Make a loop through northern Argentina beginning with a city tour of Buenos Aires to view the capital’s beautiful monuments and discover its diverse neighborhoods. Travel to Puerto Iguazu and go on 2 excursions to the majestic Iguazu Falls, admiring the Falls from both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides. Transfer to Salta, a colonial city surrounded by the Andes mountains. Embark on 2 different day tours during which you will travel through the surreal expanses of the Puna as well as the colorful Humahuaca Gorge, visit magnificent ruins and small cultural villages, and marvel at the multi-colored rock formations in Purmamarca. Continue with a Winery Tour through endless vineyards in Mendoza. Next, admire superb mountain views with contrasting colors in the Aconcagua Valley Day Trip. Come full circle in Buenos Aires at a fabulous Tango show and a delicious dinner.
Day by day itinerary:
DAY 1: Arrival Buenos Aires
Arrival to Buenos Aires. Regular transfer from Ezeiza International Airport with the Hostel Shuttle. Check in at the selected accommodation.
DAY 2: Buenos Aires - City tour (B)
Breakfast. At 9:00 am City Tour: Discover the beauty and wonders of Buenos Aires, admire the National Congress and the Metropolitan Cathedral next to the Government House in May Square area. Visit the Colon Theater, one of the most important opera houses in Latin America and San Telmo, traditional neighborhood where Tango performances can be seen in many bars and restaurants. Stop at La Boca colorful neighborhood, which was seat of immigrants - mainly Italians - and now home of some artists.
Enjoy Palermo, an area that combines its architecture and history with entertainment and amusement in its green spaces. Finally, La Recoleta, an exclusive and elegant neighborhood where the famous cemetery was found.
DAY 3: Night bus Buenos Aires - Puerto Iguazu (B)
Breakfast and check out at 11:00 am. In the evening, departure to Puerto Iguazú by night bus.
DAY 4: Arrival Puerto Iguazu - Free time
Arrival in Puerto Iguazu at about midday. Transfer to selected accommodation and check in. Free day.
DAY 5: Puerto Iguazu - Excursion to the Iguazu Falls, Argentinian side (B)
Breakfast. At 8:00 am Full Day Excursion to the Falls, Argentine side: This Tour will take you to visit a part of the Iguazú National Park. It preserves 67.000 ha. of giant trees, vines and ferns living with multicolored butterflies, birds and 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. You will start the visit at the Local Museum and continue the Tour along the Lower Trail, from where you can see the " Two sisters Falls", the "Bossetti Fall", the "Hidden Fall", a panoramic view of "San Martin island" and the "Union Fall".
Later you walk the Upper Trail shifting along walkways located above major falls up to the majestic "San Martin Fall” from where you have a panoramic view of the Brazilian falls. Finally, you go with the Train of the Jungle up to "Devil's Throat" station. From there, after 1,000 meters walk along the catwalks, you will reach the spectacular "Devil's Throat", where the Iguazu river expresses itself with all its strength and the falling water gives the illusion of magic rainbows.
DAY 6: Puerto Iguazu - Excursion to the Iguazu Falls, Brazilian side (B)
Breakfast. At 8:00 am Excursion to the Falls Brazilian Side, half day: Your guides take you to visit the wonderful Iguazu Falls, on the Brazilian side, from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Argentine water falls. You will get close to "Floriano", "Deodoro," and "Benjamin" waterfalls, and the walkways lead you also to "Santa Maria Falls." (Be aware of the visa needs if you go to the Brazilian side, eg: Australia, USA, Canada, China, etc)
DAY 7: Night bus Puerto Iguazu - Tucuman (B)
Breakfast and check out before 11:00 am. Bus station drop off. Departure to Tucuman city in the late evening. Night bus.
DAY 8: Transfer Tucuman - Salta
Arrival in Tucuman in the evening to connect with another bus heading to Salta. Arrival to Salta, late in the night.
DAY 9: Salta - Purmamarca Excursion (B)
Breakfast. Safari to the Clouds/Purmamarca Excursion: You will travel on the same route as the famous Train to the Clouds, zigzagging on lonely roads between the blue sky and the Puna. On your way, you will visit magnificent ruins, scattered houses, small villages and amazing landscapes. The departure from Salta will be at 7:00 am and you will quickly reach the small town of Campo Quijano and later, the impressive Quebrada del Toro. Soon you will leave all signs of vegetation as you enter the realms of the solitary Puna. In Santa Rosa de Tastil, a pre-Inca city of the XIII century, you will do a short archeological hiking.
