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Argentina Family Adventure

Buenos Aires, Valdes Peninsula, Calafate, Lake District, Pampas

A great family adventure taking in many of Argentina's highlights: vibrant Buenos Aires, incredible marine wildlife in the Valdes Peninsula, the glaciers of Patagonia, adventure options in the Lake District and horse riding in the Pampas.

At a Glance

  • Amazing Christmas adventure for teenage families and upwards

  • Wildlife viewing on the Valdes Peninsula include whales, elephant seals, penguins

  • Ice-Trek on the mighty Perito Moreno glacier with crampons for a true Patagonian adventure

  • Cheer on the Boca Juniors at a football game in Buenos Aires

  • Shop for antique finds, home ware and leather goods at San Telmo's Sunday market

Adventure, Family, Off the beaten track, Teenagers

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation.

Description

Begin by flying to Buenos Aires, Argentina's capital city, staying at the family friendly Sofitel in the exclusive Retiro district. There is lots for the whole family, from taking in a Boca Juniors soccer game and shopping till you drop, to learning some tango steps and dining out at fabulous steak restaurants.

Next fly to Puerto Madryn on Patagonia's Atlantic seaboard, where our driver will meet you and take you across the wildly beautiful Valdes Peninsula past sand dunes and salt pans to the El Pedral Lodge. Elephant seals, sea lions, whales are just some of the species you will see. A variety of exciting outdoor activities can be experienced such as sea kayaking and boat trips to view wildlife, horseback riding and open-water fishing for mackerel and sea bass.

Fly to El Calafate deep in southern Patagonia. This is a land of towering Andean peaks, enormous glaciers, shimmering jade-colored lakes and wide-open country ideal for horse riding, walking and getting to know the lifestyle of the hardy settlers and sheep farmers. For slightly older children, we would definitely recommend taking the mini-trek on Perito Moreno glacier. Don crampons and ice picks to enter a world of blue ice caves, crevasses and incredible vistas.

Continue to the Lake District to stay at the wonderful Llao Llao, a family-friendly luxury lodge on a lake that offers a superb range of outdoor activities for the whole family. Try your hand at sailing, archery, golf, nature trails, and a great deal more.

Fly to Buenos Aires and head into the Pampas to an authentic working cattle ranch, Estancia Santa Maria and ride across the vast plains, learning all about the gaucho traditions. In the evenings, enjoy a typical Argentine ‘asado’ BBQ and incredible Argentina home from home hospitality before flying overnight back home.

Please see our Original Itinerary below. It is a suggested itinerary and can be tailored to suit your individual needs.

Itinerary

Stay

Location/route

Overnight

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Fly to Buenos Aires
2 nights

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sofitel Buenos Aires
3 nights

Peninsula Valdes, Argentina

El Pedral Lodge
2 nights

El Calafate, Patagonia

Casa Los Sauces
3 nights

Bariloche, Argentina

Llao Llao Hotel & Resort
2 nights

Pampas, Argentina

Estancia Santa Maria
Fly home from to Buenos Aires

Location & Directions

Buenos Aires, Valdes Peninsula, Calafate, Lake District, Pampas

Sofitel Buenos Aires is located in the tranquil and charming Arroyo Street, in the Retiro section of Buenos Aires. Next fly to Patagonia's Atlantic seaboard for three nights at El Pedral, located in Punta Ninfas, the southern edge of Golfo Nuevo (New Gulf), by the Atlantic Ocean in the Chubut Province of Argentina. Continue deep in southern Patagonia to Esplendor El Calfate, located in the town of El Calafate, 80km from the Perito Moreno glacier, the area’s most important tourist attraction. Fly to Argentina’s Lake District for three nights at Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, at the heart of the Nahuel Huapi National Park. Your final destination is Estancia Santa Maria, set amidst an estate of over 2500 hectares, situated across the flatlands (Pampas) of the province of Entre Rios, near the city Gualeguaychúa a mere 2 hours drive from Buenos Aires.

When to go

Visiting Patagonia is best done in the southern summer, from November to March. Buenos Aires is a year round destination. There is wildlife in the Peninsula Valdes year round however Southern Right Whale season is from June to December.

Best time to Visit

Good time to visit

Average time to visit

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation.

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