North Argentina and Chile Explorer
A comprehensive, luxury journey through the breathtaking landscapes of Northern Argentina and Chile
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Private tour options in Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls, Salta, the Atacama Desert and the Wine Region
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Meet and greet airport service
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
An adventurous trip through some amazingly scenic and varied landscapes, with destinations frequented by very few travellers at times, and with the perfect balance of tours, relaxation and fine dining experiences.
Starting off in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, famous for its tango and some of the best steak restaurants in the world, there is much to see and do in this vibrant city. Journeying north, take a boat ride under the incredible Iguazu waterfalls, and stay within the National Park surrounded by some spectacular wildlife.
Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer to your hotel in Buenos Aires (from international airport)
Accommodation in Buenos Aires
- 88 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants
- Library bar
- Fitness centre
- Outdoor pool
- Cabaret show
The Faena Buenos Aires is a striking design hotel in the waterside neighborhood of Puerto Madero, the brainchild of local empresario Alan Faena and designer Philippe Starck. The hotel is located in the restored El Porteño building, an enormous silo built in 1902 that produced grain for post-war Europe. The decor encapsulates the grandeur of the belle epoque that characterised Buenos Aires at the turn of last centrury. A red, black and white colour scheme runs through the hotel teamed with exposed brick walls and concrete pillars that hark back to its industrious past. Rooms and suites are filled with eye catching touches such as hand embroidered throws and filifree mirrors and feature huge windows which look out over Ecological Reserve, the parks, Río de la Plata and the quaysides of Puerto Madero. Eating and drinking at the Faena is a real treat. Enjoy fine dining at Bistro Sur where the menu is inspired by the finest seasonal Argentinian produce, or opt for something more casual at El Mercado which is inspired by the country’s famous cantinas and the open air markets of Europe. The Library Lounge is an intimate space filled with antique books and crysal chandeliers, while El Cabaret, inspired by the city’s 1920s tango clubs, is where you can catch the award-winning show, Rojo Tango. The hotel also features a spa, fitness centre and an outdoor pool.
- Two restaurants
- 2 restaurants
- Outdoor pool
Perhaps the best luxury hotel in Buenos Aires, the Four Seasons is really very suited to the luxury traveller. With beautifully decorated and well equipped rooms and communal areas, the sense of quality and refinement is pervasive throughout the hotel. They also have by far the best pool area in the city which has a strict guests only policy. Service, as you might expect, is absolutely first class making this the hotel of choice in Buenos Aires for many visiting dignitaries and celebrities.
- Two restaurants
- 2 restaurants
- Full Spa
- Indoor Pool
- Lobby bar and cafe
- Cigar bar
The Alvear Palace Hotel opened its doors in 1932 and has remained one of the city’s most iconic hotels ever since. Located in the exclusive Recoleta neighbourhood, everything about the Alvear is incredibly well thought through with lots of little touches that make it a really special place to stay. The hotel’s 192 rooms and suites are impeccable designed with a mix of Empire, Louis XV and Louis XVI styles. Sumptuous fabrics and elegant furnishing are complimented by decorative arts and paintings by Argentinian artists. The larger lounge suites offer butler service so you can make the most of your stay. Enjoy sophisticated French cuisine at La Bourgogne, and a decadent afternoon tea in L’Orangerie before sampling an expertly mixed cocktail at the lobby bar, which has long been a meeting place for well-known members of Buenos Aires society. Enjoying a tipple at the rooftop bar is also not to be missed, with its spectacular views over Alvear Avenue. When you’re not out exploring all that the Argentinean capital has to offer, relax and unwind in the spa, wellness area, fitness centre and rooftop pool with adjoining pool bar.
- 140 rooms
- Indoor Pool
Located in the heart of the elegant Retiro neighbourhood, this Sofitel hotel features a perfect blend of modern and classical design. The elegant rooms are decorated in harmonious colours with Argentine leather furniture providing a feel of comfort and class. The hotel’s restaurant, Le Sud, is one of the best in the city featuring gourmet Mediterranean cuisine infused with local Argentine products. The cafe and library are very traditional with a style and elegance reminiscent of the early 20th century and the extravagance of Buenos Aires at that time. A fitness centre, heated pool, and exclusive boutique are available to guests as well as weekly wine tastings and other special events.
