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  • Privately on Request
  • Duration 13 days
    Group Size 4-12
    Land Cost $4,775 Details
    Single Supplement $950
    Lodging 3 stars
    Grade I-II
    Best Time

    Hidden Argentina: Northern Provinces

    Enjoy the unhurried leisure life on rural hosterías and estancias

    Day 1      Buenos Aires

    The “Queen of the River Plate Basin” or the “Paris of South America,” as Buenos Aires is called, can be a superlative introduction to the exploration of Argentina, both the cultural and wildlife perspectives. What is certain is that this cosmopolitan city, European in appearance, can keep any culture-oriented visitor busy indefinitely. Its intense cultural and commercial life can fill every minute of any visit with pleasant experiences. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This cosmopolitan city can keep any culture-oriented visitor busy indefinitely. In the afternoon, you will enjoy the unique "Four Balconies Tour," an exclusive visit of Buenos Aires, in which a professor of the university uses four parks and plazas of Buenos Aires (Plaza de Mayo, Parque Lezama and La Boca, Plaza San Martin, and Recoleta) to introduce you to Argentina, its history, its contrasts, its contradictions, and the characteristics of the "porteños," the inhabitants of Buenos Aires. Stay overnight at the Elevage Hotel.

    Lodging: Hotel Lafayette or similar

    Discover Buenos Aires
    Day 2      San Isidro/Tigre/Parana River Delta

    Today you will explore one of the most beautiful areas of Buenos Aires’ surroundings, the northern riverside districts of Tigre and San Isidro. The history of San Isidro began in 1580, when Juan de Garay carried out the first distribution of the land situated north of the City of La Santísima Trinidad (current city of Buenos Aires). It has an important colonial heritage reflected in its houses and buildings. You will visit Pueyrredon Farm, the San Isidro Cathedral, several colonial mansions, and Victoria Ocampo's Mansion (once the cultural center of South America). Then you will continue to Tigre, a city overlooking the delta of the Paraná River. Here, you will explore streets full of colorful rustic fabric, furniture, and accessories made in cane and willow, delicious jams and honey, brilliant flowers, and of course, all the variety of native fruit. After lunch you will enjoy a riverside walk and a boat trip past the countless islands of the delta of the Paraná River to enjoy beautiful views of the riverside villas, Victorian docks, English gardens, and traditional rowing clubs.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Hotel Lafayette or similar

    You'll see many sandy, dry river valleys and rock formations
    Day 3      Salta/Las Conchas Gorge/Cafayate

    Transfer to Buenos Aires' domestic airport to board the flight to Salta city. One of the most fascinating aspects of visiting the northwest region is the chance to mingle with the native population who preserve their ancient customs and traditions: polychromatic dresses, expressive artwork and handicrafts, music, colorful markets, street fairs, and delicious gastronomy are eloquent expressions of the soul of these people and their love for Pachamama (Mother Earth). Since this area was originally colonized by Spaniards, it retains historic traces of Spanish heritage: towns with typical colonial architecture, adobe churches and hidden chapels, old traditional fincas (ranches), etc. Upon arrival at Salta, you will be met at the airport and transferred to Cafayate, along breathtaking Las Conchas Gorge, with peculiar rock formations which, due to the effect of wind and water, have formed almost real shapes like the amphitheatre and the monk’s statue.

    Cafayate has become the most important site in the Calchaquí Valleys. Located at 1,660 m above sea level, it is well known because of its famous torrontes wine, product of the exquisite combination of temperature and humidity that provides the ideal environment for the growth of this sweet and deep fruit flavored vine, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah, and Chardonnay.  During the afternoon, you will visit some of the famous wineries of Cafayate.  Afterwards, you will be transferred to the hotel, Cafayate Wine Resort, which is located in the outskirts of the town and at the foot of San Isidro Mount, surrounded by vineyards.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Killa Cafayate or similar

    Explore Cafayate's scenic town square
    Day 4      Calchaqu√≠ River Valley to Cachi

    Today you head north, following Calchaquí River Valley. During the trip, you will be able to enjoy amazing landscapes and small towns which preserve their colonial heritage as if time had stopped. San Carlos is a town with colonial houses and narrow streets. Since its foundation, it was destroyed many times by the Indians. The Jesuits settled here and founded the "San Carlos Mission," giving origin to the actual town. Then you will start traveling along the impressive Quebrada de las Flechas (Arrows Gorge), with its extraordinary geological formations produced by erosion of the colorful sedimentation of sandstone over the past 60 million years. Molinos was founded in the middle of the XVII century. The plan of the town is completely irregular, with adobe houses and clay roofs. The road continues northward until Cachi, a beautiful town with white buildings, adobe houses, stone-paved streets, and impressive architectural and cultural constructions. Cachi means "salt" in Quechua because natives mistook the top of "El Nevado" for a salt mine. Today you will enjoy visiting the town, its church, and its museum. In the evening, transfer to the Hostería Cachi.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Hotel El Coritjo or similar

    Valley of the Arrows has unusual rock formations
    Day 5      Scenic Drive to Valley of Lerma

    Departing from Cachi eastwards, the trip continues along the Calchaquí Valley until reaching Salta. On both sides of the road, tall and elegant cacti will start to appear, indicating the proximity of Los Cardones National Park, which you will see while traveling through Recta de Tin Tin. After the Enchanted Valley, you will start a spectacular descent through Cuesta del Obispo, a landmark that gives a wonderful panoramic view of the surroundings. Coming down, you will reach Valley of Lerma, dominated by the city of Salta.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Hotel Patios de Lerma or similar

