Argentina New Year Tour

BUENOS AIRES – USHUAIA – CALAFATE – IGUAZU - BUENOS AIRES From December 30th to January 10th 12 days / 11 nights

30 DEC – Buenos Aires / Ushuaia | Meals: -

Transfer from International airport to domestic airport.

Flight to Ushuaia.

Arrival at Ushuaia. Shared transfer from airport to the hotel.

Accommodation for 3 nights at selected hotel, breakfast and local taxes are included.

Free time.

31 DEC – Ushuaia | Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

As we head outside of town towards The Tierra del Fuego National Park, located only 11 km away from the city, we will almost instantly begin to experience and take in lakes, lagoons and rivers. You will learn that an interesting characteristic of these particular bodies of water is they all exit towards Beagle Channel.
Along the drive out of the city we will see the slope of the Susana Mount, and get to see the old prison, where now the Southern Fuegian Railway is located. After visiting the prison we will board (optional ride, USD 66 per person) the End of the World Train on the railways used when the Prison was still opened. We will go through bridges and peat bogs and stop at the Macarena fall. The guide will give us indications about the area as we continue our train ride through the Tierra del Fuego National Park. We will get off the train at the station located on the national route 3.
We will continue through the valley to the Ensenada Bay, where we will be able to take in the Redonda and Estorbo Islands juxtaposing the snow-white Mountains of the Sampaio Chain in the neighboring country Chile.
As we return to the national route 3 the Fuegian Forest and its flora will begin to open up to beautiful views and landscapes. We will get to see Roca Lake and take a long walk by the lake coast and by the Lapataia River where we'll be able to see the Cóndor Hill. As we trek to the other end of the park we will observe the Green Lagoon and the Black Lagoon and large growing peat bog. At the end of the tour we'll get to see the large colony of beaver dams.

New Year dinner and celebration at Ushuaia downtown Restaurant or in hotel Arakur (for those who stay at Arakur).

1 JAN – Ushuaia | Meals: Breakfast

Morning at leisure.

In the afternoon transfer to port. Meet your guide at the touristic port of Ushuaia in downtown Ushuaia. We will then drive 90km on the legendary National Route N3 and then Complementary Route J to historic Harberton Farm. The farm was founded in 1886 by an Anglican missionary, Thomas Bridges and that is still held by the family.
Take a a 15 minute boat ride to Martillo Island on Beagle Channel. Martillo Island is home to an incredible colony of Gentoo and Magellanics penguins between September and April. The rookery hosts around 1000 nests, and is one of the three Magellanic penguin rookeries in Tierra del Fuego. There is also a small colony of 9 breeding couples of gentoo penguins (Pygocelis Papua), the only one in South America. Enjoy a one hour guided walk amongst the penguins in groups of 20 persons. It's truly an unique experience!
The penguins share the habitat with other birds, such as skúas, petrels, cormorants, vultures and South American terns.
Then we will sail back to Harberton Farm where you will enjoy free time to visit this traditional Estancia. Walk around the gardens, visit the Marine Mammals and Sea Birds museum Acatushun and admire the views of the End of the World!
Transfer back to the touristic port and then to your hotel.

2 JAN – Ushuaia / El Calafate | Meals: Breakfast

Shared transfer from your hotel to the USH airport. Flight to Calafate

Arrival at Calafate. Shared transfer from airport to your hotel.

Accommodation for 3 nights at selected hotel, breakfast and local taxes are included.

We depart from El Calafate and take 35km over the mountain line located behind the town. The track takes you to marvelous landscapes with an incredible variety of vegetation in high altitudes. Reaching 1050 m over the sea level, our first stop is a natural viewpoint where you will enjoy the most stunning sights of El Calafate and the central part of the Lake Argentino. You will also enjoy sights of the magnificent Andes mountain range at the back and at certain times, the area of accumulation of the glaciers, towards Boca Del Diablo, (the narrowest part of the lake, on the road to the Upsala arm). Even more, if the weather conditions are favorable you will be able to see Mt Fitz Roy and Mt Torre in El Chalten and maybe you can delight with the flight of the condors. An unforgettable sight! Afterwards, you continue the way up to the Laberinto de las Piedras, point only reachable by Mil Outdoor. This is a formation of the Cretaceous period, 85 million years ago, once a river, nowadays, fossils are found to take you back and make you witness of the history. A snack will be served at the Huyliche restaurant and from there you will start the descent by the north slope of the mount to the Piedra de los Sombreros, exotic iron formations only found in four places around the world. After this trip to remote eras of the history of the planet, you return to el Calafate with the omnipresent view of the Lago Argentino.

