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Argentina & Patagonia Highlights: Buenos Aires, Glaciers National Park, and thundering Iguazu Falls

Days: 10 | From: $6,990/per person

Start in the vibrant metropolis of Buenos Aires, then discover Patagonia's stark, sweeping vistas and unique wildlife before seeing the natural wonders of magnificent Iguazu Falls and the Atlantic rain forest. All while staying in top boutique hotels along the way.

  • Includes accommodations at first class boutique hotels that reflect the best of local culture
  • Includes excursions and tours with superb private guides
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At a glance

  • Buenos Aires
    3 nights: explore Argentina's cosmopolitan capital city
  • El Calafate
    3 nights: marvel at the vast expanse of Los Glaciares National Park
  • Iguazu Falls
    3 nights: one of the world's largest waterfalls in all its stunning majesty

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires viewed through a window

Arrive to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s colorful capital, where your private guide will take you to your boutique hotel in the fashionable Palermo district. This is one of the best areas of town for walking around, with charming boutiques and top restaurants.

Accommodations: Legado Mitico, 3 nights

Legado Mitico is the premier boutique hotel located in the center of the fashionable Palermo Soho district, with many cafes, restaurants, and shops right outside the door. Situated on a tree-lined street, the hotel celebrates Argentina’s cultural heritage by decorating its rooms in honor of famous people from the country’s past. With a refined ambiance, the hotel offers a comfortable library, outdoor deck, and inviting common areas.

Alternative lodging options: Alvear Palace, Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt, and others
Day 2:

Get to Know Vibrant Buenos Aires

Explore Buenos Aires with your private guide, an engaging bilingual local who will take you through the city’s unique neighborhoods and help you get to know this fascinating metropolis. Discover the charms of Palermo, the Recoleta, the Teatro Colon, the Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo, and La Boca. With your private guide, you have the flexibility to explore at your own pace and make detours and stops along the way.

After your tour, you are free to spend the rest of the day exploring on your own, trying out one of the city’s excellent restaurants.

Accommodations: Legado Mitico, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 3:

Relax and Explore the City

Argentina - Buenos Aires

Delve deeper into the city’s offerings with your private guide. Today’s tour will broaden your Buenos Aires experience by including activities that cater to your interests. Examples of such activities include a Jewish Heritage Tour, an architecture tour, a visit to the Boca Juniors Stadium, a tango class, and a culinary or wine tour.

Later in the evening, sit back and watch one of Buenos Aires’ lively tango shows, to experience the music and culture that Buenos Aires is most known for.

Accommodations: Legado Mitico, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 4:

Fly to El Calafate, Land of Towering Glaciers

Fly to El Calafate, gateway to Los Glaciares National Park in Argentine Patagonia. Upon arrival you will be transferred out the city to the 10,000 acre property that is home to your lodge. Located just outside of El Calafate, the lodge offers privileged views of the Patagonian steppe and Andes mountains.

Accommodations: Eolo, 3 nights

Eolo is located on the side of a small mountain about 40 minutes outside El Calafate, on the way to the Perito Moreno Glacier. A Relais & Châteaux property, the 17-suite Eolo is the most refined accommodation in the area, with superb service, beautiful rooms, and excellent views of the surrounding Patagonian steppe and Andes. This remote lodge sits on a 10,000 acre property evoking the traditional Patagonian estancia, with views of Lago Argentino, La Anita Valley, and Torres del Paine. The lodge offers a restaurant and bar, library, pool, and sauna. Its privileged location between the town of El Calafate and Perito Moreno Glacier means that it is a shorter drive to view the glacier and is far removed from the increasing sprawl of the town.

*Includes: Breakfast

Alternative lodging options: Estancia Helsingfors, Estancia Nibepo Aike
Day 5:

Up Close and Personal on Perito Moreno Glacier

Enjoy a unique excursion to the iconic Perito Moreno Glacier. You won’t just view the glacier from a distance – you’ll take a catamaran ride to the front of the glacier and do a short hike on the ice itself. (Crampons will be provided; this is a non-technical and non-strenuous walking excursion. We can also arrange more challenging and strenuous treks on the glacier.) Afterward, visit the viewing areas for great views of the glacier before returning to your estancia for a traditional Patagonian dinner.

Accommodations: Eolo, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6:

Estancia Cristina

An exceptional day getting even further into the Patagonian wilderness by boat and 4×4. View the icebergs as you navigate to this remote and historic estancia. Upon arrival, take a 4×4 up a mountain trail that crosses forests and rivers, arriving to a lookout point of the Upsala Glacier and the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring the estancia before navigating back toward El Calafate.

