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Iguazu Falls Argentina Tour

The Iguazu Falls, (Iguassu Falls) of the Iguazu River are in the northeastern corner of Argentina along the border with Brazil. The Iguazu Falls are the largest waterfalls system in the world. At the heart of this site is a semicircular waterfall, some 80m high and 2,700m in diameter. The Iguazu River is surrounded with subtropical rainforest, home to a wide variety of wildlife including; giant anteaters, howler monkeys, jaguars and caymans.

This tour features the highlights of Argentina covering three important geographical regions; Los Glacier national park in the south, the Pampas around Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls with Yacutinga Wildlife & Nature Reserve in the north. The tour begins in vibrant Buenos Aires and travels to El Calafate; gateway to Glaciers National Park. Also visit the famous Perito Moreno Glacier and Los Glaciers National Park. Transfer to Iguazú Falls and Yacutinga Wildlife & Nature Reserve.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 11 DAY ARGENTINA TOUR WITH IGUAZU FALLS…
And, experience gaucho culture in the Pampas and traditional estancia lifestyle.
 

What We Love
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available. 
  • Hotels can be changed to lower budget.
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour with enough time in each destination to explore.
  • You must come prepared for summer and winter all together.
  • Please check with us for clothing and equipment you should take on this trip.
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

The Review

Begin in vibrant Buenos Aires and visit the city’s most evocative neighbourhoods filled with elegant architecture, historic attractions and excellent museums. Discover the beauty and wonders of Buenos Aires city’s highlights; the Congress Building, Avenida de Mayo and the Government House ‘Casa Rosada’ at Plaza de Mayo. Explore the city’s colourful neighbourhood of La Boca or stop for live tango performances at San Telmo, all with their own character.

Then travel to El Calafate; gateway to Glaciers National Park. El Calafate is situated in the southwest of Santa Cruz province and features the famous Perito Moreno Glacier and Fitz Roy Peak, listed as a Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Spend a full day visiting the Los Glaciers National Park. Board a catamaran and navigate the northern arm of the Argentino Lake. Disembark at Onelli Bay and after a short hike through the Patagonian beech forest, enjoy lunch at a charming restaurant in the park.

Return to Buenos Aires for a two day experience of the Pampas and learn about gaucho culture and experience the traditional estancia lifestyle. Stay at a luxurious ranch with many activities on offer, including horseback riding, bird-watching, country walks, and carriage rides, or spend a relaxing day by the swimming pool and enjoy delicious asado (barbecue) served with Argentina wine.

Then travel to Iguazú Falls (pronounced eeh-gwa-SUE), one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. The falls, on the Parana River stretch about 2 miles wide and are best seen October-December and March-May.

For nature lovers Yacutinga Wildlife & Nature Reserve is the best location in Argentina that is far away from massive tourism concentration. Here you can enjoy diverse out-door activities with a soft adventure and eco-tourism focus, such as; floating, bird-watching or hiking which will provide you with a variety of information unlocking the mysteries and peculiarities of the rainforest.

Getting There

Flights from London to Buenos Aires take 14 hours, or around 16 hours via a European city.

British Airways offers the only direct service from the UK (London Heathrow) to Buenos Aires. The alternatives are indirect Iberia and Air Europa flights, both of which involve changing planes in Madrid (sometimes with a lengthy gap). From Europe you can fly Air France, Alitalia, Iberia, Air Europa, Lufthansa, KLM and Aerolineas Argentinas all offer scheduled direct services between Europe and Buenos Aires.

Argentina’s Ministro Pistarini International Airport (code EZE) is located in Ezeiza about 22 kilometres from Buenos Aires. The airport has three terminals, A, B and C. Taxis, buses and rental cars are available. AwimAway guides will receive you at the airport.
 

 
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Argentina Highlights

Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Iguazu, Yacutinga
(11 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Buenos Aires Meet and greet on arrival at Buenos Aires Airport and transfer to your chosen hotel for your three-night stay. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires or Four Seasons.

Day 2 – City Highlights Tour
Buenos Aires This morning enjoy a half-day tour of this impressive city. Discover the cobbled streets and brightly painted houses of La Boca and the grand architecture in Plaza de Mayo. Continue to the exclusive neighbourhood of Recoleta, with its treelined avenues, fashionable restaurants, cafes and boutiques, not forgetting the famous cemetery that holds Evita's shrine.

Optional Dinner & Tango Show: This evening, enjoy exquisite cuisine and a spectacular dance display in one of the city’s oldest and finest tango venues. Housed in an elegant French style building with an exclusive marble bar, Gala Tango is bound to put you in the tango mood! As you arrive you are invited to learn some of the slick tango moves and enjoy a drink.

The Tango and Folklore show follows, featuring a live orchestra, two singers and four performing tango dancers. You will also enjoy a show with boleadoras (balls tied to ropes used by the gauchos to herd cattle) while enjoying a 3-course a la carte meal paired with superb Catena Zapata wines.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)
Recommended: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires or Four Seasons.

