DURATION
14 DAYS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL:
EASY

A Stunning Off The Beaten Path Argentina

This itinerary has been designed to provide a full picture of life in Argentina, while showing why this is a unique country in Latin America. The tour features the cosmopolitan Buenos Aires city, the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls, the stunning Northwest region with its natural beauties in Salta and Jujuy – from Valles Calchaquies to Quebrada de Humahuaca (UNESCO’s world heritage site), and Salinas Grandes in the Puna – , as well as Northern Patagonia’s crown jewels: Bariloche and the Nahuel Huapi National Park at the foothills of the Andes mountains.

The variety of exclusive accommodations in the middle of heavenly settings, along with the most exciting activities, makes this tour a second-to-none experience. Even if you find it difficult to remember where you stayed, you surely won’t forget what you saw and how you felt in these places.

Highlights

Half -Day Private City Tour, Dinner plus Tango Show in Buenos Aires city Full- Day Brazo Tristeza Boat Trip in the Nahuel Huapi National Park The Pucara of Tilcara archeological ruins in Quebrada de Humahuaca, in Jujuy Wineries in Valles Calchaquies, in Salta Cuesta de Lipan, in Purmamarca, and Cerro de los Siete Colores Mountain, in Jujuy Full-Day Tour of the Argentinean Iguazu Falls with the Gran Aventura boat ride

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Día 1

Buenos Aires

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Once you arrive at the hotel you will have the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

We suggest taking a walk around the different neighborhoods to really get a feel for the city. At night, try a typical Argentine dish in one of the many delicious restaurants that the city has to offer, or stroll through the leafy and picturesque neighborhood of Palermo, one of the liveliest parts of Buenos Aires.

You will spend 2 nights in Alvear Icon Hotel

Day 2

CITY TOUR, DINNER AND TANGO SHOW

After breakfast you will be met by your guide at the hotel. Our fascinating city tour will provide an overview of the city and its attractions, giving you a better understanding of Argentina’s history and culture. During the day you will visit Retiro, the Avenida 9 de Julio, South America’s widest avenue, El Teatro Colon and Obelisco, the historic and architecturally imposing Center (Congress, Plaza de Mayo, Avenida de Mayo, Casa Rosada), the modern docklands of Puerto Madero and the oldest neighbourhood of the city, San Telmo, with stops in upmarket Recoleta (Cemetery and Plaza Francia) and the city’s oldest port and birthplace, La Boca (Caminito).

At night you will enjoy gourmet dinner at one of the most distinguished tango shows in town where you will learn and experience this famous rhythm, the heartbeat of Argentina.

Day 3

Buenos Aires – Bariloche

At the appropriate time, you will be met and transferred to Buenos Aires Domestic Airport, where you will take your flight to Bariloche, the heart of the lake-district.

Upon arrival in Bariloche, you will be met and transferred to your hotel located in the northwest of the Argentine Patagonia and within Nahuel Huapi National Park. It is surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, crystal blue lakes, snow-covered mountains, rivers and colorful forests of Larch, Cypress, Cohihue and Arrayanes.

You will have the remaining balance of the afternoon at leisure to enjoy a relaxing sunset at the hotel.

Day 4

Bariloche – Half Day Private History & Nature

This excursion goes along the most classic circuit of San Carlos de Bariloche in an active and funny way. While visiting the most important viewpoints of the area like Mount Campanario and Llao Llao surroundings, the guide will explain how this little mountain village has changed into one of the most attractive tourist cities in Patagonia. You will appreciate the beauty of lakes Moreno and Nahuel Huapi and the mountains Lopez and Capilla. Then, you will do a nature-oriented walk through the impressive native forest on the Llao Llao Nature Park.

Day 5

Bariloche – Full Day Brazo Trizteza Boat Trip

Today you will enjoy a different way to explore Nahuel Huapi Lake. At an appropriate time you will be picked up, and driven to Puerto Pañuelo, located 25 km away from Bariloche by the Llao Llao Peninsula in front of the hotel, where you will embark a small and exclusive navigation.

During the navigation, you will explore a branch of the lake, called Brazo Tristeza, which is a deep glacial fjord, surrounded by imposing mountains and waterfalls – only accessible by boat!

The woods will slowly transform into Valdivian rainforest, enormous trees like the Coihue and Alerce or larch grow in this jungle. Once at the end of the Brazo a marked path awaits; it takes a simple walk until reaching Arroyo Frey waterfall, at the heart of the woods; an idyllic place, where nature expresses herself all around. After the walk (1 ½ hours), you will start your way back, enjoying lunch on board, having the opportunity to taste some of the local delicatessens.

The perfect end to this exploration around one of the most beautiful and wildest areas of Nahuel Huapi National Park.

Day 6

Bariloche – Buenos Aires – Iguazu Falls

At appropriate time you will be met and transferred to Bariloche´s Airport, where you will take your flight to Puerto Iguazu (via Buenos Aires).

