North of Argentina Family Trip
This Northern Argentina tour will give you the opportunity to drive through the Argentinian routes, to discover spectacular places with your family and to share moments learning
about native communities, making it an unforgettable vacation in Buenos Aires, Salta,
Jujuy and Iguazu Falls (Argentinian and Brazilian side).
Duration: 12 nights
Prices are per person in US dollars (contemplating 2 adults and 2 minors) in a quadruple room.
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Day 1: Welcome to Argentina
Arrival in Buenos Aires, transfer to the hotel and free day
You will arrive at the city of Buenos Aires and be transferred to an apartment in the neighborhood of Palermo. Your local correspondent will welcome you and give you suggestions to make the most of the neighborhood and 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: Buenos Aires City Tour
Historic center and Southern Neighborhoods (La Boca)
A specialist in History and Architecture of the city will guide you to discover the hidden treasures of the city, going emblematic places such as Plaza de Mayo and the Cabildo. Then you will arrive at the neighborhood of La Boca and visit its famous Caminito street. You’ll relive its past and discover the old houses built by immigrants.
You’ll have a free evening to explore the city.
Day 3: Welcome to Salta
Flight to Salta, transfer to the hotel and free day
You’ll be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Salta. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to you hotel where you can rent a car.
You’ll have the rest of the day off to explore the city by yourself.
Recommendation: In the afternoon we suggest a tour to the historic center, the Cabildo, the Cathedral and its baroque style, the Convent of San Bernardo and the Church of San Francisco (with a classical colonial style), San Bernardo Hill and the High Mountain Archaeological Museum (MAAM). At night, we suggest that you visit some of the famous peñas (traditional tavern) where you can taste some great empanadas, roast and a amazing wine to the rhythm of northern folklore.
Day 4: Welcome to Jujuy
Discovering the Quebrada de Humahuaca and Purmamarca
You will drive through legendary Route 9 towards the province of Jujuy. You will have the opportunity to see the Quebrada de Humahuaca and later you’ll arrive at Purmamarca, a very traditional town that is at the foot of the famous Cerro de los Siete Colores (Hill of the Seven Colors), where you will spend the night.
Recommendation: In the afternoon, you can take the route towards the Salinas Grandes, a salt desert located over 1,400 meters above sea level.
Day 5: Quebrada of Humahuaca
Discovering Punta Corral, Tilcara and Humahuaca Valleys
You will drive to the town of Tilcara and go for a walk through the Quebrada de Humahuaca. Along the walk you’ll be accompanied by llamas, who will be carrying the picnic on their back. You will go up to Punta Corral where you will appreciate a magnificent view of the Humahuaca valleys. Here you can enjoy your picnic to recover energy and then walk to the town of Tilcara.
Duration: The tour lasts 5 hours.
Day 6: Welcome to Hornaditas
Rural Community (Lamas Family)
You will take the road to the small town of Hornaditas, where your hosts will receive you with a traditional meal. You will share daily rural activities with them, such as the preparation of typical foods, production of goat cheese and natural medicinal creams, and walks around the community.
Day 7: Rural Community
Rural and daily activities in the community
You will share a new day of immersion with your hosts, having breakfast together and participating in the preparation of meals. All the family will learn how to prepare some delicious empanadas. Then you will go for a walk through the Humahuaca valley to discover the old cemetery or visit the famous Inca cave.
Day 8: Welcome to Puerto Iguazú
Flight to Puerto Iguazú, transfer to the hotel and free day
After breakfast you will go to Salta airport, where you’ll will leave the rental car. You will leave towards Puerto Iguazú.
Here you’ll have a free afternoon.
Recommendation: In the afternoon, we suggest visiting the animal shelter of Güra Oga, located 5 km away from the city. 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”. 1km to the west there is a craft market. You can also visit spot where borders between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet, the ”Triple Frontera”.
Day 9: Welcome to the Iguazu National Park
Touring and sailing below the Iguazu Falls (Argentine side)
You will discover the famous Iguazú Falls on the Argentinian side. After walking along many footbridges and appreciating the different views, you can approach them by navigating under the falls.
You’ll return to Puerto Iguazú where you will spend the night.
Day 10: Welcome to the Iguazu National Park
Touring the Brazilian side of the falls & Bird Park
Today you will go to the Iguazú National Park, to discover the amazing views of the waterfalls from the Brazilian side. After the visit, your guide will take you to the Parque das Aves to explore the trails of the 5 large aviaries, the flora and fauna of the jungle.
Day 11: Ecoturism experience in Andresitos
Day and night tour in the jungle
You will wake up with your family in the middle of the jungle and enjoy this wonderful place where you can walk and canoe with your naturalist guide, who will share the secrets of the forest, and show you the best trails and birds of all colors.
At night the most adventurous ones can go for a night walk with a guide to observe owls and other nocturnal animals.
Day 12: Return to Buenos Aires
Flight to Buenos Aires, transfer to the hotel and day/night free
After breakfast, you will leave for the airport of Puerto Iguazú to take your flight back to Buenos Aires. You will be transferred to your hotel in the city.
You’ll have a free day to enjoy the city.
Day 13: End of the trip
Last hours in Buenos Aires! You’ll be transferred to the international airport according to your flight’s schedule.
The adventure begins in Buenos Aires, in the neighborhood of Palermo and continues with a tour of the historic center and the neighborhood of La Boca.
