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Buenos Aires, Bariloche & El Calafate
This tour combines city lifestyle and the tranquility of the Andes mountain range. Visit the key attractions and enjoy the most vibrant tango show in Buenos Aires. Then, travel to Bariloche and Calafate, two destinations that are top in Patagonia. Bariloche, locally compared to a swiss alps region, stay at the luxurious Llao Llao resort and enjoy a plentiful of activities. In Calafate feel and discover the magnificent nature.
- International & Domestic flights
- Daily breakfast, all transfers, tours with bilingual guides, and local taxes
- 3 nights accommodation in double room at Serena Hotel in Buenos Aires
- 1 half-day Classic City tour & Street Art Tour in Buenos Aires
- 1 Dinner Tango Porteño in Buenos Aires
- 4 nights accommodation in double room at Llao Llao Hotel in Bariloche
- 1 half-day Bariloche History and Nature in Bariloche
- 1 full-day Puerto Blest and Lago Frias in Bariloche
- 1 full-day tour Exploration of Tristeza Sound in Bariloche
- 3 nights accommodation in double room at Xelena Hotel in El Calafate
- 1 half-day visit Estancia Nibepo Aiken in El Calafate
- 1 full-day visit Perito Moreno with Glaciarium & Ice bar in El Calafate
- 1 full-day Marpatag Navigation in Calafate
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- Meals and drinks other than those mentioned
- Tips and personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Optional tours and experiences
- Any items not mentioned
from US$ 4,736*Per Person
*Price per person in US$, based on std. room in 4– and 5-star accommodations, subject to availability and may change without notice. Airfare included. Please read terms and conditions. Insurance is highly recommended. This is an exclusive promotion through Borello Travel & Tours.
Day 01: Buenos Aires
Upon arrival, transfer to Serena Hotel.
Day 02: Buenos Aires
Half day classic city tour & Street Art Tour
Enjoy a three-hour sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city that reflects the rich heritage of the numerous immigrants that shaped Argentina’s capital. The tour starts at the historic Plaza de Mayo square, the scene of influential political manifestations. The square is flanked by the Government House, better known as the "Pink House”; the Cabildo (the old City Hall) and the Cathedral. The tour continues towards San Telmo, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. Settled by immigrants, the neighborhood has preserved most of its architectonic heritage and boasts lovely cobblestone streets lined with colonial houses. Next on the tour are the modern, well-heeled district of Puerto Madero and Palermo neighborhood with its elegant residences set among large green spaces.
Also, discover the exciting visual creations of graffiti artists. Street artists have a low profile, however, their language is so rich and complex, that many top fashion designer has invited them to work with them. During this tour you will not only explore the best graffiti art and big murals in Buenos Aires, but also the stories behind the artists. Enjoy another side of the city! Return to the hotel.
Day 03: Buenos Aires
Dinner & Show at Tango Porteño (with a complimentary Tango Lesson)
Tango Porteño recreates the golden age of the forties, which is unquestionably known as the reign of the tango, the great Argentinean passion. Here you will travel through time in the glory days of Buenos Aires when tango was enjoyed and breathed in every corner of the city. Tango Porteño is a marvelous space where all the stars of the Golden Age of Tango live together. During the magical decade the great orchestras of Canaro, Fresedo, Piazzolla, De Caro, Gobbi, Biagi, De Angelis, Di Sarli, D´Arienzo, Lomuto, D´Agostino, and of course the unforgettables both Troilo and Pugliese developed to their full potential in a wholesome but demanding rivalry and challenged each other at the Chanteclair, Marabú, Tabaris, Tibidabo and many other ballrooms. The meticulous scenery and costumes at the Tango Porteño create the ultimate framework to transport you to that enchanting time when all Buenos Aires was Tango - an unforgettable experience.
Day 04: Buenos Aires – Bariloche
At appropriate time, transfer to the airport for your flight to Bariloche.
From Bariloche airport, transfer to Llao Llao Hotel Hotel.
