Discover Northern Argentina

Explore the remote and less visited north west corner of Argentina on this tailor-made holiday.

Start your 11 night itinerary in lively Buenos Aries with a city tour of the colourful La Boca neighbourhood and the Recoleta Cemetery. Travel to the picturesque city of Salta with its craft market and views over the Lerma Valley. Explore the north west area of Argentina, sampling wine in Cafayate, passing unique rock formations, tobacco plantations and charming time forgotten colonial villages. Visit the World Heritage Site of Quebrada de Humahuaca famed for its colourful hillside, see pre-Incan ruins and end your holiday with a few days at the Iguazu Falls.

Tour highlights

    • Begin your trip in the lively capital of Buenos Aires where you will enjoy a guided half day city taking in the main sights. 
    • Explore the north west region of Argentina by road from Salta passing through stunning landscape and colonial towns where time has stood still. 
    • Finish your time in northern Argentina with a visit to the Iguazu Falls on the border with Brazil and Paraguay. Here you can explore both sides of the falls with a guided excursion to the Brazilian side included on the final day
    • Departs from London Heathrow with possibility of direct British Airways flight to Buenos Aires (regional departs also available) 
    • Itinerary can be tailor-made to your requirements

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival into Buenos Aires

Arrival into Buenos Aires international airport before you are met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at Mine hotel. Classic room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 2

Buenos Aires - Half day city tour

Enjoy a guided city tour of the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Visits include the main square known as Plaza de Mayo, the colourful port neighbourhood of La Boca, the modern and upcoming region of Puerto Madero, the residential neighbourhoods of Palermo and La Recolata and the tour finishes with a visit to the Recoleta cemetery the resting place of Eva Peron. 

Overnight at Mine hotel. Classic room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 3

Buenos Aires

Free day in Buenos Aires to further explore the city. 

Overnight at Mine hotel. Classic room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 4

Buenos Aires - Salta

Private transfer to the airport for your flight to Salta. On arrival in Salta you are met and taken to your hotel. In the afternoon enjoy a city tour. 

The city of Salta is one of the most picturesque cities in Argentina. It is known as "beautiful Salta" due to its privileged location in the Lerma Valley and for the attractive contrast between its colonial buildings and its modern urban architecture. Its centre is the Plaza 9 de Julio, around which are some of the most important buildings. This city tour allows you to appreciate some of the treasures of the colonial times: the Church and the Convent of San Francisco. After visiting the main square the tour continues outside of Salta to the Cerro San Bernardo, where the Monument to General Martín Miguel de Guemes is located. From this hill there is a spectacular panoramic view of the city and the Lerma Valley. The tour ends in the Mercado Artesanal (craft market) where you can buy crafts from all corners of the province of Salta.

Overnight at Design Suites Salta. Junior Suite room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 5

Salta - Cachi

An early morning start from Salta via the Lerma valley. Today you will pass through some spectacular scenery enroute to the town of Cachi. You will visit the Los Cardones national park, home to giant cacti and beautiful vistas. Once you arrive at Cachi you will admire the colonial architecture with visits to the local museum and church.

Overnight at El Cortijo hotel. Superior room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 6

Cachi - Cafayate

Today is another day filled with scenic views and you start on the beautiful route 40 which leads to the mountain town of Molinos. Here you stop for a while to explore this picturesque town with its adobe white washed buildings and colonial architecture. Continue along route 40 until you reach the town of Cafayate. Cafayate is set at around 1600m above sea level which is ideal for growing grapes. The region is famous for its torrents wine, and you will enjoy a visit to one of the nearby vineyards with the chance to taste its produce.

Overnight at Vinas de Cafayate Wine Resort. Standard room.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 7

Cafayate - Salta

Today you head north back to Salta. On the road you will pass through the Quebrada de las Conchas with stunning rock formations which has been sculpted by wind and water over millions of years of erosion. An important stop on your route back to Salta is the Parador Posta de Las Cabras, here you can enjoy a hot coffee and rich goats cheeses which are produced on site. After here you will travel through the town of La Merced and Cerrilos which is surrounded by tobacco plantations before finally arriving at Salta.

Overnight at Design Suites Salta. Junior Suite room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 8

Salta - Purmamarca via Humahuaca

Depart towards Quebrada de Humahuaca which has been declared a World Heritage Site. Here the landscape and the colours of the hills combine with the equally colourful cultures that inhabit the area. You stop at the town of Tilcara to visit the Pucara, an ancient pre-Columbian indigenous fortress which has been partially reconstructed and the Archaeological Museum of the province.The Museum has varied objects of pre-Columbian Inca from Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. Finally arrive at the town of Humahuaca located 2939 meters above sea level. Humahuaca was founded by natives of the region in the year 1594. It’s noted for its pure colonial architectural profile with adobe houses, narrow cobbled streets and lanterns but mainly for the warmth of its inhabitants. The days concludes with the arrival in the small town of Purmamarca located on the outskirts of the Cerro de los Siete Colores (Hill of seven colours).

Overnight at El Manantial del Silencio. Standard room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 9

Purmamarca - Salta

Depart to the city of San Antonio de los Cobres via the Cuesta del Lipan a steep, zig zagging section of route 52 and where condors are often sighted. The city of San Antonio de los Cobres is located at over 4000m above sea level and is an important mining town in the region. The route continues parallel to the tracks of the Train to the Clouds allowing you to observe this impressive feat of engineering. On your way back to Salta you will stop at the ruins of the Santa Rosa de Tastil one of the most important pre-Inca sites in the region

Overnight at Design Suites Salta. Junior Suite room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 10

Salta - Iguazu Falls

Private transfer to Salta airport for your flight to Iguazu. On arrival in Iguazu you are met and taken by private transfer to your new hotel. 

Overnight at Loi Suites Iguazu. Studio Junior room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 11

Iguazu Falls

Free day to visit the Argentinean side of the falls. 

Overnight at Loi Suites Iguazu. Studio Junior room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 12

Brazilian side of the Falls excursion - Departure for the UK

Depart from your hotel in Argentina and cross the border into Brazil and onwards to the Iguacu national park in Brazil. At the entrance to the park you transfer onto a bus which takes you to start of the trails. From here the trails lead for almost 1km alongside the edge of the cliffs of the Iguazu giving you amazing views of the falls. The trail finishes at an observation deck giving you a close up view of the Devils Throat from only 150m away. At the end of the excursion you will be transport to Foz do Iguazu airport for your flight back to the UK via Sao Paulo.  

If you wanted to extend your time in South America you could add on a couple of nights in Rio de Janeiro.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

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Price from 5th April 2016 - 31st December 2016

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