Argentina

Best of Argentina - 11 Days

Visit the highlights from the mountains to the wine regions of Mendoza

Best of Argentina - 11 Days

Visit the highlights from the mountains to the wine regions of Mendoza

Experience the best of Argentina, on this 11 day trip with the perfect mix of adventure, lively cultural cities and some of the best wine in the world.

HIGHLIGHTS:​

  • Traditional “parrilla” BBQ and Tango in Buenos Aires
  • Trek to Laguna de los Tres at the base of Fitz Roy
  • Ice Trek on Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Explore Los Glaciares NP
  • Horseback riding Maipú region
  • Bike through the world-renowned wineries of Mendoza

Trip ITINERARY

Day 1: Buenos Aires

Upon arrival, you will be transferred (private service) to the city and you will have the rest of the day to enjoy at your own pace.

Buenos Aires is a marvelous, furious, cosmopolitan city, full of plenty of colors and different kinds of architecture. Capital of Argentina and described as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires proudly embraces this title, as well as showing off plenty of its own culture! Argentines are usually eager to host visitors: if you walk the streets with a map, someone will surely stop and ask if you need directions. That’s our spirit! So, for this first day, be free to wander the cobblestone streets lined with outdoor cafes, enjoy the mouthwatering aroma of prized Argentine beef sizzling on an open “parrilla” (barbecue), and browse the local antique and artisan markets that offer plenty of bargain shopping. And to travel deeper and have a firm grip of the Argentine spirit, find the perfect leather jacket or handbag (Buenos Aires is home to some excellent local designers) and explore the colorful Palermo Soho neighborhoods.

- Bilingual guide assistance during transfer

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel


Day 2: Buenos Aires

Half Day City Tour

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel (shared service) to enjoy our traditional Buenos Aires city tour.

You will be swept away by the highlights of our beloved Buenos Aires. Over the course of a half day you will have the chance to visit the historical and political center of the city around May Square (Plaza de Mayo) and the Pink House (the presidential house). San Telmo with its cobblestone streets and the oldest residential neighborhood and La Boca where Buenos Aires turns colorful and tango is ever present: come to walk Caminito street and dance with the locals. The next stop: Puerto Madero where the city gets modernized, Retiro where the cutting-edge Kavanagh building rises like the guardian of the neighborhood. Continue to the largest neighborhood in Buenos Aires: Palermo, which is divided in 3 main sections (Palermo Viejo, Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood). This tour will end at the chic and aristocratic Recoleta, where the big palaces remind us that Buenos Aires was once the “Paris of the South”. Discover the final resting place of Eva Perón, “Evita” and wander through Recoleta Cemetery where she is to be found.

At the end of the tour you will be driven back to your hotel (shared service).

Duration: 3 hours.

Included:

- Transportation mentioned above

- Bilingual guide assistance during excursion

Dinner & Tango Show

In the evening you will be picked up from your hotel (shared service) to be driven to a mystical place where you’ll discover one of our most ancient traditions.

Tango is more than our national dance. Tango is: our immigrant origins, the talent of our local artists, the sensuality of the Argentine woman and our way to deal with a broken heart, dancing our way through tragical and yet eternal love stories. Tonight you will enjoy a professional display of tango and music with a group of local artists onstage immersed in an elegant and alluring place. The manners, ambience, clothes and dance steps which tango lovers used to practice 100 years ago will come to life again and you will travel in time for a night. This spectacular 3-4 hour long demonstration of the finest local dancing will be accompanied by delicious Argentine and international cuisine. Dinner is à la carte, beverages included so you can lose yourself in the ethereal taste of Malbec wine.

At the end of the evening, around midnight, you will be driven back to your hotel (shared service), fully in love with the bohemian spirit of our beloved Buenos Aires.


Duration: 3-4 hours.

Included: transportation mentioned above

Note: formal dress is not required

Meals Included: Dinner

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Day 3: Buenos Aires to El Calafate

At the appropriate time you will be transferred (private service) to the domestic airport to take your flight to El Calafate.

- Guide assistance during transfer

Welcome to Southern Patagonia!

Today, Southern Patagonia welcomes you with open arms. El Calafate is a starting point for adventure travelers who desire to unearth the most spellbinding natural wonders of Patagonia, like the Perito Moreno Glacier.

The Perito Moreno glacier is one of the only glaciers in the world that’s still advancing. Though it’s not the only glacier in the area, it's the one that made the city of El Calafate famous worldwide. For many years now, El Calafate has been considered capital of the glaciers. Located at the shore of Lago Argentino (the southernmost, largest Patagonian lake) it’s also the home of the Spegazzini glacier, which forms the natural border between Argentina and Chile, and the Upsala glacier, named Glaciar del Gigante (Giant’s glacier) It's discovery was the biggest glacier to sit at the mouth of Lake Argentino.

Is El Calafate all about the glaciers? Well, yes and no…glaciers are the main attractions that you can visit via hiking or a boat ride but you have a lot more to discover about Argentine rural culture. From Calafate, you can also visit a typical Patagonian finca (ranch) and learn all about the gaucho (cowboy) culture and enjoy a great asado (barbecue). You’ll soon realize that Calafate offers more than just being the gateway to the Perito Moreno glacier.

Upon arrival, you will be taken to the hotel, where you will have the rest of the day to relax or explore the surroundings.


Meals Included: Breakfast

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Day 4: El Calafate

Full Day Minitrekking: Hiking on the Perito Moreno Glacier

A breathtaking adventure in the ice world of Patagonia; experience the iconic glacier up-close by walking on the surface of the ice itself! The adventure begins by navigating along the towering facade, followed by disembarkation on the opposite shore. Walk along the lateral side until ascending onto the ice in a two hours moderate circuit that introduces you to the fascinating glacial landscape with its streams, small lagoons, crevasses and sculptural ice formations of the most incredible shades of blue. Truly a once in a lifetime experience!

