Multi-Day Tour | Private

NW Argentina | Ultra-Luxe Tour | Jujuy, Salta, Cafayate | NW Argentina (9 days)

Blue Parallel

Buenos Aires, Argentina To Buenos Aires, Argentina

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Aug 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires None

Please note that the following itinerary is an example, as all of our journeys are custom-made.

VIP greeting upon arrival in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires after an overnight flight. With its vibrant nightlife, European heritage, historic architecture, and creative cultural movements, Buenos Aires is the most visited city on the continent. After settling in to your accommodations, head out on your first sightseeing tour of the city and explore the aristocratic neighborhood of Recoleta home to the opulent Recoleta Cemetery, Plaza Francia and the Fine Arts Museum, all walking distance from your hotel. You will also have the opportunity to visit nearby galleries and shops which are sprinkled through the neighborhood.

Day 2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires Breakfast

Begin the day with a private guided tour of the world-famous Teatro Colon before heading out to explore the southern neighborhoods of Buenos Aires with your personal guide. Visit the historic Plaza de Mayo anchored by the presidential palace known as the Casa Rosada. Continue on to San Telmo, the city’s oldest neighborhood and the birthplace of tango and stroll through its cobbled stoned streets while browsing quirky antique shops or, sit and enjoy a coffee in Plaza Dorrego. Head to Pulpería Quilapán, a combination of tavern, general store, and guesthouse that served as a gaucho institution from the early 20th century onward in Argentina, where you can enjoy coffee in the outdoor courtyard. Later, take a private tango class with a professional dancer in a dance hall nearby. In the evening, dine at one of the city's best restaurants before witnessing the exciting Rojo Tango Show or a local milgona (a tango dancehall).

Day 3
Jujuy, Argentina
Manantial del Silencio Breakfast, Lunch

Greeting by your host and private transfer to the airport for your flight to Jujuy. Arrival in Jujuy, greeting by your personal host and private transfer to Manantial del Silencio in Purmamarca. Spend the day on a private 4-wheel drive expedition through the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a valley in theregion renowned for its rich indigenous heritage and culture, accompanied by your personal guide. The memorable Quebrada de Humahuaca snakes its way upward toward Bolivia. The palette of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed valley changes constantly, from shades of creamy white to rich, deep reds. Dotting the valley are dusty, picturesque, indigenous towns. These picturesque towns also feature dramatic mountainous landscapes and rich aboriginal traditions. Later visit pre-Columbian villages such as Tilcara and Maimara, some of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements of Argentina with traces of human habitation dating back more than 10,000 years. You will be able to enjoy hiking trails throughout the day.

Day 4
Jujuy, Argentina
Manantial del Silencio Breakfast, Lunch

With your expert guide, begin the day with a hike around the majestic mountain of Seven Colors—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mountain is the product of a geological phenomenon, displaying layers of sediment elevated by tectonic plate movements. During the hike enjoy incredible 360 views. Continue by private 4x4 to the incredible Salinas Grandes, salt flats, the largest salt desert in central-northern Argentina covering an area of approximately 212 sq km and located 3,450 meters above sea level. The origins of the Salinas Grandes date back to a period between 5 and 10 million years ago when water with a high salt consistency from volcano activity covered the lagoon. Return to your hotel in Purmamarca in the late afternoon.

Day 5
Calchaquí, Argentina
Patios de Cafayate Breakfast

Greeting by your personal expert guide and private transfer

to Jujuy airport for your private flight to Cafayate. Argentina’s second center for quality wine production

specializing in torrontés – an aromatic dry white wine, Cafayate has still has

maintained its tranquil small-town feel. It’s a spectacularly scenic place,

with the green of the vines backed by the soaring mountains beyond, and is one

of northwest Argentina’s most seductive destinations.

After settling in to your accommodations, begin your stay in the region with visits to the excellent vineyards in the area. The Calchaquí Valleys region is where the lush vegetation of the Yunga forest, the rivers and rocky mountains, all merge to meet the desert. At an ideal altitude of 1,800 meters (5,500 feet) above sea level, with its ever-present sunshine and perfect temperature range, the environment is perfect for the creation of high-end wines. In the afternoon, visit El Esteco Winery for a private wine tasting and tour of the property.

