Argentina Adventure – Wine, Falls, Salt Flats & Tango

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Argentina Adventure – Wine, Falls, Salt Flats & Tango

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$3,675.00

BUENOS AIRES. IGUAZU FALLS. SALTA. MENDOZA.

Argentina has been enchanting travellers for a long time: tango, wine, gauchos, fútbol, Patagonia, the Andes, and Iguazu Falls. Argentina’s key destinations all make for a formidable wanderlust cocktail. Studded with outstanding natural wonders and endowed with one of the world’s hot-list cities, Argentina is a vast and varied land. Tapering from the Tropic of Capricorn towards the tip of Antarctica it encompasses a mind-boggling diversity of terrains, from the glistening salt flats in the north to the bone-dry Andean plateaux of the Northwest to the thunderous, tropical waterfalls of Iguazu. With top-notch gastronomy, spectacular landscapes, and rich culture, this tour around Argentina will not disappoint the traveller.

This two week adventure around some of our favourite regions of Argentina is fully customizable and can be adjusted to best suit your tastes and travel needs.

AVAILABLE ON A CUSTOM BASIS FOR 2 OR MORE TRAVELLERS NOV-MAR

Description

Highlights Include:

  • Immersing yourself in true Porteño Culture, as you wander the streets of Buenos Aires
  • Exploring the picturesque city of Salta
  • Strolling pathways around the thundering Iguazu Falls
  • Ogling at the otherworldly landscapes of the Salar Grande (Salt Flats)
  • Sipping on world-class wine around Cafayate and Mendoza
  • Travelling aboard the ‘Train to the Clouds’

DAY 1 – Buenos Aires
Welcome to Buenos Aires! Seductive and cultured, sophisticated yet earthy, eclectic but with a strong identity, it never bores, seldom sleeps and invariably mesmerizes its visitors. Influenced by the great European cities, Buenos Aires nonetheless has its own distinct personality enhanced by proud traditions, including football, tango and mate.

Arrival to Buenos Aires International Airport in Ezeiza, and private transfer to the Hotel. As today is arrival day, there are no planned activities.

Meals: -/-/-
Hotel: BA Hotel

DAY 2 – Buenos Aires – Private City Tour
Nearly 40% of the country’s 33 million citizens live in Greater Buenos Aires, which at first makes the city almost as imposing as New York or London though the compact city centre is accessible and easily explored on foot, by bus, taxi and underground. It is the second-largest cosmopolitan metropolis in South America boasting some of the slickest neighbourhoods in the Americas and equally downtrodden areas – but that’s part of the charm.

Almost a cliché to say that Buenos Aires is as much European as it is Latin it is truly the “Paris of the South”. Mix together a beautiful European-like city with attractive residents, gourmet cuisine, a frenzied nightlife, incredible architecture, and top-drawer activities, and you get an elegant and seductive city, Buenos Aires.

Today will discover the beauty and magic of Buenos Aires. Starting from Colón Theatre we can see the symbolic Obelisco. Then you will visit PLAZA DE MAYO (Square): historical, political and foundational epicentre. Continue to the Metropolitan Cathedral, Government House, and the Cabildo.

This journey continues southwards, walking along old-stoned streets of SAN TELMO: “Tango” neighbourhood. Following the same direction we arrive to La Boca neighbourhood. La Boca is, without a doubt, one of the most visited destinations of BA. It is a working class district, heavily shaped by Italian immigrants who came to our country in large numbers during the last quarter of the 19th century. The neighbourhood’s brightly coloured corrugated iron buildings and its characteristically tenant houses witness the cheerful spirit of the Italian community. There we find the Boca Juniors Football Stadium, which is the maximum example of Argentina’s Passion: Football.

We continue to the very modern Puerto Madero and then San Martín Square. Porteños are passionate about their part Italian heritage, so of course, gelatos to go and stops at historic Cafés are mandatory. We continue to Palermo, which is a residential neighbourhood with parks and elegant buildings.

Return to the Hotel.

Meals: B/-/-
Hotel: BA Hotel

DAY 3 – Buenos Aires to Iguazu
Breakfast at Hotel Recoleta Grand and private transfer to the domestic airport (AEP – Jorge Newbery) to take the flight to Iguazu.
Welcome to Puerto Iguazu, and transfer to Iguazu Grand Hotel.

Straddling Argentina and Brazil and consisting of over 250 separate cascades, Iguazú Falls (or Cataratas) are quite simply the world’s most dramatic waterfalls. Set among subtropical forests of Parque Nacional Iguazú in Argentina, and Parque Nacional do Iguaçu in Brazil, the Falls tumble for a couple of kilometres over a complex set of cliffs from the Río Iguazú Superior to the Río Iguazú Inferior below.

Afternoon for free to enjoy the hotel, or explore the town of Puerto Iguazu.

