We recommend this program for travelers that do not have much time and want to have an introduction to Argentina Patagonia. The program begins in Buenos Aires where you will have the chance to enjoy the best steak in the world (as we say), some tango lessons and the way of life of Porteños (citizens of Buenso Aires). The program continue at Ushuaia (“the southern most city in the world). Amazing natural landscapes sorrounds the city. Tierra del Fuego National Park is a must for the first day. For the second day we suggest exploring Beagle channel where we will find penguins (from Sep till March), seals and Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse on the way. We will follow the program in Calafate (“National Capital of Glaciers”). It is possible to speak hours about the incredible glaciers of this area. Perito Moreno glacier is the jewell of Calafate and probably also of Argentina. If you have some extra days available we suggest visiting El Chalten (“National Capital of Trekking”). Fitz Roy mount and Torre mount are the main atraction of the area and the trekking path that arrives to the base of these mountains are highly recommended.
Day 1 - Buenos Aires
Arrival at Buenos Aires Airport (Ezeiza – EZE). Transfer to the hotel Day ay leisure.
Day 2 - Buenos Aires
Breakfast. In the morning city tour in Buenos Aires. This tour gives you the emotion of a multiple Buenos Aires. We will visit the most characteristic places of the “Paris of America”. The Obelisk, Colon Theatre, Recoleta Cemetery, May square (surrounded by the cathedral, the Cabildo, and the pink house where the president works) are some of the highlights that we will include in the tour. We will also visit La Boca neighborhood which was seat of immigrants – mainly Italians – and now home of some artists; San Telmo, traditional neighborhood where Tango performances can be seen in many bars and restaurants; the elegant Recoleta, and the most modern: Puerto Madero.
At night we suggest going to a Tango Show.
Day 3 - Buenos Aires
Breakfast. Day at leisure. We suggest: Gaucho Party excursion. In this tour we will find the gaucho´s county side life and the peaceful and kind town where he lives. That is why the argentine Pampa is part of our tradition.
The asado (barbecue), gaucho´s activities and abilities, dances, and folk games are some of the options to enjoy. Pampa is like this, gauchos, fields, traditions, crafts, a tour to learn and enjoy. This full day tour includes lunch.
Day 4 - Buenos Aires - Ushuaia
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for flight to Ushuaia (USH). Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure, we suggest visiting the Museum of the Old Prison of Ushuaia.
Day 5 - Ushuaia
Breakfast. In the morning excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. On this Half day trip, we will visit the only National Park of the Island. It is located 12km to the west of Ushuaia City, near the Chilean border.
In the National Park, we will watch the local flora made of lengas, cherry tree, ñires, and different species of shrubs and flowers. The fauna comprises local and introduced species such as red wolves, beavers, rabbits and many bird species (more than 90 species). Ensenada Bay, Roca Lake and Lapataia Lake are the touristic places that we will visit. We will also do a short walk along the shore of the lake where we will see beavers and reach Lapataia Bay located at the end of the National Route N 3:3063 km distance from Buenos Aires city.
Day 6 - Ushuaia
Breakfast. Day at leisure. We suggest: Tour to Fagnano and Escondidos Lakes. The tour starts very early in the morning. We depart from the cit and take national route 3, heeding north. During the trip, we will pass by several mountains ranges and part of the Andes where we will discover sphagnum bog valleys, glaciers and cascades in the middle of the Patagonian Forest. Once in Paso Garibaldi (450 mts on the level of the sea), we will be able to see spectacular views of the lakes Escondido and Fagano. After that, we will make a short stop at Lake Escondido so as to see the esmerald-green waters and such beautiful landscape. We will begin the decrease up to coming to the zone of the sawmills, especially to the sawmill Martínez, today deactivated, on the coast of the Lake Fagnano, located 100 Km north from Ushuaia; one of the biggest lakes in South America. From there we will initiate the return to the city, stopping before to taste the typical roast of lamb fueguino.
Day 7 - Ushuaia - El Calafate
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for flight to Calafate (FTE). Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Day at leisure.
Day 8 - El Calafate
Breakfast. Full day tour to Perito Moreno Glacier. We will drive 80km next to Argentino Lake until we reach Los Glaciares National park. It is incredible how different it is the vegetation next to Andes. We will drive following Brazo Rico (arm of Argentino Lake) till we arrive to the whisper turn, there we will find the amazing Perito Moreno Glacier.
We will park in the footbridge area where we will admire the Perito Moreno Glacier and witness the fall of ice blocks from a close distance. At the beginning of the footbridge area, the guide will give us a brief explanation and show the way. Before reaching the first balcony, you will observe the plate with the statement of World Heritage of Mankind, granted by the UNESCO in 1981; and farther on, two informative stands about glacier processes and the formation of the Perito Moreno in particular.
Every viewpoint offers a new perspective. From the entrance of the footbridge area, there is a distance of 400 meters to the lowest balcony, the closest to the front of the glacier. The intermediate balcony is the best place to appreciate the northern area of the glacier with a good sight of the Canal de los Témpanos and towards the left of this viewpoint is the second balcony, right opposite the glacier.
Even if the largest glaciers in the Park are the Viedma and the Upsala, the Perito Moreno is a large sized glacier located only 200 meters over sea level, which enables to reach its very front easily, not like the other glaciers, which can only be accessed sailing for a while.
Day 9 - El Calafate
Breakfast. Day at leisure. We suggest Tour Navigation River of Ice. Another extraordinary excursion recommended in El Calafate is the navigation to the northern arm of the Lake Argentino. In this excursion we will watch the amazing Upsala glacier that is the biggest glacier of the south area of the National Park. Also we will se the Spegazzini Glacier that has the highest wall of the park, 135 meters and the Onellis Glacier. Plenty of icebergs will be moving around the catamaran during the whole tour.
Day 10 - El Calafate - Buenos Aires
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for flight to Buenos Aires. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 11 - Buenos Aires
Breakfast. Transfer to Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) for International flight.