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An example of an 18 days trip to Argentina starting in Buenos Aires, the most European city in South America. A flight will take you to Salta at the northwest tip of Argentina. You will see the museum that houses the frozen Inca children of Llullahiaco, the seven-colour valley of Purmamarca and other natural inescapable wonders. You will then reach Iguazu, on the Argentinian and Brazilian side, to see spectacular waterfalls considered among the most beautiful in the world.

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Buenos Aires (Arg) - Salta (Arg) - Iguazu (Arg-Br) - Buenos Aires (Arg)

Day 1 – Buenos Aires

Arrival in Buenos Aires. Welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Visit of the city, the historical Plaza de Mayo with its surrounding buildings: Cabildo Museum, from the colonial age, Casa Rosada (presidential palace), the Metropolitana cathedral… Visit the fishermen’s village of Boca, with its nostalgic atmosphere and multi-coloured houses, the open air museum with painters and sculptors. Night at Moreno Hotel, Buenos Aires.

Day 2 – Buenos Aires

Continue the discovery of the city. Visit San Telmo district with its beautiful colonial mansions and patios. Feel the atmosphere of antique shops and imagine how many treasures could have been found in those old boutiques during La Belle Epoque. The district is also the place where Tango was born. Visit Recoleta district with its European architecture, pass the cemetery and the church of Nuestra Señora del Pilar where its luxurious vaults are classified Historical Monuments and contains the burial of Eva Perón. Night at Moreno Hotel, Buenos Aires.

Day 3 – Salta

Transfer to the airport. Flight Buenos Aires / Salta (2h20 flight). Transfer to the hotel. Visit of the city, located at an altitude of 1,200 meters, very vibrant with many shops and beautiful squares. The most beautiful is Plaza 9 de Julio, very refreshing with its palm trees, mangrove trees, nice terraces and historical buildings (baroque cathedral, Cabildo Historico with its typical white arches which gives a good overview of the cultural, architectural and historical evolution of the region). The famous San Francisco church is very colourful, with red ochre and quantity of impressive gildings and white columns. Visit of the covered market with its stalls of exotic and colourful fruits, oranges, mandarins, grapefruits and vegetables ranked in perfect pyramids. Night in Boomers Hotel, Salta.

Day 4 – Calchaquies Valley – Cacha

Take the keys of your rental car. Departure towards the Calchaquies Indians valley, in direction of Cachi. This region is famous for its exceptionally beautiful landscapes: the fertile region of Lerma, Quebrada de Escoipe, where the red land contrasts with the verdant forests, and the highlands of Pedro Molino (3600 m). Discover the authentic and preserved colonial village of Cachi. Night in El Cortijo Hotel, Cachi.

Day 5 – Calchaquies Valley – Cafayate

Route through the valley and stop to the small artisanal villages of Seclantas and Molinos. Arrival in the small town of El Cafayate, leaned against the Cordillera foothills at 1660m of altitude and surrounded by beautiful vineyards. Visit of the craft market. Night in Killa Hotel, Cafayate.

Day 6 – Quilmes – Tafi del Valle

Departure southward to visit the ruins of Quilmes, one of the largest pre-Hispanic cities built in stages by the Indians, starting from the valley and climbing up the hill. Crossing of the valley and stop at the archaeological site of El Mollar, located in the Park of Los Menhires. More than 129 stones are standing on the hill, since antique age, and could have been used for a solar cult. Night in Estancia de las Carreras, Tafi del Valle.

Day 7 – Las Conchas Valley

Back northward and crossing of the spectacular valley of Rio de las Conchas to observe a geological phenomenon: gigantic natural sculptures in the mountains in red, brown, green and grey colours. Many birds (parrots, dwarf ostrich, eagles …) live in this beautiful mountain. Night in Finca Valentina Hotel, Salta.

