Arrive In Buenos Aires
An English-speaking guide is waiting at Ezeiza Airport to meet you following your flight and welcome you to Argentina. Together you are driven to the fashionable Palermo Soho neighbourhood of the city, and your hotel, Nuss Buenos Aires Soho. No plans have been made for the rest of the day leaving you free to spend your time as you wish. If you're feeling tired after your journey why not head up to the rooftop terrace with its comfy chairs and plunge pool. Alternatively, you might like to take stroll around the local area with its shops, galleries and bars, maybe choosing a restaurant for dinner tonight.
Guided City Tour
After breakfast your guide arrives at the hotel to conduct your personal half day tour of Buenos Aires. There's a lot to see and having your own guide to lead your exploration is a real bonus. You'll get to see the acknowledged highlights such as the grand Aviendo 9 de Julio, the Teatro Colon Opera House and Plaza de Mayo. During the tour you have time to visit the historic barrios of La Boca and San Telmo and the contrasting modern district of Puerto Madero. Your guide adds local knowledge and insights which enhance the tour and is happy to adapt the tour based on any special interests. He is also able to offer advice on your own independent exploration tomorrow.
Free Day In Buenos Aires
Enjoy another day in Buenos Aires, sometimes called the Paris of the South. You may want to venture to areas you've not yet seen or return to some favourite places you saw yesterday. It's a good idea to set aside some time to escape the crowds and enjoy a stroll around one of the city's parks. If you want to stay local, the Botanic Gardens are a short walk from your hotel and this is a lovely spot to enjoy the 5000 plus species of plants and trees. Palermo has some great shops and boutiques if you fancy some retail therapy and there are plenty of cafés where you can sit, people watch and maybe listen to some buskers. Tonight you have the option of a dinner and tango show in one of the city's best known tango houses (extra charge),
Fly To El Calafate
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and later, at a pre-agreed time, you are collected and driven to the domestic airport for the flight to El Calafate, which takes a little over three hours. On arrival you're met by your driver for the 16km ride to Kosten Aike Hotel in the centre of town. The remainder of the day is free, so you can explore your new surroundings or opt to mix with other guests in the lounge and bar or to treat yourself to a massage at the spa, as you wish.
It's an early start today but well worth the effort as you're off to the Perito Moreno glacier, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's about an 80km drive and there are plenty of photo stops along the way. A national park guide joins you to explain the history and significance of the park before you arrive, and you stop at Curva de los Suspiros to enjoy your first sight of the huge glacier. You'll understand why this spot is named Sighs Curve! You have a comprehensive tour of the glacier with its many levels and balconies and may be lucky enough to witness a 'calving' as a block of ice breaks loose and falls into the water. There's time to explore on your own before re-boarding the vehicle for the drive back to El Calafate. This is a group tour and lasts about ten hours. There's an option to add a mini-trek on the glacier which includes a picnic lunch (extra charge).
Free Day In El Calafate
With no set plans the day can follow whatever pattern you like. You might want a lie-in followed by a late breakfast after your long day out yesterday or you may prefer to rise early to give yourself ample time to explore the town and surrounding areas. You can join a full day tour out on Lago Argentino crossing to Estancia Cristina to take in views of mountains and icebergs. Pre-booking is advised as tours are offered subject to availability.
Fly To Iguazu Falls
You are off on your travels once again, heading back to the airport for the flight up to Iguazu Falls. Flying time is around four hours during which you cover over 3,000kms. On arrival you are driven to your next home, Loi Suites about 20 minutes away. Here you can relax with a walk in the hotel's private rainforest, a swim in one of the pools, a spa treatment or a drink in the bar.
Guided Tour Of Iguazu Falls
A full day private guided tour of the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, is on the agenda today. You are driven into the national park, arriving mid-morning for a hike in the rainforest as your guide points out different species of flora and fauna. There's time to explore three distinct regions. The lower circuit consists of paths and steps which lead to viewpoints of the falls and close to various cascades - you may get wet! The upper circuit provides panoramic views of both Iguazu Falls and the Iguazu River. The Devil's Throat Gorge is arguably the most impressive section of the falls, where a large section of the river tumbles off a sheer edge and falls into the canyon below, sending mist up to 150 metres into the air. It's a phenomenal sight. The green train links the different routes, allowing you to rest your legs. The tour ends in the late afternoon and you are driven back to Loi Suites.
Brazilian Side Of The Falls And Depart
A final treat awaits on this the last day of the holiday, as you travel across the border into Brazil for a half day tour of a new region of Iguazu Falls. At almost 3kms wide and composed of 275 individual waterfalls, Iguazu certainly lives up to its name which translates as 'big water' and on this side you have an excellent vantage point from which to survey the scene. You spend another two hours or so following your guide through the rainforest and afterwards you are driven to the airport for your homeward flight,
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