whales; whale watching;wildlife; peninsula valdes; patagonia; lago azul; argentina; hiking
Mountains, Lakes and Malbec route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $7495  
Length: 11 days
Arrive: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Depart: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lodging: 9 nights hotels and inns, 1 night estancia
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level: Cultural exploration, day hikes of 3-6 hours, altitudes between 3,000-7,500 feet, 1 day bike riding through vineyards


  • Buenos Aires, with its vibrant atmosphere
  • Explore, hike, and kayak in the Patagonian Lake District, with its lush forests and deep blue lakes
  • Savor an insider’s look at Argentina’s prime wine country, with wine tasting at one of the area’s most prestigious winery collectives
  • Stay at a historic estancia

Great variety of activities and experiences, fantastic food and accommodations. Each day was a different adventure.Brenda H.—Surrey, BC, Canada

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

Snow-capped peaks, vast sapphire lakes, lush and ancient temperate forest, one of the finest wine-growing regions in the world—we’ve put them all together to create a unique journey that explores the best of central Argentina. On our insider’s adventure, we hike and kayak in the Patagonia Lake District, boat to a remote island to enjoy a traditional asado (barbecue), savor wine tasting, a vineyard lunch, and biking in the Valle de Uco near Mendoza, Argentina’s prime wine country, and experience Gaucho culture at a historic estancia. This is the perfect moveable feast in the Andes!

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-6
Buenos Aires / Bariloche / Lake Nahuel Huapi

After a day in Buenos Aires to explore its artistic neighborhoods and see a tango show, we fly to Bariloche. At Nahuel Huapi National Park, where the Andes meet the golden Patagonian steppe, we hike to viewpoints of glacier-clad peaks, kayak the fjords of the lake, and enjoy a private yacht cruise, stopping on a remote island and peninsula to hike and enjoy a special asado criollo, a classic Argentine barbecue.

Days 7-11
Mendoza Wine Country / Estancia La Candelaria

A flight brings us to Mendoza, Argentina’s wine capital, with its rose gardens and sycamore-shaded streets. The Valle de Uco is where Argentina’s most prestigious and state-of-the-art wineries are found. Our explorations include a hike in the mountains and biking from winery to winery in the Clos de los Siete, a magnificent collective of wineries, where we delight in a special estate lunch—and taste wines, of course! Returning to Buenos Aires, we can swim, ride horses, or just relax in the atmospheric ambiance of Estancia La Candelaria before departing on Day 11.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extension:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 3, Moderate. It features sightseeing with day walks and hikes and some long drives on rough, unpaved roads. Appropriate time for rest and acclimatization is included in the itinerary, but for your own enjoyment of the trip, we recommend that you make a special effort to be in good physical condition. Throughout the trip, we enjoy hotel and lodge accommodations.

Explanation of Trip Levels


Departures & Leaders

Feb 15-25, 2015  Bernardita De Negri

Trip Cost

Prices valid through Spring 2015
$7495 (10-12 members)
$7995 (7-9 members)
Single supplement: $2195
Forced single supplement: $2195
Internal airfare: $1170 (subject to change)
Argentina Reciprocity Fee for US citizens (must be obtained in advance online): $160
Extra overnight at Estancia La Candelaria: $355
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Extension Costs
Iguazu Falls Extension
   from: $985

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
90-46 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations in hotels, inns, and an estancia
  • All meals included except 2 dinners
  • Land transportation, airport transfers, and guided explorations as noted

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, internal airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leader or local guides, hotels en route and any additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), U.S. citizen “reciprocity” visitor fee for Argentina, travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Nuss Hotel

Nuss Hotel

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Nuss Hotel enjoys a superb location, right in the heart of Palermo Soho, the most bohemian and atmospheric neighborhood of the city. A former ...
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El Casco Art Hotel

El Casco Art Hotel

Days 3 to 6 (4 nights), San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

The El Casco Art Hotel is a boutique lodge with a tranquil lakeside setting and views stretching out over the waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi, best ...
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Casa Antucura

Casa Antucura

Days 7 to 9 (3 nights), Vista Flores, Argentina

Deep in Argentina’s prime wine country, the secluded Casa Antucura is a tranquil haven, combining the comforts of a country home with the ...
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Candelaria del Monte

Candelaria del Monte

Day 10 (1 night), San Miguel de Monte, Argentina

At this delightful, intimate six-room estancia, the honey comes from the estancia’s own bees, the eggs from the chickens, and the fruits and ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions option:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Bernardita De Negri

Bernardita de Negri, born in Buenos Aires, grew up in a family that had immigrated from Europe to Argentina. Her family loved travel, books, and languages, and her international background, combined with living in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, helped her develop a lust for world travel and a curiosity about other cultures. Bernardita studied Hotel & Tourism Management, lived for a while abroad, and then built a career as a travel consultant. Having always loved being close to nature, she found ways to experience the great Argentine outdoors despite living in a city. After multiple Patagonian adventures in camping, trekking, and sailing, she decided to dedicate her life to natural history studies and began a career as a professional guide. "My life as a Trip Leader lets me indulge my passion for travel and the outdoors, and at the same time I can share my knowledge of Patagonia and contribute to the development of nature tourism in my country." Bernardita lives in Buenos Aires and speaks fluent English.

