From the tango halls of Buenos Aires to the glacier-carved landscapes of Patagonia, Argentina will be sure to seduce you with its captivating vistas and cosmopolitan cities. Enjoy the dance of romance with a tango lesson, taste authentic Porteño flavours and discover local hole-in-the wall restaurants on a parrillada walking tour, and cruise in style among blue and white icebergs for views of impressive glaciers.

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Cruise crystalline shimmering blue lakes, view breathtaking mountain scenery and discover the awe-inspiring Perito Moreno glacier in Argentine Patagonia.

Head on a voyage of discovery and visit a traditional Estancia only accessible by boat. Get a glimpse into the traditional cowboy culture and lifestyle.

Buenos Aires dynamic neighbourhoods, rich cultural heritage and unique blend of European and Latin American influences.

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Day 1

Buenos Aires

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore this cosmopolitan city. The 'Paris of the Americas' and the birthplace of tango, Buenos Aires is a city of contrasts. The glamour and elegance of its European roots are interwoven with its undeniable Latin American essence.

Day 2

Buenos Aires

Discover this unique city with its mix of colonial architecture and European influences, on a city tour that portrays the many faces of Buenos Aires. During this tour you will be able to see the Obelisk, a national historical monument and symbol of the city, as well as Plaza de Mayo, Plaza San Martín and Plaza Alvear. Continue to the historic bohemian neighbourhood of La Boca, with its colourful buildings, cobbled streets and street performers practicing tango, and charming San Telmo, the oldest neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, known for its antiques market every Sunday. You will pass through the modern neighbourhood of Puerto Madero before continuing towards the magnificent Palermo and Recoleta, known for its impressive architecture, beautiful parks, and the famous Recoleta Cemetery.
 
This evening, learn the dance of romance with a tango lesson from the dancers of tonight's tango show. Following the lesson, enjoy a traditional tango show and delicious dinner at La Ventana. Located in the heart of San Telmo, this restored tenement is a classic of Buenos Aires culture. The tango show traces the history of the dance from its birth in the red-light districts, in the late 19th century.  You’ll also discover the diverse cultural heritage of Argentina with folkloric performances incorporating other forms of traditional Argentine music and dance including an insight into gaucho culture through their music and a demonstration of their boleadoras skills. (B)(D)

Day 3

Buenos Aires

Taste authentic Porteño flavours (a Porteño is a native of Buenos Aires) and discover local hole-in-the wall restaurants on an authentic parrillada experience where you will learn about Argentina’s culture and cuisine. Your walking tour includes three local and authentic parrillas, in some of the oldest neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires. Parrilladas are Argentine steakhouses offering the most traditional Buenos Aires cuisine. Begin at a classic parrilla, usually frequented by soccer fans, and known for its choripan. Next, you'll visit a Northern Argentine style casa de empanadas to try some of the city’s favorite handmade empanadas and a glass of Torrontes wine, before moving on to enjoy some of the best meat and service in the city at a historic and hidden parrilla, famous among locals. To complete a delightful and delicious afternoon you end up at an incredible artisanal "heladera" (ice cream shop). (B)(L)

Day 4

Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls

Fly to Iguazu Falls where you will be met and transferred to your hotel located on the Argentinian side of the falls. Comprising more than 275 waterfalls, stretching over three kilometres across and towering 100 metres high, Iguazu Falls is one of the great natural wonders of the world. Meeting at the borders of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay the falls are enclosed by Iguazu Falls National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage. The park covers a large area of tropical rainforest and is home to diverse ecosystems and a wide array of flora and fauna. (B)

Day 5

Iguazu Falls

Explore the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls, often considered among the most awe-inspiring and dramatic waterfalls in the world. The first stop will be Estacion Central, where you will board the train to Devil’s Throat station. Once there, walk for 1.2km along the footbridge to the top of the biggest waterfall, the spectacular Devil’s Throat, a u-shaped waterfall that is over 80 meters (262 feet) high. From the lookout platform perched right above, marvel at the power and beauty of this magnificent waterfall.
 
Spend the rest of the day exploring the numerous hiking trails along the upper and lower parts of Iguazu Falls. The Upper Circuit takes you along an 800m trail raised above the ground’s surface, so as not to disturb the local fauna. Along this trail you’ll you will observe the upper parts of several waterfalls including Dos Hermanas, Bossetti, Bernabe Mendez, and M'Bigua. On the Lower Circuit, follow the 1.6km trail and enjoy views from the bottom of Dos Hermanas, Alvar Nunez, San Martin, Bossetti and Penon of Bella Vista waterfalls. If you are extra adventurous, get up close to the power and noise of the water and add an optional jet boat ride that brings you right under the cascades. (B)

