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Patagonia to Salta for couples

Buenos Aires, El Calafate, El Chalten, Bariloche, Salta and Jujuy

Patagonia to Salta for couples
Patagonia to Salta for couples
Patagonia to Salta for couples
Patagonia to Salta for couples
Patagonia to Salta for couples
Patagonia to Salta for couples
Patagonia to Salta for couples
Patagonia to Salta for couples
Patagonia to Salta for couples

This amazing tour has been designed for 2 people traveling together that want to go on an adventure. Small character hotels away from crowds, plenty of free days to go as you please, some self drive days in northern Argentina and the day trips we recommend: biking in Buenos Aires, trekking over the glacier in El Calafate and kayaking in Bariloche. An adventure along Argentina´s backbone, the Andes Range!

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DAY 1: Buenos Aires

Arrival to Buenos Aires, airport pick up and accommodation at San Telmo Luxury Suites, in the heart of San Telmo, a historic neighborhood of the city. Free evening

DAY 2: Buenos Aires

Breakfast. Am or Pm Buenos Aires Bike tour. Discover the secrets of the city from a bicycle point of view, a different, ecological and healthy way to visit Buenos Aires. There are 2 routes, one departing from San Telmo and visiting the historic neighborhood of La Boca, home to the Boca Juniors football team, visiting Puerto Madero, the newest district of the city and also visiting Dowtown, place of the Cabildo, the Government House, Plaza de Mayo and the Cathedral. And the other route departs from Palermo to visit the wooded parts of the city and Recoleta neighborhood, the most European quarter in town, home of the famous cemetery and the posh stores cafes and restaurants

DAY 3: Buenos Aires

Breakfast. Free day to explore town and maybe to visit a tango show to learn a bit more about this traditional music enjoying the last dinner in the metropolis

DAY 4: Buenos Aires – El Calafate

Breakfast and check out. Flight to El Calafate. On arrival, airport pick up and transfer to La Cantera Hotel Boutique in El Calafate. Accommodation.

Day 5: El Calafate

Breakfast and transfer to Los Glaciares National Park. After a 20 minutes lake crossing you will be briefed about the glacier and about the itinerary inside a shelter. Then, 20 more minutes walking along the shore of the lake until the glacier is reached. Before entering the ice all participants must have their crampons on. When everyone is ready, off you go into a world of ice, a 1 and ½  hours trek over the famous Perito Moreno, one of the only moving glaciers in the world. Truly unforgettable. 

DAY 6: El Calafate – El Chalten

Breakfast and check out. Time to enjoy a pleasant bus ride to El Chalten. Arrival and Accommodation at Hosteria Kau Si Aike 

DAY 7: El Chalten

Breakfast and self guided trek to the base of Mount Fitz Roy (Laguna de los 3) or just walk about the awesome rocky peaks.

DAY 8: El Chalten

Free day for more treks, maybe Cerro Torre, or take an excursion north along the glacial valley to reach Lago del Desierto and Huemul Glacier.

DAY 9: El Chalten – Perito Moreno

Breakfast and check out. Night bus to Perito Moreno Village.

DAY 10: Perito Moreno - Bariloche

Arrival at 8 am and connection with a bus to Bariloche. Arrival at night. Accommodation at Las Marianas hotel

DAY 11: Bariloche

Breakfast and pick up for a half day kayaking excursion in pleasant Lago Gutierrez.  Float in the pristine glacial waters along a wooded coast, enjoy, relax and be touched by nature!

DAY 12: Bariloche

Breakfast and free day. Suggestion: take a public bus to Llao Llao and rent a bike right after Cerro Campanario stop to do Circuito Chico on your own by bike.   If you are in a mood for a quick trek, go up Cerro Campanario and enjoy one of the better views in Bariloche.

DAY 13: Bariloche to Salta

Breakfast and check out. Flight to Salta. Airport pick up and accommodation at Altos del Balcarce Hotel. 

DAY 14: Salta

Breakfast. Free day to enjoy this colonial city founded by the Spaniards arriving from Peru.    

DAY 15: Salta – Purmamarca

Breakfast, check out and car pick up for a self drive tour in north Argentina. Accomodation in Purmamarca, Hostal Paseo Los Colorados.

1st Day Itinerary Suggestion: Salta – Purmamarca – Salinas Grandes – Purmamarca.

DAY 16: Purmamarca – Humahuaca

Breakfast, self drive to Humahuaca. Accommodation Hotel Munay.

2nd Day Itinerary Suggestion: Purmamarca – Maimara – Tilcara (Pucara) – Uquia – Humahuaca.

