Argentina & Chile with a Difference

Duration:
11 days -10 nights
From:
AUD $ 2,859
p.p. twin share. Excludes Airfares

The “Argentina & Chile with a Difference” suggested holiday includes good food and world renowned wines and it’s the perfect Argentina and Chile tour for those wanting to experience the day to day cultural life of the people in these two Latin countries.  We start in the enchanting city of Buenos Aires, the home of tango, Evita, Diego Maradona and good food.  We continue by heading to the beautiful city of Salta where empanadas are a speciality. Then we travel to the renowned and famous wineries of Mendoza and finish this Argentina and Chile tour by travelling overland crossing the Andes Mountains to the Capital City of Chile,  Santiago.  This suggested travel itinerary is definitely a must for those looking for an Argentina and Chile combined  tour.

The below tour is fully flexible with departure dates and can be modified to your own personal travel preferences, please contact us for an obligation free enquiry.

Overview

Overview

Day 1Arrive in the enchanting tango city of Buenos Aires
Day 2Sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires and tango show
Day 3 – 4Travel to the beautiful city of Salta & sightseeing tour
Day 5Sightseeing at the Humahuaca Gorge
Day 6Journey to Mendoza the wine capital of Argentina
Day 7 – 8Mendoza winery tour & city tour
Day 9 – 10Travel to Santiago, Chile & sightseeing tour
Day 11Depart Santiago for your onward journey / next adventure

Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires

Upon your arrival into Buenos Aires you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel. During the short drive you will be able to see the mix of traditional colonial architecture, along with a strong European influence. Buenos Aires is laced with great restaurants, boasting its renowned prime Argentinean meat with local Mendoza wine, nightclubs, theaters, shopping precincts and easy to navigate streets.

When you arrive at your hotel, you will have the remainder of the day to explore Buenos Aires. It’s a city that requires you to just walk around for at least one afternoon in order to get a real feel for the Argentinean culture. Of course, there is also the shopping! Argentinians are renowned in the Americas for being incredibly fashionable and edgy with their fashion trends.

Day 2: Sightseeing Buenos Aires and Show

tango-show-with-optional-dinner-in-buenos-airesYour half day city tour takes 3.5 hours and you will visit the main points of interest in the city; these sights include the famous Opera House, the Colon Theater and the Obelisk, which is a symbol of Buenos Aires. In the Congress district, you will admire the Legislative Palace, built at the beginning of the 20th century and the Plaza de Mayo (May Square), in the historic heart of Buenos Aires. Around the Plaza de Mayo you will also find The Casa Rosada (Pink House), where the government’s executive branch is housed and the historical Cabildo and the Metropolitan Cathedral, where the remains of General José de San Martín lie. Next is La Boca, a typically Italian migrant neighborhood, with its colorful houses and the famous Caminito walkway, and a museum of Arts in the open air. Afterwards there’s a visit to Palermo, the residential district, with its magnificent houses and huge Botanical Park. The tour will end in the wealthy Recoleta district, famous for its cemetery, nightlife, elegant shops and residences in the northern area of Buenos Aires.

The remainder of the day is at leisure to prepare for your Dinner and Tango show later this evening. You will be able to taste the wonderful Argentinean cuisine specialties accompanied by excellent wines and finish the evening enjoying a Tango and Folklore show. Argentine Tango is a musical genre with a fantastic social and embracing dance to accompany it. Originating in the 19th century in Buenos Aires, it quickly grew in popularity and spread internationally.

Day 3: Buenos Aires to Salta

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight from Buenos Aires to Salta (flight not included in package price and quoted separately)

Upon your arrival into Salta, you will be met and transferred to your nearby hotel. As Salta is located in the Lerma Valley in the foothills of the Andes Mountains; as soon as you are out of your hotel and walking around the colonial streets, you will get a great understanding of the Hispanic style architecture with the Andes Mountains in the background. You will have the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the shops, the Plaza Mayor or just watching life from one of the cafés and relax!

Day 4: Sightseeing Salta – Half day City Tour

Ciudad de Salta - Celine Frers (11)This morning your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel for your half day tour of Salta.  Salta gets her name from the Aymara word “salta”, meaning very beautiful, and is known today as “la linda” (the beautiful one).  Located in a very fertile valley “Lerma”, this city has optimally preserved its patrimony of colonial architecture, such as San Bernardo Convent, San Francisco Church, and the Cabildo (city hall) with its graceful row of arches.

Day 5: Sightseeing at Humahuaca Gorge (tour departing from Salta)

The most picturesque part of the Valley, between Tumbaya and Humahuaca, is some 80 km long.  Next to the Tumbaya Village is Purmamarca.  Here, the multi-coloured sediments from the Mesozoic have been folded and eroded into strange shapes on the Mountain of Seven Colours.  The brilliant green vegetation and simple adobe constructions make Purmamarca one of the loveliest places in the Northwest.  Near the church there is a Carob tree that is over five centuries old.

