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Argentina: North to South Adventure

Buenos Aires, one of Argentina's most charming places

The Perito Moreno Glacier, the famous Patagonian jewel

The most wanted Northern postcard in this itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Perito Moreno Glacier, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Calchaquíes Valleys, Humahuaca Gorge, Iguazú Falls

Argentina: North to South Adventure

Argentina: North to South Adventure

This might be the most ambitious itinerary ever, as its goal is to offer an irresistible yet deep route around some of Argentina’s most prized destinations. Being such a long country, it is sometimes hard to take the time and find the right way to visit both the Northern and the southern areas. But fear not! This North to South adventure in Argentina proposes to experience first-hand nature, history, culture, and beauty at a normal pace, perused and recommended itinerary.

Day 1 - Buenos Aires' charm awaits

Upon arrival, you will be transferred (private service) to the city and you will have the rest of the day to enjoy at your own pace.

 

Buenos Aires is a marvelous, furious, cosmopolitan city, full of colors and different kinds of architecture. Capital of Argentina and described as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires proudly embraces this title, as well as showing off its very own culture.

 

Argentines 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 our spirit! So, for this first day, feel free to wander the cobblestone streets lined with outdoor cafes, enjoy the mouth-watering aroma of prized Argentine beef sizzling on an open parrilla (barbecue), and browse the local antique and artisan markets that offer a wide variety of bargain shopping.

 

To travel deeper and have a firm grip of the Argentine spirit, find the perfect leather jacket or handbag -Buenos Aires is home to some excellent local designers- and explore the colorful Palermo Soho neighborhoods or just have some medialunas or another delicious pastry as you marvel around Palermo’s amazing street art.

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Day 2 - Digging deeper on Buenos Aires attractions

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel (private service) to enjoy our traditional Buenos Aires city tour. You will be swept away by the highlights of our beloved Buenos Aires.

 

Over the course of a half-day tour, you will have the chance to visit the historical and political center of the city around May Square (Plaza de Mayo) and the Pink House (the presidential house) and Recoleta. San Telmo with its cobblestone streets and the oldest residential neighborhood and La Boca where Buenos Aires turns colorful and tango is ever-present: come to walk Caminito street and dance with the locals.  At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to your hotel on a private service and enjoy the rest of the day on your own.

 

In the evening you will be picked up from your hotel (shared service) to be driven to a mystical place where you’ll discover one of our most ancient traditions: tango.

 

Tonight you will enjoy a professional display of tango and music with a group of local artists on stage immersed in an elegant and alluring place. This spectacular 3-4 hour-long demonstration of the finest local dancing will be accompanied by delicious Argentine and international cuisine. At the end of the evening, around midnight, you will be driven back to your hotel (shared service), fully in love with the bohemian spirit of our beloved Buenos Aires.

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Day 3 - From Buenos Aires To El Calafate

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

 

Welcome to Southern Patagonia! Today, Southern Patagonia welcomes you with open arms. El Calafate is a starting point for adventure travelers who desire to unearth the most spellbinding natural wonders of Patagonia, like the Perito Moreno Glacier.

 

For many years now, El Calafate has been considered capital of the glaciers. Located at the shore of Lago Argentino (the southernmost, largest Patagonian lake) it’s also home of the Spegazzini glacier, which forms the natural border between Argentina and Chile, and the Upsala glacier, named Glaciar del Gigante (Giant’s glacier) Its discovery was the biggest glacier to sit at the mouth of Lake Argentino.

 

From El Calafate, you can also visit a typical Patagonian finca (ranch) and learn all about the gaucho (cowboy) culture and enjoy a great asado (barbecue). You’ll soon realize that Calafate offers more than just being the gateway to the Perito Moreno glacier.

 

Upon arrival, you will be taken to the hotel, where you will have the rest of the day to relax or explore the surroundings.

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Day 4 - The Perito Moreno Glacier adventure

In the morning, we’ll drive you to Glaciers National Parkin a shared service to take the 6 hours long Perito Moreno Glacier tour. Get prepared to play with the giants!

 

Glaciers National Park has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981 with home to 200 approximately glaciers. Half of this park is occupied by the Campo de Hielo Patagónico (Patagonian ice field), the largest ice field after Antarctica. You will travel 40 km (about 25 miles) from El Calafate to the park, enjoying the views of the Patagonian steppe.

 

Once inside the park, you will take the walkways to explore the different viewpoints, and you’ll feel really close to the Perito Moreno Glacier. For about one hour, a bilingual guide will provide you with all the information you want to know…you will discover things you might have never thought about.

 

After this visit, you will take a boat ride that will take you close enough to fully appreciate the 80 meters (262 feet) high ice walls of Perito Moreno! You’ll never feel closer to this gigantic and impressive natural masterpiece. At the end of this exciting day, we’ll take you back to your hotel in El Calafate in a shared service.

