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North West & Mesopotamia: sierra and jungle

The tour will start in Buenos Aires and then you will visit Salta, Cachi, Molinos, Cafayate, Quebrada de Las Conchas, San Antonio de Los Cobres, Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca and Tilcara. An amazing tour to enjoy the amazing Northwest region of Argentina.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Buenos Aires - City Tour Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
  • Day 2: Buenos Aires - Salta - Buenos Aires - Salta - City Tour Salta - Salta
  • Day 3: Salta - Cachi
  • Day 4: Cachi - Cafayate
  • Day 5: Cafayate - Salta
  • Day 6: Salta - Purmamarca
  • Day 7: Purmamarca - Salta - Puerto Iguazu - Salta - Puerto Iguazu
  • Day 8: Puerto Iguazu - Iguazu National Park Brazilian side - Puerto Iguazu
  • Day 9: Iguazu National Park, Argentinean side - Puerto Iguazu - Buenos Aires - Puerto Iguazu - Buenos Aires
  • Day 10: City Tour Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
  • Day 11: Departure

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Buenos Aires - City Tour Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires

Welcoming at Ezeiza International Airport and transfer to Buenos Aires in a private vehicle.

Transfer with an English-speaking guide.
Visit Buenos Aires (half day, private tour).

Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city with European features, is among the 10 most active cities in the world. City of arts, cultures, theaters, traditions ... The variety satisfies the most demanding visitor.
You visit the 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest in the world, dominated by the obelisk, a symbol of Buenos Aires. You will pass the Colon Theatre, one of the jewels of the Argentine architecture. Then you arrive to the famous or central Plaza de Mayo, next to buildings such as the Casa Rosada or Casa de Gobierno, the Cabildo and the Cathedral.

You end your day with the picturesque neighborhood of La Boca, and specifically the alley El Caminito, the spot for painters, tango dancers and singers.
Return to your hotel after the visit.
An English-speaking guide will acompany you during the city tour.
Night in Casa Sur Bellini Hotel **** Executive room
Included : transfer arrival, reception with english-speaking guide, english speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 2: Buenos Aires - Salta - City Tour Salta - Salta

Transfer from the hotel to the Buenos Aires Domestic Airport in a private vehicle
Welcoming at Salta's Airport and transfer to the hotel in private vehicle.

Transportation with an Engish-speaking guide.


Half day (morning or afternoon) dedicated to the visit of the city with an english speaking guide in a private vehicle.

Salta is the capital city of the province of the same name and it is located at 1,187 masl, at the foot of Mount San Bernardo. The city was founded on April 16th 1582 by Hernando de Lerma. Both colonial-style houses and modern buildings coexist harmoniously.
Out of all the historical buildings, you visit the cathedral, built in the nineteenth century, the San Bernardo convent and the Cabildo, which houses the picturesque historical museum of the northern region of Argentina.

Visit to the very recent and interesting MAAM museum (Museo Archeologia de Alta Montaña or High Mountain Archaeological Museum) which exhibits several mummies discovered at an altitude of over 6,000 meters.

Note: MAAM closed on mondays.

Night at the Legado Mítico Salta hotel ****.
Mitica Superior.
Included : transfer departure, transfer arrival, reception with english-speaking guide, english speaking guide, entrance fees, room & breakfast

Day 3: Salta - Cachi


Departure to Cachi, located at 2200masl, at 157km from Salta.

We drive through spectacular landscapes such as those offered by the Piedra del Molino mountain pass at 3,600 meters, the Quebrada de Escoipe, a deep gorge where the green of the woods contrasts with the ochre of the soil on the bare mountains of “Cuesta del Obispo” and Los Cardones National Park composed of stark expanses scattered with candelabrum-shaped cacti…

Cachi is a tranquil Andean native village featuring low-whitewashed houses and the San José Church with its sculpted roof of cactus-wood dating back to the eighteenth century. We visit the small archaeological museum which has a wonderful collection of pre-Inca and Inca ceramics, especially those pertaining to the Santa María culture.

We head to La Paya Ruins. It is an important site, with many ring walls, circular stone tombs and the place known as the Casa Morada del Inca, a separate building from the rest, apparently built as a transit station in the Inca Trail.

