Northeast – Northwest Argentina 11 days in international group with fixed departures 2016
A tour 11 days in international group with english speaking tourleader
Departure from 2 persons !
(Day 1 in Buenos Aires)
You can choose this tour in 2 opcions
Day 1 – Buenos Aires
Arrival and reception at the airport; transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit to the most elegant South American city. You will sightsee the Plaza de Mayo main square and its surrounging buildings, 9 de Julio avenue, the old quarter of San Telmo which used to be the most well-off district in the city, now becomingagain one of the trendiest areas, and the Italian district of La Boca with its colorful “Caminito”, an alley skirtedby the typical colored tin facades of the old “conventillos”, basic houses where, back in the beginning of the XXcentury, many families would live together in just a few rooms.
On the way to Palermo, one of Buenos Airestraditional areas, you will go by the most important places such as the Zoo, the Botanical gardens, Palermo’spark, the Polo field, the Planetarium and the oldest residential neighbourhood known as Palermo Viejo, tofinally end in the sophisticated district of Recoleta, where you will visit Evita’s grave. Return to the hotel.Accommodation.
Day 2 – Iguazú
Transfer to the domestic airport to board scheduled flight to Iguazú. Arrival and reception at the airport; transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, we suggest you to visit the Brazilian side of the falls. The walk on the footbridge’s path is breathtaking for the Panoramic view of the San Martin island and the most impressing waterfalls on the other side of the border: the Bozzetti, San Martín and Tres Mosqueteros.
From the viewpoint you can enjoy a superb view of the Devil’s Throat located at only 150 m of distance and which is enhanced by the formation of permanent rainbows. The walk ends next to the Floriano fall where you find access to the panoramic lift that you may optionally take. Return to the hotel.Accommodation.
Day 3 – Iguazú
Breakfast. Departure on an excursion to visit the Argentine side of the falls, located within the National Park, one of the first sites protected in America. The falls have been declared World Heritage site by UNESCO. From the visitor’s center within the Cataratas area you will take an open train to travel 15 minutes to the Cataratas station.
From that point you will enjoy a walk on the paths and lookouts of the upper and lower footbridges, admiring really closely the imposing 275 waterfalls, which precipitate to the river from 70 meters (230 feet) height and also the amazing variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies. Then you will take the train up to garganta station, from there you will descend walking 1,200 meters (¾ mile) to the Devil’s Throat balcony, to share one of the greatest shows on Earth. Return to the hotel. Accommodation.
Day 5 – Salta / Purmamarca
Breakfast. Early departure towards San Antonio de los Cobres. The route, running parallel to the Train to the Clouds rails renders possible to observe its viaducts, switch-backs and loops of this impressive engineering masterpiece that runs in the depth of Quebrada del Toro (Bull’s river Gorge). A place where the shining blue of the sky, the multicolored hills covered by cactuses and bushes and the pure Andean air.
Continuing northwards pass by Salinas Grandes (Great salt pits), and then down the spiral-like route of Cuesta de Lipan through the Purmamarca Valley until the historical village of the same name, where the Cerro de los Siete Colores (Seven Coloured mount) provides a most attractive backdrop. Purmamarca, a picturesque town framed by the striking colours of the mountains. It is interesting to visit its adobe parish church, its main square where several local vendors gather there offering their wood carvings, hand-woven carpets and tapestries and a wide assortment of medicinal and aromatic herbs for every possible ailment. Return to the hotel.Accommodation
Day 6 – Purmamarca
Breakfast. Full Day visit to the Humahuaca Gorge. The Humahuaca Gorge is a deep fissure in the Altiplano (High Plateau), produced by the eroding action of the Grande river. Visit to the Pucará de Tilcara, old pre-Colombian aborigine stronghold partially rebuilt.
The climb continues passing by the typical old towns of “la Quebrada”, as locals call to the gorge: Huacalera, Uquia, to finally reach Humahuaca, unique for its pure colonial style with its abode houses, narrow cobblestones streets and colonial style street lamps. It is interesting to visit its main square and the church and also the city fair. Return to the hotel. Accommodation.
Day 7 – Purmamarca / Salta
Breakfast. Transfer from Purmamarca to Salta, sightseeing en route the city to San Salvador de Jujuy, capital city of the province. We will take the mountain road, amazing because of its abundant subtropical vegetation, known as “yunga”, which is characteristic of the area, and surprisingly contrasting with the dryness of the scenery of the surrounding areas. The interesting sites along the way are: the “Abra of Santa Laura”, “La Cienaga” dam, “Las Maderas” and “Campo Alegre”, and returning to Salta by “Vaqueros”. Arrival in Salta;transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.
