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Best Of Northern Argentina

Enjoy Argentina’s contrast visiting urban Buenos Aires, arid landscapes of Salta, and Iguazu Falls.

Overview

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.

Buenos Aires

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.

Iguazú Falls

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.

Itinerary & Prices

All itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal weather conditions (and resultant variations in river and tributary water levels) affecting accessibility to locations. Thus navigation routes, times and excursions may need to be modified at the cruise captain’s or your guide's discretion.

10 Day - Best Of Northern Argentina
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Welcome to Argentina!

Welcome to Argentina! For most travelers, Buenos Aires is the entry point to Argentina… and what an entrance it is: this vibrant city feels almost European! Its cosmopolitan population of Italian, Spanish, French, and many other nationalities, combined with stunning architecture, cultural activities, and attractive neighborhoods with small shops, cafés, and international restaurants, make the atmosphere relaxed and welcoming.

Upon arrival, our local representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. After settling into your accommodation in the trendy neighborhood of Palermo, the rest of your afternoon and evening is free for you to spend at your leisure. We recommend exploring the area near your hotel where you’ll be able to soak up the atmosphere of this thrilling city stopping off at one of the nearby boutique cafés or lively wine bars. Having found somewhere for dinner and experienced one of South America’s top restaurant scenes, explore Buenos Aires’ nightlife at one of the local wine bars in Palermo, add an exclusive wine tasting to your itinerary or, take a leisurely stroll back to your hotel.

Tip: Porteños eat dinner late; usually restaurants will open their doors around 20:00.

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First Arrival in Buenos Aires Argentina
Location
Buenos Aires
Day
1 / 10

Highlights of Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is most enjoyable when it is explored on foot and the transportation is best by bus. Today you will get an overflow of tradition and culture that your family can truly experience just by walking past the small shops and restaurants lined along the footpaths. During the tour, you will experience these sensations accompanied by local insights from your very own private guide.

Your guide will meet you at your hotel or the Recoleta Cemetery. You will then take a bus or subway to the remarkable San Telmo neighborhood where you will visit the Comic Strip Walk – sure to pique your children´s excitement! The Paseo de la Historieta is dedicated to Argentine graphic humor and features sculptures of some of the country´s most loved comic strip characters. The most popular attraction on this trail is the sculpture of Mafalda at the corner of Defense and Chile. You will also have the opportunity to taste Buenos Aire’s famous Italian artisanal ice cream as well as the “choripan”, a traditional dish of sausage from the grill wrapped in bread.

You will then take a bus from San Telmo to La Boca Neighborhood. La Boca is alive with music, brimming with laughter and pulsating with tango beats. The high-energy area retains a strong European flavor due to the influence of early settlers who originated from the Italian city of Genova. You will then walk through Caminito (“little walkway”), which is a street museum and a traditional alley in La Boca. This lane has multiple thriving street peddlers selling art, buskers playing music, and stalls offering trinkets of every variety.

You cannot travel through Argentina without knowing how to prepare a Mate and how to drink it. We developed this special local experience with an explanation about the Mate culture, what it represents to Argentineans, how to prepare it, and do’s and don’ts, and you will receive your package Mate produced sustainably. So, you will be ready to travel as a local!

Afterward, your family will take another bus to Recoleta and visit the Recoleta Cultural Center. Built in 1732, it was originally the convent of the Recoleta monks. It later served as a hospital, military barracks, refuge for the homeless, and an elderly people´s home, until it was finally transformed into a cultural center at the end of the 1970s. Recoleta Cultural Center contains mixed showrooms with outdoor corridors that make travel enjoyable and fluid, with samples of art that are renewed periodically. The center also communicates with Buenos Aires Design, a shopping center specializing in design, decor, and art shops, and internationally renowned restaurants, including the Hard Rock Cafe. The Recoleta Cultural Center always has something to offer for kids.

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Walking City Tour Buenos Aires
Location
Buenos Aires
Day
2 / 10

Towards the Eastern Andes

In the morning, your transfer will take you to the domestic airport for your flight to Salta.

Today you’ll arrive in one of the most popular destinations in Argentina for Argentineans. Salta, nicknamed ‘La Linda’ (“The Beautiful”),  is a very attractive destination at the foot of the Andes. Salta is celebrated as a hidden gem due to its colonial architecture, inviting weather, and stunning natural scenery. Upon arrival, after having settled into your accommodation, the rest of the day is free to enjoy the town, or relax and enjoy the blue skies and sunshine that are abundant in northern Argentina.

If you do have time, it is well worth booking a half-day city tour locally where you’ll learn about the city’s beautifully preserved historic architecture and rich colonial history. Salta really comes to life in the evening. Stroll down the main street as the sun sets, enjoy a drink al fresco and then sit down for dinner at one of the many excellent folk bars, where you can enjoy dinner, wine, and traditional live music.

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Flying to Salta Argentina
Location
Buenos Aires to Salta
Day
3 / 10

Horseback Riding at Chicoana

Get a glimpse of real local life during this full-day horseback riding trip to Chicoana. Setting off from Salta with a small group, you’ll drive to a local ranch in the sleepy town of Chicoana, where you can grab a tasty breakfast before getting in the saddle.

First, you’ll ride through the town itself, watching daily life unfold around you, before entering true tobacco territory. Trotting alongside the endless tobacco plantations, you’ll see how the local people harvest and cultivate tobacco. Continuing further into the countryside, you’ll find yourself amidst a landscape of green mountains and twisting rivers, which you’ll cross on your trusty horse. You’ll climb up one of these mountains for a magical view from the top, before heading back to the ranch for lunch. Here, you’ll be treated to a real gaucho BBQ and, with a bit of luck, the gauchos will get out their guitars while you eat. Afterward, you’ll head back to Salta to spend the evening at your leisure.

