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, enjoy a private guided half day tour of Buenos Aires including all main points of interest such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, Government House, Mayo Square, Congress Hall, Colon Opera Theatre, San Telmo, La Boca Italian District, Palermo Park and the fashionable Recoleta area with its famous cemetery with Eva Peron's tomb in contrast with sidewalk cafes and elegant boutiques. Tour will last approximately 3.5 hours. Complimentary bottle of water included during tour. (This service is on a private basis.)
At 6:15pm be ready for a night you will never forget! A gourmet three-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 we provide – 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 culture the best way possible, through food!
Choose from our gourmet fillings and create your own empanada learning the traditional ‘repulgue’ technique. Alongside your creations, enjoy an Argentine ‘picada’ and choose from grilled provolone cheese, sliced chorizo sausage and our homemade chimichurri. Enjoy what many are claiming to be the very best steak in Argentina, cooked to order and accompanied with velvety mash potatoes and oven roasted vegetables. Vegetarian, pescetarian and celiac options are available on request.
Over the course of the whole evening, enjoy unlimited pours of delicious Argentine wines. From the deceptive Torrentes of Salta to the ruby red Malbec of Mendoza, our specially chosen wines showcase Argentine food the way it is meant to be enjoyed.
Throughout the whole evening our guides will talk you through the distinct Argentine culture that will have you acting like a local in no time – from talking with your hands to ordering steak like a pro. And don’t be afraid to ask questions! Our 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: You will need to arrange your own transport to/from Argentine Experience (transfers are not included). (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 picked up at the airport 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 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. Both sides offer exceptional views of the majestic waterfalls.
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, as viewed from various access points. The footbridges and the navigation tours will take you closer to the waterfalls to enjoy an unforgettable experience.
The tour starts at the Visitors Center and then goes through the Argentinean waterfalls, including the lower circuit, which approaches the Jungle; while the 1,000-meter footbridge will lead to the impressive Garganta del Diablo.
Optional: Tickets for the Gran Aventura. The Gran Aventura tour begins with a 5 mile safari ride along the Yacoratia Path. During the ride, you'll view the jungle's extensive flora and might even catch a glimpse of some of the region's indigenous wildlife. You will then disembark at Puerto Macuco, where you'll hop in an inflatable boat with your tour group and navigate 4 miles along the lower Iguazú River, braving 1 mile of rapids, 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 picked up at the airport 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.
Our 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 7:00am - 7:45am and follow a circuit that will lead you through the Lerma Valley up to “El Carri”, where you will start heading west. After Chicoana the trip will continue along the Quebrada de Escoipe. Enjoy many panoramic views as the vehicle climbs the Custa de Obispo. Following the Tin Tin Straight, you will come upon a small and ancient town called Cachi. It is a picturesque village in the Calchaqui Valleys, where the traditions and myths are still alive. Visit the town and its famous museum before heading to the traditional towns of Seclantas & Molinos Village, Moon Valley of Las Flechas Gorge, Angastaco, San Carlos, and end your trip in Cafayate.
Wine tasting at two wineries is included today. (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 picked up at the airport 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. The Legado Mitico is ideally situated in the charming and bohemian neighborhood of Palermo Viejo, just steps away from a multitude of parks, shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, on the famous Calle Gurruchaga.
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 form 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.