15 day tour
- Self-drive through the north of the country
- Visit both sides of the Iguazú Falls
- Walk over the Salinas Grandes
In two weeks, you will travel through three completely different climate zones ranging from desert to jungle. You will visit the bustling city Buenos Aires, admire the spectacular Iguazú Falls on the border with Brazil, drive through breath-taking desert sceneries in the provinces of Salta and Jujuy, visit the large salt plains of Salinas Grandes and enjoy some fine wines in the region around Cafayate.
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15 day tour of Argentina:
Buenos Aires – Iguazú – Salta – Cachi – Cafayate – Purmamarca – Humahuaca – Salta – Buenos Aires
Day 1 – Arrival in Buenos Aires
Our transfer service will meet you at the airport and accompany you to your hotel. If you arrive early in the day, take the time to explore the streets of Buenos Aires and familiarize yourself with this bustling metropolis. You’ll have plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants to choose from if you’re after a night on the town. If you are looking to soak up some culture, take a look at the program of the ‘Teatro Colón’.
Day 2 – Buenos Aires: City Tour and Tango
Take the day to see the highlights of one of South America’s most charming cities. Whether it’s watching dancers perform tango in the streets of the colourful neighbourhood La Boca, admiring the governmental palace La Casa Rosada (“The Pink House”) on Plaza de Mayo, or enjoying the bohemian atmosphere and antique shops of cobblestoned San Telmo—Buenos Aires is sure to enthuse even the most experienced of travellers.
Take a tango class in the evening and learn all about the traditions and rules of the Milonga (the local tango dance saloon) while trying out your newly acquired skills on the dance floor.
Day 3 – Buenos Aires
Today you have a day at leisure in Buenos Aires to visit those places you still haven’t seen. You can choose to visit the Cemetery of Recoleta where the tomb of Evita Peron can be found, you can stroll around the neighbourhood Palermo with its many shops and restaurants, visit the Colon Theatre or one of the many museums the city has to offer. It is up to you!
Day 4 – Buenos Aires to Iguazú Falls
Our transfer service will pick you up at your hotel and accompany you to the airport, where you will board a flight to Puerto Iguazú. Take the afternoon to visit the Brazilian side of the Iguazú falls and enjoy a complete panorama of 275 falls plunging into the depth across a stretch of nearly 3 kilometres (or 1.24 miles). Iguazú falls are wider than the Victoria Falls and higher than the Niagara Falls and promise a spectacular view.
Day 5 – Iguazú Falls
Spend the day wandering around the Argentinean side where you can get really close to the falls. Stand just a few meters away from the “Garganta del Diablo” (Devil’s Throat) and witness how immense water masses plunge into a depth of no less than 84 meters (276 feet), or take a boat tour that brings you extremely close to the water falls and lets you experience this spectacle from a different perspective (make sure to bring dry cloths!).
Day 6 – Iguazú Falls to Salta
The time has come to leave Iguazú Falls. We will arrange a transfer from your hotel to the airport, where you can catch an 8 hour internal flight to Salta.
Day 7 – Salta
Salta “La Linda” (the beautiful) is the provincial capital with many interesting sights you can visit during a tour of the city. Walk by many old colonial buildings and beautiful churches, or pay a visit to MAAM Archaeological Museum with its impressive collection of artefacts from the pre-Colombian era. In the afternoon, we can recommend going up the San Bernardo Hill by cable car to get a spectacular view over the city of Salta and the surrounding mountains.
Day 8 – Salta to Cachi
Pick up your car this morning and start your self-drive to Cachi. You will drive to a height of 3,348 metres (10,984 feet) above sea-level, with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery around you. One of the most beautiful parts of the route is the “Recta de Tintin”; a straight road that cuts through a large field of huge Cardon cactuses.
Day 9 – Cachi to Cafayate
The winding, unpaved road from Cachi to Cafayate takes you through a colourful, constantly changing landscape. Take your time to enjoy the wonders of nature such as the “Quebrada de las Flechas” (Canyon of Arrows), and visit a weaving shed or a small church in one of the villages along the way.
Day 10 – Cafayate
Cafayate is the wine capital of the region, which is evident by the large number of bodegas in an otherwise small town. Take a tour of a bodega, try the white Torrontes wine, and learn about the characteristics of the highest wine region of the world. You can also drive through the “Valles Calchaquíes” (Calchaquíes Valleys), or visit the ruins of Quilmes. This pre-Columbian, fortified town is tucked away between two hills and is one of the most important archaeological sites of the country.
Day 11 – Cafayate to Purmamarca
Take the whole day to drive through the ‘Quebrada de Cafayate’; a UNESCO World Heritage site; referred to by many as Argentina’s Grand Canyon. Each curve and high red wall hides another surprise along the way.
Day 12 – Purmamarca to Salinas Grandes
From Purmamarca drive to the large salt plains on the border of the provinces of Salta and Jujuy. The road to Salinas Grandes is steep and winding, and takes you through a constantly changing landscape. You’ll be able to spot Salinas Grandes from far away—the blinding, almost other-worldly whiteness of the plains stands in stark contrast to the colour of the surroundings.
Day 13 – Salinas Grandes to Humahuaca
Today is your last day in the north of Argentina. Spend it visiting the small villages of the “Quebrada de Humahuaca” before heading back to Buenos Aires. The small colonial towns of Tilcara and Humahuaca are well worth a visit, for their beautiful scenery and pre-Colombian character.
Day 14 – Humahuaca to Salta and Buenos Aires
Today you drive back to Salta, passing by the provincial capital of Jujuy. Drop off the car at the airport of Salta and take a flight back to Buenos Aires. Spend the rest of the day relaxing in Buenos Aires, or score some last minute souvenirs.
Day 15 – Departure from Buenos Aires/ Return home
Your journey through the highlights of Argentina comes to an end today. A transfer will be organized from your hotel to Buenos Aires airport, where you will board your flight home.