A truly diverse trip, from barren Northern Patagonia to the lush wetlands of Ibera
Experience a captivating Argentinean odyssey with a curated tour spanning Buenos Aires, the Valdes Peninsula in Northern Patagonia, the Ibera Wetlands, and the spectacular Iguazu Falls.
Begin your journey in the cultural heartbeat of Buenos Aires, Argentina's dynamic capital and a city that captivates with its fusion of European elegance and Latin American vibrancy. Known as the "Paris of South America," it boasts distinct neighbourhoods, each telling a unique story, from the historic charm of San Telmo to the trendsetting atmosphere of Palermo.
Venture south to Peninsula Valdes in Northern Patagonia for a wildlife safari, unveiling sea lions, elephant seals, and orcas in their natural habitat. Depending on the time of year, visit a penguin colony and watch out for whales.
Experience the grandeur of Iguazu Falls, where a safari boat ride provides an up-close encounter with the breathtaking falls. This diverse tour seamlessly blends cultural exploration with thrilling wildlife encounters, promising an enriching and unforgettable adventure through the diverse landscapes of Argentina.
Finally, nestled in the northeast of Argentina, the Ibera Wetlands beckon with untamed beauty, revealing a vast mosaic of ecosystems that shape pristine landscapes and a vibrant tapestry of wildlife. This expansive region encompasses marshes, lagoons, swamps, and wetlands and provides a sanctuary for capybaras, marsh deer, caimans, howler monkeys, and over 350 bird species, making it a paradise for birdwatchers.
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Day 1: Holiday time!
Depart your chosen airport for the overnight flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Day 2: Welcome to Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina
Day 3: Explore Buenos Aires
Get ready for an immersive half-day adventure with your knowledgeable local guide as you delve into the cultural tapestry of Buenos Aires. Our carefully curated itinerary promises a journey through the city's most iconic landmarks, ensuring a captivating exploration of its history, politics, and vibrant neighbourhoods. Highlights include the Plaza de Mayo and the charming cobblestone streets of San Telmo, the renowned tango district. Visit Recoleta, one of Buenos Aires' most exclusive neighbourhoods. Wander through its upscale streets, passing elegant cafes and restaurants and visit the renowned Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of the iconic Eva Peron.
In the evening enjoy a captivating tango show at La Ventana with a delicious Argentina dinner.
Day 4: Head south to Peninsula Valdes
Embark on the next leg of your Argentinean adventure as you take a short flight from the bustling metropolis of Buenos Aires to Trelew, a gateway to the natural wonders of Peninsula Valdes. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred to the charming coastal town of Puerto Madryn.
Nestled on the shores of Golfo Nuevo in Northern Patagonia, Puerto Madryn is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Your accommodation, the Dazzler Hotel Puerto Madryn, stands as a beacon of comfort and sophistication, offering breathtaking views of the pristine coastline.
Day 5: Peninsula Valdes
Explore the extraordinary Protected Area Peninsula Valdés, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. Our adventure begins with a one-hour drive to the Carlos Ameghino Visitor Centre where you will gain a deeper understanding of the unique ecosystems that make Peninsula Valdés a globally recognised treasure.
Continuing our journey, we'll arrive at the picturesque Estancia San Lorenzo, a traditional Patagonian sheep farm that also happens to be home to the world's largest Magellan penguin colony. Take in the charming ambiance of this historic estancia as you explore its grounds and enjoy a mouth watering Patagonian lamb BBQ for lunch. After savouring the flavours of Patagonia, we'll head to the phenomenal penguin rookery, just 4 miles from the farmhouse. Prepare to be enchanted as you witness these charismatic creatures in their natural habitat.
At the Punta Norte Wildlife Reserve, the wonders of the Southern Sea come to life. Depending on the time of year, we may have the incredible opportunity to observe Southern Sea lions, Southern Elephant seals, and, if we're particularly lucky, even Orcas. As we journey back to Puerto Madryn, keep your eyes peeled for encounters with the local wildlife that populates this rugged landscape. From guanacos and rheas to foxes, cavies, armadillos, and skunks, the journey promises glimpses of the diverse fauna that thrives in this unique corner of Patagonia.
