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Best of Argentina

Buenos Aires, El Calafate, El Chalten and Iguazu

Best of Argentina
Best of Argentina
Best of Argentina
Best of Argentina
Best of Argentina
Best of Argentina
Best of Argentina
Best of Argentina
Best of Argentina
Best of Argentina
Best of Argentina

This tour is specifically designed for 2 people travelling together. If you want to visit Argentina and you don’t have much time, with 12 days you can discover the Highlights. Buenos Aires, a great South American capital. Then, Southern Patagonia, a place to do some self driving exploration (car not included but given as optional) between El Calafate and El Chalten. You can go to the Glaciers National Park, and visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, among others. You can leave the car in El Chalten village and do a hike to Laguna de los Tres, close to Fitz Roy Mountain. You can drive the meanders of the river up to Lago del Desierto. After the Patagonian experience, a last stop in Iguazu to see the world class waterfalls. From there you can go back home or continue your travels to Brazil or Peru.

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DAY 1: Buenos Aires

Arrival to Buenos Aires. Private transfer to San Telmo Luxury Suites, located in the heart of San Telmo neighborhood. Free afternoon

DAY 2: Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires bike tour. Explore the streets, monuments and buildings of the city while enjoying a bike ride with fellow travelers.

DAY 3: Buenos Aires

Free Day

DAY 4: Buenos Aires – El Calafate

Transfer from hotel to domestic airport. Flight to El Calafate. On arrival, car pick up at the airport and self drive to Hotel La Cantera in El Calafate. Accommodation.

Day 5: El Calafate

Breakfast and ideal day to explore Perito Moreno glacier on your own. This glacier is one of the only moving glaciers in the world, it is a wonderful experience to hear it cracking and see it breaking mountains of light blue ice.

DAY 6: El Calafate – El Chalten

Breakfast and check out. Time to enjoy a pleasant ride to El Chalten. Arrival and Accommodation

DAY 7: El Chalten

Breakfast and self guided trek to the base of Mount Fitz Roy (Laguna de los 3) or just walk bout the awesome rocky peaks.

DAY 8: El Chalten

Free day for more treks, maybe Cerro Torre, or drive north along the glacial valley to reach Lago del Desierto and Huemul Glacier.

DAY 9: El Chalten – El Calafate - Iguazu

Drive back to El Calafate, car drop of at the airport and flight to Puerto Iguazu. Airport pick up and accommodation. Free evening.

DAY 10: Iguazu

Breakfast and tour to the Iguazu Falls, Argentine side, to enjoy breathtaking views and impressive lush jungle. You have to be there to feel the power of nature!

DAY 11: Iguazu

Breakfast and tour to the Iguazu Falls, Brazilian side. If you lived the falls the first day, now you will be able to take the missing pictures of the whole view of the amazing waterfalls. On the way back, stop at a typical Brazilian restaurant to taste local specialties. Optional 

DAY 12: Iguazu - Home

Transfer to Puerto Iguazu or Foz do Iguazu Airport.

 

Included

  • 3 nights Accommodation in Buenos Aires at San Telmo Luxury Suites with breakfast.
  • Buenos Aires Airport Private pick up 
  • Buenos Aires Bike Tour Half Day (3-4 hours)
  • 2 nights Accommodation in El Calafate in La Cantera Boutique Hotel with breakfast.
  • 3 nights Accommodation in El Chalten at Posada Kau Si Aike, with breakfast.
  • Airport pick up in Puerto Iguazu
  • 3 nights Accommodation in Puerto Iguazu at El Pueblito Hotel with breakfast
  • Full Day Excursion to the Falls, Argentina side
  • Half Day Excursion to the Falls, Brazilian side (lunch: optional)
  • Puerto Iguazu or Foz do Iguazu Airport drop off
  • Car Rental: for 6 days small car with CDW insurance and airport supplements

Not Included

  • Entrance fees to all Argentina National Parks (Los Glaciares in El Calafate, Iguazu in Puerto Iguazu and Iguacu in Foz do Iguacu).
  • Flights
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Supplement for staying in a Glamping Adventure program in El Calafate (2 nights accommodation, full board and guided excursions in Adventure Domes): 710 USD per couple
Destination

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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El Calafate

In El Calafate you will find yourself at the gateway to the majestic world of glaciers.

This town is near Lake Argentino, a green water surface covering 1,600 km2, with a length of 60 km and a width between 12 and 14 km. It also has great mysterious depths, like all lakes orginated from glaciers, ranging from 35 m in Feruglio, on the southern shore, to 300 m off the Avellaneda Peninsula.

El Calafate connects you with the most unknown and magical features of our geography. It is 316 km. from Río Gallegos, 185 m.a.s.l. and receives its name from the small bush calafate, indigenous of Patagonia. Its fruit is a delicious berry very good for the elaboration of jam. According to tradition, whoever eats calafate will return for more. But reality indicates that whoever visits Calafate wants to stay there forever.

It is a tourist resort of both national and international importance, since it is the start of all glacier circuits. It is an oasis of poplars, willows and pines at the border of the steppe.

This small town and all its magic are a must for lovers of glaciers.