Later, you will reach San Antonio de los Cobres, a small miner´s town rich in tradition and the Train to the Clouds final destination. Further ahead, a desert plateau will take you to the surreal landscape of the salt flats, where you stop again to walk around and enjoy the contrasts. In the afternoon, you will pass through the overwhelming Lipan mountains and arrive at the Seven-color Hill in Purmamarca, a landmark on its own.
DAY 10: Purmamarca - Humahuaca Excursion - Salta (B)
Breakfast. Humahuaca Full Day Excursion: Towns and relics of ancient cultures, superb mountains and the feeling of being in timeless places are the exquisite elements of this trip through the Humahuaca Gorge.
Head north to the province of Jujuy. The small towns of Tumbaya, Purmamarca, Maimará and Tilcara open their ancient charm to your captivated eyes. In Purmamarca, you will stop to see the famous Seven-color hill, in Tilcara, you visit the Pucará (fortress) and the Archeological Museum, while in Uquía you stop to admire the local church. But it’s in Humahuaca where you enjoy in the extremely peaceful atmosphere, the typical colonial architecture and the charming people. In your way back you will also visit San Salvador de Jujuy to get to know its monuments and intriguing legends. Let the history behind the walls and stones of these places take you on a ride to the Argentinean past! Arrival to Salta at 7:00 - 8:00 pm.
DAY 11: Salta - Free day (B)
Breakfast. Free day to enjoy optional tours or just relax in beautiful Salta city.
DAY 12: Night bus Salta - Mendoza (B)
Breakfast. Check Out. In the evening: Take the bus to Mendoza.
DAY 13: Mendoza - Winery tour
Arrival in Mendoza. At 2.30 pm, Half Day Winery Tour: These Tour runs among vineyards in the areas of Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu. You will experience the work culture brought by immigrants, using irrigation techniques (canals and ditches) inherited from the former Huarpes Indians. They managed to change a vast desert into a productive river oasis. This is the scene of the settlement of prestigious wineries, which represent Argentine wines in the world with high quality wines.
You will visit two wineries, one with traditional organic methods and the other that uses the latest available technology. Guided by professionals in winemaking, you will learn about the vinification methods and processes, bottling and labelling of wines, in the end of the tour you will taste the different grapes that the wineries offer. Departure: 2:30 pm. Sundays 8:30 am.
DAY 14: Mendoza - Aconcagua Valley Day Trip (B)
Breakfast. 7:00 am: Aconcagua Valley Day Trip (Alta Montaña): The Tour offers a variety of colors and sceneries. Early in the morning along the river Mendoza, get a view of the majestic mountain range called Cordon del Plata and the Potrerillos dam, colossal work for hydraulic power generation and water distribution for irrigation. Your next visit will be Uspallata, pre-Hispanic settlement of Huarpes indians and the southern last point of the Inca Empire. Here you will see the Vaults of Uspallata, historic “adobe” (mud) buildings, that were used by the chaplain Fray Luis Beltran for casting cannons and guns.
Afterwards you will visit the villages of Picheuta, Polvareda, Punta de Vacas and Los Penitentes ski resort. Free time for the use of chair lift to enjoy beautiful panoramic views. Later, you will find Puente de Inca along your route, a huge natural bridge with strands of hot springs. Continuing the road and 2750 meters above sea level you will reach the viewpoint of Cerro Aconcagua, the colossus of America (6959 meters high), from where you go to the Laguna Horcones and the Aconcagua Provincial Park. Follow the international route to reach your last destination, Las Cuevas, an European-style village located 3200 meters above sea level. Back to town at 7:00 - 8:00 pm.
DAY 15: Night bus Mendoza - Buenos Aires (B)
Breakfast. Check out. In the evening, take the Night bus back to Buenos Aires.
DAY 16: Buenos Aires - Free time and Tango Show (D)
Arrival to Buenos Aires in the morning. At 2:00 pm, check in. Free Day.
In the evening (8:00 pm), assist at a Tango Show with dinner in La Ventana: In the very heart of San Telmo neighborhood, this refurbished historic "conventillo" is a classic building of Buenos Aires culture. LA VENTANA is a trip to older times. Professional artists will show you their best art, singing songs and dancing typical pieces, shared with the best tango orchestras. The show consists of several parts in which you can appreciate 2 tango orchestras, a folkloric group, dancers and singers.
DAY 17: Buenos Aires (B)
Breakfast. Check out. Transfer to Ezeiza International Airport with the regular Hostel Shuttle Service.
* The transfer from/to Ezeiza International Airport is only included during the regular timetable, outside of those hours you will pay for the transfer yourself.
* Don’t forget to bring your own towel if you have chosen to stay in a Hostel Dorm Room.
* Remember to take care of visa arrangements before going to the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls.