Llao Llao 

Hosted Golf Tour of Argentina, South America

Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, San Martin de Los Andes, Bariloche, Patagonia (including Chile)

Includes 5 rounds of golf

February 1- 19, 2018

Hosted by Peter and Heather Wood

  

From mighty Iguazu falls in the north, to the creeping advance of the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier in the south, Argentina is a vast natural wonderland.

On this trip we will explore these natural marvels, visit the Paris of the south "Buenos Aires", play the best golf in the land, drink the famous Argentinian 

wines, take in the Tango and venture far south to Patagonia, a vast land that is wild and infinite in its beauty. 

  

OVERVIEW

 

  • A three stage tour covering the best of Argentina & Patagonia
  • Choose only the stages that suit you.
  • Stage One- Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, San Martin de los Andes, Bariloche ( Feb 1-11, 2018 )
  • Stage Two- El Calafate Patagonia, Argentina ( Feb 12-15, 2018 )
  • Stage Three- Puerto Natales, Patagonia, Chile ( Feb 16-19, 2018)
  • Play the best courses in Argentina (Stage One )
  • A fully hosted small group tour
  • Experienced leaders who are passionate about what they do
  • Luxury hand picked accommodation throughout
  • Sightseeing, private guided tours, boat rides, history, culture, food, wine & much more...
 See below for FULL ITINERARY

 

Consider this:

The Iguazu Falls are considered one of the 'Wonders of the World'.

According to Lonely Planet arriving in Buenos Aires is like 'jumping aboard a moving train'

 The Tango is possibly Argentina's greatest contribution to the outside world, a steamy dance that's been described as 'making love in a vertical position'

All Argentine Presidents have been members of the Jockey Golf Club

Los Glaciares National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site, deriving its name from over 47 major glaciers.

Patagonia spans over a million square kilometres, and is filled with breathtaking landscpes, ancient glaciers and eye-catching wildlife.



Come and join us in Argentina- it's an experience you will never forget!!

 

 

 

 

PRICE OF PACKAGES

 

STAGE ONE: $5,830 USD per person, twin share

11 nights luxury accommodation, staying at the Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel, Alvear Premier Palace Buenos Aires (or Mitico Boutique Hotel), Rio Hermosa Hotel and Llao Llao Hotel Bariloche with Lake View

Daily breakfast 

5 rounds of golf: The Jockey Club, Olivos GC (caddies), Buenos Aires GC (carts), Chapelco GC and Llao Llao GC

Private excursion to Iguazu Falls on the Argentinean and Brazilean Side, including a helicopter flight and boat ride

Dinner and Tango Show

Private City Tour of Buenos Aires

Private Transfers throughout (Sprinter Mercedes benz)

Seven Lakes tour to Bariloche

Tour shirt

Daily competition fees and prizes

Farewell dinner

Gift pack

Fully hosted

 

STAGE TWO: $2,318 USD per person, twin share

4 nights accommodation at Posado Los Alamos Hotel, El Calafate

Daily breakfast

Full day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier with boat ride

Full day excursion to Estancia Christina, Upsala Glacier, 4x4 drive and museum

Full day excusion to El Chalten, Viedma Galcier

Drive to Puerto Natales, via Torres del Paine NP, Chile

Fully hosted

 

STAGE THREE: $1,794 USD  per person, twin share

3 nights accommodation at The Singular Patagonia

Full day excursion to Torres del Paine and Grey Lake with lunch

Full day excursion via boat to Balmaceda Glacier

 Transfer to Punta Arenas Airport

Fully hosted

 


ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO A MINIMUM OF 8 TRAVELLERS

Price is subject to currency fluctuations. 

 

HOW TO BOOK

To secure your place, please complete the booking form (Click on Book Now to access the Booking Form) and pay a deposit of 30% of the package price by bank transfer into the following account:

Account Name: The Travelling Golfer Trust Account

National Australia Bank, 49-51 Main St Greensborough, 3088 Victoria AUSTRALIA

BSB: 083269           Account Number: 13 066 2440

Please quote your surname.