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Day 5 - Day at leisure in El Calafate

After such an amazing encounter with the Giants the day before, a free day is perfect to take in all the captivating beauty of the glaciers.

 

Today is your perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the rural culture of Patagonia. Around El Calafate, there are several options of ranches to visit and learn about its history and witness a shearing demonstration. At the end of the day, a grilled lambed awaits, sizzling in its Patagonian traditional cross stake. 

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Day 6 - From El Calafate to Ushuaia

At the appropriate time, you’ll be taken to the airport in shared service to take your flight.

 

Welcome to Ushuaia! Upon arrival in Ushuaia, you will be taken to your selected hotel in a shared service.

 

Ushuaia is a small town, really easy to get around on foot. The Yamanas, its first inhabitants, called it Ushuaia which means “protected bay” in their language. It was officially incorporated into the Republic of Argentina in 1884, and it soon became a penal colony, in order to establish a permanent Argentine settlement.

 

Take the afternoon to explore the town or visit one of its curious museums—the Thematic Gallery of the Historia Fueguina, to see the more than 120 character life-size figures that will tell you all about the history of Ushuaia, or unearth the story of the scariest and dangerous criminals at the Prison Museum. And please, don’t forget the local gastronomy! Ushuaia is the best place to eat seafood—try the finger-licking Blake Hake.

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Day 7 - Jumping into adventure: The Tierra del Fuego National Park

We will pick you up at your hotel in the morning in shared service to start the excursion.

 

Today you’ll visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, just 12 km (7.4 miles) away from the city and lying on the shore of the famous Channel sailed by Charles Darwin. Once at Ensenada Bay, you will have time to enjoy the view over the Beagle Channel before starting your hike along the coast. Six kilometers (3.7 miles) of wild trail awaits, where you’ll discover native flora and wild fauna.

 

After this 3 hour hike, you will reach Lake Roca, where lunch will be served. After a full homemade picnic, you will start the second part of this adventure. Grab your oar and plunge into this 1 h 30 canoeing trip along Lapataia river. 

 

After discovering the unique vastness of this forbidding setting, we’ll drive you back to your hotel so you can rest and enjoy another Patagonian evening.

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Day 8 - Beagle Channel Cruise in Ushuaia

Today you will make your way to the port at downtown to take the Beagle Channel navigation.

 

In 1833 Charles Darwin sailed the Beagle Channel and discover something great. Today it is your turn: become another explorer of this channel, primitively named Onashaga Channel since the Onas were its first sailers. You’ll embark on a 3-hour long boat trip along the famous Channel (there’s a port tax of around 1-2 dollars you’ll have to pay).

 

You will gain panoramas of Ushuaia Bay, where the city lies proudly crowned by the Martial Glacier. Unearth the diverse marine wildlife, such as cormorants -flying birds, closely related to penguins- and fur seals which frolic their time away on Alicia Island.

 

On your way back, you’ll stop at Bridges Island to walk a wildlife interpretative path, hear about Yaman’s history -the native inhabitants- and see the largest shelly deposits of the region. During the trip, you can enjoy a delicious hot chocolate with cookies or try the mate -strong green tea- the favorite Argentine drink.

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Day 9 - From Ushuaia to Salta

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport in a shared service.

 

Welcome to Salta! One of the traveler’s favorite cities, Salta offers outstanding museums, colonial architecture, alive cafés in the main plaza and the vibrant and authentic peñas, places where locals grab a table to watch their favorite folkloric singers and after a cup of wine or two everyone joins for dancing.

 

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

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Day 10 - Excursion to the Salt Flats and Humahuaca Gorge

Today you will leave Salta in a two- day excursion shared service. For this exploration, we recommend to leave your luggage in your hotel in Salta, and just to take a day pack on the excursion.

 

Early in the morning, we will travel along the same route as 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. After, 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.

 

The Great Salt Flats are perfect for amateur and professional photographers alike- where the natural light and reflections provide ample opportunities to test your creativity to the fullest. Finally, later in the afternoon, you will arrive at our comfortable hotel in Purmamarca, located at the base of Jujuy´s famed 7-colored mountain, where you will spend the night.

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Day 11 - Picturesque Humahuaca tour in Jujuy

Today you will depart at the indicated time in a shared service, for a tour along the Humahuaca Gorge, declared a UNESCO Heritage Site.

 

You will visit places such as Maimará, “Paleta del Pintor” (it’s a photo stop on the road), Tilcara, and its famous “ Pucará de Tilcara”, Trópico de Capricornio, Uquía (Pinturas Cuzqueñas) and finally, the small town of Humahuaca before heading back to Salta in the evening.

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Day 12 - Calchaquíes Valley Excursion

Today is time to depart again for the next adjoint adventure. As done before, leave your belongings in Salta and just bring with yourself what required for another two-day and one-night excursion into the Valleys of the North.

