BEST OF PATAGONIA ARGENTINA

BEST OF PATAGONIA ARGENTINA

7,720.00

15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS

1 Night at Hub Porteño in Buenos Aires
2 Nights at Peuma Hue in Bariloche
3 Nights at Los Ponchos in El Calafate
2 Nights at Aguas Arriba Lodge in El Chalten
2 Nights at Arakar in Ushuaia
3 Nights at Bahia Bustamante Lodge in Bahia Bustamante
1 Night at Legado Mitico in Buenos Aires

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Patagonia, Argentina - there’s just nothing like it. Breathtaking and magical, this is a landscape you won’t soon forget. Explore the naturally majestic region with Craft Travel’s “Best of Patagonia” package, newly revamped and updated to ensure you see the top highlights and experience the best activities Patagonia has to offer. Start off your journey with a private tour of glamorous Buenos Aires. Continue on to immerse yourself in the surrounding nature with activities such as a Safari Experience in the Patagonian steppe, glacier trekking in Calafate and photo ops in Upsala,

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 14 Nights Accommodation

  • Daily breakfast

  • Full board at Peuma Hue, Aguas Arriba Lodge & Bahia Bustamante

  • Excursions and tours as specified below

  • Daily choice of included excursions on a shared basis at Peuma Hue & Bahia Bustamante

  • All airport and ground transportation (unless otherwise specified in the itinerary)

  • All entrance fees as mentioned on tourAll local taxes (unless otherwise specified)

  • *Not included: gratuities, visas (if applicable), international or internal flights, meals and drinks not described above, items of a personal nature

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 01 | WELCOME TO BUENOS AIRES!

Welcome to Buenos Aires! Upon arrival, you will be taken to your hotel in town. Buenos Aires, capital city of Argentina, “World Capital of Tango” and consistently voted top Latin American destination in travel polls. First time visitors to Buenos Aires always come back, seduced by its cultural scene, vibrant nightlife, passion for football, and the quality of its shopping, hotels and restaurants. Eclectic and multicultural, the attractions of Buenos Aires’ 48 barrios meet the demands of even the most seasoned travelers.

In the afternoon you will be taken on a 4-hour private tour in the city.

Overnight at Hub Porteño (no meals included)


DAY 02 | BUENOS AIRES - BARILOCHE

Early in the morning after breakfast you will transferred to Buenos Aires domestic airport for your flight to Bariloche, in Rio Negro province.

Estimated flying time between Buenos Aires and Bariloche: 2 hours 20 minutes.

Upon arrival you will be taken to Lake Gutierrez, close to the city of Bariloche, where Estancia Peuma Hue is located (approximately 45 minutes away).

Estancia Peuma Hue is easily accessible. Located within the Nahuel Huapi National Park, the first and largest National Park in Argentina, the estancia rests in a peaceful and majestic location. Enjoy luxury accommodations in a beautiful environment with all types of outdoor activities at hand, personalized service and exquisite gourmet meals.

Overnight at Estancia Peuma Hue (B, L, D)


DAY 03 | BARILOCHE

Spend your day relaxing at Peuma Hue and enjoying some of the activities that the estancia has to offer. You can horseback ride and hike within the property, through wonderful mountain trails (that also link to the National Park trail network); ideal grounds for birdwatching as well. The lake options include swimming on warm days - even swimming with the horses! –  paddling the sea-kayaks and duckies (inflatable kayaks), combining hikes with boat rides or fly fishing at the lake. All of this, without ever having to leave the property!

Activities outside the estancia are also easy to arrange (with an additional cost), such as fly fishing in the Manso and Limay rivers, longer guided treks in the area around Peuma, mountain biking, rock & ice climbing in surrounding mountains and many scenic excursions within the National Park and neighboring parks as well.

Overnight at Estancia Peuma Hue (B, L, D)


DAY 04 | BARILOCHE - EL CALAFATE, SANTA CRUZ

Today you will be driven to Bariloche airport for your flight to El Calafate in Southern Patagonia.

Estimated flying time between Bariloche & El Calafate : 1 hours 30 minutes.

El Calafate is situated by Lake Argentino, a green water surface covering 1,600 km2 and has great mysterious depths, like all lakes originated from glaciers. It receives its name from the small bush calafate, indigenous of Patagonia. Its fruit is a delicious berry very good with which to make jam. According to tradition, whoever eats calafate will return for more. But reality is that whoever visits Calafate wants to stay there forever. It is an oasis of poplars, willows and pines at the border of the steppe.

Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel, Eolo, strategically located in La Anita valley, on the eastern side of Mount Frías (1 hour away from the airport). It stretches over a 3,000 hectare property. From Eolo's ample and comfortable facilities, which evoke ancient Patagonian"estancias“. You can observe Lago Argentino towards the north, La Anita Valley towards the east, and the Torres del Paine and the Rico branch of the same lake towards the south. The place is unique.

In the afternoon enjoy a Safari Experience, a midday 4x4 excursion which totally immerses you into the Patagonian steppe. Discover the balance of the regional ecosystem that varies as you ascend. There are excellent possibilities to see guanacos, condors, and foxes, among other members of the native fauna.

The pioneers and estancieros are part of the story during the tour inside the nature reserve "Estancia 25 de Mayo", who explain detected areas that are geologically unique to Argentina.

Overnight at Los Ponchos (B, D)


DAY 05 | EL CALAFATE

Today, after breakfast, you will visit the famous Perito Moreno glacier’s sidewalks. The glacier is an indescribable spectacle that fills visitors with wonder and admiration before even arriving to the destination.

You will also experience a minitrekking over the glacier. This excursion begins in the embarking pier located in “Bajo de las Sombras” port, about 6 km before the glacier Balconies - where you embark for a 20 minute navigation across the Rico Arm. Enjoy breath-taking views of the Perito Moreno glacier’s front wall. The group will disembark on the opposite shore, where specialized bilingual mountain guides welcome you and lead you to a small shelter. After checking the last details, small groups (max. 20) follow their guides along the lake’s shore towards the edge of the glacier. The two-hour circuit that follows introduces you to the fascinating landscape of the glaciers. See streams, small lagoons, gullies, crevasses and plenty of ice formations of the most incredible blues.

Note: the minitrekking is available only for people between 12 and 65 years old.

Overnight at Los Ponchos (B)


DAY 06 | EL CALAFATE

After breakfast, you will be driven to Punta Bandera (Flag Point) Port to embark on a boat that will take you to the Estancia Cristina Ranch. The vessel will navigate on the northern arm of Lake Argentino up to the last permitted point of navigation on the Upsala Channel, where stunning views of the Upsala Glacier await.

After disembarking at Estancia Cristina, the group signed up for this trek will be assigned a FWD vehicle with a specialized guide. Our ride will take us in ascent along the Feruglio cordon for 9.5 km where we will leave our vehicle. From there we will walk to the Upsala Glacier Lookout Point, which features stunning views of Lake Guillermo, the imposing Upsala Glacier’s eastern front and the South Patagonian Continental Ice Field.

From there, begin a 14km trekking over Fossil Canyon, an area with a great concentration of unique marine fossils, geological treasures left uncovered after the passage of the oceans long ago. This trek is a gradual downhill climb. During the journey there will be a break for lunch before walking down to Estancia Valley and to the boarding pier.

Enjoy your final night in Calafate.

Overnight at Los Ponchos (B)


DAY 07 | EL CALAFATE - EL CHALTÉN, SANTA CRUZ

In the morning you will be transferred to El Chaltén, also in Santa Cruz, after a hearty breakfast.

Estimated driving time from El Calafate to El Chaltén: 3 hours 30 minutes.

Considered the Argentinian capital of hiking, El Chaltén emerged as a result of a territorial dispute with neighboring Chile, which was finally settled in 1997. This event made it world famous among lovers of adventure sports, especially hikers. The majestic presence of Mount Fitz Roy is unquestionable. Almost year round, its summit is covered by a cloud that the Tehuelches, primitive dwellers of the area, mistook for smoke.

You will be transferred to your lodge, Aguas Arriba, located at the Estancia Río de las Vueltas, 37 km away from El Chaltén; with 900 meters of shore along Lago del Desierto, and 700 acres of mountain ranged forests. Its construction was a true odyssey due to its remote location.

Hand built out of natural wood and noble stones, its ample windowsills portray the beauty of its natural surroundings: an emerald green lake, hanging glaciers, forests’, and spectacular views of The Fitz Roy. Its eco- friendly construction assures to preserve nature in its pristine state.

The lodge is accessible either by boat or on foot. It is a 15’ boat ride from the south point of the lake along its eastern margin, or a minimum 3 hours hike. The trail guides you into the heart of the forest, home to centenarian trees of the Nothofagus family (Lenga, Ñire and Coihue trees). This is a truly unique experience where one can indulge the senses with nature, fine gourmet food, and adventure.

Before arrival, please keep in mind the following information:

  • -  Heat system and hot water works according to an established schedule due to the lodge’s ecofriendly status.

  • -  24 hr. electricity, with power restrictions during the night. No cell phone signal.

