Visiting a milonga and taking tango lessons
Buenos Aires, Argentina.
This Northern Argentina tour will give you the opportunity to drive through the Argentinian routes, to discover spectacular places with your family and to share moments learning about native communities, making it an unforgettable vacation in Buenos Aires, Salta, Jujuy and Iguazu Falls (Argentinian and Brazilian side).
Prices on a quadruple basis in US dollars (2 adults + 2 minors).
You will arrive in the city of Buenos Aires and will be transferred to the hotel in the neighborhood of Palermo. Your local contact will welcome you and give you some recommendations to make the most of the neighborhood and the local cuisine with your family.
Afternoon and free night.
Recommendation: In the afternoon we suggest you to visit Bosques de Palermo – Floralis Generica – Japanese Garden – Botanical Garden – National Museum of Fine Arts – Museum of Decorative Art – Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA) – Recoleta Cultural Center – Recoleta Cemetery
A local guide will meet you at your hotel and you will depart together to discover the hidden treasures of this city. You will discover mythical places such as the Plaza de Mayo or the Cabildo, and then you will arrive at the neighborhood of La Boca and its famous Caminito street. You will have the impression of reliving the past in the middle of the old houses built by immigrants in the XIXth century.
Private activity, with English-speaking guide
3 hours long
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Buenos Aires ”Jorge Newbery” airport where you will take your flight to Salta and the outstanding Northwest! Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
You are free the rest of the day, to visit the city at your own pace.
Recommendation: We suggest you explore the historic center, the Cabildo, the Cathedral and its baroque style, the Convent of San Bernardo and the Church of San Francisco (with its appearance of the colonial past of the city), the San Bernardo Hill , the High Mountain Archaeological Museum (MAAM), which has Inca mummies discovered on the summit of the Llullaillaco volcano at more than 6,000 meters above sea level.
At night, we recommend visiting some of the famous peñas (traditional tavern) where you can taste some tasty empanadas, roast and a rich wine to the rhythm of northern folklore music.
Your rented car will be dropped off at your hotel.
You will drive through legendary Route 9 towards the province of Jujuy. You will have the opportunity to see the beginning of la Quebrada de Humahuaca and later you’ll arrive at Purmamarca, a very traditional town that is at the foot of the famous Cerro de los Siete Colores , where you will spend the night.
Recommendation: In the afternoon, you can take the route towards the Salinas Grandes, a salt desert located over 4,100 meters above sea level.
You will drive to the town of Tilcara and through the Quebrada de Humahuaca. In Tilcara, you will experience a unique activity: you will do a walk with llamas that have a very important meaning to the locals. Along the walk you’ll be accompanied by a local guide and his llamas, who will be carrying the picnic on their back. You will go up to Punta Corral where you will appreciate a magnificent view of the Humahuaca valleys. Here you can enjoy your picnic to recover energy and then walk back to the town of Tilcara.
Duration: The tour lasts 5 hours.
You will spend the night in HUmahuaca
You will take the road to the community of Ocumazo, where your hosts will receive you with a traditional mate. You will share daily rural activities with them, such as the preparation of typical foods, visit of archaeological sites and walks in the quinoa plantations.
We propose you participate with your family in a gastronomy experience, while you learn more about agricultural activity such as corn, potato, ollucos, habas, or the breeding of goats. You will taste your creations for lunch.
In the morning you will do a 3-hour horse riding in the surroundings (if you prefer, it’s possible to replace it for a walk). You will enjoy the magnificent landscapes and the viewpoint of Cerro Santa Ana, where the Mount Hornocal is located, known as the ”mount of 14 colors”.
Ocumazo is located on a hidden valley between enormous mountains and the families take advantage of the land and its productions. A local guide will explain to you their traditions in the rural area.
After lunch, you say goodbye to your hosts and depart towards the famous Hornocal. You can admire the colors of this mountain before returning to Salta.
After breakfast you will go to Salta airport, where you’ll leave the rental car. You will leave towards Puerto Iguazú.
Recommendation: In the afternoon, we suggest visiting the animal shelter of Güra Oga, located 5 km away from the city. This place is a veterinary clinic and rehabilitation center for injured wild animals. You can make a detour to the birdhouse of the hummingbirds. You can also visit the spot where the borders between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet, the “Triple Frontera”.
Today you will explore the world-famous Iguazú Falls from the Argentine side. The group guided day trip includes all three sections of the falls: the lower falls accessible via a boardwalk of 1.7 km (be prepared to climb a lot of stairs!); the upper falls with incredible panoramic views along a 1.2 km boardwalk; and The Devil’s Throat accessible via a boardwalk 1.1 km long.
There will be time for lunch during the tour (not included) and later you will adventure in a boat ride including some rapids and then going under the falls.
Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Small-group activity with English speaking guide
Early pick-up to set off for a small group excursion of the Brazilian side of the falls. The views from this side are simply breathtaking. You will walk along a path parallel to the river for 1.2 km before reaching a bridge that brings you closer to the Devil’s Throat. After the visit to the falls, we ́ll have a stop on the Parque das Aves, an amazing place to discover the local birds such as toucans and parrots.
Note: For entering Brazil, UK citizens are requested to apply for a Visa.
Small-group activity with English speaking guide
In the afternoon, pick up at the hotel and private transfer to the region of Andresito (2 hours approx.).
Arrival to the natural reserve. Your hosts will tell all about the history of their family at this place, the work they do there and the different activities you can enjoy on the next day.
You will wake up with your family in the middle of the jungle and enjoy this wonderful place where you can walk and canoe with your naturalist guide, who will share the secrets of the forest, and show you the best trails and birds of all colors
All the meals are included.
After breakfast, you will leave for the airport of Puerto Iguazú to take your flight back to Buenos Aires. You will be transferred to your hotel in the city. You’ll have a free day to enjoy the city.
