ENQUIRE

HEART OF ARGENTINA

A voyage of discovery which will take your from the capital Buenos Aires to the mountainous orange landscape of the north, including visits to the unique and atmospheric town of Salta and time in the booming wine region around Cafayate. Rugged and unspoiled, this is Argentina at its most authentic.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Witnessing the gauchos trading at the Liniers livestock market in Buenos Aires
  • Driving through the orange desert vistas of the north
  • Wine tasting at some of Argentina's best vineyards
£5,150
per person

Price from

CHARLIE LOCKWOOD

Latin America Specialist

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  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 Arrive Buenos Aires

    Transfer to the Hotel Nuss in Palermo in time for early brunch. In the afternoon you will be accompanied by a scholar of the university for the Four Plazas city tour to understand the history, peoples and varying cultures of Buenos Aires and Argentina. Relax in one of the many bars and restaurants in Palermo and spend the next three nights on Bed and Breakfast basis.

    Overnight: Hotel Nuss

  3. Day 2 Buenos Aires

    Depart at 07h30 to the Buenos Aires Liniers livestock market. This is the biggest market of its type in the world, where 10,000 cows arrive for auction from Monday to Thursday. A fascinating spectacle with the gauchos from the Pampas trading with the urban 'Porteno' gauchos of Buenos Aires. Afternoon cooking workshop to understand Argentina by way of 'gastrosophy'.

    Overnight: Hotel Nuss

  4. Day 3 Buenos Aires

    A day at leisure to explore the surrounding area or we could organise a specialist tour (historical, cultural, museum, photography, nature, gastronomy, wine tasting, biking or kayaking). Evening Tango show with dinner.

    Overnight: Hotel Nuss

  5. Day 4 Fly to Salta

    Salta has a wonderful atmosphere and feels quite unlike anywhere else in Argentina. The central plaza is a buzz in the evenings with al fresco dining and bars. Salta is home to the delicious 'empanada' (small pasty) which is best enjoyed at one of the local cafes.

    Overnight: Hotel Legado Mitico

  6. Day 5 Salta

    Spend a lazy day in the plaza exploring the side streets and visiting the exceptional Maam archaeological Museum which houses Inca artefacts and mummies discovered in the Andes in the Salta Province.

    Overnight: Hotel Legado Mitico

  7. Day 6 Cafayate

    Either self drive or have your own guide and driver for the spectacular drive south to the town of Cayfayate, a town that is growing considerably from the increase in wine production in the region. Your hotel for the next two nights will be Grace Cafayate, the most luxurious and modern hotel in the area.

    Overnight: Grace Cayfayate

  8. Day 7 Cayfayate 

    Spend a day visiting the wineries and exploring the town or just relaxing at the beautiful historic hotel (built in 1892 and a former country estate). The gardens are full of lavender and there are enchanting views to the mountains which are stunning at sunset.

    Overnight: Grace Cayfayate

  9. Day 8 Drive to Molinos 

    Another spectacular drive on the circuit north back towards Salta through incredible rock formations, rich colours, desert, dried river beds and cactus forests. This journey is on a more adventurous dirt road ending in a warm welcome in the small village of Molinos. The lodging at Hacienda Molinos is more simple but charming.

    Overnight: Hacienda Molinos

  10. Day 9 Drive to Cachi

    A side trip from Molinos first will take you to the James Turrell museum and lunch at the winery at Colome. Continue onto the bustling town of Cachi and your homely accommodation just outside the town.

    Overnight: Finca Santana

  11. Day 10  At leisure

    A restful day at the welcoming home of Adriana to relax and enjoy her exquisite hosting and home cooking.

    Overnight: Finca Santana

  12. Day 11 Drive to Salta

    A long but yet again spectacular drive will finally take you back to Salta and your country house hotel close to the airport.

    Overnight: House of Jasmines

  13. Day 12 Travel home

    Either return to Buenos Aires or fly to Iguazu Falls and connect with Sao Paulo or Rio for your flight home. It is also possible to cross over to the Atacama Desert in Chile from Salta and then finish your itinerary in Santiago.

  14. Depart

Currency
Low £ 5,150 $ 7,203 € 6,127
Mid £ 6,180 $ 8,644 € 7,352
High £ 8,829 $ 12,349 € 10,504

BOOKING NOTES

  • per person including internal flights, but excluding international flights and based on two people sharing a room.

INCLUSIONS

  • All accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and guide services as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Internal flights where detailed in the itinerary.

EXTRAS

  • International flights.
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, gratuities (discretionary).
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Travel insurance or visa fees.
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