The cuisine, local folklore and outstanding wines of Argentina feature prominently on this 10 day-adventure through Mendoza, Salta and the stunning Iguazu Falls. This journey includes private transportation, local bilingual guides, touring exclusive wine estates, tastings, gourmet lunches, and visits of charming towns and villages of the famous Mendoza Wine Country. In Salta, you will explore the vast diverse terrain, such as the fertile valley of the Capital, colonial architecture, the polychrome canyons and the desolate plateau of “La Puna”. The area features dramatic mountainous landscapes and rich aboriginal traditions.

You will also visit this area known for its famous white Argentine wine: The Torrontes. This cépage of uncertain origin that is only grown in Argentina gives rise to cool and elegant wines, with a captivating personality thanks to its floral and herbal profile, with a marked fresh grape taste.

The trip continues northeast of Argentina to explore the mighty Iguazu Falls. This awesome natural wonder in the rain forest, is a collection of over 200 spectacular falls, where the Iguazu River in various locations, drops into the canyon below, creating vistas and rainbows that can be admired, from many vantage points.

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Itinerary at a glance

Day 1 – Mendoza – Arrival Day
Day 2 – Mendoza – Wine Tastings of Finest Malbec wines
Day 3 – Salta – Overview Tour of the City
Day 4 – Salta – Scenery Drive to Cachi
Day 5 – Salta - Road Trip: The Legendary Route 40
Day 6 – Jujuy - Humahuaca Gorge
Day 7 – Salta – Fly to Posadas
Day 8 – Iguazu – Full Day Tour of Iguazu National Park (Argentina)
Day 9 – Iguazu – Full Day Tour of Iguazu National Park (Brazil)
Day 10 – Iguazu – Departure Day


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Full Itinerary

Upon arrival in Mendoza, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. You’ll have time to relax or explore the city at your leisure. The center of Mendoza features expansive plazas and wide boulevards shaded by canopies of bushy green sycamore leaves. In stark contrast to Buenos Aires, people here move at a relaxed pace, making this the perfect city in which to enjoy a leisurely stroll.

In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at Francis Mallman’s signature restaurant, 1884. His restaurant is an outstanding restaurant for grilled meat.

Meals: Dinner.
Accommodations: Finca Adalgisa Wine Hotel

Today, depart to Lujan de Cuyo wine region and visit four premium wineries of different styles and production size, ranging from the small family-owned boutique projects to the most reputable and well-known establishments.

Enjoy premium tastings created exclusively for you in all the bodegas and stop at the third winery for a relaxed 5-course food and wine pairing lunch.

Following lunch, visit the last winery and learn from an expert guide who will explain the technique of wine tasting, wine production techniques, the importance of the cork in the bottle and the correct way to handle a glass in order to taste wine. As the sun sets behind the Andes mountains, we will return to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodations: Finca Adalgisa Wine Hotel

Leave your hotel and be transferred to airport for direct flight to Salta. Upon arrival, your guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel in the city of Salta. In the afternoon, join a private tour of the historical center of Salta city and explore Argentina’s best-preserved colonial architecture. Visit its narrow streets and charming plazas of the city, which remain as quiet and gracious as they have existed for centuries. With the mountain range in the background, the perfectly preserved historical buildings inspire admiration and are an ideal spot for picture taking, whether during the day or at night, when the historical part of the town is illuminated to delight visitors. The bird’s eye view from the San Bernardo hill, where you take the cable car, is the perfect ending to make your first impression a stunning one.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodations: Legado Mitico Salta

Cachi is one of the best kept secrets of the North of Argentina. Start your morning off, driving past the scenic Escoipe Gorge and the Bishop’s Slope. Then, you will pass through “Los Cardones National Park” and the “Tin Tin” straight line, until you hit the snow-capped mountains that celebrate your end. Once in Cachi explore its colonial history, where old houses lying on the very edge of narrow and cobblestoned streets. The town church dates to the 18th Century and stands out for its floor, ceiling and furniture made of cactus wood and adobe walls. Numerous pre-Hispanic sites have enriched the village of Cachi with archeological pieces and burial urns in which the Indian culture lives on. At the end of the day, return to your hotel in Salta city.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodations: Legado Mitico Salta

