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 wines the world over (but known at home for its dramatic Andean vistas), to Salta’s música folklórica and resplendent colonial architecture, we’ll taste, hear, and see the finest in local craftworks, traditional music, artisan cheeses—and, of course, the world’s most iconic malbecs. You'll also taste the selection at Clos de las Siete, a new wine venture launched by famed French vintner Michael Rolland.
Work your legs, too, on hikes along the foothills of Pumamarca and in Humahuaca Canyon, where rich mineral deposits color jagged mountain rocks in sulphurous yellows, corroded copper greens, and rich magnesium reds. At Uco Valley, bike among the vineyards in view of Mount Tupungato, one of the tallest peaks in the Andes. Return each afternoon to our exclusive boutique hotels, where you’ll savor yet another impeccable glass of wine while watching the last glint of sunlight wash across rows of grapevines.
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. Our itinerary offers a true cultural immersion as you discuss the finer points of winemaking with area wine experts, meet master weavers, sit down for tea with a local family, and enjoy a traditional asado meal at a charming local restaurant.
This cultural and gastronomic adventure also includes city tours of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, including Recoleta with its renowned cemetery and lively cafés, bohemian San Telmo with its colonial buildings reopened as galleries, and the colorful Sunday artisans' fair.
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'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.
Day 2 : Buenos Aires to Mendoza
Morning walking tour of Buenos Aires, and the neighborhood of Recoleta. then afternoon flight to Mendoza.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DATES: Best time to go: May, October - November Departures: Sep 14 - 23, 2014 Oct 19 - 28, 2014 Nov 2 - 11, 2014
$1,500 single supplement
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.
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