Southern Argentina

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Begin Southern Argentina tour in Ushuaia, with a cruise aboard the Mare Australis. This maritime adventure unveils the breathtaking beauty of Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia. Experience close-up views of glaciers, fjords and snowcapped Andean peaks, as well as shore landings with walks along empty strands and through pristine sub-polar forests. You will also visit iconic Cape Horn, weather permitting, and historic Wulaia Bay where Charles Darwin lingered. 

Next, spend three full days of guided exploration in Torres de Paine National Park. The Torres del Paine National Park is known for 1000-meter high naked granite of three colossal towers. For Lake Nordenskjold, the path follows between an emerald green lake and Almirante Nieto, a magnificent mountain. The trail promises a relaxed ride through bewildering landscape past the Grey Lake. Wildlife sighted along the trail include llama-like guanacos, foxes and a wide variety of birds such as red-headed Magellanic woodpeckers.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12 DAY SOUTHERN ARGENTINA TOUR…
And, experience the breath-taking beauty of Tierra del Fuego & Patagonia.
 

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 includes walking and cruise on rough waters.
  • 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

Buenos Aires is 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.

The highlight of this tour is 4 days aboard the Mare Australis. Starting and ending in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in Argentina, this maritime adventure unveils the breathtaking beauty of Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia. This journey cruising Patagonia includes close-up views of glaciers, fjords and snowcapped Andean peaks, as well as shore landings with walks along empty strands and through pristine sub-polar forests. You will also visit iconic Cape Horn, where you have the opportunity to disembark (weather and sea permitting), and historic Wulaia Bay where Charles Darwin lingered.

Another highlight is the three full days of guided exploration in Torres de Paine National Park. The Towers; one of the main attractions of the renowned National Park Torres del Paine, these rock formations impose 1000 meters of naked granite stabbing the heavens with three colossal towers. Lake Nordenskjold; the path follows between an emerald green lake and Almirante Nieto, a magnificent mountain. The trail promises a relaxed ride through bewildering landscape. Full Paine; during the drive to get to the Grey Lake, the national park is revealed. Guanacos, foxes, birds and the most comprehensive view of the general mountain structure is sighted along the way. Los Cuernos; on of the most varied sceneries is seen on this path. End the tour in Santiago.

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.
 

 
Southern Argentina Argentina, Chile

Argentina Mare Australis

Buenos Aires, Cape Horn,  Punta Arenas, Torres del Paine, Santiago, Mare Australis Cruise
(12 Days –Restricted Dates)


Day 1 – Arrive
Buenos Aires On arrival in Buenos Aires you will be met by our representative 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 Hotel.

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 tree lined 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
Recommended: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires or Four Seasons Hotel.

Day 03 – Transfer
Ushuaia/ Mare Australis Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Ushuaia. Arrival at the local airport, you are met for an orientation tour of the city and its main attractions including the End of the World Museum. After the tour, transfer to the pier to board the Mare Australis for a 4-day expedition cruise to Punta Arenas.
Overnight: Mare Australis (B, L, D)  

Day 04 – Cape Horn & Wuaia Bay Tour
Mare Australis Today you will navigate through the Beagle Channel and Murray Channel to disembark in the Cabo de Hornos (Cape Horn) National Park. Cape Horn is a natural sea wall of almost 425 meters high that was discovered in 1616 by a commercial expedition from the Netherlands organized by Isaac Le Maire and under the command of Captain Willem Schouten. Cape Horn owes its name to the Port of Horn from which the expedition had originated on June 14, 1615. Later, we disembark in Walaia Bay, where we will be able to visit one of the most important indigenous sites of the region.
Overnight: Mare Australis (B, L, D)  

Day 05 – Pia Glacier
Mare Australis Dail back across the main branch of the Beagle Channel to disembark at Pia Glacier. Here you will enjoy a short walk to an observation point where you can view examples of the area's vegetation. Also, the glacier can be seen in all its glory from the viewpoint as well as the array of icebergs. The Glacier's source is in the middle of the Darwin Range of mountains and reaches the sea at Pia Bay. After this unforgettable experience continue navigating through O'Brian and Ballenero Channels, Bahia Desolada, Paso Aguirre and Brecknock Channel.
Overnight: Mare Australis (B, L, D)  

Day 06 – Punta Arenas
Mare Australis/ Ushuaia Early this morning you will enjoy a morning excursion on Magdalena Island, the home of an enormous penguin colony with over 120,000 of them in different stages of breeding. Continue to Punta Arenas where you’ll dock and start disembarkation formalities.