For Stages One, Two And Three, the deposit is $4,150 per person

For Stages One And Two, the deposit is $3,400 per person

For Stage One only, the deposit is $2,429 per person

 book now

The balance is due 60 days before departure. In the case of non-payment of the balance by the due date, The Travelling Golfer will treat the booking as cancelled unless advised to the contrary.

 

Llao Llao Golf Course 

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrival and Transfer to Hotel - Afternoon: Private Excursion to the Waterfalls Brazilean side

We depart from the Hotel and cross The International Bridge ‘Tancredo Neves' that joins the cities of Puerto Iguazú (Argentina) and Foz do Iguazú (Brazil). Here, at the crossing of borders, we have to go through the Customs at both sides of the bridge. As we get to the ‘Visitor Center' we have to enter the Gates individually to check the loading capacity of the Park. We immediately get into the buses that tour within the park and they take us to the trail over the ‘Iguazú River'. At this, point we get a panoramic view of the Argentinean falls, where it is ideal to take pictures. As we go on, we can see ‘Cañon del Río Iguazú', Salto Rivadavia and Tres Mosqueteros. Towards the end of the tour we will get to Devil's Gorge lower viewpoint. The beautiful scenery here is enhanced by permanent rainbows. 

Over the Iguazú Falls in a Helicopter!

On the Brazilian side, it is possible to have the unique experience of flying over the famous Iguazú Waterfalls in a helicopter. These flights offer a majestic view of this geographical wonder. In a matter of minutes the mystery of the falls from the air is unveiled and you also see how the Iguazú River continues its course until it empties into the Paraná River. 

Overnight at Iguazu Falls

Accommodation: Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel, 3 nights, Studio Jnr Room        

Helicopter over Iguazu Falls

 Day 2

Breakfast at Hotel and private excursion to the Waterfalls "Argentinian Side" 

The tour leaves from the hotel to visit the Argentinean side of the Iguazú Falls, located within Iguazú National Park, one of the first protected areas of America. The Iguazu Falls are made up of 275  different falls thundering down from a 70 meter average height. In this section of the rainforest, a huge variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies can be seen while walking. The we head on our way to Estación Central, where we will take a train to Estación Cataratas and/or Estación Garganta del Diablo.

Waterfalls Nautical Excursion included!

With powerful boats, we shall bounce into the Lower Iguazu River Canyon bordering the San Martín Island where we shall reach the Tres Mosqueteros Fall. At this point we shall be able to see the falls of both the Argentine and Brazilian sides and the Garganta del Diablo. To finish the trip,  a baptism shower at the bottom of the San Martín waterfall, the hugest cascade any boat may endeavor. 

Overnight at Iguazu Falls

 Accommodation: Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel, 2 nights, Studio Jnr Room

Day 3

Breakfast at Hotel - Transfer to Calafate airport and Flight to Buenos Aires

Flight by Aerolineas Argentina

Buenos Aires is an elegant and busy city in which oozes 'the Argentine essence'. It is known as 'the Paris of the South'. In spite of its modern constructions and dynamic activity, it has managed to preserve old traditions and charming corners. Visitors are fascinated by its environment, the individuality of each of its neighbourhoods, the cordiality of its people, and its wide selection of cultural and commercial opportunities. Buenos Aires, surrounded by Argentina's splendid countryside, is the great cosmopolitan doorway to South America.

Afternoon free in Buenos Aires

Night in Buenos Aires 

Accommodation: Hotel Legado Mitico - Superior Room, 5 nights (or Alvear Palace - Premier Room)

The LEGADO MITICO is a stylish boutique hotel featuring spacious rooms with thematic décor inspired by the Argentinean culture and history. Located in central Buenos Aires in the mythical neighborhood of Palermo, with its picturesque stone paved streets, it is a perfect blend of modernity and bohemia. Palermo is a great choice for travellers interested in restaurants and gourmet food.

