Argentina


For an excellent interactive map of Argentina see http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/argentina-map/


Remember to contact our Official Travel Agency at aiic2012@lascanterasturismo.com for all your South American travel needs. 

BUENOS AIRES CITY TOUR

On this tour, you will discover all the magic of Argentina's capital city. The tour includes the magnificent Recoleta end Palermo neighborhoods, with all the beauty and elegance of their parks and buildings, the Colon Theatre, one of the five most important opera theatres in the world, Mayo Square, around which the history and political life of the country have taken place throughout the years, the Pink House, the Cathedral, the typical Mayo Avenue, the Congress and many other buildings and palaces of special architectural, historical and cultural value. Our tour continues in San Telmo, home to the XIX century aristocracy of the city, Caminito in the colorful neighborhood of Italian immigrants called La Boca, and the very recently recycled and newest area of the city: Puerto Madero.

Schedule: Monday through Sunday 9 am and 2 pm.

Departures from downtown hotels.

Rate: U$S 15 per person. Contact  aiic2012@lascanterasturismo.com


Tigre and Parana Delta

A very popular destination, even among "porteños", is actually a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Even though there are some pre-arranged tours that may take you there, it's really easy (and safe) to go on your own. Just head for Retiro Train Station, and ask for a ticket to Tigre. It costs no more than 1 peso each way. This is a commuter's train, but it is the best line in the city. Tigre is the last station, about a 50-55 min ride. Another way to go would be to get a train to B. Mitre (departing from Retiro also, but it has a lower frequency) or any bus that takes you there, and then use the "Tren de la Costa". This line runs almost paralell to the first one, but has a more touristic view. It isn't as cheap, but the good thing about it is that you can get down at any station you want (San Isidro with its Cathedral and its cobblestone streets might be a good option if you feel like exploring these Buenos Aires sorroundings), and then hop on the train again heading to Delta Station (which is roughly 300m. away from Tigre Station).

What to do there? Well, Tigre is mostly about water, but not all. Walk by the coast to get a view of the area, with it's old houses, rowing clubs and restaurants, and then catch one of the many boat services for a tour at the river's delta. Many of them offer lunch at small restaurants on the islands (these restaurants are often called "recreos"). Ask for special activities, such as rowing or water skiing.

As said, not all is water.   If not into that, the local craft's market, called "Mercado de Frutos" might be worth a visit. Tigre is more about open-air kind of fun, but if you get tired of the sun, the recently opened

Museo de Arte de Tigre (the local Fine Arts Museum) offers a small but beautiful collection of some of the best Argentine artists. Plus the building itself is an old piece of art. You could get lucky at Trillenium Casino, not far from there, or have fun at the amusement park "Parque de la Costa". 


For more information, places to stay and things to do in the Tigre Delta area, see http://www.viatigre.com.ar/tigre/delta/tours/ or contact our Official Travel Agency at  aiic2012@lascanterasturismo.com for information on their special AIIC offer:

*TIGRE & DELTA ( SIB SERVICE )

 Only 30 Km. away from the city there is a wonderful ecologic area: THE DELTA OF THE PARANA RIVER. We will get there by bus and by the "Tren de la Costa”. All along the riverside we will enjoy the view of the magnificent houses and stylish residences of the area.

We will stop at the San Isidro station, near the magnificent neogothic early XXth century Cathedral and finally we will arrive to the Delta where we will enjoy a boat ride and a light typical argentinian snack along the little rivers and channels

 Schedule: Monday through Sunday 9 am and 2 pm

Departures from downtown hotels.

Rate  U$S 30 per person


Gaucho Living 

Around 100km (60 miles) from Buenos Aires, San Antonio de Areco is a rustic town with leafy streets that trades on its

gaucho heritage. Gauchos are, or were, the Argentine cowboys who work on the estancias (cattle ranches) of the Pampas. The gaucho traditions have almost entirely died out, except where maintained for the benefit of tourists. There are many souvenir shops selling mainly gaucho handicrafts made from leather, silver and ceramics, and the town has preserved many of the stone-paved streets, mansions and buildings from the 19th century.

