Buenos Aires, Salta Valleys & Canyons

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

Begin your Argentine tour in Buenos Aires, the ‘Paris of the South’. a City tour, rich in history as you visit Mayo Square, San Telmo, and the resting place of Eva Peron, followed by a wonderful evening at a local Tango show with dinner. Then fly northwest to Salta, arguably the most beautiful part of Argentina. The variation of scenery on this tour is simply amazing and unmatched anywhere is South America with its wine region, Andean puna (grassland), bright red gorges, jagged mountain valleys, salt flats, jungle, arid desert and of course really friendly people and great food.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Buenos Aires

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.
Overnight in Buenos Aires

Day 2
Buenos Aires

Today you have the option of exploring Buenos Aires by regular bus or for the more adventurous, by bicycle (please advise your preference at the time of booking). You will visit many of the highlights that Buenos Aires has to offer including San Telmo, Plaza de Mayo, La Boca, the old docks etc.
Afternoon is at leisure before your evening Dinner & Tango show.
Overnight in Buenos Aires

Day 3
Ranch & Countryside Tour

Today travel from Buenos Aires,l for an authentic day in the countryside at an exclusive estancia in San Antonio de Areco. Travel by road from Buenos Aires to San Antonio de Areco across the endless pampas. This journey will take approximately an hour and half. On arrival at San Antonio de Areco you can take a short walking tour of this charming gaucho town, which includes a walk around the historical plaza. Continue to the exclusive ‘El Ombu de Areco’ Estancia. Once at the estancia, choose to either have a short horse ride, or ride in a sulky carriage perhaps! There is a typical welcome/starter of cold cuts, cheeses and beverages, and for lunch you will enjoy a typical Argentine country style asado prepared using only the finest quality meats. Dessert is accompanied by a folklore show, which is followed by a demonstration of gaucho skills. At the end of the tour, you will return to Buenos Aires.
Overnight in Buenos Aires

Day 4
Buenos Aires Salta

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight to Salta (Flight Included).
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.
Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight in Salta

Day 5

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
*Wine tasting & meals at local wineries can be arranged. Please ask for details.
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

Today is free for you to relax in Salta.
Overnight in Salta

Day 10
Salta to 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 11
Purmamarca Humahuaca

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 12
Salta Depart

Depart Any time. Transfer to the airport is included.
* Why not extend your stay to explore Argentina some more, or add additional destinations. Please ask for more details.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 11 nights in Standard or Superior accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Hotel upgrades available
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily
  • Included Copy 20 1 Lunch & 1 Dinner
  • Included Copy 31 Food & Wine tasting tours can be added. Please ask for details
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All transfers, mostly on a private basis
  • Included Copy 20 Sightseeing on a shared basis as outlined in the tour itinerary with English speaking guides
  • Included Copy 20 Tours from Salta in a 4x4 vehicle (excluding Salta City tour, which uses a regular minibus)
  • Included Copy 20 Entrance fees & National Park fees, unless otherwise stated
  • Included Copy 20 Internal flight Buenos Aires to Salta
  • Included Copy 7 International flights are NOT included. However can be added. Please ask for more details.
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12 days

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$2,308 USD

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