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Paseo de los Colorados, Purmamarca, Argentina

Guided Off-Roading in Off-Piste Argentina

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

10 Days

Prices Start from

$4,572pp (ex. flights)

Suitable for

Couples Adventure Traveller Solo Traveller Photographers

Embark on an extraordinary off-road trip by 4×4 in the company of a private guide, travelling deep into the heart of northwest Argentina on an off-piste and mostly unpaved road journey through quaint villages and past red mountains.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Labyrinth desert, NW Argentina 1

4x4 Road Journey

Go off-roading through the breath-taking scenery of Puna with an expert guide.

Salt water pool on the Salinas Grandes salt flats in Jujuy province, northern Argentina 2

Salar de Arizaro

Explore Salar de Arizaro, one of the largest salt flats in the world located in the Andes.

Rock Formations in the Desert, Northwest Argentina 3

Labyrinth Desert

Travel through a highly remote and little-known 10-million-year-old fossil and dune desert.

Church in the remote village of Antofalla 4

Stay in Villages

Stay in authentic Puna villages and dine with local shepherd communities.

Why we like it

Topped and tailed with time spent in Buenos Aires and a pampas estancia, this journey moves overland from Salta to the high arid plataeu of the Puna region. In the company of an expert guide, travel off road in Argentina in a 4×4, passing through dusty villages, ghost towns, striking oases in high altitude deserts and some 19,000 pink flamingos.

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Argentina on your wishlist? Talk to our experts about tailoring this trip for you.

  • Days 1-2

    Buenos Aires

  • Day 3

    Buenos Aires - Salta

  • Day 4

    Salta - Tolar Grande

  • Day 5

    Tolar Grande

  • Day 6

    Tolar Grande - El Peñon

  • Day 7

    El Peñon

  • Day 8

    El Peñon - Salta

  • Day 9

    Salta - Buenos Aires - Pampas

  • Day 10

    Pampas - Buenos Aires

Days 1-2

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Revel in the street corner tango and delicious eateries of vibrant Buenos Aires.

Day 3

Buenos Aires - Salta

Day 4

Salta - Tolar Grande

Day 5

Tolar Grande

Big Salinas in Northwest Argentina

Explore one of the largest salt flats in the world in the Andes.

Day 6

Tolar Grande - El Peñon

Day 7

El Peñon

Vicunas, El Penon, Salta, Argentina

Drive the road to El Peñon, following yellow fields of native grasses, white lagoons and narrow deserted canyons.

Day 8

El Peñon - Salta

Day 9

Salta - Buenos Aires - Pampas

Traditional Gauchos, Argentina

Journey out from Buenos Aires to the sprawling pampas to an authentic estancia.

Day 10

Pampas - Buenos Aires

Now for the details

Sea Eye Lagoon, Ojos del Mar, Eyes of the Sea, Argentina
Sea Eye Lagoon, Ojos del Mar, Argentina

The Eyes of the Sea

Travel to Ojos del Mar (Eyes of the Sea), vivid blue pools of water in the middle of a startling white salar. The waters reflect the surrounding mountains in the morning sunlight and are a gift to photographers, who might like to wear brightly coloured clothes to stand out as a reflection against the dazzling landscape.

White Church, Antofalla, Argentina
White Church, Antofalla, Argentina

Visit Remote Villages

Journey to the tiny village of Tolar Grande, one of the most remote places on Earth, and stop at other authentic Puna villages to learn their ancient traditions. In the oasis village of Antofalla, meet the tiny community of 60 shepherds and have lunch in one of their homes that overlooks the shimmering salt flats.

Purmamarca, Jujuy, Northwest, Argentina
Jujuy, Argentina

The Road to El Peñon

Drive the road to El Peñon, following yellow fields of native grasses, white lagoons and narrow deserted canyons. In the middle of the high altitude desert, find the green valley that thrives as a result of a natural water spring and cross the blinding white mirror of the salt flats.

Gaucho Festival, Argentina
Gaucho Festival, Argentina

Live Amongst Gauchos

Journey out from Buenos Aires to the sprawling pampas, discovering that the heart of the nation and its people is out in the countryside. Stay in an historic estancia for a unique and privileged insight into the old-world charms of pampas life and the chance to gallop around with modern day gauchos.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Legado Mitico Buenos Aires £££££

  • Argentina
  • City
  • Boutique

A highly conceptual property founded on the notion of Argentine identity, Legado Mitico is a boutique property that is all at once avant-garde and undeniably homely. Despite its position in the hub of the bohemian barrio of Palermo Soho, the townhouse is a tranquil oasis peppered with foliage and draping vegetation. Its 11 refined rooms are individually decorated with wood floors and memorabilia inspired by historic figures of the nation that include Che Guevara and Eva Peron, while one boasts its own private terrace. Inviting lounge areas appear in the form of a serene library, a living room with sofas set around a roaring fireplace, and a small garden terrace with a bubbling jacuzzi.

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Nuss Buenos Aires Soho £££££

  • Argentina
  • City
  • Boutique

Tucked in the heart of trendy Palermo Soho with fine restaurants and sought-after watering holes all around, Nuss Buenos Aires Soho is situated at the meeting of two tree-lined streets and housed inside a 100-year-old former convent building. The admired in-house pastry chef Inès Maciel creates delicacies for the property’s own self-service deli, while an open-air rooftop terrace boasts inviting sun loungers and a contemporary plunge pool.

