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Treasures of Patagonia: The Solar Eclipse 2020

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Enjoy the Solar Eclipse 2020

Visit Bariloche Lake District

Hike in El Chaltén

Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier

Discover Buenos Aires

Marvel at Iguazú Falls

Treasures of Patagonia: The Solar Eclipse 2020

See the 2020 eclipse, visit Buenos Aires, Perito Moreno Glacier, El Chaltén & Iguazú Falls

Come watch the December 2020 solar eclipse from Bariloche, in Argentine Patagonia, one of the best viewing places on Earth, according to the experts, and enjoy some incredible hiking in El Chaltén, Argentina’s trekking paradise. Make the most of your trip to Argentina by visiting Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls and El Calafate. Meet the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier, explore Iguazu’s rainforest, visit the mythical waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi and discover the spirit of Buenos Aires during this 15-day travel adventure. 

 

Day 1 – Travel to Argentina, First Stop: Buenos Aires

 

Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to the city and you’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy Buenos Aires at your own pace. Buenos Aires is a marvelous, energetic, cosmopolitan city, full of color and different styles of architecture. 

 

The capital of Argentina, and described as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires proudly embraces its title, and also shows off plenty of its own culture! Argentinians are eager to host visitors; if you walk the streets with a map, someone will surely stop and ask if you need directions… that’s just our spirit! 

 

So, for this first day, feel free to wander the cobblestone streets lined with outdoor cafes, enjoy the mouthwatering aroma of world-famous Argentine beef sizzling on an open parrilla (barbeque), and browse the local antique and artisan markets that offer plenty of bargain shopping.

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, che! (“che” means “guy” in Argentina) Take a look at our Buenos Aires Travel Guide and check out our recommendations on where to eat dinner and the can’t-miss places to visit in town.

 

Travel to Argentina and try the traditional mate beverage

 

(This is “maté”, our national drink!)

 

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Day 2 – Buenos Aires City Tour & Tango Show

 

In the morning we’ll pick you up to enjoy our 5-hour Buenos Aires city tour—you will be swept away by the highlights of our beloved Buenos Aires. Over the course of a half-day you will have the chance to visit the historical and political center of the city; Plaza de Mayo and the Pink House (the presidential house).

 

Next, we’ll move on to San Telmo, with its cobblestone streets and the oldest residential neighborhood, and then to La Boca, where Buenos Aires turns colorful and tango is ever-present. Come walk Caminito street and dance with the locals. The next stop is the chic and aristocratic Recoleta, where the big palaces remind us why Buenos Aires is called the “Paris of the South”.

 

In the evening we’ll pick you up from your hotel to take you to a mystical place where you’ll discover one of our most ancient traditions. Tango is more than our national dance tango is our immigrant origins, the talent of our local artists, the sensuality of Argentine women and our way to deal with a broken heart; dancing our way through tragic, and yet eternal, love stories.

 

Tonight you will enjoy a 3-hour professional display of tango and music with a group of local artists onstage immersed in an elegant and alluring place. The manners, ambience, clothes and dance steps which tango-lovers used to practice 100 years ago will come to life again and you will travel back in time for a night.

 

This spectacular demonstration of the finest local dancing will be accompanied by delicious Argentine and international cuisine. Dinner is all-inclusive, beverages also included, so you can lose yourself in the ethereal taste of Malbec wine. At the end of the evening, around midnight, you will be driven back to your hotel, fully in love with the bohemian spirit of our beloved Buenos Aires.

 

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

Tango is, all in all, a cultural experience that’s deeply rooted in Argentine hearts. Where do regular people go to dance tango? Check out what these two tango dancers have to say and uncover the mystery…

 

 

Buenos Aires tours bring you the best tango experience.

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Day 3 – Travel to Patagonia: From El Calafate to El Chaltén

 

You have arrived in Patagonia! Upon landing in El Calafate, you will take a public bus to start your 3-hour trip to El Chaltén.

 

You’ll travel along the famous Route 40, surrounded by the Patagonian steppe, and pass through La Leona River, which connects Lake Argentino and Lake Viedma, and where you’ll get to see La Leona Road house, where the famous thieves Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hid for a while. After discovering some other gems along your journey, you’ll reach El Chaltén and we’ll drop you off at your hotel.

