Patagonia, Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls
April 1, 2025 thru April 14, 2025
Discover the wonders of South America on a 14-day tour from Albuquerque to Santiago, through the breathtaking landscapes of Patagonia, the vibrant streets of Buenos Aires, and the majestic Iguazú Falls. Begin with an exploration of Santiago, then journey to the wilds of Patagonia, where the towering peaks of Torres del Paine and the icy expanse of El Calafate’s glaciers await. Experience the gaucho lifestyle at a traditional estancia. In Buenos Aires, embrace the passion of Tango and the city’s rich history before witnessing the awe-inspiring beauty of Iguazú Falls. This journey offers a blend of adventure, culture, and natural wonders, providing a comprehensive and unforgettable South American experience.
Roundtrip Air Transportation
14 days, 13 nights
Activity Level 4
24 meals (7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners) included
- A Bite of Santiago Tour
- Torres del Paine Private Tour
- El Calafate
- Southern Patagonian Ice Fields
- Glaciarium and Ice Museum
- Argentino Lake
- Upsala & Spegazzini Glaciers in Los Glaciers National Park
- Perito Moreno Glacier
- Estancia Nibepo Aike
- Tango Dancing and Highlands of Northern Argentina Music
- Pampas with Gaucho Immersive Experience
- Melia Hotel in Iguazú National ParkIguazú National Park
- Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat)
- Buenos Aires City Tour
- Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ (not including airline baggage fees or in-flight charges)
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- 13 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
- Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
- 24 meals (7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners)
- Admission to all listed attractions
- Sightseeing as listed
- Your SUN TOURS Escort (with 15 or more travelers)
- All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
Day 1 - Albuquerque to Santiago
We depart from Albuquerque on our overnight flight to Santiago, Chile.
Day 2 - Arrival in Chile
Meals included: (L OR D)* Pending
Day 3 - A Bite of Santiago
Immerse yourself in the pulsating heart of Chile’s capital with “A Bite of Santiago,” a full-day walking tour. Santiago, a city where ancient traditions seamlessly blend with the rush of modern life, invites you to discover its soul through its streets, plazas, and, most importantly, its culinary delights.
Meals included: (B, L)
Day 4 - Chilean Patagonia
Begin the next chapter of your journey with a transfer from your Santiago hotel to the airport.
Upon your arrival in Punta Arenas, the southernmost city on the mainland of the Americas, you’ll be greeted by the stark beauty of Chilean Patagonia. This region, known for its rugged terrain, pristine landscapes, and the whisper of adventure in the crisp air, offers a dramatic contrast to the urban vibrancy of Santiago. From the airport, enjoy scenic ride from Punta Arenas to your hotel in Torres del Paine, one of the most spectacular national parks in the world.
Meals included: (B, D)
Day 5 - Torres Del Paine
Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of Torres del Paine National Park with a full-day private tour that promises light hiking through some of the most breathtaking landscapes on the planet. This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is a symphony of nature’s finest work, with its iconic granite towers, turquoise lakes, cascading waterfalls, and sprawling glaciers.
Wander along gently winding trails that meander through emerald forests, home to an array of Patagonian wildlife, including the elusive puma, majestic Andean condors, and curious guanacos. Pause at serene lakeshores to marvel at the reflections of the towering peaks, and feel the mist of waterfalls that adorn the landscape like jewels.
Meals included: (B, L)
Day 6 - El Calafate
Embark on a journey from the rugged terrains of Torres del Paine to the enchanting landscapes of El Calafate, a gem nestled in the heart of Continental Patagonia. Your journey by bus through this cold desert region is a scenic adventure, where rivers carved from the ancient ice of the Andes meander through the stark, yet stunning, landscape.
El Calafate, perched on the shores of the expansive Lago Argentino, serves as your gateway to some of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders on the planet. Upon your arrival, visit the Glaciarium, a state-of-the-art ice museum. This modern facility offers a deep dive into the icy realms that define the region, providing invaluable insights into the glaciers, the vast Southern Continental Ice Fields, and their profound impact on the global ecosystem. Through interactive exhibits and captivating visual displays, the Glaciarium sets the stage for your upcoming encounters with the Perito Moreno and Upsala glaciers, two of Patagonia’s most iconic frozen giants.
After enriching your understanding of these icy landscapes, you’ll retreat to the comfort of your carefully selected hotel in El Calafate.
Meals included: (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Frozen Giants of El Calafate
Begin your day with a nourishing breakfast before embarking on a journey to the West, where an unforgettable voyage across the pristine waters of Argentino Lake awaits. Set off towards the awe-inspiring Upsala and Spegazzini Glaciers. These towering masses of ice, born from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field—the largest of its kind outside the polar regions—offer a spectacular display of nature’s power and beauty. As you glide through the glacial waters, the vistas of these immense ice formations calving into the lake are nothing short of mesmerizing, a testament to the dynamic forces that sculpt our planet.
