Argentina Family Adventure: Patagonia & The Great Falls

 

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Embark on an unforgettable journey with this Argentina Family Adventure, designed to inspire and transform young minds through the wonders of travel. Begin your adventure in the vibrant capital of Buenos Aires, where your family will experience the city’s rich culture and history through a traditional city tour and an exciting bike tour. Visit a nearby estancia to immerse yourselves in the authentic gaucho lifestyle and enjoy hands-on outdoor activities.
 
Next, fly to the stunning region of El Calafate, gateway to the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier. Witness the awe on your children’s faces as they marvel at the glacier’s immense ice formations and perhaps catch a spectacular ice calving event. Continue your adventure with a flight to the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls, one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders. Explore both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides of the falls, experiencing the thundering cascades and lush surrounding rainforest from multiple perspectives.
 
This family-friendly itinerary promises an exciting and enriching experience, combining the cultural vibrancy of Buenos Aires, the icy splendor of Patagonia, and the breathtaking beauty of Iguazu Falls. Give your children the gift of world exploration, creating lasting memories and fostering a sense of wonder and appreciation for the diverse landscapes and cultures of Argentina.

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This sample itinerary is just the beginning. Fully customizable for individuals, families, and groups of all sizes, let it serve as an inspiration for your next adventure. Price subject to change.

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Enjoy a traditional city tour and an exciting bike tour through the vibrant streets of Buenos Aires, where your family can discover historic landmarks, colorful neighborhoods, and rich cultural heritage.

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Visit a nearby estancia to immerse your family in the authentic gaucho lifestyle, with opportunities for horseback riding, traditional BBQs (asados), and engaging with local traditions.

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Marvel at the immense ice formations of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Experience the wonder of this natural spectacle and the potential thrill of witnessing ice calving events.

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Explore the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls from both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides. Walk along various trails and viewing platforms to experience the thundering cascades and lush rainforest from multiple perspectives.

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Participate in a variety of outdoor adventures such as hiking, boat rides, and wildlife spotting, providing fun and educational experiences for kids of all ages.

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Engage in activities designed to inspire young minds, from guided tours that teach about local ecosystems and wildlife to cultural experiences that foster a deeper understanding of Argentina's diverse heritage.

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you will be met at the international airport and take a private transfer to your hotel. No matter how early you land in the morning, your room will be ready upon arrival: early check-in is guaranteed. You’ll receive our Argentina Challenge Adventure Kit, the perfect tool to generate engagement between your children, the places they visit, the people they meet, and you!

How do locals interact with their city? The best way to figure it out is to walk side-by-side with them… get prepared to take your first Buenos Aires walking tour, and start discovering the city at your own pace with a local guide.

Our guide will pick you up at your hotel and, over 2 hours, you will wander the neighborhood together. Depending on your hotel’s location and your interests, you can choose to explore either the Northern area of the capital, the aristocratic face of the city, filled with magnificent architecture, or the green spaces and bohemian culture of the trendiest area of the city. It’s up to you!

Enjoy the unscripted moments of chit-chat with your tour guide… and other locals you meet along the way! After all, we are all lovely people. The icing on the cake will be tasting our world-famous ice cream! We recommend trying the dulce de leche ice cream flavor… you won’t go back to vanilla. By the end of this tour you will have acquired a clearer picture of the neighborhood in which you’re staying; where the main supermarkets, pharmacies, and money exchange houses are located.

 

Meals: -

Accommodation: (4*)

 
Half-day city tour in Buenos Aires

Continue with the urban exploration with your family, taking a 5-hour historic tour through the city’s ornate architecture with a private car at your disposal. We’ll pick you up at your hotel to spot the most important sites of the city and learn some fun facts, like why the Presidential Palace is pink, or the reason that houses in La Boca are so colorful.

Visit San Telmo, the oldest residential neighborhood, with its classic cobblestone streets, and La Boca, where Buenos Aires turns colorful and tango is ever present; come to walk Caminito Street and dance with the locals. If you’re a soccer enthusiast, you’ll learn all about Argentina’s favorite fútbol (soccer) teams.

