Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Best of Argentina 3 weeks
Within 3 weeks you will discover the North and South of Argentina. A diverse tour where you’ll enjoy the cultural life of Buenos Aires, the mountains and glaciers in El Calafate, hiking in El Chaltén, the incredible landscapes and culture in Salta and Jujuy, and finally the subtropical jungle of Iguazu Falls.
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Welcome to Argentina!
Welcome to Argentina! You will be transferred to the hotel in the bohemian neighborhood of San Telmo. For this first day, you can discover this area at your own pace, one of the oldest in the city, stroll through the antique shops in the San Telmo Market and enjoy the tango dancers in Plaza Dorrego.
Buenos Aires City Tour: Southern Neighborhoods
You will discover the hidden treasures of the city, and its emblematic buildings of Plaza de Mayo with a local English-speaking guide. You will also visit the neighborhood of La Boca and its famous Caminito street , where you will see old houses built by immigrants. Finally you will walk along the cobbled stone streets in the neighborhood of San Telmo. Duration: The tour of the city lasts 3 hours.
Optional tour (not included): At night, you can join our Milonga Tour (a milonga is a traditional ballroom where tango lovers gather to dance) Our specialized tango guide will accompany you to a local milonga where you will learn your first steps by joining a group lesson. After the lesson, you will stay there to see the ”porteños” dancing. The tour lasts 3hours.
Flight to El Calafate and excursion in 4x4 to Cerro Frías
In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport from where you will depart on a flight to El Calafate. Once there, you will be transferred to your hotel.
In the afternoon, you will make a 4×4 excursion to discover the landscapes around Cerro Frias, here you can enjoy the view of the mountains and the steppe. You will have the possibility of doing 1 activity: horseback ride, hike or zip lines (you can choose only one).
Duration: 4hs approx.
Immersion in an authentic Patagonian ranch and navigation at the foot of the Perito Moreno glacier
In the morning, you will leave the town towards Los Glaciares National Park.
You will arrive at the Estancia and enjoy a typical barbecue with the best wines in the country (included). The guide will explain to you about the rural life of the Patagonian farms and the indigenous influence.
After lunch, you will go by boat to navigate the Rico arm of Argentino Lake until you reach Playa de las Monedas, where you will make an easy hike through a lenga forest, until you reach a viewpoint with views to the south face of the Perito Moreno Glacier.
You will board again and navigate until you reach the Perito Moreno Glacier. It is an enormous ice mass covering a 250 square km area and is one of the most wonderful glaciers in the world.
It is easy to approach the front of the glacier by walking along the footbridges (free time, around 2 hours)
Return to El Calafate during the evening by minibus.
Small group-excursion with English / Spanish-speaking guide.
Navigation on the Upsala Channel and day ranch at Estancia Cristina
One of the best experiences you can have within the Los Glaciares National Park! Early in the morning, you will embark on the Upsala Channel, with a majestic view to the western front of the Upsala Glacier, navigation among mountains and icebergs to disembark at Estancia Cristina where you will board a 4×4 to ascend the Feruglio mountains. There you will leave the vehicle and begin a hike to the Upsala Viewpoint. You will have time to have a craft beer or a hot drink before embarking in the direction of Puerto Bandera and then join a group transfer to your hotel in El Calafate.
Duration: 11 hours approx.
On the road to El Chaltén: the trekking paradise
Departure by rental car for El Chaltén, the “trekking capital” in Argentina. After about 3 hours of driving through the steppes of Patagonia, you will arrive at the village where you can admire the famous Mount Fitz Roy. Free afternoon to discover this picturesque village and its surroundings.
El Chaltén is the youngest village in Argentina. Founded on October 12, 1985, it has around 2,000 inhabitants. El Chaltén is located 220 km from El Calafate and is located within Los Glaciares National Park (section of Lake Viedma), at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, framed by a grandiose landscape of glaciers and millennial forests .
