Explore the very best of the country's north, from the wineries of Mendoza to the multi-hued mountains near Salta and the cascading beauty of Iguazú Falls
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- Tango your way through Buenos Aires before sniffing out the best malbecs and sauvignons in the wineries of Mendoza
- See fine examples of Spanish-era architecture and explore some of Argentina’s most striking landscapes as you criss-cross the northwest between Salta, Purmamarca, Cachi and Cafayate
- Gaze in awe at Iguazú Falls, a collection of more than 200 cascades on the jungle-clad Brazilian border
- 3 Nights Buenos Aires
- 2 Nights Mendoza
- 1 Night Purmamarca
- 1 Night Salta
- 1 Night Cachi
- 1 Night Cafayate
- 1 Night Salta
- 2 Nights Iguazu Falls
- 1 Night Buenos Aires
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City | Food & wine | Natural world
Delve into the delights of Buenos Aires with its tango shows and steak houses before heading out into the Argentinian countryside to taste award-winning wines in Mendoza and explore the stark landscapes of the arid northwest. Then watch in awe as the canyons and colonial architecture of Salta and its surrounds give way to the drama and beauty of one of the world’s great waterfalls – Iguazú – before returning to the capital for a final night.
Day by day itinerary
Depart the UK on an overnight flight, arriving in Buenos Aires on day two.
Arrive in Buenos Aires and check into your hotel, located just a short walk from upmarket Recoleta and the impressive architecture surrounding Plaza San Martin. An orientation walking tour provides the chance to familiarise yourself with the city’s grid system – long, tree-lined avenues connecting the barrios (neighbourhoods) that give Buenos Aires its unique character. The following day you’ll explore some of these in more detail as you head out on a guided city tour to La Boca, San Telmo and Recoleta among others, even stopping for a drink at the famous Café Tortoni, a historic hang out for Buenos Aires’ intellectual elite. Your final day in the capital is at leisure so perhaps enjoy a tango show, head across the water to Colonia in Uruguay or experience a polo match on the outskirts of the city.
Stay: Emperador Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Superior)
Departing the capital you’ll fly east to the vineyards of Mendoza, set beneath soaring Andean peaks. A two-night stay and a full-day tour mean you’ll have time to visit some of the region’s most prestigious wineries including those of the Luján de Cuyo, the recognised home of Argentinian malbec.
Stay: Club Tapiz Lodge, Mendoza, Argentina (Superior)
Continue your journey as you fly to Jujuy and the rugged landscapes of the northwest. On arrival you’ll transfer by road to El Manantial del Silencio in the pretty town of Purmamarca tucked under the Cerro de los Siete Colores (Hill of Seven Colours), whose startling reds, purples and oranges glow warmly against the green mountains beyond.
Stay: El Manantial del Silencio Hotel & Spa, Purmamarca (Superior)
In the far north of Jujuy province, the Humahuaca Canyon is home to Argentina’s largest population of indigenous Indians who still worship Pacha Mama – the Incan goddess of Mother Earth. Today’s tour explores the region’s astonishing Andean landscapes and puts you in touch with a culture dating back centuries before Spanish rule. In the evening you’ll arrive in Salta where you’ll spend the night. This picturesque city is a treasure trove of Spanish colonial architecture while its plaza-side cafes and gentle pace of life make it a pleasant spot to while away the hours.
Stay: Legado Mitico, Salta (Superior)
Passing through the beautiful Lerma Valley, tobacco estancias and several Indian settlements, today’s drive from Salta to Cachi – a small town at the convergence of the Chachi and Calchaquí rivers – is one of the region’s most beautiful. Check into La Merced del Alto where you’ll spend the night.
Stay: La Merced del Alto, Cachi (Superior)
Continue by road to the wineries of Cafayate, stopping at the Quebrada de las Flechas (Arrow Canyon) where a forest of sharp granite spires juts into the sky. Flanked by billowing white mica dunes, the final approach to town is a fitting prelude to one of Argentina’s driest regions. Despite this arid landscape, the region is home to some of Argentina's most successful wineries. The almost content sunshine and pure Andean ice melt creating ideal conditions for producing torrentés and malbec in particular.
Stay: Patios de Cafayate Wine Hotel, Cafayate (Superior)
Return to Salta, visiting the Quebrada de las Conchas (Shell Canyon) with its multi-hued rock formations and impressive Devil’s Gorge, a natural amphitheatre gouged from the cliffs. Spend tonight at the superb House of Jasmines, a relaxing hotel on the outskirts of the city just a short drive from the airport.
Stay: House of Jasmines, Salta (Deluxe)
Depart Salta on a flight east to the town of Iguazú, gateway to the eponymous torrents that bestride the Brazilian border. Your first day explores the Argentine side where a network of wooden walkways leads you towards Devil’s Throat, a 90-metre plunge that’s Iguazú’s most spectacular fall. From there, an ecological train chugs you through a jungle filled with colourful birds, butterflies and monkeys. The next day, head across the border to the Brazilian side where you’ll enjoy the best panoramic views.
Stay: Loi Suites Iguazu, Iguazu Falls (Superior)
Return south to the capital for a final night.
Stay: Emperador Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Superior)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home, arriving the following morning.
15-day tailor-made journey from £4,945 incl. flights
Guide prices from: £4,945 (low season) & £5,545 (high season) per person*
Valid for travel: year round
Prices include: International & domestic flights, transfers, sightseeing & excursions with English speaking guides & 12 nights accommodation with meals as indicated.
Terms & Conditions: Prices are based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.
*Mendoza Airport is closed 07Sep-07Dec16 and flights need to be arranged to San Juan. Additional transfer costs apply, please call for prices for these dates.
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