Day 05: Bariloche
Half day Bariloche History and Nature
Get to know the history and geography of Bariloche with this half-day tour of the classic highlights of San Carlos de Bariloche.
Visit well know attractions such as the Campanario Hill and the Llao-Llao Hotel. The guide will explain how this little mountain village has transformed into one of the most attractive tourist destinations and outdoor adventure capitals of Patagonia.
Admire the scenic beauty of Lake Moreno and Lake Nahuel Huapi and take in great views of Lopez and Capilla mountains. Get a close-up look at nature with a guided walk through an impressive stand of native forest in the Llao-Llao Nature Park. Conclude the excursion with a visit to a traditional Microbrewery for lunch and a beer tasting. Return to hotel. (Campanario Hill chairlift ticket not included)
Includes: lunch with beer tasting.
Walking time: 1hr.
Day 06: Bariloche
Puerto Blest and Lago Frias
Setting out by boat from Puerto Pañuelo (Pañuelo Port,) on the Llao Llao peninsula, and after one hour of sailing, you’ll arrive at Centinela Island, resting place of Perito Francisco Pascasio Moreno, father of National Parks in Argentina, followed by a visit to Cascada de los Cántaros (Cántaros Waterfall.) Later on, a walk through the lush vegetation of the Valdivian rainforest, arriving at Lago Cántaros (Cántaros Lake,) the mouth of the waterfall, where you can witness the overwhelming sight of a 1,500-year-old larch tree. A short 5 minute sail later, you will finally arrive at Puerto Blest, a place that has amazed tourists from all over the world. From there, you’ll be able to tour the bay and the shores of Lago Frías and its peculiar green waters, which originate at one of the glaciers on Cerro Tronador, the natural border between Argentina and Chile.
Day 07: Bariloche
Full day Exploration of Tristeza Sound
Experience the stunning, rugged beauty of Patagonia with this full day tour to Brazo Tristeza, the most remote and least- visited arm of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Set out by boat along this deep glacial fjord, a wonderland of beautiful mountains and waterfalls. Disembark for a hike through the forest, made up of such native tree species as coihues and alerces. The trail leads to an idyllic series of waterfalls on the River Frey. Upon return from the walk, enjoy a delicious lunch aboard the boat. (Duration of walk: 1.30 hrs )
Day 08: Bariloche – El Calafate
At appropriate time, private transfer to the airport for your flight to El Calafate.
From Calafate airport, transfer to Xelena Hotel.
Half Day Visit to Nibepo Aike Ranch
Nibepo Aike retains the essence of the old Patagonian estancias. It covers an area of over 12,000 hectares, bounded by the Southern Arm of Lago Argentino and the border with Chile, set in the Andes mountain range. Dedicated to cattle rearing with a breeding herd of Hereford and many remnants from the times when sheep production was at its height, it is an ideal spot for immersing yourself in the life of an authentic Patagonian estancia.
Included: Lunch or Dinner, quiet hike and “Gauchos” proofs(*): reins testing, horse’s meekness and the expected manual sheep- shearing demonstration, unique in the area for its characteristics, joined to an explanation about wool’s classification and baling.
(*) The “Gauchos” proofs depend on weather conditions.
Horseback riding is available at an additional cost.
