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Travel to Mendoza, Salta and Iguazu: Argentina 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 the senses, from start to finish: 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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Vacation Style Holiday TypeAdventure, Cuisine, Nature, Road trip
Activity Level Intermediate
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.
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: Welcome to 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.
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.
his trip includes, in Buenos Aires, a tour of the historic center and the Southern and Northern Neighborhoods of the city.
In Mendoza, you will visit the most important wine regions: Chacras de Coria, Luján de Cuyo and Maipú, it includes an exclusive tour with a French sommelier and winemakers, you will visit three well-known wineries and an exclusive lunch with fantastic wines, and the visit to two important wineries with a lunch at the famous winery “El Enemigo”.
In Cataratas del Iguazú, a tour of the Iguazu National Park (Argentine and Brazilian side) and the navigation below the falls and the visit to the Bird Park to explore the flora and fauna of the jungle.