Day 6: Iguazu Falls, Argentina
On arrival in Iguazu Falls, your guide will transfer you to the Mercure Iguazu Hotel Iru, your accommodation in Iguazu on the Argentinean side nestled within the Iraypu Jungle.
Day 7: Majestic Iguazu Falls
Following breakfast, depart the hotel towards the Iguazú National Park, situated approximately 20 km from the city. This remarkable destination has earned the prestigious status of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was recently honoured as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
The Upper Trail awaits offers a magnificent panoramic view of the Falls and the Iguazú River Delta. Immerse yourself in the native flora, listen to the melodies of local birds, and, if fortune smiles upon us, catch a glimpse of the famous caí monkeys or the bustling groups of coatis, known for their familial movements.
End the day with the Gran Aventura, a shared boat ride that promises an up-close encounter with the power and beauty of Iguazu Falls. This exciting excursion ensures you witness the falls from various perspectives, creating memories of this natural wonder that will last a lifetime.
Day 8: Iguazu Falls, Brazil & La Lorenza
Accompanied by a knowledgeable bird guide with binoculars and a telescope, take a captivating walk through the jungle and surrounding roads of La Lorenza in search of the area's most emblematic birds. La Lorenza boasts a remarkable bird diversity, with over 300 species recorded. Among the frequent sightings are the yellow-crested woodpecker, robust woodpecker, friendly orange dancer, territorial crested hummingbird, scarlet-breasted yacutoro, various species of fruit trees, tanagers, climbers, and more.
The Brazil National Park offers a half-day tour with a single walkway of 1,200 metres. Crossing the "Tancredo Neves" International Bridge into Brazil, you'll cover about 20 km (12 miles) to reach the Park's Visitors Centre. The walkway offers a stunning panoramic view of the Argentinian falls from a distance as you traverse the lush rainforest.
Day 9: Transfer to the Ibera Wetlands
Your guide will be waiting for you at your hotel to accompany you on a scenic journey to Puerto Valle in the Ibera Wetlands. This picturesque journey takes you through the lush landscapes of Argentina with the option to make a stop at the Jesuitic Ruins of San Ignacio, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The sprawling Iberá Wetlands, define this region and constitute a vital part of the estuary of the Iberá ecoregion. Your luxurious retreat, Puerto Valle, is strategically located in the northwest end of the National Park, offering an exclusive gateway to the wonders of Iberá. Nestled along the shores of Laguna Valle, Puerto Valle provides a private access point to this pristine lagoon, allowing you to immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the surroundings.
Your stay at Puerto Valle promises an immersive experience in the heart of nature, with opportunities for wildlife observation and eco-friendly adventures through lush landscapes and pristine waters.
Day 10 & 11: Activities in the Ibera Wetlands
Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Puerto Valle with a range of included activities that showcase the beauty of Esteros del Iberá, the Paraná River, and the surrounding Estancia. Whether you're cruising along the Paraná River, embarking on a captivating photo safari, paddling through serene waters on kayak trips, exploring the landscape on horseback, or venturing on a safari trip through Iberá National Park, each experience promises to connect you with the rich biodiversity of the region.
Don't miss the chance to capture the magic of the red macaw reintroduction at the Cambyretá Portal, a unique opportunity for photography enthusiasts. Your time at Puerto Valle is a seamless blend of exploration, adventure, and a deep connection to the natural wonders of northern Argentina.
Day 12: Return to Buenos Aires
After your adventures immersed in the wildlife of northern Argentina, return to Buenos Aires for your final night in this captivating city. The Mio Buenos Aires is a charming refuge away from the hustle and bustle.
Day 13: Depart Buenos Aires
Transfer to Buenos Aires airport for you departure flight.
Duration: 13 days
Location: Argentina Holidays, South and Central America Holidays
From £5,370pp based on two people sharing, excluding international flights.
The trip includes all accommodations and activities specified above. Rooms and meals are as follows:
2 nights at the Mine Hotel – Classic Room, breakfast included.
2 nights at Dazzler Hotel Puerto Madryn – Sea View Room, breakfast included.
3 nights at Puerto Valle - Casco Room, all meals and activities included
3 nights at Mercure Iguazu Hotel Iru – Standard Room, breakfast included.
