With unlimited contrasts and amazing landscapes, South America stands as one of the most incredible regions in the world, not only for its natural variety but also for the intensity of its cultural aspects.
Deserts, mountains, lakes, rivers, beaches, jungle, lonely roads, crowded roads, peaceful villages and passionate cities: a place for every taste.
As many travelers come to South America looking for adventure, out of this world sceneries and inspiring landscapes, we like to combine uniquely memorable tours with exceptional South American cuisine experiences.
Travel in the footsteps of a Local
We love to connect travelers with genuine and unique local experiences. We often get questions such us, where is the best place to go in the Northwest, best place to stay in Iguazu, best things to do in Bolivia, best places to eat in Buenos Aires ? In almost every case, the answer to these questions is that there is no “best place”, but the best trip customized for each traveller. All of our tours are customized by our Local Team, and we design our tours with the same spirit that we do it for friends.
We offer personalized, tailor-made private tours. Let us know your desires, and we will customize the trip to match your goals and wishes.
Part of the spirit of this trip is to show the variety of landscapes that you can find in South America, plus the different experiences that you can live, from learning some tango steps in a typical studio in Buenos Aires, to see the stars in the limpid sky of Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia. Give yourself the time to explore this region, it´s going to be our pleasure to help you to create your own adventure !
Arrival at Buenos Aires airport and transfer to the hotel. At an agreed-upon time, we will meet our personal guide in order to start our visit to the City.
CITY TOUR DESCRIPTION
Downtown – We visit May Square, host of the most important political events of the country. May Avenue connects the Argentine Congress with the “Casa Rosada”, famous for its buildings that date back to the period between 1880 – 1910.
San Telmo – It is the oldest residential district. Since 1600s, the richest families of the city established them-selves there. They suffered an epidemic of yellow fever and moved to the north of the city.
La Boca – The neighborhood boomed in the 1800s thanks to the port. The port was the government’s main source of tax revenue. It was the heart of Argentina’s export- led economic boom (1850 – 1930). “Boca Juniors” football stadium is one of the two most famous stadiums in Argentina. Caminito Street, the most famous street, due to its vivid colors, and tango atmosphere is located here.
Puerto Madero – When the yellow fever hit La Boca, the city authorities decided to build a new port, which was named Puerto Madero, after its designer. This expensive project was executed and shortly after its inau-guration, it was abandoned, since the shallowness of the water obstructed the passage of the increasingly large ships. The docks of this port were abandoned for decades, until in the 1990s, an important urban development project transformed them into modern buildings, which are now a major attraction of the city.
Retiro – It is a major transportation terminal and connecting point, especially for trains and long-distance buses. It houses the tallest buildings of the financial and commercial centre of the city.
Palermo – This residential neighborhood is known for its enormous parks. “Palermo Chico” is known for its stylish residential mansions.
Recoleta – Its museums, cemetery and beautiful French style buildings make it the most distinguished neigh-bourhood of the city.
Transfer back to the hotel.
In the evening, we suggest you to have dinner in one of the typical restaurants in Buenos Aires.
The gastronomic culture in Buenos Aires has been influenced by immigration (especially from Italy and Spain), with the touch of the old Pampa’s tradition.
Buenos Aires has 11 of the best 50 restaurants of Latin America.
The most popular treats of the zone include the “Asado” (BBQ) with different meat cuts, “Empanadas” (small pies) with different fillings, “Dulce de Leche” (local variation of caramel), “Alfajores” (a delicious combination of cookies and dulce de leche), pizza and pasta, among many other options.
The Red Wine – Malbec, originally from Mendoza- is the perfect option to accompany the “Asado”.
It is also important to mention the importance of the ‘Mate’ as a National Icon because this local infusion is to symbolize the social union of the Argentine people.
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up in order to start the excursion to San Antonio de Areco, a tradi-tional town about 1:30 hrs from Buenos Aires city.
We will visit this old town, where the footprints of the Gauchos can be seen in an exceptional way. Apart from the everyday life of this place, that continues even nowadays, you will be able to see the silversmith workshop (how they make traditional elements from leather and silver, such as “mates” and belts, etc), visit the museums (such as Ricardo Guiraldes, who wrote “Segundo Sombras”) and enjoy a lunch at a “Pulpería”.
Transfer back to the hotel.
At a fixed time, we will go to a local studio in order to take tango lessons with professional dancers. There, we will learn the basic steps and movements, and we will have a historical and theoretical reference of the Tango dance.
After breakfast, our guide will meet you at the hotel for the Tigre Tour. Please bring a jacket, sun block and a hat.
The history of Tigre dates back to a port on the banks of “Las Conchas” river, named after the sea shells debris that was abundant in the riverbed. The name “Tigre, refers to the “yaguareté” or American tiger a dangerous animal that prowled the area threatening the population. The delta consists of about five thousand islands and three hundred and fifty streams and rivers.
The area boomed at the end of the XIX century with the high society and politics meeting at the Tigre Hotel and Tigre Club.
Rowing is one of the main attractions of the area. Several Rowing Clubs can be found in the area. President Sarmiento was a great developer of the area, he owned a house in one of the islands.