- 71 rooms and eight suites
- Swimming pool
- Spa and sauna
- Fitness centre
Found in the lively and upscale area of Palermo, CasaSur Bellini is a boutique hotel filled with luxury indulgences and attentive staff. Choose from either an executive room or impressive suite where lavish touches such as a kitchenette, whirpool tub and private balcony with pool or town views all await. When you’re not out exploring the excitement this city has to offer, treat yourself to a relaxing treatment at the spa and some time in the sauna. Then, feast on tasty Mediterranean and Indian inspired dishes at the fine dining Bengal restaurant.
Spend your time relaxing and exploring this wonderful city. You have our top recommendations for activities, restaurants and shopping so that you can make the most of your time here. Remember we can always organize you one of privately-guided tours (history, culture, art...) to more specialist excursions such as personal shopping trips, helicopter tours, wine tasting and tango lessons. Feel free to discuss your options with your travel designer.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and bring you (with private vehicle) on a fascinating half-day private tour of the elegant turn-of-the-century districts that earned Buenos Aires the soubriquet of the Paris of South America. Including a trip to La Boca district in the South and then up to the charming cobbled alleys and colonial architecture of San Telmo. Along to the Plaza de Mayo, up the leafy Avenida de Mayo towards the imposing grandeur of the Palace of Congress and then on to the historically fascinating Recoleta Cemetery, you will discover the facts, stories and anecdotes that make up the colourful tapestry of the history of Buenos Aires.
Enjoy the best tango show in town, set in the exclusive environs of the Faena Hotel. The Rojo tango is the smallest and most stylish of tango salons. Your evening includes soft drinks and alcoholic drinks such as wine and champagne, and transfers to and from the venue.
Private Transfer to Buenos Aires Domestic Airport
Flight from Buenos Aires to Iguassu
Private transfer from Iguassu airport to your hotel
Accommodation in Iguassu Falls
- 14 rooms
- Set in 360 hectares private nature reserve
- Extensive library
- Swimming pool
Located in unspoilt rainforest some thirty minutes away from the park and nearby town, Puerto Bemberg is a beautifully refurbished colonial building and a very comfortable oasis from which to explore. This is a hotel for those who wish to do more than see just the falls allowing guests to see more of the surrounding area and the lush rainforest around it. Being based here rather than in the town, one has a much closer connection with the nature and landscape. There are fourteen comfortable and well appointed rooms, decorated in a modern-rustic style with earthy hues, and antique furniture with comfortable king size beds and verandas looking out over the garden. The hotel has a good sized swimming pool and walkways through the grounds including one runway which extends out along the tree tops for an amazing view of the landscape below. There’s a real charm and history to this location and the hotel’s design both encompasses and respects that aspect; the homely communal areas including a library, living room and art collection. Activities possible within the 380-hectare grounds include: Bird and animal watching, trekking through the jungle, motorboat trips on the river and visits to other waterfalls. The hotel is 45-minute ‘door to door’ to Igaussu Falls.
- 169 rooms
- Restaurant with views of the falls
- Outdoor pool
- Heated indoor pool
- Tennis Court
The Melia Iguazu is the only hotel within the grounds of the national park on the Argentinean side of the Falls. It has 169 modern rooms of a good standard – some of which feature views of the falls – which are only a short walk away. There are a wide range of dining facilities, with the ‘Garganta del Diablo’ restaurant one of the best in the area, as well as swimming pools, spa and a gym.
