Western Argentina Tour
DAY 1: Buenos Aires
Arrival to Buenos Aires. (NOT on Wednesdays) Regular transfer from Ezeiza International Airport with the Hostel Shuttle. Check in at selected accommodation
DAY 2: Buenos Aires
Breakfast. 9 am City Tour: Discover the beauty and wonders of Buenos Aires, view the National Congress, The Metropolitan Cathedral next to the Government House in May Square area. Visit the Colon Theater, one of the most important opera houses in Latin America and San Telmo, traditional neighborhood where Tango performances can be seen in many bars and restaurants. Stop at La Boca colorful neighborhood, which was seat of immigrants - mainly Italians - and now home of some artists.
Enjoy Palermo, an area that combines its architecture and history with entertainment and amusement in its green spaces. Finally, La Recoleta, an exclusive and elegant neighborhood where the famous cemetery is found.
DAY 3: Buenos Aires
Breakfast. Free Day. In the evening (7 pm), Tango show with dinner. In the very heart of Buenos Aires, this refurbished historic "conventillo" is a classic building of the "porteño" culture. A Tango Show is a trip to older times.
Professional artists will show you their best art, singing songs and dancing typical pieces, shared with the best tango orchestras. The show consists of several parts in which you can appreciate 2 tango orchestras, a folkloric group, dancers and singers.
DAY 4: Buenos Aires-Mendoza
Breakfast and check out at 11 am. In the evening, departure to Mendoza by night bus.
DAY 5: Mendoza
Arrival in Mendoza. Check in. At 2.30 pm, Half Day Winery Tour: These Tour runs among vineyards in the areas of Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu. You will experience the work culture brought by of immigrants, using irrigation techniques (canals and ditches) inherited from the former Huarpes Indians. They managed to change a vast desert into a productive river oasis. This is the scene of the settlement of prestigious wineries, which represent Argentine wines in the world with high quality wines.You will visit two wineries, one with traditional organic methods and the other that uses the latest avaliable technology. Guided by professionals in winemaking, you will learn about the vinification methods and processes, bottling and labelling of wines, in the end of the tour you will taste the different grapes that the wineries offer. Departure: 2.30 pm. Sundays 08.30 am
DAY 6: Mendoza
Breakfast. 7 am: Aconcagua Valley Day Trip (Alta Montaña): The Tour offers a variety of colors and sceneries. Early in the morning along the river Mendoza, get a view of the majestic mountain range called Cordon del Plata and the Potrerillos dam, colossal work for hydraulic power generation and water distribution for irrigation.
Your next visit will be Uspallata, pre-Hispanic settlement of Huarpes indians and the southern last point of the Inca Empire.
Here you will see the Vaults of Uspallata, historic "adobe" (mud) buildings, that were used by the chaplain Fray Luis Beltran for casting cannons and guns.
Afterwards you will visit the villages of Picheuta, Polvareda, Punta de Vacas and Los Penitentes ski resort. Free time for the use of chair lift to enjoy beautiful panoramic views.
Later, you will find Puente de Inca along your route, a huge natural bridge with strands of hot springs.
Continuing the road and 2750 meters above sea level you will reach the viewpoint of Cerro Aconcagua, the colossus of America (6959 meters high), from where you are going to the Laguna Horcones and the Aconcagua Provincial Park.
Following the international route to reach your last destination, Las Cuevas, an European-style village located 3200 meters above sea level. Back to town at 7 - 8 pm
DAY 7: Mendoza-Bariloche
Breakfast. Check out at 11 am. In the evening, night bus to Bariloche.
DAY 8: Bariloche
Arrival in Bariloche in the evening. Trasfer to selected accommodation and check in.
DAY 9: Bariloche
Breakfast. At 2.30 pm, Mt Campanario and Circuito Chico Half Day excursion: The Tour starts in Bariloche along Bustillo Avenue with an amazing view of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Right at the km. 8 of the road you will find Playa Bonita, from where you can see Huemul Island. Later on, after traversing different landscapes, you will arrive at the foot of Mt. Campanario.
There is a chairlift that visitors can use to get to the 1500mts of the hill. There is a tearoom on top and also a terrace where you can admire one of the most complete and beautiful views of northern Patagonia.
