Multi-Day Tour | Private

Argentina | Ultra-Luxe Tour | Iguassu, Buenos Aires, Calafate | Argentina (9 days)

Blue Parallel

Iguaçu, Brazil To Buenos Aires, Argentina

Valid for Departures Now Through: 15 Jul 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Iguaçu, Brazil
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas None

Please note that the following itinerary is an example, as all of our journeys are custom-made.

VIP greeting upon arrival in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires after an overnight flight. Greeting by your Blue Parallel personal host who will take you by private transfer to the domestic airport and assist you with check-in for your flight to Iguassu Falls. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your private guide and taken by private transfer across the border and into Brazil. Before arriving at your hotel, enjoy a spectacular 10-minute helicopter ride in private over the stunning Iguassu Falls, from where you will get a magnificent birds’-eye view of the entire area. Continue by transfer to your hotel to enjoy a delicious late lunch at the Ipê Grill by the pool which specializes in Brazilian delicacies. In the afternoon, enjoy time at leisure on the property located within the Iguassu Falls National Park in Brazil.

Day 2
Iguaçu, Brazil
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas Breakfast

Following breakfast, visit the catwalks on the Brazilian side of the falls with your expert guide. You will enjoy the privilege of visiting the catwalks before the park opens up to the public at 9:30 AM. Witness the vast expansiveness of the complex where the tops of the waterfalls meet the blue sky. As you explore the catwalks, you will have the chance to spot the local wildlife including the parrots, monkeys, or armadillos which inhabit the jungle of the national park. Later return to your hotel for a recommended lunch poolside.

In the afternoon, depart on a light hike along the Banana Trail through the Brazilian sub-tropical jungle. Here you will have the opportunity to see unique specimens of flora and fauna native to the region. Pass by small ponds that are filled with small aquatic animals and tropical greenery before you board your speed boat which will take you down the Iguassu River. Stop at the Black Well Trail docks and visit a 30 ft high observation tower that features panoramic views of the forest and of the Lagoa do Jacare (Alligator Pond), where a great diversity of aquatic animals exist. Later, have the option to kayak back down the Iguassu River and glide through the beautiful Bamboo Archipelago. At sunset pass Parrot Island where you will see the flight of thousands of parrots while you head down the river. Disembark and return to your hotel for the evening.

Day 3
Iguaçu, Brazil
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas Breakfast

Following breakfast, you will be taken by private transfer across the border to the Argentine side of the falls where you will explore the catwalks and the lower circuit trail that zigzags around the park, and experience close-up views of the waterfalls. With almost 2 miles of walkways, the catwalks on the Argentine side provide a variety of different vantage points from which to view the falls, as well as an opportunity to view the abundance of nature within the national park. Stop for a recommended lunch at the Sheraton Hotel located within the park with amazing views of the falls.

In the afternoon, a train ride will take you to the most impressive part of the entire area, the awe-inspiring Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s throat) where 15 cascades come together to create the most impressive and dramatic cascade of all the 275 falls. As you disembark from the train walk across the catwalks to the large waterfall complex for a close-up view of the multiple waterfalls and feel the power of the water as it cascades down into the river below. A truly impressive sight!

At the end of the day return by private transfer to your hotel in Brazil. Relax by the pool or with a rejuvenating spa treatment before dinner.

Day 4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires Breakfast

Morning flight to Buneos Aires. With its vibrant nightlife, European heritage, historic architecture, and creative cultural movements, Buenos Aires is the most visited city on the continent. After settling in to your accommodations, head out on your first sightseeing tour of the city and explore the aristocratic neighborhood of Recoleta home to the opulent Recoleta Cemetery, Plaza Francia and the Fine Arts Museum, all walking distance from your hotel. You will also have the opportunity to visit nearby galleries and shops which are sprinkled through the neighborhood.

Day 5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires Breakfast

Begin the day with a private guided tour of the world-famous Teatro Colon before heading out to explore the southern neighborhoods of Buenos Aires with your personal guide. Visit the historic Plaza de Mayo anchored by the presidential palace known as the Casa Rosada. Continue on to San Telmo, the city’s oldest neighborhood and the birthplace of tango and stroll through its cobbled stoned streets while browsing quirky antique shops or, sit and enjoy a coffee in Plaza Dorrego. Head to Pulpería Quilapán, a combination of tavern, general store, and guesthouse that served as a gaucho institution from the early 20th century onward in Argentina, where you can enjoy coffee in the outdoor courtyard. Later, take a private tango class with a professional dancer in a dance hall nearby. In the evening, dine at one of the city's best restaurants before witnessing the exciting Rojo Tango Show or a local milgona (a tango dancehall).