- Large outdoor pool
- Children's pool
- Cataratas Spa with five treatment rooms
- Cataratas Spa with 5 treatment rooms
- Poolside Restaurant
- Indoor restaurant with Veranda
- Bar with live music
- Tennis Court
Actually inside the national park on the Brazilian side, this luxury property is ideally located. Walking out from the lobby one can hear the thunder of the falls and the hotel is surrounded by lush tropical rainforest. The hotel has been recently refurbished throughout to a high standard and in keeping with the colonial mansion style of the hotel’s original design. The hotel has large rooms with high ceilings, hard wood flooring and period style furniture. There is a large pool area in the rear to relax at with a drink after a day exploring the falls.
Enjoy this stunning natural wonder of the world. Most of our clients choose our full day private tour of the Falls with one of our expert guides, however we do offer variations on this to include boat safaris or hikes through the surrounding national park.
A stunning tour of Iguassu, where you get a chance to really get up close to the falls. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and bring you by private vehicle to the entrance of the park on the Argentinian side. You'll then be taking the rest of the tour mainly on foot. Exploring the various wooden walk ways that lead through the national park close up to the many chutes of the falls. One of the most spectacular sites of the falls is the 'Devil's Throat' which sees the largest flow of water. In order to visit the Devil’s Throat, the visitor must board the train at the Main Station or at the Cataratas Station, close to the Upper Circuit. For those who love trekking there is the 1km (0.6 mile) long Sendero Verde (Green Trail) that connects the Visitors Centre to the Cataratas Station and to the Upper Circuit. Once you are at the Devil’s Throat Station you will have to walk on a flat catwalk built over the Upper Iguassu River. This catwalk crosses several islands. Once you get to the end of the catwalks, you will be surprised by a strategic lookout point resting on the side of the gorgeous Devil’s Throat.
Private transfer from your hotel to Iguassu airport
Flight from Iguassu to Salta
Private transfer from Salta airport to your hotel
Accommodation in Salta
- Living room
- Outdoor Heated Pool
- Full spa
- Dry Sauna
A converted colonial farmhouse set in 290 acres of land, the House of Jasmines is one of the most romantic retreats in all of Argentina. Recently acquired by a French family with great experience in luxury hotels, the lodge was previously owned by Robert Duvall. Each of the rooms (of which there are just seven) is beautifully decorated with period antiques, four poster beds and other luxurious touches. The lodge also features an excellent restaurant, a pool area and spa. Located in the valley just a short drive from the capital of Salta, the lodge is an excellent base from which to explore the area.
Like its sister hotel in Buenos Aires, Legado Mitico Salta is a boutique hotel with style, service and culture. Each of the amply sized rooms is themed on a different Argentinean historical figure. Decoration is a tasteful blend of dark woods, paintings, antique feature pieces and the modern comforts one expects in a luxury boutique hotel. Service is prompt and friendly and the hotel boasts very pleasant communal areas including a solarium, breakfast bar, patio and a well-stocked library.
- 7 rooms including one two-room suite
- Cottage with two independant rooms complete with a patio each
- Decked seating area
- Swimming pool (unheated)
- Dining room
- In-room spa and beauty treatments (can be arranged in advance)
Finca Valentina is a charming, small boutique hotel situated at the foot of the Andes, just outside Salta in Northwest Argentina. A refurbished country house, it maintains the local traditional architecture with the layout, light and comfort of modern living. The main house of the finca offers five standard rooms and a two-room suite. Outside, there’s also a cottage with two independent rooms, each with a private patio. The lounge and the dining room are completed by a fireplace and are pleasant, modern and strewn intermittently with the odd antique or gaucho garb. Hear the quiet preparation of meals from the cook in the kitchen whilst reading a book from the finca’s charming gardens or the outside decked seating area, sometimes shared by the owners’ three lovely labradors. Located in the south-western outskirts of city, you get the peace and splendid views of the Andean countryside as well as being close to the sights of Salta.
It's entirely up to you how you spend your time here in Salta. To give you an idea, we can arrange for private tours of the city with one of our expert guides, further afield excursions to the regional vineyards of Cafayate (wine tastings, dine in the bodegas, tours of the wineries), or to the traditional pueblos of the Altiplano.