Trekking at El Chaltén: Laguna de los 3
Today, you are free to enjoy one of the many hikes available to do at El Chaltén. We suggest this unforgettable experience: trekking and a picnic at Laguna de los Tres. There are 10 km separating the start on the main street San Martin to the final point, around 9 hours walking with Mount Fitz Roy and ending with a lake with turquoise waters at your feet. The path is completely marked and along it you can enjoy spectacular landscapes. The hanging Piedras Blancas glacier and the Capri Lagoon are two strategic points to contemplate the beauty and tranquility of the place.
Flight to Ushuaia, the
After breakfast, you will drive from El Chaltén to El Calafate airport (around 3 hours), where you will drop off the car at the office (important: you need to arrive 2 hours before the flight’s departure).
On arrival at Ushuaia airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in the city.
Free afternoon to explore the city on your own.
Recommendation: End of the World Museum – Maritime and Presidio Museum of Ushuaia – Plaza Islas Malvinas.
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Set off to discover the majestic Tierra del Fuego National Park! You will be amazed by these astonishing and surprising landscapes, between forest lakes, and magic at the end of the world!
Created in 1960 on 63,000 hectares, the Tierra del Fuego National Park protects the southernmost Andean-Patagonian forest in a steep mountain along a sea coast. You will walk along many paths to explore the forest of lengas and guindos.
Free afternoon to explore the city.
Total duration: 6 hours
Small group excursion with English speaking guide
Beagle Channel Boat Trip and Estancia Harberton
Meet at the pier for a navigation on the Beagle Channel. You will navigate to the Lighthouse des Eclaireurs, between Argentina and Chile, where the Andes end up. You will observe colonies of sea lions and cormorants with an unobstructed view of the mountains overlooking Ushuaia and the Chilean coast opposite.
You will then disembark at Estancia Harberton, the oldest in the province, which was once devoted to shearing sheep, and has until today maintained its original structure. You will board a Zodiac to reach the island Martillo. You will take a walk to admire the penguins as close as possible with a specialized guide.
Back at the estancia, you will have time to have lunch and visit the estancia and its museum.
You will then return to Ushuaia by minibus, stopping on the road to appreciate the landscapes from the J road and its emblematic trees tortured by the winds.
Duration of the excursion: 8 hours.
Entrance to the Harberton estancia included
You will have to pay the port tax: approx. € 1.50.
Group excursion with English speaking guide.
Flight to Salta
You will leave from the Ushuaia airport to take a flight to Salta. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. Free afternoon to explore the city.
Recommendation: In the afternoon we suggest a tour of the historic center, the Cabildo, the Cathedral, the Convent of San Bernardo and the Church of San Francisco, the San Bernardo Hill, the High Mountain Archaeological Museum (MAAM). At night, we recommend visiting the famous peñas (traditional tavern) where you can have tasty empanadas and a local wine.
On the route from Salta to Cachi
In the morning, pick up of your rental car directly at your hotel.
You will depart towards Cachi, taking Route 33. You will discover the spectacular valley of Lerma, the Quebrada de Escoipe, and many points of view on the Enchanted Valley. You will cross Los Cardones National Park, passing by the so-called ”Inca Trail”, the Recta Tin Tin, name given to a perfectly straight section of road from Route 33, which runs for 18 km through the cactus of Los Cardones National Park. The trace of this route dates from the peak of the Inca between 1480 and 1535 and was then part of the Inca trail that followed the Andes from Ecuador to Argentina.
When you arrive in Cachi, you will admire a splendid little town with a colonial heritage, with low houses tinted with white lime. There is a peaceful atmosphere. In the central square, don’t miss its church, whose roof is made of candelabra cactus wood.
Salta – Cachi: 162km
From Cachi to Cafayate, the Calchaquíes valleys
You will take the route 40 from Cachi to Cafayate, and you will enjoy the spectacular landscapes with colorful mountains, hills, meadows and isolated villages. Molinos is one of the most beautiful villages in the Calchaquíes Valleys.
You will explore la Quebrada de las Flechas, a spectacular rock formation that seems from another planter.
Upon arrival, you will discover the city of Cafayate. We suggest you visit a winery to taste the famous ”torrontés” wines, typical of this region.
