Family journey Argentina

21 days - from € 4.499 per person*

family journey - self-drive - Andes - jungles

* Please note: this price is based on a round trip with 2 children under the age of 5 using family rooms. If you are traveling with older children, prices will have to be calculated on the basis of 2 double rooms.

  • Go on a treasure hunt in Buenos Aires, and make your own graffiti
  • Dive into the culture of the Indian communities in the Andes
  • Taste the wines of the best wine districts of the country
  • Drive through rugged mountains and bizarre-shaped landscapes
  • Get wet in the zodiac that takes you just underneath the mighty Iguazú falls

Travel itinerary

Day 1: Amsterdam – Buenos Aires

Your special trip through Argentina starts today. In the evening you will board your intercontinental flight to Buenos Aires in Amsterdam. You will arrive here the next day.

Day 2: Buenos Aires

Upon arrival at Buenos Aires airport this morning, you will be welcomed by our local staff and taken to your hotel. Buenos Aires is a beautiful metropolis also known as 'the Paris of the South'. This is because of its numerous shops and boutiques, architecture, cultural life, restaurants and its cosmopolitan population of predominantly Italian, Spanish, French, German, English, Eastern European, Arab and Asian origins. The city is one of the most European of South America and of the entire southern hemisphere and today you have the opportunity to get to know it better.
Overnight stay: Casa Sur Bellini | bed & breakfast

Day 3: Buenos Aires

Today you will be taken on a culinary tour through Buenos Aires and get acquainted with different kinds of street food. Don't eat too much at breakfast, because you are guaranteed to get enough to taste during this tour. Most Argentineans eat almost nothing in the morning and then have lunch. Together with your guide you will discover the three favorite dishes of the Argentineans, such as the delicious empanadas; dough stuffed with for example cheese, chickennor vegetables. You will also get to taste choripán, a sandwich with spicy sausage and chimichurri sauce. Almost every seller has his own 'secret' recipe for the choripán. You will end the tour with a delicious ice cream, where you can choose from about 200 different flavors. During the tour the guide will also tell you more about Buenos Aires itself. At the end of the tour you will be brought back to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. 
Overnight stay: Casa Sur Bellini | bed & breakfast

Day 4: Buenos Aires – Mendoza – Charcas de Coria

Today you will fly to Mendoza, the center of the Argentine wine industry, about 80% of Argentine wines are produced here. In addition, the surroundings of Mendoza are beautiful, with the snowy peaks of the Andes on the horizon. At Mendoza airport there is a rental car waiting for you to drive to your hotel. You will stay at Casa Glebinias Hotel Jardin, just outside Mendoza. This hotel has a large garden with over 300 trees including 50 different fruit trees, such as apple, cherry, pear and peach trees. The fruits can be tasted right from the tree and are the basis of the homemade marmalade prepared for breakfast. In the garden there is also a large swimming pool and in the surroundings you can undertake many activities. Your host and hostess will be happy to help you arrange it. 
Overnight stay: Casa Glebinias Hotel Jardin | bed & breakfast

Day 5 and 6: Charcas de Coria

These days are planned off and give you the opportunity to get to know Mendoza and its fascinating surroundings. Around Mendoza you will find several beautiful wine bodegas, which are worth a visit. The wineries offer free guided tours and you can taste some of the wines, after which there is of course the possibility to buy the wine. Mendoza is located close to the Andes, for example the Aconcagua, with 6959 meters, the highest mountain in South America, is located in this region. Mendoza itself is a beautiful city with lots of greenery, wide avenues, beautiful parks and squares. It is great to visit the squares and parks, to watch people, to cycle, to walk or enjoy a terrace. 
Overnight stay: Casa Glebinias Hotel Jardin | bed & breakfast

