Latin America – Buenos Aires & Calafate

Argentina – From vibrant cities to majestic natural wonders

 

Perito Moreno Glacier
Buenos Aires & Calafate

$3,506*PER PERSON – 7NIGHTS – AIR – TRANSFERS – HOTEL – BREAKFAST – TOURS

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The capital city, the country’s most breathtaking glaciers, the soul of Argentina in the form of dance – see it all on this 7-night adventure! Your journey starts in beautiful Buenos Aires, then it’s off to El Calafate, where you’ll be treated to several tours of the famous glaciers nearby, from both land and water!

ITINERARY

Day 1. Welcome to Buenos Aires!

Arrive in beautiful Buenos Aires, and be welcomed at the airport before enjoying a transfer to your accommodation. 

Start your night off with a culinary feast celebrating the local flavor! Consider eating at a “Parrilla.” Parrilla simply means “grill,” but at these establishments, you’ll usually find a huge fire pit of roasting meat right in the center of the action.

Transfer to Buenos Aires hotel

Day 2. Buenos Aires

Today, embark on an extensive tour of Argentina’s capital city, including a coffee break at Buenos Aires’ oldest literati cafe.

In the evening, enjoy a tango show – the perfect kickoff for your adventure in Argentina! 

Buenos Aires City Tour including stop at Café Tortoni (5 hours)

Get in touch with the birth city of the Tango! Your city tour starts with a drive along 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue of the world. Pass by the Colon Theatre, one of the world’s best known opera houses and the cultural pride of the “portenos” (as the inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called).

Continue on to 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.

Next, step inside and explore the Neo-classical Metropolitan Cathedral, 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.

After a day of exploring, it’s time for a break! Enjoy a stop at the famous Cafe Tortoni, Buenos Aires’ oldest literati cafe, where you’ll unwind with a cup of coffee and snack.

Now you’ll visit the historic San Telmo neighborhood, the oldest district of Buenos Aires. Here you may have some time to stroll around Plaza Dorrego with its many antique shops

The adventure continues onto the colorful area of La Boca, and its famous street Caminito. Continue to the north area driving to Palermo, the green area of the city with its beautiful parks and artificial lakes. Here you’ll also find the City Zoo, Botanical Garden, Argentine Horse Track, and National Polo Fields. At the end of the tour you will visit Recoleta area, one of the city’s most glamorous spots. Recoleta is home to elegant boutiques and restaurants, as well as the Recoleta cemetery.

The cemetery is the center of this aristocratic neighborhood, and the final resting of some of Argentina’s most iconic personalities. 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. You’ll spend about 30 minutes exploring, including a visit to Eva Duarte`s grave, known as Eva Peron (Evita).

Dinner & Tango Show at El Viejo Almacen (with transfers)

Experience the soul of Buenos Aires at a tango show with dinner! The Tango tradition started at the end of the 19th century, and developed out of a mixture of various rhythms, which were originally danced in the poorer neighborhoods.

Your night starts with a hotel pick-up, where you’ll then be taken to one of the famous Tango Houses – El Viejo Almacen – for dinner. Enjoy a show with music, singing, and of course –  dancing.

The El Viejo Almacen, the home of traditional tango, became a unique place thanks to its historic location and authentic style. Every night its doors are open to enjoy an impressive tango show performed by prominent interpreters of the tango scene, a demonstration of Andean music, as well as exquisite cuisine.

Includes:

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Entrance to Tango Show
  • 1 full dinner
    • Entree
    • Main course
    • Dessert
    • Drinks

Day 3. Buenos Aires

Spend the day exploring the city on your own today! Enjoy the day at leisure, stopping at the city’s most iconic, historical landmarks. After an energizing breakfast, head to the spectacular 19th-century Plaza de Mayo. At the base of this bustling square, you’ll spot at the overwhelmingly beautiful Casa Rosada, a pink mansion which houses the office of the President of Argentina.

