Travel to Mendoza, Iguazú and the Argentinian Northwest: wine, culture and nature
An exclusive trip to the heart of Argentine traditions, ideal for lovers of gastronomy, vineyards and natural charms. A circuit of pleasure for all your senses, beginning to end: from Buenos Aires and its varied cultural and gastronomic offer, following Mendoza, the indisputable capital of wine, passing through the mountains, valleys, deserts and secret towns of Salta and Jujuy and finally, the subtropical jungle of the Iguazu Falls.
Duration: 16 nights
Prices are in US dollars per person in double basis.
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Day 1: Welcome to Argentina
Arrival to Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel
You will arrive to the city of Buenos Aires and you will be transferred to your hotel in the neighborhood of Palermo.
Free evening to explore the city.
Day 2: City Tour Buenos Aires
Southern Neighborhoods and Recoleta
You will visit the city with your guide, will take you to discover the tenements and the colorful streets of Caminito in the neighborhood of La Boca. Followed by a tour of the historic center of the city: Plaza de Mayo, the Cabildo, emblematic buildings and impressive domes to finish in the bohemian neighborhood of San Telmo. After lunch, you will visit an art gallery inside an old ”conventillo” (typical old house built by immigrants). The tour ends in the neighborhood of Recoleta and its famous cemetery.
Rest of the day free to discover the capital to your liking.
Recommendation: In the afternoon we suggest visiting: Recoleta Cultural Center – Museum of Fine Arts – Generic Floralis – Japanese Garden – Botanical Garden – National Museum of Fine Arts – Museum of Decorative Art – Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA). At night, we recommend you to attend a local milonga (traditional room where locals gather to dance tango) where you can learn your first steps of this traditional dance.
Day 3: Welcome to Mendoza
Chacras de Coria
You will be transferred to the airport for your first destination: Mendoza. You will be transferred to your hotel in the area of Chacras de Coria, where you will stay in a splendid rural inn, ideally located to discover the famous wine estates of the surroundings.
Afternoon free to discover the surroundings or enjoy the pool.
Day 4: Exclusive wine tour with a french sommelier and winemakers
Touring wineries, tasting and gourmet lunch
Today you will have an exclusive tour by a renowned French sommelier to meet your winemaking friends and visit three important wineries, learn their stories, taste old vintages and enjoy a gourmet lunch by a chef and the best wines.
Return to the hotel at the end of the day.
Day 5: Tour of the wine route (Luján de Cuyo y Maipú)
Visiting wineries and gourmet lunch at El Enemigo
Today you will walk with your guide through the 2 wine regions near Mendoza, known for their fresh wines and their perfumed olive oil: Luján de Cuyo and Maipú. You will visit 2 wineries of artisan producers with high quality wines; Carmelo Patti Winery, Carinae Winery and Enemy Winery. You will have a lunch in the magnificent house of Alejandro Vigil, the famous ”El Enemigo”, accompanied by excellent wines.
Day 6: Welcome to Salta
Flight to Salta and free afternoon
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Mendoza airport in the direction of Salta. Once you arrive you will be transferred to your hotel.
Afternoon free to discover the city, nicknamed ”the 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 and the High Mountain Archaeological Museum (MAAM).
At night, we recommend visiting some of the famous rocks (traditional tavern) where you can taste some tasty empanadas, roast and a rich wine to the rhythm of northern folklore.
Day 7: On the route from Salta to Cachi
Across Quebrada de Escoipe, Encantado Valley and Cardones National Park
You will leave early on Route 33 towards Cachi. You will pass through the spectacular Valle de Lerma, the Quebrada de Escoipe, and you will discover many views of the Encantado Valley. On the way, you will have the opportunity to tour the Los Cardones National Park and admire the impressive cactus. Finally you will reach Cachi, a small town with a quiet and pleasant environment to walk: the square, the church and the restaurants around.
Day 8: On the route from Cachi to Cafayate Touring the Calchaquíes and Molinos Valleys
Touring Calchaquíes Valleys and Molinos
You will cross Route 40 that goes from Cachi to Cafayate and you will 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. Route 40 continues to Angastaco with its pepper fields and its small center that comes to life when the heat falls.
