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Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls and the Wine Country

Itinerary in Brief:  Experience Buenos Aires, Magnificent Iguazu Falls & the Wine Country

  • Start your journey in vibrant Buenos Aires, Argentina’s lively capital city
  • See stunning tropical nature at Iguazu Falls
  • Taste Argentina’s world-renowned wines in great small wineries outside Mendoza
  • Explore Aconcagua Park, home of the highest peak in the Americas
  • Top quality boutique hotels, truly outstanding local English-speaking private guides
  • All of our itineraries can be customized to your interests, dates, and budget!

Day by Day Itinerary

Included meals are indicated in parentheses: (B,L,D)

Day 1       Arrive Buenos Aires

Upon arrival you will be met by a local representative holding a sign with your name on it for transfer to your hotel in the Palermo district. This is one of the best areas of town for walking around, with many boutiques and top restaurants. You’ll be in a beautifully restored home that has been converted to a first class boutique hotel.
Mine Hotel (one recommended upgrade is Legado Mitico)

Day 2       Buenos Aires

Today you have a privately guided tour of Buenos Aires, visiting the historical monuments and getting the lay of the land in this sprawling, fascinating city. Areas visited include Palermo, the Recoleta, the Plaza de Mayo, the Teatro Colon, San Telmo, and La Boca. You will have the end of the day free to explore on your own and eat out at one of the city’s restaurants.
Mine Hotel (B)

Day 3       Free Day in Buenos Aires

Today you have a free day in Buenos Aires to explore some more of the city on your own.  We can also arrange day excursions to nearby sites, such as the town of Colonia, Uruguay (a well preserved 17th century Portuguese colonial town that is a UNESCO World Heritage site), or up to Tigre and the Delta (there are also biking excursions up to Tigre).   Another option you might consider is an excursion (day or overnight) to one of the “estancias” in the area of San Antonio de Areco, about 1.5 hours from Buenos Aires.  This is an area that has preserved gaucho traditions more than any other in Argentina and the estancias provide a more in depth experience in this area of Argentine culture and history.
Mine Hotel (B)

Day 4       Iguazu Falls

In the morning you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Iguazu Falls.  After dropping your luggage off at the hotel, you will be able to explore the Argentine side of the falls.  The trails are well marked and can be accessed from your hotel which is located inside the national park itself.  If you would prefer to have a guide accompany you, we can also arrange that for you.
Sheraton Iguazu, Falls View Room (B) (Alternative hotels: Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, on the Brazilian side of the falls; or Aldea de la Selva, a first class ecolodge not far from the National Park)

Day 5       Visit the Brazilian Side of the Falls

Today you will be picked up from your hotel for your excursion to the Brazilian side of the falls. Each side offers a unique and extraordinary view of the falls; you’ll visit the Brazilian side with a private guide.
Sheraton Iguazu (B)

Day 6       Mendoza

In the morning you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Mendoza via Buenos Aires. Located at the base of the Andes, Mendoza is the heart of the Argentine wine country, and a relaxed and pleasant city with remarkably friendly people.  You’ll be staying at a converted country home on the outskirts of the city, with its own small vineyard, a traveler favorite. Depending on your arrival time, we can set up a bike and wine tour that takes you to a few different wineries in the area.

In the evening you will meet Cristina Brino, chef at the Finca Adalgisa, for a cooking lesson. Held outside next to a wood-burning oven, this hands-on class will teach you how to make local specialties such as empanadas and chimichurri sauce. Brino uses many fresh ingredients grown right at the finca, and the class also includes the opportunity to enjoy the wine produced on-site.
Finca Adalgisa (B)

Day 7       Uco Valley Winery Tour

Today you have a full day excursion through the Valle de Uco wine region, an area currently known for producing many of the most renowned Argentine wines and surrounded by lovely mountain scenery.  An exceptional day of wine tasting.
Finca Adalgisa (B,L)

Day 8       Aconcagua / Alta Montana circuit

Today you have a full day, privately guided tour up through the foothills into the high Andes. You’ll pass by small towns and eventually arrive to Aconcagua Park, home to the highest mountain in the Americas (more than 22,900 feet high), where will have the chance to do some hiking (we can tailor the hiking to make it as easygoing or strenuous as you would like). In the afternoon you return to Mendoza by way of Villavicencio, getting some great views of the surrounding landscape and also having the opportunity to see some rare wildlife, such as guanacos (wild cousin of the llama), rhea (ostrich like birds), and Andean condors.

If you prefer to spend another day doing wine touring, or if you would like to do a bike wine tour or active pursuits such as hiking, mountain biking, or rafting, these can all be substituted on this day.
Finca Adalgisa (B,L)

Day 9       Return Home

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires where you will connect with your international flight home. (B)