Trip Inspiration

16 Days in Argentina

Argentina's Icons + awe inspiring views

Explore the spectacular setting of Bariloche in northern Patagonia’s Lakes District, before setting off to experience the beauty of El Calafate, Argentina's Patagonia. Discover Buenos Aires, frequently referred to as the “Paris of South America,” with its stunning architecture and sophisticated style. The country's iconic wine capital of Mendoza welcomes you with its lovely wines and beautiful vineyards. Take in the wonder and power of Iguazú Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world.

Trip Highlights

Locations

  • 3 nights at the iconic Llao Llao Resort
  • 3 nights at the beautiful EOLO hotel in Argentina’s Patagonia
  • 3 nights exploring cosmopolitan Buenos Aires at Palacio Duhau
  • 3 nights in the Mendoza wine region, at Cavas Wine Lodge
  • 3 nights in Iguazú Falls at Awasi Iguazú

Activities

  • Explore the Argentine Lake District
  • Tour Buenos Aires and surrounding area
  • Board a catamaran to visit a remote estancia
  • Experience the sights an sounds of Argentina’s Patagonia
  • Embark on a mini-trek atop the Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Sample local Argentinian wines
  • Explore the Iguazú Falls area
What does “Trip Inspiration” mean?

At Travel Beyond, we believe your trip should be designed just for you, not for the masses. Our travel consultants create a custom itinerary for each client, offering recommendations for places and experiences that best fit your style. The itinerary below was planned for a past client, but we’re sharing it for travel inspiration and as an example of what a trip to Argentina might look like. Let us know when we can design a trip just for you!

Day 1

Arrive Bariloche, Argentina

Welcome to Argentina! On arrival in Bariloche, you will be transferred by private vehicle to the Llao Llao Resort and Spa where accommodations will be reserved for three nights.

A famed landmark of Argentina and known as one of the grandest hotels in all of Patagonia, the Llao Llao Resort and Spa is truly a five-star resort, retaining all of its original charm, designed in 1938 by Argentina’s most prestigious architect, Alejandro Bustillo. Large, contemporary design suites offer spectacular views of Lake Moreno and Mount Tronador. Graciously appointed rooms and suites feature traditional décor and modern comforts. Amenities range from room service, a fantastic spa and infinity pool with awesome views, a spectacular golf course, outdoor activities ranging from water sports on the lake and mountain biking to archery.

Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure to explore the area and activities on offer.

Llao Llao Resort and Spa Meals: N/A

Day 2

Bariloche

This morning you will be met for your full-day Hidden Falls Navigation, including lunch.

Some of the most remote wilderness of Nahuel Huapi National Park can only be accessed by water. Here, the little known Tristeza Inlet and Hidden Falls trail can be found nestling close to glacial inlets and lush Valdivian Forest. The trip provides countless opportunities to observe native wildlife, and some of the most emblematic flora of the western side of the park.

Today’s tour begins with a guided drive of about an hour towards a waiting vessel. The route covers the first half of the classic Circuito Chico, and an early stop at Punto Panoramico to take in one of the most stunning views of the park is a great way to break up the drive. You will then arrive at Bahía Lopez (Lopez Bay) where we board the Curiosity. Your voyage into the remote beaches and islands of the lake will be courtesy of this trusty, 21-foot open powerboat, capable of taking up to nine passengers. Curiosity does not need a pier or harbor to dock, which means it can access some of the more difficult to reach coastlines and bays with ease.

As you slowly cruise down the shoreline of the Tristeza Inlet, ancient Nothofagus forest hangs overhead, with granite cliffs looming just a couple of feet away. In the distance, the imposing Mount Tronador, Capilla and El Capitan Mountains tower into the sky as ever-present reminders of the scale this landscape is best-known for. In addition to the unique topography, this trip also offers incredible opportunities to observe the diverse wildlife of the area, with condors, foxes and chinchillas all common to the area.

Later, the boat lands for disembarkation, and you will embark on a two-mile hike through the lush forest surrounding the Frey Creek. Huge moss covered Coihue trunks and a palette of colored flora surrounds you as you trek toward the 90-foot drop of the roaring Hidden (Frey) Falls, and the climax of the trek. These picturesque falls are perfect for a dip in the plunge pools, before some well-earned refreshments, and back to the waiting Curiosity. From here, a brief navigation across the inlet will take you to a secluded bay, and while your guides are busy preparing a buffet lunch, there is plenty of time to wander the beaches or simply relax on the sand with a glass of Malbec!

This afternoon, you return to Bahia Lopez. Your van will drive you back to the hotel along the second half of Circuito Chico, taking in more sublime scenery.

Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

Llao Llao Resort and Spa Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

Day 3

Bariloche

This morning you will be met for your full-day Bariloche Hike & Kayak tour, including a boxed lunch.