Day 6
El Calafate, Argentina
Eolo Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to El Calafate in Southern Argentine Patagonia. Your host will greet you and escort you by private transfer across the Patagonian steppe to the luxurious Eolo Lodge. Along the way, enjoy a private guided visit of the innovative Glaciarium Museum to learn about the glaciers and the national park’s preservation efforts. Your smartly designed property is located in the heart of the Anita Valley, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and where wildlife can be seen in their natural habitat. On your first afternoon, explore this beautiful valley on one of the many outdoor activities that can be arranged including trekking, mountain biking and horseback riding through unique trails within the surrounding region.

Day 7
El Calafate, Argentina
Eolo Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Private transfer to the Glaciers National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and frozen wonderland of startlingly white and piercing blue ice encircled by snow-capped misty mountains. After a short boat ride across the bay, experience an ice-trekking excursion on the majestic Perito Moreno glacier crossing towering ice peaks, huge crevasses, turquoise blue creeks and icy lagoons with a specialized guide (you have the option to enjoy this excursion in private upon request). Later, after a picnic lunch facing the glacier, visit the spectacular catwalks and balconies offering breathtaking views of the Perito Moreno Glacier.

Day 8
El Calafate, Argentina
Eolo Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Private transfer to Puerto Bandera where you will board the boat which takes you on a cruise towards Upsala Glacier, navigating through icebergs and breathtaking scenery until arriving at Estancia Cristina. Following a tour of the property, embark on a 4x4 excursion up the mountains through the forest. You will hike the 30 minute portion of the mountain to the peak for an incredible panoramic view of the Upsala Glacier. After a picnic lunch, begin your hike in descent from the top of the mountain, all the way to the estancia. This 4-hour trek downhill through the forest, surrounded by impressive views, will provide an opportunity to take in the beautiful Patagonian landscape and witness ancient fossils in the rock formations along the way (option to do this excursion by 4x4 instead). Finish the day with a boat ride back to Puerto Bandera where you will be transferred in private back to your lodge.

Day 9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
None Breakfast, Lunch

Following a morning at leisure to prepare for check out, greeting by your host and private transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival at the domestic airport, greeting and private transfer to the international airport in time for check-in assistance for your international flight home.

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Blue Parallel is a Virtuoso Preferred Tour Operator whose mission is to take discerning, time-constrained travelers to the most spectacular natural and cultural wonders of both Latin America and the Mediterranean. We create private, tailor-made journeys to UNESCO World Heritage destinations designed around the themes of insider access, privacy, breathtaking outdoor adventures, and white glove service. Virtuoso travelers receive amenities and VIP treatment on all Blue Parallel tours such as upgrades upon arrival (if available), Virtuoso-only amenities (spa credits, etc.), daily breakfast for two, and early check-in/late checkout (subject to availability).

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Discover the highlights of Argentina's natural wonders on this trip. This incredible trip begins in Iguassu Falls, the largest waterfall system on Earth and recently voted one of the new seven natural wonders of the world. Explore the region by air on a private helicopter ride over the falls, on land via its numerous catwalks that wind around the cascades and by water on a high-speed zodiac ride. Later fly to Buenos Aires, one of the most exciting and elegant cities on the continent, as you soak up its urban rhythms and nightlife. Continue south to El Calafate located in the heart of Argentine Patagonia. This magical and enchanting region of Southern Argentina was discovered by Hernando de Magallanes in 1520, and has challenged explorers and adventurers ever since. El Calafate is known for the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of Argentina’s most famous natural wonders, and one of the only glaciers in the world that continues to grow each year. During your stay you will have the opportunity to hike on the glacier itself admiring the huge crevasses, turquoise blue creeks, and icy lagoons with your guide, culminating in a whiskey on the rocks with glacial ice, and a picnic lunch lakeside.

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Blue Parallel creates private, tailor-made journeys designed around the themes of World Heritage destinations, outdoor adventures, gourmet cuisine, exclusive lodging, white glove service and insider access. We operate in Latin America: the Amazon, Antarctica, Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Easter Island, the Galapagos Islands, Guatemala, Panama, Patagonia, Uruguay and the Yucatan Peninsula. And in the Mediterranean: the Adriatic Coast, Andalucia, Corsica, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Morocco, Sicily & the Aeolian Islands, Spain, Portugal and Turkey.

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Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2018

Blue Parallel was amazing! Our guides were outstanding and provided us with excellent service. Every detail was considered and thought of for us. We adored every minute of our trip.