19 day tour
Best of Patagonia
- Visit Tierra del Fuego National Park
- Self-drive through the Seven Lakes
- Relax at Iguazú Falls
In 19 days you will discover the highlights of Argentinean Patagonia. The trip will take you from “the end of the world” in the far south, passing by glaciers, lakes and forests, to the Iguazú waterfalls in the high north. You will visit the bustling city Buenos Aires, fare over the famous Beagle Channel, look out at the spectacular Perito Moreno glacier, drive-through the virgin forests and rugged mountains in the 7 Lakes area and relax at the waterfalls of Iguazu.
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19 day tour of Argentina:
Buenos Aires – Ushuaia– El Calafate – Bariloche – Seven Lakes – San Martin de los Andes – Bariloche – Iguazú – Buenos Aires
Day 1 – Arrival in Buenos Aires
Our transfer service will meet you at the airport and accompany you to your hotel. If you arrive early in the day, take the time to explore the streets of Buenos Aires and familiarize yourself with this bustling metropolis. You’ll have plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants to choose from if you’re after a night on the town. If you are looking to soak up some culture, take a look at the program of the ‘Teatro Colón’.
Day 2 – Buenos Aires: City Tour and Tango
Take the day to see the highlights of one of South America’s most charming cities. Whether it’s watching dancers perform tango in the streets of the colourful neighbourhood La Boca, admiring the governmental palace La Casa Rosada (“The Pink House”) on Plaza de Mayo, or enjoying the bohemian atmosphere and antique shops of cobblestoned San Telmo—Buenos Aires is sure to enthuse even the most experienced of travellers. Take a tango class in the evening and learn all about the traditions and rules of the Milonga (the local tango dance saloon) while trying out your newly acquired skills on the dance floor.
Day 3 – Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
A transfer service will bring you to the airport, where you can catch your flight to Ushuaia—the most southern city in the world and your base for the next couple of days. Take the day off to stroll through the city or enjoy the local specialty of king crab for dinner.
Day 4 – Ushuaia: Beagle Channel Discover the famous Beagle Channel by boat. You will leave the local seaport through Ushuaia bay on your way to one of the city’s icons: Les Eclaireurs lighthouse. Surrounded by mountains, you will pass by several islands inhabited with seals and unusual birds. Disembark on one of the Bridges Isles, and follow a path down the island along archaeological remains depicting the extraordinary flora and fauna of the region.
Day 5 – Tierra del Fuego
Tierra del Fuego National Park is one of the most frequently visited places in Ushuaia. The excursion starts with a walk through the forest, where you get familiar with the local flora and fauna. Continue your tour while canoeing down rivers and across lagoons to get into the famous Lapataia Bay.
Day 6 – Ushuaia to El Calafate
A transfer service will bring you to the airport, where you can catch your flight to El Calafate. This will be your base to visit the Perito Moreno glacier. After arrival you have the day off to stroll through the city, to make a short horse-riding trip along the Argentina lake or to visit the Glacier museum.
Day 7 – El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier
Spend the day exploring the world’s most famous glacier, the Perito Moreno. Today’s excursion takes you right onto the ice: put on your crampons and start your short hike over the glacier. You can enjoy beautiful views of the enormous glacier, while observing some deep blue cracks in the ice. In the afternoon you will stand right in front of the immense ice wall of the Perito Moreno glacier and can see and hear how big blocks of ice break off and crash into the water of the lake below.
Day 8 – El Calafate: sailing on the Argentino Lake
Today you will experience nature at its best while sailing down the Argentino Lake surrounded by immense icebergs. The boat trip is spectacular and you will sail past beautiful mountains and turquoise lakes, and next to stunning icebergs and glaciers. The first glacier you will see is the Upsala glacier, the largest in the lake. You’ll notice blocks of ice from differs glaciers floating in the lake. Your trip will continue to the Spegazzini glaciers, the tallest in the park. The last glacier you will see is the Perito Moreno.
Day 9 – Flight to Bariloche
Today you will fly to Bariloche, the largest city in the Seven Lakes district. On arrival you will pick up your rental car, leaving you free to explore the area at your own leisure for the rest of the day. You can visit Cerro Cathedral, the most famous area of Bariloche. The neighbourhood was named after its buildings, as the architecture style resembles that of gothic cathedrals. Mount Cathedral is also a popular winter-sport destination.
Day 10 – Bariloche
Take the day off to explore Bariloche, or choose for an optional catamaran trip along Lake Nahuel Huapi, from Puerto Pañuelo to Blest Port. Stop along the way at Centinela Islet, where Francisco P. Moreno is buried. Once at Puerto Blest, explore the neighbouring area or continue to Frías Lake and sail its vivid green waters while enjoying a magnificent view of Mount Tronador. Spend a second night in Bariloche.
Day 11 – Bariloche to San Martin de los Andes The most famous drive in the area is the route along the Seven Lakes. Known for its beauty and stunning panoramic points, this route connects Bariloche with Villa La Angostura and San Martin de los Andes, crossing two different national parks. The road travels past the seven main lakes of the region, that look spectacular amidst snow-capped mountains and forests.
Day 12 – San Martin de los Andes
Spend the day relaxing in Lanin National Park. Choose for a boat trip through the region; departing from the jetty for Lago Nonthué, visiting Chachin Falls and Hua Hum. Or opt to drive to the border crossing at Hua Hum along a picturesque 50km gravel road along the north shore of Lago Lacar.
Day 13 – San Martin de los Andes back to Bariloche
Today you will be coming full circle and driving back to Bariloche. We recommend taking the route along Neuquen River, in the direction of Junin de Los Andes. It passes through an entirely different environment to that of the Seven Lakes; alongside flood plains, rivers, brightly coloured deciduous trees, and volcanic plugs. Keep your eyes peeled on the road for some llama or flamingo spotting.
Day 14 – Flight to Iguazú
Drop the car off at the airport and fly via Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazú. A transfer service will pick you up and bring you to your hotel; located close to the city in the subtropical ‘Selva Iriapú’ jungle.
Day 15 – Iguazú: Argentinean waterfalls
Spend the day on the Argentinean side of the Iguazú waterfalls, and experience the immense 84 meters (276 feet) “Garganta del Diablo” (Devil’s Throat) fall from up close. You can also choose to take a boat tour that brings you extremely close to the water falls and lets you experience this spectacle from a different perspective (make sure to bring dry cloths!). Be sure to keep an eye out for coati, monkeys and toucans while exploring the park.
Day 16 – Iguazú: Brazilian waterfalls
Spend the day on the Brazilian side of the Iguazú falls. This side of the park will give you a complete and amazing panorama of all 275 falls stretching over 2.7 kilometres (1.24 miles); wider than the Victoria Falls and higher than the Niagara Falls. As this side of the park is smaller, you only need half a day for the visit. Spend the rest of the day relaxing by the hotel’s swimming pool.
Day 17 – Iguazú
After a two week tour through beautiful Argentina, take the day to relax before heading back home. Stroll through the small town or relax at the hotel, looking back over your journey.
Day 18 – Iguazú to Buenos Aires
It is time to travel back south to Buenos Aires. A transfer service will bring you to the airport to take your flight back to Buenos Aires. Spend the rest of the day strolling through the city, stocking up on last minute souvenirs, or preparing for your trip back home.
Day 19 – Departure from Buenos Aires/ Return home
All good things come to an end, and so today marks the end of your journey through the many wonders of Patagonia. Depending on the time of departure, spend one last morning strolling through the streets of Buenos Aires, before going to the airport and flying back home.