Meals: B/-/-
Hotel: Puerto Iguazu Hotel

DAY 4 – Iguazu Falls National Park (Argentina)
This tour takes you to visit part of the Iguazú National Park – one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World – It preserves 67.000 ha. of giant trees, vines and ferns living with multi-coloured butterflies, birds and other mammals all of them part of the rich local flora and fauna.

The park was declared Natural World Heritage in 1984, due to its scenic beauty and the great biological diversity of the subtropical jungle with the falls at the heart of this Park.
We start the visit at the Local Museum and continue the tour with the Lower Trail, heaps of spectacular fall as well as a panoramic view of San Martin island and the Union Fall.
Later we walk the Upper Trail shifting along walkways located above major falls up to the majestic “San Martin Fall” from where we have a panoramic view of the Brazilian falls.
Finally, we take the Train of the Jungle up to Devil’s Throat station. From there, after 1,000 meters walk along the catwalks, we come to the dizzying Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) an incredible display of natural forces in which 1800 cubic metres of water per second hurtle over a 3km semicircle of rock into the river canyon 70m below.

*Ticket to National Park included.
*Lunch not included.

Meals: B/-/-
Hotel: Puerto Iguazu Hotel

DAY 5 – Iguazu to Salta
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the beautiful city of Salta.
Arrival to Salta, welcome, and private transfer to Hotel Ayres de Salta.

Salta la Linda (as it is affectionately called) is the historic capital of one of Argentina’s biggest provinces and boasts a lively atmosphere, attractive architecture and dramatic setting. In a region where the landscape and nature, rather than the towns and cities, are the main attractions, Salta is the exception.

Meals: B/-/-
Hotel: Salta Hotel

DAY 6 – Salta to Cachi to Cafayate
After breakfast, you will be picked up and start the Calchaquies Valleys Circuit. We will drive south passing by Cerrillos, El Carril, Chicoana and up the Escoipe River Gorge to enjoy the imposing scenery of Cuesta del Obispo (Bishop’s Slope) up to Piedra del Molino, the highest point in the road at about 3,600 m above sea level. From there the so-called Recta de Tin Tin, a strait road originally set by the local aborigines, which produces the strange sensation of going up road when in fact you are descending. It goes westbound along the high plateau towards the terrain of the sleek, giant ‘cardón’ (candelabra cactus) protected by Los Cardones National Park situated at the Nevado de Cachi foothill. Cachi enjoys the colourful clear atmosphere of this pre-Columbian village with its old houses, its radiant sun, good wines and attractive hills, where the air is so pure that locals.

You will continue south on the Route N°40, through the famous Quebrada de las Flechas. The distance is only of 120 KM, but the road is a bit rough, so it will take you around 3 hours to do this drive. The views though are breath-taking, as the mountains are cut and eroded by the wind, so they have an arrow (flecha) shape.

You will arrive to Cafayate in the afternoon.

Cafayate is a region that is very famous because of its wine production, having excellent Malbecs, and the main region in Salta of the white wine called “Torrontes”.

One of the most famous wineries is Piattelli – http://piattellivineyards.com/

Meals: B/-/-
Hotel: Cafayate Winery Hotel

DAY 7 –– Cafayate to Salta
Enjoy a morning at leisure and enjoy the surroundings of Cafayate, as the trip back to Salta is only 2:30 HS long.

The panoramic view of the valleys continues along La Quebrada de las Conchas, also known as Cafayate Gorge, with colourful stone formations carved in the hills.
The way back to Salta takes us through the marvelous scenery of the Conchas River, with its fascinating rock formations.

Arrival to Salta and accommodation in Ayres de Salta Hotel.
Meals: B/-/-
Hotel: Salta Hotel

DAY 8 – Salta to Salinas Grandes to Purmamarca

The trip departs early in the morning following tracks of the famous Train of the Clouds through the colourful Quebrada del Toro spectacular scenic beauty where we see the mutation of nature as we climb up to over 4,000 m. One of the highest railways in the world, the experience will be unforgettable, thanks to the gorge’s constantly changing dramatic mountain scenery and multicoloured rocks. We continue trip to Santa Rosa de Tastil to visit the pre-Inca ruins of Tastil where we will walk about half an hour and then continue trip to San Antonio de Los Cobres ( 3,776 m).

After lunch in San Antonio de los Cobres , we take Route 40 to the north and after about an hour reach Salinas Grandes in Jujuy province where we visit the other-worldly salt flats. Bring sunglasses for this spectacular glistening of the salar located 3350m above sea level. A lake that dried up in the Holocene, this is now a 525sq km crust of salt up to half-a-meter thick. On a clear day, the blinding contrast between bright blue sky and the cracked and crusty expanse of white is spellbinding. Then we descend the impressive Cuesta de Lipan, reaching the maximum height of the trip: 4,170 meters to lead to Purmamarca on the evening, framed by the Seven Colour Hill.