One of these buildings is now the Florencio Molina Campos Museum. See   www.museolaslilas.org/ for further information.

Buses to San Antonio de Areco leave daily from Plaza Once and the Retiro bus terminal and the journey takes two hours.

For further information, visit Areco Tourist Office, Calle Arellano 115. 

Telephone: 

(02325) 1565 8300  


Tip: For a broad offering of visits and overnights to introduce you into life on an Argentine ranch (estancia) near Buenos Aires, see the comprehensive ranch site at http://www.estanciasargentinas.com/eng/index.php (site in English and Spanish).

Or contact our Official Travel Agency at aiic2012@lascanterasturismo.com  for their program including:
A visit to a typical "estancia" of the Argentine wet pampas, one of the most fertile natural prairies of the world and famous for its meat and cereal production. Upon arrival you will be invited to taste "empanadas", a typical appetizer and later then the "asado", which will be served with good Argentine wines. Later on you will enjoy a show of folkloric songs, dances and of Creole skill

 Full day

Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (0945hs am)

Departures from downtown hotels.

Rate U$s 73 per person

 


La Plata

Capital of the Province of Buenos Aires (not to be confused with Mar del Plata, a separate city, one of Argentina's preeminent beach resorts), La Plata is known for its natural history museum with its excellent dinosaur collection and the Ciudad de los Niños or Children's City (a must-see if you're coming with kids). 


La Plata enjoys a unique layout and design (praised city planners around the world), magnificent public buildings and numerous parks. The River Plate and nearby beaches offer terrific summertime options. More information at www.laciudad.laplata.gov.ar/turismo/caracteristicas


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Argentina is a large country, and while it IS possible to take an overnight bus to many parts of the country from Buenos Aires, most visitors prefer to fly. Major routes and flying times can be seen on this map from http://www.allaboutar.com/ar_maps.htm. Click to enlarge!

Destinations

From the powerful Iguazu waterfalls to the mountains and wines of Mendoza, to the peaks and lakes of Patagonia, Argentina offers a multiplicity of wonders for all. 

Among the best known attractions are:

Iguazu: the place that makes Niagra look like a "leaky faucet" (so allegedly said Eleanor Roosevelt. We tend to agree!)    

 

Iguazú’s cataratas, or waterfalls, exhaust most superlatives. They are simply one of the most stunning, beautiful, dramatic, and powerful natural sights in the world. Straddling the Argentine-Brazilian-Paraguayan border, a system of over 200 separate falls plummets over the sharp cliffs of the Río Iguazú Superior, and plunges into the mist-shrouded Río Iguazú Inferior below—all amid a dense, intensely green jungle setting. 

The falls certainly aren’t undiscovered, but the drama of the sight—as well as the steam-engine sound effects produced by the falls themselves—somehow manages to overpower the groups of camera-toting tourists also partaking in the experience. Luckily for those coming from Buenos Aires, the best views, as well as most of the falls themselves, lie within Argentina, just 18km from the surprisingly pleasant town of Puerto Iguazú, where there are plenty of accommodation and food options. 

Many travelers, however, do take a quick, two- or three-hour trip over to the Brazilian side, which provides a better overall panorama of the falls, though American tourists will have to pay US$100 in visa fees.

Read morehttp://www.letsgo.com/3689-latin_america-travel-guides-buenos_aires-excursions-iguaz%C3%BA_falls-c

Official Travel Agency Offer:

IGUAZU   (3 days / 2 nights)

Air ticket – Aerolineas Argentinas economy class
Regular Transfers airport / hotel / airport
02nts  accommodation at selected hotel 
Breakfast
Argentine side falls tour
Brazilian side falls tour

Hotel Loi Suites Iguazu – 5*   U$S 717 per person, double base
www.loisuites.com.ar/es/iguazu-hotel/home

Hotel Amerian Iguazu – 5*     U$S  687 per person, double base.
www.amerian.com/index.php?page=vista_hotel_principal.php&id=9

Hotel Esturion – 4*                 U$S  624 per person, double base.
www.hotelesturion.com

Hotel Cataratas – 4*               U$S  605 per person, double base.
www.hotelcataratas.com/ES/hotel.html