Explore Humahuaca Gorge, famous for its colourful mountains, its geological formations and its historical villages. During our visit, feel the real atmosphere of this part of Argentina at the Humahuaca Market, then walk in the Colorado’s Gorge, see the impressive Serranías del Hornocal and the Pucara of Tilcara – a pre-Inca fortress. Afterwards, you will return to your hotel.
Private transfer from Salta across the Chilean border to San Pedro de Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama
Accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama
- 42 rooms, each with a terrace
- Swimming pools and hot springs
- Lounge and bar
- Private guiding
Almost imperceptible from its backdrop of baked red rock, emerging as a perfectly placed traditional adobe settlement, it takes an even closer look to discover that this is, in fact, the very conscientiously designed and luxuriously authentic Alto Atacama hotel. Its beauty is matched by its sustainable ideals, with the resort dedicated to integrating into the environment without causing harm to the immediate landscapes or ecosystems. In the shadow of the Cordillera de la Sal and with the San Pedro River coursing by its enviably remote and magical position in the Atacama desert means it is well placed to explore the surrounding natural sights of deep, sweeping valleys and canyons, kaleidoscope skies, serene lagoons, ancient ruins and tempestuous geysers. Yet the location is only part of the hotel’s unique allure; its design both in and out stylishly embraces the aesthetic of the Altiplano and Atacama. Varying textures in the form of colourful earth-tone tiles, Brea lamps, cave paintings, local iconography, sculptures, and coarse Aguayo tapestries and Amerindian textiles, blend to create an inviting, warm and intimate atmosphere to the contrasting wilderness outside. Each comfortable room features its own terrace and is equipped with many modern appliances and luxuries. What’s more the hotel’s activities and expeditions are expertly planned and personalised to you, with private guiding available. The staff will do their utmost to look after you and there are many facilities to enjoy at the hotel, such as yoga, spa treatments, hot springs, or just sitting under the patio awnings gazing at the spectacle in front of you.
- All meals included
- Sauna, steam bath and open air jacuzzis
- Spa and treatment rooms
The Explora hotels are perhaps Chile’s most famous, meaning Explora Atacama comes with an enviable reputation to live up to and it’s pleasing to say that it doesn’t disappoint. Everything about the hotel exudes understated quality, with tastefully furnished, extremely comfortable rooms. Each has its own jacuzzi in the bathroom and a cut-out floor to ceiling window with panoramic views. There are four interconnected high-design swimming pools and saunas, a stargazing platform (complete with high quality telescopes) and an open bar. The hotel is also home to a superb restaurant. The programmes offered are all inclusive, so all meals, most drinks and all tours are included in this price. Explore this beautiful region either on foot, horseback riding, bike, or 4WD excursions. There are also cultural excursions and high mountain ascents ranging in difficulty and altitude. For safety reasons, high mountain hiking requires a minimum of two-night acclimatization but we’d recommend four nights here simply to get the most out of your time here.
- 12 round suites with private patio
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Open-air restaurant
- Full board with wine and soft drinks included
Another luxury addition to San Pedro de Atacama, the Awasi is a truly special option. With outstanding service, the hotel offers an exceptional experience and all activities are completely private and personalised to your needs and requests. There are 12 suites, circular in shape and made from adobe, stone and wood which help to keep them cool in the day and warm in the evenings. Each suite has its own private patio, indoor and outdoor showers and inside you’ll find armchairs and alpaca blankets to keep you cosy. The hotel is beautifully decorated with wool hangings and hardwood and marble floors that evoke a sense of history and tradition. The restaurant uses local, seasonal produce to create beautiful looking and tasting dishes that show off some of the more unusual ingredients used in Chilean cooking. Its open-air setting makes for a truly magical and memorable meal. There is also a lovely outdoor pool which provides welcome relief from the heat, and there is plenty of outdoor space in which to relax. The hotel operates an all-inclusive programme, with all meals, drinks and excursions (all tailored to your needs) included.