3 JAN – El Calafate | Meals: Breakfast

Take in the rare and breathtaking beauty of the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the UNESCO JEWELS. The tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning for a full day tour on the Perito Moreno Glacier. On the way to the park, they will explain the importance of the glacier and share interesting details and facts about the park and Perito Moreno. Your first stop will be at a series of walkways for views of the glacier and to take photos. From there the bus will continue and you will get to see the amazing views and natural beauty that the park has to offer. You will get to walk along the walkways to see the glacier and watch as the chunks of ice break off and crash into the water. At the end of the day the bus will take you back to your hotel.

4 JAN – El Calafate | Meals: Breakfast

You will be leaving from El Calafate and then go for a 50 km trip by Mini Bus. Then you will arrive to the Port of the Cruz at Punta Bandera where you will take the boat at 9am. After one hour and forty five minutes of navigation you will enjoy the first image of the Glacier and then afterwards you will see more. You will continue on the trip where will see the Spegazzini Canal and Spegazzini Glacier.

Note: The obstruction in the North Zone of Lago Argentino, make that the tour takes place in Spegazzini Glacier.

IMPORTANT: The activity depends on the weather conditions.

In the afternoon optional tour: Nibepo Aike Ranch.

It is the only excursion of tourist estancia in El Calafate which still continues practicing the traditional tasks that characterize them and why they became famous.
You can participate in the activities of shearing and herding, hiking to the lake shore or horseriding accompanied by a gaucho (ride is not included in price), climb up the Crystal Mountain, where the panoramic view is incredible and visit the organic garden.
Following the visit to the garden, you will enjoy a lunch (morning tour) or you will enjoy a dinner (afternoon tour) which includes grilled patagonian lamb. There is an organic vegetarian lunch option.

USD 122 per person.

5 JAN – El Calafate / Iguazu | Meals: Breakfast

Shared transfer from hotel to the airport.

Arrival at Puerto Iguazú. Shared transfer from airport to the hotel.

Accommodation for 2 nights at selected hotel, breakfast and local taxes are included.

6 JAN - Iguassu | Meals: Breakfast

Argentine Falls tour: One of the 7 wonders of the world.

Begins early in the morning with the pick up in your hotel to take you to the National Park. The pick-up time will depend on the area where you are staying, approximately between 7:20 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. The traditional circuits will be visited: Lower, Upper and Devil's Throat. The tour includes the Ecological Jungle Train.

*Lower Circuit: At a length of 1,700 meters, runways venture into the lush jungle to take direct contact with the breaking of the Dos Hermanas, Chico and Ramirez. Walking down a runway you can be at the foot of a huge seawall water which is the fall of Salto Bosetti and you will enjoy the steep falls in the Saltos Alvar Nuñez, Elenita and Lanusse.

-Duration: This ride is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

-Level Of difficulty: Medium. Access with no stairs to the Bosetti jump and lookout balcony

*Cannon Falls: Upper circuit: a walk of 1,300 meters (round trip). Elevated runways will take you on the fall line of several major jumps, reaching the edge thereof. It provides an overview of the complex from a greater height.

-Duration: This ride is approximately 1 hour.

-Level Of difficulty: Easy. Access without stairs.

*Devil's Throat: Accessed through the Rainforest Ecological Train, descending into Devil's Throat Station. From there, after 1,000 meters walk along the runways, you will reach the grandiose 'Devil's Throat', where Iguazu is expressed with all his strength.

You can combine this tour with the following additional tours: Nautical and Jungle Adventure within the National Park. (USD 71 per person)

7 JAN – Iguazu / Buenos Aires | Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast.

The tour begins early in the morning with your pick-up at the hotel to take you to the National Park. The pick-up time will depend on the area where you are staying, approximately between 7:20 am and 8:20 am.

You will visit the Brazilian Falls and their traditional 1,200 meters long walkways where you can get a spectacular view of the 275 waterfalls that make up Iguazu Falls, of which in the Brazilian side are four: Floriano, Deodoro, Benjamin Constant and Union or Devil's Throat.

After the tour you will have access to the panoramic elevator that will reach you to the bus that will take you back to the hotel.

To enhance you experience you can add Visit to Bird´s Park (USD 40 per person) and helicopter flight over the falls (USD 208 per person)

Shared transfer to the airport. Flight to Buenos Aires.

Arrival, private transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation for 3 nights at selected hotel, Standard SGL/DBL room, breakfast and local taxes are included.

8 JAN - Buenos Aires | Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

City tour of Buenos Aires (4hr in private)

With this tour you will understand why it's known the beautiful city of Buenos Aires as the "Paris of South America". The tour begins with a tour of 9 de Julio Avenue, one of the widest avenues in the world, where you can find the symbol of the city: the Obelisk. You will stop at Plaza de Mayo, where you will visit the Casa Rosada, name by which it is popularly known the presidential palace, and the magnificent Metropolitan Cathedral, with its incredible neoclassical facade, mausoleum of national hero, General San Martin. You will also visit squares as San Martin, Alvear and Plaza del Congreso. Important avenues like Corrientes, Av. De Mayo, among others. Important areas of the city like La Boca, San Telmo, Palermo, Recoleta and the most modern: Puerto Madero.

