Discover a wonderful world of contrasts in Argentina. From laidback estancias in the rural heartland to the sensuous vibe of Buenos Aires; the roaring spectacle of Iguazú Falls to the winemaking prowess of Mendoza and the rainbow lunar landscape of northwest Argentina. Sample mouth-watering cuisine and wines that make each region unique, and even learn how to create your own delicacies. Wild, raw and always surprising: this is the true Argentina.
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Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires
Welcome to Buenos Aires, the “Paris of the South”. Meet your A&K representative who will accompany you on your private journey to your superb boutique accommodation situated in the heart of trendy Palermo Soho. Step out on your own, wander the narrow streets for your first taste of the capital, explore the restaurants, cafés and boutiques in one of the city’s best neighbourhoods.
Hotel: Legado Mitico Buenos Aires, 2 nights
Day 2: Buenos Aires
Spend your morning discovering the many sides to this passion-filled city during a privately guided excursion. Start in the high-class hustle of Recoleta where mansions take you back in time to a grander Argentina. Wander the vast, surprisingly romantic Recoleta Cemetery and find the tomb of Argentina’s first lady, Eva Peron. Then, step inside the dazzling opulence of the Teatro Colon opera house to discover a seven-storey labyrinth of stages, chandelier-lit hallways and dressing rooms.
Later uncover vibrant street graffiti which makes Buenos Aires one of the best cities in the world for its urban art. From its fiery political origins to the more modern context appreciate an in-depth view into this intriguing art form dotted throughout the city. Enjoy an evening in the seductive embrace of Argentina’s most sensuous dance at Phillippe Starck designed hotel where Rojo Tango’s live band and sensuous performers will leave you breathless, while the gastronomic offering teams’ aromas and textures with Argentinean wines.
Day 3: Buenos Aires – Iguazú Falls
Heading east today, fly to Puerto Iguazú, a tiny town on the border of Brazil and Argentina. Privately transfer to your hotel on the Argentine side. Later, discover why the mighty Iguazú Falls is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Appreciate the views of the falls from your accommodation, the only hotel located in the heart of the Iguazú National Park in Argentina.
Hotel: Gran Meliá Iguazú, 3 nights
Day 4: Iguazú Falls
Explore the Argentine side of the falls, surrounded by lush tropical forest that’s home to more than 2,000 species of flora and over 500 bird species. Wander along the network of pathways and gaze at the endless sheath of water – some 275 thundering cascades covering a three-kilometre stretch. Venture by train for a close-up tour of Devil’s Gorge, the most dramatic of the falls, before embarking on a jeep ride through riverside jungle following the Yacaratiá trail to Port Macuco. Here, a motorboat awaits to take you up the Lower Iguazú River, through rapids into the roaring Garganta del Diablo canyon in the heart of the falls.
Later, your dinner at The Argentine Experience promises more than exquisitely cooked steak paired with free-flowing malbec. Try your hand at making empanadas and dulce de leche filled biscuits while feasting on a wonderful meal.
Day 5: Iguazú Falls
Spend time on the Brazil side of the falls. Descend into the canyon and soak up the vista of some 275 falls, before taking a glass elevator back to the top. Take a helicopter flight (additional charge) over the Iguazú National Park for an unrivalled view of the waterfalls, Três Fronteiras (the meeting point of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay) and the Itaipú Dam and reservoir. Return to the Argentine side, your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 6: Iguazu – Cordoba
Fly to Cordoba, Argentina’s second largest city. Here, you will be met by your private guide for a tour of Cordoba’s gems. Wander amongst colonial and Jesuit buildings the historical centre where the Plaza San Martin, Cabildo and Cathedral await. Roam the student district to arrive at the oldest university of Argentina, then cross to the Manzana Jesuitica de Cordoba, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Later, transfer to a 6,000-acre working cattle farm perched atop the Sierras Chicas, 1,000 metres above sea level. Here, nestled between the pampas and the Andes, you’ll discover a whole other side to Argentina. In the hands of one Anglo-Argentine family for four generations, the estancia is steeped in family history, surrounded by pioneering work of the Jesuits who set up farming in the area. Settle into your accommodation ready for an unforgettable experience of Argentina’s rural traditions.
