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning to take you to Los Glaciares National Park located 50 miles from El Calafate, home of the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier, where the excursion begins at the Puerto de la Bahía “Bajo de las Sombras”. There we will embark to reach the opposite shore of the Magallanes Peninsula, crossing the Rico Arm of Lake Argentino. Navigation time is approximately 20 minutes.

The specialized guides will lead the group (approximately 10 people), through a coastline to the southern margin of the glacier and will give you Crampons for the ice walk.

From there you begin to slowly ascend the glacier, with occasional stops to take pictures. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy the different formations of the glacier in situ. The walk on the ice lasts about 1 hour and a half.

On the way back, you’ll walk through the forest and enjoy another perspective of the glacier, before being driven back to your hotel.

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Day 5

Continue your adventure tour in Patagonia - El Chaltén

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  • Full-day Kayak in La Leona River

In the morning, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and take the National Route 40 to the old “Luz Divina” Parador. We’ll take the necessary equipment and begin rowing down La Leona River for about 10 miles.

We’ll make a stop to enjoy a 2-hour hike at Cerro Los Hornos where you’ll discover petrified logs and fossilized dinosaur bones! Finally, enjoy lunch at a special viewpoint, before grabing the oars again and drive your kayak to the Turbio stream, where this adventure experience finish.  At the end of the day, we’ll drive you to your hotel in El Chaltén.

 

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  • What you must bring to El Chaltén?

This is a little village, so we recommend that you take cash with you since ATM’s are not usual, and the few they may be, could be out of order.  It’s better to be prepared! Though credit cards are accepted in Argentina, little grocery stores or restaurants may accept only cash.

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Day 6

Self-guided hikes - El Chaltén

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  • Self-guided hikes – Cerro Torre

Today, be prepared for an exciting journey into the wild. El Chaltén offers a wide range of hiking paths with varied difficulties. You can choose where and when to go since paths are self-guided and very well marked and maintained.

From the main door of your hotel, you can go for an easy 2-mile walk to Cerro Torre viewpoint — it will only take you around 1 hour. Enjoy the sounds of Rio de las Vueltas, take in some amazing views of the lenga forest, and be prepared to see all kinds of birds — this is a great woodpecker-spotting opportunity!

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Day 7

Self-guided hikes - El Chaltén

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  • Self-guided hikes –  Laguna de los Tres

For true hiking-lovers, our next hiking favorite is Laguna de los Tres and the base of Mount Fitz Roy. Go for a medium-difficulty, 9-hour hike to the most impressive views of Rio de Las Vueltas valley. You’ll cross Del Salto Stream, with its icy waters cradled by orange-tinted rocks that frame the breathtaking views of Mount Fitz Roy. And here’s a little secret: you can also reach Laguna Sucia from Laguna de Los Tres… it’s only a 5- minute walk away.

Though this hike increases in intensity during the last bit, it’s totally worth it. This is one of the best day-hikes in the world!  

 

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Seize the day, wake up early and watch the sunrise at Laguna de los Tres (see Mount Fitz Roy’s peaks turning red) — A true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You can depart from the town of El Chaltén during the night or stay one night at Poincenot campsite, just 1 hour away from Laguna de los Tres.

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Day 8

Last day in El Chaltén - El Calafate

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  • Self-guided hiking trails in El Chaltén

Enjoy an early walk around town or a quick 3-hour hike this morning. We recommend that you walk to El Chorrillo del Salto, 1 hour away from the village, and reach its little waterfall encircled by native trees and flora, like the Patagonian Orchid.

 

  • Transfer from El Chaltén to El Calafate

Time to continue enjoying your adventure tours through Patagonia and board your bus back to El Calafate, so you need to be back in time. The 3-hour drive back will be a good opportunity to relax while enjoying the passing landscapes out your window. Once you arrive in El Calafate, the bus will drop you off at your hotel and you will have the rest of the evening at leisure.

 

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  • What do you need to taste in El Calafate?

Now is your chance to try some tender Patagonian Lamb, or maybe a heavenly Calafate ice-cream. In Calafate, food options are varied and plentiful; from veggie delicacies to the best demonstration of national steaks, there really is something for everyone. You can choose a fancy restaurant for dinner or a more traditional local tavern to spend an unforgettable night. If you want to try some creamy Patagonian craft beer all you have to say is: “Una birra por favor” ¡Salud! (Cheers!)

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Day 9

Continue your adventure in Patagonia - Ushuaia

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  • Transfer from your hotel to El Calafate airport

Continue your adventure trip to the legendary Patagonia! We’ll pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the airport to take your flight to Ushuaia.

