Patagonia Eclipse 2020

Duration: 7 days

Highlights: 2020 Eclipse, Buenos Aires, Bariloche

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Buenos Aires

Upon arrival at Buenos Aires International airport (Ezeiza), transfer to your hotel with your local guide and a private vehicle.

Welcome to Buenos Aires
Elegant, old-worldly, with a touch of Paris here and a touch of London there, a dash of New York cosmopolitanism and big splash of Italian exuberance, the city also has a strong Latin America personality as well as uniquely Argentine elements such as tango bars. Here, everything is grand, on a scale fit for kings: Tourists photograph vast steaks at restaurants, Nueve de Julio avenue ranks as the world's widest, a cemetery so fancy that it occupies one of the poshest parts of the poshest neighborhood, while the entire city fronts onto the world's widest river. Buenos Aires never fails to impress.

Explore the highlights of magnificent Buenos Aires in a four-hour guided sightseeing tour. This excursion kicks off in one of the city's most significant spots: Plaza de Mayo square, the political heart of the city laid out by Don Juan de Garay in 1580 during the second founding of Buenos Aires. Continue to San Telmo neighborhood, with its cobblestoned streets, where the original porteños (Buenos Aires residents) settled in the early days. After a short drive south, stop off at picturesque La Boca, the colorful working-class port neighborhood, and walk along Caminito Street, where local artists display their artwork to the tune of tango performed on the street. Pass through Puerto Madero and see this regenerated area where redbrick warehouses have been transformed into trendy restaurants and bars before finishing the tour in Recoleta and its renowned cemetery to glimpse stunning mausoleums, the final resting place for many of Argentina's key characters.

Overnight: Madero Hotel

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Day 2 - Buenos Aires

Escape the hustle and bustle of central Buenos Aires on this relaxing half-day getaway featuring fashionable riverside suburbs and a cruise along a sheltered waterway. Drive to Tigre passing through neighborhoods such as Vicente López, Olivos, and San Isidro, and past elegant homes of these residential suburbs, including the Presidential Residence in Olivos, official home to Argentina's president.

On arrival at the Paraná River, board a private motor launch and head out along the Delta's waterways. An array of colorful sights awaits as your boat passes islands, turn-of-the-century homes, yacht clubs and a flotilla of water-crafts, including canoes and sailboats. A soft drink and snack are served while you enjoy the scenery. Rejoin your vehicle when the river cruise ends and transfer back to your hotel.

Transfer to Café de los Angelitos and put your best foot forward for a tango dance lesson before taking the best seats in the house. Then, enjoy dinner and a tango show at Café de los Angelitos, a venue that's witnessed more than 100 years of history in Buenos Aires. The most outstanding political and artistic personalities from the 20th century have sat at its tables to write thousands of pages of history that ensured Buenos Aires breathes tango on every corner. Having undergone ambitious restructuring across three floors, Café de los Angelitos pays attention to every detail, especially to its luxurious tango show comprising six musicians, two singers and 12 dancers.  After the show, transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight: Madero Hotel

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Day 3 - The Pampas

Full day visit to Estancia La Bamba de Areco with a barbeque lunch included.

A 90-minute drive north of Buenos Aires city leads guests to San Antonio de Areco, a traditional gaucho town whose colonial buildings are straight out of the 19th century. A place with history and tradition, this is where Don Segundo Sombra, Argentina's most famous literary gaucho, belongs. A picturesque town, this is the place to discover the gaucho lifestyle and customs, particularly at Ricardo Güiraldes Gaucho Museum. It is also home to some of the best leather designers and silversmiths' ateliers that produce regional wares from yerba mate gourds to belts. Close to the town of San Antonio de Areco, La Bamba de Areco estancia is located in the heart of the pampas on the banks of the Areco stream. La Bamba de Areco offers precisely what its Celtic name translates to 'a place to rest'.

Enjoy a barbecue lunch after which you can then relax by the swimming-pool, take a stroll in the park, or go horseback-riding or cycling before a traditional English tea.

Afterwards, transfer back to the hotel with your private vehicle and guide.

Overnight: Madero Hotel

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Day 4 - Bariloche

Transfer from your hotel to Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery local airport (AEP), with local guide and a private vehicle.

Flight to Bariloche  

Upon arrival at Bariloche airport, meet & greet your local host and continue with your private transfer to the selected hotel.

Welcome to Bariloche

Guarded by majestic mountains and Lake Nahuel Huapi, Bariloche stands proudly as the gateway to the stunning Lake District. This city has strong ties to central Europe as many families immigrated from Germany, Switzerland and Northern Italy over the past century. Their influence is easily found in the local culture and, of course, in the mountain-style architecture.

Bariloche is one of Argentina's most exciting resorts, it offers mountain resort activities and every season is distinctively charming. Summer is best for outdoor activities and sports such as trout fishing, horseback riding, rafting, trekking and hiking. Enjoy lazy days at the lake at river beaches or more vigorous mountain climbing. In winter, Cerro Catedral is visited by increasing numbers of winter sports enthusiasts every year; it is the largest and most developed ski resort in South America with 600 hectares (1,482 acres) of snow.

A short walk through majestic coigue (bamboo) woodlands, surrounded by native vegetation and the occasional exotic plant makes this tour a colorful one. A medium-intensity (30 minutes) walk, a 40-minute ascent through mountain cypress woodlands leads you to the impressive viewpoint overlooking Lake Nahuel Huapi.

Overnight: Aldebaran Hotel & Spa

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Day 5 - Solar Eclipse Day

Eclipse day – Full day tour to a private Estancia located in the full eclipse area.

Solar Eclipse will start at 11.45 (local time), getting to the maximum eclipse at 13.08.

Service today is inclusive of private transportation to the Estancia (drive takes about 4 hours each way).

At the Estancia, our base camp will be share among other guest but with an exclusive area for our guests travelers. You will have the opportunity to use a telescope and have information and assistance from any of our experts. 

Picnic lunch is included in the location (shared service).

Overnight: Aldebaran Hotel & Spa

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Day 6 - Bariloche

Day at leisure in Bariloche to explore the city on your own.

Overnight: Aldebaran Hotel & Spa

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Day 7 - Departure

Take a private transfer to Bariloche airport for your flight to the next destination.

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