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North West and Mesopotamia 11 Days

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Jacquie Aguirre Cornet

Terra Argentina

Terra Argentina is a receptive travel agency based in Bariloche, part of Terra Group.

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North West and Mesopotamia 11 Days

Surroundings of Salta: We will be travelling through the “Quebrada de Humahuaca” and its fascinating Calchaqui Valleys. Jujuy province, proud of its pre Columbian and colonial cultural heritage charms us with its enchanting and colourful village. Iguazu Falls: Perched upon the very bounds of the country, near the triple border with Brazil and Paraguay, the famous Iguazú Falls are listed among UNESCO’s World Natural Heritage sites. They are very int

DAY 1

City Tour Buenos Aires

Welcoming at Ezeiza International Airport and transfer to Buenos Aires in a private vehicle. Transfer with an English-speaking guide. Visit Buenos Aires (half day, private tour). Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city with European features, is among the 10 most active cities in the world. City of arts, cultures, theaters, traditions ... The variety satisfies the most demanding visitor. You visit the 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest in the world, dominated by the Obelisk, a symbol of Buenos Aires. You will pass the Colon Theatre, one of the jewels of the Argentine architecture. Then you arrive to the famous or central Plaza de Mayo, next to buildings such as the Casa Rosada or Casa de Gobierno, the Cabildo and the Cathedral. You end your day with the picturesque neighborhood of La Boca, and specifically the alley El Caminito, the spot for painters, tango dancers and singers. Return to your hotel after the visit. An English speaking guide will acompany you during the city tour. Read more

Two Hotel
DAY 2

Buenos Aires - City Tour Salta

Transfer from the hotel to the Buenos Aires Domestic Airport in a private vehicle. Domestic flight Buenos Aires* - Salta. *National o international airport depending on time schedule and availability. Welcoming at Salta's Airport and transfer to the hotel in private vehicle. Transfer with an Engish-speaking guide. Half day (morning or afternoon) dedicated to the visit of the city with an english speaking guide in a private vehicle. Salta is the capital city of the province of the same name and it is located at 1,187 masl, at the foot of Mount San Bernardo. The city was founded on April 16th 1582 by Hernando de Lerma. Both colonial-style houses and modern buildings coexist harmoniously. Out of all the historical buildings, you visit the cathedral, built in the nineteenth century, the San Bernardo convent and the Cabildo, which houses the picturesque historical museum of the northern region of Argentina. Visit to the very recent and interesting MAAM museum (Museo Archeologia de Alta Montaña or High Mountain Archaeological Museum) which exhibits several mummies discovered at an altitude of over 6,000 meters. Note: MAAM closed on mondays. Read more

Delvino Boutique
DAY 3

Salta - Quebrada de Escoipe - Cachi

Departure to Cachi, located at 2200masl, at 157km from Salta. We drive through spectacular landscapes such as those offered by the Piedra del Molino mountain pass at 3,600 meters, the Quebrada de Escoipe, a deep gorge where the green of the woods contrasts with the ochre of the soil on the bare mountains of “Cuesta del Obispo” and Los Cardones National Park composed of stark expanses scattered with candelabrum-shaped cacti… Cachi is a tranquil Andean native village featuring low-whitewashed houses and the San José Church with its sculpted roof of cactus-wood dating back to the eighteenth century. We visit the small archaeological museum which has a wonderful collection of pre-Inca and Inca ceramics, especially those pertaining to the Santa María culture. We head to La Paya Ruins. It is an important site, with many ring walls, circular stone tombs and the place known as the Casa Morada del Inca, a separate building from the rest, apparently built as a transit station in the Inca Trail. We return to Cachi. Read more

El Cortijo Boutique
DAY 4

Cachi - Molinos - Cafayate

Departure by private vehicle to reach the small town of Molinos, dating from 1659; there is a church, probably erected in the late eighteenth century, by the last royal governor of Salta, Don Nicolás Severo of Isasmendi, buried there. Around this chapel, the town of Molinos grew. You cross the majestic "Quebrada de las Flechas" surrounded by a mysterious moonscape. White dunes announce the nearness of Cafayate, the largest city in the valley of Calchaquies, whose economy relies on the wine industry. Wine tasting in the evening. Read more

