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Tango in Argentina: A Deep Dip into Northwestern Vineyards

November 3–15, 2018

Argentina, tucked into southeastern South America, invites you to its beautiful lands and beckons you to explore its countryside and traditions. Here you will find sun and sea, delta and mysteries, serenity and adventure, tango and vineyards.

The capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, is one of the world’s biggest cities; there are over 11 million inhabitants. It is also the most elegant and active city in South America. Buenos Aires has a modern, hip structure and dynamic atmosphere, while at the same time managing to preserve its old traditions. Visitors are fascinated by its many different neighborhoods and warm local people, and Buenos Aires has a wide range of shopping and cultural prospects.

Argentina’s North Region features pre-Columbian cultures, mingled with ruins of natives’ villages, as well as forts and constructions dating back to the time of the conquest and colonization. And in the northwest, which we will be exploring, some of the finest vineyards in Argentina.

Dramatic vistas, amazing meals, expert local guides, and your host, Leftheris, who is eager to introduce you to Argentina and to the new friends you will make on this small group tour.

Can’t get enough? Extend your trip with a visit to Iguazu Falls or Patagonia!


12 nights/13 days: November 3–15, 2018

Minimum/maximum participants: 10-14

Trip cost based on double occupancy in US Dollars
$6,382 per person plus $336 strongly recommended comprehensive travel insurance

Single supplement: additional $1,794 plus an added $94 travel insurance


Day One and Two: Buenos Aires (November 3–5)

Welcome to Buenos Aires! Best known as the “Paris of South America,” it is a teeming, throbbing cosmopolitan city with a unique mix of European, North American, and South American characteristics known for its architecture and style. Home to every third Argentine, it is one of the world’s great ports and one of the most important cities producing art in South America. The soul of the city bears an irresistible allure to Argentines and visitors alike: its parks, neighborhoods, emblematic cafés, streets, theatres, museums, markets, restaurants, and homes—the elegant, the chic, the eccentric, the everyday.

Here we’ll experience its nightlife, learn to tango, take in an unforgettable tango show, explore art museums, markets, and colorful neighborhoods, each with its own flavor.

Day Three to Six: Mendoza (November 5–9)

On the next stop on our journey, we will discover what makes Mendoza, situated at the foot of the Andes Mountains, so charming. We will visit major landmarks, plazas and stadiums, a park considered one of the most important urban green spaces in Argentina and enjoy Mendoza's natural beauty and interesting architecture. From the highest point in Mendoza, we’ll get wonderful city views and sight lines out over the surrounding wine region. We’re here to enjoy Mendoza's unique combination of natural beauty, history and wine-based culture, and its local hospitality.

Mendoza is located near one of the biggest wine production regions in Argentina, Lujan de Cuyo, which locals call the home of Malbec. A winery or two here will not be overlooked. Nor will some of the beautiful little vineyards and boutique wineries in the Uco Valley. And, what’s wining, without dining? We’ll take time to learn how to cook the traditional food of Mendoza on an open fire in a natural setting… paired with excellent wines, of course.

Finally, we’ll take to the pure mountain air of Mount Aconcagua, the unquestionable icon of the Andes Mountain Range and Argentina. At an elevation of 22,837’, it is the highest point in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres. We’ll hike to its base, visit an Inca bridge, and enjoy a picnic surrounded by breathtaking views.

Day Seven to Eleven: Salta, Cachi and Cafayete (November 9–14)

Now it’s time to slow down our pace. You’ll love the more traditional and laidback flow of the Salta region with its beautiful colonial architecture, vibrant town plazas, and interesting museums.

We’ll drive through Escoipe Canyon, gateway to the Calchaquí Valleys, and through a national park known for its giant cacti—more than 39’ tall—to reach Cachi, visiting its fascinating Archaeological Museum before spending a quiet night in this tiny village. Then, we’ll pass through the Calchaqui Valley, stopping at a tiny village to visit an historic hosteria for lunch, en route to the Tuscany of Argentina, Cafayate, a unique wine growing region and home to the most famous Torrontés, the only Argentine varietal. Two wonderful wineries await us here. Our return to Salta will be one of the most spectacular journeys of our lives, as we drive through Las Conchas River Gorge, named a UNESCO Natural Monument due to the strange rock formations and multicolored hills.

