Argentina

Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls, and Bariloche's beautiful Lake District are all on the menu on dynamic journey.

Country Information

Argentina

Argentina Enrichment Series

(Countries Visited)

Argentina


(Interest Type(s))

Adventure Travel


(Tour Length)

11 Days


Tour Highlights

Starting at: $6,490
  • Enjoy vivacious Buenos Aires, a city with rich cultural traditions, from the creation of the tango, to its eccentric neighborhoods, to its colonial treasures
  • From the Argentina side, see the horseshoe-shaped, two-mile-wide curtain of water that makes up Iguassu Falls
  • Take in the beautiful landscapes and villages of Bariloche in Argentina’s Lake District
  • Experience the Grand Circuit that encompasses the Nahuel Huapi National Park on a scenery-packed day complemented by a gourmet picnic lunch
  • Learn about Argentina’s wine industry through private visits to several of the region’s noted vineyards

Day 1:  Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina
Welcome to Argentina.  Upon arrival, you will be met by your Big Five Argentina representative and transferred to your hotel.  For your convenience, you have been pre-registered in order to allow you to have immediate access to your room.  The capital city offers something for everyone: sophisticated European-style architecture, parks and broad boulevards, pulsating tango nightlife, and unique local neighborhoods of great character and charm.  This afternoon, you’ll enjoy a half-day tour of one of the largest urban concentrations in the Southern Hemisphere.  This tour starts at the historical Plaza de Mayo surrounded by the Government House (Pink House), the Metropolitan Cathedral and the ancient City-Hall, seat of the former Spanish Viceroys.  Continue along May Avenue, an area of strong Spanish influence, to Congress Square facing the National Parliament.  Drive along Callao Street to the intersection with lively Corrientes Avenue.  Here, you’ll see the most emblematic symbol of Buenos Aires, the Obelisk, the famous Colon Opera House, and one of the widest avenues in the world, 9 of July Boulevard.  Travel to one of the most fashionable districts of the city, Recoleta, noted for its French charm, spacious Palermo Parks, and for the cemetery where Evita Peron and other prominent citizens are buried.  Take in the eccentric, bohemian neighborhood of La Boca, established by Italian immigrants.  Park Hyatt Buenos Aires–  Park Deluxe King Room

Day 2:  Buenos Aires
Depart on a full-day excursion to a typical Argentinean estancia.  El Rosario del Areco, about 71 miles from Buenos Aires, is a this typical colonial farmhouse that has been completely refurnished with distinct family atmosphere.  The main house, built in 1892, is surrounded by a park that includes stables, two swimming pools, and more.  After arriving at the estancia, sample the delicious empanadas, traditional meat pastries, which are either oven-baked or deep fried.  You may stroll the grounds, enjoy a horseback or horse-and-carriage ride.  The famous Argentine gauchos have developed a riding style over the centuries that makes comfort the main priority because they spend many hours in the saddle.  The very pace of the horse itself is gentle, with a particular easy loping canter which both horse and rider can keep up for hours if necessary.  After a short drive, lunch is served on long trestle tables where everybody enjoys the famous asado with tasty beef and ribs roasted slowly over a charcoal or wood fire, preceded by chorizo sausages or morcilla (black sausage) served with Argentine wines.  After this relaxing day in the countryside, return to Buenos Aires and your hotel.  Park Hyatt Buenos Aires –  Park Deluxe King Room (B,L)

Day 3:  Buenos Aires
The day is at leisure for you to enjoy the city's distinguished museums or world-class shopping.  An array of optional tours is available that can easily be arranged locally through our representatives.  We recommend a half-day tour to the Tigre Delta.  Tigre is an exclusive resort of summer residences, yachting and rowing clubs.  Here you can enjoy a boat ride on the rivers and streams of the Parana-Delta to view hundreds of islands covered in luxuriant vegetation.  Enjoy an evening of dinner and tango show, the sensual music and dance for which Argentina is famous.  In Buenos Aires, towards the end of the 19th century, tango evolved from the mixture of local and imported influences.  In the neighborhood of Abasto, Argentina’s undisputed tango idol of the late 1800s, Carlos Gardel, lived and danced.  Here, too, the restaurant “El Chanta Cuatro,” which opened in 1893, became famous for its tango dancers.  More than a century later, people still come here to learn and to watch tango.  Enjoy dinner and an evening of tango at the Art Noveau room that harks back to the luxurious salons of that era.  Park Hyatt Buenos Aires –  Park Deluxe King Room (B,D)

Day 4:  Buenos Aires / Iguassu Falls
You transfer to the airport to fly to the phenomenal Iguassu Falls.  You are met on arrival and transferred to your hotel.  Long before the Spanish reached South America’s greatest waterfall in 1541, the local Indians had named it Iguaçu, great waters.  A fitting description of these falls - all 275 of them!  The two-mile wide curtain of water crashing 300 feet over a series of precipices into a spray-filled gorge ranks among one of the peak experiences of South America.  Explore the falls from the Argentine side that has a visitor center that features a patio with restaurants, souvenir shops, an amphitheatre and a space dedicated to the park´s ecosystem.  The entrance fee includes two train tickets and a boat ride that crosses over to the San Martin Island.  There is also an exhibition, in Spanish only, about the history of indigenous people of this region.  The train terminal is at Central Station, some 400 meters away from the main gate.  Here is where the first leg starts – you can either ride the train or take a 20-minute walk along Sendero Verde (green trail).  Either way, you reach Cataratas Station, the starting point to the Upper Circuit.  The Upper Circuit is a half-hour walk along a 1200-meter trail – with low degree of difficulty and no stairs – that goes deep into the jungle, where you encounter breathtaking views of the falls.  You will have much closer views at the different observation points toward the end of the trail.  The Lower Circuit requires more physical effort because of its stairs, but it can be done if you take it slowly, resting at the different viewpoints.  On this trail, you will also walk deep into the jungle, crossing streams.  The Lower Circuit goes all the way down to the river, where the boat crosses over to San Martin Island.  On the way down, balconies offer marvelous bottom-up views of the falls.  Please note: If you have any physical impairment, do not attempt this last section. The second leg of the train ride leaves from Cataratas Station and goes to Garganta del Diablo Station, a small area with refreshments and restrooms.  The trail goes across several branches of the upper Iguazu River, deep into the rainforest.  Visitors see a variety of birdlife such as the amazing toucans.  Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s throat) is a 70-meter-deep pot where several branches of the Iguazu River converge, causing a violent rush of water.  A balcony set up at the border allows tourists to enjoy this amazing experience.  Sheraton Iguazú Resort & Spa – Falls View Room (B)