Returning to the tour along Bustillo Avenue, the bus enters San Pedro Peninsula.
At the km. 23 of Bustillo Avenue you will reach Villa Llao Llao, site of the San Eduardo Chapel, a jewel of regional architecture and place of the magnificent Llao Llao hotel.
From there the route goes through the Llao Llao Peninsula.
After bordering Lake Escondido at km. 33, the road passes over Narrow Bridge Creek, that separates the Moreno Lake from Nahuel Huapi Lake. At km40 you will reach the famous Panoramic Point of 945 meters high, where you can appreciate the majesty of the landscape that make up the Lake Moreno and the Llao Llao Peninsula.
DAY 10: Bariloche
Breakfast. Tronador Excursion OR Isla Victoria and Arrayanes Forest Boat Excursion. (on request or depending on weather conditions)
The Tronador Multitrek excursion starts from Bariloche at 9am approx. heading south along route 40 through lakes Gutierrez and Mascardi and then to enter the southern part of the Nahuel Huapi National Park. The first stop is the path that leads to the Laguna Los Moscos where you will do a hiking for approx 1hr. You will pass by a road of incredible vegetation that leads to the viewpoint of Lake Los Moscos.
Then continue your route with the mini bus for the second hike to the Caesars waterfall. In this case 1 hour and 30 minutes walk approx. where you will enjoy one of the most beautiful places in the National Park with its lookouts and waterfalls.
On the return, the vehicle will continue along the valley of the river bordering Vuriloches to appreciate the gentle presence of Mount Tronador (the highest in the area with 3,554 mts.) with glaciers descending down its slopes.
You will make a stop at Pampa Linda for lunch (not included) and then continue to the Black Glacier, the only Black Glacier in Patagonia, where you will have another walk to the lookout (20min approx) and enjoy the Glacier uniqueness. You will return to Bariloche arriving approx. at 7.30 pm.
Isla Victoria and Arrayanes Forest Boat Excursion:
The traditional excursion of the Nahuel Huapi National Park. Setting sail from Puerto Pañuelo and after an hour navigation, arriving at Quetrihue Peninsula, where you will admire the magnificence of the only Arrayanes forest in the world.
Walking through a decked path you will gaze at centennial trees.
From a botanical point of view, the Arrayan is a plant classified as a bush which only grows like a tree in this area. It has a cinnamon color with a thin bark which upon coming off, leaves white spots which give this tree its unique look.
Then you set sail to Victoria Island on a 40 min trip, arriving at Puerto Anchorena. There you will be able to visit a coniferous nursery, walking through paths and natural viewpoints where you will be able to admire the magnificent beauty of the place. One of the paths leads us to Playa del Toro, where cave paintings can be seen, and visit a volcanic sand beach. Along this walk your National Park guides will show you and inform you every detail related to this excursion.
DAY 11: Bariloche
Breakfast. Check out. Airport or Bus Station drop off.
|Western Argentina Tour 10 Nights|
|Buenos Aires + Mendoza + Bariloche|
|Prices:||1 August 2016 - 31 December 2017|
Validity: 1 August 2016 – 31 December 2017
- 3 nights Accommodation in Buenos Aires at selected basis with breakfast.
- Ezeiza International Airport pickup.
- Buenos Aires City Tour AM or PM 3 hours
- Tango Show with Dinner, Drinks and transfers.
- Bus from Buenos Aires to Mendoza
- 2 nights Accommodation in Mendoza at selected basis with breakfast.
- Half Day Wineries Tour
- Full Day Aconcagua Valley Excursion
- Bus from Mendoza to Bariloche
- 3 nights accommodation in Bariloche at selected basis with breakfast.
- Bariloche Bus Station pickup and Airport or Bus Station drop off
- Mt Campanario and Circuito Chico half day Excursion
- Tronador Excursion OR Isla Victoria and Bosque de Arrayanes Navigation.
- Transfers to Mendoza Bus Station.
- Transfers to Buenos Aires Bus Station.
- Transfer in from Ezeiza in different hours than the regular timetable.
- Entrance fee to Nahuel Huapi National Park (aprox 10 USD per person)
- Chairlift at Mt Campanario and Circuito Chico Excursion
- Meals not specified in itinerary
- Towels, in case of Hostel Dorm Room