Five-day snapshot of two of Argentina's unrivalled highlights - Iguazu Falls and Buenos Aires.
Monthly set departures keep costs down: from £534 / $667 (double occupancy). Does not include flights.
Can be extended to visit the Patagonian town of Calafate, gateway to Perito Moreno Glacier.
Also available in a private service, and customised to timeframe and budget.
Day 1 Arrival to Foz do Iguassu, Overnight
Day 2 Half Day Brazilian side tour, Overnight
Day 3 Full Day Tour Argentinian side, transfer out, Arrival to Buenos Aires & Overnight
Day 4 Half Day Buenos Aires tour, Dinner/Tango Show, Overnight
Day 5 Transfer out OR 3 Day Extension to Calafate
Fixed Departure Dates, 2017:
- March 18 - 22
- April 21 - 25
- May 19 - 23
- June 16 - 20
- July 21 - 25
- August 18 - 22
- September 22 - 26
- October 27 - 31
- December 15 - 19
Detailed Itinerary: NB. PLEASE CHECK VISA REQUIREMENTS
Day 1: FOZ DO IGUAÇU
Upon arrival at Foz do Iguassu airport, you will be welcomed by an English-speaking driver-guide and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight at Selected Hotel in Foz do Iguassu – on the Brazilian side of the border.
Day 2: IGUASSU: Brazilian Side of Falls (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, we take you on a half-day visit of the Brazilian side of the Falls, in a small group. Similar to the Argentine side, the area is protected by the Iguaçu National Park, which consists of rainforest, rich in flora and fauna ... and of course, Iguassu Falls. At 185,262 hectares (457,794 acres), it is one of the largest forest reserves in South America and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1986.
Once inside the park, we will take a lift down to the base of the waterfalls at river level. From a 1,000 m (3,281 ft) long footbridge, we can admire the majestic Falls or go up a lift to the Salto Floreano viewpoint.
Overnight at Selected Hotel in Foz do Iguassu.
Day 3: IGUAZU FALLS: Argentinean side; Fly to Buenos Aires (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, we take you on a full-day visit of the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls, in a small group.
After crossing the border into Argentina, we enter Iguazu National Park, which covers a total area of 55,500 hectares (137,143 acres). It bears the name of the river which acts as its northern border, and means "great waters" in Guaraní language. Surrounded by a lush, subtropical Atlantic rainforest, we find the majestic Iguazú Waterfall. Consisting of some 275 cataracts, and with the sixth-highest average annual flow of any waterfall in the world, it is truly spectacular.
Using the network of paths and footbridges, we visit the heart of the waterfalls, appreciating them from different angles. On the lower circuit, the wet mist from the waterfall keeps us cool. The highlight of the upper circuit is the balcony overlooking La Garganta del Diablo (The Devil's Throat), an 80m (262 ft) fall.
After the visit, we transfer you to Puerto Iguazu airport to catch your afternoon flight to Buenos Aires. NB. Flight price not included.
On arrival in Buenos Aires, you are met and transferred to the hotel by a driver-guide.
Overnight at Selected Hotel in Buenos Aires.
Day 4: Buenos Aires: City Tour & Tango Show with Dinner (B & D)
After breakfast at the hotel, we take you on a half-day tour of the highlights of Buenos Aires, in a small group, with English-speaking guide.
Our first stop is at La Plaza de Mayo (May Square), home of the Presidential Palace, La Casa Rosada (Pink House), and scene of many of Argentina's most important historical events. Much of Buenos Aires' monumental architecture is in this area.
We then drive to San Telmo, the oldest residential neighborhood, with cobbled streets lined with antiques shops and picturesque buildings.
Continuing south, we arrive at the neighborhood of La Boca, which was originally settled by Italian immigrants and still retains a European feel. Here we walk along El Caminito, a colourful pedestrian street populated by tango dancers and souvenir shops. Nearby is La Bombonera, the legendary stadium of Boca Juniors football club, who gave the world Maradona.
Puerto Madero represents a more modern side of the city, with its dockland restaurants and large office blocks. We also pass through the upscale, residential neighbourhoods of Retiro and Palermo on our way to Recoleta Cemetery, where we can see the much-visited grave of Eva 'Evita' Peron, along with the resting places of many other Argentinean historical and cultural figures.
The afternoon is free for relaxation or personal exploration.
Then, in the evening, we pick you up from your hotel to take you to a Dinner & Tango Show at La Ventana. Buenos Aires is famous for a number of things: its vibrant, non-stop nightlife; its delicious wines and steaks (vegetarian options also available!); and the sensuous dance and music of the tango. Tonight combines all of these things.
Overnight at Selected Hotel in Buenos Aires
Day 5: Buenos Aires: Airport Transfer (B)
Breakfast is provided at the hotel.
At the appropriate time, we transfer you to Buenos Aires Airport for your onward flight.
If wishing to extend your trip to Calafate, we suggest a late afternoon flight. NB. Suggested flight not included.
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Day 5 Arrival in El Calafate
Day 6 Full day Perito Moreno glacier tour
Day 7 Transfer to airport, or continue to next destination eg Torres del Paine.
Price: from £186 / $233 (double occupancy). Does not include flights.
Day 5: EL CALAFATE: Arrival (-)
On arrival at El Calafate Airport, we welcome you and transfer you to your hotel, in a shared service.
Overnight at Selected Hotel in El Calafate
Day 6: EL CALAFATE: Perito Moreno Glacier (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, we take you on a full-day tour to Perito Moreno glacier, in a small group, with English-speaking guide.
The majestic Perito Moreno Glacier sits 80 km (50 miles) away from El Calafate. This is one of the largest and the only advancing glacier in the world, as well as the biggest attraction at Los Glaciares National Park, a 600,000-hectare (1,482,632 acres) protected area covered by an ice mantle.
We start by walking through Andean forest and make a first breathtaking stop at Curva de los Suspiros (Curve of Sighs), where we have a first view of this incredible natural wonder.
As we near the glacier, the path gives way to a series of wooden walkways, allowing us to admire this wonderful creation of Mother Nature from various viewpoints. From here, we should be able to see - and hear - as the glacier 'calves'. This is when varied-sized chunks of ice break off and fall into Lago Argentino to become beautiful ice floes.
We will eventually have to tear ourselves away in order to return to Calafate.
Overnight at Selected Hotel in El Calafate
Day 7: EL CALAFATE (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
At appropriate time, we transfer you from the hotel to Calafate Airport or Bus Station, in a shared service.
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