  • -  Cable Internet available.

  • -  There is no satellite TV. There is one plasma TV and DVD player in the living room.

  • -  Hair dryer available.

Overnight at Aguas Arriba Lodge (B, L, D)


DAY 08 | EL CHALTÉN

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a free day at Aguas Arriba for trekkings. Trekking circuit levels range from low to intermediate and last from 1 to 8 hrs approximately. A tasty lunch-box is prepared for long outings. In some cases the trek may be combined with a boat ride; your guide will decide.

Once you reach Aguas Arriba, the lodge’s host will advise you on which activity would be best for the next day. Together host and guests will plan the schedule. Remember that all the activities will vary depending on the weather conditions. Andean areas may have four seasons in one day.

Overnight at Aguas Arriba Lodge (B, L, D)


DAY 09 | EL CHALTÉN - USHUAIA, TIERRA DEL FUEGO

Early in the morning after breakfast you will return to the city of El Calafate to take your flight to Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego province.

Estimated flying time between El Calafate & Ushuaia: 1 hour 20 minutes.

Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. It is located on the shores of the Beagle Channel, at the southern tip of the island of Tierra Fuego, surrounded by the Martial Mountains. Its privileged location allows you to enjoy mountains, ocean and forests. The name of Ushuaia comes from the language of the Indians Yaghanes, its primitive inhabitants, and means "bay that penetrates towards the west.“ This evening is yours to recharge how you wish.

Overnight at Arakur (B)


DAY 10 | USHUAIA

Today you will travel in a relaxed and fun way to enjoy the landscape of Tierra del Fuego. Depart the city of Ushuaia in 4x4 vehicles and head high into the Andes Mountain Range, where you will see Lago Escondido, a small wonder hidden in the bottom of a valley. Then, the gigantic lake Fagnano, imposing and great, will be the highlight of your day. Take the "off-road" route where stops in the forest and on the coast of Lake Fagnano offer unique experiences and rich landscapes.

Overnight at Arakur (B)


DAY 11 | USHUAIA - BAHIA BUSTAMANTE

Early in the morning you will be picked up and taken to the Ushuaia airport to catch your flight to Trelew, in Chubut province. Upon arrival you will be driven to Bahía Bustamante, located 250km south of Trelew.

Estimated driving time between Trelew & Bahia Bustamante: 3 hours.

Bahía Bustamante is a seaside village entirely surrounded by nature. It is located on the northern arch of San Jorge Gulf, an area characterized by its relevant biological biodiversity. There are few places in the world that house such an amount and diversity of seabirds and marine mammals. Since 1952, the village has been exclusively devoted to the seaweed harvest. At the beginning, 500 people lived there who then used wagons pulled by horses to collect the crops. Today some 40 inhabitants live in Bahía Bustamante, all of whom are devoted to the seaweed production, making this place a “world’s unique seaweed village”.

Overnight at Bahia Bustamante Lodge (B, L, D)


DAY 12 | BAHIA BUSTAMANTE

The next two days are yours to explore as you wish.

With its great number of geographical accidents, its sounds and its solitude, Bahía Bustamante is a paradise waiting to be discovered; from its magnificent beaches of white sand and crystal clear water framed by dark red rocks reaching inland, to its moonscapes of great deserts. It is a marine and earthly paradise inhabited by a great number of birds and mammals. Exploration activities in the area are decided on a day-to-day basis, taking into account the state of the tide and the weather.

Options include: Sailing the Malaspina Cove to do bird watching (Penguins, Steamer Duck, Skuas, Cormorants, Petrel, Terns, Olrog Seagull, Oyster Catchers) & to see sea lions, a visit to the Petrified Forest, the exploration of the Gravina Peninsula, an insight into the seaweed industry, visit to the Aristizabal Lighthouse and Penguin Island, hikes and mountain biking. Outings on horseback and in kayaks are also possible (at additional cost).

Overnight at Bahia Bustamante Lodge (B, L, D)


DAY 13 | BAHIA BUSTAMANTE

Day at leisure.

Overnight at Bahia Bustamante Lodge (B, L, D)


DAY 14 | BAHIA BUSTAMANTE - BUENOS AIRES


This morning you will be driven to Comodoro Rivadavia airport which is located 180 Km south of Bahia Bustamante, in order to take your flight back to Buenos Aires.

Estimated driving time between Trelew & Bahia Bustamante: 3 hours.

Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for a final evening at leisure in the capital city.

Overnight at Legado Mitico (B)


DAY 15 | BUENOS AIRES

Today you will be driven to the international airport in Buenos Aires, 45 minutes away from the city, to take your flight back home.

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