Entrance fee to National Parks are not included  (  Entrance fee is U$S 25 per person per National Park )
Flight from Iguazu to Buenos Aires must departure not before 03PM

Argentine side falls: The Iguazú National Park, up north of Buenos Aires province, was created in October 9th, 1934; and it currently covers a surface of 66,148 ha. This marvelous shelter of nature encompasses many areas, of which precisely the waterfalls area shall be visited to contemplate the Iguazú river waterfalls The waterfalls may be admired from the bottom of the falls, called Circuito inferior (Inferior circuit), or from the top, Circuito Superior (superior circuit). From the visitors center you can access the circuits by the train or through the green path. The superior circuit has 1,600 meters of length and the superior one has 1,200 meters. In the waterfalls area it is possible to visit the most important fall of all: Garganta del Diablo (Devil´s throat). From the Cataratas station you can take the train to the Garganta station, where you may access the footbridge from the coast to the viewpoint. This is a fantastic trip and the view from the balcony is astonishing

Brazilian side falls: The national park do Iguazú, in Brazil, declared World Patrimony of the Humanity by the UNESCO in the year 1986, two years after the Argentinean Iguazú national park’s nomination. The IBAMA (Brazilian Environment Institute) manages this park and it is currently handling its revitalization, the same that for the Argentine park. The visiting area is made up of a sole footbridges circuit in front of the falls, which offers a really impressive panoramic view. The circuit is 1,200 long. Many argue that from Argentina you may live the waterfalls and from Brazil you may see them.

Contact: aiic2012@lascanterasturismo.com
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SALTA

Official Travel Agency offer:

(4 days / 3 nights) 
Air ticket – Aerolineas Argentinas economy class
Regular transfers airport / hotel / airport
03nts accommodation at selected hotel
Breakfast
Humahuaca Gorge excursion
Cafayate excursion

Hotel Alejandro I – 5*                 U$S 889 per person, double base .
http://www.alejandro1hotel.com.ar

Hotel Casa Real – 4*                 U$S 865 per person, double base .
http://www.casarealsalta.com/es/index.php

Hotel Altos de Balcarce – 3*      U$S 799 per person, double base .
http://www.altosdebalcarce.com.ar

Humahuaca Gorge: Leaving Salta and going down until we reach the National Route 34, we will arrive at the city of San Salvador de Jujuy. In Yala the way starts to ascend through the Quebrada de Humahuaca. At the end of our trip, Humahuaca, colonial town that will welcome you.
On our way back we will pass by the city of San Salvador de Jujuy

Cafayate: We leave the city of Salta on the National Route 68 and we drive through the fertile Lerma Valley. Continuing on the winding way that borders the Conchas river, you will appreciate curious mountain shapes, like the Garganta del Diablo and the Amphitheater. Arrival at Cafayate.
Visit to the historic cathedral church of five ships, archeological museum, old wineries, and the Molino Harinero, legacy of the Jesuits.

Contact: aiic2012@lascanterasturismo.com


For more information on this region, see:

Cafayate, www.cafayate.todowebsalta.com.ar/
Iruya, www.iruya.todowebsalta.com.ar/
Cachi,  www.cachi.todowebsalta.com.ar/
Purmamarca y Tilcara, www.turismo.jujuy.gov.ar/
San Isidro y San Juan de Iruya (walk or ride a mule), http://iruya.olx.com.ar/excursion-a-san-isidro-san-juan-iruya-salta-iid-5598082
La Quiaca y Yavi, http://www.argentinaturismo.com.ar/yavi/yavi-chico.html and www.laquiaca.gov.ar/


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Western Argentina
Mendoza: Located over 1000km west of Buenos Aires, Mendoza, the capital of the eponymous province, has become a massively popular excursion for travelers

 visiting Buenos Aires. Founded in 1561 and completely leveled by an earthquake exactly 300 years later, this rambling, relaxing city, featuring wide streets and numerous plazas, has few sights to speak of—save for several decent museums and an excellent, enormous park—but most travelers come to Mendoza for what lies around the city, not for what’s in it. 