DAY 17: Humahuaca

Breakfast, free morning and at noon, self drive to Hornocal Hills  

3rd Day Itinerary Suggestion: Humahuaca – Hornocal – Humahuaca. Note: to see the colors of the hills it is best to arrive I the afternoon/evening that is why it is best to wait and depart after lunch.

DAY 18: Humahuaca – Salta

Breakfast, check out and self drive to Salta to give back the car. Accommodation to Altos del Balcarce hotel. This is the last night of your trip so we suggest you try to visit any Peña at Balcarce street. A Peña is restaurant where to eat local food and end enjoy folkloric music and dances.

DAY 19: Salta - Home

Breakfast and check out. End of services

Included

  • Buenos Aires, 3 nights at San Telmo Luxury Suites, DBL room with breakfast.
  • Private Ezeiza airport pick up.
  • Buenos Aires Bike Tour half day (San Telmo or Palermo)
  • El Calafate, 2 nights at La Cantera Hotel Boutique, DBL room with breakfast.
  • Minitrekking over Perito Moreno Glacier. Pick up at La Cantera Hotel
  • Bus from El Calafate to El Chalten.
  • El Chalten, 3 nights at Hosteria Kau Si Aike DBL room with breakfast.
  • Bus from El Chalten to Perito Moreno village. Night bus
  • Connecting bus from Perito Moreno to Bariloche. Day bus 
  • Bariloche, 3 nights at Las Marianas Hotel, DBL room with breakfast.
  • 1 Kayak trip Half Day at Lago Gutierrez, Bariloche. 
  • Salta airport pick up.
  • Salta, 3 nights at Altos de Balcarce Hotel, DBL room with breakfast.
  • Purmamarca, 1 night at Hostal Paseo los Colorados
  • Humahuaca, 2 nights at Hotel Munay 

 

Not Included
  • Entrance fees to Los Glaciares National Park in El Calafate – approx 25 USD
  • Flights
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • 4 days Car Rental. Pick up Salta City, drop off Salta. Compact car with mandatory insurance + CDW and free miles. Optional: 250 USD
Destination

Bariloche

San Carlos de Bariloche was founded on May, 1902 on the shores of the Nahuel Huapi Lake in the province of Río Negro. The city stands out for its architectural features and for being located in a privileged region due to the beauty of its landscapes made up of mountains, woods, lakes, glaciers, and an exuberant flora.

It is one of the most populated cities in the province and one of the most important tourist centres in Argentina atracting backpackers from every corner and with a lot of hostel activity.

Its characteristic architecture consists of buildings made from stones and wood with slated gabled roofs, that give the city a very special physiognomy. Among the most outstanding groups we can mention the Civic Centre, seat of the main official organisms.

Within the centre arteries there are varied shops and commercial shop centres, cafeterias, and restaurants. The city also has an important busy night life.

Mecca of the national and international tourism, Bariloche can be enjoyed all year long. In spring and summer seasons, it is ideal for carrying out all kinds of excursions and outdoor activities; in winter, the snow offers a singular panorama, including the skiing spectacle in one of the most Swiss replica watches important centres for the practice of this sport in South America: Mount Cathedral. Within this frame, there exists the famous Fiesta Nacional de la Nieve (Snow National Celebration) which constitutes a truly international sporting, artistic and social event.

The regional chocolates, in any of its numberless varieties are the mostly appreciated souvenirs for all tourists. In some shops you can see the way the are elaborated. The marmalade elaboration made of regional fine fruits also stand out.

San Carlos de Bariloche comprises a tourist infrastructure and equipment service in accordance with its importance, offering lodging and gastronomic establishments for all levels, including a wide variety for backpackers or hostels.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Skiing in Cerro Catedral
  • Trekking the National Park Nahuel Huapi trails
  • Rafting in Rio Manso
  • To contemplate the magnific view from the top of the Cerro Campanario
  • A visit to El Bolson Chocolates, trout and smoked products from Patagonia
  • Sporting fishing
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Buenos Aires

The city of Buenos Aires, one of the most important Latin American cities, is a great cosmopolitan and many-sided metropolis. This city astonishes the tourist with its evident universal influence.

It is the capital of the Argentine Republic and the vital bond of the nation.

 How to access?

To access to the downtown from the airport there is an option to take a shuttle to the hostel where you will stay. Book here Hostel Shuttle.

As long as European arquitecture is concerned, many streets recall those of Paris.

Its numberless museums, exposition and comference centres, art galleries, cinemas and theatres with national and international spectacles of high quality, are witnesses of its important cultural life.

The Colon Theatre, one of the most important lyrical theatres in the world, is seat, together with some other scenaries, of an intense musical activity that comprises all genres including, of course, the famous and typical Tango; besides, the city is frequently visited by orchestras, groups and soloists from all over the world.

