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Map of Argentina's Salta & Jujuy Province – 5 Days
Argentina's Salta & Jujuy Province – 5 Days

Discover why Salta is called 'La Linda' (the beautiful) on this 5-day tour of northwest Argentina. After arriving in Buenos Aires, you'll fly here and explore one of the best preserved colonial cities in South America. Then hit the road with an experienced guide and visit the giant salt flats and Humahuaca Gorge, as well as traditional Andean towns known for pre-Colombian history in the Jujuy Province. 

Puna, Argentina
Map of Trekking Argentina's Salta Region - 10 Days
Trekking Argentina's Salta Region - 10 Days

If you're looking to do a deep-dive into northwestern Argentina, this trek gives you access to a gorgeous region of towering mountains and deep valleys, and the chance to immerse yourself in high-altitude communities that can only be reached on foot. With no one major site to work up to but rather a full ten days of extraordinary places, on this trip, the journey really is the destination.

Cerro de los Siete Colores
Map of Beauty of Northern Argentina - 6 Days
Beauty of Northern Argentina - 6 Days

Immerse yourself in Argentina's rich culture and beautiful landscapes in this quick six-day itinerary. Begin by exploring the metropolitan capital of Buenos Aires. Next, visit the colonial city of Salta, your jumping off point for the rugged gorges, salt flats, and painted deserts of Argentina's far north. Top it all off with a visit to San Antonio de Areco, a traditional cowboy town where you'll stay on a working estancia.

Red hills of northern Argentina make for great hiking opportunities
Map of Explore Northern Argentina - 11 Days
Explore Northern Argentina - 11 Days

From the multicolored gorges of Cafayate to the Yunga cloud forest, and on to the salt flats of Jujuy, northern Argentina is an immensely diverse destination. This off-the-beaten-path region is great for hikers and bikers to get out and explore easygoing villages and gorgeous natural wonders while taking in some gaucho culture and enjoying superb local wines.

Contrasting colors in northern Argentina
Map of Argentina's Salta & Calchaquí Valley - 5 Days
Argentina's Salta & Calchaquí Valley - 5 Days

This 5-day itinerary explores a special area of northwest Argentina starting in Salta—one of the most beautiful colonial cities in South America (circa 16th century). From here, you’ll enjoy a scenic road-trip to the towns of Cachi and Cafayate, admiring colorful gorges, vineyards, and mountain villages with an experienced guide. Return to Salta for one more night to soak in the local culture before heading home.

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Map of Explore Northern Argentina - 12 Days
Explore Northern Argentina - 12 Days

Northern Argentina is an almost otherworldly region abounding with painted mountains, vast salt flats, and rich indigenous culture. You'll discover all this on a 12-day adventure that will take you from the streets of Buenos Aires and Salta to historic adobe villages and ancient archeological sites. Along the way, you'll enjoy horseback rides and wine tours in Cafayate.

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Map of Explore Northern Argentina - 13 Days
Explore Northern Argentina - 13 Days

Come discover the arid plateaus, geologic wonders, and painted mountains of northern Argentina. With almost two weeks, you'll enjoy city life in Buenos Aires before flying to Salta to visit nearby salt flats, gorges, and underground caves. You'll also take a wine tour in the Calchaquí Valley and visit the archeological ruins of one of the earliest settlements in Argentina.

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Map of Explore Northern Argentina - 14 Days
Explore Northern Argentina - 14 Days

Northern Argentina is filled with beautiful desert landscapes and historic colonial cities. Over 14 adventure-filled days, you'll discover this region's myriad charms when you arrive in Salta from Buenos Aires. You'll then hit the road and explore, from the giant salt flats of the Salinas Grades to ancient archeological settlements to the wine region around Cafayate. 

A leafy section of the Iguazú Falls
Map of Discover Northern Argentina - 8 Days
Discover Northern Argentina - 8 Days

One of the least explored—yet most rewarding—areas of the country, this 8-day itinerary covers the highlights of Northern Argentina. After a day in the capital, you’ll visit hundreds of waterfalls on the Brazilian border teeming with unique flora and fauna, explore a colonial city known for architecture, and take day-trips to epic gorges, salt flats, and wineries at the foot of the Andes.

