- Sail through the mighty glaciers of Patagonia on a day-long boat ride
- Tackle the Base Las Torres hike and trek through the Chilean Lake District
- Ride the rapids of Petrohue River, and leap into the warm volcanic waters
- Taste wine from the barrel at a family-run vineyard, and star-gaze over sundowners in Valle de la Luna
- See the Tatio geysers erupt at sunrise and unwind in nearby hot springs
- Stay at a series of beautiful hotels, including a boutique desert retreat with a large pool and fire pits
Trek into the depths of Patagonia, with hikes across one of the world’s last growing glaciers and picnics in the spectacular scenery of Fitz Roy. Embrace the amazing wine-rich city of Mendoza and cycle through its rolling vineyards, stopping for exclusive tours and alfresco delights along the way. Savour a juicy steak in Buenos Aires, and cook up an authentic feast during an interactive dining experience with unlimited wine. Go off the beaten path with a backstreet graffiti tour and horseback ride to a sunset barbecue in the Andean foothills.
Wine buffs, steak lovers, trekking enthusiasts – stop what you are doing and read on. An Argentine adventure awaits, complete with vineyard-hopping, sizzling sunset barbecues and treks deep into the Patagonian wilderness. In a land where gauchos roam and rolling vineyards collide with jagged mountains, we’ll be going off the beaten track for 11 days of delicious escapism. Get set to eat and drink your way through some of the world’s most dramatic scenery, with picnics overlooking shimmering turquoise lagoons and alfresco feasts only reached by horseback. Join us hiking across one of the world’s last growing glaciers and immersing ourselves in the adventure playground of El Chaltén. We’ll be exploring the hipster neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires, discovering its leafy street-art lined backstreets and washing down your cooking class creations with unlimited wine. Prepare to feast upon provoleta-dripping chorizo, flavour-packed empanadas and homemade chimichurri, all whilst getting the inside scoop from expert local chefs. We’ll be cycling through the amazing vineyards of Mendoza, meeting the families behind world-renowned wines and sampling tipples of their best Malbec. Then, after drinking Mendoza dry, detox your system and embrace the elements with a gaucho-channeling horse ride through the Andean foothills. Saddle up and go forth, an adventure beckons.
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- Trek through the spectacular Patagonian scenery of Fitz Roy
- Go vineyard-hopping by bike through the world-renowned wineries of Mendoza
- Admire Perito Moreno Glacier from an epic viewpoint and hike across one of the world’s last growing glaciers
- Horse-ride through the Andean foothills and embrace life a gaucho
- Enjoy an Argentinian BBQ looking out to rolling vineyards and the Andes beyond
- Master the art of Argentinian cuisine at a cooking class with unlimited wine
- Go off the beaten track in the capital on a back street graffiti tour
- Savour lip-smacking steak in the dynamic foodie city of Buenos Aires
Day 1: SIZZLING STEAKS & CITY LIFE IN BUENOS AIRES
Touch down in the lively capital and immerse yourself in this European–style city with alfresco drinks in the trendy neighbourhood of Palermo. Embrace the foodie culture of Buenos Aires with some sizzling steak and great wine, let’s start as we mean to go on…
Bienvenido to Buenos Aires, the vibrant capital and the ultimate city to kick-start your Argentinian adventure. Look out to the colourful blur of city life as your airport transfer whisks you to your hotel, knowing you’ll soon be immersing yourself in this awesome city. With distinct European vibes, we’ll head out into the laidback streets to soak in the buzz and energy of everyday life. Our destination is the trendy neighbourhood of Palermo, where the tree-lined streets are home to some of the best bars and restaurants in town. Pull up a pew at an alfresco hangout and get to know your fellow Flashpackers, watching the city come to life after its post-siesta slumber. As people spill out into the streets, we’ll get into the local spirit and find ourselves some great food and wine. A known foodie city, it’s the steaks here that really get people talking. With the art of a juicy steak perfectly mastered, feast upon some grilled goodness and wash it down with a generous glass of local red (with plenty of veggie options available too). Then, as the café-culture steps up a gear into lively nightlife, be sure to hit up the Palermo bars and clubs with your new adventurer pals. Raise a glass to the Argentinian adventures ahead and let loose, holiday mode officially activated.More +
Day 2: GRAFFITI TOURS, COOKING CLASSES & UNLIMITED WINE
Hit the backstreets of Buenos Aires on a graffiti tour bringing to life fiery politics and history, and get to know the local people behind the urban art. Roll up your sleeves for an authentic cooking class, getting to know your empanadas from your alfajores and washing it all down with unlimited wine.
