Wines, Whales and Waterfalls of Argentina

Duration 19 days
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Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Argentina's diverse landscapes, this trip promises an unforgettable fusion of experiences. Begin your adventure in Buenos Aires before setting off to the Ibera Wetlands. Delight in exclusive tours of Iguassu Falls, then venture into the depths of southern Patagonia, where magnificent whales gracefully breach the surface, providing a rare glimpse into the marine wonders of the Southern Hemisphere. The journey continues in Mendoza, where you will get to indulge in the finest Malbecs and Torrontés wines while delving into the rich history and artistry behind Argentina's celebrated winemaking heritage.

Trip highlights

  • Explore the Ibera Wetlands on horseback
  • Enjoy a private tour of the Argentinean side of Iguassu Falls
  • Witness incredible marine wildlife in southern Patagonia
  • Sample some of the finest wines in Mendoza

Bespoke trips with Jacada

We design one-of-a-kind journeys incorporating luxury in all its forms. This bespoke trip includes:

  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Expert-guided tours
  • Private transfers and internal flights
  • Meticulously selected experiences
  • Expertise and support from your Jacada Concierge
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  • Days 1-2 Buenos Aires
  • Days 2-4 Ibera
  • Days 4-7 Iguassu Falls
  • Days 7-11 Peninsula Valdes
  • Days 11-14 El Calafate
  • Days 14-17 Mendoza
  • Days 17-19 Buenos Aires
Wines, Whales and Waterfalls of Argentina
Price guide
  PP
  • Days 1-2 Buenos Aires
  • Days 2-4 Ibera
  • Days 4-7 Iguassu Falls
  • Days 7-11 Peninsula Valdes
  • Days 11-14 El Calafate
  • Days 14-17 Mendoza
  • Days 17-19 Buenos Aires

Itinerary in detail

Every Jacada trip is tailored to your personal preferences and interests. Below you’ll find a sample itinerary to inspire your own custom-designed journey.

Days 1-2

One night in Argentina's vibrant capital, Buenos Aires

Spend your time relaxing in and exploring the wonderful city of Buenos Aires, taking in its energetic spirit. You have our top recommendations for activities, restaurants and shopping so that you can make the most of your time here.

Remember we can always organise a range of privately-guided tours for you that cover the city’s fascinating history, art and culture as well as more specialist excursions such as personal shopping trips, helicopter tours, wine tasting and tango lessons.

Days 2-4

Enjoy two nights in the Ibera Wetlands

One of the best estancias in all of Argentina, spend your days here exploring these vast and varied Ibera wetlands discovering the unique wildlife in comfort and spectacular north Argentinean authenticity.

Horse riding trails and safaris with the estancia’s expert gaucho guides are Socorro’s best activities. However there is also bird watching, boat trips on the lagoon, nature walks and trails, fly fishing, bicycle rides, gaucho rodeos and air safaris by plane. All of this is in between traditional asados (BBQs), swimming and relaxing in the estancia’s gardens.

Days 4-7

Three nights in Iguassu Falls

Enjoy this stunning natural wonder of the world. Choose our full day private tour of Iguassu Falls with one of our expert guides or enjoy variations to this that include boat safaris or hikes through the surrounding national park. You can also set off on kayaking trips, canopy zipline adventures, specialist hiking trails, bird watching and much more.

Explore Iguassu Falls

On land

By boat

A private discovery of Iguassu Falls

Embark on a private tour of the falls, where you’ll intimately experience their splendour up close.

Navigate the national park primarily on foot, following wooden walkways that lead to various vantage points showcasing the mesmerising chutes of water.

Don’t miss the breathtaking ‘Devil’s Throat,’ accessed by train from either the Main Station or the Cataratas Station near the Upper Circuit, with a scenic one-kilometre Sendero Verde (Green Trail) for trekking enthusiasts.

The beauty of Iguassu Falls by boat

Embark on an exhilarating adventure up the river in specially designed boats, allowing you to reach the base of Iguassu Falls for an up-close and personal encounter with their majestic beauty.

Experience the thrill of navigating whirlpools, waves, and currents stirred by the Falls, an essential highlight of any visit to the park.

