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12 Days – Buenos Aires, North of Argentina & Mendoza

Visit the historic neighborhood of La Boca

Explore the vast Salt Flats of Salta

Scenic wine country of Mendoza

FROM 2625 USD 12 Days / 11 Nights
Highlights

Argentina Tours & Traditional Culture
Northern Argentina trips
Taste the famous Argentina Malbec
Enjoy Tango in Buenos Aires
Visit Traditional Cafes and Markets

12 Days – Buenos Aires, North of Argentina & Mendoza

Visit Argentina's most impressive landmarks

The northern Argentina trail is fast becoming the new hot-spot in South America. With Salta’s traditional villages and music, Jujuy’s giant salt flats and surreal deserts, and Calchachaqui valley fantastic landscapes, contrasted by the vineyards of Mendoza and cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Argentina’s northern trail will be sure to impress even the most seasoned traveler.

Day 1 – Your Argentina Vacations! First stop: Buenos Aires

Welcome to Argentina! Capital of Argentina and described as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires proudly embraces this title, as well as shows off plenty of its own culture! Explore the traditional European architecture, the cobbled streets lined with rustic outdoor cafes, the local antique and artisanal markets that offer plenty of bargain shopping, and the mouthwatering aroma of prized Argentine beef sizzling on an open “parrrilla” (barbecue) in the air. Buenos Aires is home to some excellent local designers and you will certainly find the perfect leather jacket, long leather boots and handbags for all occasions. Though above all, Buenos Aires is known as the home of the tango. Be sure to enjoy a traditional dinner-tango show and explore the colorful San Telmo and Recoleta neighborhoods.

 

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires you will be met at the airport and have a transfer in private to your hotel.

 

You will have the rest of the day to enjoy this vibrant city, leaving you the remainder of the day to explore the historic neighborhoods and enjoy the cafe culture of Buenos Aires.

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Day 2 – Buenos Aires City Tour & Tango Show

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning for a city tour. Over the course of a half-day tour, you will have the chance to visit San Telmo, the historical and political centre of the city, and La Boca, a historic neighbourhood with a strong European flavour. 

 

La Boca is the part of the city where Buenos Aires turns colourful and tango is ever present. Take a trip to the aristocratic neighbourhood of Recoleta, whose magnificent palaces remind us why Buenos Aires is called the ‘Paris of South America’. 

 

Duration: 4-5 hours.

 

You will be picked up from your hotel to be driven to a tango show in the evening. Enjoy your dinner while tango dancers present a spectacular demonstration of their skills. Try Malbec, a popular Argentine wine. Drive back to your hotel after the dinner and the show is over.

 

Duration (dinner + show): 4 hours.

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Day 3 – From Buenos Aires to Salta

At appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Salta, private service.

 

Welcome to Salta! One of traveler’s favorite cities, Salta offers outstanding museums, colonial architecture, alive cafés in the main plaza (great people watching spot) and the vibrant and authentic peñas -places where locals grab a table to watch their favorite folkloric singers and after a wine (or two) everyone join for dancing. The perfect base to explore the Argentinean north.

 

Upon arrival you will be driven to your hotel (shared service) having the rest of the afternoon to explore the town. Since city stress has not arrived here, bare in mind that during siesta time most shops are closed.

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

You will leave Salta in a two-day excursion (shared service). We recommend you to leave your luggage in your hotel in Salta, and just take a day pack on the excursion.

 

Early in the morning we will travel along the same route of the famous Train to the Clouds, zigzagging on lonely roads between the blue sky and the high desert plains. On our way, we will visit historic ruins, scattered houses, small villages and amazing landscapes. 

 

Our first destination is the small town of Campo Quijano and later the impressive Quebrada del Toro, where we will stop for a refreshing coffee break after some stunning viewpoints. From here, we will visit Santa Rosa de Tastil, a pre-Incan city of the XIII century. Later on, we visit San Antonio de los Cobres, one of the smallest villages in the region, en route to the surreal landscape of the Great Salt Flats. These are perfect for amateur and professional photographers alike -the natural light and reflections provide ample opportunities to test your creativity to the fullest.

 

Later in the afternoon we will arrive to our comfortable hotel in Purmamarca, located at the base of Jujuy’s famed 7-colored mountain. Overnight in Purmamarca.

