DURATION
12 DAYS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL:
EASY

Argentina Wildlife Family Trip

Argentina is home to a diverse range of wildlife due to its varied terrain and habitats, ranging from lush rainforests to marshlands, grasslands, mountains and the bleak Patagonian desert. This trip features activities for the whole family to enjoy in natural surroundings where to easily witness wildlife.

After a first day in Buenos Aires, nature becomes the main source of admiration in the North, with the Iguazu Falls in the heart of the subtropical rainforest, to give way to the Ibera Wetlands, the second-largest wetland in the world. This is a mix of swamps, bogs, stagnant lakes, lagoons, natural slough and courses of water, ideal for wildlife safaris: caimans, capybaras, howler monkeys and so much more…

In Patagonia, the experience includes the watching of the largest continental colonies of Magellanic penguins along with right whales and orcas, dolphins, seals, sea lions in Peninsula de Valdes and Punta Tombo on the Atlantic Ocean coast; condors, armadillos and guanacos in the steppe, a close encounter with the Perito Moreno Glacier, as well as horse riding with gauchos in an estancia.

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Day 1

BUENOS AIRES

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you will be transferred to your hotel before exploring the city at your own pace. At night, try a typical Argentine dish in one of the many restaurants that the city has to offer.

You will spend 3 nights at Recoleta Grand

Day 2

Buenos Aires City Tour

Breakfast. Our fascinating city tour will provide an overview of the city and its attractions, giving you a better understanding of Argentina’s history and culture. During this three hour tour, you will visit Retiro, the Avenida 9 de Julio, South America’s widest avenue (El Teatro Colon and Obelisco), the historic and architecturally imposing Center (Congress, Plaza de Mayo, Avenida de Mayo, Casa Rosada), the modern docklands of Puerto Madero and the oldest neighbourhood of the city, San Telmo, with stops in upmarket Recoleta (Cemetery and Plaza Francia) and the city’s oldest port and birthplace, La Boca (Caminito).

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3

Buenos Aires – Dinner Tango Show

Breakfast. Day at leisure to discover the town at your own peace or do an optional tour. Please find attached some recommendations.

At night you will enjoy a delicious meal and a tango show, before being transferred to your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4

Buenos Aires – Iguazu Falls

At appropriate time you will be transfer to the local airport to take your flight to Iguazu. Upon arrival you will be transfer to your Hotel.

You will spend 2 nights in Iguazu Grand Hotel

Day 5

Puerto Iguazu, Excursion to Argentinian Falls

After breakfast, start the full day excursion with a trip to the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls. Explore the National Park by wandering its paths to take in the incredible views of 200 waterfalls. Lunch is at noon, after which you will take the Nautical Safari tour that allows you to examine the falls up close, and even takes you underneath! In the afternoon, catch the train to the largest of the park’s attractions, the Devil’s Throat. In the afternoon you will be transferred to hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast

You will have lunch inside the National Park: there are 3 different restaurants to chose from.

Day 6 – 7

Iguazu – Ibera Wetlands

At appropriate time you will be transfer by 4×4 to Iguazu Falls, visiting the Jesuit Ruins “San Ignacio Mini” in the way to the Lodge. This ride is a 4 – 5 hours ride.

Upon arrival you will be transfer in a private 4×4 to Puerto Valle Lodge, where you will spend 2 nights enjoying an All Inclusive program.

Puerto Valle offers a range of leisure activities for adults and children, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all.

Enjoying nature with the family is a privilege that guests will be able to experience in multiple ways: walking along the river banks, trying to discover the species that inhabit the area, or simply enjoying the natural landscape from the pier or the palapa—all of these are activities that can be shared by parents and children.

ACTIVITIES
1) Cooking with the restaurant’s chef, who will teach children to prepare a traditional local dish with the organic garden’s produce.

2) Visit to Yacaré Porá, the caiman farm where children can learn about the sustainable conservation project and the secrets of raising a caiman.

3) Search for capybaras, the large rodents that dwell in the hotel park and can be found during sunset.

4) Gathering flowers, fruits and leaves in the native forest to learn about local flora. Back in the hotel, a specialized guide will help children identify the species they have gathered.

5) Howler monkey trail. A walk on a trail opened in the heart of the Paranaense forest, with the opportunity to watch howler monkeys up close.

6) Horseback riding in the forest, and learning about responsible forestry management in compliance with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) standards.

Day 8

Ibera – Posadas – Puerto Madryn

At appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport in a Private Service to take your flight to Trelew (via Buenos Aires)

Upon arrival you will be transfer to your Hotel.

Meals included: breakfast

After arriving at Trelew you will be transferred to “El Pedral Lodge” (70kilometros) in private service.

You will spend 3 nights at El Pedral Lodge with an All Inclusive Program.

Day 9

El Pedral Lodge

The schedule of the activities offered for your stay will vary according to the weather conditions, the opportunities that may arise to take a watching tour, the number of nights you will stay, the preferences of the guests, among other things. The guide is the one that will decide which activity will be performed each day. During your free time, you may choose to use the swimming pool, the bikes, go to the beach or just go for a walk.

Visit to Punta Ninfas’ lighthouse
Departing from the country house and after driving for only 8 km, we will get close to the typical high cliffs of the Península Valdés coasts. The Punta Ninfas’ lighthouse is located at the south end of the Golfo Nuevo’s mouth, where you will be able to see breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the gulf, as well. Visiting this place is an excellent programme to contemplate the sunset or the moonrise reflected on the sea.

A guided walk among Magellanic penguins
Every year in September, a growing colony of friendly Magellanic penguins settles in El Pedral. A guide tour among its nests will enable you to know much more about these curious animals. El Pedral keeps a control and cleaning program along its coasts, together with collaborating with the foundation GPS, Global Penguin Society, which monitors the Magellanic penguins’ colony of Punta Ninfas.

Observation of a rookery of elephant seals
The beach at the foot of Punta Ninfas’ cliff is the natural habitat of an important rookery of elephant seals, where they can be observed in small groups throughout of the year. In mid-September, male individuals arrive to ‘mark their territory’ in order to start making up their harems and increasing them. After driving for only 15 minutes from the house, we will arrive at the end of the road leading to the Punta Ninfas’ lighthouse, where we will finally get to a pathway down to the beach. Once on the coast, we will be able to walk along the beach and watch these animals very closely. Please, remember that it is very important not to bother them. Therefore, it is highly recommended to advance slowly in a crouch position, in order to be able to obtain good pictures without making them feel attacked or invaded.

Day 10

Punta Tombo, Patagonia

After breakfast, you will start the full day excursion to Punta Tombo.

Located south of Puerto Madryn, Punta Tombo has the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in South America, with over 200,000 breeding pairs between September and February raising their young in this reserve. Walk amongst the penguins before making brief visits to Trelew and Gaiman on the return to the hotel in the afternoon.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 11

Puerto Madryn – Buenos Aires

At appropriate time you will be transfer to the airport to take your flight to Buenos Aires.

Upon arrival transfer to your Hotel.

Meals included: breakfast , Lunch

You will spend 1 night at Palo Santo Hotel

Day 12

Buenos Aires

At appropriate time you will be transfer to the international airport to take your flight home.

Meals included: breakfast

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