VISIT BUENOS AIRES, IGUAZU FALLS, CALAFATE, AND USHUAIA -- ALL WHILE STAYING SAFELY GLUTEN FREE!
Choose any date of travel (this is an individual itinerary, not a group trip).
Gluten Free Travel-Us has worked with Condor Tours and Travel, one of their most reliable travel partners, to put together a 9-day/8-night gluten free itinerary for Argentina. You'll be able to enjoy numerous highlights of this gorgeous country, without worrying about staying safely on your gluten free diet. Ellen, owner of Gluten Free Travel-Us (and gluten free herself), has vetted the accommodations where you will stay and the restaurants that she will recommend. As with all her suggested itineraries, the trip can be customized according to your tastes, desired length of stay, and budget. This is NOT a group tour...it can be taken at any time and with anyone of your choosing. Of course, if you'd like to organize a group, Ellen is happy to help you with that. Simply relax and enjoy your trip, as Ellen will have taken care of all the details! Take a look at the details below, and give her a call to answer any specific questions, including specifics on pricing, which will depend on your city of departure, date of travel, and other travel preferences.
Days 1: Departure
You will depart in the evening for an overnight flight to Buenos Aires.
Days 2: Arrive in Buenos Aires, City Tour and Tango Show
Arrive at the EZE Airport, and take a private transfer to your hotel to drop off luggage until check in time. Begin your half-day Buenos Aires City Tour to include lunch. You will visit Mayo Square with the buildings of the National Congress, the ancient Council, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Capitol (better known as ?Pink House?). The tour also includes the magnificent areas of Recoleta and Palermo, with their beautiful parks and buildings. See the Colon Theatre, one of the most important Opera theatres of the world, and many other buildings and palaces of architectural, historical and cultural value. You will visit the San Telmo area, one of the oldest districts of the city, as well as the Boca district, with its ?caminito,? a picturesque pedestiran street where you will find colorful metal sheet tenements. Finally, the tour will take you to the recently renovated district of Puerto Madero, the old area of the Buenos Aires port. You'll return to the hotel to check in and get settled.
In the evening, you'll be picked up for the Dinner and Tango Show at La Ventana with a one hour shared Tango Lesso. Several well-known musical centers of the city offer this chance to enjoy all the magic and charm of Tango while delighting in an excellent dinner. The show goes through the history of the tango and life at the beginning of last century, with different dancers and famous singers.
Day 3: Iguazu Falls
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, you will travel to the local airport, to head Puerto Iguaz?. Once you arrive, you will enjoy an afternoon half-day tour with an English speaking guide to admire the waterfalls from the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls and have lunch. There is a giant "balcony" from where the waterfalls in all their extent can be viewed, and you'll be able to observe them from more distant and wider angles. There is a circuit of footbridges that are located in front of the falls that offer a spectacular panoramic view. Dinner will be enjoyed back at the hotel.
Day 4: Iguazu Falls
After breakfast at your hotel, you will head to the waterfalls with an English speaking guide, viewing them from the Argentine side. You will find more than 270 waterfalls along the cliffs and islets, split into a half moon shape. From the visitors? center, the paths can be covered on foot or via a little train. There are two circuits in this National Park: one on a lower surface and the other on an upper one. In the lower circuit, one can reach the base of the falls, where the magnificence of their beauty can be appreciated. The tour of the upper circuit is a bit more sedentary, allowing you to view the falls from footbridges and viewpoints. Lunch will be provided on your tour.
At the conclusion of the tour, you will transfer to local airport to fly to back to Buenos Aires. Upon landing, you will take a private transfer to a restaurant for dinner and finally to your hotel.
Day 5: Buenos Aires to Calafate
After breakfast, you'll take a transfer to the local airport, to take a direct flight to the next destination: El Calafate. Upon arrival El Calafate, you will have assistance to transfer to the hotel.
Day 6: Perito Moreno Glacier
On this day, you will enjoy a full-day tour of the National Park Los Glaciares, visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier with an English speaking guide. This natural monument of extraordinary beauty has been declared by UNESCO as Humanity Patrimony. Inside the park you will be able to observe the arboreal vegetation of the Patagonia Andean forest, which is mainly from the ?notofagus? family. Further on, you'll have access to the footbridges of the glacier, with fantastic panoramic viewpoints. In this area there are many glaciers, and the most famous is the Perito Moreno. It is 3.12 miles across the front and 60 meters high. In fact, it has a total surface that exceeds several big cities of the world! Plus, it is one of the few glaciers that is still in full advance.