Red rocks and canyons of la Quebrada de las Conchas
Today you will go back to Salta. On the way, you can make many stops to enjoy the views of the incredible Quebrada de Las Conchas and you will appreciate the beauty of these spectacular rock formations carved by erosion and winds, such as the Devil’s Throat, El Fraile, The Obelisk and The Castles.
Salt Desert and colorful landscapes
Today you will take the legendary route 9, in the direction of the province of Jujuy. The opportunity for you to explore the beginning of the Quebrada de Humahuaca.
You will arrive at the small village of Purmamarca, “village of the Holy Land” in the Aymara language. This very traditional village is located at the foot of the famous mountain with 7 colors, an incredible kind of mineral rainbow.
In the afternoon, you can take the direction of the Grandes Salines, this salt desert located at an altitude of more than 4096 meters.
You will spend the night in Purmamarca.
Salta – Purmamarca: 188 km
Purmamarca – Grandes Salines: 66 km
Exploring the Quebrada de Humahuaca
You will visit on this day the Quebrada de Humahuaca and its small villages, this spectacular valley classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will discover the curiosities and colorful markets of each small village, including those of Tilcara and Pucará (archaeological site), then the village of Humahuaca.
Back to Salta in the afternoon.
Return of your rental car upon arrival, directly at your hotel
Flight to Puerto Iguazú
You will take a flight to Puerto Iguazú. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel.
Free afternoon to enjoy the surroundings of the hotel or tour the city.
Recommendation: In the afternoon, you can visit the animal shelter Güra Oga, located near the hotel, it is a veterinary clinic and rehabilitation center for injured wild animals. We also recommend the point of view of the 3 borders between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
Argentinian side of Iguazú falls
This day will be dedicated to the discovery of the impressive Iguazu Falls, this time on the Argentine side! After walking through the many catwalks, the 3 circuits (Inferior, Superior and the Devil’s Throat) and taking advantage of each point of view, you will get as close as possible on a motor boat, which will completely submerge you under the falls. A refreshing experience before returning to Puerto Iguazú to spend the night.
Don’t forget to bring with you a raincoat and clothes to change because you will get wet!
Small group excursion with English speaking guide
Brazilian side of Iguazú falls and Bird Park
Your guide will accompany you during the visit to the Iguazú National Park from the brazilian side, and you will be able to enjoy an exceptional panoramic view of all the falls.
On the way back, you will do a stop to visit the Bird’s Park, an amazing natural park where you can discover the local fauna while walking on its trails. You will be able to see birds as parrots or toucans, butterflies, reptiles, and some mammals.
Small group excursion with English speaking guide
Return to Buenos Aires
Transfer to Puerto Iguazú airport from where you will take a flight to Buenos Aires. You will be transferred to the hotel in the neighborhood of San Telmo.
Optional tour (not included): you can visit a contemporary art gallery and participate in a technical workshop.
End of your trip
Last hours in Buenos Aires to enjoy the bohemian atmosphere of the San Telmo neighborhood where your hotel is located. Transfer to the airport according to your flight schedule.
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Travel dates: from 1st October 2020 to 1st April 2021
Blackout dates: none
Departures every day (subject to availability)
Minimum 2 passengers (Extra cost applies for solo travelers)
- 20 nights accommodation in a double room.
- Guided tours and mentioned excursions, with English speaking guide
- Transfers to the airport (in private service when mentioned).
- Transfers to excursions and activities.
- Breakfasts included in all hotels.
- Meals when mentioned “included”
- Entrances to the National Parks.
- Meals (except when mentioned) and additional personal expenses
- Air transport (national and international), optional.
- Excursions indicated as optional.
At Mater we know that accommodation is much more than a place to sleep. It is an opportunity to experience the local culture. Because of this, our itineraries are designed to stay in local hotels and, whenever possible, have an experience in a family home.
The published price is in standard hotels, but we have options in superior and luxury hotels. We work with charming bed and breakfast, luxurious estancias, and comfortable houses.
At Mater we always search for alternative activities to those usually chosen by large groups of tourists so that you can have more intimate and authentic experiences, without missing out on the most emblematic places in Argentina.
