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 Buenos Aires,  Patagonia & Iguazu Falls    8 days/7 nights

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Argentina is the home of the sultry tango - and also a land of wide open spaces, towering mountains and volcanoes, rain forests, desert, glaciers, and much of legendary Patagonia. Wildlife ranges from penguins to toucans to monkeys. But it is the hospitality of her people that you'll remember most.
Start in Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city known for its sophisticated residents - "porteños", its café culture, and the tango. You will find interesting architecture, shopping, handicrafts from the provinces, good theater and music - Teatro Colón is world renown - and excellent museums. It is easy to see why Buenos Aires is known as “The Paris of South America.”
Perhaps the most unique of the Argentina regions, Patagonia, located in Southern Argentina and covering 1/3 of the total size of the country, is a combination of jagged mountains, rolling hills, lakes and rivers, thick forests, desert, coastline, world famous glaciers, famous ski hills, and a rare and diverse mix of flora and fauna.
One of the world's most spectacular waterfalls, Iguazú Falls has more than 275 different waterfalls crashing over a 230 foot basalt cliff. In this protected sub-tropical rainforest you'll also see many species of butterflies, plants birds, and wildlife.
 
 
Overview
Duration: 8 Days
Departure: Daily
Highlights: Buenos Aires, Tango Show, Argentine Culture, Recoleta, Estancia Visit, Iguazú Falls, Patagonia, Perito Moreno Glacier, Nature, Hiking
Itinerary can be customized to suit individual requirements
Day 01: Arrive Buenos Aires / Evening Tango Show
After collecting your luggage, you are met by a representative of Maxim Tours and transferred to your hotel. Your driver will be holding a paging board with your name.
 
Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan city known for its sophisticated residents - "porteños", its café culture, and the tango. You will find interesting architecture, shopping, handicrafts from the provinces, good theater and music - Teatro Colón is world renown -- and excellent museums.
 
This evening you experience a tango show with dinner.
 
The tango is the music of Buenos Aires. It originated in the 1880 ghettos which were populated by Italian and Spanish immigrants, Africans and gauchos.  From this intersection rose the “Comrpraditos,” whose songs, lyrics, and dances reflect “el duelo de cuchilleros, ” or knife fights characteristic of the social ambience. The tango rose from a mix of Cuban and Spanish rhythms, some polka, and according to some, also a bit of African music.  Its lyrics, difficult to understand and impossible to translate, are profoundly poetic.  Each song has a story to tell about the city, its history and its people.   In spite of its humble origins in the ghettos and brothels, in the 1920’s,  the tango rose to the salons of the upper classes.  The tango was converted ultimately into a complete cultural expression, a joining of myths, values, traditions and aspirations.  For some only representative of an epoch already passed, in reality the tango lives in the air of the city:  the tango continues today, and a good way of penetrating its spirit is to visit one of the restaurants that offers an excellent tango show, to enjoy its sensual magnetism brought to the stage by some of the best dancers, singers and musicians of Buenos Aires.
 
Overnight Alvear Palace Buenos Aires
 
Included: Breakfast
Day 02: Buenos Aires / City Tour and Historic Bars and Cafes
This morning you will be met at your hotel for a half-day city tour that will introduce you to the neighborhoods and history of this high-energy city. Picturesque La Boca with its colorful corrugated metal buildings still reflects the waves of Italian immigrants of the last century.  Spanish roots are visible in the many buildings around the Plaza de Mayo - "the heart" of Buenos Aires -- including the Cabildo, the churches built by the Jesuits in the 18th Century, and the old and Bohemian San Telmo Barrio. Recoleta is Buenos Aires’ chic neighborhood, and home to Recoleta cemetery, one of Buenos Aires’ “must-sees”.
 
Return to your hotel for lunch.
 
