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Ultimate Argentina

Cave dining, wine making, glacier hikes and Patagonia kayaking

Ultimate Argentina

10 Days | From £3520

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About your trip

Argentina is as exciting as it is big – fitting world-class wines, vibrant cities and epic landscapes into its borders. On this trip, you’ll sample it all.

Join us on a dazzling 10-day trip that’ll take you right to the beating heart of Patagonia, with an ice hike across Perito Moreno Glacier and candlelight dining in a prehistoric cave. 

You’ll be trekking and kayaking through snow-capped peaks, staying in a remote cabin with roaring log fires and outdoor baths. You’ll be sampling the very best of the Great Outdoors and Argentina city life, with immersive dining, Tango dancing and street food picnics. From making your own-brand wine in Mendoza, to eyeing up mighty Mount Fitz Roy, amazing Argentina has it all.

What's Included

  • Max 14 travellers per group
  • Exclusively for people in their 30s & 40s
  • All activities mentioned on the itinerary
  • 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Two domestic flights
  • Hand-picked 4 star hotels & one 3 star hiking lodge
  • We offset 1.17 tCO2e (carbon) per person on this trip
  • Tips for the guide & driver
  • Private minibus & Jeeps
  • Arrival Airport transfer
  • Accommodation in twin rooms

**UK customers can’t currently book this trip**Flashpackers are required to produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination 30 days before departure. Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team

Itinerary

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Your Itinerary

  • Day 01 Immersive dining in Buenos Aires

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    Welcome to beautiful Buenos Aires. On arrival, you’ll be swept by private transfer to your boutique hotel in Palermo Soho – one of the city’s most eclectic neighbourhoods full of restaurants, bars and pop-up exhibitions.  In the evening, you’ll gather as a group by the rooftop pool for a welcome glass of Malbec with your guide. Then it’s on to a nearby restaurant for an immersive dining experience. Get to know your fellow Flashpackers as you learn how to make wine cocktails, empanadas, mouthwatering steak and dulce de leche desserts – not to mention a cup of Mate, the country’s beloved national drink. This unique and fun dinner party is a great intro to Argentina and the many delights to come.

  • Day 02 Bikes & street food surprises

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    Expect a few theatrical/foodie surprises today, as you take an inside look at some of Buenos Aires’ most vibrant parks and barrios. You’ll start off with a bike tour before exploring the cobbled streets of San Telmo by foot, soaking in its artistic, Tango-infused spirit from a local’s perspective. There’ll also be time spent exploring what’s often referred to as ‘the most beautiful cemetery in the world’: Recoleta. Don’t worry, it’s not as morbid as it sounds. Expect rows upon rows of stunning above-ground marble mausoleums. It’s a city all of it’s own and the final resting place of Nobel Prize winners and past presidents alike. Later, you’ll stop for a street food lunch – including choripan (sausage in a bun) and some of the city’s best coffee – in the spectacular San Telmo market, with its maze of stalls and 19th century Italian architecture. A wander around the colourful streets of La Boca follows, then we’ll head for dinner at the Buenos Aires Jockey Club’s Bagatelle Restaurant: a French Riviera-style hot spot that’s bursting with atmosphere.

  • Day 03 Candlelit cave dining

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    Today you’ll swap bright lights for Patagonian heights, as we fly south to El Calafate in Los Glaciares National Park. Your hotel here overlooks Argentino Lake, a vast light blue lagoon framed by giant glaciers and snow-capped peaks.  This evening we’ll follow in the nomadic footsteps of the Tehuelche people of Patagonia, on a 4×4 “lakes and caves” adventure. Prepare for a spot of off-roading as we discover ancient rock art and stencilled handprints dating back thousands of years, in a series of remote canyons and caves on the shores of the lake. The highlight comes with an intimate candlelit dinner in one of the larger caves, surrounded by prehistoric artwork and the whispers of cave-dweller history all around. 

  • Day 04 Ice Hike Perito Moreno Glacier

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    Crampons at the ready: today we’ll come face-to-face with the thrill of the mighty outdoors, as we ice-hike across Perito Moreno Glacier. This two-hour circuit is led by experienced mountain guides, and requires moderate fitness to navigate a series of dazzling blue surfaces and ice formations.  Immerse yourself in a phenomenal landscape of streams, lagoons, gullies and crevasses scattered across the 18,000-year-old glacier – one of Patagonia’s most breathtaking sights. We’ll share a picnic lunch enroute and this evening is free time back in El Calafate. 

  • Day 05 Alpine retreat in the Andes

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    Today you’ll travel overland to El Chaltén, Argentina’s trekking capital located in the shadow of Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy mountains. Your new base is an alpine refuge nestled in a dreamlike landscape by the Río de las Vueltas, surrounded by nature and snow-capped Andean peaks.  After the glacial drama of yesterday, this is a great place to unwind in the unspoilt outdoors. You’ll share a welcome beer and tapas lunch before a free afternoon for nearby waterfall hiking or mountain bike trails. You may also choose to kick back in the refuge’s beautiful outdoor bath. In the evening, you’ll have a set meal with wine in the cosy wooden restaurant, complete with book nook and roaring log fire

  • Day 06 Spectacular trekking in Patagonia

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    Today you embark on a challenging yet brilliant nine-hour hike to the foot of Mount Fitz Roy, with panoramic views. This remote and extraordinary trail gives you a front-row seat to the Patagonian wilderness, in all its rugged beauty. We’ll pass dazzling white glaciers, mirror-still lakes and lush green valleys as we climb 800 metres to Laguna de los Tres viewpoint. We’ll stop for lunch before heading back to the mountain lodge on the 15-mile+ hike. Your reward is a traditional lamb BBQ supper (veggie options also available), cooked outdoors in true Argentinian style. 