 

  • Transfer from Ushuaia airport to your hotel in the city – Day at leisure

Upon arrival in Ushuaia we will drive you to your hotel in the city. Enjoy your free day to wander the streets of the southernmost city in the world. 

Ushuaia is a small town, really easy to get around on foot. The Yamanas, its first inhabitants, called it Ushuaia which means “protected bay” in their language. It was officially incorporated into the Republic of Argentina in 1884, and it soon became a penal colony, in order to establish a permanent Argentine settlement.

 

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  • Our recommended activities in Ushuaia.

Visit one of its curious museums—The Thematic Gallery of the “Historia Fueguina” to see the more than 120 character life-size figures that will tell you all about the history of Ushuaia, or unearth the story of the scariest and dangerous criminals at the Prison Museum.

Visit the different restaurants in town, Ushuaia is the best place to eat seafood in Argentina. —The word you shouldn’t forget is centolla (king crab!). You can try the finger-licking Blake Hake too. 

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Day 10

Trekking & paddling in the National Park - Ushuaia

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  • Discover Tierra del Fuego National Park wildlands

 Today we’ll pick you up from your hotel to start a 10-hour, moderate difficulty, adventure tour in Tierra del Fuego National Park, one of the marvels of Patagonia. The National park is just 7.4 miles away from the city and borders the shore of the famous Beagle Channel.

Upon arrival to Ensenada Bay, you will have time to enjoy the view over the Beagle Channel before you start hiking along the coast. Four miles of trail awaits you, where you’ll discover native flora, wild fauna and the remains left by the Yamanas, the native inhabitants of the area. After this 3-hour hike, you will reach Lake Roca, where lunch will be served.

After a full homemade picnic, you will start the second part of this adventure. Take your oar and plunge into a 1hr 30 min paddling trip along the Lapataia River (only available for children over 5 years old). Make it all the way to Lapataia Bay, where the Panamerican Highway and National Route 3 end at an awe-inspiring landscape.

After discovering the unique vastness of this stunning setting, we’ll take you back to your hotel to rest and enjoy another Patagonian evening.

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Day 11

Beagle Channel cruise - Ushuaia

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  • Tour Ushuaia’s famous islands while sailing the Beagle Channel

In 1833 Charles Darwin sailed the Beagle Channel and found something great. Today it’s your turn: become another explorer of this channel, primitively named Onashaga Channel since the Onas were its first discoverers.

 Make your way to the tourist pier (located downtown) to embark on a 4-hour Beagle Channel navigation in a fully equipped boat with a capacity for up to 26 people. With Argentina on your left and Chile on your right, you’ll sail this natural border until reaching the iconic Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, which is still in operation.

 On the way, enjoy uplifting panoramic views of Ushuaia Bay, crowned by the Martial Glacier’s diverse marine wildlife, such as cormorants (flying birds, closely related to penguins) and fur seals. Hop off on Bridges Island to explore its vegetation, and visit the archeological remains of the Yamanas (the native inhabitants) accompanied by a specialized bilingual guide. 

 During the trip, enjoy bottomless hot cocoa and cookies, or try the maté (loose herbal tea), which is every Argentinian’s favorite drink. Once we get back to the port, you can make your way back to your hotel or stop in a local cafe or brewery to enjoy an amber craft beer paired with a traditional Patagonian appetizer.

 

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  • Have you ever walked amongst penguins?

If not, Ushuaia is your chance to fulfill that wanderlust dream…you can switch the Beagle Navigation to take the Magellanic Penguin Rookery tour on Martillo Island (from October to April at an additional cost) or add one day in Ushuaia to make both. At Martillo Island, you will also see a very rare type of penguin only found in Antarctica: the yellow-crested penguin.

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Day 12

End of your adventure tour in Patagonia - Iguazú Falls

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  • Transfer from your hotel to Ushuaia airport

Say farewell to the awe-inspiring landscapes of Ushuaia and get ready to continue your journey. In the morning, we’ll pick you up and drive you to the local airport to take your flight to Iguazú, the gateway to the famous Iguazú Falls.

 

  • Transfer from Puerto Iguazú airport to your hotel – Day at leisure

Upon arrival, we will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel in Puerto Iguazú. The small border town of Puerto Iguazú is the gateway to visit the impressive Iguazú Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site, making it a must-see destination for any traveler visiting Argentina. 

 

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  • Our recommended activities to spend your day in Puerto Iguazú:

 You can visit “Hito tres fronteras”, a viewpoint west of the town center that stands high above the turbulent reddish-brown junction of the Iguazú and Paraná rivers, which also form the Triple Frontera, or Triple Border between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. There is also a craft market!

