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Western Argentina Tour

Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Bariloche

Western Argentina Tour
Western Argentina Tour
Western Argentina Tour
Western Argentina Tour
Western Argentina Tour
Western Argentina Tour
Western Argentina Tour
Western Argentina Tour
Western Argentina Tour

Heading to Patagonia but don´t want to miss the Wine Region and the home of the Aconcagua, the highest peak in American Continent? From Buenos Aires take a short detour and visit Mendoza! This tours offers you the best of the big argentine capital: Buenos Aires. Plus the bucolic wine region in the far west - the foothills of the high Andes. Plus the alpine beauty of the lakes district in northern Patagonia. 3 destinations and 2 bus trips in a perfect match!

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DAY 1: Buenos Aires
Arrival to Buenos Aires. (NOT on Wednesdays) Regular transfer from Ezeiza International Airport with the Airport Shuttle. Check in at selected accommodation. 

DAY 2: Buenos Aires
Breakfast. 9 am City Tour: Discover the beauty and wonders of Buenos Aires, see the National Congress, The Metropolitan Cathedral next to the Government House in May Square area. Visit the Colon Theater, one of the most important opera houses in Latin America and San Telmo, traditional neighborhood where Tango performances can be seen in many bars and restaurants. Stop at La Boca colorful neighborhood, which was seat of immigrants - mainly Italians - and now home of some artists.
Enjoy Palermo, an area that combines its architecture and history with entertainment and amusement in its green spaces. Finally, La Recoleta, an exclusive and elegant neighborhood where the famous cemetery is found.
Free afternoon.

DAY 3: Buenos Aires
Breakfast. Free Day. In the evening (8 pm), Tango show with dinner: In the very heart of Buenos Aires, this refurbished historic "conventillo" is a classic building of the porteño culture. A Tango Show is a trip to older times.
Professional artists will show you their best art, singing songs and dancing typical pieces, shared with the best tango orchestras. The show consists of several parts in which you can appreciate 2 tango orchestras, a folkloric group, dancers and singers.

DAY 4: Buenos Aires-Mendoza
Breakfast and check out at 11 am. In the evening, departure to Mendoza by night bus.

DAY 5: Mendoza
Arrival in Mendoza. Accommodation and check in. At 2.30 pm, Half Day Winery Tour: These Tour runs among vineyards in the areas of Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu. You will experience the work culture brought by of immigrants, using irrigation techniques (canals and ditches) in herited from the former Huarpes Indians. They managed to change a vast desert into a productive river oasis. This is the scene of the settlement of prestigious wineries, which represent Argentine wines in the world with high quality wines.
You will visit two wineries, one with traditional organic methods and the other that uses the latest avaliable technology. Guided by professionals in winemaking, you will learn about the vinification methods and processes, bottling and labelling of wines, in the end of the tour you will taste the different grapes that the wineries offer. Departure: 2.30 pm. Sundays 08.30 am

DAY 6: Mendoza
Breakfast. 7 am: Aconcagua Valley Day Trip (Alta Montaña): The Tour offers a variety of colors and sceneries. Early in the morning along the river Mendoza, get a view of the majestic mountain range called Cordon del Plata and the Potrerillos dam, colossal work for hydraulic power generation and water distribution for irrigation.
Your next visit will be Uspallata, pre-Hispanic settlement of Huarpes indians and the southern last point of the Inca Empire.
Here you will see the Vaults of Uspallata, historic "adobe" (mud) buildings, that were used by the chaplain Fray Luis Beltran for casting cannons and guns.
Afterwards you will visit the villages of Picheuta, Polvareda, Punta de Vacas and Los Penitentes ski resort. Free time for the use of chair lift to enjoy beautiful panoramic views.
Later, you will find Puente de Inca along your route, a huge natural bridge with strands of hot springs.
Continuing the road and 2750 meters above sea level you will reach the viewpoint of Cerro Aconcagua, the colossus of America (6959 meters high), from where you are going to the Laguna Horcones and the Aconcagua Provincial Park.
Following the international route to reach your last destination, Las Cuevas, an European-style village located 3200 meters above sea level. Back to town at 7 - 8 pm

DAY 7: Mendoza-Bariloche
Breakfast. Check out at 11 am. In the evening, night Bus to Bariloche.