Day 3 – Transfer
El Calafate Transfer to Buenos Aires airport for your flight to El Calafate. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel for a three-night stay. El Calafate is on the southern shores of Lago Argentino, the largest lake in Argentina, and close to Los Glaciares National Park. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Hotel Posada Los Alamos (B, D)

Day 4 – Perito Moreno Glacier Tour
El Calafate Enjoy a full day tour to Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most impressive sights in Patagonia. Continue along the forested lakeshore until you reach Curva de los Suspiros and here you will see the first panoramic view of the glacier Perito Moreno. Among the 356 glaciers within the park, the Perito Moreno is the most outstanding, having a 2km long front and a height of over 60m above water level. Pieces of ice from the glacier crash loudly into the water below leaving glistening, deep blue icebergs twisting and turning in the lake.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Hotel Posada Los Alamos (B, D)

Day 5 – Upsala Glacier & Lake Onelli Tour
El Calafate Today, take a full-day tour on and around Lake Argentino to Upsala Glacier. Leaving from Punta Bandera Port you will sail north among amazing blue icebergs and spectacular mountain ranges until you reach Upsala Glacier, an area of 955 square kilometres. Later, continue to Onelli Bay, passing surrounding beech forests until you arrive at Lake Onelli, whose surface is dotted with icebergs of many different shapes and sizes.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Hotel Posada Los Alamos (B, D)  

Day 6 – Transfer
Buenos Aires/ Estancia El Ombu Transfer to El Calafate airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, where you will be met and driven for about two hours to the small town of San Antonio de Areco, birthplace of the gaucho tradition. The town has the famous Ricardo Guiraldes Gaucho Museum, where a short visit will be made, silversmiths, leather craft and wood workshops, a delightful little chocolate factory and frequent country auctions, all of which serve to keep very much alive the traditions of the gaucho culture. Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Estancia El Ombu (B, D)

Day 7 – Working Cattle Ranch
Estancia El Ombu Estancia El Ombu is a working cattle ranch with a magnificent late-colonial main house. Today you will be able to explore the 300-hectare (ca 750 acre) estancia on foot or, accompanied by seasoned gauchos, on one of the 38 horses that are part of the working drove. Many activities are on offer, including horseback riding, bird-watching, country walks, and carriage rides, or you could become an assistant to the estancia’s seasoned gauchos, taking part in the farming activities. A relaxing day can be spent by the swimming pool and you can also enjoy delicious food, prepared on the ranch using some of the finest local products. All of this with a delicious asado (barbecue) served with wine. In the evening departure for a superb Tango Show with dinner included.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Estancia El Ombu (B, D)

Day 08 – Transfer
Iguazu Falls Transfer to Buenos Aires Airport for your flight to Iguazu. Arrive Iguazu and transfer to your hotel. Located near the junction of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, Iguazu Falls (pronounced eeh-gwa-SUE) is a must-see: It may be the greatest waterfall in the world. Enjoy an afternoon excursion to the Brazilian Side of the Falls. Cross the border (tourist visa required) into Brazil for experiencing the Iguazu Falls from a different view. The tropical rainforest is also protected by the Brazilian Parque Nacional do Iguazu where you will also see the stunning Iguazu Falls and the nature around them.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Iguazu Grand Hotel & Casino (B, D)

Day 09 – Iguazu National Park Tour
Iguazu Falls Full day visit to Iguazu National Park. Walk along the upper and lower trails around the spectacular Iguazu Falls, admiring the whole system of more than 270 different falls. Boat trip to San Martin Island and along the canyon of the river. Also visit Devil’s Throat, the main fall of the Iguazu system, where you will see many species of wildlife such as toco toucans, parakeets, coatis, capuchin monkeys and several species of tropical butterflies.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Iguazu Grand Hotel & Casino (B, D)

Day 10 – Wildlife & Nature Reserve
Yacutinga Land transfer to Puesto Tigre port for connecting boat transfer to a luxurious lodge in the middle of the Argentinean rainforest. Navigate very calm waters of the superior stream of Iguazu River to reach the lodge. Yacutinga Wildlife & Nature Reserve still maintains richness in bio-diversity, far away from massive tourism concentration.   Enjoy diverse out-door activities with a soft adventure and eco-tourism focus, such as; floating, bird-watching or hiking which will provide you with a variety of information unlocking the mysteries and peculiarities of the rainforest.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Yacutinga Lodge (B, L, D)  

Day 11 – Wildlife & Nature Reserve
Yacutinga Enjoy an early morning 3-hour navigation of San Francisco stream, and perhaps start a photo safari session and fauna watching all over the gallery forest. Walk the several self-guided interpretation tracks or to take advantage of the lodge facilities such as swimming pool, observation towers, hanging footbridge, and visitor centre. Afternoon guided trekking activities hosted by specialized bilingual guides who give professional information as to diverse natural environments, flora and fauna. This evening you may enjoy a nocturnal outing to get in touch with forest at night, a terrific experience!
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Yacutinga Lodge (B, L, D)  

Day 12 – Depart
Iguazu Falls/ Buenos Aires Morning is yours to explore the lodge trails, followed by a mid-morning land transfer to Puesto Tigre. You are met and transferred to Iguazu airport for your flight to Buenos Aires city. Reception and transfer to Ezeiza International Airport to make your connecting departure flight.
 

