Buenos Aires, Salta Valleys & Canyons

From Buenos Aires to Salta, Argentina
  • Argentina
  • Food and wine
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Explore Buenos Aires and north west Argentina, the stunning Salta region, over 11 days.

Begin your Argentine tour in Buenos Aires, the ‘Paris of the South’. The birthplace of the tango is, like the dance itself, captivating, seductive and bustling with energy. Atmospheric old neighbourhoods are rife with romantic restaurants and Buenos Aires' European heritage is evident in its architecture, boulevards and parks. Explore the city highlights, take in a tango show, enjoy an Argentinean BBQ and sail the Tigre Delta.

Then fly northwest to Salta, an absolutely beautiful part of Argentina. Take your time exploring Salta, then travel by road to Cachi, a small town in the Calchaquí Valley, known for its adobe houses and white colonial buildings. Continue along the legendary Ruta 40 through incredible landscapes, including the Valley of the Arrows. Explore Cafayate, one of the finest wine-growing regions in Argentina - perhaps even try some wine flavoured ice cream! Then drive the “Quebrada de las Conchas” (Valley of the Shells), next  heading out towards the Tastil Ruins and up high into the Andes following the tracks of the world famous train to the clouds to arrive at San Antonio de los Cobres. Stay in the village of Purmamarca, located at the base of the striking, multi-hued mountain called the Seven Colors Hill. Visits to Tilcara and Huamachuca round out our trip before returning to Salta. 

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Charming remote villages, outstanding landscapes, this is northwest Argentina! Stay in the sleepy village of Purmamarca, while exploring the Humahuaca gorge. This village is set at the foot of the famous hill of seven colours!

Have fun in the white desert- Salinas Grandes (The Great Salt Flat), where your mind will boggle at the sheer immensity of the area.

The Cafayate wine area is one of the highest places in the world that is suitable for viticulture, and offers some of the best wines in Argentina. Sample Torrontes Rioja and Malbec wine, surrounded by the magical Calchaquí Valleys.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Buenos Aires arrival

On arrival into Buenos Aires you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Buenos Aires, Argentina’s elegant, historic and cosmopolitan capital, is known as the “Paris of the South” due to its European atmosphere with glamorous avenues lined with fashionable shops and Parisian-style restaurants and cafes. Located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, Buenos Aires has many fascinating neighbourhoods to explore including the colourful and lively La Boca, home to art galleries and tango shows; San Telmo with its restored mansions and antique stores and Recoleta, the city’s most exclusive area.

Overnight in Buenos Aires

Day 2
Buenos Aires city highlights & Fogon Asado

Highlights of Buenos Aires

You will be collected from your hotel for your three-hour tour visiting the most important highlights of the city of Buenos Aires. Discover the history of the Plaza de Mayo Square, the site of Argentina’s most important historical events - see its surroundings and the most emblematic buildings and learn all about them. Then enjoy Mayo Avenue and wonder in awe at the oldest residential neighbourhood in Buenos Aires: San Telmo. Live and feel the original Tango in the neighbourhood of La Boca: walk along Caminito Street and enjoy the Dancers and souvenir shops. See the mythical Boca Juniors soccer stadium. Contemplate the modernization of the city whilst traveling along Puerto Madero and its exclusive docks, full of excellent restaurants and large offices. Pass through the Retiro neighbourhood and move on to see Palermo and its most exclusive residential area before finally arriving at Recoleta. Here, discover the final resting place of Eva Peron, “Evita” and wander through Recoleta Cemetery where she is to be found. On completion of your tour, you will be taken to your hotel. Please note this is a small group tour.

