Visit a country of such diversity. Experience the cultural vibrancy of Buenos Aires, the natural beauty of the North West Salt Flats and enjoy the wine region of Mendoza.
– All airfares & taxes (Flying Air New Zealand and Aerolineas Argentinas)
– Accommodation in 4-star & 5-star hotels
– 14 breakfasts and 1 lunch
– Touring by modern air-conditioned coach
– Services of English-speaking Tour Director and local guides
– Assistance of your Tour Leader, Mandy Page
– Land Only price on application
– Extending your stay – before or after Tour Date
– Deposit: $750 per person
– Group Size: 15 travellers (max)
After meeting up in Auckland and our short pre-tour briefing we board our Air NZ flight to Buenos Aires. On arrival this evening we transfer to our hotel.
This morning we will be swept away by the highlights of Buenos Aires. Over the course of a half-day, we will have the chance to visit the historical and political center of the city around May Square (Plaza de Mayo) and the Pink House (the presidential house).
Later, visit San Telmo with its cobblestone streets and the oldest residential neighborhood and La Boca where Buenos Aires turns colourful and tango is ever-present: Walk Caminito Street and dance with the locals. The next stop the chic and aristocratic Recoleta, where the big palaces remind us that Buenos Aires was once the “Paris of the South”.
Early morning start as we depart the colourful Buenos Aires and fly to Salta.
Welcome to Salta!
Salta offers outstanding museums, colonial architecture, vibrant cafés in the main plaza (great people-watching spot) and the authentic peñas; places where locals grab a table to watch their favourite folklore singers and after a wine (or two) everyone joins in for dancing.
This afternoon, we will do a walking tour of the city of Salta and see all the historical and architectural heritage. Walk and visit the main square, the Cathedral and historic Cabildo. San Francisco Church and San Bernardo convent are also important sites near the square not to be missed. We have time to explore the Museum of Archeology and High Mountain of Salta (MAAM).
Return to the hotel.
Today we travel to Salt Flats and Humahuaca Gorge. (We can leave our main luggage in our Salta Hotel and take an overnight packs for 2 nights).
Early in the morning we will travel along the same route as the famous Train to the Clouds, zigzagging on lonely roads between the blue sky and the high desert plains. On our way, we will visit historic ruins, scattered houses, small villages and amazing landscapes.
Our first destination is the small town of Campo Quijano and later the impressive Quebrada del Toro, where we will stop for a refreshing coffee break after some stunning viewpoints. From here, we will visit Santa Rosa de Tastil, a pre-Incan city of the XIII century. After, we visit San Antonio de los Cobres, one of the smallest villages in the region; en route to the surreal landscape of the Great Salt Flats. The Great Salt Flats are perfect for amateur and professional photographers alike- where the natural light and reflections provide ample opportunities to test your creativity to the fullest. Finally, later in the afternoon we will arrive in Purmamarca, located at the base of Jujuy’s famed 7-colored mountain.
Today we have a free day to explore or just relax and enjoy the beauty of this lovely town.
Purmamarca is set at the base of a striking, multi-hued mountain called the Seven Colours Hill. From the village, the Paseo de los Colorados trail leads into the surrounding desert landscapes for views of the mountain. Visit 9 de Julio Square which hosts a popular crafts market.
Today we tour along the Humahuaca Gorge, declared a UNESCO Heritage Site. We will visit places such as Maimará, “Paleta del Pintor” (it’s a photo stop on the road) , Tilcara, and it´s famous “ Pucará de Tilcara”, Trópico de Capricornio, Uquía (Pinturas Cuzqueñas) and finally, the small town of Humahuaca before returning to Salta in the evening.
Today we will leave Salta on a three- day excursion. (We can leave our main luggage in our Salta Hotel and take an overnight pack for 3 nights). We will depart early morning leaving Lerma Valley behind to enjoy one of the gems of the northwest; The Calchaqui Valley.
We depart from Salta city and make our way up the Escoipe Gorge, continuing along the breathtaking Cuesta del Obispo (Bishop’s Slope).
Next we will arrive at Piedra del Molino (3,600 metres above sea level) and pass by the picturesque Los Cardones National Park, which lies along the straight route of Tin Tin. We will be able to appreciate the magnificence of the highest mountain in the Calchaqui Valley, the Cachi Snow-capped Mountain (Nevado de Cachi), which is among the 40 highest mountains in Argentina, with a height of over 6,000 meters above sea level.