Relish that feeling of waking up in a new country, ready to dive into the dynamic culture of Buenos Aires. This morning we’re going on a graffiti tour through the trendy neighbourhoods of Palermo and San Telmo, where the bold street art brings to life the underlying tensions and passions behind fiery history and politics. With a well-known street-art scene, this is a great way to go off the beaten path and immerse yourself in the creative side of the city, discovering hidden graffiti hotspots and open air galleries. We’ll also stop by the city’s only street-art bar and gallery, where you can meet the artists behind the urban masterpieces. After working up a hearty appetite, it’s time for an interactive dining experience in Recoleta. Known as the posh end of town, here you you’ll be preparing 5 courses of authentic deliciousness with unlimited wine flowing and passionate chefs showing you the ropes. From empanadas stuffed full of tender beef to grilled provoleta cheese draped over chorizo sausages and homemade chimichurri, tuck in and enjoy the fruits of your labour. We’ll make alfajores for dessert in the form of crumbly cookies held together by gooey dulce de leche. Then, when you can’t even look at another alfajores, sit back and enjoy some mate tea, drinking in stories surrounding this national pastime and sipping back this beloved brew of gauchos.
Day 3: THE GATEWAY TO ADVENTURE
Bid farewell to city life and hit the skies to El Calafate. Arrive in the immense scenery of Patagonia, admiring the spectacular scale here and horizon-stretching views. Grab a drink here and take in all in, knowing tomorrow you’ll be in the thick of all the action.
Today we’re leaving the bright lights of the capital and heading out into the wilderness. After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll whizz you to the airport where it’s time to hit the skies to Patagonia. Touching down in the town of El Calafate, here lies the gateway to outdoor adventure. As you look out to the rugged panoramas and wide-open skies, embrace the end-of-the-world landscape and settle into your adventure base. Everything is on a bigger scale here, from the immense mountains to the never-ending vistas of horizon stretching plains. Take it all in and get an early night, tomorrow you’ll be in the thick of those epic views…
Day 4: HIKE ACROSS A MOVING GLACIER
Head out into the wilds of Los Glaciares National Park, getting a front row seat to its headline act- the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier. Admire one of the world’s last growing glaciers from an awesome viewpoint, looking out for blocks of ice crashing down and hearing it creak. We’ll then escape the crowds and don our crampons to hike across its shimmering surface, discovering beautiful ice formations and leaping over crevasses.
Fuel up at breakfast this morning, today we’re strapping on the crampons and exploring the mighty Los Glaciares National Park. Home to the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier, this huge 200ft hunk of ice is one of the last few remaining glaciers that are still growing. We’ll admire it in all its jagged beauty from an amazing viewpoint overlooking the endless bright blue crevasses, hearing it creak as it gradually progresses forwards. If it’s warm enough, you may witness a block of ice breaking free and crashing into the waters below. However, us Flashpackers are not content with merely admiring it from afar so will then escape the tourists and hop on a boat to the glacier itself. After sailing for 20 minutes, we’ll reach Los Témpanos canal and the southern wall of the glacier. Here we’ll walk along the lakeshore to reach the glacier itself, where it’s time to crack out the crampons. With your expert guide leading the way, hike across the stunning ice formations of the glacier as you weave between seracs and leap over deep crevasses. On our way back, we’ll cross the dense Magellan forest, hike alongside Los Témpanos canal and stop to admire the glacier from awesome viewpoint. It’s an incredible experience of heart-racing adventure and breathtaking views, have your cameras (and crampons) at the ready.More +
Day 5: ARRIVE IN TREKKING PARADISE
Travel even further into Patagonia on a spectacular drive alongside the Andes. Reach the small town of El Chaltén, the perfect base for outdoor adventure and full of keen hikers ready to head out into the wilderness. Get the lowdown from your Pack Leader on tomorrow’s trek and rest up in preparation for the big event, though we reckon a beer at one of the craft breweries here won’t harm…
The adventure continues northwards today, travelling even deeper into Patagonia with a 3 to 4 hour drive to El Chaltén. This is no ordinary drive however, with incredible scenery greeting you around every corner. Take in the endless expanses of beautiful views, with the jagged peaks of the Andes on your right and dusty plains stretching as far as the eye can see on your left. Upon reaching El Chaltén, you’ll find a small and friendly town that has trek-lovers gathering from far and wide. This is where people come to get lost in nature, ready to embrace the great outdoors and immerse themselves in the incredible scenery. Grab a drink in this sea of hiking boots, getting the plan of action for tomorrow’s trek from your Pack Leader. After getting the lowdown, be sure to hit up the local bars with your fellow trekkers. This small but lively town has a rising reputation for its craft beer, so get some pints in and enjoy.
