Argentina is the second biggest state of South America. The country has 33 million inhabitants and nearly half of them live in the surroundings of Buenos Aires, one of the most cosmopolitan cities of the world. Argentina is a fascinating land of contrasts where the exceptional is almost commonplace. It’s home to an abundant wildlife, enjoys a unique culture, and delights in an astonishing variety of landscapes from tropical rain forest in the north to the remote vastness of the Antarctic in the South.
Three big landscapes form the country: the Andes in the west, the northern and western flatland as well as the wide plains of Patagonia in the South. The country that is stretched in length has three climatic zones: tropic in the north, moderate in the center and polar in the extreme South. The Indian aborigines only live in the north-western Andean region and in the north-east province of Misiones. The rest of the population is mainly composed of European immigrants. The official language is Spanish, but in bigger towns English is also quite common.
Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, transfer from the airport to the hotel.
Buenos Aires is not only the capital of Argentina; it is also one of the 10 most important metropolises in the world and the centre of the political, economic and intellectual life of the country. This cosmopolitan city - with great European cultural influence - displays a refined taste in its cooking, in its ”boutiques” and in the elegance of its inhabitants. Almost 12 million people live there and can enjoy the plentiful night life visiting ”tango” bars, cabarets, discotheques, restaurants or eternally open bars. During the day, a wide variety of attractions is offered: museums, art galleries, tasteful shops, fascinating antiques, large green areas, parks, wide tree lined boulevards, clubs and sporting events. The Italian-Spanish descent of the inhabitants has formed this modern metropolis. Feel the flair, above all in the Italian old quarter La Boca and in the wide streets with cafes from the turn of the century. At the Plaza de Mayo, in the political centre of town, is the starting point of this tour through this exciting capital. The widest street of the world, the very famous opera house and also the shopping street Florida make Buenos Aires unforgettable.
It won't be a trip to Argentina if you won't get to witness the dance that the country is known for. In the evening, you will be taken to the Tango house La Ventana which happens to be one the most authentic tango houses, and is located in the San Telmo neighborhood, the heart of the tango scene in Buenos Aires.
The Tango tradition started at the end of the last century, developing from a mixture of various rhythms, which were originally danced in the poorer quarters. In the beginning Tango was only danced by men, accompanied by flutes, violins and guitars. The flutes were later replaced by the "Bandoneón" (a type of accordion), which gave the tango its distinctive flavor.
During the excursion you can opt between a tango lesson with specialized teachers or a wine tasting session of different Argentinean wines.
Afterwards you will enjoy dinner (which includes three courses and non-alcoholic beverages as well as half a bottle of wine or two glasses of beer per person) and a tango show.
After the tango show, return back to the hotel. Arrival at the hotel around midnight
**Remarks: The excursion is shared with international travelers. The transfers hotel-tango house and vv. take place with other international travelers from different hotels and Spanish speaking driver. The tango lesson/wine tasting session is bilingual (Spanish/English)
Middle Class: Overnight at Hotel Loi Suites Esmeralda 3* or similar (Studio)
Comfort Class: Overnight at Hotel Grand Brizo 4* or similar (Comfort room)
Get in touch with the birth city of the Tango!
During your city tour in Buenos Aires you will drive along 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue of the world, you will pass close to the Colon Theatre, one of the world's best known opera houses and the cultural pride of the "bonaerenses".
Visit the famous Avenida de Mayo that runs into the Plaza De Mayo, surrounded by the Casa Rosada (Government House), the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo (first City Hall, built during Spanish rule). At the other end of Avenida de Mayo the cupola of the Congress building can be seen.
Stop and inside visit of the Metropolitan Cathedral, this imposing neo-classical building is Argentina´s main catholic building. The mausoleum of General San Martin (our National Hero) is located inside the Cathedral, and Pope Francisco used to celebrate religious services in this Cathedral when he was cardinal of Buenos Aires city.
We will stop at the famous Café Tortoni, the oldest literati café of the city. Enjoy a cup of coffee & snack.
Your next stop is La Boca, a very colorful area with the famous street Caminito. Continue to the north area and visit the Recoleta area, one of the city’s most glamorous spots. Here you will see elegant boutiques and excellent restaurants, surrounded by centennial trees.