Very early in the morning, leave Salta in our especially designed transportation, for the off-road terrain that we will travel through today. You will explore three routes:

The first one, the “Road to the Clouds,” follows the famous railway track of the “Train to the Clouds” through the “Quebrada del Toro” (Bull’s Gorge) up to San Antonio de los Cobres. The second one goes through the Puna, along route 40, up to “Salinas Grandes” (Salt Lakes) just between the border of Salta & Jujuy. The third route we take, we descend downhill through Lipan hill to the picturesque village of Purmamarca, at the base of the well-known “Seven Colors hill”.

In Purmamarca, we will enjoy the colorful markets, which sell everything from clay pottery to textiles, and later enjoy the sights that lie just behind the town. Check in at your hotel in Purmamarca.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodations: Manantial del Silencio

Set off from Purmamarca, having first visited the village and enjoyed the Hill of Seven Colours from close quarters. You will pass through the oasis village of Maimara, with its onion and garlic fields and dramatic colored mountain backdrop, known as the Artist’s Palette because of the range of hues visible. The first stop will be at Tilcara, one of the liveliest Quebrada villages, which is interesting to walk around, and has an attractive church just off the main square, as well as a restaurant specializing exclusively in llama served in many different ways. Tilcara has a large hilltop fortress, the Pucara, which has been substantially restored, and offers a lovely panoramic view. Continuing your journey, visit Humahuaca, where you will have lunch in a local restaurant, and afterwards climb the steps to the huge and very impressive monument to the heroes of the Independence which dominates the town. In the afternoon, there will be many chances to stop and photograph the Quebrada as you drop down towards the city of Jujuy, and the surroundings become greener and lusher. En route to Salta, stop in Salvador de Jujuy for a sightseeing tour.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodations: Legado Mitico Salta

This morning, you will be transferred to airport to board your flight to Iguazu. Upon arrival at the airport, meet your guide and be transferred to your Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodations: Loi Suites Iguazu

This fascinating tour of the Argentinean Iguazu Falls National Park is a full day experience which will allow you to explore the twisting walkways of the upper and lower tour circuits of the Argentinean falls and ride the ecological train to visit San Martin Island and the mighty Devil’s Throat Gorge (Garganta del Diablo).

If you want, you can add on an optional adventure activity*

*Optional Tour: Continue the tour on an exciting boat ride 5 miles down the Iguazu River, including 2 miles of rapids.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodations: Loi Suites Iguazu.

Today you will explore the Brazilian side of the falls, which boasts the best panoramic views of the falls. With your guide, explore the walkway that runs along the bank of the Brazilian side of the falls. Take a walk right up to the Devil’s Throat Gorge to feel the spray of these mighty falls. You can add on another thrilling adventure on the Brazilian side*

*Choose an optional Helicopter Flight. This 10-minute flight is an incredible way to admire the Iguazu Falls from above.

* It is also possible to connect directly after your tour with Foz airport for flights to Brazil or Peru.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodations: Loi Suites Iguazu

After breakfast, private transfer to Iguazu Airport to fly to your final destination.

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Fall (March through May) and Spring (September through November) are the best times of the year to visit Mendoza, Salta and Iguazu Falls. During the summer, temperatures are really high (above 90F) in the north of Argentina. If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Salta are June, August and September.

Argentina is three hours behind GMT (two hours before EST). They do not observe daylight-savings time so during these months (April-October), Argentina is only one hour ahead of EST.

Book your trip 12-15 months in advance when you’re traveling during holiday season*. This is high season on steroids. Prices are high, already. With each booking, prices will continue to increase because most hotels, flights, and suppliers that are popular during holiday season expect to sell out.

