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Introducing Argentina and Uruguay - 10 Days

From mighty Iguazú Falls in the subtropical north to the thunderous, crackling advance of the Glaciar Perito Moreno in the south, Argentina is home to a vast natural wonderland. Diversity is a big part of it. The country that boasts the Andes’ highest snowbound peaks is also home to rich wetlands, rust-hued desert, deep-blue lakes, lichen-clad Valdivian forests and Patagonia’s arid steppes. Wildlife comes in spectacular variety, from penguins and flamingos to capybaras, giant anteaters, whales, guanaco herds and more. Andean peaks, Amazonian rainforest, Patagonian glaciers, Incan ruins, colonial towns, white-sand beaches and vertiginous nightlife: the wonders of South America set the stage for incredible adventures.

Best time to visit

Due to Argentina’s vast extension, weather conditions and temperatures vary greatly from destination to destination.

Buenos Aires is a year round destination with mild winters (May – September) and hot summers (November – March) whilst the spring and fall months in between remain warm.

Iguazú falls can be visited year round although the summer months (November – March) can be particularly hot and humid, and the falls have their highest flow at this time of year. The winter months of June through September offer milder temperatures whilst the flow of water is lower than during the summer.

The mountainous Lake District is cool all throughout the year, enjoying a northern European climate. Here, April through June is the months of heaviest rainfall. November through March is considered the best travel time, but is also the time of year that attracts the biggest crowds.

Atlantic Patagonia is mainly cool, with unpredictable changes of weather throughout the year, while the best time to visit the Peninsula Valdés natural reserve depends on the fauna viewing more than on the weather. Whale watching usually takes place between late June and late November while penguin watching is between December and March every year.

Southern Patagonia experiences extremely cold winters (May - September) with much of the infrastructure closed at this time of year. The summers attract the largest crowds as well as the strongest winds whilst the shoulder seasons of spring (September-November) and fall (March – April) see reduced winds as well as colourful landscapes with flora coming into flower.

Central Argentina offers a continental climate and Cordoba and Mendoza can be visited all year round. Winter in both destinations presents cool mornings and evenings with mild afternoons. In the wine country surrounding Mendoza, the harvest takes place in February and March.

Northwest Argentina is best visited during the winter months of April – September when the climate remains predominantly dry and pleasantly warm whilst the summer months of November – March bring hot temperatures and some overcast and rainy days.

Day 1
Arrived in Buenos Aires

Upon arrival at Ezeiza Airport in Buenos Aires, your English-Speaking representative will be on hand to escort you to your waiting private motor coach for the transfer to the hotel. After check-in, time to freshen up before a special sightseeing tour of the Argentine capital.

The tour will take in all the major sights including the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Government Palace (Casa Rosada), the colourful La Boca district, the port barrio and vibrant working class heart of Buenos Aires, and San Telmo, home and birthplace of the sultry tango.

Day 2
Buenos Aires

After breakfast, embark on a sightseeing excursion of the older areas of Argentina’s capital city with your guide.

There will be special emphasis on the historical parts of the city, such as San Telmo where you may visit the Plaza Dorrego market (open on Sundays). The tour will also include a visit to “El Zanjón”. In 1986 work began on the renovation of this 19th century house in San Telmo. A section of tunnel was discovered underneath, and it was soon apparent that it formed part of the Buenos Aires sewer system abandoned in the mid 1880s. The building is spectacular inside, and gives an interesting insight into the Buenos Aires of old. Continue to Puerto Madero district to enjoy lunch at exclusive restaurant.

Return to the hotel, where the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Freshen up and prepare for a special view of the city by night. You will be transferred to Café Tortoni. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest coffee shop in the whole country and has a very rich history. Then continue to El Querandi, the most famous tango restaurant where you will have dinner and appreciate a tango show.

Day 3
Buenos Aires – Bariloche

This morning transfer to the airport to board your flight to Bariloche. Dubbed Argentina’s “Little Switzerland,” this is a region with strong ties to Central Europe and many local families originally immigrated here from Germany, Switzerland and Northern Italy.

Your sightseeing tour in Bariloche will take you up into the surrounding mountains for breathtaking views of the Cathedral, Lopez and Otto Mountain peaks, descending to Lake Nahuel Huapi and Lake Moreno. A visit to Cerro Campanario by chairlift gives you one of the most spectacular views of the area. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, transfer to the exclusive El Casco Art Hotel.

Day 4

After breakfast, depart for a visit to Villa La Angostura. This village is located 82 kilometres from Bariloche at South Neuquén on the banks northwest of Nahuel Huapi Lake.

Visit this charming village where the exclusive Hostería Las Balsas (Relais & Chateaux) is found, this is where you will have lunch. After lunch, board a boat and navigate the Nahuel Huapi Lake as far as Puerto Pañuelo. From here it is only a short drive back to your accommodation.

Day 5

Today is at leisure to enjoy the facilities in and around the lodge.

Day 6
Bariloche – Carmelo

This morning transfer to the airport to board a flight back to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you will be locally transferred to board your flight to Carmelo, a small village located in Uruguay.

Upon arrival in Carmelo, you will be transferred to the exclusive Four Seasons Hotel & Spa. Nestled amidst pine and eucalyptus trees by the Rio de la Plata, this wonderful resort offers golf, riding, fishing and a scenic river bank.

Day 7

The next two days are yours to enjoy the wide range of facilities available at Carmelo.

You will have free access to the exclusive spa and swimming pool. Other activities and facilities you can contract directly at the hotel are: golf and tennis court, cycling, horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, fly-fishing, library and gym.

Day 8

Enjoy the wide range of facilities available at Carmelo.

You will have free access to the exclusive spa and swimming pool. Other activities and facilities you can contract directly at the hotel are: golf and tennis court, cycling, horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, fly-fishing, library and gym.

Day 9
Carmelo - Buenos Aires

After breakfast transfer to the local airport in Carmelo to board your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Evening is at leisure.

Day 10
Depart Buenos Aires

Transfer to the airport to board your departure flight.

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  • plane, bus
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  • breakfast + lunch
  • all year long