This excursion brings us to the Argentine countryside where you can enjoy a day on a ranch (estancia) and discover its traditional dance and music, joining a true Festival Gaucho. Typical empanadas and Argentine wine will be served at the welcoming party. Later, you will enjoy a delicious Argentine-style barbecue. A folkloric show with music and dance will take place. Typical gauchos will show their horse-riding skills. A horse exhibition and the sortija will also form part of the show. Hop on a typical sulki to get a real feeling of the way of life of the gaucho. Enjoy the unforgettable experience of getting close to the life in the Pampas and learning about the habits of its people. Santa Susana is located 85 Km away from Buenos Aires city in Los Cardales.
Enjoy an unforgettable time at one of the Tango shows that Buenos Aires offers every night with the classic orchestras that revive the original styles with melancholic rhythms reminiscent of the 1940’s. Typical food, served with the best wines, excellent service and atmosphere may enhance the show. The impressive words, showing the most authentic poetry of the city, are interpreted by the most outstanding singers. The show features many professional artists: first rate musicians, dancers and singers join to offer an unforgettable show. Schedule: 8 pm (Dinner & Show) and 9 pm (only Show)
Cerro Catedral is an important international ski center and another of the traditional attractions of Bariloche, especially during the winter season, although it remains open all year round. It offers a wide and varied service infrastructure to practice all types of skiing and other winter sports. Hospitality, gastronomy and a variety of places satisfy the tastes and needs of skiers and tourists. To climb Cerro Catedral there are some alternatives for pedestrians (optional, lifts not included). At the top we will find bars and restaurants. Every year the National Snow Festival is celebrated, with fireworks and the famous torch descent from the Hill.
Departing from downtown Bariloche, we drive along the edge of the southern banks of Nahuel Huapi Lake, following Bustillo Avenue and at km 20 we reach San Pedro peninsula and Puerto Bueno. Then we reach Villa Llao Llao at km 23, with a stunning viewpoint and other attractions in the area including the Llao Llao hotel, Llao Llao Municipal Park, where Saint Edward's chapel is found. Shorter we find Puerto Pañuelo, the starting point of the lake tours and Victoria Island, the Myrtle Woods and Puerto Blest. The trail continues deep into the Llao Llao peninsula and then takes us to Escondido Lake. Once we leave the peninsula, at milestone km 33 the road crosses the Angostura stream and at km 40 you'll find another panoramic viewpoint - 945 meters (3,100 feet) above sea level - with an excellent view of the Moreno lake and the Llao Llao peninsula. Traveling along the banks of Moreno Lake, at km 42 we see the bridge that connects the east and west sides of the lake. Resuming the circuit route, 17 kilometers (10 miles) from the city you'll find Mount Campanario: From the viewpoint and cafeteria located at the top you can enjoy the most incredible panoramic views (lift not included). Finally, at km we begin heading back toward Bariloche.
This navigation by the “Brazo Rico” of the Argentine Lake allows to appreciate the ice floes of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Arriving until the South end of the channel of Ice floes, the boat is located in a reasonable distance to the wall of the glacier, travelling across in all its extension and allowing to sight the loosenings that take place. The boarding is made in the dock located in the Bay “Under the Shade”, approximately at 7 km of the Viewpoint of the Glacier and is a good complement for the Conventional Excursion. This activity, offers the possibility of observing from a perspective completely different, the impressive walls of the Perito Moreno Glacier and its knokings on the Lago Rico´s waters.
Perito Moreno Glacier -declared World Heritageby by UNESCO- is located 80 km away from El Calafat, and it is undoubtedly one of the most incredible spectacles of nature that surprises with its impressive calvings. After taking Route 11 along the south shore of Argentino Lake, we reach the Peninsula de Magallanes where we go on along the Rico Arm of the lake up to the first lookout called “Curva de los Suspiros” (Bend of Sighs), where we see the Glacier for the first time. A well deserved photo stop! Then we go on to the Port “Bajo La Sombra”, where those interested can take a one hour optional boat ride to get closer to the south face of the Glacier. Afterwards we drive the last 7 km to arrive at the walkways, from where we can enjoy different views and perspectives from the surface, front and both sides of the Glacier. Here you'll have enough time to walk around the 5 km of the different trails (green, red, yellow and blue) to enjoy not only the Glacier but also the native vegetation and wildlife. The main circuit is also accessible for wheelchairs. We return to the hotel in the afternoon.
