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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 2150 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

Come to discover Northern Argentina during this 12-day journey throughout Buenos Aires, Salta, Jujuy and the beautiful Mendoza vineyards. Discover the colorful streets of Buenos Aires, full of amazing architectural wonders, delicious parrillas (barbecues) and stunning tango dancers. Then fly to Salta to start your exploration of Calchaquie Valley and Humahuaca Gorge, where the Seven Color Hill rises above the quaint village of Purmamarca. Finally, fly to the wine country, to spend some time sipping world renowned Malbec, tasting some of the best traditional Argentine cuisine, and taking a tour to see the stunning Mount Aconcagua.  

Day 1 – Your Argentina Vacation Begins! 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.

 

Travel to Argentina and try the traditional mate beverage

 

(This is the “mate” -you can say maté-, our national drink!)

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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…

 

 

Buenos Aires tours bring you the best tango 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!

 

 

Travel to Argentina the lands of good dancers!

 

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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, Travel to the Land of Argentine Malbec: Mendoza!

 

Today, we’ll pick you up at your hotel and drive you to the local airport—it’s time to fly to the Wine Country! Argentine wines are world-famous; their smooth flavor is no secret. People travel from all corners of the globe to taste that heavenly drop squeezed from the unique Malbec grape.

 

Mendoza is Argentina’s main wine region, the heartland of the Malbec grape (and other tasty varieties) and home to impressive mountains like the forbidding Mt. Aconcagua, the highest summit in the Southern Hemisphere that tantalizes seasoned climbers around the world.

 

Why come to Mendoza? Because it’s the top eclectic destination in Argentina. From snow-capped mountains to untamed rivers and sunny vineyards, there is an option for every taste. This is the perfect destination for romantic getaways, but also the right place to go for active, impressive outdoor sports—adventurous rafting, rappel and zipline among many others. Summertime is the best season for adventure!

 

Upon arrival to Mendoza, you will be taken to your hotel. Enjoy your first afternoon at leisure in Mendoza.

 

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

There are tons of amazing choices for dinner in the city where you can mingle with locals. If you feel like exploring the surroundings, check out our Mendoza Travel Guide, specially designed for passengers who are looking for the best insider tips.

 

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Day 8 – Mendoza Wine Tour

 

Take a 4-hour trip to visit two of the best wineries in the area with a small group and a bilingual guide. Discover Argentina’s most famous wines and learn the secrets of the wine-making process directly from the experts.

 

We’ll travel 30 min. away from the city of Mendoza to Lujan de Cuyo,  where the perfect combination of fertile valleys and high mountains create the perfect conditions for world-renowned wineries to settled down. Today, you’ll travel around the area and soak up the wine philosophy, all while tasting the delicious, locally-produced Cabernet and Malbec grapes guided by a wine expert. In the afternoon we’ll take you back to your hotel to enjoy another relaxing evening in town.

 

 

Cafayate, the famous wine region of Northern Argentina.

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Day 9 – Mendoza Tours: High Mountain Outing

 

Have you ever climbed high in life? Today is your chance! You’ll visit the Cordillera de los Andes, one of the largest mountain ranges in the world, and the backbone of Latin America.

 

This day starts bright and early in the morning, right after breakfast. We’ll pick you up at your hotel and take you on a 12-hour trip to visit stunning viewpoints and discover stunning views of Mount Aconcagua (22600 f.a.s.l), the second highest peak in the world after the Himalaya Range.

 

Make sure to bring your coat! Even in Summer, it always gets cold at higher altitudes. We’ll take National Route 7 to get to the impressive Potrerillos’ viewpoint, where you’ll see a colossal dam at the edge of the enthralling Cacheuta Valley, famous for its thermal waters.

