TO PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA
9 NIGHTS/3 STOPS
South America’s southern frontier where nature grows wild and where the large spaces are filled with serene silence.
” My family and I are fanatics of vast and mountainous areas. We are familiar with the Pyrenees, but Patagonia was on our travel bucket list. We decided to venture off to Patagonia to discover its infamous glaciers and mountains. Although we felt solitary amongst the vast spaces, we were still accompanied by various wildlife including penguins and elephant seals. This was a very emotional trip for us because Patagonia is still a wild region and is not affected by mass tourism (yet). The Argentinians make a lot of effort to preserve their patrimony while being very welcoming. They also cook the most delicious meat! Needless to say, the trip exceeded our expectations.”
NEW YORK – BUENOS AIRES
DOMESTIC FLIGHT & BUS
62oo km in 9 days
12 hours on the road & 7 hours in the air
AVERAGE BUDGET PER PERSON
$ 1850 / pp for 9 nights all included
$350 /pp domestic flights
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP
2 h flight + 1 h drive (65 km)
We stayed in a hotel located in a quiet residential area, Hotel Solar de la Costa. The center of Puerto Madryn is within a twnty minute walking distance. We had a quadruple room, large and well appointed. The staff is very friendly and is happy to advise you. The breakfast is good with fresh produce.
Reserva Natural de Punta Tombo to see the penguins (3 hour drive away)
Natural Protegida Peninsula Valdes to see the elephant seals and sea lions (whales can be seen between June and mid-December). Very torn and deserted coastal area.
Punta Ninfas: Between cliffs and ridges, we watched some elephant seals (1h30)
PUERTO MADRYN TO
10 hours by bus
We stayed in an appartment. Accommodation in a residence in Bariloche is a fifteen-minute walk from the center. We loved this formula of accommodation in an apartment. The apartment for 4 was spacious, perfectly equipped, and included a balcony overlooking a beautiful lake. The place is quiet and has some games (ex ping-pong) which was great for the children.
Circuito chico: very nice views and main sites of Bariloche (30 min drive)
1,5-hour walk in the forest ideal for the kids: varied landscape, wildlife
Floating down the river Limay in a ducky (small rafting)
We stayed in a nice hotel located on the outskirts of El Calafate. The rooms are clean and spacious and the hotel has a good quality restaurant. A living room allows children to play and space for the entire family to relax. There is also a garden overlooking a lake. City center is accessible from the hotel via taxi.
Los Glaciares National Park and the Perito Moreno Glacier (Eighth Wonder of the World). This remote area is magnificent and seeing ice fall into the Argentino Lake was remarkable and moving.
Icebergs and glaciers Upsala, Spegazzini and Onelli. This was a mind-blowing experience and the sky lights are incredible.
Short break at Estancia Rio Mitre: a large farm where injured animals are taken care of. You get to spend time with the farm animals, go horse riding and enjoy lamb mechoui. The owner, Esteban, is very friendly and welcoming.
GOOD TO KNOW
The weather is unpredictable. Best to travel with warm clothes (fleeces, waterproof clothes, hats, gloves, scarves…). A snow storm can occur anytime with strong winds. Trainers are good enough for walking but warm socks are advisable.
Don’t forget : sun glasses, suntan cream, lip balm and thick hand cream .
For the young ones, having a first aid kit is always useful because you can’t find anything around the Valdes Peninsula. Tip: Tweezers can become handy in the steppe to remove the splinters from your kids’ hands!
To see the Perito Moreno, go in the morning or in the beginning of the because there are fewer tourists. We were completely alone !
Don’t hesitate to do the one-day cruise on the north part of the lake Argentino: it’s pretty crowded but the natural show is so mind-blowing that you will be capitated and you’ll forget your neighbors!
We chose to bus from Trelew to Bariloche instead of taking the plane as it is the most time and cost efficient way to travel between these two locations.