DAY 01: BUENOS AIRES
Reception at the
International airport (EZE, Ministro Pistarini): located
in Ezeiza. Meet and greet. Drive in private vehicle for
45 minutes / one hour to downtown hotel. Rest of the day
at leisure. Overnight: Alvear Palace hotel or Park Hyatt
or Hub Porteño hotel.
DAY 02: BUENOS AIRES
After breakfast, your guide
will pick you up at the hotel to visit the city.
Half day City Tour.
The most important sights of
Buenos Aires arise from the centerpiece of this half-day
tour. Start driving through the narrows streets of the
old city and the broad avenues that mark Buenos Aires
modern growth. On South America’s broadest avenue, 9 de
Julio Avenue, we see Colon Theater and the “Obelisco”.
Around the “Plaza de Mayo” (May Square), we will see the
“Casa Rosada” (Pink colored House, which houses the
mythical balcony from where Evita used to address
people), the Cathedral (with the mausoleum of General
San Martín, Argentina´s independence hero), and the
“Cabildo” (Town Hall). We continue our way through May
Avenue, that joins the “Plaza de Mayo” with the
Congress, with its Art Nouveau buildings, old hotels,
theaters and cafes.
We continue our journey towards
San Telmo, a neighborhood of bohemians, artists,
antiques shops and cobbled streets. We will pass around
Dorrego Square, where each Sunday thousands of tourists
and “porteños” (Buenos Aires inhabitants) visit the
antique fair that is held there. Our tour goes on to the
neighborhood of La Boca, with its colorful tenements,
where a lot of artists open their studios and workshops.
We will walk along the mythical street of “Caminito”.
We continue our visit in
Puerto Madero (formerly: “The Docks” port area). In
constant development, this gentrified neighborhood was
totally redesigned in the nineties. Its new residential
area, very close to the river, houses three design
hotels, chic restaurants and exclusive apartment
We head towards the north where we will
stop at San Martín Square, surrounded by elegant
buildings with French architecture, and one of the most
aristocratic areas of Buenos Aires.
We continue our
tour in the traditional neighborhood of Palermo,
strolling along its large parks, rose gardens and lakes,
the porteños favorite place to practice sports or give
We end our tour in Recoleta
district, one of the most fashionable parts of the city,
which includes South America’s most opulent and
extraordinary cemetery, the resting place of Eva Peron.
Dinner & Tango Show at Rojo Tango
Pick up time 20:15
hs / return 23:30 hs
Show duration: 1 h 20 min
Rojo Tango is red hot and
devilishly delicious; a one of a kind experience in
Buenos Aires. As soon as you walk into the impressive
and imposing central hallway of the Faena Hotel +
Universe and into El Cabaret, where Rojo Tango performs
nightly, the experience begins. The high ceiling and
clerestory windows of Faena resemble a church nave, but
that’s how Philippe Starck, the revolutionary French
designer, imagined it. It’s not your regular dinner and
show despite the presence of all the tango standards:
somber mood, emotional madness, lost love and lovers.
Between curtain calls the
well-stocked bar of El Cabaret turns its lights out and
converts into a stage. The dancers, four pairs in all
and led by the very creative and talented Sandra Boots
and Gabriel Ortega, will leave you breathless with their
seductively balletic movements, performed mesmerizingly
in Piazzolla sounds of the very young Quinteto
Viceversa’s bandoneons and violin. The space of El
Cabaret somehow puts the audience right in the middle of
the show, so that you’re watching here, there, and
everywhere. Add to that Vanesa Quiroz and Esteban
Riera’s haunting renditions of “Pedacito de Cielo” and
“Milonga del Trovador” and the luxurious and vivid
costumes and you’re assured of a show that deserves a
ll the numbers are perfectly
executed but what evokes passion most are El Ultimo Café
and Zum. The group’s interpretation of Moulin Rouge (a
cut from Tanguera-Roxanne) is the only piece done in
English and easily takes you back to Carlos Gardel’s
times, sublimating the elegance of old days. Then
there’s the Julio Bocca touch. Perfectly illuminated in
the right angles by Marcelo Cuervo’s magical lighting,
the sizzling pas de deux in Libertango by the brilliant
Boots and Ortega, in which the tasteful disrobing of the
bodies exudes passion. Quite simply, this is tango the
way it’s meant to be staged.
