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Contrasts of Argentina itinerary

Day 1:

CITY OF ORIGIN - BUENOS AIRES

Flight from city of origin to Buenos Aires. Night on board.

Day 2:

BUENOS AIRES

Arrival at the Buenos Aires international airport and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free. Accommodation.

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Day 3:

BUENOS AIRES

Breakfast. Half-day panoramic tour of the city with the Obelisk and San Martín squares, Corrientes, De Mayo and 9 de Julio Avenues, among others; neighborhoods with history like La Boca, San Telmo, sumptuous like Palermo and Recoleta and modern like Puerto Madero. I'll go back to the hotel, then I have the rest of the day free. Accommodation.

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Day 4:

BUENOS AIRES - TUCUMAN

Breakfast and transfer to the airport to take the flight to Tucumán. Arrival at Tucumán airport and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the city with a tour of the roots of modern Argentine history. This visit will help you understand the foundations of those decisive moments. We will pass through Plaza Independencia and its surroundings: Government House, Temple of San Francisco, Cathedral Church, 400 San Martín Street, La Merced Church and Historical House Museum of Tucumán. We visited the 9 de Julio Park and the Casa Obispo Colombres Sugar Industry Museum; surroundings of Plaza Urquiza: the Legislature, the Casino, the San Martín Theater and the National School; Casa Belgraniana and a tour of Yerba Buena, the Garden City, a residential and wooded area. Accommodation.

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Day 5:

TUCUMAN - CAFAYATE

Breakfast and departure to Cafayate through Tafí del Valle, Amaicha and Quilmes. Route 307 marks the ascent to the Valleys. The road goes into the Quebrada del Río Los Sosa and we stop at the monument “El Indio”. Further up, we arrive at El Mollar to visit Los Menhires (*). Then we visit the picturesque town of Tafí del Valle. RP 307 ascends to the Calchaquíes Valleys in a pronounced zigzag to the Abra del Infiernillo, at 3,042 meters above sea level. In Amaicha del Valle we visited the square and its surroundings. The trip continues along the RN 40, with the Sacred City of Quilmes that breaks out on the left. At the foot of the hill you can see the reconstructions of the residential area, topped by a fortress located on the top and two forts on both sides. The legendary RN 40 gets lost in the valley heading north, but not before passing through Colalao del Valle. Cafayate, land of the sun and good wine, welcomes us with grape crops on vines and trellises. Arrival at the hotel and accommodation.


(*) On Mondays the archaeological site of the Menhirs is closed.



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Day 6:

CAFAYATE - SALTA

Breakfast. Cafayate, located in the province of Salta, is one of the most important points in the Calchaquí Valleys for its powerful wine industry; Its Calchaquí, Spanish, immigrant and Creole history, resulted in this city having a style between colonial and baroque at the end of the 19th century. You will visit the wineries where you can taste the particular Torrontés wine. Then, departure to Salta through the majestic Quebrada de las Conchas, where the curious formations eroded by the wind and water will be the main attraction: the dunes, the toad, the bishop, the devil's throat, the castles, the amphitheater, among others. Arrival at the hotel and accommodation.

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Day 7:

JUMP

Breakfast. Free morning. In the afternoon, tour of the most attractive places in the city: Basilica Cathedral, Cultural Center of the Americas, Historical Museum of the North (Cabildo), Minor Basilica of San Francisco, San Bernardo Convent, Monument to Güemes and ascent to Cerro San Bernardo to enjoy a panoramic view of the city. We will also visit the summer town of San Lorenzo, on the outskirts of the city, with its subtropical microclimate and the Craft Market where handicrafts with certification of origin from all over the province are exhibited. Return to the hotel and accommodation.

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Day 8:

SALTA – PURMAMARCA

Breakfast. Departure on an excursion to San Antonio de los Cobres, Salinas Grandes de Purmamarca. The road runs parallel to the railway line of the famous “Train to the Clouds” through the Quebrada del Toro. We continue to begin the ascent until reaching 4,080 meters above sea level. Arrival in San Antonio de los Cobres and free time for lunch (not included) before continuing towards the Salinas Grandes, right on the border between Salta and Jujuy. Next, the descent begins down Cuesta de Lipán where condors are generally sighted. Arrival at the town Purmamarca with its famous Cerro de los Siete Colores in the background. Accommodation.