In the evening, enjoy a walk along the buzzing Avenida Corrientes. Catch a show at one of the many theaters, grab a bite of authentic food, and perhaps pick up the perfect souvenir or two.

Buenos Aires

Plaza de Mayo • Buenos Aires

Day 4. Buenos Aires – Calafate

Enjoy one final breakfast in Buenos Aires before being transferred to the local airport for your flight to Calafate. After a relaxing flight, enjoy a transfer to your home for the next three nights.

Celebrate your first night in El Calafate by indulging in Patagonian cuisine! Indulge in the regional specialty of lamb, then end on a sweet note with a few Calafate berries, for which the town was named. 

Transfer to Buenos Aires airport (AEP)

Fly to Calafate!

Transfer to Calafate hotel

Day 5. Calafate

Chill out with a visit to Argentina’s famous glacier park and the famous Estancia Cristina today! 

Visit to Estancia Cristina Discovery with 4-wheel drive vehicle to Upsala Glacier viewpoint (12.5 hours)

The border of Argentina is home to one of the most majestic natural wonders of South America: the Los Glaciares National Park. On this tour you will visit one of the parks largest glaciers, the Upsala Glacier.

Your day begins with a sail through the Argentino Lake among icebergs and mountains! Visit Estancia Cristina, the perfect blend of nature, adventure, history, and pleasure. Enjoy a quiet day of touring and history, or get a taste of adventure with a trek or ride while surrounded by the Andes mountains, glaciers, and the Argentino Lake.

Day 6. Calafate

Today is jam-packed with adventure! See one of the country’s most iconic glaciers by foot and on water, then stop at a museum where you’ll learn all about these chilling wonders.

Perito Moreno Glacier Tour (8-hours)

Prepare yourself for a visit the famous (and breathtaking Perito Merino Glacier at Los Glaciares National Park. It forms part of the Patagonian Continental Ice Field from which 13 glaciers descend on the Atlantic side to flow into the Viedma and Argentino lakes.

The massive Perito Moreno glacier is truly a sight to behold. Every 4 or 5 years, the water pressure is so strong that it breaks into multiple pieces giving an overwhelming spectacle that is impossible to explain. The continuous slides from its frozen walls astonish you at any time throughout the year. Enjoy jaw-dropping glacier views via walking tours through the catwalks.

Safari Nautico Navigation Tour (1h)

Enjoy a cruise across Lake Rico (the southern arm of Lake Argentino), passing beside icebergs which have calved off the front of the Perito Moreno Glacier all along the south wall of this glacier. You’ll embark at Bajo Las Sombras, about 4.5 miles away from the Moreno glacier balconies.

Reaching the Icebergs Channel, the boat will stop at a safe distance from the glacier, continuing to sail down all its front, allowing a spectacular view of the high wall of ice. The excursion lasts approximately one hour and provides a totally different perspective of the Perito Moreno glacier, with almost constant falling walls of ice from its front.

Glaciarium Museum Visit (2.5 hours)

On the way back to Perito Moreno enjoy a stop at the  Glaciarium Museum, the first museum in South America dedicated to the glaciers and Patagonia ice. Take a deeper dive into the natural wonder through the interactive museum featuring themed rooms, exhibitions showing recent investigations, scenic & lighting effects, multimedia programs, and audiovisuals.

Don’t forget to stop by the permanent exhibition, focused on global climate changes and the environmental problems on earth.

Day 7. Calafate – Buenos Aires

Start the day with one final breakfast in Calafate, then it’s back to Buenos Aires!

Celebrate your last night by treating yourself to a culinary feast sampling all of Argentina’s most famous snacks and sips; you’ll want to try empanadas or asado, before ending on a sweet note with some dulce de leche.

Transfer to Calafate airport (FTE)

Fly to Buenos Aires!

Transfer to Buenos Aires hotel

Day 8. Depart Argentina

Enjoy one last transfer to the airport in accordance with your departure flight. 

Transfer to Buenos Aires airport

Fly home!

 

 

 

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