• Patagonia's Bahia Bustamante & Iguazu

    Wildlife and natural wonders, from Atlantic Patagonia to the falls of Iguazu

    Experience another side of Patagonia in Bahía Bustamante, known for its desert moonscapes, red rock coastal lands, and whale watching on shimmering Patagonian seas. Then travel to tropical Iguazu and stand in the mist of a massive panorama of waterfalls that spans both Argentina and Brazil.

    best times to go: September - November

    departures: No group departures scheduled. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availablity. Call us for details.

    pricing: from $4,195 see detailed pricing

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Also great as a private trip. Call for details

Wildlife and natural wonders, from Atlantic Patagonia to the falls of Iguazu

Travel the eastern coast of Argentina—“Atlantic Patagonia”—and end up in Iguazú, where the mist of the “Devil’s Throat” and almost 9,000 cumulative feet of waterfalls await you. This eight-day journey includes a stop at Puerto Pirámides for unforgettable whale watching. In Bahía Bustamante—recently featured in The New York Times—we’ll relax at the edge of the world: great desert  moonscapes, red rock coastal lands, shimmering Patagonian seas. Visit a Patagonian ranch still in operation, see the petrified forest, and hike the strange, otherworldy landscape of the southern Atlantic coast. We’ll rest in cozy estancias and historic boutique hotels along the sprawling sea. Savor meals of wild, local fare including sea algae, fish, and lamb. In Buenos Aires, we’ll see the mansions of Palermo, visit Plaza de Mayo’s neo-classical cathedral, and wander the charming cobblestoned San Telmo neighborhood.

Activities

8 days of easy wildlife viewing, boating and optional horseback riding

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit Iguazú, where the mist of the “Devil’s Throat” and almost 9,000 cumulative feet of waterfalls await you
  • Discover “Atlantic Patagonia” and its desert moonscapes, red rock coastal lands, shimmering Patagonian seas, and petrified forests
  • Overnight in cozy estancias and historic boutique hotels
  • See the mansions of Palermo in Buenos Aires and wander charming San Telmo

Duration: 8 days Start Location: Buenos Aires End Location: Buenos Aires

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    Day 1 : Buenos Aires

    Arrive at Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires, the largest city in Argentina and one of South America’s foremost cultural capitals.

    In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of Buenos Aires highlighting its rich cultural history and strikingly different neighborhoods. We'll see the mansions of Palermo, visit Plaza de Mayo's neo-classical cathedral, and wander the charming cobblestoned San Telmo neighborhood.


    LODGING: Loi Suites Recoleta
  • Day 2 : Bahia Bustamante

    Fly from Buenos Aires to Comodoro Rivadavia airport, then transfer by car 1 hour to Bahia Bustamante. Here we'll find dirt roads and a peacful quiet that is only interrupted by the songs of various birds and waves breaking on shore. On once side is the ocean, on the other a never-ending steppe. The Argentine flag waves behind the old López Bar, the oldest building in town and silent witness of bygone days. Upon arrival, our guide will instruct you on the activities planned for your stay: a tour around the peninsula, a boat trip to to have a close encounter with the local fauna and abundant bird life, a visit to the petrified forest and the ranch, amongst others.

    Note: There is no mobile signal here, but there is a WiFi connection and a public telephone. Electric light is produced by a generator from dusk until 11 pm.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Estancia Patagonica - Pueblo Alguero - Bahia Bustamante
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    Day 3 : Bahia Bustamante

    Explore Bahia Bustamante, from its magnificent beaches of white sand and crystal clear water to its desert moonscapes. Our activities today will be dictated by the tides and the weather.

    Our options include: sailing the Malaysian Cove for bird watching (penguins, steamer ducks, skuas, cormorants, petrel, terns, olrog sea gulls, oyster catchers), visiting to the sea lions, hiking the petrified forest, exploring the Gravina Peninsula, learning about the seaweed industry, visiting a traditional Patagonian ranch, seeing the Aristizabal Lighthouse and Penguin Island, and mountain biking.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Estancia Patagonica - Pueblo Alguero - Bahia Bustamante
  • Day 4 : Bahia Bustamante

    Explore Bahia Bustamante, from its magnificent beaches of white sand and crystal clear water to its desert moonscapes. Our activities today will be dictated by the tides and the weather.

    Our options include: sailing the Malaysian Cove for bird watching (penguins, steamer ducks, skuas, cormorants, petrel, terns, olrog sea gulls, oyster catchers), a visit to the sea lions, hiking the petrified forest, exploring the Gravina Peninsula, learning about the seaweed industry, visiting a traditional Patagonian ranch, seeing the Aristizabal Lighthouse and Penguin Island, and mountain biking.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Estancia Patagonica - Pueblo Alguero - Bahia Bustamante
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    Day 5 : Puerto Madryn & Peninsula Valdés whale watching

    Early in the morning we'll transfer north toward Peninsula Valdés to go whale watching. On the way we will stop in Puerto Madryn at the Egidio Feruglio paleontologic museum (EMF). Beyond an incredible display of fossil findings, Egidio Feruglio is one of the most famous paleontological research centers in South America. The EFM aims to tell the history of the planet within the context of Patagonia. More than 1,700 fossil pieces and 30 specimens of dinosaurs are displayed in its halls.

