Combination Uruguay and Patagonia

We offer you a 24 days 100% customizable tour, combining Argentina, its capital and its incredible Patagonian glaciers as well as Uruguay, its plains inhabited by the Gauchos and its long wild beaches.
An off the beaten track tour that will reveal your exploratory spirit.

Duration

24 days

Transport

Aerial, regular terrestrial and rental vehicle

Accomodation

3 and 4* hotels

Acompaniment

English-speaking guide

Recommended months

November to march

Day 1

Arrival in Buenos Aires

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, a driver will be waiting for you and you will be transferred to your hotel. You will visit the capital Buenos Aires for half a day accompanied by a driver and a guide. You will discover the most emblematic places of the capital, from the obelisk to the San Telmo antique dealers’ district and the port.

Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Buenos Aires with breakfast included.

Day 2

Visit of Buenos Aires

We offer you a second half-day tour of Buenos Aires with a driver and a guide. You will discover the Recoleta district and its famous cemetery. You will pass through the trendy district of Palermo, and stroll through the Parc 3 de febrero, inaugurated in 1875, the city’s real green lung.

Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Buenos Aires with breakfast included.

Day 3

Departure for Ushuaia

You’ll be transferred to Buenos Aires airport from where you will take an internal flight to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego. When you arrive you will be welcomed by your driver and transferred to your hotel. The city presents a unique landscape in Argentina combining the sea, glaciers, mountains and forests. We suggest you visit the neighborhoods of the first settlers of the city, and observe the traces of urban development of the 1980s. 

Accommodation in 3* hotel in Ushuaia with breakfast included.

Day 4

Visit of the National Park of the Tierra del Fuego

Day trip to the Tierra del Fuego National Park with a guide. You will start with the Río Pipo Valley and then Ensenada Bay, from where you can see the Redonda and Estorbo Islands. You will go for a walk to Roca Lake and see the snow-covered Munt Condor. Back to Ushuaia.




In the afternoon embark on a catamaran for a 2-hour sailing on the Beagle Channel. Join the island of birds “isla de los pájaros”, famous refuge of many imperial cormorants, albatrosses and more than 20 other seabird species.

Accommodation in 3* hotel in Ushuaia with breakfast included.

Day 5

Private crossing of the Andes Cordillera

You leave this morning for a day crossing the Andean Cordillera and its forests. Stop at the Velo de Novia waterfall, you will continue your journey to the Carabajal Valley then the Huskies Vallay.

Accommodation in 3* hotel in Ushuaia with breakfast included.

Day 6

Departure for El Calafate

In the morning you will be transferred to Ushuaia airport from where you will take an internal flight to El Calafate. On arrival, you will be welcomed by your driver and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy your free time to stroll around in El Calafate. This city offers a multitude of activities (visit of the Laguna Nimez nature reserve, the Glaciarium…).

Accommodation in 3* hotel in El Calafate with breakfast included.

Day 7

Visit of the Glacier National Park

In the morning, departure from your hotel to the port of Punta Bandera, about 50 km from El Calafate. This full-day excursion takes place on the north arm of Lake Argentina. You will sail for 2 hours and see multiple glaciers whose frontal walls can reach 135 meters in height. In the early afternoon, return to the port.

Accommodation in a 3* hotel in El Calafate with breakfast included.

Day 8

Discover a rural Estancia

Departure early in the morning for the Estancia. It is located in the Glaciers National Park. The visit of the Estancia will be an opportunity to learn about the history of this estate, to discover the daily life in an Estancia, to participate in the traditional demonstration of sheep shearing and to enjoy an Argentine asado. If you wish, you can go horseback riding (1h).

Accommodation in 3* hotel in El Calafate with breakfast included.

Day 9

Exploration of the Perito Moreno Glacier

Departure from your hotel to reach the Perito Moreno Glacier, located in the Glacier National Park. Many footbridges offer panoramic views of the glacier overlooking the surrounding lenga groves. From the port located at Refugio Argentino, you embark for a one-hour cruise to enjoy the southern part of the glacier that can exceed 70 meters high.

