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Puerto Madryn, quiet and idyllic, with the immensity of the ocean and the plateau stretching from horizon to horizon. Named Natural World Heritage sites by UNESCO, for its unique characteristics that homes a variety of marine and terrestrial fauna hardly ever seen at any other place. And, all the way north, Ibera Wetlands and Iguazu Falls, loud and majestic, with its vast fields, roaring waterfalls, and thick jungle. It is the home of some of the most exotic animals in the country. One is owned by the CLT (Conservational Land Trust) and the other was named A Wonder of the world. The combination of the most diverse wildlife. These places are perfect to experience and get to learn about many many animals.
If there is a place to interact and observe the ocean wild life in an extraordinary way, is here. Being on the boat and watching those giant whales splashing just in front of you, walking through a penguin colony as if you were one of them, or swimming with sea lions, can definitively change your perspective about Nature.
Arrival at Buenos Aires Airport. A transfer will be waiting for you at the airport with a sign and your name and will take you to your hotel, where you will have the rest of the day free. Reference map for “Argentina Wildlife” trip (flexible itinerary):
If time permits, you will be offered to visit a Tango Café, where you will enjoy a night with dinner and a Tango show.
At an arranged time, a transfer will pick you up from your hotel to take you to the airport to board your flight to Trelew.
Once you get to Trelew, a transfer will be waiting for you at the airport with a sign and your name, they will drop you off at your hotel, where you will have the rest of the day free.
After breakfast, at around 07:30 am a transfer will pick you up to take you to do the Southern Circuit of Península Valdés.
*the whales season is between june and november (NO whales in summer time).
You will start your Argentina wildlife experience with an excursion with navigation to see whales! Around noon you will be able to go around the most magnificent cliffs, have lunch in El Faro and then descend to the cost of the peninsula to get close to the sea elephants. You will continue along the coast until you reach Caleta Valdés, a place full of wildlife and view hard to forget.
After this excursion, the transfer will drop you off back at your hotel, after 10 hours of excursion you will want to rest for the day.
Just like the day before, after breakfast at around 07:30am, we will start the next part of this Argentina wildlife tour. Today, Northern Circuit of Peninsula Valdés along with Penguins!
You will start this excursion with a navigation to see whales again! But this time, from a different part of the peninsula. For lunch, you will enjoy a typical Argentinian roasted Lamb in a beautiful cattle farm near the coast. Then, you will have the pleasure to walk with, around 500.000, Magallanes Penguins!
After enjoying a little while with the penguins, you will take a transfer to Punta Norte, where according to the seasons you will get to see different sea animals hanging around the beach.
On the way back to the hotel, you will stop by the Center of Interpretation in Istmo Carlos Ameghino, where you will see the development of all the wildlife of the area.
Before taking the flight to Buenos Aires, you will have the last encounter with the Argentina wildlife in Peninsula Valdés. And, yes! You will go snorkeling with Sea Lions! One of the most fun and unforgettable things you will do!
After playing with the sea lions, you will hop on a transfer that will take you to the airport to board your plane to Buenos Aires.
Once there, another transfer will be waiting for you at the airport with a sign and your name. They will drop you off at your hotel in Buenos Aires, where you will rest for the day.
You will have a free day in Buenos Aires, where if you choose so, you can have a Citytour during the day. And at night, you will sleep in a unique bus that turns into a bed. This bus will take you to Mercedes, which will take about 10 hours (getting ready for the second part of your Argentina Wildlife tour!).
Rincón del Socorro is a natural reserve that is funded by the CLT (The Conservational Land Trust) and the Tompkins Trust. In this park, they rehabilitate wounded animals, teach them how to survive on their own and, after some careful evaluation, set them free to rejoin their natural habitat. This reserve stands on land that was used to raise cattle and was stripped down of its original fauna and flora. What the reserve did was let the wild flora grow on its own and take its rightful place to be the house of reintegrated wildlife. The Iberá Wetlands is a unique and rich place to explore; it is the true definition of what Argentina wildlife means.
Transfer to the airport in Trelew, to board the flight out.
Once in Mercedes, a representative of Rincón del Soccoro will be waiting for you to start the next part of this Argentina wildlife tour.
You will spend the day touring the farm, learning about what they do for their ecosystem, what are their plans for the future, their animal caring system and how much love and dedications they put to their job.
Even if you are not into birding, Iberá Wetlands is the best place to start. You will see an amazing number of different species of birds.
Wildlife in this place is present from the moment you enter until you leave. It is the most important thing for the people in Rincón del Socorro.
We depart after breakfast, following a dirt road for almost 35 km to the Laguna Ibera, this is savannah landscapes and chances of spotting a Strange Tail Tyrants are almost guaranteed.
