VRAG 2019 Argentina Tour

With Victor Romagnoli

VRAG 2019 Argentina Tour

Opulent Buenos Aires: "Paris of the South"; Ushuaia - world's southernmost city; Beagle Channel Cruise; Perito Moreno & Uppsala Glaciers; Ruggedly beautiful Northwest region; Punta Tombo penguin colony; Peninsula Valdes wildlife and whale viewing; the roaring Iguazu Falls


Dates & Prices

Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.

How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?

The easiest way to make a reservation is online via our website; you can also call us at 1800 665 3998, Monday-Friday 9-5 Pacific Time.

A non-refundable $500 deposit is payable at the time of booking (some tours require a higher deposit); if a reservation is made within 60 days, full payment is required immediately. Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require considerable preparation time.

Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and provide a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and online forms for you to complete and submit to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be provided approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.

What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?

Should you need to cancel your trip, you must notify us in writing (e-mail preferred) immediately. Deposits are non-refundable, though if you cancel more than 90 days prior to tour departure date, the deposit is transferable to any other tour taken within 12 months of the original tour start date, minus a per person transfer fee (some tours have a 100% non-refundable/non-transferable deposit; you will be informed of this at the time of booking). Less than 90 days prior to departure, all monies paid are 100% non-refundable, non-transferable. Name changes are not permitted. We will not grant partial refunds for any unused trip arrangements—voluntarily missed meals, sightseeing, transport, etc—after the trip has commenced, or any refunds to trip members who do not complete any portion of the itinerary for whatever reason. All air tickets are non-refundable and valid only for the flight(s) indicated.

We may cancel departures if forced to do so by unforeseen circumstances such as war, civil unrest, pandemics/disease outbreaks (ie Ebola, Zika, Covid-19 etc), catastrophic events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions, etc -- things beyond our control that are commonly referred to as “force majeure.” In these instances we will offer 100% credits for all deposits if cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to tour start date. Such credits can be applied to any future scheduled or custom tour (time limits may apply).

If cancellation occurs within the 60 day period, we will offer to postpone your trip to another departure of the same tour code within 12 months of the original tour start date and your full payment on the postponed tour will remain non-refundable.

Regardless of the timing of cancellation (outside or inside 60 days), we will not be responsible for costs associated with re-issuance or extension of visas, airline policies pertaining to cancellation/change fees, any trip component/s that may be non-refundable from our suppliers, or for any compensation. We strongly recommend that all travellers purchase trip cancellation insurance, either through Adventures Abroad or elsewhere, as this may provide coverage for the above listed circumstances and other perils.

If we cancel your tour due to insufficient enrolment, we will endeavour to find an alternative tour for you, either the same tour on a different date or another tour of your choice. If this is not acceptable, your deposit/s will be refunded in full and will constitute full settlement. We will not be responsible for any expenses incurred, such as visas, vaccinations, independently purchase airfare, or any compensation. Notice of cancellation due to insufficient enrolment in any program will be given no later than 60 days prior to trip start date.

Do you have a shared accommodation program?

Yes! Most tours have a single-share program in which we match you with another single traveller of the same gender. If we are unable to pair you, we will usually absorb the cost of a single room. On some tours a "forced single" will apply; please enquire at time of booking. You will normally be informed of this charge 60 days prior to departure; however, we reserve the right to charge this fee up to your departure and, in rare cases, once you have departed. Upgrading to single room once the tour has begun is subject to availability in each overnight point, and payment must be made immediately to our office or locally to the Tour Leader. If you want to guarantee your own room, a single supplement applies. Payment of single supplement does not, however, guarantee that you will receive a twin size, twin-bedded room.

I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?

All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location.

This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement.

The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible.

On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available.

Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.

Select a date below to reserve your spot:

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Sat 12 Feb 2022Sat 05 Mar 2022 $0 USD

Due to the nature of internal flights, which need to be booked and paid for well in advance, this tour requires a $2000 per person deposit. Please note that contrary to our usual terms and conditions governing deposits, once the tour becomes 'guaranteed' this deposit will become 100% non-refundable, non-transferrable.

