Argentina is a land of contrasts, from the vast plains of the east to the Andes in the West where Aconcagua, the highest peak of the Western Hemisphere at 6,959 m, towers above the other mountains. The variety of landscape ranges from the high of the Northwest –with its deserts, valleys, gorges and brightly hills- to the lakes, forests, glaciers, steppe, mountains and cliffs of Patagonia. From the wetlands, lagoons, waterfalls and subtropical rainforest of the Northeast, to the expanse of flat Pampas in Buenos Aires Province and the rolling hills of Cordoba.
Arrival and reception at the airport; transfer to the hotel.Accommodation. Afterwards,city tour visiting the most interesting places in Buenos Aires city: Mayo Square, the Government House, the Cabildo,the Metropolitan Cathedral,Mayo Avenue, the Congress Palace, the Colón Theater, La Boca neighborhood, Palermo,the Planetarium and La Recoleta.
Return to the hotel.
In the morning transfer to the local airport to board the scheduled flight to Puerto Iguazu. Arrival and reception at the airport; transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon departure from the hotel to the Foz do Iguaçu National Park, to get a different view of the falls.
Return to Puerto Iguazu Accommodation.
In the morning we will visit the Argentinean side of the Iguazu Falls, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO and one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. We will visit the Devil’s Throat balcony, upper and lower paths from where you can take the Great Adventure as an optional tour.
Morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport to board the scheduled flight to Salta. Arrival and reception in the airport. In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to the beautiful city of Salta including a must the MAAM Museum of High Altitude Archaeology. Museum with a great archaeological asset because of the girls mummies found in the Llullaillaco Volcano.
Departure from Salta to the Calchaquies Valleys through hills and ravines. We arrive at Cachi passing by Recta de Tin Tin and Los Cardones National Park. Accommodation.
Maximum Altitude 3.348 masl (10984ft.). Total traveled distance: 168 Km (105 miles)
Today we continue from Cachito Cafayate through Seclantas, Angastaco and Quebrada delas flechas (Arrows ravine) a curious rock formation. Arrival at Cafayate, a village surrounded by vineyards that produce renowned wines.
Maximum Altitude 2.500 masl (8202 ft.). Total traveled distance: 157 Km (98 miles)
In the morning we will take a brief tour of the town including a visit to a winery. After lunch (not included) departure towards Salta visiting Quebrada de Cafayate (Cafayate´s Gorge) with its strange rock formations. Arrival at Salta.
Maximum Altitude 1.880 masl (6167 ft). Total traveled distance: 198 Km (124 miles).
Early departure traveling along the Quebrada Del Toro to reach the town of San Antonio de los Cobres. This route is the path that takes the Train to the Clouds through its viaducts, tunnels and curlers. Arrival in San Antonio de los Cobres and time to take lunch (not included). Afterwards we continue along the Puna to reach Salinas Grandes (Salt Flat) and then descend along Cuesta de Lipan up to Purmamarca, a typical village at the foot of Seven Colors Hill.
Maximum Altitude 4.170 masl (13681 ft). Total traveled distance: 363 Km (227 miles).
Today we will enjoy a full day excursion to Humahuaca´s gorge visiting typical and colorful villages. We start visiting the village of Purmamarca, where we will observe the Cerro de los Siete Colores and the Art-craft market, located in the main square. It continues towards Tilcara with its Pucará, an old pre-Colombian native fortress partially rebuilt, and the Province’s Historic Museum, Uquia with its local parish church which holds a collection of paintings coming from Cuzco, representing the harquebusier angels. Arrive at Humahuaca; this town was founded by aborigines in 1594. Visit the church, the old Town Hall, and the Argentine Independence War’s Monument. After lunch (not included) return to Salta. On the way we will stop at Maimara to admire La Paleta del Pintor (Paintor's Palette) and San Salvador de Jujuy where we will shortly visit the main square, the Cathedral, the Town Hall, and the Government.Arrival at Salta.
Maximum Altitude 3000 masl (98421 ft). Total traveled distance: 288 Km (180 miles).
In the morning Transfer to the Airport to board the scheduled flight to Buenos Aires. Arrival and reception at the airport. Transfer to the selected hotel.
At night, transfer to El Querandi to assist to a dinner and Show where you will enjoy the magnetism of tango.
Time at leisure. If your flight time allows it, we suggest taking the Gaucho Party Excursion and taste the traditional Argentinean barbecue: ‘asado’. In due time, transfer to the Airport to board the scheduled Flight.
From January to March the itinerary may be changed because of the rainy season at the Northwest. The Puna is a very special environment and is characterized by its high altitude (4170Masl), reduction of oxygen in the air, high atmospheric pressure, high sun level, wind, etc. All of these conditions make it necessary to take special care with people with respiratory, heart or blood pressure ailments. Consult your doctor in such cases.
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