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12 nights visiting Buenos Aires, Salta, Humahuaca Canyon, Atacama Desert & Santiago de Chile
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Buenos Aires, Salta and the northwest, Atacama Desert and Santiago in 12 nights!

A wonderful 12-night program to enjoy Argentina and Chile in 12 nights, focused in the north portion of the countries. The program starts in Buenos Aires, but also can start in Santiago and run in reverse. Buenos Aires is the perfect place to enjoy Tango, a delicious gastronomy, the warm people and interesting places like Caminito in La Boca, San Telmo, Recoleta, Palermo, Puerto  Madero, Plaza de Mayo, the Obelisk and the 9 de Julio Avenue, and more. Then, we travel to the nortwest of the country to visit Salta and incredible places surrounding the area. We visit Humahuaca Canyon, Purmamarca and the 7-color hill, the incredible Train to the Clouds, Cachi, Cafayate Wine Country and more. Then, we cross to San Pedro de Atacama to visit the incredible desert, and enjoy the tatyo geysers, Puritama Hot Springs, Moon and Death Valleys, and more. Finally, we fly to Santiago to finalize our tour visiting the commercial and financial heart of Chile, taste the local wine in  Colchagua and Maipo Canyon and visiting Viña del Mar and Valparaiso.

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Itinerary

Day 1

BUENOS AIRES: Arrival to the capital city

Welcome to Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina and one of the most important cities in South America. After arriving at the International Airport, called Ministro Pistarini and known by the name of Ezeiza, you will be ready to enjoy the European style in the architecture, history, the unique experience of tango, great gastronomy, and the warmth of the local people called “Porteños”. You will stay 3 nights in this unique city and the first day is free to rest. But, if you`re an active person, interested in make some great activities just after arrival, take a look at our optional tours before continue reading. We have many options to offer for any kind of traveler, check details in the following list:

Our Suggested Hotels
La Boca, Buenos Aires

Day 2

BUENOS AIRES: City Tour & Dinner Tango Show

After breakfast, we will start a 4-hour city tour visiting the best of Buenos Aires. As we told you, Buenos Aires is one of the most european cities in South America, to be honest… the most. And it`s because the european influence in the architecture of the beginnings of the past century, when Argentina was the sixth country in the world…

Our tour includes different areas in the city. We will enjoy La Boca, one of the most famous places, that includes Caminito and Boca Juniors Stadium called “La Bombonera”. Of course, we will visit San Telmo, another traditional place in Buenos Aires. Please note, on sundays the famous San Telmo fair will be opened where you can find many interesting antiques.

Our tour also includes the visit to the traditional Plaza de Mayo, with the Government House called “Casa Rosada”, the Cabildo, the Cathedral, and all the history around this emblematic square. We will see the Obelisk and 9 de Julio Avenue. Then, Colon Theatre, one of the most important opera houses in the world. You can take a guided visit if you want, but it`s important to buy tickets in advance. Check with us about this optional activity with more details.

This tour will allow us to get to know other areas of the city, like neighborhoods of Recoleta, Palermo and Puerto Madero, a renovated dockside area with a rich gastronomy offer, where you can finalize your tour and enjoy a great lunch and taste the local gastronomy.

After this tour, you`re free to enjoy the city at your own. There are many activities to do, like the visit to Colon Theatre with Walking Tour, or the excursion to Tigre Delta.

In the evening, you can enjoy some optional tours, like an amazing Tango Show, or a Buenos Aires by night activity before return to your hotel and rest for our next trip tomorrow. Check our options below.

Day 3

BUENOS AIRES: Enjoying the countryside. Visit to an estancia in the Pampas

After breakfast, we will start our tour to the Pampas, to visit one of the traditional estancias or farms. It`s one of the classic visits you can enjoy during your stay in Buenos Aires. usually called “Fiesta Gaucha” and where we will make activities associated with the local traditions, like the typical “Asado Criollo”, an unforgettable horse riding, and the traditional folklore show. After lunch which is included of course, we will enjoy some gaucho demonstration with horses, in activities called Carreras de Sortijas.

Return to the hotel is around 5 pm, and you have some free time for rest, or may be enjoy some of our optional activities available below. We`re ready to help you

Again, evening is free to choose any of our available activitites. Check below

Day 4

BUENOS AIRES: Good bye to the big city

After breakfast, free time until transfer to the local airport to take flight or to pier to take boat to our next destination.

See optional excursions available and details in the list below

SALTA: Arrival to the argentinian northwest

Arrival to Salta, the gate to visit different attractions in the Argentinian northwest. Salta is one of the most important cities, the 7 most populous in Argentina with around 600.000 inhabitants. It`s located in Lerma Valley, and it`s the gate to visit many attractions in the area. Known as Salta la Linda (“Salta the beautiful”), the city has become an important tourist destination for international travellers due to its old, colonial architecture, tourism friendliness, excellent weather and natural scenery of the valleys westward.

After arrival, transfer to your hotel and free time to walk the city at your own, or may be add some of our optional activities you can find below

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Day 5

HUMAHUACA CANYON: Unesco World Heritage

After breakfast, we will start one of the most important excursions in the area: the Humahuaca Canyon. It’s a harsh but vivid landscape full of incredible colorful montains and a real network of dry yet river-scoured canyons overlooked by mountains with sedimentary strata that have been eroded times by times, into unique formations revealing a wide variety of colors in waves. This incredible place was declared by Unesco as World Heritage
Through your guide’s commentary, learn about how the Incas once used this gorge as a caravan road and later as a commercial route during the colonial period.
We arrive at Purmamarca where we can enjoy watching the incredible Cerro de Los Siete Colores (Seven-Color Hill,) a large natural formation looming over the town. It´s a great chance to take a wonderful and unforgettable picture. Stroll through the streets of the small village, visiting the small church and handicrafts at the local market.

After a stop, we arrive to Tilcara, to enjoy the archaeological museum and the town square. First, stop at a scenic viewpoint on the way into town to see some pre-Incan ruins. We continue through Huacalera, to admire the colorful formation called La Pollera de la Coya, and see paintings dating from the 17th century in Uquía.
We stop in Humahuaca for a lunch (not included) and where we will visit the Monument of Independence, the local cathedral, and admire paintings from the Cuzco School.

After that, we start to return to Salta, but we will watch some incredible landscapes on the way, like La Paleta del Pintor or the Painter’s Palette, and stop in San Salvador de Jujuy. Visit the town’s cathedral and the French Baroque–style Flag’s Hall before moving on to the Government House.

Arrival in Salta late in the evening.

Day 6

SALTA: Choose from many optionals available

After breakfast, you have free time to choose from many options available, from adventure activities, to traditional activities like Train to the Clouds (check calendar available), Cachi, Cafayate Wine Country and more. Take a look to our optionals below

Day 7

SALTA: Good bye to "La Linda"

After breakfast, you have free time until your transfer to aiport or bus station if you continue to Chile. If you have time enough, you can choose an optional activity before your transfer. Check options below

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA: Arrival to the incredible chilean north

Arrival to Calama Airport or San Pedro bus station and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. During the way you will see amazing colorful landscapes, passing through the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Chain). Arrival to San Pedro and transfer to your hotel for check in. Free time. But, if you arrived early, you can choose from any of the following options which are great to start visiting the incredible north of Chile.

 

 

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Day 8

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA: Visting Toconao, the Highland Lagoons and Atacama Salt Flat

After breakfast and early in the morning, we will start one of the most amazing excursions in the area, to enjoy unique landscapes. We leave for the Highland Miñique and Miscanti Lagoons. We will go along the road to Toconao making a brief stop to visit the main plaza and church of this small village. Thenk, we will do a a short visit to the farming village of Socaire to see some agricultural practices. After that, we will continue our tour to ascend the Andes Chain to reach the Miscanti and Meñiques Lagoons with an incredible and unique deep blue color and white shores. Be ready with your camera to take hundred of photos. This place is unique. These lagoons are located in the Los Flamencos National Reserve. Some free time for lunch in Socaire.

After lunch, we will continiue our tour, to arrive to the Atacama Salt Flat located in the Los Flamencos National Reserve. This is the largest salt deposit in Chile, and one of the most importants in South America. It was formed into a depression with no water outlet. In Chaxa Lagoon, we have an abundance of bird species, especially the well known flamingos which are a real attraction. After many additional photos and some free time to enjoy the landscape, we return to  San Pedro de Atacama to rest and go to bed early. Next day is one of the largest, starting very early in the morning.

Free time and overnight in San Pedro.

Day 9

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA: Tatyo Geysers & Puritama Hot Springs

Wake up eary in the morning, for a quick breakfast and be ready around 4 am to start an incredible unique experience in the chilean north. It`s the visit to Tatyo Geysers. We have aproximetely 3 hours to arrive to the area, so arrival to the geysers would be around 7 am in the morning. We arrange a picnic breakfast there. Our guide will lead our trip to discover this geothermal field and see the incredible tatyo geysers and pools of boiling water and mud. We will have free time there to enjoy this unique place on earth.

On the way back we make a stop to visit the small shelters village of Machuca, the attractive of this place are some interesting local meals, like the home made empanadas, sopaipillas, skewers, coffee, tea or coca tea. Then, we will go to the Puritama Hot Springs. Once there, we can enjoy these warms waters that emanate from beneath the rocks and surrounding vegetation. Free time to enjoy the hot springs until return to our hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 10

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA: Good bye incredible north!

After breakfast, free time to enjoy San Pedro until your transfer to Calama Airport or San Pedro bus station. If you have some free time in the day, because you leave in the afternoon or evening, you can add any of our optional activities you can find below.

Good bye Atacama!

