Field day in the late 1890's.
Patagonia Family Vacation 2 weeks
The Patagonia Family Vacation from 2 weeks has been specially designed to travel to Argentina with children. On this tour you will get to know Buenos Aires, an open-air getaway to Delta Island, just 1 hour from the city. The trip continues towards the mountains, trails and snow-capped peaks of the Southern Patagonia. El Calafate and its mountains, glaciers and lakes in Los Glaciares National Park. You will rent a car to drive through the Patagonian steppes of Calafate to El Chaltén, and the route to the Atlantic Patagonia (from Trelew to Península Valdés).
Duration: 13 nights
Prices are in US dollars per person (including two adults and two children in a quadruple room).
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Active
This tour is ideal to enjoy a family vacation in Argentina, it begins in Buenos Aires, you will make a tour of the historic center of the city and the Southern neighborhoods (La Boca). You will enjoy a gastronomic experience with a local family, they will learn to cook and taste typical argentinean foods: empanadas and barbacoa. You will enjoy outdoor activities in a ranch on Delta Island.
This 2 week route through Argentina continues with a flight to El Calafate. Once there, they will rent a car, after driving three hours through the Patagonian steppes you will arrive in El Chaltén, the city of trekking and most beautiful, for its landscapes with mountains, lakes, rivers and forests.
Returning from the Patagonian steppes, you will return to El Calafate, home of the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. This tour includes half a day of field in a typical ranch with demonstration of rural activities and enjoy a barbecue and navigate the Lake Argentino to appreciate the giant blocks of ice.
From the glaciers will go towards the Northeast Patagonia. Once in Trelew, you will rent a car to travel to the rhythm of your family the route, the landscapes, the flora and fauna of the Valdés Peninsula. Magellanic penguins in Punta Tombo and the famous southern right whale in Puerto Pirámides. In watching season, you will see them from the coast and you can embark to see them up close.
This family trip will end in Buenos Aires, you will be transferred to your apartment in Palermo and will have the last free night.
- 13 nights in a quadruple room (for two adults and two children).
- Breakfast in all accommodations.
- Meals when “included” are mentioned.
- Transfers to the airport (private service when mentioned).
- Guided tours and mentioned excursions, with guide in English / Spanish when not specified.
- Entrances to the National Parks.
Air transport (optional).
Excursions indicated as “optional”.
Meals and personal extras not mentioned.
Day 1: Welcome to Argentina
Arrival in Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel (Palermo)
After landing you will be transferred to an apartment in the neighborhood of Palermo. Your local guide will welcome you and suggestions to make the most of your neighborhood and the local cuisine with your family.
Free afternoon to explore Palermo and surroundings.
Recommendation: In the afternoon we suggest visiting: Bosques de Palermo – Japanese Garden – Botanical Garden – National Museum of Fine Arts – Museum of Decorative Art – Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA) – Recoleta Cultural Center – Recoleta Cemetery.
Day 2: Buenos Aires City Tour + Family Dinner with cooking class
Visit to the historic center and South Neighborhoods (La Boca)
For this second day, your guide will take you to discover the hidden treasures of the city, passing through historic places such as the Plaza de Mayo and the Cabildo, until you reach the neighborhood of La Boca, and its famous Caminito street, a true journey into the past where you can appreciate the old houses built by immigrants.
After strolling through the city, you will have the opportunity to experience the local cuisine. They will be welcomed by a family and learn to cook typical foods: empanadas and an argentine barbecue.
Day 3: Full day in Delta Island
Pick up at the hotel and transfer by private car to Tigre city (1 hour approx.) You will take a boat for an hour out of the city to the Delta Island, to stay in a ranch and enjoy outdoor activities for the whole family: canoeing and kayaking on the river, bike rides and hikes to discover the nature place or they can rest in hammocks in Paraguay while they try the ”mate” (Traditional Argentine infusion based on yerba mate). In the evening, they will have a typical local dinner and spend the night in the ranch.
Day 4: Field day in Delta Island
Outdoor activities and return to Palermo
Wake up early to watch the sunrise overlooking the river. The awaits another day full of activities to enjoy as a family: swimming, paddling on the river, horseback riding or zip line are some of the options. In the afternoon, they will return by boat to the Puerto de Tigre to return to their hotel in Palermo.