This afternoon learn about the historic and cultural heritage of the city though its bars and cafes, which are such an important tradition for Argentinians. Along the tour, we will visit different districts of the city visiting some of the 73 cafes and bars declared by the city government as “Notable” because each one of them features some representative characteristics of the Porteños, their arts and their history.
We will start in Parque Lezama, where according to some historians the city of Buenos Aires was founded its first time by Don Pedro de Mendoza back in 1536. At the corner and Defensa St. and Brazil Ave, the Bar Británico frequented by the employees of the railway company and the Hipopótamo old outlet for liquors and spirits.
We walk along Defensa St. to reach Plaza Dorrego and the bar of the same name, a typical “cafetín” (small and basic coffee shop). From here, we will continue towards the San Telmo Market, where we will perceive the fusion of the old traditions and the actual life of the modern city that still nowadays keep the tradition of coffee. A few meters on, and we will get to El Federal, one of the oldest bars of Buenos Aires. Bock on our vehicle, we will pass by several other traditional bars such as Bar Sur, which only opens by night and is one of the pioneers in the Tango Show business, El Viejo Almacén, Bar Seddon and El Querandi.
Once in Avenida de Mayo, we will go by the London City and the Best known of all the old bars, the Café Tortoni. Moving along this avenue, core of the Spanish immigration in the city, we will have the chance to see some other bars and the one of the Castelar hotel, the Iberia Bar, and the 36 Billares. The tour continues along Callao Ave., passing by Bar Los Galgos, to get to Clásica & Moderna, where we will stop for a coffee while we enjoy the bohemian ambiance of the bar-library. Afterwards we will walk to El Ateneo Grand Splendid, not one of the declared Notable Bars but an important asset to the city, this is a bookstore with a bar housed in the premises of an old cinema, which has been named by the British newspaper, the Guardian, as the second most important library in the word.
We will then continue in our vehicle to Recoleta, to see La Biela, Mar Azul, and on to Corrientes Ave., the street that never sleeps. A walk along it will allow us to pass by El Gato, famous of its carried spiced cafes, La Giralda, and finally the Petit Colon, close to the well know opera house, which boasts a unique belle époque flavor. We will enjoy a final treat before returning to our hotel.  (Drinks not included).
 
Overnight Alvear Palace Buenos Aires
 
Included: Breakfast
 
Day 03: A Day in the Country at an Estancia
 Depart your hotel to spend a day in the country at an Estancia that offers a unique experience that enriches the history of Argentinian tradition. Experience first-hand the life of the gaucho and traditional Argentine farm life that is so much part of the Argentine culture. At midday you delight in a delicious traditional BBQ lunch. Experiences at Estancias vary; some offer a quiet exploration and others offer a spectacle of dance and musical folklore, a tango demonstration or an exhibition of roping and rings games where gauchos display their horsemanship abilities. The choice of Estancia experience is yours.
Later in the afternoon begin the return to the city of Buenos Aires to finally arrive at the hotel.
Overnight Alvear Palace Buenos Aires
 
Included: Breakfast
 
Day 04: Buenos Aires - Calafate
Transfer to the airport.
 
FLIGHT BUENOS AIRES – CALAFATE   NOT INCLUDED IN LAND PRICE
 
After collecting your luggage you are met by a representative of Maxim Tours and transferred to your hotel.
 
El Calafate is located in the province (county) of Santa Cruz, in the region of the Patagonia Argentina, 2750 km from Buenos Aires. It is located at 50 ° 20' South latitude and 72 ° 27' West longitude. Its latitude is equivalent to the city of London in the northern hemisphere. It has a population of 22,000 inhabitants.
It is the nearest town to visit the Los Glaciares National Park, from which it is by 80 kilometers.  There you will find its most popular attraction, the glacier Perito Moreno, declared Natural Patrimony of the Humanity by UNESCO, and other 46 glaciers.

Overnight Xelena Hotel & Suites
 
Included: Breakfast
 
Day 05: Calafate/ Perito Moreno Glacier
Today you have a full day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the world's largest active continental glaciers, and one of the world's few advancing glaciers.  Watching and listening as the intense blue ice creaks, breaks off, and crashes in seeming slow motion into the icy lake is unforgettable. UNESCO has declared it one of the most important heritages of mankind.  You will travel from your hotel in Calafate for about 1 hour along a scenic route, bordering Argentino Lake.  The flora and the landscape will continue to change.  Perito Moreno Glacier is an imposing ice river with an area of 195 square meters and a length of 30 km.  The frontal walls are between 30 and 60 meters high over the lake level.  The ice cracks and thunderous bursts have turned the glacier into a marvel in constant movement and sound. You will move around the various platforms facing the glacier’s western wall to admire this wonder of nature from different points of view. There is free time for lunch at a modest restaurant near the platforms that offers a menu of local specialties. Lunch is not included and may be purchased during the tour or a boxed lunch can be arranged through your lodge.
After lunch you will embark on a group boat ride to another section of Perito Moreno Glacier to view the various deep blue colors and shapes up close.
Includes: Transfers, entrance fees, boat trip, private tour with guide
 
