Buenos Aires, Bustamente Bay, Valdes Peninsula, Iguazu Falls and Ibera Wetlands 13 days
There is lots of wildlife to be seen in Argentina, from the tropical north to the more temperate Patagonia. This tour combines these areas with the vibrant city of Buenos Aires and the spectacular Iguazu Falls. Birdlife abounds, but you will also see whales, elephant seals and penguins along with capybaras, caiman, monkeys and maybe even boa constrictors. Dress for the seasons and you will not be disappointed.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
Special Guest Photography GuideChris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >
- Vibrant Buenos Aires
- Bustamente Bay seabird colonies
- Valdes Peninsula – birds, whales and elephant seals
- Spectacular Iguazu Falls
- Rincon del Socorro tropical wildlife
- Meals and accommodation as shown in itinerary
- All Argentine domestic flights and tax
- Transfers between airports and hotels
- Services of private, English-speaking guides as indicated
- Tours and excursions as indicated in itinerary, including park entrance fees
ITINERARY12 Nights 13 Days
- Day 1 | Buenos Aires
- Days 2-4 | Bahia Bustamente
- Days 5-7 | Puerto Madryn & Valdes Peninsula
- Days 8-9 | Iguazu Falls
- Days 10-11 | Rincon del Socorro
- Days 12-13 | Buenos Aires
Arrive and transfer from airport to Loi Suites Recoleta Hotel. Take a three-hour sightseeing tour of the city’s central area, including a visit to the famous Recoleta cemetery, resting place of Eva Peron and the colourful Boca district. One night stay Junior Studio bed & breakfast.
Comodoro Rivadavia - Bahia Bustamente
After breakfast, transfer to domestic airport for flight to Comodoro Rivadavia. You will be met by tour driver and transfer 180km to Bahia Bustamente, a true natural paradise for a three night stay at The Bustamante Lodge on full board basis. The village here was made famous in the 1950s for its seaweed harvest, which continues to this day. Activities are all included - hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, visits to sea lion colony, bird watching, visit to the petrified forests. Additionally enjoy exclusive beaches with crystal clear waters.
Relax and enjoy the varied activities available from the lodge. The area has a massive diversity of seabirds and marine mammals to watch and enjoy. Maybe take a horse ride one of the beaches, mountain bike through the varied terrain or an exhilarating hike for the day.
After breakfast, travel by road to Puerto Madryn, including a stop at Punta Tombo, home to the largest colony of Magellenic penguins in South America. Here you can even walk amongst the penguins and also watch for predating orca and seals close to shore. Two nights at Territorio Hotel on B&B basis.
Full day wildlife tour to Valdes Peninsula. Drive into the World Heritage national park and visit San Jose Fort Museum Then see elephant seals in the creek at Caleta Valdes. Look out for storks, guanaco, armadillos, hares, foxes, rhea and eagles. Opportunity to take a boat trip out to the bay of Puerto Piramides where, southern right whales come to feed from July/August to December. Penguins nest between September and March and orca are around during the same period; they are particularly active in April. Birds, dolphins, sea lions and elephant seals can be seen all year round.
Transfer to Trelew Airport for flight via Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls for two nights at the Sheraton Hotel on B&B basis. These impressive falls straddle the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay and are best viewed from more than one side and from above and below.
4WD truck ride through the rainforest
Walk to the main viewpoint over the Falls, then board an open 4WD truck for a ride through the rainforest to embark on a boat for a trip to the bottom of the falls themselves. Catwalks take you back to the hotel. Afternoon excursion to the Brazilian side for a different perspective.
Rincon del Socorro
After breakfast, embark on 8 hour road journey to Rincon del Socorro on the edge of the Ibera Wetlands for three nights on full board basis at The Luxury Eco Estancia Rincon del Socorro. This former cattle ranch is now a nature reserve with 350 bird species and a superb variety of mammals, reptiles, insects and flora. The Estancia has glorious gardens featuring a large collection of local native plants.
Rincon del Socorro
Bird watchers can spot the endangered yellow cardinal here. Boat trips on the lagoon to see mini-crocodiles and maybe boa constrictors. Mammals include capybaras, marsh deer and howler monkeys. Spectacular flora. Night walks seeking vizcachas, owls and other nocturnal creatures. Horse-riding and fly-fishing also available.
