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9 Days
Airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Min Age : 10+

Discover the Andean North of Argentina, its rich culture, colorful landscapes and the kindness of its people, including a rural tourism experience in Salta. This 9-day tour also includes an exceptional trip to one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Iguazu Waterfalls.  Check out our experience in Salta.

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At its core, our partner in Argentina believes focusing on responsible tourism allows for a real exchange between locals and visitors as well as respect for the natural and cultural environment of the place being visited.  The company supports:

  • Vida Silvestre Argentina’s Foundation Program (associated with WWF) by committing to a donation of $15 per client, which is used to participate in the conservation of protected natural areas that are managed by the foundation.  Thus far, the young company has contributed USD $ 1,500.
  • Each client receives a recycled-leather welcome bag and luggage tag made by Vacavaliente, an Argentinian fair-trade company.
  • Each client is offered the opportunity to calculate their CO2 (carbon) emissions so they know the impact of their trip.  The company proposes to offset these emissions by helping a local NGO dedicated to the reforestation of native species.
  • All lodges are carefully selected in a spirit of sustainable development and responsible travel. 
  • The company was selected by TraveLife certification for sustainable tourism as the first and (thus far) only inbound travel agency in Argentina with this certification.
  • The company partners with Aves Argentina, which is an association dedicated to the protection and safeguarding of birds and nature in Argentina.
  • Each client receives information on how they can be further involved with local communities, including volunteering or collaborative tourism.
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Buenos Aires

Arrive in Buenos Aires where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel located in the neighborhood of Palermo, unique place to start your journey in Argentina.

Day 2Discovering Buenos Aires

This morning, after breakfast, your English-speaking guide will pick you up at the hotel and take you through the main areas of Buenos Aires by public transportation (local bus/ subway) starting at Plaza de Mayo and the historical quarter. This walking tour includes the visit of San Telmo – bohemian area – and La Boca, visiting the famous “Caminito” street and a “Conventillo” (typical colorful houses built by immigrants). Return to the hotel for a free afternoon.

Kindly note that there is an option in the evening to go to a traditional Milonga Show where you can learn all about the history and evolution of tango. A “milonga” is a tango club where locals and visitors get together to enjoy music and dance and if you get caught up in the passion of it all, you may want to try a tango lesson yourself! Tango is a dance recognized by UNESCO as a cultural heritage activity and different “milongas” open on different days of the week. Return to the hotel by taxi.

Another option is to share a cooking lesson with a local family, which is an authentic way to enjoy the most typical Argentine food: empanadas, a barbecue and of course: wine. Taste and make your own empanadas! The menu includes typical Argentine cuts of meat, grilled vegetables, salads, drinks, and dessert.

Day 3Salta

After breakfast, transfer to the domestic airport in Buenos Aires for a direct flight to Salta where you will be met on arrival and transferred to a well-located hotel in Salta. For your free afternoon, we recommend the High Mountain Archaeological and Ethnic Pajcha museums to that you can immerse yourself in the ancient Inca culture of the north-west of Argentina.

Day 4Calchaquies Valleys - Corralito Rural Community

Set off early with your English-speaking guide / driver for a 5-hour private transfer through the Lerma and the Calchaquies Valleys, as well as the Shells Gorge. Tobacco farming is the main economic activity in the Lerma Valley and you will enjoy spectacular views on route.

In the Shells Gorge, wind and water erosion has sculpted the rocks, creating bizarre and remarkable shapes. Once in the Calchaquies Valleys, you will meet the inhabitants and spend two nights with a host family. You’ll enjoy a traditional farmers’ lunch in Corralito community. In the afternoon, go on a trekking excursion to discover the surroundings. Accommodation is in private rooms with shared facilities.

Day 5 Lifestyles in the Corralito Rural Community

Join in with the day-to-day activities of a rural family in the heart of the Calchaquies Valleys. In addition to ecotourism activities, you will try your hands at the preparation of regional cuisine and farming work, such as growing peppers for paprika, onions and cumin, along with goat and cattle breeding.

All meals are included, and you will have the opportunity to try traditional rural gastronomy and local organic wine. Alternatively, you can just relax and chill out with a glass of wine in the sunshine surrounded by nature.

Day 6Iguazu

Today, you’ll transfer to Salta’s airport for a flight to Iguazú. On arrival, you will be met and driven to a comfortable hotel. We recommend visiting the Hito 3 Fronteras during the evening and enjoy a light and sound show (free admission).

Day 7Iguazu Falls - Argentinian Side

Early pick-up from your hotel to spend the day exploring the world-famous Iguazu Falls. The (shared) group guided day trip includes all three sections of the falls. The lower falls accessible via a boardwalk of 1.7 km (be prepared to climb a lot of stairs!); the upper falls with incredible panoramic views along a 1.2 km boardwalk, and The Devil’s Throat accessible via a boardwalk 1.1 km long.

There will be time for lunch during the tour (not included) and then take the Nautical Adventure excursion which takes you on a boat ride under the falls. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 8Iguazu Falls - Brazilian Side

Early pick-up to set off for a (shared) group excursion of the Brazilian side of the falls. The views from this side are simply breathtaking. You will walk along a path parallel to the river for 1.2 km before reaching a bridge that brings you closer to the Devil’s Throat.

You will also visit the Parque Das Aves, an amazing place for discovering the diversity of birds such as toucan and parrots. There will be free time to have lunch in the park (not included) before returning to your hotel in Puerto Iguazú.

Day 9 Iguazu to Buenos Aires for Departure Flight

This morning you will transfer to Iguazu’s local airport for a flight back to Buenos Aires and home.

Tour Details

Pricing is for a minimum of 4 people (2 adults and 2 children under 12 years old). Contact us if you have a larger group (for discount) or would like to include other activities.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts & All Meals for Corralito Rural Community
  • Activities & Entrance Fees
  • Bi-lingual Guide
  • Transportation by Public Bus / Subway or Private / Shared Vehicle as Mentioned

Price Excludes

  • International or Domestic Flights
  • Lunches or Dinners Outside Rural Community Experience
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa Fees (if Applicable)
  • Optional Excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Personal Expenses

Optional Activities

  • Buenos Aires Milonga Show
  • Buenos Aires Cooking Class