Depart from the pier and enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the Straits of Magellan en route to an informative lecture on the city and the region at Observation Point of La Cruz Hill.

Next visit the Regional Museum, kept by the Salesian friars, featuring a magnificent collection of the flora and fauna of the region besides exclusive relics of the folklore and handicraft of the native Indian tribes. Tour the cemetery with beautiful gardens and huge cypress avenues. Admire splendid mausoleums of pioneer families as well as a gravestone where the last Onas (extinguished Fireland Indians) are buried.

Also visit the Patagonian Institute, and the Plaza de Armas Square, and Hernando de Magallanes monument. Transfer to your hotel for check-in and evening at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Cabo de Horno Hotel (B, L)  

Day 07 – Transfer
Torres del Paine Depart the hotel early this morning for your trip to Torres del Paine National Park. Visit en-route the Milodon Cave, which housed the remains of an enormous ground sloth that prowled the region before humans arrived. Soon you will arrive to Torres del Paine National Park, one of South America’s newest nature reserves, created in 1959 and declared UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 1978. Arrive at your hotel late afternoon for check-in formalities.

Torres del Paine National Park can be explored by vehicle, with scores of miles of roads within its boundaries providing access to most places of interest; on horseback, with suitable trails providing access to places unreachable by car; by boat, with trips across Lake Grey to the namesake glacier and Zodiac boat rides down the Serrano river; and on foot, with some of the most prized hiking trails in the hemisphere, treks ranging from one-hour easy walks to the 7-day hike around the Paine Massif. During your explorations you may find, herds of guanaco a (llama like animal) roam free, while flamingos and other birds populate every lake, stream, dell and meadow. If what you are looking for is wildlife, adventure or scenic beauty, Torres del Paine has it all.

Consult with your guides to decide how best to spend your days in this remote and exhilarating wilderness; whatever your choice, the experience will be unforgettable. All excursions included on your program.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Explora Lodge (B, L, D)    

Day 08 to 10 – Optional Private Tours
Torres del Paine Three full days of exploration and there is a wide choice available. Some of which are given below:

The Towers: One of the main attractions of this renowned national park are the 1000 meters of naked granite that stab the heavens with three colossal towers.

Lake Nordenskjold: The path follows between an emerald green lake and Almirante Nieto, a magnificent mountain. The trail promises a relaxed ride through bewildering landscape.

Full Paine: During the drive to get to the Grey Lake, the national park is revealed. Guanacos, foxes, birds and the most comprehensive view of the general mountain structure is sighted along the way.

Los Cuernos: One of the most varied sceneries is seen on this path. Along the way there will be iced mountains on one side and an amazing panoramic view edging Lake Nordenskjold on the other.

Salto Grande: The inner roads of the park will delight the passenger with its beauties until Salto Grande is reached. A short walk will lead to this waterfall that flows into the turquoise waters of Lake Pehoe.

Laguna Azul: This placid trip takes you to a lagoon embedded in a valley of flowers. In the sky, the towers stand out over hills, forests, valleys and rivers. Laguna Amarga and Lago Sarmiento A large diversity of birds will be sighted in numerous lagoons that decorate the trip.

Valle Encantado: This is a beautiful trip with a panoramic view of rivers, valleys and mountains; ideal for enjoying a horse ride.

Sierra Baguales: This is known for its exotic rock formations, its birds and above all for its fossils. The former habitat of hundreds of wild horses provides an interesting and unconventional glimpse of the Patagonia, past and present.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Explora Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Transfer
Punta Arenas/ Santiago This morning you will return to Punta Arenas by Explora shuttle service (approximately 5.5 hours.) At the Punta Arenas bus station, you are met by our local representative for private transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your domestic flight to Santiago. Transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Ritz Carlton Hotel (B, L)

Day 12 – Depart
Santiago Morning tour of Santiago. This comprehensive tour begins with a visit to the neoclassical La Moneda Palace. Also visit the Pre-Columbian Art Museum. After, walk with your guide to the heart of Santiago and to the recently remodelled Plaza de Armas, from here view the Cathedral (finished in 1789) and the buildings housing the Central Post Office and City Hall, both national monuments of colonial vintage.

Nearby, housed in an exquisite 19th century wrought iron building, is the Central Market, a colourful conglomeration of seafood, fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Enjoy a stop for lunch and end your tour with a visit Blue Stone jewellery store and El Mundo del Vino wine store. This afternoon, you are transferred to Santiago International Airport.

This afternoon, you are transferred by private vehicle to the Santiago International Airport. (B)
 

 

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