Day 6: A TREK-TASTIC DAY IN PATAGONIA
Grab your hiking boots and get set for an epic trek in the amazing scenery of Patagonia, watching the scenery transform from lush forest into striking granite peaks. Stop for a picnic overlooking the insanely picturesque granite peaks of the Andes, with the option of hiking back the way we came or trekking further up to the iconic viewpoint of Monte Fitz Roy. Weather permitting, prepare for bucket list views and breathtaking scenery around every turn.
Lace up your hiking boots and grab your camera, today we’re heading out into the beautiful scenery of Torre Lagoon. It’s a challenging day of trekking, yet the spectacular views are worth every step. We’ll begin hiking up a short slope into the dappled beauty of a Ñire tree forest, before reaching the shimmering Fitz Roy river with the mountain peaks towering in the distance. Look out for flashes of native woodpeckers in the treetops as you climb up through this dazzling scenery, passing by Patagonian lenga trees and lush foliage. As you go higher, this greenery gradually transforms into a harsher and more striking climate with the trees clearing to reveal an amazing viewpoint over Mount Torre. Here you’ll find yourself in a stunning panorama of granite peaks, perfect for a picnic looking out to the majestic Adela range and Mount Solo’s glaciers in the distance. Here you can then head back to El Chaltén in the direction we came, or for those of you with more trekking in your system, you can carry on to the iconic Laguna de los Tres. This bucket-list viewpoint looks out across the three incredible peaks of Monte Fitz Roy, with the intensely turquoise lagoon and glacier glinting in the foreground. The changeable weather here will play a big part in your level of enjoyment today, with the option of moving this epic trek to tomorrow if the weather’s not on our side. Fingers crossed for blue skies.
Day 7: RELAX IN THE ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND
Unwind and do as you please today in El Chaltén, making the most of this free day to kick back and relax or enjoy more adrenalin-pumped adventure. From white water rafting to canoeing across scenic lakes, your guide can give you top tips on where to go in this adventure playground.
Today is a free day to do whatever you please in this adventure playground. If the sun’s shining, you may want to rest your trek-tired legs and simply top up your tan. Or, for those of you wanting something a little more active, El Chaltén is brimming with options for outdoor adventure. Get the lowdown from your hotel and Pack Leader on the best hiking spots around here, from lakeside hikes around Viedma Glacier to walks around the small and picturesque Bahía Túnel harbour. You could also hire canoes on the nearby lakes, do a spot of white water rafting or hop on horseback and ride out into the sunset. Or you could simply chill at your ranch and eat your body weight in steak, it’s your call.
Day 8: HIT THE SKIES TO MENDOZA
Fly onwards and upwards to the awesome vineyard-enclosed city of Mendoza, home to a vibrant scene of great bars, spas and restaurants. Check into your boutique hotel in the leafy suburbs, and head into the cosmopolitan centre to make the most of this wine-rich region.
After embracing life in the Patagonian wilderness, today we’re heading back to civilisation. We’ll drive for 3 three hours back to El Calafate where we’ll soar into the skies once more on a flight to Mendoza, with a likely stop-over at Buenos Aries. It’s a long travel day so make sure you have a good book handy and plenty of tunes to keep you entertained. These hours of travelling will soon become a distant memory when you arrive in the charming city of Mendoza. Here you’ll find a cosmopolitan hub of leafy boulevards, serene spas and amazing restaurants, all against the awesome backdrop of rolling vineyards and the Andes beyond. These vineyards produce some of the best wines in the world, so take your choice of the trendy bars here and sample some of their finest. It would be rude not to…
Day 9: VINEYARD-HOPPING BY BIKE
Hop on bikes for a day spent cycling and drinking your way through the highly rated vineyards of Mendoza. Enjoy exclusive tours of family-run wineries, alfresco delights and the chance to sample some of the best wines in the world.
