Endpoints of Argentina 13 days / 12 nights
Day 1 Buenos Aires
After the welcome at the International Airport of Ezeiza, the trip to the selected hotel will take place. The rest of the day is free to rest at ease. Accommodation.
Day 2 Buenos Aires
During this day, we will make a city tour over the Buenos Aires city, showing its different districts, communities and architectural styles. We will discover the magic of Buenos Aires in a 4 hour city tour in which you will visit the ancient Council, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Capitol (better known as "Pink House"). The buildings that surround the "Mayo Square" consist of the above mentioned spots. The tour also includes the magnificent areas of Recoleta and Palermo, with their beautiful parks and buildings, the Colon theatre, one of the five most important Opera theatres of the world and many other buildings and palaces of architectural, historical and cultural value. We will visit San Telmo area, one of the most antique districts of the city, as well as the Boca district, with its "caminito"- a picturesque pedestrian street, where you will find its colorful metal sheet tenements. Finally, the tour will lead us to the recently recycled district of Puerto Madero, old area of the Buenos Aires port. Free afternoon to do shopping around the city. Return to hotel. Accommodation.
Day 3 Buenos Aires / Iguazú Falls
We will travel to the local airport, to head our first endpoint, in Argentina’s northeast region: Puerto Iguazú. Arrival, welcome. During the afternoon: Half-day tour to admire the waterfalls from the Brazilian side. It is a giant balcony from where the waterfalls in all their extent can be viewed, having also the choice of observing them from more distant and wider angles. The area to be covered is made of an only circuit of footbridges that is located in front of the falls, and offers a panoramic view which is really astonishing. The tour offers a wide route from which all the splendor of the landscape falls and waterfalls can be observed. Accommodation.
Day 4 Iguazú
We will make the tour to the waterfalls, covering them from the Argentine side. The visitor will find more than 270 water falls along the cliffs and islets, split into a half moon that is the shape of this beautiful geographical feature. From the visitors’ center, the paths can be covered on foot or a picturesque little train can be chosen for that purpose. The National Park has two circuits to be covered: one at a lower surface and the other at the upper one. In the lower circuit, one can reach the base of the falls, where the magnificence of their beauty can be appreciated. In the upper circuit, the tour is a bit more sedentary where unique landscapes can be viewed from footbridges and viewpoints, which makes the tour an unforgettable experience. Accommodation.
Day 5 Iguazú / Salta
Transfer to the local airport, to fly to the northern ending point: Salta, located in Argentina’s Northwest region. The Northern provinces exhibit mixed pre-Columbus vestiges, ruins of fortresses and Indian villages, as well as constructions from the age of the conquer and colonization. It is a region full of contrasts, where the visitor goes deep in the historical roots of the Latin-American civilization and culture. Its geography is made of the Calchaquies Valleys, the “Altiplano de la Puna” (High Plains of the Puna*) and the “Quebrada of Humahuaca”#, which has been declared as Patrimony of Humanity. This variety of landscapes amazes everyone the same way. Surrounded by hills, some of them multicolored, with their slopes covered with a great quantity of imposing cactus. It is just in these lands where the population still keeps the practices and customs of its ancestors, staying among other popular events, which contribute with the veneration of the Mother Earth and the celebration of the carnival. In Cafayate, at 2hrs30m from Salta, great areas of vineyards can be observed, as here the famous “torrontés wine” (white and fruit wine) is manufactured. Accommodation.
Day 6 Salta / Quebrada de Humahuaca / Salta.
This day, we will leave northbound early in the morning to the province of Jujuy, reaching the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a natural way climbing up to the High Plains (Humanity Patrimony since 2003). Multiple picturesque and colorful landscapes frame a group of towns, with adobe brick houses, historical chapels and pre-hispanic ruins where time seems to be stopped. The Quebrada (Ravine), densely inhabited during prehispanic times, is characterized by numerous towns with fortresses at the peak of the morros and in the valley. After crossing the little towns of Yala, Volcán and Tumbaya, we arrive at our first stop: Purmamarca. Here we visit the Seven Colours Hill, its town and craft markets. We follow the road to Tilcara, village with fortress, built by the omaguacas Indians during the pre-Columbus times. We will visit the Pucará Ruins and the museum. Following the route, we reach Humahuaca, the most important town of the ravine, where the monument to the Independence, the adobe brick tower of the old church and the craft markets can be appreciated.
Going back to Salta and on the same route, we will make a short visit to the Uquia church, a small adobe brick chapel from the seventeenth century, which beautiful main altar from the Baroque style, sculpt in wood by hand and the famous painting from the Cuzco area “ The Arcabuceros angels” can be appreciated. Return trip to Salta. Accommodation.
