• Argentina: Mendoza to Salta

    Cultural adventures and hiking pair beautifully in Argentina's renowned wine country

    Active adventurers with a penchant for wine will love this introduction to Mendoza and Salta. Visit Argentina's best vineyards, hike the colorful foothills of Nevado de Cachi, learn about música folklórica, and enjoy resplendent colonial architecture.

    best times to go: May, October - November

    departures: 3 scheduled datesview departures

    pricing: from $5,295 see detailed pricing

    Other South America

    Easy to Moderate
Also great as a private trip. Call for details

Cultural adventures and hiking pair beautifully in Argentina's renowned wine country

Your palate and your penchant for life’s finer things will lead the way on this journey to Argentina’s best vineyards and artisan communities. From Mendoza, renowned for its world-class wines and dramatic Andean vistas, to Salta’s música folklórica and resplendent colonial architecture, we’ll discover the finest in local crafts, music, cuisine—and, of course, malbecs. Everything here is a joy to the senses, and MTS has the regional experience and connections to make this trip both authentic and one-of-a-kind.

Overnight at the world’s highest vineyard, visit Argentina’s oldest working winery, and taste the selection at Clos de las Siete, a new venture by famed French vintner Michel Rolland. Work your legs, to, on hikes through Quebrada de Humahuaca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Nevado de Cachi, with its vividly colored slabs of rock. At Uco Valley, bike among the vineyards in view of Mount Tupungato, one of the tallest peaks in the Andes. At the end of each day, return to your luxury boutique hotel, where you’ll savor yet another impeccable glass of wine as the sun disappears behind the Andean peaks. A true authentic cultural immersion in legendary MTS style!
 

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10 days of easy to moderate hiking, biking

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy a true cultural immersion, as only MTS' regional experience can bring you
  • Visit world-renowned high altitude vineyards and overnight at impeccable boutique hotels
  • Bike among the vineyards in view of Mount Tupungato, one of the tallest peaks in the Andes
  • Explore Salta's música folklórica and resplendent colonial architecture

Duration: 10 days Start Location: Buenos Aires End Location: Buenos Aires

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    Day 1 : Arrive in Buenos Aires

    We'll transfer you from the Buenos Aires airport to the hotel, where we'll have an orientation before an afternoon tour of San Telmo and welcome dinner.

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    Day 2 : Buenos Aires to Mendoza

    Morning walking tour of Buenos Aires, and the neighborhood of Recoleta.  then afternoon flight to Mendoza.

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    Day 3 : Mendoza Wines: Achaval Ferrer and Ruca Malen

    We'll visit the central valley of Mendoza, historically the birth place of Argentina's wine making tradition.

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    Day 4 : Uco Valley

    Today, we'll go bike riding through the vineyards of Tupungato in Uco Valley. We'll stop to taste at one of the valley’s finest wineries, Clos de los Siete, a wine venture of renowned winemaker Michel Rolland.

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    Day 5 : Fly to Salta and drive to the town of Cafayate

    Fly to Salta in the morning. We'll take a scenic drive across Los Cardones National Park and Obispo high pass (11,341 feet) before arriving at our lodge.

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    Day 6 : Crafts & Wines of Cafayate

    Walk from the vineyards surrounding our lodge to the village. We'll make our first stop at some of Argentina´s most renowned artisans' homes to learn about their crafts. Visit the town´s main square with its colonial church, and sample some delicious, flaky empanadas to go, as we approach El Porvenir boutique winery for a wine tasting of high altitude malbecs. We'll then continue to Bodega Mounier where we will enjoy their young torrontés over a superb lunch at one of the best sights of the Calchaqui valleys.

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    Day 7 : Cafayate to colonial Salta

    We'll move on to Salta, leaving behind the green vineyards and pastures of Cafayate, and start hiking at La Yesera amid the arid, almost moonlike formations of Quebrada de las Conchas.

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    Day 8 : Salta to Pumamarca

    We'll walk into central Salta and visit the Museum of High Altitude Archaeology, where we'll see the well-preserved mummies of the “Children of Llullaillaco.” These three Inca children were offered as sacrifices atop the peak of Mount Llullaillaco, 22,080 feet above sea level. In the early afternoon we'll drive to Quebrada de Humahuaca (Humahuaca Gorge). Today is an afternoon of extremely contrasting landscapes, as we first enter the native junga forest, then drive into the arid landscape of the Humahuaca Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Day 9 : Pumamarca & Altiplano Salt Flats

    We go for a leisurely hike around the village and continue driving into the astonishing scenery of the high Andean plateau. A surreal landscape of volcanoes and clear sky is the perfect setting for lunch at the desert Salinas Grandes (Salt Flats).

     

  • Day 10 : Depart for Buenos Aires

    Transfer to Salta airport, where we'll bid goodbye to our trip leader. Fly back to Buenos Aires for homebound flights.

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DATES: Best time to go: May, October - November Departures: Sep 14 - 23, 2014 Oct 19 - 28, 2014 Nov 2 - 11, 2014

PRICING:

2014 Prices
$5,295 (7-12 members)
$5,695 (4-6 members)

$1,500 single supplement
Additional cost for internal flights fluctuates, so call for more information (Buenos Aires to Mendoza; Mendoza to Salta, Salta to Buenos Aires )

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.

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