Financial, stock-exchange and economical seat of the country, Buenos Aires is the main port of the nation. It has an intense commercial activity, reflected in numberless shops of the main worldfamous branches, shop centres and commercial shoppings.

Its nightlife is quite varied and extends up to the ealy hours. Discos, restaurants, cafeterias and many other attractions for all tastes are spread all around the city offering the tourist a large number of options.

Its accomodation capacity ranges from luxurious 5 stars hotels belonging to international chains up to modest lodgings, including all the hostel levels.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Try an Asado Argentino (Argentine BBQ)
  • Enjoy a day at the countryside learning our country traditions
  • Go to a Tango show, Milonga or take tango lesson
  • Enjoy the city doing a Bike City Tour
  • Go dancing and enjoy all night till dawn
  • Wander the streets of Buenos Aires finding out of sales books
  • Meeting friends in one of the famous Buenos Aires Cafes

TRANSPORT IN BUENOS AIRES

• Buses: The bus (colectivo) is a fast and inexpensive means of transport to travel over the Capital. There are more than 180 lines going through the city and providing connection with all districts in the Greater Buenos Aires. The service is available at regular intervals. Sometimes, streets may be blocked in the downtown area due to traffic jams. The ticket is sold on the bus and only coins are accepted. Hours: Bus service is available all day long but its frequency decreases after 12 am.

• Subways: This is the fastest and easiest way to reach your destination. The six subway lines (commonly known as “subtes”) are connected with the main avenues and railway and bus stations, and converge upon downtown, the main tourist and hotel area. Maps showing the subway lines in different colors may be obtained at the ticket offices located in every station. Information boards showing each line routes and transfer stations between lines are available in all stations. These connections that allow passengers to use more than one line are called “combinación”. The service runs Mondays through Saturdays, from 5 am to 10 pm, and Sundays and holidays from 8 am to 10 pm.

Taxis: They can be requested by phone or you may call them on the street. Radiotaxis (provided with radio systems) are considered safer. There is a great number of taxis in the city – getting a taxi near the tourist areas is easy at any time of day or night. Usually, you will wait for no longer than a few minutes. Taxis can be easily recognized by their colors – black and yellow. In addition, a red light on the taximeter indicates that they are available.

• Remises: They are a sort of limo service that you request by phone to the numerous agencies spread out in the city. These cars are not identified with a special color. The  total fare varies according to the kilometers covered and time elapsed.

• Trains: If you want to visit areas outside the Capital such as the Delta or neighborhoods distant from downtown, the railways provide an affordable service. Several lines allow access to the center of the city.

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El Calafate

In El Calafate you will find yourself at the gateway to the majestic world of glaciers.

This town is near Lake Argentino, a green water surface covering 1,600 km2, with a length of 60 km and a width between 12 and 14 km. It also has great mysterious depths, like all lakes orginated from glaciers, ranging from 35 m in Feruglio, on the southern shore, to 300 m off the Avellaneda Peninsula.

El Calafate connects you with the most unknown and magical features of our geography. It is 316 km. from Río Gallegos, 185 m.a.s.l. and receives its name from the small bush calafate, indigenous of Patagonia. Its fruit is a delicious berry very good for the elaboration of jam. According to tradition, whoever eats calafate will return for more. But reality indicates that whoever visits Calafate wants to stay there forever.

It is a tourist resort of both national and international importance, since it is the start of all glacier circuits. It is an oasis of poplars, willows and pines at the border of the steppe.

This small town and all its magic are a must for lovers of glaciers.

El Calafate presents a dry climate, with an average maximum temperature of 19ºC, and an average minimum of -2º in winter. The length of the day changes according to season. In summer, the sun rises at 5.30am and sets at 11pm. In winter the day is shorter as there are only 8 hours of daylight.

El Calafate is the main supplier in the area. It has a population of around 8,000 inhabitants on a 155,000-hectare surface, with rivers and creeks draining into the Atlantic Ocean through the Santa Cruz River.

The Glaciers National Park covers a surface of some 600,000 hectares with 47 glaciers, such as the Viedma, the Moyano, the Marconi, the Upsala, the Agassiz, the Bolado, the Onelli, the Peineta, the Spegazzini, the Mayo, the Ameghino, the Moreno and the Frías, all of them located within the Atlantic basin.