Accommodation in 3* hotel in El Calafate with breakfast included.

Day 10

Back to the capital: Buenos Aires

In the morning you will be transferred to Ushuaia airport from where you will take an internal flight to Buenos Aires. On arrival you will be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel. You will have a free day in Buenos Aires. Take advantage of this opportunity to stroll around the neighbourhoods you prefer, sit on the terrace of a café and observe the lifestyle of the portenos.


In the evening, you are invited to discover the popular tango of the early 20th century during a dinner show. The most important events in the history of tango will be told in the form of a spectacular tango show. The menu includes 3 courses and drinks.

Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Buenos Aires with breakfast included.

Day 11

Departure to Uruguay

You will be transferred to the port of Buenos Aires or take a direct ferry to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay. Upon arrival at the port, you will pick up your rental car and meet your guide for a private tour of the historic district. This visit is done on foot. Your guide will tell you the history of the city and its secrets.

Accommodation in a 3* hotel with breakfast included.

Day 12

Along the Río Uruguay

Heading north of the country, you will follow the Uruguay River and arrive in the charming city of Carmelo. Don’t miss to stroll around its pretty central square, its swivel bridge, a masterpiece of engineering, is also well known. But Carmelo’s fame is mainly due to his bodegas. We strongly advise you to visit one of them and have a tasting, you will not regret it.


You will continue on your way and arrive at Mercedes. Quiet northern town whose relaxed atmosphere you will appreciate. Stroll through its neighbourhoods and contemplate its various architectural styles. We recommend of course to walk along the rambla and enjoy the view of the river.

Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Mercedes with breakfast included.

Day 13

In the direction of Paysandú

In the direction of Paysandú make a stop in the pretty town of Fray Bentos. Visit the former industrial district of Anglo, and its factory “Frigorifico l’Anglo” classified as a UNESCO historical heritage site in July 2015. This factory manufactured the famous corned beef, a larger factory in all of South America in the 20th century.


When you arrive in Paysandú, don’t miss the main tourist attraction: the thermal springs. Walk along the rambla to the city port. In the Paysandú region, there are many activities to choose from, such as the Queguay waterfall, a walk in the Rincon forest of Perez or a visit to the Cueva del Tigre cave inhabited by vampire bats.

Accommodation in 3 * hotel in Paysandú with breakfast included.

Day 14

Visit Tacuarembó: the open-air museum

Head for Tacuarembó, this large northern city is full of surprises. While walking through the streets you will discover many paintings and frescoes on the city walls. Tacuarembó is a real open-air museum. We also recommend visiting the museum of the artist Carlos Gardel.





You will head south and arrive at Pasos de los Toros. This small town retains the natural charm of the ancient Hum des Charrúas River. The Rincón del Bonete dam, with its immense lake, offers an ideal setting and invites you to relax by the water. Enjoy its beaches and the serenity that reigns in Pasos de los Toros.

Accommodation in a 3* hotel with breakfast included.

Day 15

In the heart of Uruguayan countryside in Treinta y Tres

Direction Treinta y Tres, you will continue on your way to your estancia. You will be invited to stay in full board. Your hosts take care of everything. Several activities are available during your stay with the locals, you can hike, ride and participate in the daily tasks of your hosts if you wish.

Accommodation and full board stay in a rural estancia.

Day 16

In the vicinity of Treinta y Tres

In the Treinta y Tres region there is a large protected reserve: the Quebrada de los Cuervos. A must for all lovers of hiking and sports of all kinds. Also discover Laguna Merín, one of Uruguay’s largest freshwater reserves and one of its main ecological treasures.

Accommodation and full board stay in a rural estancia.

Day 17

Let's head to the Atlantic Coast

You will reach the Atlantic coast and stop at Punta del Diablo. This delicious fishing village will seduce you with its calm and tranquility. Enjoy its sumptuous beaches ideal for surfers and nature lovers. Buy your fish directly from fishermen when they come back from fishing for a taste like no other.

