Explore Buenos Aires and enjoy a vibrant, culturally rich city break.

On this tour enjoy tango and walking tours. museums and art galleries in the emblematic capital of Argentina.

Elegant and inspiring, Buenos Aires is a fusion of European-style architecture, South American passion and a creativity unrivalled elsewhere on the continent.

Tours around its famous and distinct neighbourhoods or “barrios” is a must do on any visit to Argentina and Buenos Aires.

We can put together the perfect city break tour for you, tailored to your exact needs.

Enjoy the old world feel and Buenos Aires’ contemporary face, from the poetry of its street tango to the modern art and world-famous food and wine.

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Stay in lovely hotels, eat in fine restaurants, dine on the best steaks and gourmet food, enjoy intense nightlife, grand parks and visit incredible museums.

Or simply sip a coffee while the world of Buenos Aires buzzes around you, in glossy neighbourhoods which rub shoulders with traditional streets full of fervour.

Old world cafes, bustling markets and colonial architecture await – explore by vehicle, on foot or by bike – Buenos Aires has something for everyone.



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  • Guided walking or cycling tours to the most famous sites - La Recoleta, Boca, San Telmo and more.

  • Tango shows at night or in the street - soak up Buenos Aires' artistic juices.

  • World famous food and wine to enjoy on every street - you can learn how to make empanadas, too!

  • Flexible itineraries and a wide range of hotels from cosy to boutique to choose from.

We had a fantastic trip: I think the variety of activities – Buenos Aires, the Iguassu Falls, the walking, and then the Antarctic expedition – made the 5 weeks all the more enjoyable.

Thank you to you and the Andean Trails team for putting our holiday together for us. We had a great time.

J. Lavery, Argentina

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Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, transfer to hotel

You are met on arrival and transferred to your hotel in private vehicle with an English-speaking guide.

Three star hotel in downtown or Palermo districts – upgrades or different districts available – please ask.

 

More about the districts of Buenos Aires

San Telmo’s barrio of cobbled streets, with its fluctuating history of wealth and bohemia, now houses a myriad of designer stores, art galleries, independent theatres, trendy bars and posh restaurants.

San Telmo also offers bargains and unusual items for the most avid of market shoppers and the Sunday fair is an incredible sight.

Football fans cannot miss a match involving River or Boca, or perhaps attend the classic between the two.

Avenida de Mayo is a Parisian-inspired boulevard with a distinctive spirit of cafés and restaurants, as well as the maginificent Teatro Avenida, the city’s second opera house.

The port district of La Boca is a working class district, where many Italian immigrants settled during the late 19th century. Some houses are made out of tin and painted a myriad of colours.

La Boca is home to Caminito Street, an outdoors tango and soccer museum plus Boca Juniors’ stadium.

Puerto Maderonorth of the river, is Buenos Aires’ most modern and sophisticated area, with trendy apartment buildings, restaurants and night clubs.

The Retiro district features the splendid Plaza San Martin, the former Palacio Paz, nowadays the Círculo Militar (Military Society), the Palacio San Martín and the Plaza Hotel.

Recoleta is famed for housing Cartier, Hermès and Louis Vuitton. In Plaza Francia, there is the colonial Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, the second oldest in town, plus the celebrated Recoleta Cemetery, where many of the greatest personalities of Argentinian history are buried, Eva Perón included.

Palermo Soho, the Buenos Aires version of the New York namesake district, is full of boutiques,designer stores, trendy restaurants and bars.

Day 2: Half-day walking tour, hotel (B)

The tour starts at your hotel in the downtown area of the city. Your guide picks you up and take you to the main points of interest of this area. You visit the Plaza de Mayo where you will see other important buildings including “La Casa Rosada” (the government house), “El Cabildo”.

(City Hall), and the Cathedral of Buenos Aires. You also walk along the pedestrian street of Florida, where you will be able to visit Galerias Pacífico and see its incredible paintings on the roof.

Please note that this is a walking tour only. The tour will last approximately 3 hours.

Return to your hotel / continuing exploring the city by yourselves.

Day 3: Free time. Optional bike tour, hotel (B)

Day free to explore the city.

Please enquire about the option of other tours including a bike tour (extra cost).

Argentina’s capital is unlike any other in South America, and probably the world. It fuses European-style architecture, South American passion and a creativity unrivalled elsewhere on the continent. Its diversity is its strength, from its old world feel to its contemporary attitude.

