Amazing Argentina Off the Beaten Track

16 Days from £6178 per adult. Prices based on flight fares at the time of costing & may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote
16 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Culture and Archaeology
Off The Beaten Track

Reef & Rainforest have designed an exciting journey through some of Argentina’s lesser known but nevertheless fascinating regions and locations. After a short time in Buenos Aires, stay at a historic, homely estancia on the seafront in Bahia Bustamante with over a thousand nesting Magellanic penguins and masses of other seabirds as near neighbors. There follows the spectacular Los Glaciares National Park for walks on an advancing glacier and a stay at a traditional Patagonian farm to experience the daily life of the locals. Return to the north and venture out to Jujuy province on a day trip from Buenos Aires for the very different landscape and archaeology that Cachi has to offer. Finally enjoy the world-class wines of the Cafayete region and relax before your journey home, replete with lasting memories of amazing Argentina.

Itinerary

Price from £6178 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart UK

Evening departure from London and fly overnight to Buenos Aires.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Buenos Aires

Met on arrival in Buenos Aires and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon there will be a city tour. The tour will include visits to the blue-collar neighborhood of La Boca where tango originated, San Telmo where the city was first founded, the Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada, the Metropolitan Cathedral and Recoleta with its French architecture and 19th century cemetery where Eva Peron is buried.

Staying at Hotel Bel Air. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3 - Bahia Bustamante

Transfer to the airport and fly to Comodoro Rivadavia. Met on arrival and transfer to your estancia. Afternoon organized group activities could include a walk through the petrified forest, a visit to 1,000-strong nesting colonies of Magellanic penguins, a boat trip to offshore islands to see nesting seabirds and a visit to a sea lion colony.

Staying at Estancia Bahia Bustamante. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Bahia Bustamante

A full day of guided group activities in the company of other guests staying at the estancia. Trips could include visits to the huge penguin and southern sea lion colonies, bird watching in Malaspina Cove, walks in the petrified forest and a typical Patagonian ranch. It is also possible to explore the coast and countryside on mountain bikes or foot: horse riding and sea kayaking are also available.

Staying at Estancia Bahia Bustamante. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Bahia Bustamante

Another full day of activities from the estancia.

Staying at Estancia Bahia Bustamante. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - El Calafate

Transfer to the airport at Trelew and fly to El Calafate. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Staying at Estancia Nibepo Aike. Includes Breakfast.

Day 7 - Los Glaciares National Park

Full day exploring the magnificent Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. The excursion will begin with informative walks around the side of glacier, and later an exhilarating mini ice-trek on the glacier itself to gain a new perspective on this mighty force of nature. There will also be a boat trip along the huge wall of the glacier at a safe distance for a chance to see massive blocks of ice break off and crash into the lake to form icebergs.

Staying at Estancia Nibepo Aike. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 8 - Los Glaciares National Park

Transfer to Lago San Martin and Estancia El Condor, passing through some sensational Andean landscapes. The glacial meltwater causes the unusual turquoise coloration of San Martin Lake whose location high within the mountains creates a stunning vista.

Staying at Estancia El Condor. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - El Condor

A full day of guided excursions from the estancia could include treks either on horseback or foot through different altitudes and environments, including native southern beech and coniferous forests, typical Patagonian ranchland, mountains and cliffs with views over the beautiful lake.

Staying at Estancia El Condor. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - El Condor

Another day of guided activities.

Staying at Estancia El Condor. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Salta

Transfer to El Calafate and fly to Salta (via Buenos Aires). Met on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Staying at Legado Mitico. Includes Breakfast.

Day 12 - Salta

Set off from Salta on a full-day tour of Jujuy Province. Visit the village of Purmamarca at the base of the Hill of Seven Colours, an amazing series of huge polychromatic geological serations. Continue to Pucara de Tilcara, an ancient pre-Inca fortress. Finally, reach the village of Humahuaca in historic Quebrada de Humahuaca valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with evidence of human occupation going back 10,000 years. Return to Salta on a winding road called Abra de Santa Laura, admiring ever-changing views of the surrounding landscape.

Staying at Legado Mitico. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 13 - Cachi

Transfer, with stops en route, to the town of Cachi, passing through Quebrada de Escoipe, also known as Three-Coloured Gorge because of its mixed geology. Then pass through Cuesta del Obispo at an altitude of 3,457 meters and descend to Los Cardones (Cactus) National Park, created to protect the high density of cactuses and the habitat of puma and guanaco. Stop to enjoy the spectacle of hundreds of cacti set against a backdrop of snow-capped peaks – a great photo-opportunity. On arrival in Cachi, explore the sleepy town with its archaeology museum and old church built of mud brick covered by a roof made of cactus.

Staying at La Merced del Alto. Includes Breakfast.

Day 14 - Cafayete

Transfer to Cafayete across yet more geologically fascinating landscapes for a guided tour and tasting session at a local winery. Cafayete is home to the only true native varietal Argentine grape, the sweet and fruity Torrontes. The town is situated at 1,660 metres and has a combination of temperature and humidity ideal for the local deep, fruit-flavoured wine.

Staying at Vinas de Cafayate Wine Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 15 - Buenos Aires

Transfer to Salta airport via Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas. Fly to Buenos Aires in the mid-afternoon. Met and transfer to hotel.

Staying at Hotel Bel Air. Includes Breakfast.

Day 16 - Return Flight To The UK

Transfer to the airport and fly overnight to UK.

Includes Breakfast.

Day 17 - Arrive in the UK

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
British Airways has direct daily flights from London Heathrow to Buenos Aires. There are also flights from the UK on Air France via Paris, Air Europa and Iberia via Madrid, TAM via Sao Paulo, and Lufthansa via Frankfurt.

Area Specialist

John Melton
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In general the best months to visit Patagonia are from October until the end of March. North-western Argentina can be wet in January, February and March.

This tour would suit those interested in unusual geological formations and arid, highland landscapes, with an added interest in colonial and indigenous culture.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

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Estancia Bahia Bustamante: -45.126087, -66.537188
Hotel Bel Air : -34.594665, -58.388105
Estancia Nibepo Aike: -50.565221, -72.865110
La Merced del Alto: -25.110550, -66.177997
Estancia El Condor: -49.083268, -72.550522
Vinas de Cafayate Wine Resort : -26.076283, -66.002338