Day 7: Charcas de Coria – Mendoza – Salta

Today you will drive to the airport of Mendoza, where you will drop off your rental car (approx. 40 km / half hour drive) and board your domestic flight to Salta. Once you arrive here, another rental car will be waiting for you and you will drive to your hotel (approx. 10 km / 30 min drive). You will stay just outside Salta in a nice typical finca. The owners Valentina and Fabrizio came in 2006 from Italy (Milan) to Argentina to make their dream come true. They chose this beautiful location in the northwest of Argentina. Here you can hike, horseback riding and enjoy a traditional 'parilla' (roasted meat) with a good glass of wine. In the beautiful garden there is a swimming pool (not heated). From here you can enjoy the majestic view of the mountains. Cooking lessons are regularly given in the finca's kitchen. Breakfast and dinner are served at the large wooden tables in the living room of the finca. At breakfast, be sure to taste the 'dangerously tasty', delicious biscuit cakes.
Overnight stay: Finca Valentina | bed & breakfast

Day 8: Salta

This day is scheduled off. Salta in Quechua, the language of the Incas, means 'very beautiful' and the province certainly honors this name. The region has beautiful canyon landscapes with multicolored mountains, but also high plateaus (punas) with meter-high cacti. Salta is a beautiful colonial city with an attractive central square, the Plaza de Armas, which also has a few good restaurants. You can visit the most important sights of Salta, such as the cathedral, the San Francisco church and the San Bernardo mountain, from where you have a great view over the city. 
Overnight stay: Finca Valentina | bed & breakfast

Day 9: Salta – Purmamarca

(approx. 200 km | 3 hour drive)
You will continue today to Purmamarca. You will drive in the direction of the city of Jujuy, the northernmost city, not far from the Bolivian border. This place is also the heart of the most indigenous region of the country, most of the population is of Indian origin. Here you can taste the real authentic Andean atmosphere, typical for Peru, Bolivia and the north of Chile. The Rio Grande created the basis for this impressive landscape ten thousand years ago. In this valley you will also find the traditional village of Purmamarca, where you will spend the night.
Overnight stay: La Comarca | bed & breakfast

Day 10: Purmamarca

This day gives you the opportunity to explore Purmamarca and its surroundings further. Purmamarca is located at an altitude of 2200 meters at the foot of the 'Cerro de Siete Colores', the impressive mountain that actually has 7 colors. The colors in the rocks are caused by oxidation of the different minerals in the soil: manganese gives a purple color, copper gives a green color, clay gives a yellow color and depending on the iron content there are different shades of red. You can also visit the central square where many products are traded; ponchos, rugs and souvenirs or the little church of Iglesia Santa Rosa de Lima.
Overnight stay: La Comarca | bed & breakfast

Day 11: Purmamarca – Salta

(approx. 330 km | 6 hour drive)
After breakfast you will drive in the direction of Salta again. From Purmamarca you can follow a spectacular route via Ruta 52 to the Salinas Grande salt flats. After arriving at the salt flats you will drive via an unpaved but easily passable road (Ruta 40) to San Antonio de los Cobres, from where you will drive back to Salta via Ruta 51. This route takes you through a spectacular landscape with wide panoramas of vast salt flats and impressive mountain passes.
Overnight stay: Finca Valentina | bed & breakfast

Day 12: Salta

Day off planned. You can also make a day trip to Cachi today. This is a small historical village in the mountains, located at the Ruta 40. The Finca where you are staying also offers you to do nothing for a day. The hotel has a lovely garden with a swimming pool.
Overnight stay: Finca Valentina | bed & breakfast

Day 13: Salta – Cafayate

(approx. 200 km | 3 hour drive)
During this ride you may see guanacos, foxes or condors while you go straight through the bizarre surroundings of the gorge Quebrada de Cafayate. Be surprised by the beautiful rock formations Los Médanos, Los Castillos and El Fraile! Cafayate is a small, cosy town surrounded by beautiful mountains, vineyards and bodegas. There is a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. 
Overnight stay: Patios de Cafayate | bed & breakfast

Day 14: Cafayate

This day is scheduled off so you can visit some wineries in the surroundings of Cafayate. In this way you will learn more about the production process of the export product that has made Cafayate so famous. You can also visit the central square Plaza San Martin. Here you will find nice shops, terraces and restaurants. Everything is within walking distance, even a few bodegas where you can get a free tour and taste some wine.
Overnight stay: Patios de Cafayate | bed & breakfast