Aimed to those who have little time to make a longer walk, this trek allowed us to reach the first Fitz Roy mount viewpoint. It departs from the footpath at the end of the town, which starts with a steep slope which is continued for 1.30 h and ascending about 350m to reach the first lookout. From there you get the first spectacular view of Fitz Roy mount, flanked by "arrows" Poicenot, Saint Exupéry, Mermoz and Guillaumet. After 15 minutes we reach the first mountain base camp (Capri Mountain) and the homonymous lagoon, with views of mountains, forests and Fitz Roy mount.
Early departure in the morning: bordering the Mendoza River, we will obtain a majestic landscape of the Cordón del Plata, we will see Dique Potrerillos and the beautiful Valle de Cacheuta. We continue to Uspallata, pre-Hispanic settlement of Huarpes aborigines and the southernmost point of the Inca Empire; then we pass through Picheuta, Polvaredas and Punta de Vacas, from where we can access the famous village of Los Penitentes, one of the ski centers of Mendoza (it runs from June to August). If weather conditions permit it, one of the most privileged views of the area can be accessed by chairlift (optional ascent ticket). Later on we will visit Puente del Inca, where Las Cuevas River has pierced the mountain, forming a natural bridge to which hot springs emerge. During this visit you can also appreciate Mount Aconcagua splendor, the highest mountain in America with 6960 m.a.s.l. An unpaved road that starts from the International Route, allows you to go a few kilometers to the beautiful Horcones Lagoon and the Aconcagua Provincial Park. (Access enabled only from November to February, consult). Following the International Route, we find the customs in Horcones and a few kilometers further on, on the border with Chile, Las Cuevas town located at 3200 m.a.s.l. Between Las Cuevas and the international tunnel that leads to Chile, there is a route that, depending on weather conditions, allows you to ascend to Cristo Redentor monument, located at 4200 m.a.s.l. and that symbolizes fraternity between Argentines and Chileans. In the afternoon we return to Mendoza city.
Visit to Argentinean side of the Iguazú Falls, located within Iguazú National Park. With 67.000 hs, they are made up of 275 falls thundering down from a 70-meter average height. In this section of the rainforest, we can find a huge variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies. We are on our way to Estación Central, where we will take a train to Estación Cataratas and/or Estación Garganta del Diablo. From this site, we can choose: - Upper Circuit: 800 mts trail raised above the ground surface, so as not, to block or scare away local fauna as they go by. Highlights: Dos Hermanas, Bosetti, Bernabé Méndez, and M’Bigua waterfalls. Time required for this ride: 1 h. Difficulty range: low, no stairs. - Lower Circuit: 1.600 mts trail walk above the ground surface. Highlights: Dos Hermanas, Alvar Nuñez, San Martín, Bosetti and Peñon of Bella Vista waterfalls (from Peñon we get a view of Garganta del Diablo -Devil’s Throat- and Cañón del Rio Iguazú inferior). Time required for this ride: 2 hs. Difficulty range: moderate, with stairs. -Garganta del Diablo: departing from Estación Cataratas, the train takes us to Estación Garganta. The walk along the footbridges demands 1200 mts to delight us with the spectacular balcony of the most important waterfall of the National Park: Garganta del Diablo. Time required for this ride: 2 hs. Difficulty range: low, no stairs.
Iguaçú National Park (on the Brazilian side) is 185.000 hectares long. As we get to the Visitor Center we cross the Gates individually to check the loading capacity of the Park. We immediately get into the buses that tour along within the park and take us to the 1200 trail over the Iguazú River. At this point, we get a panoramic view of the Argentinean falls, ideal to take pictures. As we go on, we can see Río Iguazú Canyon, Salto Rivadavia and Tres Mosqueteros. Towards the end of the tour, we will get to Devil’s Throat lower viewpoint 200m away. This beautiful scenery is enhanced by permanent rainbows. The tour ends at Salto Floriano where an elevator takes us to the bus parking. The other option is to walk the path and up the stairs to the meeting point.
Iguaçú National Park (on the Brazilian side) is 185.000 hectares long. As we get to the Visitor Center we cross the Gates individually to check the loading capacity of the Park. We immediately get into the buses that tour along within the park and take us to the 1200 trail over the Iguazú River. At this point, we get a panoramic view of the Argentinean falls, ideal to take pictures. As we go on, we can see Río Iguazú Canyon, Salto Rivadavia and Tres Mosqueteros. Towards the end of the tour, we will get to Devil’s Throat lower viewpoint 200m away. This beautiful scenery is enhanced by permanent rainbows. The tour ends at Salto Floriano where an elevator takes us to the bus parking. The other option is to walk the path and up the stairs to the meeting point. Represa de Itaipu panoramic tour (Itaipu Dam) Itaipu Dam is an engineering masterpiece shared by Brazil and Paraguay on the Paraná River. It is located 50 km from Iguazú Falls. This visit includes only outdoor areas in Dam and starts with a brief stop at the Interpretation Centre where a documental film describing details of the building process is shown. Then in a vehicle drive and the aid of guides, tour offers a 10 minutes stop in "Central Mirador" to get a panoramic view of the dam. In that place is a brief explanation of its general operation. After that visit continues by bus -and depending on the daily operation- also passes over the dam, with a new stop. Visit lasts 1:30 hours and can be done all year round, except on Sundays and holidays.
