Get ready to explore Argentina on this active adventure. Begin your trip exploring the capital city and 'Paris of South America' on a privately-guided tour. Optional tours of the city and its coastal communities can be on foot, by bike or canoe. Then off to the Lakes District in northern Patagonia for adventures and stunning landscapes. From San Carlos de Bariloche you will enjoy your first taste of Patagonia with activities like mountain biking and hiking in some of Argentina’s most beautiful national parks, lakes and rivers. Fly to El Calafate and transfer by bus or car to El Chalten, Argentina's Trekking Capital and the base for hikes and treks in the Fitzroy Massif area of Los Glaciares National Park. From El Calafate you can brave an icy trek across the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. From El Calafate you can return to Buenos Aires by air and connect with your int'l flight, or continue on a trip extension to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.
You will be met upon arrival to Buenos Aires by one of our bilingual guides, who will escort you to your centrally-located hotel.
Visit the city through the exclusive Four Balconies of Buenos Aires. Passing by many representative parks or squares, the guide makes an introduction into Argentina, its history, its contrasts, its contradictions and the particular psychology of the inhabitants of Buenos Aires. Visiting the four highest parts of the city gives you possibility to enjoy the best panoramic views from the Buenos Aires.
La Boca, birthplace of Tango, the blue collar neighborhood of Buenos Aires in which the main street Caminito shows you the history of this beautiful and original rhythm.
San Telmo, the oldest "barrio" of Buenos Aires, where the city was founded for the first time in 1536. Discover places as Parque Lezama, Defensa Street, and the Flea Market premises. Ezeiza family house and San Lorenzo alley talking about the slave market, the arrival of the great European immigration, literature and last but not least British Invasions to the city during 1806 and 1807.
Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the central part of the city are the next attractions to be discovered. The civic center is the spot to understand different periods in Argentine’s history, politics and religion.
Recoleta, the most aristocratic area of the city, decorated with French architecture in most of the buildings surrounded by wide parks. One important spot is the Cemetery is impressive not only for its unique architecture but also for its historical value, founded in 1822, interesting place where important figures as Eva Peron are buried.
Can be arranged as a walking tour or cycling tour. Optional tours include tango dinner shows, Parana Delta kayaking and canoeing, among others.
Today you will fly to Bariloche where you will be met by a guide and transferred to your hotel.
San Carlos de Bariloche is a town reminiscent of Switzerland with its own Argentinian charm. Gorgeous lakes, and surrounding mountains offer incredible views, and thrilling activities for outdoor enthusiast.
In spring, after the snow has melted, Cerro Catedral reveals its excellent mountain biking potential. This is one of Bariloche’s most classic mountain bike circuits. You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the trailhead. The trail begins at Lago Gutierrez and leads to the Cascada de los Duendes (Waterfall of the Goblins). From here you ride to Balcón del Gutierrez, a natural balcony overlooking Lago Gutierrez. As the trail becomes steeper, you have marvelous views of Lago Gutierrez. After arriving at the base of Cerro Catedral, you descend the asphalt road to an old road that takes you to the Casa de Piedra Arroyo, thus completing the scenic trip. Transfer to your hotel. Snacks are included.
You will be picked up at your hotel by your guide and set off today on a tranquil day of hiking.
This tour will take you to one of the most beautiful areas of Nahuel Huapi National Park, where you will see forests, lakes, beaches, mountains and waterfalls, as well as the highest mountain in the area, Tronador, which rises 3,478 meters above sea level and forms a natural frontier between Argentina and Chile.
Besides the magnificent scenery, there are unusual natural wonders such as the “black glacier”, Ventisquero Negro, which originates from the spotless white ice at the top of the Tronador. This is the source of River Manso, a typical mountain river that winds down to the Pacific Ocean flowing over rapids and waterfalls such as the renowned Los Alerces Cascade, and linking up a range of beautiful lakes.