Day 7 Salta / Cafayate / Salta
Today we will make a full day visit to Cafayate, passing by a peculiar geography, sculpt by the winds and the sun. First we will find small agricultural-livestock villages such as Cerrillos, La Merced and El Carril, where these activities are developed. Further on, we will cross Quebrada de las Conchas in a route of 52 miles, which is the prelude to the Calchaquíes Valleys. Here, the wind erosion has captured a succession of natural caprices like the famous Garganta del Diablo (a closed and profound canyon); then at the view of the visitor appears the Amphitheatre (amazing mountain formation with a surprising acoustic), the Frog, the Fray, and the Nun Procession, the Obelisk and the Castles, whose names express the images that they name. The dryness of the landscape changes when reaching Cafayate, where great areas of vineyards can be observed. The region is worldly well-known since apart from its natural beauties, here the famous “torrontés wine” is manufactured – it is a white and fruit wine, very typical of the Salta Province. We will visit its colonial houses and the Church of the nineteenth century, as well as one of its wine cellars, where we will also have the opportunity of tasting some of its famous wines. Return trip to the city of Salta during the afternoon. Accommodation.
Day 8 Salta / Ushuaia
This day, you will have the great opportunity of crossing Argentina from NORTH to SOUTH!!! You will take a direct flight (with only 1 technical scale at Cordoba, no need to change of airplane). Arrival at Ushuaia, the southernmost point of Argentina!!! Welcome to the End of the World!!! The most southern city of Argentina and the planet! Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.
Day 9 Ushuaia
We will make the half-day visit to the National Park of Tierra del Fuego. The area is specially known because of the rareness of the animal and vegetable life and as the only park of the country that has an extended maritime coast. We will be able to watch lakes, small lakes and rivers. Here guanacos, red foxes, beavers and condors live together among forests of cherry trees, lenga trees and Antarctic Beeches (in Spanish ñires). It is the only national park of the country that has a marine coast. During the tour we go deep into the rugged topography and along the crossing mountain roads towards the “Lapataia” River, where we have an excellent view of the Green Small Lake and the Lapataia Bay. Over there we will have a clear idea of the original inhabitants (Onas or Yamanes), since the place keeps several archaeological zones. During the tour, we will visit the Train Station of the Southern Fuegian Railway – Station of the end of the World – and we will make a stop (optionally) to take the train that covers the National Park along forests and peat bogs. The narrow gauged convoy will guide us through the old alignment that the prison train had, which was used for the work of the prisoners.
During the afternoon we will sail along the Beagle Channel. The tour starts at the tourist port of Ushuaia. From this site, the landscape is a combination of sea and mountains and the mounts of Olivia and Five Brothers as well as the Ranchs Fique and Túnel can be admired. From there, the tour continues to the centre of the Beagle Channel, reaching the Lighthouse Les Eclaireurs, in the homonym archipelago. This lighthouse sometimes is mistaken with the one of “the end of the world”, which is located at the States Island and shows the sailors the access to the Ushuaia bay.
Heading to the Wolves Island, it is possible to sail in complete silence around the island and observe this beautiful colony of sea lions – the Southamerican sea lions and the Southamerican fur seals– in its permanent habitat. The catamaran continues the trip towards the Birds Island, where one can match the majesty of the Imperial and Magallanes Cormorants, albatross, petrel birds, Squas birds and 20 different species of seabirds. Later on, sailing through Paso Chico, we will make the return trip to Ushuaia, with a view of the beautiful frame that Martial Mount and the homonym glacier give to the city. Accommodation.
Day 10 Ushuaia / El Calafate
Transfer to the airport of Ushuaia to fly to our last endpoint: El Calafate, southwest point. Welcome to El Calafate airport and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.
Day 11 Calafate
This day, you will make the Full day tour to the National Park Los Glaciares, visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier. This natural monument of extraordinary beauty has been declared by UNESCO as Humanity Patrimony. Leaving Calafate we must cover 50 miles to reach the National Park. Once inside the park we will be able to observe the arboreal vegetation of the Patagonia Andean forest, which is mainly from the “notofagus” family. Further on, we will have access to the footbridges of the glacier, with fantastic panoramic viewpoints. In this area there exists a big quantity of glaciers, and the most famous is the Perito Moreno: it has a frontage of 3.12 miles and is 60 metres high above the level of the Argentine Lake, and a total surface that exceeds the one from several big cities of the world. It is one of the few glaciers that is still in full advance. During any season of the year the visitor can enjoy its constant collapses of ice towers that break into multiple ice floes. In variable periods of time, one unique phenomenon that calls experts and tourists around the world is performed: the breakage of the natural dry dock that the glacier produces while advancing over the river. This phenomenon is a spectacle of wonderful and incomparable characteristics.
Note:The park also offers alternative and optional tours, such as tours to the lakes or mini-trekking along the Perito Moreno glacier.
Day 12 El Calafate / Buenos Aires
Day at leisure. We recommend sailing along the Argentine Lake to visit the glacier field. You would see, among other, the Upsala glacier (the biggest in terms of size and surface), the Spegazzini and Onelli glaciers.
In late afternoon, we will go to the local airport to fly back to Buenos Aires. Arrival, assistance and transfer to the selected hotel. Accommodation.
Day 13 Buenos Aires / End of Trip
Transfer to the international airport to fly back home. End of our services.
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