Optional Single Supplement: $2109 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $2109 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.

Tour Overview

This is a comprehensive exploration of this massively diverse country, literally from top to bottom, with a program that came about on the impetus from past travellers.

Senior Tour Leader, Victor Romagnoli who will lead this tour, lent his expertise in the development of this itinerary top one of his all-time favourite destinations.

He and we are excited to invite you on this one-time special offering for early 2019.

Regions visited: South America
Countries visited: Argentina

What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?

Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 60-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.

Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?

Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Buenos Aires
Arrival in Buenos Aires.

Nearly 40% of the country's 33 million citizens live in Gran Buenos Aires (Greater Buenos Aires), which at first makes the city almost as imposing as New York or London. However, after a brief orientation, you will find that the compact city centre is accessible and easily explored on foot, by bus, taxi and underground.

Overnight in Buenos Aires.

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Buenos Aires: City Touring
Today we see the sights of this cosmopolitan city. In the early part of the 20th century, Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world. The grand public buildings of Buenos Aires reflect this opulent era. The city is known as the "Paris of South America" because of its wide boulevards and European-style architecture. Buenos Aires was founded for the second time in 1580 by Juan de Garay, just north of Mendoza's encampment. In accordance with Spanish law, he laid out the large Plaza del Fuerte (Fortress Plaza). It acquired its present name of Plaza de Mayo after the month of revolution in 1810. Our tour focuses on the major public buildings.

Catedral Metropolitana, built on the sight of the original colonial church was not completed until 1827. Not only is it considered a major religious landmark, but also a historic site of great importance. Here lies the tomb of Jose de San Martin, the man who (along with Simon Bolivar) liberated South America from Spanish rule in the early 1800's. The Plaza de Mayo is also home to Museo del Cabildo, the Presidential Palace (Casa Rosada), and the National Congress (Palacio del Congreso).

We also visit the Recoleta Cemetery where Buenos Aires' richest citizens are buried in magnificent marble tombs elaborately decorated with statues. The most internationally-famous person buried here is "Evita" Peron. While in BA, we will also visit La Boca neighbourhood, so named for its position at "the mouth" of the Riachuelo, and its role as the port of call for thousands of immigrants from Italy, Spain, and other European countries. Those settlers struggled, starved, hoped, and celebrated in this rough-and-tumble barrio. Today, one of the most photogenic and colourful parts of Buenos Aires, La Boca is the domain of the working class, bohemian artists, rabid soccer fans, and tango artists.

Overnight in Buenos Aires.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 Buenos Aires - Trelew - Punta Tombo - Puerto Madryn
This morning we fly to the Welsh town of Trelew in the Chubut Province of Patagonia. Founded in 1886 as a railway junction, Trelew takes its name from Lewis Jones who promoted expansion of the railway system -- tre means "town" in Welsh, and Lew is short for Lewis. Immigrant workers flooded in from Europe as the railway network expanded. Both Welsh and Italian language and traditions are still very strong here.

Upon arrival we'll head immediately to the coast and Punta Tombo (box lunches on board), a peninsula into the Atlantic Ocean 110 km (68 mi) south of Trelew, where there is an important colony of Magellanic penguins. Between September and April, a large number of Magellanic penguins come to this site to incubate their eggs, and prepare their offspring for migration -- the largest such colony in South America. Couples stand in front of their nests, protecting the eggs from birds and other predators, and occasionally one adult goes to the sea for food. Other wildlife encountered in the area including sea birds (mainly seagulls, chimangos and cormorants), rheas and guanacos.

We then return to Trelew and have a look around town and visit the excellent Museum of Paleontology, a science research and exhibition center. Its permanent exhibitions focus on the fossils remains from fauna and flora of Patagonia, as well as the geological changes that affected the region throughout prehistory.

We continue north to the small, laid-back city of Puerto Madryn. Puerto Madryn is protected by the Golfo Nuevo, which is formed by the Península Valdes and the Punta Ninfas. The town was founded on 28 July 1865, when 150 Welsh immigrants arriving aboard the clipper Mimosa named the natural port Port Madryn in honour of Sir Love Jones-Parry, whose estate in Wales was named "Madryn".