This trip includes two different tour Buenos Aires: one to the north and another one to the south of the city. In both of them you will learn about the history of the city and visit the different neighbourhoods as a local. Also, instead of going to a traditional tango show, you will go to an authentic milonga: a place where locals dance tango.
In Calafate, you will have 2 non-traditional tours, so that you can see much more than the glacier: a 4×4 excursion to the Fósiles Canyon, an archeological site where the natives lived hundreds of years ago and an unforgettable Patagonic dinner in a cave.
In addition to our general sustainability policies (see here), there are some specific sustainable
actions we take on this particular tour.
At Calafate you’ll visit a local estancia that still works as one (not only for touristic purposes) and learn actively about the different activities they practise, such as sheep shearing. By doing this, we create an atmosphere of cultural exchange and you’ll get to know the Patagonian pioneers’ customs and their agricultural and breeding practices. You will reach the Perito Moreno glacier through an unconventional navigation, arriving at the catwalks when the groups of tourists have already left and consequently helping to prevent overtourism. By doing this, we also get unique views and reaching the glacier will be an experience itself.
In Puerto Iguazú, we work with small groups and local guides that speak our travellers’ language.
Also, avoid the use plastic in meals and we buy lunch boxes from local entrepreneurs.
Buenos Aires – El Calafate: 3.30 h flight
El Calafate – El Chaltén: aprox. 3 hs on route (215 km)
El Chaltén – Ushuaia: 1.30 h flight
Afterwards, you will go to Salta, with a stopover flight, and take your rented car.
Salta – Cachi: aprox. 4 hs on route (163 km)
Cachi – Cafayate: aprox. 4 hs on route (158 km)
Cafayate – Salta: aprox. 3.30 hs on route
Salta – Purmamarca: aprox. 3 hs on route (157 km)
Finally, you will take your flight to Puerto Iguazú. If the flight is direct, it takes 2h05.
You will fly back to Buenos Aires. Flight duration: 1h55.
We suggest taking this trip either on October, November of March, given that the best time to visit Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego between October and March, but the rainy season in the northwest (Salta, Cachi, Cafayate, Purmamarca) is from December to the last days of February.
In El Calafate the average annual temperature is 7,5 °C (45.5 ºF). January is the warmest month of the year and temperatures go around 15°C (59 ºF) during the day.
Ushuaia has an average annual temperature of 5,7 °C (42 ºF). During the summer temperatures go from 20 ºC (68 ºF) during the day to 10 ºC (50 ºF) in the mornings and nights.
The city of Salta, located in a valley, has an average temperature of 10 ºC (50 ºF) during the winter and 20 ºC (68 ºF) in the summer, and a rainy season between December and February. In the rest of the province temperatures vary according to the altitude of the area. For example, in the Puna region there is a big thermal amplitude with cold mornings and nights and nicer temperatures during the day. In Cachi and Cafayate the weather is quite warm during the summer, with an average temperature of 28 ºC (82 ºF), long and sunny days and cooler nights. In the winter, temperatures drop to 15°C (59 ºF) during the day.
In the Quebrada de Humahuaca, the average temperature in the summer is 23°C (73 ºF) with long, sunny days and cooler nights. In winter, average temperature drops to 16°C (60 ºF) during the day.
There are daily direct flights between the cities of El Calafate and Ushuaia, as well as between Buenos Aires and El Calafate. To head north you must take two flights with a stopover in Buenos Aires or Córdoba. Between Salta and Puerto Iguazú, there are direct flights almost daily.
All cities are safe, but just like in any tourist site, we must pay special attention to our personal belongings, especially in places that are visited by a lot tourists daily, such the Perito Moreno walkways or the Iguazú falls.
In Buenos Aires, when visiting neighborhoods such as La Boca, we recommend not having you cell phones or cameras permanently in display, avoiding dark and deserted streets (especially at night), and not wearing jewelry that’s too flashy.
In El Calafate you cannot miss the Patagonian lamb and in Ushuaia the “centolla” (spider crab).
In the North, gastronomy changes completely: enjoy delicious “empanadas”, humitas, cabrito casseroles and more! In Puerto Iguazú, we recommend tasting the fish from the Iguazú River.