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From Patagonia to Buenos Aires

This exclusive 10-day adventure-and-city itinerary is the first-ever installment of Travel + Leisure's Trip of the Month series, in partnership with Travel + Leisure Elite Traveler, a travel club for deals on hotels, cruises, and more. The Trip of the Month package is available only to members of Travel + Leisure Elite Traveler℠. Call the T+L Elite Traveler travel counselor at 855-653-9055 for more details and to book now.

  • DAY ONE

    Patagonia: Los Glaciares

    With arid Patagonia to the east and the snowy Andes to the west, Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina runs along the border of Chile. Here, glaciers born on ice caps occupy half the park’s area, making it the largest ice extension in the world after Antarctica. The villages of El Calafate at the southern end of the park and El Chaltén to the north, are the main points of access to Los Glaciares, a true paradise for those seeking adventure.

     

    Transfer to the domestic airport for your three-hour flight to El Calafate, where, upon arrival, you will be met and privately transferred to Chaltén. Depart on a three-and-a-half hour ride to Hostería El Pilar in El Chaltén, a comfortable and cozy lodge where granite peaks, lakes, woods, and glaciers come together in one of the most breathtaking parts of the world.

    After check-in, relax and enjoy the incredible views of the towering peaks of Mount Fitz Roy and Mount Torre that surround your hotel. If you’re up for it, your hosts (two climbing enthusiasts, themselves) can suggest a nearby hike for you to take. This evening, you’ll enjoy a unique dinner at the hotel restaurant, specializing in international cuisine with a touch of local Patagonian flavor, and using ingredients from the Patagonian forest.

    Overnight Hostería El Pilar

     

  • DAY TWO

    After breakfast this morning, you’ll embark on your Viedma Glacier excursion, starting with a sail on Lake Viedma and ending with a walk among ice that has become exposed as the glacier recedes.

    Next, take a two-and-a-half-hour hike up the sides of the glacier and visit the amazing ice caves formed by the glaciers’ movements. A peaceful 30-minute sail back to the hotel, passing Cerro Huemul and Mascarelo Range, brings the day to a satisfying end.

    Overnight Hostería El Pilar

     

  • DAY THREE

    After breakfast this morning, you will be privately transferred from Chaltén to Calafate.

    Upon arrival, check in to Esplendor Hotel. The afternoon and evening are at leisure. Esplendor, located on a hill overlooking Lake Argentino, Calafate town and the Andes, features contemporary design with Patagonian elements, and offers spacious hotel rooms with fabulous views.

    Overnight Esplendor Hotel

     

  • DAY FOUR

    Today’s excursion is to Los Glaciares National Park, where you will trek over one of only three Patagonian glaciers that are not retreating. You will be privately guided on your adventure today by mountain guide extraordinaire, Jose Pera, who, along with his father, Luciano Pera, designed the trek over the Perito Moreno Glacier. Jose is the perfect guide for the Big Ice – knowledgeable, charismatic, and a great storyteller.

    Leave Calafate heading west one-and-a-half hours towards the Andes, passing through a vast landscape of open steppe where you’ll see pink flamingos in the misty lagoons, and condors soaring in the sky.

    Your excursion to the Perito Moreno Glacier begins with a short boat ride across the Rico Fjord of Lake Argentino and an hour’s hike through the Lenga Forest. After a briefing, your guides will equip you with crampons that will enable you to walk across the immense plateau of ice. You'll hike for nearly one-and-a-half hours, passing crevices, caves, and underwater rivers in every shade of blue.

    Stop for a rest and a scotch poured over 15,000 year-old ice chipped from the glacier’s top. You'll have your picnic lunch along the shore of a peaceful lake among the ice.

    A 15-minute boat ride will bring you to the Glacier Catwalks which offer incredible views across the Iceberg Channel. After listening to the sounds of calving glaciers and enjoying the immense landscape, you will return to your hotel.

    Overnight Esplendor Hotel

     

    *Additional cost may apply

     

  • DAY FIVE

    Northern Patagonia: The Lake Region

    Situated in Northern Patagonia, in a landscape dominated by snow-capped Andean peaks and deep blue lakes, Bariloche is a paradise for outdoor adventure-seekers. Founded in 1902, the original town architecture is reminiscent of a Swiss Alpine village, with buildings of wood and stone, peaked roofs and window boxes.

