Calchaquies Valley to Salta and Humahuaca Canyons
There is so much to see and do in Argentina and Chile. ?The region is known for dramatic mountain peaks, an abundance of glaciers and an array of unique wildlife.
Situated between the Andes in the west and the southern Atlantic Ocean
in the east and south, lies Argentina. It is the second largest country
of South America after Brazil and the 8th largest country in the world.
Argentina offers some of the most dramatic landscapes on earth., from islands of penguin colonies to glaciers, high mountains and magnificent forests.
Patagonia is a sparsely populated region located at the southern end of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile. It occupies an area of occupies 260,000 square miles. The striking scenery of Patagonia is the result of major glaciological and geological transformations that took place in the region millions of years ago, creating mountains and countless valleys, glaciers, lakes and rivers.
The region is known for dramatic mountain peaks, an abundance of glaciers and an array of unique wildlife.
ARGENTINE EXPLORER ITINERARY
Day-1: Buenos Aires - Tucuman
Flight from Buenos Aires to Tucuman. Afternoon city tour. Founded in 1565, the city was moved to the present site in 1685. Popularly known as "El Jariin de la Republica" (The garden of the Republic), a visit includes the Obispo Colombres House, the historical House of the Declaration of Independence, the outstanding Cathedral, Casa Padilla Museum and the El Cadillal dam.
Day-2: Tafi del Valle - Qilmes
After breakfast, full day excursion to Tafi del Valle and Qilmes, situated in a deep depression and borders on Calchaqui mountains to the east (Mala Mala and Tafi Mountains at 3,500 m), on Munoz Hill (4440 m) to the west and to the south Nunorco Grande at 3,500 m. Visit to the old city of Quilmes. Today, its restored ruins and museum houses traces of a largely unknown ancient culture.
Day-3: Cafayate - Molinos
Full day excursion to Cafayate, a small town near to the Calchaquies Valley where some of the finest wines of Argentina are produced. Molinos is a traditional village in the Calchaqui Valley which preserves important archaeological ruins. A visit to its church, built in the XVIII century, and sanctuary to the remains of the last Spanish governor of the province of Salta.
Day-4: Cachi - Salta
After breakfast, excursion to the tiny village of Cachi at the foot of the ice peak of Mount Cachi 2280m. The Parish Church of Cachi has been declared a National Historic Monument. Famous for its furniture made of 'scardon's or giant cactus wood. Visit to the Recta del Tin Tin, an unforgettable landscape of giant cardon cacti.
Half day city tour of Salta, the best preserved colonial city in Argentina, located in Lerma Valley, at 1280m meters. With many interesting buildings such as the Cathedral, dating back to the second half of the XIX century; the Cabildo, the San Francisco Temple and Convent, San Bernardo Convent and the Handicraft Market. Free afternoon to enjoy Salta at your own leisure.
Day-6: Humahuaca Canyon
Full day excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Humahuaca Canyon. The tour will include a visit of the canyon, several villages, native markets, pre-Columbian mummies, and the remains of an ancient pre-Inca fortified town.
Day-7: Salta - Buenos Aires
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flight to Buenos Aires and your return flight home.
activities including other treks, 4x4 trips and boat trips to other glaciers in the area such as Upsala, Onelli and Spegazzini.
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This really depends on what you want to see in Chile.
September to November and April brings the blazing colours of fall foliage in the south. Wine country has grape harvests and wine festivals in March.
Patagonia is at its best from December to February and the beaches throng with crowds from late December through January.
Viña del Mar and Valparaíso are great spots in February.
September to April is the best time to hike the central regions.
The Spring (September, October, November) and Autumn (March, April, May) shoulder seasons see fewer crowds and relatively mild temperatures. As a general rule however, the seasons run as follows: Summer (December to February), Autumn (March to May), Winter (June to August) and Spring (September to November).
The best time to visit most of Argentina is from November to March during the summer months, though it can get extremely warm in the country’s north during this time. It is the only season to visit if you plan to embark on an Antarctic cruise. During the winter, the temperatures will be much lower but it is the ideal time to visit Bariloche if you are interested in a snow trip or skiing.
Argentineans speak a unique dialect of Spanish called“Rioplatense” or River Plate Spanish. Their accent has a rhythmic intonation that recalls the Italian language, due to the influx of Italian immigrants in the 19th century.
Yes you do. We do not recommend travelling without it and require it for our tours. Accidents, medical emergencies, travel delays or other problems can occur in any country and the resulting costs can be significant. Here is a link if you do not already have your own preferred provider.
For Argentina there are two associated plug types, types C and I. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type I is the plug which has three flat pins in a triangular pattern. Argentina operates on a 220V supply voltage and 50Hz.