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North of Argentina In Deep

from $3,150

A trip to explore the North of Argentina in 16 days. An immersion in the traditions of the rural indigenous communities from Salta and Jujuy (their culture, history and their colorful landscapes), a tour in Buenos Aires and a magical experience in contact with nature in the tropical jungle of the Iguazu Falls (Argentinian and Brazilian side). You will visit Tolar Grande, an unique place in Salta with an unbelievable landscape.

Duration: 15 nights

Prices are in US dollars per person in double basis.

  • Reviews 2 Reviews
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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Cultural, Nature
  • Activity Level
  1. Day 1: Welcome to Argentina Transfer to the hotel in Palermo and milonga night out

    Upon arrival at 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, walking through the Bosques de Palermo, Floralis Generica, the Japanese Garden, the Botanical Garden or some of the city’s museums: Recoleta Cultural Center, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Decorative Art, Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA).

  2. Day 2: Welcome to Salta Flight to Salta, transfer to the hotel and free day and night

    You’ll be transferred to the airport to take a plane to Salta. Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel.

    Free afternoon 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 have some tasty empanadas, roast and a rich wine to the rhythm of northern folklore.

  3. 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 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.

    Group excursion with an English / Spanish speaking guide.

  4. Day 4: Welcome to Cafayate Touring the Calchaquíes valleys and visiting 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.

    Group excursion with an English / Spanish speaking guide.

  5. 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 how to cook their regional food.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

    Group excursion with an English / Spanish speaking guide.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Day 11: Welcome to Jujuy Touring the Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca

    In the morning you will go on 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 4100 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.

    Group excursion with an English / Spanish speaking guide.

  12. 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.

    Group excursion with an English / Spanish speaking guide.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

    The navigation is included.

    Group excursion with an English / Spanish speaking guide.

  15. 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.

    Group excursion with an English / Spanish speaking guide.

  16. Day 16: End of the trip Airport transfer

    After breakfast you will be transferred to the international airport according to your flight schedules.

All about the North of Argentina In Deep.

This trip to the North  of Argentina begins with a tour in Buenos Aires, where you can get to know by yourself the neighborhood of Palermo. At night, we recommend you visit a local milonga (small room where locals and visitors gather to dance tango) and learn your first tango steps.

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 a 4×4 with your guide to the Andean highlands: San Antonio de los Cobres. In Tolar Grande you will be received by a local community, where you’ll enjoy a cultural exchange experience. You will have a 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 enjoy the incredible experience of sailing under the falls.

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.
  • 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.
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meals (except when mentioned) and additional staff
  • 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.

You’ll visit the provinces of Salta and Jujuy from a different perspective, genuinely discovering their inhabitants’ lifestyle, organized in rural communities. You’ll also travel paths that go through amazing landscapes, such as quebradas, salinas and valleys. You’ll get to share unique moments with the local communities, a different trip to those offered by more conventional circuits in the region. You’ll also have the unforgettable opportunity to to see the tropical landscapes and amazing Iguazú Waterfalls from the Argentinian and Brazilian side.

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 characteristic of rural tourism is the direct and genuine bond created between locals and visitors, creating a reciprocal cultural exchange. Also, by visiting local communities that are usually not included in itineraries offered to large groups of tourists, you’re helping them develop independently and giving them an opportunity to share and give value to their cultural assets.This is the case when visiting the San Carlos community, where you’ll get the chance to learn about their local traditions, participate in activities such as knitting, making ceramic pieces, viticulture, and more. 

In Tolar Grande you’ll be staying at a family house and you’ll participate on a workshop in which you’ll discover local handicrafts and learn about the traditional knitting techniques used in this Andean region.

In Iguazú we offer a respectful visit, generating conscience about the importance of preserving the natural conditions of this touristic area. You’ll visit Iguazú in small groups, accompanied by a local guide, specialist in fauna and flora.

Buenos Aires – Salta: 2h flight 

Ciudad de Salta – Cachi : 4hs on route

Cachi – Cafayate : 4hs on route

Cafayate – Ciudad de Salta : 3.30hs on route

Ciudad de Salta – San Antonio de los Cobres: 2.30hs

San Antonio de los Cobres – Tolar Grande: 11hs on route

Tolar Grande – Salta: 15hs on route

Ciudad de Salta – Purmamarca: 3hs on route

Purmamarca – Tilcara : 0.30h on route

Humahuaca – Salta: 4hs on route 

Salta – Puerto Iguazú: 2h flight

Puerto Iguazú – Buenos Aires: 2h flight

The Northwest area has a great weather all year long, although it is rainy and hot during the summer (December to March). The rest of the year is quite dry, with thermal amplitude: warmer during the day and colder at night.

The city of Salta, located on a valley, has an average temperature of 10ºC (50ªF) during the winter, and 20ºC (68ºF) in the summer, with a rainy season between December and February. In the rest of the province of Salta, temperatures vary according to altitude. For example, in the Puna region there is a high thermal amplitude, with cold mornings and nights, and nicer temperatures during the day. In Cachi and Cafayate the weather is warm during the summer, with average temperatures of 28ºC (82.4ºF), long sunny days and cool nights. In winter, temperatures drop to an average of 16ºC during the day. 

The province of Misiones (where the famous Iguazú Waterfalls are) is one of the most rainy and humid areas of the country. From May to September, autumn-winter season in Argentina, temperatures in the region temperatures are quite pleasant, between 15ºC (59ºF) and 25ºC (77ºF), which is why it is an ideal time to visit the area. During the summer, temperatures may go above 35ºC (95ºF).

The city of Salta has the main airport in the area, and San Salvador de Jujuy city also has an important one, although it has lower flight frequency. Most direct flights connect the region with the main cities, such as Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Rosario. There are also other flight such as Salta-Mendoza and Salta-Puerto Iguazú. Between Buenos Aires and Puerto Iguazú there are several direct flights every day.

The Northwest is considered safe, especially in rural areas. In the Iguazú National Park, like in any tourist place, we suggest that you pay special attention to your personal belongings, given that it’s visited by many tourists daily.

The Northwest is definitely one of the areas with the most flavor variety in Argentina, due to a very interesting clash of cultures. Don’t miss out on typical meals such as tamales, northern locro (meat, corn, pumpkin and cassava) and empanadas. 

Regarding the Iguazú area, you’ll be able to enjoy river fish such as dorados, surubíes, bogas, pacúes and sábalos, which locals usually roast with herbs and lemon or accompanied with different dressings. The “mbeyú” or “torta frita”, made with cassava starch; the “chipá”, a typical cheese dough; and the “Paraguayan soup” which, despite its name, is a type of bread made with cornmeal, cheese, onion and spices, are all definitely worth trying too. Another traditional meal with guaraní origins is the mbaipy or “polenta correntina” which is prepared with vegetables, chicken, ground beef and a lot of “criollo” cheese. Also, when talking about this region it’s impossible not to mention one of the most mythical traditions in Argentina, especially strong in this area: “yerba mate”.

Overall Rating
5/5
Nick
Reviewed On 21/05/2019
5/5

It exceeded our expectations, very good everything!

Jaime
Reviewed On 10/05/2019
4/5

The colors and landscapes ... EXCELLENT gastronomy

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