From vineyards to snowcapped peaks, mummies to waterfalls, desert canyons to sidewalk cafés, Argentina really is a bucket-list destination!
On this tour you start in the Chilean capital of Santiago, where you’ll get a guided tour through its cobblestone streets and colonial buildings that are cradled by the embracing arms of the high Andes. Then venture to the Pacific Coast to the historic port of Valparaiso, and the resort of Viña del Mar, where you stop by a Chilean winery.
Day Three sees you flying over the Andes into Mendoza, Argentina, one of the first places colonized by the Spanish and today a world-famous spot for Argentina’s award-winning wine industry. Visit three vineyards in the Luján de Cuyo or Maipú areas, enjoy lunch and tastings, and learn why Argentina has produced so many great “New World” wines.
From Mendoza, you fly to Salta in the foothills of the Andes. And survey the area from a neighbouring hill with panoramic views of the city and surrounding mountains. And visit a museum with superbly preserved Incan mummies that were unearthed from a 6,000-metre-high mountain.
Then you continue on to Cafayate, where you’ll drive through colourful winding canyons, stop for spectacular views and at yet another vineyard, all before flying to Puerto Iguazu and its famous waterfall. Iguazu Falls is the largest waterfall system in the world, and an awe-inspiring natural wonder. Take your time exploring the lush forest that surrounds the falls, while scanning treetops for toucans and other wildlife.
You finish the tour in Buenos Aires, the Paris of South America, where you stroll wide boulevards and visit the tony Recoleta neighbourhood. And blow through memory cards in colourful La Boca, and enjoy a food tour and lunch in Bohemian San Telmo. You visit Evita Peron’s resting place and the cathedral Pope Francis called home.
And perhaps indulge in Argentina’s famed foodie classics—a fine steak, some tasty empanadas—or just spend the evening kicking up your heels at a tango show. (For full itinerary click on link below.)
JOURNEY LATIN AMERICA
- Phone: 011.44.30.9858.9426 (London, UK)
- SM: @JourneyLatinAmerica, @JLA_UK (Twitter)
- Length/Depart: 12 days/Feb., May, July, Oct. 2020 & 2021
- Accommodation: Hotels
- Price: from £2,874 (GBP)
By Simon Vaughan, Outpost Special Travel Advisor