     

    You will be driven to Calafate Airport today for your two-hour flight to Bariloche, where you will be met and transferred to your Hotel Correntoso.

    On the way to Correntoso, you will keep a private appointment at the studio of the wonderful landscape and genre photographer, Diego Ortiz Mugica. Drawing inspiration from the landscapes you will get to know in the days to come, Mugica’s work forms part of the permanent collection of the Buenos Aires Fine Art Museum.

    Hotel Correntoso, located one hour north of Bariloche in the charming village of Villa la Angostura, is situated at the mouth of the Correntoso River where it enters Nahuel Huapi Lake. The rooms are simple and charming, with stunning views of the lake and the Andes in the distance. The delicious restaurant offers a fusion of Mediterranean and Patagonian cuisine.

    After check in, you’ll have the remainder of the day at your leisure. Take a walk by the lake, have a swim or a treatment in the spa, or simply relax in the well-stocked library.

    Overnight at Correntoso Lake & River Hotel

     

  • DAY SIX

    Following a fresh breakfast of yerba mate tea, media lunas (sweet croissants), and cured meats, join your guide for a private kayak tour.

    The rest of the day is yours to spend hiking, swimming, fishing, biking, or simply relaxing.

    Overnight at Correntoso Lake & River Hotel

     

  • DAY SEVEN

    After breakfast this morning you will take a private cruise aboard a large sailboat on Lake Nahuel Huapi. While on board, enjoy dramatic views of Andean peaks and lush forests, and try your hand at angling.

    Disembark at the Arrayanes Forest for a guided hike through a unique environment that will be interpreted as you walk along. The entire trip will take roughly five hours. The remainder of your afternoon is free, with the options of kayaking or hiking available to you.

    Overnight at Correntoso Lake & River Hotel

     

  • DAY EIGHT

    48 Hours in Buenos Aires

    Buenos Aires is a city like no other where tradition and modernity coexist in a lively, eclectic mix. The thrill of Tango, the passion surrounding the city's famed soccer clubs and a vital modern art movement all pulse through the diverse “100 barrios”. Glamour and tradition are woven throughout, even while the city exudes sense of contemporary innovation.

     

    Depart Correntoso early very early this morning to Bariloche Airport. Just before you reach the airport, you will make a surprise detour along an inner road to an estancia where you will visit with THE condor expert, Lorenzo Sympson. A University Professor and very special guide with a huge personality, you will have the exciting chance of seeing condors at close range while Lorenzo describes their habitat and life cycle with his infectious passion. Continue on to the airport to meet your two-hour flight to Buenos Aires, the last destination of your trip.

    Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you will be met at the airport by a private car and transferred to Mine Hotel in the trendy Palermo neighborhood.

    After lunch this afternoon you will have a private 3.5- hour tour of the city. Explore Palermo Viejo, also known as “Palermo Soho” and “Hollywood”, Buenos Aires’ trendiest neighborhood. Populated by Spanish and Italian immigrants at the turn of the 19th century, Palermo has thrived over the past 10 years, as creative shops, innovative restaurants, and trendy bars continue to emerge. You will keep a special private appointment at the studio of Aldo Sessa, Argentina’s most renowned photographer and the official photographer of the Colon Theatre. Sessa has a wonderful personality, and his studio in Palermo is magical.

    Across the street from Sessa is the studio of master artist Nicolas Garcia Uriburu, Argentina’s first ecological artist. Uriburu’s studio is also the venue for his stunning collection of Pre-Colombian pottery and art.

    Later, put on your dancing shoes for a one-hour tango lesson at Carlos Copello's Dance Center.

    We have lots of suggestions to offer you for dinner this evening ranging from Peruvian-Japanese fare to quintessential Andean dishes.

