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North Argentina Route

Buenos Aires, Iguazu and Salta

North Argentina Route
North Argentina Route
North Argentina Route
North Argentina Route
North Argentina Route
North Argentina Route
North Argentina Route
North Argentina Route
North Argentina Route
North Argentina Route
North Argentina Route

The North Argentina Route takes travelers from the civilized streets of Buenos Aires, a South American capital, to the door of the rough High Andes range. Probably Machu Pichu and Cuzco are the mecca of tourism in Latin America but there are also jewels on the way. The wonderful Iguazu waterfalls, the old colonial villages and stunning landscapes in Salta, the mysterious San Pedro de Atacama and the unforgettable Uyuni Salt Flats. This tours takes you to the north of Argentina so you can decide where to cross and what to visit next!

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DAY 1: Buenos Aires
Arrival to Buenos Aires. Regular transfer from Ezeiza International Airport with the Airport Shuttle. Check in at selected accommodation

DAY 2: Buenos Aires
Breakfast. 9 am City Tour: Discover the beauty and wonders of Buenos Aires, see the National Congress, The Metropolitan Cathedral next to the Government House in May Square area. Visit the Colon Theater, one of the most important opera houses in Latin America and San Telmo, traditional neighborhood where Tango performances can be seen in many bars and restaurants. Stop at La Boca colorful neighborhood, which was seat of immigrants - mainly Italians - and now home of some artists.
Enjoy Palermo, an area that combines its architecture and history with entertainment and amusement in its green spaces. Finally, La Recoleta, an exclusive and elegant neighborhood where the famous cemetery is found.
Free afternoon.

DAY 3: Buenos Aires
Breakfast. Free Day. In the evening (8 pm), Tango show with dinner: In the very heart of Buenos Aires, this refurbished historic "conventillo" is a classic building of the porteño culture. A Tango Show is a trip to older times.
Professional artists will show you their best art, singing songs and dancing typical pieces, shared with the best tango orchestras. The show consists of several parts in which you can appreciate 2 tango orchestras, a folkloric group, dancers and singers.

DAY 4: Buenos Aires-Puerto Iguazu
Breakfast and check out at 11 am. In the evening, departure to Puerto Iguazu by bus.

DAY 5: Puerto Iguazu
Arrival in Puerto Iguazu at about mid day. Transfer to selected accommodation and check in. Free day.

DAY 6: Puerto Iguazu
Breakfast. 8 am Full Day Excursion to the Falls, Argentine side: This Tour take will you to visit part of the Iguazu National Park. It preserves 67.000 ha. of giant trees, vines and ferns living with multicolored butterflies, birds and mammals, all of them part of the rich local flora and fauna.
The park was declared Natural World Heritage in 1984, due to its scenic beauties and the great biological diversity of the subtropical jungle. The famous falls are in the heart of this Park.
You will start the visit at the Local Museum and continue the Tour along the Lower Trail, from where you can see the " Two sisters Falls", the "Bossetti Fall", the "Hidden Fall", a panoramic view of "San Martin island " and the "Union Fall".
Later you walk the Upper Trail shifting along walkways located above major falls up to the majestic "San Martin Fall? from where you have a panoramic view of the Brazilian falls.
Finally, you go with the Train of the Jungle up to "Devil's Throat" station. From there, after 1,000 meters walk along the catwalks, you will reach the spectacular "Devil's Throat", where the Iguazu river expresses itself with all its strength and the falling water gives the illusion of magic rainbows.

DAY 7: Puerto Iguazu
Breakfast. 8 am Excursion to the Falls Brazilian Side, half day: Your guides take you to visit the wonderful Iguazu Falls, on the Brazilian side, from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Argentine water falls
You will get close to "Floriano", "Deodoro," and "Benjamin" waterfalls, and the walkways lead you also to "Santa Maria Falls." (Beware of visa needs if going to the Brazilian side, eg: Australia, USA, Canada, China, etc)

DAY 8: Puerto Iguazu-Tucuman
Breakfast and check out before 11 am. Bus station drop off. Depature to Tucuman city in the late evening. Night bus.