Optional hikes include El Frei,
Today you will fly to the city of El Calafate, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park.
Upon arrival you will transfer to the bus station and depart by bus for El Chalten, located about 3 hours by road. *Alternately (at additional cost) we can arrange a private car transfer.
You can explore the myriad of hiking trails that weave throughout the Fitzroy massif. Popular with outdoor enthusiasts worldwide, some of these trails are particularly recommended. And in addition to outstanding outdoor activity and scenery, equally exciting in the flora and fauna. In particular, the Andean Condor and the Austral parakeet are widely spotted.
Private trekking guides can be arranged in advance. Here is an example of some of the recommended day hikes:
Depart El Chalten for a full-day hike to the Cerro Torre base camp at Laguna Capri. You will have spectacular views of Cerro Solo and the Fitzroy Massif along the way. The spires of Cerro Torre and Cerro Egger rise directly across the lake.
FITZROY BASECAMP - LAGUNA DE LOS TRES
Depart El Chalten (or El Pilar*) through beech forests to the Poincenot base camp of Mt. Fitzroy. Along the way, you will have constantly changing views of Piedras Blancas glacier and the N.E. face of Fitzroy. From base camp, you may attempt the strenuous 1-hour climb to Laguna de los Tres. Here, three glaciers drain into the green lagoon with majestic Mt. Fitzroy towering above. Enjoy breathtaking views of Lago Viedma, the endless Patagonian steppe and Fitzroy itself. You can continue down a steep 1½-mile trail to the lake with a natural balcony overlooking Laguna Sucia, the St. Exupery and Poincenot spires. Return to base camp and the Rio Blanco. From here, you will either descend the Blanco riverbed to El Pilar or continue past the Lagos Madre y Hija to El Chalten. *We can arrange a transfer to Hosteria El Pilar for the shorter hike to the basecamp, then return to El Chalten by the regular route.
PASO DEL CUADRA & THE MARCONI PASS
From El Pilar, head northwest along the Rio Electrico toward the dramatically bleak Lago Electrico, where winds from the Southern Patagonia Ice Field can be fierce and incessant. Following the southern bank of the river, you arrive at the private Los Troncos shelter and cross the Rio Pollone with a most impressive view of the north face of Fitzroy, Pollone and the Pollone Glacier. Today's hike is relatively flat and passes through beech forests. You will have views of the granite cirque of Guillaumet Spire and the Marconi Glacier, gateway to the Southern Patagonia Ice Field.
LAGO DEL DESIERTO
Located 16 miles up the Rio de las Vueltas from El Chalten, the crystal clear waters of Lago del Desierto offer views of the Huemul and Vespignani Glaciers, and the Fitzroy Massif. Fishing and boating excursions can be arranged.
Boxed-lunches and dinners can be arranged by the staff according to your needs.
Another day to hike the area.
Morning or afternoon transfer to El Calafate (bus or private car).
Morning departure to Los Glaciares National Park. The excursion begins in the pier located at “Bajo de las Sombras” bay , where you will embark to cross Brazo Rico, reaching the southwest shore after 20 minutes of navigation in which you will appreciate the southern wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier.
After disembarking, you will reach the shelter, where the guides organize the mini trekking groups and assist with your crampons. In this trekking over the glacier, you will appreciate lots of ice formations such as: cracks, drains, little lagoons, etc. It is a moderate hike. The ice surface where you will walk is irregular, but firm and safe. At the end of the hike, you will go back to the shelter walking through the exuberant Magellan forest. Arrival and embark to cross the lake. Once you arrive at the pier, you will travel for 6 km to reach the catwalks, in front of the Perito Moreno glacier, from thre you will have different and amazing views of the glacier.
Transfer to the El Calafate Airport for your onward flight, or overland to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.
|Price from||$1,968.00 per person, based on double occupancy|
Based on double occupancy for 2 travelers, reduced prices for parties of 3 or more.