Family Adventure: Highlights of Argentina

A 10 day trip to Argentina 
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From a sensational trail winding through the jungles around Iguazu Falls to the captivating, icy glint of The Perito Moreno Glacier, your customizable family tour of Argentina will capture the highlights of the landscape and culture, as it embraces the passion for discovery and the spirit of family fun. You will enjoy the unique heritage of the diverse neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, relish the active exploration of the scenic rainforest terrain in search of tropical wildlife, and follow in the footsteps of legendary gauchos along the open plains of the pampas that accentuate the splendor of your family adventure in Argentina.

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Places Visited 

Buenos Aires, Puerto Iguazu, Iguazu National Park, Iguazu Forest, El Calafate, Los Glaciers National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier, Parque Das Aves

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Buenos Aires – Arrive in Buenos Aires with an Introduction to Palermo

The famous city of Buenos Aires represents a historic elegance and captivating ambiance that is reminiscent of the renowned Western European cities like Paris and Vienna. The 47 different neighborhoods each have a distinctive character that capture a different culture which creates the overall heritage of the city. Your flight will land at Ministro Pistarini International Airport where your private transfer will greet the family upon arrival. The city will sweep you into its bustling streets before the family has a chance to relax in the comforts of your luxury accommodation.

Your guide will meet your family in the hotel lobby and will be eager to introduce you to the history and ambiance of Palermo, which is one of the city’s most unique barrios. While you listen to the fascinating evolution of the neighborhood and learn about the stunning architectural design, the kids will participate in a thrilling scavenger hunt. As you walk through the area, you will find the aroma of fresh coffee emanating from the cafés as you enjoy the shady lanes of the old neighborhood that lead to the Parque 3 de Febrero park, which is an open green space decorated with small lakes and bright gazebos.

What’s Included: airport transfer, accommodation

Day 2: Buenos Aires – Experience Buenos Aires on an Immersive Tour

In the morning, the aroma of medialunas, pastries that are similar to croissants, will fill the dining room of the hotel accompanied by the scent of freshly brewed cappuccino. Your guide will meet your family in the hotel lobby before you venture out into the city for an immersive tour that encompasses the culture, history, and ambiance of Buenos Aires and its enchanting neighborhoods. Artists will enjoy the vibrant atmosphere where dancers perform the captivating tango to a background of elevated corrugated houses that are painted with vivacious blue, green, yellow, and red hues. The neighborhood will seem to pulsate to the pace of the music as locals enjoy their morning coffee at the cafes while watching the open-air tango demonstrations take place.

After exploring the neighborhoods of the city, you will continue to the playful “Forbidden Not to Touch” Museum, where curious families can discover the thrills of spinning wheels, pulling weights, mixing liquids, and generating electricity The motto of the museum encourages the kids to have a hands-on experience where they will discovere the connection between light and music or learn how computers work with interactive displays. Outside the museum, Recoleta will embody the sophisticated and serene scenery with boutique shops, tree-lined streets, and elegant hotels. You will then venture to the famous Cementerio de la Recoleta.

You will meet a local family at the end of the day and enter their home to discover the authentic flavors of Argentina. They will prepare typical, delicious Argentinian cuisine such as empanadas, asado, and tasty Argentinian wine. The family will become your gracious hosts that will also offer a sense of their history in the country in addition to their delicious food.

What’s Included: accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 3: Puerto Iguazu – Travel to Puerto Iguazu to Tour the Iguazu Forest

The lively café culture of Buenos Aires will return in the morning when doors to the mixture of artisanal spots open their doors such as Café Tortoni, which has served the likes of Jorge Louis Borges and Albert Einstein. After breakfast, your private transfer will escort your family to the airport for your flight to Puerto Iguazu, a city located on the border between Paraguay and Brazil.

The town of Puerto Iguazu looks across the borders and will feel like a small community surrounded by the lush jungle. Nature will remain the biggest attraction in the region like the powerful waters of Iguazu Falls. After settling into the comforts of your hotel, your guide will greet your family in the lobby and will escort you into the canopy at Selva Misionera Forest for an adventurous exploration among the 400 species of birds and 2,000 different plant varieties. The protected landscape encompasses 37,066 acres and will cast the soothing aroma of wet soil and pine.

The excitement will grow when you speed through the treetops on a zipline excursion that will have you traveling upwards of 65 feet above the forest floor. You will feel like a tropical bird as you soar along the cable with the wind flying through your hair and brushing your cheeks. You will be able to hear the crashing sounds of water from a nearby waterfall as it cascades down the foothills. The thrills will continue at the top of the bluff beside the rushing water, where your guide will prepare the family for rappelling to the forest floor nearly 50 feet below, alongside the rushing whitewater of the cascade for a unique, electrifying, and unforgettable introduction to the rainforest.

What’s Included: airport transfer, accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 4: Puerto Iguazu – Explore Argentina’s Iguazu National Park

You will travel with your private guide to the entrance of Iguazu National Park in Argentina where you will discover the sensational complex that overtakes 261 square miles of protected land and water. Your guide will offer insight into the history of the falls’ formation as well as the surrounding natural beauty of the rainforest. Following the Circuito Surperior will take you along the 5,741-foot long path that will provide splendid views of the cascades while also having you cross over the rushing waters of the Iguazu River.

The Circuito Inferior will lead your family close to the falls and along the 4,593-foot long route that fills with mist at the Salto Bossetti. You will take the train to the walkways that lead from Cataratas station for a sweeping view of the waterfall’s dramatic power at Garganta del Diablo, which is also called the Devil’s Throat, where the 270 smaller falls converge in a horseshoe shape that drop nearly 270 feet with an epic roar. The spray will create a sporadic haze at the edge of the platform that will turn your view from scenic to a misty white. As you return from the viewpoint, your kids will continue to search the trees for toucans and other wildlife.