The Faena Tango Salon is
intimate, well designed and the intrusion of photography
is forbidden. 120 people can dine in comfort, viewing
stage and show with ease.
Among other additional
activities, we can arrange:
Art: Visit to museums and
art galleries off-hours and to private collections and
ateliers. Private vernisages” with local artists.
Customized wine tastings at private properties with
Thematic specialized city tours
(historical,architecture, gourmet, religious, etc)
Private concerts or tango lessons, combined with wine
tasting or dinner at thematic or special properties.
Colon theatre musicians performingat a Convent downtown
is one of the possibilities
Cooking lessons at
private schools and private dinners with dedicated chef.
Private sailing on yachts, along the River Plate and
Tigre area with first class onboard gastronomy.
at some of the most exclusive clubs in town and suburbs.
Polo practices and clinics at dedicated properties and
Estancias sojourns near town and
Sports and cultural events arrangements.
Old classic and vintage car rides and tours
Private jet, plane and helicopter
sightseeing & flights.
Overnight: Alvear Palace
Hotel or Park Hyatt or Hub Porteño (B + D)
DAY 03: BUENOS AIRES –
TRELEW – PUERTO MADRYN
Transfer from the hotel to
domestic airport Jorge Newbery (AEP) and fly to Trelew.
Reception at the airport and transfer to Puerto Madryn
and onto Península Valdes. Driving time: 2 and a half
Peninsula Valdes is an area
protected by its beauty, mainly because it is rich in
marine life: right whale, Magellanic penguins, Orcas,
and Sea lions. Declared “World Heritage Site” by the
UNESCO, it is the most important fauna reserve of
Patagonia where you can also observe herds of guanacos,
foxes, and Martinet piches. The predominant landscape
corresponds to the Patagonian plateau with flat or steep
slopes in their coasts, and three large enclosed
depressions. At Puerto Piramide you have the option of
embarking on a tourist boat to watch the southern right
The right whale can be
observed from June to December, when it is approaching
the coast of the Gulf posted to mate and give birth to
their offspring. It is also possible to see dolphins.
This excursion is subject to weather conditions.
(Duration time: 1 hour) After this experience you will
continue to Punta Delgada where hundreds of sculls, sea
lions and Southern elephant seals lie around. Return to
Overnight: Territorio Hotel (B)
DAY 04: PENINSULA VALDES
Estancia San Lorenzo and its
Driving time: 3 hours
easy with short walks Wildlife
You will begin with a drive
across the flat and arid Patagonian plains to Estancia
San Lorenzo, located in the northwest extreme of the
Valdes Peninsula. Estancia San Lorenzo overlooks the
gulf and is home to an exclusive Magellan penguin
rookery extending approximately two miles down the
beach. As the road to the rookery is barely a path,
leave your motor coach to join a 4x4 vehicle for the
last 20-minute leg of your journey to the penguins. From
a carefully selected vantage point overlooking the
beach, you may see teams of penguins swimming through
the turquoise ocean as they approach shore. A sharp eye
may spot sea lions swimming by as well. After
approximately an hour at the rookery, return to the
estancia for a barbecued lamb lunch. Following your
meal, proceed to Punta Norte to view sea lions and sea
elephants in their natural habitat.
From a cliff overlooking the
ocean, your guide will point out huge elephant seals
huddled on the beach. Easily mistaken for large
outcroppings of gray rock, they occasionally give
themselves away by yawning. Return to Puerto Madryn.
Backstage visits or
conferences, by directors, museum authorities or
Foto Safaris. Birdwatching tours
led by specialists.
We also suggest spending a few
days at Bahia Bustamante: and old Seaweed village,
refurbished and now open to tourism, located 255 km
South of Trelew. Penguins, sea lyons and birds can be
seen. A petrified forest is also located nearby. This
place is hidden in Central Patagonia, and offers a
private experience next to nature.
DAY 05: PUERTO MADRYN –
TRELEW - USHUAIA
Transfer from hotel to
Trelew airport. Fly to Ushuaia. Reception at the airport
and transfer to the hotel. During the afternoon visit
Tierra del Fuego National Park.
