Classic Argentina for Families
From Buenos Aires to the simply beautiful Argentine Lake District and Glacier Region at hotels hand picked for families
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Completely private tours in Buenos Aires and Calafate
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Meet and greet airport service
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
Spend two nights in Argentina’s wonderful capital, Buenos Aires, for a wonderful introduction to the country then head southwest to the the sublime landscape of the Lake District.
From one of our absolute favourite properties in all of Argentina, the family-run Estancia Peuma Hue, explore the surrounding mountains, lakes and forest on expertly guided horse rides, hikes, kayaking excursions and boat rides. For the adults, relax with yoga classes, a selection of spa treatments and wine tastings.
Next, venture further south to Calafate, a region famed for its vast glaciers and the magnificent Patagonian Steppe. Get up close to the towering face of the Perito Moreno Glacier and it’s crumbling advances into the lake below, before a final night at a historic estancia in the Pampas region for a taste of life as a gaucho rancher.
Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer to your hotel in Buenos Aires (from international airport)
Accommodation in Buenos Aires
- Two restaurants
- 2 restaurants
- Outdoor pool
Perhaps the best luxury hotel in Buenos Aires, the Four Seasons is really very suited to the luxury traveller. With beautifully decorated and well equipped rooms and communal areas, the sense of quality and refinement is pervasive throughout the hotel. They also have by far the best pool area in the city which has a strict guests only policy. Service, as you might expect, is absolutely first class making this the hotel of choice in Buenos Aires for many visiting dignitaries and celebrities.
- 165 rooms and suites
- Restaurants and bar
- Indoor Pool
- Art gallery
- Wine cellar
Located in the heart of the French heritage district of Recoleta in a restored belle epoque mansion, the Park Hyatt is a luxury hotel that offers the perfect base from which to explore this vibrant city. There are 165 elegant rooms and suites, featuring all the modern luxuries that one would expect from a hotel of this ilk as well as period flourishes and detail in keeping with the history of the building. Buenos Aires is a city known for its gastronomy and the offerings at the hotel do not disappoint. Enjoy Argentinian cuisine at Duhau Restaurante and Vinoteca – where there are 7,000 bottles of Argentinian wine to choose from, or Italian at Gioia Restaurante and Terrazas. Satisfy your sweet tooth with afternoon tea at Los Salones del Piano Nobile, then end the day at The Oak Bar with its wood burning fireplace and garden views. When you’re not out exploring the city, unwind at the Ahin Spa. Ahin in local dialect signifies a welcoming ceremony for an honoured visitor and guests visiting the spa are sure to appreciate the warm welcome. There is also a fitness centre and heated indoor swimming pool as well as a lovely garden in which to relax.
- 71 rooms and eight suites
- Swimming pool
- Spa and sauna
- Fitness centre
Found in the lively and upscale area of Palermo, CasaSur Bellini is a boutique hotel filled with luxury indulgences and attentive staff. Choose from either an executive room or impressive suite where lavish touches such as a kitchenette, whirpool tub and private balcony with pool or town views all await. When you’re not out exploring the excitement this city has to offer, treat yourself to a relaxing treatment at the spa and some time in the sauna. Then, feast on tasty Mediterranean and Indian inspired dishes at the fine dining Bengal restaurant.
Spend your time relaxing and exploring this wonderful city. You have our top recommendations for activities, restaurants and shopping so that you can make the most of your time here.
Today you will enjoy an orientation of the Recoleta neighbourhood. During the walking tour you will visit the impressive cemetery. Many mausoleums and tombs are the work of famous artists, seventy graves have been declared national monuments, but perhaps the most famous for our visitors will be the tomb of Evita Perón. You will also wander along the boulevards of the old district to get a feel for this part of Buenos Aires.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and bring you (with private vehicle) on a fascinating half-day private tour of the elegant turn-of-the-century districts that earned Buenos Aires the soubriquet of the Paris of South America. Including a trip to La Boca district in the South and then up to the charming cobbled alleys and colonial architecture of San Telmo. Along to the Plaza de Mayo, up the leafy Avenida de Mayo towards the imposing grandeur of the Palace of Congress and then on to the historically fascinating Recoleta Cemetery, you will discover the facts, stories and anecdotes that make up the colourful tapestry of the history of Buenos Aires.
