Tour the Lakes District and Iguazu Falls
(This sample itinerary will be customized to suit your personal interests and budget.)
Day 1 ~ Buenos Aires
Morning flight arrival to the international airport in Buenos Aires (EZE). Personal greeting at the airport and transfer to your hotel located in a charming neighborhood in the heart of Buenos Aires.
Overnight 2 nights in Buenos Aires. GL Tours works with several hotels in this city, discuss options with our travel experts to find the right match for your trip.
Day 2 ~ City Tour
The most important sights of Buenos Aires are seen on this private, half-day city tour. You will begin driving through the narrow streets of the old city and the broad avenues that mark Buenos Aires modern growth. On South America’s broadest avenue, 9 de Julio Avenue, we see Colon Theater and the “Obelisco”. Around the “Plaza de Mayo” (May Square), the “Casa Rosada” (which houses the mythical balcony from where Evita used to address people), the Cathedral,and the “Cabildo” (Town Hall). We continue our way through May Avenue, that joins the “Plaza de Mayo” with the Congress, and its Art Nouveau buildings, old hotels, theaters and cafes. Then, visit San Telmo, a neighborhood of bohemians, artists, antique shops and cobbled streets. Our tour goes on to the neighborhood of La Boca, with its colorful tenements, where a lot of artists open their studios and workshops. We will walk along the mythical street of “Caminito” and continue our visit in Puerto Madero (formerly: “The Docks” port area). In constant development, this gentrified neighborhood was totally redesigned in the nineties. Its new residential area, very close to the river, houses three design hotels, chic restaurants and exclusive apartment buildings. We then head towards the north where we will stop at San Martín Square, surrounded by elegant buildings with French architecture, and one of the most aristocratic areas of Buenos Aires. We end our tour in Recoleta district, one of the most fashionable parts of the city, which includes South America’s most opulent and extraordinary cemetery, the resting place of Eva Peron.
This evening, enjoy a fantastic dinner with Tango show presentation.
Day 3 ~ Iguazu Falls
Check out of your hotel in Buenos Aires. Personal transfer to the domestic airport for flight to Iguazu, Argentina.
Flight details to be determined. Flight time is typically 2 hours to Iguazu.
Upon arrival in Iguazu, you will be met at the airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel located with views of the National Park. Spend 2 nights here.
This afternoon, enjoy a half-day guided tour of the Brazilian side of the Falls. It is a completely different tour when compared to the Argentine side, since you get in front of the falls, as if you were on a balcony. We recommend you to see the falls from both sides to maximize your experience here.
This three-hour tour involves spectacular sightseeing with short walks. With your guide, you’ll arrive at the Visitors Center, at the entrance of the Iguassu (Brazilian spelling) National Park, about 10 kilometers away from downtown Foz do Iguazú. Short stop to see the exhibition and continue onto the National Park, along a paved road that will take us to the magnificent Iguassu Falls. Start a walking tour along the catwalk, measuring one kilometer of easy hike, with several panoramic views of the Falls and a close-up to the Devils’ Throat. This tour ends at the upper part of Iguassu Falls accessed through a panoramic elevator; from where you get to a lookout point with a view to the upper Iguassu River.
Special notes: Declared “World Heritage Site” by the UNESCO. Located on the border of the Brazilian state of Paraná and the Argentine province of Misiones, the falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. The waterfall system consists of 275 falls along 2.7 kilometers (1.67 miles). Some of the individual falls are up to 82 meters (269 ft) in height, though the majority are about 64 metres (210 ft). Two thirds of the falls are within Argentine territory. About 900 meters of the 2.7-kilometer length does not have water flowing over it. The edge of the basalt cap recedes only 3 mm (0.1 in) per year. The water of the lower Iguazu collects in a canyon that drains into the Paraná River at Argentina, shortly downstream from the Itaipu dam.
Travelers with U.S. Passports are required to obtain tourist visas for Brazil. The Brazilian visa must be obtained prior to departing the United States. Visas cannot be obtained at the Brazilian border. It is each traveler’s responsibility to obtain all documents necessary for admittance to Brazil.
Day 4 ~ Iguazu Falls
Today you visit the Argentine side of the falls on a full day tour with your personal guide including the Argentine Falls, Devils Gorge & boat tour.
Visit to the upper and lower paths around the waterfalls surrounded by lush jungles abundant in plush-crested jays, reddish-bellied parakeets, toucans and coatis. UPPER PATH: A 500 mts walk (45 minutes), with great views of the Two Sisters, Bosseti, Adam and Eve, Bernabe Mendez, Mbiguá and San Martín falls from the upper part.
LOWER PATH: 1.300 mts walk (1 hour and 30 minutes), to get a different view of the falls, from above.
DEVIL’S THROAT: Board a little train that will take you for 4 km to the Devil´s Throat Station, surrounding the upper part of the Iguazu River. Once arrived, take a walkway to the balcony of Devil’s throat (Garganta del Diablo in Spanish). This is a U-shaped, 82-meter-high, 150-meter-wide and 700-meter-long (490 by 2300 feet) cataract, the most impressive of all, that marks the border between Argentina and Brazil.
Then, embark upon the Great Adventure. Inside the Iguazú National Park (Argentina), big trucks will take you to explore 6 kilometers in the humid subtropical forest, as far as the banks of the Iguazú River, downstream from the Falls. Once at the shore, board special zodiac boats for a ride to get direct and wet contact with the mighty Falls. Crossing one mile of rapids, the boat gets into the devil’s throat canyon approaching the water falls, ending the adventure in front of San Martin island. Return to shore. Catwalks will take you back to your vehicle.
Day 5 ~ Bariloche
Check out of the hotel in Iguazu. Personal transfer to the local airport for flight to Bariloche (via Buenos Aires).
Arrival to Bariloche in the evening, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel overlooking Moreno Lake and Mt Tronador.
Spend 3 nights in Bariloche.
Day 6 ~ Bariloche
Isla Victoria sailing experience – with lunch
You will board the motorboat to cross the cold waters of Nahuel Huapi Lake up to the millenary island. There, we will hike the woodlands through inner trails, to see its varied flora and fauna and learn about its history also visit the small island´s school where we will connect with the local society. The trails we will follow for about two hours pose no technical challenge, there are no significant slopes. With a little bit of luck, we might even spot some wildlife. Another part of the island remains to be discovered and we do so on the way to Puerto Pampa, enjoying the landscape as we take our time, before embarking for the 30-minute navigation back to Port.
Day 7 ~ Leisure day
Enjoy this day at your leisure. A wide variety of activities and adventures can be enjoyed directly from the lodge. Nature hikes, Mountain Biking, Water sports, Fishing, Horseback riding and more.
Day 8 ~ Departure
Personal transfer to the airport in Bariloche for domestic flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer assistance, if needed, in Buenos Aires to connect to your international flight departure.