Accommodations: Eolo, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7:

The Natural Wonder of Iguazu Falls

Awasi Iguazu_private plunge pool

Fly north to Iguazu, on the border of Argentina and Brazil. Your private guide will take you to your lodge, where you will plan your private excursions for the next few days. Iguazu Falls is one the world’s most renowned and awe-inspiring spectacles. Unbeknownst to many, this region offers much more than just the famous falls: hiking in rare and endangered Atlantic rain forest, spotting birds and other wildlife, visiting mate plantations to experience firsthand the process of creating this fundamental element of Argentine culture (this is the most important region in Argentina for mate production), or exploring the ruins of the 17th century Jesuit Missions, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your excursions are at your pace, on your time, and completely catered to your interests.

Accommodations: Awasi Iguazu, 3 nights

Located just 20 minutes from Iguazu Falls, Awasi sits on the banks of the River Iguazú, surrounded by the Atlantic Rainforest. A Relais & Chateaux property, the hotel has a main lodge with restaurant and bar, and 14 secluded individual villas, each with a private plunge pool. Each villa is assigned a private guide and vehicle, allowing guests to explore at their own pace and visit the places that most interest them. A refined option with impeccable service.

*Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

Alternative lodging options: Meliá Iguazu Resort & Spa , located within the national park, Belmond Hotel das Cataratas , for those who prefer to stay on the Brazilian side
Days 8 & 9:

Explore Iguazu Falls & Surroundings

Enjoy privately guided excursions from Awasi. Each day you can choose from a variety of options: hiking, kayaking, walking, driving, cultural, nature and history excursions. Your private guide will discuss the options with you and help you plan a trip that perfectly matches your interests.

Accommodations: Awasi Iguazu, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10:

Depart for Home or Your Next Destination

Today you say goodbye to your local guide and head to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

*Includes: Breakfast

More Photos From This Trip

Buenos Aires - National Congress buildingBuenos Aires - Colored BuildingsBuenos Aires - Recoleta CemeteryBuenos Aires BridgeArgentina - Buenos Aires - Puerto MaderoIguazu FallsPatagonia - Perito Moreno GlacierPerito Moreno Glacier at Dusk

Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

  • Add a few extra nights in Buenos Aires. We can arrange a variety of activities, including city tours, culinary excursions, visits to historical sites, and active options such as hiking, biking, boating, and horseback riding. We can also arrange privately guided day excursions to nearby sites, such as the town of Colonia, Uruguay (a well preserved 17th century Portuguese colonial town that is a UNESCO World Heritage site), or up to Tigre and the Delta (there are also biking excursions up to Tigre).

  • Take part in a day of polo at an estancia outside Buenos Aires: Spend the morning on a horse learning the basics of this popular equestrian sport, enjoy a traditional lunch, then put your new skills to use in a relaxed polo match in the afternoon. Great for beginners and experienced riders alike!

  • Visit one of the traditional estancias of San Antonio de Areco, about 1.5 hours from Buenos Aires. This is an area that has preserved gaucho traditions more than any other in Argentina, and the estancias offer an in-depth experience in this fundamental aspect of Argentine culture and history.

  • Visit El Chalten, the land of legendary climbing peaks Fitzroy and Cerro Torre. You can even take a one-night camping trip out of El Chalten to experience the Patagonian mountains in a unique way.

  • Enjoy an extra day or two in El Calafate. There are plenty of great excursions and beautiful places to visit, such as the isolated Estancia Cristina, located next to the spectacular Upsala Glacier and only reachable by boat.

  • Spend some time at Estancia Helsingfors, a first class boutique property in Los Glaciares National Park. The estancia has a stunning location and remote feel, and is a great option for those who prefer to explore Patagonia with a higher emphasis on luxury.

  • Include some downtime for rest and relaxation! Some free time to unwind or have a massage will allow you to feel refreshed and ready for the remainder of your trip. Many of our properties include excellent spas or wellness centers. We can help arrange these services or include properties that offer health & wellness amenities.

  • Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip. 

Reviews From This Trip

5 stars

  • The guides are all young to middle age and skilled (educated), friendly, interesting, and caring.
    Nancy Cary
  • Wonderful trip that was well planned each step of the way.
    Anne Lowe
  • My husband and I enjoyed this exquisite vacation. This trip was thoroughly planned out.
    Karla Demirozu

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