Tours can be extended to include la Boca, Shopping, the Colon Opera house etc.
Visit the epicenter of political life in Buenos Aires, a landmark dedicated to the country's independence from Spanish rule Dominated by the Casa Rosada (Government House), the Nación Bank, the Cathedral and original Parliament House, your guide will fill you in on its history and recurring importance.
Located on the western side of the Plaza de Mayo, this is the Argentine National Congress and the legislative branch of the government of Argentina, made up of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies.
This is where the famous Caminito Street lies, scarcely 100 metres long, yet very much an emblematic post-card of the city. Designed by the Italian-Argentine artist Benito Quinquela Martín at a disused rail port terminal just beyond the iron cantilevered Puente de la Boca which bridges the river, it is a short yet busy pedestrian alley of brightly-painted houses which cluster above the cobblestones. The sheets of corrugated-iron shimmer with glossy blues, reds, yellows and greens and recall the original colours of the leftover paint with which the dockworkers painted their homes in the 19th century.
Private Transfer to Buenos Aires Domestic Airport
Flight from Buenos Aires to Bariloche
The Lake District
Private transfer to your hotel in the Bariloche Area
Accommodation in The Lake District
- 14 rooms across five houses
- Yurt tents
- Dining room
Estancia Puema Hue is a beautiful lodge nestled in the heart of Nahuel Huapa National Park – the country’s first and largest national park. This really is one of our absolute favorite properties in all of Argentina. The lodge is set within 500 acres of wilderness at the southern end of Lake Gutlerrez. The landscape is one of rolling hills, pristine forest, valleys, waterfalls and creeks. Estancia Peuma Hue means ‘house of dreams’ in local Mapuche language and we certainly think it’s a very special place. There are 14 rooms spread across five houses, all with views of the lake. Decor throughout the lodge is very traditional with wooden floors and beams, local textiles and warm colours. There are even fireplaces in the living rooms of each house. Poplar House is the main house of the estancia and as well as having rooms, it is also where meals are served. Food is a real treat here with many of the ingredients grown in their own kitchen garden and orchard. Alternatively, choose to stay in one of their luxury yurts. These canvas yurts are 16ft in diameter and are set on rasied decks. They feature king-sized beds and en-suite bathrooms, and are a wonderful way to really immerse yourself in the natural surroundings. There is so much to do during your stay at Estancia Puema Hue, from hiking, horse riding and kayaking to fishing, birdwatching and yoga. Children are very welcome here so this is a wonderful choice for active families.
- 205 rooms
- Five restaurants
- 18-hole golf course
- Indoor and outdoor swimming pool
Llao Llao is one of the most famous hotels in South America. Set on an outcrop of the Llao Llao peninsula, it enjoys a dramatic setting surrounded by the Cerro Lopez and Tronador mountain peaks and the Moreno and Nahuel Huapi lakes. The hotel is split into two wings, the Bustillo and the Lago Moreno, which are connected by a panoramic bridge. There are 205 rooms and suites set across the two wings, traditional in design with many offering beautiful views across the lake and mountains. There are five restaurants offering everything from local Patagonian dishes to international cuisine. The lobby bar is a beautiful space with lots of wood, leather upholstery and antler chandeliers while the Winter Garden is the perfect place to enjoy the Llao Llao Tea while looking out across the incredible landscape. The hotel is set within a 15-hectare park and there are plenty of activites to keep you busy, from cycling and hiking to kayking, fishing and horse riding. There is also an 18-hole golf course. If you fancy simply unwinding, then there is an indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, fitness room and spa treatments available.
