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Day 1. Welcome to Buenos Aires a driver will pick you up at Ezeiza International Airport and transfer to your Hotel. Free day for relax and start visiting this wonderful city. During the late afternoon, your assigned trip companion will join you to explain the details of the adventure and answer your questions.

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Day 2. Breakfast at the hotel and then you will be picked up by one of our experienced guides to discover the most beautiful neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. At noon you will have a break to lunch on one of the newest neighborhood “Puerto Madero”. Rest of the day free to discover this beautiful city on your own.


Day 3. After enjoining the buffet breakfast at the Hotel our pilot / guide will join you and transfer to San Fernando International Airport. After filing the flight plan and checking the weather you will be ready for departure for your first destination San Carlos de Bariloche. Bathed by the clear waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi, San Carlos de Bariloche is located on the West end of the Province of Río Negro. Founded in 1902, it owes its name to Carlos Wiederhold, who set the first grocery in the area, and to the deformation of the term Vuriloche (“different people from behind or from the other side”), used to name the natives from the valleys located to the west of the Andes mountain range, before the arrival of the mapuche people.  Since then, Bariloche has turned into one of the main tourist destinations in Argentina. The facilities designed by man, as well as the beauty offered by the natural environment mingle in perfect harmony to satisfy the visitor. Mount Catedral, one of the most important ski resorts in Argentina, is visited by more and more enthusiasts of white sports every season. The summers are synonym with adventure in Bariloche. The rough water courses are ideal for the practice of rafting. The mountain paths are open for hiking, riding mountain bikes and horses across the thick forests, and the high peaks are a challenge for climbers. 

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Day 4. Breakfast at the hotel. During the morning you will enjoy a city/area tour where you will have the first impressions of San Carlos de Bariloche and surroundings.

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Day 5. Breakfast. You will be picked up to do a genuinely nice excursion of the area Isla Victoria y Bosque de Arrayanes. The starting point for this excursion is Puerto Pañuelo located across the Llao Llao Hotel & Resort. From Puerto Pañuelo, you reach Puerto Quetri-Hué after a two-hour boat ride where you can visit the world-famous Bosque de Arrayanes. It is a forest formation unique in the world with centenary specimens. The crust of the trees is old, smooth and of cinnamon color. There are white flowers and purple fruits of a pleasant taste. A small house built in the middle of the forest and the deer living in the area, (Called Pudú-Pudú), were the inspiring muse of the famous Walt Disney for his cartoon "Bambi".


Day 6. After breakfast. We start our way to the Airport to start our next leg to El Calafate. You will find yourself at the gateway to the majestic world of glaciers. El Calafate is 316 km. from Río Gallegos, over Lago Argentino, 185 m. above sea level, and receives its name from the small bush calafate, indigenous of Patagonia, its fruit is a delicious berry very good for the elaboration of jam. According to tradition, whoever eats calafate will return for more. But reality indicates that who visits Calafate wants to stay forever. This town is near Lago Argentino, a green water surface covering 1600 km2, with a length of 60 km., a width between 12 and 14 km., and depths from 35 m. in Feruglio on the coast and centre, to 300 m. in Península Avellaneda. Los Glaciares National Park covers a surface of some 600.000 has. with 47 glaciers, like Marconi, Viedma, Moyano, Upsala, Agassiz, Bolado, Onelli, Peineta, Spegazzini, Mayo, Ameghino, Moreno and Frías, all of them draining to the Atlantic. 

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Day 7. Enjoy your breakfast and prepare at for a day trip to Perito Moreno Glacier. At Curva de Los Suspiros you will get the first panoramic view of Glacier Perito Moreno. An ice cloak, or glacial cap, covers this protected area of 600,000 hectares. Among the 356 glaciers, the Perito Moreno is the most outstanding one, having a front of 5 km long and a height of over 60 meters above the level of the water.
Known worldwide because of its process of fractures, the front of the glacier closes the running of the waters of Brazo Rico when it approaches the coast. This produces a kind of pond where the water goes up 20 meters over the level, creating the filtration that ends up in the fracture; the last time was in March 2004.  
But show is never-ending. You can watch the detachment of ice blocks of different sizes from a short distance, hear the roaring they produce, and then watch them turned into wonderful floating icebergs. In 1981 UNESCO declared National Park Los Glaciares a World Heritage Site. It is an unforgettable experience.  
We came back during the afternoon to have a well-deserved rest.


