Get ready! Here we go Argentina

 

Places visited: Buenos Aires, Salta & Iguazu

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

                International & Domestic flights

                Daily breakfast, all transfers, tours with bilingual guides, and local taxes

                3 nights accommodation in double room at Legado Mitico Hotel in Buenos Aires

                1 half-day Classic City tour in Buenos Aires

                1 Dinner and cooking lesson Argentine Experience in Buenos Aires

                1 Full-day tour Town of Gauchos in Buenos Aires

                3 nights accommodation in double room Legado Mitico Hotel in Salta

                1 half-day City tour with MAAM Museum in Salta

                1 full-day Purmamarca & Llamas Trek in Tilcara tour in Salta

                1 full-day Cafayate tour in Salta

                2 nights accommodation in double room at Sheraton Iguazu Hotel in Iguazu

                1 full-day tour Iguazu National Park in Iguazu

                1 Tour Great Adventure in Iguazu

 

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

 

•                Meals and drinks other than those mentioned

•                Tips and personal expenses

•                Entrance fees to National Parks

•                Travel insurance

•                Optional tours and experiences

•                Any items not mentioned

 

From US$ 3,798.00* per person

 

*Price per person in US$, based on std. room in Luxury Boutique and 5-star accommodations, subject to availability and may change without notice. Airfare with Aerolineas Argentinas included. Please read terms and conditions. Insurance is highly recommended. This is an exclusive promotion through Borello Travel & Tours.

 

DETAILED DESCRIPTION:

Day 01: Buenos Aires

Upon arrival, private transfer to Legado Mitico Hotel.

Day 02: Buenos Aires

Half day classic city tour

Enjoy a three-hour sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city that reflects the rich heritage of the numerous immigrants that shaped Argentina’s capital. The tour starts at the historic Plaza de Mayo square, flanked by the Government House, better as the "Pink House”; the Cabildo (the old City Hall) and the Cathedral. Further south, visit the picturesque port neighborhood of La Boca with its colorful street Caminito, a pedestrian street filled with art stalls and performing artists; its unique architecture---painted in a rainbow of colors, and traditions that the influence of the European immigrants, especially Genovese sailors, who settled along these shores at the end of the 19th century. The tour continues towards San Telmo, one of the oldest and most charming neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, which has preserved most of its architectural heritage and boasts lovely cobblestone streets lined with colonial townhouses, cafes and antique shops.  Next on the tour is the upscale waterfront district of Puerto Madero and Palermo neighborhood with its elegant residences set among large grassy parks. The tour concludes in Recoleta, Buenos Aires’ most sophisticated and high-end neighborhood.

The Argentine Experience (Transfers not included)                                                               

The Argentine Experience is designed to give you an introduction to the best of Argentine cuisine and culture. This is a fun and unique experience, where you will meet and dine with people from all over the world.                             

Our international team of guides is on hand to spoil you and take you through every step of this culinary journey. 

 

Dinner Experience start at 8pm

1. Choose from our gourmet fillings and create your own empanada learning the traditional ‘repulgue’ technique. 

2. Later, use your imagination in Argentina’s first and only novelty empanada competition. Alongside your creations, enjoy grilled provoleta cheese with sliced chorizo sausage, and homemade chimichurri.

3. Enjoy what many are claiming to be the very best steak in Argentina, cooked to order and accompanied with velvety mash potatoes and oven roasted vegetables. Our top of the line thick cut fillet steaks have a unique 24 hour preparation method that sets us apart from the rest. Vegetarian, pescetarian and celiac options are available on request.

4. 1 Torrontes and 2 distinct Malbec wines will be selected from boutique wineries in Mendoza, paired to complement our food. Learn about and enjoy unlimited wine throughout the dinner. White wine is also available on request. 

5. Learn how to communicate like a true argentine with their classic hand gesture class.

6. For desert make your own alfajores, Argentina’s national sweet, where biscuits, dulce de leche, melted chocolate fondue and coconut shavings combine to delight the senses.

7. Finally, get taught about the history and etiquette of mate, Argentina’s national pastime, and prepare it from scratch among yourselves. By 11pm the dinner should be over.

 

Day 03: Buenos Aires 

Full Day visit to San Antonio de Areco and Estancia El Ombu 

Discover Argentine traditions in San Antonio de Areco, one of the oldest towns in the country and the birthplace of the Gaucho. Located in the Pampas, only 130 km from Buenos Aires, the town has retained the gaucho spirit of the 18th century with its narrow colonial streets, church, bars and museums. Explore the town during a walking tour and admire master silversmiths at work in their studios and marvel at the skills of leather craftsmen. These artists uphold the Argentine traditions San Antonio de Areco is famous for. Visit the Workshop and Museum of the Creole Silversmith. Take a break at a 200 year old authentic Gauchos Bar ("pulpería") and visit an authentic "Estancia" (ranch), including a horse and carriage ride, as well as lunch with an Argentinean "asado" (barbeque). Listen to folklore music and watch gauchos perform their horseback skills. Vegetarian, pescetarian and celiac options are available on request.

 

Day 04: Buenos Aires – Salta

At appropriate time, private transfer to the airport for your flight to Salta. From Salta airport, private transfer to Legado Mitico hotel. 

