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5 days in Argentina
Buenos Aires

Highlights of Argentina: Salta & Jujuy private tour + Iguazú Falls and the Glacier

from $2,785

The best of Argentina in 2 weeks proposes a tour from North to South Argentina. On this trip you will visit Buenos Aires, Salta, Jujuy, Iguazú Falls to end the trip in El Calafate, in southern Patagonia.

After visiting the capital, you will depart  to one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the world: the Iguazú Falls! On both sides (Argentine and Brazilian), you will be surprised with its exuberant flora and its varied fauna. Then, you will discover the andean North by private car. On a road trip, you will be able to explore its magnificent routes, its hidden treasures, its towns, its inhabitants and its culture. Besides, you will have a cultural exchange experience with a rural community living in Salta, at la Quebrada del Toro. Lastly, the glacier region awaits you, you will enjoy hiking through the national park, appreciating the legendary trees and snow-capped peaks, navigating through the Argentino lake and the incredible experience of visiting the famous Perito Moreno Glacier.


Price per person on a double basis, in US dollars.

  • Reviews 4 Reviews
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Cultural, Nature
  • Activity Level
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Argentina!

    Arrival in 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 in order to live a fabulous experience in the capital city. Free afternoon so you can explore the city at your own pace, we suggest you to visit the Northern district: 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 – Recoleta Cemetery.


  2. Day 2 Buenos Aires City Tour: Historic center and Southern Neighborhood

    In the morning, you are going to visit the city with your local guide and discover the historic center (Plaza de Mayo, Cabildo and the main buildings) observing different architectural styles and impressive domes. Then, you will go to the bohemian neighborhood of San Telmo and the colorful neighborhood of La Boca and its famous street Caminito. 

    Afterward, you will be able to visit an art gallery inside an old ”conventillo” (typical colorful house built by immigrants). 

    Duration: 4 hours. Private activity with English-Speaking guide. 

  3. Day 3 Flight to Puerto Iguazú and brazilian side of the falls

    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 are going to participate in an excursion (maximum 18 people) to the Iguazú National Park, to discover the famous waterfalls on the brazilian side. You can enjoy the views from the different footbridges. Return to Puerto Iguazú at the end of the afternoon. 


    Small group excursion with English speaking guide


  4. Day 4 Argentinian side of the falls

    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, the 3 circuits (Inferior, Superior and the Devil’s Throat) and taking advantage of each point of view, you will get as close as possible on a motor boat, which will completely submerge you under the falls. A refreshing experience before returning to Puerto Iguazú to spend the night. 


    Small group excursion with English speaking guide

  5. Day 5 Flight to Salta

    Transfer to the airport to take a flight to Salta. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Free afternoon to discover the city, called ”La Linda”.

    Recommendations: in the afternoon we suggest you discover 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. (City tour available as an optional excursion) 


    In the evening, we recommend you to visit one 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.

  6. Day 6 Los Cardones National Park and Calchaquies Valleys

    Your driver will pick you up at the hotel to take you on the northwest route, towards Cachi. You will cross Los Cardones National Park, the so-called ”Camino del Inca”, and the Tin Tin Straight. You will probably see llamas walking between the cactus through the Andean plateau. Once arrived 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.


    Then, it is time to continue on Route 40, in 160 kilometers of sumptuous landscapes between Cachi and Cafayate. The landscapes of the Calchaquíes valleys mix colorful mountains, hills, meadows and isolated villages. You will cross the Quebrada de las Flechas, deep mountains and sharp rocks that sprout from the ground. In the afternoon you will arrive in Cafayate, where you will spend the night. We suggest you visit a nearby winery and vineyards. Torrontés white wine is a specialty of this region!


    Private tour with English speaking driver-guide.


  7. Day 7 On the route from Cafayate to Salta - Quebrada del Río de las Conchas

    In the morning, you will leave by private car in the direction of Salta. Along the way you will have stops to enjoy the most impressive views, from small colonial cities such as Alemania and then the Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas, and you will enjoy the beauty of its spectacular rock formations carved by erosion and winds as the Garganta del Diablo, the Amphitheater, the Amphitheater. El Sapo (The Toad), El Fraile (The Monk), The Obelisk (The Obelisk) The Castles (The Castles).

    Private tour with English speaking driver-guide.




  8. Day 8 Experience with a rural community on the way to San Antonio de los Cobres

    In the morning, your guide will pick you up and drive you in direction to San Antonio de los Cobres, a small town in the Puna (high plateau), famous for its “Tren de las Nubes”. 

    On the way, you will stop and meet the Turu Yaco community, located in La Quebrada del Toro. You will discover the way of life of the locals and you will be able to participate in daily activities.


    You will live an unique experience with the family that will receive you. You are going to participate in one of the daily activities of the locals, such as ceramic and wood workshops, or you can take a walk around the family home, discovering its lands and plantations. Then, you will enjoy lunch with the host family.