    From Puerto Madryn we'll drive to the small village of Puerto Pirámides on the Peninsula Valdés, where we board small boats to go whale watching. We'll cruise about two miles out to the sea and once there, the engines are turned off and we enjoy nature's show! We'll then return to Puerto Madryn, passing the Isla de los Pájaros (Bird Island), Riacho, and El Doradillo, where we are likely to see more whales and their babies very close to the shore.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Hotel Territorio - Punta Cuevas - Peninsula Valdez
  • Day 6 : Fly to Iguazú

    Morning transfer to the Trelew airport to fly to Iguazú via Buenos Aires. Situated in the northeast of Argentina, Puerto Iguazú borders Brazil and Paraguay at the confluence of the Paraná and Iguazú Rivers. Though it's a tourist town, the main attraction lies nearby at the greatest spectacle of water and forest on Earth, the imposing Iguazú Falls ("big waters"). Iguazú Falls is undoubtedly the most visited place in Misiones and one of the most breathtaking nature attractions in Argentina. It was discovered in 1541 by Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and established in 1984 as a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Iguazú River starts in Brazil and runs smoothly until it reaches a series of faults, and the sudden 80 meter drop at Devil's Throat, where the water produces a thundering sound as it drains into the Parana River. There are more than 270 falls in the Iguazu area.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Loi Suites Iguazú - Iguazú
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    Day 7 : Iguazú National Park

    Your guide will lead you on a walk through upper Iguazu Falls, which is around 650 meters long and offers spectacular panoramic views. You'll see Dos Hermanas, Chico, Ramirez, Bossetti, Adán y Eva, Bernabe Mendez and Mbigua Falls along the way. You can also appreciate the arc formed by the San Martin, Escondido, Dos Mosqueteros, Rivadavia and Tres Mostqueteros Falls, before taking the park train to Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat). This linear catwalk is 2260 meters long (round trip) and allows visitors to get up close to the awe-inspiring, Garganta del Diablo, the most impressive falls of the park. The horseshoe-shaped falls, with a circumference of 150 meters and a height of 80 meters, fill the air with vapor as immense amounts of water surge over the rocks in a display of raw power. Finally a visit to the lower falls circuit offers a more intimate experience with the landscape and deeper contact with nature. On this path, we will feel the spirit of the forest: humidity, sounds, aromas, and the penetrating vapour that takes over the whole area. This circular path is about 1700 meters long.

    Optional boat excursion: Embark from a natural pier across San Martín Island, then navigate into Devil's Throat canyon, for an unforgettable spray under the falls. We'll approach the seven most important falls and view of the Brazilian side.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: Loi Suites Iguazú - Iguazú
  • Day 8 : Departure

    Transfer to Puerto Iguazu airport and return to Buenos Aires. Depart on international flight back home from Buenos Aires.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
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DATES: Best time to go: September - November Departures: No group departures scheduled. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availablity. Call us for details.

PRICING:

2013 PRICES
$4,195 (6-8 members)
$4,195 (2-5 members) local guide only.
$990 internal airfare (subject to change)
$1,400 single supplement

2014 PRICES
$4,445 (6-8 members)
$4,495 (2-5 members) local guide only.
$990 internal airfare (subject to change)
$1,400 single supplement

  • Loi Suites Recoleta

    This five star hotel is located in the most elegant area of the city, at walking distance from museums, art galleries, shopping areas, historical architecture and beautiful parks.

  • Loi Suites Iguazú
    Iguazú

    Loi Suites Iguazu has 162 fully-equipped guest rooms with amazing views of the forest. It offers a spa, two restaurants, and additional services such as water sports and boat services to Iguazú National Park.

  • Estancia Patagonica
    Pueblo Alguero - Bahia Bustamante

    There you will find The Restaurant which offers typical regional food based on our own production of marine algae, lamb and mutton, fish, and fruit and vegetables from our garden. The Club, equipped with pool table, ping pong table and Sapo. The Museum, with an exhibiti on of old photographs of the beginnings of the Argentine seaweed industry, which took place on our beaches. The Living Room, which invites you to read or simply to contemplate the sea through enormous windows. Bar service is available.

  • Hotel Territorio
    Punta Cuevas - Peninsula Valdez

    Territorio is a boutique hotel situated in the historical site of Punta Cuevas, landing location of the Welsh settlers. Its strategic location allows every one of its 36 rooms to have a breathtaking view of the ocean while allowing guests to walk to the centre of the city. The nature of Península Valdés—exceptional marine life offering new species to be discovered every month—and the history of the Welsh immigrants, who first faced the challenge of Patagonia in Puerto Madryn, come together at Territorio, where the past meets the present.

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.

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