Why is soccer such a passion for Argentinians? Well, only a true Argentinian can answer that question. Continue your full cultural immersion learning about our rich history as you speak with locals (known as Porteños) and learn fun facts about our fascinating past. At the end of your tour, we’ll take you back to your hotel.

 

Bike city tour

In the afternoon, get ready to explore the city on two wheels. Departing from the Palermo district, start your bike tour to discover the Northern region of Buenos Aires, where you’ll find the famous Recoleta Cemetery, the Floralis Generica, and the biggest green areas of Buenos Aires.

Stop at Recoleta cemetery and leave your bikes to walk through the amazing tombs and mausoleums, 90 of which have been declared historical monuments. Dare your kids and find the exact place where the mythical Evita Perón (one of our first female political leaders) rests, or David Alleno’s tomb, the cemetery keeper who saved money during his whole life to be buried with the most important characters of Argentine history.

Continue your bike ride to the park that houses the incredible Floralis Generica, the giant metallic flower of Buenos Aires, where you’ll stop to have a snack while watching this breathtaking sculpture move! Taste some traditional Argentine maté (herbal tea) and the alfajores (finger-licking sandwich cookies).

We’ll keep riding on to explore Palermo Woods, the biggest green area of Buenos Aires, where you’ll have a close-up view of the beautiful Planetarium and enjoy a typical Porteño lunch from one of the many food trucks spread all over the area. We’ll return to our departing spot after 5 hours of family fun.

 

Optional dinner and tango show in San Telmo

At night, you have the opportunity to enjoy a special evening at one of the traditional tango houses of Buenos Aires in San Telmo, the oldest neighborhood of the city, where all tango dancers used to gather. Taste Argentine Malbec wine paired with a juicy steak, and enjoy a 1-hour tango and folklore show with the best dancers and musicians in Buenos Aires. We also offer a babysitting service in case you would love to have an exclusive romantic dinner.

 

Meals: B

Accommodation: (4*)

Full-day visit to a traditional estancia near Buenos Aires

Today, we’ll pick you up at your hotel to begin a 9-hour visit to this time-honored ranch. Learn about the gaucho culture and traditions, strolling around the beautiful old streets, museums, and ancient pulperías (grocery stores) in San Antonio de Areco before heading to El Ombú.

Argentina is famous worldwide for its fútbol players, but also for the vastness of its green-tinted fields best known as ‘La Pampa’. That endless land at the edge of the horizon is still home to the descendants of the first gauchos (Argentine cowboys), who still care for and work the land as their ancestors taught them to.

There are still some estancias (ranches) that preserve the gaucho traditions and are located in picturesque towns within Buenos Aires’ province. One of the most alluring estancias is El Ombú de Areco, a colonial-style working ranch built in 1880 that is located in the town of San Antonio de Areco, where gaucho traditions are still palpable all around.

Once you’re in the estancia, enjoy a typical asado (barbecue) before either a horseback ride in nature or a relaxing bike ride. For those who like to take things slow while on vacation, there is a peaceful swimming pool (only available in summer) and many sunny relaxation areas where you can take a siesta (an afternoon nap). At the end of the day, we’ll take you back to your hotel in Buenos Aires.

 

Meals: B

Accommodation: (4*)

After breakfast, your driver will pick you up from your hotel in Buenos Aires and drive you to the airport to take your flight to El Calafate and begin your family Patagonian adventure. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and take a private transfer to your hotel.

 

Visit a Patagonian estancia

El Calafate is a starting point for adventure travelers who desire to unearth the natural wonders of Patagonia, like Perito Moreno Glacier. But is El Calafate only about the glaciers? Well, yes and no… though glaciers are the main attraction, you will also have plenty to discover about Argentina’s rural, indigenous culture.

Start your family adventure trip to Patagonia with a visit to a traditional Patagonian ranch. Depart from your hotel in a minivan headed toward Glacier National Park. Leave El Calafate behind and travel for 1hr 30mins with the snow-capped Cerro Frías as your backdrop. Once inside the National Park, make your way to Nibepo Aike Ranch, the only ranch in the area that has maintained the traditions of sheep shearing and Hereford cattle breeding as its primary focus.