1 night at Mio Buenos Aires - Executive Room, breakfast included
All transfers, domestic flights within Argentina, guides and other fees where stated as included.
This trip excludes:
International flights to /from Buenos Aires
Meals not mentioned as included.
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When to go
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The nation basks in sun-drenched days and balmy temperatures. This is prime time to explore Patagonia's pristine beauty, hike through national parks, and encounter awe-inspiring glaciers. Mar del Plata's coastal allure beckons with inviting beaches. The Andes thrill adventure seekers with hiking, mountain biking, and climbing. Urban centers like Buenos Aires offer bustling districts, outdoor dining, and cultural events. Argentina in January is brimming with energy and endless possibilities.
February brings warmth and sunshine to Argentina. The grape harvest fills Mendoza and Salta's air with the scent of ripening fruit.
March brings a delightful ambiance to Argentina with warm temperatures and abundant sunshine. It's an excellent time to explore the renowned wine regions of Mendoza and Salta as the grape harvest takes place, filling the air with the intoxicating aroma of ripening fruit. The northern provinces showcase autumn's beauty with stunning landscapes, while Iguazú Falls captivate with enhanced water levels, creating a truly unforgettable experience. Argentina in March offers a perfect blend of outdoor adventures and natural wonders to explore.
April graces Argentina with comfortable temperatures and a gentle transition into autumn. The vibrant capital, Buenos Aires, is perfect for leisurely strolls through enchanting neighborhoods and exploring its rich cultural scene. Northwestern provinces like Salta and Jujuy come alive with a tapestry of changing colours, ideal for savouring renowned wine regions and vineyard tours. Patagonia's cooling weather sets the stage for outdoor activities amidst a breathtaking display of reds, oranges, and golds.
May offer pleasant temperatures as autumn arrives. Buenos Aires reveals enchanting neighborhoods and cultural treasures. Northwestern provinces burst into a tapestry of colors—ideal for exploring renowned wine regions. Patagonia's cooling temperatures set the stage for picturesque hikes amidst reds, oranges, and golds.
Winter descends in June, enticing snow sports enthusiasts to Andean ski resorts like Bariloche and Las Leñas. Patagonia transforms into a winter wonderland for exhilarating hikes. In Buenos Aires, indoor experiences like museums and tango shows thrive.
In July, Argentina embraces a chilly atmosphere as winter takes hold. Cooler temperatures make it a prime time for winter activities. Ski resorts in the Andes, like Bariloche and Las Leñas, attract snow sports enthusiasts. Patagonia transforms into a captivating winter wonderland, inviting visitors to exhilarating winter hikes amidst snowy landscapes. Buenos Aires offers indoor experiences with cultural events, museums, and tango shows.
August and September maintain winter in the south, offering skiing and whale migration views. Spring blooms in parks and gardens in Buenos Aires.
September brings a transitional charm to Argentina's weather as the country emerges from winter. As spring takes hold, temperatures begin to rise, and the landscapes start to awaken with new life. Buenos Aires and other urban centers offer a pleasant atmosphere for outdoor strolls and cultural excursions. Wildlife enthusiasts can witness the impressive southern right whale migration along the Atlantic coast.
October brings vibrant landscapes and pleasant temperatures. Vineyards awaken, and Buenos Aires hosts outdoor events. Northern provinces showcase blooming flowers and picturesque villages. Patagonia's milder climate suits outdoor activities.
In November, Argentina experiences delightful weather as spring reaches its full bloom. The country enjoys pleasant temperatures and an array of vibrant landscapes. From the bustling streets of Buenos Aires to the picturesque villages in the northern provinces, the atmosphere is inviting for outdoor exploration. Vineyards come alive as new growth graces the wine regions, while Patagonia's milder climate makes it an ideal time for outdoor activities and hikes. Argentina in November offers a harmonious blend of comfortable weather and captivating natural beauty.
Christmas spirit envelops Buenos Aires. Colorfully adorned streets host joyful celebrations. Patagonia shines in full summer splendor. From Andean peaks to pristine lakes, outdoor activities abound. Beaches and wild Patagonia offer unique family holiday experiences.
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