Lunch with Argentinean wines at Restaurant and Cave “El Querandi”.

In the afternoon Tigre Tour and Northern Zone (4hr in private).

We will leave Buenos Aires city heading for the town of Tigre, one hour away, where we will board a tourist boat to navigate along the Delta and its islands. The life of the isleños (people who live on the islands of the Delta) is very special. We will learn about their customs, culture and ways of life. On the way back to Buenos Aires city we will drive by the elegant residences of the well-off, located in the northern suburbs, and the San Isidro neighborhood. Additionally, you will also get a glimpse of the Presidential Residence (Quinta de Olivos) as we drive by it.

At night, optional dinner and tango show at Tango Porteño.

Enjoy the night of fun and elegance in a dazzling and spectacular tango hall. Let the luxurious, old theater take you away as you feel the grandeur of the theater the minute you walk through the door.

To begin the evening, you will enjoy a three course meal of the highest quality Argentine cuisine. Your dinner will be paired with traditional Argentine wines, as well as soft drinks and purified water.

As the show starts, travel through the glory days of tango as Tango Porteño recreates the golden age of the forties, a time unquestionably known as the reign of tango. Enjoy a live performance by professional dancers, singers and musicians. The meticulous scenery and costumes at Tango Porteño create the ultimate framework for an unforgettable experience.

Roundtrip Transfers in regular service are included.

USD 86 per person

9 JAN – Buenos Aires | Meals: Breakfast

Optional tours:

Gaucho Party at Santa Susana Ranch.

Escape the city and journey back to simpler times with this Gaucho Party tour. Let us pick you up and transport you to an 'estancia' or ranch for a fun filled day.

Once we arrive at the estancia, Santa Susana, we’ll have some time to get to better acquainted with one another while indulging on handmade empanadas. After which, we will have some free time to take in the sights, explore the area, go horseback riding etc. The grounds are literally at your disposal.

You won’t have to worry about going hungry on this tour. After our free time we will be invited to partake in an 'asado', which is a traditional Argentinean barbeque that includes – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and dessert with coffee or tea. The fun doesn’t stop there; after lunch we will be treated to both a folkloric and a tango show.

The cultural experience doesn’t end there. The real show will start when the gauchos come out to show you their skills. They will demonstrate ring-races, horse mildness among many others. This part of the day is also interactive, so you better have your boots on and ready to go.

Once we have said goodbye we will hop back on our comfortable and air conditioned bus for a relaxing trip back to Buenos Aires.

Itinerary

11:00am - Reception with handmade empanadas and wine at the ranch's pulperia (traditional argentine bar).

11:30am - Free activities. Walk around the beautiful garden, visit the local museum and church, go horseback riding or try the typical carriages.

1:00pm - Lunch Time. Traditional argentine barbecue with salads. Your choice of drinks includes soft drinks, beer, and red or white wine. For dessert taste traditional pastries accompanied with coffee or tea. Enjoy a lively folklore show with traditional singing and dancing as well as tango.

3:00pm - The gauchos will show you their skills such as ring-races, horse mildness, and troops retail-trade including the participation of the public.

4:30pm - Return to Buenos Aires.

Full day tour to Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay)

Colonia de Sacramento, a former Portuguese city of XVII century has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its architecture. The tour starts with a short boat ride across the Rio de la Plata. Once in Colonia you can enjoy a delicious lunch and after that, a tour of the city on the tourist bus where you can appreciate its impeccable and luxurious parks and gardens, quiet streets, and all the coast up to Real de San Carlos with its bullring. Then you have free time to enjoy this beautiful city.

Pick up at your hotel in Buenos Aires. Drop off at your hotel in Buenos Aires.

Ferry tickets are included in tourist class.

Price per person – USD 254 (may change due to price for tickets)

Full day tour to Montevideo (Uruguay)

Montevideo, the capital of the Uruguay Republic, has more than two and a half centuries of existence. The tour starts with a short boat ride across the Rio de la Plata. Once in Montevideo, you will have a guided city tour of Montevideo. On this tour, you will get to see the most important monuments in Montevideo with several stops to take pictures. You will also visit the oldest part of the city where you will find a large number of cultural centers and museums which feature new paintings and photography expositions all the time. After learning about the history of Montevideo, you will have some free time to enjoy lunch or continue exploring.

Pick up at your hotel in Buenos Aires. Drop off at your hotel in Buenos Aires.

Ferry tickets are included in tourist class.

Price per person – USD 430 (may change due to price for tickets)

10 JAN – Buenos Aires | Meals: Breakfast

Departure transfer from your hotel to International airport.

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