The journey continues as you return through the heart of Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to witness the Perito Moreno Glacier. Unlike most of its counterparts, this glacier is renowned for its advancing front, a rare phenomenon that presents a dramatic natural spectacle. As the glacier advances, it dams the Rico Arm of Argentino Lake every few years or so, leading to a gradual build-up of water pressure. This natural cyclical event culminates in the dramatic rupture of the ice dam, a powerful display as massive icebergs calve into the lake, creating thunderous echoes and waves. We will have time to walk the different walkways in front of the glacier.
Your adventure-filled day concludes with a return to the serenity of El Calafate, but not before a second visit to the Glaciarium and Ice Museum. After, return to the hotel for the night.
Meals included: (B, L)
Day 8 - Patagonian Way of Life
Dedicate a full day to experiencing the authentic Patagonian way of life at Estancia Nibepo Aike, a hidden gem far removed from the well-trodden paths of mass tourism, yet conveniently located within reach from El Calafate. Estancia Nibepo Aike, originally known as La Jerónima, sprawls over 12,000 hectares of pristine Patagonian landscape, cradled between the southern reaches of Lago Argentino and the rugged frontier with Chile, all set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Andes mountain range.
As you step onto the estancia, you are transported back in time to the era when Patagonian ranches were the epicenters of rural life, deeply connected to the land and its cycles. Nibepo Aike retains the soul of these bygone days, with its commitment to cattle rearing, featuring a proud herd of Hereford cattle, and echoes of its past prominence in sheep farming still palpable throughout the property.
As the afternoon wanes and you make your way back to El Calafate, the serene beauty and rugged charm of Estancia Nibepo Aike linger in your memory, a poignant reminder of Patagonia’s enduring spirit and the timeless appeal of its vast, untouched landscapes.
Meals included: (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Argentia's Vibrant Dancing
Transfer to the airport, ready to embrace the vibrant rhythms of Buenos Aires, Argentina’s pulsating capital. This metropolis, home to approximately 14 million people within its greater metropolitan area, stands as one of the world’s most populous cities, encapsulating a third of the nation’s population. The sheer scale of Buenos Aires is a testament to its cultural, economic, and political significance, not just within Argentina but across South America.
We check into our downtown area hotel. As the evening arrives, your journey takes a turn towards the enchanting world of Tango at Señor Tango. Enjoy a meal while you take in this quintessential Argentinian entertainment. Tango was born in the port areas’ cobblestone streets and is a poignant expression of longing, passion, and nostalgia, blending European and African influences into a dance that captivates the heart. The evening also unfolds the vibrant music of Northern Argentina’s Highlands, an area steeped in Inca heritage, offering a melodious contrast to the sultry strains of Tango.
Meals included: (B, D)
Day 10 - Pampas & Gaucho Culture
Embark on a captivating excursion from the urban heartbeat of Buenos Aires to the sprawling Pampas, the heartland of Argentina’s agricultural prowess and the cradle of the Gaucho culture. These vast, fertile plains have been the backdrop for the development of the country’s storied cattle ranching heritage, a legacy that began in the colonial era when the earliest herds roamed free after indigenous uprisings.
Your journey into the Pampas offers a vivid glimpse into the life and traditions of the Gauchos, Argentina’s iconic horsemen and ranchers, who are the embodiment of the country’s rural soul. Visiting a traditional Estancia, you’ll step into a world where Gaucho customs are alive and celebrated. Experience the sounds and sights of authentic Gaucho music and dance.
A highlight of your visit will be an Argentine barbecue, or “asado.” As the day wanes and you return to Buenos Aires.
Meals included: (B, L)
Day 11 - Iguazú National Park
Arrive at a haven of natural wonder and serenity at the Melia Hotel, a retreat nestled within the lush confines of the Iguazú National Park. This exceptional accommodation stands out not only for its unmatched proximity to the majestic Iguazú Falls but also for its immersion in a vibrant subtropical rainforest, a sanctuary for a diverse array of wildlife including pumas, jaguars, alligators, and a kaleidoscope of bird species.
Meals included: (B, L)
Day 12 - Iguazú Falls
Your exploration of the Iguazú Falls from the Argentine side promises an adventure that delves deep into the heart of this natural marvel, renowned for its sheer scale and breathtaking beauty. The journey begins with a visit to the Garganta del Diablo, or Devil’s Throat, the most spectacular and towering waterfall within the Iguazú complex. Here, you’ll stand at the precipice of the falls’ highest point. Embark on an exhilarating boat ride that takes you to the very base of the cascades.
Your return to the hotel is aboard a 4WD truck, a journey that takes you through the dense tapestry of the surrounding jungle. Take this opportunity to spot some of the diverse wildlife that calls this lush habitat home including the elusive tapir, vibrant toucans, majestic vultures, amiable capybaras, and playful monkeys.
The afternoon, enjoy leisure time to further explore the trails that weave through the national park. This is your chance to absorb the tranquility of the rainforest at your own pace, to listen to the symphony of birdcalls, and to perhaps catch glimpses of wildlife in their natural environment.