During your time at Peuma Hue, there are a variety of different activities available for you to enjoy in idyllic surroundings, including horse riding, fishing, kayaking as well as hiking along the many trails that surround the lodge.
Private transfer to Bariloche Airport
Flight from Bariloche to El Calafate
Private transfer to your hotel in the Calafate area
Accommodation in Calafate
- 17 suites
- Living room
- Bar and restaurant
- Indoor swimming pool
Eolo sits on a 10,000-acre estancia in the Patagonian steppe between the town of El Calafate and the majestic Perioto Merino glacier. Surrounded by lakes, vast plains and the imposing peaks of the Andes, this is nature at its very best. The hotel has been built to ensure that wherever you are, you can take in these incredible views. Eolo is centred around a courtyard garden, a nifty bit of architecture that means guests can enjoy the great outdoors whilst being protected from the wild Patagonian winds. There are 17 beautiful rooms characterised by pastel colours and simple lines. Nothing is overly complicated here, simplicity is key when your surroundings are so dramatic. There are no televisions in the rooms, instead guests are encouraged to curl up on one of the sofas that are placed in front of the large picture windows. Eolo was inspired by the historic estancias of the area and you’ll find antiques, maps, telescopes and lots of other traditional touches. The food at Eolo is a real highlight. Excellent local, seasonal produce is used to create a dynamic and exciting menu. The views that await from your dining table make the experience even sweeter. This is an area begging to be explored, and there are plenty of activites on offer. Hiking, horseriding, birdwatching and mountain biking are some of the experiences to keep you busy. At the hotel itself there is an area for relaxation with a small heated pool, dry sauna and massage room. All meals and non-alcoholic drinks are included during your stay at Eolo.
- Seven rooms
- 7 rooms
- Living room
- Dining room
- Lounge Bar
- 74,000 hectare farm
One of the most traditionally authentic Patagonian experiences in the El Calafate Region, Hosteria Alta Vista is set in the huge grounds of the working Estancia Anita, with 165,000 acres of sheep-farming land. The charming residence was originally built as a private home for Yugolslavian Pioneers in the 1930s. This is a small lodge, with space for up to 15 guests only. Decor is traditional and in keeping with the historic and homely character of the property. Facilities include a lounge bar and a cosy dining room. The location is good, based between the town of El Calafate and the glacier itself and is accessible all year round. Guests can enjoy the working activities of the ranch as well as magical scenery of the Patagonian Steppe.
- 70 rooms
- Two dining areas and a bar
- Indoor-outdoor swimming pool
- Spa and gym
On a steep bank overlooking Lago Argentino a little way outside of El Calafate, Xelena Hotel & Suites enjoys a quiet, majestic location. It is the perfect base from which to explore Argentina’s breathtaking Patagonia area. Comfort and warmth defines the hotel’s personality, and the team pride themselves on the attentive and personalised service offered to guests. Many of the 70 rooms have lake views, and all are extremely spacious with contemporary features. There’s also a large heated indoor-outdoor swimming pool and spa – a real highlight of the hotel – two large dining areas and a bar.
This is a full day's tour of the magnificent Perito Moreno National Park and its humbling glacier complete with private 4WD vehicle and one of our expert guides.
Beginning with a scenic drive through the National Park followed by an guided-tour along the specially built in walkways facing the glacier, various optional additions can be made to this tour such as the nautical boat safari, minitrekking or Big Ice trekking. Talk to your travel designer about your individual preferences.
You will be brought by private vehicle through the National Park, a beautiful drive of some two and a half hours with stops to enjoy the view, including the Corner of Sighs, where you get your first full view of the Glacier. During the drive, you might catch a glimpse of red and grey foxes fleeing across the heathery landscape, whilst in the distance cinnamon-coloured guanaco deer balance on rocky crags and below, large Patagonian hares leap from bushes across streams. Along the roadside crawl little armadillos and if you are very lucky you might just see the tawny back of a puma, a mountain lion. Rosy flamingos gather at the water’s edge while hawks and kites hover over the hillside, eyeing scurrying voles and other rodents. And, just possibly, way way up above, you might spy the magnificent silhouette of the condor, apparently motionless, floating on the thermal wind currents that curl between the mountain peaks.
