Buenos Aires. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon we suggest city tour: This tour gives you the emotion of a multiple Buenos Aires. We will visit the most characteristic places of the “Paris of America”. The Obelisk, Colon Theatre, Recoleta Cemetery, May square (surrounded by the cathedral, the Cabildo, and the pink house where the president works) are some of the highlights that we will include in the tour. We will also visit La Boca neighborhood which was seat of immigrants – mainly Italians – and now home of some artists; San Telmo, traditional neighborhood where Tango performances can be seen in many bars and restaurants; the elegant Recoleta, and the most modern: Puerto Madero. At night we suggest going to a Tango Show.
Buenos Aires – Puerto Iguazú. Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Puerto Iguazú. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon Brazilian falls tour: Once inside the park, visitors will be astonished by its neatness, beauty and extension (175.000 has). Also the same as in the National Park of Argentina, you will find a great bio-diversity. For sure nature will welcome them with fantastic colorful butterfly’s, which are a delight to watch as they fly in hundreds, offering a great natural show. Due to the fact that 80% of the falls belong to Argentina, the Brazilian park has to offer only one walking trail, of about 1000m of length. From this trail you will have the best panoramic views, of all of the falls from both countries. Located at the end of this trail, there is an elevator, which offers a wonderful view of the Brazilian park, and the “Floreano” fall. For sure one of the most beautiful views in this park.
Puerto Iguazú. Breakfast. In the morning argentinean falls tour: In the morning excursion to the Argentinean side of the Iguazú National Park. Located inside the Iguazú National Park you will find more than 200 waterfalls, from 30 to 80mts high, which all together are called to be the “Iguazú Falls”.
The Argentine side of the falls is divided into 3 trails (Upper, inferior and Devils Throat). This tour takes you to visit part of the Iguazú National Park. It preserves 67.000 ha. of giant trees, vines and ferns living with multicoloured 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 beauties and the great biological diversity of the subtropical jungle. The famous falls are in the heart of this Park.
We start the visit at the Local Museum and continue the tour with the Lower Trail, from where we can see among others, the “Two sisters Falls”, the “Bossetti Fall”, the “Hidden Fall”, 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 go with 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 spectacular “Devil’s Throat”, where the Iguazú river speaks with all its strength and the falling water gives the illusion of magic rainbows
Puerto Iguazú. Breakfast. Tour to San Ignacio Ruins and Wanda Mines: We start at 7:30 on the National Route N º 12 towards for San Ignacio. In the morning we go to the Interpretation Center located within the Jesuit Ruins where they will provide us with audios, music, symbolic elements and other audio-visual resources. Later, we visit San Ignacio´s Jesuit Missions, the Church, the college, the workshops, the gardens, the cemetery and the housings. These ruins were declared World Heritage by the UNESCO, they are testimony of the Society of Jesus’ fruitful work Along the way we can appreciate some plant species of great value, like the the “Palo Rosa” (Rose Wood), and reforestations of pines like “Parana”, “Elliotti” and “Taeda”. We visit plantations of yerba mate, tea and tung, as well as manufacturing establishments of typical products where we can see its industrialization process. To conclude the visit, we arrive at the Minas of semi-precious stones where specialized guides discussed and explained the oddities minerals locked up for centuries in the basalt. Here topazes, amethysts, crystals of rock, aquamarines and quartzes, among many other stones are transformed into beautiful pieces of jewellery.
Puerto Iguazú – Yacutinga Lodge. Breakfast. Transfer to Raices meeting point. 14.00 hrs. Encounter at Raíces Argentinas. Luggage dispatch. 14.30 hrs.Departure towards Yacutinga Lodge. During the drive the naturalist guide will give information on the characteristics of this “Misiones” jungle. 17.00 hrs.Arrival at Yacutinga Lodge.Reception and welcome. Luggage distribution to the assigned rooms. 19.00 hrs – Presentation: The jungle and its conservation state. Through this presentation the guide in charge will explain to the new guests the environmental situation of the ecosystem they are visiting. Questions & answers. Dinner. Overnight
Yacutinga Lodge. After the breakfast, early in the morning Kayaking along the San Francisco stream, which flows into the Natural Reserve. This is the right moment for a photo-safari and general fauna observation. The Forest water streams are highly important for the Ecosystem: they are true life corridors. Sailing these waters is extremely relaxing and gives us the opportunity to move along the Gallery forests in silence. In this environment, seed dispersal occurs differently. Root systems have adapted to flood Soils.
Salt patches are very common on the shores of these streams, and wild animals often seek these places, therefore it is common to find animal footprints and traces in the muddy shores. The water activity lasts almost 3 hours.
Lunch at the Lodge. Time off for personal activities or self-guided trails close to the Lodge.
Departure before sunset to one of the introductory trails of the Yacutinga Reserve, with the idea of visiting this environment at a time where maximum fauna activity is present.
Return to the Lodge.
Yacutinga Lodge. Breakfast and eco-tour “Exploring the Jungle” of the Yacutinga Reserve. The early hours are the best for better registration and observation. Nature is interpreted in its whole. Flora, orchids, bromelias and other epiphytes. Fauna: mainly birds and their behaviors. Lunch at the Lodge. Time off for personal activities or self-guided trails close to the Lodge. In the afternoon, start of the “Guaraní afternoon”: – The representatives of the Guarani community Kagui Pora, will show us how they use the resources the jungle for their own subsistence: use of medicinal plants and traps. – At the fire-place the Caburé will be prepared, a typical Guaraní dish based on corn and wild honey. Preparation of the Mate Tea in its traditional form.Time to chat with the Guarani’s about their life, customs and actual social situation. – Chorus of the Guaraní children. Some ritual songs will be presented. Translation and content. Return to the Lodge at mid-afternoon. Dinner. Overnight.
Salta. Breakfast and free time to explore around or simply enjoy the Lodge area. We invite our guests to participate in our Orchid rescue program. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Salta. Arrival. Start self drive program at Ford Ranger 4×2 vehicle.
Salta – Cafayate. Breakfast. A beautiful drive will take you to Cafayate. Cafayate is known the Torrontés wine region. This place is considered as the unequal in the world because of the special characteristics of the place such as the weather, ground, high altitude, humidity, and also due to its production process. The wineries of the region also produce other varieties for instance Cabernet sauvignon, Chardonnay, Malbec and syrah. Night in Cafayate.
Cafayate – Salta. Breakfast. At your own pace you drive via a beautiful route back to Salta. In the afternoon and at night you can enjoy Salta a little bit more before moving on to the next destination in the province Jujuy. Overnight in Salta.
Salta – Purmamarca. Breakfast. Another beautiful route will lead you to Purmamarca. Purmamarca is a beautiful little, photogenic and picturesque village with the 7 colored mountain as eyecatcher. From the village you can walk to the viewing point or drive to another viewing point to see the mountain at his best. The best time of the day is early morning or later afternoon. In the village a lot of people sell their hand made clothes, bags and other souvenirs. Overnight in Purmamarca.
Purmamarca – Salta. Breakfast. Depending the time you will have your flight today you can drive back to Salta via Salinas Grandes. This will be a long trip, but very nice if you have that time and when you have not seen the Salinas yet. Overnight in Salta.
Salta – Buenos Aires. Breakfast. Car dropp off at Salta airport. Flight to Buenos Aires. Arrival and transfer to the farm. Dinner (non alcoholic drink included)
Day 14 Buenos Aires. Day at leisure for enjoy ranch activities.
Lunch (non alcoholic drink included) Dinner (non alcoholic drink included)
Buenos Aires. Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.