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Ruta 40 Explorer (19 days)

Ladatco Tours

Miami, FL, United States To Miami, FL, United States

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Aug 2019

Ruta 40 Explorer (19 days)

Day 4

Bariloche, Argentina →Los Alerces National Park, Argentina

Day 5

Los Alerces National Park, Argentina

Day 6

Los Alerces National Park, Argentina→ Los Antiguos, Argentina

Day 7

Los Antiguos, Argentina →Lake Posadas, Argentina

Day 8

Lake Posadas, Argentina→Lake San Martin, Argentina

Day 9

Lake San Martin, Argentina

Day 10

Lake San Martin, Argentina→El Chalten, Argentina

Day 11

El Chalten, Argentina

Day 12

El Chalten, Argentina→Estancia Helsingfors, Argentina

Day 13

Estancia Helsingfors, Argentina

Day 14

Estancia Helsingfors, Argentina→ El Calafate, Argentina

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Miami, FL United States
None None

Depart the USA on overnight flight to Buenos Aires.

Day 2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires None

Morning arrival in Buenos Aires. Meet and transfer to the Four Seasons next to the fashionable Recoleta district for overnight with buffet breakfast. Afternoon city tour of Buenos Aires, often called "The Paris of South America". Drive down the widest boulevard on earth, 9 de Julio, past the Obelisk commemorating 400 years of history, past the Colon Opera House and many other places of interest in this sophisticated European-style city.

Day 3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Bariloche, Argentina
Llao Llao Resort, Golf & Spa Breakfast

Morning transfer to the airport for flight across the pampas to the edge of the Andes and the summer-winter resort town of San Carlos de Bariloche. Meeting and transfer to the Llao Llao Resort and Spa for overnight stay with buffet breakfast. This afternoon you'll drive through town and along the Nahuel Huapi Lake on the "Circuito Chico" routing for spectacular views of the forests, mountains and lakes.

Day 4
Bariloche, Argentina
Los Alerces National Park, Argentina
El Aura Lago Verde Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today the adventure begins. Depart Bariloche heading south along Ruta 40 via El Bolson, El Hoyo, Epuyen and Cholila to Los Alerces National Park and the El Aura Lago Verde Lodge. Late afternoon arrival for two night stay.

ABOUT RUTA 40: (Taken from "Argentina Handbook" by Footprint Handbooks)

"Route 40 is to Argentina what the Trans-Alaska Highway is to North America or the, now largely disused, Trans-Amazon Highway is to Brazil. Route 40 is a trunk road which runs along the eastern edge of the Andes, virtually from the frontier with Bolivia in the north almost to Tierra del Fuego in the south.

"Over 5000 kilometers long, one third paved, the rest ripio or dirt, it runs through practically every type of climate from boiling hot to freezing cold and through all kinds of surroundings; ancient and modern, indigenous societies and modern cities. At the Abra del Acay (4,895 meters) it even climbs to altitude higher than Mount Blanc. And, on top of all this, it provides access to several national parks and other wonders such as Mount Aconcagua and the great glaciers of the southern lakes."

Day 5
Los Alerces National Park, Argentina
El Aura Lago Verde Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Full day excursion exploring Los Alerces National Park with a number of lakes, rivers and streams of crystal clear water, ancient bamboo, cypress and myrtle trees, and birds and mammals of diverse species. Originated in 1937, the park was established to preserve the last refuge for one of the most long-lived in the world: alerces (lahuan), trees that like our Sequoias live many hundreds of years.

Day 6
Los Alerces National Park, Argentina
Los Antiguos, Argentina
Hosteria Antigua Patagonia Breakfast, Lunch

Today is a long day but one filled with varied scenery. Ruta 40 is paved for the first several hundred kilometers and then turns into "ripio" (gravel and/or dirt). The further south you go, the fewer signs of civilization and the more wide open the spaces. To the south of Lake Buenos Aires and on the shores of the river bearing the same name, lies the city of Los Antiguos, immersed in the surrounding of a prodigious landscape where rivers, a lake and snow-capped peaks stand out. Overnight at the Hosteria Antigua Patagonia on the shore of Lake Buenos Aires.

Day 7
Los Antiguos, Argentina
Lake Posadas, Argentina
Estancia El Suyai Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning departure south along Ruta 40 almost to Baja Caracoles where you will visit the Cueva de las Manos in the Rio Pinturas Canyon, itself a spectacular site at 810 feet deep and 1440 feet wide. In the cave's four galleries are over 800 paintings of human hands of which all but 31 are of the left hand. There are also images of guanacos and cameloids. Painted in red, orange, black, white and green, they are interesting even to those who don't think they are interested. The oldest paintings are estimated to be 10,000 years old. Then continue towards Lake Posadas and the Estancia El Suyai, located on the shore of Lake Pueyrredon for overnight.