DAY 9: Tucuman-Salta
Arrival in Tucuman in the evening to connect with another bus heading to Salta. Arrival to Salta, late in the night. Check in selected accommodation.

DAY 10: Salta - Purmamarca

Breakfast. Pick up from hotel or hostel. Safari to the Clouds/Purmamarca Excursion:  You will travel in the same route as the famous Train to the Clouds, zigzagging on lonely roads between the blue sky and the Puna.  On your way, you will visit magnificent ruins, scattered houses, small villages and amazing landscapes. Departure from Salta will be at 7 am and you will quickly reach the small town of Campo Quijano and later, the impressive Quebrada del Toro. Soon you will leave all signs of vegetation as you enter the realms of the solitary Puna. In Santa Rosa de Tastil, a pre-Inca city of the XIII century, you will do a short archeological hiking. Later, you will reach San Antonio de los Cobres, a small miner´s town rich in tradition and the Train to the Clouds final destination.  Further ahead, a desert plateau will take you to the surreal landscape of the salt flats, where you stop again to walk around and enjoy the contrasts. In the afternoon, you will return through the overwhelming Lipan mountains and arrive at the Seven-color Hill in Purmamarca, a landmark on its own. You will overnight in this village suspended in time. Drop off at your accommodation.

 

DAY 11: Purmamarca - Salta

Breakfast. Pick up from hotel or hostel. Humahuaca Full Day Excursion: Towns and relics of ancient cultures, superb mountains and the feeling of being in timeless places are the exquisite elements of this trip through the Humahuaca Gorge. You will leave Purmamarca at 9 to 10 am and head north to the province of Jujuy. The small towns of Tumbaya, Purmamarca, Maimará and Tilcara open their ancient charm to your captivated eyes. In Tilcara, you visit the Pucará (fortress) and the Archeological Museum, while in Uquía you stop to admire the local church. But it’s in Humahuaca where you enjoy in the extremely peaceful atmosphere, the typical colonial architecture and the charming people.  In your way back you will also visit San Salvador de Jujuy to get to know its monuments and intriguing legends. Let the history behind the walls and stones of these places take you on a ride to the Argentinean past! Arrival to Salta at 7 – 8 pm, drop of at your hostel or hotel

 

DAY 12: Salta
Breakfast. Free day to enjoy optional tours or just relax in beautiful Salta city

DAY 13: Salta
Breakfast. Check Out.

Included

  • 3 nights Accommodation in Buenos Aires at selected basis with breakfast.
  • Ezeiza International Airport pickup with the Airport Shuttle
  • Buenos Aires City Tour AM or PM 3 hours
  • Tango Show with Dinner and Drinks.
  • Bus from Buenos Aires to Iguazu
  • 3 nights Accommodation in Iguazu at selected basis with breakfast.
  • Iguazu Bus Station pickup and drop off
  • Full Day Tour to the Falls, Argentine Side
  • Half Day Tour to the Falls, Brazilian Side.
  • Bus from Iguazu to Tucuman
  • Bus from Tucuman to Salta
  • 3 nights Accommodation in Salta at selected basis with breakfast.
  • 1 night Accommodation in Purmamarca at selected basis. (Note: accommodation in Purmamarca may be more simple than accommodation in bigger cities)
  • Safari to the Clouds / Purmamarca Excursion
  • Humahuaca Full Day Excursion


Not Included:

  • Transfers to the Tango Show
  • Transfers to Buenos Aires Bus Station.
  • Transfers to Salta Bus Station
  • Transfer in from Ezeiza in different hours than the regular timetable.
  • Entrance fee to Iguazu National Park Argentine side (aprox 30 USD per person)
  • Entrance fee to Iguazu National Park Brazilian side (aprox 30 USD per person)
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Towels, in case of Hostel Dorm Room
Destination

Buenos Aires

The city of Buenos Aires, one of the most important Latin American cities, is a great cosmopolitan and many-sided metropolis. This city astonishes the tourist with its evident universal influence.

It is the capital of the Argentine Republic and the vital bond of the nation.

 How to access?

