The Natural History Highlights of Argentina

15 Days from £6676 per adult. Prices based on flight fares at the time of costing & may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote
15 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Whale Watching
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This varied itinerary showcases some of Argentina’s most rewarding natural history highlights, taking in the Atlantic rainforest and Ibera wetlands of the north-east and Patagonia’s fabulous Valdes Peninsula.

After an interesting cultural stay in Buenos Aires, fly to an historic private rainforest reserve near Iguazu Falls – in our opinion, the most impressive cascades on the planet – where you can walk wildlife trails and visit the extensive falls, including from the very different Brazillian side.

Next comes the Ibera Wetlands (Esteros del Ibera) Nature Reserve, home to caiman, howler monkey, marsh deer, capybara, over 300 species of birds and 4000 native plant species.

The last few days are spent down in Patagonia on the Valdes Peninsula where the abundant marine fauna includes southern right whale (June to November), various dolphin species, elephant seal, sea lion, Magellanic penguin and orca. You will also visit the world’s furthest flung Welsh colony at Gaiman for a cup of tea and scones.

This is a remarkably rewarding itinerary covering a great many of Argentina’s star attractions.

Itinerary

Price from £6676 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 and transfer to hotel. Afternoon guided tour of the city to include the blue-collar neighborhood of La Boca where the tango originated, San Telmo site of the original city, Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral, and Recoleta with its French architecture and 19th century cemetery where Eva Peron is buried.

Staying at Legado Mitico. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3 - Puerto Bemberg

Transfer to the airport and fly to Puerto Iguazu. Transfer to the hotel. The afternoon is free to explore the endangered Atlantic rainforest within the lodge’s private reserve. Trails lead to waterfalls and offer the chance to see an array of birds including various toucans, manakins and woodpeckers, and mammals such brown capuchin monkey.

Staying at Puerto Bemberg. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Iguazu Falls

Full day to explore the Argentine and Brazilian sides of Iguazu Falls, including a boat ride to the base of the impressive Devil’s Throat drop. The collection of over 250 different cascades stretches for over 1.5 miles. There is a safe network of walkways and trails enabling visitors to access the best viewpoints.

Staying at Puerto Bemberg. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Ibera Wetlands

Full day transfer by road to the Ibera Wetlands with a stop at a Jesuit Mission ruins en route.

Staying at Estancia Rincon del Socorro. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Ibera Wetlands

Full day of shared guided activities in the Esteros del Ibera Nature Reserve which protects rain-fed streams, lakes and marshes which cover more than one million hectares of the north-eastern Corrientes province. The area is good for seeing caiman, capybara, marsh deer, wetland birds and more. Explore the reserve in boats, on foot and by 4x4.

Staying at Rincon del Socorro. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Ibera Wetlands

Another day of shared guided activities

Staying at Rincon del Socorro. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Buenos Aires

A final morning of shared guided activities in the wetlands. Transfer to Posadas and fly to Buenos Aires. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Staying at Legado Mitico. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 9 - Valdes Peninsula

Met on arrival and transfer to the Valdes Peninsula. Designated a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO and Natural Protected Area, the 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 Faro Punta Delgada. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 10 - Valdes Peninsula

Full day exploration of the Valdes Peninsula. The activities 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 (June to November) and possibly hunting orcas, as well as herds of guanacos and large seabird colonies.

Staying at Faro Punta Delgada. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Valdes Peninsula

A final day of guided excursions on the wild Atlantic peninsula

Staying at Faro Punta Delgada. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 12 - Trelew

Transfer to the airport and fly to Trelew. Met on arrival and transfer to the fishing town of Rawson. Take a boat trip into the harbor to see the beautiful black and white Commerson’s dolphin. Afterwards visit the Museum of Paleontology, located near one of the world’s largest and richest fossil deposits. The museum contains more than 1,700 fossil species and 30 dinosaur specimens. Continue to the Welsh community of Gaiman for the night.

Staying at Posada Los Mimbres. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 13 - Buenos Aires

Transfer to the airport and fly to Buenos Aires. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. In the evening enjoy a dinner tango show.

Staying at Legado Mitico. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 14 - Pre-Flight Breakfast

Transfer to the airport and fly overnight to the UK

Includes Breakfast.

Day 15 - Arrive in 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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June, July and August are the coldest months in the Ibera Wetlands. 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.

For a more remote accommodation and destination at Iguacu, stay at the Yacutinga Lodge set within its own private reserve that protects a tract of Atlantic rainforest.

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 Rincon del Socorro: -28.655334, -57.432339
Don Puerto Bemberg Lodge: -25.916069, -54.616579
Faro Punta Delgada: -42.766265, -63.637598
Posada Los Mimbres: -43.455511, -65.547507