Iguaçú National Park (on the Brazilian side) is 185.000 hectares long. We get into a bus that tour along within the park and take us to the 1200 trail over the Iguazú River. At this point, we get a panoramic view of the Argentinean falls, ideal to take pictures. As we go on, we can see Río Iguazú Canyon, Salto Rivadavia and Tres Mosqueteros. Towards the end of the tour, we will get to Devil’s Throat lower viewpoint 200m away. This beautiful scenery is enhanced by permanent rainbows. The tour ends at Salto Floriano where an elevator takes us to the bus parking. The entrance to the Birds Park is next to the Brazilian National Park. This is an essential tour for Foz do Iguassu visitors: it allows to experience a direct contact with more than 1020 birds from about 150 different species. Discover the magnetism of native flora while you stroll along the paths of this beautiful park, easily and for the whole family.
The Protected Natural Area of Punta Tombo hosts every year –between September and April- the largest continental colony in the world of Magellanic Penguins. By the Atlantic Ocean shores, surrounded by farms dedicated to wool production, it is the place penguins choose for their reproduction. In front of the sea, half million penguins protect their nests from depredators, look for food (little fish, anchovies and squids) for their offspring, fill the air with their squawks and paint the landscape in black and white. The best time to observe them is in the morning and at sunset, when it is not so hot and penguins increase their activities. To reach Punta Tombo, it is necessary to drive about 110 miles towards the south from Puerto Madryn. The access route is mostly paved, but there are about 12 miles of gravel at the end of the road. At the entrance, the Centro Tombo provides various rooms where it is possible to learn more about the area's wildlife. Departure from hotel in the morning; we will get into the reserve to walk near the nests. A big group of penguins on the beach can be observed from a cliff. In the afternoon we return and stop in Trelew City ("Lewis town" in welsh language, Lewis Jones was one of the pioneers who came to these distant lands in the late nineteenth century). MEF E. Feruglio Paleontology Museum and visit (optional). Then continue to Gaiman Colony where the exquisite Welsh tea can be tasted (optional). Arrival in Puerto Madryn late in the afternoon.
Early in the morning we depart to Valdés Peninsula. At the entrance the fee to the World Heritage Area is paid; then arrival at the Ameghino Isthmus where we stop at the Interpretation Center. We continue to Puerto Pirámides where (between June and December) we can embark for a close encounter with the ballena franca Whale (optional). After that we visit Punta Pirámides lobería (seals settlement). Then we leave to Caleta Valdés where we will have time to have lunch (optional) and we will see an elephant seals settlement. We will pass by a penguin rookery in formation, where (between September and April) we will have the opportunity to see some specimens of the "Magellan" type from the top of a cliff. During the tour we can observe Patagonia typical fauna (maras, choiques, guanacos, and piches) and different birds. In case we fail to sail in the morning for bad weather, we will go to Pirámides Port for whales sighting. Late in the afternoon we arrive in our accommodation.
Puerto Madryn is one of the best places in the world for whale watching. The morphology of Patagonia offers calm and protected waters, where this giant mammals has chosen to get birth to their calves and for mating (as other species also do), turning this World Heritage in a huge nursery. Puerto Piramides becomes the undisputed place to watch the curious and friendly behavior of these animals aboard special boats. This village is located on Valdes Peninsula and it is the only location where whale watching boat trips are available. The boat ride has duration of 1.5 hour; visitors used to take a full day tour to Valdes Peninsula (departing from Puerto Madryn) and add a stop at Puerto Piramides for this optional boat trip. Lunch is optional.
The journey starts from Salta city to the south, along route 68 through the Lerma Valley and its historical towns. We reach Quebrada de las Conchas (the Shell´s Gorge), where wind and water erosion carved curious shapes on the rocks (The Amphitheater, Devils throat, The Toad, The Castles, among others). When we arrive to Cafayate, we visit some wineries, famous for their production of Torrontes, with special characteristics due to the particularities of the climate and land. After lunch (optional, not included) we return to Salta through the Quebrada de las Conchas (the Shells´ Gorge) and the Lerma Valley.
