Explore the best of Buenos Aires, Salta, and Iguazu Falls on this 10-day family tour of Northern Argentina. In Buenos Aires, wander through picturesque neighborhoods, visit Salta and a ranch in Chicoana for a glimpse of Gaucho culture, experience a “Safari to the Clouds” during a two-day road trip by truck, and witness the magnificent splendor of Iguazu Falls. Thanks to Argentina’s strong Italian heritage, this is a country where family comes first, and when traveling in Argentina with your family, you’ll find plenty on offer for everyone to enjoy. All of the featured excursions, activities, and accommodations can be tailored in accordance with your personal wishes.
Your journey through Northern Argentina begins in Buenos Aires with a city tour designed specifically for families. Take a bus or subway to the remarkable San Telmo neighborhood where you will visit the Comic Strip Walk, which features sculptures of some of the country’s most loved comic strip characters.
In La Boca, with its amazing street art, brightly painted houses and tango dancers performing in the streets, walk through Caminito, where you’ll find street vendors, live music, and stalls selling trinkets.
Salta & Chicoana
Fly to Salta, a very attractive city at the foot of the Andes. Explore the beautifully preserved historic architecture and rich colonial history. Stroll down the main street as the sun sets, enjoy a drink al fresco and then visit one of the many excellent folk bars, where you can relish dinner, wine, and traditional live music.
Head to a ranch in the nearby town of Chicoana for some horseback riding and a taste of local life. Ride through the town and the endless tobacco plantations, and observe the local people harvesting and cultivating tobacco. Continue into a landscape of twisting rivers and green mountains, offering fabulous views. Return to the ranch for a real gaucho BBQ.
Overland Truck Journey
Your next best of Argentina adventure is a two-day road trip across North-Western Argentina aboard a Movitrack overland truck. Cross the high-altitude plains of La Puna, en route to the vast Salinas Grandes salt plains, and descend into the Canyon Cuesta de Lipan where the change in scenery is dramatic, transforming from high altitude desert to fertile highlands.
See the incredible Mountain of Seven Colors that rises up behind the town of Purmamarca, where you’ll spend the night. The next day, continue through more epic landscapes to Tilcara. Visit the ancient ruins of Pucará and the Huacalera. Cross the Tropic of Capricorn, getting a dazzling view of the colored Pollera de la Coya Hill in the sunshine. At Uquía, drop by the charming local church, and visit Humahuaca, before heading back to Salta.
Your tour continues with a flight to Iguazu, where you’ll spend the next two days marveling at the mighty Iguazú Falls. Brazil can lay claim to about 20 percent of the falls, and Argentina to the other 80 percent.
This means that you get a bigger picture view of the falls from the Brazilian side, looking towards Argentina, but in Argentina you get closer to the falls and there is a larger area to explore. If you’re having the Iguazu Falls Brazil vs Argentina debate, both sides are incredible, and on this trip, you will get to spend a full day on each side. Hear the falls resonating through the rainforest and revel in the spectacle before returning to Buenos Aires for your final night.