Exciting Argentina For Families

16 Days from £5958 per adult. Prices based on flight fares at the time of costing & may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote
16 Days
Family Holiday
Whale Watching

There is so much to keep all ages occupied in this exciting and diverse family tour which takes in Argentina’s best attractions. From Buenos Aires, you will visit a traditional estancia of the pampas to experience the life of the gaucho. Continue to the unspoilt Valdes Peninsula where, depending on season, you’ll see nesting colonies of Magellanic penguins, enormous elephant seals, southern right whales and perhaps hunting orcas. Travel further south into Patagonia to the ice lands of stunning Los Glaciares National Park to walk atop an actual glacier. Next comes the breath-taking scenery of the Argentine Lake District and fun-filled activities such as kayaking and a visit to Mount Tronador. Finally head north-east to enjoy the rich birdlife of the Atlantic rainforest and visit spectacular Iguazu Falls while based at a fabulous, family friendly lodge. When it comes to your last day, you and your family just won’t want to leave.

Itinerary

Price from £5958 per adult. child price £5,245. Based on sharing a family or interconnecting rooms where available.

Day 1 - Depart UK

Evening departure from London and fly overnight to Buenos Aires.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Buenos Aires

Morning arrival in Buenos Aires. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Staying at Loi Suites. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3 - Estancia Santa Susana

Travel to the Pampas north of Buenos Aires and spend the day on a typical Estancia. On arrival at the estancia (ranch) watch the gauchos at work rounding up the cattle on horseback followed by a traditional Argentine BBQ (an asado) for lunch. In the afternoon enjoy an exciting horseback excursion across the pampas close to the estancia. Return to Buenos Aires in the evening.

Staying at Loi Suites. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 4 - Valdes Peninsula

Transfer to the airport and fly to Trelew. Met and transfer to the Valdes Peninsula, designated a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. This wild 1,545 square mile peninsula protrudes 62 miles eastwards into the South Atlantic. Afternoon excursion to visit the calving site of the enormous southern elephant seal.

Staying at Punta Delgada. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 5 - Valdes Peninsula

Full day exploration of the Valdes Peninsula. The activities will depend upon the season but could include visiting huge colonies of nesting Magellanic penguins, haul-out sites of southern sea lions, boat trips to see southern right whales, or even orcas hunting sea lions on the beach. There are also armadillos, Patagonian hares and guanacos inland and many seabirds to spot.

Staying at Punta Delgada. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - El Calafate

Transfer to Trelew airport and fly to El Calafate. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Staying at Hotel Kosten Aike. Includes Breakfast.

Day 7 - Perito Moreno Glacier

Full day exploring the magnificent 18-mile long Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. Begin with informative walks around the side of glacier and later go on an exhilarating mini ice-trek (age restrictions apply) on the glacier itself. Then take a boat trip along the huge wall of the glacier for a chance to see massive blocks of ice break off with a loud crack and crash into the lake to form icebergs.

Staying at Hotel Kosten Aike. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 8 - Estancia Cristina

Full day of exploration in the mountainous landscapes and glaciers at Estancia Cristina. Transfer to a boat landing and board your modern, comfortable boat for an excursion on Upsala Lake, passing icebergs and dramatic landscapes to reach the impressive Upsala Glacier. In the afternoon return to the estancia for a tour of the property including a visit to the old shearing shed which is now the Costumbrista museum. Return to El Calafate in the evening.

Staying at Hotel Kosten Aike. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 9 - Lake District

Transfer to the airport and fly to Bariloche. Transfer to an estancia in the countryside outside the town. The rest of the day is at leisure. The estancia is located in a tranquil wilderness on the shores of Lake Gutierrez at the southern tip of Nahuel Huapi National Park. There is a beautiful wooded valley behind the property with plenty of activities on offer.

Staying at Estancia Peuma Hue. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 10 - Puema Hue

A full day of activities at the estancia could include horse-riding in the mountains, exciting walks through the forest, swimming in the lake, kayaking, fishing and birdwatching. Most of the activities can be combined to create a unique action-packed day.

Staying at Estancia Peuma Hue. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Mount Tronador

Full day of activities further afield including a scenic exploration of the inactive volcano Mount Tronador that straddles the border of Chile and Argentina. Activities today could also include rafting or kayaking along nearby rivers.

Staying at Estancia Peuma Hue. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Puerto Iguazu

Transfer to the airport and fly to Puerto Iguazu via Buenos Aires. Met on arrival and transfer to Yacutinga Lodge. The Lodge is set within its own private reserve of Atlantic rainforest and offers comfortable facilities including a swimming pool and visitor center. Semi-tame capybaras (the world’s largest rodent) feed near the lodge and often allow close approach.

Staying at Yacutinga Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 13 - Yacutinga Lodge

A full day of guided activities in the reserve, such as kayaking along the San Francisco stream, treks into the forest to learn about the flora and fauna, and night walks in search of wildlife and to observe the star-filled sky. There will also be plenty of time to relax and enjoy the facilities.

Staying at Yacutinga Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 14 - Yacutinga Lodge

Another day of guided activities in the reserve.

Staying at Yacutinga Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 15 - Iguazu Falls

Transfer to Iguazu Falls and visit both sides of the Falls (bring your passport with you), including a boat ride to the base of the impressive Devil’s Throat drop. The collection of falls stretches for over 1.5 miles with over 250 different cascades. There is a mini railway and safe network of walkways and trails enabling visitors to access the best views.

Transfer to Foz do Iguacu on the Brazilian side of the falls and fly to Sao Paulo or Rio to connect with onward flight to the UK

Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 16 - Arrive in the UK

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
British Airways has direct flights from London Heathrow to Buenos Aires, and from Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro to London Heathrow. 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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Orcas carry out beach stranding attacks on the Valdes Peninsula in March and April. Southern right whales can be seen from June to November and Magellanic penguins from September to April. In general the best months to visit Patagonia are from October until the end of March when daytime temperatures can reach the low 20s centigrade.

For a less remote experience at Bariloche, stay at the Llao Llao Hotel.

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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Faro Punta Delgada: -42.766265, -63.637598
Estancia Peuma Hue: -41.242863, -71.462361
Kosten Aike: -50.335948, -72.267702
Yacutinga Lodge: -25.563271, -54.073631
Loi Suites Recoleta: -34.589380, -58.392416