5 nights from: $1695 Single Supplement: FREE
Explore the many sides of Buenos Aires, from its luxurious shops to its bustling, colorful barrios.Produced by Lisa Dupenois and Ian Cross
Majestic peaks rise above glittering lakes in Bariloche, a nature-lover’s playground. The rugged landscapes of Patagonia and the influence of German culture combine for an Alpine experience in the foothills of the Andes. From a working ranch to a local brewery, we'll experience the vibrant culture that thrives in Argentina’s “Little Switzerland.” And we'll take in the area's natural beauty from lofty viewpoints.
- It's Included:
- Roundtrip airfare from Buenos Aires to Bariloche
- Accommodations for 1 night in Buenos Aires and 4 nights in Bariloche
- 10 meals: Daily breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners
- Included tours: Bariloche • Campanario Hill • Otto Hill • Sheep ranch
- Dedicated services of a local Program Director
- Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers
- All transfers
Depart the U.S. this evening for an overnight flight to Buenos Aires.
You arrive in Buenos Aires today and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, embark on an orientation walk through the neighborhood surrounding your hotel. The vibrant spirit of Buenos Aires will be perfectly apparent as you being your discoveries in Argentina's thriving capital city.
This evening, get to know your Program Director and fellow travelers during a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
Today, trade man-made skyscrapers for a natural skyline as you depart Buenos Aires for a flight to Bariloche, during which you'll get your first glimpse of the frosted peaks that surround this lakeside city nestled in the foothills of the Andes. Set along the banks of the 40-mile-long Lake Nahuel Huapi, San Carlos de Bariloche—as the city is more formally known—is the gateway to Patagonia's Lake District, and has a distinctly alpine flavor indicative of its strong Central European influence. This is most apparent in the wood and stone architecture of the city center, which—along with its status as an international skiing destination—helps give Bariloche the nickname “Little Switzerland.”
Upon arrival, you'll join your Program Director for an orientation walk around the neighborhood of your hotel, followed by an included dinner.
This morning, explore Bariloche, starting with a guided tour of the city before you venture out into the surrounding countryside. At Campanario Hill, enjoy a chairlift ride up this picturesque peak, climbing high above the tree line for a panoramic view of Patagonia's striking scenery. Take in the beautiful collage—deep green foliage and snowcapped mountains mirrored in the region's azure lakes—before enjoying another leisurely chairlift ride back to level ground.
Later, witness how Bariloche's land and culture come together when we see how locally grown ingredients are used to brew beer at a family-owned craft brewery. Considering the strong German influence in Bariloche, it's no surprise that locals are experts at transforming their region's fresh hops, barley, and pristine water into a variety of beers and ales using artisanal methods passed down from generation to generation. Savor lunch at the brewery after we observe the brewmasters at work.
This morning, you'll visit a mountain refuge on Otto Hill that showcases the area's natural beauty, including sweeping vistas of shimmering lakes and jagged peaks. After a mountain hike, you'll have lunch at the refuge, and then return to Bariloche.
In the afternoon, join an exclusive Discovery Series discussion on the presence of Nazis in Patagonia after World War II. The rest of the day is yours.
This morning, you'll visit an estancia—a working sheep ranch—on the Patagonian steppe. You'll learn about the local way of life and then mount up for a horseback ride that to experience this traditional local mode of transportation. Then you'll enjoy an included lunch, including a traditional lamb barbecue.
You return to your hotel this afternoon. The balance of the day is yours in Bariloche—or, join a relaxing optional excursion to the Limay River.
Following breakfast this morning, you fly to Buenos Aires to meet your fellow travelers and set out to explore Antarctica's White Wilderness.
Please note: This extension may not be available on all departures. Ask our Travel Counselors for details. Call 1-800-221-2610.