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Argentina

Argentina

Tour Dates:
Feb 15 - 26, 2019

4,850 (per person)


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Our expert guides will ensure that you enjoy the best custom tour of Argentina, including Buenos Aires and its famous tango, Salta, Cafayate for its award winning vineyards, and the spectacular waterfalls at Iguazú.

Cosmopolitan Buenos Aires looks a bit like a European city, but with an edgy Latin American twist. Colonial Salta offers picturesque plazas and Andean culture. Visiting Iguazú Falls is a visceral experience. The power and noise of the cascades – a chain of hundreds of waterfalls stretching nearly 2 miles – will live forever in your memory. Imagine doing all of this while dining like a gaucho and sipping superb wines.

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Day 1: DEPART US
Day 2: ARRIVE IN BUENOS AIRES

Welcome at Ezeiza Airport and transfer to our hotel.

In the afternoon we begin our exploration of the vibrant city of Buenos Aires on a 4 hour guided tour the Palermo neighborhood. The area is home to the wealthiest families and is known for its embassies, luxury homes, high end shopping and beautiful parks.

The popular Palermo Woods is a group of parks and public spaces of approximately 400 hectares (741 acres), surrounded by elegant buildings. The Rose Garden, Botanical Gardens, Planetarium, Buenos Aires Zoo, and Lake Regattas are a part of this area, which is richly decorated with flowers, forests and lakes, surrounded by lush vegetation – tipa trees, eucalyptus, jacaranda, ceibos, lapachos, pine and drunk sticks. The Rose Garden is one of the most beautiful places to visit, and has a lake where you can rent boats. The Palermo Woods are known for hosting horse-drawn carriages, called “Mateos”. The Botanical Garden has more than 10 thousand species of plants and trees. We continue to Recoleta, where you can take a walk through the beautiful Recoleta Cemetery and see the final resting place of Eva Perón (Evita). The area also has many bars, cafes and fancy restaurants.

Overnight at CasaSur Art Hotel

Day 3: BUENOS AIRES

We will continue to discover the city of Buenos Aires. The 9 de Julio Avenue is the widest avenue in the world, with up to seven lanes in each direction. Along its 1 km route are the Obelisk and the statue of Don Quixote. Avenidas Corrientes is often compared to Times Square, with many theaters, restaurants and shops. It is a lively area that lights up at night. At the Plaza de Mayo we visit the striking Cathedral and Cabildo (Old City Hall). After our tour we head to the most traditional neighborhood of Buenos Aires, San Telmo, which is characterized by its old colonial houses and cobblestoned streets.

La Boca neighborhood, located in the south of the city, is filled with colorful zinc houses that were originally the refuge and home for immigrants and artists. Puerto Madero is the old port of the city, which has turned into one of the most exclusive residential areas in Buenos Aires. Here you will find many of the best restaurants. We will stop here for lunch. There will be some time in the afternoon to relax or freshen up before we head out for the evening.

Gala Dinner & Tango Show – Gala Tango’s French architecture and decor is reminiscent of Argentina in the 1930’s. There is an impressive Carrara marble bar and many refined details that make this place unique and classy. The Tango show has a limited number of seats to insure an intimate and private environment. Before the show, it is possible to participate in a tango class. Gala serves gourmet cuisine and also has an extensive wine list featuring some of the best bottles from Argentina. Dine, dance, and enjoy the best in tango and folklore. (B,L,D)

Overnight at CasaSur Art Hotel

Day 4: BUENOS AIRES / SALTA

In the morning we will enjoy a guided tour of the Colon Theatre. Then transfer to the domestic airport for our flight to Salta. Upon arrival at Salta we will be met by our representative and escorted to our hotel. (B)

Overnight at Hotel Design Suites

Day 5: SALTA

Our half day guided city tour of Salta starts at the main square, Plaza 9 de Julio, where we’ll find Spanish colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and cafes along the edge of the palm tree-lined plaza. Visit the neoclassical cathedral with it’s light pink exterior and an interior dazzling with golds, blues and greens, the San Francisco church, the San Bernardo convent and the High Mountain Museum, famous for the Llullaillaco Mummies.

Continue to the San Bernardo Hill. to enjoy the panoramic view of the city. On our way to San Lorenzo we will pass by the Memorial site for the Battle of Salta. Our last stop will be at the Artisan Market where provincial craftsmen will show you their original handicrafts, like the famous Salteño Poncho.

Enjoy dinner at Peña Folklórica – drinks not included. The word Peña means meeting between brothers. Peñas are a space to share the joy of good food, wine and of course music with friends. The typical cuisine of northern Argentina includes empanadas, asado (BBQ), humitas (tamales) and locro, a traditional stew. (B,D)

Overnight at Hotel Design Suites

Day 6: SALTA / HUMAHUACA GORGE

Full Day excursion to the Humahuaca Gorge. The gorge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognized for its colorful landscapes and unique culture. We will begin in Purmamarca village, where we will see the famous seven colors hill, Santa Rosa de Lima Church and the craft market at the town square.

