• Penguins, Argentina

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19 Days
Year Round
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19 Days £6795 Year Round Argentina Tailor-Made
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Ultimate Argentina Safari

Experience the breathtaking Iguassu Falls, the verdant wetlands of Esteros del Ibera, the marine wildlife of the Valdes Peninsula and the characterful city of Buenos Aires on this ultimate safari across Argentina.

Discover the highlights of Argentina on this immersive 19 day safari, taking you from the spectacular Iguassu Falls in the north to the Patagonian wilderness in the south, encountering some incredible wildlife along the way. Starting in the wetlands of Esteros del Ibera, seek out caiman, capybara and abundant birdlife as you cruise down the Parana River, before heading to Iguassu for breathtaking views of the waterfalls from the Argentinian and Brazilian sides. From here, venture deep into the Argentine jungle to the wildlife-rich Yacutinga Nature Reserve, before flying south to the Valdes Peninsula, home to the largest penguin colony in the Americas. You will also get to witness the Perito Moreno Glacier and experience the vibrant city of Buenos Aires, while staying in the bohemian district of Palermo Soho.


What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Enjoy peaceful river cruises down the San Francisco River, discovering the wildlife of Yacutinga.
  • Observe the Magellan penguin colony of the Valdes Peninsula and search for orcas, humpbacks and southern right whales.
  • Experience the thundering cascades of the Iguassu Falls, and go on a helicopter ride over the falls.
  • Explore the bustling and colourful city of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.

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A 19 day safari experiencing the highlights of Argentina

from £6,795 per person sharing, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Buenos Aires - Ibera Wetlands

Upon arrival into Buenos Aires you will transfer to your onward flight to Puerto Valle, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax and settle in to your hotel following your flight.

Days 2-3

Ibera Wetlands

Spend your days exploring the lakes, wetlands and native forests of the Mesopotamia area and the Parana River. The Ibera Natural Reserve is home to caiman, capybara and marshland deer, as well as numerous other native species. You will have the opportunity to visit the caiman farm and tree nursery, and go boating along the Parana River - a great way to observe the local wildlife. In the evening, enjoy a traditional regional meal at your hotel and sit and watch the sunset from the veranda.

Day 4

Ibera Wetlands - Iguassu Falls

Take a stroll around the site and learn a little about the history of the Jesuit Missionaries. After your visit, continue on south, through the city of Posadas and in to the Esteros del Ibera beyond.  Arrive at your ranch-style lodge located on the edge of the Esteros del Ibera, where you will enjoy dinner from the kitchen, which serves organic fruits and vegetables from the garden on the lodge grounds, as well as free range meat.

Overnight: Loi Suites Iguazu (B)

Day 5

Iguassu Falls National Park

Join your expert guide this morning for an excursion into the Iguassu Falls National Park. Venture to Garganta del Diablo (The Devil's Throat), the largest and most spectacular cascade, and feel the full force of the falls as they thunder around you. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish; take a boat trip to the base of the falls or head down the safari trails of the sub-tropical rainforest, looking out for wildlife such as coati, hummingbirds ad toucans.

Overnight: Loi Suites Iguazu (B)

Day 6

Iguassu Falls

This morning you will travel to the Brazilian side of the Iguassu Falls, which offers more panoramic views over the waterfalls. Enjoy a guided tour of the area, with an estimated 275 different waterfalls dotted around the tropical forests. You will also have the option to take a spectacular helicopter flight over the falls, giving you a greater perspective on their sheer size and scale.

Overnight: Loi Suites Iguazu (B)

Day 7

Iguassu Falls - Yacutinga

Back in the centre we will show you the President's Palace, The Congress Building and one of the finest examples of architecture in the city, the Colon Theatre, all of which exude grandeur.  The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, perhaps strolling through the quirky antique district of San Telmo, before being taken to Esquina Carlos Gardel in the evening for a live tango show that is sure to impress. Situated on the very corner where Carlos Gardel would dance tango with his friends and contemporaries, this is one of the most authentic tango shows in Buenos Aires.

Overnight: Yacutinga Lodge (B, D)

Days 8-9

Yacutinga Nature Reserve

Argentina's barbecues are famous worldwide, and here you will enjoy a typical Argentinian lunch including empanadas (meat-filled pastries), followed by a traditional asado (Argentinian barbecue). After learning more about the barbecue methods and sampling the mouthwatering produce in gaucho style, you’ll return to Buenos Aires, where the rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure.

Overnight: Yacutinga Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 10

Yacutinga - Puerto Madryn

Today you will transfer to the airport in time for your flight to Trelew, where you will be met and driven to your hotel. Puerto Madryn is situated at the entrance to the Ameghino Isthmus, a narrow natural bridge which connects the mainland to the Valdes Peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to marine wildlife such as whales, penguins and seals.

Overnight: Hotel Territorio (B)

Day 11

Valdes Peninsula

Head out on a whale watching cruise off the peninsula, looking out for orcas, humpback and southern right whales on their migration south to Antarctica. The resident pod of orcas is renowned for its ability to slide up the beaches of the Valdes shores to hunt for basking seals during the mating season (August - September).

Overnight: Hotel Territorio (B)

Day 12

Punta Tombo

Visit the penguins of the Punta Tombo wildlife reserve, home to a 500,000 strong colony of Magellan penguins, the largest penguin colony in South America. You will be able to walk amongst the penguins in their native habitat, observing penguin couples guarding their nests, incubating eggs and diving into the sea in search of food.

Overnight: Hotel Territorio (B)

Day 13

Puerto Madryn - El Calafate

Today you will return to the airport for your flight to El Calafate, the gateway to the expansive and breathtaking wilderness of Southern Patagonia. Check in to your hotel and spend the remainder of your day at leisure.

Day 14

Perito Moreno Glacier

Today you will visit the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier. Located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Los Glaciares National Park, covering an area of 250km² and reaching a height of over 60m, Perito Moreno is one of the most impressive glaciers in the world. Enjoy incredible views from the many walkways and the Bajo Las Sombars Pier, the closest point to the glacier's southern wall.

Day 15

El Calafate - Buenos Aires

Depart El Calafate this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Check into your hotel and spend the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Nuss Hotel (B)

Days 16-18

Buenos Aires

You will spend three days exploring Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, while staying at a stylish boutique hotel in the bohemian Palermo Soho district. Take a guided tour of the city, stroll through the vibrant neighbourhood of La Boca and the bustling antique markets of San Telmo, and enjoy a tango show at the Esquina Carlos Gardel - there is plenty to do in this diverse and fascinating city.

Overnight: Nuss Hotel (B)

Day 19

Depart Buenos Aires

Today you will bid 'adiós' to Buenos Aires, as you are collected from your hotel and taken to Ezeiza International Airport for your flight home.



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