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'North Argentina: Waterfalls, Desert and Wine'

What makes this trip special?

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

Salta

Salta

Salta

Salinas Grandes salt flats

Salinas Grandes salt flats

Salinas Grandes salt flats

Purmamarca

Purmamarca

Purmamarca

Humahuaca Ravine

Humahuaca Ravine

Humahuaca Ravine

Cachi

Cachi

Cachi

Cafayate wineries

Cafayate wineries

Cafayate

Gauchos

Gauchos

Pampas

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Tango

Tango

Tango

Day-by-day itinerary for 'North Argentina: Waterfalls, Desert and Wine'

DAY 1

Arrive Iguazu

You will be met on arrival at Iguazu airport and transferred to a hotel in Puerto Iguazu on the Argentine side of the Falls where you will stay for the next 3 nights.

DAY 2
B

Brazilian side of the falls and boat ride

This morning you are collected from your hotel and taken on a tour of the Brazilian side of the falls. You start at visitors centre at the entrance to the National Park where a small museum has interactive exhibits, information and facts about the falls. You are then driven to the start of the ‘Waterfall Trail’, a 1,200m paved trail dotted with superb panoramic viewpoints, culminating in a catwalk that leads you to the base of the almighty Devil’s Throat cascade, a sheer mass of thundering water; undoubtedly the most impressive part of the falls. For the adventurous you board the Macuco safari boat tour. The tour starts with a 3-kilometer-ride through the forest in a wagon pulled by an electrical vehicle accompanied by an English-speaking guide who will point out and explain the surrounding flora and fauna. After a 500-meter-walk in the forest to the riverbanks you board an inflatable speedboat specially designed to get as close to the Iguassu Falls as possible. Prepare to get soaked! After the tour you are taken back to your hotel.

DAY 3
B

Argentine side of falls

Today you visit the Argentine side of the falls. You are transfered to the entrance of the park where you board the small Rainforest Ecological Train which winds through the National Park dropping visitors off at the various walkways. Visit both the lower circuit catwalk; a 1.5km loop offering views of smaller but still impressive falls such as Ramirez and Bosetti and the upper circuit catwalk, a short trail in the forest above the first few waterfalls. You are then taken to visit the spectacular Devil's Throat from a different angle along a flat walkway suspended over the Upper Iguazu River. The lookout point at the end of the catwalk offers stunning views over this side of the falls. You are transferred back to your hotel.

DAY 4
B

Puerto Iguazu to Salta

Today you are transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Salta. You are met on arrival and transferred to your hotel.

DAY 5
B

San Antonio de los Cobres, Salinas Grandes & Purmamarca

Today you set out from Salta and follow the road which runs parallel to the romantic sounding Tren a las Nubes, The Train to the Clouds. You head high into the Andes to arrive at San Antonio de los Cobres where you pause for lunch. After lunch you drive along the infamous Route 40 through some of Argentina’s wildest and most arid landscapes to reach the Salinas Grandes salt plain. Once a high altitude lake, this stunningly beautiful spectacle covers a large area where at times the salt is half a meter thick. Continue on to the village of Purmamarca where you pass the fabulous Hill of Seven Colours. Purmamarca is a charming village of pretty adobe houses with a typical Main Square where you may find a craft market. Stay overnight in a local hotel.

DAY 6
B

Tilcara, Humahuaca & Salta

Today you visit Tilcara and the pre-Inca Pukará, or fortress, which overlooks the town. There is also an interesting Archaelogy Museum here. Continuing on from Tilcara you cross the Tropic of Capricorn and reach Huacalera where you can appreciate the amazing colours of the La Pollera del Coya Hill. Next visit Uquía whose picturesque Church houses the only collection of 17th Century paintings of the Cuzco School that represent Arquebusier Angels - the angels are depicted with a musket instead of the usual sword. Arrive at Humahuaca in time for lunch and a short visit to its important Church and the magnificent Independence Monument by the sculptor Soto Avendaño. You continue on to San Salvador de Jujuy where you visit the Cathedral, renowned for its pulpit carved in wood and gold, and the Flag Hall, home to an important National Flag given to the town by General Belgrano in 1812. Return to Salta by Route 9 which cuts through abundant subtropical vegetation before finally reaching Salta through Vaqueros, a small town that takes its name from the cowboys who once owned these lands. Overnight at your hotel in Salta.

DAY 7
B

Cachi & Cafayate - Calchaquies Valleys

Today you are driven on mostly unpaved winding roads south-west from Salta at first alongside the oasis of the Rio Calchaqui valley then up through impressive stands of ancient cacti to arrive at the photogenic remote adobe village of Cachi where you stop for lunch (at your own expense) and perhaps pop into the small archeological museum. In the afternoon you are driven down the extremely rough, winding, very scenic section of Argentina's famous Route 40 road passing the small historic settlements of Seclantas, Molinos (This is the the highest point in your holiday at an altitude of 3,384m), Angastaco, San Carlos and Animana, then down through breathtakingly dramatic arid mountain scenery to arrive at the end of a long day in the wine growing city of Cafayate where you stay for one night. You'll be able to reward yourself with a glass of the excellent local produce.

