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12 Days – Buenos Aires, North of Argentina & Iguazu Falls

Tango, a centerpiece of Argentine culture

The vast lands of Salta

Enjoy the spectacular view of Iguazu

FROM 2025 USD 12 Days/ 11 Nights
Highlights

Travel to Argentina
See the Salt Flats & Humahuaca Canyon
Northern Argentina trip
Enjoy Tango in Buenos Aires
Visit Traditional Cafes and Markets

12 Days – Buenos Aires, North of Argentina & Iguazu Falls

Travel to some of the best spots in Argentina

The combination of Northern Argentina and Iguazu Falls is fast becoming the new hot-spot for travel in South America. Come wander the bohemian streets of Buenos Aires, and experience an authentic tango show in a traditional tango house in the former inmigrants neighbourhood. Then, take a flight North to explore Salta’s traditional villages, dance to folklore tunes in the local peñas, and taste the heavenly empanada salteña. Continue your adventure with Jujuy’s giant salt flats and their surreal deserts, followed by an up-close exploration of the lush waterfalls in Iguazu Falls. During this 12-day journey you’ll discover all the secrets of the North, and a little bit more…

Day 1 – Travel to Argentina: First Stop, Buenos Aires

 

Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to the city and you’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy Buenos Aires at your own pace. Buenos Aires is a marvelous, energetic, cosmopolitan city, full of color and different styles of architecture. 

 

The capital of Argentina, and described as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires proudly embraces its title, and also shows off plenty of its own culture! Argentinians are usually eager to host visitors; if you walk the streets with a map, someone will surely stop and ask if you need directions… that’s just our spirit! 

 

 

So, for this first day, feel free to wander the cobblestone streets lined with outdoor cafes, enjoy the mouthwatering aroma of world-famous Argentine beef sizzling on an open parrilla (barbeque), and browse the local antique and artisan markets that offer plenty of bargain shopping.

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, che! (“che” means “guy” in Argentina). Take a look at our Buenos Aires Travel Guide and check out our recommendations on where to eat dinner and the can’t-miss places to visit in town.

 

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Day 2 – Buenos Aires City Tour & Tango Show

 

In the morning we’ll pick you up to enjoy our 5-hour long Buenos Aires city tour—You will be swept away by the highlights of our beloved Buenos Aires. Over the course of a half-day you will have the chance to visit the historical and political center of the city; Plaza de Mayo and the Pink House (the presidential house).

 

Next, we’ll move on to San Telmo with its cobblestone streets and the oldest residential neighborhood, and then to La Boca where Buenos Aires turns colorful and tango is ever-present. Come walk Caminito street and dance with the locals. The next stop is the chic and aristocratic Recoleta, where the big palaces remind us why Buenos Aires is called the “Paris of the South”.

 

 

In the evening we’ll pick you up from your hotel to take you to a mystical place where you’ll discover one of our most ancient traditions. Tango is more than our national dance… tango is our immigrant origins, the talent of our local artists, the sensuality of Argentine women and our way to deal with a broken heart; dancing our way through tragic, and yet eternal, love stories.

 

Tonight you will enjoy a 3-hour professional display of tango and music with a group of local artists onstage immersed in an elegant and alluring place. The manners, ambience, clothes and dance steps which tango-lovers used to practice 100 years ago will come to life again and you will travel back in time for a night.

 

This spectacular demonstration of the finest local dancing will be accompanied by delicious Argentine and international cuisine. Dinner is all-inclusive, beverages included so you can lose yourself in the ethereal taste of Malbec wine. At the end of the evening, around midnight, you will be driven back to your hotel, fully in love with the bohemian spirit of our beloved Buenos Aires.

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

Tango is, all in all, a cultural experience that’s deeply rooted in Argentine hearts. Where do regular people go to dance tango? Check out what these two tango dancers have to say and uncover the mystery…

 

Tango in Buenos Aires is the best cultural experience!

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Day 3 – From Buenos Aires to Salta

 

Today, prepare to fly to the incredible North of Argentina! At the appropriate time we’ll pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the airport to take your flight to Salta, also called “La Linda” (the beautiful). 

 

Salta is the chosen jumping-off point for travelers seeking to explore the North of Argentina. From here, you can visit the most outstanding natural wonders of the area: the Humahuaca Gorge and the Seven Colors Hill in Jujuy. 

 

Salta has the best of both worlds; geographical diversity (red, green and brown tinted mountains) and vast history—it is in these time-honored lands that men fought for the freedom of Argentina.

