North Argentina Self Drive

This two-week self-drive trip allows adventurous travellers the freedom to enjoy the rugged crimson scenery of the north.

Argentina’s arid north is a world away from the lush pastures of the central grasslands and the frosted mountains of the far south. Culturally too, this region is unique. Sharing traditions, local delicacies and indigenous languages with the peoples of neighbouring Bolivia and Chile, Salta and its surroundings are distinctly Andean. This exhilarating self-drive road trip will take you via impressive salt flats, ragged red mountains, fields of giant cacti and dusty northern vineyards. We can of course suggest the must-see highlights, but with the freedom of your hire car, each day can be whatever you make it. Sample the Torrontés white wines for which the region is famous, take breath-taking photos on the crystalline surface of the salt plains and relax during a charming luxury farm-stay. For those who would rather not self-drive we can organise a similar itinerary using a private guide and driver upon request.

Trip highlights

  • 2 nights in Buenos Aires at the Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau in Recoleta with a private city tour

  • 4 nights in Salta at the Hotel Legado Mitico with a hire car and free time to explore the region.

  • 2 nights in Purmamarca at Hotel La Comarca in the shadow of the coloured mountains.

  • 1 night in Cachi at Hotel La Merced del Alto with free time to explore the area.

  • 2 nights in the northern wine region at Grace Cafayate with time to explore the vineyards.

  • 3 nights on a secluded estancia in the north with leisure days to relax.

Map of your holiday

 

Day by Day itinerary

DAY 1

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive into Buenos Aires

Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to your luxury hotel in the Recoleta district for the next two nights.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau

DAY 2

Tango, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tour of Buenos Aires

Enjoy a private half day tour of Buenos Aires, including the bohemian La Boca district.

DAY 3

Salta, Argentina

Fly to Salta

Fly to Salta in the north of Argentina and pick up your hire car. Enjoy three nights’ accommodation in the city centre.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Hotel Legado Mitico

DAY 4

Salta, Argentina

Salta

Today, we recommend you explore the colonial city centre of Salta and its stunning baroque churches.

DAY 5

Salinas Grande, Argentina

Salinas Grandes

Drive out north of the city and visit the Salinas Grandes salt flats for stunning and surreal photos!

DAY 6

Cerro de los Siete Colores, Purmamarca, Argentina

Drive to Purmamarca

Today, you will drive to the town of Purmamarca, located in the vicinity of stunning multicoloured rock formations. You will spend two nights here at La Comarca.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Hotel La Comarca

DAY  7

Cachi, Northern Argentina

Purmamarca

This day is free for you to explore the region with your hire car.

DAY 8

Salta, Argentina

Fly back to Salta

Today you will drive back to Salta and spend one further night at the Legado Mitico before continuing on your road trip.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Hotel Legado Mitico

DAY 9

Salta, Northern Argentina

Drive to Cachi

Today you will drive toward Cachi, via the Parque Nacional Los Cardones, with its striking reddish hills and plains of enormous cacti. You will spend the night in Cachi.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Hotel La Merced del Alto

DAY 10

Cachi, Northern Argentina

Drive to Cafayate

Today you will continue your journey to Cafayate, Argentina’s northern wine region, famous for the cultivation of the Torrontés variety. You will spend two nights here.

Pin Suggested accommodation – Grace Cafayate

DAY 11

Vineyard in Argentina

Free time in Cafayate

Today is free for you to explore the town and local vineyards independently.

DAY 12

House of Jasmines, Salta

Drive to Salta

Today, you will drive to a luxury estancia on the outskirts of Salta for three nights of indulgent relaxation in the countryside at House of Jasmines.

Pin Suggested accommodation – House of Jasmines

DAYS 13 – 14

House of Jasmines, Salta

Free time on the estancia

Enjoy the activities available at the estancia, or simply curl up with a good book and glass of the local Torrontés.

DAY 15

Aeroplane home

Fly home

Drop your hire car off at Salta airport before your onward flight home.

The price for this itinerary is $3,360.

This is a per person price, based on 2 people travelling and sharing a room.

What’s included

  • 14 nights in luxury accommodation as listed above

  • Private transfers and tours with an English speaking guide and driver

  • All internal flights in economy class

What’s not included

  • International flights (discuss your specific requirements with us)

  • Travel insurance

  • Any visas you may require

This is a guide price. Please enquire and we will provide a full personalised quote for you.  All our itineraries are tailor-made to your own requirements so can be modified however you wish.

FEATURED HOTELS

Hyatt Palacio Duhau Buenos Aires

Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt

This luxury 5-star hotel is located in the high class Recoleta district of Buenos Aires. The neo-classical building is a majestic highlight surrounded by elegant boutiques and famous landmarks.

Legado Mitico Salta

Legado Mitico

The Legado Mitico is a charming boutique in the historic district of Salta, close to main sights such as the baroque cathedral. The building is an old mansion house and it is this style which is the essence of the hotel.

La Merced del Alto Salta

La Merced del Alto

At the foot of the Nevado de Cachi, in the stunning Calchaquí Valley, lies La Merced del Alto. An elegant hotel with stunning views, this is a perfect base for relaxing or exploring the local area, just south of Salta.

Grace Cafayate Boutique Hotel

Grace Cafayate

The Grace Hotel Cafayate is a luxury, boutique hotel in the stunning Calchaquí Valley just south of Salta. With its own wine estate, estancia, golf and polo club and surrounded by the plains and mountains of this spectacular valley, this is a very special hotel.

house of jasmines

House of Jasmines

At the foot of the Andes, the Fenestraz family have managed to create a unique and romantic atmosphere that combines tradition and modern comfort in a supremely stylish manner.