The Unexplored Wonders of Argentine Northeast


Trip description

Discover the wonders of Argentina! This country of contrasts offers in its Northeast region real treasures. Beyond the Iguazu Falls, you will visit the whole province of Misiones, its dense and lush sub-tropical forest, its culture and history, its native Guaranis peoples and its diverse and abundant wildlife. You will finish with a few days in the heart of the Esteros del Ibera, the second largest swampy area in the world. There, you can also observe an exceptional flora and fauna. A perfect journey for nature lovers!

 

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Discover the agency :
TERRA ARGENTINA


13 days

From : €1,860*



Emilie

My name is Emilie, travel designer at Terra Argentina. The tour I propose is also my favorite trip in Argentina. When I was scouting for this trip, I met some beautiful people, especially Laura and Adrian at the Surucua Lodge. Their kindness and passion touched me deeply. Driving on the redland tracks bordered by the jungle and listening to the sounds of the forest, create a unique feeling and atmosphere that have made this trip a wonderfull experience. It is a real pleasure for me to pass on my expertise and my enthusiasm for this beautiful region of Argentina very little known.

Day 1: Welcome to Argentina - Buenos Aires

Day 2: Buenos Aires - Puerto Iguazu

Day 3: Iguazu National Park, Argentinian side - Puerto Iguazu

Day 4: Iguazu National Park, Brazilian side - Puerto Iguazu

Day 5: Puerto Iguazu - Surucua Lodge

Day 6: Surucua Lodge - Saltos del Mocona

Day 7: Saltos del Mocona - Salto Encantado

Day 8: Salto Encantado - San Ignacio Miní Mission - Posadas

Day 9: Posadas - Posada Uguay - Esteros del Iberá

Day 10: Esteros del Iberá

Day 11: Esteros del Iberá - Mercedes - Buenos Aires

Day 12: Retiro bus station - Buenos Aires

Day 13: Buenos Aires - International Aiport Ezeiza

Day 1 : Welcome to Argentina - Buenos Aires

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Welcoming and private transfer from Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE) to your hotel. Transfer with an English-speaking guide.

Free day in Buenos Aires, some suggestions

Get to know the Recoleta neighbourhood, with its many colonial houses, properties of rich Argentinian families. The luxury mall "Pacifico" is a must-see for its French architecture, with its superb roofs and luxury shops. Then you can visit the Recoleta cemetery, where you can find the grave of many celebrities, politicians and writers. The most famous is the grave of Evita Peron.

 

Night at the Two Hotel in a standard room.




Day 2 : Buenos Aires - Puerto Iguazu

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Private transfer from your hotel to the Buenos Aires Domestic Airport.

Domestic flight Buenos Aires - Puerto Iguazu.

Rental Car - vehicle category: Chevrolet Etios or similar. Unlimited mileage included.

Enjoy your free time!

The tropical climate is perfect to relax near the swimming pool of your hotel. For the curious ones, you can also go on your own to the Jardin de los Picaflores. It is a private garden where you can see a lot of colibris.

 

Nigh at the Jardin De Iguazu hotel in standard room.




Day 3 : Iguazu National Park, Argentinian side - Puerto Iguazu

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Suggested itinerary by rental car:

Departure this morning to reach the Iguazu park on the Argentinian side. You can enjoy the different circuits of this magnificent site: lower, upper and the "Garganta del Diablo" circuit. With 80% of the Iguazu Falls, the Argentinian side allows you to literally live the experience of the falls.

Besides offering fabulous and breathtaking landscapes, Iguazu is also home to intense animal life and lush vegetation.

Note 1: It is recommended to wear waterproof and light clothing.

Nigh at the Jardin De Iguazu hotel in standard room.




Day 4 : Iguazu National Park, Brazilian side - Puerto Iguazu

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Suggested itinerary:

Today you will visit on your own the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Park. In this unique circuit, you will walk through the walkways leading to the different points of view. You can admire the magnificent panorama of all the falls and of San Martin Island.

Note: it is recommended to wear waterproof and light clothing.

Nigh at the Jardin de Iguazu hotel in standard room.




Day 5 : Puerto Iguazu - Surucua Lodge

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Suggested itinerary:

Today, you leave Puerto Iguazu towards Comadante Andresito. On the road, you will come across trucks filled with Yerba Maté. This plant is used for a drink served hot in a calabash. Even today, this tradition is very strong throughout the country. You continue deep in the forest to reach the Surucua lodge located near the Río Iguazu.