The hotel features rich mahogany hues, rows of bookshelves and dark traditional tones, making it a refined retreat where brushing up on local history by the fire is as strenuous as things get. The Breakfast Lounge invites you to start your days enjoying a rich buffet and surfing the net for free before you start exploring the city. Guests can unwind in the whirlpool or on the sun loungers that can be found on the terrace.

 

Day 4

Breakfast at Hotel Private City Tour to discover Buenos Aires

At night: Hotel pick up and Dinner Tango Show at “Esquina Carlos Gardel Restaurant”

 

 The Tango

You will enjoy a luxury dinner-tango show service which has delighted audiences of all nationalities. Located in the best area of Buenos Aires, witness the magic of this special place where singing, dancing and a spectacular food mix in an unforgettable way.

Overnight in Buenos Aires

Accommodation: Hotel Legado Mitico - Superior Room (or Alvear Palace - Premier Room)

 

Day 5

Breakfast at Hotel - Golf Round at “Buenos Aires Golf Club” (with Carts)

Designed by Robert Hagge in 1994, Buenos Aires GC has nine lakes all interconnected, and excellent greens which are in great condition all year round. The founders of Buenos Aires Golf Club intended to provide the country with a top-level club and support the growth of golf in Argentina by organizing important tournaments. This has been achieved and the club has hosted events such as the “Golf World Cup” in 2000.

Overnight in Buenos Aires 

Accommodation: Hotel Legado Mitico - Superior Room

 

Day 6

Breakfast at Hotel - Golf Round at “Jockey Club San Isidro”

Designed by Dr Alister Mackenzie, who also designed well known courses like Cypress Point, Augusta National , Royal Melbourne and Crystal Downs. The Jockey Club is a club full of tradition and has something very interesting in its history: all the Argentine presidents have been members of it.

Overnight in Buenos Aires

 

Day 7

Breakfast at Hotel - Golf Round at “Olivos Golf Club” (with Caddies)

Considered the best golf course in Argentina and one of the best in South America, Olivos Golf Club is a course with 27 holes framed by beautiful trees, and with greens of excellent quality and design. Founded in 1926 and designed by Luther Koontz, it has hosted the Argentine Open and the Argentinian Masters. Olivos Golf Club also hosted the “Golf World Cup in 2010”.

Overnight in Buenos Aires

 

Day 8

Breakfast at Hotel - Hotel pick at 08.30 am and transfer to Airport.
Flight by AR to “San Martin de los Andes” (duration 2hs 20 min) - departs10.10 hs / arrives 12.30 hs

The natural scenery of this Patagonian region offers countless options to spend a wonderful day:  activities in the area include a lake excursion by catamaran along Huechulafquen and Epulafquen Lakes, as well as El Escorial, a river made of solidified lava from the Lanin Volcano, take a rafting adventure along the Hua Hum, or to get to the Chilean border and enjoy all the magnitude of the Chilean lakes landscapes.

Overnight in San Martin de los Andes

Accommodation: Hotel Rio Hermosa deluxe room, 2 nights

The rustic, chic Rio Hermoso Hotel, with a stone and wood façade, is located In the Parque Nacional Lanin and overlooks the Rio Hermoso river and is 12 km from Lake Hermoso and 28 km from San Martín de los Andes. Unique views, aromas and wildlife sounds make this hotel an exclusive place for those who are looking for privacy, comfort and close contact with nature. Its architecture evokes the warmth of a cozy mountain cabin combining native timber and millenary stones, most of which bear fossil inserts.

Airy, refined rooms feature river views and Wi-Fi;. Breakfast is served in a bright restaurant/bar. There's also an elegant reading room, a cozy fireplace lounge, and a terrace.

The natural environment and surroundings of Río Hermoso Hotel offer the possibility of partaking in different activities like trekking, kayaking and canoeing in the rivers and lakes, horseback riding, going on photographic safaris and bicycle rides (with mountain bikes).