Day 15: Cafayate – Salta – Puerto Iguazú 

Today you will drive to Salta airport, where you drop off your rental car (approx. 190 km | 3 hour drive) and board your domestic flight to Puerto Iguazú. Once here you will be brought to your hotel. The national park of Puerto Iguazú, is located in the north-east of the province of Misiones, a region that is totally different from where you come from. A tropical climate with wide rivers, reddish clay, a mild subtropical climate and a large collection of gigantic old trees. These well-preserved areas, situated on the border between Argentina and Brazil, contain pure subtropical forests, and are home to more than 2000 species of plants and 400 species of birds, mammals and reptiles. 
Overnight stay: LOI suites hotel Iguazú | bed & breakfast

Day 16: Puerto Iguazú – Foz do Iguaçu

In the morning you will be picked up at your hotel and visit the Argentine side of the waterfalls. When you look straight into the "Garganta del Diablo" (Devil's Throat) from above, you will immediately understand how this part got its name. Here nature shows its true meaning. It really is a unique experience to be so close to this waterfall. You will have to pay for this with a wet suit, but in the form of the sun nature also provides a dry suit! Afterwards you will cross the Brazilian border and you will be brought to your hotel on the Brazilian side. You will stay in the beautiful Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas, which is the only hotel in the national park within walking distance of the waterfalls. 
Overnight stay: Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas | bed and breakfast

Day 17: Foz do Iguaçu

Today you have a day off and it is really easy to walk to the waterfalls by yourself when it suits you. Make sure you walk to the waterfalls before the national park opens, or after closure, because then you will be almost alone with this natural miracle! When the sun rises, rainbows appear on all sides. There is a path all the way down to the bottom of the thundering mass of water with several beautiful viewpoints. 
Overnight stay: Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas | bed and breakfast

Day 18: Puerto Iguazu – Buenos Aires

This day you will be taken to the airport of Puerto Iguazu, where you will take a domestic flight to Buenos Aires. Once here you will be brought to your hotel. If desired, you can visit a Tango show with dinner this evening.
Overnight stay: Casa Sur Bellini | bed & breakfast

Day 19: Buenos Aires

Today is your last day in Buenos Aires. You will have some time to relax and wander around the city before you fly home tomorrow. 
Overnight stay: Casa Sur Bellini | bed & breakfast

Day 20: Buenos Aires – Amsterdam

You will be picked up at the hotel today and taken to the international airport for your international return flight to The Netherlands.

Day 21: Amsterdam 

You will arrive in Amsterdam today. 


From € 4.499 per person

  • On the basis of 4 persons travelling together
  • Depending on the time of booking, flight and accommodation availability and period of travel
  • Please note: this price is based on a round trip with 2 children under the age of 5 using family rooms. If you are travelling with older children, prices will have to be calculated on the basis of 2 double rooms


  • domestic flights, economy class
  • 18 overnight stays, meals as stated
  • 2 days rental car (Cat. G: Toyota RAV4 or similar alternative) including basic insurance
  • 8 days rental car (Cat. E:Renault Duster of vergelijkbaar alternatief) including GPS and basic insurance
  • all transfers and excursions as stated
  • our backup 24/7; locally and in the Netherlands
  • extensive travel documents package with small attention

Not included:

  • international flights, if you wish, we reserve these for you
  • early check-in / late check-out, based on availability, this is sometimes provided by the hotel. If you want to be sure that you have this, ask us about the additional cost
  • city taks in Buenos Aires, to be paid on site during check-out, approx. USD $ 1.50 per person per night
  • eco taks in Puerto Iguazu – to be paid on site during check-out, in Argentine pesos, approx. ARG $ 50 per person per night ARG $ 50 = approx. USD $ 1.50
  • (Dutch) public contribution Calamity fund; € 2.50,- per booking
  • SGR contribution of € 5,- per person per booking
  • travel and cancellation insurance

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Would you like to make this journey? We can arrange the itinerary for you, but we are also happy to put together a programme based on your wishes and ideas. Do not hesitate to contact us. Send an e-mail to info@sapapanatravel.nlcall us on +31 73 610 62 04 or ask us to plan your trip. We are happy to help.

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