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12 days

The Andes Mountains & Waterfalls

Experience atmospheric Buenos Aires, the colourful Andes mountains at Salta and the stunning Iguazú Falls in the midst of the lush rainforest.

The Andes Mountains & Waterfalls The Andes Mountains & Waterfalls
12 days

The Andes Mountains & Waterfalls

Experience atmospheric Buenos Aires, the colourful Andes mountains at Salta and the stunning Iguazú Falls in the midst of the lush rainforest.

Choose this tour because…

Argentina is a paradise on earth for nature lovers. This trip will introduce you to the fine towns and cities, the enchanting landscapes with their waterfalls, rainforest and – of course – the majestic Andes Mountains. You can look forward to visiting Buenos Aires, the Argentine capital that is known as ‘the South American Paris’ on account of its broad boulevards, magnificent buildings and charming quarters. Just outside the city, you can take a sailing trip through the Tigre Delta or visit the famous, wide-open landscape of the pampas with its cattle and ‘gauchos’. You will also visit the charming city of Salta, famed for its well-preserved colonial buildings, and Humahuaca Gorge, known far and wide for its delightful little villages and impressive rock formations in a host of colours. The trip concludes at Iguazú, the biggest waterfalls in the world, surrounded by verdant rainforest where you can admire the incredible flora and fauna, featuring colourful toucans and small, inquisitive coati.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Flights from the UK to Buenos Aires
  • Flights from Sao Paulo to the UK
  • 2 domestic flights in Argentina: Buenos Aires – Salta – Puerto Iguazú
  • 1 domestic flight in Brazil: Foz do Iguaçu – Sao Paulo
  • Transfers from and to airports (in small, international groups)
  • 9 nights’ accommodation in good hotels incl. breakfast
  • 1 x dinner (day 3)
  • Individual tour, however, all excursions are in small international groups with local English speaking guides
  • Telephone hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • ATOL certificate included
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants
  • Daily departures

Comprehensive package of excursions:

  • Half-day tour of Buenos Aires, including: Recoleta churchyard
  • Impressive tango show, incl. Argentine dinner
  • Half-day tour of Salta, with its the colonial period buildings, churches and vantage points
  • Full-day excursion in the Andes mountains, including the ‘Mountain of the Seven Colours’
  • Excursion to Iguazú, the biggest waterfalls in the world – visiting both Argentine and Brazilian sides
  • Admission tickets to the attractions mentioned
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Flight to Argentina

Departure day, where you will fly to Buenos Aires with connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Buenos Aires

We will be met in the airport arrival hall by a driver who will accompany us to our hotel in the centre of Buenos Aires. The city is known as South America’s answer to Paris on account of its broad boulevards, charming quarters and magnificent buildings. The atmosphere here is magnificent, with charming café lifestyle, the pulsating beat of the metropolis and melancholy tango culture. We will be spending three nights in this wonderful city, so there will be plenty of time to visit the different areas and soak up the ambience.

Day 3: Guided tour of Buenos Aires

This morning, you will be picked up from the hotel and given an exciting introduction to Buenos Aires on a 3-hour guided tour of the city.

You will visit the historic neighbourhoods of La Boca and San Telmo. In the old working class district of La Boca, you will discover beautifully painted houses in a palette of bright colours. The oldest district, San Telmo is now an exciting artists’ neighbourhood. You will also visit the Palermo and Recoleta neighbourhoods as well as the more modern area of Puerto Madero, which is the newer harbour area offering an array of cafés and restaurants.

The city tour continues with the world’s widest boulevard, 9 de Julio Avenida, with the famous landmarks Obelisco and Corrientes Avenida, which is where the city’s theatres and cinemas are gathered, including Teatro Colón, the beautiful opera house.
You will also see many of the city’s magnificent squares, including Plaza de Mayo, Plaza San Martin and Plaza Alvear.

In the evening, we will have the chance to experience an unforgettable tango show. After a traditional Argentine dinner, the show begins with melancholy tango rhythms and then proceeds to present fantastic singers and musicians, along with the marvellous tango dancers. It is a magnificent show of the very highest quality.