Iguazu, meaning “great waters” named by local natives. There is no more fitting description, as thousands of visitors to Iguazu each year will testify. Once seen, the falls – all 275 of them – are never forgotten. The two-mile wide curtain of water crashing 300ft over a series of precipices into a spray-filled gorge constitutes the most spectacular sight of probably the whole continent.

Upon arrival in Puerto Iguazu you will be met and transferred to the selected hotel where you will have the rest of the day free to soak up the exotic jungle climate and laze by the pool.

Day 7

Iguazu Falls – Full Day Tour to Argentinian Falls

After breakfast, start the full day adventure to the Argentine side of Iguazu Falls. Explore the National Park by wandering its paths to take in the incredible views of over 200 majestic waterfalls.

Upon arrival to the National Park, you will catch the train to the largest of the park’s attractions, the unparalleled Devil’s Throat.

You will have time for lunch and in the afternoon you will take the Great Adventure tour, where you sail up the river, examine the falls up close, and even pass underneath them! Be warned, you will definitely get wet so bring a change of clothes if you plan to do this unforgettable tour.

Day 8

Iguazu Falls – Half Day Private Tour to Brazilian side

After breakfast starts your half day excursion to the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls, where you will be treated to panoramic views of this unique natural wonder.

Very important: today you will cross customs Argentina/Brazil: be aware that some nationalities need to have Visa to enter to Brazil. Kindly check with your local Brazilian consulate.

Day 9

Puerto Iguazu – Salta

At the appropriate time, you will be met and transferred to Puerto Iguazu Airport, where you will take your flight to Salta.

Upon arrival in Salta, you will be transferred to your hotel.

You will have the remaining balance of the afternoon at your leisure.

We suggest to relax and settle down doing some walking and discover this enchanting colonial city at your own pace. The MAAM (Museo de Alta Montaña) Museum is worth a visit, right in front of the main square. The museum is absorbing and exhibits the findings of an archaeological expedition in 1999, which most notably unearthed the perfectly preserved bodies of three Incan children, sacrificed around 500 years ago on the summit of the Llullaillaco Volcano. The findings remain one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the Incan era, and one of the highest altitude finds of its type anywhere in the world.

Day 10

Salta – Back to the Clouds – Salinas Grandes – Purmamarca

After breakfast, begin the full day tour that takes you on the same path as the famous “Train to the Clouds”, through “Quebrada del Toro” towards San Antonio de los cobres (4,080 meters/12,500 feet), a little mining town that is fairly representative of hundreds of towns across the mountains of the Andean Puna.

Here, you get a look at the famous La Polvorilla Viaduct, and engineering triumph built between 1930 and 1932, and one of the highest located viaducts in the world. You drive through Toro Canyon, which runs parallel to the tracks of the Train to the Clouds. After a stop at the Tastil ruins, the largest pre-Inca Columbian ruins in Northwest Argentina, continue on Route 40 towards “Salinas Grandes” in the Puna, Jujuy. Descent the Cuesta de Lipan to the picturesque Purmamarca, at the foot of Cerro de los Siete Colores mountain and spend the night in this little village.

Day 11

Purmamarca – Humahuaca Gorge

After breakfast, the tour of Quebrada de Humahuaca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, begins. But before the Quebrada de Humahuaca, drop in on places like Maimará, “Painter’s Palette”, Tilcara, “The Pucara of Tilcara” archaeological ruins, Humahuaca, Tropic of Capricorn, the enchanting Uquía (Pinturas Cuzqueñas), Humahuaca and the Independence Monument.

In the afternoon you will return to Salta city.

Day 12

Valles Calchaquies Tour – 2 days

Early in the morning, head south away from Salta city and through the parched canyon of Quebrada de Escoipe. The landscape morphs into the verdantly green Cuesta del Obispo and the Valle Encantado.

From here, the road gently ascend to almost 3,800 meters/12,000 feet, twisting and turning through the valleys along the way and passing Los Cardones National Park, characterized by the sprawling giant cacti plantations and a myriad of stone trails, constructed by colonizing Incan forces in the 15th century. The small village of Cachi is one of the areas main attractions.

The road then snakes through the mesmerizing Quebrada de las Flechas rock formations and on to Cafayate, arriving late in the afternoon. Thriving in some of the world’s highest vineyards, (1,750 meters/5,740 feet) and enjoy opportunities to sample their unique blends.

Day 13

Cafayate – Salta – Buenos Aires

This day we visit some wineries, and after having lunch, we return to Salta through The Shells ́ Gorge, visiting the peculiar rock formations caused by the rain and wind, such as The Amphitheatre, or The Devil ́s Throat. We arrive to Salta after crossing The Lerma Valley.

Transfer to the airport to take your flight to Buenos Aires.

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your Hotel.

Day 14

Buenos Aires

Breakfast. At the appropriate time you will be met and transferred to the International Airport where you will take your flight back home.

Day 15

BUENOS AIRES

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your departure.

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