A wonderful trip including the traditional points of interest, from Buenos Aires to the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel. Explore some of the most beautiful regions on earth: Patagonia. A journey to a land of virgin forests and imposing millenary glaciers.
Price per person: $3990 USD (Double occupancy)
Children/Youth (up to 16 y.o): 3690 USD (Sharing with parents)
We meet 1pm at JFK airport Terminal/Gate TBD). Group travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Group not to exceed 16 people). Flight departure 3.25pm, overnight, with an early arrival next morning.
Welcome to Argentina! Your 1stClassArgentina local host will greet you at Ezeiza International Airport, and introduce you to Buenos Aires, dubbed "the Paris of the Southern Hemisphere," as you make your way to Recoleta for your confirm accommodations at the Hotel Intersur. Early check-in guaranteed!
Later in the afternoon, we invite you to a panoramic Buenos Aires city tour. At first glimpse, we arrive at a typical postcard view of Buenos Aires: the Obelisco on 9 de Julio avenue and the Colon theater. We continue to Plaza de Mayo, the city's founding center, with its surrounding sites and buildings of historical relevance. Taking a walk around the square you will observe the Cabildo of Buenos Aires, the old municipal authority and building; the Metropolitan Cathedral; the Casa Rosada (pink house) Presidential headquarters; and the Palacio de Gobierno (City Hall building). Continuing south, we enter San Telmo and La Boca, the oldest neighborhoods of the city, with its centuries-old churches, conventillos (old immigrant houses), Sunday antique markets and lots of visitors strolling around along its cobble stone streets.
Now heading north, we drive through a more recent borough, Puerto Madero, a newly revitalized city port which has become known for its gastronomic delights, offering numerous options for buffet and a-la-carte dining: typical Argentinean cuisine as well as Asian, Italian, Brazilian, and American comfort food. Lastly we visit elegant the neighborhood of Recoleta and a walking tour of the Cemetery, where you can see, among others, the tombs of Eva Perón, Adolfo Bioy Casares and Facundo Quiroga.
A full-day Fiesta Gaucha tour with BBQ lunch and spectacular Gaucho display. Experience life on an Estancia, or farm ranch, featuring traditional folk dances and horseback riding, where Gauchos show us their Creole horse skills, such as sortija races, horseback sprints, lassoing and hog-tying. The tour includes a reception, full lunch and tea time with exquisite local specialties including empanadas, Asado criollo and torta fritas. Guests can explore the estancia on foot or on horseback, accompanied by seasoned gauchos. Horsedrawn carriages are also available.
Tonight, enjoy a gourmet dinner and a 1st Class tango show at La Ventana.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to El Calafate, a nice touristy village with a little over ten thousand inhabitants mainly working in the tourism industry, and most important next to Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the world's largest active continental glaciers. Enjoy El Calafate's breathtaking beauty and unusual characteristics, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Your local guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel inside the national park. Almost at the end of the world, between lakes, woods and mountains, the sky blends with the glacier's bluish white. Accommodations at Hosteria Esplendor Calafate.
The glacier offers an astonishing ice river, two miles wide and 300 feet high along its front wall, with a 5 km glacial tongue descending onto the lake. This creates a unique phenomenon, when after periods of four to eight years the tongue of the glacier advances down enough to block the lake and reach the opposite margin. After resisting the pressure of the lake's currents, it breaks and falls, which is truly a most spectacular natural phenomena. The tour includes an hour's navigation and national park fees.
"Minitrekking" excursion over the glacier is available for an additional fee. After a delicious breakfast, we head to Bajo de las Sombras pier, and sail through the south wall, then walking through the woods and finally over the glacier itself. Finally, we will have a picnic in the woods, in front of the glacier. In the afternoon, after a snack, we still have time to enjoy the natural beauty. Transportation and equipment will be provided, though we suggest you do not forget water-proof shoes and your sunglasses!
Early in the morning, we leave El Calafate eastbound with an incredible view of the Argentinean Lake and the Andes mountains framing the scene. We arrive at La Leona Hotel to freshen up and continue right away to reach the pearl of the park: the Vietma Lake and its paleontological park where there is a 3 hours walk to discover dinosaurs´ fossils. We suggest, dress in layers and bring comfy shoes, windbreaker or parka, hat, sunglasses and solar protection lotion. Lunch box included.
Transfer to El Calafate airport for your flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Located on the shores of the Beagle Channel, the city of Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and islands of the South Atlantic Province. A local guide will meet you at the local airport and transfer you to your accommodations at the Hotel Cilene del Faro. In the afternoon, take advantage of the long-lasting daylight and enjoy Ushuaia at your leisure — a land of legends that many audacious spirits have dreamt of visiting. Ushuaia is sparsely inhabited by only those who have accepted the challenge of isolation and the company of nature at its best!
The hydrofoil departs from the pier towards the southeast, sailing first in the Ushuaia Bay, with our backs facing the city. During the tour we will have the opportunity to observe the majestic Black Eyebrow Albatross, Imperial cormorants, as well as Squads and different kinds of sea gulls and funny steamer ducks, or Alakush. Our navigation continues as we pass Les Eclaireurs Archipelago. Here we visit Sea Lion's Island for observation of the two species (one- and two-hair) of sea lions, typical of the canal. Bearing east we sail directly to the Martillo Island to watch the elegant Magellan penguins (Martillo Island available December through March only).
Leisure day or optional tour to Tierra del Fuego National Park.
Morning at leisure for shopping time! Hotel checkout and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires international airport in Ezeiza, where you connect with your return flight to JFK.