Active Argentina

Active Argentina

Highlights of Argentina Argentina

15 days / 14 nights
From October to April
Places visited
Buenos Aires, Bariloche, El Chaltén, Calafate, Ushuaia

What´s included

• Daily breakfast, all transfers, tours with bilingual guides and local taxes.
• 2 nights of accommodation at selected hotel in Buenos Aires.
• 3 nights of accommodation at selected hotel in Bariloche.
• 3 nights of accommodation at selected hotel in El Chalten.
• 3 nights of accommodation at selected hotel in El Calafate.
• 3 nights of accommodation at Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa in Ushuaia.
• 1 Half Day Classic City Tour in Buenos Aires.
• 1 Dinner & Show at Tango Porteño VIP with Tango Lesson in Buenos Aires.
• 1 Half Day Bariloche History and Nature in Bariloche.
• 1 Full Day Kayak & Hiking in Mascardi Lake in Bariloche.
• 1 Full Day Trekking to Fitz Roy and Laguna de Los Tres in El Chalten.
• 1 Full Day Trekking to Laguna Torre in El Chalten.
• 1 Full Day Big Ice Tour in El Calafate.
• 1 Full Day Marpatag Navigation in El Calafate.
• 1 Full Day Trails in The Park in Ushuaia.
• 1 Full Day Penguin Colony in Ushuaia.

Not included

• International & domestic flights.
• Meals and drinks other than those mentioned.
• Tips or personal expenses.
• Travel insurance.
• Optional tours and experiences.
• Any items not mentioned.

Detailed description

Day 1
Buenos Aires

Upon arrival at Buenos Aires Airport, private transfer to selected hotel.

Day 2
Buenos Aires
Half Day Buenos Aires Classic City Tour

Enjoy a 4-hour private sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city that reflects the rich heritage of the numerous immigrants that shaped Argentina’s capital. The tour begins at the historic Plaza de Mayo square, the scene of many 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. Further south visit the picturesque port neighborhood of La Boca with its famous colorful street “Caminito” and the unique architecture and customs that reflect the influence of the European immigrants, especially Genovese sailors, who settled along these shores at the end of the 19th century. 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 districts of Puerto Madero and Palermo neighborhood with its elegant residences set among large green spaces. The tour concludes in Recoleta, Buenos Aires’ most sophisticated and upscale neighborhood.

Dinner & Show at Tango Porteño VIP with Tango Lesson

Tango Porteño recreates the Golden Age of tango, an Argentine passion that caught global attention for decades even today. The show’s meticulous scenery and costumes create the ultimate framework to transport you to that enchanting time when all of Buenos Aires was about Tango. The show is a travel back in time to the glory days of Buenos Aires when tango was “enjoyed and breathed” in every corner of the city. All the stars of the Golden Age of Tango live together, the great orchestras of Canaro, Fresedo, Piazzolla, De Caro, Gobbi, Biagi, De Angelis, Di Sarli, D´Arienzo, Lomuto, D´Agostino, 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. A truly unforgettable experience.

Transfers included to/from the hotel. Tango lesson included.

Day 3
Buenos Aires / Bariloche

At appropriate time, private transfer to the airport for your flight to Bariloche.

Upon arrival, private transfer to selected hotel.

Day 4
Half Day Bariloche History & 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 known attractions such as the Campanario Hill. 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 the 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 5
Full Day Kayak & Hiking in Mascardi Lake

This is a very complete excursion that combines coastal kayaking and hiking in the Nahuel Huapi National Park. Starts in the morning following National Road 40 in the south direction until entering the National Park and reaching the beach in the Mascardi Lake where the kayak activity will take place. After lunch, a nature-oriented hike will let you enjoy this amazing environment of evergreen forests and blue lakes. We return to town in the afternoon.

Included: Country lunch 
Kayaking time: 2 hours 
Hiking Time: 1 hour 
Level of difficulty: Easy – Moderate

Day 6
Bariloche / El Calafate / El Chalten

At appropriate time, private transfer to the airport for your flight to El Calafate.

Upon arrival, private transfer to selected hotel in El Chalten (3 ½ hours ride).

Day 7
El Chalten
Full Day Trekking to Laguna de Los Tres / Mount Fitz Roy

The trek begins at the Laguna de los Tres trailhead. After an hour of uphill walking, arrive at the first lookout of Mount Fitz Roy. Another 2-hour walk leads to the Rio Blanco campsite. From here it is one more hour along the trail to reach Laguna de los Tres. At this lake, hikers are rewarded with sweeping views of Mount Fitz Roy. Laguna Sucia and Lago Viedma are also visible in the distance. Enjoy a packed lunch and a bit of rest before continuing the hike along the Rio Blanco valley for views of Piedras Blancas Glacier. The last part of the trail takes one more hour and leads to El Pilar Lodge where a private car waits for the transfer back to El Chalten (11 mi/17km).

Day 8
El Chalten
Full Day Trekking to Laguna Torre

The path to the Torre Lagoon begins in town and after a slight slope, it goes through a small ñire forest. From this point, the circuit gains altitude and follows the course of the Fitz Roy River until reaching a viewpoint at the river’s deep canyon and to Margarita Cascade. The surrounding landscape is the Fitz Roy River valley and its winding course of water framed by the unique Solo Mount; the background is the Adela Mountain Chain and the huge Torre Mount. After an hour of walking, arrive at Torre Mount Viewpoint, where a short stop will allow you to admire the magnificent landscape: Torre Mount and its glaciers.

