Wonders of Nature
8 Days / 7 Nights
Buenos Aires - San Antonio de Areco - Iguazu Waterfalls
Get to know the essence of Argentina on this week-long tour. Discover Buenos Aires where you can experience the authentic Tango. Spend two days at an estancia (ranch) in the Argentinean Pampas (plains) in a magnificent setting for a truly unforgettable stay. Finally explore both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides of Iguassu Falls over an incredible two days.
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Day 1. Arrive Buenos Aires (-/-/-)
Welcome to Argentina. Transfer to your hotel in Buenos Aires.
Day 2. Buenos Aires (B/-/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Embark on a half day city tour of Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires is one of the most fascinating cities in both Latin America and the world. Be it for its splendid and varied architecture, with its old Colonial buildings, French palaces and state-of-the-art skyscrapers; for its vibrant nightlife and endless cultural options; or maybe just for the rich identity of the Porteños, who proudly bear the European heritage of their ancestors, more and more visitors are coming to visit.
Discover the history of “May Square”, the site of the most important historical events and where the protagonists made history. See its surroundings, the most emblematic buildings, and learn all about them. Then enjoy May Avenue and wonder in awe at the oldest residential neighborhood in Buenos Aires: San Telmo. Walk along its cobble-stoned streets and discover its antiques shops and picturesque buildings. Live and feel the original Tango in the neighborhood of La Boca: walk along “Caminito Street” and enjoy the dancers and souvenir shops. See the mythical Boca Juniors soccer stadium. Contemplate the modernization of the city whilst traveling along “Madero Port” and its exclusive docks, full of excellent restaurants and large office buildings. Pass through the Retiro neighborhood and move on to see Palermo and its most exclusive residential area before finally arriving at Recoleta. Once there, discover the final resting place of Eva Peron, “Evita” and wander through Recoleta Cemetery where she is to be found. Afternoon free at leisure.
In the evening Tango Dinner and Show at El Querandi (shared transfers).
It is the music of Buenos Aires par excellence. Its origins are traced back to 1880 when the slums were inhabited by Italian and Spanish immigrants, Africans and “gauchos”. From this racial mix appeared the “compadritos” who tried to reflect in their music their letters and their dance, the typical “cuchilleros” , duel characteristics of their social ambiance. Their music appears as a mix of Cuban and Spanish rhythms, some polka and a bit of African music. Their lyrics, difficult to be understood and impossible to be translated, are deeply poetic and have a story to tell about the city, its history and its people. Despite its humble origins, in the 20´s tango left the brothels and the underworld districts to reach the high-class ballrooms, but to do so it had to travel to Paris to return triumphant. Typical characteristics of a society that has always looked at Europe for its models. Tango became, at last, a complete cultural expression, a gathering of myths, values, traditions and aspirations. For some people just representative of a past epoch, but in fact, tango is felt in the air of the city, as humidity. Tango is still alive. A good way of penetrating its spirit is visiting one of the restaurants that offers tango shows of an excellent level, to enjoy tango´s sensual magnetism taken to the stage by some of the best dancers, singers and musicians in Buenos Aires.
Day 3. Buenos Aires - San Antonio de Areco, Pampas (B/L/D)
Private transfer from your hotel in Buenos Aires to Estancia El Ombu in San Antonio de Areco.
The Argentinean Pampas (from Quechua, meaning "plain") are the fertile South American lowlands, covering more than 750,000 km2 (289,577 sq mi), that include the Argentine provinces of Buenos Aires, La Pampa, Santa Fe, Entre Ríos and Córdoba. The climate is mild, with precipitation making the soils appropriate for agriculture. These plains contain unique wildlife because of the different terrains. Some of this wildlife includes the rhea, the pampas deer, several species of armadillos, the pampas fox, the White-eared opossum, the Elegant Crested Tinamou, and several other species. “Estancia” is a Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese word describing a large rural estate with similarities to the English term ranch. The term is used in Argentina, Uruguay and southern Chile. The equivalent in other Latin American countries would be hacienda, or fazenda (only in Brazil). Unlike a hacienda, which could be any type of agricultural venture, producing grain, coffee, vegetable, beef, etc., an estancia, most typically located in the southern South American grasslands, the pampas, has historically always been a livestock (cattle or sheep) estate. During the first centuries of Spanish colonial rule, cattle introduced by the Spanish roamed free and man undertook raids to catch and slaughter them. In the 19th century stationary ranching ventures started to form in the pampas, with permanent buildings and marked livestock with clearly defined ownership. They were called estancias, the term indicating the stationary, permanent character. The estancia's ranch worker on horseback, the gaucho, is of similar importance to national folklore and identity to the cowboy in North America.
Overnight accommodations at Estancia el Ombu in San Antonio de Areco, Buenos Aires province - Double room with full board
El Ombú de Areco, a historical estancia (ranch) just over an hour's drive from downtown Buenos Aires, is located in San Antonio de Areco, birthplace of the gaucho tradition. The Late-Colonial style mansion, built in 1880 by Lieutenant-general Pablo Riccheri, offers visitors a magnificent setting for an unforgettable stay. El Ombú offers nine spacious, modernised bedrooms (6 doubles and 3 triples), with en suite bathrooms, large windows and an interesting array of period furniture. In winter, guests enjoy the warmth of central heating in every bedroom, augmented, if desired, with the friendly glow of the gaucho's typical wood-burning salamander. The estancia's living room is now a spacious common room, in which guests can enjoy satellite TV or videos, a round of billiards, a game of chess or hand of cards. On the adjacent gallery, there is ping-pong and metegol (table football). The main house is surrounded by a covered gallery typical of the late-Colonial period, with a richly tiled floor and cascaded steps that lead into the gardens of the park. Presiding majestically over the park is the estancia's namesake, the great ombú (Phytolacca dioca), a plant as characteristic of the pampas as the baobab is of the African savanna. Nearly as ancient as well: the gauchos have been hitching their horses to the estancia's main ombú for over a hundred years.
