Northern Heights & Mendoza Wine Country

12D / 11N

Experience a luxury wine trip in Argentina exploring the most lavish parts of this
passionate nation. Learn about Argentina’s energetic capital city, Buenos Aires, and
discover why it’s called the Paris of the South.

Visit Salta for some of the most unforgettable landscapes and charming cultural experiences. Explore destinations like the
Great Salt Flats that will leave you breathless. Sip your way through Mendoza, the famous Argentine wine country that
offers travelers a romantic and delicious getaway. There is an abundance of beautiful and delicious adventures waiting for
you in Argentina, so prepare to explore them all with this journey.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
OCT - DEC

IDEAL TRIP LENGTH
12 DAYS

Highlights

  • Explore energetic Buenos Aires, also known as the “Paris of the South”
  • Take in the culture of Buenos Aires with an elegant dinner and invigorating tango show.
  • Explore the Great Salta Flats and the Andean foothills in Salta
  • Sip your way through Mendoza for a romantic tour of Argentina’s wine region.
  • Hike amongst giants at the highest mountain in the Americas, Aconcagua.
  • Get an immersive cultural experience learning about the Argentinian gaucho in La Pampa
  • Stay at exclusive luxury accommodations.

Itinerary

Welcome to Argentina!

When you arrive in Buenos Aires, one of our Kuoda travel experts will be there to welcome you to your luxury getaway. Look for the sign with your name on it to find your guide. From the airport, we will escort you to your hotel, help you check-in, and make sure you’re settled in comfortably. Enjoy a relaxing night’s rest before the adventure truly begins in the morning.

Private City Tour | Evening Dinner and Tango Show

Prepare for day one of your luxury tour of Argentina. This morning, we’ll pick you up for our Buenos Aires city tour. Visit the historical and political center of the city around Plaza de Mayo and the presidential house. Stroll through San Telmo, the oldest residential neighborhood in the city. As the city starts to come to life, step into La Boca where the streets transform into colorful alleys and tango is the language of locals.

After a short rest at the hotel, we’ll escort you to the most exciting evening imaginable. Tonight you will enjoy a three-hour-long professional display of tango and music with a group of local artists onstage immersed in an elegant performance venue At the end of the evening, around midnight, you will be driven back to your hotel and dream about the inspiring bohemian streets of the capital city.

Flight to Salta

Trade in the jungle for incredible new landscapes. This morning, take your flight to Salta, also called “La Linda” (the beautiful). Travelers seeking to explore the North of Argentina will begin their journey in Salta before venturing deeper to see the outstanding natural wonders of the area, including the Humahuaca Gorge and the Seven Colors Hill in Jujuy.

Purmamarca and the Great Salta Flats

Today you’ll travel to the clouds – no exaggeration. We’ll pick you up at your hotel to start a two-day adventure through Purmamarca and the Great Salt Flats, a solid ocean of white, 13,100 feet above sea level!

We’ll travel along the same route as the famous ‘Train to the Clouds,’ zig-zagging on lonely roads between the blue sky and the high desert plains. On our way, we will visit the small town of Campo Quijano, best known as the Gateway to the Puna and Quebrada del Toro.

Carry on traveling to Santa Rosa de Tastil, a pre-Incan city of the 13th century. Right after, visit San Antonio de Los Cobres, the headquarters of the Pachamama Celebration. Finally, the surreal landscape of the Great Salt Flats will reveal itself to you. Natural light and reflections provide the perfect opportunity for endless photo opportunities. At the end of your adventure in the Great Salt Flats, we’ll take you to your hotel in Purmamarca, located at the base of Jujuy’s famed Seven Color Hill.

Humamarca Gorge to Yungas

Early in the morning, we’ll pick you up from the hotel and begin the day exploring the Humahuaca Gorge, declared a UNESCO Heritage Site, home to many amazing natural monuments like the Seven Color Hill, the Pucará de Tilcara (a ramshackle yet well-restored fortress), and the Paleta del Pintor, an impressive multi-colored mountain range.

Our adventurous path will then lead us through the Yungas, the green-tinted jungle of the North and the picturesque town of Humahuaca where you can grab lunch at typical tavern. In the afternoon, we’ll make our way to the little Uquía Church, where you’ll see some peculiar paintings from the colonial period. Finally, we will arrive in the city of San Salvador de Jujuy. Explore the cathedral, the main square, and the presidential house of Jujuy, nicknamed Tacita de Plata (silver cup) after the wealthy city, Cadiz, in Spain.