SANTIAGO DE CHILE: Arrival to the capital city

Arrival to Santiago Merino Airport, in Santiago de Chile. The Chilean capital has become a good choice for international business travelers, developing a reputation as a calm and clean city with a good quality of life. It`s one of the most important and populated cities in South America. Most government activities take place in Santiago’s downtown area, which is home to La Moneda (the presidential palace), Plaza de Armas, and the Judicial and Executive Branches. There are also many museums and shopping malls.

Districts such as Providencia, Bellavista, Las Condes, and Vitacura offer a dazzling array of businesses, shops, and restaurants as well as a bustling nightlife.

Santiago is also located near many attractions such as the beach house of poet Pablo Neruda, Isla Negra, ski resorts located around 60 km from the city, spots in the Andean foothills like Cajón del Maipo, the port of Valparaíso, which is about an hour from Santiago, and Viña del Mar and other summer resorts on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Options for enjoying the mountains and sea are always right at your fingertips in Santiago.

After arrival, transfer to your hotel and check in. Free time for to rest, or may be if you`re interested, you can book any of the optional activities below

Our Suggested Hotels

Day 11

SANTIAGO DE CHILE: Enjoying the best of the capital city

After breakfast, in the morning, our guide will be waiting for us for our first visit. We will enjoy a city tour to discover one of the most modern capitals of South America.

Santiago is a cosmopolitan and vibrant capital that perfectly combines tradition and modernity. The tour will allow you to know the origins of the city and emblematic places like the Cathedral, the Post Office, the Plaza de Armas, and the famous Palacio de la Moneda, the house of the Chilean government. You will discover the traditional neighborhoods of the historic center. We visit Santa Lucía hill, called Huelén by the natives, a real urban oasis in the heart of the center. Learn more about the history of Chile and enjoy privileged views of the capital and the mountains surrounding the city. The second part of the tour will take you to the east, to see the financial area of Santiago, and watch modern buildings. Duration is around 4 hours. Return to the hotel and free time.
Please note, there are many optional activities available for the afternoon. Check options below

Day 12

SANTIAGO DE CHILE: Visiting Viña del Mar and Valparaiso

After breakfast, our guide will be waiting for you to start our visit to Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, in the direction to Chile`s coast. We drive through the country’s main wine- producing areas, so we can admire the vineyard-covered landscapes along the way which is fascinating.  We will stop to take some great photos of this important area.  Again in the route we will continue to the coastal road known as the Camino de la Pólvora, arriving at Valparaíso, considered the cultural capital of Chile and full of colors and unique views of the pier and the city over the hill. We will visit the Muelle Prat, a historic dock filled with dozens of colorful boats. From Plaza Sotomayor, the main gateway to Valparaíso from the sea, you’ll immerse yourself in the old quarter, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Place.

We will visit the House-Museum of Pablo Neruda, called as La Sebastiana. You’ll then reach Paseo 21 de Mayo, a natural viewpoint at the bottom of the Artillería Hill, where you’ll be able to take in a panoramic view of Valparaíso’s view from the blue sea to the city and the surrounding mountains.

Our next step is the visit to the city of Viña del Mar, whose name in Spanish means “Vineyard of the Sea”. The coastal town is also often called the Garden City, and you’ll soon see why when you visit sights such as the iconic Flower Clock on the side of Castle Hill. Free time for lunch and then, some free time to enjoy the beach, after return to your hotel in Santiago de Chile.

 

Day 13

SANTIAGO: Good bye Santiago!

After breakfast, free time to enjoy the city until your transfer to the airport. If you leave the city in the afternoon or evening, you can choose any of our optional activities you can see below.

Goodbye Santiago!

End of our services. We can personalize your program, by adding or deleting nights, add new destinations, or make any necessary change. Just let us know. Optional activities you can see below each day, are just suggested options. You can add any of these activities to your quotation, or ask for any other available in each destination.

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IGUAZU FALLS EXTENSION PROGRAM

Iguazu Falls is one of the most incredible places in the world, recently declared as one of the new 7-wonders of nature, and Unesco World Heritage. It`s an amazing show of nature, and a must-see if you visit Argentina or Brazil. Are you ready?

DAY 1 – Arrival to Iguazu!
DAY 2 – Visit Iguazu Falls Argentinian Side with up to 8 km of trails to enjoy nature!
DAY 3 – Visit Iguazu Falls Brazilian Side with a great bus ride and a panoramic view of the falls
DAY 4 – Transfer out. Good bye Iguazu Falls, magic of nature!

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SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA EXTENSION

Are you ready to enjoy one of the most fascinating places on earth? You can add a 3-night extension and visit this incredible place in the chilean north!

DAY 1 – San Pedro de Atacama. Welcome!
DAY 2 – Toconao, Highland Lagoons and Atacama Salt Flat!
DAY 3 – Visit Tatyo Geysers and Puritama Hot Springs
DAY 4 – Good bye Atacama Desert!

It`s just a suggested program, we can make any change you need.

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