Back on the path, huge lenga forests will be crossed as well as millennial glacial moraines and bottomlands originated by old river courses. Along the way, plenty of birds will be appreciated, like the Magellanic Woodpecker, one of the largest in the world. After two hours, reach Torre Lagoon, often inhabited by astonishing icebergs, a result of Torre Glacier’s front fallings.

Different paths over the glacial moraine allow access to viewpoints. At the Fitz Roy River’s source, zip lines can be found; these are used by climbers to get to Torre Glacier and to approach the mountain’s base to begin the climb. Visit the De Agostini Camp, used as a Base Camp by climbers from all over the world and it’s full of typical Patagonian wildflowers in Spring. After a break for lunch, return to El Chaltén.

Box lunch included.

Length: Between 7 and 8 Hours – 19 km round trip

Difficulty: Low to Medium

Experience required: Fit. No trekking experience required.

Each participant must have the following personal equipment: small backpack, water, hat, sun glasses, waterproof jacket, polar sweater, gloves, sunscreen and trekking shoes.

Day 9
El Chalten / El Calafate

At appropriate time, private transfer to selected hotel in El Calafate.

Day 10
El Calafate
Full Day Big Ice Tour

This unforgettable experience begins very early in the morning, at “Bajo de las Sombras” Port, after visiting the Glacier’s catwalks.  Once on board, participants cross the Rico Branch, and after 10 minutes they disembark on the West Coast. From this point, the mountain guides lead the group even closer to the glacier to take the crampons and start the approximation crossing.

The path runs along the southern moraine of Perito Moreno glacier, and after an hour participants find a spectacular viewpoint, from where they will have access to the ice.

Once over the glacier and with the crampons already put on, the world takes a new perspective: blue lagoons, deep crevasses, huge sinks, magical caves, and the unique feeling of being in the center of the glacier. Participants will always be accompanied by expert-trained guides. During three hours and a half every corner of the most special glacier of the world is explored, while the guides invite you to learn more about the ice and its environment.

Over a selected spot of this immense white blanket, a place of unparalleled beauty, participants will have 30 minutes for lunch.

Once back on the moraine, and after another hour of walking, the boat back to “civilization” is taken, after having enjoyed one of the most spectacular ice trekking in the world.


Included: National Park entrance fee.

Not included: Box Lunch.

Tour duration: Between 10 and 11 Hours.

Difficulty: High.


Note: This excursion due to the physical requirement and difficulty of the terrain is only suitable for people between 18 and 50 years of age and who have a good physical condition, considering that you will walk around 7 hours in total, between ice and forest.

Day 11
El Calafate
Full Day Marpatag Navigation

Transfer from the hotel to Punta Bandera to board an expeditionary boat to navigate Argentino Lake, through Spegazzini canal to Spegazzini glacier for a close-up look at the glacier, rising 80 to 135 meters (262 – 443 feet) above the lake; disembarking on a tranquil area for a guided trek tour. Then, sail to Upsala Glacier, where the lake is packed with a dazzling array of colorful and odd-shaped ice floes. Weather permitting, observe the Upsala glacier from a distance. Lunch onboard amidst this stunning landscape. Navigation to Canal de los Témpanos towards the Northern face of the Perito Moreno Glacier.

Note: the itinerary is subject to change based on the captain’s criteria to guarantee passenger safety.

Transfers to/from the hotel and Premium Gourmet Experience included.

OPTIONAL: End the excursion at Moreno Port at no additional charge.

Day 12
El Calafate / Ushuaia

At appropriate time, private transfer to the airport for your flight to Ushuaia.

Upon arrival, private transfer to Los Cauquenes hotel.

Day 13
Half Day Trails in the Park

Tierra del Fuego National Park is located 12 km away from the city of Ushuaia, where the sub-Antarctic Forest, the Beagle Channel, and the Andes Mountains meet. In the vicinity of the National Park, the End of the World Train is found, whose service is optional at an additional cost. The National Route N3 will allow you to travel 21 km that separates you from the access to the famous Lapataia Bay, which attracts visitors from all over the world, not only for its beauty but also for being the end of the Pan-American Highway system, which starts in Alaska. The winding road will give you unique landscapes of the End of the World´s colors, lakes, and mountains.

Duration: 4 hrs.

Day 14
Full Day Penguin Colony

Sail along the Beagle Channel watching the sea life. Depart from the dock of the city of Ushuaia in your exclusive boat Akawaia. At the Beagle Channel, you will observe Imperial Cormorants colonies and other seabirds such as Rock Cormorants, Steamer Ducks, Kelp Geese, Kelp Gulls, Gray Gulls, Antarctic Pigeons, Southern Giant Petrels, Tussac Birds, Black-Browed Albatross, and South American Terns. Observe colonies of Sea Lions with one or two hairs and visit Les Eclaireurs lighthouse. Continue sailing towards the east to observe places such as Estancia Remolino, Punta Paraná, Puerto Williams, and Puerto Almanza. Observe Gable Island and sail alongside it to reach Martillo Island, where the world’s southernmost colony of Magellanic Penguins is found. You will observe this species from outside the boat and you will also be able to observe Gentoo Penguins, which are found in this colony in smaller numbers.

Duration: 6 hrs.

Day 15
Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

At appropriate time, transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires.

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