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Day 5 – Humahuaca Gorge, Salta & Jujuy trips

You will depart at the indicated time (shared service) for a tour along the Humahuaca Gorge, declared a UNESCO Heritage Site. You will visit places such as Maimará, “Paleta del Pintor” (a photo stop on the road), Tilcara, with its famous “Pucará de Tilcara”, Trópico de Capricornio, Uquía (Pinturas Cuzqueñas) and finally, the small town of Humahuaca before returning to Salta in the evening.

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Day 6 – Salta Tours: Calchaqui Valley Excursion

After leaving Salta and the Lerma Valley behind, we reach the red mountains of the Conchas Gorge, where the erosion has carved interesting shapes into the rocks. Along the way, we will take take our time to stop, walk around and appreciate the impressive natural wonders. Highlights include, the Castles, the Amphitheater, the Devil’s Gorge and other beautiful places.

 

We finally get to Cafayate where we will have the chance to visit one of the local wineries and take some time to relax in the little square, before heading back to Salta.

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Day 7 – From Salta, travel to the land of Argentina Malbec: Mendoza!

At appropriate time, you will be taken to the domestic airport to take your flight to Mendoza (private service).

Welcome to Mendoza! Argentina’s main wine region and heartland of Malbec grape, it also has impressive mountains (like Aconcagua, climbers’ world known summit), outdoor sports (adventurous rafting) and breathtaking landscapes.

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Day 8 – Mendoza Wine Tour

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel for a half day tour to the Mendoza Wine Country (semi-private service).

 

You will visit two of the best wineries in the area where you will learn about their philosophy, the wine making process and you will have the chance to taste some delicious locally produced Cabernet and Malbec. Far from the big buses that visit the most popular wineries, this semi private tour is specially designed to visit some of the best vineyards accompanied by our local wine expert.

 

Return to the hotel in the afternoon.

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Day 9 – Mendoza Tours: High Mountain

After breakfast, you will have a full day tour in a semi-private service to the nearby Andes Mountains where you will be able to enjoy the most impressive panoramic views of Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas.

 

As a private excursion, this offers you greater flexibility regarding the time of the tour, allowing you to make the most of the sights and routes. In addition, you will have a guide at your disposal throughout the entire tour that will provide you with all the necessary information, making this a much more personalized tour.

 

Starting along Mendoza River, you will be amazed by the view of the majestic mountain range, the Cordon del Plata, as well as the Potrerillos Dam, a colossal work for hydraulic power generation, and the beautiful valley of Cacheuta.

 

Our next visit is Uspallata, a pre-Hispanic settlement of aboriginal people called the “Huarpes” and the most southern point of the Inca Empire at the height of its power.

 

We also pass by the villages of Picheuta, Polvareda and Punta de Vacas, as well as the access point to a Mendoza ski resort called “Los Penitentes” (open from June to August). Further ahead is Puente del Inca, where Las Cuevas River carved into the mountain over the years and formed a natural bridge with hot springs.

 

You will also be able to appreciate the magnificence of Mount Aconcagua, the “Giant of America” that measures 6959 meters in height. Following the international route to reach our ultimate destination there is a Customs Office called “Horcones” and, a few kilometers ahead, on the border with Chile, there is Las Cuevas village located at 3.200 meters above sea level. In summer season you can make a nice hike to Quebrada del Durazno at the base of Aconcagua, passing through Horcones Lagoon.

 

Return to the hotel in the afternoon. This excursion includes a box lunch.

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Day 10 – From Mendoza, travel to Buenos Aires

At appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Buenos Aires.

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Day 11 – Buenos Aires

Day at leisure to explore the cobbled tree lined streets of Palermo Soho in search of one of a kind Porteño fashion, to sit in café and enjoy perfectly aged glass of malbec, or perhaps to sip yerba out of your newly purchased mate gourd while people watching in one of the parks that make up the Palermo Bosques.

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Day 12 – Buenos Aires, last day of your Argentina trip!

At the appropriate time you will have a private transfer to the international airport for your flight back home.