Loi Suites Recoleta Hotel
Travel from the Estancia to Posadas airport for flight to Buenos Aires and to Loi Suites Recoleta Hotel, including breakfast. Enjoy a three hour walking tour of the elegant Recoleta neighbourhood. Choose to eat tonight at a typical tango show and restaurant or sample renowned Argentinean beef, cooked on open grills.
After breakfast, transfer to airport for onward or return travel.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Gran Melia Iguazu Resort & Spa
Being the only hotel to occupy a privileged location right inside the Iguazú National Park this expansive resort features an impressive Seda Pool & Spa, a tennis court and beautiful bedrooms.
Located on the Argentinean side of the Iguazu falls this elegant hotel is superbly situated to enjoy the true wonder of one of the world's most spectacular natural creations.
Spend a thrilling day at the falls and return to the hotel for some delicious international cuisine, a dip in the beautiful swimming pool and a great night's sleep in one of the hotel's 168 stylishly decorated bedrooms. Then awaken refreshed in the morning to the sound of the falls crashing in the distance as you step out on to your private balcony and take it all in.
At the Gran Melia Iguazu Resort & Spa without doubt the main attraction is of course the beautiful falls which extend over 2,700 meters and have over 260 waterfalls reaching up to 70 metres high. As well as the falls, however, there are a number of other sightseeing opportunities you will not want to miss. The city itself is filled with history and culture and adventure activities include horseback riding in the forest, flora and fauna sightseeing, Zodiac boat rides along the river, visits to Guaraní settlements and bird watching tours.
Each of the 168 bedrooms at Gran Melia Iguazu Resort & Spa have been recently updated and feature large en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning and private balconies. There are also 8 luxurious suites which offer superb views of the falls.
Something you definitely should not miss on a trip here is dinner in the on-site Garganta del Diablo restaurant where the views are just as spectacular as the meals! Finish it off with a cocktail and an Argentinean pastry in the welcoming Lobby bar overlooking the falls.
LOI Suites Recoleta Hotel, Buenos Aires
Located in the heart of the exclusive Recoleta district, a charming neighbourhood filled with magnificent mansions and historic buildings, this stylish and elegant hotel provides a peaceful suburb stay yet offers easy access to the bustling Buenos Aires city centre.
Overlooking the waters of Rio de la Plata and situated a short distance from shops, restaurants and cultural attractions the hotel is a perfect base from which to explore the exciting Argentinean capital.
Lavish guest rooms, a large indoor swimming pool and a fantastic restaurant with stylish cocktail bar ensure that guests will have all they need and more as they return from a day of exploring this fascinating area.
At LOI Suites Recoleta there are a number of different room options available but guests can be guaranteed that whichever option they choose they will find a luxurious and elegantly decorated room in which to relax after a long day of sightseeing.
All rooms have beautiful en-suite bathrooms, views over the hotel's delightful courtyard, free WiFi, sumptuous queen-size beds and mini-bars.
This upmarket hotel also boasts a large indoor swimming pool area with a café, fitness centre, jacuzzi, and sauna facilities and a wonderful restaurant where guests can enjoy delicious gourmet cuisine before finishing off the evening with a cocktail in the sophisticated bar and lounge area.
LOI Suites Recoleta's friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to offer advice on the best places to visit and the must-see sights in this wonderful city.
Hotel Territorio, Puerto Madryn
This lovely hotel in Punta Cuevas in the wildlife rich Puerto Madryn area offers modern accommodation, fantastic service and tremendous views of the mysterious Patagonian Sea.
Located just over 1 mile from Puerto Madryn's city centre this excellent coastal hotel provides a tranquil stop for travellers exploring this wonderful area. Featuring modern design, comfortable furnishings and a bright airy space that makes the most of the sea views you will find everything you need here including well-equipped bedrooms, comfortable lounges and an indulgent spa.
As you traverse along the coast looking for penguins, orcas and seals you can return to the comfort of your beautifully decorated and spacious bedroom for a great night's sleep in preparation for your next day of adventure.