Vineyard in Mendoza
Map of Classic Argentina: Mendoza & Salta - 10 Days
Classic Argentina: Mendoza & Salta - 10 Days

Immerse yourself in the sights, tastes, and rhythm of Argentina on this ten-day adventure. Begin by exploring the culture of Buenos Aires on a city tour. Then, enjoy a tango lesson in the city where the dance was born. Next, venture to Medoza and indulge your senses while taking part in informative and delicious wine tours of the region. Finally, visit the colonial city of Salta, which is your jumping off point for the rugged gorges, salt flats, and painted deserts of Argentina's far north.

Cerro de los Siete Colores
Map of Buenos Aires & Salta Adventure - 7 Days
Buenos Aires & Salta Adventure - 7 Days

Immerse yourself in Argentina's rich culture and beautiful landscapes in this 1-week itinerary. Begin by exploring the metropolitan capital of Buenos Aires, and learn all about the city's culture and history on a full-day bike tour. Next, visit the colonial city of Salta, your jumping off point for the rugged gorges, salt flats, and painted deserts of Argentina's far north. Top it all off with a visit to San Antonio de Areco, a traditional cowboy town where you'll stay on a working estancia.

Salta to Cafayate in Northwest Argentina
Deluxe North Argentina: Buenos Aires, Cachi, Salta & Iguazú - 11 Days

Discover Argentina during its low season from April to September. In this tour of the country's northwest region, you'll explore lively Buenos Aires, then you'll be treated to breathtaking scenery, winetasting, amazing waterfalls, and ancient indigenous culture. Valleys, canyons, salt flats, forests and high country entice you to experience nature, tradition, and history.

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Map of Discovering Northern Argentina - 7 Days
Discovering Northern Argentina - 7 Days

Discover northern Argentina over seven exciting days. After touring Buenos Aires, you’ll head north to Puerto Iguazú and visit the largest waterfall system in the Americas. You'll then venture west to the historic city of Salta, which is known for colonial architecture and folkloric music, and take day-trips to vast gorges, expansive salt flats, and wineries nestled at the foot of the Andes.

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Map of Buenos Aires & Salta Adventure - 9 Days
Buenos Aires & Salta Adventure - 9 Days

On this nine-day vacation, you'll embark on exciting day trips from two of Argentina's most beautiful cities: Buenos Aires and Salta. The adventure begins in the capital where you'll enjoy city tours plus a visit to a country cattle ranch for horse shows and a traditional BBQ. You'll then head north to the colonial city of Salta and discover its painted hills and expansive salt flats on 4x4 tours of the region. 

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Map of Buenos Aires & Salta Adventure - 11 Days
Buenos Aires & Salta Adventure - 11 Days

From the multicolored gorges of Cafayate to the salt flats of Jujuy, northern Argentina is one of the country's major highlights. It's an off-the-beaten-path region where intrepid travelers can explore til their heart's content. Over 11 days you'll do just that as you visit throwback villages and natural wonders while taking in some gaucho culture and enjoying superb local wines.

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Map of Buenos Aires & Salta Adventure - 8 Days
Buenos Aires & Salta Adventure - 8 Days

Immerse yourself in Argentina's rich culture over seven adventure-filled days. Begin by exploring the capital of Buenos Aires on a bike tour. Next, visit the colonial city of Salta, your jumping-off point to the rugged gorges, expansive salt flats, and painted deserts of Argentina's far north. Top it off with a visit to San Antonio de Areco, a traditional gaucho (cowboy) town where you'll stay on a working ranch.

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Map of Discover Northern Argentina - 9 Days
Discover Northern Argentina - 9 Days

Discover one of the most beautiful areas of Argentina: the Salta region. After a self-guided tour of Buenos Aires you'll fly to the far north and hike along the edge of one of the largest waterfall systems in the world, Iguazú Falls. Then you'll travel east to the colonial city of Salta where you'll explore nearby salt flats and enjoy a wine tour of the Calchaquí Valley, one of Argentina's most productive viticulture regions.

Argentina's Lake District near Bariloche
Map of Classic Argentina: El Calafate, Bariloche & Salta - 14 Days
Classic Argentina: El Calafate, Bariloche & Salta - 14 Days

This exciting two-week trip includes the best natural attractions in Argentina's north and south. The first half takes place in Patagonia where you'll experience spectacular glaciers and lakes near El Calafate and Bariloche, respectively. The latter half takes place in the colonial city of Salta—your starting point for a self-guided road trip through rugged gorges, giant salt flats, and colorful deserts in the country's far north.