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Included

– Buenos Aires Tour
– Dinner Tango Show
– Safari to the clouds/Salt Flats/ Purmamarca tour
– Humahuaca Gorge tour
– Cafayate full day tour
– Mendoza wine tour
– Mendoza High Mountain Tour
– Transfers mentioned in the itinerary.
– 4 nights in Buenos Aires, 3 in Salta, 1 in Purmamarca, 3 in Mendoza
– Breakfast and meals mentioned in the itinerary.
– Bilingual local guide (English / Spanish).

Not Included

– International or Domestic Flights or Buses.

– National Park Entrace fees
– Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads

Accommodation & Prices

12 Days – Buenos Aires, North of Argentina & Mendoza


INN/ B&B

USD 2625

COMFORT

USD 2805

SUPERIOR

USD 2990

*Prices in US Dollars.
*Valid until April 2019 (ask for prices in Christmas and New Year).

*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 in the luxury category most transfers are private and some excursions are in private service also. Please ask our Travel Advisor for the details of this tour in this category.



Flights needed for this itinerary

Buenos Aires – Salta – Mendoza – 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

– Buenos Aires Tour
– Dinner Tango Show
– Safari to the clouds/Salt Flats/ Purmamarca tour
– Humahuaca Gorge tour
– Cafayate full day tour
– Mendoza wine tour
– Mendoza High Mountain Tour
– Transfers mentioned in the itinerary.
– 4 nights in Buenos Aires, 3 in Salta, 1 in Purmamarca, 3 in Mendoza
– Breakfast and meals mentioned in the itinerary.
– Bilingual local guide (English / Spanish).

Not Included

– International or Domestic Flights or Buses.

– National Park Entrace fees
– Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads

Trip Reviews

12 Days – Buenos Aires, North of Argentina & Mendoza

John Schindelar

John Schindelar

(5 / 5)

We have sent several couples to Say Hueque and they have all been very satisfied. Say Hueque is professional, competent, flexible, and they pay attention to detail.

Say Hueque: Say Hueque is a travel agency in Buenos Aires, specializing in travel within Argentina and Chile. Last year they planned a 5-week trip for us. The itinerary included Buenos Aires, Ushuia, El Calafate, Bariloche, Puerto Varas (Chile), Chiloe Island (Chile), Santiago, Valparaiso, Vina del Mar (Chile), Mendoza, Iguazu Falls, and ending at Estancia Candalaria del Monte. This year they planned a 3-week return trip for us. From Buenos Aires, we returned to Bariloche and to Mendoza, then spent a week in the North (Salta, Cafayate, Purmamarca, Jujuy) before returning to Estancia Candaleria del Monte.

Say Hueque is a 5-star travel agency. Yanina Castano was our agent and she did an excellent job. Silvia Monico also did a great job in Yanina's brief absence for her honeymoon. It is our understanding that Marisol followed our itinerary and assured connections throughout the trip were made.

We have sent several couples to Say Hueque and they have all been very satisfied. Say Hueque is professional, competent, flexible, and they pay attention to detail. Except for two minor glitches, neither of which was their fault, everything went like clockwork and as planned. And, even though neither glitch was their fault, they compensated us beyond our satisfaction.

Guides and Drivers: Last year we had great drivers, and except for one location in Chile, we had wonderful guides. The problem in Chile was that our guide at one location spoke absolutely not a word of English so she did not even try to communicate with us. We speak only a little Spanish, but at least we try to communicate and most of the time we are successful.

There are too many guides and drivers to mention, but credit must go to Say Hueque as they are the ones doing the job assignments. I should say that my wife and I like to do "shared driving" which gives us an opportunity to meet other Americans and meet people from other countries. The only time it did not work out well was last year in Ushuaia when our jeep was overcrowded and the seat belts did not work. Otherwise, shared driving really can be fun. That said, this year's experience was private transportation and was very much appreciated. There were four of us traveling together on this itinerary, so having the advantage of one vehicle for us was expedient as well as convenient.

Hotels and Posadas: In two years we have been very happy with all the hotels and posadas Say Hueque has arranged. I must mention that we prefer staying outside the city where it is quiet, rural, beautiful, and a little isolated. Yes, to get to town we sometimes need to get a taxi. The trade-off is worth it to us.

