DAY 1 – SAT. Dec. 5: ARRIVE BUENOS AIRES
Your Very Best Highlights of Argentina tour begins in Buenos Aires, the capital of the nation. This romantic city is often referred to as ‘the Paris of South America’ because of its French-style architecture and elegance.Time permitting you may want to spend some time seeing the milongas (tango dances) in San Telmo, gaze at the huge monuments such as the Obelisk on Avenue 9 de Julio and sip fine wines at fancy restaurants in Palermo. HOTEL.
DAY 2 – SUN. Dec. 6: BUENOS AIRES TOURING
Breakfast at the Hotel. Sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires that allows you to discover the magic of this cosmopolitan city, capital of Argentina. The magnificence of the Northern Quarters, Palermo and the beauty of its parks and buildings, Recoleta with its French style architecture, bars and cafes; the imposing Colon Theater, one of the five most important opera houses in the world; Plaza de Mayo (May Square), the Government’s House (The Pink House), The Old Cabildo (Town Hall) and the Metropolitan Cathedral; San Telmo, residence of the aristocracy until the turn of the XIX century. The colors of La Boca, picturesque quarter of Italian immigrants; and the fashion area of Port Madero with its many bars & restaurants round off this excursion.
Your afternoon is at leisure to walk around the city. Buenos Aires nightlife provides its own inhabitants and visitors with numerous entertainment possibilities. This evening you will attend an unforgettable tango show performed by the best dancers and singers, while enjoying a delicious meal. This is the perfect way to live Buenos Aires, the city of tango. Return to the hotel. HOTEL- BD
Day 3 – MON. Dec. 7: BUENOS AIRES / IGUASSU – Brazilian side of Falls
After breakfast, transfer & fly to Puerto Iguazú in the northeast corner of Argentina today. The mighty Iguazú Falls straddles the border of Argentina and Brazil, and the group will be visiting the falls from both sides. The falls are over 2 km in length and consist of 275 falls in total, some of which stretch up to 80 metres high. This makes them higher than Niagara Falls and wider than Victoria Falls. Head across to Brazil to admire panoramic views of the waterfalls.
This afternoon enjoy a half day guided tour to explore the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. Drive to the Brazilian National Park side of the falls, crossing the Brazilian boarder. You may want to look at some authentic Brazilian hand-made crafts before starting the short drive through subtropical, lush jungle with spectacular palm trees and lianas until you reach the proper start of the Iguazú Falls Walk. At the beginning take time to marvel at the panoramic view of the enormous Iguazu Falls emerging in front of you in all their spectacular magnificence. Walk the 1,200 meters long footbridge to experience this natural wonder from a different perspective. You will discover that these falls across the river – although they belong to Argentina – can only be seen from the Brazilian side. Take a panoramic elevator to get an even more impressive sight of this amazing scenery. Return back to your hotel in the evening. HOTEL- BL.
NOTE: A Brazilian Visa is required for all travelers wishing to enjoy the Brazilian side of the falls tour – this visa is the traveler’s responsibility.
As of July 1st, 2017, all guests visiting Iguassu Falls are required to pay an eco-tax designed to help fund the preservation of the surrounding region. This tax cannot be prepaid, and is instead collected at your Iguassu Falls hotel upon check-in. This tax applies to all travelers and costs $20 ARS (Argentine Pesos) per person, per night for a maximum of two nights
Day 4 – TUE. Dec. 8: ARGENTINIAN SIDE OF THE WATERFALLS / BUENOS AIRES
Breakfast at the hotel. A visit to the Argentinean side of Iguazu today allows you to get up close to the waterfalls via a series of boardwalks. According to Guarani legend, Iguazu Falls was created when the serpent god M’Boy, enraged by the betrayal of a chieftain’s daughter who was promised to him, split the river in half. Take al Zodiac boat ride to the base of the falls an exhilarating experience. Visit a Guarani community to meet some of the region’s few remaining indigenous people.
Take an optional helicopter flight over the top of the falls for a more panoramic view. Time free until the evening flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer to Hotel-BL.
Day 5 – WED. Dec. 9: BUENOS AIRES / TRELEW / PUERTO MADRYN
After Breakfast fly to Trelew, a name of Welsh origin meaning “people of Lew” in honor of Lewis Jones, a pioneer of Welsh colonization in Chubut. The city’s history is closely linked to the Welsh settlement in the province, which began in 1865. The Celtic origin of the first Welsh immigrants left its mark in the picturesque town of Gaiman. The diversity of creeds of these settlers originated the construction of more than 30 chapels, many of which are still standing. Drive around town to learn about Welsh history. Next visit The Paleontological Museum Egidio Feruglio (MEF).More than 1700 Fossil pieces and 30 specimens of Dinosaurs displayed in the halls are accompanied by scale models and explanatory posters as well as video projection narrating the beginning of life on this planet. The “MEF” is now one of the most important scientific institutions in the country and an undisputed international reference in paleontology, both for discovery and research as for the samples that are presented. Being populated by people of Welsh origin, Trelew offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Welsh tea accompanied by many delicacies. The tradition lives on, and it’s now shared with the public: ‘ Casa Gales De Te Ty Te Caerdydd’. The late Princess Diana herself enjoyed tea here in 1995, when she made an official visit. The chair she sat on is displayed inside a lovely house. Enjoy Welsh tea accompanied by specialties such as homemade bread, scones, homemade jams, cream and apple pies, Welsh black cake, lemon pie, chocolate and walnut cake, cake with seasonal fruits, snacks and many temptations. We will also visit the Astronomical Observatory and Planetarium before proceeding to Puerto Madryn, the quaint coastal town of Puerto Madryn is the gateway to wonderful Peninsula Valdes and Patagonia’s prime wildlife spotting experiences. HOTEL- BL
DAY 6 – THU. Dec. 10: PUERTO MADRYN
Breakfast at the Hotel. The whale watching trip starts from a small village called Puerto Piramids. Going along the coast on both sides, the first stop is at La Lobería (sea lion colony), which is closer to Puerto Pirámides and has got 2000 specimens of whales. Sail along the coast allows us to watch many cormorant colonies. They build their nests against the cliff and there they also breed and raise their babies. Cruise also offers opportunity to observe and photograph other specimens of the coastal bird fauna. The engines are stopped when the ship gets far from the coast, silence interrupted only by the sounds of penguins, seagulls, gulls and cormorants. Something silvery and white jumps next to the ship and the strong sound of a body splashing the sea are heard. To complete this feast some dolphins always show up to jump and play in complete freedom along the Whales. Enjoy lunch at the village before returning to Puerto Madryn. HOTEL- BL
Your afternoon is at leisure or take the optional tours from following:
Note: Advance reservations are required due limited availability.
