Meeting with rural family
Argentina in 2 weeks
The best of Argentina in 2 weeks proposes a tour to the North and South of the country. On this trip you will visit Buenos Aires, Salta, Jujuy, Iguazú Falls and end the trip in Ushuaia, the land of the End of the World.
Duration: 14 nights
The price is per person in double base and in American dollars.
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Day 1: Welcome to Argentina
Arrival in Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel
Arrival at Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel in the heart of the Palermo district. Your local guide will welcome you and give you some recommendations to make the most of local cuisine. Free afternoon.
Recommendations: In the afternoon we suggest visiting Bosques de Palermo, Botanical Garden, Generic Floralis, National Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Decorative Art, Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA), Recoleta Cultural Center and Recoleta Cemetery.
Day 2: Buenos Aires City Tour
Discovering the historic center, Southern Neighborhood (San Telmo & La Boca)
In the morning you will visit the city with your local guide and discover the historic center (Plaza de Mayo, Cabildo and the main buildings) while observing different architectural styles and impressive domes. You’ll visit the bohemian neighborhood of San Telmo and the colorful neighborhood of La Boca and its famous street Caminito. After lunch, you will visit an art gallery inside an old ”conventillo” (typical colorful house built by immigrants).
Duration: 3 hours.
Day 3: Flight to Puerto Iguazú
Discovering Iguazu Falls (Brazilian side)
In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport to take a flight to Puerto Iguazú and then you will be transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon, you will be go on a group excursion (maximum 18 people) to the Iguazú National Park, to discover the famous waterfalls on the Brazilian side, where you can enjoy the views from the different footbridges. Return to Puerto Iguazú at the end of the afternoon.
Day 4: Iguazú National Park:
Discovering the Iguazú Falls (Argentine side)
This day will be dedicated to the discovery of the impressive Iguazu Falls, this time on the Argentine side! After walking through the many catwalks and taking advantage of each point of view, you can get as close as possible to a motor boat, which will completely submerge you under the falls. A refreshing experience before returning to Puerto Iguazú to spend the night. Excursion in small group (maximum 18 people) with guide.
Day 5: Flight to Salta
Transfer to the hotel and free afternoon
Transfer to the airport to take a flight to Salta. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. Afternoon free to discover the city, also called ”La Linda”.
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 (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.
Day 6: On the route from Salta to Cachi
Across Cafayate Valleys & Los Cardones National Park
Your driver will pick you up at the hotel to take you on the northwest route, towards Cachi. After crossing Los Cardones National Park, you’ll get through the so-called ”Camino del Inca”, the Tin Tin Straight and the Los Cardones National Park. You will probably see llamas rotating between the cactus through the Andean plateau. Arriving at Cachi, you will discover a small town of colonial heritage, with low houses dyed white lime, with a calm and conducive environment for the walk.
Day 7: On the route from Cafayate to Salta
On the route from Cafayate to Salta
In the morning, you will leave in a private car towards Salta. Along the way you will have stops to enjoy the most impressive views, from small colonial cities such as Alemania to the Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas. You will enjoy the beauty of spectacular rock formations carved by erosion and winds, and also the Garganta del Diablo, the Amphitheater, The Toad, The Monk, The Obelisk & The Castles.
At dusk you can go back to the center of the city.
Day 8: On the route to Jujuy
San Antonio de los Cobres, Salinas Grandes & Purmamarca
You will go on a private car excursion to San Antonio de los Cobres through the winding roads of the northwest, along the old railway line of the famous ”Train of the clouds”. After a break for lunch (not included), you will take the road to discover the Grandes Salinas, an impressive salt desert at over 4100 meters above sea level, located on the border between Salta and Jujuy. Finally, you will descend observing condors and llamas until you reach Purmamarca, a beautiful village at the foot of the Hill of the Seven Colors.
Day 9: Quebrada de Humahuaca
Experience of cultural exchange with the local community in Hornaditas
Today you will wake up at the foot of the magnificent Hill of Seven Colors and begin the tour to the Quebrada de Humahuaca (declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO) and its small towns, with its curiosities and colorful markets, including those of Tilcara and Pucará (site archaeological), and finally, Humahuaca. On the way back to Purmamarca, you will visit a small rural town where you will meet a community called Hornaditas. A family will welcome you and share their daily activities, which include making bread and goat cheese. Lunch included. Return to Purmamarca and free afternoon.
Day 10: Return to Salta
Flight to El Calafate, transfer to the hotel and free evening
Today you will leave the landscapes of the Andean North to take off towards El Calafate and the glacier region. Once in Buenos Aires you will take a flight to El Calafate and you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 11: Full day in a Patagonian ranch
Navigation in Argentino Lake & Perito Moreno Glacier.
Get ready to live an unforgettable day! First you will pass through the patagonian steppes before arriving at a typical estancia. You will discover the traditional activities of the Argentine gauchos and enjoy a typical ”asado” (barbecue). After having lunch in this memorable place in the middle of the plains of Patagonia, you will navigate in a boat to the famous Perito Moreno glacier. When embarking for the Rico Arm of the Argentino Lake, you will arrive at the heart of the Glacier National Park to enjoy an afternoon admiring the impressive glacier.
Day 12: Welcome to the End of the World
Flight to Ushuaia and transfer to the hotel
Get ready to fly to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia. The rest of the day will be free so you can visit the city.
Recommendation: We suggest you stroll through the old colonial houses and visit the End of the World Museum and the Maritime Museum in the old penitentiary of Ushuaia. Planted in a bay between the Beagle Channel and the mountain, Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego, stands as the city at the end of the world.