Day 09: El Calafate
Full Day Perito Moreno Glacier
Departure from your hotel to Perito Moreno Glacier, situated inside Los Glaciares National Park, driving some 80 km (50 miles) from El Calafate, partially along a gravel road. The first half of the drive is through the typical Patagonian steppe, with broom sedges (a hard and thorny type of grass) and 'calafates' (bushes of the barberry family, known for their yellow flowers and violet fruits). Along the way, one can see Lago Argentino while keeping an eye out for a variety of interesting bird species, particularly Condors. As one approaches the National Park, the landscape changes dramatically, with vegetation becoming much thicker, dominated by species from the Andine-Patagonian forest such as beech trees and shrubs, and the rumbling of blocks of ice breaking off Perito Moreno Glacier start to make its impression. Perito Moreno is an imposing ice river measuring some 30 km (19 mi) long and 5 km (3 mi) wide, with a front wall that reaches 60 meters (100-195 feet) above the lake, and ice that reaches a depth of 250 to 350 meters (800-1,150 feet). The impressive creaking and squealing, with the occasional thunderous roars is a stark reminder of the glacier’s constant movement. The glacier’s breathtaking beauty and magnificent scenery have earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Designation. Walk the trails by the western wall to admire this impressive wonder of nature from different points of view. (National Park entrance fee not included)
Glaciarium & Ice Bar
With its evocative architecture resembling the walls of a glacier, Glaciarium takes visitors on a tour of the fascinating world of ice and glaciers. Delve into this fun and innovative museum packed with interactive displays and entertaining visuals to learn more about the glaciers and the Patagonian Ice field.
Visitors are greeted by the sound of melting ice. Exhibits explain the formation of the region’s impressive glaciers and tell the history of famous explorers and scientists. Beautiful photographs by great Argentinean photographers like Florian von der Fletch, Daniel Wagner and Andrew Bonetti are also in display.
Enjoy a bird’s eye view of a glacier and experience what it feels like to be inside of one. The Glaciarium also features a space dedicated to Perito Francisco Pascasio Moreno, founder of the national park and an emblematic figure who was fully dedicated to preserving the Patagonian landscape.
The 90-seat auditorium shows excellent animations and 3D movies of the Patagonian landscape and the glaciers, and other exclusive productions.
The ECO SHOP, the first of its kind in Patagonia, offers a diverse collection of sustainable souvenirs and products, produced from recycled scrap material and other environmentally friendly resources.
The Glaciarium CAFÉ serves lunch, tea and dinner with incredible views of Argentino Lake and the Andes mountains.
Also visit the unique Glacio Bar, Argentina’s first ICE Bar. Everything here is made of ice; the walls, the bar, the tables, the stools, all 100% pure glacier ice. The ambient temperature is -10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit), but great lighting and music create a warm ambiance.
Admission includes free consumption of white spirits, aperitifs, liqueurs and soft drinks. To keep warm, guests are provided with coats, special gloves and boot. Return to the hotel.
Day 10: El Calafate
Full day MarPatag Navigation (Premium Gourmet Glaciers)
Maria Turquesa Cruiser was recently constructed in naval aluminum. Its maximum capacity is for 200 passengers.
The tour commences with a transfer from the hotel to Paraje Punta Bandera to board the boat at 8:30 a.m. at the company’s private dock “La Soledad” (Bahía Tranquila, Paraje Punta Bandera). The boat sets course to Lago Argentino towards the south, passing through the Spegazzini Canal to reach the Spegazzini glacier for a close-up look at this glacier that rises 80 to 135 meters (262 – 443 feet) above the lake. Arrival at Puesto de Las Vacas (a quiet and remote bay in the Spegazzini Canal) where travelers disembark for a guided walking tour with panoramic views of Spegazzini glacier.
After two hours of sailing, the boat approaches Upsala Glacier, where the lake is packed with a dazzling array of colorful and odd-shaped ice floes. The boat stops in front of the barrier of ice floes that block the entrance to Canal Upsala. Weather permitting, observe the Upsala glacier from a distance.
Lunch is served aboard amidst this stunning landscape.
Navigation along Canal de los Témpanos towards the Northern face of the Perito Moreno Glacier.
Back onboard, the boat returns via the Brazo Norte to La Soledad private dock at approximately 6.30 p.m.
OPTIONAL: End the excursion at Moreno Port at no additional charge.
(National Park entrance fee not included)
Note: the itinerary is subject to change based on the captain’s criteria to guarantee passenger safety.
Day 11: El Calafate
At appropriate time, private transfer to the airport for your flight.
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Tour descriptions and approximate times are for informational purposes only. Some places described may be substituted and/or approximate times may be subject to change, due to unexpected circumstances or weather conditions.