A whirlwind overview of Argentina's natural highlights, this itinerary begins in Buenos Aires, the Paris of South America, transfers to the jaw-dropping natural wonder of Iguazu Falls, and continues into the beautiful northern landscapes of Salta. End your time in Argentina with a few relaxing days in the winelands of Mendoza. Apart from the popular rugged landscapes of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina is a treasure trove of historic and modern culture. This itinerary focuses on that culture, giving travelers a thorough understanding of why Argentinians are so proud of their heritage.
In the morning, you will be picked up at the airport in Buenos Aires and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
The cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and its largest city. Known as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires is steeped in culture unique to this beautiful country. Enjoy tango dancers in the streets of La Boca or head to the charming neighborhoods of Recoleta and Palermo to enjoy delicious empanadas. Buenos Aires is a great base from which to explore the surrounding areas as well. Río de la Plata is a short distance away and is a great place to go to relax on its shores.
Today, you will be taken on a private guided half day tour of the city. During this exploration, you will visit the main attractions, including the Metropolitan Cathedral, Government House, Mayo Square, Congress Hall, Colon Opera Theater, San Telmo, La Boca Italian District and Palermo Park. Your guide can also take you to see the famous cemetery in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Although the historic cemetery sits in stark contrast to the fashionable area of quaint sidewalk cafes and elegant boutiques, it is a site that is not to be missed. This tour will last four hours, as you venture through the wonders of this beautiful city! (This service is on a private basis.)
Tonight at 6:15 PM*, be ready for an evening you will never forget! A gourmet 3 course meal with a twist, The Argentine Experience serves up the best of Argentine cuisine and culture, with a slice of international perspective. Argentinian culture is very much centered around communal dining, which is exactly what you will see tonight – a warm, inviting space, where you will meet fellow travelers from all around the world, along with local Argentines, who want to show off their rich culture through food!
Choose from a variety of gourmet fillings and start making your own empanada, learning the traditional ‘repulgue’ technique along the way. In addition to your creations, enjoy an Argentine ‘picada’ and choose from grilled provolone cheese, sliced chorizo sausage and homemade chimichurri. Savor what many are claiming to be the best steak in Argentina, cooked to order and accompanied with velvety mash potatoes and oven roasted vegetables. Vegetarian, pescetarian and celiac options are also available on request.
Over the course of the evening, you will also taste unlimited pours of delicious Argentine wines. From the deceptive Torrentes of Salta, to the ruby red Malbec of Mendoza, the specially chosen wines showcase Argentine food the way it is meant to be enjoyed. Your guides will talk you through the distinct Argentine culture, that will have you acting like a local in no time! And don’t be afraid to ask questions! The guides are a mix of locals and expats who know Argentine culture and cuisine like the back of their hand – they love food, they love Argentina and they love to talk! *Please note that you will need to arrange your own transport to/from this activity. (This service is on a group basis.)
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Buenos Aires and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Iguazu. Upon arrival in Iguazu, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
The waterfalls of Iguazu are located in northern Argentina, near the border of Paraguay and Brazil. They are made up of 275 falls, some of the cascading waters rushing up to 80 meters high! The 1,000 meter foot bridge on the Argentinian side will lead you to the largest of the falls, La Garganta de Diablo, the Devil's Throat. You can hike the trails on the Argentinean side, as well as the Brazilian side for various perspectives of the breathtaking scenery. Both sides offer exceptional views of the majestic waterfalls and the rich green jungle that surrounds the area. The natural beauty here is simply incomparable.
After breakfast at your hotel this morning, you will embark on a full day private tour of the Argentinean side of the waterfalls. Enjoy the 275 cascades in all of its splendor, as viewed from various access points. The footbridges and the navigation tours will take you closer and closer to the waterfalls, in order to get the most out of this unforgettable experience.
Your expedition will begin at the Visitors Center, before continuing through the many wonders of the Argentinean waterfalls. This exploration will include the lower circuit, which approaches the dense Jungle; while the 1,000-meter footbridge will lead to the impressive Garganta del Diablo.
Optional Add-On: If you are looking for even more of a thrill in today's excursion, consider the option to purchase tickets for the Gran Aventura. The Gran Aventura group tour begins with a 5 mile safari ride along the Yacoratia Path. During the ride, you will have the chance to observe the jungle's extensive flora, and you might even catch a glimpse of some of the region's indigenous wildlife. You will then disembark at Puerto Macuco, where you will hop in an inflatable boat with your group and navigate 4 miles along the lower Iguazú River. Braving 1 mile of splashing rapids, make sure to cover up as you approach the falls in Devil's Throat Canyon! (This service is on a private basis.)
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Iguazu and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Salta. Upon arrival in Salta, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
Salta is the main point of access to explore the culturally rich Northwestern territory of Argentina. Enjoy stunning views from the top of San Bernardo Hill (which can be reached by cable car or hiking up 1,000 steps) or enjoy wandering through the charming streets of this sleepy town.
Today you will enjoy a private guided visit to the region declared a World Cultural and Natural Heritage by UNESCO site, going through the Humahuaca Gorge, marveling at the magnificent views, villages and fascinating cultures.
