Join Dr Joanna Page on this exploration of Argentinian culture, scenery and wildlife. From the magnificent spectacle of imposing Iguazú Falls as it gushes 90 metres over its horseshoe shaped precipice, to the grand colonial architecture, thriving art scene and cafes of Buenos Aires, where impassioned tango dancers swirl through the night we continue south to the breathtaking wilderness of Patagonia and visit UNESCO-protected Los Glaciares National Park to discover the magnificent Perito Moreno and Upsala glaciers. Finish in the beautiful Argentine Lakes at Bariloche, famous for its outstanding scenery, chocolate-making and Swiss alpine-style architecture.
- Discover Argentina from top to bottom, from Iguazú Falls to Los Glaciares National Park.
- Explore Buenos Aires’ cultural highlights including the Colon theatre, a tango show, and atmospheric San Telmo. This exciting city is brimming with culture and offers world-class food and wine.
- Look out for toucan, harpy eagle, howler monkeys, coati and tapir in the lush jungle surrounding Iguazú and see the spectacular falls from both sides.
- As well as seeing the famous Perito Moreno glacier, spend a day navigating ice floes by catamaran towards the lesser visited Upsala and Spegazzini Glaciers which give the local lakes their distinctive milky-blue colour.
Itinerary at a glance
Day 0: Those flying from London will depart today for Iguazú via Bogota or Buenos Aires overnight
Day 1: Group members arrive in Iguazú today | Tour starts with drinks and dinner | Overnight near Iguazú
Day 2: Full day on Argentinian side of Iguazú Falls on walking trails through the national park
Day 3: Cross to Brazilian side of Falls for full day exploration | Return to Argentinian side for overnight.
Day 4: Fly to Buenos Aires | Afternoon excursion to Colon Theatre | Dinner and overnight Buenos Aires
Day 5: Full day guided city tour including La Boca and Recoleta | Dinner and overnight Buenos Aires
Day 6: Fly to El Calafate, Patagonia | Transfer to hotel in El Calafate for dinner and overnight
Day 7: Excursion to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and the Perito Moreno Glacier | Overnight El Calafate
Day 8: Catamaran excursion to the Upsala and Spegazzini Glaciers and ice flows | Overnight El Calafate
Day 9: Fly to San Carlos de Bariloche in the Lake District | Overnight Bariloche
Day 10: Excursion by boat on Lake Nahuel Huapi | Arrayanes Forest Walk | Victoria Island | Overnight Bariloche
Day 11: Excursion to the foot of Mount Tronador | Forest hike | Black snowdrift Glacier | Overnight Bariloche
Day 12: Fly back to Buenos Aires | Dinner at El Querendi | Tango Show | Overnight Buenos Aires
Day 13: Tour ends after breakfast | Those taking TW’s flights will fly back to London on a daytime service.
Day 0: 3 April 2019 - Only for those flying from the UK
Day 1: 4 April 2019 - Tour begins in Iguazú Falls, Argentina
Day 2: 5 April 2019 - Iguazú Falls (Argentina)
Day 3: 6 April 2019 - Iguaçu Falls (Brazil)
Day 4: 7 April 2019 - Iguazu to Buenos Aires
Day 5: 8 April 2019 - Buenos Aires
Day 6: 9 April 2019 Buenos Aires to El Calafate, Patagonia
Day 7: 10 April 2019 - Los Glaciares National Park
Day 8: 11 April 2019 - Upsala and Spegazzini Glaciers
Day 9: 12 April 2019 El Calafate to Bariloche
Day 10: 13 April 2019 - Bariloche
Day 11: 14 April 2019 - Glaciers & Mt. Tronador
Day 12: 15 April 2019 - Bariloche to Buenos Aires
Day 13: 16 April 2019 Tour finishes in Buenos Aires
|Room Type||Price Per Person||Single Supplement||Optional Flight||Availability|
|Standard||£4,595||£690||From £750 return||Available|
Temple World can arrange flights from London to coordinate with this tour. British Airways and Latam have a direct overnight service from London to Buenos Aires with connecting service to Iguazu Falls. There is a change of airports within Buenos Aires so we would arrange transfers between the two for those booking flights with us. Returning from Buenos Airwes BA has a direct daytime flight to London. The cost of this ticket is currently around £750 return in economy, per person, including taxes and fees. Other airlines, routes and departures from regional airports may be available but are likely to involve an extra stop. We can arrange group airport transfers on arrival and departure to coincide with the flight arrival/departure time of our recommended BA/Latam flight for a small extra charge. Private transfers to meet any flight are also possible.
Booking your own flights
Clients wishing to use airmiles to buy or upgrade flights, or who wish to fly from outside the UK are advised to book their own flights. The start point for the tour is the Falls Iguazú Hotel in PUERTO IGUAZU, on the Argentinian side (Airport code IGR). Do be careful as there is also an airport on the Brazilian side (Foz de Iguaçu, airport code IGU). You can fly into the Brazilian side and we can arrange a transfer across the border if you wish. On 4 April, the first day of the tour, there are no activities until dinner, so guests can arrive at any point during this day. Check in at the Falls Iguazu Hotel is from 3pm but bags can be stored there if guests arrive early. We will be happy to provide a quote for early check-in if needed. On 16 April, the last day of the tour, there are no activities after breakfast but you are welcome to stay until check-out which is 10:30am. If you would like us to give you a quote for late check-out or extra nights we will be happy to help. We will be arranging group airport transfers on arrival in Puerto Iguazu and on departure in Buenos Aires for those booking flights with us (fee applies) but we can also arrange private airport transfers for those arranging their own flights for a supplement. Note that the departure airport for our group transfer if taking our recommended flights is Ministro Pistarini Airport (EZE).