Mendoza is known as the country’s premier wine-producing region, and some of Argentina’s main vineyards are within easy reach of the city center. Additionally, the city lies only 100km from the Andes Mountains, making it a hot spot for adventure. Check out the town of San Rafael (www.sanrafael-mendoza.com.ar/), known for its adventure tourism, ziplining and other mountain sports or retire to the first-class spa and hot springs at Termas de Cacheuta (http://www.termascacheuta.com/hotel.html?gclid=CIbxipGI4KcCFchg2god4hdR-g).


Read more: http://www.letsgo.com/3688-latin_america-travel-guides-buenos_aires-excursions-western_argentina-mendoza-c

Official Travel Agency offer:

MENDOZA (3 days / 2 nights)

Air ticket – Aerolineas Argentinas economy class

Regular transfers airport / hotel / airport
02nts accommodation at selected hotel
Breakfast
Regular tour to Winnery & La Carrodilla Church ( half day tour )

Hotel Huentala – 4*   U$S 589 per person, double base
http://www.huentala.com/es

Hotel Premium Towers -4* U$S 585 per person, double base
http://www.hotelpremiumtower.com.ar


Winery & La Carrodilla tour: A tour on the farming and vine areas of Mendoza.
We will visit important and traditional wineries where we can taste their exquisite products. Then will visit the church of Virgin La Carrodilla, patron saint of the vines

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Patagonia: Argentina and Chile

A huge tract of land nestled along the border with Chile, Patagonia is legendary among travelers, explorers, nature lovers and hikers. From whale watching off Peninsula Valdes (http://www.madryn.gov.ar/turismo/) to the caving of the Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia has something (spectacular) to offer year-round.

Leading destinations in Patagonia include Calafate (the jumping off point to that amazing glacier), San Carlos de Bariloche and San Martin de los Andes http://www.sanmartindelosandes.gov.ar/ (in the heart of the lake district) and Ushuaia (all the way down on the Beagle Channel, at the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego, “Land of Fire”).

Don't forget the lakes and forests of El Bolsón (Chubut) www.elbolson.gov.ar/esp/index.php, the Lanín National Park (Neuquén) www.parquesnacionales.gov.ar/03_ap/19_lanin_PN/19_lanin_PN.htmVilla la Angostura (Neuquén) www.villalaangostura.gov.ar/, the petrified forest at Bosque petrificado (Santa Cruz) www.argentinaxplora.com/activida/parques/parc/bosqpetr.htmCueva de las manos (Santa Cruz), www.unique-southamerica-travel-experience.com/cueva-de-las-manos-rio-pinturas.html and El Chocón with its dam and dinosaur museum www.patagonia.com.ar/El+Choc%C3%B3n/201_Tierra+de+gigantes.html.

Read more: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g294276-Activities-Patagonia.html


Official Travel Agency offers in this region include:

BARILOCHE (3 days / 2 nights)

Air ticket – Aerolineas Argentinas economy class

Regular transfers airport / hotel / airport
02nts accommodation at selected hotel
Breakfast
Short Circuit tour

Hotel Cacique Inacayal -4 *   U$S 788 per person, double base
http://www.hotelinacayal.com.ar

Hotel Tres Reyes – 3* SUP   U$S 723 per person, double base
http://www.hoteltresreyes.com

Short Circuit Tour: This tour starts in Bariloche and goes west along the southern shore of the Nahuel Huapi Lake. After 8 km you arrive at Playa Bonita where you have a wide view of Huemul Island. Cerro Campanario is 18 km away from town. There you can take a chair-lift to the summit to overlook lakes Nahuel Huapi and Moreno, Victioria Island, Llao Llao Hotel, San Pedro Peninsula, El Trebol lagoon and mountains such as Millaqueo, Lopez, Capilla, Goye, Bella Vista, Catedral and Otto. The drive continues trough a dense forest of coihues that is considered a municipal protected area, and where you can hike on clearly marked trails. After going over the bridge that crosses the stream that joins the Moreno with the Nahuel Huapi Lke, the road follows the southern shore of Lake Moreno passing by Mount Lopez and "Punto Panoramico" (a scenic viewpoint). You cross the bridge over the narrowest point of Lake Moreno, then you border El Trebol lagoon and then you will return to the city.