For visitors, the main attraction here is the Peninsula Valdes and the thousands of whales that come to the protected waters of the gulf every summer.

Overnight in Puerto Madryn.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 Peninsula Valdes
Today we have a full-day excursion to the Peninsula Valdes.

The coastline is inhabited by marine mammals, like sea lions, elephant seals and fur seals. Southern right whales can be found in Golfo Nuevo and Golfo San Jose, protected bodies of water located between the peninsula and the mainland. These baleen whales come here between May and December, for mating and giving birth, because the water in the gulf is quieter and warmer than in the open sea. Orcas can be found off the coast, in the open sea off the peninsula. In this area, they are known to beach themselves on shore to capture sea lions and elephant seals.

The inner part of the peninsula is inhabited by rheas, guanacos and maras. A high diversity and range of birds live on the peninsula as well; at least 181 bird species, 66 of which migratory, live in the area, including the Antarctic pigeon.

The first part of our day will feature a whale-watching excursion by boat. Our launching point will likely be the only town on the peninsula, the small settlement of Puerto Piramides. On the land portion of our tour, we will see a number of estancias where sheep are raised. We will also visit the park's visitor centre (today we include lunch; dinner on your own back in Puerto Madryn).

Return to Puerto Madryn for overnight.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 Puerto Madryn - El Calafate
Today we fly to El Calafate on the southern shore of Lago Argentino, 80 km away from the entrance to Los Glaciares National Park. Located on a steppe landscape, visitors are awed by its views, the turquoise colour of Lago Argentino, and its vegetation, typical of a desert region.

The village takes its name from a bush, which can still be found in the region, though not in the same quantity as in old times. It is a typical steppe plant, covered by yellow flowers in the spring. Its fruit is a very small and dark violet berry; visitors can get to know it through marmalade, ice cream, and liquors made by the people in the village.

Overnight in Calafate.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Perito Moreno Glacier
We leave the shores of Lago Argentino and ascend through sub-Antarctic forest which marks the gateway to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Its centrepiece is the Perito Moreno Glacier which, because of unusually favourable local conditions, is one of the world's few advancing glaciers. Huge icebergs on the glacier's 60 m (180 foot) high face calve and collapse into the Canal de los Tempanos as it advances about 100 m (300 feet) a year. The roar of the gigantic ice wall as it crashes into the surrounding channel is an unforgettable experience.

The geography at the nose of the glacier is also unique, in that it is possible to stand on a hill with spectacular viewpoints directly opposite the huge imposing wall of ice. The hope, of course, is to witness active calving, which results in a thunderous noise and oooo's and ahhhh's from its spectators. We will have plenty of time to stroll and enjoy fantastic views from every angle, and the unique plant and bird life.

While in the Calafate area, we will also visit the Glaciarium, a modern interpretation glaciological centre, and one of the few glacier museums in the world. The understanding of glaciers and environmental awareness are our main subjects. The exhibits include models, dioramas, photographs, screens, interactive representations, and a 3D documentary.

NOTE: Though weather may seem fine in Calafate, the weather near the glacier can be completely different. Generally the nose of Perito Moreno is characterized by cold wind and highly changeable conditions. You should be prepared with layered clothing and a warm hat.

This afternoon we return to Calafate.

Overnight in Calafate.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 Calafate: Upsala Glacier
This morning we depart early from our Calafate hotel to drive the short distance to the boat dock at Puerto Bandera at the western end of Lago Argentino. Here we board our boat for a picturesque trip across the pristine, exquisite turquoise waters to the Upsala Glacier, the other famous glacier near Calafate, only accessible from the water. At fifty kilometers long, ten kilometers wide, and many hundred meters thick, it is classified as one of three major glaciers in the park. Visitors are greeted with breathtaking vistas of crystal blue ice meeting vast blue skies and towering Argentinean mountains in the background.*

There are several outside decks that offer excellent views. Cold weather clothing is suitable today. Lunch is not provided but food and refreshments can be purchased on board.