Upcoming Trips:

Mountains, Lakes and Malbec, February 15-25, 2015

Client Testimonials:

Bernie was a great trip leader, always up, and with a great smile and attitude. Charles C., Lebanon TN
In Patagonia
Bernie was always ready to help and answer questions with a smile. She understands group dynamics very well and is extremely dedicated to the success of the trip. Marie-Claire T., Danville CA
In Patagonia
A spectacular and fun trip! Trish K., Berkeley, CA Bernie is a goddess! Fabulous energy, great appreciation of group dynamics, excellent management. Can’t say enough good things about her. Mary Ann W., Oakland, CA Bernie made the tri a 10+! She’s an extremely talented person. Harold and Nancy L., Golden, CO Bernie is one of the best leaders we’ve had on a trip. Everything ran smoothly and she is delightful company. We’d go anywhere Bernie wants to take us! Kurt G., San Francisco, CA Organized, efficient, knowledgeable, friendly, and always cheerful. We would love to do another trip with her. Brenda H., Surrey, BC Canada A delightful, always smiling, unflappable leader. Sarah M., Brooklyn, NY Best Trip Leader ever! Joe M., San Antonio, TX Berni is the best guide that I have ever had! From the beginning she understood the needs of each member of the group. Rahel R., Bethesda, MD Berni was a major reason the trip was so outstanding. Her spirit, enthusiasm, upbeat and smiling persona were extraordinary. She truly enjoys her job! What a pleasure! Daisy R., New York, NY Bernie was outstanding and made the trip what it was. Todd J., Austin, TX
Patagonia Express
I cannot say enough about Berni. She was knowledgeable, organized, cheerful, available, in every way a pleasure. There didn't seem to be a single question, no matter how arcane, that she couldn't answer. Leah Z., Philadelphia, PA
Mountains, Lakes and Malbec
Bernie is one of the best tour leaders I've ever had. Very well organized, very knowledgeable, and just a pleasure to be around. Bob A., Tucson, AZ
Mountains, Lakes and Malbec
Berni may very well be the best guide we've ever had with WT. She was excellent! Troy B., Chadds Ford, PA
Mountains, Lakes and Malbec
Bernie is a gifted leader. She is warm, friendly, smart, enjoys interacting with people, knowledgeable about the areas, about history and politics, and has infinite patience. She is simply amazing. We all LOVED her! Irene B., New York, NY
In Patagonia
Berni is an absolute joy to travel with. She always had a smile on her face and made sure not only that everything was running smoothly but that everyone on the trip was having a good time. Carol B., Kensington, MD
Great Hikes and Estancias of Patagonia
Truly passionate person about both her country and the clients' enjoyment and understanding of it. A pleasure to be with due to her positive and endless energy, buoyant personality, and knowledge of Patagonia and its people. Kevin H., Red Bank, NJ
Great Hikes and Estancias of Patagonia
Bernie was an absolute delight and dedicated and committed to our enjoymemt. Kim K., Red Bank, NJ
Great Hikes and Estancias of Patagonia
Bernie is amazing! I cannot say enough about how organized, friendly, and flexible she is. I have never seen someone who seems to have so much fun doing their job. She was a delight to be around and thoroughly professional at the same time. Ivy S., Brooklyn, NY
Great Hikes and Estancias of Patagonia
Bernie was great—but then so have been all the trip leaders from Wilderness whom I've dealt with. You folks have good taste. Tom C., Berkeley, CA
In Patagonia

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extension:


Iguazu Falls Extension

One of the World’s Spectacular Natural Wonders

Wildlife & Natural History
3 days  -  Level 1

Client Comments

Great variety of activities and experiences, fantastic food and accommodations. Each day was a different adventure. Brenda H., Surrey, BC, Canada
This was an OUTSTANDING trip. All of the guides and drivers at each locale were terrific, the hotels were top-of-the-line, and the experiences were unforgettable. Karen D., Portland, OR