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The

 
argentina
 
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For the love of

GAUCHO SPIRIT

TANGO RHYTHMS

MALBEC AND ASADO

WORLD CHAMPIONS

RAINBOW HILLS

 MESSI-MANIA

BUENOS AIRES BUZZ

VAST, WILD LANDSCAPES

YERBA MATE CULTURE

ARGENTINA

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Our small group trip to Argentina is curated for travelers in their 20s and 30s looking for indigenous heritage in Salta, Andean wonders in Purmamarca, and a blend of European elegance and Latin American flair in Buenos Aires.

Get your Argentine experience started far from the crowds as you twist through colonial streets just beyond the grasp of the Andes Mountains. You'll wander beneath ornate buildings that reflect the region's proud history, devour hearty cuisine, and meet up for yerba mate and medialunas in cobblestone plazas. Then, wind on toward the iconic rainbow hills of north country Argentina before you hop a flight and make a break for the capital. Infused with European architecture and Argentinian passion, Buenos Aires—the Paris of South America—is a mecca of food, culture, and fun; expect a well-balanced mix of it all.

This is a massive country that has tons to offer, so if you’re up for epic adventures, legendary landscapes, world-class wine, and some of the southern hemisphere's most hospitable people, pack your bags for the trip of a lifetime.

​8 days/7 nights Starting at $4,399 USD​​​​​

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Limited single room upgrades starting from $770 are available and can be added during booking, subject to availability.

 

Payment can be broken down into a $500 deposit + 3 additional installments.

Included

  • 2 nights in Salta, 1 night in Purmamarca, 4 nights in Buenos Aires

  • All internal transfers 

  • Flight from Salta to Buenos Aires

  • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

  • Local Salta cuisine cooking class

  • Traditional Estancia experience in the Calchaqui Valley

  • Guided Buenos Aires walking tour

  • Traditional Argentinian asado experience

  • Tango class with an Argentinian expert

  • Tango and traditional peña folklore show

  • Polo match, history lesson, and expert-led polo clinic 

  • FTLO Trip Leader

*Activities are weather-dependent on all Argentina tours; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.

not included

  • Flights to & from Argentina

  • Mandatory trip insurance 

  • Meals not mentioned (budget around $200)

  • Incidental expenses

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day by day

*Itinerary is subject to change

Day by day
  
Day 1 - Salta, Argentina
Salta la linda

After touching down just outside of town, hop in a cab and head to our hotel in the center of Salta. With a culture that blends indigenous heritage and colonial history set against a backdrop of rolling Argentinian foothills, you’ll be immersed in a bygone era of old world charm and regional pride.

Get acquainted with your fellow travelers over dinner at a friendly, local peña, where the rhythms of traditional folk tunes played on drums, guitars, and violins set the scene, and the smoky aromas of local cuisine fill the air.

Pop open a bottle of wine or two and soak up the warmth and authenticity that define the heart of northern Argentina. Welcome to Salta!

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taste

  
Day 2 - Salta, Argentina
valley views

Begin your first full day in Salta by diving into the heart of Argentinian culture through its food. From corn, bean, and chorizo-based stews to fried empanadas, north-country cuisine is a hearty affair, and we’ll learn all about it in a private cooking class.

Just don't fill up entirely! We're moving on to a sizzling asado experience at a ranch or estancia in the rugged, red-rock Calchaqui Valley for a glimpse into the region's traditional way of life and a taste of some of the world's best steaks grilled over open flames, just the way the locals like them (there are veggie options, too!).

Spend your afternoon riding arid landscapes on horseback with a local guide, or hang back and take in the dramatic mountain ranges and colorful rock formations at the ranch. The evening is free to explore Salta if you've got the energy left.

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WONDER

  
Day 3 - Purmamarca, Argentina
rainbow mountain

Today, we're hitting the road and winding up north toward Purmamarca and the natural wonders of Quebrada de Humahuaca. With traditional Andean charm and adobe homes lining narrow cobblestone streets, this is the spirited gateway to the indigenous Quechua and Aymara cultures.

We'll stop at a hidden gem along the way for a local bite and arrive at the hotel by the early afternoon. Check out the buzzing scene at the town’s main market, a bohemian hotspot full of textiles, masks, and indigenous handicrafts (and a great place to get souvenirs while supporting the local community), then take in the unreal hues of the Cerro de los Siete Colores. 

As the evening hits, we’ll cruise back out of town and wind along the Cuesta de Lipan to catch a sunset over the salt flats of Salinas Grande. It’s a tranquil experience and an amazing way to connect with the grand scale of northern Argentina.

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Day 4 - Purmamarca to Buenos Aires
Porteño Pastimes

Spend your morning strolling the laid-back streets of Purmamarca, soaking up the historical charm, or chatting with the country’s friendliest locals in Plaza 9 de Julio before we head to the capital.

Hello Buenos Aires! Welcome to the largest city in Argentina, where the air is just as full of excitement and energy as it is with the mouthwatering smoky scent of flame-grilled ojo de bife wafting from every corner. With sprawling, parakeet-filled parks, trendy, secret cocktail bars, funky, graffitied dives, and locals who are as passionate as they come, it’s one of the most action-packed destinations in Latin America.

After you check into the hotel, head out with the crew to grab rooftop drinks with views over the electric metro region. Try a Fernet and Coke (a local favorite) or a glass of Malbec from nearby Mendoza. 