Christmas and Easter in majority Christian/Catholic countries; Spring Break in warm weather-beach areas. Summer–in general. Kids are out of school, families have more flexibility. Keep in mind that if you’re heading to the southern hemisphere (Australia, South America, South Africa, etc), the summer is over Christmas and New Year’s. This is also summer break for students. This is essentially summer season and holiday season, so choose your travel dates to the southern hemisphere wisely!

For last minute bookings, it helps to be flexible and organized. Your first choice tour may not be available for your selected dates, but your trip coordinator can probably recommend some other similar options that would be equally interesting! Many lodges and hotels will not hold spaces less than 30 days before departure so for last minute bookings, you will be asked to send your registration form and trip payment in right away to secure your spaces.


Argentina uses 220 volt, 50 cycle electricity. Travelers will require a voltage converter for 110 volt devices. Plugs are either two rounded prongs or three angled flat prongs so travelers from the US will also want plug adapters.

Included meals are listed next to the tour itinerary on each tour page. We have tried to balance flexibility and convenience regarding meal options. For this reason, we include meals on all of our tour days when you are traveling off the beaten path where restaurant choices are limited. In the major cities, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we generally do not include meals, to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Your tour coordinator will always recommend some great restaurant options and will usually offer to join any group members who would like to go out to eat together.

Tour rates do not include international flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you.

Tour rates do not include international flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you.

We offer select trip discounts periodically throughout the year. Check out our website for the latest offers and on-going discounts.

You will receive a detailed packing list specific to your tour after you book. A water/windproof jacket, fleece, and sun protection are recommended for all Argentina tours. The Northwest region of Argentina experiences an amazing variety of climates; wet weather is common in Iguazu Falls. Fast-drying clothes that can be layered work best for these areas.

Absolutely! Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you.

While there is not a huge amount of strictly vegetarian restaurants, you can have a vegetarian dish in nearly any restaurant in Argentina: certainly, the country is not the US, where vegetarian menus have been perfected over the years, but you can definitely get by as a vegetarian. Whether you’re kosher, vegan, gluten-free, lactose-intolerant, allergic to peanuts, or have another food sensitivity or allergy, we can make arrangements to meet your dietary needs. Just let your coordinator know in advance and we will provide the food in each destination.

Yes. Check with your cell phone provider. Each company is different and they can give you the most up-to-date information.

According to the US State Department, there is no evidence of terrorist organizations or violent groups in Argentina that specifically target U.S. visitors. However, street crime is relatively common in the major cities and travelers should take common sense precautions. Don’t walk alone or at night and don’t carry large amounts of valuables with you. Most hotels have safes where you can store your belongings. Check out the US State Department travel advisories for the latest information at: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html

The tap water is safe to drink in Buenos Aires and most parts of the country. To be sure, ask your tour leader or the hotel/restaurant staff. Bottled water is readily available and should be used in remote rural areas.

No immunizations are currently required for visiting Argentina. Hepatitis A and Typhoid are recommended. For the most current information, please consult your doctor and/or check out the Center for Disease Control web-site at www.cdc.gov.


All visitors must have a valid passport to enter Argentina and proof of onward passage. Your passport should be valid for at least six months after your departure date. There is no longer an Argentina reciprocity fee charged to citizens from the United States, Canada, or Australia. 

For all other nationalities, please consult with your nearest embassy or consulate for information on entry requirements. Entry requirements change with surprising frequency. It is each traveler’s responsibility to check with the consulate for the most up-to-date visa information.

Should I bring cash or Traveler’s checks? Are ATMs available? Can I use credit cards?

Most travelers bring a small amount of US cash with them and withdraw from ATMs as they need it along they way. ATMs are readily available in the larger towns and cities. Travelers can withdraw US dollars or local currency at fair exchange rates. Traveler’s checks are fine, but they can be more difficult to exchange and you will usually receive a poorer rate or be charged an additional fee. Credit cards are accepted only in the larger restaurants, some taxis and stores. Although it is helpful to bring a credit card along for emergencies, don’t count on using it for most purchases.