DAY 7 – FRI, Dec. 11: PENINSULA OF VALDES EXCURSION
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, we will spend the day exploring the riches of the Valdes Peninsula. A harsh yet spectacular environment, this remote peninsula is a haven for Patagonian marine and terrestrial wildlife including massive colonies of South American Sea Lion and Southern Elephant Seal. The abundance of afterbirth and young pups here attracts the attention of several scavengers and predators, including the striking Killer Whales that are known to beach themselves along this coastline to capture prey, as well as Southern Giant Petrel and unique Snowy Sheathbill that forage through the remains. The rocky coastline may hold Imperial and Rock Shags alongside the commoner Neotropic Cormorants. Visit Salina Chica and Salina Grande (small and big salines); among the biggest depressions in America, shore elephant seals rookeries in Punta Delgada, Caleta Valdés and Punta Cantor. Break for lunch at Hotel de Campo.
The Valdés Peninsula is renowned for its large population of marine wildlife but with over 180 different bird species migrating to the peninsula or living here throughout the year, it’s also one of the most important birding destinations in Argentina. Expect to see: South American, royal and sandwich terns, Black-browed albatross, Southern giant petrel, Blackish and American oystercatchers, Magellanic penguin, Brown skua, Variable hawk, Great egret, Turkey vulture & Burrowing parrot
Visit a huge Magellanic Penguin colony tucked away in a secluded area of Valdes. Aside from the penguins, there are also an array of seabirds and shorebirds that include Blackish, American and Magellanic Oystercatchers, near endemic Dolphin Gull and Brown Skua, alongside several passerines such as Cordilleran Canastero, Scale-throated Earth creeper and the near-endemic Patagonian Mockingbird, to name but a few. During the visit you will be able to see abundant terrestrial fauna, such as guanacos, maras (Patagonic hares), foxes, armadillos and choiques. Return back to Hotel in Puerto Madryn in the evening. HOTEL- BL
DAY 8 – SAT, Dec. 12: PUERTO MADRYN / LAS GRUTAS
Breakfast at Hotel and enjoy a morning of leisure exploring town on own. After Lunch, travel to Las Grutas, a beach resort located in the Atlantic coast of the province of Río Negro, Its beauty resides in a beach sheltered by the cliff, and mainly the warmth of its waters, which can reach 25 degrees Centigrade in some areas. No doubt it’s the hottest beach village on the Patagonian coast. Its main attractive consists of its magnificent beaches, white sand and deep blue, transparent waters. Being in the very heart of San Matías Gulf, and having medium sized cliffs, this place has little or no wind at all, something incredible for Patagonia. Check in to your Hotel and rest of the evening is free. HOTEL. BL
DAY 9 – SUN, Dec. 13: LAS GRUTAS – Salinas Del Gualicho & Stargazing tour
Breakfast at the Hotel. Time free to take optional tours from following:
Join fellow tour members to visit our exclusive eclipse viewing site so participants can familiarize themselves and also for accompanying astronomy experts to review weather reports and any related effect/changes to our viewing plans/site.
Late this afternoon travel to Salinas del Gualicho (Gualicho salt flats), located in a big depression 72 meters below sea level 60 km west of Las Grutas. Gualicho is the biggest salt deposit in Argentina in terms of industrial production. Observe mining activity followed by a spectacular sunset (weather permitting). Table and chairs are set out on the salt flats to enjoy a sumptuous dinner under the stars. The location also makes it one of the best stargazing locations in the world. Take turns looking at the moon’s craters and diverse constellations through the telescope, and seeing for yourselves how night becomes day through an infrared viewer as our guide spins spooky tales about the salt flat. Our accompanying Astronomy expert will give us pre eclipse briefing. Return back to Hotel in Las Grutas after dinner HOTEL- BD
DAY 10 – MON, Dec. 14: LAS GRUTAS – Total Solar Eclipse watching
After Breakfast transfer to our exclusive eclipse viewing site scouted by our Eclipse experts. Arrive early with plenty of time to set up for the eclipse. Snacks, water & Buffet lunch, tables and chairs are provided at the viewing site. Return to hotel after the eclipse and rest of the day is free for independent activities or take an optional tour. This evening join fellow tour members for a celebratory Dinner & a report by our Eclipse experts. HOTEL -BLD
DAY 11- TUE, Dec. 15: LAS GRUTAS /BUENOS AIRES / DEPART
Breakfast at the Hotel and time free until transfer to Trelew airport to board flight to Buenos Aires and onward connection to your international destination.
*deposits paid by credit cards incur 5% bank fees, if reservation is cancelled.