Rivers & Lakes of Argentina

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  • This itinerary allows you to kayak through the most impressive landscapes in Argentina
  • Travel through the Parana Delta, one of the 5 biggest in the world, all from the peace and quiet of a kayak.
  • Experience the enormity of one of the biggest glaciers in Patagonia, which you can only reach by kayak through the waters of Canal Upsala while paddling past huge chunks of ice.
  • Best time to travel: From October to April
 

This 11-day itinerary will take you to discover the rivers and lakes of Argentina and enjoy kayak tours and boat trips through the most impressive landscapes. Enjoy the local culture and traditions of Buenos Aires, the wildlife of Iberá Wetlands, the world’s second largest marshes, in a nautical safari by paddling, the cultural heritage of Guaraní community in Iguazú, and enjoy a kayak tour in streams with amazing natural falls. 

Itinerary

Day 1

Start your kayak and boat trip experience in Argentina
Buenos Aires

  • Half-day city tour through Buenos Aires
  • Dinner and tango show

 

  • Half-day city tour through Buenos Aires

In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel to enjoy our 5-hour Buenos Aires city tour—you will be swept away by the highlights of our beloved Buenos Aires! Over the course of a half-day you will have the chance to visit the historical and political center of the city; Plaza de Mayo and the Pink House (the presidential house).

Next, we’ll move on to San Telmo, with its cobblestone streets and the oldest residential neighborhood, and then to La Boca where Buenos Aires turns colorful and tango is ever-present. Come walk Caminito street and dance with the locals. The next stop is the chic and aristocratic Recoleta, where the big palaces remind us why Buenos Aires is called the “Paris of the South”.

 

  • 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 onstage immersed in an elegant and alluring place. The manners, ambience, 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.

 

Say Hueque Tips

  • 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 neighbourhood. Tango has evolved a big deal in the past years, and now there are also LGBT milongas that encourage a most inclusive practice. 

 

Day 1

Day 2

Delta, Buenos Aires
Kayak in Argentina

  • Kayak tour in Tigre

 

  • Kayak tour in Tigre

In the morning, you will be brought to Tigre where you will take a boat to a small island. This is where you will enjoy your breakfast and charge up on energy for your day. During the time frame of 2hr 30min, you will kayak through diverse scenery while your guide informs you on the characteristics of the ecosystem. Returning from this journey, you will eat lunch in a restaurant on the island and will have plenty of free time to relax and walk around the parks, forests, and nature reserves of the island.

 

Day 2

Day 3

Continue your kayak & boat trip experience in Argentina
Iberá

  • Transfer to the airport / Transfer to Iberá
  • Transfer to Aguape Lodge

 

  • Transfer to the airport / Transfer to Iberá

Early the next morning, we will bring you to the domestic airport where you will take your flight to Posadas where this kayak and boat trip travel experience continues. Upon arrival, we’ll drive you to Iberá.

 

  • Transfer to Aguape Lodge

Upon arrival to Iberá, you will be transferred to Aguape Lodge – located on the edge of the lagoon the center of the natural reserve of Iberá. After you’ve stored your belongings in the hotel and have rested, you’ll have your first excursion on a boat to the information center.

An experienced guide will provide you with valuable information about the functioning ecosystem, different types of possible danger, etc. Once you’ve received all the necessary information, you will take a 2km path where you’ll begin spotting howler monkeys. During the last hour, you will walk across a 300mt wooden bridge that goes over the marshes. From there it is very easy to see capybaras, deer, alligators, herons amongst other types of wildlife.

 

Day 3

Day 4

Boat trip & kayak through Iberá Wetlands

  • Boat trip and kayak tour through Iberá Wetlands

 

  • Boat trip and kayak tour through Iberá Wetlands

With an area of over 3 million acres, Ibera is an authentic sanctuary where you can observe wildlife and enjoy how close you can get to the animals’ natural habitat without disturbing them. Some of the animals you will be able to spot during the 6-hour Nautical Safari are: Giant Anteaters, river otter, foxes, marshland deer, crocodiles, boars, and more than 350 different types of birds.

You will then enter the zone of “crystal waters” where you will observe different aquatic plants, floating islands that form different shapes and canals, and the animals of the area. We will make a stop for a picnic lunch out in the open in contact with nature. Depending on the weather and how the “floating islands” have formed, you will most likely have a chance to explore these little islands.

Day 4

Day 5

From Iberá to Puerto Iguazú

  • Transfer to Posadas / Bus to Puerto Iguazú
  • Transfer from the bus station to your hotel
  • Visit to a local community of Guaranies

 

  • Transfer to Posadas /Bus to Puerto Iguazú

In the morning we’ll drive you on a 4-hour trip to Posadas, and from there you’ll take a regular bus to Puerto Iguazú (300 km, about 5 hours).

 

  • Transfer from the bus station to your hotel 

Upon arrival, we’ll pick you up 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. 

 

  • Visit to a local community of Guaranies

In the afternoon, you’ll have a private visit to “Project Mate”, a local community of Guaranies (indigenous culture of Misiones) where you’ll take a walk through the jungle accompanied by a representative of the local community and learn about their traditions and lifestyle.