Day 8 – Del Toro Valley – Pumamarca

Journey through Toro Valley to follow the “train of clouds” route: tunnels, bridges and viaducts to San Antonio de Las Cobres. Small detour to discover Las Salinas Grandes, a salt lake located between 4100 and 3800 meters of altitude. Arrival to the small village of Pumamarca by the end of the day. Discovery by foot of this typical Indian village (“lion village” in Quechua), with strong Bolivian influences, located at the foot of the “seven-colour” mountain. Night in Manantial del Silencio Hotel, Pumamarca.

Day 9 – Humahuaca Valley

Discovery tour of Humahuaca Valley, known for its Inca trail that follows the Great River. Visit the typical indigenous villages (Humahuaca, Tumbaya, Tilcara). Night in Manantial del Silencio Hotel, Pumamarca.

Day 10 – Humahuaca Valley

Back to Salta in the morning. In the afternoon, visit of Alta Montaña archeologic museum. In 1999 an American archaeologist found a sacred burial with three frozen bodies of Inca children, at the top of Llullaillaco volcano. They were practically intact! All the elements of this discovery can be seen in the museum. Night in Bloomers Hotel, Salta.

Day 11 – Salta – Iguazù

Transfer to the airport. Flight Salta / Iguazu (two-hour flight). Transfer to the hotel. The Iguazú Falls were declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1984. On about 3 km, 275 falls discharge millions of m3 of water from 70m height. In this park, you will discover the subtropical jungle and the humid tropical forest with its birds (more than 400 species are listed, including the Toucan, symbol of Iguazú), orchids and multicolour butterflies. Night in La Cantera Hotel, Iguazu.

Day 12 – Iguazù

A one-day visit of Iguazù National Park, on the Argentinian side. Transfer from the hotel to the park. Through Verde path, you will first discover the falls from the superior circuit (a one-hour medium level walk with not so much stairs) from where you will have a panoramic view over the falls. You will then continue to the lower circuit (a two-hour moderate level walk 2 with few stairs) until the footbridges at the foot of the falls. You will reach the Estación Cataratas from where a train will take you to the Estación de la Garganta del Diablo (20 minutes by train). The 1200-metre walk is on footbridges and reaches the balcony of the biggest fall, Garganta del Diablo. This last course will take you a good two hours. Night in La Cantera Hotel, Iguazu.

Day 13– Iguazù

Another one-day visit of Iguazù Park, on the Brazilian side. Departure from the hotel to Foz de Iguazú, a Brazilian city. A minivan takes you through the park to the footbridges from where you can admire the Iguazú River. During the small walk, you will enjoy the panoramic view of San Martin Island and the biggest waterfalls: El Bosset, San Martin and the Three Musketeers. At the end of the route, you will appreciate the unique view of Garganta del Diablo which is 150 meters away, on the Argentinian side. Night in La Cantera Hotel, Iguazu.

Day 14 – Iguazú

Free morning. Departure early afternoon from Raices Argentinas, Iguazu, and crossing of Urugua National Park. Change of vehicle at the northeast end of the country to continue a 12-kilometer route on picturesque rural roads. Arrival by the southern entrance of Vida Silvestre Yacutinga private refuge. Arrival at the lodge where the reception staff will explain the various activities. Night in Yacutinga Lodge.

Day 15 – Yacutinga Lodge

Early in the morning, navigation by San Francisco rive, into the Natural Reserve, for a photo safari and observation of the fauna for about three hours. Lunch at the Lodge. Free time to discover the various trails or enjoy the Lodge’s activities (swimming pool, orchid’s garden…). During the evening, organisation of the hikes with guides specialized in flora and fauna. Diner at the Lodge. Night tour “La Selva de Noche”. Night in Yacutinga Lodge.

Day 16 – Yacutinga Lodge – Iguazu

Lunch at the Lodge and return late morning to Iguazu (around 1 pm). Transfer to the airport. Flight Iguazu / Buenos Aires (two-hour flight). Transfer to the hotel, located in the quiet Palermo district, known for its many shops and restaurants. Night in Buenos Aires.

Day 17 – Buenos Aires

Free day in the capital. Tango dinner show. Night in Buenos Aires.

Day 18 – Buenos Aires

Transfer to the airport. International Flight.