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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 lika 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. In addition, the Palermo Woods are known for hosting horse-drawn carriages, called “Mateos”. The Botanical Garden is one of the main attractions of Forests, holding inside more than 10 thousand species of plants and trees. There the Municipal School of Gardening works.

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 the first immigrants and popular artists. From there our day continues to Puerto Madero – the old port of the city that was turned into one of the most exclusive gastronomic and residential areas in Buenos Aires. We will stop here for lunch.

For dinner we will go to Gala Tango. With its French architecture and decoration, it is reminiscent of Argentina in the 30’s. The impressive Carrara marble bar and many refined details make this place unique and classy.

Gala Tango offers a Tango show in an intimate and private environment. Before the show, it is possible to participate in a tango class. Enjoy the gourmet dinner and perhaps some wine. They have 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 we 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 you’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 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, The last stop will be at the Artisan Market where craftsmen of the entire province will show you their original crafts, like the famous Salteño Poncho. Enjoy dinner at Peña Folklórica. (B,D)

Overnight at Hotel Design Suites

Day 6: SALTA

Full Day excursion to the Humahuaca Gorge, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its colorful landscapes and cultures.

The tour will begin in the Purmamarca Village, in order to see the well-known Seven Colors Hill, the town church and the craft market located around the square.

Then we will head northwards to Tilcara town. Stop to visit the old Pucara (fortress in the Quechua language) and the Archeological Museum before arriving in Huacalera, a wonderful landscape featuring a hill named “the skirt of the Colla woman” due to its shape. Visit the church in Uquia, then continue to Humahuaca to see a monument to the Native Indian made by the artist Soto Avendaño.

After lunch as we head back to the south, it will be possible to admire the hill nicknamed “the Painter’s Palette” just on the side of the town of Maimara. Stop in the city of San Salvador de Jujuy for its Cathedral, which exhibits an amazing pulpit made by the famous sculptor Lola Mora. Return to Salta along the old road by a cliff and framed by exuberant subtropical vegetation until the arrival in the city of Salta. 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: CALCHAQUI VALLEY

Half Day Premium Wine Tour with English speaking guide. Visit two wineries of Cafayate that are among the best of the Calchaqui Valley. These could be San Pedro de Yacochuya & Piattelli Vineyards in the west or El Esteco & El Porvenir de los Andes in the east. We also visit the Museum of the Vine and Wine. In each winery we do a tour of the facilities and a tasting of the best wine produced by the winery. The tour and the tasting are guided by a sommelier that explains the particularities of the wine, the vines and cellar as well. (B)

Overnight at Grace Cafayate Hotel

Day 9: CALCHAQUI VALLEY

Half Day Quilmes Ruins Excursion to the last Indian settlement in Calchaquí Valley. Private tour with English speaking guide. Scenic walk through the historical ruins. (B)

Overnight at Grace Cafayate Hotel

Day 10: CAFAYETE / IGUAZU

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

Full Day excursion to the Argentina side of the falls. The park was created in 1934 with the main aim to protect the majestic Iguazú Falls. In 1984 UNESCO declared this a Natural World Heritage Site because of its scenic beauty and the biological diversity of its subtropical rainforest.

A visit to the Iguazú National Park can be done via 3 circuits and on catwalks, known as Lower Path, Higher Path and the Devil’s Throat Path. The Lower Path is a 1,200-metre-walk (0.8 miles) that gives a great view of the majority of the rapids and falls from a front and lower point of view. The distances range from a bird’s eye point of view of The Devil’s Throat together with several Brazilian rapids, to spectacular close-ups to other falls. This walk has a high difficulty level due to the number of steps along the way. (Approximate duration: 2 hours). The Higher Path is a 1,300-metre-walk (0.9 miles) that will raise every visitor´s adrenaline level because of the vertigo of being at the edge of some waterfalls. This walk has breathtaking scenery from a cliff-point outlook and is the less demanding walk of the three with no steps along the way. (Approximate duration: 1 hour). The Devil’s Throat has to be accessed via the Ecological Jungle Train, and everyone must get off at the stop named after the waterfall. From there, there is a stroll along the catwalk which is a winding path that goes around the islands for 1,100 meters (0.7 miles) and ends in the large balconies located on the edge of falls. There are no steps along the path.

An optional Nautical Adventure Navigation starts and finishes at the end of the Lower Circuit, which is located in front of San Martin Island. This is a motorboat ride passing through the lower canyon of the Iguazú River and around the island up to the foot of the Three Musketeers Waterfall, where one can enjoy a spectacular and clear view of both the Brazilian and Argentinean falls, as well as the Devil’s Throat Fall. Besides enjoying the beautiful panoramic views, it is possible to get very close to the waterfall of San Martin Island, the biggest waterfall that a motorboat can safely approach. (B)

Overnight at La Aldea de la Selva Hotel

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

At the set time transfer to Puerto Iguazú Airport for connecting flights to US. (B)

CasaSur Art Hotel is the only hotel in the city of Buenos Aires that is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels affiliation. It offers a warm environment, where details were well thought out to meet guests' needs, at any time for every requirement, to their utmost satisfaction.

