First you'll spend 4 days in Buenos Aires, each day living and breathing a different part of the city and its environs: a walking tour of the Palermo neighborhoods, our exclusive 'Four Balconies of Buenos Aires' city tour, an Artist's tour, a culinary and wine tasting event, a day in San Isidro and the Parana River Delta, a day trip across the Rio de la Plata to Colonia in Uruguay, a Tango Dinner Show.
Then fly south to Ushuaia for 3 days in remote Tierra del Fuego. You'll navigate the Beagle Channel, hike and paddle at the 'End of the World' in Tierra del Fuego National Park, visit the legendary Harberton Ranch from where you will navigate by boat to a penguin colony rookery and visit Gable Island. Then it's on to El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park. You will spend 2 nights at Estancia Nibepo Aike, a remote working estancia located at the end of Route 15 in Los Glaciares Natonal Park. Your stay includes all meals, privately-guided activities on the estancia, an exclusive excursion to the Perito Moreno Glacier by the 'Los Pioneros Way'. From there you will journey to the northern part of the park, hike on the Viedma Glacier before spending 2 nights in the remote outpost town of El Chalten. From there you will have a full day for a hike to the Mt. Fitzroy or Cerro Torre basecamps.
This trip offers action, adventure, an immersion into the culture of Argentina; life in one of the world's great cities and a grand tour of southern Patagonia...Wow!
Price not valid from December 20th 2016 to January 5th 2017.
Arrive Ezeiza Pistarini International Airport. You will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel in the Palermo district.
Overnight at the Home Hotel – Superior Garden view, daily breakfast included – 4 nights.
After settling in at your hotel, set off for a 2-hour walking tour of Palermo. Walk through this up-and-coming neighborhood and get a feel for where you will be staying. Get to know its many cool boutiques, shops, bars and well-known restaurants.
In the afternoon meet your guide for our exclusive ‘Four Balconies of Buenos Aires’ tour. You will visit representative parks or squares as your guide gives you an introduction to 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 the best panoramic views of the city:
La Boca, birthplace of Tango, the blue collar neighborhood of Buenos Aires where the main street of 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 such as Parque Lezama, Defensa Street, the San Telmo Flea Market, Ezeiza´s family house and the former slave market on San Lorenzo alley. You will learn about the arrival of the great European immigration, literature and the 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 where you will understand the different periods in Argentina’s history, politics and religion.
Recoleta, the most aristocratic area of the city, where many of the buildings are decorated with French architecture and surrounded by wide parks. One important spot is the Cemetery, founded in 1822, impressive for its unique architecture and historical value; an interesting place where important figures such as Eva Peron are buried.
Return to Palermo by taxi or on foot for ‘The Argentine Experience’, a culinary event. Start with a welcome drink and an introduction to Argentinean cuisine, its culture and tradition. You will create your own empanadas while sampling red wines followed by a competition for the most creative product. You will be served typical lomo with accompaniments followed by a mate tasting and explanation of how and why Argentineans drink this type of green tea. Dinner is included (beer, wine and/or cocktails also included).
A full day to discover the surroundings of the city: San Isidro and Tigre. In the past the San Isidro neighborhood was an area of summer mansions belonging to the traditional families. This is why one of the most characteristic aspects of San Isidro is its important colonial heritage reflected in buildings such as Pueyrredón Farm, Estancia Tres Ombues, San Isidro Cathedral, Victoria Ocampo's Mansion and several other colonial mansions.
The port of Tigre lodges the open market with streets full of colorful rustic fabric, furniture and accessories made of cane and willow, delicious jams and honeys, brilliant flowers, varieties of native fruits. The port has three inner docks: the central docks for the grocer's boats that supply the inhabitants of the islands and the docks where the timbering boats full of poplar and willow logs from the forested islands of the Delta are unloaded.
Optional lunch at a local restaurant in San Isidro or Tigre (not included).
After visiting Tigre you will start the private navigation to discover the incredible Parana Delta. The Parana River delta is a huge forested marshland about 20 miles northeast of Buenos Aires. The delta is one of the world's greatest bird-watching destinations. An aerial view would show the striking contrast between dense forest and wetland marshes, and the deep brown ribbon of the Parana River. You will experience sunset here for best photo in the River! Transfer back to your hotel.