Welcome to Surucua Lodge!

You will be able to do several activities in the forest around the lodge, with your local English / Spanish speaking guide:

- Bird watching and nature photography.

- hikes in the Parana forest

- kayaking - navigation on the Iguazú river (from 2 nights on site) if the weather conditions are good.

Night at the Surucua Lodge in standard room and Full board.




Day 6 : Surucua Lodge - Saltos del Mocona

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Suggested itinerary :

You leave Surucua Lodge to take the famous route 101. You cross numerous reserves and natural parks classified among the most preserved in Argentina.

You continue to El Soberbio, a charming little flowered town, where you can discover the aroma museum. On your way, you also can visit the Yasi Yateré reserve where the owner will explain you and show you the local agriculture.

Finally, you reach your hotel near the Mocona falls in the middle of a lush nature. You arrived at the Mocona Virgin Lodge by DON located in the Yabotí Reserve, where you can enjoy the trails, natural waterfalls and included activities supervised by a local English-speaking guide.

Avaible activities: hiking on the lodge trails, kayak ride, zipline, visits to the Mocona Falls (navigation not included)

Night at the Mocona Virgin Lodge by DON in a standard room




Day 7 : Saltos del Mocona - Salto Encantado

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Suggested itinerary:

Departure this morning, you cross several small villages, which in the past, welcomed many inmigrants from European countries: German, Polish, Finnish, French, Hungarian, etc ... The region lives mainly from agriculture, tea and wood.

A few kilometers further, you are surrounded again by a dense and luxuriant nature. Several Guaraní communities are grouped around the Salto Encantado Natural Reserve. Salto Encantado, which means "Enchanting Fall", is the main attraction of the park.

 

Night at the Cuna Piru Lodge in a tree-hut, 8 meters above the ground. (other options are available)




Day 8 : Salto Encantado - San Ignacio Miní Mission - Posadas

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Suggested itinerary:

After one hour by car, you reach the ruins of San Ignacio. They represent a testimony of the work of the Jesuits and their inspiration from both indigenous and European cultures. The best preserved building is the church whose facade can still be seen today.

Continue to Posadas.

Drop off of your vehicle at your hotel.

 

Night at the Urbano Posadas hotel in standard room.




Day 9 : Posadas - Posada Uguay - Esteros del Iberá

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Transfer by private vehicle from Posadas to the Posada Uguay.

You arrive at Posada Uguay located in a privileged area of the Esteros del Iberá park. This posada belongs to Rewilding program founded by Douglas Tompkins

Night at Posada Uguay in standard room. Diner included




Day 10 : Esteros del Iberá

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The posada has an exclusive access to the Laguna Fernández, a little charming area. It is possible to access to the laguna by boat or kayak. In this privileged landscape, you will be able to observe many wild animals in their natural environment. Guided tours are organized throughout the day. It is possible to get around on foot, horseback or by bicycle. From Posada Uguay, you can discover all that the Iberá Park has to offer: magnificent landscapes, a great diversity of flora and fauna and the traditions of those who inhabit this region.

Night at Posada Uguay with full board in standard room.




Day 11 : Esteros del Iberá - Mercedes - Buenos Aires

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After your breakfast, you can enjoy some activities of the posada all morning long. Lunch and an afternoon snack are also included.

At 6pm, regular transfer from your hotel to the town of Mercedes.

Arrival is scheduled around 8:45pm depending on weather conditions.

Sleeper bus from Mercedes to Buenos Aires. Note: 9 hour journey




Day 12 : Retiro bus station - Buenos Aires

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Reception at the bus terminal and transfer to the hotel by private vehicle. Transfer with an English speaking guide.

Free day in Buenos Aires to stroll around the capital.

Take the opportunity to explore more of the small shops in Palermo and Recoleta, meet the dancers in Dorrego Square while sipping a drink in San Telmo, buy local handicrafts (leather, goldsmiths, maté, canvas and alpaca wool waistcoats)... Browse through a book in the spectacular Ateneo Splendid bookshop (address: Santa Fe 1860). Be a real Porteño for a day!

Overnight at the Two Hotel in a standard room.

Night at the Two Hotel in a standard room.




Day 13 : Buenos Aires - International Aiport Ezeiza

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Private transfer from your hotel to Ezeiza International Airport.




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