DAY 8: Bariloche
Arrival in Bariloche in the evening. Accommodation and check in.

DAY 9: Bariloche
Breakfast. At 2.30 pm, Mt Campanario and Circuito Chico Half Day excursion: The Tour starts in Bariloche along Bustillo Avenue with an amazing view of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Right at the km. 8 of the road you will find Playa Bonita, from where you can see Huemul Island. Later on, after traversing different landscapes, you will arrive at the foot of Mt. Campanario.
There is a chairlift that visitors can use to get to the 1500mts of the hill. There is a tearoom on top and also a terrace where you can admire one of the most complete and beautiful views of northern Patagonia.
Returning to the tour along Bustillo Avenue, the bus enters San Pedro Peninsula.
At the km. 23 of Bustillo Avenue you will reach Villa Llao Llao, site of the San Eduardo Chapel, a jewel of regional architecture and place of the magnificent Llao Llao hotel.
From there the route goes through the Llao Llao Peninsula.
After bordering Lake Escondido at km. 33, the road passes over Narrow Bridge Creek, that separates the Moreno Lake from Nahuel Huapi Lake. At km40 you will reach the famous Panoramic Point of 945 meters high, where you can appreciate the majesty of the landscape that make up the Lake Moreno and the Llao Llao Peninsula.

DAY 10: Bariloche
Breakfast. Tronador Excursion
The Tronador excursion starts from Bariloche at 9am approx. heading south along route 40 through lakes Gutierrez and Mascardi and then to enter the southern part of the Nahuel Huapi National Park. The first stop is the path that leads to the Laguna Los Moscos where you will do a hike of approx 1hr. You will pass by a road of incredible vegetation that leads to the viewpoint of Lake Los Moscos.
Then continue your route with the mini bus for the second hike to the Caesars waterfall. In this case 1 hour and 30 minutes walk approx. where you will enjoy one of the most beautiful places in the National Park with its lookouts and waterfalls.
On the return, the vehicle will continue along the valley of the river bordering Vuriloches to appreciate the gentle presence of Mount Tronador (the highest in the area with 3,554 mts.) with glaciers descending down its slopes.
You will make a stop at Pampa Linda for lunch (not included) and then continue to the Black Glacier, the only Black Glacier in Patagonia, where you will have another walk to the lookout (20min approx) and enjoy the Glacier uniqueness. You will return to Bariloche arriving approx. at 7.30 pm.

DAY 11: Bariloche
Breakfast. Check out. Airport or Bus Station drop off.

Included

  • 3 nights Accommodation in Buenos Aires at selected basis with breakfast.
  • Ezeiza International Airport pickup at shared shuttle service.
  • Buenos Aires City Tour AM or PM 3 hours
  • Tango Show with Dinner and Drinks.
  • Bus from Buenos Aires to Mendoza
  • 2 nights Accommodation in Mendoza at selected basis with breakfast.
  • Half Day Wineries Tour
  • Full Day Aconcagua Valley Excursion (Alta Monta?a)
  • Bus from Mendoza to Bariloche
  • 3 nights accommodation in Bariloche at selected basis with breakfast.
  • Bariloche Bus Station or Airport drop off
  • Mt Campanario and Circuito Chico half day Excursion
  • Tronador Excursion.


