12 days/ 11 nights
Departures: All year round
Buenos Aires, Pampas, Iguazu Falls, Jujuy & Salta.
Experience energetic city of Buenos Aires and learn how and why “it takes two to tango.” Capture the gaucho spirit of the pampas plains while exploring the 17th century town of San Antonio de Areco and staying at a charming colonial-style estancia. Travel north to magical Iguazu Falls and discover nature on a grand scale from a rainforest lodge retreat. Journey next to the spectacularly scenic northwest region and marvel at Pumamarca village, picture-postcard pretty and sitting under the celebrated Cerro de los Siete Colores hill, and picturesque Tilcara, the base for llama trekking. Conclude the journey in Salta’s wine country, staying amidst the estate vineyards at the elegant GraceCafayate Hotel.
- 7 nights accommodation in double room occupancy
- Daily breakfast, all transfers, tours with bilingual guides, and local taxes
- 1 half-day Classic City Tour in Buenos Aires
- 1 Dinner & Tango Show at Tango Porteño with tango lesson
- 1 full-day tour Gaucho Town & Ranch tour in San Antonio de Areco
- 2 nights Eco-Jungle staying at Yacutinga Lodge Full board & activities in Iguazu
- 1 half-day tour to Argentine Falls in Iguazu
- 1 half-day Salta City Tour
- 1 half-day tour Cerro de los Siete Colores & Purmamarca Tour in Jujuy
- 1 half-day Llamas Trekking with picnic in Jujuy
- 2 nights Wine Country staying at Grace Cafayate & Activities
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- International & Domestic flights
- Meals and drinks other than those mentioned
- Tips or personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Optional tours and experiences
- Any items not mentioned
* Price Per Person in US$, based on std. room in 4– and 5-star accommodations, subject to availability and may change without notice. Airfare not included unless indicated. Please read terms and conditions. Insurance is highly recommended. This is an exclusive promotion through Borello Travel & Tours.
Day 1: Buenos Aires
Upon arrival to the airport, private transfer to Serena Hotel.
Day 2: Buenos Aires
Half-day city tour with Tortoni’s Café (Private 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, the scene of influential political manifestations. The square is flanked by the Government House, better known 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 famous colorful street "Caminito", and its unique architecture and customs that reflect 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 neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. Settled by immigrants, the neighborhood has preserved most of its architectonic heritage and boasts lovely cobblestone streets lined with colonial houses. Stop at the traditional café Tortoni for a freshly roasted coffee with a crispy ‘medialuna’ (Argentinean croissant). Next on the tour is the modern, well-heeled district of Puerto Madero and Palermo neighborhood with its elegant residences set among large green spaces. The tour concludes in Recoleta, Buenos Aires’ most sophisticated and upscale neighborhood.
Day 3: Buenos Aires
Dinner & Show at Tango Porteño (with a complimentary Tango Lesson). Tango Porteño recreates the golden age of the forties, which is unquestionably known as the reign of the tango, the great Argentinean passion. Here you will travel through time in the glory days of Buenos Aires when tango was enjoyed and breathed in every corner of the city. Tango Porteño is a marvelous space where all the stars of the Golden Age of Tango live together. During the magical decade the great orchestras of Canaro, Fresedo, Piazzolla, De Caro, Gobbi, Biagi, De Angelis, Di Sarli, D´Arienzo, Lomuto, D´Agostino, and of course the unforgettables both Troilo and Pugliese developed to their full potential in a wholesome but demanding rivalry and challenged each other at the Chanteclair, Marabú, Tabaris, Tibidabo and many other ballrooms. The meticulous scenery and costumes at the Tango Porteño create the ultimate framework to transport you to that enchanting time when all Buenos Aires was Tango - an unforgettable experience.
Day 4: Buenos Aires
Full Day Tour Gaucho Town & Ranch. 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 discover the soul and character of the gaucho at the Ricardo Guiraldes Gaucho Museum. Guiraldes is a famous Argentine writer and rancher who brought the gaucho to life in his cult novel Don Segundo Sombra (1926). 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.
Day 5: Buenos Aires / Iguazu- Yacutinga Lodge
Upon arrival to Puerto Iguazu airport, private transfer to meetingpoint, Raices Argentinas to connect with the transfer to Yacutinga Lodge.
Travel through lush green picturesque landscape with red clay soil and Yerba Mate farms. Arrival at Yacutinga Lodge, welcome and check-in, overview of the activities at the lodge and introduction to the environmental challenges of the rainforest and the lodge’s conservation efforts. Dinner.
Day 6: Yacutinga Lodge
Morning paddle in kayaks along the San Francisco stream. This quiet, calm navigation is a perfect opportunity to take pictures and observe the forest fauna. Return to the Lodge at mid-morning for lunch. The afternoon is free to explore the facilities at the Lodge (swimming pool, orchid trail, hummingbird project, etc.). In the late afternoon, there is an interpretative walk with an expert guide who details the ecology, flora and fauna of the region. Dinner, followed by nocturnal activity.