* The closeness of our approach depends on winds and the number of icebergs in the vicinity.

We return to Calafate late in the afternoon.

Overnight in Calafate.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Calafate - Ushuaia
Today we fly to Ushuaia on the island of Tierra del Fuego.

Ushuaia is considered the world's southernmost city. In 1520, Magellan passed through the strait that now bears his name, in search of a sea route to the spice islands of Asia. The Yahgan Indians built the fires that inspired Europeans to give this region its name -- "The Land of Fire". At first, very little attention was paid to this rocky and glacial shoreline, and its indigenous Indian population. It was not until the demise of Spain's colonial domination of
the region in the late 1800's, that other Europeans began settling here. Ushuaia lies on the north shore of the Beagle Channel, at the very heart of the archipelago, and just east of the Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego. Since 1950, the town has played host to an important naval base, supporting Argentine claims in Antarctica.

Ushuaia has one of the world's most dramatic settings: surrounding jagged glacial peaks rise from sea level to nearly 1500 m (4,500 ft). In 1870, the South American Missionary Society, a British-based organization, made Ushuaia its first permanent outpost in the Fuego region.

Overnight in Ushuaia.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 Tierra Del Fuego & Train of the End of the World
This morning we discover the magic of the region known as the End of the World with a tour through the wilderness of Tierra del Fuego. We visit the southernmost national park on the planet and see sights such as Lapataia Bay and Ensenada Bay, to name but a few.

As we depart Ushuaia, we can immediately see the change in scenery as we drive past picturesque Patagonian lakes, lagoons and rivers, all of which flow into the famous Beagle Channel. After passing Mt Susana, we arrive at the old former prison that now hosts the Southern Fuegian Railway, also known as the End-of-the-World Train.

Our train ride takes us through the valley towards Ensenada Bay, where we can admire the Redonda and Estorbo islands, as well as the snow-white mountains of the Sampaio Chain along the Chilean side of the Beagle Channel. Take a walk on the coast of Roca Lake and along the Lapataia River, where you can see the natural border with Chile at Cóndor Hill.

Our tour finishes with visits to the Green Lagoon and the Black Lagoon before we head back to town with the balance of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Ushuaia.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Ushuaia: Beagle Channel
Today (weather permitting),* we include a cruise on the Beagle Channel, named after the ship on which Darwin sailed through here in 1832. The island of Tierra del Fuego is divided between Argentina and Chile and the Beagle Channel forms part of the border between the two countries. In addition to spectacular scenery, we should see many species of marine mammals and birds, including a penguin colony.

* Please note: As Tierra del Fuego is so close to the Antarctic Circle and surrounded by water, the weather here is extremely changeable hour by hour. In order to maximise our sightseeing, we may have to alter the sequence of our activities. Your Tour Leader will do his best to ensure that you see all the items listed on these days but, in the event of extreme weather, other activities may have to be substituted.

Depending on the timing of today's activity, your Tour Leader may decide to include lunch instead of dinner today.

Overnight in Ushuaia.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 Ushuaia - Fly to Mendoza
Around midday we fly to Mendoza (via Cordoba).

Mendoza, situated in the pre-mountainous Andes, is one of the largest and most beautiful cities of Argentina. Among its highlighted characteristics are it tree-lined streets, gardens, pathways and trolleybuses. Mendoza is the heart of the viticulture activity in the country and the starting point for practicing adventure and mountain sports: skiing, mountain climbing, and rafting.

As we may arrive at our hotel somewhat beyond our usual dinner hour, and due to the length of our day, we do not include a group dinner this evening.

Overnight in Mendoza (dinner on your own this evening).

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 12 Mendoza: Town Touring
Today we'll have a leisurely look at this pleasant town, including the Government House, San Martin Park, Independence Square surrounded by the Municipal Theatre; and the Modern Art Museum. From there we continue to Plaza Espana and Plaza del Castillo, where there is a museum that was built on the foundations of the old Town Hall where excavations, old photographs, and elements from the past can be observed. They are evidence of the earthquake that damaged the city in 1861, three hundred years after its foundation.

