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.
- 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
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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.
A view from Above
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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