Fun & Adventures on Holiday in Argentina
12-day family holidays to Argentina from £1995 for adults / £1995 for kids
Argentina gives you and your family the chance to experience some of the world's most amazing scenery, enjoy tremendous adventures and all amid the comfort of one of South America's most stylish and accessible countries.
And remember, all our holidays are 100% tailor-made, so you certainly don't have to stick to the itinerary on this page, but this should hopefully give you some ideas for your family holidays to Argentina and Brazil.
- Day One: Arrival in Buenos Aires
- Day Two: Bike Tour of Buenos Aires
- Day Three: Temaiken Bio-Park
- Day Four: Fly to Puerto Madryn
- Day Five: Sea Kayaking
- Day Six: Whale-watching Cruise
- Day Seven: Travel to Iguazu Falls
- Day Eight: Brazil Falls & Macuco Safari
- Day Nine: Argentina Falls
- Day Ten: Travel to Rio
- Day Eleven: Jeep Tour of Rio
- Day Twelve: Overnight flight back to the UK
Day One – Arrival in Buenos Aires
You’ll arrive today in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina and one of the world’s great cities. On arrival we’ll meet you all and take you to your hotel in the centre of town. You’ll have interconnected rooms so you can all unpack and get ready before heading out for a stroll. You’ll be having a full city tour tomorrow, but you’re just a few blocks from all the main sites, as well as from restaurants and cafes, so you’re perfectly placed to head out and start soaking up the Buenos Aires atmosphere.
Day Two – Bike Tour of Buenos Aires
This morning we’ll pick you up and take you for a guided bike tour around Buenos Aires. We will first head to the oceanfront Puerto Madero district to enjoy the panorama of Buenos Aires laid out before us, before heading along the coast and inland to the famous Caminito district in La Boca. This riverside area is famous for tango, brightly-painted houses and the Boca Juniors football team. After a short stop here in La Boca, we’ll cycle up past Boca Juniors’ impressive Bombonera stadium on our way back up to the traditional tango heartland of San Telmo. This classic Buenos Aires neighbourhood is packed with buskers, dancers, cafes and antique shops. From here we’ll head through the historic centre, including the famous Plaza de Mayo where the demonstrations by mothers of the ‘disappeared’ against the military government took place, as well as the Casa Rosada from whose balcony Evita addressed the crowds below. We’ll end up in the attractive Plaza San Martin, where your driver be waiting to take you back to your hotel. (B)
- If you don’t like the idea of cycling, or you think younger children may not be up to a full morning’s bike ride, we can do similar tours in a private car, or offer a range of shorter walking tours. We also have a lot of specialist tours concentrating on photography, art, Buenos Aires’ Jewish history, and many other subjects.
Day Three – Temaiken Bio-Park
After breakfast today we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the amazing Temaiken Bio-Park, on the outskirts of the city. Set in 178 acres of landscaped gardens, Temaiken is an ‘open’ zoo and aquarium, where there are no cages and birds and animals roam freely in expansive enclosures. As well as large international sections, with hippos, kangaroos and white tigers (among many other species), we think the Patagonian section is especially interesting, with pumas, vicuñas, flightless rheas, pudu deer all roaming freely but easily visible. The aquarium is also easily the best in South America, and one of the best in the world, so coupled with the lush surroundings, Temaiken makes for a fantastic day out. (B)
Day Four – Travel to Puerto Madryn
This morning we’ll pick you all up and take you to the airport for a short flight south to the city of Trelew. Here we’ll meet you and take you on to the town of Puerto Madryn. This was one of the centres for the Welsh colonization of Patagonia, but today it’s the base for heading back out to sea to see some of Argentina’s rather larger inhabitants... You’ll arrive just before lunch, and then this afternoon we’ll take you by 4x4 south out of town to the Punta Loma Reserve. Here we’ll have a short walk through the Reserve, enjoying some great coastal views as we walk along the cliffs before heading down to the beaches themselves. The coast here is incredibly rich in fossils, so we will spend some time looking at the biggest and best of these before walking along a little further to get closer to the huge sea-lion colony here. After this afternoon on the coast, we’ll head back into town and drop you back at your hotel. (B)
Day Five - Sea Kayaking
Today will be a chance to try your hand at sea kayaking in the sheltered waters of the Golfo Nuevo. With experienced guides and top-quality equipment, our two-person kayaks are a great way to get out on the sea and hopefully get close to some of the area’s fantastic wildlife. Sea-lions, elephant seals and many other species are all often encountered in these rich fishing grounds. After a morning’s adventure, we will head back to dry land and take you back to your hotel. (B)
- If you’re not sure about kayaking, we could take you for a jeep tour of Peninsula Valdes to see the huge sea-bird colonies and other wildlife there? Or perhaps visit some of the traditional Welsh villages in the interior for tea and welsh-cakes?
