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ESTANCIAS IN ARGENTINA: Nature & Tradition – 9 Days

Learn the ropes from Local Gauchos

A great day at Perito Moreno Glacier

Impressive Mount Fitz Roy

FROM 4675 USD 9 Days / 8 Nights
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Local Ranch in Buenos Aires
Perito Moreno Glacier Tour
Estancias in Patagonia
Patagonia Hiking

ESTANCIAS IN ARGENTINA: Nature & Tradition – 9 Days

Visit exclusive Estancias in Buenos Aires, El Calafate & El Chalten

Get to know the life of the Argentine cowboys, or “gauchos” in the tranquility of a ranch surrounded by the most incredible scenery. Stroll through uninhabited forests, appreciate nature’s contrasting colors and gaze upon the impressive mountains of Argentina’s Patagonia. Explore the spots most tourists miss by discovering hidden glaciers and adventuring to where nature’s maximum beauty is displayed.
This itinerary fully immersesyou to the Argentine culture and the history behind it. It’s a one-of-a-kind combination that includes the Andes’vast forests, crystal lakes, enormous glaciers, and mountains that reach the clouds. This trip gives you the opportunity to simply admire the sheer and profound beauty that is Patagonia.

Day 1 - Buenos Aires Tours: Estancia El Ombu de Areco

Welcome to Argentina!

 

Capital of Argentina and described as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires proudly embraces this title, as well as shows off plenty of its own culture! Explore the traditional European architecture, the cobbled streets lined with rustic outdoor cafes, the local antique and artisanal markets that offer plenty of bargain shopping, and the mouthwatering aroma of prized Argentine beef sizzling on an open “parrilla” (barbeque) in the air. Buenos Aires is home to some excellent local designers and you will certainly find the perfect leather jacket, long leather boots and handbags for all occasions. Though above all, Buenos Aires is known as the home of the tango. Be sure to enjoy a traditional dinner-tango show and explore the colorful San Telmo and Recoleta neighborhoods.

 

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires you will be met at the airport and have a transfer in private to San Antonio de Areco.

 

El Ombú de Areco is a historical estancia (ranch) just over an hour’s drive from downtown Buenos Aires in San Antonio de Areco, birthplace of the gaucho tradition.The Late-Colonial style mansion, built in 1880, offers visitors a magnificent setting for an unforgettable stay.

 

Today you have a variety of options for activities; you can go horseback riding, hiking, or sightseeing in an old-fashioned carriage. This is an ideal place for prime bird watching and observing typical ranch-style activities such as herding animals, branding cattle and milking cows.

 

In the evening, there will be a typical Argentine asado, or barbecue, as well as a musical performance and some folkloric dance.

 

Meals Included: Lunch & Dinner

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Day 2 - Buenos Aires: Estancia El Ombu de Areco

Today, you will have the morning to participate in any activities you did not get to the day before.

 

In the afternoon, there will be a show of classic Argentine cowboy skills, such as catching calves, herding galloping horses, a sort of backwards polo, and many more.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 3 - From Buenos Aires, travel to Patagonia: El Calafate - Nibepo Aike Ranch

After breakfast, its time to say goodbye to this lovely estancia!

 

At appropiate time you will have a private transfer from the estancia to the domestic airport.

 

Upon arrival, you will have a private transfer from El Calafate airpot to Nibepo Aike Estancia.

 

This estancia is located inside of Los Glaciares National Park. With a maximum capacity of 22 persons in its ten rooms, exclusiveness and warmth are guaranteed. Horseback riding and hiking are the principal activities. Furthermore, visitors can enjoy the homemade cuisine: vegetables from the garden, and the famous lamb grilled on a traditional Patagonian cross stake.

 

Once you arrive there, you will have all the activities or just relax.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 4 - Nipebo Aike Ranch & Perito Moreno Glacier Tour

Today you will be able to choose from the Activities offered by Nibepo Aike Hostería such as: hiking, horseback riding, bicycles, guided visit to hull facilities, shearing demonstration, farm work.

 

***This day you are visiting a National Reserve. Please remember that National Park Fees are not included. Check at the bottom of your itinerary for the corresponding fee, which should be paid locally in the national currency.

 

At the appropriate time you will leave on a full day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier (Private Service), in Los Glaciers National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981 and home to one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in Argentina, Perito Moreno Glacier is a site to behold.
During about 1 hour a bilingual guide will provide you with all the information you might want to know, and things you might have never thought about.

 

On arrival you will have the chance to enjoy stunning views of the glacier from the nearby walking trail and viewing platforms.
But not just that, you will also enjoy the included Perito Moreno Glacier boat cruise that will take you close enough to fully appreciate the 80m high ice walls! In the early evening, you will make the return.

 

Duration: 6 hours

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 5- Patagonia Adventure: Horseback excursion to the Third of April Lagoon

The ride starts early in the morning, with the climb up the Cordon de los Cristales (Cristal mountain range), which lies behind the main house. The higher we go, the more clearly the Argentino lake`s arms stand out. Once we reach a clearing, the track plunges into the Patagonian Andean woods. We pass between lenga and guindos trees (Magellan beeches), riding along old tracks where the great sheep drives used to pass. On coming out of the dense woodland the way opens out into the Valley of the Río Cachorro. Notros (Chilean firebush) and calafate bushes here are unusually tall. We start descending towards the lower land until we come to the riverbed. Surprise views of the Frías glacier start to appear in the distance. Riding between rocks and pasturelands and avoiding the marshlands, we reach the corrals of the Río Cachorro (Cachorro River) outpost where the rangers might be working with the livestock.