Fogon Asado Experience and Wine Pairing
This evening you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Fogón to immerse yourself in their Asado Experience. From the chefs of the famous Uco Restaurant in Buenos Aires and Butterfly in Bariloche comes Fogón - a new way of living the traditional Argentine Asado, served with a twist. A closed-door dining experience awaits you that explores new ways of serving Argentine Asado classics. While seated at the bar you’ll see, feel and taste traditional and modern grill cooking techniques up close and personal as you sit with the chefs around the parrilla. Every Asado is unique but always includes the best cuts of meat available and fire roasted seasonal vegetables. The chefs have designed the tasting menu to combine new grill techniques with tried and true Argentine recipes that elevate the Asado to new heights. The wine pairing menu has also been designed to best enhance the flavours of the ingredients, while presenting you with some of the best boutique wines from Argentina. On completion of your experience, please make your own way back to your hotel.

Overnight in Buenos Aires

Day 3
Buenos Aires: San Isidro & Tigre Delta & Tango

San Isidro & Tigre Delta
Travel from the heart of Buenos Aires to the Tigre Delta in a catamaran, offering one of the best views of the city skyline (a view that surprisingly few people see, even locals). You will be collected from your hotel and taken to the city’s port to board a modern catamaran which will take you to the Tigre Delta. During the one-and-a-half-hour cruise you will be able to admire Buenos Aires from the Rio de la Plata (River Plate), its northern areas and the channels of the Delta, whilst enjoying refreshments on board. After the cruise, disembark at Tigre Pier and visit by vehicle Paseo Victoria, the most important neighbourhood in Tigre and then the Puerto de Frutos. You will soon find yourself in San Isidro where you will visit the town’s historical centre and Cathedral on foot while having a snack, and then finally you will see the city’s northern areas and the Presidential Residence in Olivos, before returning to the city.

Afternoon at leisure

Aljibe Tango Show and Dinner
This evening you will be collected from your hotel to experience a Tango Show with dinner at Aljibe Tango. Located in San Telmo, the venue is a restored conventillo (boarding house) and offers an intimate show featuring professional dancers and musicians. The show is accompanied by a traditional menu and Argentine wines. Due to the show commencing earlier than other venues, this is an ideal venue for families or those who want a taste of tango but not a late evening.

Dinner will be served from 7.00pm followed by the show commencing from 8.00pm. Please note timings are subject to change and will be confirmed directly to you. On completion of the show, you will be taken to your hotel. Please note this is a small group tour.

Overnight in Buenos Aires

Day 4
Buenos Aires Salta

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight to Salta.
Upon arrival, you will be met & transferred to your hotel.

Known as ''Salta la Linda'' (Salta the Pretty), Salta is a provincial capital in the mountainous north western part of Argentina. Founded in 1582, it is known for its Spanish colonial architecture and cobblestone streets as well as its Andean heritage. The centre of the city is the Plaza 9 de Julio, an elegant square bordered by the cathedral and El Cabildo, an 18th century town hall that is now a historical museum.

Overnight in Salta

Day 5
Salta exploration

This city deserves at least one full day to explore it. Our premium shared half day city tour will take you on a tour of the main highlights of the city, such as the excellent MAAM (entrance fee not included), a fascinating museum built to house the mummified remains of three sacrificed Inca children found on a nearby mountain top. The afternoon will be at your leisure.
Overnight in Salta

Day 6
Salta Cachi

After heading south from Salta until El Carril, you climb steadily up the Cuesta del Obispo – an amazing feat of road engineering - to the route’s highest point (3348 metres above sea level), known as the Piedra Del Molino.
From here the road straightens out as you go through the Los Cardones National Park, which is particularly famous for its giant cacti (cardones) which dot the hillside. The total drive to Cachi is 157 km and it will take around 4-5 hours with plenty of photo stops. On arrival in Cachi, you will stop for lunch (not included).

Cachi is a tiny village that's developing into a popular base for exploring the north of Calchaqui Valley. The town has a charming church, a small archaeological museum, and couple of very nice restaurants, though nothing much in the way of nightlife. Watching over the town is the immense 6,340m Nevado de Cachi, a few kilometers away.