Overnight Xelena Hotel & Suites
 
Included: Breakfast
 
Day 06: Calafate/ Estancia Santa Cristina
This full day (12 hour) excursion offers an opportunity to view Upsala Glacier and also enjoy a visit to a local estancia. You will be met at your hotel at 7:00am and will board your lake transport at Punta Bandera. Breakfast will be served on board. You will depart at 8:00am on board a modern and comfortable ship and will sail among the icebergs watching the breathtaking views of the occidental front of the Upsala Glacier before arriving to the port of Estancia Cristina, accessible only by lake transport.  Arrival at the Estancia will be about 11:30am.
This afternoon you embark on the Discovery Tour which includes a visit to the Costumbrista Museum (old shearing shed), followed by a 3 hour 4x4 driving tour.  You will ascend about 1800 feet in an all-terrain vehicle, traveling about 5 or 6 miles through mountainous roads. After you arrive at the Continental ice shelter, there will be a 30 minute walk to visit and view the oriental front of Upsala Glacier. Lake Guillermo, Southern Patagonian Ice and the Andes.  You will return to the farm house of the Estancia and board at the boat at 5:30pm. This tour is designed for those who wish to be moderately active.
Arrival back at Punta Bandera will be about 7:00pm, followed by a transfer to your hotel. 
Includes: Transfers, breakfast, boat trip and guiding
 
Lunch is not included in the tour price. You can eat in the cafeteria of Estancia Cristina and pay locally or pre-arrange for a box picnic lunch with your Calafate hotel.
 
In southern Patagonia the weather can change radically several times a day. We suggest you bring appropriate clothing, such as comfortable fleece-type jacket, windbreaker jacket, sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves, hat, scarves. Footwear should be sports footwear. Hiking boots should be used for the trekking tour
 
Overnight Xelena Hotel & Suites
 
Included: Breakfast
 
Day 07: Calafate to Iguazu Falls
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires with connection to Iguazu Falls.
 
FLIGHTS CALAFATE – IGUAZU FALLS    NOT INCLUDED IN LAND PRICE

After collecting your luggage, you are met by a representative of Maxim Tours and transferred to your hotel. Your driver will be holding a paging board with your name.
 
Iguazú Falls One of the world's most spectacular waterfalls, Iguazú Falls has more than 200 different waterfalls crashing over a 230 foot basalt cliff. In this protected sub-tropical rainforest you'll see many species of butterflies, plants (orchids in October) birds, and wildlife.
Overnight at The Loi Suites Iguazu Falls
Included: Breakfast
 
Day 08: Brazil Side and Argentina Falls Tour - Depart
After breakfast your guide will take you through paths, footbridges, and strategically-placed viewpoints that will show off the breathtaking panorama of these impressive falls from the Brazilian side of the Falls.  
This afternoon, you will explore the Argentine side of the falls. You will have a close encounter with the falls, on the upper and lower walkways which meander through more than 200 separate waterfalls. Visit the roaring Devil’s Throat, by a 15 minute tram ride to the 1200 meter walkway which leads to the observation platform.  
Later today you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires where you are met and transferred to the International Airport. Connect with your international flight home.
 
Included      
  • Meet & Assist on arrival
  • Accommodation per the itinerary
  • Private airport transfers
  • Private touring unless only group tours are available
  • Breakfast at all hotels and meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Hotel Taxes
  • Entrance fees
  • 24/7 local assistance
OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS
You may wish to extend your time in Argentina and visit some of the many interesting attractions found there. Some of the more popular areas include:
 
Mendoza
Located in a major wine-growing region of Argentina, Mendoza is a modern city with a colonial heart - the streets are lined with trees and bordered by the canals built to bring water down from the Andes.
 
Salta and the Northwest
The high Andean altiplano is harshly beautiful, with striking rock formations and gorges where it is said "God created his palette." Here you may find pleasant colonial cities, small Indian villages, and archeological sites that reveal only some of the secrets of the Incas and those who stood against them.
 
Bariloche & The Lake District
Argentina's Lake District is filled with brilliant blue glacier lakes, snow-capped volcanoes, and lushly forested mountains. Bariloche is a well-developed resort town with good restaurants and shopping. Outside of town you'll find great hiking, fishing, and horseback riding.
Ushuaia
Here you have arrived at the end of the world! Situated on the Beagle Strait, Ushuaia is the largest city in Argentine Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city in the world with a real pioneer character. In the past, the town has been a missionary base, penal colony and naval base for the Argentine navy. Ushuaia is now a major tourist town and commonly used as a base for hiking, winter sports and cruises to Antarctica.
Peninsula Valdés
On the northeastern corner of Patagonia's Atlantic coast, you'll find typical Patagonian scenery of arid steppes, large estancias, and isolated towns. The ocean is a brilliant blue. This region is home to penguins, southern right whales, elephant seals, and sea lions. Stop in Gaiman for a traditional Welsh tea and to learn the story of the sturdy Welsh colonists who arrived in the late 1800's.

 

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