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Salta Deserts to Iguazú Falls Argentina Holiday

Red rock valleys and turquoise lagoons; sunny vines and silent dunes, explore the north on this scenic drive, bookended by Buenos Aires and mighty Iguazú.

From a bespoke private tour of Buenos Aires to a road trip amid the giant cacti, lush vineyards and flamingo-filled lagoons of the north-east, to after hours access to Iguaçu, this part-driving, fully-supported journey is quite the introduction to an extraordinary country.

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Itinerary

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Day 1 - Arrive in Buenos Aires

Arrive in Buenos Aires, where you are met for the transfer to your hotel in one of the quieter, leafier areas of the city. This evening you are well placed to enjoy some of the city's best restaurants.
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Day 2 - Explore Buenos Aires with your guide

Spend the morning with your guide on a flexible route through the city, getting under the skin of one of the world’s most attractive cities.
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Day 3 - Travel to colonial Salta & explore the city

Fly to the northwest of Argentina and the beautiful city of Salta, where you'll settle into your peaceful small inn. Later on, head out with your guide to explore the city.
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Day 4 - Relax, explore or try the local specialities

Today is free to explore. Nearby there is a nature reserve which has abundant birdlife or head back into Salta to explore more. End the day relaxing by the pool back at your hotel.
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Day 5 - Drive south on Ruta 40 to Cachi

Set off south in your hire car as you join Ruta 40 on spectacular winding mountain roads over the through the Los Cardones National Park, famous for its giant cacti. End in Cachi.
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Day 6 - Drive through striking rock formations

Continue south through striking scenery to the vineyards of Cafayate. Arrive around dusk and you are in for some amazing scenery with the rocks glowing red as the sun sets.
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Day 7 - Visit a local winery

Cafayate is famously home to the highest vineyards in the world. This morning visit a local bodega with a special wine tasting lunch included.
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Day 8 - Travel to the Puna region with your guide

Leave civilization behind as you travel to an area few get to - the high and remote Puna. End the day at Laguna Grande which has the largest gathering of flamingos in South America.
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Day 9 - Walk in the silent dunes

Walk in silent sand dunes and enjoy a picnic lunch within the labyrinth of a huge pumice stone field. Both surreal experiences but ones you are unlikely to ever forget.
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Day 10 - Drive to Tolar Grande

Continue your adventure as you drive further north and watch the landscapes change by the hour from grassy oases teeming with llama and vicuna to a huge salt flat.
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Day 11 - Walk in dramatic scenery with your guide

Walk around the crystal-clear turquoise waters of Ojos del Mar. Hear the crunch of the salt underfoot and take in the contrasting colours and perfect reflection of the Andes in the water.
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Day 12 - Drive across salt flats to Purmamarca

Today's drive takes you past Argentina's largest salt flat and down a stunning mountain pass to end in the tiny Adobe village of Purmamarca, a beautiful place to end to your road journey.
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Day 13 - Enjoy the colours of Purmamarca

Your village is at the foot of the Hill of Seven Colours where the minerals create seven striking and sparking layers. Drive back to the city of Salta later this afternoon.
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Day 14 - Travel to the Iguazú Falls

Fly to Iguazú, South America’s most stunning waterfalls. The humidity, lush rainforests and thundering water make for an incredible contrast with the desert landscapes you leave behind.
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Day 15 - Visit the falls with your guide

Spend today exploring the Argentine side of the falls with your guide. In general the best views are from the Brazilian side, while in Argentina you get much closer to the water.
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Day 16 - Head for home

Transfer back to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires, connecting with your international flights home. Or ask us how you can stay longer to see more of Argentina, or Brazil.
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1 of 16

Day 1 - Arrive in Buenos Aires

Arrive in Buenos Aires, where you are met for the transfer to your hotel in one of the quieter, leafier areas of the city. This evening you are well placed to enjoy some of the city's best restaurants.
Cdn pura aventura com images hero argentina buenos aires calle lanin chris bladon

2 of 16

Day 2 - Explore Buenos Aires with your guide

Spend the morning with your guide on a flexible route through the city, getting under the skin of one of the world’s most attractive cities.
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Day 3 - Travel to colonial Salta & explore the city