What’s Included: accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 5: Puerto Iguazu – Discover Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian Side

After breakfast, your guide will take your family across the border and into Brazil to explore the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls, which possesses the best panorama of the cascade’s 8,858-foot long diameter. As you enter the park, you will hear a guttural howl echoing through the trees. Your guide will help to calm the kids who worry about the possibility of a jaguar, and instead, will inform the family about the active howler monkeys in the park. The calls of a howler monkey can be heard up to three miles away and often symbolizes territorial disputes or the guarding of a mate.

Your guide will offer more insight into the topography and natural history of the region, using the surrounding rainforest canopy for tangible examples. You will traverse the collection of catwalks on trails that encompass a mile of stunning views across the river. The captivating panorama will become the best comprehensive view of the falls. When looking into the trees, your guide will explain the type of wildlife that is often found in the national park including anacondas, boa constrictors, marmosets, and capybaras. The capybara is the world’s largest rodent, resembling a giant guinea pig that can reach 24 inches tall and over four feet long. Viewing one in the wild will highlight their docile and social nature as well as their unusual size.

What’s Included: accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 6: El Calafate – Transfer from Puerto Iguazu to Patagonia’s El Calafate

After breakfast, your private transfer will escort you to Cataratas del Iguazú International Airport for your flight to El Calafate in Patagonia. The town is located less than 50 miles away from the famous landscape of Los Glaciares National Park and retains a distinct charm that derives from the boutique shops and unique landscapes. The scent of chocolate will wander from the charismatic artisan shops and ice creameries at the heart of town.

You will reach your gorgeous accommodations on a private estancia inside the borders of Los Glaciers National. The remainder of the day will be at your family’s leisure to enjoy the comforts, hospitality, and activity of an authentic Argentine ranch that is celebrated for its homemade cuisine. The ranch also hosts hiking trails, bicycles outings, and horseback riding excursions. For distinctive views of life on the Patagonian pampas, your family may watch a sheep herding and shearing demonstration.

What’s Included: airport transfer, accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 7: El Calafate – Traverse the Marvels of Los Glaciers National Park

After breakfast, the family will make their way deeper into the stunning world of icefields that shape the protected landscape of Los Glaciers National Park. Your guide will introduce your family to the magnitude of the landscape, beginning at Perito Moreno Glacier, which is the third largest glacier in the world. The captivating image will showcase the power and prestige of the ice in tranquil solitude. A walkway that overlooks the lake and glacier will allow you to absorb the massive proportions of the glacier as they reach more than 18 miles long, three miles wide, and nearly 197 feet tall.

Scenic boats will glide across the lake and become dwarfed by the massive wall of ice that will capture the imaginations of your entire family. The cool, crisp air will nip at your nose as you view the Perito Moreno. For an riskier adventure, your family can step onto the rugged and undulating surface of the glacier with an ice hiking tour. The tour will lead you onto a frozen landscape that will make you feel worlds away from the pampas of your estancia.

What’s Included: accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 8: El Calafate – Enjoy your Estancia with your Choice of Adventure

At breakfast, the aroma of herbaceous maté tea will accompany the delicious scent of medialunas that will drift through the dining room. The day will be at your family’s leisure to enjoy the beauty of the Patagonian pampas and the activities that are offered by your estancia. You can also learn the old farming techniques that are used on the ranch or you may return to the borders of Perito Moreno Glacier on a sailing expedition.

For a family-friendly excursion, you will mount a horse and follow your guide along the trails as they wind through the vast grassland. The empty terrain will blend into the rising hills that are filled with evergreen trees and glassy turquoise rivers. The horses will splash along the riverbanks as you traverse the abras, which are the hidden spaces between the forest and mountains. Your guide will help you find the perfect view of the landscape that will be surrounded by pristine lakes, forest, and mountain ranges of Argentina’s Patagonia.

What’s Included: accommodation, tour, breakfast

Day 9: Buenos Aires – Return to Buenos Aires with the Day at your Leisure

You will make your way to the airport for your flight out of El Calafate and away from Patagonia and return to the bustling streets of Buenos Aires. You will relax in the comforts of your hotel with the remaining day at your family’s leisure to enjoy the charms of the city at your preferred pace. The city will feel familiar and will retain a welcoming presence.

The pink hue of the presidential palace known as Casa Rosada will be visible from the edge of the street as it crowns the nineteenth-century, central square of the Plaza de Mayo. A great experience for your entire family is to attend a soccer game, especially when the Boca Juniors play. The authentic atmosphere will swell with excitement for the legendary team. The crowd will chant nonstop with songs and cheers that will echo through the stadium. The event will immerse you in traditional Argentine culture that will show your family the thrilling connection to soccer as a pastime for players, families, adults, children, and friends.

What’s Included: airport transfer, accommodation, breakfast

Day 10: Buenos Aires – Return to Buenos Aires with the Day at your Leisure

In the morning, the doors to the renowned former theater of El Ateneo Grand Splendid will open, which was converted into a stunning bookstore with a café situated on the stage. The kids will enjoy sharing their favorite moments from the trip, ranging from the horseback ride through the pampas to the getting drenched on the walkways circling the lower-levels of Iguazu Falls. Your private transfer will meets the family in the hotel lobby when you are ready, and will escort you to Ministro Pistarini International Airport for your flight home.

What’s Included: airport transfer, breakfast

Price

Price 

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