Or you may visit Güirá Oga (the house of birds in the native Guaraní language), the sanctuary for animals hurt by illegal hunting and trapping.

If you feel really adventurous, take a bike tour through the rainforest with a specialized guide, and discover the flora and fauna, the sounds of the jungle, the trail of little native mammals and the traditions of the Guaranies.

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Day 13

Visit the National Park in Argentina - Iguazú Falls

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  • Wander Iguazú Falls National Park and meet The Devil’s Throat

Today our driver and bilingual guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the National Park, on the Argentinian side. Enjoy a 7-hour tour wandering through the rainforest!

The falls are surrounded by a humid subtropical forest where the exuberant vegetation is home to many different animals and birds. Our guide will help you spot some of them: antbirds, toucans, manakins, parrots, coatis, just to name a few of the most common birds. Lower and upper walkways weave in and around falls permitting up close and personal experiences with this magnificent spectacle of nature. 

The Argentine side of the falls is filled with a myriad of paths and walkways and stairways which allow you to have an experience from many different perspectives. You will have the chance to meet “The Devil’s throat”: the largest of the falls and for many the most spellbinding. To get to the “Devil’s throat” you take the ecological train and then walk out along boardwalks. After walking and taking pictures of animals and plants, you will have some free time to eat lunch in this amazing environment. At the end of the experience, we will drive you back to your hotel.

 

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  • Would you love to have a “Great Adventure”?

The “Great Adventure” (gran aventura) is an optional tour you can add on this day. You will take an open-air jeep through the rainforest and then a zodiac open airboat ride up the river to the base of the falls (there is a 100% chance that you will get soaking wet on this boat trip, so be sure to take some extra clothes!).

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Day 14

Full-jungle experience, Mbocay Falls - Iguazú / Buenos Aires

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  • Mbocay Fall experience

This is an experience to explore the jungle and connect with nature in a deep way. Make your way to La Chacrita where a typical regional breakfast will be waiting. Get ready to start hiking right after.

Walk fr 2.5 miles through the lush vegetation and silence of the jungle This is a straight path so just take it easy and enjoy. Pay attention to the sounds of the jungle and the colors you’ll discover. 

Finally, arrive at Mbocay Falls, a series of beautiful waterfalls and cascades. Get down to the natural pools and take an energizing bath. You’ll have time to relax and rest before heading back and enjoy lunch at La Chacrita. Then, make your way back to your hotel in Iguazú.  

 

  • Fly back to Buenos Aires

At the appropriate time, we will drive you to the airport to take your flight back to Buenos Aires. Upon landing in Buenos Aires we’ll be waiting to bring you to your hotel. Enjoy your last night in the city in one of the trendy restaurants and bars of Palermo Soho neighborhood.  

 

 

 

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Day 15

Adventure trip to Patagonia & Falls - The end - Buenos Aires

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  • Transfer from your hotel to Buenos Aires airport 

At the appropriate time, we’ll drive you to the international airport where you’ll take your flight back home, ¡buen viaje! (good trip!).

 

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  • How would you like to spend your last day of vacation? Here are some ideas.

You can explore the cobblestone, tree-lined streets of Palermo Soho in search of some one-of-a-kind Porteño fashion stores or discover the graffiti circuit. 

You may stop by one of our historic cafés (named “cafés notables”) located all over the city and have a “cortado”, the most popular Argentine coffee choice.

If you’re leaving on a Saturday or Sunday, you may have the chance to visit one of the city markets, only open during weekends. 

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  • Prices in US Dollars.
  • Valid until April 2024 (ask for prices at Christmas and New Year).
  • Prices are per person, based on 2 people in double occupancy. Single rates are available on request.
  • Flights are not included in the price but can be arranged on request.
included
  • 3-night accommodation in Buenos Aires
  • 4-night accommodation in El Calafate
  • 2-night accommodation in El Chaltén
  • 3-night accommodation in Ushuaia
  • 2-night accommodation in Iguazú
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meals according to the itinerary: snacks and dinner on day 2; lunch on day 10
  • Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bilingual local guide (English / Spanish)
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  • International or domestic flights or buses
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Brazilian Visa: Citizens of some nationalities are required to present a tourist visa to enter Brazil. Please check the requirements on your country’s consulate website. If you need any other information check this link
  • 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.
  • Port tax (day 11)
  • Travel / Medical Insurance 
Flights needed for this itinerary

plane-icon Buenos Aires – Calafate – Ushuaia – Buenos Aires – Iguazú – Buenos Aires

ESTIMATED COST FOR THE FLIGHTS ON THIS TRIP: Local flights cost from $150 per person per segment. We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

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