Tierra del Fuego
Duration: 4 hours (half day)
Sighseeing with short walks
This is the only Argentine
National Park that combines sea, mountains, rivers,
forest and peat bogs. It is located 11 km from Ushuaia.
While entering the park, you can make a detour to see
Ensenada Bay, a great spot where you can take good
pictures of the Channel waters and Redonda island.
Back on the road, flanked by a dense green forest of
lengas, ñires and cohiues, you will reach a bridge over
Lapataia River. At this spot you can get a first glimpse
of the surrounding area, and do some walking around
Laguna Negra, Lake Roca, Walk of the Island, Sendero de
las Lengas and Mirador Lapataia. Following the winding
gravel road, you will get to Lapataia Bay, where a sign
indicates the end of the National Road 3.
On the Bay
Shore you will have the chance to see steamer ducks,
clovers and cauquenes.
Overnight: Arakur Hotel (B)
DAY 06: USHUAIA - EL
Beagle Channel Navigation
Depart from local port on a
catamaran, and sail along the Beagle Channel, named
after the expeditionary vessel that took Charles Darwin
and Captain Robert Fitzroy on their pioneering journey
here in 1832. Catch sight of the Martial mount and
glacier, which provide a backdrop to the city. As you
pass “Isla de los Pajaros” (Bird´s isle) we will learn
about the birdlife in the area. There is also a chance
to spot sea lions and seals that live along the
foreshore of “Isla de los Lobos” – the rocky outcrop
known as ‘Seal´s Island’. You head out as far as the
historic lighthouse of Les Eclaireurs, which standing on
an outcrop of barren rock is one of the most remote in
Among other activities, we
Private sailing on a yacht,
along the Beagle channel, with the possibility of
participating in the activities aboard
You can join
CADIC scientist on their work with penguins on the
Martillo island, staying at estancia Harberton
Cooking lessons at one of the restaurants downtown, or
bakery lessons at and Old Drugstore
visit to the Sea birds Museum, the Fueguian mammals
Museum or the Former Prison,accompanied by one of the
Between March and April, every year
there is a Music Festival in town, with re-known
participants from all over the world (Lyric singers,
orchestra directors, piano & violin players). We can
organize music clinics related to violin, piano or
Transfer from hotel to local
airport to take a flight to El Calafate. Reception at
the airport and transfer to the hotel (1 hour driving).
Overnight: Eolo Lodge (B + D)
DAY 07: EL CALAFATE
Perito Moreno tour Duration: 4 hours
difficulty: easy. Sightseeing with short walks. Driving
time: 80 km / 1 hour
Depart from the hotel
towards Los Glaciares National Park’ entrance and
Ventisquero Perito Moreno, to visit to main vista point,
boarding Lago Roca lake shores. Upon arrival, stop for
short walks in the area along the 3.5 km “pasarelas”
vantage point in front of the glacier (up and down
wooden and fenced loop-trail). The Perito Moreno glacier
was declared a “Mankind Heritage Site” by the UNESCO. It
descends to Argentino Lake and its 35-kilometer long and
70-meter (230 ft.) high wall above water level can be
admired, with vibrant colors ranging from white to
turquoise. During the short walks, you will be able to
witness the ice detachment phenomena, with the hollow
sounds of ice falling and becoming smaller floating
Periodically the glacier advances over the
L-shaped Argentino Lake forming a natural dam which
separates the two halves of the lake when it reaches the
opposite shore. With no escape route, the water-level on
the “Brazo Rico” side of the lake can rise by up to 30
meters above the level of the main lake. The enormous
pressure produced by the height of the dammed water
finally breaks the ice barrier holding it back, in a
spectacular rupture event. This dam/rupture cycle is not
regular and it recurs naturally at any frequency between
once a year to less than once a decade. Return to
Calafate is by the same route.
Optional activities at the
Minitrekking with crampons
Big Ice: minitrekking with more difficulty and longer
time on the ice
Nautical safari: one hour navigation
on the lake
Overnight: Eolo Lodge (FB)
DAY 08: EL CALAFATE
Full day Estancia Cristina
Duration: departure 07.00 am
/ return 07.00 pm
Walking difficulty: easy
Estancia Cristina was
founded in 1914 by Joseph Percival Masters, an
Englishman who came to Patagonia with his wife in 1900.
