From the Water Falls to the Andes
DAY 1: Puerto Iguazu
Arrival in Puerto Iguazu, (NOT on Fridays) Airport or Bus Station pick up. From 2 pm on, check in at selected accommodation. Free day.
DAY 2: Puerto Iguazu
Breakfast. 8 am Full Day Excursion to the Falls, Argentine side: This Tour take will you to visit part of the Iguazú National Park. It preserves 67.000 ha. of giant trees, vines and ferns living with multicolored butterflies, birds and mammals, all of them part of the rich local flora and fauna.
The park was declared Natural World Heritage in 1984, due to its scenic beauties and the great biological diversity of the subtropical jungle. The famous falls are in the heart of this Park.
You will start the visit at the Local Museum and continue the Tour along the Lower Trail, from where you can see the " Two sisters Falls", the "Bossetti Fall", the "Hidden Fall", a panoramic view of "San Martin island " and the "Union Fall".
Later you walk the Upper Trail shifting along walkways located above major falls up to the majestic "San Martin Fall" from where you have a panoramic view of the Brazilian falls.
Finally, you go with the Train of the Jungle up to "Devil's Throat" station. From there, after 1,000 meters walk along the catwalks, you will reach the spectacular "Devil's Throat", where the Iguazu river expresses itself with all its strength and the falling water gives the illusion of magic rainbows.
DAY 3: Puerto Iguazu
Breakfast. Excursion to the Brazilian Side of Iguazu Falls, half day: The guide will take you to visit the wonderful Iguazu Falls, on the Brazilian side, from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Argentine side.
You will get close to "Floriano", "Deodoro," and "Benjamin" waterfalls, and the walkways lead you also to "Santa Maria Falls." (Beware of visa needs if going to the Brazilian side, eg: Australia, USA, Canada, China, etc)
DAY 4: Puerto Iguazu-Tucuman
Breakfast and check out before 11 am. Bus station drop off. Depature to Tucuman city in the late evening. Night bus.
DAY 5: Tucuman-Salta
Arrival in Tucuman in the evening to connect with another bus heading to Salta. Arrival to Salta, late in the night. Check in.
DAY 6: Salta - Purmamarca
Breakfast. Safari to the Clouds/Purmamarca Excursion: You will travel in the same route as the famous Train to the Clouds, zigzagging on lonely roads between the blue sky and the Puna. On your way, you will visit magnificent ruins, scattered houses, small villages and amazing landscapes. Departure from Salta will be at 7 am and you will quickly reach the small town of Campo Quijano and later, the impressive Quebrada del Toro. Soon you will leave all signs of vegetation as you enter the realms of the solitary Puna. In Santa Rosa de Tastil, a pre-Inca city of the XIII century, you will do a short archeological hiking. Later, you will reach San Antonio de los Cobres, a small miner´s town rich in tradition and the Train to the Clouds final destination.
Further ahead, a desert plateau will take you to the surreal landscape of the salt flats, where you stop again to walk around and enjoy the contrasts.
In the afternoon, you will return through the overwhelming Lipan mountains and arrive at the Seven-color Hill in Purmamarca, a landmark on its own. You will overnight in this village suspended in time.
DAY 7: Purmamarca - Salta
Breakfast. Humahuaca Full Day Excursion:
Towns and relics of ancient cultures, superb mountains and the feeling of being in timeless places are the exquisite elements of this trip through the Humahuaca Gorge.
You will leave Purmamarca at 9:00 am and head north to the province of Jujuy. The small towns of Tumbaya, Purmamarca, Maimará and Tilcara open their ancient charm to your captivated eyes. In Purmamarca, you will stop to see the famous Seven-color hill, in Tilcara, you visit the Pucará (fortress) and the Archeological Museum, while in Uquía you stop to admire the local church. But it's in Humahuaca where you enjoy in the extremely peaceful atmosphere, the typical colonial architecture and the charming people. In your way back you will also visit San Salvador de Jujuy to get to know its monuments and intriguing legends. Let the history behind the walls and stones of these places take you on a ride to the Argentinean past! Arrival to Salta at 7 – 8 pm
DAY 8: Salta
Breakfast. Free day to enjoy optional tours or just relax in beautiful Salta city
DAY 9: Salta-Mendoza
Breakfast. Check Out. In the evening: night bus to Mendoza.
DAY 10: Mendoza
Arrival in Mendoza. Check in. At 2.30 pm, Half Day Winery Tour: These Tour runs among vineyards in the areas of Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu. You will experience the work culture brought by of immigrants, using irrigation techniques (canals and ditches) inherited from the former Huarpes Indians. They managed to change a vast desert into a productive river oasis. This is the scene of the settlement of prestigious wineries, which represent Argentine wines in the world with high quality wines.
You will visit two wineries, one with traditional organic methods and the other that uses the latest avaliable technology. Guided by professionals in winemaking, you will learn about the vinification methods and processes, bottling and labelling of wines, in the end of the tour you will taste the different grapes that the wineries offer. Departure: Monday to Saturday: 2.30 pm. Sundays 08.30 am
DAY 11: Mendoza
Breakfast. 7 am: Aconcagua Valley Day Trip (Alta Montaña): The Tour offers a variety of colors and sceneries. Early in the morning along the river Mendoza, get a view of the majestic mountain range called Cordon del Plata and the Potrerillos dam, colossal work for hydraulic power generation and water distribution for irrigation.
Your next visit will be Uspallata, pre-Hispanic settlement of Huarpes indians and the southern last point of the Inca Empire.
Here you will see the Vaults of Uspallata, historic "adobe" (mud) buildings, that were used by the chaplain Fray Luis Beltran for casting cannons and guns.
Afterwards you will visit the villages of Picheuta, Polvareda, Punta de Vacas and Los Penitentes ski resort. Free time for the use of chair lift to enjoy beautiful panoramic views.
Later, you will find Puente de Inca along your route, a huge natural bridge with strands of hot springs.
Continuing the road and 2750 meters above sea level you will reach the viewpoint of Cerro Aconcagua, the colossus of America (6959 meters high), from where you are going to the Laguna Horcones and the Aconcagua Provincial Park.
Following the international route to reach your last destination, Las Cuevas, an European-style village located 3200 meters above sea level. Back to town at 7 - 8 pm
DAY 12: Mendoza
Breakfast. Check out.
|From The Waterfalls to the Andes 11 nights|
|Iguazu + Salta + Mendoza|
|Net Prices:||1 August 2016 - 31 December 2017|
Validity: 1 january 2014 – 31 December 2014
- 3 nights Accommodation in Iguazu at selected basis with breakfast, at hostel. With breakfast and dinner, at Hotel
- Iguazu Airport or Bus Station pickup and Bus Station drop off
- Full Day Tour to the Falls, Argentine Side
- Half Day Tour to the Falls, Brazilian Side
- Bus from Iguazu to Tucuman
- Bus from Tucuman to Salta
- 3 nights Accommodation in Salta at selected basis with breakfast.
- 1 night Accommodation in Purmamarca at selected basis. (Note: accommodation in Purmamarca may be more simple than accommodation in bigger cities)
- Safari to the Clouds / Purmamarca Full Day Excursion
- Humahuaca Full Day Excursion
- Bus from Salta to Mendoza
- 2 nights Accommodation in Mendoza at selected basis with breakfast.
- Half Day Wineries Tour
- Full Day Aconcagua Valley Excursion
- Entrance fee to Iguazu National Park (aprox 40 USD per person) and to Aconcagua Provincial Park
- Meals not specified in itinerary
- Towels, in case of Hostel Dorm Room