Experience of cultural exchange with the mapuche community
Tour to Authentic Patagonia
On this trip you will immerse yourself in the heart of the Atlantic, Andean and Austral Patagonia, its infinite lakes, steppes and glaciers. You will discover the flora, fauna and the rural traditions of local communities, the local gastronomy and the natural parks of the south of Argentina. A highlight of this trip will be the cultural exchange experience with a community of natives (mapuches) in Bariloche and the whale watching in Península Valdés.
Duration: 17 days
The price is in US dollars per person in double basis.
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Activity Level Intermediate
The Authentic Patagonia Circuit is a trip through Austral, Andean and Atlantic Patagonia, it proposes to connect with the magic of nature and rural traditions of local communities. This trip starts with a tour of the city of Buenos Aires, through the historic center and the southern neighborhoods of San Telmo and La Boca.
The adventure continues towards the Atlantic Patagonia: Puerto Pirámides and Puerto Madryn, in the heart of the Valdés Peninsula, you will discover the steppes with desert landscapes and the fauna of the region, wolves and sea elephants and you can make an excursion to get up close to the famous southern whale.
The trip continues to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. There you will make a walk through the forests, trails and lakes of the Tierra del Fuego National Park and sailing through the Beagle Channel. You will have a field day in Estancia Haberton, the oldest ranch in the province and you will go to Martillo Island and see colonies of Magellan and Gentoo penguins.
The next destination is El Calafate. You will enjoy an 4×4 excursion through Lake Argentino and its turquoise waters, a visit to an archaeological site (with cave paintings of the pre-tehuelche culture) and a patagonian dinner in a cave. You will have a field day with equestrian demonstrations and a barbecue and sail through the Argentino Lake to get up close to the famous Perito Moreno glacier. You will sail through the Upsala Channel and have a tour in 4×4 to visit Estancia Cristina.
The trip continues to San Carlos de Bariloche. You will have an exchange cultural experience with a mapuche community, in a valley located 30km from the city. You will be receive by your host family and you will be able to collaborate in the rural activities of the community.
The last stop will be towards the Road of the Seven Lakes, where you will enjoy unique landscapes with forests, mirrored lakes and waterfalls, making different stops, from Villa La Angostura, to San Martín de Los Andes. You will rent a car to return to Bariloche and tour the city freely.
This trip ends in Buenos Aires, you will have your last free night to explore the city by your own taste.
- 16 hotel nights in a standard double room (unless otherwise indicated)
- 1 night of accommodation in full board
- Breakfasts in all accommodations.
- Meals when “included” are mentioned
- Ground transportation in place (in private service when mentioned)
- Transfers to the airport (in private service when mentioned)
- Guided tours and mentioned excursions, with guide in English / Spanish when not specified
- Tickets to national parks.
- Air transport (optional)
- Excursions indicated as “optional “.
- Personal meals and extras not mentioned.
Day 1: Welcome to Argentina
Arrival in Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel (Palermo)
You will arrive in Buenos Aires and you will be transferred to your hotel in the neighborhood of Palermo.
Afternoon and free night.
Recommendation: At night, we suggest visiting a ”milonga”, a typical room where tango lovers meet every night to dance. This traditional dance is classified as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Discover what is the real Tango, the one practiced by the ”porteños” (inhabitants of Buenos Aires) during your free time.
Day 2: City tour
Visit to the historic center and South Neighbour (La Boca and San Telmo)
This morning, your guide will take you to discover the colorful neighborhood of La Boca, famous for its Caminito street, a true open-air museum, and then you will visit the historic center, observing different architectural styles, impressive domes and you will walk through its Haussmannian boulevards to end the tour in the bohemian neighborhood of San Telmo.
Rest of the day free to discover the capital.
Duration: The city tour lasts 3 hours.
Day 3: Welcome to Patagonia
Arrival in Puerto Pirámides
You will leave the capital on a flight to Trelew, you will be transferred to Puerto Pirámides, in the heart of the Valdés Peninsula. On the road you will enjoy the landscapes: steppes with impressive desert landscapes. After approximately 2 hours of travel, you will arrive at your accommodation, a charming inn located 150 meters from the beach.
Afternoon and free night to rest and walk around Puerto Pirámides.
Day 4: Discovering Puerto Pirámides
Excursion sighting of southern right whales
You will leave with a small group for an observation excursion of southern right whales, which you will be able to see swimming in the waters of the Valdés Peninsula between August and December. The captain and his crew will tell you about the coast, its ecosystem and the natural life cycle of these giant marine mammals.
Return to Puerto Pirámides in the afternoon. Free night.
Day 5: Welcome to Puerto Madryn
Exploring the wildlife and flight to Ushuaia
Together with your specialized guide you will learn a little more about the wildlife of the Peninsula Valdes, you can see from penguins, wolves and elephant seals and whales from July to December, At the end of the day, transfer to Puerto Madryn, where you will spend the night before flying to the end of the world.
Day 6: Welcome to Ushuaia
Flight to Ushuaia and free afternoon
You will fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Free afternoon to explore the city or rest.
