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: $6,790
  • 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. Hub Porteño Hotel Boutique

Day 2:  Buenos Aires
Depart on a full-day excursion to a typical Argentinean estancia. El Ombú de Areco, a historical estancia (ranch) just over an hour's drive from downtown Buenos Aires, is located in San Antonio de Areco, birthplace of the gaucho tradition. The late colonial-style mansion, built in 1880 by Lieutenant General Pablo Riccheri, offers visitors a magnificent setting for an unforgettable day out. The main house is surrounded by a covered gallery typical of the late-colonial period, with a richly tiled floor and cascading steps that lead to gardens of the park. Presiding majestically over the park is the estancia's namesake, the great ombú (Phytolacca dioca), a plant as characteristic of the pampas as the baobab is of the African savanna. Here gauchos have been hitching their horses to the estancia's main ombú for over a hundred years. Centennial oaks, araucarias (monkey-puzzle trees), palms, eucalyptus, casuarinas and magnolias adorn the four-hectare (ten-acre) park, tempting guests to stroll about and enjoy the scent of gardenias, roses and lime trees. The park and surrounding ranch land, with its natural lagoons and small water courses running to the Areco River, offer a rich habitat to a large proportion of Argentina's 1,000 bird species. Explore the 750 acre estancia on foot or, accompanied by seasoned gauchos, on horseback. Horse-drawn carriages are also available. Learn about some of the thousand species of Argentinean birds with the use of the estancia’s binoculars and guidebooks. Twenty kilometers from the estancia sits historic San Antonio de Areco, a picturesque pampas pueblo, with its museums, such as the famous Ricardo Güiraldes Gaucho Museum, silversmiths, leather craftsmen, and wood workshops, a delightful little chocolate factory, and frequent country auctions, all of which serve to keep alive the traditions of the gaucho culture.  Enjoy a delicious asado (barbecue) served with fine Argentine wines. Transfer back to Buenos Aires late afternoon.   Hub Porteño Hotel Boutique (B,L)

Day 3:  Buenos Aires
“It takes two to Tango”... so the saying goes, which shows you just how popular and widespread this dance has become. The tango is a city dance, native to the city of Buenos Aires, so where else should we go to learn and enjoy it?  This unique afternoon tango tour traces the life of the most prominent figure in the history of tango: Carlos Gardel. You will be guided to the city’s typical tango spots and stop for a coffee at traditional Café Tortoni. The excursion ends with a tango lesson lead by professional tango dancers. Discover the culture and passion for tango with all the magic and charm of the dance! Note: Dancers must make sure to pack a pair of shoes without rubber soles to ensure smooth gliding across the dance floor. This evening, enjoy the popular Rojo Tango Show.  Love, passion, madness, glamour...Rojo Tango is a show of international standing in which history becomes legend. Hub Porteño Hotel Boutique (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 (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.  Aldebaran hotel Bariloche (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. Aldebaran hotel Bariloche (B)

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. Aldebaran hotel Bariloche (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 endoza.  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 $6790

Internal Airfare (subject to change until ticketed):  $1100

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