Meals included: (B)
Day 13 - Tour of Buenos Aires
Embark on a captivating journey through Buenos Aires, starting with the historic Plaza de Mayo, where the iconic pink Casa Rosada stands as a symbol of Argentina’s political heart. Nearby, the Metropolitan Cathedral showcases the city’s religious heritage with its grand architecture. Wander through San Telmo’s charming streets, alive with bohemian spirit and colonial beauty, before diving into the colorful vibrancy of La Boca. Here, “Caminito” offers a glimpse into the area’s rich cultural tapestry, marked by its lively street art and tango dancers.
Transition to the modernity of Puerto Madero, where sleek developments line the revitalized waterfront, featuring landmarks like the elegant Puente de la Mujer. If time allows, explore the upscale district of La Recoleta, known for its sophisticated ambiance and it’s famed cemetary. Conclude your tour with a delightful lunch at one of Buenos Aires’ restaurants.
Meals included: (B, L, D)
Day 14 - Farewell
Depending on your flight schedule, you may continue exploring Buenos Aires with a city tour or enjoy some free time. This flexibility allows for a leisurely stroll, last-minute shopping, or a final café visit to soak in the city’s atmosphere. Today, you’ll head to the international airport, carrying memories of Argentina’s stunning landscapes and vibrant culture as you journey back home.
Meals included: (B)
Itinerary subject to change
Southern Patagonian Ice Fields
This ice field is the world's third-largest reserve of fresh water, covering approximately 12,363 square kilometers (4,773 square miles).
Patagonia's landscapes vary dramatically from the arid steppes of the Argentine side to the lush rainforests and fjords of Chilean Patagonia.
Birthplace of Tango
Buenos Aires is the birthplace of Tango, a dance and music genre that has gained international acclaim. The city's milongas (tango clubs) are popular among locals and tourists alike.
Often referred to as the "Paris of South America," Buenos Aires reflects a blend of European and Latin American influences, evident in its architecture, cuisine, and cultural practices.
Iguazú Falls is made up of approximately 275 individual waterfalls and cascades. The number can vary depending on the season and rainfall.
The most famous and powerful segment of the falls, Devil's Throat is a U-shaped chasm that is 82 meters (269 feet) high, 150 meters (492 feet) wide, and 700 meters (2,297 feet) long.
$9,195 per person
$10,955 per person
Final Payment Due:
November 26, 2024
• Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ
• Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
• 13 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
• Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
• 24 meals (13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners)
• Admission to all listed attractions
• Sightseeing as listed
• Your SUN TOURS Escort (with 15 or more travelers)
• All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: November 26, 2024
- None – Through November 26, 2024
- $250 – November 27 – December 24, 2024
- $5,500 – December 25, 2024 – January 28, 2025
- 100% – After January 25, 2025
ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING
Level 4: Active
Expectations: The tour includes well-paced walking tours with regular breaks. Up to 2-3 hours of walking each day. To fully take advantage of all this tour has to offer, guests need to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators). Your itinerary can include significant changes in temperature and altitude and may require a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities. Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Excursions require standing and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited.
Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace and enjoy participating in two to three hours of physical activity per day.
Visit our Activity Level Ratings page for full information on the ratings system.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Albuquerque International Sunport. If you have an American Airlines frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.
If you are joining the tour from locations other than Albuquerque, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.
Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License or Passport is preferred. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.
We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.
CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES
On our airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
All hotel baggage handling fees are included. We also include basic gratuities for the Tour Director, Coach Driver, and local Tour Guides. If someone has truly gone above and beyond additional tipping is permitted, but never required.
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
In Santiago, Chile, April brings mild autumn weather with temperatures typically ranging from 8°C to 22°C. Days can be sunny with occasional rain as the wetter season starts. The city sees fewer tourists, making it a pleasant time to explore with lighter crowds. Dress in layers to accommodate the cooler mornings and evenings.
Torres del Paine:
In April, Torres del Paine experiences autumn with cooler, variable weather. Daytime temperatures range from 5°C to 10°C, dropping near freezing at night. Expect a mix of sunny and rainy days, with strong winds. The park is less crowded, offering quieter trails and vibrant autumn foliage. Pack layered, waterproof, and windproof clothing for outdoor activities.
In El Calafate, April marks the transition to autumn with cooler temperatures and changing landscapes. Daytime temperatures range from 6°C to 15°C, and nights can be chilly. The weather is generally stable, but occasional rain and wind can occur. The town becomes quieter as the high tourist season winds down, offering a more tranquil experience. Layered clothing is recommended to adapt to the variable conditions.
In Buenos Aires, April falls within the mild autumn season, with average temperatures ranging from 14°C to 22°C. The weather is generally pleasant, featuring cooler days and crisp evenings, with a decreased chance of rain compared to summer months. The city is less crowded, making it an ideal time for exploring outdoor attractions and enjoying the colorful autumn foliage. Dressing in layers is advisable to accommodate the day-to-night temperature variations.
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