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12 Day itinerary in Argentina, South America

Honeymoon Outdoors Patagonia - Bariloche, El Calafate, El...

What best way to truly experience the Patagonian Wilderness than hiking up its peaks and taking in the silence of its lake, from north to south of the Andes Range? This itinerary takes you from the Great Lakes Area to the Glaciers Region around Calafate. We can fully adapt this itinerary and includ... Read More

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Overview

Physical Difficulty

Average
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Recommended Age

Everyone

Operated in

English, Spanish, French

GUIDANCE

On Some Day Trips

starting point

Buenos Aires

trip type

Private

trip attributes

Kayaking

Hiking

Meet local people

Outdoors & Nature

Start/End

Night

Highlights

1

Discover hidden glaciers and trek over the Perito Moreno blue crevasses

2

Cook like a true Argentinian with Silvio

3

Kayak before sunset on the Gutierrez lake

4

Hike to Mount Fitz Roy famous lagoons and peaks

Itinerary

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Day 1

place Arrival Day - Guided Tour of Buenos Aires

Meet your driver at Ezeiza International Airport - transfer to Buenos Aires in a private vehicle. Transfer with an English-speaking guide. Visit Buenos Aires (4 hours, guided private walking tour). Today, discover the political and historical centre of the capital. Start with the 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest in the world, dominated by the Obelisk, a symbol of Buenos Aires. You will pass the Colon Theatre, one of the jewels of the Argentine architecture, before arriving on the Capital main square, Plaza de Mayo. Your visit then takes you to San Telmo: this historical neighbourhood is a dynamic mix of tourists and locals: picturesque alleyways, old typical cafés, antique shops... This lively barrio is animated day and night - a famous flea market takes place every sunday around Dorrego square. End your visit with the picturesque neighborhood of La Boca, with its small alley of El Caminito : painters, tango dancers and singers meet between the ancient colourful wooden houses. Return to your hotel after the visit.Excursion carried out with an English-speaking guide. Difficulty: Easy - walking in the city combined with public transportation (bus, metro). Night at the Cassa Lepage Hotel in a standard room.

Guide: Included for the day

Accommodation:

  • Mid-range accommodation: Cassa Lepage Art Hotel Buenos Aires
Day 2

place Flying from Buenos Aires to the Patagonian Great Lakes town of Bariloche

Transfer from your hotel to Buenos Aires Domestic Airport in a private vehicle. Domestic flight Buenos Aires- Bariloche. Flight not included – contact us to include it and book it for you. Transfer from the Bariloche airport to your hotel in a private vehicle with an English-speaking guide. Cooking workshop : experiment with the local cuisine accompanied by a local chef ! According to the typical regional meal you are going to cook, you will look together for the best ingredients. Meanwhile, discover the local culture, different uses of each food product and enjoy your host's stories about gastronomy. Tie your apron and get ready to prepare your meal with the chef - enjoy the tasting ! Night at the Hampton by Hilton Bariloche in standard room.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Mid-range accommodation: Hampton by Hilton Bariloche
Day 3

place Tour the Llao Llao Peninsula - hidden leafy paths, scenic road and panoramic viewpoints

Let us take you for a ride along the scenic roads of the Llao Llao Peninsula. The "Circuito Chico" is a must-see in Bariloche, but we invite you to do it our way: riding electrical bikes, following your guide and with the help of a backup vehicle to help. A perfect activity for all levels, from great sportsmen to the occasional athletes! In the protected forest of Llao Llao, you will start riding along the road immersed in a dense forest of coihue and caña colihue. Our guide knows the area like the back of his hand, he will show you the best places to stop and switch your bikes for short walks on quiet paths leading to beautiful viewpoints such as Villa Tacul, Lago Escondido, Brazo Tristeza... He will choose the best spot to have lunch on a quiet beach. Continue the tour through the most beautiful places of Bariloche, crossing over the bridge separating Moreno East Lake from Moreno West lake, and stopping by the famous Panoramic Point. Return to Bariloche after this unforgettable cycling adventure! Difficulty: Easy active - ebikes equipped with an individual battery to help you ride along. An English speaking guide will acompany you during your tour. Lunch box included. Night at the Hampton by Hilton Bariloche in standard room.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Mid-range accommodation: Hampton by Hilton Bariloche
Day 4

place Free time in Bariloche before Kayaking by sunset and dinner at a local Estancia

