El Glaciares National Park

POST PROGRAM EXTENSION - PATAGONIA

​Begin your exciting journey in Argentina with a visit to Patagonia. A visit to the southernmost regions of the continent will give you the opportunity to explore the majestic glaciers and their magical, blue ice. The Upsala Glacier is one of the largest in Los Glaciares National Park. To sail through the Argentino Lake among icebergs and mountains and then visit Estancia Cristina is an interesting combination of nature, adventure, history, and pleasure. This full day program allows you to get in touch with a natural, unique, remote environment, with the culture and lifestyle of the pioneers and the interesting relationships with famous explorers of past centuries.

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Salta is still very much a hidden treasure of Argentina. The charm and the character of this area lies in the culture and folklore of its people, in the architecture of its small towns, in the traditions and customs present in its markets, its food, its music and its religious festivities. The Calchaquies Valley, an unforgettable journey through a region that was molded by a turbulent pre-Incan and colonial history, is surrounded by dramatic scenery carved by the wind and sun towns made of adobe clay that transport us back to remote times. Buenos Aires, Argentina has an elegant, old-worldly feel, with a touch of Paris here and of London there, a dash of New York cosmopolitanism and Italian exuberance.

OPTIONAL POST PROGRAM EXTENSION TO PATAGONIA

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Accommodations in four to five star hotels


24/7 professional English speaking guide


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Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary


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Posada Los Alamos Hotel
www.posadalosalamos.com


This lovely 4 star hotel is ideally located in the heart of
El Calafate, close to many restaurants and other local
businesses. The hotel has an indoor pool, gym, spa and
services of any first-class hotel. They offer free wi-fi
throughout the property and offers many dining options.
An extensive breakfast buffet offers a choice of American,
Argentinean or Patagonian foods. The La Posta Restaurant
serves an a la carte menu of international and regional
specialties, including Patagonian lamb. The hotel also
features two bars.

​​​Day 01: Depart for Argentina
Depart today and make your way to Argentina. Elegant, old-worldly, with a touch of Paris here and of London there, a dash of New York cosmopolitanism and Italian exuberance here, the city of Buenos Aires, nevertheless has a lot of Latin America in it as well.


Day 02: Salta, Argentina - Cultural Exploration
Upon arrival at Buenos Aires Ezeiza International airport (EZE), transfer to Salta airport (SLA) where you will meet your local guide. Early check-in has been confirmed at the hotel for your comfort.


Salta is still very much a hidden treasure of Argentina. The charm and the character of this area lies in the culture and folklore of its people, in the architecture of its small towns, in the traditions and customs present in its markets, its food, its music and its religious festivities. A mix of Pre-Columbian civilizations (it was the southernmost outpost of the Inca Empire) and Spanish colonial past, the city of Salta (the gateway city to visit this area) is the best preserved Spanish colonial city in Argentina.


Find northern magic in Design Suites Salta. This is an architectural project that blends with the color of the palette of nature. Located in Salta downtown, the property features an art gallery, restaurant, wine bar, health club, gym, Scottish shower, sauna, swimming pool and free Wi-Fi among others.


After lunch at the hotel enjoy a tour of Salta, the most representative Spanish colonial city in Argentina. We will visit the Cathedral, the magnificent Franciscan temple Church of San Francisco, Town Hall, Historic Museum of the North, a local craft market, and the San Bernardo Hill. Stop to see the High Mountain Archeological Museum as time permits. 


Dinner will be at a local restaurant.

Overnight:  Design Suites (or similar)
Meals: Lunch, Dinner


Day 03: Salta, Argentina - Handicrafts, Folklore & Dancing

After breakfast we will visit Salta city handicraft market where we can find handmade fabrics and ponchos.


Lunch included in a local Restaurant, Café del Tiempo.


This afternoon, explore the fabulous city of Salta at your leisure – your local guide will be on hand to provide recommendations on how best to enjoy the city or you may just simply want to relax and explore the art gallery and wine bar at your hotel!


This evening, enjoy a three course dinner at La Casona del Molino, a traditional “Peña”. The people of Salta (Salteños), gather at peñas (folk concerts) to celebrate the capital’s cultural heritage through traditional song and dance. Casa del Molino is considered to be the most authentic experience in town. Don’t expect flashy costumes or big stage production; local musicians play and people dance when inspired – join in the fun and live like a local!


