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Argentina City & Deserts
10 Days

ITINERARY

10 Days:Buenos Aires, Salta, Purmamarca, Tolar Grande, Antofagasta de la Sierra & Cafayate

Tour Overview:
Visit Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, one of Argentina’s most historic places. Take a tango lesson and enjoy the magnetism of this world-famous form of dance. Depart for the Humahuaca Gorge in Purmamarca, a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site and discover gorgeous towns and mountains, gorges, and salt flats. Explore stunning lagoons before arriving in Antofagasta de la Sierra, home to Galan Volcano – the largest crater on the planet.

 

Day 1 – Buenos Aires

Arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, we make a panoramic tour of the city. We start in Plaza de Mayo, witness to the most important events of the country from 1810, to then continue to the neighborhood of La Boca and finish in Palermo and Recoleta. In the evening, we attend a dinner show where we take a tango lesson, learn the basic steps of this rhythm, and then enjoy the magnetism of tango. (D)


Day 2 – Buenos Aires / Salta / Purmamarca

Transfer to the airport to board the flight to Salta. Arrival and reception at the airport. We briefly visit the city, its streets, colonial buildings and the High Mountain Archaeology Museum (MAAM). After lunch, departure to Purmamarca, in the province of Jujuy.Accommodation.(BL)
Travelled distance: 207 km (129 miles)
Travel time: 4 hours
Max. Altitude: 2.324 MASL (7.625 ft.)
(Note: The Town Hall and the MAAM close on Mondays. San Miguel Market closes on Sundays. During these days the itinerary may be modified)


Day 3 – Purmamarca

Today we enjoy the Humahuaca Gorge, a Cultural and Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. Get stunned by the beauty of the towns and mountains as we get to know Las Señoritas Gorge, El Hornocal and Cerro de los Catorce Colores (Mountain of the Fourteen Colors). (BL)
Travelled distance: 319 km (198 miles)
Travel time: 9/10 hours
Max. Altitude: 4.200 MASL (13.780 ft.)


Day 4 – Purmamarca / Tolar Grande

In the morning, departure towards Salinas Grandes. Soon afterwards, we leave behind the province of Jujuy to go back to Salta and arrive at San Antonio de los Cobres, where we have lunch. We start our journey to Tolar Grande, passing by outstanding deserts and salt flats. Arrival in Tolar Grande, tiny town of 400 inhabitants.(BLD)
Travelled distance: 319 km (198 miles)
Travel time: 9 hours
Max. Altitude: 4.500 MASL (14.764 ft.)


Day 5 – Tolar Grande

Departure to mine La Casualidad Camp, located at 4.200 MASL, which used to be the most important sulfur mine of the region. This visit unveils the history and secrets of what today is a ghost town. On the way back, we visit the Cono de Arita, an eye-catching 122-meter-high (400 ft.) volcanic formation. (BLD)
Travelled distance: 283 km (176 miles)
Travel time: 09/10 hours
Max. Altitude: 4.550 MASL (14.928 ft.)
(Note: The visit to La Casualidad Mine’s Camp is subject to weather conditions. If it is not possible to arrive there, it will be replaced by Santa Maria Lagoon and El Arenal (Sand Dune)


Day 6 – Tolar Grande / Antofagasta de la Sierra

Before leaving Tolar Grande, we visit Ojos de Mar (Sea Eyes), lagoons of turquoise water, that contain some curious microorganisms. We begin our way to Antofagasta passing by Antofalla Salt Flat, the largest of Argentina. After lunch, we ascend through the barren scenery of the Calaste Gorge and finally reach Antofagasta de la Sierra. (BLD)
Travelled distance: 283 km (176 miles)
Travel time: 09/10 hours
Max. Altitude: 4.620 MASL (15.157 ft.)


Day 7 – Antofagasta de la Sierra

We start the trip to Galán Volcano, the largest crater on the planet. On the way there, we pass by the Grande Lagoon (4.150 MASL-13.615 ft.), which has been declared RAMSAR Site (International Treaty of Conservation and Rational Use of Humidity) because during summer months it attracts a population of over 10.000 flamingos. Once inside the crater we see the Diamond Lagoon, a striking mirror due to the colour of its waters. (BLD)
Travelled distance: 350 km (217 miles)
Travel time: 12 hours
Max. Altitude: 4.760 MASL (15.617 ft.)
(Note: The trip to Galan Volcano can be done by the traditional or by an alternative. It remains subjected to weather and route conditions)


Day 8 – Antofagasta de la Sierra/ Cafayate

We leave the village to start the road to Cafayate. After a few kilometers, we enter a secondary trail to arrive at one one of the jewels of the Catamarca’s Puna: The Pómez Stone Field. We immerse in a trail while we admire the Carachi Pampa Volcano and its lava field. Once we arrive there, we descend and walk through a stone field, result of millenary erosion, which because of its importance was declared a Natural Protected Area. After a time at leisure, we continue towards Cafayate by De Randolfo Slope and BarrancaLargaHualfin and De Los Quilmes Ruins, finally arriving at Cafayate. (BL)
Travelled distance: 458 km (285 miles)
Travel time: 11 hours
Max. Altitude: 4.050 MASL (13.287 ft.)