Your first destination is Purmamarca, a town which has earned a reputation for its Cerro de los Siete Colores (Hill of Seven Colors) which can be viewed from the village streets and the handicraft market bordering the main square. Next, we will visit Maimara, a village at the foot of the dreamy Paleta del Pintor (Painter’s Palette). To the surprise of visitors, its cemetery on the hill can be spotted from the route. Tilcara is famous for its local festivities (Carnival and Holy Week), the Archaeological Museum and the Pucara (aborigine stronghold) with its partially rebuilt ruins from the pre-Colombian times.
Within the Purcara (entrance fee not included), which depicts the lifestyle and development of such times, visitors can appreciate a myriad of cacti specimens at the Museo Botanico de Altura (Botanical Garden). Further to the North, at Huacalera, we will go through the Capricorn Tropic, identified by a white monolith. Uquia is famous for its church built in the 17th century, which has an altarpiece laminated in gold. Interestingly, it is one of the two churches in Argentina decorated with nine Cuzco School paintings of Los Angeles Arcabuceros (angels holding guns), a testimony of the colonial architecture.
Humahuaca, the village the Gorge is named after, has the greatest population. It is also the highest point in our entire journey at 2,940 meters above sea level. Main highlights include: the imposing Independence Monument, the Church and the Town Hall with a tower from which San Francisco Solano comes out every day sharply at noon to give his blessing. After this full day excursion, you will be transferred back to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today, you will be picked up by your private guide between 7:00 - 7:45 AM and whisked away on a journey that begins in the Lerma Valley, and all the way up to “El Carril”, where you will start heading west. After Chicoana, the trip will continue along the Quebrada de Escoipe. Look out your window to admire the spectacular scenery and many panoramic views, as your vehicle climbs the Cuesta de Obispo. Following the Tin Tin Straight, you will come upon a small and ancient town called Cachi. This charming little village in the Calchaqui Valleys is where traditions and myths are still very much alive. You will have time to explore the town and visit its famous museum, before continuing your journey to the traditional towns of Seclantas & Molinos Village, Moon Valley of Las Flechas Gorge, Angastaco and San Carlos. Your exploration will officially come to an end in Cafayate. Please note that wine tasting at two wineries will be included with today's tour. (This service is on a private basis.)
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Salta and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Mendoza. Upon arrival in Mendoza, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)
Mendoza, home to the delicious blends of Malbec wine, is another city that will captivate you. At the base of the Andes Mountains, the climate is well suited to vineyards and the culture is rich and relaxed. Mendoza's tranquil atmosphere allows you to relax and enjoy the beautiful views and charming vineyards. The prestigious vineyards are located in the district of Godoy Cruz, Guaymallén, Luján de Cuyo and Maipú.
Today, a private guide will take you on an extensive tour through Mendoza's local wineries. Mendoza has long been the wine capital of Argentina, and has steadily gained recognition as an international destination for wine-lovers. After this half day tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel for an evening at your leisure. Tastings and entrance fees are included. (This service is on a private basis.)
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Mendoza and transferred to the airport. (This service is on a private basis.)
The Legado Mitico is a warm and inviting hotel, inspired by the history and culture of Argentina. Designed for travelers who wish to experience the authentic spirit of their destination, the Legado Mitico reflects and celebrates the Argentinean identity. If you are looking for a hotel in Buenos Aires, you will find our hotel at the very heart of the mythical neighborhood of Palermo, right in the center of Buenos Aires, and will be instantly inspired with love. Palermo Soho is a perfect blend of bohemia and modernity, was once known as “Palermo Viejo”. Enjoy a strategically placed neighborhood, with its picturesque stone paved streets, which vital force is its avant-garde and eclectic spirit.
Nestled in the heart of the jungle, the luxurious Posada Puerto Bemberg offers upscale rustic charm perfect for travelers looking for a destination that's off the beaten path. Secluded and quiet, set in the jungles of Argentina, Posada Puerto Bemberg offers an authentic - yet luxurious - taste of rural life. The hotel is full of rustic charm and character, decorated in earth tones that mimic the red earth and green trees outside, and surrounded by lush gardens that attract masses of butterflies. The extraordinary service is evidence of the staff's desire to make every detail of your stay perfect, from how sweet you like your Caipirinha to what kind of pillow you prefer.
The Legado Mitico is a warm and inviting hotel, inspired by the history and culture of Argentina. Designed for travelers who wish to experience the authentic spirit of their destination, the Legado Mitico reflects and celebrates the Argentinean identity. This mansion located in the historic quarter of the city had slowly faded into oblivion until Legado Mitico came to its rescue. After careful renovation, it has regained the charm of its original spirit. Legado Mitico Salta is located just five blocks away from the city's traditional main square.
The Wine Resort is located in the town handcrafts Cafayate, 1,86 miles away from the main square, on 25 de Mayo St., on the way to the Divisadero. It was built amidst a vineyard plantation at the foot of the impressive San Isidro Hill.
Surrounded by 35 acres of vineyards, Cavas Wine Lodge stands out with its Spanish colonial style at the foot of the Andes mountains. It is an elegant setting with soft spoken luxury. Its spacious rooms, each one with its own private plunge pool and terrace, have the charm of a private residence. Here, luxury blends naturally into the beautiful landscape. The highlight of the lodge is its wine cellar, the ‘cava’ is underground providing the perfect temperature and atmosphere to store the best labels of Argentinean wine. From the cava wine cellar, a circular staircase leads directly to the library, the renowned Cavas restaurant, and the spa. Learn the secrets of the Cavas chefs and Argentine culinary traditions by booking a cooking course in advance.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.