Overnight:  Design Suites (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner












Day 04: Salta, Argentina - Village Life
Following breakfast leave for Chicoana, located 40 km from Salta. It is a small traditional village located in the southwestern Valle de Lerma, immediately south of the river. The valley of this river, called Quebrada de Escoipe, makes Chicoana the gateway to the northern portion of the Calchaquíes Valleys. Here we will be welcomed by real gauchos who are going to show us how they cook the traditional Argentinan asado (barbeque) and enjoy the meal with them.


Learn the techniques of the Asado and help the ladies to prepare empanadas in the most traditional way.


After lunch, return to Salta city and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Design Suites
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 05: Cafayate, Argentina - Time for wine!
Transfer to Cafayate (scenic road). Leave the City of Salta behind to discover the Calchaquies Valley, an unforgettable journey through a region that was molded by a turbulent pre-Incan and colonial history, in dramatic scenery carved by the wind and sun towns made of adobe clay that transport us back to remote times.


Drive through the breathtaking “Quebrada de las Conchas” deep valley of red canyons, characterized by intense colors and spectacular geological formations, determined by the concentration of different minerals in the soil. During our trip, we stop at the rock formation of the “Anfiteatro”, and soon observe the white sands that hail our entrance to Cafayate, the most important town in the “Valles Calchaquies”, well known for its wines and especially the white grape Torrontés.


Lunch will be provided in a typical winery, Finca El Retiro where you will have a chance to tour the town and get to know other wineries in the area.


The spectacular Grace Cafayate Hotel, Spa and Residential Villas is located in the Calchaqui Valley in the northwest of Argentina. This hotel and villa complex which will have up to 52 keys and will form part of La Estancia de Cafayate, a secluded 1,250 acre residential and sporting estate in the heart of an area famed for its spectacular scenery, outstanding wines and equestrian sports.


Overnight: Grace Cafayate Hotel & Spa (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch









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Day 06: Cafayate, Argentina 
In the morning, enjoy bike riding through the picturesque trails of La Estancia de Cafayate. Pass by the the different facilities they offer such as vineyards, lake, stables, golf courses, & polo fields. 


Have apicnic at the lagoon of the exclusive property of Estancia de Cafayate.


Later today join a local chef for an exclusive Argentinian empanada cooking lesson. Class will be conducted pool side allowing you the opportunity to relax and learn. Enjoy your creations for dinner.

Overnight: Grace Cafayate Hotel & Spa (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 07: Cafayate, Argentina - Create your own wine!

In the morning participate in a wine workshop: “Create your own wine” You will learn about the different varieties of the Calchaqui Valley grapes (Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Tannat) and how to best pair them with the food to create distinguished flavors. Following your lesson, it’s time to design and create your very own blend of wine! Lunch is included during the activity.


In the afternoon we will drive along road Nº 68 and arrive at Los Castillos, where an imposing reddish rock formation will surprise us in one of the many curves along the way. Just 5 km away from Los Castillos we will find "La Yesera" where we stop for a while and hike. These mounts of sandstone, light-colored, predominantly white and shades of grey are the product of wind and fluvial erosion of different eras that range from 13 to the last 5 million years.

Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant, El Terruño.


Overnight: Grace Cafayate Hotel & Spa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 08: Buenos Aires

Head back to Salta this morning (about a 3-4 hr drive) and fly to Buenos Aires (2 hr flight). Upon arrival you will be met and check back into your local hotel.


Loi Suites Recoleta - Located in the most elegant area of the city and walking distance from museums, art galleries and shopping areas, historical architecture and beautiful parks, Loi Suites Recoleta is a refreshing option in Buenos Aires. An ample tropical winter garden resplendent with swimming-pool and restaurant complete the relaxing atmosphere. International cuisine is served in La Fuente restaurant.


Enjoy some time to relax at the hotel this evening with lunch and dinner on your own arrangement.

​Overnight: Loi Suites (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast


Day 09: Cultural Exploration Buenos Aires 

The group will explore the highlights of magnificent Buenos Aires today. Your morning kicks off in one of the city’s most significant spots: Plaza de Mayo square. This is where the city was founded in 1580 and where the most important governmental buildings are located. Continue to the San Telmo neighborhood, with its cobblestoned streets, where the original porteños (Buenos Aires residents) settled in the early days. Stop at picturesque La Boca, the colorful working-class port neighborhood, and walk along Caminito Street, where local artists display their artwork to the tune of tango music performed on the street.


Lunch will be at a local restaurant during your tour.