The current delta population is 3000 residents and its islands are exploited to supply the cellulose, paper & plywood industries. As from those days a visit to the delta is a “must” to all visitors to Buenos Aires. You will have your own personal tour guide and driver leading you to Tigre town. Once in Tigre you will sail on a private boat & enjoy lunch on board.You can bring your bathing suit and swim!
In the evening, we will head to one of the historical and “Notables” cafés of Buenos Aires, where we will have dinner, and then, we will see professional tango dancers performing on stage, in a show where other local dances and music bands take part.
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport in Buenos Aires, in order to board the flight to Puerto Iguazú.
Arrival at Puerto Iguazu and transfer to a comfortable lodge in the jungle. At an agreed-upon time, we will go on a visit to the city, with special focus on the Triple Frontier, where the rivers Iguazu and Parana converge, thereby forming the natural border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. The color of the waters changes drastically in the diversion of the rivers, which can be observed from a panoramic point that is worth seeing.
Transfer back to the lodge.
In the evening, we will enjoy the exquisite local cuisine.
After breakfast, we will go on a visit to the Iguazu National Park (Argentinean side of the falls), where we will be able to approach, see and feel most of the falls (with the Devil’s Throat as the pearl of the Park) in different ways.
There, we will walk along the three different circuits: Upper Circuit, Lower Circuit and Devil’s Throat.
The Lower Circuit offers a view on several falls, among them the Two Sisters, Bossetti and Hidden Falls; and a panoramic view of the Isla San Martin.
The Upper Circuit offers a panoramic view of the Brazilian falls and the Salto San Martin. Moreover, the catwalks give access to the Iguazu River delta with islands full of vegetation.
To arrive to the Devil´s Throat, we will first ride the “Train of the Jungle” until we reach the starting point for the walking circuit. Then, after 1000 meters, we will be able to see one of the most spectacular natural phe-nomena in the world.
During this day, an adventurous excursion will be part of our journey as well: “The Great Adventure”.
Description of “Great Adventure”:
Departing from the Operative Center or from the Visitors’ Center, we shall enter the jungle by the Yacaratiá trail in trucks especially designed for this environment. Bilingual guides (Spanish and English) will introduce the place’s natural and cultural resources.
This 5 km long stretch ends at Puerto Macuco. At its dock, visitors shall board the boats that shall be sailing in the Lower Iguazu River for as long as 6 km, heading towards the waterfall area, enjoying plentiful rapids.
Upon reaching the Tres Mosqueteros Fall, visitors shall be able to see the falls of both the Argentine and Brazilian sides crowned by the view of the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat). Afterwards, the most excit-ing point comes when facing the incomparable San Martín waterfall, the second in dimension and the hugest any boat may face.
At the end of the trip, we shall descend from the boat on the dock located in front of the San Martín Island, where visitors may continue enjoying the landscape joining the runways system of the Lower Circuit.
This excursion can also be made in the opposite direction: from the San Martín dock to the Visitors’ Center.
Transfer back to the lodge, in order to take a deserved rest.
At an agreed upon time, transfer to the airport in order to board the flight to Salta.
Arrival at the airport in Salta and transfer to the hotel.
Afterwards, we will meet our personal guide in order to start our visit to the City.
CITY TOUR DESCRIPTION
We start our tour from the traditional 9th of July Square, visiting the historic centre of the city, its museums, monuments and colonial architecture. The main attractions are el Cabildo, The Cathedral San Francisco’s and San Bernardo’s Convent. Then, we go to the top of San Bernardo’s Hill passing by the Monument of General Güemes and then continue into the surroundings of Salta, visiting the university campuses and San Lorenzo, a summer village, and finally The Craft Market.
Transfer back to the hotel.
After breakfast, we will go on a visit to the Humahuaca’s Gorge: Purmamarca with its beautiful Seven Colors Hill and Craftsmanship Market, Maimará and its Painter’s Pad, Tilcara with its warrior fortress Pucara, Uquía and its old Chapel that homes paintings from the Cusco School and Humahuaca, capital of the Gorge. We will stay at a comfortable lodge in Purmamarca.
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to La Quiaca, just before the border with Bolivia. Once in Villazón (Bolivian side), our local team will meet you in order to start an unforgettable crossing along the southwest of Bolivia. Transfer to Tupiza, dinner & overnight.
After breakfast, we will go towards Mallku Cueva Villamar, ascending the “de los Chichas” Valley – through Sillar and its curious hills- until reach the highest point, near 5000 meters over the sea level. This scenery trip will allow us to appreciate the different aspects of the ecosystem in the Puna and the Andes Range. We will continue our trip through Paso del Diablo and then we will arrive to Villamar.
Lunch & Dinner included
Stay at Mallku Cueva Villamar.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today , we will visit Laguna Colorada, where we can find the famous “James Flamingo” ,unique in their kind. We will be able to see how the color of the lagoon changes until it gets its intense red tone. The tour continues through the Geysers “Sol de Mañana”, Laguna Verde (at the foot of Llicancahur Volcano), Chalviri thermal spring & Dali´s Valley.