They had two kids: Percival Herbert Masters in 1902 and
Elinor Cristina Masters in 1904. Mr Masters named his
home Estancia Cristina in honour to his little daughter.
They lived in tents set near the lake for the first
year. Needless to say, the first years were times of
hard work, effort and restraint. The estancia grew and
had up to 22,000 hectares of land surrounded by
glaciers, snow peaks and lakes of great natural beauty.
Cattle then consisted of 27,000 sheeps, 30 cows and some
50 horses. When Mr. and Mrs. Masters died, the estancia
went into Herbert´s hands, who was then married to Janet
Mc Donald. Herbert died in 1984, leaving Janet to manage
the property alone. Janet died in 1997. Nowadays, the
idea is to keep well alive the history of this family
who -with the effort and endurance common to every old
pioneers- left an everlasting mark in this unique
After breakfast, early pick
up for a 30 minutes drive to Puerto Banderas. Departure
at 8.15 am on board of modern and comfortable ships.
Sailing among icebergs on the Argentino lake and
watching the breathtaking views of the occidental front
of the Glaciar Upsala. Arrival at the port of Estancia
Cristina at 11:30 hours.
Activities include a visit
to the Costumbrista Museum (old shearing shed), a 4 WD
ride up to the Continental ice hut and a short trekking
to the Upsala viewpoint. Visit the oriental front of
Upsala Glacier. Lake Guillermo, Southern Patagonian Ice
Duration of 4 wheel drive: 3 hours. Box
Lunch at the estancia is included.
Afternoon departure back to
Puerto Banderas, arriving at 7 pm approximately. There
is an option to overnight at the estancia and experience
the isolation and privacy of this unique place.
Overnight: Eolo Lodge (FB)
Visit to “La Leona”
petrified forest with pre-historic fossils, where one of
the biggest dinosaurs on Earth remains (“Puertasaurus”)
was recently discovered
Visit to the new Glaciarium,
a unique Glaciology museum
Four wheel drive outings
in the area
Hiking, trekking and adventure and
outdoors explorations around Fitz Roy area: mountain
bikes, mountaineering, kayaking, river rafting, etc.
Crossing across the Southern Continental Icecap around
Fitz Roy and to Estancia Cristina for awesome views of
the second biggest non-polar field on Earth.
Horseback ridings around Calafate
visiting most important working estancias in the area.
Overfly the Perito Moreno glacier in helicopter
DAY 09: EL CALAFATE -
Transfer from the hotel to
El Calafate airport to take a flight to Bariloche.
Reception at the airport. Located at the foot of the
Andes on the shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi, sits Bariloche,
heartland of the Argentinean Lake District. On sunny
days, spectacular views over the lake and to the
snow-caped Andes mountains can be enjoyed.
Overnight: Llao LLao Hotel & Resort (B)
DAY 10: BARILOCHE
Full Day Isla Victoria
Level of Difficulty: Low. [2:30 hour walk
on even terrain. 40 minute sailing (private motorboat)
to get there and 40 to return, depending on lake
Departure: 10:30 am / Return: 4:00 pm
Isla Victoria has a universe
of natural attractions and unique places. Sailing across
Nahuel Huapi’s crystal clear waters we reach the island.
Centennial cypresses and coihues woodland and native and
exotic fauna will host our every minute.
transfer will take us to the pier [5 minutes from Llao
Llao Hotel] where we will board the motorboat to cross
the cold waters of Nahuel Huapi Lake up to the millenary
island in 45 minutes.
There, we will bike or hike
(you can choose) through the woodlands inner trails, to
watch its varied flora and fauna and learn about its
history. The trails we will follow for about two hours
pose no technical challenge, there are no significant
slopes; being quiet and with a little bit of luck, we
might even spot some deer or pheasant. Our Chef, who
will make this experience more enjoyable and relaxing
through culinary delicacies, will prepare lunchtime for
Another part of the island remains to be
discovered and we do so on the way to Puerto Pampa,
enjoying the landscape and we take our time before
embarking for the 40-minute navigation that will take us
back to Port.
Overnight: Llao LLao Hotel & Resort (B
DAY 11: BARILOCHE
Full Day Andes Wine
A simple 30-minute walk will
take us deep into the woodland and to the natural
balconies at the Brazo Tristeza of Nahuel Huapi Lake.