At the end of the day, we’ll drive you back to your hotel in Salta. For a pleasant evening activity, wander down Balcarce Street and choose the bar or peña that suits you the most!

Explore Calchaqui Valley

Enjoy a day adventuring through Calchaqui Valley, immersed in the scenery of Las Conchas Gorge, where erosion has carved mysterious red shapes into the rocks. Take in the views of the colorful hills as you hike down the red-tinted promontories, looking for particular rocky monuments including the Frog, the Obelisk, and the Castles.

At the peak of today’s excursion, we’ll visit the Amphitheater and the famous Devil’s Throat. The Amphitheater is a natural semicircular formation where local artists host intimate concerts. Nearby, the Devil’s Throat awaits, right at the end of Las Conchas Gorge. Wandering through this rocky pathway feels like you are scrolling the belly of a giant, and it is an unforgettable experience.

At the end of the day, we’ll take you back to Salta. Enjoy the evening going to a peña to mingle with locals and eat the empanada salteña, a special variation of this popular Argentine dish.

Flight to Mendoza

Today, we’ll escort you to the airport and help you make the short flight from Iguazú to Mendoza. Once you land, we’ll escort you to your hotel for a relaxing evening before you spend the next few days drinking delicious local varieties of Argentine wine.

Enjoying the Wineries of Mendoza

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel for a half-day tour of Mendoza Wine Country. Visit two of the best wineries in the area and learn about their philosophy on the wine-making process. Best of all, you will have the chance to taste some delicious locally-produced Cabernet and Malbec.

Taking in the nearby mountains

You’ll have an early start today, with a journey that begins right after breakfast. The day trip will highlight some stunning viewpoints revealing the majestic Mount Aconcagua (22,600 feet), the second-highest peak in the world after the Himalayan Range.

Further ahead, the Puente del Inca will arise at the threshold of the Las Cuevas river. This natural monument is famous for its healing hot springs and its gold-tinted rocks. Take a breather in Los Penitentes, the famous ski center, before heading into the town of Las Cuevas (at 10,500 feet) where we’ll stop to have lunch before heading to the Cristo Redentor de los Andes.

Only available in Summer and if weather permits: we’ll drive to the giant bronze statue, created in 1904 to preserve peace between Chile and Argentina. In the afternoon, after having visited this paradise in the sky, we’ll take you back to your hotel.

Flight to Buenos Aires

This morning, we’ll help you catch the short flight to Buenos Aires where we’ll be waiting to take you to your hotel. Upon arrival, you can explore the cobblestone streets of Palermo Soho in search of some Porteño fashion boutiques or discover the incredible street art in the area. If you’re leaving on a Saturday or Sunday, you may have the chance to visit one of the city markets, which are only open on weekends.

A traditional ranch in La Pampa

Discover the secrets of La Pampa and Argentina’s rural culture. This endless land at the edge of the horizon is still home to the descendants of the first gauchos (Argentine cowboys), who work the land as their ancestors taught them to.

Immerse yourself in the local costumes with a visit to El Ombú, a time-honored ranch built in 1880. Learn about the gaucho culture and traditions, wandering the beautiful old streets, museums, and ancient pulperías (grocery stores) in San Antonio de Areco before heading to El Ombú.

Once you’re in the estancia, enjoy a typical asado feast before taking a stunning horseback ride in nature or a relaxing bike ride. For those who like to take things slow while on vacation, there is a peaceful swimming pool (only available in summer) and many sunny relaxation areas where you can take an afternoon nap. At the end of the day, we’ll take you back to your hotel in Buenos Aires.

Return Home

Going home is the worst part of any luxury tour of Argentina, but at Kuoda, we’ll do our best to make it as smooth and hassle-free as possible. Your host will meet you at the hostel and transport you to the airport for a relaxing start to your journey home. Buen Viaje!

PRICE & INCLUSIONS

Each journey is tailored to your specific needs and desires, and so our prices vary depending on the number of people
traveling, level of accommodations desired, and activities included, among other factors.

Our travel designers will curate a journey specifically for you. If you have a budget you want us to work with, please let
us know, and we will do our best to achieve it.

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Personalized itinerary planning
  • A Kuoda host to assist you in every location
  • The majority of meals in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights to and from your home country
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified
  • All gratuities

ACCOMMODATIONS

From luxury properties to boutique hotels, our staff handpicks your ideal stay to ensure you get the ultimate comfort during your travels.

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