Patagonia Experience

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Patagonia Experience

Patagonia is a sparsely populated region located at the southern end of South America. The region encompasses glaciers and cone-shaped land mass that straddles Chile and Argentina, down to Cape Horn. The borders of Patagonia are difficult to define, but the Andes Mountains forms as its dividing line between the two countries. The Argentine side of Patagonia features deserts, pampas and grasslands, while the Chilean has glacial fjords and temperate rainforest.

This tour features the cultural highlights of Buenos Aires and the extraordinary landscapes of Patagonia. Begin in vibrant Buenos Aires, then fly to El Calafate to experience southern Patagonia’s vast open steppe and the spiky peaks, impressive glaciers and pale blue lakes of Los Glaciares National Park. Further south, visit Ushuaia, the city at the end of the world. Then fly to El Calafate, gateway to Patagonian ice-field and home to one of the largest glaciers outside the Antarctic.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 13 DAY PATAGONIA ADVENTURE…
And, experience advancing glaciers, breaking off in huge solid masses.
 

What We Love
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available. 
  • Take Tango lessons at milonga, where locals gather to share their passion for the dance and music. 
  • Stay at a typical Argentinean colonial farmhouse and experience the real gaucho style riding.
  • The Villas in Bariloche are all havens of natural beauty, offering activities for all the family.
  • Take activities from walking to water sports, horse-riding, paragliding and skiing.  
What to Know
  • This is an active tour and may include trekking on steep mountain slopes.
  • 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.

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Buenos Aires is today the largest city in South America.  Also known as the city that never sleeps, as its many and varied around-the clock attractions never fail to surprise and impress first-time visitors and are a source of recurring pleasure for those returning to the city. Here, the tango lives on not only in the breathtaking shows but also in the sensuous sway of couples from all walks of life who gather at the city’s many milongas to share their passion for the music.

Bariloche is different. Nestling in the heart of the beautiful Nahuel Huapi National Park, Bariloche with snowy mountains and deep blue and emerald lakes make up some of the most beautiful postcards in Patagonia, and for that matter, the world. Stay in the legendary Llao Llao Hotel, and enjoy spectacular views of the mountains and lakes in the surrounding national park. With your guide, enjoy a private cruise on the deep blue waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi, learn about the indigenous history of the area, and dine on a gourmet meal of local food and wine on a private, secluded beach.

Travelling south is Ushuaia, the city at the end of the world. But there also lies the Lapataia National Park and the Beagle Channel, home to an astonishing wildlife including seals, sea lions, cormorants, giant petrels and many other species of sea-birds.

Then fly to El Calafate, gateway to Patagonian ice-field and home to one of the largest glaciers outside the Antarctic, the Perito Moreno Glacier. Watching it from close is an intimidating experience as it creaks forward, then cracking and breaking off in huge solid masses. It is one of the few glaciers that is advancing at a rate that you can see and hear its movement – as it’s ice breaks and falls into the lake with a splashing sound.

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.
 

 
Patagonia Experience Argentina

Patagonia Experience

Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Ushuaia, El Calafate
(13 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Buenos Aires On arrival in Buenos Aires you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel for a four-night stay in this cosmopolitan and historical city.  
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
Bariloche Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bariloche. Arrive Bariloche and transfer to your hotel. One of the must-see sights in Argentina is the ski resort of Bariloche. This Andean village looks like it belongs in Switzerland. It's easy to see why so many people go - it's in an unbelievably beautiful area. Located on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, in the midst of Nahuel Huapi National Park, Bariloche is surrounded by dense forests, alpine lakes and 12,000-ft mountains.   Enjoy an afternoon drive along the Nahuel Huapi coastline for visiting the Llao Llao Peninsula and the Panoramic point with stunning views of the Nahuel Huapi Lake, and the snow-capped Andes, including an interesting walk through the dense Patagonian beech.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B, D)
Recommended: Llao Llao Hotel & Resort.

Day 4 – Half-day Tour
Bariloche Today we explore Victoria Island. Meet your guide and transfer to Puerto Pañuelo on the shores of the picturesque Llao Llao Peninsula.  Depart Puerto Pañuelo on a boat shared with other guests. Arrive at Anchorena Bay. The guide will provide details of the environment and the surroundings. There will be free time to relax before you sail back to Puerto Pañuelo and transfer to hotel. Balance of the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B, D)
Recommended: Llao Llao Hotel & Resort.

Day 5 – Nahuel Huapi National Park
Bariloche Full day tour of Nahuel Huapi National Park, one of the largest parks in Patagonia. Nahuel Huapi hosts stunning mountain landscapes, glaciers, several blue lakes, a diverse wildlife and millenary beech forests and the best way to see it all is take the ‘Seven Lakes Road’.