The journey leaves from Salta, but really begins once arrived to Purmamarca Village where time will be enough to observe the Seven Colored Hill, the Church and the Craft Market on the square, and a small walk along its narrow streets. We continue towards the town of Tilcara where we visit the Pucará (ancient ruins), the Archaeological Museum, and Huacalera, and then we cross the Capricorn Tropic, from where the colors of La Pollera del Coya Hill can be seen and really good pictures taken because of the daylight. We visit Uquía and its church, where the paintings of the Arcabuceros Angels (important vestige in the zone of the Cuzqueña School) are kept. Arrival to Humahuaca will be at noon, this town has an important Church and the Independence Monument (the Indian) of the sculptor Soto Avendaño. After lunch (not included) we’ll observe, from the route, La Paleta del Pintor (Paintor's palette) framing the town of Maimara. Return to Salta.
BUS+TRAIN+BUS: the excursion begins at Salta train station, located 10 blocks away from the main square. Check-in begins at 5:45 am, since the first bus leaves at 6:15 am while the last one leaves at 7:00 am. We travel along National Route 51, making several photo stops such as Campo Quijano, Viaducto El Toro and El Alfarcito where we have a country breakfast. Then we continue to San Antonio de los Cobres train station: at 12 noon the train departs making its highest and most emblematic route, which is the engineering work of Maury Engineer known as “La Polvorilla Viaduct” (4220 m.a.s.l.). This route is crossed twice (round trip) and a 20-minute stop is made at a panoramic point where we can descend to take pictures; then continue the return to San Antonio de los Cobres, scheduled for 3:00 pm. Here we take again the buses up to the center of this town, where we will have 1 hour and a half to walk around and have lunch (meals not included). Finally, we board the bus to return by the same route to Salta, arriving at 8:00 pm.
Leaving in the early morning along National Route 234, travelling 115 km across lush forests, crystal-clear rivers and passing by Lakes Machonico, Falkner, Villarino, Escondido, Correntoso, Espejo and Nahuel Huapi. At midday, the excursion gets to Villa la Angostura. This beautiful tourist village, its harbors, the El Messidor Residence and its gardens will be visited. Afterwards, the trip to San Carlos de Bariloche is resumed, bordering the great Lake Nahuel Huapi. Once in that city, the Civic Center and the harbor will be visited and excursionists will have some time to spare around the city. In the afternoon, the shuttle will return along until the Limay river, visiting the Anfiteatro, the Enchanted valley, with its curious shapes on the rocks, Confluencia Traful, Rinconada, until San Martín de los Andes is reached.
This tour departs from Touristic Pier and proposes a navigation through Ushuaia Bay and Beagle Channel to contemplate the city of Ushuaia, in one of its best postcards. This city offers a unique combination of mountains, sea and forests. Olivia and Cinco Hermanos hills, the Fique and Túnel ranches can also be observed. The navigation brings us closer to the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse where you can see a colony of cormorants. On the way back you can photograph the Isla de los Lobos - to enjoy this attractive marine mammal, the seal - and the Despard Island, imperial cormorants’ natural habitat. During the trip we observe Magellan cormorants and the majestic imperial cormorant, albatrosses, fullman petrels, giant petrels, squas and twenty different species of sea birds.
This tour shows us diverse panoramic view points through which we can get an idea of the building industry and demographic growth of our city. It lasts around an hour during which the guide will give us a brief explanation of Ushuaia’s background, its urban development and the changes occurred throughout times. The final stop of the tour is in front of the End of the World Museum. Known as the southernmost point of South America, 3.171 km separate Ushuaia from Buenos Aires.
The train departs from End of the World station, by the same embankment prisoners walked 100 years ago. It goes into Cañadon del Toro, cross Pipo River over "the burned bridge" where you can see Old Wooden Bridge ruins under the new railroads. Then stops at “La Macarena Cascade" where passengers will find a reconstruction of a typical settlement of an indigenous group who inhabited these lands for hundreds of years: The Yamanas. Now the train enters Tierra del Fuego National Park following the Pipo River course and continues across areas that show us traces left by prisoners in their daily routine to cut trees for nearly half a century of interrupted work. After skirting the Turbal, characteristic Tierra del Fuego soil, on which is developed a moss called Sphagnum, the train arrives at “Park Station”. Throughout the tour the visitor will be accompanied by a bilingual English-Spanish guide, explaining in detail the "prisoners Train" history. OPTIONAL TO MAKE WITH TIERRA DEL FUEGO NATIONAL PARK.