Day 7: Yacutinga Lodge / Iguazu
Breakfast and free time to explore around or simply enjoy the Lodge area. We suggest participating in the Orchid Rescue Program. At mid-morning, transfer to meeting point, Raices Argentinas, and further transfer to Sheraton Iguazu Hotel
Half Day Argentine Falls (Private tour). Visit the Argentine side of the Iguazu Falls, located inside Iguazu National Park, one of the first protected natural areas in South America and a UNESCO Heritage Site. At the Visitor's Center board an open train for a 15-minute ride to the Cataratas Station for a pleasant easy walk through paths cut in the forest leading to numerous lookouts along the upper and lower trail for a close-up look of various of the 275 waterfalls with drops close to 70 m/200 ft, all surrounded by a lush rainforest, packed with an amazing variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies. Board the train again to continue to Garganta Station for a 1200 m/4000 ft walkway to the Devil's Throat lookout, a truly unforgettable scene right on the edge of fall (be prepared to get wet and watch the impressive thunderous churning water below). Return by train to the Visitor's Center and later transfer back to the hotel. Entrance to the National Park not included.
Day 8: Iguazu/ Salta
Breakfast and free time to enjoy the resort area and explore on your own. At appropriate time, transfer to Iguazu airport for flight to Salta. And transfer from Salta airport to the Design Suites Salta Hotel.
Half day Salta City tour
Pick-up at the hotel for a panoramic sightseeing tour of picturesque Salta. Known as 'Salta, the beautiful', the city boasts a scenic location in the lovely Lerma Valley. Salta features the best-preserved colonial heritage in all of Argentina, with lovely one-story houses with traditional balconies, adorned with ornate colonial-style bars. The heart of the city is 9 de Julio Square, which is framed by some of the most important buildings in the city, as well as the main hotels and many bars and restaurants. The tour includes a visit to the city’s most precious colonial gems, such as the Church and Monastery of San Francisco, rebuilt in the 18th century; the 'Cabildo and Historic Museum of the Northwest' (old seat of the vice-royalty government and later the seat of the provincial government); the San Bernardo Monastery, dating back to the late 16th century; the main gate carved in carob wood is considered a jewel of local colonial art; and the Italian-style Main Church, built in the 20th century and the final resting place of the mortal remains of the hero of the Independence Wars, General Martín Miguel de Güemes. The tour then continues to the city’s outskirts, up to San Bernardo Hill where the Monument to General Martín Miguel de Güemes stands. The viewpoint offers great view of the city and the Lerma Valley. The visit ends at the colorful Craft Market. Admire the great variety of wares produced by local artisans; browse the lovely pottery, baskets, knitted 'barracan' fabrics, tapestries, ponchos and musical instruments.
Day 9: Jujuy
Depart from the hotel and travel along Highway 9 to San Salvador de Jujuy, the capital of Jujuy province. Here the highway enters the gorge, a deep fissure in the Altiplano (High Plateau) created by the eroding power of the river. The road passes through the small village of Tumbaya before it reaches Purmamarca, site of one of the 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 for a special trekking around town with a private guide and “llamas” as your companion. For more than 5,000 years, humans tamed the llama to carry things. This trekking will recreate this ancestral practice, which bears the spirit of the hills and this divine animal. The llamas can't be ridden but will accompany you and carry the picnic supplies that include a great selection of fresh local food and chilled wine. The walk is easy and enjoyable.
Day 10: Salta /Cafayate.
At appropriate time, transfer to Grace Cafayate Hotel. The drive to Cafayate follows Highway 68 passing through several quaint towns and villages such as: Cerrillos, El Carril, Ampascachi, Talapampa, Alemania and the Las Conchas River Gorge, also known as the Cafayate River Gorge. The gorge’s reddish sandstone walls have been carved into curious rock formations by the eroding actions of wind and weather. Inspired by their unique shapes, locals have baptized these formations with evocative names such as: Amphitheater, Devil's Throat, Obelisk and the Castles.
Grace Cafayate is the ultimate luxury residential and sporting destination, located in the spectacular wine region of northwest Argentina. It forms part of ‘La Estancia de Cafayate’, a secluded 500-hectare estate in the Calchaquí Valley, famous for its outstanding natural beauty, vineyards and equestrian sports. The architecture at Grace Cafayate epitomises the elegant simplicity that symbolises a Grace hotel whilst incorporating design elements from local traditions.
Day 11: Cafayate.
Guests of the hotel have access to all the first class facilities at La Estancia de Cafayate, including one of the most prestigious 18-hole championship golf courses in Argentina, a lively clubhouse and two polo fields together with access to the estate’s vineyards. The hotel’s spa and fitness center comprises four treatment rooms, each with private shower, plus a double treatment suite featuring two massage beds, a sauna, whirlpool, private hammam, double walk-in shower and private terrace with shower and sun loungers. The heated indoor pool, with integrated whirlpool and flooded with natural daylight, offers views of the mountains to the north and east. Guests will also find a hammam within the relaxation area.
Day 12: Cafayate: At appropriate time, transfer to Salta 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.