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Day 5 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
two to tango

With 19th-century European architecture, vintage cafes buzzing with animated conversations, and cosmopolitan restaurants, Buenos Aires requires more than a little exploration, so today, we're hitting the streets in search of everything the city has to offer. 

We’ll kick things off in swanky Recoleta to check out chic boutiques and massive monuments of Argentina’s rich and famous. From there, we'll head to historic Plaza de Mayo, a pivotal site in Argentina's independence struggle, wind through the colorful, Maradona-mad neighborhood of La Boca, and explore the contemporary innovations and waterside charms of Puerto Madero. Connect to the city’s culinary history over a bite in the stalls of San Telmo's 19th-century market before we get up close and personal with Argentina's top talent.

 

It's tango time! Get those feet moving in our group class and groove to the country’s most famous dance before we round out the day with dinner, wine, and a show.

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dance

  
Day 6 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
polo day

The British may have brought polo to the nation’s grasslands, but it was Argentinian gauchos who adopted it and made it their own. So, today, we're heading just outside the city for wine, empanadas, and an introduction to the exciting elegance of it all.

We'll get things started with a deep dive into the sport, its history, and the beautiful horses who make it all happen, and then, we’ll grab our seats and watch a match. After the high-energy thrills, grab a late asado lunch—local grilled meats and plenty of Argentinian wine—before you hop in the saddle yourself.

With a professional at your side, you’ll learn how to play like the pros and then have a mini-match of your own. Your night’s free, so head to dinner with friends back in the big city, then out for a night at the grungy dives and unassuming speakeasies.

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Fast facts

“Tango is the cry of a nation, the melody of the Argentine soul."

- Carlos Gardel

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FAST FACTS

  
Day 7 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
ba for you

If you stayed out late (and you probably did, you’re in Buenos Aires…), grab some extra shuteye and take it easy. If you're up for a bit of exploring, head out for a stroll; today's free for you to see the capital any way you please.

Consider walking through some of the city's sprawling parks. Wind your way north toward Los Bosques de Palermo and spend the day spying parakeets, paddleboarding in the lake, or twisting through the Japanese gardens. By mid-afternoon, you should be ready for a glass of Malbec or two, so find a seat at one of the trendy wine bars in Palermo and then wander through the neighborhood’s eclectic boutiques blending contemporary designs with traditional craftsmanship.

That night, we'll all meet up for one final Argentinian family style meal, more than a few laughs, and a celebratory toast to our time in one of the southern hemisphere's best spots.

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Day 8 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
adiós amigos

Find your friends for a final breakfast at the hotel before saying adiós.

If you've got more time to travel, well, you are most certainly in luck. Argentina is gigantic, and you could spend months exploring (we really mean that; our team has literally spent months crisscrossing the country). If you're looking for more of that tasty red, head to Mendoza and visit the incredible vineyards that surround the city. If it's Patagonia you're looking for, hop on a flight to the mountains of Bariloche and start winding south to el Calafate and Torres del Paine.

On the other hand, if you're looking for natural wonders hidden in the jungle, head north and hike to mind-blowing Iguazu Falls. In Argentina, there's always more to see. Happy travels!

Just for fun

When Messi and the Argentine national team won the World Cup in 2022, the country declared a national holiday to celebrate. 

Tango was born in Buenos Aires in the late 19th century.

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Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the only glaciers in the world that is still advancing.

Trip notes

  • ​Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), occurs when the body doesn't acclimatize quickly enough to the reduced oxygen levels at higher altitudes. It can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness level, and its severity varies from person to person. 

  • When traveling to high altitude destinations in Argentina, it's essential to listen to your body and prioritize your health and safety above all else. Take it slow, stay hydrated, and pay attention to any symptoms of altitude sickness. By planning ahead and being mindful of the effects of high altitude on your body, you can enjoy all that Argentina's breathtaking mountain landscapes have to offer while minimizing the risk of altitude-related health issues.

  • If you have a history of high blood pressure or heart problems, please reach out to us so that we can discuss whether this trip is right for you.

about argentina

Argentina presents a fascinating blend of natural beauty, vibrant culture, and pulsating nightlife. The country's diverse landscapes encompass the towering snow capped mountains of the Andes, the sweeping Pampas grasslands, and the dramatic peaks of Tierra del Fuego National Park in Patagonia. As South America's second-largest nation, its culture is as diverse as its geography, with indigenous traditions deeply interwoven with European influences, particularly in music, arts, and cuisine. Argentine nightlife, especially in Buenos Aires, is renowned worldwide, offering an eclectic mix of sultry tango clubs, bustling bars, and world-class restaurants that echo into the streets until the early hours.

Good to Know

  • When you visit Argentina, keep in mind that the seasons are reversed in the southern hemisphere.

  • The Argentinian currency is the peso.

  • Argentinians speak Spanish.

Flights

Fly into Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport (SLA)

Please be sure to book a flight that has you arrive at Salta’s Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport by 4pm on day 1 and the hotel by 5pm. The cab ride is approximately 20 minutes.

Fly out of Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) or Jorge Newbery International Airport (AEP)

If you are flying home, you should depart anytime from either Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) or Jorge Newbery International Airport (AEP) on the final day of your trip.

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*FTLO is not responsible for any fees or costs related to flights. We strongly suggest that all travelers wait until they receive the official FTLO Greenlight Email to book flights. This will be sent 3-4 months prior to the start date of your trip.

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