Hotel: Estancia los Potreros, 2 nights
Day 7: Cordoba – Estancia Los Potreros
Immerse yourself in life at the estancia today with your choice of included activity. Learn how to ride “gaucho style” as you canter along grassy hilltops and visit local villages. Explore solo or take a guided hike along cattle and horse trails through colourful wildflowers to hidden waterfalls. Work alongside the gauchos to help round-up the young horses to protect them from the elusive puma, learn how to lasso, or have a go at the sport of kings: Polo. At the end of your action-packed day, enjoy the best of Argentine food and wine surrounded by the serene landscape.
Day 8: Cordoba – Mendoza
Begin with a flight across the country to Mendoza, in the heart of Argentina’s wine country which is dotted with over 1,500 wineries, and journey to your luxury boutique accommodation set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of the snow-capped Andes and acres of vines. Apart from the verdant vineyards and wineries, Mendoza is also receiving acclaim for its olive oil production as you will discover with a private tasting. Later, join the house sommelier for an exclusive tasting of some of the best wines of the region. Try out varietals, blends or something ageing in a barrel, followed by a traditional Argentine Asado (barbecue).
Hotel: Casa de Uco Vineyard & Eco Resort, 3 nights
Day 9: Mendoza
Try your hand at creating your own signature wine blend. Step into the wine cellar to learn the art of wine blending alongside an acclaimed winemaker. Taste different styles and components to develop your “Wine Plan”. Then, put your new knowledge to work to create your one-of-a-kind blend, which you can take home to enjoy. Spend the afternoon relaxing and soaking in the extraordinary views of the incredible landscape.
Day 10: Mendoza
Step into the winery kitchen to learn how to create local delicacies in a private cooking class with the resort chef. Master the art of Argentine cuisine using seasonal produce from the organic vegetable garden, before feasting on your creations among the vines. Following lunch you may like to connect with the environment and walk around the entire estate along winding paths and discover hidden nooks and experience life on a vineyard.
Day 11: Mendoza – Salta
Leave the wine country behind for your northbound flight to Salta. Spend your day discovering why Salta is a world apart from the rest of the country. Meander through narrow streets and plazas steeped in Andean tradition. Marvel at the mountains that stand guard protectively over the city. Look for the ornate cathedral in dazzling pink and cream and the stop off at the MAAM, Museum of High Altitude Archaeology. Right on the main plaza, this beautiful historic building houses the world-famous Llullaillaco Children, three immaculately preserved Inca mummies who were sacrificed on top of a nearby volcano some 500 years ago. Later, you may choose to dine at one of the many parrillas, with plenty of local wine and dancing.
Hotel: Legado Mitico Salta
Day 12: Salta – Purmamarca
Take to the high road through rugged mountain scapes and startling red rock formations into the province of Jujuy and the winding Lipan Slope road to the extraordinary salt flats. Continue the road trip to the sleepy little village of Purmamarca, which sits famously at the base of the Hill of Seven Colours whose mineral pigments swirl in colourful layers across the slope. Arrive at your charming locally inspired hotel in the late afternoon. This evening, visit Tilcara, the archaeological capital of the region, and explore the rich history of this town with its low adobe houses, narrow streets and fascinating museum.
Hotel: La Comarca, 2 nights
Day 13: Purmamarca
Venture to the Salinas Grandes salt desert, the third largest in the world. Drive through the high-altitude salt plains soaking in the magnificent vista of Mt Chani soaring to 6,200 metres. As you head west from Humahuaca Gorge, you are suddenly surrounded by white stretching as far as the eye can see. Stop awhile to dine on a picnic lunch in this otherworldly expanse of crystalline flatlands and witness how the salt is extracted for local artisans to create figures in white stone. Return to your hotel late afternoon where you may choose to enjoy sundowners in the shade of your hotel courtyard.
Day 14: Purmamarca – Salta
Step back in time as you hike alongside a pack of llamas through valleys and along mountain trails with the backdrop of some of Argentina’s most dramatic mountain scenery. Used to convey goods throughout the Andean countries since time immemorial, llamas are still bred by the people of the Andes for their meat, wool and as beasts of burden. Today, you can recreate that ancestral activity as you walk along the different paths to old ruins, salt deposits, valleys, ravines and volcanoes. This afternoon return overland to Salta where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Hotel: Legado Mitico Salta
Day 15: Depart Salta
Spend your morning at leisure, before transferring to the airport for your onward journey.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|Departs daily from Buenos Aires:||$13,995.00||Price on Application|
|Meals:||14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned vehicle|
|Flights:||Air Ticket: Buenos Aires – Iguazú Falls - Cordoba - Mendoza - Salta|
|Accommodation:||14 nights accommodation|
|Guide:||Local English Speaking guide|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.