Lunch & Dinner included
Return to Mallku Cueva Villamar.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will continue our trip visiting the rock paintings, the Fortress Tomás Lakjas and the Rocas Valley with its peculiar shaped rocks, eroded by the wind.
Arrival at Palacio de Sal, the first hotel in the world made completely out of salt.
Lunch & Dinner Included
After dinner, walking around the area and stargazing.
After breakfast, we will go to the Salt Flat Uyuni, visiting first Colchani, a small village where we can see the salt-making facilities (a cooperative joint-owned by all salt workers) and the way they process the salt.
Afterwards, we will visit Incahuasi Island (known as well as “Isla Pescado”) with its famous giants Cactus.
Later on, we pass by Tahua and then we head towards Pucara de Ayque, where we can see the precolombine mummies, next to the Volcano Thunupa.
Return and lunch.
At an agreed upon time, transfer to the airport in order to board the flight to La Paz. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
After breakfast, we will go on a city tour around the city’s main sites: the San Francisco Church, the Witches’ Market, the Uruguay Market, some museums, and the Plaza Murillo (Main Square) where the Leg-islative and Governmental Palaces are located.
Afterwards, we will visit a replica of the Semi-Subterranean Temple of Tiwanaku, and leave the center of La Paz passing through residential neighborhoods, until reach the Valley of the Moon, an area of striking natural geological formations.
Return to hotel.
Overnight in La Paz
After breakfast, we will head towards the highest navigable lake in the world: Lake Titicaca.
On the shores of the lake lies the small sacred town “Copacabana” where Bolivians and Peruvians flock to worship the Dark Virgin of Copacabana, the region’s guardian saint, climb the Stations of the Cross and visit Inca sites.
We will visit also the most famous archaeological site in Bolivia, Tiwanaku, which is one of the oldest in the pre-columbine culture. We will visit the Semi-Subterranean Temple, the Pyramid of Akapana, the Kalasasaya temple, the Gateway to the Sun and the museums.
Return to La Paz.
Early in the morning, transfer to the airport in order to board the flight to Guayaquil (or Quito, according to the availability and preference of the traveler).
Arrival and day at leisure in order to visit the city and to get ready for the adventure in the following days (Galapagos).
Transfer to the airport in order to board the flight to Galapagos.
A naturalist guide will meet you at the airport in the island, and together will cross the narrow Itabaca Chan-nel to Santa Cruz Island, heading up to a farm in the highlands for a delicious lunch. You will then have the opportunity to explore the area’s vegetation and microclimates, as well as pit craters and lava tunnels, and to become acquainted with its endemic Scalesia and Guayabillo forests. At the Tortoise Reserve you will experience the emblematic giant tortoises in their natural habitat, in addition to the abundant bird life of the highlands. Your afternoon will conclude at Galapagos Safari camp, with a sunset cocktail followed by dinner.
After an early wake-up call, a boat will take you to one of the uninhabited neighboring islands: North Sey-mour, Bartolomé, Santa Fé or South Plaza. Each island has its own unique natural habitat, and you will be guided through the evolutionary phenomena of your destination. The Galapagos Marine Reserve is the second largest marine reserve in the world, and snorkeling off the boat is a highlight of the trip. Alternatively, if you are SCUBA certified, we can replace one or more day trips with diving excursions.
In the morning you will be driven to the eastern part of the island. At 490 m above sea level, Cerro Mesa offers spectacular views and boasts the largest crater on Santa Cruz Island. It is home to a number of endemic plants, as well as seven subspecies of finch and the vermilion flycatcher. After lunch you will visit Garrapatero Beach, where the contrast of mangroves, black lava, white sand and turquoise water, along with its birdlife and flamingo lagoon, is magnificient. Kayaking and mountain biking are optional activities.
On your last day you can tour Galapagos Safari Camp at leisure or enjoy the sunrise from our viewpoint before your airport transfer.
Note: Prices are indicative, per person, on a double occupancy basis and subject to availability.
|Days 1 / 3 - Buenos Aires & Surroundings|
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Days 4 / 5 - Iguazu Falls|
Las Cataratas del Iguazú, Misiones, Argentina
|Day 6 - Salta City|
Ciudad de Salta, Salta, Argentina
|Day 7 - Humahuaca's Gorge|
Purmamarca, Jujuy, Argentina
|Day 8 - Bolivia: First day of the crossing in the Southwest area |
Tupiza, Potosí, Bolivia
|Days 9/10 - Bolivia: Second & Third day of the crossing in the Southwest area |
Jardines de Mallku Cueva, Mallcu, Departamento Autónomo de Potosí, Bolivia
|Days 11/12 - Bolivia: Fourth and fifth day of the crossing in the Southwest area |
Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni, Departamento Autónomo de Potosí, Bolivia
|Days 13/14 - Bolivia: La Paz & Lake Titicaca |
La Paz, Bolivia
|Day 15 - Ecuador: Guayaquil |
Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador
|Days 16 / 20 - Galápagos|
Isla Santa Cruz, Islas Galápagos, Ecuador
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