Meals (B, L)

Horseback Riding Adventure Salta
Location
Salta
Day
4 / 10

Safari to the Clouds

Take a 2-day adventure across North-Western Argentina aboard a Movitrack overland truck. The trip mixes the classic ‘Safari in the Clouds’ route with the panoramas of the Quebrada de Humahuaca, giving you the best of both worlds.

Setting off from the Movitrack office in Salta, you’ll 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, dropping a whopping 2,000m over just 22 kilometers. With any luck, you’ll see condors swooping in the skies above.

Diving into the canyon, the change in scenery is dramatic, transforming from high altitude desert to fertile highlands. Eventually, you’ll pull into the picturesque village of Purmamarca at the foot of the famous Mountain of Seven Colors, where you’ll spend the night.

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Driving Through High Desert To Purmamarca
Location
Salta to Purmamarca
Day
5 / 10

Humahuaca Gorge and back to Salta

After a relaxed morning on day 2 of your truck tour, you’ll hurtle into more epic landscapes with jaw-dropping views. You will continue to Tilcara to visit the ancient ruins of Pucará and the Huacalera. From here, you’ll cross the Tropic of Capricorn, getting a dazzling view of the colored Pollera de la Coya Hill in the sunshine. Afterward, you’ll head for Uquía and drop by the charming local church, complete with beautiful paintings of the Arcabuceros Angels.

Around midday, you’ll reach Humahuaca, home to another important church and the Independence Monument, sculpted by Soto Avendaño. After taking a break for lunch (not included), you will be escorted back towards Salta.

Meals (B)

Purmamarca Town Argentina
Location
Purmamarcato to Salta
Day
6 / 10

Arrival in Iguazu

At the designated time, your private transfer will take you to the airport for your flight to Iguazu.

Upon arriving in Iguazu, our local representative will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel. The rest of your day is free to spend at leisure. If your accommodation is located on the outskirts of the town, you can relax and enjoy the facilities of your accommodation. Alternatively, you can take a taxi to the center of town where you can walk down the main street of Puerto Iguazu, enjoying some of the local shops and cafes.

Meals (B)

Flying to Iguazu Falls
Location
Salta to Iguazu
Day
7 / 10

Visit the Argentinean Falls

After breakfast this morning, you will begin your exclusive tour of the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls. You’ll head towards the Iguazu National Park where you’ll climb aboard a small train at the entrance of the National Park – your first stop will be the ominously named Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo) which stands at over 262ft, making it the biggest waterfall of Iguazu! Having soaked up the enormity of the Devil’s Throat, your guide will take you along the wooden walkways and trails of both the upper and lower circuit. With over 270 separate waterfalls and the copious verdant jungle of Iguazu, exploring this Natural World Wonder of the World is one of the most unforgettable experiences.

The various trails that take you above and around the waterfalls are built a few feet above the jungle floor. These raised platforms not only protect the natural habitat of the jungle wildlife but will also take you to secluded viewpoints offering unimaginable views across the whole National Park. If you’re looking for a bit of adventure while visiting Iguazu, we highly recommend booking the optional (not included) Great Adventure rafting tour that takes you right under the rainbows and mist of Iguazu’s waterfalls. Make sure to pack a change of clothes or swimwear and a watertight bag for your valuables because you will get wet!

After a full day exploring Argentina’s side of Iguazu Falls, you’ll head back to the visitors’ center and from there, your transfer will take you to your hotel in Iguazu where the rest of your evening is free to spend at your leisure.

Meals (B)

Devils Throat Tour Argentina
Location
Iguazu
Day
8 / 10

Brazilian Falls & Back to BA

Dive straight into the action this morning! Your private guide will take you to begin your exclusive tour of the Brazilian side of the Falls (make sure you bring your passport). Bordering Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, the Brazilian side of Iguazu offers a panoramic view of the Falls. On the Brazilian side, you’ll have an up-close and more direct view of the towering Devil’s Throat Waterfall. After the excursion, your private transfer will take you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires.

Because Argentina is so big, this package takes you back to Buenos Aires for a night, before your flight back home. We will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel in the trendy neighborhood of Palermo.

You may wish to use the rest of today to stroll around the beautiful streets of Recoleta or, to the modern Puerto Madero Waterfront. If you want to take in a bit more culture, we recommend visiting the famous and beautiful Teatro Colon or the National Museum of Fine Arts (MALBA). You may also wish to visit the World Tango Museum, which is located above the legendary Café, the oldest café in town. This stunning cafe has been the meeting place for famous and influential Porteños for more than 100 years. The interior will transport you back to the Golden Age of the 1900s in Buenos Aires.

Meals (B)

Argentina Brazilian Side of the Falls
Location
Iguazu to Buenos Aires
Day
9 / 10

Return Home

Enjoy your final breakfast at the hotel in Buenos Aires, because it’s time to hit the road again as you make your way to your next destination, or return home.

Buenos Aires has 2 airports: Ezeiza and Jorge Newbery-Aeroparque. Many of the domestic flights leave from Jorge Newbery-Aeroparque airport which is located within the city. Travel safely to your next destination as you leave with unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.

Meals (B)

Toco Toucan
Location
Buenos Aires
Day
10 / 10
1 / 10

Accommodations

Hotel Options

4 Star

Pleno Palermo Soho

Buenos Aires
5 Star

Legado Mitico

Buenos Aires
4 Star

Design Suites

Salta
5 Star

Legado Mitico

Salta
5 Star

El Manantial del Silencio

Purmamarca
4 Star

Los Colorados

Purmamarca
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