Pick up at your hotel and transfer to the Buquebus pier to board the hydrofoil for the 1-hour river crossing to Colonia. Upon arrival at the port you will be met by your guide and start your walking tour to discover this magical town. Colonia del Sacramento is a city in southwestern Uruguay, along the Rio de la Plata. It is the oldest town in the country, founded in 1680 by the Portuguese, and later disputed by Spanish and Portuguese for many years. Escorted by your guide you will visit the Historical Quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as stops at several museums and churches, the lighthouse.
Continue by private transfer to the Rio Ancho Gourmet Lodge (9 km/15 min), an exclusive house on the shores of Rio de la Plata, surrounded by nature with a private white sand beach.
Set menu lunch and gourmet dining experience prepared with quality local-sourced ingredients, alcoholic drinks included. Afternoon to enjoy and relax at the beach or at the house.
Transfer back to the port for the return hydrofoil to Buenos Aires. You will be met at the pier and transferred back to your hotel.
Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and depart for your Arts & Crafts tour. Galleries, art exhibitions and colorful street fairs are testimony of Buenos Aires cultural life, which can be discovered during this tour. Depending on your personal interests, your guide will customize the visit to be introduce you to the authentic artistic culture and include two of the following places:
Isaac Fernandez Blanco Museum is a superb colonial building which houses spectacular pieces of XVIIIth and 19th-century silverware and other implements of the colonial era.
MALBA - Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires - is the first contemporary (21st-century) museum in Buenos Aires with a rich and valuable collection, modern building, and interesting cultural activities. It houses the Constantini Collection, one of the most important in the world, with 222 pieces which show the development of Latin America paintings and sculptures of the 20th-century.
Fortabat Art Museum- Mrs. Fortabat, appointed President of the National Arts Fund in 1992, purchased a Puerto Madero lot in 1998 for the purpose creating an art museum (including most of her collection). The museum contains an enormous collection of Argentine artists, as well as works by Warhol, Dali, Chagall, the Breughel's, and other well-known painters, as well as a collection of ancient art.
Afternoon at leisure to relax at the hotel or explore the city on your own.
You will be picked-up at your hotel this evening and transferred to the famous Esquina Homero Manzi Tango house for a Dinner & Tango Show. The birth of tango took place around 1880 with the formation of small neighborhoods around the young city of Buenos Aires. More than a million European immigrants (most of them single men) and some disadvantaged "porteños" (born in Buenos Aires), made up a new social class that created cultural expressions and originated this dance rhythm. The relationship between the tango with the brothels were they developed was unacceptable for the Argentine high class of those days. The habits of that time disqualified tango and prohibited this dancing in their homes and in society. However, at the beginning of the 20th-century, tango was carried to Paris where it began as something forbidden. Little by little this new musical expression became fashionable and began to scale to the highest levels in the French society. The tango bacame acceptable and danced in the public salons in Buenos Aires.
Esquina Homero Manzi, a bar built on a corner in 1917, became the symbol of the urban culture of the 1940s. Many of the musicians that played on this stage where the ones who made the Tango the most representative artistic expression in the city. Declared an historical building, it attracts hundreds of tourists daily. It´s the perfect place to see classic tango dancing without big lights and over-complicated choreographies.
Dinner with alcoholic drinks included.
Private transfer to the Aeroparque Domestic Airport for your direct flight to Ushuaia.
Upon arrival at the Ushuaia Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at Los Cauquenes – Standard Beagle Channel view, daily breakfast included – 3 nights.
When the first Europeans arrived on this legendary island at the lower tip of Patagonia, it was inhabited by several hunter-fisher-gatherer Indian tribes who built large bonfires to protect themselves from the penetrating cold of these extreme southern reaches. The first Spanish navigators to sight these shores from their boats named the large island “Tierra de los Fuegos”, which means “Land of Fire” in English.
