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Highlights: Buenos Aires + Iguazu Falls + Lake District


ARH12B
12 NIGHTS
FROM £1,294
International flights quoted separately
Experience the highlights of Argentina, combining the exciting city of Buenos Aires with its tango and gaucho culture, including a day trip to Colonia in Uruguay. Then visit the mighty Iguazu Falls, before spending time self-driving in the spectacular Lake District, with its glacier lakes and snow-topped mountains. All transfers & car hire included.
Photo Self Drive Holiday Argentina Lake District Chile Iguazu Falls Photo
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Buenos Aires
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Pink House
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Tango Dancing
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Gaucho Ranch
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Tigre Delta
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Iguazu Falls
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Rainforests
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Lake District
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Bariloche
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Villa La Angostura
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Buenos Aires
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Pink House
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Tango Dancing
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Gaucho Ranch
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Tigre Delta
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Iguazu Falls
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Rainforests
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Lake District
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Bariloche
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Villa La Angostura
Day 1
You will be met at Buenos Aires Airport and transferred to your hotel in this exciting city, situated on the estuary of the Río de la Plata (or "River of Silver").
 
Check in and relax in this capital of Argentina, known for its wonderful architecture, tango dancing and rich culture, including the highest concentration of theaters in the world.
Day 2
This morning we suggest an optional half day tour of Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city influenced by the many immigrants who helped form it and offering beautiful architecture, history and culture.
 
Our tour starts at the Plaza de Mayo, the historical, political and cultural centre of the city. Here you can see the Pink House (Presidential Palace), the Pyramid de Mayo and Metropolitan Cathedral. We continue down Avenida de Mayo, with its wide avenues and spacious green areas, past the Obelisk to the neighborhood of San Telmo, one of the oldest in the city with cobbled streets and colonial houses. Every Sunday an antiques fair takes place here around the Plaza Dorrego. The vibrant area is the centre for most of the tango parlors, restaurants and bars of the city.
 
Going further south, we visit the Italian port neighborhood of La Boca, with its colourful houses in Caminito Street and many “cantinas” (small restaurants). Also the trendy modern neighborhood of Puerto Madero, where the old piers have been converted into upmarket offices, apartments and restaurants with views of the Rio de la Plata. We visit the residential neighborhood of Palermo with its elegant mansions surrounded by spacious parks, before arrivinge in glamorous Recoleta, where there is the option to visit the famous cemetery where Eva Peron is buried, with its rich architecture (pay locally). Next to the cemetery is the church of Our Lady of Pilar, the Recolete Cultural Centre (originally a convent) and the Palais de Glace exhibition centre.
 
In the evening we suggest an optional Tango Show. Born in the brothels of the city amongst a racial mix of Gauchos, Italian, Spanish and African immigrants, this dance and its music originated as a combination of Cuban and Spanish rhythms, with some polka and African beat. Enjoy the show and included dinner, including mouth-watering Argentinian beef and Malbec wine.
Day 3
This morning we suggest an optional full day excursion to Santa Susana Ranch to admire the skills of the Argentinian Gauchos (cowboys) who live in these fertile pampas grasslands about 2-hours from the city.
 
With a distinctive culture that combines their European and Native American heritages, Gauchos play an important role in regional cultural tradition - including folk songs, dancing and equestrian shows of traditional gaucho skills, such as ring races, cuadreras (horse races) and entrevero de tropillas (horse games).
 
Named in honour of the wife of the original owner, this 1,200 hectare ranch focuses mainly on agriculture, with some cattle raising and horse breeding. On arrival you will be offered delicious empanadas (traditional meat pies) and Argentian wine. You will also have the opportunity of riding a farm wagon, or enjoying a walk on horseback, before tucking into a traditional asado (barbeque). This will be followed by a tango demonstration, folk dancing and an exhibition of Gaucho horsemanship, with roping and ring races.
 
Note: the ranch is closed on Mondays.
Day 4
Today enjoy a full day excursion to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay.
 
Transfer to the the Hydrofoil Terminal and take the 45-minute high speed ferry across the Rio de La Plata to Colonia, a picturesque town that was formerly a Portuguese colony and is now a Unesco World Heritage site.
 
You will be met on arrival by your guide, who will show you around the narrow cobbled streets of the Historic Quarter, situated on a small peninsula that juts out into the river. From above the town, the 19th-century lighthouse offers sweeping views over the river. Nearby is the Portón de Campo - the reconstructed 1745 city gate, with remnants of the old city walls.
 