Joan and I have always asked Say Hueque to have breakfast included. It saves time and gets us off to a great start for the day. We do not want lunch or the evening meals included. That gives us an opportunity to find our own restaurants which we enjoy doing. I should say that we NEVER stay at big, expensive 5 star hotels, or eat in big, 5 star hotel restaurants. Say Hueque has accommodated our requests very well. In fact, we enjoy going to restaurants often suggested by our guides. Those would be small, inexpensive, great family places. void of anyone not Argentine.

The following is a recap our itinerary this year.

Cities/Accommodations--
Buenos Aires: We stayed at the BoBo Hotel. We love this little unique hotel. The rooms are a bit small, but the BoBo is spotlessly clean and in the Palermo Soho District, within walking distance of museums, gardens, shopping, restaurants, and historical sights. Breakfast is served in the hotel's restaurant, and one has many choices with eggs served exactly as you like them. The restaurant is a little spendy for dinner but really is wonderful with EXCELLENT service and nice wine choices. It is also a great place to recover from the long flight from Portland, Oregon, to Buenos Aires before getting out and exploring.

San Carlos de Bariloche: We stayed at the Cacique Inacayal Hotel right at the edge of town and within walking distance of everything there is to see in the city center of Bariloche. Be sure to visit the several brew pubs in Bariloche, Try Manusch for a beer and a wonderful lamb burger prepared exactly the way I wanted it. There is a large variety of beers, as well as many other items on the menu. The French fries are 5 stars.

The hotel offers one of the best sights in Argentina and overlooks the beautiful blue/green lake, Nahuel Huapi. Watch the sun rise from the east to hit the mountains of the west. The rooms are wonderful, neat, large and clean. Each room has a wonderful scenic view. Breakfast is 5 stars, the best we experienced in Argentina. It was totally international and wonderful. Coffee service was excellent. There are many great restaurants within easy walking distance. We highly recommend staying at this hotel.

Mendoza: Posada Verde Oliva, a wonderful accommodation 5 miles outside of Mendoza in Maipu. They have lovely rooms, beautiful grounds to include a vineyard and olive trees, a very nice breakfast with eggs served your way, 5 star service, very friendly employees, and a pool. If you don't mind a taxi ride, this posada is a must- stay in the Mendoza area. You will not be sorry. And if you don't want to go back to town they will provide you with a dinner, as long as you make arrangements in the morning. We visited 8 wineries in 2 days so we wanted to rest in the evening. They prepared a wonderful salad, a meat and cheese plate, and delicious empanadas. Their kitchen refrigerator is on the honor system, beer, soft drinks and about everthing you need. You just log it in a folder. All prices are most reasonable.

Salta: Hotel Antiguo Convento: This hotel in the city was one I wasn't sure we were going to like, but it really grew on us. The rooms were small, old, but very neat and clean. The staff provided 5 star service, especially since we had 2 overnighters. They had to move our luggage to storage and then back to our room again two times--three, if one includes check-in. Breakfast was not my style, but most people loved it. It was the French style with lots of breads and pastries, but little protein. It was located near many restaurants, historical sites, and shopping. Give this hotel a chance. I think you will like it.

Purmamarca: Los Colorados, a very nice accommodation just overlooking Purmamarca. The rooms are huge and in a lovely adobe style. They have kitchens if you like, and have wonderful views of the city. There are patios on the roof top or on the lawns on the ground level. We had experienced a long 10-hour drive on Route 40 to Purmamarca and were very tired, so the host suggested having a local, very good restaurant bring a take-out dinner to our room. She made all the arrangements and we were very thankful; the dinner was excellent.
As for breakfast, it was delivered right to our room. How nice was that?
We would recommend this hotel for a unique experience. It is within walking distance of town, but could be a little tough at night on a rough dirt road. Take a flashlight. Get onto the roof top at sunrise and sunset. It will be two of the most beautiful sights to see in Purmamarca.

By the way, plan on not using your VISA in Purnamarca and many parts of Salta and Jujuy Province. The distances between the major cities are far; villages are remote. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking through valleys and gorges and across deserts to the top of mountains--spectacular.

Cafayate: Cafayate Wine Resort, a very beautiful place looking across the city directly at the distant mountains. The rooms are 5 star, the grounds are beautiful, they have a very nice restaurant, service was excellent, and breakfast was very nice. Dinner was excellent and beautifully presented, but a little pricey. You can walk to town, but it will take about 1/2 hour at a good pace on a gravel road. Most people use taxi service. Many used the pool at this resort. This is a place to relax, drink wine, eat well, and enjoy the scenery. Say Hueque scored another goal with this place.

