Argentina

Buenos Aires, Patagonia and Lake District

From one of the world’s most lively capital cities, you will swap tango heels for hiking boots and head south to the some of the world’s most dramatic mountain scenery. Trek to the spectacular spires of Mount Fitzroy and take a crampon-assisted walk on the Perito Moreno Glacier. Then relax over hot chocolate and a glass of Malbec after a day’s rafting, biking, paddle boarding or waterfall swimming in the scenic Lake District town of Bariloche.

You will be escorted by English-speaking guides throughout.

Highlights

  Bike & graffiti tour of Buenos Aires
  Canoe the Parana Delta from Tigre
  Trek to the Mount Fitzroy spires
  Visit the vast Perito Moreno Glacier
  Horse ride the Patagonia steppe
  Hike, kayak, bike & white water raft
  Learn to cook a real gaucho meal
  Extend to Iguazu/Ushuaia

15 days from £3,440 pp

Plus international flights from £800

A two-week holiday in Central Argentina and Patagonia for a family of four usually starts from £13,760 plus internal and international flights

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Buenos Aires, Patagonia and Lake District day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 Buenos Aires
Arrive in the country’s capital where you will be met and transferred to your central hotel.

Famous for its Latin American vibe, Eva Peron, football and the ubiquitous tango, Buenos Aires is the perfect starting point for your family adventure in Argentina.


Day 2 Buenos Aires
A full day to explore Buenos Aires with a guide. You will take in colourful La Boca (home to the famous Boca Junior’s Stadium), trendy Puerto Madero, historical San Telmo and the prestigious Plaza de Mayo. In the afternoon enjoy a fascinating Graffiti Tour in the northern district of Palermo. Why not try some of the delicious Dulce de Leche pastries at the famous El Ateneo, a former theatre now turned extremely grand bookshop.

Note: If the children are old enough, the morning section of the tour can take place by bike, using the excellent cycle lane system.


Day 3 Tigre and the Parana Delta
Discover coastal life as you hop on a bike to journey through quaint riverside villages to the picturesque town of Tigre. From here you will take to the water in handmade canoes to navigate the waterways that wind their way through numerous lush islands, passing stilted houses and subtropical vegetation. You will meet the artists who craft the canoes and enjoy a relaxing time in one of the world’s largest deltas, a pristine natural environment yet so close to the city. Return to Buenos Aires for the night.


Day 4 El Chalten
Fly south to El Calafate, the unofficial capital of Argentina’s southern Patagonia. Transfer to El Chalten, a charming mountain village with the dramatic backdrop of the towering spires of the Fitzroy range. El Chalten is the main hub for mountaineering expeditions into the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. It is also a convivial place to swap hiking stories in one of the many cosy, muddy boot-friendly cafes.


Days 5-6 Fitzroy Trekking
There are various options to enjoy here. The famous treks to the base of Mount Fitzroy, Laguna de los Tres and Laguna Torres are challenging hikes for older families. Less ambitious options can easily be enjoyed simply by stepping outside your hotel and choosing from a myriad of routes. Follow boardwalks through the forest to the waterfalls at Chorillo de Salto or head to the stunning viewpoints of Mirador de los Condors and Mirador del Fitzroy.

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Days 7-8 El Calafate
Return to the gateway town of El Calafate and enjoy a remarkable day at one of the world’s few advancing glaciers. The Perito Moreno Glacier sits imposingly at the head of Argentino Lake, its three-mile long face rising 200 feet above the water. Navigate your way by boat through recently calved ice blocks to a small beach. Here you will don crampons and enter a world of incredible blue ice formations, hidden crevasses and winding streams. The world of Frozen comes to life and geography lessons take on a new meaning.

Note that from El Calafate it is just an easy hop across the border to Chile’s Torres del Paine if you have a few extra days.


Day 9 Day at an Estancia
Estancias and gauchos are part of Argentine tradition and today you will enjoy this experience in the spectacular setting of the Patagonian Steppe. Cruise the Upsala Channel for panoramic views of the Upsala Glacier then hop on horseback for a gentle ride through the Cristina Valley.  Cross the Caterina River to a stunning viewpoint before returning to a working estancia to enjoy a traditional gaucho lunch.


Day 10 Bariloche
Fly north to the Lake District alpine centre of San Carlos de Bariloche. This scenic lakeside town is like a miniature Swiss resort and the main holiday capital for many Argentine families looking for some R&R. The setting on the edge of the Nahuel Huapi Lake is spectacular. Numerous glaciers run off the snow-capped peaks feeding the multiple lakes that lend the district its name.

This first afternoon you could ‘pop’ up Cerro Llao Llao, a modest peak offering extraordinary views. Later you can wander the streets and indulge in some chocolate-tasting – ever tried cardamon and pepper or Patagonian truffles flavoured with fruits of the forest?


Day 11 Bariloche
Today enjoy a wonderful mix of boating, hiking, swimming and fishing. Cruise to Tristeza Bay where you can take an easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. There are granite slabs and pools to swim from beneath ancient Alerce and Coihue trees. Relax over a picnic lunch on the beach and then try your hand at fly-fishing for the local trout.


Day 12 Bariloche
After breakfast take a spectacular one-hour drive into the Manso Valley where you can enjoy one of the greatest mountain bike trails in the area. Afterwards embark on a white water rafting trip suitable for all the family, floating down the Upper Manso River (Class II).

Alternatively there are paddle boarding and kayaking options on Nahuel Huapi Lake and many more hiking routes to choose from (with cable car and chair lift options for little legs).