Day 4: Buenos Aires
Day 5: By plane from Buenos Aires to Salta

Today, we catch a flight to Salta in the north of the country. When we arrive in Salta, we will be met at the airport and driven to our hotel. Salta is a charming city with well-preserved buildings dating back to colonial times, as well as cobbled streets around the green plaza. From the centre of the city, you can see all the way to the surrounding mountains.

Day 6: Tour of Salta

In the morning, we head off on a tour of the city and its immediate surroundings. The distinctive features of Salta are the Spanish-influenced architecture from 1582, the low houses and the narrow streets. The centre of the city features a traditional plaza and a beautiful cathedral. We then travel a little way out of the city to visit San Bernardo mountain, from where there is a panoramic view out over the city and the valley. On our way back to Salta, we pass by Quebrada de Castellanos gorge, the Vasqueros river, Lesser and San Lorenzo. The tour ends at a market, with stalls selling arts and crafts items and more besides.

Day 7: Humahuaca Gorge

Today is given over to a full-day excursion to Quebrada de Humahuaca, which features on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is a deep gorge through which the Rio Grande river flows. The valley serves as an important transport route between the Andes mountains and the plains at Jujuy. The highlight of the day is a visit to the ‘Mountain of the Seven Colours’, whose unique appearance is attributable to mineral deposits and the effects of the sun and wind. During the tour, we will also pass through a number of small villages, where there will be time to stop and visit the local Indian markets. The journey itself is a treat, passing through dry landscapes dotted with giant cactus plants. We will also be stopping at sights including ‘the Artist’s Palette’ – rock formations in all colours of the rainbow – before returning to Salta after a day packed with unforgettable experiences in the country.

Day 8: By plane from Salta to Puerto Iguazú

It is now time to leave the Andes mountains behind and chart a course for Puerto Iguazú, which is located close to the borders with Paraguay and Brazil. Ahead of us lie visits to nature delights such as waterfalls and rainforest. Puerto Iguazú itself is around 20 km from the waterfalls, but we will be staying at a small lodge in the rainforest approx. 6–7 km outside the town.

Day 9: Iguazú Falls from the Argentine side

The Iguazú Falls are the biggest in the world and consist of 275 falls of various sizes along a 2.7 km stretch of the Iguazú river. Many of the waterfalls merge together, sending water crashing down over the cliffs, which form the shape of a horseshoe and tower up to a height of 85 metres. Although perhaps not as famous as Niagara Falls in North America the Iguazú Falls are both bigger and more impressive. The volume of water flowing through Niagara is an impressive 2.8 million litres per second, but this is dwarfed by the flow at Iguazú, which reaches a staggering 6.5 million litres per second. It is said that when she saw Iguazú for the first time, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt blurted: “Niagara is just a dripping tap.” Iguazú is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Today, we will be visiting the Argentine side, where we can cross walkways to the most impressive section of the falls, to look down into Garganta del Diablo (the Devil’s Throat). We continue our wonderful tour of the waterfalls along paths and bridges. The rainforest around the falls is home to a unique range of flora and fauna, including orchids, all kinds of birds and giant lizards.

Day 10: Iguazú Falls from the Brazilian side

Today, we will be visiting the Brazilian side of the falls. We cross the bridge that links the two cities, and, after a mandatory customs check, continue into the national park.

As we are crossing the border between Argentina and Brazil, you must remember to bring your passport on this tour. Most of the waterfalls are on the Argentine side, but the view is best from the Brazilian side. You will see the falls from a variety of angles and there is a lift to a viewing platform that provides a fantastic perspective on ‘The Devil’s Throat’ – enshrouded in the mist from the falls themselves. On the paths, we also have a good chance of spotting the small ring-tailed coati, inquisitively following in our footsteps.

Day 11: Return flight

We drive out to the airport, Foz do Iguaçu, on the Brazilian side of the falls, form where we catch a flight to Sao Paulo. We then change planes here and continue on our way back to Europe.

Day 12: Return tour

Return flight to the UK.

Single room supplement £450
Discounts are available for groups of 6 or more people
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