A dusty road outside of Purmamarca
Map of Northern Argentina Road Trip - 14 Days
Northern Argentina Road Trip - 14 Days

Northern Argentina is among the least explored, yet most rewarding areas of the country to visit. Sitting at the foot of the Andes, you'll get your fill of spectacular scenery including snow-capped volcanoes, green vineyards, giant salt flats, colorful rock formations, and countless charming villages with colonial architecture. This two-week itinerary takes you deep into the region's most iconic and dramatic sights—with year-round pleasant weather—for a real road-trip adventure.

Colorful desert landscapes outside of Salta
Map of Discover Northern Argentina - 10 Days
Discover Northern Argentina - 10 Days

This 10-day trip highlights one of the least explored—yet most rewarding—areas of Argentina. After touring Buenos Aires with a local, you’ll head north to visit hundreds of waterfalls along the Brazilian border, explore a colonial city known for architecture, and take day-trips to gorges, salt flats, and wineries at the foot of the Andes.

Argentina's painted hills
Map of Road Trip Across Argentina's Deserts - 15 Days
Road Trip Across Argentina's Deserts - 15 Days

Independent-minded travelers will love this extensive itinerary that includes Argentina's capital, an unforgettable adventure in Patagonia, and a road trip and through the northern deserts. Start with cultural experiences in Buenos Aires before seeing glaciers and lakes in Patagonia. Then, end your trip with a self-drive tour of the far north and visit the painted mountains and indigenous ruins around Purmamarca and Salta.

The Iberá Wetlands
Map of Argentina Nature Tour:  Buenos Aires, Salta, Iguazú Falls & Iberá Wetlands - 13 Days
Argentina Nature Tour: Buenos Aires, Salta, Iguazú Falls & Iberá Wetlands - 13 Days

This thirteen-day itinerary focuses on discovering the stunning landscapes of northern Argentina. Start off with a few days in Buenos Aires and visit a tango show in San Telmo, the heart of Buenos Aires' tango scene. Then, head to Salta to see the rugged rock formations of the Quebrada de las Conchas and visit several small charming villages. Then it's time to travel to Iguazú Falls, the largest waterfall complex in the world. Finally, end your trip on a relaxing note by spending a couple of days on an ecolodge in the Iberá Wetlands.

The Salta Desert in Argentina
Map of Classic Argentina Road Trip: Buenos Aires, Patagonia, & Salta - 16 Days
Classic Argentina Road Trip: Buenos Aires, Patagonia, & Salta - 16 Days

Independent travelers can experience the beauty of two of Argentina's most beautiful and distinct regions on this adventure that will take you from grand glaciers to painted deserts. Start your trip with tango, art, and culture in Buenos Aires, then head to Patagonia for hiking and boat tours before relaxing in the Lake District. For the final portion of your trip, you'll pick up a rental car for a self-guided trip through the Salta deserts.

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Map of Discover Northern Argentina - 11 Days
Discover Northern Argentina - 11 Days

Go off the tourist trail with a journey to the north of Argentina, an area filled with painted mountains and gorgeous desert scenery. You'll begin in Buenos Aires with a tour of the city plus a boat trip up the Río de la Plata estuary. Then you'll travel north to witness the majesty of Iguazú Falls and then veer east to Salta, where you'll explore the nearby salt flats and enjoy wine tours in Cafayate.

A desert sunset near Salta
Map of Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Mendoza, & Salta - 9 Days
Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Mendoza, & Salta - 9 Days

Immerse yourself in Argentina's sights, tastes, and rhythms on this 10-day adventure. Begin by exploring the culture of Buenos Aires with a guided tour and tango lesson. Next, venture to high-altitude Mendoza and take part in several wine tastings (especially Malbec). Finish in the colonial city of Salta—your jumping off point for rugged gorges, giant salt flats, and painted deserts in the country's far north.

Southern Patagonian Ice Field
Map of Ultimate Argentina Road Trip: Buenos Aires, Patagonia, Lake District, & More - 17 Days
Ultimate Argentina Road Trip: Buenos Aires, Patagonia, Lake District, & More - 17 Days

For travelers who want an immersive experience in Argentina, this 17-day itinerary allows you to experience vibrant urban culture along with some of the country's top natural sites. Start your trip with tango and art in Buenos Aires before heading to see glaciers in Patagonia. Then, you'll transfer to the Lake District where you'll embark on hiking excursions and lake tours before ending your trip in the far north with an unforgettable desert road trip where you'll see painted mountains, indigenous ruins, and colonial towns.