Fly to the northwest of Argentina and the beautiful city of Salta, where you'll settle into your peaceful small inn. Later on, head out with your guide to explore the city.
Images itinerary images original zvqbdycp2m5wbn3uxtz4e11yjrueu0n7 argentina salta empanadas20161116 27557 kdf4h

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Day 4 - Relax, explore or try the local specialities

Today is free to explore. Nearby there is a nature reserve which has abundant birdlife or head back into Salta to explore more. End the day relaxing by the pool back at your hotel.
Images itinerary images original qfpdkfl3swnt7cl2q7eghxm14jvdu1xy argentina salta los cardones national park c 20170323 28077 vfa87k

5 of 16

Day 5 - Drive south on Ruta 40 to Cachi

Set off south in your hire car as you join Ruta 40 on spectacular winding mountain roads over the through the Los Cardones National Park, famous for its giant cacti. End in Cachi.
Cdn pura aventura com images hero argentina salta canyon corte quebrada de cafayate argentina

6 of 16

Day 6 - Drive through striking rock formations

Continue south through striking scenery to the vineyards of Cafayate. Arrive around dusk and you are in for some amazing scenery with the rocks glowing red as the sun sets.
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7 of 16

Day 7 - Visit a local winery

Cafayate is famously home to the highest vineyards in the world. This morning visit a local bodega with a special wine tasting lunch included.
Cdn pura aventura com images hero argentina salta flamingo lagoons

8 of 16

Day 8 - Travel to the Puna region with your guide

Leave civilization behind as you travel to an area few get to - the high and remote Puna. End the day at Laguna Grande which has the largest gathering of flamingos in South America.
Images itinerary images original 19n2pfhrrq21h54l2p440o2sqzbjhhh2 argentina salta walking on sand dunes20201020 9649 3x691q

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Day 9 - Walk in the silent dunes

Walk in silent sand dunes and enjoy a picnic lunch within the labyrinth of a huge pumice stone field. Both surreal experiences but ones you are unlikely to ever forget.
Cdn pura aventura com images hero argentina salta arita conical hill rising from salt flats

10 of 16

Day 10 - Drive to Tolar Grande

Continue your adventure as you drive further north and watch the landscapes change by the hour from grassy oases teeming with llama and vicuna to a huge salt flat.
Images itinerary images original fb8eacqd7ck7snz153uv2gcfuh6jq0zd argentina salta puna tolar grande ojos del mar20201020 9649 7v5mda

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Day 11 - Walk in dramatic scenery with your guide

Walk around the crystal-clear turquoise waters of Ojos del Mar. Hear the crunch of the salt underfoot and take in the contrasting colours and perfect reflection of the Andes in the water.
Cdn pura aventura com images hero argentina salta salar grande jeep

12 of 16

Day 12 - Drive across salt flats to Purmamarca

Today's drive takes you past Argentina's largest salt flat and down a stunning mountain pass to end in the tiny Adobe village of Purmamarca, a beautiful place to end to your road journey.
Images itinerary images original 2wnkpbwz8eh4hubm7zziqagyh7a9uvev argentina salta purmamarca hotel20161121 17181 nl14z8

13 of 16

Day 13 - Enjoy the colours of Purmamarca

Your village is at the foot of the Hill of Seven Colours where the minerals create seven striking and sparking layers. Drive back to the city of Salta later this afternoon.
Images itinerary images original 36wd3ojb6j4po9guqer79kle6mhxsc0p brazil iguazu general view with rainbow guenter purin20161121 17181 1miicdj

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Day 14 - Travel to the Iguazú Falls

Fly to Iguazú, South America’s most stunning waterfalls. The humidity, lush rainforests and thundering water make for an incredible contrast with the desert landscapes you leave behind.
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Day 15 - Visit the falls with your guide

Spend today exploring the Argentine side of the falls with your guide. In general the best views are from the Brazilian side, while in Argentina you get much closer to the water.
Images itinerary images original 39v02ba3sjp83fch2y7idrak7acgidl argentina iguassu iguazu falls argentina20181001 14955 7a86g2

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Day 16 - Head for home

Transfer back to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires, connecting with your international flights home. Or ask us how you can stay longer to see more of Argentina, or Brazil.

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