The Seven Lakes Road (Camino de los Siete Lagos) is a popular name given to the Provincial Route Nr. 234 between San Martín de los Andes and Villa La Angostura in the Province of Neuquén. The 107 km road traverses the Lanín and Nahuel Huapi National Parks across beautiful scenic landscapes providing access to the seven lakes that give this road its name. Often considered an eighth lake on the route, the Nahuel Huapi is by far the most impressive, with glacial waters that are such a deep cobalt blue they seem to glow. Note: A portion of the road is unpaved.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B, D)
Recommended: Llao Llao Hotel & Resort.

Day 6 – Transfer
Ushuaia Transfer to airport for your flight to Ushuaia, the city at the end of the world. Ushuaia lies on the shores of the Beagle Channel, a community which depends variously on fishing, heavy industry and tourism for its livelihood. Founded in the late 1800s, it is the capital of the desolate, sparsely-populated, mountainous and windswept triangular island of Tierra del Fuego which lies to the south of the Magellan Straits.  

Afternoon City Tour: The city tour takes us along the Coastal Avenue (Maipu), which borders the Beagle Channel and leads to the Port of Ushuaia and the Nautical Club. At the end there is a catwalk that runs to the peninsula where magnificent views of the city are guaranteed. This area shelters Bahía Encerrada, which gets frozen during winter and becomes a Skating rink.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice. (B, D)

Day 7 – Tierra Del Fuego & Beagle Channel
Ushuaia Full Day Tierra Del Fuego & Beagle Channel: A short drive out of Ushuaia takes us to the Lapataia National Park, which borders the Beagle Channel across the valley of the Pipo River. Particularly beautiful in autumn, when the lower slopes of the mountains and the valleys are splashed with the glorious orange, gold, copper and russet hues of the lengas -beeches- the National Park conserves all the appeal of exuberant nature as well as being a living monument to the island’s history.  Lunch on your own. (B, D)

Board the comfortable catamaran for a view along the Beagle Channel.  The historic lighthouse Les Eclaireurs, the inspiration for Jules Verne’s novel The Lighthouse at the End of the World, lies on a rocky promontory which stretches into the choppy waves.   On the way back to Ushuaia, the catamaran passes small islands of rock rising from the wind-tossed waters, home to noisy communities of seals, sea lions, cormorants, giant petrels and many other species of sea-birds.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice.

Day 8 – Adventure Tour
Ushuaia Lakes Off Road: This is a fun but bumpy tour to discover the secrets hidden behind the Southern Andes. Everyone, no matter what age, is invited to take part in this unconventional excursion.

On board Land Rover Defender 4WD vehicles, this unique sightseeing and adventure outing crosses the Andes and follows Lake Fagnano for 10 miles (15km) up to the banks where a secluded cabin will be expecting us.  In this idyllic place amidst century old trees we will enjoy an exquisite barbeque.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice. (B, D)

Day 09 – Transfer
El Calafate Transfer to the airport for your flight to El Calafate. Gateway to Glaciers National Park, situated in the southwest of Santa Cruz province and features famous Perito Moreno Glacier and Fitz Roy Peak and listed as a Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Los Alamos Hotel  (B, D)

Day 10 – Perito Moreno Glacier
El Calafate This morning begin a full-day tour to the World Heritage Site of Perito Moreno Glacier. Among the 356 glaciers within the Glaciares National Park, this is the most outstanding! After a beautiful 80km drive through magnificent mountainous scenery, you reach the spectacular glacier, which covers more than four square kilometres of the waters of Lake Argentino. Embark on an optional hike over its surface, using crampons and accompanied by an experienced guide (not included). Return by boat across the bay to the viewing points in front of the glacier, where you can observe the continuous process of ice calving, and hear the thundering of huge blocks of ice breaking away from the face, before your transfer back to El Calafate.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Los Alamos Hotel (B, D)

Day 11 – Upsala Glacier & Lake Onelli
El Calafate Today, enjoy a full-day tour on and around Lago Argentino. Leaving from Punta Bandera Port you will sail north among amazing blue icebergs and spectacular mountain ranges until you reach the stunning 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: Estancia Cristina (B, D)

Estancia Cristina: The legendary Estancia Cristina is found within Los Glaciares National Park, at the foot of the majestic Cerro Norte (North Mountain), in the valley of the Caterina river, one of Patagonia’s most fascinating yet less known valleys, a preferred access to the Patagonian Ice-Field. Its strategic location was of vital importance to numerous explorers and adventurers who travelled these lands and stopped here for provisions and assistance.  

Day 12 – Transfer
Buenos Aires Transfer to airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at Leisure

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 13 – Depart
Buenos Aires Transfer to Ezeiza international airport for your onward flight.

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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