Return to Buenos Aires on the 4.30 pm ferry, where you will be met and transferred back to your hotel.
Day 5
Transfer to Aeroparque Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Puerto Iguazu Airport and transferred to your hotel located near one of the greatest waterfalls in the world, regarded as one of Latin America's most awe-inspiring sights.
 
The mighty Iguazu Falls, whose name means "Great Waters", straddles the border between Argentina and Brazil - although almost 80% of the falls are on the Argentinian side. It is situated in a huge tropical rainforest that has been declared a World Heritage site, with countless flora and fauna species.
Day 6
Today enjoy a half day tour of the Argentinian side of the incredible Iguazu Falls.
 
Comprising approximately 275 separate cascades, the falls form a curtain of foaming water that crashes over a vast granite amphitheatre and into the jungle below. Resembling a reversed letter "J", most of the Iguazu River plunges down through an area known as The Devil’s Throat, with the rest spreading out over a wide shelf that splits into hundreds of different waterfalls.
 
There are a series of walkways that lead above, below and behind the falls, with breath-taking views. You can also hope to see monkeys, toucans, parakeets and other wildlife in the rainforest.
Day 7
This morning we cross the border for a half day tour of the Brazilian side of the incredible Iguazu Falls, with panoramic views of the nearly 2-mile (3 km) cliff edge. We take an elevator down to the base of the waterfalls and stop at different viewing points.
  
The volume of water flowing over the falls varies greatly by season, depending on the rainfall. The heaviest rains are from December to February, when the flow of water is at its greatest, but many trails are closed then due to the rains. The shoulder seasons of March/April and August/September are generally regarded as the best time to visit, but the falls are a spectacular sight at any time of year.
Day 8
Transfer to Puerto Iguazu Airport for your onward flight.

Arrive at San Carlos de Bariloche Airport, collect your hire car and drive to your hotel in this regional centre situated on beautiful Lago Nahuel Huapi, a large glacial lake.
 
Relax in this region of great natural beauty, surrounded by the snow-capped Andes Mountains.
Day 9
Today we suggest an optional half day 'Small Circuit' tour to Mount Campanario and the beautiful Llao Llao Peninsula, to see one of the most beautiful views in the world.
 
Enjoy magnificent mountain and lake landscapes, with views from López Bay and Punto Panorámico (Panoramic Lookout) and ascend Mount Campanario by chairlift, for wonderful views into Chile. You can visit the San Eduardo Chapel and buy local handcrafts along the way - including pottery, woodwork, candles and knitwear.
Day 10
Today we suggest an optional full day tour to Victoria Island and Los Arrayanes National Park.
 
We transfer from Bariloche to Puerto Panuelo, where we embark on a 1-hour sightseeing boat ride across beautiful Nahuel Huapi Lake. We disembark at Puerto Anchorena on Victoria Island, the largest island on the lake. From here enjoy a guided nature walk through a coniferous forest where, in the summer months, you can take a dip in the lake off of Toro Beach or an optional chair lift up Bella Vista Hill (pay locally).
 
We return to the boat and continue to the beautiful Quetrihué Peninsula, where we disembark to explore Los Arrayanes National Park. Learn about the hundred-year-old arrayán trees with their cinnamon-colored bark, which only grow on this narrow isthmus of land near Villa Angostura. You may also see a few pudú, a species of miniature deer. Afterwards we return to the boat and return to Bariloche.
 
Note: Lunch can be purchased on the boat, or bring your own. If only a small number of passengers on the day, this tour may be shortened to half day without notice (i.e. lunch is not enjoyed on the island). As the same activities are done, no refunds are given.
Day 11
At leisure to explore the spectacularly beautiful Lake District of Argentina, surrounded by the snow-capped Andes.
 
The small town of Bariloche is known for its characteristic Swiss alpine architecture and wonderful chocolate. It is a popular base for hiking and skiing in the nearby mountains.
 
You can also drive 1.5-hours along the Seven Lakes road  to the small picturesque town of Villa La Angostura, which is surrounded by the alpine forests of Nahuel Huapi National Park.
Day 12
Drive to Bariloche Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Aeroparque Airport in Buenos Aires and transferred to your hotel in this capital city.
Day 13
Transfer to Buenos Aires Airport for your flight home.

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