Day Six - Whale-watching Cruise
After breakfast today, we will head down to the harbour to catch a boat out into the open ocean to enjoy the awesome sight of the huge southern right-whales in the waters just off the coast. These majestic creatures arrive here every July to mate and give birth, and stay until the end of the year before heading back into the Southern Ocean. Seeing these enormous creatures as they leap above the waves is an unforgettable experience. (B)
Day Seven - Travel to Iguazu
After breakfast this morning, we will pick you up and take you back to Trelew for your flight up to the northern tip of Argentina and the sub-tropical town of Puerto Iguazu. Here we’ll meet you and drive you across the Rio Iguazu and into Brazil, where your lovely hotel awaits. Set in large grounds, with marked trails through the forests, sports facilities and a large pool, this will be your home for the next few days and is the perfect base for visits to the nearby Iguazu Falls. (B)
Day Eight - Brazil Falls & Macuco Safari
This morning we will take you for your first visit to the incredible Iguazu Falls. Higher than Niagara Falls, and wider than Victoria Falls, Iguazu will take your breath away with its spectacular beauty and awesome power. We will visit today from the Brazilian side, where a long walkway along the canyon top allows you to appreciate the true scale of Iguazu from above. You’ll get some fantastic photos, as you work your way along to a viewpoint giving you a panoramic vista of the famous Devil’s Throat, where 14 separate falls combine in a single 350-foot drop, sending spray over 100 feet into the air for a dramatic permanent rainbow.
After enjoying these dramatic views, we will transfer to our jeeps and set off on a 3km journey through the National Park to enjoy the different species of plants and animals which thrive in this protected environment. We will then dismount and set off an a 600m walking trail which passes by the lovely Macuco Falls, and down to the banks of the Rio Iguazu. Here we will board a speedboat which takes us for a cruise upriver to the majestic Iguazu Falls themselves. Darting in and out of the spray as the enormous towers of water rise above you is an experience that’s guaranteed to stay with you forever! (B)
Day Nine - Argentina Falls
Today we will cross the border into Argentina for your second visit to Iguazu Falls, this time from the Argentinian side, where a system of walkways project right out into the middle of the waterfall system, allowing you to get close and really feel the power of the waterfalls all around you. Most people feel that this experience trumps even the amazing views of yesterday... (B)
Day Ten – Travel to Rio
After a final free morning here in Iguazu, we’ll take you to the airport for the short flight across to Brazil’s Atlantic coast and the fabulous Rio de Janeiro. On arrival we’ll meet you and take you straight to your hotel in the famous Copacabana district of the city, where you’re perfectly-placed to enjoy a stroll along the beach before heading out for something to eat. (B)
Day Eleven - Jeep Tour of Rio
After a leisurely breakfast this morning, we’ll pick you for your full day tour of Rio by open-top jeep! We’ll start by driving through Copacabana and Ipanema, on our way up to Tijuca Forest. This Atlantic Rainforest in one of the largest urban forests in the world, and travelling by jeep is the best way to spot wildlife such as parrots and monkeys. The howler monkey has only recently been reintroduced into the forest, so listen out for its distinctive call! We’ll stop at the Chinese Pagoda, which offers stunning views of Rio’s beaches and Guanabara Bay, before continuing on up Mount Corcovado. At the base of the summit we’ll have to disembark and take the stairs or lifts to the very top, where the world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue proudly stands overlooking the city. The statue has become one an iconic symbol of Rio, and indeed Brazil, and the views from here are absolutely amazing. It’s the perfect spot for a family photo! We’ll then meet the jeep again and drive back down through Tijuca Forest, heading for the city centre, where we’ll stop for a traditional Brazilian lunch.
