Highlights of Argentina and Uruguay

From Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls OR From Iguazu Falls to Buenos Aires
  • Argentina
  • Uruguay
  • Expedition
  • Group
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Tour Description

This tour will offer you an in-depth experience of Northern Argentina and Uruguay. Discover the vibrancy and passion of Buenos Aires, explore the cobbled streets of historical Colonia de Sacramento, and discover Montevideo by bike. Spend a few days immersed in the Iberá Wetlands, viewing wildlife in Argentina’s most abundant natural reserve, journey into the past with the Jesuit ruins and enjoy both the Argentinean and the Brazilian side of the incredible Iguazu Falls

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Walk the “Caminito”, a picturesque and colourful street located in La Boca neighbourhood

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Buenos Aires

Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. In the evening your tour will begin with a brief pre-departure meeting followed by a meal out.

NOTE: Option to add pre-tour on our Northern Route 40 from Salta to Mendoza (13 Days) - Selected Dates. Please ask for details

Day 2
Buenos Aires

We will take a tour of Buenos Aires visiting the historic Plaza de Mayo square; the Metropolitan Cathedral; San Telmo, one of the oldest neighbourhoods; the port neighbourhood of La Boca; the newest district of Puerto Madero and finally the district of Recoleta. The Recoleta Cemetery holds the remains of important personalities, among whom is Eva Perón (Evita).

In the afternoon explore the lively and colourful San Telmo market, a huge street bazaar that draws over 12,000 people every week.

In the evening we will enjoy a fabulous dinner & tango show.

Day 3
Buenos Aires Colonia

Today we will take a ferry across the River Plate to Colonia de Sacramento in Uruguay. In the afternoon we take a walking tour to visit the picturesque streets of Colonia del Sacramento, recently declared World Heritage by UNESCO. The past can still be felt, in the city’s cobblestone streets and stone walls.

Day 4
Colonia Montevideo

A wonderful morning drive through the Uruguayan countryside brings us to the metropolitan capital of Montevideo. After a city lunch stop, get ready for something a little different as we take an afternoon bike tour around Montevideo. This is a fun, entertaining and interesting way of getting to know the city, learn of its history and have a vivid and exciting experience.

Day 5
Montevideo Estancia

An early start to beat the city traffic very quickly brings the countryside to our attention. Uruguay is world class in farming – sometimes the country is dubbed as one big farm! Today we make our way to wonderful family Estancia, a fantastic way to get to know the history and culture of the region.

Day 6
Estancia

Today we have at least 2 different activities on the estancia and while guests will take part in daily tasks and routines, there are certain rituals, like making a good asado (bbq) that will only be carried out by the estancia guachos (cowboys).

Day 7
Montevideo Salto

Today we drive north through the beautiful countryside of Uruguay towards Salto. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to relax and unwind in thermal hot springs.

Day 8
Salto Iberá Wetlands

The Iberá Lake and marshlands are among the last natural paradises on earth. Visitors can get face to face with caimans, capybaras, swamp deer, pampas deer, howler monkeys, giant otters, anacondas, greater rheas and hundreds of birds. We will arrive in the early afternoon and will take a boat safari to observe wildlife and Iberá’s birds face to face.

Day 9
Iberá Wetlands

Easy trekking to the monkey jungle and visit the park museum. In the afternoon you can choose to either take a boat safari exploring the channels where the largest caimans live and nest, or horse ride through the village and to the Caranday palm tree forests and reeds along the lakeside.

Day 10
Iberá Wetlands San Ignacio

This morning we will head north towards San Ignacio, where in the middle of the Argentine rainforest stand the ruins of San Ignacio Miní, a seventeenth-century Jesuit mission complex.

Day 11
San Ignacio Iguazu

In San Ignacio Miní our guide will explain the construction of the ruins, the life and customs of the Guaraní Indians, and how they were Christianised. After lunch we will continue towards Iguazu Falls, stopping to visit the Wanda Mines which are a deposit of semiprecious stones. Late afternoon arrival to Iguazu Falls. The Iguazu Falls are considered to be the most impressive in the world and one of the top attractions in South America.

Day 12
Iguazu

Today we visit the Argentinean side of the Iguazu Falls. Take an open train on a 15-minute journey up to 'Cataratas Station', admiring close up the imposing 275 waterfalls which plunge to the river from a height of 70 mts. You will also have the option to take a boat ride in to face the San Martin waterfall.

Day 13
Iguazu

Today we head to Brazil and the Foz do Iguaçu National Park. You will see the most imposing falls located on the other side of the border and an astonishing view of the Devil's Throat. We will also visit the Bird Park with more than 1020 birds from about 150 different species.

Day 14
Iguazu Depart

You will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight out.

Day 1
Iguazu

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. The Iguazu Falls are considered to be the most impressive in the world and one of the top attractions in South America.
In the evening your tour will begin with a brief pre-departure meeting followed by a welcome dinner.