- 32 rooms
- Each room has a private terrace (except the family rooms) with views of the Licancabur volcano
- Indoor heated pool and outdoor pools with hot tub
- Spa treatment rooms
The Tierra Atacama is an excellent boutique hotel option in San Pedro Atacama. The design of the hotel is both comfortable and stylish and facilities include a spa, Jacuzzis, sauna and a pool area. There are 32 spacious and comfortable rooms, each with a private terrace and views of the Licancabur volcano. The hotel has been designed to be casually elegant in a neo-minimal style, with rooms intricately decked out with local, carefully sourced, hand-made textiles to add an authentic desert feel.
Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Atacama Desert, by taking some privately guided tours to see and discover the salt flats, lakes, volcanoes and sand dunes of this magical region of the world.
Transfer from your hotel in the Atacama to Calama Airport
Flight from Calama to Santiago
Private transfer from Santiago airport to the Wine Region
Accommodation in Wine Region
- Set in 450 acres of vineyards
- Outdoor Pool
- Four rooms
Clos Apalta Residence is one of the most luxurious (and modern) wine lodges in Chile. The accommodation here is really first class. There are just four private ‘casitas’ as well as lodging within the guesthouse itself. The rooms are beautifully decorated in a modern style and the casitas have an added element of privacy as well as verandas with stunning views out across the valley. The Clos Apalta Winery itself is also constructed in a very modern style and produces some fantastic wines, which you’ll have a chance to sample. There is also a large infinity pool and spa area to make the residence an extremely comfortable and relaxing place to stay.
- 22 suites
- 4 rooms
- Wine shop
- Restaurant/ Lodge Chef
- Heli Port
- Disabled Access
The extraordinary sophistication and contemporary chic of the Vik Chile is quite simply unparalleled in Chile’s wine region. Fresh from an extensive refurbishment, this 22-room avant garde luxury boutique hotel is set within the 4,400-hectare Millahue Valley and Vik vineyard, just two hours south of Santiago in the Colchagua Valley area. Each suite is individually themed and decorated, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows which allow guests to take in the majestic views of the region. A newer addition to the hotel, guests can now choose to stay in one of the separate Puro Vik glass pods, providing an incredible vantage point for overlooking the valley. The lodge is decorated in keeping with the vineyard’s holistic and ecological principles and it’s almost as if the exterior’s inconspicuous minimalism was intended to touch the hillside on which it perches. This spectacular sense of floating is further emphasised by seamless glass windows-for-walls in the rooms. Yet the insightful use of dark heavy woods, rough natural materials, functional furniture and a minimal elegance also makes the lodge feel contrastingly very solid, grounded and stylishly real. The lodge enjoys uninterrupted views of the vineyards and lake and there is a cosy sitting area with a fireplace, patios with sofas, and a well-equipped and elegant dining room where excellent traditional Chilean cuisine is served. Plenty of activities and expeditions can be arranged to suit guests according to their time and preferences, especially with immediate if not exclusive access to the vineyard and winery.
- Outdoor Pool
- Seven rooms
- Living room
- Honesty Bar
Set around 50 miles from Santiago in the Casablanca region, this boutique vineyard produces entirely organic wine. This is a traditional wine ‘Estancia’ and was originally built at the beginning of the 20th Century set in it’s own San Antonio Valley of around 27,000 acres. The main building housing the accommodation blends traditional style with plush furnishings and was entirely refurbished in 2004. Rooms are spacious and have their own private terrace. The winery itself is an advanced gravity-flow facility producing excellent Syrah (judged to be among one of the world’s best). There is an excellent restaurant on site and a good number of activities to keep guests occupied including horseback riding and harvesting, as well as relaxing in the beautiful gardens.
South of Santiago lies Chile's rich central valleys and numerous vineyards. Your choice of daily activities and excursions will depend on the hotel or lodge chosen, but just speak to our Latin America travel designers about selecting the best one for you.
To give you an idea; there's horse riding, wine tastings, vineyard tours, fine dining, hiking and much more...
Private transfer from the Wine Region to Santiago airport
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