You can eat in some of the finest restaurants dining on the best steaks, enjoy intense nightlife, grand parks and visit incredible museums. All of this, in glossy neighbourhoods, rubs shoulders with unkempt streets full of fervour.

You can explore this classic Buenos Aires too, the old world cafes, bustling markets and colonial architecture.

Day 4: Transfer out to airport, ends (B)

You will be picked up at your hotel at the agreed time and driven to the airport in a private vehicle with Spanish-speaking driver.

Onward travel.


Prices From $460 / £368 per person

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What's Included?

Transfers, guided walking tour, Tango tour, 3* hotel in downtown or Palermo (upgrades available at extra cost), meals as indicated in the itinerary

What's Not Included?

Flights, optional bike tour, services not mentioned in the itinerary, extras and tips, meals not mentioned, alcoholic and soft drinks, insurance, personal items, tips


Accommodation

Comfortable 3 star hotel in either downtown Buenos Aires or Palermo District.

We can quote in other district and categories to suit your specific needs.

Different itineraries are possible with varying durations and hotels from 3* to 5*.

Tour Staff

Tour guides and drivers are locals from Buenos Aires, who live and work in this fantastic city.

They help to show you the hidden corners and their favourite parts of this enchanting capital.


Meals

Breakfast is included at your hotel, and this will be buffet style and include teas, coffees, juices, yoghurts, cereals, toast etc.

For all other meals you be able to choose where to eat, whether on an excursion or not.

Buenos Aires has a wide range of places to eat, from fast food to cafés to BBQ and pizza places up up to 5* fine dining.

Activity Level

Walking tours usually occupy a morning or afternoon and require you to be able to be on your feet for a few hours.

The cycling tours don’t require previous cycling experience. You cover 15-20km in total, mainly flat.

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Practical Information

Introduction to Argentina

Argentina is a land of contrast.

Nothing states this better than the fact it features the highest point in the South America, Aconcagua, and the lowest, Salinas Chicas, 40m below sea level.

Its vastness – it is the eighth largest country in the world – and diversity are just part of the appeal. A fantastic culture of fine wine and dining sits alongside its adventurous and beautiful landscapes.

The local’s cheery disposition and fantastic word plays add to the enjoyment of being in this fascinating country.

The name Argentina derives from argentinos, the Ancient Greek diminutive (tinos) form for silver (argentos), which is what early Spanish explorers sought when they first reached the region in the sixteenth century.

There are distinct regions of Argentina, from the Andean culture of the North West to the rancho lifestyle of the plains of Patagonia to the eternally seductive Buenos Aires.

Geography of Argentina

Argentina’s neighbours are Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay to the north, Uruguay to the north east and Chile to the west. In the east Argentina has a long South Atlantic Ocean coastline.

The central region of Argentina is the rich plain known as La Pampa.

There is jungle in the extreme northeast while the southern half of Argentina is dominated by the flat to rolling plateau of Patagonia.

The western border with Chile is along the rugged Andes mountains, including Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside the Himalayas. Close to Aconcagua lies Mendoza, an area famed for its fine wine production.

The western Cuyo regions at the base of the Andes are mostly rocky desert.

Most Antarctic cruises embark and disembark in Ushuaia, at the tip of South America, allowing access to the South Pole, South Georgia and also the Falkland Islands.

Kit list

Good kit is vital for every trip.

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Overview

Argentina is the eighth largest country in the world, and has a myriad of climates from humid tropics to bracingly cold Patagonia.

When planning for these changeable climatic conditions you will encounter across Argentina, layering is the most practical and versatile clothing system.

The sun is very strong throughout the country, so good sun cream, a hat and sunglasses are vital. Summer in the north of the country means t-shirts and shorts.

It can also get very cold at night time especially in the mountains. Jumpers, fleeces and warms hats – which you can buy there – are also essential.

Give plenty of thought to kit selection, and try to keep weight down.

Below is a more detailed guide.