Tierra del Fuego contains many different ecosystems which typify Patagonia on a single island: South Atlantic coast, bushy steppe, Andes surrounded by glaciers, snow, lakes and forests. The island also has a unique sub-Antarctic rainforest with unexpectedly lush beech forests covered with a magic carpet of green mosses and lichens waving in the wind in this enchanted forest. Tierra del Fuego National Park combines sea, mountains and forests, Bahía Lapataia, the coasts of the Beagle Channel, the most incredible flora and fauna with red foxes, woodpeckers, steamer ducks, condors, eagles, beaver dams and peat bogs, all living in the most spectacular setting.
This afternoon you will be transferred to the Ushuaia Port for a navigation of the Beagle Channel, the legendary waterway explored by Darwin and home to varied wildlife such as sea lions, penguins, cormorants, etc. Enjoy a 3-hour navigation through the legendary waters of the Beagle Channel where the Andes plunge into the sea only to reappear on the Antarctic Peninsula. It was first discovered by FitzRoy during an expedition in 1830 and later explored by Darwin in 1833. Anglican missionaries first settled in 1860.
Transfer from your hotel to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Upon arrival, you will begin a seaside hike through forests rich in flora and fauna from Ensenada Bay to a wonderful scenic point overlooking Lake Roca, Lagunas Verde and Negra, the Ovando and Lapataia rivers. Beautiful views of the Beagle Channel and Navarino and Redonda islands. Hike duration – almost 3 hours.
A Patagonian lunch will be served in the middle of the Park (alcoholic drinks included).
After lunch you will set off paddling in duckies along the internal rivers of the park. Your guide will give you basic rowing and safety instructions. After rowing on Lake Roca for around 40 minutes you will enter a small river which flows toward Lapataia Bay. The paddling does not require any previous experience or great effort. It is a different way of experiencing nature, feeling for a moment what native Yamanas communities felt traveling along the same waters with their canoes.
You'll be met at your hotel early this morning and begin your scenic drive along National Route 3 and then take the “J” route towards Harberton Ranch, the oldest of the region. The 90 km (56 miles) to the ranch will offer interesting views of the famous "Flag Trees" (exposed to the strong winds). The estancia at Harberton belongs to the descendants of the first British Missionaries to reach the area - Reverend Thomas Bridges - and was managed for many years by Ms. Natalie Goodall, a foremost naturalist in the area.
You'll have time to explore the estancia. From the estancia you will board a small boat and navigate the Beagle Channel to Martillo Island, a Magellan penguin rookery (they can only be seen from December until around February). The unique location of this island makes it an ideal place for an incredible variety of rich sub aquatic life and therefore, an amazing spot for bird watching (petrels, skuas, cormorants, sea gulls and albatross).
The navigation continues to Gable Island, the largest in the Beagle Channel, which belongs to the Harberton Ranch. Formerly, this was the place where they took their sheep during the summer. Today, only a large shearing shed is left. After a short walk, you will reach a refugio. The views over the Beagle Channel from here are breathtaking. After lunch, you will enjoy a 2-3 hour hike, which will lead you into a beech forest with white orchids, wild berries, strawberries and ferns. Return to the refugio and navigate back to the estancia. From there you will transfer back to Ushuaia.
Lunch (with alcoholic drinks) is included.
Transfer to Ushuaia Airport for your direct flight to El Calafate.
You will be upon arrival by your driver and transferred about 1¼ hours to Estancia Nibepo Aike. Driving time – approximately 1¼ hours.
After settling in you will be served a gourmet lunch.
Nibepo Aike retains the essence of the old Patagonian estancias. It is actually within Los Glaciares National Park on the shores of the Southern Arm of Lago Argentino. It covers an area of over 12,000 hectares reaching as far as the border with Chile. Formerly it was devoted to sheep rearing. Nowadays a small flock is kept, its chief production being the breeding of Hereford cattle, of which it has developed a prestigious breeding herd. The main buildings of the estancia are a relic of the typically Patagonian pioneer architecture. Guests at the estancia, which functions in the former main house, experience the authentic life of Patagonian estancias. Its position relative to El Calafate, Puerto Bandera and the Perito Moreno glacier, turn Nibepo Aike into a refuge for travelers visiting the area.