Day 8. Our transfer will pick you up to lead you to a full day activity at Estancia Cristina. The "All Inclusive” daily program includes boarding in Punta Bandera Port at 7:45 am. (The estancia can only be reached by boat). Departure at 8 am aboard modern and comfortable ships. Sailing among icebergs and watching the breathtaking views of the occidental front of the Glaciar Upsala, to later arrive to the port of Estancia Cristina. Breakfast on board. Arrival at the estancia at 11:30 am. One of the following activities can be selected from the “Excursions Menu”: 4x4 Ride to the top of the Glacier, hiking, horse-riding, etc. Depart from Estancia Cristina at 5:30/5:45 pm. Arrival to Punta Bandera port at 7:30/7:45 pm


Day 9. After breakfast we go to El Calafate Int. Airport for the next leg to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego.  
Ushuaia -which in the yámana language means “bay overlooking the West”- is surrounded by Mount Martial to the West and by Mounts Olivia and Cinco Hermanos to the East. Located on the shores of the Beagle Channel, it offers a unique landscape, which combines mountains, sea, glaciers, and forests.With a whimsical geography, Ushuaia has adapted its features to modern construction, thus developing a very quaint city. It has an exceptionally good hotels and gastronomy infrastructure which pleases the expectations of international visitors.  
As a result of its location, close to the South Pole, in the summer it has approximately eighteen hours of light, whereas in the winter, it only has seven or eight. An emblematic tourist destination, Ushuaia allows the practice of adventure travel: hiking, horse-riding excursions, mountain biking, sport fishing and the most spectacular voyages along the Beagle Channel and across the Tierra del Fuego National Park in the Lapataia Bay.  
In the winter, the landscape changes its physiognomy and the days are generally bright and clear.  

DAY 10

Day 10. Breakfast. You will be picked up at the hotel to make a full day sailing excursion. During our journey you will see Faro “Les Eclaireurs” who indicates the sailors the entrance to Bahia Nueva. During the trip you will also see a wide variety of bird species and a huge colony of marine wolves (this place is also known as Marine Wolves Island).Sailing even further we will reach Isla Martillo where you may see a settlement of Penguins during summer.
Our journey ends at Haberton Estancia, which is the first Estancia settled in Tierra del Fuego. We may disembark to make a guided walking tour around the Estancia. 

DAY 11

Day 11. Breakfast. Tour to Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego and Tren del Fin del mundo the southermost railway in the World. After forty years without functioning, in 1994 End of the World Train took again part of the old route that made the prisoners train , which left from the prison of Ushuaia, located in the center of the city, towards the slope of the Susana Mountain with the objective of obtaining materials (wood and stone) for the construction of the same one.

DAY 12

Day 12. Enjoy the breakfast at the Hotel and after that we will go to the Airport to start our leg to Trelew (Valdes Peninsula). Arrival and transfer to the hotel in Puerto Madryn.

DAY 13

Day 13. Breakfast. Full day tour, Península Valdés is a protected natural area that has been pronounced World Natural Heritage by UNESCO in 1999.
It is a headland of 4,000 km² that sticks out about a hundred km into the Atlantic Ocean, with many gulfs, rocky cliffs, and shallow bays with marked differences in tides, sandy beaches, and islands. It is attached to the continent by a 25km long strip of land: the Ameghino Isthmus.Because of its unusual geographic characteristics, the peninsula has become exceptionally valuable. It has been chosen as a reproductive territory by several sea mammals and sea birds, thus concentrating such a biodiversity that certainly makes it the main attraction on the Patagonia coastline. 

DAY 14

Day 14. Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport to initiate our final leg to Buenos Aires, San Fernando Airport. At your arrival you will be transferred to the hotel to prepare for the spectacular Dinner and Tango show to say goodbye to this magnificent city and adventure.

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Argentinian Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) regulations requires an Argentinian bilingual pilot at your side during the flying part of the trip. You  fly and he/she will assist you with navigation and communication. Most of our pilot companions are Certified Flight Instructors at your service to help you improve your flying skills.

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