Balance of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Mendoza.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 Mendoza: Wine Tour
Today we will have a leisurely visit to two wineries for which the region is famous. As quality, season, and customer feedback can vary, we do not pre-determine which properties we will be visiting far in advance. Your Tour Leader will advise on today's activities in greater detail while on tour.

Today we include lunch at a wine estate (instead of dinner). If available, we may also be able to enjoy an olive oil tasting.

Overnight in Mendoza.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 14 Mendoza - Salta
Today we fly to Salta (1100m/3,300 feet) in the northwest corner of the country.

The city of Salta, capital of Salta Province, was founded on April 16th, 1582 by Hernando de Lerma, governor of Tucuman. Known as "Salta la linda" (Salta the Beautiful), it is one of the Argentine cities that has valued and preserved its colonial architectural heritage. In its building aspect you can appreciate a mixture of colonial buildings with white walls, red tiled roofs, also with modern constructions within an urban scheme that includes several green
spaces. The variety and beauty of its landscapes is spectacular: the magnificence of its mountains, its valleys, its gorges, and the subtropical flora and fauna preserved in the national parks, are just some of its immediate attractions.

Overnight in Salta.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 15 Salta: City Tour
Argentina’s northwestern Salta Province has long been famous for its spectacular scenery of Andean peaks, red-rock valleys and vineyards, but its central metropolis, the city of Salta, has emerged only in the last few years as a bright spot on the tourist map. A concerted effort to encourage new hotels, restaurants, and shops is now paying off in a stream of visitors attracted to Salta’s updated colonial charm. Today, the old city center is recognized as a jewel-box-size getaway, perfect for exploring on foot and finally appreciated for its rich cultural offerings, grand neo-Classical buildings and thriving night life.

This morning we'll have a guided walking tour of the highlights of Salta, most of which are grouped around the central square: the Cathedral, the Cabildo or Town Council, which houses the Museo Historico del Norte; the Museo Colonial, and the Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts). The church of San Francisco has one of the tallest church towers in the Americas (53 m/175 feet), and the Convento de San Bernardo now belongs to the Carmelite Order.

Balance of the day at leisure (given our free afternoon and early start tomorrow, dinner will be on your own this evening).

Overnight in Salta.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 16 Safari to the Clouds - Purmamarca
Today (early start!) we embark upon a "Safari to the Clouds," which offers a unique opportunity to combine three Northwestern Argentinean Routes in two unforgettable days.* Travelling by sturdy 4x4 vehicle (the roads can be quite bad), we follow the railway tracks belonging to the famous Train to Clouds, admiring this magnificent engineering work started in the 20s by the Quebrada del Toro, up to San Antonio de los Cobres. We then experience a crossing of the Puna on Route 40 to the Salinas Grandes, an open white space of more than 100km surrounded by volcanoes, where the horizon seems endless. Finally, crossing the highest point of the itinerary, we will enjoy the best view of the Eastern Andean Range going down via Cuesta de Lipan, dropping 2000m in 22km, possibly spotting condors and witnessing the transition from desert to the fertile highlands of the valleys. We finish our day in the picturesque village of Purmamarca at the foot of the famous Mount of Seven Colours.

Maximum altitude 4170 m/13,680 ft; altitude at arrival 2300 m/7,546 ft.

* Please note that our larger pieces of luggage will be transported to/from Purmamarca directly for us by separate vehicle, so please pack all that you'll need for our journey in your day pack.

Overnight in Pumamarca.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17 Safari to the Clouds - Humahuaca - Salta
We return to Salta, closing our looped route by way of the another spectacular point of Northwest Argentina: Humahuaca Gorge.

The area delights with its brightly coloured rock formations and a vast product mix of minerals and natural agents. We'll see the Serranía de Hornocal, where centuries of erosion have uncovered contrasting coloured limestone bands on these saw-tooth massifs (some claim as many as 33 colours can be discerned, but we’ll leave the counting up to you). UNESCO declared the entire mountain valley here a World Heritage Site in 1983, both for the Serrania de Hornocal’s wondrous peaks and the historic Inca caravan road running through the region.

