Argentina, South America



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TRAVEL GENERAL INFORMATION

Period of this trip: February 2013
Country: Argentina
Currency used: USD (mainly) and Pesos
Duration: 3 weeks
Number of travelers: 2
Budget: ca. £5,000 (or ca £2,500 pp)
Best Period: – November to March to visit South (Patagonia).
– April to October to visit North (Iguazu Falls).
Guide used: Lonely Planet
VISA: VISA Free for EU citizens
General Info: Travel in Argentina can be quite pricy due to long distances to cover and no low-cost flights available. As we had only few weeks holidays, we decided to fly in each of the destinations to save time (more expensive option). Distances are huge. The alternative way is travel by bus (cheaper option). After doing some simulation of a self-made tour, we’ve realised that going for an organized tour is 20% if not cheaper than doing it yourself. Got quotes from several agencies in Italy, UK and Argentina. The agency we’ve chosen was the best in terms of quality and price and could offer around 20% discount on flights and good hotel deals, not available booking yourself (I’ve checked every single one!). The agency could tailor-made our travel according to our needs and budget. We have optioned for a low-budget solution going in 2 or 3 stars hotels. Quality was better than expected!
Book well in advance because national Argentinian flight prices keep changing. Christmas and New Year Periods are the most expensive, so calculate 40% more (min) increase in prices. The agency we used: SAY HUEQUE website: www.sayhueque.com (all prices in USD).

 

TRAVEL PLAN

Day Area What to Do
1 London to Buenos Aires International fly from London to Buenos Aires.
2-6 Buenos Aires We stay in a 3 stars hotel in Recoleta area: Dazzler Laprida.
Things to do in Buenos Aires:

  • Visit la Boca District
  • Visit Sant Elmo Market on Saturday
  • Visit Palermo, Soho during the day (for graffiti) and park, and for night life (best area)
  • Visit Recoleta and Microcentro (plaza Primero de Mayo, Casa Rosada, Floralis Generica).
    Nice and easy way to visit Buenos Aires is taking the tour bus, doing a circular tour of the city. So you can hop on and hop off any time you want. Tickets can be purchased on-line (ca. USD 20 – to pay in pesos)
  • Tango show in El Viejo Almacen. Spectacular! You can book on-line dinner and show, or just show – website: www.elviejoalmacen.com.es
  • Tango shoes: this is a MUST see place for girls!! Showroom is in Recoleta selling only tango shoes, all types and all colours. All hand-made.
    Comme Il Faut – Arenales 1239 door 3 apt. M, Rues des Artisans, Buenos Aires
    website:www.commeilfaut.com.ar
  • To eat the best Milanesa (beef or chicken) to Club de la milanesa various restaurant in town
7-8 Puerto Iguazu TOUR START HERE1st day:
Morning flight from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu.
Transfert to Grand Crucero Hotel Resort.
Half day excursion to Iguazu Falls (Brazilian side).

2nd day:
Full day tour to the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls with guide (not great to be honest)
We took additional trips:

  • boat trip, no need to book in advance – departure every 15 min. (15 USD pp)
  • In the afternoon we went back to the Brazilian side to have the helicopter tour. It’s only 15 min but it’s amazing (35 USD pp). Really get into the falls! Impressive! (see cover picture)
9-13 El Calafate 3rd day – travel
Flight from Puerto Iguazu to El Calafate via Buenos Aires.
We stayed atPosta Sur Hotel (breakfast included). This hotel is very nice and just at the edge of the village, which is anyway, very small. It’s just 5 min walking from one of the best restaurant in the city.

La Tablita
Coronel Rosales 26
El Calafate, Santa Cruz, Argentina
tel +54 2902 49-1065
website: la-tablita.com.ar

4th day – Perito Moreno Glacier
Full day tour: to visit Perito Moreno Glacier including a mini trekking on the glacier. The tour included also explanation of the glacier phenomenon, flora, fauna but also lots of free time to enjoy the view. The trekking on the glacier is very funny.