 

El Chaltén is the top-rated hiking destination in Argentina. This charming little village sits at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy and it’s surrounded by glaciers, lakes, rivers and forests. It’s also the jumping-off point for most hiking trails in the area. A paradise for sunny walkers and trekkers alike.

 

Enjoy your first afternoon of leisure in Patagonia by relaxing in the local brewery or strolling around a little waterfall…

 

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

Take a look at some of our favorite hikes in the Chaltén Travel Guide, and take note of our travel advice on how to make the most of your time here.

 

 

Patagonia hiking is an amazing experience in Argentina

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Day 4 - Mountains and Lakes (self-guided)

 

Today, be prepared for an exciting journey into the wild. El Chaltén offers a wide range of hiking paths with varied difficulties. You can choose where and when to go, since paths are self-guided and very well marked and maintained.

 

From the main door of your hotel, you can go for an easy 2-mile walk to Cerro Torre viewpoint — it will only take you around 1 hour. Enjoy the sounds of Rio de las Vueltas, take in some amazing views of the lenga forest, and be prepared to see all kinds of birds—this is a great woodpecker-spotting opportunity!

 

For truly hiking lovers, our next hiking favorite is Laguna de los Tres and the base of Mount Fitz Roy. Go for a medium-difficulty, 9-hour hike to the most impressive views of Rio de Las Vueltas valley. You’ll cross Del Salto Stream, with its icy waters cradled by orange-tinted rocks which frame the breathtaking views of Mount Fitz Roy. And here’s a little secret: you can also reach Laguna Sucia from Laguna de los Tres… it’s only a 5- minute walk away. Though this hike increases in intensity during the last bit, it’s totally worth it. This is one of the best day-hikes in the world!  

 

 

 

Say Hueque Tip

 

Seize the day, wake up early and watch the sunrise at the Laguna de los Tres  (see Mount Fitz Roy’s peaks turning red) — A true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You can depart from the town of El Chaltén during the night or stay one night at Poincenot campsite, just 1 hour away from Laguna de los Tres.

 

 

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Day 5 - Mountains and Lakes (self-guided)

 

Today, we have a recommendation for true hiking-lovers: trek all the way to Cerro Torre and Laguna Torre, one of the most famous hiking trails in the area. Step into the wild for about 8 hours and 12 miles. This is a moderate-difficulty hike, but there is no steep climbing involved, so no previous experience is required!

  

The journey starts at a notable wooden sign which reads ‘Laguna Torre’ and features a  woodpecker; you probably already saw the sign if you visited the Cerro Torre Viewpoint the previous day. From there, you will continue through a stunning, multi-colored landscape; snow-capped mountains will rein over the native forest of lenga and ñire trees. You’ll pass by the De Agostini campsite and continue to the front moraine…you can hit the summit in 15 minutes! From here you can descend to the lagoon and watch the floating icebergs, or continue to the Mascardi viewpoint, 1 mile up the hill.

 

 

Perito Moreno Glacier, the gem of Patagonia

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Day 6 - From El Chaltén Back to El Calafate

 

Enjoy an early walk around town or a quick hike this morning. We recommend that you walk to El Chorrillo del Salto, 1 hour away from the village, and reach its little waterfall encircled by native trees and flora, like the Patagonian Orchid.

 

Bear in mind that in the afternoon you will board your bus back to El Calafate, so you need to be back in time. The 3-hour drive back will be a good opportunity to relax while enjoying the passing landscapes out your window.

 

Once you arrive in El Calafate, the bus will drop you off at your hotel. Now is your chance to try some tender Patagonian Lamb, or maybe a heavenly Calafate ice-cream. In Calafate, food options are varied and plentiful; from veggie delicacies to the best demonstration of national steaks, there really is something for everyone. You can choose a fancy restaurant for dinner, or a more traditional local tavern to spend an unforgettable night.