Enjoy your free time to discover Bariloche. Suggested itinerary: - Visit the Chocolate Museum, specialty of the city. After that what about having a break in one of the best chocolate shops of the city? (Mamuschka, Rapa Nui ...). - Go for a walk on the Avenue Bustillo and 12 de Octubre to enjoy the view of the Nahuel Huapi Lake and of the many mountain ranges which appear in the background. Kayak and dinner by the Gutierrez Lake Ending the day in a very different way to break the routine... it's this way! Follow your guide for a kayak experience right before sunset in one of our favourite spots, the Peuma Hue Estancia on Lake Gutierrez. Paddle peacefully in the crystal clear waters of the lake. No one is around, it is a moment of pure connection with nature. When you return to the Peuma Hue estancia nestled between forests, lakes and mountains, sit by the fireplace for dinner. The chef's ingredients come from the Estancia's organic vegetable garden and local producers. Enjoy the regional gastronomy in this exclusive place. Kayak paddling: 1hour. Difficulty: Easy. Private transfer included with a local guide during kayak. Night at the Hampton by Hilton Bariloche in standard room.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Mid-range accommodation: Hampton by Hilton Bariloche
Day 5

place Fly from Bariloche to El Calafate, the glaciers capital

Transfer in a private vehicle from your hotel to Bariloche Airport. Domestic flight Bariloche - Calafate. Flight not included – contact us to include it and book it for you. Transfer from El Calafate Airport to your hotel in a private vehicle. An English speaking guide will acompany you during your transfer. Free day in El Calafate. Enjoy your free time to try one of the following activities: - Visit the "Laguna Nimez" Natural Reserve to enjoy the wilderness and observe the flamingos and the 80 other species of birds living there. This is an easy, 20-minute walk from the city center - duration of the visit: 2 hours. - Visit the Interpretive Center which covers various themes such as paleontology, geology, anthropology and history. - Rent an electric bike to explore the city. - Have a drink downtown at the ice bar. Night at Marcopolo Suites El Calafate in standard room.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Mid-range accommodation: Marcopolo Suites Calafate
Day 6

place Trek on the Perito Moreno Glacier

Glacier Hike - 2 hours - Difficulty: Easy Active This excursion will allow you to set foot in an exceptional natural environment. We pick you up at your hotel and start a 75km drive to Los Glaciares National Park. From the harbour of Bahia Bajo de la Sombra, embark on a 20 minute navigation to cross Brazo Rico and dock at the foot of the refuge. Start a small walk amidst exuberant vegetation. Pause on a beach near the glacier, where the guides will give a few explanations about glaciology. Continue the walk to reach the foot of the glacier where you don the spikes before starting the trek. 2 hour trek on the ice in small group accompanied by mountain guides - picture hiking up and down iced frozen waves. Return to El Calafate in the afternoon. Note: This tour, due to the physical requirement and the difficulty of the terrain, is only open to those who have a good physical condition to walk on the ice and stone, and is limited to people aged between 10 and 65. We recommend you bring sunglasses, sunscreen, waterproof clothing, gloves, trekking boots, and a backpack of 40 litres. If you suffer from knee pain, fragile joints, or balance issues, bring walking sticks. Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park included. Lunch box included. Night at Marcopolo Suites El Calafate in standard room.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation:

  • Mid-range accommodation: Marcopolo Suites Calafate
Day 7

place Hike to hidden glaciers Dickson, El Cubo and Grande

Departure from your hotel in regular service (shared excursion) to reach Los Pioneros port, located in Los Glaciares National Park. Navigate for one hour before starting walking for a short 2km trek until Lago Frías (Cold Lake). Cross the lake aboard zodiacs before trekking again for about 5 kilometers. You are walking in a forest of centennial lengas before reaching an old glacial valley that leads you to the Frías Superior Lake. You can admire the Dickson, Cubo and Grande glaciers, covered with snow under the southern sun. This place is reached by no one but your group - enjoy the beautiful view and absolute silence. After lunch, return to El Calafate. Note 1: Aprox 6 hours trek (14 km) Note 2: Moderate difficulty Note 3: Groups of 12 people maximum Night at Marcopolo Suites El Calafate in standard room.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation:

  • Mid-range accommodation: Marcopolo Suites Calafate
Day 8

place From El Calafate to El Chalten - Solo hike to Laguna Torre with a beautiful view