Overnights at the ranch offer guests the chance to immerse themselves as much as they wish in the life of a working estancia, dedicated mainly to raising Hereford and Aberdeen Angus Stock. Guests are welcome to observe and take part in the various stock-rearing activities as they happen on the ranch: milking, driving cattle to harness, vaccination, ear-tagging, de-horning, branding, etc. Guests can 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. Horse drawn carriages are also available. Those that want to learn some of the thousand species of Argentinean birds are provided binoculars and guide books. Other recreational activities include: a swimming pool; solarium; ping-pong; metegol (table football); volleyball and football; bicycle rides; golf and tennis at a friendly country club only 15 minutes drive from the estancia.
Day 4. San Antonio de Areco (B/L/D)
At leisure to enjoy El Ombu facilities.
Overnight accommodation at El Ombu Ranch.
Day 5. Pampas Buenos Aires - Puerto Iguazu (B/-/-)
Private transfer from your ranch to the domestic airport with your guide for your flight to Puerto Iguazú.
Or arrival to Iguazú (IGR) Airport – private transfer to your hotel.
Day 6. Puerto Iguazu (B/-/-)
Private Argentinean Side Waterfalls Full Day Tour.
The Iguazú National Park is located in the northwest of the province of Misiones, 11 miles from Puerto Iguazú. Its preserved ecosystem belongs to the Paraná Jungle eco region that covers almost all the provincial territory. The primary natural treasure is the Iguazú Waterfalls: 275 waterfalls that reach an average altitude of almost 260 feet. They were declared one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature in the World.
The Lower Circuit is composed of a trail approximately 0.8 miles (1.3 km) long that allows you to get close to some of the smaller waterfalls on the Argentinian side. Walk along the trail, which is equipped with both restrooms and snack bars, and get close to the Carlos Bozzetti Waterfall, where you can take some great photos. The Upper Circuit, which is wheelchair accessible, allows you to see the top of the majestic falls on the Argentina side and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the area. The view stretches from the Argentinian falls to San Martin Island and parts of the Brazilian falls. Devil's Throat is the largest waterfall in the region and where the largest amount of water pours through Iguassu Falls. At an impressive altitude of 350 feet (107 meters), Devil's Throat is a must-see Iguassu Falls feature. Thanks to the newly built catwalk, you can get pretty close.
Optional: Great Adventure
The Great Adventure is unique, and combines the whole essence of the Iguassu National Park in one ride: the jungle and the waterfalls. It is offered daily every full hour, and the departures are from our Head Office or The Visitors' Centre. It starts by entering the jungle from the “Sendero Yacaratía” trail with special transportation that allows a panoramic view of the environment along with experienced guides that give explanations as well as the legends of this spectacular place. After an 8 km truck ride, we arrive at the Puerto Macuco Base, which is 100 metres away from the Infirmary and Service Station, and 100 meters of stairs ahead is the floating platform where the second part of this ride begins.
With motor-boats, we take visitors 6 kms through the Canyon of the Iguassu River, until the falls, from these, 2 km are river rapids. After enjoying the view from the calm side of San Martin Island we sail to the “Tres Mosqueteros” waterfall, and at that point, the Brazilian and Argentinean sides and the Devil’s Throat can be clearly appreciated. After that, we sail along the shore of the island until we get to the most exciting part where we face the San Martin waterfall, a wonderful and unforgettable experience, the largest waterfall any motor-boat can approach safely.
Day 7. Puerto Iguazu – Buenos Aires (B/-/-)
Private Brazilian Side Waterfalls Half Day Tour.
Iguassu National Park houses the largest remnant of Atlantic forest (semidecidual stationary) in southern Brazil. The name of the Iguassu National Park refers to the Iguassu River, which in the Guaraní language means “large water”. You'll get a close-up view of the Devil´s Throat, which is best seen from the Brazilian side. Watch as 14 falls drop 350 feet (107 metres) with such force that a 100-foot (30-metre) tall cloud of mist stays permanently suspended overhead. This area is famous for its rainbow, and more great photo opportunities abound!
For a close-up of the falls, walk through the park’s subtropical forest to the base of Salto Floriano. Then take the elevator to the top of the falls, or walk out over the falls at Salto Union.
Return to the Argentinian side. Private transfer from your hotel to Iguazú Airport.
Arrival in Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel.
Optional dinner in Buenos Aires: The Argentine Experience
Our unique dinner party concept is to teach you the fundamentals of what being an Argentine is all about, whilst simply having more fun than is available anywhere else. Learn how to close your own empanada using the repulge technique, to order steak your way in Spanish, to prepare your own mate drink.
Day 8. Departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel . Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
PRICES AND INCLUSIONS
8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS FROM £1,905 per person + international flights
based on 2 people travelling together January to September
£2,410 per person + international flights
based on 2 people travelling together October to December
Please note that some elements of this tour include shared services!
Upgrade to fully private experiences possible on request.
The price includes:
All mentioned activities with guide services (English/Spanish or Portuguese)
Meals as mentioned in the programme without drinks (B/L/D) = (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Argentina. Request a quote from us.
Anything not specifically mentioned above.
Optional tours, camera fees.
Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters.
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
Peak season surcharges
Private transfer surcharges if required
National Park tickets, museums or Natural reserves entrance fees
Airport arrival/departure taxes (if any)
Meals and beverages not mentioned in itinerary
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