Hotel Territorio, or as the locals call it "Casa Atlantico", provides luxurious accommodation in a range of bedrooms and suites which all feature large comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning and mini-bars. Larger suites also have their own living area and the majority of rooms have stunning sea views that bring a calm and tranquil feel to any stay here.
As well as a beautiful lounge, breakfast room and bar where you can enjoy a glass of wine from the hotel's large collection of Argentinean wines as you look out over the sea, the hotel also features a spa where guests can indulge in a range of treatments and make use of the sauna and jacuzzi. There is also a fitness suite and a well-stocked library.
On the northern shore of San Jose Golf, 180km north of Comodoro Rivadavia city, you will find the elusive nature lovers paradise of Bahia Bustamante, an intriguing and unique privately owned village where remarkable landscapes combine with an abundance of wildlife to create one of Argentina's most impressive secrets.
Famous for its seaweed harvest and its private nature reserve home to over 4000 sealions, more than 50,000 penguins and 22 different species of birds, the comparative wilderness of Bahia Bustamante offers up a plethora of activities for adventure seekers and wildlife enthusiasts.
Surrounded by the ocean on one side and the never ending steppe on the other visitors can spend their days relaxing to the sounds of the crashing waves, enjoying a horseback ride through the petrified forests or exploring the beautiful sleepy village.
Bahia Bustamante has 6 comfortable and well-equipped sea front houses that are offered to guests to the area on a full-board basis. Each house features 2 double bedrooms with comfortable beds, large bathrooms and outside terraces overlooking the beach and the bay. Electricity in Bahia Bustamante is produced by a generator from dusk until 11pm so each house also comes equipped with an emergency battery powered light.
Bahía Bustamante is the ideal place to use as a base to explore the Atlantic Patagonia and we are sure you will be pleasantly surprised by the stunning remote beauty of this area that only 400 people per year are allowed the chance to visit. As the locals say...welcome to nowhere!
Rincon Del Socorro, Ibera Wetlands
Situated on the edge of the remarkable Ibera Wetlands this beautiful casa offers country-style accommodation right in the heart of the Esteros del Ibera nature reserve, a bird watcher's paradise.
Formerly a cattle ranch, Rincon Del Socorro was built in 1896 and retains many traditional Spanish architectural features. Guests can enjoy the beautiful gardens and swimming pool, delightful bedrooms and a wide range of activities during their full-board stay here.
Enjoy the never-ending wildlife show at the nearby laguna where guests can expect to see friendly alligators, carpinchos and up to 30 different bird species. Take a birding trip or a night time safari and return to the comfort of your beautiful guestroom.
Each of the individually designed guest rooms in this beautiful hosteria feature delightful furnishings with antique pieces and unique art works. The bright and spacious rooms have large comfortable beds, ceiling fans and heating.
Delicious organic local cuisine is served in the delightful restaurant where fantastic breakfasts are also provided every morning. There is also a beautiful swimming pool set amongst the lush tropical garden where guests can enjoy a drink as they relax after a day of exploring.
Numerous activities such as horseback riding, boat trips, hiking and bird watching tours are available and as the hosteria is owned by the Conservation Land Trust guests can be assured that all activities have been designed to ensure minimum impact on the beautiful natural surroundings.
What Our Customers
Thank you and your team for arranging what was a fantastic holiday in Argentina...Iguazu falls was exceptional with our guide knowing an awful lot about the falls and the wildlife. Could go on forever, but had better stop.
• We thought the accommodation was good throughout and offered a good mix of activities. All the transfers ran seamlessly and the food exceeded expectations. Really liked the hotel in Buenos Aires and the tango evening was a lot of fun. Thoroughly enjoyed our few days in the Lake district and the Perito Moreno Glacier and Fitz Roy didn’t disappoint and we even got lucky with the weather.
We were really lucky with the orcas and saw stranding every day. Frank, our guide did his very best to get us in the right position at the right time to make sure we all went home with some fantastic photos. I feel very privileged to have witnessed this spectacular event, it was just like the BBC documentary I watched a couple of years ago that first got me interested in whales.
The holiday was very enjoyable and well planned and was the perfect way to celebrate our anniversary. The best bit was the whale watching on the Valdes Peninsula and the copious amounts of red wine and steak we had, not at the same time I might add!
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