Vineyard on the foreground in Mendoza, Argentina

Argentina Eclipse: Wine Region

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Trip code: 
AAO
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Culture
Group size:
6–16
Min age:
16

Witness a total solar eclipse in Argentina and visit the country's most famous wine region

Experiencing a total solar eclipse is a truly special experience. As the moon moves between the sun and the earth, the sky darkens, birds and animals become agitated and the heart palpitates in anticipation. It can be a very moving experience and one which is enriched by experiencing it in an exotic destination, such as the north west of Argentina. On 2 July 2019 a total solar eclipse will draw a path through the sky over parts of Argentina. Combine this astronomical event with a visit to Argentina's most famous wine region. 

Highlights

  • Total eclipse at Jachal 
  • Wine tasting in Mendoza
  • Visit 2 national parks (El Leoncito and Talampaya) 
  • Free time to explore Buenos Aires, a beautiful and cosmopolitan capital

Key information

  • Travel by minibus and 2 internal flights
  • Group normally 6‐16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • 7 nights comfortable hotels and 4 nights standard hotels 
  • Some long journeys

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 4 lunches
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Optional excursions
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Airport transfers for Land Only bookings
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Argentina Wine Region

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Itinerary

Buenos Aires
to
Buenos aires
  • Day 1

    Start Buenos Aires; afternoon at leisure

    Those on the group flight will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel in Buenos Aires. Those on land only arrangements should make their own way to the start hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to choose one of the many excellent restaurants, most serving legendary Argentine steaks!

    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Half day walking city tour

    Our local leader will meet us today for a briefing and take us on a short walking tour of the city, discovering its wealth of history and culture. In this walking tour the tour leader will show you the main sites and landmarks Buenos Aires can offer. The highlights of this tour are the famous Recoleta cemetery where Eva Peron (Evita) is buried, the Colon Theatre and San Martin Square. Afterwards you will have the rest of the day at leisure to explore more of this fascinating city. Tonight we recommend visiting one of the excellent tango shows in the old quarter of San Telmo. Please ask your tour leader and they will help you to arrange it.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Fly to Mendoza; afternoon city walking tour.

    After breakfast we take a short transfer to the domestic airport and board our flight to Mendoza. On arrival we make our way to the hotel and have some free time to eat lunch in one of many delicious restaurants in the city. In the afternoon we have a walking city tour that will take us to see the main sites around the city, including the Fountain of The Continents and the San Martin Monument. This is a very large and extremely detailed monument in memory of Jose de San Martin-the liberator of Argentina, Chile and Peru from the Spaniards.  

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Full day wineries tour including wine tasting

    Today we visit a couple of wineries in the area of Lujan de Cuyo. Situated in the upper Mendoza valley, many Lujan de Cuyo vineyards sit at altitudes of around 1000m. Malbec in particular is very successful in Lujan de Cuyo, but the appellation also produces good Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Torrontes. The two wineries allow us to see the difference between a traditional winery and a more modern winery. We also visit an olive oil factory, where we get the opportunity to sample different oils, as well as other local delicacies. 

    Comfortable Hotel

     

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Free day; optional tour to Aconcagua Provincial Park and the Puente del Inca

    Today is free either to have a leisurely walk and explore the city or there are also day tours of the region. We recommend the full day tour which takes you to the Aconcagua Provincial Park and the Puente del Inca. This will include a short 1 hour hike to experience the majesty of the highest peak in the Americas. Please ask your tour leader, and they will help you to book this.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Full day Leoncito National Park and observatory; transfer to Barreal

    We leave Mendoza behind early this morning as we set off on a long drive (approx. 3 hours) towards El Leoncito National Park. It consists of almost 90,000 hectares which used to be owned by the estancia 'working ranch' bearing the same name. This is a protected area which as very strict on air pollution, therefore making this a very famous area for astronomy. During this day you will have the opportunity to visit the observatory, which is one of the highlights of today. Once inside there is a small museum and we will also have a short presentation by an academic from the university of San Juan. In the afternoon we transfer (approx. 30 minutes) to our hotel in Barreal. 

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Transfer to Villa Union; afternoon at leisure

    Today we have a long driving day to as we head more north west to Villa Union. We break up the journey with a few stops in order to take pictures of the dramatic desert landscape set against the background of the Andean mountain range. We also include a stop for lunch at a convenient point along the way. On arrival at our hotel we check in and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Today's driving time is approx. 6 hours in total.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Full day exploring Ischigualasto National Park.

    In the morning we will head past Talampaya National Park and visit its neighbour Ischigualasto Provincial Park, also known as Moon Valley. The highlight of this tour is climbing up the Cerro Morado, for really incredible panoramic views of the park. Hopefully we'll see condors soaring overhead too! In the afternoon we head back to our hotel in Villa Union.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 9

    Eclipse day!

