See an amazing variety of landscapes on this fantastic holiday to Argentina. From stylish Buenos Aires, to the most spectacular sight in all South America, Iguazu Falls, the other worldly desert landscape of Salta and finally the gleaming blue glaciers of El Calafate. This trip is a real escape for the most adventurous of travellers!
17 Day trip Includes all flights, transfers, hotels, and transfers starts from €3,785pp + taxes
Day 1: Departure / Overnight flight to Buenos Aires
Day 2: Buenos Aires/ transfer in.
Arrival to the stylish city of Buenos Aires. The driver will wait for you at the airport exit and transfer you to your hotel.
Day 3: Private half day city tour
An unforgettable route discovering a complete overview of the Paris of South America. Visit the glamorous neighborhoods of Recoleta, the trendy Puerto Madero Area and many other emblematic buildings and palaces of unique architectural, historical, and cultural value.
Day 4: Day at Leisure/ Optional tango show and dinner by taxi
Enjoy a day of leisure or visit La Ventana, in the heart of San Telmo neighbourhood. This totally refurbished historical “conventillo” (tenement) offers a definitive tour of classic porteño culture. This typical early 20th century house is an ideal stage for a unique show: 32 artists, two tango orchestras, a folk music group, dancers and singers.
Day 5: Optional Half day Tigre Delta tour
Only 30 km north of Buenos Aires, the City of Tigre is the access to the exotic delta of the Paraná River, a huge stretch of subtropical forest with thousands of islets. This delta is unique as it flows into another river instead of into the sea, as all deltas do. After travelling along the Rio de la Plata, we arrive to San Isidro to make a small stop to visit the Neo-Gothic Cathedral built in the XIX century. From here we continue to Tigre Pier to board one of the typical boats that will take us on a spectacular ride around the islands.
Day 6: Fly to Iguazu/Rest of day at leisure
After your flight, take the day to relax and recharge before a full day exploring the fantastic falls tomorrow.
Day 7: Full day Argentinean Side
Surrounded by a lush subtropical rainforest, in Iguazú National Park, we find the majestic Iguazú Waterfalls. Its water volume and more than 275 falls places it among the most important and spectacular waterfalls in the world. On different footbridges, we will visit the heart of the waterfalls, appreciating them from different angles, refreshing ourselves with waterfall drizzle. On the upper circuit, we will stop at different viewpoints, and then reach the balcony at Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat).
Day 8: Optional Private Half day Brazilian Side/Flight to Salta
Before your flight to Salta, there is the option to appreciate the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls. Take an elevator down to the base of the waterfalls and stop right above the river level.
Day 9: Optional full day trip to Shells Gorge and on to Cafayate
Departing from Salta, home to dozens of tobacco plantations that will surround you in every direction, we will cross over the Quebrada del Río Las Conchas and Quebrada de Cafayate, which is where some of the most spectacular and natural formations. We will eventually reach Cafayate, where we will enjoy a sight – seeing tour of the town and its wine cellar. These cellars are famous for producing ‘Torrontes’, which is a particular type of wine native to Argentina.
Day 10: Full day trip to the Great Salt Plains. Overnight in Purmamarca
The trip begins in Salta towards the Tastil Ruins arriving to San Antonio de los Cobres, after a two hour stop for lunch and a short visit of the town. We continue our trip along Route 40 crossing one of the most deserted areas of the country into Salinas Grandes (The Great Salt Flat), where the beauty of the landscape invites you to relax and take photographs. We continue down the Lipán Cliff arriving to Purmamarca, one of the typical towns of Humahuaca Gorge with its Seven Colors Hill and its charming houses.
Day 11: Return to Salta via Humahuaca
Surrounded by high mountain ranges and carved by the Grande River, the magnificent Quebrada de Humahuaca, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is a heavenly landscape with small villages. We travel through Sub-Andean valley, until reaching the Quebrada’s main ‘gate’; visiting different villages: Purmamarca, at the foot of Cerro de los Siete Colores (Seven Colors hill); Tilcara, with its colourful crafts and looms fair; and Pucará, where we will visit the ruins, and the Anthropological Museum. Finally, we arrive at the historical city of Humahuaca, where the Church and Cabildo are both must sees.
Day 12: Flights to El Calafate via Buenos Aires
Departure to the next leg of your amazing trip to the gleaming blue glaciers of El Calafate.
Day 13: Optional Full day tour of Estancia Cristina
Sailing out of Puerto Bandera, only 50 km away from El Calafate, a modern and comfortable ship will take us to the best views of the occidental front of glacier Upsala, the second largest glacier in South America. We will then sail the Cristina Canal to disembark at the Cristina ranch, where we will visit the old shearing house now turned into a museum. We will drive almost 10 km of mountain roads to reach the Continental Ice Refuge, where we will walk over land eroded by glaciers and enjoy amazing views.
Day 14: Full day visit to the Perito Moreno Glacier + mini trekking
Today’s excursion takes us to the Perito Moreno Glacier which rises majestically 80 km away from El Calafate. This is the largest and only advancing glacier in the world. We will start in the Patagonic Andean forest and stop at “Curva de los Suspiros” (Curve of Sighs), where we will enjoy a first view of this incredible natural wonder. We will see when ice blocks loosen and fall into the water with a great thunder becoming beautiful ice floes in the deep waters of the Lago Argentino. This day will be an unforgettable experience, a once in a lifetime delight.
Day 15: Optional Full day trip to El Chalten
We rise early in the morning and take the mythic Route 40, which goes along the Argentino Lake up to La Leona River. We will arrive to the ancient route hotel “”La Leona””, almost a museum of the Route 40, where you can have coffee and cakes. Our trip continues along the Lake Viedma, from where we will have magical views of glaciers, hidden lakes and the overpowering presence of the Mount Fitz Roy.
Day 16: During the day transfer to the international airport.
Day 17: Arrival into Dublin