We return to Cachi

Night at El Cortijo hotel ***.
Master suite
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, excursion (private), room & breakfast

Day 4: Cachi - Cafayate


Departure by private vehicle to reach the small town of Molinos, dating from 1659; there is a church, probably erected in the late eighteenth century, by the last royal governor of Salta, Don Nicolás Severo of Isasmendi, buried there. Around this chapel, the town of Molinos grew.

You cross the majestic "Quebrada de las Flechas" surrounded by a mysterious moonscape.

White dunes announce the nearness of Cafayate, the largest city in the valley of Calchaquies, whose economy relies on the wine industry. Wine tasting in the evening.

Night at Viñas de Cafayate hotel ****.
Room with view onto the vineyards.
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, excursion (private), guide expenses, room & breakfast

Day 5: Cafayate - Salta


This morning, we travel to Salta through the “Quebrada de las Conchas” which undoubtedly offers the visitor one of the most spectacular landscapes in the Northwest of Argentina, with its imposing semi-desert mountains featuring multi-colored rock formations sculpted by erosion.

A century-old sight conceived by nature for our benefit!


Half board at the Estancia El Bordo de las Lanzas **** - with Activities to discover the traditional lifestyle.

Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, excursion (private), room & breakfast, dinner

Day 6: Salta - Purmamarca


We ride in a private vehicle along the railway tracks of the famous “Tren de las Nubes” and head first for Salinas Grandes and then for Purmamarca.
We leave Salta (1,200masl) and after a 166km (104mi) ride, we arrive in San Antonio de los Cobres at 3,774masl. But first we visit Santa Rosa de Tastil (3,200masl) and the pre-Inca site which dates back to the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries AD (a half-hour walk, approximately).

Later, we stop in San Antonio de los Cobres. Surrounded by mountains with virtually no vegetation, this wind swept village and its low buildings give an impression of remoteness. We visit the small museum dedicated to the highest railway-track in the world. Countless pictures describe its construction in the 1930s: what a saga!

As we follow our road, we reach a vast white expanse of land which contrasts against the pure blue of the sky. We are now in the very midst of one of the largest salt deserts in Argentina (1,200 sq. km), Salinas Grandes.

As we drive along a winding dirt track for a few miles, we reach the Lipán Mountain Pass, located at 4,170masl and later the last stop of the day’s tour: Purmamarca, “the Holy Land” in Aymara language. This little town is renowned for its seven-colored mountain, “Cerro de los Siete Colores”, a mineral rainbow.

Note: during the rainy season, between November and March, the access to the Salinas Grandes might become virtually impossible.

Night at Marques de Tojo Hotel.****
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, room & breakfast

Day 7: Purmamarca - Salta - Puerto Iguazu


A quiet day-start to enjoy the "Cerro de los 7 Colores" and the village of Purmamarca.

Departure by private vehicle to hit the Andean road, arrive after twenty kilometres to Pucará Tilcara, a pre-Hispanic Omaguaca village founded over 900 years ago. We visit the village and the remarkable collection housed in its museum including mummies, funeral vases, jewellery and other objects found in archaeological sites in the Northwest of Argentina.

We continue north to Humahuaca, located at 2940masl, one of the most important trade centres in times of the Vice Regency of Peru.
Then we go south all the way to San Salvador de Jujuy and include a visit to the Huacalera chapel which dates back to 1655 and was restored in 1944.

We reach Salta during the afternoon.

307 km – 4 hours

Transport from Puerto Iguazu's airport to your hotel in a private vehicle.

Transfer with an English-speaking guide.

Night at the La Cantera Iguazu Hotel ****.
"Tierra" room
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 8: Puerto Iguazu - Iguazu National Park Brazilian side - Puerto Iguazu


Departure to the Brazilian side of the waterfalls.

The 1,200 meters circuit takes the visitor along footbridges and viewing decks to admire the minor Floriano and Teodoro Da Fonseca falls and finally, the Santa María falls, from where the panorama onto Island San Martín and the entirety of the falls is absolutely breath-taking.

Note: from mid-October to mid-February, Brazil is one hour ahead of Argentina (daylight saving time).