Day 9

Breakfast at Hotel - Golf Round at Chapelco Golf Club (with Carts) Hotel pick up 08.30 am / Tee time 09.30hs / Transfer to Hotel 14.30hs

The majesty of the Andes is the perfect backdrop of Jack Nicklaus first design in South America. Each hole at Chapelco Golf Club fits as if it had always been there and from whichever tee you decide to play, the effect of elevation is jaw-dropping beauty. Chapelco Golf Club is member of Jack Nicklaus International Golf Club (JNIGC), a reciprocal-playing network developed exclusively to benefit members and owners of Nickalus facilities worldwide.

Night in San Martin de los Andes

 

Day 10

Breakfast at Hotel - Hotel pick at 09.00 am Land Transfer (Sigthseeing Tour) to “San Carlos de Bariloche” by the “ 7 lakes Route ” ( 250 km )

Known as the “Seven Lakes Route”, we will go along the section of National Route 234 that joins the districts of San Martín de los Andes and Villa La Angostura. We will look at the main tourist corridor in the area, known world-wide for the matchless beauty of its landscapes, with panoramic natural vantage points, lakes, rivers and countless attractions opening up in the real seven lakes route.

San Carlos de Bariloche - Patagonia Argentina.

The majestic City of San Carlos de Bariloche lies on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, whose mountains and forests makes up of one of the most beautiful sites on Earth. Lying on the West of the Province of Río Negro and 1,640 kilometers away from the City of Buenos Aires, Bariloche offers all the services and amenities necessary for visitors to choose this place as the perfect location to rest at any season. Activities include fly-fishing for trout and salmon during the summer, and practicing various sports such as hiking, river rafting (along dozens of waterways) and walking around the ancient forests. 

Overnight in Bariloche Accommodation: Llao Llao Hotel, Lakeview Room, Bustillo Wing, 2 nights

The Llao Llao Hotel has two wings: Ala Bustillo and Lago Moreno. The first wing is our signature building, opened in 1940. Lago Moreno wing was built in 2007. The 205 rooms in the Hotel are inspired in the warmth of the scenery, creating cosy and luminous spaces that everywhere reflect Patagonian style. The Lake View room is a cozy room overlooking the lake. The rooms have no air conditioning (approx. 22 m2 to 27 m2). Room upgrades available for extra cost.

Day 11 

Breakfast at Hotel - Golf Round at “Llao LLao Golf Club” (with pull carts / Carts)

The Llao Llao Golf Club is an amazing golf course set in one of the most scenic places in the world. It has attractive greens with challenging falls, perfectly integrated bunkers and water hazards, all very different to each other, make up an interesting and harmonic setting.

Framed by Lake Nahuel Huapi and hundred year old trees of great size, it presents a special challenge for the advanced level player and, at the same time, it is reasonable for players of diverse handicaps.

Night in Bariloche

 

Day 12

Breakfast at Hotel - Hotel pick up and transfer to airport - Flight to “El Calafate”
Flight by Aerolineas Argentinas (duration 1:45) - departs 10.10 am / arrives 11.55 am

El Calafate is an important tourist resort  as all glacier circuits are accessed here. It is an oasis of poplars, willows and pines at the border of the steppe. Calafate presents a dry climate, with an average maximum temperature of 19C ,and an average minimum in winter of -2C. From Calafate you can go on excursions by bus or in modern ships. Expert bilingual guides and travel agencies organize tours and outings to view Glacier Perito Moreno or even the audacious expeditions to cross the glaciers.

Night in El Calafate

Accommodation: Hotel Posado Los Alamos, double room 4 nights

Posada Los Alamos is situated in the heart of El Calafate, close to Argentino Lake. It has spa facilities, an indoor pool and free Wi-Fi in all areas. The guest rooms feature heating, as well as a minibar and cable TV. Rooms have views over the organic garden and the mountains beyond.