Day 9: Free day in Cafayate
Free day and night
You will have a free day to enjoy the town. We suggest visiting some of the wineries and vineyards of Cafayate, where you can learn about the different processes and varieties of grapes used, as well as touring the vineyards and tasting wines.
Day 10: Touring Quebrada de las Conchas
From the vineyards to the Calchaquíes valleys
Today you will leave in the direction of Salta, taking a completely different route, with stops to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Quebrada Río de Las Conchas, and appreciate the beauty of these spectacular rock formations carved by erosion and winds such as the Garganta del Devil, The Amphitheater, The Toad, The Friar, The Obelisk and The Castles.
Free night in Salta.
Day 11: Welcome to Jujuy
Excursion to San Antonio de los Cobres and Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca
In the morning, you will make a trip to San Antonio de los Cobres. After lunch, you will discover the Salinas Grandes, an impressive salt desert at an altitude of over 1400 m. Finally you will go down to the small town of Purmamarca, where you will spend the night
Day 12: Touring Quebrada de Humahuaca
Excursion to Tilcara, Pucará (archaeological site) and Humahuaca
You will wake up in the Hill of the Seven Colors and after breakfast you will make an excursion along the Quebrada de Humahuaca, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and its small towns. You will discover the curiosities and the colorful markets of the towns of Tilcara, Pucará (archaeological site) and Humahuaca.
At the end of the afternoon you will return to Salta.
Day 13: Welcome to Puerto Iguazú
Free afternoon in Puerto Iguazú
In the morning you will be transferred to the airport to take a flight to Puerto Iguazú. Upon arrival, you will register at your lodge hotel located in the heart of the rainforest.
Recommendation: In the afternoon we suggest visiting the animal shelter of Güra Oga, 5 km from the city on the way to the National Park. It is a veterinary clinic and rehabilitation center for injured wild animals. You can make a detour through the hummingbird aviary: ”The garden of the hummingbirds”. You can also go to the ”Hito de las 3 fronteras” viewpoint between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Located 1 km west of Puerto Iguazú, where there is a craft fair … or you can enjoy the pool or relax in the hammocks to enjoy the view of the jungle.
Day 14: Welcome to the Iguazú National Park
Touring the Iguazú Falls (Brazilian side) and Bird Park
With your passport in hand you will take the road to the impressive Iguazu Falls, from the Brazilian side, where you can enjoy the views from the catwalks. Then you will visit the Bird Park, a natural park organized around 5 large aviaries, where you can see the flora and fauna of the jungle.
Return to Puerto Iguazú to spend the night.
Day 15: Welcome to the Iguazú National Park
Iguazú Falls (Argentine side)
Today you will discover the Iguazu Falls, this time on the Argentine side. After touring the numerous catwalks and the breathtaking views of the waterfalls and waterfalls, you can get even closer and navigate under the falls.
Return to Puerto Iguazú to spend the night.
Day 16: Return to Buenos Aires
Flight to Buenos Aires and free night
Transfer to the Iguazú airport and return to Buenos Aires.
You will have the afternoon and night free, it is time to find the last memories and enjoy once again empanadas and a delicious argentine barbecue.
Day 17: End of the trip
Flight and transfer to the airport
Transfer to the international airport according to your flight schedule.
Lovers of good living will enjoy this immersion in the culture, traditions and nature of Argentina. A trip to Mendoza, Salta and Iguazu.
This adventure begins in Buenos Aires, a tour of the historic center and the Southern and Northern neighborhoods of the city.
The trip continues to the east of the Cordillera de los Andes: Mendoza. Your first stop will be in Chacras de Coria, an ideal environment to relax and discover the wine properties around. In Luján de Cuyo and Maipú some of the activities includes are: an exclusive tour with a French sommelier and his winemaking friends, you will share old vintages and visit three wineries and enjoy an lunch with the best wines. And you will enjoy a tour through two wineries and a gourmet lunch with excellents wines at the famous “El Enemigo” at Alejando Vigil’s house.
The program continues towards the North of Argentina: Salta. A tour of the Quebrada de Escoipe, the Encantado Valley and the Los Cardones National Park and Cachi. You will travel through the Calchaquíes Valleys to Cafayate (ideal for visiting wineries and tasting torrontés wine) and the Quebrada Río Las Conchas.