Day 5: Welcome to Patagonia
Flight to El Calafate and travel by car to El Chaltén
Transfer to the airport to take your flight to El Calafate. Upon arrival, you will pick up your rental car and leave for El Chaltén. After 3 hours of driving you will arrive at the town, and you will spend the night in a cottage.
Day 6: Welcome to El Chaltén
Free day to explore the city of trekking
Waking up between mountains and snowy peaks, that’s waking up in El Chaltén. There are many walks or treks to do in this city and get a better view of Mount Fitz Roy and its wonders views.
Recommendation: Some simple and short walks are: Chorrillo del Salto (1 hs) – Mirador del Torre (3 hs) – Laguna Capri – (4 hs).
Day 7: Free day in El Chaltén
Return to El Calafate
Second day off for trekking and contemplate the landscapes of the area. At the end of the day, you will return to El Calafate to continue the journey to the glacier region.
Recommendation: Laguna Torre (walk from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.) along with Laguna de los Tres (walk from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.) is one of the most classic walks of the place.
Day 8: Visit a local Estancia + Navigation to the Perito Moreno Glacier
Navigation of Argentino Lake
You’ll have an early start today for a drive across the old estancias road on a small-group excursion. The guide will explain to you about the rural life of the Patagonian farms and the indigenous influence. Then, you will arrive at the Estancia and enjoy a typical barbecue with the best wines of the country (included)
After lunch, you´ll navigate the South and Rico arms of Lake Argentino and disembark at Las Monedas beach for a walk in the wood (low level of difficulty). After sailing again you will 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.
Day 9: Welcome to Península de Valdés
From the glaciers to the kingdom of the whales
In Calafate Airport you will take a flight to Trelew. At the airport you will rent a car to travel to Puerto Madryn and Peninsula Valdés.
Day 10: Welcome to Punta Tombo
The paradise of the penguins
Free day to visit Punta Tombo, the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in Latin America. This reserve is home to almost 150,000 pairs of penguins, who come to incubate their eggs between September and April.
This day they will be able to carry out an optional activity closer to marine animals, where they can go out in kayak to see the sea lions up close playing in their natural habitat and accompanying them on their journey through the sea.
Day 11: Welcome to Puerto Pirámides
On the road of the guanacos
With your rental car you will have the opportunity to discover the terrestrial fauna of the peninsula: guanacos, ñandus, and the Darwin maras, better known as Patagonian hares, and the marine fauna: wolves and elephant seals and the famous southern right whale.
Day 12: Welcome to Puerto Pirámides
The kingdom of the whales
Finally, it’s time to meet the famous southern right whales, which will be present in the Valdés Peninsula from July to December. You will have the opportunity to see them in the distance from the beach, and then you will get on a boat to get close and see these giants of the sea up close.
Day 13: Return to Buenos Aires
Flight to Buenos Aires and free night
You will return the rental car and will go to Trelew airport, where you will take a flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Palermo.
Afternoon and free night to enjoy the last day in the city with family.
Day 14: End of the trip
Last hours in Buenos Aires and transfer to the international airport according to your flight schedule.
Southern right whale watching.
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 the family home. The published price is in standard hotels, but we have options in superior and luxury category hotels. We work with inns, rooms, and charming hotels.
In Mater we always look for alternative excursions to the ones chosen by the big groups of tourists, without missing to visit the most iconic places we seek that you have more intimate and authentic experiences.
This tour includes, in Buenos Aires, a tour of the historic center and the south of the city, an immersion in the local culture and cuisine, hand in hand with a family that will welcome you at home and teach you how to cook empanadas and enjoy a “barbecue”. And finally, the stay in a ranch in the Island of Delta, ideal to relax and make outdoor activities.
In the Perito Moreno Glacier, in addition to navigate the Argentino Lake and the view of the glaciers, we propose a half-day excursion to a typical estancia with equestrian demonstrations and a roast in the gaucho style.
We also suggest to rent a car to make the route from El Calafate to El Chaltén, and from Trelew to the Valdés Peninsula, so that you can carry out activities according to your family’s tastes and discover at your own pace the culture, the landscapes, the flora and fauna of Patagonia.