 

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

Take a look at our Calafate Travel Guide to find more practical information about the city. Our advice: if you feel like exploring a bit on your own, you can visit Laguna Nimez, a nearby natural reserve where pink flamingos – and many other native species – roam freely!

 

 

In Patagonia you can also see pink flamingos.

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Day 7 – El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier Tour

 

In the morning, we’ll drive you to Glaciers National Park to begin your 6-hour Perito Moreno Glacier tour. Get prepared to meet Argentina’s icy giants! 

 

Glaciers National Park has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981 and is home to approximately 200 glaciers. Half of this park is occupied by the Campo de Hielo Patagónico (Patagonian ice field), the largest ice field in the world, after Antarctica.

 

You will travel about 25 miles from El Calafate to the park, enjoying the views of the Patagonian steppe. Once inside the park, you will take walkways to explore the different viewpoints, and you’ll feel unbelievably close to Perito Moreno Glacier. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see a piece of ice break off and fall from the glacier wall, sinking forever into the lake below.

 

Over the course of about one hour, a bilingual guide will provide you with all the information you might want to know… and things you may have never thought about. After this visit, you will take a boat ride that will bring you close enough to fully appreciate the 262-foot ice walls of Perito Moreno! You’ll never feel closer to this gigantic and impressive natural masterpiece.   

 

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

Have you ever imagined walking across the surface of a glacier? Well, this is your chance! Take a look at the Mini Trekking tour, which allows you to trek on top of Perito Moreno Glacier… This is one of our favorite Patagonia outings; we’re sure you won’t regret it.  

 

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Day 8 – Your Free Day in El Calafate

 

El Calafate has much more to offer than just its magnificent glaciers… we recommend that you complete this adventure by taking a day tour (not included) to immerse yourself in the rural culture of Patagonia.

 

Inside Glaciers National Park, at the end of National Route 15 and after a 1 hr 30 min drive over a dirt road, sits one of the oldest and most traditional Patagonian ranches in the area. It’s the only ranch that continues to maintain sheep and Hereford cattle-breeding as its main occupation. You can take a day trip to visit its 30,000 acres of land, learn about its history, and witness a sheep-shearing demonstration and horse-training. At the end of the day, a grilled lamb will await you, sizzling on its traditional Patagonian rotisserie.

 

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

Looking for more things to do in El Calafate? We offer a wide variety of activities and day trips to personalize your travel experience. You’ll find it all in our blog, “Travel Tales of Argentina”.

 

 

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Day 9 – From El Calafate to Bariloche

 

Today we’ll pick you up from your hotel in El Calafate and drive you to the airport to take your flight to Bariloche. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and take a private transfer to your hotel. Bariloche sits on the southern coast of Nahuel Huapi, a glacier-water lake with enthralling islands and beaches. 

 

Hills and mountains framing the area allow visitors to enjoy all sorts of hiking trails and winter sports (Cerro Catedral is home to the biggest ski slopes in South America), as well as some mesmerizing views of the natural wonders of Patagonia.

 

This region has it all — horseback riding through the Patagonian steppe, navigations through pristine blue-green waters, and the most mouthwatering chocolate in the country!

 

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

Here at Say Hueque, we are committed Bariloche-lovers… there is no denying this. In our Bariloche Travel Guide you can read all about our favorite hikes, chocolate shops, beaches and other envy-inducing places…

 

 

Visit Argentina and travel to see Bariloche, its pristine lakes and enchanting woods.

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Day 10 – Bariloche Tours: History and Nature

 

This morning, we’ll pick you up at your hotel to start one of the most famous and traditional visits to the Lake District. For around 6 hours you will tour the area in an active way, and your guide will be constantly focused on sharing the vast history of the area and the most relevant facts about the natural heritage of Bariloche.

 

You will visit Campanario Hill, considered by National Geographic to be the 8th-best view in the world, and one of the most visited places here—1500 people go to enjoy the view every day. Our guides are local experts and know the perfect time to visit. They will bring you there before the crowds swarm, so that you can have a close-up and intimate experience.

 

Other fabled places you will visit include Nahuel Huapi and the mild waters of Moreno Lake, Lopez and Capilla mountains, and the world renowned Llao-Llao Hotel. Get ready to walk between millenary arrayanes trees on a nature-oriented outing through the impressive forest in the Llao-Llao Nature Park.