Days 7-11

Four nights in Peninsula Valdes

One of the best places in the world for observing marine wildlife, your day to day activities during your stay in Peninsula Valdes will depend on your chosen lodgings. The choice ranges from exploring the southern Patagonian beaches by horse back, boat safaris, diving, fossil trails, salmon fishing, bird watching and cycling.

Days 11-14

Three nights discovering the breathtaking landscapes of El Calafate

In El Calafate, the possibilities for exploration are as vast as the icy landscapes themselves. Discover the breathtaking beauty of this region at your own pace and tailored to your interests.

Top highlights

Perito Moreno Glacier

Upsala glacier and Estancia Cristina

Experience the splendour of Perito Moreno Glacier

Explore the breathtaking Perito Moreno National Park and its awe-inspiring glacier on a guided tour, travelling in a private 4WD vehicle.

Your journey starts with a scenic drive through the national park, leading to a guided exploration along specially constructed walkways offering panoramic views of the glacier.

Full-day excursion to Upsala glacier and Estancia Cristina

Witness both fronts of the Upsala Glacier, immersing yourself in the natural wonders of the region.

Starting from Punta Bandera port, a modern charter boat will guide you through the serene landscapes of the western front of the glacier, followed by a tranquil sail along Cristina Canal to Estancia Cristina.

Here, choose from various adventure activities like quad biking or horse riding, accompanied by a delicious lunch at the ranch restaurant.

Afternoon highlights include a guided tour of the Costumbrista museum and an exhilarating journey in all-terrain vehicles to reach the Continental ice shelter, offering breathtaking views.

This tour concludes with a boat excursion to the eastern side of the glacier on Lake Guillermo, before returning to Puerto Banderas.

Days 14-17

Three nights in Mendoza

Immerse yourself in the splendour of the Mendoza region, celebrated for its divine wines and awe-inspiring vistas. Embark on tailor-made excursions to esteemed wineries, where you’ll delight in the mastery behind every bottle and relish the essence of local culture. You will also have the opportunity to indulge in delectable cuisine amidst the tranquil embrace of the vineyards.

Make it Mine

In the vineyards

In the great outdoors

A vinicultural voyage

The Central Valley or Primera Zona (the closest to the city of Mendoza) includes the counties of Luján de Cuyo, Maipú, Guaymallén and Godoy Cruz. This is the home of malbec and where some of the most prestigious Argentine wineries are located.

This is a private tour and can be entirely specialised to your requirements, just let your Travel Designer know if you have any special requests.

During the tour, you’ll visit different wineries, we suggest a mix of smaller, boutique establishments and the larger operations, to give you a chance to see the contrasts and differences.

Finally, in the afternoon, you’ll stop at one of the top Bodega restaurants (such as La Tupina or Ruca Malen) for a chance to really enjoy the wine as it is meant to be; with great food. You have a gourmet tasting lunch paired with wines from the Bodega.

A spectacular Andean expedition

Your first sighting on this exciting Andes tour will be the Pre Mountain Range and the snowy Cordillera Frontal. While driving between these two different ranges, you’ll witness the scenic Potrerillos Lake before arriving at the Vallecitos ski resort.

Once you have left the ski resort, you’ll begin trekking into a gorge with the prominent sights of Mount Franke and San Bernardo surrounding you. Following a water stream, you’ll approach the first flat land where many a water spring and the grand mount Vallecitos are found, making it the ideal place to enjoy a tasty lunch.

If the mood takes you, after lunch you’ll have the option of trekking for a further hour towards a wide valley filled with earth and stones. This area is sometimes covered in snow throughout the winter months so you may be required to track with snow shoes here.

Days 17-19

A grand finale in Buenos Aires

Set off on a fascinating private tour of the elegant turn-of-the-century districts that earned Buenos Aires the soubriquet of  ‘the Paris of South America’. Explore La Boca in the south, meander through San Telmo’s cobblestone streets, stroll along Plaza de Mayo and Avenida de Mayo towards the majestic Palace of Congress. Finally, delve into the intriguing history of Recoleta Cemetery, learning fascinating facts, stories and anecdotes that weave the vibrant tapestry of Buenos Aires’ past.

 

 

 

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