    After breakfast we have a short transfer before arriving at the spectacular Talampaya National Park. We spend most of the day exploring the highlight of the park, which is the Talampaya Canyon. This is a 150 metre high wall, where you can find many petroglyphs (rock carvings) as well as fossils which prove that dinosaurs lived here millions of years ago. We also cross a part of the park which can only be done in a vehicle accompanied by a national park guide. 

    In the afternoon we drive (approx. 2 hours) towards Jachal, where we will witness the eclipse. As tonight we will arrive late back at our hotel, we will have some free time to eat in town.

    A total solar eclipse is one of the most spectacular celestial events visible from Earth and can, for many people, be quite an emotional experience. We head out to our viewing spot as the eclipse takes place between 16:26 and 18:47 with totality commencing at 17:40 and ending at 17:42. Don’t forget your eclipse glasses (which we will send to you before the trip).

    After the eclipse we will drive (approx. 2 hours) back to our hotel for the night.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 10

    Fly back to Buenos Aires; afternoon at leisure.

    Depending upon the flight time, we may have some free time at the hotel this morning before we transfer (approx. 5-6 hours) to Mendoza airport. We fly back to Buenos Aires and usually arrive in time to explore more of this fascinating city.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Free day at leisure to take part in optional excursions in and around Buenos Aires.

    This is a free day to either spend exploring Buenos Aires or you can also book an optional tour to spend a day in the countryside. We recommend the full day trip to visit an estancia 'working ranch' in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. At the estancia you will have the opportunity to go horseriding, watch a game of Polo or even have a Polo lesson. Please ask your tour leader, and they will help you to arrange it.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    End Buenos Aires.

    Depending on the time of your flight home you may have another chance to see more of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. Those on group flights will leave today for the flight back to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Post-trip Extensions

Iguazu Falls Extension

Code: XAF

To the far North East of Argentina, boarding Brazil lies the magnificent falls of Iguazu (or Iguassu).  Add four additional days to your trip to experience this awe-inspiring sight. Staying on the Argentinian side you will have the opportunity to wander around this UNESCO World Heritage National Park packed full of flora and fauna. In the heart of the park you will find the cascading waters. This spectacular waterfall is not to be missed. You can also get up close to the falls by taking a boat trip as an optional extra.

The detailed itinerary can be found here.

Please ask your sales consultant for more details.

It is possible to upgrade to premium accommodation- please call for details. 

Essential Info

Visas

Argentina

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay.

No visa required for holders of British passport.

If you are crossing the border into Argentina from Chile on your trip, we will need to know your profession in order to provide when entering Argentina.

The Argentine government charges a reciprocity fee which applies to Canadian and Australian citizens. The amounts are as follows: Australians - US$100 (multiple entry) Canadians - US$75 (single entry) This fee must be paid before you enter Argentina. For full details, and to make the payment, please visit: https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes

Vaccinations

Argentina

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Argentina with an update to the Health section – an outbreak of Hantavirus has been reported in Epuyén, Province of Chubut in southern Argentina; for more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).

Bilharzia is known to occur in some of the lakes or rivers in Argentina, we therefore advise all to take advice from your guide or leader locally before venturing for a swim.

Dengue fever is also a known risk in Argentina. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Due to a recent outbreak of Yellow Fever in the Misiones province of Argentina, vaccinations are strongly recommended if you intend to visit the Iguazu Falls.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 4 lunches included.

Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet-style and are included. There are 2 packed lunches included. These will mainly consist of a sandwich/empanada, fruit, a cereal/chocolate bar and a bottle of water/juice. 

There is a variety of good, quality food on offer in local restaurants. In each location where we stay there are numerous evening meal options to cater for different tastes. The group leader will be able to make recommendations and often everyone will eat together, however you can choose to dine wherever you prefer in the evenings. Please advise us at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements. Vegetarians are catered for throughout the trip, but please ensure that you advise us before you travel so that we can make the necessary arrangements on your behalf.

Argentine steak is famous around the world and you will not be disappointed, especially if you combine it with locally produced Malbec.

A typical meal will cost around US$20 (excluding alcohol) throughout the trip.

Weather

Since Argentina is in the southern hemisphere, so in July it will be winter in Buenos Aires. The average temperatures in Mendoza are 14ºC during day and 2ºC at night in July.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is a one-off departure to coincide with the total solar eclipse of July 2019. We have two internal flights on this trip to reduce driving but there is still one long drive on Day 7 from Barreal to Villa Union which is approx. 5-6 hours including stops to take pictures. 

The weather in San Juan is fairly constant year round so whilst there are good chances of clear skies for the eclipse we cannot guarantee that there will not be some cloud cover. 

Please note there is another eclipse trip available, which includes the Salta region instead of Mendoza. Although there will be an overlap with this group in Buenos Aires and Villa Union, both groups will each have a different tour leader. 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as not suitable for full wheelchair users, but it may be suitable for other persons of reduced mobility. Please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

In Buenos Aires and Mendoza we stay in comfortable hotels which are ideally located for sightseeing.    

Accommodation in the more rural destinations of Barreal and Villa Union is more basic but provides all the amenities that we require. 

Most of the properties feature swimming pools. 

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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