Big city, communities & waterfalls

Argentina

Lose yourself amidst bright lights of elegant Buenos Aires, volunteer with inner city community projects, meet the local gauchos in the countryside and be deafened by the roaring thunder of might Iguazu Falls. This whirlwind 11-day adventure across Argentina is guaranteed to get your head-spinning and give you an inside glimpse into real daily life. You’ll explore Buenos Aires with a local Porteño (resident), stay at a hosteria tucked away between the cobbled streets of San Antonio de Areco and visit a traditional Guarani settlement deep in the jungle. The trip ends in Iguazu Falls, where you’ll cross over to the Brazilian, stand in the spray of the Devil’s Gorge Canyon and watch rainbows bounce off the rushing water.

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Trip highlights

  • Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Buenos Aires on a local walking and public transport tour with a real Porteño.
  • Lend a hand with your fellow students building a house for a family in real need.
  • Learn about pampas culture from the gauchos of San Antonio de Areco and get lost in a maze of cobbled streets.
  • Gasp in amazement as you stand at Devil’s Gorge to feel the spray and hear the thunder of Iguazu Falls.
  • Disappear into the jungle to meet the Guarani people, living in traditional and isolated peace.

Argentina 11 days / 10 nights

Adventure level: gentle
Max group size: 40
Included
  • 8 nights in comfortable 3-star accommodation on a full board basis. 2 nights in an overnight bus to and from Iguazu
  • 1 certified, experienced tour leader to accompany you every step of the way.
  • 1 teacher travels completely free of charge for every 10 students in the group.
  • Private transport and private excursions with a bilingual certified guide. All entrance fees included.

Detailed Itinerary

Days 1 & 2: Bienvenidos a Buenos Aires!

When you touch down in Buenos Aires, you’ll be welcomed by your tour leader and transferred to your comfortable hotel. Once you’ve settled in and freshened up, you can head out to explore the city. Buenos Aires is sizzling and sophisticated, with tree-lined leafy boulevards, shady plazas and scattered pavement cafés. Tango music seeps from under the doorways and grill houses serve up mouth-watering steaks on every corner. Wandering through the streets flanked with gorgeous colonial buildings, you can watch daily life unfold on the sidewalk and soak up the buzzing atmosphere of the city.

On Day 2, you’ll set off on a really local tour with a genuine Porteño – resident of the city. First, you’ll visit La Boca, an Italian neighbourhood famous for its passionate football fans and home to the city’s famous stadium. Next, you’ll take a bus to bohemian San Telmo, a working class district where locals gather to drink and dance the night away. Afterwards, you’ll walk down to beautiful Plaza de Mayo, where Eva Peron stood on the balcony of the pink government above the crowds. Finally, you’ll hop on the subte (metro) to Recoleta, a wealthy area steeped in old world charm. It’s a brilliant way to get a behind-the-scenes peek into city life.

Day 3: Build a house in Buenos Aires

Today, you’ll roll up your sleeve and help build a house for a family that really needs it. You’ll spend the day helping out with construction tasks, meeting the local builders and doing something that will really make a difference to the community. It’s a day that you’re unlikely to forget in a hurry.

Day 4: Getting to know the gauchos

Today, you’ll leave the big smoke behind and take a bus to San Antonio de Areco, tucked away in the countryside just two hours from Buenos Aires. Perched on the sleepy banks of the Rio Areco, it’s a brilliant place to learn about pampas culture and get another perspective on Argentina. Here, the local gauchos gallop through the fields and follow time-honored rural traditions.

When you arrive, you’ll visit the town, a beautiful jumble of cobbled streets and colonial facades. Afterwards, you’ll head to an authentic estancia (ranch) to learn about the lifestyle of the local gauchos. While you’re there, you’ll tuck into a sizzling traditional asado (Argentine barbecue), gaucho-style. Be sure to bring a hearty appetite! In the evening, you can stroll through the atmospheric streets and peaceful plaza lined with arching streetlights.

