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El Calafate - Ushuaia - Buenos Aires - Iguazú Falls
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our recommended activities in El Calafate for your free day:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
Our recommended activities in Ushuaia:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our recommended activities to spend your day in Puerto Iguazú:
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.
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!).
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, you’ll lunch a traditional Argentinian asado into the wild facing the falls. At the end of teh day, we’ll return to the Jungle Bike base with our bikes and then we’ll drive you back to your hotel.
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.
At the appropriate time, we’ll drive you to the international airport where you’ll take your flight back home, ¡buen viaje! (good trip!).
How would you like to spend your last day of vacation? Here are some ideas:
FLIGHTS NEEDEDFOR THIS ITINERARY
Buenos Aires – Calafate – Ushuaia – Buenos Aires – Iguazú – Buenos Aires
Estimated cost for the flights in South America:
Flights in South America cost approximately $150 to $300 USD per segment (destination).
We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.
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