Argentina Wildlife Adventure
Visit Argentina's most impressive parks and wildlife habitats.
Pricing From: $4,795 USD per person
Duration: 13 days
Operator: Wildland Adventures
Travel in Argentina to the most impressive parks and wildlife reserves including the Perito Moreno Glacier, the Peninsula Valdes - habitat of giant elephant seals, migrating whales and Magellanic penguins - and the spectacular tropical rainforests of Iguazu Falls. Accompanied by local naturalist guides we enjoy easy day hikes, observe wildlife and photograph spectacular Patagonian landscapes based from local inns, estancias and boutique hotels of Argentina. This easy Argentina tour is ideal for active wildlife enthusiasts who also want to experience the heart and soul of Argentine culture.
Day 1 - BUENOS AIRES
Afternoon exploration of the Puerto Madero River, just a few minutes away. Accompanied by a local conservationist, walk through this beautiful wildlife habitat that has remained largely untouched by the city's expansion. Overnight at the luxury Awwa Suites.
Day 2 - TRELEW PUNTA TOMBO
A local naturalist guide will meet us upon arrival in Trelew to drive to Punta Tombo, the most important breeding colony of Magellanic penguins in the world. Walk on trails among hundreds or thousands of penguins for excellent close-up photographs and observation. Kelp gulls, Skuas, Cormorants, Giant petrels, Dolphin gulls and Chubut steamer ducks are among the many seabirds that inhabit the reserve. Overnight at Hosteria del Nomade.
Day 3 - PENINSULA VALDES
Full day excursion to explore Peninsula Valdes for the finest wildlife viewing in Patagonia. The plankton-rich Falkland Current provides food for the peninsula's large colonies of South American sea lions and Southern elephant seals.
Visit breeding grounds of sea lions and elephant seals, observe flocks of migratory shore birds and watch for guanacos, rheas, maras, hairy armadillos, Elegant-crested tinamous and fox running freely across the steppe. Overnight Hosteria del Nomade. Between February and April, orcas patrol shores near Punta Norte for young sea lions.
Note: Add optional whale watching boat trip to see Southern Right Whales from July through December, approximately $75 per person.
Days 4 - 6 - EL CALAFATE
Transfer to the airport for flight to El Calafate, a small mountain town that serves as a base for explorations of the Patagonian Continental Ice Cap and Los Glaciares National Park. The ice cap runs 560 miles from North to South and is the origin of 47 major glaciers, including the famous Perito Moreno Glacier.
Drive to a spectacular lookout of Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. We cross Lago Argentino by catamaran along the front wall of the glacier to the edge of the Patagonian Ice Cap. We disembark, walk through the beech forest and have a safety briefing before strapping on crampons and hiking up onto the ice pack. Watch for Andean condor and Buff-necked Ibis. Overnight at the Kau Yatun Hotel or similar.
Days 7 -8 - IGUAZU FALLS
Transfer to El Calafate airport for morning flight to Iguazu. Stroll the streets on your own and take in the scene or enjoy the tropical weather poolside, overlooking the meeting point between the Iguazu and Parana Rivers.
Explore the tropical rain forests and multiple waterfalls of Iguazu National Park with our naturalist guide. Iguazu Falls consists of 275 separate waterfalls along a nearly two mile long fall line along the Iguazu River on the border between Argentina and Brazil. Spectacular falls plunge 260 feet in a thunderous roar of mist and rainbows among giant ferns, vines and orchids.
Today will be our introduction to the rainforest ecosystem full of butterflies, monkeys, caiman, peccary, deer and abundant birdlife especially parrots, toucans, hummingbirds and guan. There are miles of trails, a train to the Devils Throat overlook, walkways with foot bridges, and a boat crossing to more trails. Overnight at Panoramic Hotel in River View Room.
Days 9 - 11 - SAN IGNACIO AND IBERA WETLANDS
Traveling south through Misiones province to San Ignacio Mini we explore the ruins of a beautiful mission founded by the Jesuits in the early 1600s and protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We explore the rich architectural complex with our resident guide before continuing into Corrientes Province and the Ibera Wetlands, the second-largest wetland in the world after the Pantanal in Brazil, often referred to as the Serengeti of South America. From the town of Posadas we transfer to Rincon del Socorro, a historic hosteria set amidst a 30,000 acre wildlife refuge and haven. Overnights at the Posada de la Laguna.
The Ibera Wetlands offer one of the most exciting spectacles of wildlife in South America. Howler monkeys, huge caimans, large groups of capybaras, anteaters and marsh deer are commonly seen, along with over 300 species of birds including Greater Rheas standing as tall as humans. The endangered maned wolf and Parana otter also find refuge here.
Days 12 - 13 - BUENOS AIRES
Transfer to the Posadas Airport for an afternoon flight to Buenos Aires. Airport reception and transfer in to the Awwa Suites hotel, well-located in the Recoleta neighborhood. The famous Recoleta cemetery, the Evita Museum (have lunch here!) and the zoological park and gardens are all within a few blocks. Overnight at the Awwa Suites in a balcony room.
Prices & Dates
Dates: October - March (and on request)
Duration: 13 days
Pricing From: $4,795 USD per person
Price Notes: Group Size: 2-3 - $5,795 pp / 4-5 - $5,395 pp / 6-7 - $4,995 pp / 8+ - $4,795 pp. Internal airfare - $1,100 person. Special rates available for families sharing with kids.
Included: Services as specified in the itinerary above include excellent lodging and accommodations; English-speaking naturalist guides; guided tours and excursions; airport-hotel transfers and land transportation; meals as specified [B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner]; services of in-bound land operator for airline reconfirmation, and tour operations; and Wildland Adventures travel consultation and pre-departure services.
Excluded: Services unless specified otherwise in the itinerary above such as international air transportation and local flights; airport taxes; tips and gratuities; optional or suggested services that are on your own; insurance of any kind; personal expenses; extra beverages and alcoholic drinks; medical costs; and hospitalization and evacuation and any other extra expenses due to unanticipated changes in your itinerary for reasons beyond control. Meals, souvenirs, and other local and personal expenses not specified in the above itinerary are also not included.
Ocean Alliance: Ocean Alliance collects a broad spectrum of data on whales and ocean life relating particularly to toxicology, behavior, bioacoustics, and genetics. For the past 40 years, Ocean Alliance has studied a population of right whales that use the bays of Península Valdés as a nursery ground–working closely for the past fourteen years with our sister organization, Instituto de Conservación de Ballenas (ICB), in Argentina.
By booking through SEEtheWILD, we will make a donation of $240 per person to the Ocean Alliance.
Featured Animals: Penguin, Right Whale
Call us at 800-854-4204
Mon - Fri
9am to 5pm
All of our trips & volunteer expeditions:
- Directly support wildlife conservation
- Educate travelers about wildlife
- Support local communities
- Reduce environmental impact