The journey itself will provide magnificent views over
the nearby mountains and ravishing lake.
another balcony after a short ascent where we will
rejoice with the beauty of the Cerro Tronador and its
seven glaciers. Those who dare to go a little further
can join us and make a 40-meter rappel descent. Our
Chef, who will make this experience more enjoyable and
relaxing through culinary delicacies, will prepare lunch
for us. While resting, you can enjoy the moment of art
we will offer, providing a cultural evening immersed in
In the afternoon, after walking back to the
starting point, we can get aboard Double Adventure
Kayaks and navigate through one of the lakes in the area
or go straight back to the hotel.
Among other activities we
Private motorboat outings on
the Nahuel Huapi lake, with optional short trekking at
one of the many isolated and beautiful hidden bays.
Golf and summer sport activities.
excursions, from half or full day. Spectacular
multi-days fully supported horseback ride adventure
across the Andes into Chile.
Private fly fishing
arrangements at some of the most exclusive fishing
lodges and estancias
Overnight: Llao LLao Hotel &
Resort (B + L)
DAY 12: BARILOCHE - MENDOZA
Transfer from the hotel to
Bariloche airport to take a flight to Mendoza (through
Buenos Aires). Meet and greet at domestic airport and
transfer to the hotel.
Finca Adalgisa is located at
Chacras de Coria, 30 minutes from downtown.
is located at Valle de Uco, 1h30 from downtown.
Overnight: Finca Adalgisa / The Vines
DAY 13: MENDOZA
In case you overnight at The
Vines you can choose among different activities as wine
tasting, trekking the surroundings or horsebackriding.
Full day Lujan de Cuyo (in case you overnight at Finca
On the wine route we will
head for Luján de Cuyo to visit until 3 wineries of the
In every one of the wineries we will find a
distinctive mark, either for its architecture, its
History or the modernity, the applied technology, for
being a boutique winery or for producing organic wines,
just for giving an example.
As we take the tour we
will mix different characteristics in order that you can
be able to know the variety of wineries, with which one
can find while taking a tour through the wine routes.
Your first visit will be to
Decero Winery. In its short history, Finca Decero has
become one of the most important wineries in Argentina.
Whether you discover the wines of a single vineyard and
winery particular international level, or to enjoy lunch
in the restaurant or participate in exclusive events,
each visitor enjoys a sublime experience at Finca
Decero. With the Andes as a backdrop, the tranquility of
the vineyards and the imposing architecture of Finca
Decero, is of little surprise to those who have visited
us, that Finca Decero was awarded the trophy for ‘Best
Landscape and Architecture’ in the assistance of the
Great Wine Capitals in 2009. After your tour, we will
visit Dominio del Plata Winery.
In 1999, after working more
than 20 years as a consultant winemaker for national and
international wine companies, Susana decided to have her
dream come true and started to build Dominio del Plata
in the heart of Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza. After more than
10 years of steady growth in foreign markets, another
one of her dreams was fulfilled: her children, José,
winemaker graduated from UC Davis (California) and Ana,
Bachelor of Business Administration from University San
Andrés (Buenos Aires) decided to go on with the family
tradition and join Dominio del Plata team.
state-of-the-art technology, Dominio del Plata is
characterized by its simple and unique architecture,
designed for the production of high-end wines. Each
grape variety is hand- picked and carefully handled so
as to maintain the fruit expression and achieve wines
with a singular unique style.
During the last years,
Susana and her team have been working tirelessly on
meeting the international highest quality standards and
have showed their commitment to some of the major issues
of the 21st century: food safety, environmental
sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
After your tour and tasting we will lunch and visit
Belasco de Baquedano Winery.
A wine tourism project ,
original , pioneering and farreaching , with 46 flavors
, it becomes the largest room aromas of America .
Belasco Family aims to bring the public to deepen the
culture of wine, helping them to enjoy more and better
wines when tasting. The Hall of Aromas is the most
complete of America,it has 46 flavors identified ,
structured and ordered , in addition, a panel explains
the different types of aromas that exist in wine:
primary, secondary, and tertiary. The Hall of Aromas is
a walk through the world of wine. An interactive
educational room that invites visitors to exercise their
senses and stored in its memory scents and smells that
will allow him to discover and enjoy each wine, nuances
and sensations. The aromas, accompanied by visual and
informative supplementary material, encourage visitor
interactivity. The tour of the room ended with a panel
of short questions that will win prizes to the winners.
