Buenos Aires, Perito Moreno & North West Argentina

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Summary

Discover, explore and experience Argentina on this unforgettable trip. You will see Buenos Aires, the capital city of the country, and enjoy an exciting tango show "Rojo Tango". You will also travel through Argentina's North West and visit Salta, Purmamarca and Cafayate. While there, you will enjoy your stays at luxurious yet traditional estancias, discover the secrets of Argentine wine and meat production, communicate with gauchos and admire the unique landscape. You will also travel to the south of the country and see the famous Perito Moreno glacier.

*Photo by Faena Hotel Buenos Aires

Itinerary

Day 1 - 2
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Today you will begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Buenos Aires. On arrival in Argentina's capital city you will be met and taken to your hotel. After some time for rest, in the afternoon, you will experience a private city tour. Buenos Aires is exceptional: dynamic, sophisticated and overwhelming. An exquisite combination of a European atmosphere, the charm of Latin American cities and global splendor. 

Accommodation: Hub Porteño or any other hotel in Buenos Aires of your choice

Day 2 - 3
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Today you will be transferred to the Aeroparque – domestic airport to take your flight to Salta City, the capital of Salta province (estimated flying time between Buenos Aires and Salta is 2 hours 15 minutes). 

Upon arrival at the Salta airport you will be expected by a privated driver/guide who will take you to the Estancia Pampa Grande (estimated driving time between Salta and the ranch is 3 hours).  Once the property of a Spanish conquistador, the General Duke Hernan de Lerma, who came down from Peru and founded the city of Salta in 1584, Pampa Grande can lay claim to a part of the unique and historic appeal of the Argentinean northwest: to be at the interface of pre-Colombian and Spanish cultures. In 1816, it became property of General Arenales, one of the founding fathers of the Argentinean nation. Thereafter it belonged to the Gomez family for more than 150 years. Since half a dozen years, a Belgian family is dedicated to developing ecological projects on these lands and protecting their natural splendor.

Accommodation: Pampa Grande
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 - 4
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Free day at Estancia Pampa Grande. The estancia offers personalized opportunities to taste a great escape from your daily routine, a genuine chance to be close to nature. You will get to know how a real Argentinean estancia works. Enjoy horseback ridings, rural jobs, interacting with local gauchos, and much more. The main activity in Pampa Grande revolves on organic meat production.

Accommodation: Estancia Pampa Grande
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 - 5
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Free day at Estancia Pampa Grande.

Accommodation: Estancia Pampa Grande
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 - 6
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Today you will be driven to the small town of Cafayate (estimated driving time between Pampa Grande and Cafayate is 3 hours). On your way towards there, the imposing rocky formations, shaped by the wind, will lead you to a sudden contrast of the landscape. Located at 1,660 m above sea level, Cafayate is well known because of its famous Torrontes wine, product of the exquisite combination of temperature and humidity that provide the ideal environment to the growth of the sweet and deep fruit flavor.

In town, one cannot miss to observe the unique architecture of the Cathedral, the flowery main square, the picturesque stone mill or the wine museums.

Accommodation: Patios de Cafayate 
Meals: breakfast

Day 6 - 7
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Your trip will continue going through route 40 north, following signs to Cachi passing through the imposing rocky formations, shaped by the wind, the “Quebrada de las Flechas” (Arrow’s ravine), a curious arrow-like formation in an eerie and almost lunar surface. An interesting stop could be done at Estancia Colomé, which is an old vineyard. There you can have lunch and visit the James Turrell museum. This is the only museum in the world dedicated specifically to the work of James Turrell, who is one of the most acclaimed contemporary artists dedicated to light and space (an estimated driving time between Cafayate and Cachi is 9 hours with lunch at Colomé ).

Cachi is a small town where the Chicoanas used to live and which still conserves old houses lines in the narrow streets. Here you can visit the church built in the XVIII century and the Anthropologic Museum situated around the square. In Cachi it is still possible to meet old people working with their old "textile chassis". The distinctive feature of the landscape is the Cachi Mountain, known as “Nevado de Cachi” and famous for its eight peaks and for the fertile valley of Cachi Adentro.

Accommodation: La Merced del Alto
Meals: breakfast

Day 7 - 8
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Today you will continue going north through the mythic National Route 33 towards Salta. You are going to pass by many impressive landscapes! For example the Cuesta del Obispo (which reaches its zenith at 3,348 metres above sea level, quite literally up in the clouds!), which for over 30 km of meandering mountain roads offers breathtaking views over a green and red valley, known as the Valle Encantado (Enchanted Valley). Estimated driving time between Cachi and Salta is 4 hours.

Founded in 1582, Salta still bears a distinct Hispanic character, setting it apart from other capitals in the country. Colonial houses and churches surrounded by hills make quite an impression on visitors. Salta is a kind and hospitable city which takes pride in its riches and traditions and which offers tourists a great variety of attractions and cultural events.

After visiting Salta city you will continue to your hotel, House of Jasmines.

Accommodation: House of Jasmines
Meals: breakfast

Day 8 - 9
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From Salta you will continue to Purmamarca in Jujuy province. Estimated driving time between Salta and Purmamarca is 3 hours.

