Argentina

From Iguassù to Tierra del Fuego

Day 1: Flight from Rome to Buenos Aires.

Day 2: Visit of Buenos Aires.

Day 3: From Buenos Aires to El Calafate. Arrive and check-in at the hotel. Free evening. Overnight stay.

Day 4: Day visit to the glacier of Perito Moreno. 78 km drive from El Calafate to the foot of the glacier. The Perito Moreno is a huge ice river of 195 km2. Due to its geographical location, the huge accumulation of snow on it and the fact that it doesn’t melt throughout the year, the glacier is steadily growing larger. As such, it is unique and has become a UNESCO World Heritage site. It periodically produces unpredictable and spectacular ruptures, which since 1947 occur cyclically. Hike on the glacier with guides. Overnight stay at El Calafate.

Day 5: Boat trip to the front of the glacier to observe it at close range and from different angles. Free afternoon. Overnight stay at El Calafate.

Day 6: Morning visit to the caves of Walichu and the Nimez Lagoon. In the afternoon transfer to the airport and flight to Ushuaia. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Free evening. Overnight stay.

Day 7: Visit of Ushuaia and the Museum of the End of the World. Ushuaia, with its 55.000 inhabitants is situated in the centre of a picturesque landscape on the southern slope of the mountain and in front of the homonymous Bay and the Beagle Channel. Its name derives from an indigenous word which means ‘bay that opens to the west’. It is considered to be the southernmost city in the world. The Museum of the End of the World holds a collection of Indian objects, antique figureheads and an interesting collection of stuffed birds. Overnight stay

Day 8: Boar trip on the Beagle Channel. Free afternoon. Overnight stay in Ushuaia.

Day 9: Transfer to the airport and flight to Trelew. Morning visit of the city and drive to Puerto Madryn. Free evening. Overnight stay.

Day 10: Day excursion in the Valdés Peninsula, which is considered one of the most important game reserves in Argentina. It is here that the austral whales, elephant seals and sea lions reproduce mate. Along the roads it is possible to see running guanacos, ostriches and rabbits of Patagonia. The Peninsula is very dry and is situated 40 m. below sea level (the lowest level in the whole of South America). Elephant seals are considered the natural inhabitants of the southern hemisphere as a single species. The male can reach up to six meters long and weighs 3000 kgs, while the female is hardly ever longer than 3 m. or over 1000 kgs. These mammals usually start to arrive in July and form between October and January their greatest concentration (about 1300 in the whole Peninsula). Stop in Puerto Piramide, a small village situated 95 km from Puerto Madryn to see the colonies of sea lions and cormorants that settle at the end of the bizarre pyramid cliff from which the place takes its name. Visit to the sea lions reserve on the cliff below Punta Delgada. Return to the hotel. Free evening. Overnight stay at Puerto Madryn.

Day 11: Transfer to the airport of Trelew and flight to Buenos Aires. Overnight stay.

Day 12: Flight to Iguassu. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Free evening. Overnight stay.

Day 13: Trip to the Argentinean side of the Iguassu Falls which are situated on the border between Argentina and Brazil, at the exact point where the waters of the river offer a unique view of its 275 drops. After enjoying experiencing the proximity of the falls, one can also explore the surrounding flora and fauna. The next stop is the spectacular Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat), where the river plunges 70 m. from the edge of the basalt plateau to the valley below. Return to the hotel and time to relax by the pool. Free evening. Overnight stay.

Day 14: Day trip to the Jesuit Ruins of San Ignacio Minì. The trip takes one along picturesque and colourful roads and includes a short visit to the town of Candelaria, the first capital of the province of Misiones and its ancient trees, before reaching the Jesuit ruins of San Ignacio that was built in 1632. In the remains of the buildings one can still admire the wonderful stone and wood work of the Indians made under the direction of the Jesuits who arrived in the first half of the seventeenth century and settled in the area with the intent of converting the indigenous Guarani. At the time of its maximum development the mission could home up to 5000 Indians. The Jesuits were repeatedly driven away, first by the slave traders then the European settlers, until they were finally expelled in 1768. Return to the hotel. Free evening. Overnight stay.

Day 15: Iguassu. Morning excursion to the Brazilian side of the river falls. One can admire the numerous tributaries of the river coming down through the rocky cliffs. The National Park protects over 2000 species of plants and more than 400 species of wild animals. Excursion in the forest where a large variety of birds and multi-coloured butterflies can be seen.

Day 16: Transfer to the airport and flight to Buenos Aires. Arrival and check-in at the hotel. Free evening. Overnight stay.

Day 17: Visit of Buenos Aires. Plaza de Mayo and the surrounding palaces: Casa Rosada (the Government building), Cabildo (the old Town Hall), the new Town Hall, than the Congress Palace and its square. The tour will also stop in front of the Colon, a famous opera house, that receives some of the world’s greatest artists, as well as ‘La Boca’, the neighbourhood where the first Italian immigrants lived along with Palermo Park and the chic La Recoleta area. Optional afternoon walk to discover the more hidden and charming areas of town. Free evening. Overnight stay.

Day 18: Buenos Aires, day available for optional tours and excursions. In the evening transfer to the airport and flight back to Rome.

Day 19: Arrival in Rome.