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Legado Mitico Salta £££££

Once home to one of Salta’s aristocratic families, this magnificent building has been painstakingly restored to its former glory. Legado Mitico is the second hotel of a small boutique group that first started in Buenos Aires and offers eleven individually styled rooms, all well-equipped and extremely comfortable. Refined and exclusive in feeling, this boutique mansion property feels like a grand house taken from another era.

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Finca Valentina £££££

  • Argentina
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

A traditional white-washed country house that is shrouded by indigenous trees and climbing greenery, Finca Valentina is a characterful family-run property that lies in the foothills of the Andes. Outside, a pool is partly shaded by trees and encircled by lounge chairs, while inside an elegant restaurant boasts a culturally diverse menu of home-cooked dishes owing to the influence of the Italian owners. Homemade cakes, freshly baked bread and a superb wine list make this property an inevitably indulgent foodie favourite. Its eight bright rooms, interspersed between the main house and independent cottages, are flooded with light through shuttered windows and furnished with local artisan objects and intricate textiles from Salta.

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Estancia La Bamba de Areco £££££

  • Argentina
  • Farmstead and Ranches

Set within 600 private acres of vast pampas wilderness, Estancia La Bamba de Areco is one of the oldest family-run working estancias in all of Argentina and a Relais & Chateaux property to boot. Retaining the ambience of a cosy private home yet harnessing the gaucho traditions that make estancias so magical, the colonial-style property is encompassed by plane trees and comprised of a series of houses, a traditional stable, an al fresco pool, and a few friendly estate dogs for good measure. With all meals included, guests can tuck in to the chef’s legendary crepes with dulce de leche and partake in an authentic Argentine asado washed down with wine.

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Paul listened carefully to what we wanted from our travels in Argentina and put together a really special itinerary that was perfectly tailored to us.

Destination: Argentina
Travel Expert: Paul

What a fantastic trip to Argentina, Chile and Brazil superbly organised by James.

Destination: Argentina, Chile & Brazil
Travel Expert: James

Thanks to James for planning this trip of a lifetime through Argentina, a place we have always wanted to see. We were able to visit everywhere from Patagonia in the south to the Iguazu Falls in the north, and all with very little effort on our part.

Destination: Argentina
Travel Expert: James

Paul did everything from making dinner reservations in Buenos Aires to booking specific rooms in the Lake District that he knew would give us the best view.

Destination: Argentina
Travel Expert: Paul

A note on price

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When to travel

Argentina in January

December to February is the peak of summer in Argentina, bringing long summer days and pleasant temperatures. As this is the busiest time of year to travel, expect peak prices and we recommend planning 9-12 months in advance for availability. Summer is the best time of year for all the outdoor experiences that the country has to offer.

Argentina in February

January and February are the peak of summer in Argentina, bringing long summer days and pleasant temperatures. As this is the busiest time of year to travel, expect peak prices and we recommend planning 9-12 months in advance for availability. Summer is the best time of year for all the outdoor experiences that the country has to offer.

Argentina in March

March brings the end of summer across the country. If you are planning to visit Patagonia, it is best to start here in early March as it is still accessible.

Argentina in April

April starts the autumn in Argentina. As the temperatures lower, crowds thin across the country. This can be a great time to avoid large numbers of visitors and to experience the autumnal colours across the countryside.

Argentina in May

As the country moves further into late autumn, temperatures continue to drop. However, cooler temperatures can make for a pleasant visit to Iguazu Falls, Mendoza and the desert avoiding the crowds.

Argentina in June

June begins the winter season across the country. Although Patagonia becomes more challenging to access, this can be a good time to visit other more popular destinations further north without the crowds. This is also the best time to view the southern right whales off the Valdes Peninsula.

Argentina in July

July and August are the depths of winter for the country. This brings much cooler temperatures and snow in some regions. Although perhaps not an ideal time to see the highlights, this can be a good time to visit Buenos Aires in an off-peak time with cooler temperatures.

Argentina in August

July and August are the depths of winter for the country. This brings much cooler temperatures and snow in some regions. Although perhaps not an ideal time to see the highlights, this can be a good time to visit Buenos Aires in an off-peak time with cooler temperatures.

Argentina in September

September officially welcomes spring across Argentina. This is a great time to experience the northern region without the peak season prices or crowds.

Argentina in October

As the country moves further into spring, the countryside starts to bloom with wildflowers. This is a great time of year to get involved with outdoor activities while temperatures are still cool and the crowds are quieter.

Argentina in November

November is a great time of year to visit as summer begins yet beating the peak season crowds that come in December. Patagonia is in full bloom and the vineyards of Mendoza are surrounded by the stunning snow-capped Andes.

Argentina in December

December in Argentina brings the start of the peak season. Temperatures are warm, although due to the size of the country these can vary so it is advisable to bring layers. Weather is at its most desirable for outdoor activities and sightseeing. Following from the spring rains, the falls of Iguazu are at their most impressive during December.

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