Day 2
Iguazu

Today we visit the Argentinean side of the Iguazu Falls. Take an open train on a 15-minute journey up to 'Cataratas Station', admiring close up the imposing 275 waterfalls which plunge to the river from a height of 70 mts. You will also have the option to take a boat ride in to face the San Martin waterfall.

Day 3
Iguazu

Today we head to Brazil and the Foz do Iguaçu National Park. You will see the most imposing falls located on the other side of the border and an astonishing view of the Devil's Throat. We will also visit the bird park with more than 1020 birds of about 150 different species.

Day 4
Iguazu San Ignacio

This morning we head south, stopping to visit the Wanda Mines which are a deposit of semiprecious stones. We continue towards San Ignacio, where in the middle of the Argentinian rainforest stand the ruins of San Ignacio Miní, a seventeenth-century Jesuit mission complex. Here our guide will explain the construction of the ruins, the life and customs of the Guaraní Indians, and how they were Christianised.

Day 5
San Ignacio Ibera Wetlands

We set off early today heading for the rich Iberá Wetlands. The Iberá Lake and marshlands are among the last natural paradises on Earth. Visitors can get face to face with caimans, capybaras, swamp deer, pampas deer, howler monkeys, giant otters, anacondas, greater rheas and hundreds of other birds. We will arrive in the early afternoon and will take a boat safari to observe wildlife and Iberá’s birds face to face.

Day 6
Iberá Wetlands

Easy trekking to the monkey jungle and visit the park museum. In the afternoon you can choose to either take a boat safari exploring the channels where the largest caimans live and nest, or horse ride through the village and to the Caranday palm tree forests and reeds along the lakeside.

Day 7
Iberá Wetlands Salto

Today we set off at a leisurely hour and make our way into Uruguay arriving in Salto. In the evening you will have the opportunity to relax and unwind in thermal hot springs.

Day 8
Salta Estancia

Uruguay is world class in farming – sometimes the country is dubbed as one big farm! Today we make our way to wonderful family Estancia, a fantastic way to get to know the history and culture of the region.

Day 9
Estancia

Today we have at least 2 different activities on the estancia and while guests will take part in daily tasks and routines, there are certain rituals, like making a good asado (bbq) that will only be carried out by the estancia guachos (cowboys).

Day 10
Estancia Montevideo

Today we hit the road and drive south through the beautiful countryside of Uruguay towards our destination, Montevideo.

Day 11
Montevideo Colonia

Get ready for something a little different as we take an afternoon bike tour around Montevideo. This is a fun, entertaining and interesting way of getting to know the city, learn of its history and have a vivid and exciting experience.

In the afternoon enjoy a wonderful drive through the Uruguayan countryside brings us to the the lovely town of Colonia.

Day 12
Colonia Buenos Aires

This morning we take a walking tour to visit the picturesque streets of Colonia del Sacramento, recently declared World Heritage by UNESCO. The past can still be felt, in the city’s cobblestone streets and stone walls.

In the afternoon we cross the River Plate by ferry to arrive in Buenos Aires.

Day 13
Buenos Aires

We will take a tour of Buenos Aires visiting the historic Plaza de Mayo square; the Metropolitan Cathedral; San Telmo, one of the oldest neighbourhoods; the port neighbourhood of La Boca; the newest district of Puerto Madero and finally the district of Recoleta. The Recoleta Cemetery holds the remains of important personalities, among whom is Eva Perón (Evita).

In the afternoon explore the lively and colourful San Telmo market, a huge street bazaar that draws over 12,000 people every week.

In the evening we will enjoy a fabulous dinner & tango show.

Day 14
Buenos Aires Depart

You will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight out.

NOTE: Option to add post-tour extension on our Northern Route 40 from Mendoza to Salta (13 Days) - Selected Dates. Please ask for details

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 13 nights accommodation in standard hotels and guesthouses
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily
  • Included Copy 20 9 lunches
  • Included Copy 20 9 dinners
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Fully escorted in South America in our custom built all-terrain expedition vehicle
  • Included Copy 20 Service of an experienced tour leader as well as local guides
  • Included Copy 20 Experienced Driver/Mechanic
  • Included Copy 20 All National Park Entrance fees
  • Included Copy 31 Selected dates link with our Northern Route 40 Tour from Mendoza to Salta or visa versa
Transportation
Land, Air, Ship, Train ...

Expedition Vehicle

Activities

  • Included Buenos Aires City tour
  • Included Buenos Aires dinner & tango show
  • Included San Telmo Markets
  • Included Ferry across River Plate
  • Included Colonia city tour
  • Included Bouza Winery
  • Included Montevideo bicycle tour
  • Included Ibera Wetlands 3-day / 2-night package
  • Included San Ignacio Jesuit ruins
  • Included Wanda mines
  • Included Argentinean Iguazu Falls
  • Included Brazilian Iguazu Falls
  • Included Iguazu Bird Park
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Duration

14 days

Price from

$4,145 USD

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