Restaurant Belasco de
Located on the top floor,
the Navarra Restaurant offers a generous lunch elegantly
set in a room and a large terrace with spectacular views
of the Andes. With 50 seats, the restaurant service is
open from noon to 4 pm every day of the year. Their 5
steps menu, Navarro-Argentina merger is designed to pair
all wines from winery to achieve the best expression of
Malbec at each step.
Return to your hotel. Overnight:
Finca Adalgisa or The Vines (B + L)
DAY 14: MENDOZA
Today we suggested several
activities such as:
Morning cooking class
Enjoy our art in the kitchen and making wine from the
hand of our professionals.The food, wine, landscape and
people of this region let others know more about our
customs. Cooking classes are a unique and rich
experience in which the passion and knowledge of the
Cuyo Region can be shared and transmitted. We invite you
to go for a trip led by our chef to experience the
flavors of our Terroir.
Classes take 3 hours plus
lunch time and can be led in Wineries of the Cuyo Region
from Lujan, Maipu, or in the Uco Valley. We could offer
this activity also in Mendoza’s Cooking School.
Half day trekking
Duration: 5 hours / Driving distance 1 hour each way / 3
Antonio (2550 msnm), Vallecitos, Lujan de Cuyo
will take route 40 to the south and then route 7 towards
the west. We will admire the mountains called Cordon del
Plata while we go up the hill up to San Antonio hut.
We will trek to the Rio Blanco valley to reach the
Quebrada del Estudiante (2900 msnm). We will continue
towards Lomas Blancas – Arenales (3300 msnm) and then
towards the summit (3500 msnm) from where we can admire
the view of the Cordon del Plata and Valle de
Potrerillos. Lunch and the return to San Antonio hut to
go back to the hotel.
Half day rafting
Duration: 5 hours
Driving distance 1 hour each way
Difficulty: Class III
We offer rafting trips year
round for the adventurer looking for class III+ water.
All of our runs are upstream of the Potrerillos Dam and
The trips are run by our river guides with
international experience and swift water rescue
Safety kayakers join the group for
additional support. All paddlers will be equipped with
life jackets (pfd), wetsuits, splash pants and tops,
river booties and helmet. Our river equipment is
impeccably maintained and renewed often. We use
selfbailing Hyside Hypalon 14’ boats.
Professional Bilingual Guide. Short Course, Safety Talk.
Overnight: Finca Adalgisa or The
DAY 15: MENDOZA – SALTA
Transfer to the airport to
board your flight to Salta through Buenos Aires. Upon
arrival meet your guide and transfer to the hotel.
Salta is an invitation to adventure. Valleys, canyons,
forests and high country challenge you to experience
nature. South, north or to the west, Salta offers
diversity. Rivers to raft, mountains to climb, rough
territories to embark on challenging trips to be done by
vehicle, horse or on foot. Nature, tradition and history
merge throughout Salta
Overnight: House of Jasmines
DAY 16: SALTA
Cachi 160 km. 3h30
Cachi – Molinos 46 km / 1h00
Morning departure towards
the “Valles Calchaquies”, going Southwest via Chicoana,
in the Lerma valley. Drive along the partly sealed RP
33, a scenic road that squeezes through the dank
Quebrada de Escoipe, before climbing the “Cuesta del
Obispo” and reaching the 3720 mt. with a colorful view
to the “Valle Encantado” and the mountains, blanketed in
olive-green vegetation and eroded by countless brooks.
Continue driving along the “Tin Tin” stretch (part of
the old “Inca Road”) and passing by “Los Cardones
National Park” (abundance of giant pascani cacti).
Cardones grow painfully slowly, less than a couple of
millimeters a year, and their wood has been excessively
exploited for making furniture, crafts and firewood.
That´s why it is now being protected.
located 2280 m.o.s.l. It is shadowed by the permanently
snowcapped Nevado de Cachi (6380 mts), whose peak looms
only 15 km to the west. Cachi is a place to wander,
investigating the various local crafts, including
ponchos and ceramics, or climbing a bit to get a
panorama of the pea-green valley.