Day 5:  Iguassu Falls / Buenos Aires / Bariloche
The morning is at leisure to explore the area further on your own.  In the afternoon, you transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, where you connect with your flight to Bariloche in the Argentine Lake District.  On arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel.  The balance of the day is at leisure to settle in or look around this town which echoes of Swiss villages.  El Casco Art Hotel – Nahuel Studio Room (B)

Day 6:  Bariloche
Today, you enjoy the Grand Circuit, one of the most extensive excursions you can take in The Nahuel Huapi National Park.  The featured attractions of this trip include a visit to El Valle Encantado (the Enchanted Valley), where the wind, together with the earth and the passage of time, has crafted unforgettable figures in the ancient rocks.  You'll see God's Finger, The Guard, and the Express Train, among other features.  In Villa La Angostura, see the Correntoso and Espejo Lakes.  Travel along the lake’s edge and upwards to Villa Traful, a town surrounded by forests, waterfalls and mountains perfect for hiking and horseback riding.  Navigate along the enormous Lake Nahuel Huapi until you arrive at the Quetrihue Peninsula, where you'll find The Bosque de Arrayanes (The Myrtle Forest).  These myrtle trees rarely grow in cold weather climates and are a highlight of this region.  Enjoy this scenery-packed day complemented by a gourmet picnic lunch.  El Casco Art Hotel – Nahuel Studio Room (B,L)

Day 7:  Bariloche
You have the day at leisure to enjoy your hotel and explore the surrounding area as you wish.  Optional activities include mountain biking, hiking excursions, fly fishing, rafting, horseback riding, and nautical sport programs.  Activities and optional tours may be arranged locally at an additional cost.      El Casco Art Hotel – Nahuel Studio Room (B)

Day 8:  Bariloche / Mendoza
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Mendoza.  Upon arrival in Mendoza, you are met and transferred to Cavas Wine Lodge, a unique lodge at the foothills of the Andes and an ideal base to explore Argentina’s exceptional winelands.  Wine lovers and those seeking a relaxing getaway love Cavas Wine Lodge.  Mendoza's sun-kissed vineyards, winery tours and mountain vistas rival Napa (California) and Stellenbosch (South Africa).  But for years, the Andean province lacked fine food and high-end hotels.  Since opening in September 2005, Cavas Wine Lodge has consummately filled both those gaps.  Although just 20 minutes' drive from downtown Mendoza, it’s located in a tranquil, 14-hectare vineyard with a horizon of year-round snowy peaks.  Owners Martín Rigal and Cecilia Diaz Chuit encourage their guests to savor the wine with its underground cellar stacked with dozens of Argentina's most notable labels.  Locally produced olive oils, herbs and spices enrich the kitchen's quite exceptional output and there are wine-therapy treatments available in the modest spa.  The casco, or main house, remains faithful to Spanish colonial traditions.  Sunlight floods into the cavernous sitting room and lobby, where guests can play the Schiedmayer & Soehne grand piano.  Each room is actually a 90-square-meter adobe-walled apartment positioned among the vines.  Inside, a sitting room, discreetly equipped with flat-screen TV, CD/DVD player, cordless phone and Wi-Fi, leads to a bedroom and a bathroom with twin basins, a stand-alone bath and separate shower.  Each apartment opens on to its own Andes-facing patio with plunge pool; on the roof, a chill-out mattress provides 360-degree views of the bodega.  Cavas Wine Lodge – Deluxe Room (B,D)

Days 9-10:  Mendoza
Your stay at Cavas Wine Lodge includes private visits to wineries in the area such as Catena Zapata, Chandon, Achaval Ferrer, Altavista, Dominio del Plata, Susana Balbo, Fabre Montmayou, Dolium, Ruca Malen, Chakana, Norton, Terrazas, Séptima, Eduardo Pulenta, Sottano and Carlos Pulenta Vistalba.  There is also an optional day of sports: white water rafting, 18 holes of golf on nearby courses, biking, horse-back rides in the Andes or sightseeing and cultural tours.  Each day, lunch is included in the vineyards, inside a winery or a restaurant.  For dinner, you may choose from the “a la carte menu” in participating restaurants, with the liberty to dine at six different restaurants in Mendoza: Cavas Wine Lodge, La Bourgogne Vistalba, at Carlos Pulenta’s new winery, Francis Mallmann’s 1884 inside Bodega Escorihuela, Club Tapiz from well known chef Max Casá or Bistro M at Park Hyatt Mendoza.  Beverages are not included with lunches or dinners.  There is complimentary access to the fitness center, outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and relax area.  Cavas Wine Lodge (B,L,D)

DAY 11:  Mendoza / Buenos Aires / Depart
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires.  Upon arrival you will be transferred to Ezeiza’s international airport for your departure flight.  (B)

Land price, per person, double occupancy:  Starting from $6490

Internal Airfare (subject to change until ticketed):  $1330

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