The next destination will be Jujuy: San Antonio de los Cobres, Salinas Grandes (a salt desert) and the small town of Purmamarca. A tour of the Quebrada de Humahuaca, with its small towns and markets: Tilcara, Pucará (archaeological site) and Humahuaca.
And finally, the Iguazu Falls (argentinian and brazilian side), that includes a tour of the waterfalls of the Iguazú National Park (both sides) you will navigate under the waterfalls and explore the Bird Park.
The trip ends in Buenos Aires with a free night to explore the espirit of this fantastic city.
- 16 nights in a standard double room (unless otherwise indicated)
- Breakfasts in all accommodations.
- Meals when “included” are mentioned.
- Ground transportation in place (in private service when mentioned).
- Transfers to the airport (in private service when mentioned).
- Guided tours and mentioned excursions, with guide in English / Spanish when not specified.
- Tickets to National Parks.
- Air transport (optional).
- Excursions indicated as “optional”.
- Personal meals 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 get to know Buenos Aires and learn about its culture and the different neighbourhoods along with a local guide.
The journey continues in Mendoza and its surroundings, a land of high mountains, amazing wines and rural traditions.
In the Northwest you’ll drive across routes to discover breathtaking landscapes such as quebradas, salinas and valleys. You’ll get to taste northern wines, produced in completely different weather conditions, and get a close look into the Andean culture while visiting the Quebrada de Humahuaca.
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.
This tour gives you the possibility of visiting some wine cellars with ethical and environmentally respectful production policies. Also, our tours seek to respect the balance in the areas visited, which is why we organize small group visits and prioritize places that are less frequently visited. Regarding accommodation, you’ll be staying in an Eco-Boutique hotel just outside Mendoza city.
In the Northwest we offer a trip that helps decentralize tourism by visiting places that aren’t usually included in more classic tours to this province. This gives smaller communities, that aren’t frequently visited by international tourism and have a great cultural value, an opportunity to work and develop independently, as well as the possibility to enrich their culture through mutual exchange with visitors.
In Iguazú we offer a respectful and conscious visit, raising awareness about the importance of preserving this natural paradise in such a touristic area. You’ll tour the Falls and the Parque das Aves in small groups, along with a guide that specializes in local flora and fauna.
Buenos Aires – Mendoza : 2h flight
Aeropuerto de Mendoza – Chacras de Coria : 40 minutes on route
Mendoza – Salta: 1.45h flight (if there are direct flights available) or 4.30h flying (with a stopover in Buenos Aires, Rosario or Córdoba)
Salta – Puerto Iguazú: 2h flight
Puerto Iguazú – Buenos Aires: 2h flight
Buenos Aires has 4 clearly defined seasons: hot and humid summers, and cold winters. The weather is usually pleasant, although it rains more frequently in autumn and winter seasons. Temperatures are rarely under 5ºC (41ºF), but may go over 30ºC (86ºF) during the summer! Yet, weatherwise, the city can be visited at any time of the year.
Mendoza is a dry area, with very cold winters (frosts and snow in certain regions) and very hot summers. Rain is quite unusual and is concentrated in the summer season (heavy rains and maybe hail). Temperatures between December and March are between 20ºC (68ºF) and 30ºC (86ºF). In winter you can go to the ski stations in the area, although it’s better to avoid this time of the year if you want to take a walk in the Aconcagua Park. Between July and September temperatures are frequently under 10ºC (50ºF).
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 Cachi and 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, temperatures go up to 23ºC (73.4ºF) in summertime, and days are long and sunny, while nights are cooler. During the 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).
Mendoza has an airport that offers many direct flights, mainly from Buenos Aires, Salta and Córdoba. From Salta to Iguazú you might find direct flights during the high season, and from Puerto Iguazú to Buenos aires you’ll find daily direct 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. Mendoza, on the other hand, is a very safe city.
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.
In Mendoza, wine in all its varieties is definitely the main character: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Blends and others. The asado (Argentinian barbecue) is another fundamental piece of local gastronomic culture, and so are empanadas, tortillas, tamales and even pizzas. For sweets you should definitely try alfajores and ice cream!
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”.