Northern Argentina in a nutshell

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What we came up with

A ten day taster to explore the relatively untouched northwest of Argentina, beginning with three nights in buzzing Buenos Aires, followed by time in the stunning vineyards of the north - famous for making wine at some of the highest altitudes in the world - soaking up the splendid scenery and warm local culture, whilst venturing into the red wilderness on horseback, trekking and cycling.

— Will, Original Travel Expert

Itinerary Highlights

  • Buenos Aires - 3 Days
    One of Latin America's most vibrant and appealing cities, Buenos Aires is an eclectic mix of Parisian-style boulevards lined with crumbling ancient townhouses, cool cafés in contemporary spaces, fantastic food and dance-til-dawn nightlife. A stay in one of the most stylish hotels in the trendy Palermo Barrios is the chic townhouse design of Legado Mitico, where characterful rooms have been artfully designed around key figures from Argentina's history, such as Che Guevara and Jorge Luis Borges. From here, stroll through the chic boutiques of Recoleta, sip cocktails on the roof terraces of Palermo's art galleries, catch football fever in La Boca, and soak up the haunting tango in San Telmo.

  • Salta - 2 Days
    A distinctly Hispanic character inhabits Salta, a region where colonial homes and churches are nestled amidst the hills around. At the foot of the Andes lies Finca Valentina, a boutique country house hotel with traditional local architecture externally, and with an interior of rustic charm. Explore your stunning surroundings on horseback or on foot, take traditional cooking classes or curl up by the fireplace in the library and simply take this time to relax. In the evenings, savour a menu designed daily by the chef, accompanied by wine from the local Salta or Mendoza valleys.

  • Cafayate Wine Regions - 2 Days
    Venturing further into wine country, settle in for two nights at Vinas de Cafayate Wine Resort, tucked amongst vineyards at the bottom of the San Isidro Hill. On the doorstep of El Esteco winery, the best of Argentine wines are available for the duration of a stay here. Aside from coiffing vino, an 18-hole golf course or the town of Cafayate itself are possible to explore. The Cathedral, Rodolfo Bravo Museum and the Museum of Wine and Vine will appeal to culture vultures, while perusing the artisan shops is an intriguing adventure as well. For the more adventurous, mountain biking and hikes to the Cafayate Canyon and nearby dunes are also on offer.

  • Molinos - 1 Day
    Once home to Salta's last colonial governor, Nicolás Severo de Isasmendi, the restored 18th century Hacienda de Molinos is now a luxury boutique hotel. Perched on the banks of the Calchaqui River, make the most of breath-taking views, nibbling Andean empanadas baked in a traditional mud oven whilst sitting under the pepper tree on the terrace. After a day's riding, trekking and basking in the sunshine, for those wanting something a little different, why not test your skills at an Indian dressage course.

  • Cachi - 2 Days
    Finally, wind through rolling vineyards to Cachi. A night at La Merced del Alto is really all about the views: cactus-topped ridges, olive trees and the snow-capped peak of Nevada de Cachi in the distance. Experience local culture by visiting weavers' workshops, taste traditional Andean maize and llama, washed down with the hotel's own Malbec. Every bit as wild and dramatic as Arizona's Painted Desert, this is the place to experience Argentina at its most rugged.

A rough idea of price

A similar itinerary would cost frrom £3,995 per person, which includes all flights, hotels transfers, and organised trips.

A note about prices

The guide prices shown are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip. Prices are generally for private arrangements using economy flights based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. There are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, the class of flights, the airline used and the level of private guiding versus shared excursions.

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