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Whale Watching Argentina

Peninsula Valdés is a Patagonian nature reserve on the Atlantic coast of Argentina. It’s home to breeding populations of whales, elephant seals and sea lions. On the peninsula’s west is Puerto Pirámides village. Nearby in a rocky outcrop is a large Sea Lion colony, approachable by sea kayak or boating trips. Nearby is Playa Doradillo beach where southern right whales may be watched from the shore. Off the coast, watch Orcas adapting a unique hunting strategy.

This tour focusses on Argentina’s two most popular wildlife destinations: Valdes Peninsula and Iberá Wetlands. Beginning in Buenos Aires, travel to Trelew and visit a seaside village surrounded by nature. Then travel south to Valdes Peninsula and visit the largest colony of Magellan penguins in South America. Off in the sea are its predators; the killer whale and seal. Finally, visit Iguazú Falls to experience the beauty and the power of Nature.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 14-NIGHTS WHALE WATCHING ADVENTURE…
And, also visit the largest colony of Magellan penguins in South America.
 

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 an active tour and may include walking or trekking on rough terrains.
  • 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.

Review

Buenos Aires is a modern capital of Argentina but it is also a place for keen walkers: from the historic Plaza de Mayo dominated by the salmon-coloured Government House from whose balcony Eva Perón addressed the masses, the Avenida de Mayo leads past the art-nouveau Café Tortoni where the intellectual elite of the day still gather to drink coffee and the leafy streets of the monumental Palace of Congress.  Then there is the glamorous shopping avenue of Santa Fé and a contemporary art and design centre to rival that of London or New York.  

Travelling to Trelew, you visit Bahía Bustamante, a seaside village surrounded by nature. Few places in the world house such a large amount and such a wide diversity of seabirds and marine mammals as Bahía Bustamante.

Although the activities for nature lovers are determined by the daily tide and weather conditions, the destination offers different alternatives such as: bird and sea lions watching, visits to petrified forests, discovering the seaweed local industry or a typical estancia, as well as trekking, horse riding and mountain biking. And there are exclusive beaches with crystal clear waters.

Travelling south you visit the largest colony of Magellan penguins in South America, which reaches over half a million birds when the baby penguins start to hatch in November.  Alongside in the sea you may also see its predators; the killer whale and seal.

At Peninsula Valdes is a colony of sea elephants whose grunting and roaring announces their presence at a good distance. The surrounding rocks and dry grasses are also the natural habitat for storks, guanaco deer, armadillos, hares, foxes, eagles and many others.  

But one of the most popular destinations in Argentina and a sure-fire candidate for the eighth wonder of the world is the Iguazú Falls, a powerful magnet for visitors from all over the world.  Experience the resounding roar of water thundering over the lip of the 90-metre Devil’s Gorge and the sight of massive quantities of white froth that seems to hang in mid-air before plunging far down into distant spray instil you with a strong sense of vertigo, a terrifying attraction that draws you ever closer to the fragile rails of the balcony overhanging the main falls. Experience the beauty and the power of Nature. The tour ends in Buenos Aires.

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.
 

 
Whale Watching Argentina Argentina

Argentina Valdes Peninsula

Buenos Aires, Trelew, Peninsula Valdes, Iguazu, Iberá Wetlands
(14 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.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires or Four Seasons.

Day 03 – Transfer
Bahía Bustamante Transfer to airport for flight for your flight to Trelew. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel in a private vehicle with bilingual guide. Stay in Bahía Bustamante, distance 180 km.

Bahía Bustamante: This is a beautiful seaside village surrounded by nature. Few places in the world house such a wide diversity of seabirds and marine mammals as Bahía Bustamante. Activities include bird and sea lion watching, visit to the Petrified Forest and seaweed industry. For leisure there are exclusive beaches with crystal clear waters protected by intense red rocks.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice.

Day 04-05 – At Leisure
Bahía Bustamante Two full days at leisure to enjoy the activities and landscape
Overnight: Hotel of your choice.

Day 06 – Transfer
Puerto Madryn Transfer to Puerto Madryn (300 Kms ) visiting Punta Tombo Penguin rookery en route.

Port of Madryn: This serves as the main base from which to explore the vast expanses of Patagonia. Watch one of nature’s most magnificent creatures, the southern right whale, as mothers and young whales scythe through the eddying waters off the coast in early spring (August to November).  Also a treat in store for nature-lovers are the colonies of penguins, sea-elephants and seals, as well as a profusion of birdlife along the Patagonian coastline.  