Overnight in Salta.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 18 Salta: At Leisure
Today is a well-deserved rest day in a charming place. Not only does it give you the chance to enjoy one of South America's most charming small cities, it also places us well for the direct flight to Iguazu Falls tomorrow for those including this extension (it does not operate every day). Your Tour Leader can help you plan your day.

Highly recommended is the Museo Arqueologia de Alta Montana (MAAM); If you only hit one museum in the city, this should be it for sure. Dedicated to anthropology and preserving Andean culture, the biggest draw of the MAAM are the mummified Inca children discovered by scientists in 1999 at the Llullaillaco Volcano. The three children were perfectly preserved by icy conditions at the summit after historians believe that the Incas sacrificed them as an offering to the gods in a fertility ceremony around 1490. Their hair, clothes, and even internal organs remained intact due to the excellent preservation. Though it’s a small museum, there’re many artifacts and much insight into Incan culture and mountain archaeology with excellent English and Spanish descriptions.

You can also buy all the traditional Argentine souvenirs you could ever need at the two artisan markets in the city -- textiles, leather, indigenous handicrafts, and ceramics, ponchos, sweaters, hats, and scarves made from llama or alpaca wool, as well as silver, ironwork, weavings, and mate gourds.

Salta also claims to be the birthplace of empanadas in Argentina, or at the very least, it’s rumoured to have the best ones! Either way, if you haven't yet had your fill, you should definitely go on a quest to eat as many empanadas salteñas as possible while you’re here!

As this will be our last evening all together (some travellers may choose not to include Iguazu), we will have a farewell dinner.

Overnight in Salta.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 19 Salta - Iguazu Falls
Today we fly to Iguazu Falls, located at the confluence of the River Iguazu and the deep flowing Parana. This place is known as the "Hito de las Tres Fronteras" because at this point Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay converge. The national park here is home to more than 21,000 plant species and 400 bird species. The waterfalls disgorge 1700 cubic m (1,853 cubic yards) of water per second from a height of 70 m (230 feet) in 275 different falls, most of which are in Argentina. On the frontier with Brazil there is a gully -- La Garganta del Diablo (The Devil's Throat) which is 150 m (490 feet) wide and 700 m (2,290 feet) long.

Overnight at Iguazu Falls.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 20 Iguazu Falls Touring
This morning we have a guided tour of the falls on the Argentine side (upper balconies).
We wander the paths along the upper and lower parts of the falls and the path that goes along the river from the observation point of the Bosetti Falls to the quay. The plunging falls throw a fine drizzle up to 30 m (98 feet) into the air, weaving countless rainbows in the sun. Be sure to take rain-proof clothing! The United Nations has declared Iguazu Falls a protected area of worldwide importance.

You can also take an optional boat ride to the base of the falls (extra cost), or the local bus to Iguazu Town where you can explore and observe where Argentine, Brazil, and Uruguay come together. Another option is visiting the Brazilian side of the falls on a guided tour (current fees TBA). This would also involve acquiring a Brazilan visa in advance; please visit www.vfsglobal.com/brazil-evisa for procedures and applicable fees.

Overnight in Iguazu.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 21 Iguazu Falls - Buenos Aires
Today we fly back to the capital and enjoy time at leisure before convening for our final farewell dinner.

Overnight in Buenos Aires.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 22 Departure
Departure from Buenos Aires.


Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Tour Map

*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.

Hotel List

The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.

Recoleta Grand Hotel

Rating: 5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation
Location: Buenos Aires
Country: Argentina

Set in the upscale Recoleta district, this high-end hotel in a modern building is an 8-minute walk from the iconic
... Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore and an 11-minute walk from a metro station.