Heading northwards up to Tilcara town, we will visit the old Pucara (fortress in Quechua language) and the Archeological Museum. Huacalera has a beautiful hill called “the skirt of the Colla woman” due to its shape. Uquia has a noteworthy church. In nearby Humahuaca we will visit a monument to the Native Indian made by the artist Soto Avendaño.

Near Maimara, we will see the hill nicknamed ‘the Painter’s Palette’. Stop in the city of San Salvador de Jujuy to visit the cathedral, which exhibits an amazing pulpit made by the sculpture Lola Mora. Return to Salta along the iconic old cliffside road, framed by exuberant subtropical vegetation. Dinner at our hotel. (B,D)

Overnight at Hotel Design Suites

Day 7: SALTA / CAFAYATE

After breakfast we will depart for Cafayate in the heart of the Calchaqui Valley. Situated in the foothills of the Andes, the elevation and climate are perfect for growing grapes. The steep hillside provides not only fantastic drainage for wine production (particularly good for the Torrontes grape), but also views that will make you stop and stare. On weekends there is a fantastic fiesta atmosphere in the main square. (B)

Overnight at Grace Cafayate Hotel

Day 8: CAFAYATE / CALCHAQUI VALLEY

Half Day Wine Tour Premium Excursion – Tour two wineries that are considered among the best in the Calchaqui Valley. These could be San Pedro de Yacochuya & Piattelli Vineyards on the west side or perhaps El Esteco & El Porvenir de los Andes on the east. Visit the Museum of the Vine and Wine. Tours and tastings are guided by a sommelier who explains the particularities of the wines, the vines and cellars as well. (B)

Overnight at Grace Cafayate Hotel

Day 9: CALCHAQUI VALLEY

Half Day Quilmes Ruins Excursion – Walk through what remains of a pre-Columbian settlement dating back to approx. 850 AD. The Quilmes people were defeated by the Spanish in 1665 and forced to leave, but much of the original architecture remains. The foundations and parts of the walls around the village are still standing and provide valuable insight into the lives of the Quilmes people. It is amazing to stand in the footprint of a home, a bedroom or kitchen, where you can feel how they would have lived. In the afternoon we will visit a winery. (B)

Overnight at Grace Cafayate Hotel

Day 10: CAFAYETE TO SALTA AIRPORT / IGUAZU FALLS

Travel from Cafayate to Salta Airport through the route of the “Quebrada de las Conshas”. Transfer to Airport for flight to Iguazú Falls. (B)

Overnight at La Aldea de la Selva Hotel

Day 11: IGUAZU  FALLS

Iguazú Falls Full Day Excursion – Iguazú National Park was created in 1934 with the aim to protect the subtropical rainforest and the falls. In 1984 it was declared a Natural World Heritage site by UNESCO for its scenic beauty and biological diversity. A visit to Iguazu National Park can be done via 3 circuits and on catwalks, best known as Lower Path, Higher path and the Devil´s Throat Path.

The Lower Path is a 1,200 meter walk (0.8 miles) which gives a great view of the majority of the rapids and falls from a front and lower vantage point. Get a bird’s eye view of the Devil’s Throat together with several Brazilian rapids, and spectacular close-up views of other falls. This walk has some high difficulty sections due to the number of steps along the way. (Duration ca. 2 hours).

The Higher Path is a 1,300 meter walk (0.9 miles) that will raise visitors’ adrenaline level due to the vertigo of being at the edge of the waterfalls. This walk has breathtaking views from a cliff-point outlook and is a less demanding walk with no steps along the way. (Duration ca.1 hour).

The Devil’s Throat can only be accessed via the Ecological Jungle Train. Visitors must get off at the stop named after the waterfall, then stroll along the catwalk, which is a 1,100 meter (0.7 mile) long winding path that goes around the islands and ends at large balconies located on the edge of the falls. There are no steps along the path.

Our Nautical Adventure Navigation excursion explores the very essence of Iguazú National Park: the jungle and the waterfalls. We enter the jungle by the Yacaratiá trail in trucks specially designed for this environment. Bilingual guides (Spanish and English) will introduce the natural and cultural resources.

This 5 kms long stretch ends at Puerto Macuco. At its dock, visitors board boats that sail in the Lower Iguazu River heading towards the waterfalls, and enjoying plentiful rapids. Upon reaching the Tres Mosqueteros Fall, we’ll be able to see the falls of both the Argentine and Brazilian sides crowned by the view of the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat). The most exciting point comes when we ride close to the incomparable San Martín waterfall, the second largest in dimension and the biggest waterfall that a motorboat can approach safely. After that we’ll navigate 6 km down river back to Puerto Macuco. The is an uphill walk of ca. 150 meters to the trucks we’ll ride back to the visitor’s center. Duration ca. 2:15 hours. (B)

Overnight at La Aldea de la Selva Hotel

Day 12: IGUAZU FALLS / BUENOS AIRES / DEPART TO US

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Puerto Iguazu Airport for connecting flights to the US. (B)

CasaSur Art Hotel, Buenos Aires – The only hotel in the city that is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels affiliation, it offers a warm environment, where details are well thought out to meet guests' needs, at any time, for every requirement, to their utmost satisfaction. The hotel is located in the heart of the distinguished and emblematic Recoleta area, on Callao Avenue, a short distance away from luxurious art galleries, shopping areas, green spaces and interesting tourist attractiions.