One of the best ways to explore the mountains and lakes of Bariloche is by hiking and kayaking its waterways and trails. Today’s tour takes you to Lopez Bay for a safety briefing, before you hop into your kayak. You will spend two hours paddling the waters of Moreno Lake, after which you will moor up on a small island for a picnic lunch. This break provides the ultimate opportunity to not only re-fuel, but also sit back and take in the fantastic scenery, before jumping back into the kayak for further exploration of this beautiful shoreline. In the afternoon, hike to the Tristeza inlet lookout point. The trail is easy and well-traveled, leading us to an ideally located granite dome, known for the incredible vistas over the neighboring, glaciated Tronador peak, and a 12-mile-long narrow inlet while standing atop it. Upon completion of your excursion, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

Llao Llao Resort and Spa Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

Day 4

Bariloche to El Calafate

Today after breakfast and checkout, you will be met by a Travel Beyond representative for your private transfer to the Bariloche Airport for your commercial flight to El Calafate.

Upon arrival in El Calafate, you will be met by a lodge representative for your private transfer to EOLO where you will spend three nights. All meals and many on-site activities are included in your stay.

Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure to explore the area and activities on offer.

EOLO Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Day 5

El Calafate

This morning you will be met for your full-day privately guided Perito Moreno Glacier Tour, including a mini-trek atop the ice.

Perito Moreno Glacier is Los Glaciares National Park’s most famous and imposing resident. Visitors travel from around the world to set eyes on the magnificent sight of this ever-growing natural phenomenon, which stretches 3-miles wide and 200-feet high above Lake Argentino. Watch as the evolving landscape takes shape in front of you, with huge chunks of ice breaking free from the main body, booming into the lake below and sending a mesmerizing shower of water hundreds of feet into the air. The waves and dramatic crashes caused by these continual movements are a display of true natural beauty.

Your tour begins at El Calafate, setting off on a comfortable one-hour drive, which leads you to the national park, with the first breathtaking glimpse of Moreno coming into view as you travel towards Lago Argentino; the unforgettable scenery is further enhanced by the imposing Andean Mountains in the background. In addition to the stunning views of the Perito Moreno, you will also have an opportunity to uncover the National Park’s wildlife, with a walk among their native surroundings. A guided hike through the National Park will offer the chance to spot Andean Condors, Buff-Necked Ibis, Black-Chested Buzzard Eagles, Ashy-Headed Geese and many other unusual species known to inhabit the myriad scenic trekking trails which dissect the rolling hills and plains surrounding the lake.

During your visit, you will also have the unique chance to trek on the glacier! The journey begins as you board the boat to cross Argentino Lake, navigating through the ice blocks recently carved away from the glaciers, and traveling along the ice walls which tower above you as you sail.

Expert guides will be waiting to welcome you when you arrive at a captivating, uninhabited beach. Before heading out along the lake’s shore and towards the edge of the glacier, you will receive your crampons, which will provide a more comfortable trekking experience. You will then set out on an unforgettable two-hour adventure across this fascinating landscape, entering another world of the most incredible blue ice formations, hidden crevasses and gentle streams winding through gullies and pooling into small lagoons. The level of trekking here is considered to be ‘moderate’, and although the ice surface is irregular, it is also firm and perfectly safe.

Having conquered your trek on the glacier, you will enjoy a gentle stroll through the forest, as you make your way back to the pier, the lake, and ultimately back to the hotel in El Calafate.

EOLO Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 6

El Calafate

This morning after breakfast, you will be met for your shared full-day Estancia Cristina Discovery Tour.

Today’s destination is Estancia Cristina, a landmark in the history of Patagonia and glacier explorations. In 1900 Percival Masters, a British sailor from Southampton, arrived in Patagonia in search of a better life for his family. Eventually, Percival, his wife and their two children settled in a secluded spot alongside Lago Argentino. He became a farmer and founded Estancia Cristina, in memory of their daughter who died at the age of 20. A shared transfer leaves El Calafate to begin the journey to Puerto Bandera, where, on arrival, you will set sail on a panoramic catamaran which gently navigates along the lake. Carefully cruising through the breath-taking scenes of icebergs towering overhead the vistas are backed up with stunning views of the Upsala Glacier. Your voyage continues as you find yourself cruising down the Cristina Channel, your destination gradually coming into sight.

Cristina is located in the most incredible setting, surrounded by snow-capped mountains imposing themselves defiantly on the landscape, and striking blue icebergs, glowing as they float effortlessly on the lake. Your expert guide for the day will be waiting to greet you upon arrival, transferring from the catamaran to the comfort of a 4-wheel-drive vehicle ready for the next stage of our adventure. Drive toward the Upsala Glacier lookout point, an enjoyable experience in itself as you travel through such beautiful scenery. You will encounter the most impressive views of the glacier during a trek away from the main Estancia, with the final lookout point also providing a unique opportunity to see the glacier from above. Having absorbed the majesty of the landscape, you begin your descent and return to the base where you will enjoy a satisfying and well-earned lunch.

Feeling refreshed, an afternoon of sightseeing beckons, including a visit to a nearby Chapel; the Rio Caterina; museum (located in a former sheep shearing warehouse); and the orchard. There is also an opportunity to relax and take some time to wander at leisure, enjoying the views and other worldly feel this region is famed for. Finally, re-board the boat in the early evening for a comfortable two-hour ride back to El Calafate, giving you time to reflect on the day’s events.