 

After filling your lungs with the refreshing air of the forest, you’ll enjoy your boxed lunch, and at the end of the day we’ll take you back to your hotel.

 

 

Travel to Argentina and visit Bariloche Lake District.

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Day 11 – Bariloche: Solar Eclipse

 

This morning, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and head to the eclipse viewpoint. The pick-up will be early, since we want to get you there first to pick out the best spot!

 

After a 3-hour trip, during which you’ll be assisted by one of our tour guides, we’ll reach the private ranch, where a light breakfast will be waiting. From this specially-selected place, exclusive to other eclipse chasers, you’ll enjoy a 100% view of the eclipse.

 

You’ll have plenty of time to find the best observation spot, where you can set up cameras and other gear while you enjoy a cup of coffee, some fresh fruit and local pastries, and chat with other travelers that have made the same journey through Argentina to see the eclipse. 

 

Around midday, a traditional lunch will be served, which includes Patagonian barbecue sandwiches (vegetarian options also available), finger-licking Argentine empanadas, delicious wine and the best local craft beer. The lunch will be self-serve, so you can enjoy the food on your own time, before or during the eclipse; food will be available throughout the event!

 

The eclipse will last 3 hours, and the total eclipse will be around 4 pm (it will last around 2 minutes), revealing a giant black circle in the sky. This is one of the rarest and most magnificent spectacles in the world, and you’ll be in the exact place, along the central axis of the eclipse route, as specified by experts, to best observe this eclipse. 

 

And speaking of experts… throughout the event, you’ll enjoy the company of an astronomer who will be there to answer all your questions about eclipses and other astronomical phenomena. You didn’t see that coming, huh? Don’t worry… we have it all set up for you to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

At around 5:30 pm, the eclipse will come to an end and we’ll head back to your accommodation, arriving at around 9 pm depending on the location of your hotel. 

 

 

A once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon!

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Day 12 – From Bariloche to Iguazu Falls

 

Say goodbye to the awe-inspiring landscapes of Bariloche and get ready to continue your journey. In the morning, you’ll be picked up and driven to the local airport to take your flight to Iguazú, the gateway to the famous Iguazú Falls.

 

Upon arrival in Puerto Iguazú, you will be taken to your hotel. You will have the afternoon to relax and enjoy the tropical climate and jungle setting. If you’re eager to explore, you can visit the “Hito Tres Fronteras,” a viewpoint west of the town center that stands high above the turbulent reddish-brown junction of the Iguazú and Paraná rivers, which also form the Triple Frontera, or Triple Border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. 

 

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

For the adventure-seekers, we recommend taking a bike tour through the rainforest with a specialized guide. You will discover the flora and fauna, the sounds of the jungle, and the traditions of the indigenous Guaranies. Check out our recommendations on where to eat dinner, and take a look at our Iguazú Falls Travel Guide for more practical tips.  

 

      

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Day 13 – Iguazu Falls Tours: Argentine Side

 

Today our driver and bilingual guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to the National Park, on the Argentine side. The falls are surrounded by a humid subtropical forest where the abundant vegetation is home to many different species of animals and birds. Our guide will help you spot some of them: ant birds, toucans, manakins and parrots, just to name a few of the most common varieties.

 

Lower and upper walkways weave in and around the falls, permitting up-close and personal experiences with this magnificent spectacle of nature. The Argentine side of the falls is filled with a myriad of paths, walkways and stairways which allow you to have an experience from many different perspectives. 

 

You will also have the chance to visit “The Devil’s Throat” the largest of the falls and for many the most spellbinding. To get to the Devil’s Throat, you’ll take the ecological train and then walk out along boardwalks. 

 

After walking around and taking pictures of waterfalls, animals and plants, you will have some free time to eat lunch in this amazing environment. This exciting, 6-7-hour excursion is highly recommended in order to experience the true power of Iguazú Falls. 