Brief stop at Cachi
and then we will continue to Molinos.
Haciendo Molinos (B)
DAY 17: SALTA
Molinos – Estancia Colome 25
km / 00h40
Estancia Colome – Cafayate 230 km / 3h00
After breakfast, we will
visit Estancia Colome with its winery. Founded in 1831,
Bodega Colome is one of the oldest wineries in Argentina
and it´s located in the upper Calchaqui Valleys, sitting
between 2300 and 3111 meters above sea level. Today
Bodega Colomé is known for its production of organic and
biodynamic wines. Highlights include the property´s new
modern art gallery “James Turrel”, an impressive museum
which it is worth visiting. Lunch at the restaurant and
we will continue to Cafayate. The mostly unsealed RN 40
takes you along some corniche roads alongside the
Calchaquí river, offering views on either side of sheer
mountainsides and snowcapped peaks. The route passes by
the “Quebrada de las Flechas”, where the rough dirt road
winds through rock formations of wind-eroded reddish
brown sandstone strata folded and fractured by the
upheavals of the Andean orogeny.
1700 m.o.s.l., in the center of the Calchaquí valleys
(Salta province), is internationally recognized for the
quality of its wines, the affability of its climate, the
friendliness of its people and the beauty of its
landscapes. The torrontés grape, grown uniquely in
Argentina, flourishes in the 350 days of sunshine
received every year. Once arrived, stop at the main
square, to admire the Cathedral, the picturesque Old
Stone Mill, and the museums.
Overnight: Viñas de
DAY 18: SALTA
Salta 186 km / 4h00
After breakfast, departure
from Cafayate. We will take the 68 route and drive along
the scenic ‘Quebrada de las Conchas”gorge (97 km), with
colorful and curious sandstone rock formation , called
‘El Sapo’(Toad), ‘El Anfiteatro”(amphitheatre),
‘Garganta del Diablo’(Devil’s Throat), etc.
is seen at its best in the mellow late afternoon or
early evening light. The “Sierras de Carahuasi” (the
northernmost range of the Calchaquí mountains- 1900
mts), loom behind as a backdrop, while the foreground
rock formations have been eroded and blasted by wind and
rain to form buttresses, known as “Los Castillos” (the
castles) and a huge monolith dubbed el Obelisco.
Upon arrival at Salta, rest
of the day on your own. We suggest to visit the “9 de
Julio” main square, the white “Cabildo” (Town Hall), the
Neoclassical Cathedral (with its gold-leaf altar), San
Francisco Church (with the image of the pregnant Virgin
Mary) and the anthropological museum with its mummy, a
little girl of 7 years old found in the beginning of the
Overnight: Villa Vicuña (B)
DAY 19: SALTA –HUAMAHUACA –
Duration: 8 hours.
away from Salta
Drive through “Camino de Cornisa”
(a zigzag mountain road), surrounded by an enchanting
subtropical environment of mosses, trees, bromeliads,
and epiphytes. This lush environment shelters a rich
variety of Andean birds. Arrive in Jujuy (1260 m.o.s.l.)
and pass by the central square to appreciate the 17th
century buildings around it. Spectacular geological
formations accompany us throughout our journey. Located
3 km west of Route 9, Purmamarca is at the base of the
polychrome Hill of the Seven Colors. Stop by Tilcara
and its Archeological Museum and the rebuilt old Indian
village of “Pucara de Tilcara”. Continue to the charming
village of Humahuaca (3000 mts), with its Handicraft
Fair and cobbled streets, lined with colonial-style or
rustic adobe houses.
Return to Purmamarca. Overnight:
La Comarca (B)
DAY 20: SALINAS GRANDES
Drive 45 km. 1 hr & 20
minutes one way
Salinas Grandes lies north of San
Antonio de los Cobres and Southeast of Susques. With
over 12,000 hectares of salt opencast, an infinite
vastness of whiteness, it is located at 3,350 meters
above sea level and salt is from 10 to 50 cm. You will
see enormous glistening expanse of the aptly named
Salinas grandes, one of the country’s biggest salt-flats
and certainly the most impressive, ringed by mountains
on all sides and beneath almost perennial blue skies.
This huge rink of snow-white crystals, forming irregular
octagons each surrounded by crunchy ridges, crackling
like frozen snow under foot, acts as a huge mirror.