Not Included

  • Transfers to the Tango Show
  • Transfers to Buenos Aires Bus Station.
  • Transfers to Mendoza Bus Station.
  • Transfer in from Ezeiza in private service.
  • Entrance fee to Nahuel Huapi National Park (aprox 10 USD per person)
  • Chairlift at Mt Campanario and Circuito Chico Excursion
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Towels, in case of Hostel Dorm Room
Destination

Bariloche

San Carlos de Bariloche was founded on May, 1902 on the shores of the Nahuel Huapi Lake in the province of Río Negro. The city stands out for its architectural features and for being located in a privileged region due to the beauty of its landscapes made up of mountains, woods, lakes, glaciers, and an exuberant flora.

It is one of the most populated cities in the province and one of the most important tourist centres in Argentina atracting backpackers from every corner and with a lot of hostel activity.

Its characteristic architecture consists of buildings made from stones and wood with slated gabled roofs, that give the city a very special physiognomy. Among the most outstanding groups we can mention the Civic Centre, seat of the main official organisms.

Within the centre arteries there are varied shops and commercial shop centres, cafeterias, and restaurants. The city also has an important busy night life.

Mecca of the national and international tourism, Bariloche can be enjoyed all year long. In spring and summer seasons, it is ideal for carrying out all kinds of excursions and outdoor activities; in winter, the snow offers a singular panorama, including the skiing spectacle in one of the most Swiss replica watches important centres for the practice of this sport in South America: Mount Cathedral. Within this frame, there exists the famous Fiesta Nacional de la Nieve (Snow National Celebration) which constitutes a truly international sporting, artistic and social event.

The regional chocolates, in any of its numberless varieties are the mostly appreciated souvenirs for all tourists. In some shops you can see the way the are elaborated. The marmalade elaboration made of regional fine fruits also stand out.

San Carlos de Bariloche comprises a tourist infrastructure and equipment service in accordance with its importance, offering lodging and gastronomic establishments for all levels, including a wide variety for backpackers or hostels.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Skiing in Cerro Catedral
  • Trekking the National Park Nahuel Huapi trails
  • Rafting in Rio Manso
  • To contemplate the magnific view from the top of the Cerro Campanario
  • A visit to El Bolson Chocolates, trout and smoked products from Patagonia
  • Sporting fishing
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Buenos Aires

The city of Buenos Aires, one of the most important Latin American cities, is a great cosmopolitan and many-sided metropolis. This city astonishes the tourist with its evident universal influence.

It is the capital of the Argentine Republic and the vital bond of the nation.

 How to access?

To access to the downtown from the airport there is an option to take a shuttle to the hostel where you will stay. Book here Hostel Shuttle.

As long as European arquitecture is concerned, many streets recall those of Paris.

Its numberless museums, exposition and comference centres, art galleries, cinemas and theatres with national and international spectacles of high quality, are witnesses of its important cultural life.

The Colon Theatre, one of the most important lyrical theatres in the world, is seat, together with some other scenaries, of an intense musical activity that comprises all genres including, of course, the famous and typical Tango; besides, the city is frequently visited by orchestras, groups and soloists from all over the world.

Financial, stock-exchange and economical seat of the country, Buenos Aires is the main port of the nation. It has an intense commercial activity, reflected in numberless shops of the main worldfamous branches, shop centres and commercial shoppings.

Its nightlife is quite varied and extends up to the ealy hours. Discos, restaurants, cafeterias and many other attractions for all tastes are spread all around the city offering the tourist a large number of options.

Its accomodation capacity ranges from luxurious 5 stars hotels belonging to international chains up to modest lodgings, including all the hostel levels.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Try an Asado Argentino (Argentine BBQ)
  • Enjoy a day at the countryside learning our country traditions
  • Go to a Tango show, Milonga or take tango lesson
  • Enjoy the city doing a Bike City Tour
  • Go dancing and enjoy all night till dawn
  • Wander the streets of Buenos Aires finding out of sales books
  • Meeting friends in one of the famous Buenos Aires Cafes

TRANSPORT IN BUENOS AIRES

• Buses: The bus (colectivo) is a fast and inexpensive means of transport to travel over the Capital. There are more than 180 lines going through the city and providing connection with all districts in the Greater Buenos Aires. The service is available at regular intervals. Sometimes, streets may be blocked in the downtown area due to traffic jams. The ticket is sold on the bus and only coins are accepted. Hours: Bus service is available all day long but its frequency decreases after 12 am.

