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!
10 days of easy to moderate hiking, biking
- 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 AiresDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive in Buenos Aires
We will be waiting for you at Buenos Aires airport and transfer to your centrally located hotel. A brief orientation meeting will be held at the hotel to meet our guide and review the itinerary before setting out on an afternoon tour of the neighborhoods of the city, from historic Plaza de Mayo to the bohemian San Telmo neighborhood with its artisan fair.
Day 2 : Buenos Aires to Mendoza
A morning walking tour takes us to through the of the north part of of the city, the famous Recoleta neighborhood with its cafés and restaurants. We'll stop for lunch at the Puerto Madero waterfront before our afternoon flight to Argentina’s famed Mendoza wine region. Upon our arrival, we'll check into an exclusive lodge and dine at "1884" restaurant.
Day 3 : Mendoza Wines: Achaval Ferrer and Ruca Malen
The central valley of Mendoza is historically the birthplace of Argentina´s wine making tradition, which started over a century ago from both Italian and Spanish immigrants. At Achaval Ferrer, the award wining winery by the dry course of the Mendoza river, we explore the concept of terroir, while tasting wines produced at the bodega´s different altitude vineyards. Afterwards we make our way to Ruca Malen winery for a superb five course lunch pairing food & wine in sight of Cordon del Plata snowed peaks (19574 ft). Afternoon transfer back to the lodge, where the rest of the afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy the lodge. Tonight we'll enjoy Italian-Argentinian fusion cuisine.
Day 4 : Uco Valley
In the morning, we'll transfer south to the town of Tupungato, in Uco Valley. Once at the valley, we'll ride our bikes among the vineyards and enjoy incredible views of Tupungato Volcano (21981 ft.) and surrounding peaks, one of the highest mountain ranges in the Andes (biking can be replaced by a two hour moderate very scenic hike at the Andean foothills. We'll head for a traditional asado meal at Posada del Jamon, a hidden local gem specializing in pork. Afterwards, we make our way to one of the valley’s finest wineries, Clos de los Siete, a joint wine venture started by renowned winemaker Michel Rolland. In the afternoon we'll return to our lodge. Tonight dinner is on your own.
Day 5 : Fly to Salta and drive to the town of Cafayate
Morning visit to central Mendoza, its colorful streets and impressive parks and monuments. Time for lunch in town before transferring to the airport to board and early afternoon flight to Salta. Upon arrival, we'll take a scenic drive across Quebrada de las Conchas to the town of Cafayate, known for its superb artisans and high altitude vineyards. Check in and dinner at our home for the next two nights, Patios de Cafayate, the wine resort located at the grounds of El Esteco Winery. (3 hour drive from Salta Airport to Cafayate)
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. Then we continue to 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. A short transfer takes us to Bodega Mounier, where we will enjoy both young torrontés over a superb lunch of local ingredients, amid one of the best sights of the Calchaqui valleys. During the early afternoon, as we return to our wine resort, we'll delight our palates once more with a quick visit to the local goat cheese factory. The rest of the afternoon is yours to relax at the lodge. This evening we'll enjoy dinner in town.
Day 7 : Cafayate to colonial Salta
As we head north to the city of Salta, we leave behind the green vineyards and pastures of Cafayate, and start a moderate, 2-hour hike at La Yesera, amid the arid, almost moonlike formations of Quebrada de las Conchas (Las Conchas Gorge). We'll have lunch on our way to colonial Salta, where we plan to arrive by mid afternoon. Check in to our hotel and spend the afternoon at our leisure.
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. For five centuries their burial place—the highest point in the emtire Inca empire—went undiscovered and untouched. Guests not wishing to see the mummies may choose to skip this exhibit. After lunch, we'll take an early afternoon drive to Quebrada de Humahuaca (Humahuaca Gorge). Today is an afternoon of extremely contrasting landscape, as we first enter the native junga forest, then drive into the arid landscape of the Humahuaca Gorge. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the gorge is a spectacular narrow valley adorned with jewel-colored slabs of rock. The road takes us to Purmamarca, a tiny little village at the base of the striking Cerro de los Siete Colores. Check in at our colonial style lodge, Manantial del Silencio.
Day 9 : Pumamarca & Altiplano Salt Flats
We go for a leisurely 2-hour hike around the village, before 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) at 11,318 feet above sea level. Return to the lodge for our farewell dinner.
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.
DATES: Best time to go: May, October - November Departures: Oct 19 - 28, 2014 Nov 2 - 11, 2014
$1,500 single supplement
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