The Parque das Aves is an essential tour for visitors of Foz do Iguassu, located near the Cataratas do Iguassu, beside the Iguassu National Park. In the Parque das Aves you will experience a direct contact with more than 1020 birds from about 150 different species. There are 16.5 hectares of lush Atlantic Rainforest maintained to provide the best habitat for our animals.

This is a tour like no other. It is a unique and unforgettable experience in which you will find amazing birds from all four corners of Brazil and from various parts of the world, many of them endangered. Enter our immersion aviaries to feel the beat of wings from vibrant macaws and look into the eyes of a toucan.

There is plenty to feel and enjoy - beauty is everywhere and that is what motivates us every day to work for the preservation of our fauna and flora. We take into our care birds that are no longer in condition to continue living in nature and keep them in an environment where they can live happily.
You are an essential part of this project. All you need to do to help preserve it is to enter into the experience with all your senses.


Entrance to Iguazú National Park (Brazil) included

Night at the La Cantera Iguazu Hotel ****.
"Tierra" room
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, room & breakfast

Day 9: Iguazu National Park, Argentinean side - Puerto Iguazu - Buenos Aires


Departure to the Iguazú National Park, 18 km from the city centre. Walk along the lower and upper footbridges in the Devil’s Gorge. The Iguazu falls in the Misiones province are always beyond the expectation and the imagination of the visitors. They are formed by a 70 meters drop in the elevation of the Iguazu River with 275 falls.

You can admire falls such as Bosetti, Mbigua and San Martin. We will continue with the lower circuit to observe the Dos Hermanas falls and the San Martin Island.

In the afternoon, the tour goes to the "Garganta del Diablo" circuit with a viewing point in front of the superb and powerful fall, over 150 meters long and 80 meters high. This impressive wonder is surrounded with a thick mist which is one of the biggest attractions of the National Park. The park does not only feature this stunning landscape but also an intense wildlife and flora.

Note: Please remember to take light waterproof clothing along.


A nautical Adventure: this adventure consists in a twelve-minute ride on board a twin-engine boat that leaves opposite island San Martín. During this excursion, the visitor experiences the uniqueness of being engulfed by the thick surrounding mist and enjoys a panoramic view of the Brazilian side of the waterfalls.

Note: this excursion is not recommended for pregnant women or people with physical disabilities (when disembarking, the visitor has to climb up a stairs 100 meter long to reach the footbridges).


Entrance to Iguazú National Park (Argentina) included

Transfer from the Waterfalls to Puerto Iguazu's airport in a private vehicle.
Welcoming at Buenos Aires domestic airport. and transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle.
Night in Casa Sur Bellini Hotel **** Executive room
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, transfer departure, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 10: City Tour Buenos Aires - Soirée Tango - Buenos Aires

Visit Buenos Aires (half day and private tour).
Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city with European features, is among the 10 most active cities in the world. City of arts, cultures, theatres, traditions ... The variety satisfies even the most demanding visitor.

Guided tour of Recoleta neighbourhood, characterized by many colonial houses, often old houses of historical figures, currently inhabited by powerful Argentine families. You enter the luxurious Pacifico Shopping Center, characterized by its French architecture of 1889, with vaulted ceilings. This stunning place is one of the favourite places in Argentina.

Later you visit Recoleta Cemetery, where many celebrities, writers and politicians rest. The best known and most revered, even today is the tomb of Evita Peron, the legendary wife of President Peron.

You continue your visit to Palermo neighbourhood, with a stroll in the park Tres de Febrero, inaugurated in 1875, representing the largest green area of the city.
Return to your hotel.

An English-speaking guide will acompany you during the city tour.

Transfer from the hotel to Café de los Angelitos (Little Angel’s Café) between 20h and 20:30h.

The Café de los Angelitos Tango is part of the “porteña” history. Los Angelitos is a living witness of over 100 years of local history. Countless celebrities came to this café.

In an intimate atmosphere, the show starts … 5 dancing couples, together with singers and an orchestra. The performance will take you to the history of Tango since the 20s all the way to Piazzolla, with some modern components.

It’s a dynamic and intense show that amazes the spectator in a very special environment.
Elegant suites, desired lightning effects are other components of a wild show. Enjoy the performance with the cuisine that honours the local meals lit by candles. Welcome to Angelitos!

