Patagonia custom trips - Argentina - South America
Patagonia highlights (Valdes peninsula, ushuaia, Calafate) + Iguazú falls exploring trip
* Duration of journey: 17 days, 16 nights
* Best months to travel: October to April
* Visiting: Iguazu falls, Iguazu National Park, Puerto Madryn, Punta Tombo, Peninsula Valdes (whales, penguins, sea lions and elephants, cormorants) Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Beagle channel, Estancia Herberton, El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier, Buenos Aires
* Type of trip: discovery, exploring custom trip
* Includes: All overnights in 3*,4 or 5* hotels with breakfast included in double rooms. Private transfers from/to airports in Buenos Aires. City Tour (private service) and Tango show with transfer and dinner in Buenos Aires.In Trelew transfers and excursions in regular service. Car rental in Ushuaia (Chevrolet Vectra), 250 km/day free, insurance cover with deductible. In El Calafate transfers and excursion to Moreno glacier in private service. Boat excursion on Beagle Channel
Patagonia highlight + Iguazú falls custom, private trip itinerary:
Day 1 - Buenos Aires:
Arrival in Buenos Aires, transfer to the city center, 2 nights at 3 from 5* hotel according your selection.
Day 2 Buenos Aires
Breakfast. In the morning City tour through the township of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires is the Federal District of the Republic of Argentina and the most important cosmopolitan urban center in the country. Popularly known as the "Queen of the Río de la Plata", the city is recognized because of the varied artistic expressions that ornament and surprise tourists with various monuments, wall paintings, galleries and art museums.
The tours and excursions that show the strong cosmopolitan spirit of Buenos Aires are Caminito, Recoleta, La Boca, the Mataderos Fair, San Telmo Fair, the Botanical Garden and the Holly Land Theme Park, which is the first religious theme park in the world.
Other remarkably interesting places due to their historical value are the "Cabildo" (City Hall), the Cathedral, the City Palace, the Obelisk, Colón Theatre, the Block of the Lights and the Planetarium.
At the evening Tango show with dinner included in San Telmo.
Day 3 Buenos Aires /Iguazú
Breakfast. Transfer to the local airport and flight to Iguazú. Transfer to the 3 from 5* hotel according your selection.
Day 4 Iguazú Falls:
Breakfast. Half day excursion to the Brazilian Falls, where you will cross the Park National Iguazú of the side of Brazil. Stroll walking by different footbridges between a very exuberant vegetation allowing to see magnificent panoramic views of the jumps of the Argentine side. On your way different native animal species can be seen and a variety of birds of this forest.
Day 5 Iguazú Falls:
Breakfast. Full day excursion to the Argentinean Falls. In guaraní, Iguazú is translated like “great Waters”. They were discovered in 1541 by the advanced man Alvear Núñez Cabeza de Vaca. In 1984, UNESCO declared them like natural patrimony of the humanity.
Basically it is possible to be known through two circuits: one called“inferior” and another one called“superior”. In the inferior one it is arrived at the base of the jumps, the force of the water transformed into dew or steam ends up wetting to the visitors. In the superior one, the stroll is more sedentary. Panoramic views from the footbridges and the viewpoints make of your stay an unforgettable experience.
Day 6 Iguazú / Trelew – Puerto Madryn
Breakfast. Transfer to the local airport and flight vía Buenos Aires to Trelew. Regular transfer to Puerto Madryn located 60 km far to Trelew. 3 overnights at 3 from 5* hotel according your selection.
Day 7 Puerto Madryn
Breakfast. Full day excursion to Peninsula Valdés: From May to December this is the place where the southern right whale arrives and remains to mate and give birth. A boat cruise allows you to enjoy those animals from a very short distance. The excursion continues towards Caleta Valdés, which is the ideal habitat for sea elephants and lions. The trip continuous across the peninsula, where you can see on the shore a large number of sea animals and beside the route the peculiar fauna from Patagonia as Guanacos, Nandues, Maras and an endless number of birds in the steppe.
Day 8 Puerto Madryn
Breakfast. Full day excursion to Punta Tombo where you can find one of the biggest penguin colony of the Patagonia. Every year, with the warmer and longer days of Spring, the penguins arrive at the Patagonia coasts. You start by crossing the Patagonian steppe, watching ostriches, maras, guanacos and other wild animals, and finally you will be able to observe the rich bird life of Punta Tombo.
