Iguazu Falls & El Calafate Adventure



Iguazu Falls & El Calafate Adventure

The Iguazu Falls, (Iguassu Falls) of the Iguazu River are in the northeastern corner of Argentina along the border with Brazil. The Iguazu Falls are the largest waterfalls system in the world. At the heart of this site is a semicircular waterfall, some 80m high and 2,700m in diameter. The Iguazu River is surrounded with subtropical rainforest, home to a wide variety of wildlife including; giant anteaters, howler monkeys, jaguars and caymans.

This tour features the highlights of Argentina covering three important geographical regions; Los Glacier national park in the south, the Pampas around Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls with Yacutinga Wildlife & Nature Reserve in the north. The tour begins in vibrant Buenos Aires and travels to El Calafate; gateway to Glaciers National Park. Also visit the famous Perito Moreno Glacier and Los Glaciers National Park. Transfer to Iguazú Falls and Yacutinga Wildlife & Nature Reserve.

And, experience gaucho culture in the Pampas and traditional estancia lifestyle.

What We Love
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Customise your own itinerary to create a holiday of your dream.
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • Around-the-clock support with our local contacts at our associate offices throughout South America.
What to Know
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience and may require walking on rough surfaces. 
  • Bring proper walking gear and outdoor clothing for both summer and winter. Do not forget your skin and eye protection items.
  • Please check with us for clothing and equipment you should take on this trip.
  • We offer 24/7 support during your tour to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Iguazu Falls & El Calafate Adventure Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Iguazu, Yacutinga.
(11 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 1 – Arrive
Buenos Aires Meet and greet on arrival at Buenos Aires Airport and transfer to your chosen hotel for your three-night stay. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires or Four Seasons.

Day 2 – City Highlights Tour
Buenos Aires This morning enjoy a half-day tour of this impressive city. Discover the cobbled streets and brightly painted houses of La Boca and the grand architecture in Plaza de Mayo. Continue to the exclusive neighbourhood of Recoleta, with its treelined avenues, fashionable restaurants, cafes and boutiques, not forgetting the famous cemetery that holds Evita's shrine.

Optional Dinner & Tango Show: This evening, enjoy exquisite cuisine and a spectacular dance display in one of the city’s oldest and finest tango venues. Housed in an elegant French style building with an exclusive marble bar, Gala Tango is bound to put you in the tango mood! As you arrive you are invited to learn some of the slick tango moves and enjoy a drink.

The Tango and Folklore show follows, featuring a live orchestra, two singers and four performing tango dancers. You will also enjoy a show with boleadoras (balls tied to ropes used by the gauchos to herd cattle) while enjoying a 3-course a la carte meal paired with superb Catena Zapata wines.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)
Recommended: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires or Four Seasons.

Day 3 – Transfer
El Calafate Transfer to Buenos Aires airport for your flight to El Calafate. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel for a three-night stay. El Calafate is on the southern shores of Lago Argentino, the largest lake in Argentina, and close to Los Glaciares National Park. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Hotel Posada Los Alamos (B, D)

Day 4 – Perito Moreno Glacier Tour
El Calafate Enjoy a full day tour to Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most impressive sights in Patagonia. Continue along the forested lakeshore until you reach Curva de los Suspiros and here you will see the first panoramic view of the glacier Perito Moreno. Among the 356 glaciers within the park, the Perito Moreno is the most outstanding, having a 2km long front and a height of over 60m above water level. Pieces of ice from the glacier crash loudly into the water below leaving glistening, deep blue icebergs twisting and turning in the lake.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Hotel Posada Los Alamos (B, D)

Day 5 – Upsala Glacier & Lake Onelli Tour
El Calafate Today, take a full-day tour on and around Lake Argentino to Upsala Glacier. Leaving from Punta Bandera Port you will sail north among amazing blue icebergs and spectacular mountain ranges until you reach Upsala Glacier, an area of 955 square kilometres. Later, continue to Onelli Bay, passing surrounding beech forests until you arrive at Lake Onelli, whose surface is dotted with icebergs of many different shapes and sizes.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Hotel Posada Los Alamos (B, D)  

Day 6 – Transfer
Buenos Aires/ Estancia El Ombu Transfer to El Calafate airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, where you will be met and driven for about two hours to the small town of San Antonio de Areco, birthplace of the gaucho tradition. The town has the famous Ricardo Guiraldes Gaucho Museum, where a short visit will be made, silversmiths, leather craft and wood workshops, a delightful little chocolate factory and frequent country auctions, all of which serve to keep very much alive the traditions of the gaucho culture. Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Estancia El Ombu (B, D)