Transfer to the hotel at the end of the show.

Round trip to the restaurant on pool service
Night in Casa Sur Bellini Hotel **** Executive room
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, dinner, shared transport, room & breakfast

Day 11: Departure

Transfer from the hotel to Ezeiza International Airport in a private vehicle
Included : transfer departure

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 2: Buenos Aires - Salta


Domestic flight Buenos Aires - Salta.

Included : domestic flight, airport tax

Day 7: Salta - Puerto Iguazu

Domestic flight Salta - Iguazu.
Included : domestic flight, airport tax

Day 9: Puerto Iguazu - Buenos Aires

Domestic flight Iguazu - Buenos Aires.
Included : domestic flight, airport tax

Hotel Casa Sur Bellini   Buenos Aires

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Our 80 elegant contemporaneous-decorated rooms are styled to satisfy every need during your stay. Both charming and lightful, these rooms invite you to enjoy Buenos Aires throughout.

Hotel Legado Mitico Salta   Salta

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

We would like to invite you to our emblematic hotel in the City of Salta, where an exclusive experience awaits you. You will be welcomed with old-time cordiality filled with the love for our nation, and in every room you will discover both mythical figures and the native people of this region, ever so rich in natural beauty.

Option : Room Mitica Superior

Hotel El Cortijo   Cachi

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Enjoy a warm atmosphere, an exclusive Andean stile kitchen, an ideal site to contemplate art and nature and our personalized and kind service. The traditional family Bergesi´s villa became what today is a charming hotel, adding comfort and modern installations to the original building. The restaurant Catalino “chef author, wines and conserved food” is where the cook exhibits his style, adding to the regional kitchen his gourmet touch. The hotel rooms maintain the original architecture and materials like adobe, natural stones, wood and cane with old furnishing combined with regional paintings.

Option : Master Suite

Included :
room & breakfast

Hotel Viñas de Cafayate   Cafayate

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Visit us and discover a unique place to enjoy fine wines, magnificent landscapes, and the peace and quiet that only Viñas de Cafayate-Wine Resort can offer.

Option : Room with view on the vineyards

Hotel   Salta

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner

Located in the province of Salta, the Estancia is one of the oldest estates in the country. Its property deeds date as far back as 1609. The estate’s owners, the Arias Cornejo family, personally welcome visitors. Staying in the Estancia is an experience that allows travellers to really get to know Salta’s countryside, to share the authentic lifestyle of a working estate and to learn in detail the history of the north of Argentina, a region rich in traditions and the former battleground during the wars of independence. At El Bordo de las Lanzas, you will certainly find comfort, warmth, history, nature, outdoor activities, excellent attention and a variety of authentic meals prepared with natural ingredients.

Hotel Marques de Tojo   Purmamarca

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Integrated in its mountain surroundings and designed in 7 colours, this modern boutique hotel offers spacious rooms and an outdoor pool. It is located 4 blocks from Purmamarca´s main square. The air-conditioned rooms at Marqués De Tojo Hotel feature wooden floors. The natural colours used within the architecture also influences the rooms. They are well equipped with satellite TV with DVD player. Some rooms feature panoramic views and a hydromassage tub. Free Wi-Fi is available. The hotel also offers a tour desk that can arrange a variety of trips in area. Guests can enjoy the great views and the sun at Marqués De Tojo´s terrace or read a book and socialise in the communal living room. A buffet breakfast is included in the room rate. The hotel also features a bar where drinks and refreshments can be ordered during the day. Local dishes, accompanied with Argentinean wines are served in the restaurant.

Hotel La Cantera Iguazu   Puerto Iguazu

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

La Cantera Jungle Lodge was carefully built preserving the environment and having the least impact possible. In the 3 hectares of the facilities, there are trees over 400 years old (Purging cassia tree) and others which are protected because they are endangered species (Rosewood). Our Lodge is featured as an innovating, exclusive proposal, providing first class services bringing us closer to each passenger. Ideal for vacations, romantic trips, honeymoons, corporate resting, incentive trips, family reunions, relax and adventure in Misiones Jungle.

Option : upgrade room.

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