To access to the downtown from the airport there is an option to take a shuttle to the hostel where you will stay. Book here Hostel Shuttle.

As long as European arquitecture is concerned, many streets recall those of Paris.

Its numberless museums, exposition and comference centres, art galleries, cinemas and theatres with national and international spectacles of high quality, are witnesses of its important cultural life.

The Colon Theatre, one of the most important lyrical theatres in the world, is seat, together with some other scenaries, of an intense musical activity that comprises all genres including, of course, the famous and typical Tango; besides, the city is frequently visited by orchestras, groups and soloists from all over the world.

Financial, stock-exchange and economical seat of the country, Buenos Aires is the main port of the nation. It has an intense commercial activity, reflected in numberless shops of the main worldfamous branches, shop centres and commercial shoppings.

Its nightlife is quite varied and extends up to the ealy hours. Discos, restaurants, cafeterias and many other attractions for all tastes are spread all around the city offering the tourist a large number of options.

Its accomodation capacity ranges from luxurious 5 stars hotels belonging to international chains up to modest lodgings, including all the hostel levels.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Try an Asado Argentino (Argentine BBQ)
  • Enjoy a day at the countryside learning our country traditions
  • Go to a Tango show, Milonga or take tango lesson
  • Enjoy the city doing a Bike City Tour
  • Go dancing and enjoy all night till dawn
  • Wander the streets of Buenos Aires finding out of sales books
  • Meeting friends in one of the famous Buenos Aires Cafes

TRANSPORT IN BUENOS AIRES

• Buses: The bus (colectivo) is a fast and inexpensive means of transport to travel over the Capital. There are more than 180 lines going through the city and providing connection with all districts in the Greater Buenos Aires. The service is available at regular intervals. Sometimes, streets may be blocked in the downtown area due to traffic jams. The ticket is sold on the bus and only coins are accepted. Hours: Bus service is available all day long but its frequency decreases after 12 am.

• Subways: This is the fastest and easiest way to reach your destination. The six subway lines (commonly known as “subtes”) are connected with the main avenues and railway and bus stations, and converge upon downtown, the main tourist and hotel area. Maps showing the subway lines in different colors may be obtained at the ticket offices located in every station. Information boards showing each line routes and transfer stations between lines are available in all stations. These connections that allow passengers to use more than one line are called “combinación”. The service runs Mondays through Saturdays, from 5 am to 10 pm, and Sundays and holidays from 8 am to 10 pm.

Taxis: They can be requested by phone or you may call them on the street. Radiotaxis (provided with radio systems) are considered safer. There is a great number of taxis in the city – getting a taxi near the tourist areas is easy at any time of day or night. Usually, you will wait for no longer than a few minutes. Taxis can be easily recognized by their colors – black and yellow. In addition, a red light on the taximeter indicates that they are available.

• Remises: They are a sort of limo service that you request by phone to the numerous agencies spread out in the city. These cars are not identified with a special color. The  total fare varies according to the kilometers covered and time elapsed.

• Trains: If you want to visit areas outside the Capital such as the Delta or neighborhoods distant from downtown, the railways provide an affordable service. Several lines allow access to the center of the city.

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Humahuaca


Iguazú

Situated in the northeast of Argentina, Puerto Iguazú City is 300 km away from the Capital City of the Province - Posadas City - and is the city that borders on Brazil and Paraguay through the concourse of Paraná and Iguazú Rivers.

Being a touristic place, it provides with the greatest spectacle of water and forest ever existing on Earth - the imposing Iguazú Falls - in guaraní language "Big waters".

This region has a humid subtropical climate without dry season, with temperatures ranging from 20º C to 33º C in Summer while Winter is mild and nice. It is important to mention that due to the high degree of humidity the rain diminishes thermic amplitude and causes clouds increase.

Topographicaly speaking, Puerto Iguazú is located in a plateau with red rocky land due to the melaphyre decomposition rich in iron and having cliffs covered by humus favouring the growth of an exuberant forest.

To get to this charming city and one of the most wonderful sceneries in South America one can do it by plane arriving at Iguazú International Airport 17 Km away from the city centre.