 

Upon arrival you will be driven to your hotel. Take the rest of the afternoon to explore the city. Bear in mind that this is a stress-free hub; la siesta (a mid-day nap) is kind of a religious ritual for locals, which means that between 1 pm and 5 pm shops are usually closed.

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

Go ahead and discover the best insider tips to visit this city: the best restaurants in town (you must try the tamales!), the most important historic buildings, and popular peñas– “¿Bailamos?” (Shall we dance?) is all you need to say to start the party! Read about it all in our Salta Travel Guide. 

 

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Day 4 – Salta & Jujuy trips: Safari to the Clouds – Salt Flats – Purmamarca

 

Today you’ll travel to the clouds—no exaggeration! We’ll pick you up at your hotel to start a two-day trip to Purmamarca and the Great Salt Flats, a solid ocean of white, 13,100 feet above sea level!

 

During this 10-hour trip we’ll travel along the same route as the famous ‘Train to the Clouds,’ zig-zagging on lonely roads between the blue sky and the high desert plains. On our way, we will visit historic ruins and small scattered villages.

 

Our first destination is the small town of Campo Quijano, best known as the Gateway to the Puna. Later, we will visit the impressive Quebrada del Toro, a natural wonder where human-sized cacti stand amongst a backdrop of eroded mountain peaks which emerge from the golden sand like giant fingers. Here, we’ll stop for a refreshing coffee break.

 

We’ll keep on traveling to Santa Rosa de Tastil, a pre-Incan city of the XIII century, and right after, to San Antonio de los Cobres, the headquarters of the Pachamama (Mother Earth) Celebration. The cherry on top will be the surreal landscape of the Great Salt Flats. The natural light and reflections provide the perfect opportunity for endless photo fun. Test your creativity! And be careful where you step; there are artificial water pools around the area.

 

At the end of your adventure in the Great Salt Flats we’ll take you to your hotel in Purmamarca, located at the base of Jujuy’s famed Seven Color Hill.

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

We recommend that you leave your luggage at your hotel in Salta, and just take a day pack on the excursion. If you’re not tired, take a walk around the main plaza of Purmamarca and visit the ancient Santa Rosa de Lima Church.

 

 

Salta Tours are the best to discover North of Argentina.

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Day 5 – Humahuaca Gorge, Salta & Jujuy trips

 

We’ll pick you up early in the morning to begin your 13-hour trip exploring the Humahuaca Gorge, declared a UNESCO Heritage Site. Humahuaca Gorge is home to a bunch of amazing natural monuments like the Seven Color Hill, the Pucará de Tilcara (a ramshackled yet well-restored fortress), and the Paleta del Pintor (Painter Palette) in Maimará village, an impressive multi-colored mountain range.

 

Our adventurous path will then lead us through the Yungas (the green-tinted jungle of the North), past breathtaking natural monuments until ultimately reaching the picturesque town of Humahuaca. Wander amongst colonial houses and streets, get a feel for the old-world serenity that still survives in this setting, and grab some lunch (not included) in one of the typical taverns; the humita (a traditional corn-based dish) is something you definitely must try!

 

In the afternoon, we’ll keep on traveling until we get to the little Uquía Church, where you’ll see some peculiar paintings from the colonial period, called Pinturas Cuzqueñas. For the potential astrologists, we’ll pass by the famous Tropic of Capricorn milestone and finally arrive in the city of San Salvador de Jujuy, the second biggest capital of the Argentine North region, after Salta. We’ll visit the cathedral, the main square, and the presidential house of Jujuy, nicknamed Tacita de Plata (silver cup) after the wealthy city, Cadiz, in Spain.

 

At the end of the day, we’ll drive you back to your hotel in Salta. If you feel like having a particularly nice evening, walk Balcarce Street and choose the bar or peña that suits you the most!

 

 

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Day 6 – Salta Tours: Calchaqui Valley Excursion

 

On this Calchaqui Valley adventure you’ll immerse yourself directly into the forbidding universe of  Las Conchas Gorge, where erosion has carved mysterious red shapes into the rocks.

 

Get prepared to visit this Natural Reserve for about 5 hours, to enjoy the views of its colorful hills while you go down its red-tinted promontories and discover the most particular rocky highlights: the Frog, the Obelisk and the Castles.

