This tour around Argentina´s five most well-known cities will allow you to know different weather conditions and landscapes, all of them equally beautiful and different at the same time. We will visit the multicultural and Cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, where the Tango was born, where you will be able to eat the best meat in the world and the nightlife and culture gives the tourist a different option each day. We will head north to Misiones province knowing the “Iguazú National Park” and its falls (Paradise beauty with waterfalls and cascades surrounded by the subtropical rainforest; a show por every tourist). Up north we will also visit Salta province, its capital city, and the touristic spots the city offers, where the beauty of the place got its already famous motto “Salta the pretty”. We will finally visit Bariloche, famous for its natural reserves which include lakes, forest and mountains. This city is considered one of the destinations more people choose to spend their holidays in during Winter. It has beautiful snowstorms from June to August. The city also has resorts where the tourists can practice sports such as ski or snowboard. Do not miss the chance of travelling with us and visiting Argentina with all its different weathers!
Day 1 - Buenos Aires
Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Day at leisure.
Day 2 - Buenos Aires
Breakfast. In the morning city tour in Buenos Aires. 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 suggested Tango show with dinner.
Day 3 - Buenos Aires
Breakfast. Day at leisure. We suggesttour to Delta of Tigre River. We will visit the northern area of Buenos Aires. As we pass through the parks and the beautiful buildings, we can see a sensational panoramic view of la Plata River, the widest river in the world. We will see Jorge Newbery Airport, River Plate Stadium, University of Buenos Aires, Olivos residence (where the president lives). Then we will arrive to Tigre where we will begin our navigation into the Parana Delta. Hundreds of islands are part of this unique ecosystem that it is located only 20km distance from Buenos Aires.
We will return to the city in the coast train that connects the most elegant residential areas facing the River. The last part of the tour will be done by bus.
Day 4 - Buenos Aires - Iguassu
Breakfast. Transfer to Buenos Aires Airport for flight to Puerto Iguazú (IGR). Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Day at leisure.
Day 5 - Iguassu
Breakfast. In the morning excursion to the Argentinean side of the Iguassu 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 WorldHeritage 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 Iguazu river speaks with all its strength and the falling water gives the illusion of magic rainbows.
Day 6 - Iguassu
Breakfast. In the morning Excursion to Brazilian side of the waterfalls. 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.
Day 7 - Iguassu - Salta
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Salta (SLA). Arrival and transfer to the hotel
Day 8 - Salta
Breakfast. Early in the morning Quebrada de Humahuaca excursion: Leaving Salta and going down to Route 34, crossing the Siancas valley through the town of Gral. Güemes, former centre of operations for the Gral. Belgrano railway, and passing fields planted with sugar-cane, tabacco, beans and cotton, we will reach the neighboring province of Jujuy, and its capital city, San Salvador, in the Río Grande valley.
At Yala, a summer resort set amist densely forested mountains, rivers and lakes, the road begins to rise into the Quebrada de Humahuaca, dotted with small settlements whose origins go back to prehispanic times. Gradually the vegetation on the hills disappears, giving way to the colours of minerals, which, like giant brush-strokes, paint a many-coloured backdrop to this stage.
After visiting the picturesque village of Purmamarca, situated at the foot of the magnificent Cerro de los Siete Colores (the Seven-Coloured Hill), we will reach the ancient Tilcara and the ruins of Pucará. The Tropic of Capricorn crosses the province at the level of Huacalera and Uquía, whose small church is one of the oldest in the area.
The colonial town of Humahuaca, greets us at the end of the trip, resting beneath a beautiful blue sky, and we can sample the delicious regional dishes, and admire all sorts of Indian crafts, musical instruments and rustic weaves of llama and vucuña wool.
On the way back to Salta we will go through the city of S.S. de Jujuy and take the mountain-side road, formerly Route 9, which winds through the subtropical forest of the Western slopes of the Andes, festooned with wild creepers, aromatic herbs, and grand old trees.
Day 9 - Salta
Breakfast. Day at leisure, we suggest Tour to Cafayate: We leave Salta along Route 68 and travel through the fertile Lerma Valley, today an important tobacco growing area, which was used in the 17th and 18th Centuries as winter pasture land for the mules and cattle which were to be taken to the mines of Alto Peru. Legends from that period speak of the existence of treasure which came from the high mining lands which have still not been found and which must be buried somewhere in these hills.