Coming from Brazil and Paraguay one can cross "Tancredo Neves International Bridge".

Among the most chosen activities, the tourist goes on excursions to Iguazú National Park -Natural Heritage to Humanity by UNESCO- visiting 275 waterfalls and getting to know the exotic flora and fauna.

In the city, there are different places to visit such as "Mbororé" and Natural Sciences Museums, Tres Fronteras Boundary Stone and the International Casino.

From Puerto Iguazú, one can go on excursions to Ciudad del Este (East City) -Paraguay- where there is an important crafts and electronics fair, as well as on excursions to Brazil in order to get a different view of the falls.

Puerto Iguazú is a place where nature , in its greatest beauty expression, will amaze the tourist for sure.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ride in a speedboat under the Falls
  • Explore the jungle and discover its secrets
  • Flow through the jungle giants doing Canopy
  • Abseil down a cascade in the middle of the forest
  • An adventure day in the brazilian side
  • Try Mate ice cream
  • To visiting the Wanda gemstones site
  • Itaipú Hydroelectric Factory, located in the border of Brazil and Paraguay
  • To visit La Aripuca theme park
  • A tour around the beginnings of American history: the "San Ignacio Miní" Jesuit mission
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Purmamarca


Salta

The city of Salta is situated at 1187 m.a.s.l., in the north extreme of the Lerma Valley. It was founded in 1582, its spanish physiognomy emphasize it from the rest of the cities of the country. In Salta you can find ground floor houses, narrow streets and sidewalks, everything situated among mountains and trees. Owner of an intense historic past, it finds in one of the most impresive geographies of the region, from the jungle (yungas) in the East part to the Puna desert in the West side.


Summer is mild and Winter is warm and dry, with records of an annual average temperature of 22ºC, which makes the city an ideal place to live or visit.

A few kilometers away from the city, there are many interesting places to visit, to spend the day or to enjoy them by doing some adventure activities. It stands out the towns of San Lorenzo, Vaqueros, La Caldera and the dam Cabra Corral. In all those places is possible to practice horse ridding, four trax, trekkings, rafting and cannopy.

The night in Salta has for every kind of taste, and its variety cover all the alternatives. From the traditional "peñas", within artistic local shows, it is possible to taste the tipical regional dishes, to a large range of restaurants, casinos, bars and discotheques.

In Salta is not possible to miss the turistic circuits that this beautiful province offers. In the Calchaqui Valleys circuit you´ll be surprised by the rocky formations of their gorges and multicolored hills, where they rise many little towns which adobe and straw houses will take the traveller to ancient times. It is an unforgettable trip to a region forged by the turbulent pre - inca and colonial history inside a dramatic geography, where we can also apreciate the road of wine, one of the specialities of the region.

The Andean Circuitor Puna will take us to one of the most extreme areas. Passing through Campo Quijano, the gate of the Andes, we´ll arrive to Bull Gorge, an impresive road that will lead us to the pre-inca ruins of Santa Rosa de Tastil, one of the most important in the region.

Going through the Abra Muñano at 4100 m.a.s.l. we´ll be entering in the arid desert of the Puna, in which it finds the town of San Antonio de los Cobres, where the inhabitants of the place will show us their way of living in such a hard place.

In this desert it is possible to see the amazing white colour of theSalt Lakes, shared with the neighbouring province of Jujuy.

In the Noth Circuit, going through the middle of the jungle area, we can enter from Salta to Humahuaca Gorge, with all its colour and history, this will allow us to go into the mountains where are hidden magic towns like Iruya.

Salta offers alternatives for every taste. Its people is doing of this place something special and the traveller falls in love with the city. The combination of landscape and history is doing of Salta an oblige city for those who wants to know the best of the country.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Train to the clouds, one of the most important works of engineering in the XXth century: the C14 branch, located 4,200 m.a.s.l.
  • The new Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña (High Country Archeology Museum)
  • Salta Cathedral
  • Birdwatching is an ideal activity to get deep into the rainforest in Salta
  • Tour through one of the most impressive circuits in the contry, the legendary Calchaquí Valleys
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