    In the afternoon, you leave for San Antonio de los Cobres, where you will spend the night.


    Salta – Quebrada del Toro: 1h30

    Quebrada del Toro – San Antonio de los Cobres: 2 hours

    Private tour with English speaking driver-guide.


  9. Day 9 Road to Jujuy - Salt desert and Colorful landscapes

    Today, you will take the road to discover Salinas Grandes, an impressive salt desert at over 4100 meters above sea level, located on the border between Salta and Jujuy. Finally, you will descend by la Cuesta del Lipán, observing the impressive landscapes until you reach Purmamarca, a beautiful village at the foot of the Mountain of the Seven Colours. 

    Private tour with English speaking driver-guide.

  10. Day 10 Discovering the Quebrada de Humahuaca

    You will visit on this day the Quebrada de Humahuaca and its small villages, this spectacular valley classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will discover the curiosities and colorful markets of each small village, including those of Tilcara and Pucará (archaeological site), then the village of Humahuaca.


    At noon, you are going to meet a community located in the Province of Jujuy, north of the department of Humahuaca. Hornaditas is a village with a diversity of landscapes and cultures. The first to conquer these lands were the Incas. You will observe constructions, fortifications, cave paintings, and agricultural terraces.

    Most of the tourists who have already visited these places underline the family warmth and how they felt like home. You will admire the dazzling landscapes that are still unknown to tourism. You will enjoy lunch (included) with the family. 


    At the end of the afternoon, you will return to Salta called ”la linda”.


    Private tour with English speaking driver-guide.

  11. Day 11 Flight to El Calafate, land of glaciers

    It’s time to leave behind the landscapes of the Andean North, and take off to El Calafate and the glacier region. Once you arrive in El Calafate, you will be transferred to your hotel. 

    Free night

  12. Day 12 Full day in an authentic Patagonian ranch and navigation next to the Perito Moreno Glacier

    Today you will have an early start for a drive across the old estancias road on a small-group excursion. The guide will explain to you about the rural life of the Patagonian farms and the indigenous influence. Then, you will arrive at the Estancia and enjoy a typical barbecue with the best wines in the country (included).

    After lunch, you will navigate the South and Rico arms of Lake Argentino until you disembark at Las Monedas beach for a walk in the woods (low level of difficulty).

    You will board again and navigate until you reach the Perito Moreno Glacier. It is an enormous ice mass covering a 250 square km area and is one of the most wonderful glaciers in the world.


    It is easy to approach the front of the glacier by walking along the footbridges (free time, around 2 hours)


    Return to El Calafate during the evening by minibus.


    Small group-excursion with English / Spanish-speaking guide.

    Lunch included.

    Entrance included

  13. Day 13 In the footsteps of the Tehuelches

    At around 11 am, your English / Spanish speaking guide will pick you up by 4×4 and he will take you to admire the turquoise lake next to the city center.


    You will take a trail that offers an impressive panorama of the Andes to an archeological site where you will observe rock paintings from the pre-Tehuelche culture (more than 4000 years old!). Typical lunch on site (included), sheltered by a cave, before returning to El Calafate in the afternoon.


  14. Day 14 Flight to Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel

    Flight to Buenos Aires.

    Upon arrival, private transfer to your hotel.

    Free afternoon to explore San Telmo district at your own pace. It is time to enjoy one more time some empanadas and a delicious argentine barbecue.

  15. Day 15 End of the trip

    It’s time to pack the last souvenirs! Transfer to the airport according to your flight schedule.


All about the Highlights of Argentina: Salta & Jujuy private tour + Iguazú Falls and the Glacier.

Travel dates: from 1st October 2020 to 1st April 2021

Blackout dates: none

Departures every day (subject to availability) 

Minimum 2 passengers (Extra cost applies for solo travelers)

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 14 nights accommodation in a double room.
  • Private transportation from day 6 to day 10 (4×4 vehicle with English speaking driver-guide)  
  • Breakfasts included in all hotels.
  • Meals when “included” is mentioned.
  • Entrances to the National Parks.
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meals (except when mentioned) and additional personal expenses
  • Air transport (national and international), optional.
  • Excursions indicated as optional.
Local hotels, family homes and unique properties

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.

Overall Rating
Reviewed On 15/01/2021

fabulous trip, we discovered an absolutely gigantic country !! magnificent landscapes, adorable, smiling, welcoming people. our stay with the locals was a real human encounter. Thank you!

Reviewed On 15/01/2021

An unforgettable trip, Gaston had programmed everything we wanted to see very well and the landscapes are grandiose and impressive. I recommend it to anyone who wants to see fantastic landscapes and meet very welcoming and helpful people.

Reviewed On 15/01/2021

The trip was perfect with beautiful weather and landscapes! The activities were all fun and went on well. Loved el Chalten with the freedom to be able to make the desired hikes on my own.

Reviewed On 08/03/2019

2 weeks to pure enjoyment. Shocking contrast of landscapes and natural beauty


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