Day 8 – Salta
Breakfast. Morning visit to MAAM Museum (Archaeological Museum of High Mountain) which is a real ”must“ in the city for its great archaeological asset, particularly the momies found in the height of Llullaillaco Volcano, in the Andean Cordillera. In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to the beautiful city of Salta. Salta is, beyond any doubt, the Argentine city which has best preserved its colonial heritage, with its one-story houses and its typical balconies with richly ornate colonial-style bars.
The visit will make it possible to have a look at the most precious gems dating back to colonial times, such as: the Church and Monastery of San Francisco, the ‘Cabildo and Historic Museum of the Northwest’, the San Bernardo Monastery, the Italian-style building of the Main Church, which hosts the mortal remains of the hero of the Independence Wars, General Martín Miguel de Güemes. The tours goes on towards the city outskirts, up to San Bernardo Hill, where stands the Monument to General Martín Miguel de Güemes, for a great view of the city and the Lerma Valley. The visit ends at the Handicraft Market. Return to the hotel. accommodation.
Day 9 – Salta / Cachi
Breakfast. Early departure from your hotel toward the enchanting village of Cachi. We will pass by some small villages next to Salta and then up the Escoipe River Gorge to enjoy the imposing scenery of Cuesta del Obispo (Bishop´s Slope) up to ‘Piedra del Molino’, the highest point in the road at about 3,600 meters above sea level. From there the so-called Recta de Tin Tin, a strait road which was part of the Inca trail. It goes westbound along the bleak landscape of ‘Los Cardones National Park’.
After passing by Payogasta, an old aborigine settlement the road reaches Cachi, situated at the Nevado de Cachi foothill. Cachi enjoys the colorful clear atmosphere of this pre-Columbian village with its old houses, its radiant sun, good wines and attractive hills,where the air is so pure that locals are said to live to a very old age. Return to the hotel. Accommodation.
Day 10 – Cachi / Molinos / Cafayate
Breakfast. Departure towards Cafayate, driving along mountainous roads passing by the tiny towns of Seclantas (short left detour) and Molinos. This was a pre-hispanic town which later on was dominated by a Feudal Lord. Till the end of the XIX century it was hub to an important commercial route between Salta and Chile. It is interesting to visit the old San Pedro de Nolasco Parish Church and also opposite to it the old household of the Feudal Lord with the balcony from which the landlord had the mass officiated for him.
Continuing along Route 40, you will pass by some tiny towns and the amazing landscape of the Quebrada de las Flechas (Arrows’ Ravine). You will finally arrive in Cafayate, already well known for its wine production.Visit to a winery with winetasting. Return to the hotel. Accommodation.
Day 11 – Cafayate / Quilmes / Salta / Buenos Aires
Breakfast. Early departure for visit to Quilmes Ruins. In this place, at a height of 1,978 meters, a developed aborigine civilization lived until the XVII century, resisting the invasion of Spanish conquerors for 130 years. Though by 1666 they were forced to emigrate to a place near Buenos Aires. In the place we find the remains of their city, a real example of urban and defensive planning, which had been carefully restored to show the architectonic perfection of the settlement.
After visit to the ruins, return to Salta, sightseeing the beautiful landscape of the Quebrada del Rio las Conchas (Las Conchas River Gorge). The reddish rock formations turn the scenery into a magic landscape, particularly at sunset. Arrival in Salta. Transfer to the airport to board the
scheduled flight to Buenos Aires. Arrival and reception at the airport; transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.
Day 12 – Buenos Aires
Breakfast. Morning sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires. You will sightsee the Plaza de Mayo main square and its surrounging buildings, 9 de Julio Avenue, the old quarter of San Telmo which used to be the most well-off district in the city, now becoming again one of the trendiest areas, and the Italian district of La Boca with its colorful “Caminito”, an alley skirted by the typical colored tin facades of the old “conventillos”, basic and modest houses where, back in the beginning of the XX century, many families would live together in just a few rooms.
On the way to Palermo, one of Buenos Aires traditional areas, you will go by the most important places such as the Zoo, the Botanical gardens, Palermo’s park, the Polo field, the Planetarium and the oldest residential neighbourhood known as Palermo Viejo, to finally end in the sophisticated district of Recoleta,where you will visit Evita’s grave. In the evening, dinner and Tango Show at El Querandi. Return to the hotel.Accommodation.
Day 12 – Buenos Aires
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport to board the scheduled flight.
This program might not be advisable for persons with respiratory, heart or blood pressure ailments. Consult with your doctor in such cases.
Air tickets and airport taxes are not included
We can arrange all tickets or you do / local and international
BUE / IGR LA 4022 09.05
IGR / SLA AR 1814 11.30
SLA / BUE LA 4111 11.45
*Buffet breakfast at hotel
*Accommodation at hotels mentioned or similar.
*Early check in / Late check out not included
*Admissions to National Parks and reserves
Departures are granted with a minimum of 2 passengers.
Regular (SIB) services with bilingual guide.
Fixed departure dates.
Prices valid for minimum 2 passengers travelling together.