 

Recommended price

  • 5-star: From GBP 300 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 200 per person per day

The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.

Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Overview Argentina is a sensual place, both intricate and addictive. It is also a land of beautiful extremes with snow covered peaks, sparkling glassy lakes, vast plains studded with galloping gauchos and sub-tropical rainforest steams thundering into giant chasms.

Like the rest of the country, the capital, Buenos Aires, is big, beautiful and sprawling. But unlike so much of Latin America, there’s little trace of Aztec heritage here. Instead it is a surprisingly sophisticated blend of modern and belle époque architecture that looks as though it has been plucked straight from Paris.

Where to go Argentina has many attractions that could claim the title of natural wonders of the world: the prodigious waterfalls of Iguazú; the spectacular Glaciar Perito Moreno; unforgettable whale-watching off Península Valdés; or the handsome lakes and mountains around Bariloche – indeed, Patagonia in general.

You are likely to start in Buenos Aires, the most cosmopolitan city in all South America. Argentina's historic capital has breathtaking energy, spacious grandeur and self-confident style. The city’s museums are eclectic enough to suit all interests – Latin American art, colonial silverware, dinosaurs and ethnography are just four subjects on offer – and you can round off a day’s sightseeing with a tango show, a bar tour or a meal at one of the dozens of fabulous restaurants.

Due north lies the Litoral, an expanse of subtropical watery landscapes that shares borders with Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay. Here are the photogenic Iguazú waterfalls, the largest series of waterfalls in the world. The falls lie on the Río Iguazu, which runs along the border between Argentina and Brazil. You should spend at least a day here, and view the falls from both sides of the border - though more of them are on the Argentine side, the better views are from Brazil.

Sprawling to the west and south of Buenos Aires are the Pampas, arguably the country’s most archetypal landscape. The wide landscape is punctuated by small towns, the occasional ranch and countless clumps of pampas grass (cortaderas). Part arid, part wetland, the Pampas are grazed by millions of cattle and planted with soya and wheat fields of incomprehensible size. Take a glimpse at gaucho culture, with a stay at one of the classy estancias, offering a combination of hedonistic luxury and horseback adventures.

In the west, are the Sierras: the mild climate, clear brooks and sylvan idylls of these ancient highlands have attracted holiday-makers since the late nineteenth century, and within reach of Córdoba, the country’s colonial-era second city, are some of the oldest resorts on the continent.

Covering roughly a third of Argentina, Patagonia still surprises visitors with the wide range of natural spectacles contained on its windswept plains. It has some of the hemisphere's highest peaks, forests of strange primeval trees, several of the world's most noteworthy glaciers, and fossil-rich coastal cliffs.

On the Atlantic side of Patagonia, Península Valdés is a must-see for its world-class marine fauna. It is the breeding ground for southern right whales, elephant seals and sea lions, and the nesting site for thousands of shore birds, including pelicans, cormorants and oystercatchers. Boat trips to view the whales and other marine life are available at the nearby town of Puerto Pirámide.

When to go Argentina can be divided into four broad climatic regions: the north-eastern plains, central Argentina (Pampas), western Argentina (Andes) and southern Argentina (Patagonia). Remember that the seasons in Argentina are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere.

The best time to travel to Argentina depends on where you want to focus your trip and what you want to do in this large elongated country. Summer, December through February, is the best time to visit the extreme landscape of Patagonia and the southern Andes.

Winter (Jun-Aug) is the best time to visit Iguazú and the Northwest, when the rains and heat have subsided; but spring (Aug-Oct) is also pleasant, as temperatures are mild and the crowds have cleared out. It is also the prime time to visit Buenos Aires when the purple jacarandas are in bloom. A great time to see Mendoza or the Lake District is in the fall, when the foliage pops—and there are fewer crowds.

Visa UK nationals don’t need a visa to enter Argentina as a tourist unless you’re travelling on an Emergency Travel Document. On presentation of a valid British passport you will normally be granted a 90-day stay in the country.

If you’re travelling to Argentina for any purpose other than tourism, contact the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in London.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.

Proof of onward travel: You may need to provide proof of onward or return travel. You should make all flight reservations before departing for Argentina. Airlines have sometimes refused to board passengers travelling to Argentina without proof of onward travel.

Visa information source: www.gov.uk