 

The highlight of the day will be the Amphitheater and the famous Devil’s Throat. The Amphitheater is a natural semicircular formation (65 feet high), and is home to intimate concerts performed by local artists. Get inside and check out the amazing acoustics by singing your favorite tune! Nearby, the Devil’s Throat awaits, right at the end of Las Conchas Gorge. Going down this particular rocky formation, you’ll feel like you’re right in the belly of a giant!

 

At the end of the day, we’ll take you back to Salta. Enjoy the evening going to a peña to mingle with locals and eat the empanada salteña, a special variation of this popular Argentine dish.

 

 

Travel to Argentine and try amazing Argentine Food

 

(Say hi! to the finger-licking “empanada salteña”)

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Day 7 – From Salta to Iguazu Falls

 

Say goodbye to the awe-inspiring landscapes of the North and get ready to continue your journey. In the morning, you’ll be picked up and driven to the local airport to take your flight to Iguazú, the gateway to the famous Iguazú Falls.

 

Upon arrival in Puerto Iguazú, you will be taken to your hotel. You will have the afternoon to relax and enjoy the tropical climate and jungle setting. If you’re eager to explore, you can visit the “Hito Tres Fronteras,” a viewpoint west of the town center that stands high above the turbulent reddish-brown junction of the Iguazú and Paraná rivers, which also form the Triple Frontera, or Triple Border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. 

 

Iguazú Eco Fee: this is a mandatory tax that you have to pay once you get to your hotel in Iguazú. It’s about $5 usd per guest, per night, and it varies according to your hotel category. Only cash is accepted.

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

For the adventure-seekers, we recommend taking a bike tour through the rainforest with a specialized guide. You will discover the flora and fauna, the sounds of the jungle, and the traditions of the indigenous Guaranies. Check out our recommendations on where to eat dinner, and take a look at our “Iguazú Falls Travel Guide” for more practical tips.       

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Day 8 – Iguazu Falls Tours: Argentine Side

 

Today our driver and bilingual guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to the National Park, on the Argentine side. The falls are surrounded by a humid subtropical forest where the exuberant vegetation is home to many different species of animals and birds. Our guide will help you spot some of them: ant birds, toucans, manakins, parrots, and coatis, just to name a few of the most common birds.

 

Lower and upper walkways weave in and around the falls, permitting up-close and personal experiences with this magnificent spectacle of nature. The Argentine side of the falls is filled with a myriad of paths, walkways and stairways which allow you to have an experience from many different perspectives.

 

You will also have the chance to meet “The Devil’s Throat” the largest of the falls and for many the most spellbinding. To get to the Devil’s Throat, you’ll take the ecological train and then walk out along boardwalks. After walking and taking pictures of waterfalls, animals and plants, you will have some free time to eat lunch in this amazing environment. This exciting, 6-7 hour-long excursion is highly recommended in order to experience the true power of Iguazú Falls. 

 

 

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Would you love to have a “Great Adventure”?

 

The Great Adventure (“gran aventura”) is an optional tour you can add on to this day. You will take an open-air jeep through the rainforest, and then a zodiac open-air boat up the river to the base of the falls (there is a 100% chance that you will get soaking wet on this boat trip, so be sure to take some extra clothes!).

 

 

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Day 9 – Iguazu Falls Tours: Brazilian Side

 

After breakfast, enjoy a 3-4  hour excursion to the Brazilian side of Iguazú Falls. Don’t forget your passport! While Argentina has 80% of the falls on its side, Brazil has the best panoramic view.

 

On the Argentine side you will have the sensation of being right inside the falls, but only by visiting the Brazilian side will you fully appreciate the immensity of Iguazú Falls. Take your time to enjoy it and feel it, to stroll the different walkways and feel the spray of water in your face.

 

Take the boardwalk over the Salto Santa María; it feels like walking on the water. Get closer to the “Devil’s Throat” and experience the power of water! We are sure this is a day you will never forget.

 

 

Iguazu Falls Tours will featured the Argentine rainforest!

 

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Day 10 – From Iguazu Falls back to Buenos Aires

 

This is the end of your northern trip, but the beginning of your urban exploration of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. At the appropriate time, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the airport to take your flight back to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival you will have a transfer to your hotel.

 

How would you like to spend your afternoon in the city? Here are some ideas: you can explore the cobblestone, tree-lined streets of Palermo Soho in search of some one-of-a-kind Porteño fashion stores or discover the incredible street art in the area. Or you may want to stop by one of our historic cafés (named “cafés notables”) located all over the city and have a “cortado”, the most popular Argentine coffee choice. If you’re leaving on a Saturday or Sunday, you may have the chance to visit one of the city markets, only open on weekends.

