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Patagonia 4x4 Adventure

Argentinian Patagonia, Buenos Aires & the Pampas

Duration: 14 nights

Price: From £6,650 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation, some meals, car hire, private transfers and taxes

Nothing says ‘off-the-beaten-track’ quite like Patagonia, and this adventure holiday takes things to the next level for those looking to really disconnect from the modern world. Staying in rural estancias and remote lodges without phone or internet connections, you’ll have no choice but to unplug and enjoy the beautiful and otherworldly landscapes of Patagonia. A surreal land of ice fields, glaciers, lakes, valleys and mountains, it’s a beautiful corner of the Earth, and this itinerary allows you to experience the very best it has to offer – it’s a self-drive adventure, so you’re free to proceed at your own pace.

Beginning in Buenos Aires, you’ll pick up your 4WD car and visit the millennia-old forests of Los Alerces National Park, before continuing on to some of the world’s finest trout fishing in the Rio Pico. You’ll then spot armadillos, skunks and other strange critters in Perito Moreno National Park, birdwatch in Gobernador Gregores, and relax on the shores of Lago San Martin, before returning to Buenos Aires. Stopping off at remote remote country lodges and outposts cut off from the distractions of the modern world, this is the perfect itinerary for getting off the beaten path and savouring the natural beauty of Patagonia.
Perfect forAdventure lovers looking to experience Patagonia at its wild best.
In the knowConsider adding a trip to the Brazilian border to experience the majestic Iguazu Falls.

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  • Off the Beaten Track
  • Road Trip
  • Landscapes & Scenery

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Buenos Aires

1 nightBUENOS AIRES

Your journey begins a far cry from the Patagonian wilderness, with some fast-paced urbanity in the pulse-quickening capital of Buenos Aires. You’ll spend a night in the upper-class Recoleta district, at the stylish boutique Mio Buenos Aires. The hotel is perfectly placed for exploring the imposing avenues of the Recoleta cemetery, while you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to catch some tango during your time here - the best of all is Rojo Tango, at the Faena Hotel.
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Esquel

2 nightsESQUEL

Your Patagonian adventure begins in earnest now, as you fly to the city of Esquel and pick up the 4WD car which will carry you on your journey. A typical snapshot of Patagonian town life, Esquel is penned in by mountains and surrounded by natural beauty. The nearby Los Alerces National Park spans rainforest, lakes and steppes, and is populated with 3,000-year-old alerce trees, which give the park its name.

A range of excursions to the park are on offer from your hotel, Las Bayas, a homely hotel with a rustic, traditional style - the hearty Patagonian food is just the thing for refuelling after a day’s adventures in the national park.
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Rio Pico

2 nightsRIO PICO

The next leg of your journey sees you venturing in to the Argentine province of Chubut, towards the border with Chile. You’ll spend the next two nights at Tres Valles Lodge, a working cattle estancia set in acres of beautiful, unspoilt countryside. Lovers of the great outdoors will find no end of things to do here, but it’s particularly well suited to anglers - the waters of the Rio Pico and Rio Corcovado offer some of the finest river fishing anywhere in the world, with particularly generous bounties of trout and salmon.

Trekking, birdwatching and mountain biking are among the other fantastic activities on offer here, with locally caught and reared fish and meat grilled up on an asado barbecue at the end of every day.
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LOS ANTIGUOS

1 nightLOS ANTIGUOS

Next up you’ll make an overnight stopover in the countryside around Los Antiguos, at the homely hosteria Refugio de Rocas. This hotel combines a rustic, traditional inn feel with a superb modern spa - perfect for refuelling after your adventures in the Patagonian countryside.

You’re not far here from the shores of Lake Buenos Aires, and a range of guided walks are on offer from the hotel should that be of interest. Alternatively, simply take a night to pamper yourself at the spa and enjoy yet more fresh, hearty Patagonian cuisine, such as wild boar and venison with mountain vegetables.
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Perito Moreno National Park

2 nightsPERITO MORENO NATIONAL PARK

Now it’s time for yet another scenic drive through the Patagonian wilderness, as you make for one of the region’s undisputed highlights: the Perito Moreno National Park. The park is named for the pioneering explorer of the same name, and you may well feel like a frontiersman yourself as you horse ride, hike and mountain bike through the beautiful landscapes of hills, mountains and powder blue lakes.

Wildlife lovers will relish the opportunity to spot numerous unusual animals in the park, including skunks, llamas, dwarf armadillos, Patagonian foxes, and even pumas if you’re really lucky.

You’ll spend two nights at La Oriental, a basic but comfortable lodge within the park boundaries.
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Gobernador Gregores

1 nightGOBERNADOR GREGORES

Departing Perito Moreno National Park, you’ll drive south to Gobernador Gregores, where you’ll spend the night at Estancia La Angostura. A traditional Patagonian country estate, the estancia has been in the family for over a century, and the owners’ local expertise will see you getting the best out of the surrounding countryside.

The birdwatching here is outstanding, with flamingos, macaws, and guinea fowl among those you can hope to spot. Anglers can enjoy whole-day excursions to the nearby Strobel and Cardiel fishing lakes, while treks and horse rides are great ways to experience the nearby historic hanging bridge and the lagoons, hills and valleys which populate the surrounding landscape.
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Buenos Aires

2 nightsBUENOS AIRES

After your adventures in the Patagonian wilderness, your journey ends with two nights back in Buenos Aires as you readjust to city life. You’ll spend two nights at Legado Mitico, a stylish boutique hotel in the bohemian Palermo Viejo district. This leg of the journey is all about recharging and experiencing sides to the capital you may have missed the first time round. The Palermo area is full of designer boutiques and modern art galleries, so is perfect as a snapshot of contemporary Buenos Aires life - of course, if you didn’t manage to catch a tango show last time out, exploring the city’s milongas is a must.

After two nights in Buenos Aires, your journey reaches its end, and you’ll fly home.
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