  • Day 07 Kayak down Río de las Vueltas

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    You’ve explored Patagonia in forests and by glaciers: today is the turn of the river. Give those weary feet a rest in a two-hour kayaking expedition down Río de las Vueltas. The adventure starts from the riverbank of our mountain refuge, so you can roll from breakfast straight into your vessel (with a safety briefing en-route).  You’ll then kayak downstream, taking in jaw-dropping views of Mount Fitz Roy and the surrounding Patagonian scenery en-route. A picnic lunch awaits you on a riverbank at the other end, with an extra few treats thrown in as a surprise – just for fun. We’ll then transfer back to El Chaltén, where you relax in our new alpine lodge with an evening of free time.

  • Day 08 South America's wine capital

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    Today you’ll make an early start for two internal flights to Mendoza – the largest wine-producing area in South America. This gorgeous city is based in the foothills of the Andes, surrounded by wineries and highland vineyards. Your new hotel is based on the outskirts, and produces its own-label Malbec, which you’ll be treated to on arrival. Settle into this lovely boutique retreat, with a swimming pool, jacuzzi and plenty of delicious vino. You’ll tuck into a light tapas supper tonight: think empanadas and cold cut meat/cheese platters, with olives and freshly baked bread.

  • Day 09 Create your own wine

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    Today you’ll visit Tempus Alba Winery, a small, family-run business famed for its signature Reserve Tempus Pleno variety. Test your palette as you learn all about the wine-making process on a private guided tour. Then it’s time to create your very own tailor-made blend of red under the expert eye of generations of winemakers. Afterwards, you’ll hop on over to the Susana Balbo winery – home of Argentina’s first female winemaker – for a three-course gourmet lunch. A “Mendoza by night” experience follows, where you’ll see all the city’s best sights lit up in the magic of darkness. You’ll finish with a farewell feast at Los Toneles Winery, with its majestic 1920s architecture and speciality of traditional aged meats

  • Day 10 Adios, Argentina

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    After 10 days of glacier-trekking, wine-making, cave-dining and more, you must bid farewell to your amazing Argentinian getaway.  After breakfast, it’s time to depart – the hotel can help in arranging your onward transfers. Or you may just choose to stay put with your homemade vino by the hotel pool for a few days. It’s been an incredible trip with incredible people in an incredible land. Who could possibly blame you?

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

We have secured rooms in these hotels on most of our departures. Sometimes this may change but we will choose somewhere of similar quality

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LAGUNA CONDOR MOUNTAIN HUT

Situated right by the Río de las Vueltas in the shadow of the snow-capped Fitz Roy, Laguna Condor Mountain Hut is all about getting back to nature. Unwind in rustic en-suite cabins surrounded by the sights and sounds of the sweeping Patagonian landscape: best enjoyed from the outdoor woodland bath.

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LARES DE CHACRAS

This homely boutique hotel in the peaceful wine district of Mendoza is situated by a small vineyard where it produces its own-label vino: a Malbec called Viña Lares. You can taste this in the wine cellar, or hang out by the hotel pool/ jacuzzi with a cheese plate and a glass of the good stuff.

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MIRADOR DEL LAGO HOTEL

Nestled in two acres of greenery and lined by poplar trees, this lovely retreat is a great place to rest up after a day’s hiking in the surrounding Andes region. Recently updated rooms are modern and comfortable, and the Patagonian lamb is a must-try delicacy at the hotel’s La Bahía restaurant (washed down with Argentinian wine, of course).

Important Notes

Which airport should I fly in and out of? Plus airport code

Fly into Buenos Aires where there are two airports: Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini (EZE) and Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP)

Fly out of Mendoza International Airport – (MDZ/SAME)

What time should my flight arrive? (to arrive in time for the welcome meeting)

We suggest arriving in Buenos Aires before 3 pm in time for our welcome meeting at 6 pm, although we will arrange a transfer for you at whichever time you arrive. You’ll have to arrange your own transfer upon departure, but your guide will be on hand to help you with this.

What time should my flight depart on the last day?

Check-out time is 11 am but you can leave anytime that suits you. The airport is approximately an hour away from the hotel, and your Pack leader can help you book your transfers the night before if needed.

Will the trip cost increase?

Domestic flights in Argentina are rarely on time, and often sell out – this means that last-minute bookings on this adventure may not be possible. If available, bookings may be charged at a higher rate due to increased airfares. For this reason, we recommend booking this adventure in advance.

Are airport transfers included?

Yes. The arrival transfer is private to Flash Pack and will be in a group depending on flight times. It will take approximately one hour.

We don’t include the departure transfer however, the airport is approximately 30 minutes away from the hotel, with the cost in a taxi being around 3000 ARS, the equivalent of approximately £20 / $30.

If you and other flashpackers are all getting the same flight, we recommend splitting the taxi journey.

Which airlines do we use for the internal flights?

Aerolineas Argentinas for the three internal flights. The luggage limit for Aerolineas Argentinas domestic flights is 15kg for hold luggage and 8kg for carry-on.

How much should I budget per day for extras?

This trip includes guide and driver tips and most meals are included.

However, we recommend approximately 5000 ARS, the equivalent of £40 per day.

Please bear in mind that food, drink, and activities are more expensive in Patagonia than in Buenos Aires.

What fitness levels do I need for this trip?

This is one of our more challenging trips due to the amount of hiking involved. Due to the degree of effort and difficulty for the hiking excursions, we do not recommend this trip to pregnant women or anyone unfit, or with severe health problems.

We recommend having a read-through of the itinerary above, and getting in touch if you have specific questions on fitness.

Will the itinerary change?

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities, and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting.

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