CALCHAQUI VALLEYS (2D/1NT)
Day 1: departure from Salta city towards south, through Route 68 along Lerma Valley whose points of interest are Chicoana, Quebrada del Escoipe, Cuesta del Obispo (road with abundant curves), Piedra del Molino (highest point of the route at 3384 m.s.), Los Cardones National Park and Tin-Tin straight. Arrival to Cachi at lunch time. The trip continues down Route 40 to admire mountainous landscapes with towns of great enchantment. Bordering the Calchaquí River, we can observe historical towns such as Seclantas, Molinos, Angastaco, San Carlos and Animana. By the end of the afternoon we arrive to Cafayate. Overnight. Day 2: we visit some wineries; after lunch we return to Salta through Quebrada de las Conchas (Shells’ ravine) visiting the peculiar rock formations caused by rain and wind, such as The Amphitheatre or The Devil´s Throat. We arrive to Salta after crossing the Lerma Valley.
We offer a tailor-made service throughout your stay in San Antonio de Areco: you will be welcomed by local guides to discover the richness of the town and will be invited to visit one of the oldest Estancias of Argentina, combining luxurious comfort and colonial elegance: La Bamba de Areco. This estancia is full of history and traditions, ideal for relaxing. You’ll have the chance to taste exquisite traditional cuisine and refined service, and you will be charmed by the Gaucho traditions and equestrian sports, such as Polo. Itinerary: 08:30 am: Pick-up at hotel in Buenos Aires. 10.00 am: Reception at San Antonio de Areco by local guide, who will show the picturesque streets of the historical center, pulperias (old gaucho bars), the renowned Draghi’s Silversmith Museum, traditional workshops and the Gauchesco Ricardo Güiraldes Museum (optional: shopping tour around the traditional workshops). 12.00 noon: Departure to Estancia La Bamba, where you will be greeted with delicious traditional asado. Various activities will be offered: horseback riding or carriage, stroll by the river, bikes. During the summer, the Estancia opens its swimming pool. 04.30 pm: Departure to Buenos Aires. Includes: Old town visit. Complete traditional lunch at La Bamba. All the activities in town and Estancia. Swimming pool in summer.
Characterized by a nostalgic, old-world beauty, the city that is referred to as the “Paris of the South” boasts marvelous architectural jewels. We shall explore the elegant Recoleta and Retiro quarters with treed sidewalks, turn-of-the-century palaces and handsome apartment buildings. We shall visit the masterpieces that surround the sprawling Plaza San Martín, a Beaux Arts Palace built as residence for the Anchorena family; an imposing mansion inspired by the Louvre Palace, and a ground-breaking Art Deco skyscraper, a landmark that was at the time of construction, 1936, the highest concrete building in the world. The Museum of Decorative Arts decorated in eclectic style including neo-Classical; Circulo Militar, designed in Paris and built in Buenos Aires for the Paz family; the French Embassy and the Brazilian Embassy; San Martin palace —today the Foreign Affairs Ministry— among other beautiful buildings.