DAY 8
B

Cafayate vineyards - Salta

Cafayate is where you find the world's highest vineyards. Characterised by the Torrontés grape, the region’s wine is becoming increasingly celebrated amongst viticulture circles and the town’s Museum of Vine and Wine uses mod-cons to describe the regions long standing connection to the grape. Today you visit some of the region's wineries before returning to Salta. You travel through the Lerma Valley with its historic towns before reaching the Quebrada de las Conchas, Shells’ Ravin, with its impressive rock formations that have been whittled by wind and water into the shape of an Amphitheatre, the Devil’s Throat, a Toad and Castles. Overnight in Salta.

DAY 9
BD

Salta to Buenos Aires and on to the Pampas

Today you are transferred to Salta airport in time for your flight to Buenos Aires. You are met on arrival and transferred to San Antonio de Areco, a town renowned for its rich guacho traditions and exquisite silver work. You stay here of two nights on the Estancia.

DAY 10
BLD

At leisure for activities at the Estancia

Free day to enjoy the estancia. Guests can watch or take part in the numerous stock-rearing activities which are part of daily life. Alternatively you can relax by the pool, go for bike rides or explore the 750 acres surrounding the Estancia on foot or on horseback. There is also a traditional horse drawn carriage for you to try out.

DAY 11
B

La Pampa to Buenos Aires

At the agreed time you will be taken to Buenos Aires for a stay of two nights. Rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 12
B

City tour of Buenos Aires - Evening dinner and tango show

Today you are taken on a half day tour of this elegant cosmopolitan city. You visit some highlights such as the Obelisk and the historic Plaza de Mayo and stroll down broad avenues, such as 9 de Julio, lined by impressive buildings. You stop in the colourful quarters of San Telmo and La Boca before continuing with a drive through stylish Palermo with its beautiful parks and gardens, the Recoleta, and the modern neighbourhood of Puerto Madero. This evening you are collected from your hotel and taken to one of Buenos Aires' famous tango shows. Dinner is served followed by an unforgettable show, featuring first rate musicians, dancers and singers which revive the original styles and melancholic rhythms of the world renowned tango.

DAY 13
B

Depart Buenos Aires

At the agreed time you will be taken to Ezeiza International airport on time for your flight back to the UK.

Guide prices for 'North Argentina: Waterfalls, Desert and Wine'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
mid-range hotels, shared excursions 2 people sharing £2,595
upper-range hotels, shared excursions 2 people sharing £3,150
top hotels, private excursions 2 people sharing £4,725
Prices are per person and include:
  • All land transport within Argentina
  • all accommodation
  • meals as indicated B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
  • all excursions described
Prices do not include:
  • any flights, allow approx: £1,500pp for all flights (international & domestic)
  • travel insurance
  • airport and departure taxes
  • items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc

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Seasonal information for 'North Argentina: Waterfalls, Desert and Wine'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Iguazu Falls 32°C rainfall 171mm
2 Iguazu Falls 32°C rainfall 171mm
3 Iguazu Falls 32°C rainfall 171mm
4 Salta 28°C rainfall 173mm
5 Salta 28°C rainfall 173mm
6 Salta 28°C rainfall 173mm
7 Cafayate 27°C rainfall 48mm
8 Cafayate 27°C rainfall 48mm
9 San Antonio de Areco 32°C rainfall 113mm
10 San Antonio de Areco 32°C rainfall 113mm
11 Buenos Aires 29°C rainfall 100mm
12 Buenos Aires 29°C rainfall 100mm
13 Buenos Aires 29°C rainfall 100mm

Typical weather for January

rainchart

Max °C figures are the average daily maximum temperatures for the month. Rainfall is the average precipitation for the month.

Hotels for 'North Argentina: Waterfalls, Desert and Wine'

Days 1 - 3

La Cantera Jungle Lodge, Puerto Iguazu

La Cantera Jungle Lodge, Puerto Iguazu
Swimming pool
Day 4

Del Antiguo Convento

Salta

Del Antiguo Convento
Day 5

Casa de Piedra

Purmamarca

Casa de Piedra
Day 6

Del Antiguo Convento

Salta

Del Antiguo Convento
Day 7

Los Sauces, Casa Patagonicas, Cafayate

Cafayate

Los Sauces, Casa Patagonicas, Cafayate
Outside of the Hotel
Day 8

Del Antiguo Convento

Salta

Del Antiguo Convento
Days 9 - 10

El Ombu de Areco, La Pampa

San Antonio de Areco

El Ombu de Areco, La Pampa
Day 11

Dazzler Recoleta

Recoleta

Dazzler Recoleta
Swimming pool