Buenos Aires Province: Estancia Candalaria del Monte. We saved the best to the last. We wanted to rest before the long long trip back to Portland, Oregon. If you stay no where else in Argentina, you must stay at the Estancia Candelaria del Monte. This is a great ranch about 90 minutes from Buenos Aires, well worth the drive. The staff, food, grounds, services, and accommodations are all 5 stars.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Estancia are all amazing. The young chef will create plates that taste as good as they look. He barbequed two asados while we were there for our three-day experience. He is young and talented. He serves as much fresh local food as possible.

The service people become family in a short period of time. It is as though they can't do enough for you. They are a loving, polite, friendly staff. We had a hard time parting when we had to leave. If there was something we needed from town they drove us without hesitation. When it was time to ride horses they helped everyone get on. If you were thirsty, they would serve water, beer, wine, tea, coffee, or whatever. And when your drink was delivered it came with homemade pies, cakes, cookies, cheese, ham, or whatever the chef was making at the time or had on hand.

We cannot say enough about this accommodation. We are very happy Say Hueque found this place for us. You must stay at Candelaria del Monte.

Contributing Say Hueque local tour companies that deserve stars are as follows:
Bariloche: Kawen Adventure Travel; ask for Federico, Rodrigo, or Karen. Julio also was a knowledgeable and excellent driver.
Mendoza: SAK Wine Travel; ask for Vicente
Salta: Ramal Travel; ask for Martin--he is excellent as a driver/guide

You have our permission to use this evaluation in total, or in part, anyway you choose. Our experience with Say Hueque has been 5 stars. Not only have we used Say Hueque twice in 2 years, but we brought 4 guests with us. We have recommended Say Hueque to many of our friends and acquaintances and at least two persons used Say Hueque for their tour to Argentina.

We would ask Say Hueque to forward this Email to each of the accommodations mentioned above, and to each local tour company mentioned above.


18.03.17

Nancy Gengler

Nancy Gengler

(5 / 5)

I can’t tell you how wonderful our trip was and the surprise was fantastic in every way..Guides, Hotels, Drivers, Food and of course a spectacular Argentina. Thank you so very much.

Dear Say Hueque Team,

I can’t tell you how wonderful our trip was and the surprise was fantastic in every way..Guides, Hotels, Drivers, Food and of course a spectacular Argentina. Thank you so very much.

I did a very dumb thing by leaving my new rain coat in the back seat of our last drivers car that picked us up at Del Candelaria and took Jan Clay and I too the Newberry Airport Is it possible to get it from him or ask him to mail into me? I will pay the postage. If it is not possible I understand.

With much appreciation,
Nancy Gengler


13.03.17

Jenny Nelson

Jenny Nelson

(5 / 5)

Everything about traveling with Say Hueque was excellent. Everything was well organized, tours were everything I hoped for and more, tour guides were outstanding.

I searched the Internet and after looking at many companies, thought Say Hueque met my needs the best.
Everything about traveling with Say Hueque was excellent. Everything was well organized, tours were everything I hoped for and more, tour guides were outstanding.

All the excursions were wonderful. My three favorites were Iguazu, the day trip into the Andes and the day trip from Salta to Parmarmuca. My least favorite was from Parmarmuca to the place north ( sounds like Humamacha.)

I think this is the best tour I have ever been on. Ezequiel and Rodrigo made me feel very comfortable from beginning to end.
I would not hesitate to recommend Say Huque to anyone visiting Argentina.

Thank you,
Jenny Nelson


23.02.17

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12 Days – Buenos Aires, North of Argentina & Mendoza
Testimonials

John Schindelar

We have sent several couples to Say Hueque and they have all been very satisfied. Say Hueque is professional, competent, flexible, and they pay attention to detail.

Nancy Gengler

I can’t tell you how wonderful our trip was and the surprise was fantastic in every way..Guides, Hotels, Drivers, Food and of course a spectacular Argentina. Thank you so very much.

Jenny Nelson

Everything about traveling with Say Hueque was excellent. Everything was well organized, tours were everything I hoped for and more, tour guides were outstanding.

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