south america  Argentina Buenos Aires, Puerto Madryn,Ushuaia & El Calafate

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Duration: 9 days and 8 nights

Description: The country of Argentina carries an air of rustic fun, great sights, music, dance and food. You are going to experience all of that – from the attractions at Buenos Aires to Punto Tumbo and onto Peninsula Valdes and El Calafate, see things that will leave you mesmerized.

Day 1
Arrival in Buenos Aires
Upon arrival, our collaborators offer a welcoming reception and will transfer you to the hotel. A documentation kit, detailed programme explanation plus luggage and hotel registration assistance is offered. 
Overnight in Buenos Aires.

Day 2
Half Day City Tour in Buenos Aires (Breakfast included)
Tour highlights the main attractions of the city of Buenos Aires, the Paris of South America: The main square of Plaza de Mayo, facing the Casa Rosada (Presidential headquarters), the Cabildo and the Cathedral repeats the typical settlement of all Spanish colonial cities in Latin America. From there and through the charming streets of San Telmo quarter we are headed to La Boca, famous for its colourful houses and the football stadium. Then, a drive to the elegant Barrio Norte neighborhood and finally Palermo with parks and mansions inspired in the Bois de Boulogne. While in Plaza de Mayo, a stop at the Café Tortoni is a must. This historic café hosted since 1858 the most important intellectuals and artists in the city. Additionally a short ride on the oldest line of the Metro is included in this tour. 
Overnight in Buenos Aires.

Optional
Night Tour – Tango Show or Dinner & Tango Show
The various Tango Houses, located in San Telmo, offer the possibility of admiring all qualities of tango in its different expressions. First category of tango dancers and singers as well as a tango orchestra, will let you enjoy and feel this particular Buenos Aires music at its best while having a drink or a wonderful dinner. Andean music, as well as typical Argentine folk music, will also be performed. 
Overnight in Buenos Aires.

Day 3
Puerto Madryn: Punta Tombo (Breakfast included)
At a pre-scheduled time, transfer to the airport to take your flight to Trelew. Visit to Punta Tombo, the most important Magellan Penguins colony within Patagonia. Half a million of them arrive at this place every year in order to breed. The first penguins arrive in September and stay here up to mid March but the best season to see them is after November, once the babies are born. One of the greatest features of this Reservation is the fact that you can literally walk among the penguins, follow them and learn their habits, see how they feed their babies, the rites of pairing, the fights for the defense of their territories, how they build their nests, and the restless walks they take to and from the sea. In other words, you can closely watch these tender little animals like you never imagined. Once you start getting closer to the coast, you will be surprised by a hectic fauna activity. This rocky territory hosts a great quantity of sea birds: southern seagulls, skúas, royal and black necked cormorants, Antarctic pigeons and petrels. Also, these coasts are frequently visited by sea lions as well as the southern whales, dolphins and orcas. Transfer to the hotel. 
Overnight in Puerto Madryn.

Day 4
Excursion to Peninsula Valdes (Breakfast included)
About 18km. of Puerto Madryn, across the Carlos Ameghino Isthmus enter Peninsula Valdes, is one of the finest wildlife reserves in South America. Sea lions, sea elephants, seals, guanacos, rheas and many seabirds are present in large numbers in the beaches and headlands. Sheep breading ranches “estancias” occupy most of the peninsula’s interior, which includes one of the lowest continental depressions in the world, the salt flats of Salina Grande and Salina Chica, 42 meters below sea level. In the San Jose Gulf, just off the Isthmus, is the Bird’s Island—a bird sanctuary off limits to humans but visible through a powerful telescope. Puerto Piramide, the peninsula’s only village, was the port of exit for salt from Salina Grande at the turn of the century, but now it depends exclusively on tourism. White whales visit its sandy white beaches between July and December. Caleta Valdes, on the eastern shore, is a sheltered bay with a long gravel pit onto which Sea Elephants haul up in the spring. They are easily photographed, but should not be approached too closely. Guanacos sometimes stroll across the beach. Punta Norte itself is an enormous mixed colony of sea lions and sea elephants, with clearly marked trails and fences to discourage either side from too close an encounter. Return to Puerto Madryn. Navigation is optional. In case you decide not to take it, you will wait on shore for the rest of the group. 
Overnight in Puerto Madryn.

Day 5
Ushuaia (Breakfast included)
At a pre-scheduled time transfer to the airport to take your flight to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. On arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Ushuaia.

Optional
Beagle Channel Navigation – Sea Lion’s Island
We will set off from the tourist port, sailing along the Ushuaia Bay and the Beagle Channel, where we will see the southernmost city of the world, surrounded by an exclusive landscape, the combination of mountains, forest and the sea. We will observe the Montes Olivia and Cinco Hermanos (Olivia and Five Brothers), Estancias Fique and Tunel (Tunnel and Fique Ranch). Continuing with our trip, we will arrive at the Faro Les Eclaireurs (Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse). There, we will see a small colony of Rocky or Magallanic Cormorants. Sailing back, we will get closer to the Isla de los Lobos (Sea Lion´s Island) just to enjoy these curious and really nice marine mammals and the Isla Despard (Despard Island), the natural habitat of the Imperial Cormorants. During the trip, we will enjoy big diversity of marine birds, such as the southern giant Petrels, black-browed albatross, Southern American terns, gulls, and little seagulls. Sailing between the Bridges Archipelago and through the Paso Chico, we will go back to the City Ushuaia. Once back and getting closer to the Ushuaia Bay, admire the impressive frame offered by the Ushuaia City.

Day 6
Half Day National Park / El Calafate (Breakfast included)
This is a half day excursion to the only national protected area of the island. The park is located 12 km to the west of Ushuaia City, near the international limit with Chile. Within the park, you can enjoy the local flora composed by beech trees and different kinds of bushes and flowers. Fauna is represented by natives and introduced animals, such as reddish foxes, beavers, rabbits and many species of birds (more than 90). Ensenada Bay, Roca Lake and Lapataia Bay are the touristic places that we visit, including some short walks near the lake, beaver dams and Lapataia Bay. At the end of the national park, we reach the finish of the national route Nº 3, located 3063 km far from Buenos Aires. At Schedule time, transfer to the airport to take your flight to El Calafate. At arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in El Calafate.

Day 7
Excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier (Breakfast included)
We leave Calafate, heading towards Perito Moreno Glacier. It is an 80 km long bus ride, making stops along the way to take pictures. All the way a guide from “Los Glaciares” National Park will accompany us, giving all the information about the surrounding area, the history and mysticism of this unique glacier. After entering the Andean Patagonian forest area, we’ll stop at “Curva de los Suspiros” (Sighs Curve), to enjoy the first panoramic view of the Perito Moreno Glacier, continuing our way to the platforms and balconies in front of the glacier, having free time to visit them on our own. Return to Calafate. Overnight in El Calafate.

Day 8
Buenos Aires (Breakfast included)
At a scheduled time, transfer to the airport to take your flight to Buenos Aires. At arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Buenos Aires.

Day 9
International Departure (Breakfast included)
At the scheduled time, we will transfer you to the airport to take your international departure flight.