El Calafate is a little village in Patagonia, Argentina. It is situated in the southern border of Lake Argentino, in the southwest part of the Santa Cruz Province, about 320 km Northwest from Río Gallegos. Its name comes from a little bush with yellow flowers very common in Patagonia, with dark blue berries: the calafate; the word comes from the word "calafate", which is Spanish for "caulk". Calafate is an important tourist destination as the hub to visit different parts of the Los Glaciares National Park, including the Perito Moreno Glacier and the Cerro Chaltén and Cerro Torre.
The Perito Moreno Glacier is located in the Los Glaciares National Park in Santa Cruz province, Argentina. The Perito Moreno glacier, located 78 km from El Calafate, was named after the explorer Francisco Moreno, a pioneer who studied the region in the 19th century. The terminus of the Perito Moreno Glacier is 5 km wide, with an average height of 60 meters above the surface of the water, with a total ice depth of 170 meters. The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of only three Patagonian glaciers that are not retreating.
Ushuaia is the capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego, and the world's southernmost city. It is located on the southern coast of the island of Tierra del Fuego, in a setting surrounded by mountains and overlooking the Beagle Channel. Tierra del Fuego National Park is a national park on the Argentine part of the island of Tierra del Fuego, within Tierra del Fuego Province. The national park stretches 60 km north from the Beagle Channel along the Chilean border and can be reached from the city of Ushuaia.
Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires international airport. You will be met by our English speaking representative and driven to your hotel. Private Guided tour of Buenos Aires. This afternoon you will have a private City Tour of Buenos Aires, visiting the National Congress, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Plaza de Mayo, and then drive into the districts of San Telmo, La Boca, Palermo. Next you will visit the upscale neighborhood of Recoleta with its elegant cafés and restaurants. Sites: Downtown, San Telmo, La Boca, Puerto Madero, San Martín Square, Recoleta, Palermo. Meals: (B).
Day 2: Full day excursion to Tigre. This morning your guide will pick you up from your hotel and then drive to North Buenos Aires; we will visit the ancient Quintas and modern residences both mixed in San Isidro, one of the oldest towns around Buenos Aires. Tigre is the entrance to the mysterious Parana’s Delta and you will have a fabulous boat ride there! You can’t miss Quinta Pueyrredon, one of the best nineteenth century districts located in the popular Puerto de Frutos. Sites: San Isidro's historical district, Tigre's delta. Stops: river’s Belvederes, Quinta Pueyrredón, Puerto de Frutos. Notes: Lunch is served at Hotel Villa Julia. Meals: (B, L).
Day 3: Free in day. Evening Tango dinner show. Today you will have the full day to relax, shop in stylish boutiques, and stroll through this wonderful city. This evening you will experience a Tango Dinner show in this city so full of color and life. Meals: (B, D).
Day 4: Flight Buenos Aires San Carlos de Bariloche. Transfer to the national airport for your flight to San Carlos de Bariloche. At your arrival you will be met by our English-speaking representative and driven to your hotel. You will have the afternoon free to explore this beautiful lakeside town. If you like chocolate, you will be in heaven visiting the numerous local shops along Mitre Street! Meals: (B).
Day 5: Circuito Chico. Today you will take a full-day trip along the Circuito Chico, which starts west from Bariloche along the shores of the Nahuel Huapi Lake. You will stop by the base of the Campanario Hill, where you can take an optional chairlift to the top, which affords an amazing 360 degree view of the entire area. Highly recommended! Then you continue on to the resort area of Llao Llao driving by numerous colorful lakes and lagoons. Following the ride you will do some light trekking in the Municipal Park and visit Brazo Tristeza in Lopez Bay. After Lunch we will go on to Colonia Suiza, the first settlement of Swiss immigrants in this area; after we go down to Lake Moreno and Cerro Cathedral, then we will do some kayaking in Lake Gutierrez. We will finish our tour with a mini-trek to Cascada de los Duendes. We return to our Hotel in Bariloche. Meals: (B) and (L).
Day 6: Bariloche. Today you will have an extraordinary view of this picturesque area, a full day excursion to San Martin de Los Andes and the 7 lakes, followed by a wine tasting. We will shuttle along the northern shore of the Nahuel Huapi Lake for a brief visit to Villa La Angostura and then continue on by several interesting lakes: Espejo, Correntoso, Escondido, Villarino, Falkner and Machonico. We will have a picnic lunch on a small beach with a panoramic view point. Finally bordering the Lacar Lake we will reach the town of San Martin de Los Andes where we will have the chance of sampling some Argentinean Malbec at the local Wine bar. Meals: (B, L).
Day 7: Flight Bariloche to El Calafate. Transfer to the airport for your flight down to El Calafate. Arrival at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon: You are free to browse the many specialized handcraft shops for souvenirs and browse the bookstores with excellent books for your coffee table. Meals: (B).
Day 8: Perito Moreno Glacier. Morning: Today will be a spectacular day that you are never going to forget! You will be picked up from your hotel to start our full day adventure in Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most active glaciers in the world, with central portions growing 2 meters per day. You can walk down to the various viewing/listening platforms to hear the unmistakable rifle-shot sound of the ice cracking deep inside the glacier, and see pieces of ice calving off into the water - a truly unforgettable experience. Meals: (B).
Day 9 Flight Calafate Ushuaia. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Arrival at the airport where our guide will meet you and drive you to your hotel. Afternoon: Guided tour of Ushuaia, ending with a trip to the Museo Fin del Mundo, or End of the World Museum.
Day 10: Full day excursion to Lakes. Morning: Yet another spectacular day! After breakfast, we will collect you from your hotel and drive you in a 4X4 vehicle to National Road number 3, where you will have amazing views of Carbajal and Tierra Mayor Valley. We will stop by Garibaldi Pass to have a panoramic view of this marvelous place. We continue on to see lakes Escondido and Fagnano, passing through dense forest along the way. The mountains, valleys and waterfalls will keep your cameras busy, and the crystal clear waters of the lakes invite you to meditate and take in the beautiful natural surroundings. 16:30: Back to Ushuaia. Meals: (B, L).
Day 11: Fuego National Park. Morning: after breakfast, you will picked up by our Guide and drive you to the National Park. We will go through the coastal path with lot of vegetation. Then we board an 18-person Zodiac – a very stable boat - and motor to a beautiful bay called Ensenada. We navigate along the Beagle Channel to the Redonda Island and have a view of Rocky Cormorants that nestle in a rocky wall of the isle. We disembark on the island and have lunch in a refuge. Lunch is homemade pasta and drinks included are red wine, sodas and mineral water. After lunch you have some free time to walk around the island. Following our "siesta" we will head to Lapataia Bay and along this trip we will see some of the most beautiful seabirds of the Argentinean South. We arrive in Lapataia Bay, end of the Panamerican Road, end of the world, pure beauty. Here we will board our van to go back to Ushuaia, arriving at 16:30 approximately. Meals: (B, L).
Day 12: Flight Ushuaia Buenos Aires. Transfer back to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires then back home. Meals: (B).
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