Day 7 – Working Cattle Ranch
Estancia El Ombu Estancia El Ombu is a working cattle ranch with a magnificent late-colonial main house. Today you will be able to explore the 300-hectare (ca 750 acre) estancia on foot or, accompanied by seasoned gauchos, on one of the 38 horses that are part of the working drove. Many activities are on offer, including horseback riding, bird-watching, country walks, and carriage rides, or you could become an assistant to the estancia’s seasoned gauchos, taking part in the farming activities. A relaxing day can be spent by the swimming pool and you can also enjoy delicious food, prepared on the ranch using some of the finest local products. All of this with a delicious asado (barbecue) served with wine. In the evening departure for a superb Tango Show with dinner included.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Estancia El Ombu (B, D)

Day 08 – Transfer
Iguazu Falls Transfer to Buenos Aires Airport for your flight to Iguazu. Arrive Iguazu and transfer to your hotel. Located near the junction of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, Iguazu Falls (pronounced eeh-gwa-SUE) is a must-see: It may be the greatest waterfall in the world. Enjoy an afternoon excursion to the Brazilian Side of the Falls. Cross the border (tourist visa required) into Brazil for experiencing the Iguazu Falls from a different view. The tropical rainforest is also protected by the Brazilian Parque Nacional do Iguazu where you will also see the stunning Iguazu Falls and the nature around them.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Iguazu Grand Hotel & Casino (B, D)

Day 09 – Iguazu National Park Tour
Iguazu Falls Full day visit to Iguazu National Park. Walk along the upper and lower trails around the spectacular Iguazu Falls, admiring the whole system of more than 270 different falls. Boat trip to San Martin Island and along the canyon of the river. Also visit Devil’s Throat, the main fall of the Iguazu system, where you will see many species of wildlife such as toco toucans, parakeets, coatis, capuchin monkeys and several species of tropical butterflies.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Iguazu Grand Hotel & Casino (B, D)

Day 10 – Wildlife & Nature Reserve
Yacutinga Land transfer to Puesto Tigre port for connecting boat transfer to a luxurious lodge in the middle of the Argentinean rainforest. Navigate very calm waters of the superior stream of Iguazu River to reach the lodge. Yacutinga Wildlife & Nature Reserve still maintains richness in bio-diversity, far away from massive tourism concentration.   Enjoy diverse out-door activities with a soft adventure and eco-tourism focus, such as; floating, bird-watching or hiking which will provide you with a variety of information unlocking the mysteries and peculiarities of the rainforest.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Yacutinga Lodge (B, L, D)  

Day 11 – Wildlife & Nature Reserve
Yacutinga Enjoy an early morning 3-hour navigation of San Francisco stream, and perhaps start a photo safari session and fauna watching all over the gallery forest. Walk the several self-guided interpretation tracks or to take advantage of the lodge facilities such as swimming pool, observation towers, hanging footbridge, and visitor centre. Afternoon guided trekking activities hosted by specialized bilingual guides who give professional information as to diverse natural environments, flora and fauna. This evening you may enjoy a nocturnal outing to get in touch with forest at night, a terrific experience!
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Yacutinga Lodge (B, L, D)  

Day 12 – Depart
Iguazu Falls/ Buenos Aires Morning is yours to explore the lodge trails, followed by a mid-morning land transfer to Puesto Tigre. You are met and transferred to Iguazu airport for your flight to Buenos Aires city. Reception and transfer to Ezeiza International Airport to make your connecting departure flight.

Iguazu Falls & El Calafate Adventure Argentina

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There Flights from London to Buenos Aires take 14 hours, or around 16 hours via a European city. British Airways offers the only direct service from the UK (Heathrow) to Buenos Aires. The alternatives are indirect Iberia and Air Europa flights, both of which involve changing planes in Madrid (sometimes with a lengthy gap). Argentina’s Ministro Pistarini International Airport (code EZE) is located in Ezeiza about 22 kilometres from Buenos Aires. 

When to go Argentina can be divided into four broad climatic regions: the north-eastern plains, central Argentina (Pampas), western Argentina (Andes) and southern Argentina (Patagonia). Remember that the seasons in Argentina are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere.

Summer, December through February, is the best time to visit the extreme landscape of Patagonia and the southern Andes. Winter (Jun-Aug) is the best time to visit Iguazú and the Northwest, when the rains and heat have subsided; but spring (Aug-Oct) is also pleasant, when the crowds have cleared out. It is also the prime time to visit Buenos Aires when the purple jacarandas are in bloom. A great time to see Mendoza or the Lake District is in the fall, when the foliage pops—and there are fewer crowds.