 

Further ahead, the Puente del Inca will arise at the verge of Las Cuevas river. This beautiful natural monument is famous for its healing hot springs and its golden-tinted rocks. There was a time when this bridge didn’t even exist. The legend says that a group of Inca warriors, trying to help the emperor’s son to reach the healing waters, grabbed their hands and made a human bridge which the gods decided to transform into the actual rocky bridge.     

 

From here, you’ll also appreciate the magnificence of Mount Aconcagua, the “Colossus of America”. We’ll continue visiting Los Penitentes, the famous ski center, and in the town of Las Cuevas (at 10500 f.a.s.l) we’ll stop to have lunch (not included) before heading to the Cristo Redentor de los Andes (Andes Christ Redeemer).

 

Only available in Summer and if weather permits, we’ll drive to the giant bronze statue, created in 1904 to preserve peace between Chile and Argentina. In the afternoon, after having visited this paradise in the sky, we’ll take you back to your hotel.

 

Mendoza tours offer the opportunity to meet the big statue of Christ The Redeemer.

 

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Day 10 – From Mendoza 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 (Mendoza)

Daily breakfast

Meals: Snacks and dinner (day 2), lunch (day 6), snack (day 9)

Not Included

 International or domestic flights.

National Park Entrance fees

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

 

Accommodation & Prices

12 Days – Buenos Aires, North of Argentina & Mendoza


INN/ B&B

USD 2150

COMFORT

USD 2345

SUPERIOR

USD 2595

*Prices in US Dollars.
*Valid until April 2020 (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 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 – 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

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 (Mendoza)

Daily breakfast

Meals: Snacks and dinner (day 2), lunch (day 6), snack (day 9)

Not Included

 International or domestic flights.

National Park Entrance fees

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

 

Trip Reviews

12 Days – Buenos Aires, North of Argentina & Mendoza

Maureen Wilbat

Maureen Wilbat

(5 / 5)

Patricio could not have put together a better trip plan for us!

I had the absolute pleasure of sharing our recent Patagonia trip that you helped him plan. Patricio could not have put together a better trip plan for us!! The trip was amazing from the moment we arrived in Buenos Aires to the sad departure we made 3 weeks later. I loved every part of the trip and each day I couldn’t believe that it could get better. And then it did!! Thank you for all the work you put into scheduling all our activities and for all the many questions you answered for us in our planning. I want to come back and explore more of your amazing and absolutely beautiful country!!

Thank you again so much.


30.12.18

Leo Jo Estercam

Leo Jo Estercam

(4 / 5)

Only Say Hueque could fulfill our needs

We contacted different travel agencies and only Say Hueque could fulfill our needs. Once the complete plan was elaborated, we went over to the booking of the airplane and then finally adapted the plan to it. The rest was simple and easy.

Hotel Del Virrey in Salta and Los Colorados in Purmamarca were excellent; all the others were ok but those two excelled.
All hotels were perfectly located.

Regading our favourite excursions, the Iguazu falls are top of the list followed by the 3-day tour Calchaqui Valley in Salta. ‘El Turco’ in Salta and Agostina in Buenos Aires are guides that need special mention.

It would have been better to have private service (iso shared) for the 2-day Saltflats in Salta and the San Ignacio where the guide didn’t speak English at all.


29.11.18

Sue Jones

Sue Jones

(5 / 5)

I had a marvellous time!

I want to say thank you so much for all your hard work in the planning & organisation of my recent trip to your wonderful country. Everything went perfectly & the places I stayed were lovely, with great staff & good breakfasts - nothing was too much trouble.

Travel & pick ups were all on time & I had no problems. I had a marvellous time!

I already have at least 2 friends interested in using your expertise for a future trip to Argentina. I myself am interested in coming back & possibly doing a cruise to Antarctica, so I may be contacting you again for advice on this.

Thanks again & all the very best


26.11.18

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

Maureen Wilbat

Patricio could not have put together a better trip plan for us!

Leo Jo Estercam

Only Say Hueque could fulfill our needs

Sue Jones

I had a marvellous time!

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