This excursion proposes to visit the only National Park located in Tierra del Fuego Island, which is located 12 km west of Ushuaia city near the border with Chile. Within the National Park you can see the local flora composed of lenga, cherry, ñires and different species of shrubs and flowers that reach a great height and that become truly beautiful during winter. Fauna is represented by both native and foreign species, such as the red fox, beaver, rabbit and different species of birds. The Park hosts wonderful landscapes such as Ensenada Bay, Roca Lake and Lapataia Bay, which will also be visited along the way, including a short walk along the lakeshore -where we will observe beavers- until reaching Lapataia Bay, located at the end of the National Route Nº 3 (Pan-American Route) 3063 Km away from Buenos Aires city. Finally, here you will feel the "End of the World"...
Visiting: United National Rambla, Giannastasio Av. Interbalnearian Road until Piriapolis seaside resort, Coast Rambla, Argentino Hotel, San Antonio Hill, (going up). Then continue to Punta Ballena (the whales point) visiting Casa Pueblo,(ticket not included). After that arriving to Punta del Este, the International seaside resort in Uruguay. There we will visit the different neighborhoods like Marconi, Cantegril, Lido, Lugano, Beverly Hills, Maldonado’s Barra, Golf, San Rafael, Brave and Mansa Beaches, Gorlero Avenue where have the center, La Candelaria Port, Great Britain square and the light house. Free time to enjoy the beach, have lunch, walking along the center or visiting the Artesanos Square. Before retuning to Montevideo, we make a stop at the Conrad Hotel to see the principal Area and the Casino. Then continue to Montevideo, and arriving at last evening hour.
If we are staying at a Hotel in Puerto Iguazú, we depart from the Hotel and cross The International Bridge ‘Tancredo Neves’ (Puente de la Fraternidad) that joins the cities of Foz do Iguazú (Brazil) and Puerto Iguazú (Argentina). Here, at the crossing of borders, we have to go through Customs at both sides of the bridge. The tour visits the Argentinean side of the Iguazú Falls, located within Iguazú National Park. With 67.000 hs, they are made up of 275 falls thundering down from a 70-meter average height. In this section of the rainforest, we can find a huge variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies. We are on our way to Estación Central, where we will take a train to Estación Cataratas and/or Estación Garganta del Diablo. From this site, we can choose: - Upper Circuit: 800 mts trail raised above the ground surface, so as not, to block or scare away local fauna as they go by. Highlights: Dos Hermanas, Bosetti, Bernabé Méndez, and M’Bigua waterfalls. Time required for this ride: 1 h. Difficulty range: low, no stairs. - Lower Circuit: 1.600 mts trail walk above the ground surface. Highlights: Dos Hermanas, Alvar Nuñez, San Martín, Bosetti and Peñon of Bella Vista waterfalls (from Peñon we get a view of Garganta del Diablo -Devil’s Throat- and Cañón del Rio Iguazú inferior). Time required for this ride: 2 hs. Difficulty range: moderate, with stairs. -Garganta del Diablo: departing from Estación Cataratas, the train takes us to Estación Garganta. The walk along the footbridges demands 1200 mts to delight us with the spectacular balcony of the most important waterfall of the National Park: Garganta del Diablo. Time required for this ride: 2 hs. Difficulty range: low, no stairs.
Drive along the downtown area of Rio until reaching the famous football stadium of “Maracanã” (inside visit not included). From there continue back through the center of town (old part of the city) passing by the Sambadrome, Modern Cathedral and Municipal theatre. Continuing via Flamengo Park until reaching Urca neighborhood and Praia Vermelha cable car Station where you will be taken to the Urca Mountain (mid-way station) with its gardens and look-out points. Then, the second part of the ride will take you to the peak of the Sugar Loaf Mountain, 400 m.a.s.l. Sugar Loaf is located in a neighborhood called Urca at the entrance of Guanabara Bay. It is group of two mountains, one called Urca Mountain and the other called Sugar Loaf. The original cable cars were inaugurated in 1912. In 1972, the construction of a new aerial path was concluded within new standards and using modern technology. Corcovado lookout is set 709 meters above sea level, at the very top of the mountain with the same name. From there, the visitor can see nearly the entire city of Rio de Janeiro. Also located at this world-famous tourist site, is the “Cristo Redentor” statue (Christ, the Redeemer). Corcovado is set right in the "Tijuca Rainforest National Park” (the largest urban park in the world) which is in the heart of the city of Rio, being considered by locals as the “lung of the city”. A cogwheel train, constructed by Swiss engineers, takes visitors up–passing lovely parts of the forest allowing visitors to have panoramic views of the city while climbing up. Finally, after reaching the mountain top, escalators are available as well as elevator to assist passengers reaching the statue – which stands on its 28 meters of height. And the most marvelous view of the city!