Purmamarca is one of the most beautiful small “adobe” towns in the area, where the Seven Colours Hill is situated. There is a permanent craft fair, the church and the possibility to learn about its particular traditions through its friendly inhabitants. That's one of the most interesting aspects of this remote region, the culture of its people, who, from the pre-Hispanic times, could adapt to the hard conditions. It has kept, as many of the neighbouring towns, the Incas’ traditions. Such is the origin of some customs like the celebration of Pachamama.

In the afternoon it is recommended doing an amazing drive through the Salinas Grandes and its salt mines, an incredible salt desert which conforms one of the most exotic landscapes in Argentina.

Accommodation: Manantial del Silencio
Meals: breakfast

Day 9 - 10
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Free day in Purmamarca and surroundings. You could visit the nearby towns of Purmamarca such as Tilcara. This town of low adobe buildings with steep streets offers you all the magnificence of the quebrada view which is decked out with the live cultural life of its inhabitants. Considered as the Archaeological Capital of Jujuy, there is a Museum belonging to Tilcara Interdisciplinary Institute which is considered as one of the most important in this specialty.

Accommodation: Manantial del Silencio
Meals: breakfast

Day 10 - 11
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Free morning. In the afternoon you will be transferred back to the Salta airport in order to take your flight to Buenos Aires.

In the evening, enjoy an exciting tango show, Rojo Tango show, at the Faena Hotel + Universe, Philippe Starck’s design hotel in Puerto Madero. The ambience and intimate red velvet-lined atmosphere will ensure that you have an unforgettable night as you watch the performers enact their singular tango moves, accompanied by modern singing and costumes.

Accommodation: Hub Porteño or other hotel in Buenos Aires
Meals: breakfast

Day 11 - 12
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In the morning you will be taken to the domestic airport for your flight to El Calafate, in Santa Cruz province. 

El Calafate is the entrance to the national park, where part of the continental ices are protected, declared World Heritage by UNESCO. The town is situated by Lake Argentino, a green water surface covering 1,600 km2 and has great mysterious depths, like all lakes originated from glaciers. El Calafate receives its name from the small bush calafate, indigenous of Patagonia. Its fruit is a delicious berry very good for the elaboration of jam.

Upon arrival you will be driven to your lodge, Eolo. Eolo is located 30 minutes away from El Calafate, on the way to Perito Moreno Glacier, on the eastern side of Mount Frías. It stretches over a 3,000 hectare property. From the lodge, you will be able to observe Lago Argentino towards the north, La Anita Valley towards the east, and the Torres del Paine and the
Rico branch of the same lake towards the south. 

Accommodation: Eolo
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 12 - 13
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Today you will visit the famous Perito Moreno glacier’s sidewalks. The glacier is an indescribable spectacle that fills visitors with wonder and admiration, even from the first observation to several kilometers before to arrive to the main spot.

You will also experience a minitrekking over the glacier. This excursion begins in the embarking pier located in “Bajo de las Sombras” port, about 6 km before the glacier Balconies - where you embark for a 20 minutes navigation across the Rico Arm, enjoying breath-taking views of the Perito Moreno glacier’s front wall. The group will disembark on the opposite shore, where specialized bilingual mountain guides welcome you and lead you to a small shelter. After checking the last details, groups of not more than 20, follow their guides along the lake’s shore towards the edge of the glacier. The two hours circuit that follows introduces you to the fascinating landscape of the glaciers: streamssmall lagoons, gullies, crevasses and plenty of ice formations of the most incredible blues. The trekking is moderate.

Accommodation: Eolo
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13 - 14
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Early in the morning you be taken to Punta Banderas port. You will board on a navigation to see some other glaciers of the zone. The navigation starts towards the northwest, crossing Punta Avellaneda and Boca del Diablo, the narrowest passage in the lake with almost 800 meters.

After two hours of navigation, the series of ice floes, of the most varied colors and shapes, anticipates the proximity of Upsala glacier. You will stop in front of the barrier of ice floes which, at present, is blocking the entrance to Canal Upsala. If the weather conditions are good, you will observe the Upsala glaciers at the distance. You continue navigating Lago Argentino towards the South, taking the Canal Spegazzini in order to reach the glacier that bears the same name. The navigation allows you to get closer to the glacier, which has front walls between 80 and 135 meters (262 – 443 feet) above lake level. Lunch is served amidst this stunning landscape.

Towards the afternoon, the boat will arrive at Puesto de Las Vacas (an extremely quiet bay in the Canal Spegazzini), where its engines will be stopped to let passengers share an amusing walk coordinated by a team of guides. In this stop, it is possible to see stunning panoramic views of the Spegazzini glacier. Once onboard, you will return through Brazo Norte and get back to the boarding dock La Soledad at 6:00 p.m. 

Note: the itinerary is subject to changes based on the captain criteria to guarantee the passengers safety.

Accommodation: Eolo
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 14 - 15
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Today you will be driven to the local airport to take your flight back to Buenos Aires.

Accommodation: Legado Mítico or other hotel in Buenos Aires
Meals:
breakfast

Day 15 - 16
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Free morning in Buenos Aires. Then you will be taken to the international airport for your flight back home.

Meals: breakfast

Day 16 -
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Arrival home.

- This is a guide itinerary and can be modified to suit. It is subject to availability and price at the time of booking. Other conditions may apply -

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