Cultural experience with northern rural communities
North of Argentina 2 weeks
A trip to explore the North of Argentina in 15 days. An immersion in the traditions of the rural communities of indigenous from Salta and Jujuy, their culture, history and their colorful landscapes, a tour from Buenos Aires and a magical experience in contact with nature in the tropical jungle of the Iguazu Falls (Argentinian and Brazilian side).
Duration: 15 nights
Prices are in US dollars per person in double basis.
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This trip to the North of Argentina begins with a tour in Buenos Aires, you can tour by yourself the neighborhood of Palermo. At night, we recommend to visit a local milonga (small room where locals and visitors gather to dance tango) and you will be able to learn your first steps of tango.
Then you will discover the charms of the Andean North: Salta and its incredible landscapes. A tour of the Quebrada de Escoipe, the Encantado Valley, Los Cardones National Park, Cafayate and Cachi. You will have a cultural exchange experience with a community of native in San Carlos, where a local family will be receive you and share their traditions and rural activities (weaving, pottery, viticulture). You will have a tour through Quebrada Río de Las Conchas and its spectacular rock formations.
The tour continues to La Puna, an expedition in 4×4 with your guide to the Andean highlands: San Antonio de los Cobres. In Tolar Grande you will be receive by a local community, where you’ll enjoy to share a cultural exchange experience. You will have an 4×4 tour to explore the Cone of Arita, Salazar de Arizaro, Ojos de Mar and The Arenal.
The adventure continues in Jujuy. You will discover the small town of Purmamarca, the salt desert of Salinas Grandes, Quebrada de Humahuaca and the colorful markets of the towns of Tilcara, Pucará (archaeological site) and Humahuaca.
Finally you will explore the flora and fauna of the Iguazu Falls (Argentinean and Brazilian side) and the incredible experience of sailing under the falls.
- 15 nights accommodation in a double room.
- Breakfasts included in all hotels.
- 4 nights accommodation in full board
- 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.
Day 1: Welcome to Argentina
Transfer to the hotel in Palermo and milonga night out
Upon arrival in the City of Buenos Aires, you will be transferred to your hotel in the Palermo neighborhood.
Free afternoon to discover the city.
At night, your guide will take you to a local milonga, a traditional room where every night locals gather to dance tango, this traditional dance declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Recommendation: In the afternoon we suggest eating at a local restaurant or canteen to taste the local cuisine, walk through the Bosques de Palermo, Floralis Generica, the Japanese Garden, the Botanical Garden or one of the city’s museums: Recoleta Cultural Center Museum of Fine Arts – National Fine Arts – Museum of Decorative Art – Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA).
Day 2: Welcome to Salta
Flight to Salta, transfer to the hotel and free day and night
Transfer to the airport to take a plane to Salta. Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel.
Afternoon and free night 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 (with its appearance of the colonial past of the city), the San Bernardo Hill and the High Mountain Archaeological Museum (MAAM).
At night, we recommend you visit 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.
Day 3: From Salta to Cachi
Touring Encantado Valley and Los Cardones National Park
When you leave Quebrada de Escoipe, you will discover many views of the Encantado Valley, the Los Cardones National Park, through the so-called ”Inca Trail”, the Recta Tin Tin, the name of a perfectly straight section of Highway 33, which It extends for 18 km through the cactus of Los Cardones National Park. Upon arrival, you will discover a colonial town, Cachi.
Recommendation: In the afternoon, we suggest touring this town with a quiet and ideal environment for walking, the central square, the church whose roof is built with candelabrum cactus wood and restaurants around.
Day 4: Welcome to Cafayate
Touring the Calchaquíes valleys and visit to a vineyard
You will travel the route from Cachi to Cafayate and take a path that crosses landscapes with colorful mountains, hills, meadows and isolated villages. The dusty trail will take you to some villages, such as Molinos, one of the most beautiful, which owes its name to the mills built on the river.
Then you will arrive to Cafayate, you will visit this town and its surroundings and a vineyard, to taste the famous Torrontés wines, typical grape of the region.
Day 5: Community of native people at San Carlos
Rural activities with the community
You will share an exchange cultura experience with a community of native in San Carlos. On this first day, you will meet the members of the community, participate in the preparation of meals and learn to cook regional food.
Day 6: Community of native people from San Carlos
Knowing the rural activities, local culture and traditions
A new day of exchange and discovery of local traditions. You can participate in activities such as weaving, ceramics, viticulture. After lunch shared with your hosts, you can walk or ride in the hills along the irrigation channels guided by the inhabitants.