The rest of the afternoon and evening are free to enjoy the estancia, exploring its surroundings by bike or on foot, finding one’s own way along the footpaths and tracks and also taking part in the sheep-shearing demonstration using traditional hand shears.
The Nibepo Aike Plus Program is an exclusive program for guests who prefer having a guide at their disposal rather than exploring the area on their own or taking part in organized activities. Every day personalized activities can be organized, such us hikes, bike rides, horseback riding, all with picnics in spectacular settings.
Overnight at Nibepo Aike, Standard room – 2 nights.
The Plus Program includes:
Lodging with full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner, including picnics with wine and soft drinks during meals), private guided activities within the property, one pair of Alpargatas (traditional Argentine footwear), laundry service, daily shuttle service between the Estancia and El Calafate.
Day at Nibepo Aike with all activities included and organized by Nibepo Aike.
This excursion introduces visitors to the history of Estancia Nibepo Aike and the pioneers of the area. The Los Pioneros Way is the old ranchers’ way. It was on these territories that the first pioneers bravely earned a living working the lands. This is an excellent opportunity to understand what it was like to live in these remote places at that time. The tour will take around the ranch to learn how pioneers worked these lands. After a delicious grilled lamb lunch at the ranch, depart on a boat navigation that goes through the Brazo Rico and the South of the Lago Argentino. This navigation provides amazing sights of the Moreno and Adriana sides. The vessel will disembark on Monedas beach, which can only be reached by boat. It is here where the trek across the woods begins. This area remains exactly as was left by the pioneers, so baguales (wild horses) can be found due to the uninterrupted breeding after the area was declared a national park. The pathway enters Lengas woods to the first views of the Perito Moreno Glacier through the trees. The path then descends to the beach where you will have time to take in this privileged landscape that can only be enjoyed by a few. Back on board, the vessel navigates in front of the Glacier to observe the ice slides and the front of the Glacier stepping into the Magallanes peninsula forming a natural dam. The vessel disembarks on Bajo las Sombras pier and from there a van takes passengers to the walkways where you will have excellent photo opportunities from different angles of the Perito Moreno wall. Afterward, you will transfer back to El Calafate (luggage will be at the land transfer waiting for you). Lunch with alcoholic drinks included.
Overnight at Esplendor Boutique Hotel - Concept Room, breakfast included.
You will be met at your hotel by your driver and transferred to Bahia Tunel (driving time – 2-3 hours). Embark for a boat navigation of Viedma Lake. There will be incredible views of Viedma Glacier from the lake as well as icebergs floating on the lake.
Disembark and hike through the rocks to the front of the glacier. You will don crampons and begin the hike over the ice. You will see ice formations such as: cracks, drains, little lagoons, ice caves, with wonderful and unique glacier views along the way. Picnic lunch included.
After returning to Bahia Tunel you will transfer directly to El Chaltén, located north of Lago Viedma at the confluence of the De Las Vueltas and Fitz Roy rivers in Los Glaciares National Park. This landscape combines the magic of glaciers, hidden lagoons, estancias, Lake Viedma and the magnetic presence of Mount FitzRoy.
Overnight at Hosteria El Puma, Standard Room, daily breakfast included – 2 nights.
Optional trekking day. A private trekking guide can be arranged (at additional cost).
Depart Chalten on a full-day hike to the Cerro Torre basecamp 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
From Hosteria El Pilar, you'll hike approximately 3 hours through beech forests to the Poincenot basecamp of Mt. Fitzroy. Along the way, you will have constantly changing views of Piedras Blancas glacier and the N.E. face of Fitzroy. From basecamp, 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 basecamp 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, where you will be transferred back to the lodge. Lunch not included – a boxed-lunch can be arranged at your hotel.
Transfer to the El Calafate Airport for your direct flight to Buenos Aires.
You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel in the Recoleta. Overnight at Mio Buenos Aires Hotel, Deluxe Room, breakfast included.
Afternoon at leisure.
Private transfer from your hotel to the Ezeiza International Airport.
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