Accomodation at Manantial del Silencio.
Meals: B/-/-
Hotel: Purmamarca Hotel

DAY 9 – Purmamarca to Humahuaca to Salta

Breakfast at El Manantial del Silencio, and then you will continue along the Humahuaca Ravine. Today you visit the town of Tilcara with its Archeological Museum and the Pucará (amazing indigenous ruins). We then continue the trip, passing Huacalera and Uquía, we finally arrive to Humahuaca, an ancient picturesque village. Free time to wander and have lunch. In the afternoon, we return to Salta through San Salvador de Jujuy, where we explore the main attractions of the city.

After the visit to San Salvador de Jujuy, return to the city of Salta.
Meals: B/-/-
Hotel: Salta Hotel

DAY 10 – Salta to Mendoza
Enjoy a free morning before flying to Mendoza. Mendoza is the cradle of Argentine wine making at the foothills of the Andes. Upon arrival, quick transfer to the downtown area, and free time for to wander around its monuments and elegant parks. The city itself is lively and cosmopolitan and the surrounding area boasts hundreds of wineries.

Meals: B/-/-
Hotel: Mendoza Hotel

DAY 11 – Mendoza – Full Day Wine Experience

Early in the morning we meet the oenologist who will accompany us throughout the tour. We depart to Mendoza’s agricultural oasis and visit two prestigious wineries where we visit their facilities and enjoy a guided wine tasting. It’s fun to dfamiliarize ourselves with the local’s wines, and its elaborate process.
 
Our guide will explain to us the wine production techniques and the correct way to taste wine. At noon we will have lunch in a recognized winery, where we will enjoy an unforgettable gastronomic experience. In the afternoon we will be able to visit other winery and enjoy a wine tasting session.
 
As the sun sets behind the Andes, we will return to the hotel.
 
Meals: B/L/-
Hotel: Mendoza Hotel

DAY 12 – Mendoza – Full Day Wine Experience Valle de UCO

Early in the morning, meet the specialized wine guide who will accompany us throughout the tour. Depart to Mendoza’s agricultural oasis of Valle de Uco located 100 km from Mendoza City. Due to its unparalleled soil and climate conditions, Uco Valley earned world recognition during recent years, as the Gem of Argentina´s Wine Regions. Inside the first mountainsides of the Andes’ foothills, the Uco Valley presents the highest altitudes at which wines are produced in the province of Mendoza. We visit two wineries and enjoy a wine tasting session, during which we familiarize ourselves with the local wines.
  
At noon we enjoy lunch at a recognized restaurant in a winery.

Optional: Dinner in Wine Bar or gourmet restaurant.

*Note: Visits to wineries and lunch are subject to be modified, maintaining always the best quality of the service. 

Meals: B/L/-
Hotel: Mendoza Hotel

DAY 13 – Mendoza to Buenos Aires

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires.
Arrival to Buenos Aires, and Private Transfer to Recoleta Grand Hotel.

Meals: B/-/-
Hotel: Buenos Aires Hotel

DAY 14 – Buenos Aires – Free Day

Today you are free to explore this amazing city either explore by yourself, or we can suggest activities for you.
You can take the hop on/off bus from the city of Buenos Aires, which is great, walk around San Telmo and its antique shops, and even visit the Colon Theatre.
Buenos aires BUS: http://www.buenosairesbus.com/en/
Colon Theatre: http://www.teatrocolon.org.ar/en/home/

Another good options would be to have a full day to Colonia de Sacramento, a small colonial town in Uruguay´s coast and just 1 hour ferry from Buenos Aires.
Meals: B/-/-
Hotel: Buenos Aires Hotel

DAY 15 – Buenos Aires > Canada

Last day in Buenos Aires. Private transfer to the International Airport of Ezeiza for your return flight.

END OF OUR SERVICES. Interested in visiting Patagonia? Extend your visit or we can customize this itinerary. Contact us.

Tour Inclusions:

  • 14 nights accommodation based on double occupancy
  • All transportation as per itinerary (domestic flights, vehicles for excursions, transfers, etc)
  • 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches
  • Guiding services as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing and tastings as per itinerary
  • All applicable taxes

Tour Exclusions:

  • International flights (can be arranged through us)
  • Mandatory travel medical insurance and optional cancellation insurance (can be arranged through us)
  • Tips (house keeping staff, meals on own, etc)
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Transportation and services not mentioned

Buenos Aires – HOTEL RECOLETA GRAND: https://www.recoletagrand.com/
IGUAZU GRAND HOTEL: https://www.iguazugrand.com/
Salta – HOTEL AYRES DE SALTA: https://www.ayresdesalta.com.ar/
Cafayate – CAFAYATE WINE RESORT: http://cafayatewineresort.com/en/home/
HOTEL MANANTIAL DEL SILENCIO: http://www.hotelmanantialdelsilencio.com/
Mendoza – AMERIAN EXECUTIVE HOTEL: https://www.amerian.com/hotel/amerian-executive-mendoza

*Please note that all hotels are subject to change without notice.

Date: Custom Dates available between Nov to Mar