The heart of the neighborhood is the Recoleta cemetery. The cemetery is the center of this Aristocratic neighborhood, and the most relevant personalities of Argentina’s history rest in this place. The Mausoleums and Pantheons reflect the Architectural diversity emerging from the different cultural tendencies Argentina incorporated in its formation as a nation. The cemetery is considered to be one of the most impressive monuments of Argentina. A 30-minute stop includes a visit of Eva Duarte`s grave, also known as Eva Perón (Evita).
Afternoon and evening free at leisure – optional tours available:
Optional: Argentina culinary experience (3h 30min) - On shared basis
This tour is designed to give you an introduction to the best of Argentine cuisine and culture. This is not a cooking class, but a fun and unique experience, where you will meet and dine with people from all over the world.
The international team of guides are on hand to spoil you and take you through every step of this culinary journey:
Each guest is given a welcoming drink. At first you will try Patagonian trout tartar served with Torrontes wine. Choose from the gourmet fillings and create your own Empanada learning the traditional ‘Repulgue’ technique for Beef as well as Cheese and Ham fillings. Enjoy a typical Argentinian Picada with Grilled Provoleta Cheese, sliced Chorizo Sausage, Mollejas (Gizzard) and our homemade Chimichurri.
Learn the most important Argentinian gestures during a short class. Enjoy what many are claiming to be the very best steak in Argentina, cooked to order and accompanied with velvety mash potatoes and a variety of roasted vegetables marinated with vinaigrette of rosemary. These top of the line thick cut filet steaks have a unique 24 hour preparation method that sets apart from the rest. Vegetarian, Pescetarian and Celiac options are available on request.
Two distinct Malbec wines, from boutique wineries in Mendoza, paired to complement food. Learn about and enjoy unlimited wine throughout the dinner. White wine is also available on request.
Enjoy a Cuartirolo Cheese tasting with Dulce De Batata (produced of sweet potato) and Dulce De Madera (Argentina is the only country in the world where a special kind of wood can be eaten). For desert make your own Alfajores, Argentina’s national sweet, where biscuits, Dulce De Leche, melted chocolate fondue and coconut shavings combine to delight the senses.
Finally, get taught about the history and etiquette of mate, Argentina’s national pastime, and prepare it from scratch among yourselves.
A fun and dynamic way to approach Argentina cuisine and Argentinean habits while meeting other international travelers!
**Remark: The tour is shared with international travelers. The transfers take place on private basis with Spanish speaking driver. Time: 07:30 pm – 11:00 pm. Not available on Sundays.
Transfer to the domestic airport for the flight to Ushuaia. Upon arrival at the airport, transfer to your hotel.
On your way to the hotel you will do a short orientating city tour with a foto stop at one of the panoramic viewpoints of Ushuaia.
Ushuaia is the capital of the territory and the southernmost city in the world. Like Rio Grande Ushuaia has grown fast in the last few years, thanks to immigration and the electronics industry in the area. You should not miss the End of the World Museum, the old prison and to explore some restaurants to try the excellent spider crabs. A walk around the harbor is interesting too, where some old boats can be seen. Ushuaia and its scenery inspired the research and fantasies of Jules Verne, Fitz Roy, Charles Darwin and Emilio Salgari.
Middle Class: Overnight at Hotel Patagonia Jarke 3* or similar (standard room)
Comfort Class: Overnight at Hotel Cilene del Faro 4* or similar (standard room)
In the morning you will go on a half day tour to the Tierra del Fuego National Park, where you will get the impression as if time goes slower than anywhere else. The long stormy winters and the width of the sky formed a very simple and modest way of living. The National Park is crossed by many rivers which flow into the Beagle Channel. Drive through the park to enjoy the landscapes and have a little walk.
In the afternoon transfer from Ushuaia city in northeast direction along National Road 3 and provincial route J to Estancia Harberton, it’s a rustic way with unpaved roads in some sections of the trip.
Estancia Harberton is located 90km (56mi.) from Ushuaia city and on the shores of Beagle Channel. Upon arrival at Harberton you can take a look around the farm and learn something about its origins. The estancia was founded in 1886 by the Anglican missioner Thomas Bridges and it is the oldest building on the island.
