- Transfer to hotel upon arrival in Buenos Aires
- Exclusive tour of the city
- A day to soak up the atmosphere of the city
- Fly to El Calafate; transfer upon arrival to hotel
- Visit Perito Moreno glacier
- Travel to Aguas Arriba lodge
- A day to enjoy the surrounding environment as you see fit
- Travel to Torres del Paine
- 3 days of expert-led excursions
- Travel back to El Calafate; flight to Buenos Aires
- Fly home
When you arrive into Buenos Aires international airport today you will be met and escorted to your hotel.
This morning you embark on an exclusive look at Buenos Aires, in which a scholar, professor of the University, uses four parks and plazas of Buenos Aires (Plaza de Mayo, Parque Lezama and La Boca, Plaza San Martin and Recoleta) to introduce you to Argentina; it’s history, contrasts, contradictions and the characteristic psychology of the “portenos”, the inhabitants of Buenos Aires.
Highlights of the tour include:
Plaza de Mayo The heart of the city of Buenos Aires, both from the historical and political point of view and the site of its foundation.
Parque Lezama & La Boca The old South: One of the oldest districts in the city, crowded by artists ateliers and colourful houses of rambling architecture at La Boca and lots of Antiques shops and cobblestone streets in San Telmo, which showcase the early times of Buenos Aires.
Plaza San Martin & Retiro Shows the link and the passage from the Old South to the New Residential quarters developed at the turn of the 19th Century when Argentina and especially Buenos Aires looked towards Europe as a model.
The rest of the day is yours to explore further, or perhaps take a stroll in one of the many beautiful in the Palermo area.
Today is free for you to soak up more of this wonderful city.
This morning you will be taken to the airport for your flight to El Calafate, in Patagonia. You will be met when you arrive at the airport in El Calafate and taken to your hotel.
The Patagonian ice cap is the 3rd largest in the world after Greenland and Antarctica. Magnicficent rivers of ice descend from it which then melt to create the characteristic turquoise lakes, dotted with icebergs, such as Lago Argentino. El Calafate lies on the banks of el Lago Argentino and has some excellent restaurants serving traditional Patagonian lamb, among many other dishes.
This morning you will join a guide and small group for your trip to get right up close to one of the largest and most impressive glaciers in Patagonia: Perito Merino. A series of walkways take you to fantastic viewpoints where you can watch out for huge chunks of ice breaking off the glacier, creating a rather spectacular show.
A boat takes you over to the shore on the opposite side of the lake where your guide will help you to kit up with crampons for a hike on the glacier itself.
This morning your private driver will meet you at your hotel to make the 4-hour journey through wonderful scenery to Aguas Arribas lodge. Hidden away on the eastern shore of Lago del Desierto, this lodge is a wonderful base for exploring the surrounding scenery.
En route to the lodge, you will drive around lakes Argentino and Viedma. Look out for Mount FitzRoy looming on the horizon as you approach El Chalten – it is arguably one of the most beautiful peaks in the Andes. The lodge is reached by crossing the lake in a small boat. When you arrive, your hosts will greet you and welcome you to the lodge. You can then enjoy lunch with views over the lakes and mountains.
Once here, you are free to do as much or as little as you like. Expert hiking guides are on hand if you wish to explore some of the trails. You can also explore the lakes by boat. Fly-fishing is also available.
Another day at Aguas Arriba lodge, free to choose what you would like to do there, if anything.
This morning you will cross the lake again to meet your private transport to El Calafate. A representative from Tierra Patagonia will be there to meet you and take you on a shared transfer to Torres del Paine, Chile. As you get out into the wilds of Patagonia and closer to the National Park, you may spot guanacos grazing and condors flying over-head.
When you arrive at the hotel, your base for the next few days, you can relax and have dinner while watching the sun set over the Torres del Paine.
Days 9, 10, and 11
You may choose from a variety of excursions as part of your stay here. The expert guides will explain the options in detail so that you can decide which ones you wish to join. There is also a superb spa at the hotel to be enjoyed.
This morning you will head north, back to El Calafate, to take your flight to Buenos Aires. When you arrive, you will be met and escorted to your hotel. Please let us know if you would like any restaurant recommendations, or a reservation for this evening.
Today you be escorted to the international airport for your flight home.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $0 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.
The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.