El Calafate can be visited thanks to a significant bus fleet used for excursions and modern boats that allow you to enjoy the classical viewpoint of the Perito Moreno Glacier or the audacious expeditions to cross the glaciers from one side to the other. The International Airport of El Calafate, inaugurated on November 17, 2000 and located 23km away from the city, receives direct flights from Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Pto.Madryn, San Carlos de Bariloche, and Puerto Natales, among other cities.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spending the day just sitting and looking at the fabulous Perito Moreno Glacier. The sound, the movement, the blue...unforgetable!
  • Minitrekking over Perito Moreno glacier
  • Guided trips to meet the different and unforgettable. Glaciers included de impressive Upsala Glacier
  • Trekking at El Chalten searching for Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy
  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Fishing in the Roca lake inside the national park Los Glaciares
  • Navigating on Brazo Rico in Lake Argentino
  • El Calafate Regional Museum
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El Chaltén

ituated in the Departament called Lago Argentino, El Chaltén is on the northen margin of Lago Viedma, in the confluence of rivers De las Vueltas and Fitz Roy, in the National Reserve Zona Viedma in Los Glaciares National Park.

In this landscape combine the magic of glaciers, hidden lagoons, estancias, Lake Viedma, and the magnetic presence of mount Fitz Roy. The summit of its unmistakable majestic silouete is almost always covered in a cloud that the Tehuelche thought was smoke, mistake that gave origin to the name Chaltén, which means volcano.

Two hundred people live in this town, distant 220 km. from El Calafate on provincial route Nº11, national route 40, and provincial route Nº 23.

El Chaltén is contiguous to Lake Viedma and its reserve, and has been declared National Hiking Capital for the variety of activities performed by hikers and climbers.

Most outings start in town, and it is not necessary to be an expert to follow the circuits if you walk on a current trail.

The granitic towers of mounts Torre and Fitz Roy compose spectacular panorama together with glaciers Viedma, Upsala and Moyano, which drain in Lago Viedma, with a surface of 106.000 has.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mount Fitz Roy
  • Trekking to "La laguna del Desierto"
  • The beautiful "Laguna Capri"
  • Trekking to "Lago Viedma"
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Humahuaca


Purmamarca


Salta

The city of Salta is situated at 1187 m.a.s.l., in the north extreme of the Lerma Valley. It was founded in 1582, its spanish physiognomy emphasize it from the rest of the cities of the country. In Salta you can find ground floor houses, narrow streets and sidewalks, everything situated among mountains and trees. Owner of an intense historic past, it finds in one of the most impresive geographies of the region, from the jungle (yungas) in the East part to the Puna desert in the West side.


Summer is mild and Winter is warm and dry, with records of an annual average temperature of 22ºC, which makes the city an ideal place to live or visit.

A few kilometers away from the city, there are many interesting places to visit, to spend the day or to enjoy them by doing some adventure activities. It stands out the towns of San Lorenzo, Vaqueros, La Caldera and the dam Cabra Corral. In all those places is possible to practice horse ridding, four trax, trekkings, rafting and cannopy.

The night in Salta has for every kind of taste, and its variety cover all the alternatives. From the traditional "peñas", within artistic local shows, it is possible to taste the tipical regional dishes, to a large range of restaurants, casinos, bars and discotheques.

In Salta is not possible to miss the turistic circuits that this beautiful province offers. In the Calchaqui Valleys circuit you´ll be surprised by the rocky formations of their gorges and multicolored hills, where they rise many little towns which adobe and straw houses will take the traveller to ancient times. It is an unforgettable trip to a region forged by the turbulent pre - inca and colonial history inside a dramatic geography, where we can also apreciate the road of wine, one of the specialities of the region.

The Andean Circuitor Puna will take us to one of the most extreme areas. Passing through Campo Quijano, the gate of the Andes, we´ll arrive to Bull Gorge, an impresive road that will lead us to the pre-inca ruins of Santa Rosa de Tastil, one of the most important in the region.

Going through the Abra Muñano at 4100 m.a.s.l. we´ll be entering in the arid desert of the Puna, in which it finds the town of San Antonio de los Cobres, where the inhabitants of the place will show us their way of living in such a hard place.

In this desert it is possible to see the amazing white colour of theSalt Lakes, shared with the neighbouring province of Jujuy.

In the Noth Circuit, going through the middle of the jungle area, we can enter from Salta to Humahuaca Gorge, with all its colour and history, this will allow us to go into the mountains where are hidden magic towns like Iruya.

Salta offers alternatives for every taste. Its people is doing of this place something special and the traveller falls in love with the city. The combination of landscape and history is doing of Salta an oblige city for those who wants to know the best of the country.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Train to the clouds, one of the most important works of engineering in the XXth century: the C14 branch, located 4,200 m.a.s.l.
  • The new Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña (High Country Archeology Museum)
  • Salta Cathedral
  • Birdwatching is an ideal activity to get deep into the rainforest in Salta
  • Tour through one of the most impressive circuits in the contry, the legendary Calchaquí Valleys
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