Enjoy an inviting hot drink and a delicious snack in the classic quincho (rustic dining room)! Walk the coast of Lago Argentino, watch how a real gaucho (the Argentine cowboy) works the shearing shed, and view a unique demonstration of gaucho horsemanship. Depending on the day’s activities, you might help milk the cows, herd sheep, or learn the history behind the founders of the estancia. At the end of the day, return to the quincho, where a mouth-watering grilled lamb awaits, sizzling over the traditional Patagonian fire pit. Take the same road and transportation to return to El Calafate.

 

Meals: B

Accommodation: (4*)

Get ready to explore secluded glaciers, only reachable by boat, in an 8-hour day trip combining short boat trips and hikes. Start the day with a pick-up at your hotel, travel to Puerto Bandera inside Glaciers National Park, and embark on today’s first navigation.

Sail Mayo Channel and disembark at Toro Bay to hike through the Patagonian forest; your specialized guide will tell you about the vegetation of this area (very different from other varieties inside the park) and show you the ancient cherry tree and its 10-foot-diameter trunk. Tell your kids that they can call it El Abuelo (grandpa), as locals have nicknamed it, and prepare yourselves to discover a waterfall!

Set sail again towards Cerro Negro (Black Hill), where you’ll do a soft, half-mile hike to the base of the hill to admire the massive Black Glacier.

Enjoy your free time in this place that not many travelers have seen, before departing for our third stop, the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. As the boat passes by the immense icy wall, put on your beanie and grab your camera, because you may see a piece of ice breaking off and crashing into the water below!

Finally, you’ll disembark at Puerto Moreno, where you can enjoy your free time wandering across the traditional catwalk circuit that surrounds the glacier before sailing back to Puerto Bandera.

 

Visit the Glaciarium Museum 

On your way back to El Calafate make a stop at the Glaciarium Museum and learn about the history of the glaciers and their first explorers. Interactive screens, a synchronized projection, and the natural sounds of ice caves playing throughout the museum’s hall will immerse you in the glaciers’ fascinating history. At the end of the day, we’ll drive you back to El Calafate.

 

Meals: B

Accommodation: (4*)

 

For your free day in El Calafate, if you still want to get active and visit another highlight of the area, we recommend that you visit Cerro Frías, an outdoor activity center. We’ll pick you up from your hotel and drive you 20 minutes outside of Calafate to Alice Ranch in Cerro Frías.

This ranch still maintains its traditional activities, its cattle, and its natural guanaco reserve. Enjoy any of the activities offered at the ranch: 4×4 rides to explore the area, horseback riding along beautiful slopes, or gliding down South America’s longest zipline. There’s an option for all ages and interests!

At the end of the day, enjoy lunch or dinner in the elegant quincho (this is the typical place to gather and cook asados, the Argentine barbecue), and during tea time, enjoy maté (Argentine herbal tea) and traditional Argentine pastries. At the end of this 6-hour tour, we’ll drive you back to El Calafate to have some relaxing family time.

 

Meals: B

Accommodation: (4*)

After breakfast, your driver will pick you up from your hotel in El Calafate and drive you to the airport to take your flight to Iguazú, the last stop on your 10-day family trip to Argentina. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. No matter how early you arrive in the morning, your room will be ready for you upon arrival: early check-in is guaranteed.

This little, relaxing town is the gateway to visiting the impressive Iguazú Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Take your time and settle in, check out the facilities (most of the Puerto Iguazú hotels have a pool!), and explore your surroundings.

Puerto Iguazú is a quaint, relaxing destination to share some quality family time. You’ll be impressed by the verdant landscape, covered in dense vegetation that is visible from the moment you step out of the airport.

 

Meals: B

Accommodation: (4*)

After breakfast, we’ll begin your 8-hour-long adventure to the Argentine side of Iguazú Falls, where you will enjoy intimate views of this unforgettable section of the Iguazú River.