Viñas de Cafayate
DAY 5

Cafayate - Quebrada de las Conchas - Sal

This morning, we travel to Salta through the “Quebrada de las Conchas” which undoubtedly offers the visitor one of the most spectacular landscapes in the Northwest of Argentina, with its imposing semi-desert mountains featuring multi-colored rock formations sculpted by erosion. A century-old sight conceived by nature for our benefit! Read more

Delvino Boutique
DAY 6

Salta - Tilcara - Huamahuaca - Purmamarc

We ride in a private vehicle along the railway tracks of the famous “Tren de las Nubes” and head first for Salinas Grandes and then for Purmamarca. We leave Salta (1,200masl) and after a 166km (104mi) ride, we arrive in San Antonio de los Cobres at 3,774masl. But first we visit Santa Rosa de Tastil (3,200masl) and the pre-Inca site which dates back to the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries AD (a half-hour walk, approximately). Later, we stop in San Antonio de los Cobres. Surrounded by mountains with virtually no vegetation, this wind swept village and its low buildings give an impression of remoteness. We visit the small museum dedicated to the highest railway-track in the world. Countless pictures describe its construction in the 1930s: what a saga! As we follow our road, we reach a vast white expanse of land which contrasts against the pure blue of the sky. We are now in the very midst of one of the largest salt deserts in Argentina (1,200 sq. km), Salinas Grandes. As we drive along a winding dirt track for a few miles, we reach the Lipán Mountain Pass, located at 4,170masl and later the last stop of the day’s tour: Purmamarca, “the Holy Land” in Aymara language. This little town is renowned for its seven-colored mountain, “Cerro de los Siete Colores”, a mineral rainbow. Read more

Los Colorados Cabañas Boutiq
DAY 7

Purmamarca - Salinas Grandes - San Anton

A quiet day-start to enjoy the "Cerro de los 7 Colores" and the village of Purmamarca. Departure by private vehicle to hit the Andean road, arrive after twenty kilometres to Pucará Tilcara, a pre-Hispanic Omaguaca village founded over 900 years ago. We visit the village and the remarkable collection housed in its museum including mummies, funeral vases, jewellery and other objects found in archaeological sites in the Northwest of Argentina. We continue north to Humahuaca, located at 2940masl, one of the most important trade centres in times of the Vice Regency of Peru. Then we go south all the way to San Salvador de Jujuy and include a visit to the Huacalera chapel which dates back to 1655 and was restored in 1944. We reach Salta during the afternoon. 307 km – 4 hours Domestic flight Salta - Iguazu. Transport from Puerto Iguazu's airport to your hotel in a private vehicle. Transfer with an English-speaking guide. Read more

Posada la Sorgente
DAY 8

Iguazu National Park Brazilian side

Departure to the Brazilian side of the waterfalls. The 1,200 meters circuit takes the visitor along footbridges and viewing decks to admire the minor Floriano and Teodoro Da Fonseca falls and finally, the Santa María falls, from where the panorama onto Island San Martín and the entirety of the falls is absolutely breath-taking. Note: from mid-October to mid-February, Brazil is one hour ahead of Argentina (daylight saving time). Birds Park tour included (1h) : The Parque das Aves is an essential tour for visitors of Foz do Iguassu, located near the Cataratas do Iguassu, beside the Iguassu National Park. In the Parque das Aves you will experience a direct contact with more than 1020 birds from about 150 different species. There are 16.5 hectares of lush Atlantic Rainforest maintained to provide the best habitat for our animals. This is a tour like no other. It is a unique and unforgettable experience in which you will find amazing birds from all four corners of Brazil and from various parts of the world, many of them endangered. Enter our immersion aviaries to feel the beat of wings from vibrant macaws and look into the eyes of a toucan. There is plenty to feel and enjoy - beauty is everywhere and that is what motivates us every day to work for the preservation of our fauna and flora. We take into our care birds that are no longer in condition to continue living in nature and keep them in an environment where they can live happily. You are an essential part of this project. All you need to do to help preserve it is to enter into the experience with all your senses. Entrance to Iguazú National Park (Brazil) included. Read more

