Whales, Waterfalls and Wildlife

This two-week itinerary combines Argentina’s most magical wildlife retreats with unique luxury accommodation throughout

Combining the stunning Patagonian steppes of the Valdés Peninsula with the lush tropical vegetation of the Ibera Wetlands, this exotic trip will enchant wildlife lovers keen to observe whales, rhea, elephant seals, caiman, capybara and many, many more incredible fauna species in their natural habitats. Your trip begins in Argentine Patagonia, where you will have the opportunity to head offshore to search for whales before spending three nights on a remote estancia for some peaceful wildlife watching. Heading back north to Buenos Aires, you will spend two nights in the pampas at a luxury estancia before flying onwards to the Ibera Wetlands to experience an entirely different eco-system. Your trip ends with a sophisticated stay at Awasi Iguazú, where the unique programme of activities allows guests the opportunity to get under the skin of the Iguassu region in a truly original way, exploring hidden ruins, jungle trails and indigenous communities.

Trip highlights

  • 5 nights in total in the region of the remote Valdés Peninsula at two stunning hotels.

  • An unforgettable whale-watching boat trip and two full days of unique wildlife tours.

  • 2 nights of rural luxury on a Relais & Chateaux estancia with all meals and activities included.

  • 3 nights in the tropical Ibera Wetlands at Puerto Valle with all meals and tours included.

  • 3 nights at Awasi Iguazú in a jungle villa with your own private guide and driver.

  • Two full days of standout personalised tours in the Iguassu region with Awasi.

Map of your holiday

 

Day by Day itinerary

DAY 1

Luxury Argentina holiday

Arrive into Buenos Aires

Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to your luxury hotel in the Recoleta district for the night.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Four Seasons Buenos Aires

DAY 2

Valdes Peninsula, Argentina

Fly to the Valdés Peninsula

Today you will fly south to Trelew in Argentine Patagonia and transfer to your hotel in Puerto Madryn for two nights.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Territorio Hotel

DAY 3

Whale-tail, Valdes Peninsula, Argentina

Whale watching

Enjoy a dedicated whale-watching boat trip, observing southern right whales and even orcas.

DAY 4

Estancia Rincon Chico, Valdes Peninsula, Argentina

Valdés Peninsula Lodges

Today you will transfer to a remote estancia on the Valdés Peninsula where you will spend the next three nights with all meals and activities included.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Estancia Rincon Chico

DAYS 5 – 6

Elephant Seals, Estancia Rincon Chico, Valdes Peninsula, Argentina

Wildlife spotting on the Valdés Peninsula

Experience two full days of wildlife activities on the Valdés Peninsula. Go birdwatching, walk fauna trails and cycle through the scrubby grasslands by vast herds of guanaco.

DAY 7

Estancia La Bamba de Areco, Argentina

Fly to Buenos Aires and head to an estancia

Today you will fly to Buenos Aires and transfer outside of the city to an authentic estancia where you will spend two nights.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Estancia La Bamba de Areco

DAY 8

La Banba de Areco, Argentina

Argentine estancia activities

A day to relax at the estancia, enjoying traditional cuisine and activities on the farm.

DAY 9

Waterbay nearby Ibera Wetlands ,Puerto Valle in Argentina

Fly to Posadas for the Ibera Wetlands

Today you will fly to Posadas and transfer to your wildlife lodge in the Ibera Wetlands for the next three nights.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Puerto Valle – Hotel del Esteros

DAYS 10 – 11

Ibera Wetlands Capybara

Ibera Wetlands

Enjoy two full days of wildlife watching and outdoor activities in the Ibera Wetlands with all meals included in your stay.

DAY 12

Awasi Iguazu

Transfer to Iguazú

Today, you will transfer to Awasi Iguazú by the magnificent Iguassu Falls on the border with Brazil, visiting Jesuit ruins en route.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Awasi Iguazú

DAYS 13 – 14

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Activities at Iguazú

Over the next two days you can enjoy unique activities at Awasi Iguazú: visiting the majestic waterfalls, kayaking the Paraná river, interacting with local indigenous Guaraní people – the possibilities are endless!

DAY 15

Aeroplane home

Fly home

Transfer back to the airport for your onward flight home.

The price for this itinerary is $12,980.

This is a per person price, based on 2 people travelling and sharing a room.

What’s included

  • 14 nights in luxury accommodation as listed above

  • Private transfers and tours with an English speaking guide and driver

  • All internal flights in economy class seating

What’s not included

  • International flights (discuss your specific requirements with us)

  • Travel insurance

  • Any visas you may require

This is a guide price. Please enquire and we will provide a full personalised quote for you.  All our itineraries are tailor-made to your own requirements so can be modified however you wish.

FEATURED HOTELS

four seasons

Four Seasons Buenos Aires

This luxury 5-star hotel is situated in the elegant Recoleta district of Buenos Aires, a stone’s throw away from the Teatro Colon.

Hotel Territorio Puerto Madryn

Hotel Territorio

This 5-star boutique hotel is located on a solitary road, overlooking the beautiful Bahia Nueva where in Winter and Spring, Right Whales can be seen performing their majestic breach. Constructed from local materials, iron, aluminium and wood and just a 4-minute walk from the beach, this is the best hotel in the Puerto Madryn area.

Estancia Rincon Chico Valdes Peninsula

Estancia Rincon Chico

Estancia Rincon Chico is a very special place located on the Valdes Peninsula, a tiny area of land that juts into the Atlantic Ocean. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this area is home to some of the most unique and wonderful wildlife on the planet. The estancia is proud of its heritage and conservation efforts to keep this habitat pristine. For close encounters with nature, this is a magical place to stay.

la bamba

Estancia La Bamba de Areco

In the heart of the Argentine pampas, one of the oldest estancias in Argentina has been recently renovated with great care as a boutique hotel.

Puerto Valle Argentina Humboldt Travel

Puerto Valle Hotel

Puerto Valle Hotel offers its guests exclusive access to the rich biodiversity of the Iberá Natural Reserve. Located in a unique geographical location, this remote estancia is surrounded by wetlands and thick forests which house numerous species of bird and animal.

Awasi Iguazu

Opened in 2018, Awasi has used its popular and unmistakable design on a brand new luxury accommodation option close to Iguazu Falls.