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Argentina family trip: Buenos Aires, Salta and Iguazu
Discover the Andean North of Argentina, its rich culture, its colorful landscapes and the kindness of its people including an exchange cultural experience with a community of native of Corralito, in Salta. This tour also includes an exceptional trip to one of the 7 wonders of the world: the Iguazu Waterfalls, before diving into the heart of the rainforest for an extraordinary experience in contact with nature.
Duration: 7 nights
Prices are in US dollars per person on a quadruple basis (considering 2 adults and 2 minors).
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCommunity tourism, Cultural, Family, Nature
Activity Level Easy
This family trip begins in Buenos Aires. You can explore the neighborhood of Palermo according to the tastes of your family. Together with your local guide, you will tour the historic center and the southern neighborhoods (La Boca) and get to know the emblematic buildings and the architectural styles of the city. At night, they can choose to go to a traditional milonga or take a cooking class with a local family.
The adventure continues towards the North of Argentina: Salta. You can freely explore the city nicknamed “the beautiful”. They will make an excursion to the Valleys of Lerma and the Quebrada de las Conchas, where they will be able to observe colorful rock formations sculpted by the wind and the water of the river. In the Valles Calchaquíes they will have an experience of cultural exchange with a rural community in Corralito. A local family will welcome you at your home and share ecotourism activities, agricultural work and learn to cook regional food.
Finally, you will dive into the rainforest at the famous Iguazú Falls (Argentine and Brazilian side) to enjoy a magical experience in contact with nature. You will discover the falls and waterfalls of the Iguazú National Park, navigate below the waterfalls and visit the Bird Park, a nature reserve organized on trails with more than 900 birds of 150 species.
- 7 nights in a quadruple room (2 adults and 2 children).
- Breakfast in all accommodations.
- Meals when “included” are mentioned.
- Ground transportation on site (private service when mentioned).
- Transfers to the airport (private service when mentioned).
- Guided tours and mentioned excursions, with guide in English / Spanish when not specified.
- Entrances to the National Parks.
- Air transport (optional).
- Excursions indicated as “optional”.
- Personal foods and extras not mentioned.
Day 1: Welcome to Argentina
Arrival in Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel (Palermo)
You will arrive in the city of Buenos Aires and will be transferred to the hotel in the neighborhood of Palermo. Your local guide 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 visiting 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
Day 2: City Tour (Historic center and Southern Neighborhoods)
Optional night activity
You will discover the hidden treasures of the city, passing through mythical places such as the Plaza de Mayo and 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 and discover the old houses built by immigrants.
Optional Activity 1: At night, your guide will take you to a traditional ”milonga” (a tango club where locals and visitors gather to dance tango) of Buenos Aires, where you can learn everything about the history and evolution of tango and you can learn your first steps. Duration: 3 hours
Optional activity 2: Cooking lesson: At night, you can share a cooking lesson with a local family. An authentic way to enjoy the most typical argentine food: empanadas, argentine barbacue and wine. Duration: 3 hours.
Day 3: Welcome to Salta
Flight to Salta, transfer to the hotel and free afternoon
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to take a flight to the city of Salta. Once there they will be transferred to the hotel. Free afternoon to explore the city.
Recommendation: In the afternoon we suggest a tour of the historic center, the Cabildo, the Cathedral and its baroque style, the Convent of San Bernardo and the Church of San Francisco, the San Bernardo Hill , the High Mountain Archaeological Museum (MAAM). At night, we recommend visiting some of the famous rocks (traditional tavern) where you can taste some tasty empanadas, roast and a rich wine to the rhythm of northern folklore.
Day 4: Exchange cultural experience with a Community of native in Corralito
You will leave with your guide on a trip to the Valleys of Lerma and Calchaquíes and Quebrada de las Conchas, you will observe rock formations of surprising shapes sculpted by the wind and the water of the river. Once in the Calchaquíes Valleys, you will meet the rural community in Corralito, a host family will receive you and share rural activities. In the afternoon they will take a walk to discover the surroundings.
Note: all activities are subject to confirmation according to travel dates and family accommodation hours.
Day 5: Exchange cultural experience with a Community of native in Corralito
Daily activities of the community
A new day will await you in the rural community of Corralito. In addition to the ecotourism activities, you can collaborate in the preparation of regional food and agricultural work. You will have the opportunity to taste the traditional gastronomy and the local organic wine. Alternatively, you can simply relax with a glass of wine in the sun surrounded by nature.
Note: all activities are subject to confirmation according to travel dates and family accommodation hours
Day 6: Welcome to Puerto Iguazú
Flight to Puerto Iguazú, transfer to the hotel and free day
Transfer to Salta airport to take a flight to Puerto Iguazú. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to a hotel in the city.
Recommendation: In the afternoon, we suggest visiting the animal shelter of Güra Oga, located 5 km from the city on the way to the National Park. This place is a veterinary clinic and rehabilitation center for injured wild animals. You can make a detour to the birdhouse of the hummingbirds: ”The garden of the hummingbirds”.
You can also visit the Milestone of the 3 borders between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
Day 7: Welcome to the Iguazu Falls
Touring Iguazu Falls (Argentine side of the falls)
Today you will discover the famous Iguazu Falls. This tour includes the three sections of the falls: the lowest falls are accessible through a 1.7 km promenade (prepare to climb many stairs); the upper falls with incredible panoramic views along a 1.2 km boardwalk; and La Garganta del Diablo accessible via a 1.1 km long promenade. You will have time to have lunch and then you will do the sailing of the Great Adventure: a boat ride underneath the falls.
Return to the hotel in the afternoon.
Note: navigation is allowed for guests over 12 years old.
Day 8: Welcome to the Iguazu Falls (Brazilian side)
Touring Iguazu Falls (Brazilian side) and Bird Park
Today you will discover the Iguazu Falls on the Brazilian side. They will walk along a path parallel to the river for 1.2 km, before reaching a bridge that will bring them to the Garganta del Diablo, from where you will have stunning views. After visiting the waterfalls, you will visit the Bird Park, an incredible place to discover the local birds, flora and fauna of the jungle.
Transfer to the airport of Puerto Iguazú, from where you will take your flight back to Buenos Aires.
Women from rural communities in local product markets
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.
In Mater we always look for alternative excursions to the ones chosen by the big groups of tourists, without missing to visit the most iconic places we seek that you have more intimate and authentic experiences.
This tour includes, in Buenos Aires, a tour of the historic center and the southern neighborhoods of the city. They can also choose between attending a milonga (a room where porteños gather to dance tango) and learn their first steps of tango, or take a cooking class with a local family, where they will learn to make empanadas and enjoy an argentine barbecue and a good wine.
In Salta, the stay at home of a rural community in Corralito, where all the members of your family will share different activities of daily life with the rural community.
In Iguazú you will make a tour of the different waterfalls and waterfalls of the Iguazú National Park, the Great Adventure, which includes navigation below the falls. And a tour of the Brazilian side, a walk to the Garganta del Diablo and a visit to the Bird Park, a nature reserve where you can explore the flora and fauna of the jungle.