All along this route you come across different settlements, such as Cerillos, La Merced, and El Carril, which form the nuclei for farming and ranching in the area.
Near Coronel Moldes, the Cabra Corral Reservoir, an imposing hydroelectric complex wedged between hills of singular beauty, is an invitation to practice water sports.
Before going up the gorge which leads to the valleys, it is worth stopping at the lonely village of Alemanía, whose long disused railway line seems to have plunged her into a never-ending slumber.
As we carry on up the winding road along the banks of the Las Conchas river, we come across strange mountainous shapes made of brightly coloured sandstone deposited in the Tertiary Period, some 60 million years ago. We will be amazed as we go into the Garganta del Diablo and the Anfiteatro, huge open cracks in the earth, where we can hear the perfect echo of any sound.
Gradually the arid countryside is replaced by extensive vineyards, the sure sign that we are approaching Cafayate. The name of this city, which used to be an Indian settlement, means “Burial of griefs” (Drowning of sorrows) in Cacán.
Cafayate awaits you, a land of sunshine and wine, with modern shops, a historic Cathedral with five naves, an archeological museum, and artists (craftsmen) in clay, wood and weaving. Visit the ancient wine cellars, which will make your soul drunk with the perfume of oak and torrontés (a unique variety of wine grape).
Day 10 - Salta-Mendoza
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Mendoza (MDZ). Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Day 11 - Mendoza
Breakfast. Visit to wineries:On this tour you will learn about how man has turned a desert into an oasis by means of canals and irrigation ditches. The original system was created by the Huarpes indigenous people, is now run by computerized drip irrigation and has made Argentina one the main wine producers in the world.
We will tour two wineries where enologists will explain the wine-making process and we will participate in a wine tasting session.
Some of the wineries involved in this tour are López, Zuccardi, Lagarde, Don Bosco, Flichman, Di tommaso, Wainert, Viñas del Cerno, Reiter. Breakfast. Visit to wineries:On this tour you will learn about how man has turned a desert into an oasis by means of canals and irrigation ditches. The original system was created by the Huarpes indigenous people, is now run by computerized drip irrigation and has made Argentina one the main wine producers in the world.
We will tour two wineries where enologists will explain the wine-making process and we will participate in a wine tasting session.
Some of the wineries involved in this tour are López, Zuccardi, Lagarde, Don Bosco, Flichman, Di tommaso, Wainert, Viñas del Cerno, Reiter.
Day 12 - Mendoza
Breakfast. Day at leisure, we suggest High Andes tour along the Mendoza river: This excursion takes us from Mendoza city to the borderline with Chile along paved roads where we can enjoy tourist services, and which runs bordering the Mendoza river.
One of the sights on the way is the Potrerillos Valley Dam.
Uspallata is a wide valley whose urban center offers a variety of places to eat and to stay for the night. It used to be the settlement of the native Huarpe people in pre-Hispanic times. A short distance away there are some historical constructions that, despite being made of clay bricks, are kept in very good condition. They are called Las Bóvedas. The historical importance of these ancient rough buildings is the fact that they once were the site where the cannons and weapons used in the Chilean Independence War were manufactured.
Our next stops are at small villages: Picheuta, Polvaredas and Punta de Vacas (from which you easily reach the famous Los Penitentes village.
Los Penitentes is principally a ski center located 167km from Mendoza city. It is open for skiing from June to August and a great site for adventure activities throughout the year. The chairlift will allow you to have a privileged panoramic view of the area.
Further ahead, we will reach Puente del Inca (Inca’s Bridge) at 2720 meters above sea level. The Las Cuevas River has bored the mountain and formed a natural bridge where thermal water also flows. Nearby is the Cemetery of Mountain Climbers. There is a magnificent viewpoint a short distance from the border which allows you to see the splendor of the ACONCAGUA Mount. A dirt road stemming from the International Road leads to the beautiful Horcones lagoon and the Aconcagua Provincial Park.