CasaSur is located in the heart of the distinguished and emblematic Recoleta area, on Callao Avenue, between Quintana and Alvear Avenues. Only a few steps away from luxurious Art Galleries, well known commercial centers, green spaces and interesting tourist sites.

Hotel Design Suites is located in the Salta city center, the premier city in the Argentinean north. This hotel represents the best lodging experience. Its exquisite restaurant, its impeccable design and its strategic location make Design Suites stand out among other hotels in Salta.

Hotel Grace Cafayate is a vineyard and rural hotel, located in the city of Cafayate, province of Salta. It has 32 rooms and suites with views of the vineyards and mountains. An idyllic setting for the creation of great wines.

La Aldea de la Selva Hotel is located in the Paraná Rainforest. The rooms highlight the rustic and native aspects of the province Misiones, with furniture crafted by local artists. It offers the perfect combination of rusticity and luxury, with three pools a waterfall and two jacuzzis, free wi-fi and outdoors areas in a natural setting.

Cultural & Ecological Attractions

The capital city of Buenos Aires:

  • The Milongas – forerunner of the Tango, is the authentic way to see real tango, danced by the local people
  • The Palermo Soho neighborhood a vibrant area where the most sophisticated restaurants and bars, design houses, small Independent theater lounges and artist’s studios
  • 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.

Iguazu Falls:

  • The Iguazu Falls are the most breathtaking waterfalls in South America.
  • Argentina shares the falls with Brazil, and we will visit them from both sides! They are closer from the Argentine side with finer close-up views of the thundering water, thanks to a series of paved trails. Yet we have the best panoramic view from Brazilian side. These mighty cascades, on par with Africa’s Victoria Falls, stretch over almost two miles in Argentina and Brazil.

Salta:

  • Salta is the capital of the province of the same name, a gateway to discovering the North of Argentina.
  • The Humahuaca Gorge, one of several UNESCO World Heritage sites in the jaw dropping valleys and deserts of Salta province.
  • 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. Visit many award winning wineries.

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is called the “Paris of South America”! This city offers a rich cultural, historic and architectural heritage built by generations of Spanish, Italians, Germans, Russians and many other immigrants. Buenos Aires is a blend of tango, coffees shops, theaters, music, antiques, crafts markets, museums, and gastronomic delights including great Argentine wines. And of course there is fútbol, soccer to us!

Buenos Aires is a patchwork of distinct, fascinating communities called Barrio’s. From neighborhoods such as upbeat and arty La Boca, to wealthy districts such as Recoleta and trendy Palermo, to middle-class barrios such as Belgrano and Caballito.

The Milongas – forerunner of the Tango

We choose the alternative to big tango shows, and visit the neighborhood milongas. The authentic way to see real tango, danced by the local people, is at a milonga. Classes are often offered before the dances begin for those who want to give it a try.

The Palermo Soho neighborhood with its antique houses from the 1900, has become a vibrant area where the most sophisticated restaurants and bars, design houses, small Independent theater lounges and artist’s studios are situated. Palermo SOHO is actually unofficial and stems from a supposed likeness to New York’s Soho neighborhood.

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.

Iguazu Falls

The Iguazu Falls are 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, and we will visit them from both sides! They are closer from the Argentine side with finer close-up views of the thundering water, thanks to a series of paved trails. Yet we have the best panoramic view from Brazilian side. These mighty cascades, on par with Africa’s Victoria Falls, stretch over almost two miles in Argentina and Brazil.

Salta

Salta is in the mountains (almost a mile high), and is the capital of the province of the same name, a gateway to discovering the North of Argentina.

It is rightly known as Salta La Linda (the pretty, the fair) as it is beautiful with a great deal of colonial architecture in a magnificent setting. It is known also for its pleasant weather…fresh in the evenings and dry. The many natural attractions remind us a bit of the American northwest.

Just north of Salta city lies the stratified painter’s palette of the Humahuaca Gorge, 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

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. Weekends there is a fantastic fiesta atmosphere in the main square. Being here provides access to the Valles Calchaquíes, which has to be one of the most spectacular sights in the world.

You will notice a greater diversity here then in Buenos Aries, particularly the many native faces. This is a different side of Argentina than what you might expect. 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.


Includes

    • All excellent Accommodations
    • Ground Transportation
    • Meals where listed on Itinerary
    • Local English Speaking Guide
    • 10 People Maximum

Exclusions

International Air Travel and Domestic Flights Booked Separately; Call for Quote
Nautical Adventure at Iguazu Booked Separately
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