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

“Those are some great ideas, tell me more!” Ok, we are ready to spill all the local secrets, so here are some suggestions for the best souvenirs and where to find them (be prepared to become really popular among your loved ones back home…)

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Day 11 – Buenos Aires: Your Free Day

 

On your free day in Buenos Aires, you can discover the secrets of La Pampa and Argentina’s rural culture. Argentina is world-famous for its fútbol (soccer) players, but also for the vastness of its green-tinted fields, best known as ‘La Pampa’. That endless land at the edge of the horizon is still home to the descendants of the first gauchos (Argentine cowboys), who still care for and work the land as their ancestors taught them to.

 

There are still some estancias (ranches) that preserve the gaucho traditions, located in picturesque towns within Buenos Aires’ province. One of the most alluring estancias is El Ombú de Areco, a colonial-style working ranch built in 1880 that is located in the town of San Antonio de Areco, where gaucho traditions are ever-present.

 

Today, we’ll pick you up at your hotel to begin a 9-hour visit to this time-honored ranch. Learn about the gaucho culture and traditions, strolling around the beautiful old streets, museums and ancient pulperías (grocery stores) in San Antonio de Areco before heading to El Ombú.

 

Once you’re in the estancia, enjoy a typical asado (barbecue) before either a horseback ride in nature or a relaxing bike ride. For those who like to take things slow while on vacation, there is a peaceful swimming pool (only available in summer) and many sunny relaxation areas where you can take la siesta (an afternoon nap). At the end of the day, we’ll take you back to your hotel in Buenos Aires.

 

 

Buenos Aires tours include a horseback ride in La Pampa

 

 

 

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Day 12 – Buenos Aires - Your Argentina Vacation Comes to an End

 

It’s the last day of your Argentine journey… we hope to see you back here soon!

 

At the appropriate time, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the international airport to take your flight back home.

 

Did you know that Patagonia is just 3 hours away by plane from Buenos Aires? If you want to discover these southern natural wonders, we have some trip ideas so you can keep on exploring Argentina.

 

 

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Included

Bilingual local guides

Transfers & tours mentioned in the itinerary.

4-night accommodation in a hotel (Buenos Aires), 3-night accommodation in a hotel (Salta), 1-night accommodation in a hotel (Purmamarca), 3-night accommodation in a hotel (Puerto Iguazu)

Daily breakfast

Meals mentioned in the itinerary: Snacks and dinner (day 2), lunch (day 6)

Not Included

International or domestic flights.

 National Park Entrance fees

 Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quote please follow this link: World Nomads

 Brazilian Visa: Citizens of some nationalities (exempting US, Canada, Japan and Australia) are required to present a tourist visa to enter Brazil. Please check requirements with the consulate of your country.

Iguazú Eco Fee

 

Accommodation & Prices

12 Days – Buenos Aires, North of Argentina & Iguazu Falls


INN/ B&B

USD 2025

COMFORT

USD 2240

SUPERIOR

USD 2496

*Prices in US Dollars.
*Valid until April 2020 (Not valid in Christmas, New Year and Carnival).

*Prices are per person, based on 2 people in double occupancy. Single rates are available on request. Flights are not included in the price, but can be arranged on request.

*Please note that this tour is also available in Luxury Category. Ask your Travel Advisor for the details and quotation on this category.



Flights needed for this itinerary

Buenos Aires – Salta – Iguazu – Buenos Aires

Flights in South America cost approximately $150 to $300 USD per segment (destination).
We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

Included

Bilingual local guides

Transfers & tours mentioned in the itinerary.

4-night accommodation in a hotel (Buenos Aires), 3-night accommodation in a hotel (Salta), 1-night accommodation in a hotel (Purmamarca), 3-night accommodation in a hotel (Puerto Iguazu)

Daily breakfast

Meals mentioned in the itinerary: Snacks and dinner (day 2), lunch (day 6)

Not Included

International or domestic flights.

 National Park Entrance fees

 Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quote please follow this link: World Nomads

 Brazilian Visa: Citizens of some nationalities (exempting US, Canada, Japan and Australia) are required to present a tourist visa to enter Brazil. Please check requirements with the consulate of your country.