5th day – Upsala glacier – Estancia Cristina
Full day tour: boat trip from Punta Bandera, sailing among icebergs and stunning view of the Upsala glacier. Arrival at Estancia Cristina. With 4by4 reach the panoramic, stunning view of Upsala Glacier, Oriental front and lake Guillermo!! This is the most spectacular panorama we ever seen!! Return to Estancia, had lunch, visit museum and return by boat.

6th day – Torres del Paine tour – Chile
Full day tour: starting very early in the morning, driving to Chile for Torres Del Paine National Park. We visit Salto Grande, Laguna Amarga, Lago Pehoe, the Cuernos del Paine and Torres del Paine. Amazing view. Short trek and not difficult.

14-17 Ushuaia 7th day:
Morning flight from El Calafate to Ushuaia. We stayed at Green House Hotel (breakfast included) – not far from city centre.
In the afternoon we took an extra tour to visit penguins (35 USD). Super nice trip!! (see pics!)
8th day: Trekking and Canoeing in the National Park
Full day tour: we visitedTierra del Fuego National Park and we did a short trekking (1 and half hour). To be honest it was nothing special, however we could see the old native remains of theYamanas population. Canoeing was much fun.9th day: Beagle Channel cruise
Half day: we did a boat excursion along Beagle Channel and saw various marine wildlife (lots of sea lions). Very nice overall.

This was the end of tour with transport to Airport and flight back to Buenos Aires.

END TOUR

18-20 Buenos Aires 2 more days enjoying more Buenos Aires. We visited El Tigre delta (SUPERB!!).
21 Buenos Aires to London Night fly to London with arrival in the afternoon.

 

TRAVEL COST LIST

SayHueque tour for 2 persons– 8 nights – Organized and tailor-made tour as described above starting and ending in Buenos Aires. ($2,510 pp). All National Flights included:

  • From Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu (1 and half hour)
  • From Puerto Iguazu to El Calafate via Buenos Aires (7 hours)
  • From El Calafate to Ushuaia (2 hours)
  • From Ushuaia to Buenos Aires (4 hours)

All Hotels included:

  1. Puerto Iguazu Hotel:
    Grand Crucero Iguazu Hotel
    Rotonda Acceso Puerto Iguazu
    website: www.grandcrucero.com
  2. El Calafate Hotel
    Hosteria Posta Sur
    Puerto San Julian 190 , Santa Curz
    El Calafate, Argentina
    Tel: +54 2902 49-2406
  3. Ushuaia Hotel
    Hosteria Green House
    Av. Los Ñires 2382
    V9410BFQ Ushuaia,
    Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
    Tel: +54 2901 44-6197
    www.ushuaiagreenhouse.com‎

Excluded:
– Buenos Aires Hotels (see below)
– International flights (see below)
– Park fees (see below)

$5,020
Buenos Aires Hotel
– 9 nights in total –
Dazzler Laprida Hotel
Laprida 1910
1425 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tel +54 11 5217-5700
website: www.dazzlerhoteles.com‎
$900
Trips & Other Iguazu National Park Argentina (cash only: $30 pp) $60
Iguazu National Park Brazil (cash only: $30 pp) $60
Helicopter trip (cash only: $35 pp) $70
Boat Trip in Iguazu (cash only: $15 pp) $30
Calafate Airport Taxi (cash only: $9 pp) $18
Tierra del Fuego National Park (cash only: $20 pp) $40
Torre del Paine National Park (cash only: $42 pp) $84
Los Glaciares National Park (cash only: $25 pp) $50
Ushuaia port tax ($4 pp) $8
Penguins Trip (cash only: $35 pp) $70
Ushuaia International Airport fee ($6,50 pp) $13
Meals Average meal price $20
Drinks $3-4
Total Holiday Cost Range per 2 people (3 weeks) $7,300-7,500
International Flight London to Buenos Aires – KLM $2,000
Total Holiday Cost Range per 2 people (3 weeks) $9,300-9,500

 

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