The Land of Silver - 13 day trip
If you're seeking a varied and exciting tour of Argentina, you've found it. Your journey will begin in the raucous Buenos Aires, birthplace of the tango and boasting some of Argentina's most well known historical landmarks.
Then it's time to become an intrepid adventurer as you explore Los Glaciers National Park, home to the active Perito Moreno Glacier, which you'll have the chance of actually scaling. Finally, end your journey with a visit to the majestic Iguazu Falls, where you can mount the catwalks which extend over its mesmerising waterfalls.
Witness a traditional tango in the place where it was invented, Buenos Aires
Explore the beautiful Los Glaciers National Park
Seize the chance to climb the famous Perito Moreno glacier
Visit Iguazu National Park, home to crashing waterfalls and exotic wildlife
This amazing trip to Argentina includes international flights, transfers and accommodation. We’ll take care of the boring bits, leaving you to make the most of your holiday.
Your journey begins with an overnight flight to Buenos Aires. When you touch down, you'll be transferred to your hotel, Legado Mitico, where the rest of the day can be spent at your leisure. Take some time to refresh yourself, as tomorrow you'll be embarking on a tour of the city.
Arise on day 3 feeling rejuvenated and ready to explore the wealth that Buenos Aires has to offer. You'll begin with a tour of the Palermo residential area, home to the city's zoo, botanical gardens and trendy shopping boutiques. You'll stop for a mid-morning snack of coffee and churros along the way, before moving onto the elegant Recoleta District, once home to the portento aristocracy. Stroll along the Avenida Alvear, arguably Buneo Aires' most palatial street, before visiting the Recoleta Cemetery, Evita's final resting place. The neighbouring El Pilar Church is one of the city's oldest and most beautiful churches, furnished with astonishing wood carvings and silver altar from Alto Peru. You'll also visit Puerto Madero, San Telmo – which has a much more colonial feel to it – and La Boca. In the evening, enjoy a traditional dinner and tango show. As the birthplace of tango, you can expect Buenos Aires to put on an amazing display!
On day 4, you'll have the chance to spend the day at your leisure, perhaps revisiting some of the sights from yesterday, or unwinding at your hotel. An optional asado experience will give you the chance to learn about Argentina's dining traditions, as well as learning to cook authentic Argentinian cuisine. This is your last night in Buenos Aires, so be sure to make the most of it – we recommend a dinner at Don Julio, a popular restaurant for amazing steak and local dishes!
Activity & Adventure
It's time to bid goodbye to Buenos Aires, as you fly to El Calafate. A private transfer will be waiting to take you to your hotel Imago Hotel & Spa, where the rest of the day can be spent at your leisure.
Day 6 is one for the adventure seekers, as you explore Los Glaciers National Park, home to the Perito Moreno Glacier, an active glacier where you might catch chunks of ice breaking apart and crashing into the chilly waters of Lago Argentino. Skirt the lake as you journey across the Patagonian steppe from El Calaforte to the entrance of the national park; it's an incredibly scenic drive, where the thunderous echoes of crashing ice can be heard all around. You'll start at Brazo Rico, where you can spot floating icebergs drifting along. Continue walking along the catwalks, boasting fantastic views of the glacier; measuring 30km in length and as tall as a 12-storey building, the monstrous Perito Moreno is a jagged mass of crevasses and towering columns of ice.
For the more active, you'll even have the chance to scale Perito Moreno. Embark at the 'Bajo de las Sombras', where you'll sail 20 minutes across the Rico Arm, enjoying breathtaking views of the face of Perito Moreno, before disembarking and being led by guides to a small shelter near the edge of the glacier. Then it's time to start mounting the glacier using crampons to get a good grip on the ice. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience, allowing you to walk on one of the only three advancing glaciers in the world; you can even drink whisky on the (glacial) rocks whilst you're there!
On day 7, you can either spend the day at your leisure or undergo an optional tour to Estancia Cristina. Located in Los Glaciares National Park, towards the northwest end of Lake Argentino, Estancia Cristina promises adventure, nature and leisure, whilst being overlooked by the incredible mountain range. Whether you're looking to get your adrenaline pumping or would simply like to learn more about the estancia's history, you can do all of this and more here.
It's time to say goodbye to El Calafate as you board your flight to Mendoza. You'll be transferred to your hotel, Larres de Chacras, where the rest of the day can be spent at your leisure.
Arise on day 9 ready to take on Mendoza. Characterised by its unfurling valleys, where countless vineyards reside, the town itself is both laidback during the day and lively at night. You'll enjoy a half day tour of the wineries in Uco Valley, famed for its fertile soils which make it ideal for growing produce. Learn about local grape varieties, how to pair wine with food and much more on an accompanied tour; you'll also get a look at the production side of the winery, as well as taste some of the produce itself.
After this educational – and delicious – tour, return to your hotel for an evening of relaxation.
On day 10, you'll be able to spend the day at your leisure. This will be your last day in Mendoza, so we recommend exploring the town at your own pace; take another tour of the local wineries, visit the Plaza Independencia - the famous plaza in Mendoza - or go horseback riding in the Andes.
Activity & Adventure
On day 11, fly from Mendoza to Iguazú Falls, where you'll be picked up and transferred to your hotel, Loi Suites. Tomorrow you'll have a full day tour of Iguazú National Park, so make sure to get plenty of rest!
Begin day 12 with breakfast at the hotel before heading to the national park. You'll have the chance to explore on foot, over the walkways and on a Gran Aventura boat trip. Home to roaring waterfalls, exotic wildlife and miles of lush jungle, Iguazú National Park is one for the nature lovers and thrill seekers. The Argentina side of Iguazú Falls will take a full day to explore, since they can be seen from a number of angles: the Lower Trail, Upper Trail and Devil's Throat.
The Lower Trail spans half a mile, with its paths running through the surrounding natural beauty, giving you the chance to admire the plant life, including fragrant begonias, orchids and palms; if you're luck you may also spot the odd parrot or toucan. Meanwhile, the Upper Trail will see you taking to the catwalks which literally overhang the falls, offering an unforgettable and breathtaking sight. The Devil's Throat walkway will bring you as close as possible to the Devil's Throat itself, the park's most dramatic and spectacular fall. Prepare to get soaked as the water's mist fills the air!
Return to your hotel at the end of the day. Don't worry, if you haven't had enough of the falls yet, you'll have another chance to see them tomorrow.
Day 13, head back to Iguazú National Park for a half day tour. You'll approach the park from the Brazilian side today, which offers spectacular panoramic views; there are more catwalks for you to test your bravery on, including the walkway over the Devil's Throat.
Eventually, all good things must come to an end. Depart Iguazú Falls and set course for home, filled with a myriad of new memories and experiences.