A Malbec vineyard in Mendoza
Map of Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Mendoza, & Salta - 12 Days
Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Mendoza, & Salta - 12 Days

Experience the best of Argentina's culture, wine, cuisine, and Andean scenery on this 12-day tour. Begin by exploring the vibrant city of Buenos Aires and then fly to high-altitude Mendoza for Malbec tastings. Next, head to the colonial city of Salta—your jumping off point for rugged gorges, giant salt flats, and more vineyards in the country's far north before returning to the capital for horseback riding with gauchos.

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Map of Discover Northern Argentina - 12 Days
Discover Northern Argentina - 12 Days

The desert landscapes of northern Argentina are some of the most beautiful in South America. Before visiting them, however, you'll begin this 12-day adventure with city tours of Buenos Aires plus excursions to a river town and working cattle ranch. Then you'll fly to Iguazú Falls followed by Salta, and from this historic colonial city you'll travel to immense salt flats, painted mountains, and a desert winery.

Argentina's majestic glaciers
Map of Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Patagonia, and Salta - 18 Days
Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Patagonia, and Salta - 18 Days

Experience the vast marvels of Argentina on this adventure that will take you from vibrant Buenos Aires to majestic Patagonia and the desert plains. In Patagonia, you'll visit some of the largest glaciers in the region. You'll hike through the majestic beauty of the Lake District and then you'll travel to the far north and the colonial city of Salta. From there, you'll set off for a desert road trip, where you'll visit colonial towns and world-famous wine-producing regions.

Colorful desert landscapes outside of Salta
Map of Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Mendoza, & Salta - 13 Days
Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Mendoza, & Salta - 13 Days

Experience the best of Argentina's culture, wine, cuisine, and Andean scenery on this 13-day tour. Begin by exploring the vibrant city of Buenos Aires and then fly to high-altitude Medoza for wine tastings and kayaking. Next, head to the colonial city of Salta—your jumping off point for rugged gorges, salt flats, and more vineyards in the country's far north before returning to the capital for horseback riding with gauchos.

Majestic lakes in Bariloche
Map of Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Patagonia, and Salta - 19 Days
Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Patagonia, and Salta - 19 Days

This exciting itinerary includes the best natural attractions in Argentina's north and south. After taking in the sights in Buenos Aires, you'll head to Patagonia, where you'll experience spectacular glaciers in El Calafate and lakes in Bariloche. Then, from the colonial city of Salta, you'll begin a road trip through rugged gorges, giant salt flats, and colorful deserts in the country's far north.

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Map of Discover Northern Argentina - 13 Days
Discover Northern Argentina - 13 Days

Spend 13 days discovering the natural wonders of northern Argentina, from mammoth Iguazú Falls to the painted mountains of the Quebrada de Humahuaca. First, though, you'll enjoy a tango show in Buenos Aires plus a day trip to a working cowboy ranch. Then you'll head north to visit the thundering falls at Iguazú, and afterward you'll tour the salt flats and gorges around the colonial city of Salta.

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Map of Discover Northern Argentina - 14 Days
Discover Northern Argentina - 14 Days

With two weeks you can tour the beautiful desert landscapes of Argentina's north plus spend a few days enjoying Buenos Aires, too. In the capital, you'll get to know the culture by witnessing a live tango performance, dining in a local steakhouse, and enjoying a traditional BBQ at a working ranch. You'll then travel to Iguazú Fall before finishing in Salta with wine tours of Cafayate and excursions to salt flats.

Seven Colours Hill
Map of Argentina Wine & Colours - 11 Days
Argentina Wine & Colours - 11 Days

This itinerary is perfect for wine lovers who also plan on touring some of the best cultural and scenic spots in Argentina. In Buenos Aires, you have a day to explore the city before departing for Mendoza where you will have a few days to explore the wine region and its abundance of wineries nestled among the Andes mountain range. You will then travel north to Salta which amazes travelers with its colorful jagged mountain profiles, local markets, historic architecture, as well as the delicious flavors, colors, and aromas of the region's cuisine and wine.

