This journey allows you to explore the impressive scenery of the northwest of Argentina at your own pace. After time spent in the elegant Buenos Aires, you will then fly into colonial Salta and from there do a figure of eight going north first to visit the Humahuaca gorge and some of the small villages and towns dotted around, then you go south through the Calchaquies Valley, through a cactus-filled altiplano to the wine region of Cafayate. The Safari Drive journey has many hidden gems and you will discover one of the most authentic estancias where life carries on much as it always has done over the centuries. Plus a visit to a rural school 8 kms off the main road up a remote valley giving you the opportunity to meet the children and understand their way of life not to mention their often long walk to and from the school.
from £4,139.00 per person based on two sharing a vehicle
from £3,726.00 per person based on four sharing a vehicle
Return economy flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Buenos Aires cost from £700 per person including taxes in economy class.
Classic Northwest ITINERARY
DAY 1The Alvear Art Hotel, Buenos Aires
Upon your early morning arrival in Buenos Aires you will be collected from the international airport, Ezeiza and transferred to your hotel, the Alvear Art hotel (or a hotel of your choice). This is a journey of approx. 1 hr depending on traffic. We recommend a private city tour or walking tour of Buenos Aires for a few hours with an English-speaking guide. It's a really good way to find your feet and get your bearings. In the evening we also recommend one of the many dinner and tango shows in Buenos Aires.
DAY 2Legado Mitico, Salta
This morning you transfer to the domestic airport in Buenos Aires for your short flight (1.5 hrs) to Salta, at 1500m, a city renowned for its colonial architecture. On arrival you will be met and briefed again on your journey and route as well as enjoying a city tour and a visit to the museum MAAM (Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana) which controversially houses the mummified remains of sacrificial children found on Llullaillaco. Salta lies in a fertile area, where one of the largest crops in production is tobacco.
DAYS 3 & 4Manantial del Silencio
Upon receipt of your 4 x 4 vehicle you head north to Purmarmarca and once checked-in you can explore the famous mountain of 7 colours on foot. Or go to Tilcara just a short 20 minute drive away? There's plenty to do in the area and if you wanted to extend your stay for a night here then you could easily fill the time.
DAYS 5 & 6Pampa Grande
Today you should have an early start and head south of Salta to Estancia Pampa Grande. This is a truly wonderful experience and unmissable. Here you can swim in the pool or the enormous lake, ride horses or mountain bikes, fish, hike or simply relax.
DAY 7Vinas de Cafayate
This morning you must drag yourself away from the wonderful hospitality experienced at Pampa Grande and have an enjoyable and yet again impressively scenic drive down the Quebrada de las Conchas (Valley of the Shells). Afternoon at leisure perhaps to visit the Wine Museum in Cafayate.
DAY 8Vinas de Cafayate
A full day to enjoy Cafayate and all its wine & wineries!
This morning you will travel northwards to near Cachi, stopping for lunch in a renowned vineyard, Colome. A very relaxed day!
Lovely day today as you do a short 9km hike to see the Ascibi Caves. Lunch is included and it will feel good to stretch the legs having first driven for an hour or so up a dried river bed. Return to your country guesthouse for a second night, La Paya.
DAY 11Finca Las Margaritas
If you are feeling active you might like to visit Cachi and then take a great drive through enormous cacti (Los Cardones National Park) and cross the last mountain pass, Cuesta de Obispo at just over 4000m. You then wind your way down towards Salta. Cautious driving required as there are many hairpin bends to navigate.
DAY 12Buenos Aires
This morning after you have explored the finca a little you will drop off your vehicle at the airport in Salta and fly back to Buenos Aires. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel for the last night in the city. We suggest you might like to stay in a trendy part of town (San Telmo) where there are lots of bars to explore and good restaurants, so you can enjoy your last night in Argentina in style. There is another Legado Mitico property in Buenos Aires, located in San Telmo which we can recommend.
DAY 13Depart Buenos Aires
This morning you will be transferred back to the airport in time for your international flight home or perhaps you'd like to extend your stay either by flying up to Iguazu Falls or down to Patagonia? We can easily book all of your trip.