This afternoon we’ll continue our ride to Guanabara Bay, and park up at the base of Sugar Loaf Mountain. We’ll then take the hair-raising cable cars, first to Urca Hill. Here, at a vantage point of 215 meters, we’ll have beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói Bridge, and Corcovado Mountain. A second cable car takes us the all the way to the top of Sugarloaf, from where you can enjoy another amazing view of Rio spread before you, with its hills, beaches, favelas and bays... (B/L)
Day Twelve - Last Day on Holiday in Brazil
After a final free morning to make sure you haven't missed an inch of Rio, your family holiday in South America will be coming to an end. We’ll pick you all up from your hotel to make sure your trip ends perfectly by getting to the airport with plenty of time to catch the flight home. (B)
Options for our Family Holidays to Argentina
Buzios Beach Break - 5 days from £550pp
If you’re looking to add a bit of a beach break to your family holiday to Argentina and Brazil, look no further than the Buzios Peninsula. Just under two hours by car from Rio, the small town of Buzios is home to cobbled streets, lovely cafes and fantastic seafood restaurants, and it's all surrounded by miles of secluded sandy beaches with stunning warm, clear water. This is the ideal place to kick back, take a deep breath... and relax...
Amazon - 3 days from £1025pp
Get back to nature by adding on some time in the Amazon jungle. Just a flight away from Rio, Recife, Sao Paulo, and most major cities in Brazil are a range of fantastic jungle lodges where you can immerse yourself in the full rainforest experience (in comfort!) with our experienced local guides.
Patagonia Extension – from £595pp
One of undoubted highlights of Argentina is the winter wonderland of Patagonia. From colossal glaciers, to snow-capped peaks and picture-perfect icy lakes, it would be a shame to go all that way and not see at least a bit of Patagonia on your trip...
The Pantanal - 3 days from £895pp
This trip begins with a flight into the heart of Brazil and the state of Mato Grosso. We will land at the state capital of Cuiaba and from here will travel up to the edge of the giant Pantanal wetlands. Covering an area larger than England, the Pantanal is the best place in Brazil for wildlife-spotting (even better than the Amazon!) and on our trip downriver to the Rio Mutum lodge, we will hope to see some caiman, monkeys, capybaras and the hundreds of different species of birds. You’ll spend the next two days observing the area's wildlife by boat and on horseback, and you’ll see such as giant otters, iguanas, deer, anteaters and maybe even the elusive jaguars...
The standard price for this Family Holiday to Argentina is £1995 per adult, and £1995 per child which is based on a family of four sharing two double or twin rooms in our standard hotels.
That price includes all your accommodation, internal transport, transfers, tours, guides and entrance fees, as well as breakfast every day and all other specified meals.
We don't have any "local payments" or sneaky charges: everything you have read about on this itinerary is included in that price. And because everything we do is tailor-made, we don't have fixed departure dates or minimum numbers for our trips. Outside of national holidays or other special events, this price is valid for the whole of 2020.
So with the exception of a few meals, everything on your holiday is included. What we don't include as standard is your international flights, because with these you have a huge range of options depending on the date you want to travel, the route you want to fly, and your preferred departure airport in the UK.
We aren't tied to any particular airline, and we will be delighted to discuss all options with you, or you can even book the flights yourself if you prefer: it's totally up to you.
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