Days 5, 6 and 7: Exploring Iguazu Falls

On Day 6, you’ll head back to Buenos Aires to catch the overnight bus down to Puerto Iguazu. Prepare to be utterly blown away! When you arrive, you’ll be transferred to your hotel and stash your bags before setting out to explore the Brazilian side of the falls. After a quick stop at the visitor centre, you’ll hop on one of the panoramic buses to begin a tour of the park before hitting the walking trails. At the first balcony, you’ll be stunned by incredible views, bouncing rainbows and thunderous roar of the Argentinian Falls. Next, you’ll hike over to the Brazilian side, with jaw-dropping panoramas of the lower Iguazu River and Devil’s Gorge Canyon. It’s sure to take your breath away.

On Day 7, you’ll spend the day discovering the Argentinian side of the Falls, trekking both the upper and lower circuit trails. First, you’ll take the train towards the Upper Circuit, 800 metres of boardwalks suspended a little about the jungle floor. The views here are magnificent, the spray is constant and the noise is truly deafening. Next, you’ll head for the Lower Circuit, a whopping 1600 meters of boardwalk weaving around the Falls. You’ll end the day at Devil’s Gorge, where you’ll feel tiny amidst the crashing roar of your surroundings.

Day 8: Getting to know the Guarani

Today, you’ll disappear into the nearby jungle to visit a traditional Guarani settlement. First, you’ll set off on a short trek with a local guide, who will point out the native flora and fauna of the tropical forest. When you arrive at the village, you’ll be welcomed by the singing and soulful ancestral chanting of a Guarani choir. During your visit, you’ll learn about their natural method of intricate woodcarving and get a glimpse into a remote, peaceful way of life. Later in the afternoon, you’ll leave Puerto Iguazu and board the overnight bus back to Buenos Aires.

Days 9, 10, 11: Bright lights of Buenos Aires

When your bus pulls into Buenos Aires, you’ll be welcomed at the station and transferred to your hotel for the final two nights of your trip. Back in the heart of the city, you can spend your time picking up souvenirs, hanging out at tango haunts, watching the edgy artists at work in San Telmo and filling up world-class steak. Before long, you’ll fall under the spell of Buenos Aires, getting swept up in its bohemian atmosphere and drawn in by its tempting lifestyle. On Day 11, your trip draws to a close and you’ll be transferred to the airport to begin your journey home, with a head full of memories that will linger for a long, long time.

Practical Information

The best time to take this particular trip is between September and April, when you can expect clear, sunny skies almost all of the time.

In general:Argentina has opposite seasons to those in the Northern Hemisphere, with summer falling from December to February and winter from June to August. Given its size, Argentina experiences very different degrees of the seasons, depending on which part of the country you are in. For example, the winter months in Southern Patagonia are a flurry of snow and icy wind. This is not the time for hiking in the southern Andes or seeing the glaciers. Conversely, the winter months are the best time to travel in the north of the country when the fierce heat of summer abates. The center of the country can be visited at any time, though Spring and Fall are the prettiest times to visit Buenos Aires.

Day 1: Private arrival transfer from Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport to hotel. Overnight.

Day 2: Half day city tour – Buenos Aires Like a Local. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 3: Full day building a house for a family in need

Day 4: Private transfer from hotel to Retiro bus station for journey to San Antonio de Areco, semi-bed service. Visit and lunch at an authentic Estancia in Areco. Overnight at a local hosteria (B,L,D).

Day 5: Overnight sleeper bus from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Private arrival transfer from Puerto Iguazu bus station to hotel. Half day Brazilian Falls tour with private guide. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 7: Full day tour of Argentinian Falls. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 8: Half day visit to Guarani community. Transfer from hotel to Puerto Iguazu bus station. Overnight sleeper bus to Buenos Aires (B,L,D).

Day 9: Private arrival transfer from Retiro bus station to Buenos Aires hotel. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 10: Full day at leisure in Buenos Aires. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 11: Private transfer from hotel to Ezeiza Airport to begin the journey home (B).

  • 8 nights in comfortable 3-star accommodation and 2 overnight buses to Iguazu (this can be replaced with a 1 hour flight)
  • Full Board
  • Full day house building in Buenos Aires
  • Private transport and private excursions with a bilingual certified guide.
  • All entrance fees included.
  • Roundtrip public bus, overnight semi-bed service Buenos Aires – Iguazu
  • 1 certified, experienced tour leader to accompany you every step of the way.
  • 1 teacher travels completely free of charge for every 10 students in the group.

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