Full Day Punta Tombo & Gaiman: One of the greatest features of this reserve is that you can literally walk among the penguins and observe their courtship rituals and their comically characteristic waddle to and from the sea.  The penguin’s natural predators are the killer whale and the seal, which sometimes make brief forays close to shore.  The penguin’s season is from October to April.

Gaiman: Also visit the Welsh settlement that was founded in 1884. To visit Gaiman today is to encounter the generous hospitality of a very independent community which has preserved its finest traditions.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice.

Day 07 – Peninsula Valdes
Puerto Madryn Meet your guide at the hotel lobby for full day tour to the Peninsula Valdes.

Full-Day Peninsula Valdes: The herds of southern right whales (thus named because it was the “right” whale to hunt for its turpitude and tendency to swim close to the surface) tend to arrive in late August, although some are often sighted as early as June.  They frequent the bay of Puerto Piramides, their dark shapes arcing through the waves clearly visible from the shore, often blowing fountains of water into the sky.  There are boat trips organised into the bay from which you can watch these immensely dignified and pacific creatures gliding past, a calloused rugged head often surfacing right under your nose with large inquisitive eyes, a huge tail slapping spray over the prow of the boat.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice.

Day 08 – Transfer
Iguazu Falls Transfer to airport for flight for your flight to Iguazú  ( via Buenos Aires ). Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel in a private vehicle with bilingual (English - Spanish) guide.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Hotel das Cataratas.

Day 09 – Iguazu National Park
Iguazu Falls Visitors to the falls can enjoy the views and feel the vibrations that rock the surrounding earth of one of the most awe-inspiring experiences in the natural world in different ways: you can stroll along walkways on both the Argentine and Brazilian sides or take a nail-biting adventure right into the mouth of the gorge in rubber dinghies.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Hotel das Cataratas.

Day 10 – Transfer & Touring Enroute
Posadas Meet your guide at the hotel lobby for  transfer  to Posadas visiting Wandasemi precious stone village and San Ignacio Jesuit Ruins en route ( 370 Kms )
Overnight: Puerto Valle.

Wanda Semi Precious Stone Village: The village of Wanda was originally a community of Polish immigrants who travelled here in the early 20th century seeking peace and a new land in which to build their hopes.  The nearby surface mines have borne semi-precious stones such as amethysts and other quartz into the light and their promising glitter can still be viewed today.  

San Ignacio Jesuit Ruins: A significant period of the history of the Jesuit Church took place here in Misiones, set against the struggle between the Spanish and Portuguese crowns over their rights to territory in South America and immortalised in Roland Joffé’s 1986 epic film.

Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Puerto Valle
Each of the six exclusive guestrooms enjoys a river view and all are stylishly decorated reflecting the natural paradise that surrounds them. The variety of trees and the subtle sounds of birds that live in the open spaces bring reminiscences of Africa. www.hotelpuertovalle.com

Day 11 – Transfer
Rincon Del Socorro Transfer to a Rincon del Socorro. Three and a half hours drive. A charter flight from Posadas or even from Iguazú can also be arranged.

Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Estancia Rincón del Socorro
Estancia Rincón del Socorro is a former cattle ranch on the edge of the Iberá wetlands in Northeastern Argentina that has been made into a nature reserve. This luxury eco-estancia offers guests a good understanding of the local ecosystem and an appreciation for the importance of wetlands and savanna landscapes. www.rincondelsocorro.com

The Hostería (lodge) offers six immaculate rooms in sepia tones with the original feel of the 1896 estancia. Besides these rooms there are three small bungalows. The main house has a large indoor living room, a screened veranda living room, a large indoor dining room, a terrace dining area, and a children’s game room. Together with the great facilities, tasty organic food and great hospitality ensure a wonderful stay at Rincón del Socorro.

Day 12-13 – Nature & Wildlife Tours
Rincon Del Socorro Two full days in Estancia Rincon del Socorro enjoying the activities and wildlife of the area.

Esteros Del Iberá: The Iberá Marshlands is one of the largest natural reserves in Argentina, with sceneries of unique beauty and a wide variety of interesting wildlife to discover. Twice the size of the Florida Everglades, Iberá is the second-largest wetland in South America after Pantanal in Brazil and one of the most important fresh water reservoirs in the continent. The area is of particular interest to naturalists and birdwatchers but even city-dwellers are captured by the unspoiled beauty of the wetlands.

Day 14 – Transfer
Buenos Aires Transfer from Rincon del Socorro to Corrientes airport (04 hour and 20 minutes drive )  for a flight to Buenos Aires.  

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.

Day 15 – 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.

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  • 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
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  • 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
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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