Accommodation in a 4* hotel in Punta del Diablo with breakfast included.

Day 18

Visit of Santa Teresa National Park

A few kilometers from Punta del Diablo, discover the Santa Teresa National Park. It has more than 3000 hectares, a reserve of native animals, a floral park and a magnificent fortress not to be missed. The park also overlooks the ocean, take a look at the beaches, they are magnificent and wild.

Accommodation in a 4* hotel with sea view and breakfast included.

Day 19

Cape to Cabo Polonio

We invite you to a parenthesis on the coast: Cabo Polonio. It is a small ecological reserve located on the Atlantic coast of Uruguay where about fifty people live all year round. It is one of the largest sea lion reserves in South America. Here everyone lives at the rhythm of nature. Cars cannot circulate, everything is done to respect the ecosystem. 

Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Punta del Este with breakfast included.

Day 20

On the way to the most chic beaches of the coast

In the direction of Punta del Este make a short break in Jose Ignacio. Originally a small fishing village, this village has gradually become an extremely intimate place. You will see some very luxurious architectural houses. The beaches are magnificent and the pretty red and white lighthouse is worth a visit, enjoy the panoramic view from its summit.

Finally you will arrive in Punta del Este. Punta del Este, a renowned seaside resort, is a trendy city with many restaurants, activities, bars and souvenirs. Take a surf course on the Emir’s beach or a paddle course on the Mansa. Walk down the main street in search of souvenirs.

We also invite you to a wine tasting in a typical bodega 30 minutes from Punta del Este. The view from this Bodega is breathtaking over the whole region and the lagoon del Sauce. This tasting will be accompanied by local and artisanal products.

Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Punta del Este with breakfast included.

Day 21

Walk around Punta del Este

Discover the natural and hilly landscapes of the Minas region an hour from Punta del Este to the north. This region is hilly and offers extraordinary natural landscapes. We invite you to visit Villa Serrana, where you can enjoy a wide range of family activities: hiking, zip line trekking.




On your return from Minas, stop over in the pretty seaside resort of Piriápolis. It offers a magnificent waterfront with its Rambla. Climb to the top of Cerro San Antonio and enjoy the superb panoramic view of the entire bay.


On Punta del Este we offer you an unusual activity: a boat trip to the sea lion island. This islet has more than 250,000 marine mammals. Set a course for the island and soon you will be surrounded by it. If the weather conditions allow it and with the captain’s agreement you can get into the water and swim with them!

Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Punta del Este with breakfast included.

Day 22

Day at leisure in Punta del Este

Free day in Punta del Este, enjoy the many beaches, the sun and the activities offered by the peninsula. Treat yourself to a trip to Gorrithi Island, it is located in front of the port and can be reached by boat in 15 minutes by boat. Or sit on the terrace on the rambla and watch the sunset.

Accommodation in a 4* hotel in Montevideo with breakfast included.

Day 23

Visit of the capital: Montevideo

Heading for the capital Montevideo. We offer you a private tour of the Uruguayan capital with driver and a French-speaking guide for 4 hours. You will visit the most emblematic places in Montevideo. The visit begins with the old town and its port, you will pass through the branch districts of Pocitos and Punta Carretas, see the famous Centenario stadium that hosted the first World Cup. 

Located 30 minutes from Montevideo, we propose a visit to a charming vineyard. You will have the opportunity to taste the different wines of the cellar before lunch at the Bodega. It is one of the most prestigious vineyards in Uruguay with more than 75 international awards and medals.

Accommodation in a 4* hotel in Montevideo with breakfast included.

Day 24

Departure from Uruguay

Finally, depending on your flight schedule, a driver will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to Montevideo airport where you will take your flight back.

The musts

  • The incredible architecture in Buenos Aires and the atmosphere that emerges of the capital
  • Feeling like you have reached the end of the world in Ushuaia
  • The turquoise color of lakes and glaciers in El Calafate
  • The tranquility and serenity in the Uruguayan countryside
  • Hiking in the heart of nature to the Quebrada de los cuervos
  • The chic atmosphere of Punta del Este

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