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Suggested flight (not included in the cost of the tour) Norwegian Air DI 7505 departing London Gatwick at 21.10 hrs.
Arrive in Buenos Aires at 08.15 hrs. Transfer to the centrally located 4* Pulitzer hotel for a two night stay.
Lunch under own arrangements. In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour of the main areas of Buenos Aires, including La Boca, the birthplace of tango and the blue-collar neighbourhood. Continue to see San Telmo, the oldest barrio of Buenos Aires where you will learn about the slave market, the arrival of European Immigrants, literature and the British Invasion of the city in 1806-1807. Also visit Plaza de Mayo where the Casa Rosada, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the central parts of the city are situated. You will also visit the Recoleta, the most aristocratic area of the city. The neighbourhood is known for its French architecture and wide parks. The Recoleta Cemetery is a very important spot in this area, impressive not only for its unique architecture but also for its historical value. It was founded in 1822 and important historical figures are buried here, including Eva Peron. Return to the hotel. Dinner under own arrangements.
Morning full day excursion in the northern areas of the city. You will visit San Isidro and Tigre, located on the Río de la Plata, and the complex streams and rivers that form the Delta del Río Paraná. San Isidro is where the families from the porteña elite built their summer villas early in the 20th century. From here continue to Tigre and discover life in the Delta, the fruit port and landscapes from the river. Take a walk along the riverbanks before boarding the old island flatboat, Afrodita, originally used to transport barrels for a distillery.
Lunch on board the boat on the Parana River sailing towards the Rio de la Plata (route depending on the weather and water levels). This is a wonderful chance to get great views of the villas, Victorians docks and English gardens. Transfer back to the hotel. Dinner under own arrangements.
This morning, transfer to Jorge Newbery airport for a domestic flight to San Martin de Los Andes arriving in the mid-afternoon. On arrival, transfer to Estancia Huechuahue, a working cattle ranch in Argentine Patagonia, where seven nights are spent.
Late lunch at the lodge before enjoying a short afternoon ride to familiarise yourself with the horses and the way the Argentinians ride. Return to the lodge. Dinner at the lodge.
A full day’s ride on Estancia Huechahue following the Huechahue stream through its basalt canyons, riding as fast as you want across the water-meadows sending the plovers and ibis screeching.
Enjoy a traditional ‘asado’ lunch (barbeque), before returning over the top of Chenque Hill, where the Andes rise behind you and the vastness of Patagonia stretches out before you. Dinner at the lodge.
A day spent working cattle with the gauchos.
Traditional Gaucho style lunch of beef ribs threaded onto a stick and cooked over the open fire. This afternoon relax in the shade before getting the chance to separate the cows on horseback or trying your hand with a lasso. Dinner at the lodge.
Today is a full day’s ride on Estancia Huechahue, visiting the Indian burial caves. The caves were formed when the glaciers carved the valley, opening an entrance to the lava flow tunnels formed during previous eras of volcanic activity. The Tehuelche Indians laid out their dead, surrounded by their weapons and always somewhere where they could see their enemies coming. They decorated the walls with designs. The remains have disappeared, but the petroglyphs and the views are still there. Lunch at the lodge. Dinner at the lodge.
A morning’s ride to see Huechahue’s stallion with the mares and new foals, and a chance to herd horses.
After a late lunch there will be an evening ride to the cliffs where the condors and eagles roost. Drink cocktails as the sun goes down. Watch as the condors return, they soar above and below us before settling for the night. Return to the lodge. Dinner at the lodge.
A full day’s ride to Estancia Huechahue’s Indian neighbour up the river. Riding up over the top, there may be a chance to see guanaco, deer, wild boar and ‘peludos’ (baby armadillo) before taking a swim to cool off in the river.
Lunch on the river. Return to Huechahue, riding back down the river spotting different types of birdlife on the way. Dinner at the lodge.
A day’s ride over the picturesque ridge, with beautiful views either side. Ride into town for a look at the shops.
Picnic lunch watched over by the Lanin Volcano. Cross the River Chimehuin, known for its two introduced species of Salmonidae, the brown trout and the rainbow trout. Pass through the town of Junín de los Andes before returning to the lodge. Dinner at the lodge.
A final last ride before transferring San Martin de Los Andes for a domestic flight back to Buenos Aires. On arrival, transfer to the Pultizer Hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner under own arrangements.
Transfer to Buenos Aires airport. Suggested flights (not included) Norwegian Air DI 7506 departing Buenos Aires at 11.30 hrs.
It was a complicated itinerary for 12 people and Tania got it spot on!- EM, South Africa