Day 6

Iguazu Falls - Bariloche

Fly to Bariloche via Buenos Aires. Bariloche lies on the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi and is the gateway to the Argentine Lakes District. Stretching across the Andes of Northern Patagonia, the Argentine Lakes District is known for its emerald forests, snow-capped peaks, glacier-fed lakes and meandering rivers. On arrival the remainder of the day will be at leisure to appreciate the Swiss alpine-style architecture of this charming town and soak up breathtaking views of the surrounding lakes and mountains. (B)

Day 7

Bariloche

Today you will traverse the Andes by boat across crystalline lakes surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery. Your excursion starts in Bariloche and, after a scenic ride along Ezequiel Bustillo Avenue, you arrive at Panuelo Port where you will board the catamaran and sail to Puerto Cantaros, on the western coast of Nahuel Huapi Lake. The deep blue waters of the lake are dotted with islands and are great for watersports including kayaking and rafting. The soaring peaks provide picture-postcard views and the shimmering turquoise blues of the lake make this one of the most beautiful and visited regions in Argentina. Once you disembark the catamaran, hike into the Cordillera and its Valdivian jungle to visit beautiful Los Cantaros Waterfall and Lake Cantaros. Along the way you’ll see the “alerce milenario” an impressive larch tree believed to be 1500 years old.

Next stop will be Puerto Blest where you'll have the opportunity to purchase your lunch, or you can bring a boxed lunch and enjoy it in the undercover area. The afternoon is free to enjoy the many sights; you may choose to walk the 3km through the jungle to Frias Lake, with its stunning emerald green waters or opt to travel by bus to Frias Lake (own expense). During this short excursion to Frias Lake there is an amazing view from the glacier of Mount Tronador. Choose to either hike the 3kms back through the jungle and along the Frias river to Puerto Blest, or travel back by bus. Board the catamaran to sail back to Panuelo Port, then return to your hotel. (B)

Day 8

Bariloche

Spend the day at leisure exploring Bariloche. You may choose to do an optional excursion to Cerro Tronador where you will be awed by the thunderous sound of calving glaciers; or take the chairlift to the top of Mount Campanario for beautiful views of Nahuel Huapi and Moreno lakes, San Pedro Peninsula, Victoria Island and the surrounding snow-capped mountains. (B)
 

Day 9

Bariloche - El Calafate

Fly to El Calafate, a small town set on the edge of Lake Argentino. El Calafate is the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, offering some of the most awe-inspiring glaciers of the Patagonian icefield, Los Glaciares is home to over 200 glaciers – all surrounded by pristine forests, shimmering lakes, and towering mountains, which combined create some of Patagonia’s most beautiful scenery. (B)

Day 10

El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier - El Calafate

Prepare to be awed by one of the most spectacular glaciers in the Los Glaciares National Park.

Travel from El Calafate, across the Patagonia steppe, to the entrance of Los Glaciares National Park. Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way including views of Argentino Lake, with its round bay populated by a wide variety of bird life that include swans, flamencos and more, and amazing forms of vegetation including sour cherries, lengas and flora in a variety of colours, before arriving at the World Heritage Site of Perito Moreno Glacier.

The crown jewel of Los Glaciares National Park, spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier covers more than four square kilometres and has an ice wall that soars 75 metres above the turquoise water of Argentino Lake. Explore the series of trails which lead to spectacular vantage points of the glacier and listen for the thunderous noise of ice chunks breaking off and tumbling into the water. (B)

Day 11

El Calafate - Estancia Cristina - El Calafate

Enjoy the day at a Historic Estancia (or ranch) located in the heart of Los Glaciares National Park. Accessible only by boat, glide over the waters of Lake Argentino’s Northern Arm to reach the furthest possible point of navigation in the Upsala Channel.  Enjoy an incredible panoramic view of the Upsala Glacier’s immense front before disembarking on the shores close to the Estancia. Experience the magic of the Estancia, as pure and wild as it was when first discovered as you take an exciting trek through the surrounding valley. The hike unfolds along an ecotone area, a beautiful, semi-arid place carpeted in native shrubs and grasses. Next, the walk gradually ascends to an elevated lookout point that bestows sweeping views of the valley beyond, over Lake Argentino and Lake Pearson across to the towering Andes Mountains. From here, continue on a path sloping gently uphill, surrounded by ñire trees, until you reach the highlight of this trek: Los Perros river waterfall, whose viewpoints not only bestow jaw-dropping vistas, but are also a fantastic spot for observing flowers especially orchids.

Later on, visit the Costumbrista Museum, housed in the estancia’s old shearing shed where guests can learn all about the history of the Masters family: their lives, adventures and how they became pioneers in Patagonia. Finally, a guided tour will take lucky visitors around Estancia Cristina’s estate–up to the Caterina River, the waterwheel, chapel, and rest of the lodge. (B)(L)
 

Day 12

El Calafate

Your experience comes to an end. After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in Calafate for your onward flight. (B)

Estancia Experience

2 days/1 night from $945

Overnight in a traditional Estancia, just outside of Buenos Aires, to experience traditional gaucho culture.

Inclusions: One night accommodation, all meals and return transfers from Buenos Aires.

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