Day 8
Lake Posadas, Argentina
Lake San Martin, Argentina
Estancia El Condor Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you'll journey to a place off the beaten track for a two-night stay at the Estancia El Condor on Lago (Lake) San Martin. The estancia is an historic property with a spectacular setting surrounded by beautiful scenery and set in a 400 sq km. nature reserve./

Day 9
Lake San Martin, Argentina
Estancia El Condor Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you can enjoy excursions as provided by the estancia. There is horseback riding and trekking, taking you through breathtaking scenery with picturesque cascades, rivers, beech forests and turquoise lagoons. There are rides and treks suitable for all levels.

Day 10
Lake San Martin, Argentina
El Chalten, Argentina
Hosteria Senderos Breakfast, Lunch

Today you will continue on to El Chalten, a small mountain village on the edge of Los Glaciares National Park. You'll stay two nights at the Hosteria Senderos.

Day 11
El Chalten, Argentina
Hosteria Senderos Breakfast, Lunch

Full day excursion exploring the northern end of Los Glaciares National Park. Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy mountains are both popular for climbing and, as such, are well visited by trekkers and climbers. Although mountaineering opportunities abound, there are several walks of varying difficulty that take you to scenic overlooks and points.

Day 12
El Chalten, Argentina
Estancia Helsingfors, Argentina
Estancia Helsingfors Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today drive from the northwestern side of Lago Viedma almost around the lake to the southwestern corner and the Estancia Helsingfors, a total of only 180 kilometers. Panoramas include towering Cerro Fitz Roy, lago Viedma and Viedman Glacier. You'll spend two nights at Estancia Helsingfors.

Day 13
Estancia Helsingfors, Argentina
Estancia Helsingfors Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy activities as included by Helsingfors. Among the favored things to do are trekking, walking and horseback riding, which provide a marvelous way to embrace the magnificent scenery surrounding the estancia. Other options are also available through the estancia at an additional charge such as navigation to Viedma Glacier or Brazo Moyano.

Day 14
Estancia Helsingfors, Argentina
El Calafate, Argentina
EOLO Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive east again along the shores of Lago Viedma back to Ruta 40 for the final leg south to El Calafate and the EOLO, Patagonia's Spirit, set between El Calafate and the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

Day 15
El Calafate, Argentina
EOLO Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will explore the southern end of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Drive into the national park to visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, standing 240 feet about sea level. Walk along the boardwalks enjoying changing views of this massive glacier and take a motorlaunch ride along the front of the glacier. There is optional mini-trekking and Big Ice treks on the glacier. Inquire if you are interested as there are age restrictions and additional costs. Perito Moreno has been referred to as a "growing glacier", but in reality is a stable glacier. It is truly spectacular.

Day 16
El Calafate, Argentina
EOLO Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today's full day excursion begins with an early morning transfer to Puerto Bandera to embark on the motorlaunch for a cruise to the northwest end of Lago Argentino to Upsala Glacier. Cruise in front of the massive facade and then continue navigating up the Cristina Channel to the historic Estancia Cristina. Enjoy a visit to the museum in the old sheering shed and then board an all-terrain vehicle for a drive along 9.5 km. of mountainous roads to the Continental Shelter. A 30 minute walk takes you to the viewpoint to enjoy another view of the Upsala Glacier, Lake Guillermo, the Andes and the Southern Patagonia icefields.

Day 17
El Calafate, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires Breakfast, Dinner

Morning transfer by EOLO to the airport at El Calafate for return flight northbound to Buenos Aires. Meeting and transfer to the Four Seasons for overnight with buffet breakfast. This evening enjoy a dinner and tango show at the Gala Tango.

Day 18
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires Breakfast

Day at leisure to continue exploring at your own pace. Your room is paid for late check-out so no need to hurry through the day. Evening transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight.

Day 19
Miami, FL United States
None None

Morning arrival in the USA, clear immigration and customs and make connections to your home city.

Tour Features

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Description

Highlights:

Sophisticated Buenos Aires

Estancias along Ruta 40

Argentine Patagonia

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Terms & Conditions

Deposit $750 per person in order to confirm space.

Second deposit to complete a total deposit of 30% of total cost due upon confirmation of all space.

Full payment due 65 days prior.

Cancellation policy - to be verified for each booking but in general:

CANCELLATION FEES - LAND & CRUISE ARRANGEMENTS:

CANCELED BETWEEN FEES PER PERSON

Up to 90 days prior departure $ 750

89 to 61 days prior departure 30% of tour costs

60 to 31 days prior departure 50% of tour costs

30 to 00 days prior departure 100% of tour costs

NOTE: No Refunds are made for changes made en route at the discretion of the traveler.

Because everything is Custom Designed, deposit-payment-cancellation policy will be confirmed for each booking and the above is for general guidelines only.



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