Day 9 – Cafayate / Salta

After a short visit to the small city and lunch. Return to Salta through the Cafayate Gorge, characterized by its strange formations product of water and wind erosion. Arrival and accommodation.(BL)
Travelled distance: 192 km (119 miles)
Travel time: 4 hours
Max. Altitude: 1.660 MASL (5.446 ft.)
(Note: The Vine and Wine Museum closes on Mondays)


Day 10 – Salta / Buenos Aires

At due time, transfer to the airport to board your scheduled flight. (B)


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021
First Class Join-in Tour
Dates Dbl Sgl
Jan 07 - Jan 16 3610 3995
Feb 18 - Feb 27 3610 3995
Mar 11 - Mar 20 3610 3995
Apr 08 - Apr 17 3610 3995
May 13 - May 22 3610 3995
Jun 10 - Jun 19 3610 3995
Jul 08 - Jul 17 3610 3995
Aug 12 - Aug 21 3610 3995
Sep 09 - Sep 18 3610 3995
Oct 07 - Oct 16 3610 3995
Nov 04 - Nov 13 3610 3995
Dec 02 - Dec 11 3610 3995
2021
Deluxe Join-in Tour
Dates Dbl Sgl
Jan 07 - Jan 16 3710 4265
Feb 18 - Feb 27 3710 4265
Mar 11 - Mar 20 3710 4265
Apr 08 - Apr 17 3710 4265
May 13 - May 22 3710 4265
Jun 10 - Jun 19 3710 4265
Jul 08 - Jul 17 3710 4265
Aug 12 - Aug 21 3710 4265
Sep 09 - Sep 18 3710 4265
Oct 07 - Oct 16 3710 4265
Nov 04 - Nov 13 3710 4265
Dec 02 - Dec 11 3710 4265
Note - Internal airfare not included. Please contact us for current applicable pricing.
* Minimum 2 passengers
* It is possible to depart on this program on any day as a Private Tour. Please check for the price.
* Single travelling alone price is available upon request.
* Supplements may apply for special events and holidays.
* The accommodation will be provided in the below hotel or similar in case the priority hotel is unable to accommodate the booking.
ACCOMMODATION / HOTELS:
FIRST CLASS
DESTINATION HOTEL ROOM
BUENOS AIRES KENTON BUENOS AIRES CLASSIC
PURMAMARCA CASA DE ADOBE VISTA
TOLAR GRANDE CASA ANDINA STANDARD
ANTOFAGASTA DE LA SIERRA PUEBLO DEL SOL STANDARD
CAFAYATE HOTEL LOS SAUCES STANDARD
SALTA DEL VINO HOTEL SUPERIOR
DELUXE
DESTINATION HOTEL ROOM
BUENOS AIRES GRAND BRIZO BUENOS AIRES SUPERIOR
PURMAMARCA LA COMARCA STANDARD
TOLAR GRANDE CASA ANDINA STANDARD
ANTOFAGASTA DE LA SIERRA PUEBLO DEL SOL STANDARD
CAFAYATE VIÑAS DE CAFAYATE STANDARD
SALTA BRIZO SALTA SUPERIOR

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • All transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation: 9 nights
  • Buenos Aires (1) – Salta (1) -Purmamarca (2) -Tolar Grande (2) -Antofagasta de la Sierra (2) –Cafayate(1)
  • Tours:
  • Buenos Aires: City tour – Dinner show
  • Salta: Walking tour, MAAM included – Tolar Grande – Cono de Arita – La Casualidad Mine – Ojos de Mar – Cafayate Gorge
  • Jujuy: Quebrada de Humahuaca – Las Señoritas Gorge – El Hornocal
  • Catamarca: Antofalla Salt Flat, Galán Volcano- Del Hombre Muerto Salt Flat – Pumice Stone Field
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts – 7 lunches (4 box lunch) – 5 dinners- snacks
  • Needed tickets to the Reserves and the museums

To keep in mind:

  • Due to the altitude, atmospheric pressure and reduction of oxygen of the Puna, we recommend that people with respiratory, cardiac or pressure diseases, take special care.
  • Due to the frequent flight reschedules, please consult the needed ones at the time of booking.

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