Our tour starts in Argentina's vibrant, wonderfully idiosyncratic capital, Buenos Aires. This city is famous for its tango, football and European-style architecture, picturesque cobbled neighbourhoods, sophisticated shopping and some of the best and most varied cuisine in the whole continent. We then head to the end-of-the-world archipelago of Tierra del Fuego to explore the national park and the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia. Our tour concludes in windswept Patagonia, visiting Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park, famous for the immense Perito Moreno Glacier.
|Price (From)||:||US$ 1795|
|Includes international air|
Day 01: Arrive Buenos Aires
Today you are scheduled to arrive Buenos Aires Airport, where we will be met and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel Loi Suites Esmeralda, Buenos Aires (3 nights)
Day 02: Buenos Aires
Get in touch with the birth city of the Tango! During our city tour in Buenos Aires, we will drive along 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world, passing close to the Colon Theatre, one of the world's best known opera houses and the cultural pride of the "bonaerenses". Visit the famous Avenida de Mayo that runs into the Plaza De Mayo, surrounded by the Casa Rosada (Government House), the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo (first City Hall, built during Spanish rule). At the other end of Avenida de Mayo, the cupola of the Congress building can be seen. See the stunning interior of the Metropolitan Cathedral, an imposing neo-classical building that is Argentina´s main Catholic building. The mausoleum of General San Martin, Argentina’s national hero, is located inside the cathedral. Pope Francisco used to celebrate religious services in this cathedral when he was cardinal of Buenos Aires city. Next stop is the famous Café Tortoni, the oldest literati café of the city. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack. Then journey to La Boca, a colorful area with the famous street Caminito. Continue to the north area and visit the Recoleta, one of the city’s most glamorous spots. Here we will see elegant boutiques and excellent restaurants, surrounded by centennial trees. The heart of the neighborhood is the Recoleta cemetery, where the most relevant personalities of Argentina’s history rest. The cemetery is considered to be one of the most impressive monuments of Argentina, and our 30-minute stop includes a visit to Eva Duarte`s grave, known as Eva.
In the evening, enjoy an excursion to the tango house Viejo Almacen, a MUST in Buenos Aires! El Viejo Almacén became a unique place thanks to its historic location and an authentic style nourished by popularity built through the years. Every night its doors are open to enjoy an impressive tango show performed by prominent interpreters of the tango scene, a demonstration of Andean music, as well as exquisite cuisine. The Tango tradition started at the end of the 19th century, and developed out of a mixture of various rhythms, which were originally danced in the poorer neighborhoods. Tango is reflecting the nostalgia and melancholy of the European immigrants and brought up some great musicians, such as Astor Piazzolla and Anibal Troilo. You will enjoy a show with music, singing and dancing. The dinner includes entrée, main course, dessert & drinks. After the tango show return to the hotel, arrival around midnight. (B, D)
**Please Note: This excursion is shared with international travelers. The transfers from the hotel to the tango house and back take place with other international travelers from different hotels and a Spanish-speaking driver.
Day 03: Buenos Aires
Day free at leisure to explore on your own or take an optional tour, extra charge. (B)
Day 04: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia (Flight)
Transfer to the domestic airport for our flight to Ushuaia (not included). Upon arrival, we are met and transferred to the hotel. On our way to the hotel, enjoy a short orientation city tour with a photo stop at one of the panoramic viewpoints of Ushuaia.
Overnight: Hotel Patagonia Jarke, Ushuaia (2 nights) (B)
Day 05: Ushuaia
In the morning, experience a half-day tour of the impressive Tierra del Fuego National Park, the southernmost point of the Americas. The long stormy winters and the width of the sky form a very simple and modest way of living here. Drive through the park, taking in the stunning landscape crisscrossed by rivers, and enjoy a short walk. In the afternoon, journey from Ushuaia city to Estancia Harberton. The route is rustic, with unpaved roads in some sections of the trip. Estancia Harberton is located on the shores of Beagle Channel. Upon arrival, take a look around the farm and learn about its origins. The estancia was founded in 1886 by the Anglican missionary Thomas Bridges and it is the oldest building on the island. Later on, take a short sailing trip (15-minutes one way) aboard semi-rigid boats to cross to Martillo Island. At this point, we will have the chance to watch a colony of Magellan and Gentoo penguins and walk close by them. The first penguins arrive at Isla Martillo by late October (just a few couples can be seen). The best penguin viewing is mid-November until mid-April. Penguins share their habitat with different birds, so we will also see skuas (main penguin predator), albatrosses, petrels, cormorants and other birds from the area during the penguin tour. Return back to Estancia Haberton and aboard the semi-rigid boat (15-minute trip). We have some time at leisure to visit the birds and sea mammals museum before returning back to Ushuaia city by land (approx. 2 hours). (B)
**Please note: This tour is shared with other international travellers and is subject to availability at the time of booking.
Bilingual guide: English / Spanish.
Sea mammals museum entrance fee not included.
Difficulty: Low. This is an ideal tour for adventurous people who enjoy close contact with nature. The visit to Isla Martillo is a nice experience, but it can be very cold and windy, and there is no place for shelter while visiting. This tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.
If the trekking at Isla Martillo and Estancia Harberton Tour is not available, the following alternative excursion will be provided:
Penguin Colony Navigation Tour including box lunch – on shared basis (5 hours).
Before leaving the harbour, have lunch at a local restaurant nearby. Afterwards, board a catamaran and navigate along the channel. We pass Isla de los Pájaros, a good spot for watching albatrosses, ducks, skuas, petrels, cauquenes and seagulls. We also pass by Isla de los Lobos (Sea Lion Island). Both islands De los Pájaros and De los Lobos belong to the Bridges archipelago. Upon arrival at Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, see the colonies of cormorants. Continuing the trip to the east, enjoy a beautiful landscape of the channel and the surrounding mountains. From here, we will see over the Argentinean coast Puerto Almanza and over the Chilean coast the naval base of Puerto Williams. Upon arrival at Martillo Island, we will have the chance to see a colony of Magellan penguins and some penguins from Papua. Return back to Ushuaia, navigating close to the north coast of the channel. En route, appreciate the typical flora of the area and some historical sites, such as the Estancia Túnel and Estancia Remolino. End our journey viewing the marvelous and mountainous landscape that surrounds Ushuaia city.
Day 06: Ushuaia/Calafate (Flight)
Transfer to the airport for our flight to El Calafate (not included). We are met at the airport by our local guide and transfer to our hotel. The afternoon is at leisure. (B)
Overnight: Hotel Sierra Nevada, Calafate (2 nights) (B)
Day 07: Calafate
An exciting day ahead as we enjoy a full-day tour of the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. After a drive through the National Park Los Glaciares*, we suddenly arrive in a forest full of colors and the glacier Perito Moreno. This is one of the few glaciers that is still growing. Every 4 to 5 years, it covers the gap between the mainland and itself and grows into the Lago Argentino. Eventually, the ice cannot resist the enormous pressure of the water and crashes with a frightening noise. One can watch this glacier spectacle every day as single ice blocks fall into the lake. Here we will have 2 hours to experience the glacier before driving back to Calafate. (B)
**Please Note: The excursion is shared with international travellers and accompanied by an English-speaking guide
Day 08: Calafate/Buenos Aires (Flight)
Transfer to the airport for our flight back to Buenos Aires (not included). Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. (B)
Overnight: Hotel Loi Suites Esmeralda, Buenos Aires (1 night) (B)
Day 09: Depart Buenos Aires
Today, our exciting adventure through Argentina comes to the end as we are transferred to the airport in time for our departure flight. Check out time from our hotel is 1100 hrs. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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