Day 7: On the route from Cafayate to Salta
Touring the Quebrada de las Conchas
You will share breakfast with your hosts and you will take the route back to Salta. The road will be dotted with stops to enjoy the most impressive views of the Quebrada Rio de Las Conchas, and you will be able to appreciate the beauty of these spectacular rock formations carved by erosion and winds, such as the Garganta del Diablo, the Anfiteatro, El Sapo , El Fraile, El Obelisco and Los Castillos.
Afternoon and free night in Salta.
Day 8: Excursion from Salta to La Puna (San Antonio de los Cobres)
Rural community in Tolar Grande
The morning will begin with an expedition with your guide in 4X4 to the Andean highlands, heading towards the small town of Tolar Grande, lost in the middle of the Argentine plateaus of La Puna. You will have lunch in San Antonio de los Cobres, from where you can see the exit of the famous ”Train of the Clouds”. On the way you will see llamas, condors and vicuñas that will accompany you between the different landscapes, desert expanses with unreal colors, deserts of salt and ocher dunes.
When you arrive to Tolar Grande, you will be received in a family home, with whom you will spend the following nights.
Day 9: Excursion in 4x4 by Cono de Arita, Salar de Arizaro, Ojos de Mar and El Arenal
Return to the rural community in Tolar Grande
In the morning, your guide will pick you up to take you to discover in a 4×4 excursion the natural sites that you can not miss: Salar de Arizaro, Ojos de Mar and El Arenal. You can enjoy the sunrise during the walk to the ocher doubts of the Arenal, and at the top you will enjoy a spectacular view of the volcanoes and the desert areas.
You will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop to discover local handicrafts and the weaving techniques used in this Andean region.
Return to the family home in Tolar Grande.
Day 10: On the roat from Tolar to Salta
Return to Salta and free afternoon
After the last breakfast with your hosts, you will leave the Andean plateaus with your guide and a driver to enjoy the sunrise over the winding roads, dunes and salt deserts of the surroundings.
Free afternoon in Salta.
Day 11: Welcome to Jujuy
Touring the Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca
In the morning you will be waiting for a tour to explore the winding roads of the northwest, after discovering the small town of Purmamarca, located at the foot of the famous Hill of the 7 colors, you will go to the Salinas Grandes, an impressive salt desert, more 1,400 meters above sea level, right on the border between the regions of Salta and Jujuy.
On the descent you will see condors and llamas in the colorful town of Purmamarca, where you will spend the night.
Day 12: Touring Quebrada de Humahuaca
Purmamarca, Tilcara, Pucará (archaeological site) and Humahuaca
After breakfast, you will make an excursion through the Quebrada de Humahuaca and its small villages, a spectacular valley classified as a World Heritage Site. You will discover the curiosities and the colorful markets of the towns of Tilcara, Pucará (archaeological site) and Humahuaca.
Return to Salta late in the afternoon.
Day 13: Welcome to Iguazu Falls
Flight from Salta to Iguazu
Transfer from Salta airport to take your flight to Puerto Iguazú. When you arrive in the quiet city of Puerto Iguazú, you will be transferred to the hotel.
Free afternoon to explore 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” and visit the point of view of the 3 borders between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
Day 14: Welcome to the Iguazú National Park
Touring the Iguazú Falls (Argentine side)
You will discover the famous Iguazu Falls on the Argentine side. After walking the numerous footbridges and appreciating the different views, you can have a unique experience by approaching the falls by navigating below them.
Return to Puerto Iguazú to spend the night.
Day 15: Welcome to the Iguazú National Park
Touring the Iguazú Falls (Brazilian side)
In the morning you will enjoy with your guide a tour of the impressive Iguazu Falls, on the Brazilian side, you can get even closer to the Garganta del Diablo.
Return to Puerto Iguazú and transfer to the airport to take your flight to Buenos Aires.
Late afternoon free to discover the city.
Day 16: End of the trip
After breakfast you will be transferred to the international airport according to your flight schedules.
Discovering the deserts and dunes of La Puna
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, instead of taking you to a tango show you will get to know an authentic milonga, a small room where locals meet to dance tango.
In Salta, you will be received by a rural community of San Carlos, in Cafayate, where you will collaborate in the different daily activities of the community, such as ceramics, weaving, viticulture, and the preparation of typical dishes in the clay oven. In Tolar Grande you will share an exchange experience with a local family that will welcome you at your home and assist you in rural activities.