Day 13 Patagonian Pampas
Spend the morning horse-riding at a ranch on the east side of Bariloche. Here you can view the lush forests and glaciers of Tronador from the drier open steppe.

You will then be hosted by one of Bariloche´s pioneering families, who will give a demonstration into the preparation of the traditional ‘Cordero a la Cruz’ (the local gaucho technique of cooking lamb).

Afterwards transfer to the Catedral Resort and take the cable car to the Lynch Hut on the ridgeline. Drink in the fabulous views of the park while tasting the local craft beer.


Day 14 Buenos Aires
Fly back to the capital to enjoy a final afternoon in this fabulous city. Perhaps take a street food tour, tasting your way through San Telmo, or bring those Strictly Come Dancing skills out in an evening tango lesson. The less active/rhythmic (or more embarrassed) may prefer to round off their holiday with an entertaining tango show.


Day 15 Buenos Aires
It will be hard not to cry for Argentina as you depart for the airport….

We offer two extensions that can be added to this itinerary,
Ushuaia and Iguazu:

Extension 1 – End of the World

Tierra del Fuego, or ‘Fire Island’, is home to spectacular glaciers, snow-capped mountains, glistening lakes and a sub-Antarctic rainforest. Famous for the legendary Beagle Channel with its plethora of marine life, it is where the tip of South America dips into the South Atlantic coast – truly the Ends of the Earth.
A trip here can easily be added on to any family holiday to Argentina – whether flying directly from Buenos Aires or after your time in the El Calafate region.

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Day 1 Ushuaia
Arrive in Ushuaia. Take a trek around the city starting at El Mirador Del Beagle, which provides panoramic views of Ushuaia and the surrounding natural grandeur of mountains and the Beagle Channel.


Day 2 Tierra del Fuego National Park
Enjoy a full day tour in this stunning national park with its lush beech forests covered with a magic carpet of green moss. Take a morning trek toward a wonderfully scenic lookout point high above the majestic Lake Roca. The forest is known to attract Austral parakeets, black-chested buzzards, the Magellanic woodpecker and soaring high above, the magnificent Andean condor.

After a picnic lunch, take kayaks out on to the Ovando River. As you paddle into Laguna Verde, enter one of the most picturesque spots in the region, surrounded by stunning scenery on all sides as well as families of resident sea petrels, albatross and Steamer ducks.  Enjoy the early, southern sunset behind the mountains at the southernmost reaches of the Panamerican Highway.


Day 3 Beagle Channel
Hop into inflatable canoes and paddle towards the Beagle Channel, winding gently through the forested landscape, home to rock cormorants and seals.

After stopping to visit the historical Estancia Harberton, continue by motorboat to see the penguins at Isla Martillo.

On nearby Gable Island you will enjoy a freshly cooked lunch before exploring the island, walking along the tracks left by the Yamanas, the original inhabitants of this region.  This is a truly magical place, where you can experience the silence and isolation of these wild and remote surroundings.


Day 4  Valdez Peninsula
Fly on to your next destination. From here you can fly to El Calafate, Buenos Aires or the Valdez Peninsula. You can even join the Australis 4 day cruise which takes you past Cape Horn and up to Punta Arenas in Chile, the starting point for trips into the world famous Torres del Paine National Park.

Extension 2 – Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls is considered by many (including the Stubborn Mule team) to be the most spectacular waterfall (or group of falls) in the world. Over 200 streams meander sinuously through the rainforest and surrounding vegetation, so unique it has long been declared a ‘Natural World Heritage Site’.
A trip here can be added on to any Argentine family holiday, most easily from Buenos Aires.

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Day 1 Iguazu Falls – the Brazilian side
Arrive into Puerto Iguazu and transfer straight across the border to the Brazilian side of the park. Here a network of boardwalks take you to the most incredible panoramic views, the spectacular Devil’s Throat being the main highlight – waterproof cameras required!

However Iguazu is so much more than ‘just waterfalls’. You are surrounded by fig trees, giant bromeliads and vibrant orchids. Coatis racoon are everywhere (watch out for your snacks), colourful butterflies flit overhead and toucans, macaws and parrots screech greetings.

Finish your day at the ‘Backstage Experience’, which sounds like something out of Las Vegas, but starring local fauna instead. Here you can enjoy privileged contact with exotic birds whilst learning about the park’s much-needed conservation and rescue programmes. Educational and a huge amount of fun – all ages will love it. Head back to Argentina and your hotel on the Argentine side of the falls.


Day 2 Iguazu Falls – the Argentine side
Many people consider the Argentine side to be the more exciting. Trek the Lower circuit alongside the falls through humid subtropical forest filled with wildlife. Or follow the Superior circuit where hanging bridges offer spectacular views of the massive deluge of water. Both routes end at the edge of the most dramatic part of the falls, the Garganta del Diablo – the Devil’s Throat.

After all this trekking you will hop into a ‘safari boat’ and get up close to the base of the falls themselves, heart-stopping stuff as the captain plays with your nerves running the rapids, whirlpools and currents. Hint – you WILL get very, very wet.


Day 3 Iguazu
This morning depending on flight times, there is the option to bike through the Selva Iryapú jungle area. Alternatively you can take a kayaking trip paddling the calm waters of the Urugua-í River through rich jungle. A 45-minute walk through the forest will bring you to an open viewpoint of Paraguay – where three countries meet ‘Tres Fonteras’

Fly back to Buenos Aires or continue across the Brazilian border and onto the beaches of Rio, the Emerald Coast, the Pantanal or the Amazon….

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