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Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Salta & Iguazu Falls: The remarkable diversity of Argentina's attractions

Days: 13 | From: $5,410/per person

Start in vibrant Buenos Aires, then taste world-renowned wines in great small wineries outside Mendoza. See the unique sweeping landscapes of the northwest and get to know small, less visited colonial towns near Salta. Finish your trip among the natural wonder of magnificent Iguazu Falls.

  • Includes accommodations at first class hotels that reflect the best of local culture
  • Includes excursions and tours with superb private guides
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At a glance

  • Buenos Aires
    3 nights: explore Argentina's bustling capital city
  • Mendoza
    3 nights: discover Argentina's best wines and lovely scenic vineyards
  • Salta
    2 nights: take in the unique and otherworldly landscapes of Argentina's northwest
  • Purmamarca
    2 nights: see the Mountain of Seven Colors and spectacular geological formations
  • Iguazu Falls
    2 nights: walk among 275 distinct cascades in the middle of subtropical forest

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Buenos Aires

Arrive to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s colorful capital, where your private guide will take you to your boutique hotel in the fashionable Palermo district. This is one of the best areas of town for walking around, with charming boutiques and top restaurants.

Accommodations: Mine Hotel

This small, modern boutique hotel has an excellent location in the vibrant Palermo SoHo neighborhood, with many cafes and restaurants right outside the front door. The 20-room hotel offers a restaurant and a private green space with a garden and small pool; most rooms overlook this quaint backyard area.

Upgrades available: Legado Mitico, Alvear Palace, Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt, and others
Day 2:

Get to Know Vibrant Buenos Aires

Explore Buenos Aires with your private guide, a bilingual local who will take you through the city’s unique neighborhoods. Discover the charms of Palermo, the Recoleta, the Teatro Colon, the Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo, and La Boca. With your private guide, you have the flexibility to explore at your own pace and make detours and stops along the way.

After your tour, spend the rest of the day exploring on your own and trying out the city’s excellent restaurants – we’ll provide a list of our top recommendations!

Accommodations: Mine Hotel

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 3:

Relax and Explore the City

Enjoy a day at leisure to delve into the city’s offerings; we’ll give you some of our favorite suggestions for things to see and do. We can also arrange privately guided 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).

You might also enjoy an excursion to one of the traditional estancias 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 offer an in-depth experience in this fundamental aspect of Argentine culture and history.

Accommodations: Mine Hotel

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 4:

Mendoza and Wine Country

Fly to Mendoza, located at the base of the Andes in the heart of Argentina wine country. Your hotel is a favorite of our travelers: a converted country home on the outskirts of the city, with its own small vineyard. 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 meet Cristina Brino, chef at the Finca Adelgisa, for a lesson in Argentine cooking. 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 wines produced on-site.

Accommodations: Finca Adalgisa

Three generations of the Furlotti family have owned the Finca Adalgisa Hotel, Vineyard and Winery. The hotel sits outside the bustle of downtown Mendoza, offering guests the tranquility of the Argentine countryside. A traveler favorite for years, this place wins people over with local, unpretentious charm and welcoming service. Within walking distance are a couple of simple but good local restaurants, and the hotel offers a pool, wine and tapas bar, library, bicycles for exploring the area, and on-site cooking classes.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 5:

A Day of Wine Tasting in the Lovely Uco Valley

Spend the day in Valle de Uco, an area known for producing some of Argentina’s most renowned wines. Enjoy a day of wine tasting surrounded by exceptional mountain scenery, with a local guide who knows the area intimately.

Accommodations: Finca Adalgisa

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6:

Travel High into the Andes to Aconcagua Park

Journey into the foothills of the high Andes, passing small mountain villages en route to Aconcagua Park, home to the highest mountain in the Americas. Hike to Laguna los Horcones for spectacular views of this massive mountain, then return to Mendoza via Villavicencio. You’ll pass through sweeping landscapes all day, and may see some of the rare local wildlife, such as guanacos, rhea, and Andean condors.

There are plenty of alternative options in this area as well: 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.