El Calafate presents a dry climate, with an average maximum temperature of 19ºC, and an average minimum of -2º in winter. The length of the day changes according to season. In summer, the sun rises at 5.30am and sets at 11pm. In winter the day is shorter as there are only 8 hours of daylight.

El Calafate is the main supplier in the area. It has a population of around 8,000 inhabitants on a 155,000-hectare surface, with rivers and creeks draining into the Atlantic Ocean through the Santa Cruz River.

The Glaciers National Park covers a surface of some 600,000 hectares with 47 glaciers, such as the Viedma, the Moyano, the Marconi, the Upsala, the Agassiz, the Bolado, the Onelli, the Peineta, the Spegazzini, the Mayo, the Ameghino, the Moreno and the Frías, all of them located within the Atlantic basin.

El Calafate can be visited thanks to a significant bus fleet used for excursions and modern boats that allow you to enjoy the classical viewpoint of the Perito Moreno Glacier or the audacious expeditions to cross the glaciers from one side to the other. The International Airport of El Calafate, inaugurated on November 17, 2000 and located 23km away from the city, receives direct flights from Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Pto.Madryn, San Carlos de Bariloche, and Puerto Natales, among other cities.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spending the day just sitting and looking at the fabulous Perito Moreno Glacier. The sound, the movement, the blue...unforgetable!
  • Minitrekking over Perito Moreno glacier
  • Guided trips to meet the different and unforgettable. Glaciers included de impressive Upsala Glacier
  • Trekking at El Chalten searching for Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy
  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Fishing in the Roca lake inside the national park Los Glaciares
  • Navigating on Brazo Rico in Lake Argentino
  • El Calafate Regional Museum
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El Chaltén

ituated in the Departament called Lago Argentino, El Chaltén is on the northen margin of Lago Viedma, in the confluence of rivers De las Vueltas and Fitz Roy, in the National Reserve Zona Viedma in Los Glaciares National Park.

In this landscape combine the magic of glaciers, hidden lagoons, estancias, Lake Viedma, and the magnetic presence of mount Fitz Roy. The summit of its unmistakable majestic silouete is almost always covered in a cloud that the Tehuelche thought was smoke, mistake that gave origin to the name Chaltén, which means volcano.

Two hundred people live in this town, distant 220 km. from El Calafate on provincial route Nº11, national route 40, and provincial route Nº 23.

El Chaltén is contiguous to Lake Viedma and its reserve, and has been declared National Hiking Capital for the variety of activities performed by hikers and climbers.

Most outings start in town, and it is not necessary to be an expert to follow the circuits if you walk on a current trail.

The granitic towers of mounts Torre and Fitz Roy compose spectacular panorama together with glaciers Viedma, Upsala and Moyano, which drain in Lago Viedma, with a surface of 106.000 has.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mount Fitz Roy
  • Trekking to "La laguna del Desierto"
  • The beautiful "Laguna Capri"
  • Trekking to "Lago Viedma"
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Foz Do Iguazú


Iguazú

Situated in the northeast of Argentina, Puerto Iguazú City is 300 km away from the Capital City of the Province - Posadas City - and is the city that borders on Brazil and Paraguay through the concourse of Paraná and Iguazú Rivers.

Being a touristic place, it provides with the greatest spectacle of water and forest ever existing on Earth - the imposing Iguazú Falls - in guaraní language "Big waters".

This region has a humid subtropical climate without dry season, with temperatures ranging from 20º C to 33º C in Summer while Winter is mild and nice. It is important to mention that due to the high degree of humidity the rain diminishes thermic amplitude and causes clouds increase.

Topographicaly speaking, Puerto Iguazú is located in a plateau with red rocky land due to the melaphyre decomposition rich in iron and having cliffs covered by humus favouring the growth of an exuberant forest.

To get to this charming city and one of the most wonderful sceneries in South America one can do it by plane arriving at Iguazú International Airport 17 Km away from the city centre.

Coming from Brazil and Paraguay one can cross "Tancredo Neves International Bridge".

Among the most chosen activities, the tourist goes on excursions to Iguazú National Park -Natural Heritage to Humanity by UNESCO- visiting 275 waterfalls and getting to know the exotic flora and fauna.

In the city, there are different places to visit such as "Mbororé" and Natural Sciences Museums, Tres Fronteras Boundary Stone and the International Casino.

From Puerto Iguazú, one can go on excursions to Ciudad del Este (East City) -Paraguay- where there is an important crafts and electronics fair, as well as on excursions to Brazil in order to get a different view of the falls.

Puerto Iguazú is a place where nature , in its greatest beauty expression, will amaze the tourist for sure.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ride in a speedboat under the Falls
  • Explore the jungle and discover its secrets
  • Flow through the jungle giants doing Canopy
  • Abseil down a cascade in the middle of the forest
  • An adventure day in the brazilian side
  • Try Mate ice cream
  • To visiting the Wanda gemstones site
  • Itaipú Hydroelectric Factory, located in the border of Brazil and Paraguay
  • To visit La Aripuca theme park
  • A tour around the beginnings of American history: the "San Ignacio Miní" Jesuit mission
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