Hotel Design Suites, Salta – located in the city center of the most representative city in the Argentinean north, Hotel Design Suites represents the best lodging experience. Its exquisite restaurant, its impeccable design and its strategic location make it stand out among other hotels in Salta.

Hotel Grace de Cafayate –  A vineyard and luxury hotel and spa in Calchaqui Valley in the northwest of Argentina, just south of Salta. The hotel forms part of La Estancia de Cafayate, a secluded 1,360 acre residential and sporting estate in the heart of an area famed for its spectacular scenery, outstanding wines, and equestrian sports. Grace Cafayate offers luxury accommodation in the classic boutique style that has become a hallmark of Grace Hotels. Accommodation ranges from the deluxe rooms and ultra-luxurious Grace Suites in the main hotel building to the self-contained villa suites alongside the hotel.

La Aldea de la Selva Hotel, Puerto Iguazú – Immersed in the Paraná Rainforest, the comfortable rooms at La Aldea de la Selva Lodge allow guests to be in direct contact with nature. All rooms have a private balcony overlooking the jungle. Restaurant El Nido, located in the lobby, has galleries which also overlook the jungle, making it the perfect place for a romantic dinner. It offers an à la carte menu with both regional and international cuisine. The lodge has three pools, two jacuzzis and a waterfall. A library and free wi-fi are also available.

Buenos Aires

  • Called the "Paris of South America" Buenos Aires offers a rich cultural, historic and architectural heritage built by generations of Spanish, Italians, Germans, Russians and many other immigrants. It is a blend of tango, coffees shops, theaters, music, antiques, crafts markets, museums, and gastronomic delights including great Argentine wines.
  • The Milongas – forerunner of the Tango, is the authentic way to see real tango, danced by the local people. Classes are often offered before the dances begin for those who want to give it a try.
  • Barrios are the distinct neighborhoods that make up the city. Each one has a unique character, from upbeat and artsy La Boca, to wealthy districts such as Recoleta and trendy Palermo.
  • The La Boca community is famously the place to find the soccer stadium ‘La Bombonera,’ and Caminito, the colorful artists’ street by the water. Caminito is the work of the local La Boca artist Benito Quinquela Martín. In 1960 he painted the walls of what was then an abandoned street and erected a makeshift stage for performances, and it quickly became a haven for artists and open-air tango on display to entertain the patrons at the outdoor cafes. The area is also famous for its open grilled meat restaurants.
  • The Palermo Soho neighborhood is a vibrant area where the most sophisticated restaurants and bars, design houses, small independent theater lounges and artist’s studios.

Salta

  • Capital of the province of the same name, Salta is a gateway to discovering the North of Argentina. It is located in the mountains, almost a mile high. Rightly known as Salta La Linda (the pretty, the fair), it has beautiful colonial architecture in a magnificent setting. It is known also for its pleasant weather…fresh in the evenings and dry. The many natural attractions are reminiscent of the American northwest.
  • The Humahuaca Gorge is one of several UNESCO World Heritage sites in the jaw dropping valleys and deserts of Salta province. Who knew there were so many shades of green in rock?
  • Cafayate Region – The foothills of the Andes provide not only fantastic drainage for wine production (particularly good for the Torrontes grape), but also the type of scenery that makes you stop and stare. On weekends there is a fantastic fiesta atmosphere in the main square of Cafayate. The Valles Calchaquíes is one of the most spectacular sights in the world. You will notice a greater diversity here then in Buenos Aires, particularly the many native faces. The diet is a little different, and the music that moves their souls is more likely to be a folkloric ballad played on an acoustic guitar than a tango.

Iguazu Falls

  • The most breathtaking waterfalls in South America. Perpetual rainbows, hundreds of butterflies, immense green jungle and the energy of the falling water will leave you energized. Argentina shares the falls with Brazil. A series of paved trails bring fine close-up views of the thundering water from the Argentine side. The best panoramic views are from Brazilian side. Enjoy a boat ride along the Iguazu River to see the waterfalls from another perspective. These mighty cascades, on par with Africa’s Victoria Falls, stretch over almost two miles.

Includes

  • All excellent Accommodations
  • Ground Transportation
  • Meals as listed on Itinerary
  • Local English Speaking Guide
  • 10 People Maximum
  • 3 In-country flights

Exclusions

  • International Air booked separately. Please call for quote.
  • Visas or Reciprocity Fees if applicable (currently suspended)
  • Drinks not included


Travel

Travel with tour guide Sunny Reynolds, who has been showing the world to travelers since 1992. While this is not exclusively a photo tour, Sunny Reynolds as a professional photographer is happy to help all levels of photographers take better photos of their adventures.

  • Rates Based on Double Occupancy
  • Single Supplement Applies
  • Subject to Availability
  • All Prices subject to change