Following your tour, you will be transferred back to the lodge.

EOLO Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

 

Day 7

Al Palacio Barolo

El Calafate to Buenos Aires

Today after breakfast, you will be met for a private transfer to the El Calafate Airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you will be met for your private transfer to the Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau, where you will spend three nights.

This evening, you will be met for a private transfer to the Rojo Tango Show.

Buenos Aires is the place to watch captivating Tango shows, and each offers something different from the next. Rojo’s chic Tango club is found beneath the sumptuous Faena Hotel & Universe, hosting an avant-garde show which combines modern Tango with superb production. The club exudes an exclusive feel with its decadent interiors and intimate space; and the food is exquisite, too.

Following the show, you will be returned to your hotel.

Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Day 8

Buenos Aires

This morning you will be met for a privately guided City & Street Food Tour, including lunch.

The morning’s exclusive tour serves as the perfect introduction to four of the city’s most distinctive districts, offering a fascinating insight into its history, contrasts and culture. Your expert local guide will draw on their extensive knowledge as you experience the highlights of Buenos Aires, including political centers, artist meccas and barrios rich in European architecture. You will become acquainted with the foundation site of the capital at Plaza de Mayo, undisputedly Buenos Aires’ political heart.

Next, delve into one of the oldest districts, Parque Lezama and La Boca in the south, where artists’ ateliers and brightly colored houses jostle for space; before moving on to Plaza San Martin and Retiro. Here you will notice the transformation of Buenos Aires’ architecture from the rambling style in the south of the city to the European-influenced residential quarters of the 19th century. Finally, you’ll come face to face with the sophisticated neighborhood of Recoleta, whose buildings and avenues were inspired by the French; it is also home to the world famous Recoleta Cemetery and Evita Peron’s Mausoleum, and you will make a stop here on this tour.

Along the way, dive into the street food scene of Buenos Aires, tasting your way through San Telmo to discover three of Argentina’s favorite delicacies. With the help of your passionate (and fun!) gourmet guide, you’ll sample empanadas, a typical pastry from Argentina; choripan, an irresistible sandwich with chorizo; and Argentina’s take on Italian pizza. To finish off you will have a delicious sweetener: Argentina’s own version of Italian Gelato.

You will be returned to your hotel at the conclusion of your tour. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

 

 

Day 9

Buenos Aires

Today you embark on your full-day excursion to Estancia La Bamba de Areco.

Estancia

Nothing encapsulates the essence of traditional Argentina quite like the Pampas and the legendary gauchos – local cowboys and symbols of the independent, free spirit of the mestizo people. The Pampas are seemingly endless grasslands that lie just beyond Buenos Aires, home to an abundance of wildlife and rich landscapes, and dotted with traditional estancias, which are family-run farms that have been passed down from generation to generation for years. Visiting these estancias provides an insight into the history and traditions of Argentina, and is easily done in a day trip from Buenos Aires. On this tour you’ll witness life on the estancias, by meeting the gauchos and seeing their impressive horse riding skills and cattle management; you’ll even get to saddle up and go horseback riding yourself. You’ll also enjoy a delicious regional meal, the typical asado – or Argentine barbecue, while listening to traditional music.

After your tour, you will be returned to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

Day 10

Buenos Aires to Mendoza

This morning after breakfast and checkout, you will be met for a private transfer to the Buenos Aires domestic airport for your flight to Mendoza.

Upon arrival in Mendoza, you will be met by a lodge representative for your private transfer to the Cavas Wine Lodge, outside the city. You will spend three nights, including all meals and activities. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

Cavas Wine Lodge Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Days 11-12

Mendoza

Enjoy your days exploring the area. Your inclusive stay at Cavas features wine tasting on the property, visits to local wineries, an optional active day (white water rafting, biking, horseback riding, hiking or sightseeing,), daily breakfast and lunch, dinner either at the lodge or a partner restaurant, one-hour massage per person, and access to the fitness center, pool and jacuzzi.

Cavas Wine Lodge Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 13

Mendoza to Iguazú Falls

This morning after breakfast, you will be met for a private transfer to the Mendoza airport for your flight to Puerto Iguazú. Upon arrival, you will be met for your private transfer to Awasi Iguazú. You will spend three nights, including all meals and private excursions.

Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure. Dinner will be served at the lodge.

Awasi Iguazú Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Day 14-15

Iguazú Falls

Each day during your stay at Awasi Iguazú, you will embark on a journey to learn more about Iguazú Falls and Argentina’s Misiones Province.

Awasi Iguazú is situated on the banks of the Iguazú River, surrounded by the Atlantic Rainforest. Your villa includes a private guide and 4-Wheel Drive vehicle, allowing you to explore at your own pace. You may choose between full-day excursions with lunch included, or two half-day excursions, returning to have lunch at Awasi between.

Awasi has worked with renowned biologists to create a series of excursions that go beyond the falls.

From landscape to history, flora and fauna, the Misiones Province is a melting pot of contrasts and diversity.

Awasi Iguazú Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 16

Depart Argentina

Today after breakfast and checkout, you will be transferred to the local airport for departing flights home.

N/A Meals: Breakfast