On our last day in the Northwest, we’ll experience life on an authentic estancia (ranch), one of the oldest estates in the country with property deeds dating back as far as 1609. We will get to know the Salta countryside, share the authentic lifestyle of a working estate, and learn the history of northern Argentina, a region rich in traditions. Our gauchos will welcome us and introduce us to their daily work, visiting the yacare caiman reserve and seeing the different crop plantations on horseback. Or take a sulky ride or a relaxing walk around the historical main house.

Day Twelve: Buenos Aires or Iguazu Falls with extension (November 14–15)

After our authentic time in the countryside, it’s time to part ways, as we head to our next destination. Return to Buenos Aires or optionally, you can extend your trip to visit Iguaza Falls—see below for more details.

Day Thirteen: Travel Day or El Calafate with extension (November 15)

For some, today will mark your departure from Argentina to return home. Optionally, you can extend your trip to visit El Calafate in Patagonia—see below for more details.

Optional Extensions

Want to extend your trip? Let us know! We have a full information packet available for each extension.

We have two marvelous extensions planned as options for you, both UNESCO World Heritage Natural Sites: Iguazu Falls and the Patagonian glaciers region. From the subtropical forest of the northeast to the icefields of the south... your choice, and you won’t be disappointed in either case.

Iguazu Falls

Add two nights in Iguazu National Park to visit the famous falls. You visit both the Argentine side, the Upper Falls Circuit and Devil’s Throat, as well as the Brazilian Falls with its dramatic and picture-perfect perspective. It is said that “Argentina provides the falls and Brazil enjoys the view.” You decide. There are optional extras on each side should you decide to explore further. This extension requires a Brazilian visa which is easily obtained online.

Patagonia

Add two nights in El Calafate on the southern shores of Lake Argentino and the gateway to Glaciers National Park, perhaps the most spectacular protected land in Argentina. Over two days, you will walk on the balconies over the Perito Moreno Glacier, take a 5-hour cruise through icebergs to view the Spegazzini and Upsala Glaciers, and visit the Glaciarium Museum, devoted to the Patagonian Icefields and its glaciers and one of the few glaciological interpretive centers in the world.


Trip Details

  • 2 nights Buenos Aires, CasaSur Recoleta
    (4* superior boutique art hotel, executive rooms)
  • 2 nights Mendoza, Park Hyatt Mendoza
    (5* boutique hotel, Park Twin or King room)
  • 2 nights Lujan de Cuyo (Mendoza), Entre Cielos
    (5* luxury boutique hotel, Classic or Superior room)
  • 1 night Salta, Design Suites Salta
    (4* superior boutique hotel, suites)
  • 1 night Cachi (Salta), La Merced del Alto
    (4* superior boutique hotel and spa, patio view and hill view rooms)
  • 2 nights Cafayate (Salta), Patios de Cafayate
    (5* boutique wine hotel, garden view)
  • 1 night Salta, Design Suites Salta
    (4* superior boutique hotel, suites)
  • 1 night Buenos Aires, CasaSur Recoleta
    (4* superior boutique art hotel, executive rooms)

Your 12 night/ 13 day journey consists of the following services as per itinerary: accommodations in 4-star boutique to 5* luxury hotels; transfers and land transportation provided by private, air conditioned vehicles; all breakfasts at hotels and 12 additional lunches or dinners (multi-course) at lovely local restaurants or special locations excluding beverages except bottled water and coffee/tea; however, Welcome and Farewell Dinners and the cooking class include wine and non-alcoholic beverages; tango lessons and tango show, private sightseeing tours, walking/hiking excursions, tour of an estancia on horseback, cooking class, winery tours, and special culinary experiences as per itinerary; all entrance fees to sites, museums, and national parks as per itinerary; our comprehensive travel insurance program; all tips and taxes for the services noted above. Plus, Leftheris often has one or two surprises in store!