Later on, you will take a short sailing trip (15min one way) aboard semi rigid boats in order to cross to Martillo Island. At this point you will have the chance to watch a colony of Magellan and Gentoo penguins and walk close to them. First penguins arrive at Isla Martillo by late October (just few couples can be seen). Best penguin season is by mid-November till mid-April. Penguins share their habitat with different birds, so you will see during the walking tour: skuas (main penguin predator), albatrosses, petrels, cormorants, and other birds from the area.
Return back to Estancia Haberton and aboard the semi rigid boat (15min navigation trip). You have some time at leisure to visit the birds and sea mammals museum before returning back to Ushuaia city by land (2h), 90km (56 mi.).
**Remarks: SIC – shared with other international travelers, the tour is subject to availability in the moment of the booking.
Bilingual guide: English / Spanish
Sea mammals museum entrance fee not included.
Difficulty: Low. This is an ideal tour for adventurous people who enjoy close contact with nature, visit to Isla Martillo is a nice experience but it can be very cold and windy (there is no place to be sheltered while visiting this island).
This tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.
In case that the Trekking at Isla Martillo and Estancia Harberton Tour is not available, the following alternative excursion will be provided:
Penguin Colony navigation Tour including lunch – on shared basis (5h)
Before leaving the local harbour, you will have lunch at a local restaurant near the area. Afterwards, you will board a Catamaran and navigate along the Channel, passing Isla de los Pájaros; a good spot for watching Albatrosses, Ducks, Skuas, Petrels, Cauquenes, and Seagulls. You will be passing by Isla de los Lobos (Sea Lion Island), both islands De los Pájaros and De los Lobos belong to the Bridges Archipelago.
Upon arrival at Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, you can see the colonies of Cormorants. Continuing the trip to the east enjoy a beautiful landscape of the channel and the surrounding mountains. From there you will see over the Argentinean coast Puerto Almanza and over the Chilean coast the naval base of Puerto Williams.
Upon arrival at Martillo Island you will have the chance to see a colony of Magellan Penguins and some Penguins from Papua. Return back to Ushuaia navigating close to the north coast of the channel appreciating the typical flora of the area and some historical sites such as the Estancia Túnel and Estancia Remolino, in whose coast lies the hull of the cargo and passengers vessel Monte Sarmiento sunk since 1912.
Finalizing the journey you will see the marvelous landscape that surrounds Ushuaia city with its mountains
Transfer to the airport and flight to El Calafate (not included). Pick up at the airport by our local guide and transfer to the hotel.
El Calafate – The village of El Calafate on Lake Argentino, is an expensive and developing Tourist Center. There is a chapel dedicated to Santa Teresa in the center, behind it Perito Moreno Street gently climbs the large hill south of the town, from which one can see the silhouette of the south end of the Andes, the Redonda Lake and Soledad Island on Argentino Lake. It is the southern gateway to the Los Glaciares National Park, which is 50 km (31 mi) away. On the alluvial plain by the lake there are many interesting birds, and in the other direction there is scope for good hill walking. Colourful cave paintings are also captivating.
Middle Class: Overnight at Hotel Sierra Nevada 3* or similar (standard room)
Comfort Class: Overnight at Hotel Kosten Aike 4* or similar (standard room)
Today guests will go on a full day tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier. After a drive through the National Park Los Glaciares, one arrive all of a sudden in a forest full of colours, before one sees - equally unexpected - the glacier Perito Moreno. This is one of the few glaciers that are still growing. Every 4 to 5 years it covers the gap between the mainland and itself and grows into the Lago Argentino. Eventually the ice cannot resist the enormous pressure of the water and crashes with a frightening noise. One can watch this glacier spectacle every day when single ice blocks fall into the lake. Considering that the glacier is 5 km long and 70 m high one can imagine the noise this makes. Here we will have 2 hours to experience the glacier before driving back to Calafate.
**Remark: The excursion is shared with international travelers and accompanied by an English-speaking guide.
Transfer to the Airport for the Flight back to Buenos Aires (not included).
Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.
Transfer to the international airport of Buenos Aires for your flight back home.
Your tour begins on Day 1 as you arrive in Buenos Aires Airport.
Your tour ends on Day 8 as you return to Buenos Aires and transfer from the Hotel to the Airport.
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