Iguazú Eco Fee

 

Trip Reviews

12 Days – Buenos Aires, North of Argentina & Iguazu Falls

MaryAnn Labant

MaryAnn Labant

(5 / 5)

Say Hueque answered all of my questions and was so helpful

Lujan was extremely helpful from booking our internal flights when I could not find good pricing to buying us tickets for the performance at the Colon Theatre. She also answered all of my many questions.

It is hard to pick a favorite excursion between Buenos Aires, Salta area and the Iguazu Falls. If pushed to make a decision we loved the mountains – both the trip to the Great Salt Flats and the Humahuaca and Conchas Gorges. We were probably most blown away by the drive through the Conchas Gorge to and from Cafayate but, at the same time when we were at the top of Humahuaca Gorge the view was unbelievable. And we saw a condor!

We liked the mix of tour and time on our own to explore.

I went with a very open mind so there was nothing that did not fulfill my expectations. I already miss the croissants and empanadas and hope to return one day to explore the central region and Patagonia.


28.04.19

Bashira Rangwala

Bashira Rangwala

(5 / 5)

We would highly recommend Say Hueque for travel in Argentina

We had a great time in Argentina. We toured Buenos Aries, Salta and Iguazú.

The hotels were very good centrally located in Buenos Aries and in Iguazú. The hotel house of jasmine in Salta was on outskirts of the town, but was a fantastic hotel in a peaceful setting.

Say Hueque had perfect booking process, Karen Rosa was our contact for booking and she did a very good job, always available if we called.

All the guides were great and Agostina was friendly and very knowledgeable.

We would highly recommend Say Hueque for travel in Argentina.


19.11.18

Conlie Wong

Conlie Wong

(4 / 5)

Thanks for the kind arrangement. We have a good memories and an enjoyable holiday in Chile and Argentina

Dear Silvia and Yuna,

Thanks for the kind arrangement. We have a good memories and an enjoyable holiday in Chile and Argentina.

Silvia, your advice on our trip planning makes the holiday went smoothly and didn’t have too much disturbance. Though the suggested accommodations were not deluxe but all given us a warm and comfort feeling. Your recommendation for having all inclusive program in Los Torres was fantastic and we didn’t need worry about the cost of food and beverage after a tiring hiking but simply sat in the bar / restaurant for enjoying the meal and chat with fun. The two and a half days excursion were great and gave us more time on enjoying the park especially we finally complete the hike and arrive the base of Torres de Paine. On last day, we also had a chance to see the wild animal - puma, red fox and white fox, etc

Yuna, sorry for keeping the changes after the tour is confirmed and causing the bothering. Thanks for the patience.

All the tour guides were professional and knowledgeable. A detailed information was given of each view point. We especially thanks those guides in El Calafate. However, the one in Salta who guided us to Purmamarca was poor. As the car was full and we all sat at the back of the van. His voice was not clear and sometimes we didn’t know what to see and name of view points when get off the van. More importantly, he left us all in the restaurant without gave any translation of the menu whilst the waitress didn’t know any English. We have no help until other tourist told us what the menu was. You can imagine how we feel unhelpful at that moment.

The private service in El Cafayate, Iguazu and Buenos Aires was great and give us more freedom to decide which place should stay Longer or skip. As far they found us like photo shooting, they always pointed out the good place for shooting and gave us sufficient time. Of course, this may defer the touring but thanks for their patience.

Personally, I like Adrian who is our guide in Iguazú on Argentina side. After the picked up from airport, he gave us a lot of advice on visiting the fall, preparing for the wet, etc. He also drew a map of the town so that we can easy to find out the restaurant and town. He is so caring. It was sad he hadn’t been our guide on the next day on Brazil side though the other was good as well.

Jose was the guide in Buenos Aires. A caring and funny man. During the tour, he advised us some posture for photo shooting which was nice. He also taught us how to us the panorama function for iPhone - so lovely. After the Tigre tour, he was willing to brought us to the El Ateneo and gave an idea on the CD for tango music.

All the guide for private service were fantastic. We all like them and wholeheartedly thanks for their effort.

I am planning to Peru and Ecuador next year and will definitely keep in touch with you. I would also recommend your office to my friend when they asked.

Once again, thanks for all the helps during the planning and trip.

Have all the best.

Connie


16.05.18

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MaryAnn Labant

Say Hueque answered all of my questions and was so helpful

Bashira Rangwala

We would highly recommend Say Hueque for travel in Argentina

Conlie Wong

Thanks for the kind arrangement. We have a good memories and an enjoyable holiday in Chile and Argentina

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