An extensive breakfast buffet offers a choice of American, Argentinean or Patagonian food. La Posta Restaurant serves an a la carte menu of international and regional specialties, including Patagonian lamb. Los Alamos provides a full range of modern spa facilities and an indoor pool with ceiling-to-floor windows. The hotel has its own small 18-hole par 3 golf course.

Since the beginning the Guatti-Girometti family undertook personally the decoration of the hotel, filling the place with precious objects that store the history of the region and their family.

 

Day 13

Breakfast at Hotel and Excursion Day at National Park and Perito Moreno Glacier

We leave Calafate to journey to the Perito Moreno Glacier, crossing a passage of 80km during which we will make stops to take photos, accompanied by a guide qualified by the National Park “Los Glaciares”who will keep us informed on all the information about our surroundings, the flora, the fauna, and the mysticism of this unique Glacier. After entering the typical zone of the patagonic Andean forest, we will stop in the curve of the sighs, to enjoy the first Vista of the Perito Moreno glacier, then continuing on until the footbridges, where we will have free time for walks in front of the glacier.

El-Calafate-The-GlaciersPerito Merino Glacier

Nautical Excursion included!

Overnight in El Calafate

 

Day 14

 Breakfast at Hotel and Full Day Excursion to Estancia Cristina: Upsala Glacier + 4x4+ Museum +

transfers in - out

Estancia Cristina was founded in 1914 by Joseph Percival Masters, an Englishman who came to Patagonia with his wife in 1900. Having heard marvels about the Patagonian lands of Southern Argentina and being in search of a promising future, he decided to embark with his wife towards Buenos Aires, to later travel to Río Gallegos.The estancia grew and had up to 22,000 hectares of land surrounded by glaciers, snow peaks and lakes of great natural beauty. Livestock then consisted of 27,000 sheep, 30 cows and some 50 horses!

Night in El Calafate

 

Day 15

 Breakfast at Hotel and Full Day Excursion “Viedma Light” to El Chalten - Trekking + Navigation to see Viedma Glacier. Hotel pick up: 8.00 am - Hotel return (aprox) 20.00 

Just a few minutes away from El Chaltén there lies one of the most beautiful lakes in Argentinian Patago: Lake Viedma. In order to be passengers of this singular experience that not only involves sailing the lake but also walking on the glacier, adventurers must reach Túnel Bay. The catamaran we use is a beautiful brand new boat that the firm Patagonia Aventura has launched in order to develop this kind of tour. Travellers enjoy the magnificent voyage, coming close to the glacier walls and appreciating its colors, cracks, formations and sounds, something difficult to perceive in the distance. Viedma Light Excursion consists of a two-and-a-half-hour navigation across Lake Viedma. The crossing takes visitors down to the front wall of the glacier, made up by huge ice floes and light blue ice walls that reach over 40 meters above the lake surface.There is no doubt that the Viedma Ice Trek is one of the most memorable tours for those who stay at El Chaltén. The diversity of the scenes and the possibility of enjoying a glacier from the inside gets your attention, and makes this an adventure you will never forget.

Night in El Calafate

 

Day 16

Breakfast at Hotel and Transfer to Puerto Natales (Torres del Painé National Park) - Hotel pick up: 7.00 am- Welcome to Puerto Natales and free day for optionals activities.

At 7 am we will pick you up at your hotel in El Calafate and begin the journey towards Torres del Paine in Chile. Crossing the patagonian steppe from north to south you will arrive at the border named Cancha Carrera (2.5 hours drive from El Calafate), from where you will start travelling through the beautiful south of Chile and enter the Torres del Paine National Park arriving around 10:30 am. The rest of the day is set aside so you can book trekking trips in the beautiful surroundings of this national park.

Night in Puerto Natales

Accommodation: The Singular Patagonia Hotel, The Singular Room, 3 nights

Located just outside Puerto Natales in the Chilean town of Puerto Bories, The Singular is a five-star luxury hotel in Patagonia. The former home of the Frigorifico Bories, a cold storage plant built in the early 20th century, The Singular has been transformed into a hotel unlike any other.