Overnight in Cachi

Day 7
Cachi Cafayate

The second part of your 3 day excursion takes you to the hamlet of Molinos with its photogenic church and plaza and then you head down the legendary Ruta 40 through the Calchaquies Valley. Along this section you pass through Valley of the Arrows – where horizontal rock strata have been thrusted up vertically from the ground giving the appearance of arrow heads. Here, when the sun sets the mountains change colour, which makes for some incredible scenery. After an exhilarating drive you arrive in the sleepy town of Cafayate where you will spend the evening.

Thanks to its microclimate and fertile soil, the area around Cafayate is one of the finest wine-growing regions in Argentina. Cafayate town offer free tours of its boutique bodegas and there are plenty of good restaurants to choose from. There are also some authentic handicrafts to buy, a five-aisle cathedral, and the town’s famous wine-flavoured ice-cream

Overnight in Cafayate

Day 8
Cafayate Salta

Today you head back to Salta along the Route 68 through the “Quebrada de las Conchas” (Valley of the Shells). The valley is strewn with vast, bright red rocks and there are many photo stops to admire the incredible rock formations and viewpoints in the valley.
Your journey will end at Finca Valentina, a wonderful hacienda/farm house located just outside of Salta.

Overnight in Salta

Day 9
Los Cobres, the Great Salt Flats Purmamarca

This morning we leave Salta, heading out towards the Tastil Ruins and up high into the Andes following the tracks of the world famous train to the clouds to arrive at San Antonio de los Cobres. After stopping for lunch and a short visit to the town, we continue our trip along Route 40 crossing one of the most starkly beautiful areas of Argentina. Having reached the province of Jujuy, we arrive at Salinas Grandes (The Great Salt Flat), where your mind will boggle at the sheer immensity of the area. From here we head down Lipán Cliff to reach the quintessential village of Purmamarca where we overnight.


Purmamarca is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Quebrada de Purmamarca, a narrow mountain valley bordered by the Altiplano to the west and north and by Andean hills to the east. The picturesque village, with its ochre adobe houses, carob-like algarrobo trees and 17th century church, sits under Cerro de los Siete Colores (Hill of the Seven Colours), a strikingly coloured jagged formation.

Overnight in Purmamarca

Day 10
Purmamarca - Tilcara - Humahuaca Salta

We travel to the town of Tilcara where we visit the ancient ruins and the Archaeological Museum. From here we cross the Tropic of Capricorn, taking in the spectacular colours of La Pollera del Coya Hill.

We stop briefly at Uquia before arriving in Humahuaca. Here we visit the famous church and various monuments. Our journey continues through 'La Paleta del Pintor' (The Painter’s Palette), a multi coloured mountain which frames the town of Maimará, before carrying on to San Salvador de Jujuy where we visit the Cathedral and the bustling town square. Finally, we return to Salta along the National Route N° 9.

Overnight in Salta

Day 11
Salta Depart

Depart Any time. Transfer to the airport is included.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Upgrade to superior or deluxe accommodation* where available
  • Included Copy 20 Accommodation in standard hotels
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily, and other meals as outlined in the included sightseeing tours
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Sightseeing on a shared basis as outlined in the tour itinerary with English speaking guides
  • Included Copy 20 Internal flight Buenos Aires to Salta
  • Included Copy 20 All transfers
  • Included Copy 20 Entrance fees & National Park fees, unless otherwise stated
  • Included Copy 7 International Flights, Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable), tips, travel insurance
Transportation
Land, Air, Ship, Train ...

Activities

  • Included Explore Buenos Aires, one of South America’s most vibrant cities.
  • Included Experience a more remote part of Argentina, the northwestern Salta region
  • Included Discover pre-Columbian culture, anthropology, local history
  • Included Visit MAAM musuem in Salta, home to the Llullaillaco Children (preserved Inca mummies)
  • Included Travel part of the famous Route 40
  • Included Stay in the village of Purmamarca, location of the 7 colours hill
  • Included Explore Cafayate, one of the finest wine-growing regions in Argentina
  • Included Stunning landscapes, incredible rock formations
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Duration

11 days

Price from

$2,498 USD

Per person, sharing

Daily departures