Day 13: Excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park
Walking and Canoes through the park
After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at the hotel for a private excursion to the Tierra del Fuego National Park. To take full advantage of this incredible environment and discover the secrets of the park, you will start with a walk along the Pampa Alta trail (2h30) or take the coastal path (3h), before lunch at the Roca Lake (included). In the afternoon, you will embark on a canoe to take a trip to the Bay of Lapataïa, accompanied by a specialized guide who will give you explanations about the forests of the southern tip of Argentina.
Return to Ushuaia and free afternoon.
Day 14: Navigation through the Beagle Channel
Return to Buenos Aires
You will leave from the dock to sail along the Beagle Channel, where you will see sea lions and cormorants. Towards island H, you will leave to take a short walk to discover the archaeological sites of the yámanas, the wildlife and flora of the Island with your guide.
Note: This activity is subject to weather conditions.
Return to Ushuaia in the late afternoon and transfer to the airport to take a flight to Buenos Aires and you will be transferred to the hotel.
Day 15: End of the trip.
Transfer to the airport.
It’s time to pack the last souvenir gifts. Transfer to the airport according to your flight schedule.
The best of Argentina in 2 weeks includes a panorama of the North, Cuyo and South of Argentina. You will start in the Andean North, a tour in a private car to discover its villages, its culture and its people, including a cultural exchange experience with a rural community in Hornaditas.
Then, you’ll discover one of the seven natural wonders of the world: the Iguazú Falls (Argentine and Brazilian side). You will be surprised with its exuberant flora and its varied fauna.
Lastly, the glacier region awaits. You will enjoy hiking through national parks, appreciating the legendary trees and snow-capped peaks, sailing through the Beagle Channel, Lake Argentino and the incredible experience of seeing the famous Perito Moreno Glacier up close.
- 14 nights accommodation in a double room.
- Breakfasts included in all hotels.
- Meals when “included” are mentioned
- Guided tours and mentioned excursions, with English / Spanish speaking guide if French is not mentioned.
- Navigation at the foot of the Iguazu Falls.
- Transfers to the airport (in private service when mentioned).
- Entrances to the National Parks.
- Meals (except when mentioned) and additional staff
- Air transport (national and international), optional.
- Excursions indicated as optional.
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 case, you’ll get to visit the best destinations in our country in 15 days and discover the great variety of landscapes and cultures that inhabit Argentina.
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 connection with the local people, generating a reciprocal cultural exchange.
In Hornaditas a family will welcome you and invite you to participate on their daily activities such as producing bread or goat cheese.
In Buenos Aires you’ll get to know the hidden aspects of this amazing city guided by a local specialist on our country’s history and culture.
In Patagonia you’ll experience the true Patagonic spirit by visiting an authentic estancia located in the heart of the steppes.
Buenos Aires – Iguazú : 1.50h flight
Iguazú – Salta : 2.10h flight
Ciudad de Salta – Cachi : 4h flight
Cachi – Cafayate : 4 hs on route
Ciudad de Salta – Purmamarca : 3hs on route
Purmamarca – Tilcara : 0.30hs on route
El Calafate – Ushuaia : 1.30h flight
Ushuaia – Buenos Aires:
We suggest that you take this trip either on October, November or March, given that the best time to visit Patagonia and Ushuaia is between October and March, but from December till the end of February it’s the rainy season in the Northwest.
In the city of Salta, located in a valley, the average temperature in winter is 10ºC (50ºF) and in the summer 20ºC (68ºF), with rains between December and February. In the rest of the province temperatures vary according to altitude. For example, in the Puna region there is a big thermal amplitude, with cold mornings and nights and nicer temperatures during the day. In Cachi and Cafayate the weather is warm in the summer with an average temperature of 28ºC (82ºF), long days and cooler nights. During the winter the daytime average temperature drops to 15ºC (59ºF).
In the Quebrada de Humahuaca, the average temperature during the summer is 23ºC (73.4ºF) and in winter 16ºC (60.8ºF).
In El Calafate the average annual temperature is 7.5ºC (45.5ºF) and in January, the warmest month, daytime temperatures are usually around 15ºC (59ºF).
Ushuaia has an annual average temperature of 5.7ºC (42ºF). In summer days temperatures are usually around 20ºC (68ºF) and in the mornings and nights are colder (10ºC – 50ºF).
There are daily direct flights between El Calafate and Ushuaia, and between Buenos Aires and Puerto Iguazú. Between Salta and Puerto Iguazú there are also direct flights almost every day. Be aware that in order to fly from the North to Patagonia you’ll probably have a stopover in one of the main cities (usually Buenos Aires or Córdoba).
All the cities visited are safe but, just like in any destination, we suggest that you pay attention to your belongings, especially in places that are visited by many tourists daily, such as the Perito Moreno footbridges or the Iguazú Falls. In Buenos Aires while visiting neighborhoods such as La Boca we suggest that you don’t have cell phones or cameras permanently in display, avoid dark and deserted streets (especially at night), and don’t wear jewelry that’s too flashy.
In Calafate, you cannot miss out on the “cordero patagónico (lamb), and in Ushuaia you should definitely try the centolla (a kind of crab).
In the North, gastronomy changes completely. You’ll get to enjoy the delicious empanadas, humitas, cabrito casseroles, and more!
In Puerto Iguazú we strongly suggest that you try the Iguazú River fish.