Argentina - Salta, Iberá, Misiones and Iguassu
A less-trodden path through Northern Argentina, including the colourful mountains of the Quebrada de Humahuaca, the wildlife of the Iberá marshlands, historical Misiones and the Iguassu Falls.
Days 1-2: Your first 2 nights in this cosmopolitan city are spent at the comfortable Hotel Claridge, which is very central and next to the main shopping area.
South of Salta: Cachi and Cafayate
Days 3-4: Fly to Salta, pick up a hire car and drive south-west to Cachi for 2 nights.
North of Salta: Jujuy and Humahuaca
Days 5-7: Return to Salta for a night (additional night required to take the 'Train to the Clouds' through spectacular scenery - operates 3 times per week certain months of the year only). Drive to the pretty village of Purmamarca to stay 2 nights at El Manantial del Silencio. This gives you plenty of time to explore the Humahuaca valley and the Inca fortress town of Tilcara.
The Iberá Marshlands
Days 8-11: Fly back to Buenos Aires in the afternoon, from where you take the comfortable overnight sleeper bus to Mercedes (about 9 hours). Met and driven to Posada Aguapé, with 12 rooms overlooking the gardens and lagoon. Iberá is one of the largest wetlands in the world, home to over 350 species of birds, caiman, monkeys, capybara, deer, river otters and wonderful butterflies.
Days 12-13: Head north to Posadas and your Estancia, where you stay for 2 nights.
Days 14-16: Driven (1½ hours) to the Hotel Sheraton Internacional, overlooking the Falls, for 2 nights. Walkways and a railway give excellent access to the different viewpoints. After a visit to the Brazilian side of the falls on the final day fly to São Paulo for onward connections.
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