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Day 9:

PURMAMARCA – HUMAHUACA – SALTA

Breakfast and departure to begin a trip through the Quebrada, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, where the landscape and colors of the hills combine with the cultures that inhabit this area. It is a trip of social contact and a view of the ancestral. We will pass through the Posta de Hornillos to reach the town of Tilcara and visit the Pucará and the Archaeological Museum. Continuation towards Huacalera passing through the Tropic of Capricorn. Visit to the Church of Uquía, where the paintings of the Arquebuceros Angels (from the Cuzqueña school) are located. Arrival in Humahuaca with its important Cathedral and the Independence Monument (El Indio). After lunch (not included) departure to observe the Painter's Palette that frames the town of Maimara. In the afternoon, arrival at the hotel in Salta and accommodation.

Day 10:

SALTA - IGUAZÚ

Breakfast and free time until the time of your transfer to the Salta airport to take the flight to Iguazú. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free. Accommodation.

Day 11:

IGUAZÚ - IGUAZÚ FALLS (Argentine side) - IGUAZÚ

Breakfast. Depart on a full-day excursion to visit the Argentine side of the Iguazú Falls, located within the Iguazú National Park. With an area of 67,000 hectares, the falls are made up of 275 waterfalls with an average height of 70 meters. In this part of the subtropical jungle it is possible to see a variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies. We head towards the Central Station where our option is to take a train service that takes us to the Cataratas Station and/or Garganta del Diablo Station. From this place, for the visit you can choose one of the following options:

  • Superior Walk: 800-meter route of elevated walkways above the surface of the land for the purposes of not hinder or scare away the passage of the fauna that inhabits the Jungle. Highlights: Dos Hermanas, Bosetti, Bernabé Méndez and M´Bigua jumps. Duration of the walk 1 hour. Difficulty range: low, without stairs.
  • Lower Walk: walk of 1,600 meters of elevated walkway above the surface of the land. Highlights: Dos Hermanas waterfalls, Alvear Nuñez, San Martín, Bosetti, the Peñón de la Bella Vista (with a panoramic view of the Devil's Throat and the Lower Iguazú River Canyon). Duration of the walk 2 hours. Difficulty range: moderate, with stairs.
  • Devil's Throat: departing from the Cataratas Station, the train will take us to the Garganta Station. The walk along the walkways will be about 1,200 meters to delight us with the spectacular balcony of the most important waterfall in the National Park: the Devil's Throat. Duration of the walk 2 hours. Difficulty range: downhill, without stairs.

In the afternoon, return to the hotel. Accommodation.

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Day 12:

IGUAZÚ – EL CALAFATE

Breakfast. Transfer to Iguazú airport to take flight to El Calafate. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free.

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Day 13:

EL CALAFATE – PERITO MORENO GLACIER – EL CALAFATE

Breakfast. Departure to the Parque Nacional de los Glaciares to visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and located 80 km from El Calafate, undoubtedly one of the most incredible spectacles of nature that surprises with its impressive landslides and one of the most famous in the world for being one of the few that continue to advance today. On its several kilometer long front we will observe constant landslides of huge blocks of ice on the waters of Lake Argentino. Quite a spectacle that can be seen from strategically located catwalks. In the afternoon, I return to the hotel. Accommodation.

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Day 14:

EL CALAFATE

Breakfast. Free day to enjoy the area on your own or hire an optional excursion, such as sailing on Lake Argentino or why not, visit El Chaltén. Accommodation.

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Day 15:

THE CALAFATE

Breakfast and free time until the time of your transfer to El Calafate airport to take the flight back to the city of origin. Night on board.

Day 16:

HOMETOWN

Arrival in the city of origin and end of the trip.