The Guaranies (the original word meaning “man”) are a group of indigenous South American towns that are geographically located in Paraguay, the northeast of Argentina, south and southwest of Brazil, and the southeast of Bolivia, next to Uruguay. Many of these people have learned Spanish, and some have even studied law in order to defend the rights of their community.

 

Day 5

Day 6

Iguazu Falls, Argentinian side

  • Tour to Iguazú Falls National Park, Argentine side
  • “Great Adventure” boat trip

 

  • 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: ant birds, 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. 

 

  • “Great Adventure” boat trip

In the “Great Adventure” (gran aventura) you will take an open air jeep through the rainforest and then a zodiac open air boat 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!). At the end of the experience, we will drive you back to your hotel.

 

Day 6

Day 7

Kayak in Urugua-í creek
Iguazú Falls, Brazilian side

  • 6-hour kayak tour in Arroyo Urugua-i
  • Tour to the Brazilian side of Iguazú Falls

 

  • 6-hour kayak tour in Arroyo Urugua-i

In the morning, you will begin your kayak tour in the Arroyo Urugua-i. During 6 hours, a specialized guide will accompany you while you journey through different landscapes and views.

You will have the opportunity to appreciate the greenery from a close-up view. Being so close to nature, it’s quite probable that you will see animals and birds that stay away from the national park due to the large amount of people that go there. You will have plenty of time to swim and sunbathe before you return.

 

  • Tour to the Brazilian side of Iguazú Falls

In the afternoon, our driver and guide will pick you up from the hotel to drive you to the border, and from there head to the Brazilian National Park. Here you will have the chance to complete your experience with probably the best panoramic views. Take your time to enjoy it and feel it. We are sure this is a day you will never forget.

 

Day 7

Day 8

Start your kayak tours in Patagonia
El Calafate

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

 

  • Transfer from hotel to the airport

Continue your kayak and boat trip experience through rivers and lakes of Argentina and travel to Patagonia!. Early in the morning, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport to take your flight directly to El Calafate.

 

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

Upon arrival, we will bring you to your hotel and have the remainder of your day to relax or explore the surroundings.

El Calafate is home to Perito Moreno Glacier, the only glacier 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 as “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.

 

Say Hueque Tips 

Our recommended activities in El Calafate for your free day:

  • Glaciers are main attractions that you can visit via hiking or a boat ride, but you have 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, the traditions of the gaucho (cowboy) and enjoy a great asado (barbecue).
  • If you are really into knowing more about Perito Moreno Glacier and other famous icy giants of the region, you can visit The Glaciarium Museum and learn about the history of glaciers and its first explorers. Getting to the museum is really easy— There is a transfer you can take at the Tourist Office in downtown Calafate.

 

Day 8

Day 9

Visit the Upsala Glacier
Kayak tour in Patagonia

  • Boat trip and kayak tour to Upsala Glacier

 

  • Boat trip and kayak tour to Upsala Glacier

This excursión permits you to travel through the Upsala Canal in its totality (an excursion that was closed for several years due to icebergs blocking the way) and to kayak through its enormous icebergs. With professional guides and small groups of kayakers, the tour begins with a boat ride down Lake Argentino. While the participants are getting used to the surroundings, the guide will share important information with you about the plant life and wildlife of the area.

After the boat ride, the participants will receive the necessary equipment and the instructions that will prepare you for your first kayak tour in Patagonia (the level of difficulty will change based on each group and the weather conditions).

For two hours, your journey will be guided through the Upsala Canal, where you will begin learning about the region while enjoying the amazing view of Patagonia. In the afternoon you will return to the hotel.

 

Day 9

Day 10

Glacier Perito Moreno tour
El Calafate

  • Minitrekking to Glacier Perito Moreno

 

  • Minitrekking to Glacier Perito Moreno 

The bus will pick you up at Puerto Bajo de las Sombras, where you will take the boat Tehuelche across the Brazo Rico (Rich Arm) for 10 minutes till you reach the west coast.

You will be able to explore the glacier for 3 hours, for which you will need special shoes that will allow you to walk better on the ice. You will be exploring right along with your guides, and in a little more than an hour, you will arrive at a lookout point where you will be able to actually enter the glacier. Once inside, you can observe the blue lagoons, deep crevices, enormous sinkholes and caves. You will have half an hour to eat lunch and will then walk back to the boat for your return.

 

Day 10

Day 11

The last of your kayak and boat trip experience in Argentina

  • Transfer to the airport / Fly to Buenos Aires

 

  • Transfer to the airport / Fly to Buenos Aires

This is the end of your kayak and boat trip experience through the rivers and lakes of Argentina. At the appropriate time, we’ll drive you from your hotel to the airport and you’ll catch your flight to Buenos Aires.  

 

Day 11

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  • Prices in US Dollars.
  • Valid until April 2022 (ask for prices in 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.
  • 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

  • Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bilingual guide (English/Spanish)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meals: dinner (day 1), all meals (day 3,4)
  • 2-night accommodation in a hotel (Buenos Aires), 2-night accommodation in a hotel (Iberá), 3-night accommodation in a hotel (Puerto Iguazú), 3-night accommodation in a hotel (El Calafate)

NOT INCLUDED

  • International or domestic flights
  • National Park entrance fee
  • 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 - Posadas - Iguazu - El Calafate - Buenos Aires

Flights in South America cost approximately $150 to $350 USD per segment (destination). We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

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