    Calchaqui valley has many scenic small towns
    Day 6      Salta

    Enjoy a morning city tour of Salta. In this, one of the oldest cities in the country, the highlights include Cabildo (Town Hall), the Archbishop's Palace and Cathedral, San Francisco's church, and San Bernardo's church and convent. Not far from the center, you'll come across San Lorenzo, a summer resort with old trees, flowering gardens, and magnificent mansions, surrounded by gentle hills which are ideal for walks, picnics, and horseback riding. Finally, visit the craft market with a chance to purchase authentic samples of native artisans work.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Hotel Patios de Lerma or similar

    Explore Salta, including a visit to its magnificent cathedral
    Day 7      Salta/San Antonio/Purmamarca

    Travel through breathtaking canyons of the Andes Mountains as you make your way through the famous "Train to the Clouds" itinerary. Visit Santa Rosa de Tastil, which was the largest pre-Inca city in the country. Make your way through Puna toward the salt deposits in the northern provience of Jujuy and on to "Cuesta de Lipan" and the colonial city of Purmamarca. Enjoy this small pre-Hispanic village set at the foot of the "Seven Colors Hill".


    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Los Colorados or similar

    Explore the mountain mining town of San Antonio
    Day 8      Purmamarca/Humahuaca/Iruya

    Enjoy a full day expedition through the multicolored landscape of Humahuaca Canyon to the peaceful villages, old chapels, native markets, small museums with astounding archaeological pieces, and remains of ancient pre-Inca fortified towns. The gorge once served as a route for the Incas, a required passage for expedition parties and settlers, and an important commercial route in the vice regal period. Today, little towns conserve their religious beliefs, rituals, ceremonies, art, music, and agricultural techniques, a unique living patrimony in the world. For this reason, it was declared Humanity Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in the year 2003. Humahuaca, Uquia, Tilcara, Maimara, and Purmamarca will be some of the fascinating stops during the day. Humahuaca is a colonial city of narrow stone-paved streets with street lamps and adobe houses that made it one of the most important trade centers of Alto Perú until the end of the XIX century. After visiting the town, the trip continues to Iturbe, where you will start going up until Abra Cóndor. This place, the Altar of Pachamama, is the beginning of the “Silent Valleys,” known for their extraordinary beauty. Finally, the steep streets of the little mountainous town of Iruya welcome you. Inhabitants have preserved their traditions and customs here for more than 250 years. This town has an ancient origin, since it was an important stop in the route from Potosi (Bolivia) to Buenos Aires. Stay overnight at the Hostería de Iruya, which has a large terrace overlooking the valley and is surrounded almost completely by nearby hills.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Hosteria de Iruya or similar

    See the remains of a Jesuit bell tower in Humahuaca
    Day 9      Iruya/La Quiaca/Yavi/Tilcara

    Departing from Iruya, the trip continues northward to La Quiaca on the Argentinian-Bolivian frontier. You may cross on foot to Villazón, in Bolivia. About 15 km ahead lies Yavi. Along the way you will see the Siete Hermanos Mountain Range (sedimentation deposits from the Mesozoic Era). You will also visit Laguna Colorada to investigate petroglyphs representing human figures, llamas, and spirals, and you'll enjoy a box lunch in this incredible landscape. In the evening, you will arrive at Yavi, which was founded in 1667 and belonged to the Marquis of Tojo until 1707. This feudal land used to occupy the Argentinian Puna and the south of Bolivia. The colonial style ranch house of the Marquis, which today is a museum, and the magnificent Chapel of San Francisco, are worth visiting. The pulpit, the altars, and the altarpieces are gold-plated. The chapel also has paintings and outstanding sculptures that were brought from Cuzco.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Hostal Posada de Luz or simialr

    Relax in the courtyard of your charming Tilcara hotel
    Day 10      Tilcara/El Bordo de las Lanzas

    Enjoy the morning in Tilcara. Surrounded by incredible scenery of multicolored hills and panoramic views, Tilcara is a great place to walk around. Around mid-morning, you will transfer to El Bordo de las Lanzas, a typical finca of Salta. Known for cattle breeding and sugar cane production, the ranch has been owned and operated by the Arias family for over 400 years.  Here you can enjoy horseback riding, bird watching, cattle round-ups, trekking, reading, cooking, dance lessons, and just relaxing.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: El Bordo de las Lanzas

    Welcome to El Bordo de las Lanzas
    Day 11      El Bordo de las Lanzas

    The gaucho of this region are still very proud of their roots and are noble people. Spend the day getting to know the gaucho lifestyle at the ranch. There are hundreds of horses and, if you wish, you can do some polo stick and ball practice. You may also want to visit the little village near the estancia or get on horseback and ride to Martin de Guemes town located about five miles away. There is also a small sugar cane producation factory near El Bordo which you can visit. 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: El Bordo de las Lanzas

    Enjoy riding horse during your stay
    Day 12      Return to Buenos Aires

    Transfer to the local airport to board your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the Elevage Hotel. In the evening, you will be picked up to enjoy a dinner and tango show at one of the most prestigious houses in Buenos Aires. Afterward, you will be returned to your hotel.

    The birth of tango took place towards 1880 in the suburbs. Although at first it was rejected by the high society, little by little this new musical expression began to scale to the highest levels, turning into a world wide recognized Argentine product.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging: Hotel Lafayette or similar

    Enjoy dinner and a tango show
    Day 13      Buenos Aires/Onward

    Spend the day at leisure until it is time for your transfer to the international airport to catch your onward flight.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Enjoy your last day in Buenos Aires

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