Recommendation: End of the World Museum – Maritime and Presidio Museum of Ushuaia – Plaza Islas Malvinas – End of the World Train
Day 7: Excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park
Exploring the park
In the morning you will make an excursion through the Tierra del Fuego National Park. You will be surprised with its unique landscapes, between lakes, forests and the magic of the end of the world.
You will make a simple walk of 2: 30hs to reach the Lapataia Bay, enjoying the incredible landscapes.
Return to Ushuaia.
Day 8: Navigation in the Beagle Channel
You will leave the pier for a navigation in the Beagle Channel. You will navigate to the lighthouse of the Eclaireurs, between Argentina and Chile and you will see colonies of sea lions and cormorants. You will visit the Harberton ranch, the oldest in the province, which used to shear sheep, and has maintained its original structure until now. Then you will board a boat to the island of Martillo, with your specialized guide you will take a walk to observe the Magellanic and Gentoo penguins.
Return to Ushuaia at the end of the day.
Day 9: Welcome to El Calafate
Sailing to Argentino Lake, visita an archaeological site and patagonian dinner in a cave
You will arrive to the city of El Calafate, from where you will be transferred to your hotel.
As an optional, you will be able to make a unique excursion in 4×4 with your guide you will sail Argentino Lake and its turquoise waters, you will visit an archaeological site where you will observe cave paintings of pre-Tehuelche culture (more than 4000 years old) and you will enjoy a patagonian dinner in the cave.
Day 10: Welcome to the Perito Moreno glacier
Full day at Nibepo Aike and sailing the glacier
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 11: Sailing the Upsala Channel
Excursion in 4x4 and visit to Estancia Cristina
You will navigate through the Upsala Channel, between the icebergs and surrounded by magnificent landscapes with a view on the western front of the Upsala glacier, up to the landing point in the estancia. Typical lunch in the place. Then you will board a 4×4 to climb the mountain and enjoy the privileged view of the east face of the Upsala Glacier and Lake Guillermo.
Day 12: Welcome to San Carlos de Bariloche
Cultural exchange experience with a community of native
Transfer to the airport where you will take a flight to San Carlos de Bariloche. Once there you will be transferred to a small rural community located in the heart of a valley, about 30 km from Bariloche.
You will be welcomed by the family who will tell you about the way of life of this community, its histories and customs, and you will participate in daily activities, such as the elaboration of farm cheeses, milking cows, etc. A family member will take you to walk around before returning to share the meal with your hosts.
Day 13: Discovering the life of the rural community
On the return route to San Carlos de Bariloche
After a local breakfast, you will go with one of your hosts for a walk in the surrounding mountains. When you reach the top, in addition to the spectacular view, you will see some condors. You will share a traditional ”barbecue” with your hosts before returning to Bariloche at the end of the afternoon.On arrival to Bariloche city, you will pick up the rental car for the following days.
Day 14: Touring the Seven Lakes Road
From Bariloche to San Martín de Los Andes
You will drive through Road 40 on a trip along the Seven Lakes Road to San Martin de los Andes, a spectacular road between mountains, forests and mirrored lakes.
We recommend stopping to discover the towns of Villa La Angostura, San Martin de los Andes and the Vulignanco waterfall, the Beautiful Lake or the Arrayán viewpoint in Lake Lacar.
Day 15: Return to Bariloche
From San Martín de Los Andes to Bariloche
You will take the route to Bariloche again.
Free afternoon to visit the city.
Recommendation: We suggest you take the ”Small Circuit” by car, the coastal circuit that will allow you to enjoy many points of view between the mountains and lakes of Llao Llao and Nahuel Huapi.
Day 16: Return to Buenos Aires
Flight to Buenos Aires and free night
Return to Buenos Aires, where you will have the last free night and the opportunity to enjoy the bohemian atmosphere of the San Telmo neighborhood where your hotel is located.
Recommendation: For the night, we suggest closing this incredible trip with a tango show.
Day 17: End of the trip
Transfer to the international airport according to your flight schedule.
Field day at Estancia Haberton, the oldest ranch in Tierra del Fuego
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.
In Buenos Aires you will make a city tour where you will get to know the historic center and the neighborhoods of the South of the city (La Boca and San Telmo) and you can visit the city to your liking.
In Bariloche, you will have the opportunity to visit, meet and share two days with a Mapuche community,. You will make the Way of the Seven Lakes with different stops and spend the night in San Martin de los Andes. For the return, you will rent a car to do this route on your own and visit the main attractions of the city, such as the Circuito Chico.
In Puerto Pirámides, you will make a whale watching excursion and explore the fauna and wildlife of the region.
In Ushuaia you will walk through the trails of the Tierra del Fuego National Park, navigate through the Beagle Channel and get to know the oldest estancia in the province.
In El Calafate, you will do much more than visit the Perito Moreno glacier, a 4×4 excursion awaits you, a visit to an archaeological site and a Patagonian dinner in a cave.