During any season of the year, visitors can enjoy its constant collapses of ice towers that break into multiple ice floes. Another unique phenomenon that impresses experts and tourists is the breakage of the natural dry dock that the glacier produces while advancing over the river. This phenomenon is a spectacle without comparison. You will also have the opportunity to do some mini-trekking (age max 65). This tour begins at the "Bajo de las Sombras" port, where you can cross the Rico Lake, enjoying breathtaking views of the front wall of the Perito Moreno glacier and Los Glaciares National Park. This will take you to a refuge where the guides organize the groups for a walk along the lake shore for approximately 20 minutes to the actual glacier. Upon reaching the edge of the ice, the guides place crampons on participants, and you get a lesson on how to move on the ice. During the tour on the glacier you will be able to appreciate a variety of ice formations such as cracks, seracs, sinkholes, small lagoons, etc. The walk is moderate. The ice surface on which you walk is irregular, but firm and safe. At the end of the walk, you will return to the refuge through the Magellanic forest. Breakfast, Dinner, and a Box Lunch are included on this day.
Day 7: Upsala Glacier, Speganzzini, and Onelli Glaciers
Breakfast included at the hotel. On this day, you will enjoy a full day sailing along the northern arm of Argentino Lake. The tour goes through the Spegazzini and Upsala glaciers, entering the bays that they form. The navigation runs between spectacular icebergs of immense size and varied forms. From the boat you will see, among others, the Upsala, Spegazzini and Perito Moreno glaciers, the largest and highest respectively among all glaciers in the park. Keep in mind that boats are well heated, and you only need to go out on the deck if you want to take pictures.
Days 8: Calafate, Ushuala
Transfer to the local airport to fly to the city of Ushuaia, the "End of the World!" From the airport, you'll take a private ttransfer to the hotel and have a free afternoon to explore. Breakfast and dinner included.
Days 9: Ushuala
You will embark on a half-day visit to the National Park of Tierra del Fuego with an English speaking guide. The area is specially known because of the rareness of the animals and vegetation. You will also see many lakes and rivers. Here guanacos, red foxes, beavers and condors live together among forests of cherry trees, lenga trees, and Antarctic Beeches. It is the only national park in Argentina that has a marine coast. During the tour, you'll go deep into the rugged topography and along the mountain roads towards the Lapataia River. You'll have an excellent view of the Green Small Lake and the Lapataia Bay and learn about the original inhabitants in this archaeological zone. You'll also visit the train station of the Southern Fuegian Railway -- the Station of the End of the World -- and make an optional stop for a train ride to a National Park along forests and peat bogs.
During the afternoon, you will sail along the Beagle Channel. The tour starts at the tourist port of Ushuaia. From this site, the landscape is a combination of sea and mountains. The mounts of Olivia and Five Brothers as well as the Ranchs Fique and T?nel can be admired. From there, the tour continues to the centre of the Beagle Channel, reaching the Lighthouse Les Eclaireurs, in the homonym archipelago.
Heading to Wolves Island, it is possible to sail in complete silence around the island and observe this beautiful colony of sea lions -- South American sea lions and South American fur seals -- in their permanent habitat. The catamaran continues the trip towards the Birds Island, where one can watch the majesty of the Imperial and Magallanes Cormorants, albatross, petrel birds, Squas birds and 20 different species of seabirds. Later on, sailing through Paso Chico, you will make the return trip to Ushuaia, with a view of the beautiful frame that Martial Mount and the homonym glacier give to the city. Finish the tour at the port, and return to the hotel on your own.
Days 10: Ushuala to Buenos Aires
You will go to the local airport to fly back to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, you will have the assistance of a transfer to the selected hotel. You will have the afternoon free to explore anything you might have missed earlier in the trip. At night, dinner will be enjoyed at a local restaurant.
Days 11: Return to your city of departure
Another free day to explore more of Buenos Aires. Then, you will catch a flight back home, with fond memories of this amazing country and its many splendors.
PLEASE NOTE: IN THIS SPECIAL SITUATION, IF WE CAN GET A NUMBER OF TRAVELERS WISHING TO GO AT THE SAME TIME, WE COULD CREATE A GROUP TRIP IF YOU DESIRE.