    Overnight Palermitano Hotel

     

  • DAY NINE

    Following breakfast this morning you will venture out with your guide, Catalina, on a private graffiti tour of the streets of Buenos Aires. Graffiti is considered a form of contemporary art as it has become more popular and well respected in major cities around the world. Buenos Aires is filled with the colorful urban artwork of great local and international artists, and today you’ll observe walls, visit galleries and shops, and explore the vibrant street art scene in the Colegiales and Palermo neighborhoods. Catalina Sanchez, a young art curator, art director and stylist, knows many of the artists whose work you will see and, in an intimate, fun way, will give you the context of the images you will see. The walk, providing a perfect opportunity for you to take creative photographs, will end with drinks in a local graffiti bar.

    Lunch on your own and enjoy some quiet time at your hotel before this afternoon's soccer match (Time to be confirmed).

    Soccer is by far the most important sport in Argentina, and for many fans it is quite simply a way of life. Watching a soccer game is one of the most thrilling local experiences a visitor to Buenos Aires can have. This afternoon a guide will accompany you to the stadium and will translate and explain the etiquette and rituals of the game and its passionate fans.

    Over a third of Argentina’s population is of Italian descent. This evening we suggest you dine at Guido's Bar, a charming Italian canteen. You won’t find a menu here—the waiters simply ask if you’d like red or white wine, after which you’ll be brought seemingly endless platters of Argentine-infused Italian food.

    Overnight Palermitano Hotel

     

  • DAY TEN

    Spend the morning exploring the city on your own. If your final day falls on a Sunday, don't miss market day in the San Telmo neighborhood. Known for its bohemian charm, quaint and funky San Telmo is the neighborhood of arts, antiques, tango and timelessness. On Sundays the market comes to life. Centered around the Antiques Fair in Plaza Dorrego, and stretching down the cobblestone Calle Defensa, artisans, musicians, street performers, and elderly antiques vendors come from near and far to share their treasures and their talents with the public.

    Start at the antiques market, which overflows in the Plaza Dorrego with everything from jewelry and dresses to army helmets and tango records. Exploring the market is like looking through a window into Argentina’s past. If you don't find what you're looking for in the Plaza, stroll down Defensa where there are dozens of well-established and stylish antique stores.

    We will make an appointment for you to visit Juan Carlos Pallarois, Argentina’s most prestigious silversmith. The 7th generation of his silversmithing family, Pallarois does all of his work in his San Telmo studio.

    If there is time, return to any part of the city that has particularly captivated you. We do have suggestions! If you want the best of the best shops strike out for Arandu for leather, Perez Sanz for handbags, Casa Lopez for leather clothing, and Comme Il Faut for tango shoes that will double as your favorite, sexiest evening shoes!

    Your driver will meet you at your hotel for your transfer to the airport in time to meet your departure flight.

     

  • DETAIL PAGE

    PLEASE NOTE: This trip requires a Saturday arrival and a Monday evening departure. 

     

    This Travel + Leisure Trip of the Month package is available only to members of Travel + Leisure Elite Traveler℠, a T+L membership club, by calling the T+L Elite Traveler travel counselor at 855/653-9055. Current members can book the T+L Trip of the Month immediately. To join Travel + Leisure Elite Traveler, go to TLEliteTraveler.com/TripoftheMonth.

    The package cost is from $6,755 per person, based on double occupancy and excluding international airfare. The first year of membership is included in the cost of the package at a discounted rate of $29.95, for new members only. (This membership fee will be deducted from current club members’ package price.) Membership renews at rate then in effect at end of each term year, unless canceled.

    Trip price and availability are subject to date and time of year of booking and blackout dates. The trip requires Saturday afternoon arrival and Monday evening departure. The trip package excludes international airfare and related fees and taxes; passport/visa fees and services; trip-cancellation insurance; some expenses; and gratuities. Other terms, conditions, and restrictions, including book-by and travel-by requirements, apply. A surcharge is applicable to the glacier hike. The package includes only the following meals: breakfast on days 2–10, lunch on days 2 and 4, and dinner on day 1. Travelers should consult a doctor for advice on necessary vaccinations or medicines depending on travel itinerary. Booking and tour agents are independent contractors for American Express Publishing Corporation (AEP), and AEP does not, and will not, assume any liability or responsibility for damage, expense, inconvenience, loss, injury, accident, death, or damage to any persons or property whatsoever related to trip of the month or any aspect of its itinerary.

     

     

     

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