Contact: aiic2012@lascanterasturismo.com

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CALAFATE (4 days / 3 nights)

Air ticket – Aerolíneas Argentinas economy class.

Regular transfers airport / hotel / airport
03nts accommodation at selected hotel
Breakfast
Perito Moreno Glacier tour


Hotel Patagonia Park Plaza – 4* SUP     U$S 778 per person, double base
http://www.patagoniapark.com.ar

Hostería Blanca Patagonia                      U$S 749 per person, double base
http://blancapatagonia.com

Hosteria Kalken                                       U$S 670 per person, double base
http://www.hosteriakalken.com
 
Entrance fee to National Park is not included.
 In Calafate, Airport tax is not included.

Perito Moreno Glacier Tour: Perito Moreno Glacier is an impressive natural wonder and due to its extension and height, it has become world famous for its easy access, continuous advance and the loud loosening of huge icebergs. The Parque Nacional Los Glaciares (Glaciers National Park) area is home to other important glaciers such as Upsalla, Onelli and Spegazzini.
Once inside Los Glaciares National Park, you'll follow the route around Lago Argentino where 50 miles (80km) from El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier lies imposing with its 200 foot (60 meter) high ice walls. Follow the paths that lead you to face the glacier and get different impressive views, all while continuous detachments and constant ice breaking noises echoes in your surrounds!
Enjoy this great Argentinian getaway and discover first hand the absolute beauty and granduer of the Perito Moren Glacier. This tour is ideal for the entire family and is a nature experience not to be missed by anyone!

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USHUAIA (3 days / 2 nights)

Air ticket – Aerolíneas Argentinas economy class.
Regular transfers airport / hotel / airport
02nts accommodation at selected hotel
Breakfast
Tierra del Fuego National Park tour with Entrance fee included


Hotel Fueguino – 4*         U$S 751 per person, double base 
www.fueguinohotel.com

Hotel Los Naranjos – 3*  U$S  669 per person, double base
www.losnaranjosushuaia.com/menunaranjos.html


In Ushuaia, airport tax is not included.

Tierra del Fuego National Park Tour: It is located 11 km away from the city. We will be able to appreciate lakes, lagoons and rivers within its limits, and their exit towards Beagle Channel, characteristic that makes the difference with the other national parks of our country .
Departing from the Maipu Avenue towards the southwest by the national route nro. 3, we will drive out of the city passing by the slope of the Susana Mount, witness of the work of the prisoners of the old prison, where now the Southern Fuegian Railway is located. Here we will stop for this optional tour.
Continuing through the valley to the deviation that take us to the Ensenada Bay, where we will be able to contemplate the Redonda and Estorbo Islands and on the other coast of the Channel of Beagle, the snow-white Mountains of the Sampaio Chain (Chile). Back again on the national route #3 with the fuegian forest and its flora close to the road we will go to the Roca Lake to do a long walk by the lake coast and by the Lapataia river, originated in the lake. From this point we can see the Cóndor Hill natural border with Chile.

We will go towards the other end of the Park, where finalizes the route nro. 3 at Lapataia Bay, on the way to the mentioned bay we will observe the Green Lagoon and the Black Lagoon, large growing peat bog. Finally we will pass by the beaver dams, whose footpath will lead to Lapataia Bay. 




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Less well-known, but equally attractive areas of Argentina include:


Central Argentina:


The historic ci
ty of Córdoba, http://www.cordobaciudad.com/
Jesuit Missions, www.welcomeargentina.com/estanciasjesuiticas/
Traslasierra, www.valledetraslasierra.com.ar/
The German settlement of 
La Cumbrecita, www.lacumbrecita.gov.ar/

Jesuit Missions can also be found in the Northeast
See 
www.misiones-jesuiticas.com.ar/ for more information.




Tucumán:

Tafí del valle (near San Miguel de Tucumán), http://tafidelvalle.com/arg/index.php

Quilmes Indians Fort 
www.argentina.ar/_es/turismo/guia-del-viajero/C2688-la-fortaleza-de-los-indios-quilmes-en-tucuman.php

 



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