Accommodations: Finca Adalgisa

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7:

Fly to Salta, a Colonial City in Northwest Argentina

Fly to Argentina’s northwest, an area of sweeping vistas and distinct culture. Your private guide will take you to your hotel in the historic center of Salta. The largest city in Argentina’s northwest, Salta displays both a deep colonial history and a strong Andean character, and is surrounded by expansive mountain scenery. You have the balance of the day to explore the city on foot and enjoy its lively culture and music scene, while based in a first class small boutique hotel that is a perennial traveler favorite.

Accommodations: Salta Legado Mitico

Located in Salta's historical center and housed in the manor that once belonged to a patrician family, Salta Legado Mitico captures the history and culture of the Argentinean Northwest. A quintessential boutique hotel in the best sense, the property has a lot of local charm, first class service, and a great location in town. It has established itself as a favorite among our travelers.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 8:

Salta: Historic Churches, San Bernardo Hill, and Charming Small Villages

Salta

Get to know Salta with your private local guide. The city was founded in 1582 and has conserved its Spanish colonial character, which distinguishes it from other Argentine capitals. Let your knowledgeable guide show you the city’s highlights, including historic churches and museums, then head to the top of San Bernando Hill for a panoramic view of Salta. You’ll also spend some time in colonial villages and scenic areas outside the city: San Lorenzo, Río Vaqueros, and the Quebrada de Castellanos.

Accommodations: Salta Legado Mitico

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 9:

Follow the Famous "Train to the Clouds" to the Mountain of Seven Colors

Get lost in the dramatic landscapes of the northwest as you spend the day following the famous “Train to the Clouds” railway track. Your privately-guided transfer will take you north to San Antonio de los Cobres, then on to Salinas Grandes (Large Salt Flats). Arrive in the afternoon to the village of Purmamarca, located at the base of the majestic Mountain of Seven Colors.

Accommodations: La Comarca

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10:

The Scenic Northwest: Tilcara, Humahuaca, and the Humahuaca Gorge

Enjoy a full day exploring this exceptional area, famed for its multi-colored and unusual rock formations. Visit the historic small cities of Tilcara and Humahuaca, as well as the Humahuaca Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This area is home to many small towns with traditional, indigenous communities. After lunch, return to Purmamarca with time to hike around the Mountain of Seven Colors.

Accommodations: La Comarca

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11:

The Natural Wonder of Iguazu Falls

Fly north to Iguazu, on the border of Argentina and Brazil. Your private guide will take you to your hotel, which is located right within the national park and next to Iguazu Falls. You can explore the walking trails directly from your hotel, either on your own or with a private local guide. The trails form walking circuits that offer spectacular views of the falls from various angles.

Accommodations: Sheraton Iguazu

We don't generally recommend international chain hotels, but this is the only hotel inside the National Park on the Argentine side and the only hotel on either side with a view directly to the falls, so it would be a disservice not to recommend it. It has a pleasant atmosphere and very good service. You can visit the main viewing areas of the National Park by walking directly from the hotel, or taking the transportation options provided within the National Park.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, Aldea de la Selva, for those who prefer to stay on the Brazilian side or in a boutique jungle lodge
Day 12:

Iguazu Falls: Another Perspective

Enjoy a trip to the Brazilian side of the falls, where your private guide will take you along trails that showcase the scale and grandeur of this magnificent natural site. There are also options for hiking and other excursions, such as zodiac boat tours. (Please note that you will need a Brazilian tourist visa to visit the Brazilian side of the falls.)

Accommodations: Sheraton Iguazu

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 13:

Depart for Home or Your Next Destination

Today you will say goodbye to your local guide and head to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

*Includes: Breakfast

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Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

  • Add a few extra nights in Buenos Aires or Mendoza. We can arrange a variety of activities, including city tours, culinary excursions, visits to historical sites, and active options such as hiking, biking, boating, and horseback riding.

  • Take part in a day of polo at an estancia outside Buenos Aires: Spend the morning on a horse learning the basics of this popular equestrian sport, enjoy a traditional lunch, then put your new skills to use in a relaxed polo match in the afternoon. Great for beginners and experienced riders alike!

  • Extend your visit with time in Argentine Patagonia or the lovely Lake District and Bariloche.

  • Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip.

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