The trip continues to the North of Argentina: Salta, you can tour the capital and rent a car to go to the route to Jujuy. You will visit small towns like Purmamarca and the Salinas Grandes. You will cross the Quebrada de Humahuaca with the company of llamas that will load a picnic and go up to Punta Corral to contemplate the view of the Humahuaca Valleys, before reaching Tilcara. You will have an exchange cultural experience with a rural community in Hornaditas. The Lamas family will receive you and share their rural activities.
The adventure continues in the jungle, the famous Iguazu Falls. You will discover the Iguazú National Park – Argentine and Brazilian side – and sailing under the falls. You will have an ecotourism experience in Andresitos and a night tour to contemplate the animals of the jungle.
This adventure ends with a last night in Buenos Aires, you can walk freely according to the tastes of your family.
- 12 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.
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 tour you’ll start by getting to know Buenos Aires and learning about its culture and the different neighbourhoods along with a local guide.
The trip continues in Salta and Jujuy, with a different approach that will allow you to genuinely discover the local communities’ lifestyle. We offer an opportunity to share unique moments with local communities. You’ll also get to drive across routes to discover breathtaking landscapes such as quebradas, salinas and valleys.
You’ll also live the unforgettable experience of visiting the spectacular Iguazú Falls, from the Argentinian and Brazilian side, and the Parque das Aves.
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 bond created between locals and visitors, which generates a mutual and enriching cultural exchange. This is the case when visiting the Hornaditas community, where you’ll have the chance to learn about their traditions and participate in activities such as preparing local meals and natural medicinal creams, walks in the surrounding areas and country activities.
In Iguazú we offer a respectful and conscious visit, raising awareness about the importance of preserving the environment in such a touristic area. Visits will be made in small groups and along with a guide that specializes in local flora and fauna.
Buenos Aires – Salta: 2h flight
Salta City – Purmamarca: 3hs on route
Purmamarca – Tilcara : 0.30hs on route
Tilcara – Humahuaca: 0.40hs on route
Hornaditas – Aeropuerto de Salta: 4hs on route
Salta – Puerto Iguazú: 2h flight
Puerto Iguazú – Andresito: 2hs on route
Puerto Iguazú – Buenos Aires: 2h flight
Buenos Aires has 4 clearly defined seasons: hot and humid summers, and cold winters. You can participate on this activity any time of the year. Temperatures are rarely under 5ºC (41ºF), but may go over 30ºC (86ºF) during the summer! Yet, we suggest to take this tour any time of the year.
The Northwestern region has a privileged weather all year long, although it’s warmer and rainier in the summer, from December to March. The rest of the year you’ll find a dryer weather with high thermal amplitude: warmer days and cooler nights. The city of Salta, located on a valley, has an average temperature of 10ºC (50ºF) during the winter, and 20ºC (68ºF) during the summer, with a rainy season between December and February. In the rest of the province, temperatures vary according to altitude. For example, in the Puna region there is an elevated thermal amplitude with cold mornings and nights and more pleasant temperatures during the day. In Cafayate the weather is warm during the summer, with an average temperature of 28ºC (82.4ºF), long and sunny days, and cooler nights. In winter, the average temperature drops to 15ºC (59ºF) during the day. In the Quebrada de Humahuaca the maximum average temperature during the summer is 23ºC (73.4ºF) with long and sunny days and cooler nights. In winter, temperatures drop to 16ºC (60.8ºF) during the day.
Misiones (province where you’ll find the well known Iguazú Falls) is one of the rainiest and most humid areas in the country. From May to September (autumn and winter) temperatures are quite pleasant, between 15ºC (59ºF) and 25ºC (77ºF), which is why this is an ideal time to come visit them! The summer is hotter, with temperatures that go above 35ºC (95ºF).
Salta gas the main airport in the region, although San Salvador de Jujuy also has an airport with less flights. Most direct flights connect the region with the biggest Argentinian cities, such as Buenos Aires, Córdoba or Rosario. There are also other direct flights between Salta and Mendoza and between Salta and Puerto Iguazú. Puerto Iguazú and Buenos aires are connected by numerous daily flights.
Just like in any big city, in Buenos Aires and Salta we suggest that you pay attention to your personal belongings, especially in places that are visited by tourists daily, which is also the case in the Iguazú Falls. We also suggest to avoid having your phones and cameras permanently in display, avoid dark and lonely streets (especially at night), and not to wear flashy jewelry.
Buenos Aires has many traditions and you’ll find in each neighbourhood restaurants with their own identity. Gastronomy here is a mixture between “criollo” culture and cultures brought to Buenos Aires with immigrants, mainly Italian. Amongst the most traditional Argentinian meals, you should try empanadas and asado (Argentinian barbecue), yet the Argentinian capital is also a multicultural city with a wide range of gastronomic options, so you’ll be surprised by the large variety of foreign gastronomy.
The Northwest is definitely one of the most gastronomically diverse areas in Argentina due to the coexistence of different cultures. We strongly suggest that you try the most typical meals like tamales, locro or empanadas.
The unique gastronomy in the Puerto Iguazú area is a mix between guaraní traditions and Paraná flavors. Here you can find one of the most important fishing areas in Argentina and you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy river fish such as the dorados, surubíes, bogas, pacúes and sábalos, which locals grill with herbs and lemon or top with a great variety of dressings. The “locro norteño” is also worth mentioning. It has meat, corn, pumpkin and cassava. The “mbeyú” or “torta frita”, the “chipá”, the “polenta correntina” and the Paraguayan soup (which is, despite its name, a cornmeal bread with cheese, onions and spices), are also great local meals to try! Furthermore, while talking about this region we cannot forget to mention one of the most characteristic Argentine traditions, especially strong in this area: the “mate”.