Arriving at the humbling sight of the vast Perito Moreno Glacier, your guide will then take you on a tour along the specially built walkways. These give you superb viewpoints and photo-taking opportunities while your guide brings to life the environmental and local importance of the glacier.
The Perito Moreno glacier is 30 kilometres long, this imposing wall of ice towers some 70 metres above the walkways that offer you a selection of different views from the promontory of Península de Magallanes that juts out into the Lago Argentino. As you stand below gazing up at the massive rugged face, you become aware that the glacier is very much a living, evolving thing, as creaks and cracks like rifle shots preface the “desprendimientos”, huge chunks the size of houses which break off and fall in slow motion through the air into the black waters. They hit the surface with an almighty crash, submerging and rising up again to bob away as icebergs into the centre of the lake. The biggest and most spectacular “desprendimientos” occur when the glacier has grown to form a bridge across to the promontory, cutting off the water flow between Brazo Rico and the Canal de los Témpanos. Increasing pressure builds up as water and ice accumulate on the Brazo Rico side and the water soaks into the ground at the point at which the ice touches the land, slowly creating a tunnel. The tunnel becomes wider and wider until the pressure of the glacier moving forward means that the bridge fractures most dramatically at a given point. Although local legend has it that this takes place every four years, in fact the last time this event occurred was in 2004, when it brought photographers, film crews and glacier enthusiasts from all over the world to wait for weeks on end for that special moment.
This ice trekking expedition usually begins at the end of your Perito Moreno glacier tour (or you can be collected from your hotel), and is a two-hour six-kilometre trek. This will begin at the "Under the Shadow" port to board a charter boat that will take you across Lake Rico, getting you up close to the glacier wall, to reach the opposite shore and the south wall of the Perito Moreno glacier. You will be briefed by your expert mountain guides and put on a pair of crampons. There will then be a two hour guided circuit introducing you to the fascinating landscape of the glaciers: streams, small lagoons, gullies, cravasses and plenty of ice formations of the most incredible blues. The trekking is moderate. The ice surface over which you walk is irregular, but firm and safe. You will receive explanations about flora, fauna and general glaciology of the region and also about the particular phenomenon that happens in the Perito Moreno Glacier and eventually produces its rupture. After the walk, a stroll through the forest brings you back to the shelter. A picnic lunch and a glass of whiskey will either be on the ice or back at the shelter.
Returning to the shelter through the lush Magellan forests, your tour will conclude there with the boat ride back to the port and transfer back to your hotel.
What to Bring:
Attire: comfortable and warm, waterproof jacket or windbreaker, and good hiking boots with lacing. Sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves, hat for sun or warm to cold case.
Limitations: Because of the degree of effort and difficulty involved in this tour it is only suitable for people aged between 10 and 65.
Private transfer to Calafate Airport
Flight from Calafate to Buenos Aires
Private transfer from Buenos Aires to the Pampas
Accommodation in The Pampas
- Six rooms
- Swimming Pool
- Lounge areas
La Bandada is set in 200 acres of land and with just six rooms, a stay here is an intimate and authentic experience. Although more recently refurbished to be a hotel (in 2004), the rooms are decorated in a very traditional style with 19th century antiques and period style linens and fittings. Unlike many of the larger more touristy Estancias close to Buenos Aires, La Bandada has excellent personalised activities including: horse riding, taking part in the traditional gaucho lifestyle, wine tasting or simply relaxing by the pool. The food is excellent traditional fare with most ingredients grown and reared on the Estate.
Choose from our selection of estancias for an authentic and luxury ranch-style stay in the sleepy Pampas plains. Ride out with gauchos, enjoy an afternoon asado (BBQ), fishing or polo lessons.
Private transfer from the Pampas to Buenos Aires
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