Day 9 Trelew / Ushuaia
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport and flight to Ushuaia. Reception of a hired car and short drive to the city. 3 overnight stays at 3 from 5* hotel according your selection. Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Located on the Beagle Channel, it takes its name - which means "bay overlooking the West"- from the yámana tongue.
Tierra del Fuego features mostly steppe landscapes but shortly before Ushuaia, an as yet unaltered nature makes its appearance, with original southern-beech forests, lakes, rivers and mountain chains.
Day 10 Ushuaia
Breakfast. In the morning excursion on yacht on the Beagle Channel to Isla Lobos (Sea Lions) and Isla de los Pájaros (where real cormorants, imperial and gulls nest and raise their pigeons), finally you will reach the legendary “Faro Les Eclaireurs” (located on one of the small barren islands being of vital importance for the boats entering Ushuaia). On your return you will pass by the island of Bridges, where you disembark and make a short walk of interpretation of flora and birds. With some luck the Darwin Chain will be visible in the background.
Duration: 4 hours on yacht.
In the afternoon, visit on your own to Tierra del Fuego National Park, down to Lapataia Bay, the end point of the long Pan Americana Highway. In this untouched and wild nature of Tierra del Fuego, you encounter countless wild geese, cormorants and other fauna in a beautiful sub-Antarctic forests that, unlike other Andean parks, are near the marine coast.
Day 11 Ushuaia
Breakfast. Visit to Estancia Harberton: built by the Anglican missionary Thomas Bridges in the XIX century, it is the oldest construction of the island and the first "estancia" (ranch).
It is located 85 km. East of Ushuaia and can be reached overland from the city or by sailing the Channel. The descendants of Mr. Bridges still run the place, which has become a site of historic interest in the province.
Beside the exploring tours on the surroundings, you can also pay a visit to the Acatushun Museum, which contains the skeletons of South-American birds and sea mammal, among other exhibitions. There is also possible to take a small boat to the Isla Martillo, the biggest penguin colony on Tierra del Fuego.
Day 12 Ushuaia / El Calafate
Breakfast. In the morning car rental at the airport and flight to El Calafate “the city of the glaciers”, located on the huge Argentino lake, next to the “cordillera andina”, being the gateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier. Transfer to the city center. 3 overnight stays at 3 from 5* hotel according your selection.
Day 13 El Calafate
Breakfast. Private excursion with driver to Moreno Glacier over the south branch of Lake Argentino. This National Park, created in 1937, involves the Patagonian Southern ice field and several glaciers. The Moreno glacier comprises 600,000 hectares in the southwestern part of Santa Cruz Province with its imposing front wall of 197 ft and 2,5 ml length. Huge ice chunks fall off the front wall and drop thundering into the Argentino Lake.
Day 14 El Calafate
Optional: Boat excursion (to be booked at the hotel the day before) to the Upsala, Onelli and Spegazzini Glaciers. Enormous ice chunks float in the water of the glacial lake. The Upsala Glacier forms a tongue of ice which is 50 km long, 10 km wide, and many hundred meters thick. You depart at 7,30 AM from El Calafate up to the Puerto Bandera pier, on Lake Argentino's North branch and depart on boat from there.
Day 15 El Calafate / Buenos Aires
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport, flight to Buenos Aires. Private transfer to the hotel.
Day 16 Buenos Aires
Breakfast. Day free of activities.
Breakfast. Transfer to the international airport, departure flight.
Includes: All overnights in 3*,4 or 5* hotels with breakfast included in double rooms.
Private transfers from/to airports in Buenos Aires.
City Tour (private service) and Tango show with transfer and dinner in Buenos Aires.
In Trelew transfers and excursions in regular service.
Car rental in Ushuaia (Chevrolet Vectra), 250 km/day free, insurance cover with deductible.
In El Calafate transfers and excursion to Moreno glacier in private service.
Boat excursion on Beagle Channel.
Not Included: Meals: about U$D 40 per person/day.
Park entrance fees: all parks included U$D /95 per person approximately.
Boat excursion on Argentino lake.
Airport taxes: Ezeiza U$D 18; Trelew U$D 4; Ushuaia U$D 4 and Calafate U$D 6.
Travel and medical insurance.
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Comfortable informal clothes, wind jacket, sweat or polar, Trekking boots, solar protection, sunglasses, hut and gloves.
Cellular phones do not have signal during the tour. There are public phones at Comodoro Rivadavia, Perito Moreno , El Chalten and El Calafate.
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