The owners have shown passion for protecting and celebrating the heritage of Patagonia and are descended from the early pioneers. After the Frigorifico was abandoned, they rescued it, refusing to let this piece of Patagonian history fall apart and fade away. They felt so strongly about maintaining the building’s history that they created a Private Collection of machines, engines and other artifacts from the old plant.

Sustainability was a major part of the design and construction. In fact, The Singular Patagonia was awarded the esteemed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Singular Patagonia has been recognized as one of finest hotels in South America (in addition to being a piece of living history). It is also an ideal launching point for explorations of Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park.

 

Day 17

 Breakfast at Hotel and Full Day Excursion to Torres del Painé and Grey Lake with lunch Hotel Pick up: 7.30 am - Hotel Return: 18.30 hs aprox.

This tour departs at 7:30 am from your lodging place in Puerto Natales and heads to Torres del Paine National Park. The first stop will be the millenary Milodon Cave, a huge natural site with an incalculable anthropological value- believed to have been inhabited by the primitive Patagonian man, and the Milodon (an extinct herbivorous animal). Continuing the journey, visitors will be able to see the outstanding Reserve of the Biosphera of the end of the world, where it is possible to admire the differents kinds of life in their natural state. The Torres del Paine National Park includes an incredible combination of lakes, lagoons, falls, glaciers, hills and peaks. Following the route, you can see the Nordenskjold and Pehoé lakes, together with groups of guanacos and lesser rheas or ñandúes. The journey continues with a 10 minute hike, where it is possible to discover the astonishing Salto Grande (large waterfall) and then continue through the front of the imposing horns towards the Grey Lake area. During the afternoon the tour continues towards the glacier area, where an approximate one-and-a-half-hour stop will be made, followed by an amazing hike among forests of lengas and the breathtaking ice floes of the Grey glacier. You will also have the opportunity to walk along the bank of the Pingo river. In the final part of the trek, at the lake, millenial ices stranded in the shore can be seen.

Night in Puerto Natales

 

Day 18

Breakfast at hotel - Full day excursion: Boat Trip Glaciar Balmaceda - Transfer to Hotel in Puerto Natales Hotel Pick up: 7.30 am - Hotel Return: 17.30 am aprox.

Visiting this glacier one can admire a majestic place almost untouched by man. But it is only possible to access by going across the Ultima Esperanza Gulf. The Glacier is located on the Balmaceda Mount at an altitude of 2.035 metres, in the Bernardo O Higgins National Park, part of the Andes range.

Once the ship gets closer to the Sea Wolves Reserve we close in on The Balmaceda Mount. Here we find the Balmaceda Glacier which duly lets big ice blocks go into the water of the fiord and of Serrano Glacier. The return trip starts around 14:30 pm. A stop in the Estancia Perales (ranch)  on the return trip gives visitors the chance of having a delicious lunch typical of the region.

Night in Puerto Natales

 

Day 19

Breakfast at hotel - Transfer to Punta Arenas airport (250 km) and Flight to Santiago de Chile, Chile. Flight Back Home

 

 

YOUR HOSTS

Heather and Peter Wood, Directors of The Travelling Golfer, will be your hosts on this fully guided tour.

 

Heather and Peter at Machu PicchuHeather & Peter Wood at Machu Picchu, South America

 

Peter and Heather have a wealth of experience in all facets of golf and golf touring. With first hand knowledge of South America, they will ensure you get the most out of your trip. They use their special contacts to give you access to amazing golf courses. This trip is guaranteed to be a wonderful golf and sightseeing experience. Join us for an adventure of a lifetime. 

 

"Our tours are known for the fabulous golf courses we can access, high quality accommodation, and variety of experiences that a particular destination can provide. However, an important factor in the success of the tours is the camraderie of the people who join us. Golf is the common theme, but we have fun together, and lasting friendships are made.

Peter Wood... The Travelling Golfer"


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