Finally, we will arrive to Payogasta and will continue descending to encounter the magical town of Cachi. Traditional and picturesque, this village is characterized by its colonial-type constructions, the historic houses situated on the very edge of narrow and cobblestone streets. Its church dates back to the 18th century and stands out for its floor, ceiling, furniture made of cactus wood and its adobe walls. It has a well-recognized Anthropological Museum where the history of indigenous civilizations is exhibited in 5,000 pieces unraveling a 10,000-year-old story.
After our breakfast we will visit several towns along Route 40 firstly stopping at Seclanta; a small town settled on the right side of the Calchaqui River. It stands out for its particularly unusual layout. The Main Square is one block from Nuestra Señora del Carmen Church (built between 1828 and 1835) and from the town’s cemetery, which lies on a hill. There are plenty of picturesque houses with colorful facades amongst the uneven streets.
Next stop, Molinos. This town is well known for its adobe houses with mud roofs and its parochial church which dates back to 1639. Opposite the church, you will find an enchanting guest house which used to be the house of the last governor in the territory: Nicolas Severo de Isasmendi. To the south, on the way to Cafayate, you cannot miss the Arrow Gorge, famous for its colors and capricious shapes.
Our last en-route stop is San Carlo; characterized by its adobe constructions, whitewashed walls and colonial iron-grilled windows, which together depict the most picturesque postcard of this village.
Finally we arrive at Cafayate, very well-known for the ‘torrontes’ wine variety it produces. This town has a special climate that is ideal for wine production. Cafayate is synonymous with wineries, artisanal fairs and amazing rock formations. After our arrival we will have the rest of the day free to explore the town.
After our breakfast we will visit a winery and will then return to Salta driving along Las Conchas Gorge, where the wind and rain erosion have formed a succession of capricious natural phenomena such as the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) and the natural Amphitheater, which has excellent acoustics.
This evening is at leisure.
After breakfast, we will be transferred to the airport to take our flight to Mendoza.
Welcome to Mendoza! Argentina’s main wine region and heartland of the Malbec grape. Mendoza also has impressive mountains (like Aconcagua, climbers’ worldly known summit), outdoor sports (adventurous rafting) and breathtaking landscapes.
Upon arrival, we will be taken to our hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure
Today we will experience Argentinian wine and learn all about it, including how it is produced, which grapes are grown and how the industry has been developed. But not just that, we will also have the chance to taste it and decide which one is our favourite! We will visit the region of Luján de Cuyo, which is well-known as the cradle of Malbec with its centuries-old vineyards at the base of the imposing Andes Mountains. During the course of the day, we will visit two different wineries
Today we will enjoy a full day trip high up into the Andes as we drive through the most amazing mountain landscapes. Visit small villages along the road such as Potrerillos, Uspallata, Puente del Inca, Penitentes and Horcones at the foot of Mount Aconcagua. Continue onwards with a short trek until we reach the viewpoint of Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America
After breakfast, we will be picked up for a half day tour to the Mendoza Wine Country. During the day, we will visit two of the best wineries in the area where we will learn about their philosophy, the wine making process and have the chance to taste some delicious locally produced Cabernet and Malbec.
Afternoon and evening at leisure.
Today we have a free day to relax.
Mendoza is the land of pleasure-seeker travelers. Enjoy your free day swimming in the pool facing a gorgeous mountain view or in wild hot springs. Or maybe take a ride and have lunch or dinner in a vineyard.
We have free time today until we transfer to the airport for our journey back to Buenos Aires and then New Zealand.
We take an early morning flight back to New Zealand.
Home to New Zealand with special memories of our time in Argentina.
Mandy is one well-travelled person, having visited all 7 continents!
She is interested in the arts and has an unquenchable fascination with ancient history and cultures. You’ll benefit from Mandy’s extensive travel experience, and especially enjoy her infectious laughter.
Fantastic, Mandy went out of her way every day to check up on everyone, was very inclusive and informative. An excellent leader, strong and direct.
Mandy an exceptional tour leader. A lovely caring personality. Always fun.
Mandy did a great job of meeting the needs of a disparate group. We enjoyed her roadside walks and ability to keep us amused with stories, jokes, crosswords, etc.