Our guide will lead you on a very pleasant boat trip for two hours, exploring a vast range of plants, reptiles, mammals, and birdlife.
After a morning outing, a barbeque lunch is served in a beautiful barbeque hut beside the boat dock, weather permitting. Good wildlife watching is possible right by the barbeque area.
In the afternoon, horseback riding will be offered. This is an ideal horseback riding country and guests are encouraged to give it a try even if they’re not seasoned riders. From the saddle you can see lots of wildlife; riding is the quickest, easiest and most pleasant way to get to know this ecosystem. The horses are well-behaved and the guides competent.
Activities end with a Night Safari viewing the night fauna.
The way back to Posadas will be done in a 4×4. Once you get there, you will have the rest of the day free to walk around and see the city.
After breakfast, you will departure Posadas and go to Iguazu.
Along the way, ou will stop by San Ignacio Miní Jesuitical Ruins, where the local tour guide will teach you about the lifestyle and history of the Natives and the later disappearances. You will travel back in time and see the beginning of the new world.
It’s a breath-taking place full of the magic the stories of the past leave behind and how they reflect it in their today’s lives.
You will reach Iguazu and relax for the night in a beautiful hotel.
What better way to continue with you Wildlife tour than going to Iguazu, where you will be surrounded by monkeys, coatis, parrots, toucans and so many more.
After breakfast, we will go on a visit to the Iguazu National Park, where we will be able to approach, see and feel most of the jumps (with the Devil’s Throat as the pearl of the Park) in a very near way.
There, we will walk along the 3 different circuits: Upper Circuit, Lower Circuit and Devil Throat.
The Lower Circuit offers several views of different falls, among them the Two Sisters, Bossetti &; Hidden Falls; and a panoramic view of Isla San Martin.
The Upper Circuit offers a panoramic view of the Brazilian falls and the Salto San Martin, and also the catwalks have access to the Iguazu River Delta, with islands full of vegetation.
To arrive to the Devil´s Throat, we will first ride the “Train of the Jungle” until reach the starting point for the walking circuit. Then, after 1000 meters, we will be able to see one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world.
During this day, an adventurous excursion will take part in our journey as well: “The Great Adventure”
This excursion consists of departing from the Operative Center or from the Visitors’ Center, we shall enter the jungle by the Yacaratiá trail in trucks specially designed for this environment. Bilingual guides (Spanish and English) will introduce the place’s natural and cultural resources.
This 5 km long stretch ends at Puerto Macuco. At its dock, visitors shall board on the boats that shall be sailing in the Lower Iguazu River for as long as 6 kms, heading towards the waterfalls area, enjoying plentiful rapids.
Upon reaching the Tres Mosqueteros Fall, visitors shall be able to see the falls on both the Argentine and Brazilian sides crowned by the view of the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat). Afterwards, the most exciting point comes when facing the incomparable San Martín waterfall, the boat gets really close to it and everyone gets wet.
At the end of the trip, we shall descend from the boat on the dock located in front of the San Martín Island, where visitors may continue enjoying the landscape joining the runway system of the Lower Circuit.
This excursion can also be made in the opposite direction: from the San Martín dock to the Visitors’ Center.
Transfer back to the lodge, in order to take a deserved rest.
We continue with our visit to the falls, but now from the Brazilian side.
The excursion will be shorter, but incredible as well. The circuit that leads to the falls will allow us to see a panoramic view of most of the falls, from a distance that let us immerse in a natural postcard that captures the combination of all the moments in almost one click.
To complete the experience, we will overfly the falls in Helicopter, in a 10 minutes ride that will allow us to enjoy the falls from the sky. Optionally, we can extend this ride to 35 minutes, including also the impressive Itaipu Dam.
Afterward, we will head back to Puerto Iguazu, and we will visit a Bio Center (unique in the area) located in the surroundings of the Village. It´s an Interpretation Center where we will be able to see different extracts from the Flora and the Fauna of the zone. There are reptiles, birds, plants and an aquarium, and the guide will lead us through this experience of seeing and understanding more about this topic. It takes around 1:30 hours.
Transfer back to the lodge.
Unluckily, this is the beginning of the end of your wonderful Argentina Wildlife Experience.
At an arranged time, a transfer will pick you up to take you to the airport to board your flight back to Buenos Aires.
Another transfer will be waiting for you at the airport in Buenos Aires and will drop you off at you hotel where you can relax for the rest of your day.
On your last day of this beautiful Argentina Wildlife Tour, a transfer will pick you up to take you to the airport to go back home, where you can tell your encounter with wildlife here to your friends and family!
Possible extension: if you have a few more days to spend in Patagonia, we strongly recommend you to visit Torres del Paine, where you can look for Pumas, Condors, Guanacos, and many other amazing animals!
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