Back on the International Road you will see Customs House at Horcones and right up ahead, almost at the border with Chile, Las Cuevas. It is a small town built following European style at 3200 meters above sea level.
As we move on and right before reaching the International Tunnel that leads to Chile, there is another road. By taking it, and only if the weather conditions are favorable, you will be able to go up to the Cristo Redentor (The Redeemer) monument set at an altitude of 4200 meters. This monument symbolizes the Argentine-Chilean fraternity. The same road is used to return to Mendoza city.
Day 13 - Mendoza - Bariloche
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Bariloche (BRC). Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Day 14 - Bariloche
Breakfast. In the morning small circuit tour. This circuit is a traditional option that takes only half a day. Generally it is the first excursion one does and thus, the first contact with the landscape of the region. It is approximately 60 kilometers long and it begins and ends in San Carlos de Bariloche, following lake Nahuel Huapi’s waterfront along a paved road called Avenida Ezequiel Bustillo. Lake Nahuel Huapi is the biggest lake of the whole region. It has a surface of 55.700 hectares. All along the way, you will be accompanied by it as well as by the Andean peaks and the opposite shores in the distance.
As we begin this circuit you will notice well-kept gardens and the typical construction style consisting mainly of wood and local stone. Some belong to pioneers and some to institutions such as the nautical club. As we go along, the landscape offers different aspects of the lake, the type of forest begins to vary intermingled with cypress and maitén trees and in the summer time these colors are accentuated by the flowers of wild rose, wild berries, Spanish broom and other wild species.
At kilometer 17 we will make a stop at the chairlift of Cerro Campanario, which will let us have a magnificent view from 1050 m.a.s.l. As we continue we will reach the entrance to the San Pedro Peninsula and at kilometer 24, we will be at the Llao Llao peninsula. Here our attention will be drawn to the St. Eduard’s Chapel, Puerto Pañuelo and the link grounds of the Llao Llao Hotel strategically located between lakes Moreno and Nahuel Huapi. At this point the landscape is a conjunction of colors and shapes that give the Nahuel Huapi National Park its well-deserved fame. .
Then comes the orchards of the Swiss settlers, the panoramic or lookout point on lake Moreno, and Laguna El Trebol. A few kilometers further the road links again with Avenida Bustillo and we will be heading back to the city of San Carlos de Bariloche.
Day 15 - Bariloche
Breakfast. Day at leisure, we suggest Navigation Victoria Island & Arrayanes Forrest. This trip begins at Puerto Pañuelo located on the Lao Llao Peninsula on Lake Nahuel Huapi’s watefront. The island is 11 kilometers away and the boat makes this distance in about 30 minutes. All the way to Puerto Anchorena we will be awed by the color of the water, the Andean peaks and the abundant vegetation. This landscape was transformed by diverse geological phenomena along the course of millions of years. Once on the island, our suggestion is to spend time trekking it. The place must have been inhabited for thousands of years. Proof of this, are the smoke stained caves and the rupestrian paintings. There is also a noticeable mêlée of fauna and flora. The native species such as cypresses coihues and ñires cohabit with huge sequoias, thujas, eucalyptus, oak and pinecones. Something similar happens with the fauna. Such species as the native “pudu pudu” or dwarf deer cohabits with the wild boar or jabalí, European deer, pheasant and a variety of birds. This island is 20 kilometers long and 4 kilometers wide with a total surface of 3.710 hectares. From Isla Victoria we will continue the trip by boat towards Puerto Quetrihue located to the south of the peninsula that bares the same name. This trip also takes 30 minutes and the most outstanding feature is that we will land at a pure and dense arrayán forest. The arrayán is a tree that has a cinnamon brown bark. This bark detaches itself in strips revealing lighter layers of the same hue. The arrayán tree has round small dark green leaves. Near the end of the summer the trees cover themselves with small white flowers which later turn into round black brilliant fruit. This, together with the fact that it is almost the only tree specimen in the area, gives the surroundings a strange coloring. These trees have thrived thanks to the dampness of the habitat.
Day 16 - Bariloche - Buenos Aires
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Buenos Aires (BUE). Arrival and transfer to the hotel
Day 17 - Buenos Aires
Breakfast. Transfer to Ezeiza International Airport.