Rise and shine in the balmy suburbs of Mendoza, perfectly located between the bars and restaurants of the centre and the amazing wineries on its outskirts. We’ll saddle up on bikes for a day cycling through the latter, ready to drink your way through world-renowned wineries with your Flash Pack pals. Don’t let the bikes deceive you, this is not a day of active pursuits. This is a day of eating and drinking with some short bike rides in-between. The Maipu District is our destination, where our first wine-fuelled pit-stop can be found in the form of the Familia Zuccardi winery. Here you’ll be led on an exclusive tour through this family-ran vineyard, tasting your way through the wine cellar and drinking in the stories behind each bottle. From here, we’ll cross over to Villa Maipu where we’ll stop at the Chardonay, Syrah and Malbec sections of the vineyard. Your guide will give you the inside scoop on the distinctive flavours and irrigation systems of each wine, all with accompanying regional cheeses and cold meats to enjoy alongside. After a day of vineyard hopping and alfresco dining in the grape-scented air, we’ll then head back to Mendoza feeling like true sommeliers. Glass of Malbec, anyone?
Day 10: HORSE-RIDING IN THE ANDEAN FOOTHILLS
After a leisurely morning by the pool, saddle up on horse-back and ride into the Andean foothills. Embrace your inner gaucho as you reconnect with nature and take in the stunning mountains around you. Come evening, we’ll hop off the horses in the middle of this beautiful panorama for a sizzling barbecue at sunset.
After yesterday’s vineyard hopping antics, sleep off the hangover this morning and spend some quality time in your hotel pool. This afternoon, get set to channel your inner gaucho and spend the last afternoon of your adventure in true Argentinian style. In the rugged beauty of Potrerillos, we’ll saddle up on horseback and ride into the Andean foothills. With the jagged mountains surrounding you, we’ll trot across the relatively flat terrain on a convoy of horses. This is an awesome way to reconnect with nature and embrace the simple lifestyle of a gaucho. Nothing matters but you, your horse and the breathtaking landscape around you. Even what to have for dinner needn’t concern you, as you turn the corner to discover a sizzling barbecue ready and waiting. Here in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by rolling vineyards and mountains peaks, lies a feast of rich local meat slowly searing away with the sun setting beyond. With local cheeses melting over the meat, crusty bread soaking in the juices and plenty of wine flowing, this is the time to forget your diet and dine like a king. Loosen your belts and tuck in.
Day 11: ADIOS ARGENTINA
Say adios to your Argentinian adventure and arrange your airport transfer to Mendoza airport. Fly back to reality thinking back on all the amazing food, wine and adventure you’ve experienced over the last 11 days – or make the most of your Latin location and carry on to Iguazu Falls or our Chile adventure…
All good adventures must come to an end so today it’s time to arrange your transfer to Mendoza airport and say adios. Before you reach for the tissues and start playing ‘Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina’ on repeat, think back on all the incredible memories you’ll be returning with. Together will your fellow Flashpackers, you have feasted upon famous steaks in the capital, explored its graffiti-lined back streets and enjoyed a cooking class with unlimited wine. You have hiked across moving glaciers, trekked into the depths of Patagonia and discovered shimmering lagoons. You have gone vineyard hopping through Mendoza, embraced the life of a gaucho and feasted upon a sunset barbecue in the middle of nowhere. Return to reality with the glow of someone with amazing new memories and friendships made, or why not carry on to the amazing Iguazu Falls or hop across to Chile? The adventure doesn’t need to end here….
Fly into: Ministro Pistarini International Airport, Buenos Aires
Fly out of: Governor Francisco Gabrielli International Airport, Mendoza
Please aim to arrive into Buenos Aires before 3pm.
Please note that domestic flights in Argentina are rarely on time and often sell out, so last minute bookings on this adventure may not be possible or only available at a higher rate due to increased airfares.
Baggage Allowance on the domestic flights will likely be 15kg, you will be charged at the airport for excess baggage
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. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.
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