Transfer in pool service from the hotel in El Calafate to the hotel in El Chalten. Departures at 7:30 am and 7:30 pm. 210 km. 3 hours. Hiking - 6 hours - Elevation +536m / -132m- Difficulty: Moderate Trek by yourself up to Laguna Torre. Maps are available at the entrance of the Park and trails are well marked. You are off to a beautiful walk to reach the nearest viewpoint on the range of the legendary Cerro Torre. Hike for about three hours on an easy trail. Halfway through, enjoy a beautiful viewpoint over the granitic Torre and the valley around. Before reaching the lake, cross the De Agostini camp. After a ten minutes walk through the last glacial moraines, access one of the most famous sights of the park: the icebergs float on the lake below the spectacular Cerro Torre, Egger and Standhardt, the snowy range of the Adelas... Keep hiking until the Maestri mirador at the end of the lake for a unique view.  Night at the Destino Sur in standard room.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Mid-range accommodation: Hotel Destino Sur
Day 9

place Solo hike to the Laguna de Los Tres from El Pilar - spectacular view over Mount Fitz Roy

Transfer from the hotel in El Chalten to Hosteria El Pilar, starting point of treks, in pool service. Departs at 8h. Hiking - 6 hours - Elevation +926m / -948m- Difficulty: moderate Trek up to the Laguna de los Tres. You are walking by yourself (maps are available at the entrance of the Park and trails are well marked). The walk starts along a beautiful trail in the forest, on the West slope of the Polo mount, to get to a slight ascent to the Poincenot basecamp. Amazing views throughout the hike over the Blanco River valley, the Piedras Blancas glacier and its lagoon... The climb to the Laguna de los Tres starts at Poincenot and is hard, but the reward is well worth it: you are as close as one can get to the mountains. Lunch in front of the Fitz Roy by the spectacular Sucia lagoon. You return through the beautiful Capri lagoon. Night at the Destino Sur in standard room.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Mid-range accommodation: Hotel Destino Sur
Day 10

place Solo hike to the Loma del Pliegue Tumbado - challenging but rewarding

Trek by yourself to the Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. Maps are available at the entrance of the Park and trails are well marked. This simple ascent to a beautiful edge formed by rocks slates is one of the most panoramic tours of the park. While it is a bit challenging, the spectacular views of Mount Solo, Lake Viedma and the whole massif of Fitz Roy and Torre from the south are well worth the hike. Many marine fossils can be found on the rocks. After this full day trek, go back to town with the memory of one of Patagonia's best views. Note 1: Challenging hike : 7-8 hours hiking, 21km total, elevation + 1133 m / - 1133m until the mirador. Note 2: Bring water and windproof clothing - this hike can be windy and snowfalls can happen at every season. Night at the Destino Sur in standard room.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Mid-range accommodation: Hotel Destino Sur
Day 11

place From El Chalten to El Calafate - fly back to Buenos Aires for a tango night

Transportation by bus to El Calafate. Trip length around 3h. Domestic flight Calafate - Buenos Aires*. *National o international airport depending on time schedule and availability. Transfer from Buenos Aires domestic airport to your hotel in a private vehicle. Tango Dinner Show In "El Querandí", enjoy an authentic and traditional tango show accompanied by a delicious dinner, in the intimate and exclusive atmosphere of the early twentieth century (1920s building entirely renovated). Round trip to the restaurant included. Night at the Arc Hotel in deluxe room.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Mid-range accommodation: Arc Recoleta Boutique Hotel & Spa
Day 12

place Departure Day - international flight back home

Transfer from your hotel in Buenos Aires to Ezeiza International Airport in a private vehicle.

What’s Included

Accommodation expand_less

  • Hampton by Hilton Bariloche
  • Cassa Lepage Art Hotel Buenos Aires
  • Marcopolo Suites Calafate
  • Hotel Destino Sur
  • Arc Recoleta Boutique Hotel & Spa

Meals expand_less

  • Breakfast (10)
  • Dinner (3)
  • Lunch (2)

Transport expand_less

  • Private transfers from the hotels to the airports and back with a Spanish-speaking driver
  • Private or shared transportation on days of excursions as mentioned below
  • Pool transfers El Calafate-El Chalten
  • Pool transfer to the trek departure point day 9

Activities expand_less

  • Private walking city tour of Buenos Aires day 1
  • Private cooking class in Bariloche day 2
  • Private bike tour day 3
  • Kayak experience day 4
  • Pool glacier hike/trek day 6
  • Pool hidden glaciers excursion day 7
  • Tango dinner show day 11

Extras expand_less

  • Entrances to sites mentioned
  • Assistance by our English speaking team before / during / after your trip (24-7 service)
  • Dinners days 2, 4 & 11
  • Lunch (picnic/lunch box) days 3, 6 &7

Not Included expand_less

  • International Flights
  • Domestic Flights - contact us to book them for you
  • Meals not mentioned as "included", drinks unless otherwise stated
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance

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