• Subways: This is the fastest and easiest way to reach your destination. The six subway lines (commonly known as “subtes”) are connected with the main avenues and railway and bus stations, and converge upon downtown, the main tourist and hotel area. Maps showing the subway lines in different colors may be obtained at the ticket offices located in every station. Information boards showing each line routes and transfer stations between lines are available in all stations. These connections that allow passengers to use more than one line are called “combinación”. The service runs Mondays through Saturdays, from 5 am to 10 pm, and Sundays and holidays from 8 am to 10 pm.

Taxis: They can be requested by phone or you may call them on the street. Radiotaxis (provided with radio systems) are considered safer. There is a great number of taxis in the city – getting a taxi near the tourist areas is easy at any time of day or night. Usually, you will wait for no longer than a few minutes. Taxis can be easily recognized by their colors – black and yellow. In addition, a red light on the taximeter indicates that they are available.

• Remises: They are a sort of limo service that you request by phone to the numerous agencies spread out in the city. These cars are not identified with a special color. The  total fare varies according to the kilometers covered and time elapsed.

• Trains: If you want to visit areas outside the Capital such as the Delta or neighborhoods distant from downtown, the railways provide an affordable service. Several lines allow access to the center of the city.

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Mendoza

Situated at the foot of The Andes, Mendoza is the capital city of the homonimous province and the most important city of the West of Argentina. It is one of the most chosen tourist destinations because of the various interesting activities available in the region. It is an incredible oasis to grow fruits and vegetables due to the presence of the Mendoza and Tunuyán Rivers.


The climate of the region is mild though the mountains provide a certain degree of aridity. The temperature in Summer ranges from 18º C to 33º C and days are hot and nights are fresh. In Winter, the minimum temperature is 3º C and the maximum registered temperature is 16º C.

One can get to Mendoza City by plane arriving at Francisco Gabrielli-El Plumerillo International Airport, or by car or bus through Nº 8, 7 and 40 National Routes.

In the city, there is a beautiful sight of streets flanked by trees, squares and parks linked by a web of irrigation ditches which is 500 km long and waters the whole area allowing city planning even in arid zones.

Land with historic tradition, Mendoza keeps many memories of San Martín's epic in the cerro de la Gloria (Hill of the Glory), El Plumerillo, San Martín Park and the museums that show documents testifying the presence in the region of this Argentinian eminent person.

Starting point to enjoy adventure travel and high mountain sports like andinism, ski or rafting, Mendoza offers various circuits to go on these excursions. Walks in the five squares, the civic centre and the foundation area make the tourist admire the culture, the history and the idiosyncrasy of native people. In the surroundings of Mendoza City, interesting places and towns can be visited: Ruins of San Francisco Church, Maipú, El Challao, Villavicencio Thermal Resort, Cacheuta, Potrerillos and Vallecitos.

The very well known "Ruta de los Vinos" (Route of the Wines) deserves a special mention because tourists can visit ancient cellars and taste excellent yields which are product of carefully chosen grapes.

When visiting Mendoza, one is going along the land of the good sun and the good wine

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Hill of Glory, it is a bronze construction of fourteen tons that pays tribute to the Army of the Andes for its successful campaign of liberation
  • Foundation Area Museum, a site that takes us back to colonial times in the city of Mendoza
  • A visit to the best wineries of Argentina and maybe the world!
  • Ski at Las Leñas valley 
  • Trekking the highest peaks
  • Visit the incredible Puente del Inca
  • Rafting in Atuel canyon, San Rafael 
  • Horsback riding
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