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Dazzler Hotel Puerto Madryn

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Puerto Madryn
Country: Argentina

This contemporary hotel in a tower overlooking the Golfo Neuvo.
Modern rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs with cable
... plus minibars and city views.
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Poisada los Alamos

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: El Calafate
Country: Argentina

Overlooking Golf el Pinar golf course, this elegant hotel in a distinctive timber and stone building is a 7-minute walk
... Lago Argentino and 9 minutes' walk from the tourist office. Featuring refined, country-style furniture, the cozy rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and desk.
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Cielene del Faro

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Ushuaia
Country: Argentina

A 3-minutes walk from both the End of the World Museum and the Beagle Channel, this upscale apartment hotel is
... km from the Southern Feugian Railway.

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Huentala Mendoza

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Mendoza
Country: Argentina

This upmarket hotel is a 12-minute walk from the Teatro Independencia and 8 km from Mendoza Zoological Park. Modern, understated
... offer free Wi-Fi, tea and coffeemaking facilities and minibars.
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Hotel Almeria

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Salta
Country: Argentina

This elegant hotel in a Spanish Colonial building is a 7-minute walk from the Catholic Catedral Basílica de Salta and
... 10-minute walk from the historic artifacts of Casa de Güemes. The subdued, warmly decorated rooms come with Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs, minibars and safes, along with courtyard and city views.
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Marques de Tojo

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Purmamarca
Country: Argentina

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Panoramic Grand Hotel Iguazu

Rating: 5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation
Location: Iguazu Falls
Country: Argentina

Set on a hillside overlooking the Iguazu River, this upmarket hotel is 2 km from Hito Tres Fronteras, where Paraguay,
... and Argentina meet, and 27 km from the Iguazu Falls. The warm rooms provide free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and safes.
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Trip Information


Breakfast daily and most dinners (hotels & local restaurants); on some days we include lunch instead of dinner. All transport (including internal flights), accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Domestic flights via local scheduled carriers as per the itinerary. Airport transfers for land & air customers.


International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, some meals, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international (if applicable) and domestic air taxes, departure taxes, any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.

Seasonality and Weather

Weather conditions will vary greatly from place to place - this is a huge country! Most of our time is spent in the south where conditions can be very changeable at any time of year. We visit in the Austral summer (Nov-Mar), when Buenos Aires and Iguazu are hot and Patagonia and the Northwest are at their most comfortable. That said you must be prepared for cold, windy, possibly rainy conditions.

Our date coincides with penguin nesting at Punta Tombo and the whale migration at Peninsula Valdes.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Ground transport by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size') and location. Though we will have some full bus days, roads are generally in good condition (rougher in the NW) though a little winding on some stretches.

We feature numerous optional walking opportunities and walking tours on uneven surfaces. This tour is not strenuous in terms of physical activities, but in order to fully enjoy and experience the sites visited, you must be prepared for some walking at a leisurely pace.

We also have quite a few internal flights via domestic carriers, which can in itself be fatiguing (you will have to be able to manage your luggage). This is definitely a full itinerary with plenty of moving around!

Hotels generally provide baggage handling, but you must still be independent with your luggage, especially at airports.

Most of this tour occurs at low-medium elevations, though on days 16 & 17 we spend brief periods above 3000m/10,000 ft, and then descend greatly for our overnight, so we do not require a high-altitude medical questionnaire for this tour (if you are concerned about this though, please consult with your doctor). For exact elevations, please refer to the tour itinerary.

Our "Level 2" rating refers to the overall ambitious nature of the program, the tremendous amount of moving around we do, some early starts and full days of travel and activities, leisurely walks at sites and short walks to dinner, and a brief time spent at high elevation.

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Well-located, air-conditioned/heated, upper-range hotels and inns (mostly 4-5 star) used throughout. All hotels have en suite toilet and bath, though some may have shower only (ie no tub). Porter service is usually available (see 'inclusions') though you should be independent with your luggage, especially at airports. Single rooms are limited in number and likely smaller than twins.

Due to the fact that most hotels in Argentina do not offer single accommodation rates, the MANDATORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (if we fail to pair you) is 100% of the optional single supplement.

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Staff and Support

Tour Leader (Victor Romagnoli) throughout, local guides at several locations, multiple drivers.

Group Size

Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader



TOUR STARTBuenos Aires

TOUR ENDBuenos Aires

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