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Map of Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Mendoza, & Salta - 11 Days
Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Mendoza, & Salta - 11 Days

This 11-day Argentina adventure begins in Buenos Aires with a tango lesson followed by a trip south to the famous Lake District for excursions into Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. Then you'll travel north to Medoza and indulge your senses on a wine tour and cooking class. Finally, you'll head to the colonial city of Salta, your jumping-off point to explore the rugged gorges, salt flats, and painted deserts of Argentina's far north.

Machu Picchu
Map of Andean Adventure: Buenos Aires, Iguazú Falls, Machu Picchu, & More - 15 Days
Andean Adventure: Buenos Aires, Iguazú Falls, Machu Picchu, & More - 15 Days

On this 15-day Andean adventure, experience the most prominent sites and cities in Argentina and Peru. The trip starts in Buenos Aires before heading to the iconic Iguazú Falls—which you’ll experience from both Argentina and Brazil. Then, you’ll explore the mountain towns of Salta and Tilcara. The last leg of the trip lands in Lima, the capital city of Peru, then ventures to Cusco and Aguas Calientes, where you’ll end with a visit to the famed Machu Picchu.

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Map of Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Mendoza, & Salta - 12 Days
Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Mendoza, & Salta - 12 Days

Over 12 days you'll visit four different regions of Argentina that are known as much for their incredible cities as they are for their gorgeous countryside. In Buenos Aires, you'll not only tour the city but visit a working cattle ranch in the Pampas. You'll also travel to Patagonia, then Mendoza for a wine tasting followed by a trip to northern Salta where you'll visit expansive salt flats and vast gorges.

Outdoor activities in Patagonia's Lake District
Map of Classic Argentina: Bariloche, Mendoza, & Salta - 13 Days
Classic Argentina: Bariloche, Mendoza, & Salta - 13 Days

First-timers in Argentina will cover a lot of ground with this 13-day itinerary. Starting in Buenos Aires, you'll fly to Bariloche for a series of outdoor activities that capitalize on the views. Then, venture to Medoza's famous Malbec vineyards for wine tastings. Next is the colonial city of Salta—jumping off point for rugged gorges, giant salt flats, and colorful deserts in the country's far north. Spend your last night in a historic estancia and live the life of a real gaucho.

Quebrada de Humahuaca near Salta
Map of Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Mendoza, & Salta - 14 Days
Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Mendoza, & Salta - 14 Days

Immerse yourself in Argentina's rich city and country life. Begin by exploring the culture and culinary arts of Buenos Aires. Next, head to the Lake District, where you'll embark on nature excursions in the wild and beautiful Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. Then, venture to Medoza, and indulge your senses while enjoying wine and vineyard tours. Finally, visit the stunning landscapes surrounding Salta, including rugged gorges, salt flats, and painted deserts. Top it all off with a visit to San Antonio de Areco, a traditional cowboy town where you'll stay on a working estancia.

Iguazú Falls National Park, Argentina
Map of Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Salta & Iguazú - 14 Days
Classic Argentina: Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Salta & Iguazú - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary explores the best sites in Northern Argentina combining outdoor activities, cultural excursions, and stunning views. Starting in Buenos Aires, you'll fly to Medoza to spend time in the famous Malbec vineyards. Next is the colonial city of Salta—jumping off point for rugged gorges, giant salt flats, and colorful deserts. Finish in the far north for immense waterfalls on both sides of the Brazilian border.

Romantic Honeymoon in Argentina & Brazil - 15 Days
Map of Romantic Honeymoon in Argentina & Brazil - 15 Days
Romantic Honeymoon in Argentina & Brazil - 15 Days

This adventure wraps some of the most famous excursions in South America into one wildly romantic package. You'll begin in Argentina's wine region. Here you'll visit the vineyards and sample world-class wines. Next, head to Salta to tour the rugged countryside, and see a number of natural wonders, including the painted hills of the Quebrada de Humahuaca. Then it's off to the east of the country and Iguazú Falls, the largest network of waterfalls in the world. Afterward, you'll travel north into Brazil, where you'll enjoy a romantic, relaxing time exploring the beaches, music, and cuisine of Rio de Janeiro, Angra dos Reis, and Paraty.

Other popular travel destinations in Argentina
Buenos Aires · Patagonia · Iguazu Falls · Mendoza · Tierra del Fuego · Bariloche & Lakes District · Puerto Madryn