Drive towards Palermo, passing through Puerto Madero and see this regenerated area where redbrick warehouses have been transformed into trendy restaurants and bars. Once in the northern area of the city, drive through Palermo Chico with its impressive townhouses, tree-lined boulevards and parks. Palermo Soho, meanwhile, fuses the flavor of a working-class neighborhood with contemporary twists such as ethnic restaurants, design stores and bars. Its bohemian atmosphere makes it popular with Argentines as well as foreign visitors. Continue to Recoleta, the most sophisticated district, to visit Nuestra Señora del Pilar Church and Recoleta Cemetery and glimpse stunning mausoleums, the final resting place for many of Argentina’s key characters.


The evening dinner will also include a professional Tango Show at a local venue.

OvernightLoi Suites (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 10: Return to Miami, USA
Depart this morning for the airport and your flight back to Miami.


Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​

DAY 1 April 29, 2018
Fly to El Calafate 
Depart Buenos Aires today for El Calafate Airport in southern Argentina (Patagonia). You will be met on arrival and transferred to your local hotel late this afternoon. This home base will be the perfect spot to explore Los Glaciares National Park.


Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Posada Los Alamos Hotel


DAY 2: April 30

Perito Moreno Glacier and Safari Nauticoe Excursions Patagonia
After breakfast, head out to explore the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the world’s few remaining advancing glaciers. Wear a warm and waterproof jacket, gloves, hats,sunglasses, and sunscreen as you are visiting during their winter season.


It is currently grinding its way down the Cordillera directly into an arm of the enormous Lake Argentino. Upon arrival, stand at the promenade deck right across from Perito Moreno Glacier. Along the walkways there are seven “balconies” located at different heights and distances from the glacier. These are connected by trails that allow for hikes of different length and degree of difficulty. From the highest balcony, you will see a large section of the glacier—northern and southern facing. As you go down, you will find the second balcony, closer to the ice. This is the place where, on occasion, the ice dam is formed. The lower balcony, 700 meters above the parking lot, is the closest you will get to the glacier.


Later, enjoy the Safari Nautico, an excursion that takes you on a cruise across Lake Rico, passing beside icebergs that have calved off the front of the Perito Moreno glacier. ​​Reaching the Icebergs Channel, the boat will stop at a safe distance from the glacier, continuing to sail down its front, allowing a spectacular view of the high wall of ice. The excursion lasts approximately one hour and provides a totally different perspective of the Perito Moreno glacier, with almost constant falling walls of ice from its front. This is truly a unique opportunity for photographers and nature lovers alike.

Lunch will be provided today with dinner on your own.


​Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Overnight: Posada Los Alamos Hotel


​DAY 3: May 1 
Estancia Cristina Discovery Patagonia

This morning you will be transferred to the small pier of Puerto Bandera, where you will board a modern and comfortable ship to navigate for about two hours along Lake Argentino. Sail among icebergs, watching the breath-taking views of the occidental front of the Upsala Glacier before
arriving at the port of Estancia Cristina. A boxed lunch will be provided this afternoon. 


Estancia Cristina was founded in 1914 by Joseph Percival Masters, an Englishman who came with his wife in 1900, after hearing marvels about the Patagonian lands of Southern Argentina and being in search of a promising future. After saving some money working in Rio Gallegos, they started their journey towards the west and with a small boat transported all their belongings, including cattle, toward a sheltered place in the southern bank of the North Channel Square Bay. At first they lived in tents set near the lake with their few belongings but then the Estancia grew and had up to 22,000 hectares of land surrounded by glaciers, snow peaks and lakes of great natural beauty. Nowadays the staff of the Estancia keep alive the history of this family who, with the effort and endurance common to every old pioneer, left an everlasting mark in this unique region.

Later today enjoy a guided visit to the Costumbrista Museum, the old shearing shed, and ascend in all-terrain vehicles traveling 9.5 km through mountainous roads. Upon arrival at the continental ice shelter, there will be a 30-minute walk to visit the oriental front of Upsala Glacier, view Lake Guillermo, Southern Patagonian ice and Andes range. Return to the boat at 5.30 pm and arrive at Punta Bandera around 7:00 pm. 


Dinner is on your own tonight.


Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Overnight: Posada Los Alamos Hotel


DAY 4: May 2

Return to Miami
Return to the local airport for your flight to Buenos Aires domestic airport. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to the international airport where you will say goodbye and return to Miami this evening. * **Arrive back in Miami on the morning of May 3.**


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Posada Los Alamos

Shared Room
Number of payments 4
Payment Due*Amount
Upon Registration$500.00 USD
Every 6 weeks (x 3)$1,966.33 USD
Total $6,398.99 USD
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Argentina: Salta, Cafayate & Buenos Aires| 10 days | April 20-29, 2018 | $6,399

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