Posada la Sorgente
DAY 9

Iguazu National Park, Argentinean side -

Departure to the Iguazú National Park, 18 km from the city centre. Walk along the lower and upper footbridges in the Devil’s Gorge. The Iguazu falls in the Misiones province are always beyond the expectation and the imagination of the visitors. They are formed by a 70 meters drop in the elevation of the Iguazu River with 275 falls. You can admire falls such as Bosetti, Mbigua and San Martin. We will continue with the lower circuit to observe the Dos Hermanas falls and the San Martin Island. In the afternoon, the tour goes to the "Garganta del Diablo" circuit with a viewing point in front of the superb and powerful fall, over 150 meters long and 80 meters high. This impressive wonder is surrounded with a thick mist which is one of the biggest attractions of the National Park. The park does not only feature this stunning landscape but also an intense wildlife and flora. Note: Please remember to take light waterproof clothing along. Nautical Adventure tour included (12 min):  This adventure consists in a twelve-minute ride on board a twin-engine boat that leaves opposite island San Martín. During this excursion, the visitor experiences the uniqueness of being engulfed by the thick surrounding mist and enjoys a panoramic view of the Brazilian side of the waterfalls. Note: this excursion is not recommended for pregnant women or people with physical disabilities (when disembarking, the visitor has to climb up a stairs 100 meter long to reach the footbridges). Entrance to Iguazú National Park (Argentina) included. Transfer from the hotel to Puerto Iguazu's Airport in a private vehicle. Domestic flight Iguazu - Buenos Aires*. *National o international airport depending on time schedule and availability. Welcoming at Buenos Aires domestic airport and transfer to the hotel in private vehicle. Read more

Two Hotel
DAY 10

City Tour Buenos Aires

Visit Buenos Aires (half day and private tour). Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city with European features, is among the 10 most active cities in the world. City of arts, cultures, theatres, traditions ... The variety satisfies even the most demanding visitor. Guided tour of Recoleta neighbourhood, characterized by many colonial houses, often old houses of historical figures, currently inhabited by powerful Argentine families. You enter the luxurious Pacifico Shopping Center, characterized by its French architecture of 1889, with vaulted ceilings. This stunning place is one of the favourite places in Argentina. Later you visit Recoleta Cemetery, where many celebrities, writers and politicians rest. The best known and most revered, even today is the tomb of Evita Peron, the legendary wife of President Peron. You continue your visit to Palermo neighbourhood, with a stroll in the park Tres de Febrero, inaugurated in 1875, representing the largest green area of the city. Return to your hotel. An English speaking guide will acompany you during the city tour. Transfer from the hotel to Café de los Angelitos (Little Angel’s Café) between 20h and 20:30h. The Café de los Angelitos Tango is part of the “porteña” history. Los Angelitos is a living witness of over 100 years of local history. Countless celebrities came to this café. In an intimate atmosphere, the show starts … 5 dancing couples, together with singers and an orchestra. The performance will take you to the history of Tango since the 20s all the way to Piazzolla, with some modern components. It’s a dynamic and intense show that amazes the spectator in a very special environment. Elegant suites, desired lightning effects are other components of a wild show. Enjoy the performance with the cuisine that honours the local meals lit by candles. Welcome to Angelitos! Transfer to the hotel at the end of the show. Round trip to the restaurant on pool service Read more

Two Hotel
DAY 11

Buenos Aires - International Aiport Ezei

Transfer from the hotel to Ezeiza International Airport in a private vehicle.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Buenos Aires
Hotel Two Hotel
Day 2
Location Salta
Hotel Delvino Boutique
Day 3
Location Cachi
Hotel El Cortijo
Day 4
Location Cafayate
Day 5
Location Salta
Hotel Delvino Boutique
Day 6
Location Purmamarca
Day 7
Location Puerto Iguazu
Day 9
Location Buenos Aires
Hotel Two Hotel

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfers in a private vehicle hotel/airport with Spanish speaking driver, and English speaking guide when mentioned.
  • Nights in hotel in a standard double room (unless otherwise stated).
  • Guided tours and excursions mentioned in private service (English speaking guide specified on each day).
  • Guide’s fees (Transportation, hotels, meals, etc.).
  • Meals mentioned as "included" (Meals served aboard flights following the flight schedule).
  • Assistance by our English speaking team before / during / after your trip (24-7 service).

Package excludes

  • International Flights and Domestic Flights
  • Meals not mentioned as "included", drinks.
  • Tips
  • Personal equipment.
  • Repatriation insurance.

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  • Domestic flight mentionned in the trip plan are in option

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