 

You’ll be leaving Lerma Valley behind to enjoy one of the gems of the northwest: The Calchaqui Valley.  Later, we go down to Los Cardones National Park, where we visit a place surrounded by multicolored landscapes and fresh, unpolluted air. Feel the silence and get close to nature in this isolated spot!

 

Afterward, we visit Cachi, a typical town where the architecture beautifully combines indigenous and Spanish traditions. In the afternoon we continue our trip to the south visiting the towns of Molinos and Angastaco. We continue through Las Flechas Gorge to finally arrive at Cafayate, a picturesque town surrounded by wineries.

 

We recommend enjoying a sunset drink in the tranquil main square or a Malbec ice-cream on the traditional Gelatto Shop a couple of blocks away.

 

There is a visit to a couple of wineries near the town programmed while you stay in the town, according to timings and weather, it can be done the day of arrival or the day after. You will spend the night at Cafayate.

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Day 13 - The Calchaquies Valleys Excursion continues

You will leave Cafayate on a shared service to take the road 68, along the famous gorge where the erosion has carved interesting shapes into the rocks. Along the way, we will take our time to stop, walk around and appreciate the impressive landscape.

 

This area was declared a provincial Reserve for its colorful hills and unique natural formations. Each of the hills has distinctly shaped features including the Devil’s Throat, the Amphitheater, the Frog, the Obelisk and the Castles.

 

You will arrive back to Salta. We highly recommend to visit a peña and mix with the locals eating empanadas and dancing folklore.

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Day 14 - From Salta to Iguazú

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred in a private service to the airport to take the flight to Iguazú.

 

Upon arrival to Puerto Iguazu, you will be met at the airport and provided a transfer to your hotel. The small border town of Puerto Iguazú is the gateway to visit the impressive Iguazú Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site, making it a must-see destination for any traveler visiting Argentina.

 

You will have the day to relax and enjoy the tropical climate and jungle setting.

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Day 15 - Iguazu National Park: Argentine Side

After breakfast, you will be driven to Iguazú National Park (private service) and explore the walking trails, waterfalls and of course, the wildlife. Keep an eye out for toucans, monkeys or even the ubiquitous (and cute) coatis that scamper about the footpaths.

 

Your guide will take you to the park just before it opens to be the first ones in. Once the entrance is open, instead of taking the ecological train you will walk quickly to arrive even before the first group to Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat), which will permit up-close and personal experiences with this magnificent spectacle of nature. The falls are surrounded by a humid subtropical forest where the exuberant vegetation is home to many different animals and birds. Lower and upper walkways weave in and around 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 and stairways which allow you to have the experience from many different perspectives. After walking and taking pictures of animals and plants, you will have some free time to eat lunch (not included) in this amazing environment. This excursion is highly recommended in order to experience the true power of Iguazú Falls.

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Day 16 - Iguazu National Park: Brazilian Side

You will be driven in a private service to the Brazilian side of the 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 Argentinian side, you had the sensation of being right inside the falls, but only by visiting the Brazilian side you will 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 feel the power of water! We are sure this is a day you will never forget.

 

At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to your hotel.

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Day 17 - From Iguazu back to Buenos Aires

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the international airport (private service) for your flight back home, ¡buen viaje!

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Included

– 2 nights in Puerto Iguazu

– 3 nights in Salta

– 3 nights in Ushuaia

– 3 nights in El Calafate

– 1 night in Cafayate

1 night in Purmamarca

  • 3 nights in Buenos Aires
  • Transfers & Meals mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tours described in the itinerary.
  • Bilingual guides (English/Spanish) when mentioned in the itinerary.

Not Included

  • Park Entrance, Fees & Mandatory Documentation (For more information click HERE)
  • International or Domestic Flights.
  • Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads.

Accommodation & Prices

Argentina: North to South Adventure


INN/B&B

USD 2671

COMFORT

USD 2975

SUPERIOR

USD 3370

*Prices in US Dollars.

*Valid until April 2020 (ask for prices in Christmas and New Year).

*The Perito Moreno Glacier mini-trekking tour is available from September – April.

*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.


Flights needed for this itinerary

Buenos Aires/El Calafate - El Calafate/Ushuaia - Ushuaia/Salta - Salta/Iguazu - 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

– 2 nights in Puerto Iguazu

– 3 nights in Salta

– 3 nights in Ushuaia

– 3 nights in El Calafate

– 1 night in Cafayate

1 night in Purmamarca

  • 3 nights in Buenos Aires
  • Transfers & Meals mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tours described in the itinerary.
  • Bilingual guides (English/Spanish) when mentioned in the itinerary.

Not Included

  • Park Entrance, Fees & Mandatory Documentation (For more information click HERE)
  • International or Domestic Flights.
  • Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads.

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