A wild safari throughout Argentina's most prolific wildlife areas, from the Valdes Peninsula to Esteros del Ibera.
A 13 day tailor-made journey discovering the wildlife of Argentina - from £4,275 per person sharing excluding international flights.)
Arrive Iguassu Falls
You still start your adventure by arriving in Sao Paulo (Brazil) before connecting to an afternoon flight to the stunning waterfalls of Iguassu, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel on the Argentinian side of the falls. On the way we will visit the Brazilian side of the falls, where you will be able to appreciate the best panoramic views of Iguassu - one of the greatest natural wonders in South America.
This morning, your expert guide will take you inside the Argentinian national park. This side of the falls is more of an extensive network of paths and trails taking you to within touching distance of the falls. You'll venture to the furthest point and the largest and most spectacular of all of the cascades – The Devil's Throat (Garganta del Diablo). From here you will really feel the full force of the falls as they thunder and spray around you. The sound of the cascading water is almost impossibly loud! After your tour, the rest of your day is free to spend at leisure. You may opt to take a boat trip which can bring you close to the base of the falls and which can be a wet but entertaining experience. There are also some safari trails, allowing you to see the local flora and fauna such as coati, hummingbirds and toucans in the nearby sub-tropical rainforest.
Iguassu - Esteros del Ibera
Today will be an early start as you are met and driven approximately 5 hours south into the Esteros del Ibera. This wetland habitat is similar to the Pantanal in Brazil, only not quite as extensive. En route you will have the opportunity to visit the Jesuit site of San Ignacio Mini, one of the best preserved of the Jesuit missions in the region.
Esteros del Ibera
You will have the next two days to enjoy some of the excursions on offer at the lodge, which will visit some of the remote areas of the Esteros del Ibera as part of your stay. Choose from horse riding in the marshlands amongst the flora and fauna, nature walks, bike rides, bird watching, boat rides and night safaris to maximise your wildlife experiences. This is a wetland habitat, similar to the Pantanal in Brazil, although not as large or as developed. There may be sightings of wildlife, such as caimans and, if you’re lucky you may even spot a jaguar. Bird lovers will also find this area abundant with over 300 different species, including some that are endangered, such as black and white monjita and yellow cardinal.
Esteros del Ibera - Buenos Aires
After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport in Corrientes for your flight to Buenos Aires, one of the world's great metropolises. After being met and transferred to your hotel, you have the rest of the day to spend at your own getting to know the soulful birthplace of tango. The architecture, shady plazas and green open spaces of this iconic city leave visitors feeling that they are in Europe and not South America; it’s little wonder Buenos Aires is often dubbed the 'Paris of the Americas'. The rest of the day is spent at your own leisure.
This morning you will be given a guided tour of Argentina’s beautiful capital city. Marvel at the vibrantly coloured clapper-board houses at La Boca, the district where the original immigrants first settled. Recoleta Cemetery in the Recoleta district is where many famous Argentinians are buried, including many politicians, writers and former military leaders - the most famous of which is arguably Eva Peron.
San Antonio de Areco
After breakfast, you will venture into the surrounding rural Pampas to the town of San Antonio de Areco. This is the land of the traditional Argentinian estancia, where gauchos will display their horsemanship skills, honed over centuries.
Buenos Aires - Puerto Madryn
Transfer to the Airport in time for your flight to Trelew, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Puerto Madryn. This area is the gateway to the Valdes Peninsula, which is renowned for its variety of marine wildlife species, including whales, penguins and seals. Check into your hotel and the rest of the day is at your own leisure.
After breakfast at the hotel you have the full day tour to the Valdes Peninsula. The tour begins early in the morning when you will be picked up from your hotel. After passing through the town of Puerto Madryn, you will reach the Ameghino Isthmus, a narrow natural bridge which connects the peninsula to the mainland. The Valdes Peninsula has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. While crossing the isthmus, pass the panoramic viewpoint from where you can observe Nuevo and San Jose Gulfs, which are to the north and to the south of the isthmus. You’ll also pay a visit to the Visitors Centre, where you can learn about the natural history of the peninsula.
Today you will pay a visit to Punta Tombo, a wildlife reserve with the biggest penguin colony in South America, where over 500,000 Magellan penguins can often be seen. Between September and April many penguins visit the site to incubate their eggs and prepare the new born chicks for their migration. You will be able to observe the couples of penguins standing and guarding their nests from predators. On occasion you may see one of the adults going to the sea to search for food. This is a magical area where you will be able to walk freely amongst hundreds of penguins in their native habitat. There are many species of seabirds which can be seen here. On land you may spot rheas, distantly related to the ostrich, and guanacos - one of the smallest of the South American cameloids. After your visit, you’ll return to your hotel with the rest of the day spent at your own leisure.
Valdes Peninsula - Buenos Aires
Transfer back to the Airport in Trelew, in time for your flight back to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel where you can enjoy a final evening in this spectacular and romantic capital city.
After breakfast. transfer to the Airport in time for your onward flight.