 

After a picnic lunch we continue horseback riding to the 3 de Abril lagoon, a habitat of flamingos and black-necked swans, Cauquén (upland goose) and steamer ducks. Passing the lake, we arrive to the outpost, and after unsaddling, there will be time to enjoy the surroundings and the cosiness of the refuge. A wood-fired stove and a brick clay oven, with the gentle light of the lantern, passing the mate round, the evening meal will be prepared while tales of adventures are shared.

 

The outpost has a room with 4 bunk beds and a room that serves as a dining room and kitchen, where there are another two benches that convert into beds.

 

Evening meal and overnight at the outpost.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 6 - Horseback Riding, Lake Argentino Southern Arm & Hosteria Helsingfors

The return journey begins riding along the shore of the lake until we reach the main buildings of the estancia, about 18km from the refuge. We will arrive in time for lunch with a typical Patagonian lamb roasted at the stake over charcoal embers, which will be ready just as the riders arrive. After lunch, a shuttle service will take you to El Calafate.

 

At appropiate time, you will have a private transfer from Nibepo Aike to El Calafate.

 

Once in El Calafate, you will have a private transfer provided by Hostería Helsingfors that will take you to the Estancia.

 

Welcome to Helsingfors Hostería!
Set in a charming lodge in Los Glaciares National Park and surrounded by lush woods, Hosteria Helsingfors boasts 9 luxury rooms in an exquisite setting often compared to a JRR Tolkein’s Lord of The Rings stories.

 

After lunch you can explore around the area, and if you are not too tired, you can make one of the activities that Helsingfors offers

 

Suggested Activity: Hike to Peninsula del Viento
An ancient livestock trail leads us towards Punta delViento, the first viewpoint of the arm ofMoyano. It is a simple walk that has great views of the town and thegrove of Sequoias. Along the way we visit the ruins of the House of Alfred Ramstrom, who was the first settler in the area. The Moyano“arm” goes into the mountains and to the East lies the immensity of the Viedma Lake with its celestial waters; the characteristics of the glacial lakes can be seen arriving on the shores.

 

Level of difficulty: Easy
Distance of hike: 6 Km
Maximum height reached during hike: 200 meters above sea level
Amount of total time: 3 hours

 

In the evening, there will be a sophisticated welcome with regional cuisine.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 7 – The adventure continues at Hosteria Helsingfors

Today you will be able to choose from the Activities offered by Hostería Helsingfors

 

Suggested Activity: Trekking or Horseriding to Laguna Azul
The day will be started on a path that leads out from the lodge and goes into the valley of the Rio Alfredo (the same river that feeds the lodge’s energy). You will begin to slowly hike up the Cerro Huemul, accompanied by the melody of the bubbling river. After around forty minutes of hiking, you’ll reach a panoramic viewpoint where you can see the magnitude of Cerro Fitz Roy coming out from the huge Lago Viedma.

 

The walk continues plunging into the valley which becomes increasingly narrower, surrounded by Cordon Huemul and peaks that reach 2700 meters; the glacier of the Blue Lagoon you will already be able to see on the horizon of the valley. The trail then enters a forest where it is common to see guanacos and vultures curious to observe visitors approaching.

 

Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Overall distance: 16 km
Maximum height reached: 850 m
Overall time on foot: 5 h 30 min

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 8 - From Hosteria Helsingfors to Hosteria El Pilar, El Chalten

At appropiate time, you will have a private transfer that will take you from Hostería Helsingfors to Hostería El Pilar in El Chalten.

 

Day at leisure to enjoy any of the self-guided treks in the area. We recommend taking the path to Pliegue Tumbado from where you get impressive panoramic views of the Mounts Fitz Roy and Torre. You can optionally hire horses for this trekking.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast.

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Day 9 - Goodbye Patagonia! Back to Buenos Aires

At appropiate time, you will have a private transfer from Hostería El Pilar to El Calafate airport.

 

Upon arrival to Buenos Aires domestic airport, a private transfer will take you to the international airport.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast.

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Included

– Transfers mentioned in the itinerary.

– 2 nights in El Ombu, 2 nights in Estancia Nibepo Aike, 2 nights in Estancia Helsingfors, 1 night in Estancia El Pilar with breakfast inclueded.

– All meals mentioned on the itinerary.

– Tours described in the itinerary.

– Bilingual guide (English / Spanish).

Not Included

– International or Domestic Flights or Buses.
National Park Entrance fees
– Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads

– Personal Expenses

Accommodation & Prices

ESTANCIAS IN ARGENTINA: Nature & Tradition – 9 Days


DOUBLE

USD 4675

*Prices in US Dollars.
* Valid until April 2019 (not valid for Christmas and New Year`s Eve).

*Prices are per person, based on 2 people in double occupancy. Single rates are available on request. Flights are not included in the price, but can be arranged on request.



Flights needed for this itinerary

Buenos Aires - El Calafate - Buenos Aires

Flights in South America cost approximately $150 to $300 USD per segment (destination).
We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

Included

– Transfers mentioned in the itinerary.

– 2 nights in El Ombu, 2 nights in Estancia Nibepo Aike, 2 nights in Estancia Helsingfors, 1 night in Estancia El Pilar with breakfast inclueded.

– All meals mentioned on the itinerary.

– Tours described in the itinerary.

– Bilingual guide (English / Spanish).

Not Included

– International or Domestic Flights or Buses.
National Park Entrance fees
– Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads

– Personal Expenses

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