The enormous expanses of salt often create cruel water
mirages, though there are in fact some isolated pools of
brine where small groups of flamingoes and ducks gather.
Return to Purmamarca. Overnight: La Comarca (B)
DAY 21: SALTA – IGUAZU
After breakfast, transfer to
Salta airport to board your flight to Iguazu (through
Buenos Aires). Upon arrival at Iguazu, meet your guide
and transfer to the hotel. Declared “World Heritage
Site” by the UNESCO. Located on the border of the
Brazilian state of Paraná and the Argentine province of
Misiones, the falls divide the river into the upper and
lower Iguazu. The waterfall system consists of 275 falls
along 2.7 kilometers (1.67 miles). Some of the
individual falls are up to 82 meters (269 ft) in height,
though the majority are about 64 metres (210 ft). Two
thirds of the falls are within Argentine territory.
About 900 meters of the 2.7-kilometer length does not
have water flowing over it. The edge of the basalt cap
recedes only 3 mm (0.1 in) per year. The water of the
lower Iguazu collects in a canyon that drains into the
Paraná River at Argentina, shortly downstream from the
Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight:
Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel (B)
DAY 22: IGUAZU
side of the falls
Duration: 5 hours
with short walks
Full day visit to the falls
(argentine side) and to “Devil’s gorge”. Visit to the
upper and lower paths around the waterfalls surrounded
by lush jungles abundant in plush-crested jays,
reddish-bellied parakeets, toucans and coatis.
A 500 mts walk (45 minutes),
with great views of the Two Sisters, Bosseti, Adam and
Eve, Bernabe Mendez, Mbiguá and San Martín falls from
the upper part. LOWER PATH: 1.300 mts walk (1 hour and
30 minutes), to get a different view of the falls, from
Board a little train that
will take you for 4 km to the Devil´s Throat Station,
surrounding the upper part of the Iguazu River.
arrived, take a walkway to the balcony of Devil’s throat
(Garganta del Diablo in Spanish).
This is a U-shaped,
82-meter-high, 150-meter-wide and 700-meterlong (490 by
2300 feet) cataract, the most impressive of all, that
marks the border between Argentina and Brazil
Duration: 2 hours
Inside the Iguazú National
Park (Argentina), big trucks will take you to explore 6
kilometers in the humid subtropical forest, as far as
the banks of the Iguazú River, downstream from the
Falls. Once at the shore, board special zodiac boats for
a ride to get direct and wet contact with the mighty
Iguassu Falls. Crossing one mile of rapids, the boat
gets into the devil’s throat canyon approaching the
water falls, ending the adventure in front of San Martin
Return to shore. Catwalks will take you back
to your vehicle.
Overnight: Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel
DAY 23: IGUAZU – BUENOS
Brazilian side of the falls
Duration: 3 hours
with short walks
Arrival at the Visitors
Center, at the entrance of the Iguassu National Park,
about 10 kilometers away from downtown Foz do Iguazú.
Short stop to see the exhibition and continue onto the
National Park, along a paved road that will take us to
the magnificent Iguassu Falls. Start a walking tour
along the catwalk, measuring one kilometer of easy hike,
with several panoramic views of the Falls and a close-up
to the Devils’ Throat.
It is a completely different
tour when compared to the Argentine side, since you get
in front of the falls, as if you were on a balcony. We
recommend you to see the falls from both sides.
The tour ends at the upper
part of Iguassu Falls accessed through a panoramic
elevator; from where you get to a lookout point with a
view to the upper Iguassu River. Return to the hotel.
Holders of U.S. passports
are required to obtain tourist visas for Brazil. The
Brazilian visa must be obtained prior to departing the
United States. Visas cannot be obtained at the Brazilian
border. It is each traveller’s responsibility to obtain
all documents necessary for admittance to Brazil.
Transfer to Iguazu airport to board your flight to
Buenos Aires. Upon arrival at the domestic airport Jorge
Newbery (AEP), meet your guide and transfer to the hotel
(20 minutes). Overnight: Alvear Palace hotel or Park
Hyatt or Hub Porteño hotel (B)
DAY 24: BUENOS AIRES
Transfer to the airport to
board your international flight back home (1 hour
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