 

Detailed kit list

  • Medium weight parka or a down jacket.
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers. The jacket needs to be water proof and roomy. Side-zip pants are recommended.
  • 2-3 long-sleeve shirts – no cotton
  • 2-3 short-sleeve T-shirts – no cotton
  • 2 pair of hiking trousers- cotton or synthetic material (no jeans)
  • 1 fleece or sweat trousers (for cold evenings)
  • 2 pair hiking shorts
  • Long thermals – synthetic or wool – light to medium weight top & bottoms.
  • 2-3 mid-weight (wool or synthetic) socks.
  • 2-3 liner socks if needed
  • Athletic-type socks, several pairs, city use
  • Hiking boots that are waterproof and well broken-in.
  • Running/tennis shoes or sandals are very comfortable when you are in cities
  • 1 lightweight wool sweater or windproof fleece
  • 1 wool or synthetic warm hat.
  • 1 light sun hat with a wide brim.
  • 1 pair of medium-weight wool or synthetic gloves
  • Broad-brimmed sunhat, essential.
  • Sunglasses with UV filter.
  • Scarf for cold.
  • Bandanna – to protect neck from strong sun.
  • Daypack (at least 30 litres). Comfortable and with waterproof lining or cover.
  • Water bottle (2 litres approx.) & purification tablets.
  • Personal first-aid kit to include: painkillers, plasters (band-aids), moleskin, anti-biotic cream, general antibiotics (ask your GP), after-bite (tiger balm), anti-diarrhoea tablets, throat lozenges, re-hydration salts & personal medication.
  • Insect repellent (just in case)
  • Towel & wash-kit.
  • Wet Wipes/antiseptic hand-wash cream.
  • Sunscreen (factor 30+) and lip salve.
  • Head-lamp (plus spare bulb and batteries).
  • Penknife.
  • Travel alarm clock.
  • Plastic bags – ‘Zip-loc’ & tough bin liners.
  • Camera and film / memory cards (take at least twice the amount you think you will need!).
  • Book, e-book, mp3 player/ipod or other to help pass the time.
  • Binoculars.
  • Spanish/English phrasebook.
  • Extra snacks i.e. cereal bars or favourite chocolate bars.

 

Miscellaneous others

  • Money belt.
  • Passport.
  • U.S. dollars cash, mixed-denomination notes, undamaged and unmarked.
  • ATM cash/credit card.
  • Any inoculation certificates.
  • Personal & medical insurance certificates.
  • Presents e.g. Postcards from home.
  • Comfortable clothes for travel, smart clothes for night life, especially in big cities.

Transport

All transport used on this tour is private.

ATOL holiday protection

Andean Trails has two decades of experience of dealing with South America holidays.

We pay a fee to the CAA for every licensable passenger we book since we hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking.

We also offer ATOL (Civil Aviation Authority) protected holidays to give our customers peace of mind when booking and travelling.

When you buy an ATOL protected air holiday package from Andean Trails Ltd you will receive a Confirmation Invoice from us confirming your arrangements and your protection under our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 6275.

You can read more about ATOL, who is covered and what protections you have if not ATOL-covered, on our ATOL page.

 

What is ATOL?

The CAA’s ATOL scheme offers protection to your money and your holiday if you book with us. Not everybody is covered (see ‘Who is covered?’ for more), as you must purchase an ‘air package holiday’ with Andean Trails to be protected.

And  ‘air package holiday’ is defined as including a flight and some ground services (hotel, transfer, trek etc). This is also known as an ‘ATOL-protected holiday’.

 

Who is covered?

To be covered by ATOL, you must book a flight and some ground services with us and be from the UK. If you are from the UK and only book ground services and no flights, you are not covered by ATOL (see below for more on how non-ATOL clients are covered).

If you are outside the UK and buy flights with us, you will be ATOL protected IF any of the flights booked with Andean Trails touches/stops in the UK at any point during your holiday package booked with us.

If you buy your flights elsewhere, please check with that agent if you are ATOL protected. Be careful with online flight purchases and make sure you know what protection you have, if any, before paying for flights.

Not all holiday or travel services offered and sold by us will be protected by the ATOL scheme. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking.

For land only holidays not involving any air travel, in accordance with “The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992”, all UK passengers booking with Andean Trails Ltd. are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all money paid to us, arising from cancellation or curtailment of travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Andean Trails.

 

I’m not ATOL covered, what protection do I have?

If you are not ATOL covered, any payments you make to us go to a Trust account.

We can only access this money once your tour has been completed, meaning that if anything happens to Andean Trails Limited while you are on holiday, then your money is secure and you can either complete the trip or be able to make it home.

If you pay for your holiday with a credit card, some offer payment protection – please check with your cardholder.

You also should have cancellation protection written into your insurance (which we recommend you have at the time of booking) in case you need to cancel.

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