Day 6
Calchaquí, Argentina
Patios de Cafayate Breakfast

Explore Cafayate’s incredible landscapes on a mountain biking or hiking excursion with your expert guide. Experience the morning light turn the sand and earth bright yellow while passing surrounding vineyards, streams and rock formations. Head up into the surrounding hills to get an aerial view of the valley and town of Cafayate.

Later, enjoy lunch at Piatelli Winery which is situated amongst beautiful ancient red rock formations and mountains in the Calchaquíes Valley. Continue by private transfer to El Porvenir for a wine tour and tasting. El Porvenir is a small family owned winery located 1,750 meters above sea level in the rugged terrain of Cafayate. The winery is dedicated to crafting small quantities of exceptional wines, and annual production is limited to approximately 150,000 bottles. End the day in Cafayate town for for a brief tour, stopping in some of the wonderful artisanal shops, followed by dinner. Try one of the area’s specialties such as locro, empanadas, tamales or humitas.

Day 7
Salta, Argentina
Legado Mitico Breakfast

Greeting by your personal host and private transfer to Salta (3.5 hour drive). You will pass through a lunar-like landscape in the Quebrada de Las Conchas where the sandstone rocks form distinctive shapes including the Devil’s Throat, the Amphitheater, the Toad, and the Friar among others. Upon arrival in Salta, enjoy a traditional lunch before arriving at your hotel, ideally located for exploring the city. In the afternoon explore the city on foot with your expert guide. Some of the highlights of the tour include the 18th Century Cabildo, San Francisco church, and the 19th Century “Iglesia Catedral”. Blue Parallel can also arrange exclusive access to an local artisan's workshop who specializes in string instruments such as the lute. In the evening, recommended dinner in town.

Day 8
Salta, Argentina
Legado Mitico Breakfast

In the morning, depart on a relaxed hike to the top of Mount San Bernardo for beautiful views of Salta and the Lerma Valley. Following this, visit Quebrada San Lorenzo in the outskirts of the city to hike in this unique subtropical forest landscape. During the hike immerse yourself in green ferns, creeks, moss and colorful fauna of a tropical cloud forest. Along the way, you may bump into farmers, descendants of the ancient Incas, riding down on horseback from their homes in the hills. You’ll also see plenty of wildlife, including foxes, small deer called corzuelas, and birds including hawks and toucans. Return to your hotel to freshen up in before lunch.

In the afternoon, visit the Museum of High Altitude Archaeology, or MAAM with your expert guide. The fascinating 500-year-old frozen bodies of three Incan children killed in a ritual sacrifice are the main attraction of this museum. They were discovered in 1999, amid a treasury of objects made of gold, textiles and other materials, atop 22,000-foot Mount Llullaillaco at the border of Salta Province and Chile. In the cold and dry air at the top of the mountain, the bodies were naturally mummified, and the children look eerily lifelike. In the evening, enjoy dinner in town at Café del Tiempo.

Day 9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
None Breakfast

Following a restful morning to prepare your belongings, you will be taken by private transfer to Salta airport in time for your return flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival at Buenos Aires domestic airport, you will be greeted by your personal host and taken by private transfer to the international airport where you will depart later in the evening. Airport assistance provided.

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Discover the highlights of Argentina's Northwest on this trip, Argentina's most culturally unique region. Experience the wildly diverse terrain ranging from the cold peaks of the Andes to the subtropical air of the fertile valleys, farmed for thousands of years by natives who were excellent stewards of the land. Discover the dazzling salt flats of the Salinas Grandes and the Mountain of the Seven Colors, two of the most striking natural sights of the region, and explore the narrow mountain valley, and UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Quebrada de Humahuaca. Later, a private plane takes you to Cafayate home to some of Argentina's finest vineyards. End the trip in the city of Salta, a colonial town with rich traditional heritage.

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Blue Parallel creates private, tailor-made journeys designed around the themes of World Heritage destinations, outdoor adventures, gourmet cuisine, exclusive lodging, white glove service and insider access. We operate in Latin America: the Amazon, Antarctica, Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Easter Island, the Galapagos Islands, Guatemala, Panama, Patagonia, Uruguay and the Yucatan Peninsula. And in the Mediterranean: the Adriatic Coast, Andalucia, Corsica, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Morocco, Sicily & the Aeolian Islands, Spain, Portugal and Turkey.

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