The road continues and behind the village of Maimará, on the eastern side of the Valley, the Painter’s palette, will catch your eye. Tilcara attracts visitors for its famous Pucará, which is not precisely a fortress but an Omoguacan village, probably built in the 10th century at the top of a mountain southwards of present-day Tilcara. There is a garden of cacti with the most common species in the Northwest.
In Uquía, once inhabited by the Uquía Indians, there is a chapel built in 1691; the wooden altarpiece is the most ancient in the region of Humahuaca. Its streets have irresistible charm: they are cobbled, lit by old-fashioned street lamps, and lined with reddish adobe walls. The village known for it’s Carnival has a museum of the Carnaval Norteño (Northern Carnival), and an archaeological museum.

Day 6: Salta to Mendoza

mendozaAfter breakfast you will return to Salta airport to board your flight to Mendoza.  Mendoza is famous for its wineries and base for climbers attempting to reach the summit of Aconcagua. You will often find Mendoza wines on international wine lists and for good reason.  The greater Mendoza area is the largest wine producing area in Latin America.  The perfect grape producing conditions in this area make Mendoza one of the most famous wine capitals of the world.  For this reason alone, Mendoza has become a tourist destination for exploring the beautiful Argentinean countryside and wineries in the region.

On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel situated in the heart of Mendoza.  The remainder of the day is at your leisure, we recommend having a stroll through the main street of Mendoza and complement your stay in Mendoza with a meal comprising a prime Argentinean steak and a local Mendoza wine.

Day 7: Sightseeing Mendoza Half Day Winery tour

Today you will embark on a half-day two-winery tour to familiarize yourself with some of the local produce and have a few wine tastings.  The first location is to the south of Mendoza where you will visit two wineries set amongst magnificent vineyards.  With special access to their cellars your senses will be delighted with the tastes and smells of the wines. This tour also takes you to the Cipolletti Dike, important for the irrigation system of the province, and the Carrodilla Church, with its picturesque image of the Patron of the Vineyards.  Your driver will then take you back to your hotel where you can enjoy the remainder of the day relaxing.

Day 8: Sightseeing Mendoza

Vineyards at Vines of Mendoza 3Today you will have a full day at leisure, we suggest either spending more time at a few more wineries or even do a half day city tour of Mendoza which reveals the history and culture of a town founded by colonizers more than four centuries ago.  There are some other great trips like traveling into the mountain range, fishing, short treks or horse riding, paragliding or rafting on the Mendoza River. Whatever you choose, we will be able to arrange it for you.

Day 9: Mendoza to Santiago

After breakfast you will be transferred to the bus terminal to board your tourist bus from Mendoza to Santiago. This is a nice change of pace instead of catching yet another flight and gives you a great insight into the natural landscape this magnificent continent offers. There are plenty of stops along the way for photo opportunities and you will arrive into Santiago, Chili in the afternoon.
Arriving into Santiago you will be amazed at the impressive high-rise architecture and modern city life. Located in the center of Chile it is a main gateway to many South American attractions. As with any capital city, it is loud and full of bustle but don’t be put off, this is a city of culture and character aplenty, and home to over 5 million people so you should be able to find everything you need in this modern day city. The hotels we have selected in this package are centrally located and close to some fantastic Chilean cuisine, don’t forget to try out the wine from this region.

Day 10: Santiago half day tour

Santiago-despejado4To understand and appreciate this underestimated city we have included a morning city tour of Santiago. The tour includes the Bernardo O Higgins Avenue running east west and dividing the city into two main parts; the providencia district and its commercial center Balmaceda park, San Cristobal hill and the metropolitan park, the forestall park. You will also visit the fine art museum, Plaza de Armas with the Cathedral and Town Hall. Further down is the oldest part of the city with uniquely constructed mansions. On the way, we will include the exclusive Union Club, the National Library and the central Santa Lucia hill.

Day 11: Depart Santiago

This morning your Argentina and Chili with a Difference tour concludes after breakfast with a transfer to the airport.

Inclusions

Inclusions

  • Arrival & departure transfers Buenos Aires
  • 2 nights accommodation Buenos Aires (4 star, twin share)
  • Half day Buenos Aires city tour
  • Buenos Aires Tango show & dinner
  • Arrival & departure transfers Salta
  • 3 nights accommodation Salta (4 star, twin share)
  • Half day Salta city tour
  • Full day Humahuaca gorge tour
  • Arrival transfer Mendoza
  • 3 nights accommodation Mendoza (4 star, twin share)
  • Half day 2 wineries tour
  • Transfer Mendoza to Santiago
  • Arrival & departure transfers Santiago
  • 2 nights accommodation Santiago (4 star, twin share
  • Half day Santiago city tour
  • Breakfast daily

Not included

  • International and internal flights
  • Visa fees
  • Meals and drinks
  • Tips to the drivers, guides & porters
  • Items of personal nature

Airfares

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