Duration: Full Day

Not Included: Box lunch, entrances to the National Park.

What to bring: Sunglasses / sunblock / gloves / hat / raincoat / hiking boots / small backpack.

Note: excursion allowed only for passengers from 10 years old to 65 years old. No exceptions. Not allowed for pregnant women, overweight people or any type of disability.


Inclusions:

National park Los Glaciares entrance

Meals Included: Breakfast

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Day 5: El Calafate to El Chalten

During the morning you we’ll pick you up at your hotel in a minivan to start your 3 hour long trip to El Chaltén (shared service).

You’ll travel along the famous Route 40, surrounded by the Patagonian steppe, pass through La Leona River, which connects Lake Argentino and Lake Viedma and La Leona Road house, where famous thieves Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid hid out for a month.

After discovering other rough gems of this particular landscape, you’ll reach El Chaltén.

El Chaltén is the top rated hiking destination in Argentina. This charming little village sits at the foot of Fitz Roy Mountain, it’s surrounded by glaciers, lakes, rivers and forests. It’s also the starting point for most hiking trails. A paradise to take leisurely strolls amidst the sun.

Enjoy your first afternoon of leisure in Patagonia by relaxing in the local brewery or explore the surrounding areas—Maybe take a stroll around a little waterfall…

Duration: 3 hours

Included:

Transportation mentioned above

Note: bare in mind that the luggage should be equivalent to a bag up to 20kg, or a backpack 60/70 liters, plus the backpack hand. Excess baggage will pay an extra charge.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Day 6: El Chalten: Laguna de los Tres

The classic, spectacular and unforgettable trek of the region. A trek that takes you past some impressive scenery and through forests until you arrive at the mystical Mount Fitz Roy; admiring lagoons of different shades of blue, imposing glaciers and campgrounds visited by famous international climbers.

Trek Details:

Length: 8/9 hours

Grade of difficulty: Moderate

Experience required: Fit, no trekking experience required

Season: All year round, depending on the winter, shorter treks may be necessary, this will be decided by the guide.

Group size: 1 Guide : 15 Person

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Box

Day 7: El Chalten

Day at leisure or trekking day. If you enjoyed the Laguna de los Tres trek and still have energy, you might want to try Laguna Torre trekking today! You can do this self guided or we can arrange a guide for you on request.

Day 8: El Chalten to Mendoza

At appropriate time, you will have your transfer back to El Calafate Airport (shared service).

Welcome to Mendoza!

Argentina’s main wine region and heartland of Malbec grape, has also impressive mountains (like Aconcagua, climbers world known summit), outdoor sports (adventurous rafting) and breathtaking landscapes.

Upon arrival, you will be taken to your hotel. Private service.

Included:

Meals Included: Breakfast

Accommodation: 3 Star hotel

Note: Baggage allowance maximum weight 23 kg (60/70 liters) plus the hand luggage. Excess baggage charges will apply.

Day 9: Mendoza - Bike the Vineyards

At appropriate time you will have a private transfer to Chacras de Coria where your bike tour will begin.


Half Day Bike & Wine - Chacras de Coria

Explore Mendoza’s Wine Road by bicycle, visiting some of the most important wineries in the area. Learn about the production facilities, the different styles of wine-making, the gastronomy and enjoy a great wine tasting.

Chacras de Coria is part of Lujan de Cuyo, only 15 minutes from the city centre, it is known for its country houses, tree-lined streets, fine restaurants and world renowned bodegas. This quaint, picturesque town is the perfect place to enjoy a captivating wine experience.

The tour starts at 09.00am, accompanied by a guide, leave the city behind and head south towards the region known as the Cradle of Malbec. Set amongst gentle hills and overlooked By America’s highest mountains Chacras de Coria - Lujan de Cuyo is one of Mendoza’s main attractions. Shortly after leaving the city, we join Chacras’s winding road, following the famous curves until we arrive at the main square.

After a safety briefing, begin the journey cycling along the Wine Road which will lead you to some of Argentina’s most prestigious wineries.

At the end of tour, return to Mendoza City.

Included:

Includes: Private transfer, Equipment: Mountain Bikes (Trek) & helmets, Snacks, Bilingual guide throughout service, Support vehicle in case of unforeseen disruptions, First aid kit.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Snack

Accommodation: 3 Star hotel

Day 10: Mendoza: Horseback Riding > Buenos Aires

Half Day Horseback Riding Salto (shared):

In the morning we will begin our trip to El Salto, in Potrerillos, 30 minutes away from Mendoza City.

As soon as we arrive to this Andean shire, we will be greeted in the stable to start a 2 hour horseback ride. Once there, we’ll go inside the heart of the mountains where we’ll get wonderful views of the Cordón del Plata in the Andes Range. From this spot we will return to the base nearby Potrerillos lake and enjoy some free time at the base. Here, you’ll have time to lunch until your trip back to Mendoza.

At appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport (private service).

Upon arrival to Buenos Aires you will be transferred to your hotel (private service).


Meals Included: Breakfast

Accommodation: 3 Star hotel

Day 11: Buenos Aires - Departure

At the appropriate time you will be transferred to the international airport (private service) for your flight back home, ¡buen viaje!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Additional Trip Info

  • 2 nights in Mendoza
  • 3 nights in El Chalten
  • 2 nights in El Calafate
  • 2 nights in Buenos Aires
  • Transfers & Meals mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tours described in the itinerary.
  • Bilingual guide (English/Spanish).
  • Park Entrance & Fees

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