Buenos Aires, Wildlife Encounters & Self-Drive Through Diverse Landscapes

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Run by: Veloso Tours

Reference number: san-martin

From: £6568.00

Highlights

  • A grand tour of Argentina's diverse landscapes, plus its stylish capital
  • Discover the tango halls, traditional cafes and historic buildings of Buenos Aires
  • Self-drive in Salta, an arid region of other-worldly rock formations
  • Visit vineyards, salt flats and colonial cities and marvel at mutli-coloured hills
  • Continue on to Iguazu Falls to admire one of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Explore the Ibera Wetlands, one of South America's premier wildlife havens 
  • Self-drive through the alpine scenery of the 'Seven Lakes Road' in the Lake District 
  • Enjoy an expedition cruise to get closer to Patagonia's immense glaciers

Buenos Aires - Days 1 - 4

Day 1 - Overnight flight to Buenos Aires 

Days 2-4 - Buenos Aires at leisure or optional tours/excursions

The tour starts with direct flights with British Airways between London Heathrow and Buenos Aires, arriving in the morning. You will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel in the city centre for a three night stay. 

Buenos Aires is often noted as the most stylish and romantic of South America's capital cities, full of European influences but with a distinct Latin American flair. It is for this reason that Buenos Aires is known as "the Paris of South America". Situated on the historic River Plate, it is divided into distinct barrios, some of the most popular of which are the upmarket neighbourhoods of Palermo and Recoleta, traditional San Telmo, charactarised by old-time cafes, antique markets, tango halls and leafy squares and La Boca, famed for its colourful corrugated iron buildings. In between is the Plaza de Mayo, surrounded by grand government buildings, including the Casa Rosada.

We have a range of excursions available providing an authentic experience to enhance your stay in Buenos Aires:

  • Veloso Tours Special In-Depth Tour: history, culture & local life
  • Learn about the history of Argentina through its fascinating museums
  • Magnificent Architecture of Buenos Aires's historical palaces
  • Art Galleries (MALBA: Modern Art, Fine Arts, Decorative Arts)
  • Museum of the life of Evita Peron
  • Parks of Palermo and Rose Garden
  • Casa Rosada Presidential Palace, or inside the National Congress building
  • Classical Music, Opera or Ballet at the Colon Theatre, or a guided tour
  • Tango Show, dance lessons, or night out at a Tango club 'Milonga'
  • Museum of Foreign Debt (worthwhile for anyone interested in finance)
  • Football Match and/or tour of the Boca Juniors stadium
  • Life of Pope Francis in Buenos Aires
  • Jewish Community and Synagogues
  • Aerial visit of Buenos Aires by Helicopter
  • Shopping for leather goods including bags, belts and tailor-made jacket

Full day trips outside the city:

  • Gaucho, Country Life & Estancias in San Antonio de Areco
  • Day out to see a Polo Match, or take a Polo Lesson 2
  • Visit the historic town of Colonia in Uruguay, crossing the river Plate by ferry
  • Visit to Tigre, a small town up the River Plate, with boat trip into the Delta

Salta - Days 5 - 8

Day 5 - Fly to Salta

Today you will fly west to the colonial city of Salta, which sits in the Lerma valley surrounded by mountain peaks in the Northwest of Argentina. You will have the afternoon at leisure to enjoy this city of fine plazas, beautiful colonial architecture and magnificent churches.

Day 6 - Cafayate Desert Landscapes and Winery

In this full day you will venture out into the dramatic scenery which unfolds south of the city, reaching Cafayate and then returning to Salta for the evening. En-route you will stop at the Quebrada de las Conchas (the Gorge of Shells), where wind and water erosion have carved curious shapes on the rocks, creating several distinct formations with vivid names, including the Amphitheater and the Devil's Throat. 

Upon arrival in Cafayate you will visit one of the local wineries, famous for their production of Torrontes, with special characteristics due to the particularities of the climate and land. In the afternoon there will be time to explore the town and visit the magnificent colonial church, stroll around the leafy square, browse the handicraft stalls and shops, or visit the fascinating modern wine museum. You will then return to Salta along the same picturesque route.

Day 7 - Self-drive from Salta to Purmamarca

Today you will collect you car to start your round trip between Salta and Pumamarca. The provinces of Salta and neighbouring Jujuy are well-known for their high mountain and desert landscapes, with wind-sculpted gorges and red-ochre coloured rock formations, high altitude salt flats and winding mountains roads. 

Among this desert scenery there are a number of rivers providing green foliage which contrasts the dry surroundings, as well as micro-climates which produce humid forests and jungles, like the one which stretches between the cities of Salta and Jujuy. You will drive north from Salta along these roads, stopping in Jujuy to admire the colonial churches if you wish. Continuing north will bring you to the town of Purmamarca, an ancient settlement surrounded by towering mountains, including the famous ‘Seven Colours Hill’.

You may also with take visit the Salinas Grandes, a 90 minute drive up through the mountains, to see the high salt flats. Overnight at Purmamarca.

Day 8 - Self-drive from Purmamarca to Salta

The following day you will continue north, along the main road through Humahuaca Gorge, to the thriving colonial town of Humahuaca. Here you can visit the historic church and the monument to independence heroes. You then head back south towards Salta, with a possible stop at the small colonial town of Tilcara and the pre-Inca archaeological site ‘Pucara de Tilcara’. Return to Salta in the evening and return the car.

Iguazu Falls - Days 9 - 10

Day 9 - Fly to Iguazu

Day 10 - Iguazu Falls

Set in sprawling sub-tropical rainforest on the border between Brazil and Argentina, the Iguazu Falls are one of the world's most spectacular natural wonders. Vast torrents of water cascade over a myriad of falls in a 1.7 mile long horseshoe-shaped curve in the Iguazu River. In total the falls are twice as wide and a third taller than Niagara.

The Argentinean side provides three major trails to give you a wonderful overview of the falls, from both near and afar, including a close encounter with the mighty Devil's Throat - the epicentre of the action. You can take boat trips to see the waterfalls from below and even take to the skies on a panoramic helicopter ride.

Iberá Wetlands - Days 11 - 12

Day 11 - Transfer to Posadas via San Ignacio Ruins

The tour continues with a scenic drive from Iguazu to Posadas, the gateway to the Iberá Wetlands - one of the continent's premier wildlife destinations. On the way to Posadas you will stop at the Ruins of San Ignacio Miní, one of the best preserved Jesuit missionary settlements in South America. Nestled amid lush vegetation, as well as showcasing a fine baroque architecture style, the ruins also teach us about the fascinating existence of the Jesuits, their efforts to evangelise the local Guaraní people and how they ultimately were suppressed and the mission destroyed in the early nineteenth century. 

You will then continue on to your lodge, where you will stay for the next two nights.

Day 12 - Iberá Wetlands excursions with lodge guides

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