Half day City tour and MAAM Musseum 

Tour length: 4 hs (aprox.). Departure from the hotel for a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city of Salta, one of the most picturesque cities in the country, known as 'Salta, the beautiful', probably due to its privileged setting in the lovely Lerma Valley and to the eye-catching contrast of its old colonial buildings with its modern urban architecture. Salta is, beyond any doubt, the Argentine city which has best preserved its colonial heritage, with its one-story houses and its typical balconies with richly ornate colonial-style bars. The neuralgic center of the city is 9 de Julio Square, around which some of the most important buildings in the city are situated, as well as the main hotels and many bars and restaurants. The visit will make it possible to have a look at the most precious gems dating back to colonial times, such as: the Church and Monastery of San Francisco, rebuilt in the mid XVllI century, declared Minor Main Church by the Vatican in 1997; the 'Cabildo and Historic Museum of the Northwest' (old seat of the vice-royalty government and of the provincial government later on), main attraction in the city whose construction started the same day of the foundation, but whose current building was completely rebuilt by the late XVII century; the San Bernardo Monastery, dating back to the late XVI century, which boasts a carob-tree main gate considered a jewel of the local colonial art; and the Italian-style building of the Main Church, built in the XX century, that houses the mortal remains of the hero of the Independence Wars, General Martín Miguel de Güemes. 

The tour goes on towards the city outskirts, up to San Bernardo Hill, where stands the Monument to General Martín Miguel de Güemes. From the hill you will get a great view of the city and the Lerma Valley. The visit ends at the Handicraft Market where some most assorted examples of the local craftsmen's skills can be appreciated. All around the province of Salta nice pieces of pottery, basketry, knitted 'barracan' fabrics, tapestries and 'ponchos' are produced, as well as music instruments. Visit to the Museum of High Altitude Archaeology (MAAM), which offers a unique insight into the history of the Inca. This museum recreates the Andean world and display many unique Inca findings and archaeological treasures, including the incredible "Children of Llullaillaco”, one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the last decades. These three mummies were found in 1999, preserved by cold, at the summit of Llullaillaco volcano (6,700 meters above sea level) with over a hundred objects that made up his grave goods: a private world miniature that accompanied them on their journey to the afterlife.

Day 05: Salta

Full Day Purmamarca & Llamas trek 

Depart from the hotel and travel along Highway 9 to one of the beautiful area’s most striking natural landmarks: Cerro de los Siete Colores ('Seven Colored Hill’), which frames the adobe church constructed in 1648 in the main square. Take time for a stroll around the town’s main square where local vendors show off their wares, such as wood-carvings, hand-woven carpets and a wide assortment of medicinal and aromatic herbs. The tour continues to Tilcara from whose fortress the Omaguaca Indians once defended their land from the Incas and later the Spanish. The town’s historic museum contains the burial urns of mummies, as well as ancient jewelry, artifacts and utensils from the Indian civilization. We will actually make a special tour around town, in the company of a private guide and llamas as your companions. For thousands of years, humans tamed the llama to carry things, for, while llamas are not for riding, they will accompany you for and carry the picnic supplies: a great selection of fresh local foods and chilled wine. The walk is both easy and enjoyable. 

Day 06: Salta

Full Day Cafayate                                                                                                                                                         Tour length: 12 hs. Round-trip distance: 390 km. Early departure from the hotel for a full day tour to Cafayate, a beautiful colonial village submersed in the most wonderful landscape, in the very heart of the Calchaqui Valleys. Drive along National Route 68 will led you through the a number of small towns and villages such as: Cerrillos, El Carril, a typical village at the Lerma Valley, Ampascachi, Talapampa, Alemania and the Las Conchas River Gorge, also known as Cafayate River Gorge, on whose reddish sandstone walls, curious rock formations have been masterfully carved by the eroding action of wind and weather. All these formations have been baptized by the locals according to its fancy shapes with names such as: the Amphitheater, the Devil's Throat, the obelisk and the Castles. Surrounded by rivers and vineyards stands Cafayate, boasting some of the most beautiful and imposing view in the province, where it is possible to admire its nice old houses that gracefully combine colonial and Baroque styles. It is worth a visit its parish church, the Town Hall and the Regional and Archaeologic Museum. The region is well known because of its wine production among which stands the 'torrontés' variety.  Visit a famous winery to get in touch with the traditional production techniques and  seize the chance to taste some of the finest Argentine wines. Lunch included. Return to Salta.

Day 07: Salta - Iguazu

At appropriate time, private transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguazu. From Iguazu airport, private transfer to Sheraton Iguazu Hotel

Day 08:

Half Day Argentine Falls                                                                                                                                          Visit the Argentinean side of the Iguazu Falls, located inside Iguazu National Park, one of the first protected nature areas in South America and a UNESCO Heritage Site. At the Visitor's Center board an open train for the 15-minute ride to the Cataratas Station. From here, follow a pleasant easy walking path through the forest that will lead to numerous lookouts along the upper and lower trail for a close-up look of numerous of the 275 waterfalls that drop from a height of 70 m/200 ft. Also take time to admire the lush rainforest, packed with an amazing variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies. Then board the train to continue to Garganta Station. Follow the 1200 m/4000 ft walkway to the Devil's Throat lookout; be prepared to get wet and watch the impressive thunderous churning water below. Return by train to the Visitor's Center. Drop-off at the hotel (Entrance to the National Park not included)

The Great adventure                                                                                                                                                Tour length: 1hr. This circuit offers an exciting adventure inside the Argentinean National Park, near the Iguassu Falls area. A trip in specially conditioned 4WD vehicles guided by expert bilingual local guides who will provide lots of information about the jungle environment. The Visitor will be able to apreciate  the exuberant and well preserved ecosystem of the region. Next, after a short walk in the middle of the forest, you will reach the Iguazú River to embark onto  zodiak boats for a 30-minutes navigation that will make possible a unique approach to the San Martín and Bozzetti falls among others, all located in the Argentinian side of the border. An adventure not only to see but also “to experience” the falls!

Day 09: Iguazu

At appropriate time, private transfer to the airport.

 

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Tour descriptions and approximate times are for informational purposes only.Some places described may be substituted and/or approximate times may be subject to change, due to unexpected circumstances or weather conditions.