Last hours in Buenos Aires! You’ll be transferred to the international airport according to your flight’s schedule.
Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil.
Travel dates: from 1st October 2020 to 1st April 2021
Blackout dates: none
Departures every day (subject to availability)
Minimum 4 passengers (2 adults and 2 children)
At Mater we know that accommodation is much more than a place to sleep. It is an opportunity to experience the local culture. Because of this, our itineraries are designed to stay in local hotels and, whenever possible, have an experience in the family home. The published price is in standard hotels, but we have options in superior and luxury category hotels. We work with inns, rooms, and charming hotels.
At Mater we always search for alternative activities to those usually chosen by large groups of tourists so that you can have more intimate and authentic experiences, without missing out on the most emblematic places in Argentina.
In this tour you’ll start by getting to know Buenos Aires and learning about its culture and the different neighbourhoods along with a local guide.
In Salta you’ll get to genuinely live the local culture. We offer an opportunity to share unique moments with local communities. You’ll also get to drive across routes to discover breathtaking landscapes such as quebradas, salinas and valleys.
You’ll also live the unforgettable experience of visiting the spectacular Iguazú Falls, from the Argentinian and Brazilian side, and the Parque das Aves.
On top of our general sustainability policies (see here), there are some specific sustainable actions we take in this particular tour.
One of the main characteristics of rural tourism is the direct and genuine bond created between locals and visitors, which generates a mutual and enriching cultural exchange. This happens when visiting the Corralito community, where you’ll have the chance to learn about their traditions and participate in eco-tourism activities (preparing local meals and participating on agricultural activities). You’ll get to taste traditional meals and local organic wine.
In Iguazú we offer a respectful and conscious visit, raising awareness about the importance of preserving the environment in such a touristic area. Visits will be made in small groups and along with a guide that specializes in local flora and fauna.
Buenos Aires – Salta: 2.00hs flight
Salta – Cafayate: 3.30 hours of route
Salta – Puerto Iguazú: 2.00hs flight
Puerto Iguazú – Buenos Aires: 2.00hs flight
Buenos Aires has 4 clearly defined seasons: hot and humid summers, and cold winters. The weather is usually pleasant, although it rains more frequently in autumn and winter seasons. Temperatures are rarely under 5ºC (41ºF), but may go over 30ºC (86ºF) during the summer! Yet, weatherwise, the city can be visited at any time of the year.
The Northwestern region has a privileged weather all year long, although it’s warmer and rainier in the summer, from December to March. The rest of the year you’ll find a dryer weather with high thermal amplitude: warmer days and cooler nights. The city of Salta, located on a valley, has an average temperature of 10ºC (50ºF) during the winter, and 20ºC (68ºF) during the summer, with a rainy season between December and February. In the rest of the province, temperatures vary according to altitude. For example, in the Puna region there is an elevated thermal amplitude with cold mornings and nights and more pleasant temperatures during the day. In Cafayate the weather is warm during the summer, with an average temperature of 28ºC (82.4ºF), long and sunny days, and cooler nights. In winter, the average temperature drops to 15ºC (59ºF) during the day.
Misiones (province where you’ll find the well known Iguazú Falls) is one of the rainiest and most humid areas in the country. From May to September (autumn and winter) temperatures are quite pleasant, between 15ºC (59ºF) and 25ºC (77ºF), which is why this is an ideal time to come visit them! The summer is hotter, with temperatures that go above 35ºC (95ºF).
Salta has an airport that connects the region with the biggest Argentinian cities, such as Buenos Aires, Córdoba or Rosario. There are also other direct flights between Salta and Mendoza, and between Salta and Puerto Iguazú. Buenos Aires and Puerto Iguazú are connected by numerous daily flights.
Just like in any big city, in Buenos Aires and Salta we suggest that you pay attention to your personal belongings, especially in places that are visited by tourists daily, which is also the case in the Iguazú Falls. We also suggest to avoid having your phones and cameras permanently in display, avoid dark and lonely streets (especially at night), and not to wear flashy jewelry.
Buenos Aires has many traditions and you’ll find in each neighbourhood restaurants with their own identity. Gastronomy here is a mixture between “criollo” culture and cultures brought to Buenos Aires with immigrants, mainly Italian. Amongst the most traditional Argentinian meals, you should try empanadas and asado (Argentinian barbecue), yet the Argentinian capital is also a multicultural city with a wide range of gastronomic options, so you’ll be surprised by the large variety of foreign gastronomy.
The Northwest is definitely one of the most gastronomically diverse areas in Argentina due to the coexistence of different cultures. We strongly suggest that you try the most typical meals like tamales, locro or empanadas.
The unique gastronomy in the Puerto Iguazú area is a mix between guaraní traditions and Paraná flavors. Here you can find one of the most important fishing areas in Argentina and you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy river fish such as the dorados, surubíes, bogas, pacúes and sábalos, which locals grill with herbs and lemon or top with a great variety of dressings. The “locro norteño” is also worth mentioning. It has meat, corn, pumpkin and cassava. The “mbeyú” or “torta frita”, the “chipá”, the “polenta correntina” and the Paraguayan soup (which is, despite its name, a cornmeal bread with cheese, onions and spices), are also great local meals to try! Furthermore, while talking about this region we cannot forget to mention one of the most characteristic Argentine traditions, especially strong in this area: the “mate”.
Great trip with my 2 kids. They really enjoyed the iguazú falls and the day with the local community Ocumazo. We walked around to get used to the altitude and then we went to the Hornocal. It was simply incredible. Thank you Raul and thank you also Laura of the lodge in the jungle. We saw all kind of birds. Very interesting.
One destination better than the other! We had a great time
Recommended for families!