WHY THIS TRIP
Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, and Buenos Aires are Argentina’s most wanderlust-inspiring destinations, but it can be tricky to figure out how to see each of these in less than a month. The 10-day Southern Cone Journey showcases all the landscapes, wildlife, and culture that are so quintessential to Argentina — while avoiding the crowds and tourist traps along the way.
Visiting Argentina’s Southern Cone is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, but it’s also a massive area and it’s hard to know where to start. This efficient, 10-day trip brings together the highlights of Tierra del Fuego, Argentine Patagonia, and Buenos Aires so you get the best of each. So if you’re dreaming of wandering amoungst crowds of penguins, hiking across a brilliantly blue glacier, and witnessing skillful tango dancers in the heart of Buenos Aires, this journey will deliver.
The adventure begins in Buenos Aires where you have time on your own and with a guide exploring the city. A local professor will guide you on the iconic tour of Buenos Aires’ most significant neighborhoods where past and present traditions co-exist. Of course no trip to Buenos Aires would be complete without attending a Tango Show, a spectacle that will impress and delight even skeptical travelers.
Then it’s on to Ushuaia, the city at the end of the world, aka Tierra del Fuego. This southern-most destination in South America is a mecca for wildlife lovers who come to see penguin colonies, guanacos, sea lions, beavers, orca whales, and a plethora of diverse sea birds. Soaring, snow-capped mountains and the chilly waters of the Beagle Channel surround Ushuaia, your base for exploring Tierra del Fuego. Excursions into the Tierra del Fuego National Park will allow you to see even more of this dynamic landscape that’s filled with forests, Andean peaks, and expansive lakes.
Departing Tierra del Fuego, you head slightly north to the heart of Argentine Patagonia: El Calafate. From here, you’ll be exploring the world’s largest advancing glacier, Perito Moreno. For those interested in seeing more of Los Glaciares National Park, an optional excursion is offered to the historic Cristina Hacienda and nearby Upsala Glacier which is just as impressive as it’s more famous nearby cousin.
Tours are a mix of walking, medium-paced day hikes, boat rides to see wildlife, and some driving excursions. Your guides are well-versed in the human and natural history of each area so you’ll be experiencing more than just beautiful scenery. This trip will leave you with a newfound appreciation for these far-flung and enigmatic destinations.
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