Very Important! Those who plan to book their own flights should not make any binding or non-refundable arrangements until their place has been confirmed in writing on the tour and Temple World has confirmed that it is a guaranteed departure.
The tour price includes
All Domestic flights mentioned in the tour description (Iguazu to Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires to El Calafate, El Calafate to Bariloche, Bariloche to Buenos Aires), hotel accommodation in a twin or double bedded rooms with ensuite bathroom throughout, all excursions with local guides including entrance fees (except any optional excursions if mentioned), full board (except on first day, where no meals are included until dinner, and after breakfast on the last day, where lunch, if needed, is at own expense), expert trip lecturer.
International flights, flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu on arrival (we recommend you include this in your main international ticket) breakfast and lunch on Day 1, lunch and dinner on Day 13, drinks, tips to drivers & guides, items of a personal nature.
NHS Fit For Travel advises travellers to Argentina are usually recommended to immunise against: Tetanus. There is a risk of Malaria in the whole of Argentina but as the risk is low, antimalarials are not usually advised. Argentina is categorised as having a moderate risk of Zika Virus transmission. Pregnant women are not advised to travel to areas with a risk of Zika transmission, and it is not advised to plan a pregnancy within 6 months of travel on this tour. Please seek professional medical advice at least 8 week before departure. NHS Fit For Travel Website
UK and most EU passport holders do not require a visa to enter Argentina as a tourist for up to 90 days. Nationals of a few countries may require a visa in advance or may be required to pay a ‘reciprocity fee’ online before travel so all non-UK passport holders should please check with your local Argentinian consulate. Those transiting through the USA must have a valid ESTA or Visa prior to departure.
We have graded the fitness level required for participation in this tour as Moderate. There is quite a lot of walking (not hiking) in the tour, on uneven paths or in conditions which might be a little wet or slippery. There may not be anywhere to rest or sit down regularly. Not suitable for those who require walking aids. Please contact us for a full fitness briefing. Tour participants over 80 will be asked to provide a letter of fitness from their GP.
Dr Joanna Page
Dr Joanna Page is Director of the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge. She has travelled to Argentina to undertake fieldwork every year for the past two decades and has an unrivalled passion for the country, offering valuable insights into Argentine history, politics and culture. Dr Page teaches’ the University of Cambridge’s MPhil in Latin American Studies and the MPhil in European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures. Her particular area of research is Argentinian literature and film-making and the lectures on the trip will introduce you to some of the most important themes in Argentine society and culture, vividly illustrated with audiovisual material.
Lectures during our tours
All our tours are accompanied by an academic ‘trip scholar’ as well as local guides. The local guide or guides provide the day-to-day historical/zoological/cultural guiding on our tours, whilst the trip lecturer will give regular lectures on his/her specialist subject and other areas of their expertise related to the destination throughout to provide an academic overview. Lectures/talks usually last 30-40 minutes plus questions and answers (if applicable). These are generally held in the evenings before dinner and attendance is optional. We don’t usually specify before travel which days the lectures will be given (for operational reasons) but guests can expect them roughly every other day as a minimum, with some lecturers giving some kind of talk or presentation more frequently.
Private extensions in Argentina and the rest of South America
For those with more time, there is an almost unlimited choice of short and long private extensions we can add to this itinerary. Our private extensions are planned to your exact specifications and can be as simple as an extra few nights in a city hotel for you to explore independently, or as complex as a privately guided multi-country itinerary.
Here are a few of our favourite extension ideas to coordinate with this tour:
Argentinian Wine – Mendoza and the Uco Valley
Famed for its excellent Malbec, the fertile Uco valley is home to a dizzying array of world-class vineyards and a handful of top-notch estancia hotels and vineyard spa retreats where the food offering is just as exciting as the wine-tasting. Pairing three or more nights here with two or three nights near the pleasant lakeside city of Mendoza gives plenty of time to explore a variety of wine-makers, enjoy some seriously good steak and perhaps try something adventurous like horse-riding in the Andes, paragliding off Cerro Arco or white water rafting on the Mendoza river. Those who prefer more cultural pursuits can enjoy cooking classes, wine-blending lessons or strolls through the delightful pedestrianised shopping plazas of the city. Mendoza is reached easily with regular 2 -hour flights from Buenos Aires. The Uco Valley is about 70 minutes out of Mendoza by road.
Tierra del Fuego National Park/Antarctica/Cruceros Australis cruises
Right in the far southern tip of Argentina is Ushuaia, the gateway to Tierra del Fuego national park and the jumping off point for cruises. You can spend a night or two based at Ushuaia to visit the lakes in the National Park or we can help you choose the right cruise to the Antarctic (usually 7 nights) or Cape Horn (cruises from 4 nights upwards).