The falls are surrounded by a humid subtropical forest where the lush vegetation is home to a variety of different animals and birds. An experienced guide will help you to spot toucans, coatis (raccoon-like animals), butterflies, and more! They will guide you through the park to avoid crowds and discover the most awe-inspiring views. No man, woman, or child can hide their amazement at Iguazú’s 1.5 million liters of water cascading from heights of over 80 meters!

During the day you will walk through the lower and upper walkways that allow visitors to get up close and personal with this magnificent spectacle of nature. To get to the most impressive views, you will hop aboard a picturesque ecological train that will transport you for 2 miles to the Devil’s Throat (the largest of the falls and for many the most spellbinding).

 

Meals: B

Accommodation: (4*)

Today you'll embark on a 3-hour visit to Parque Nacional Do Iguaçu (Brazilian side) (Don’t forget to bring your passport!). While other overcrowded tour buses don’t make any stops other than the Park itself, you will be able to visit Parque Das Aves, an amazing bird park, with species from all over Brazil. Here you’ll be able to walk amongst flying toucans, see butterflies of all sizes and colors, and discover birds you’ve never seen before.

From Parque Das Aves, you can walk to the entrance of the Parque Nacional Do Iguaçu. Take a bus and head to the beginning of the only footbridge inside the park. While Argentina has 80% of the falls on its side, Brazil has the best panoramic views.

You’ll be thrilled by the landscape, but this is also a great opportunity to learn about the region’s geography: rivers, waterfalls, jungles, and more! Walk around, accompanied by your guide, and enjoy the views of the massive Argentine waterfalls until you reach Floriano Waterfall, the natural highlight of this side, and the Salto Santa María, where it feels like you’re walking on the water.

Although you’ll be looking into Argentina, your feet will be on the ground in Brazil! Where does Argentina start and Brazil end? Well, it’s time to walk the line… Back from the footbridge, you’ll have some free time to use the restrooms, visit the gift shop, and take a special elevator to an especially high viewpoint.

Macuco boat trip experience

Inside the National Park of Foz do Iguazú, take one of the busses that connect the different areas of the park and reach the entrance of Macuco Safari Experience. Take a 2-mile trip across the jungle in eco-friendly electric trucks and enjoy a 20-minute walk accompanied by a specialized guide who will tell you all about the native vegetation and wildlife that you’ll discover. Arrive at the port and embark in inflatable boats, sailing across the river up to the Three Musketeers Falls, where you’ll take part in the famous ‘water baptism’ of getting drenched underneath the cascading falls, an experience that none of your family will ever forget. After 1hr 30mins of enjoying a full jungle exploration, you’ll return to the port and we’ll take you back to your hotel in Puerto Iguazú (Argentina).

Argentine dinner experience

At night, enjoy a 4-hour dining experience where you’ll learn all about our traditional dishes in a cozy (and hidden!) restaurant in downtown Puerto Iguazú. Make your way to the closed-door restaurant where our bilingual guide will be waiting to greet you.

First, you’ll pass through a hidden winery, and then approach a large table where your materials will be waiting for you to start your cooking class and dinner. Get all dressed up in your professional chef outfit and start preparing your first Argentine cocktail with delicious Malbec wine (and its non-alcoholic version); some serious shaking is involved here, which will be a blast for your kids!

After competitions and videos with your finished beverages, it’s time to taste some appetizers and get ready for the empanada contest. Learn how to properly fill the empanada and practice your skills with the “repulgue” (a special way to close and seal the empanada).

Then, it will be time to order your steak! Learn how to ask for your desired cooking point in Spanish. Led by passionate hosts, learn about the classic social customs used by Argentines to enjoy plenty of funny moments at the dinner table. Finish the evening sipping on maté and making ‘alfajores de maicena’ (sandwich cookies overflowing with dulce de leche).

Meals: B, D

Accommodation: (4*)

All too soon, it's time to say goodbye to Argentina. At the appointed time, your driver will bring you to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: B

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