 

 

Say Hueque Tips 

 

Would you love to have a “Great Adventure”? The Great Adventure (“Gran Aventura”) is an optional tour you can add on to this day. You will take an open-air jeep through the rainforest, and then a zodiac open-air boat up the river to the base of the falls (there is a 100% chance that you will get soaking wet on this boat trip, so be sure to take some extra clothes!).

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Day 14 – Iguazu Falls Tours: Brazilian Side

 

After breakfast, enjoy a 4-hour excursion to the Brazilian side of Iguazú Falls. Don’t forget your passport! 

 

While Argentina has 80% of the falls on its side, Brazil has the best panoramic view. On the Argentine side you will have the sensation of being right inside the falls, but only by visiting the Brazilian side will you fully appreciate the immensity of Iguazú Falls. Take your time to enjoy it and feel it, to stroll the different walkways and feel the spray of water in your face.

 

Take the boardwalk over the Salto Santa María; it feels like walking on the water. Get closer to the “Devil’s Throat” and experience the power of the biggest fall of them all! We are sure this is a day you will never forget.

 

At the end of the tour, we’ll drive you back to your hotel, and in the evening you’ll be taken to the airport to board your flight back to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, you will have a transfer to your hotel. 

 

Enjoy your last night in one of the many trendy restaurants or bars in Palermo Soho, or maybe visit one of the many milongas (tango houses) in the city. Don’t be shy! If you can cross the Patagonian lakes, face solar eclipses and reach forbidding glaciers in the wilderness, you can definitely mingle with Argentine locals in their favorite dance spots.     

 

 

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Day 15 – Buenos Aires, The End of your Adventure in Argentina!

 

Today we’ll take you to the airport, where your trip will come to its end. But don’t be sad! You can return whenever you want (we’ll welcome you with open arms), or… continue your trip towards the North of Argentina, to beautiful Salta or the wine region in Mendoza. Argentina still has plenty to offer! Check out our travelers’ favorite trips to Argentina and Chile

 

 

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Included

All transfers and tours mentioned

Daily breakfast

Meals: Snacks and dinner (day 2), boxed lunch (day 10), lunch (day 11)

Bilingual local guides (English / Spanish)

3-night accommodation in a hotel (Buenos Aires),  3-night accommodation in a hotel (El Chaltén), 3-night accommodation in a hotel (El Calafate), 3-night accommodation in a hotel (Bariloche), 2-night accommodation in a hotel (Iguazú)

Not Included

International or domestic flights or buses

National Park Entrance Fees

Bariloche Eco Fee: Only payable in cash at hotel. Varies from $2 usd to $4 usd per guest per night depending on hotel category

Iguazú Eco Fee: Only payable in cash at hotel. Varies from $2 usd to $5 usd per guest per night depending on hotel category

Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quote please follow this link: World Nomads

Accommodation & Prices

Treasures of Patagonia: The Solar Eclipse 2020


COMFORT

USD 3840

SUPERIOR

USD 4171

*Prices in US Dollars.
*Valid until December 2020 (ask for prices in Christmas and New Year).

*The Perito Moreno Glacier mini-trekking tour is available from September – April.

*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 - Bariloche - Puerto Iguazú - Buenos Aires

Estimated cost for the flights in South America: If you plan to visit other destinations in the region, local flights cost approximately $100 to $250 USD per segment (destination).
We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

Included

All transfers and tours mentioned

Daily breakfast

Meals: Snacks and dinner (day 2), boxed lunch (day 10), lunch (day 11)

Bilingual local guides (English / Spanish)

3-night accommodation in a hotel (Buenos Aires),  3-night accommodation in a hotel (El Chaltén), 3-night accommodation in a hotel (El Calafate), 3-night accommodation in a hotel (Bariloche), 2-night accommodation in a hotel (Iguazú)

Not Included

International or domestic flights or buses

National Park Entrance Fees

Bariloche Eco Fee: Only payable in cash at hotel. Varies from $2 usd to $4 usd per guest per night depending on hotel category

Iguazú Eco Fee: Only payable in cash at hotel. Varies from $2 usd to $5 usd per guest per night depending on hotel category

Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quote please follow this link: World Nomads

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Treasures of Patagonia: The Solar Eclipse 2020

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