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The OTHER Argentina; “Salta the Beautiful” with Panama City Extension

PRIVATE TOUR - 8 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $4799+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Get a glimpse of local life during a full day horseback riding trip to Chicoana, trotting alongside endless tobacco plantations.
  • Admire the beauty of the vibrantly colored hills of Calchaqui Valley while appreciating the local wines from the vineyards at their base.
  • After enjoying the highlights of Cafayate, such as the local handicraft market and winery, visit the ghost town of Alemania and its abandoned train station. Oh, and beware of spooks…
  • Be treated to a real gaucho BBQ while listening to the gauchos wonderful guitar strumming and singing.
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Tour Overview

We all know about Argentina’s stunning portion of Patagonia and the outstanding Iguazu Falls, now get ready to experience The OTHER Argentina; “Salta the Beautiful” with Panama City Extension for the experiential traveler!

In celebration of Yampu’s 20th anniversary and the new nonstop Copa flights from Panama City to Salta, our expert Tour Consultants have created a completely private Argentina experience unlike any other!

Experience Panama City and the famous Miraflores Locks before exploring Argentina’s arid northwestern region with desert landscapes and unique wineries, all starting at $4,799 per person*

As always, along with exceptional experiences, you will be traveling in Yampu style with private assistance, transfers, and tours with accommodations that have been personally inspected by our elite team of Travel Consultants. Upgrade to 5-star accommodations is also available starting at $5,299 per person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(NOTE: Prices are per person based on two people traveling. Panama extension is included.  Starting December 12th, 2018, Copa Airlines will service two weekly flights between Panama City, Panama and Salta, Argentina. Flights are not included. Trips must be booked by December 31st, 2018 and travel completed by February 15th, 2019. Cannot be combined with other promotions. Certain blackout dates apply. Please contact us for more information) *
Inclusions
Prices include hotel accommodation including daily continental breakfast, city tours in English including all entrance fees, all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling, and meals where specified. Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included.
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Pricing Details

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Flight to Panama City, Panama. (Mon or Thurs only)

Depart home and make your own way to the airport to check in to your flight to Panama City, Panama. Upon arrival in Panama City, you will be met by a local Yampu representative who will transfer you to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day at your leisure.

Note: Check-in is normally after 2 pm. Early check-in may be granted subject to availability (not confirmed). If you would like guaranteed access to your room (at an additional cost), please advise your Yampu Travel Consultant.

Depart home and make your own way to the airport to check in to your flight to Panama City, Panama. Upon arrival in Panama City, you will be met by a local Yampu representative who will transfer you to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day at your leisure.

Note: Check-in is normally after 2 pm. Early check-in may be granted subject to availability (not confirmed). If you would like guaranteed access to your room (at an additional cost), please advise your Yampu Travel Consultant.

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2

Panama City Tour and the Miraflores Locks (Tues or Fri only)

Your English speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you on a tour to Panama City and the Miraflores Locks. You will start the tour with a 30 minutes drive to Miraflores to see the huge vessels passing the Panama Canal. The busiest hours are from 9am to 10am and from 2pm to 5pm, so you will be able to see many ships getting lifted or lowered 16 meters in two distinct steps. You will enjoy the view on the Locks from a sheltered terrace and listen to the explanations of your guide. To complete the visit of the Canal you will visit the Museum and Visitor Center at Miraflores which gives you a good idea on the construction of the Canal – a masterpiece of engineering. You will also learn about the history of the canal and its significance for Panama and the entire world trade as well as on the current expansion project. After the visit to the Canal you continue with your guide to the Amador Causeway, a road that connects three Islands in the Pacific Ocean and offers magnificent views on the Canal on one side and on the skyline of Panama City on the other side. After lunch which will be served in an Panamanian restaurant, the tour continues to the Casco Viejo, Panama City’s colonial quarter. At the Casco Viejo you feel set back in time as you admire the lovely colonial houses, the narrow roads and the impressive churches. You will get a good idea about Panama’s history by driving or walking through the main attractions of this quarter. To continue the tour you will be taken to Panama Viejo, the Old Panama. Panama Viejo was the first European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas. This first Panama City was looted and destroyed by the notorious English bucaneer Henry Morgan in 1671 and therefore abandoned. Today there are only ruins left. Still, the tower of the ancient cathedral is standing and has become a landmark of the town. After the tour you will be taken back to your hotel. ...read less

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Morning at leisure. Nonstop Copa flight to Salta (Wed or Sat only)

This morning is at your leisure to sleep in or explore on your own. Around hotel check-out time, you will be met at your hotel to transfer to the airport for your nonstop Copa flight to Salta, Argentina departing from Panama City at 3:42 p.m. and arriving at the International Airport of Salta Martín Miguel de Güemes at 11:27 p.m. (local time). Transfer to Salta hotel for overnight.

This morning is at your leisure to sleep in or explore on your own. Around hotel check-out time, you will be met at your hotel to transfer to the airport for your nonstop Copa flight to Salta, Argentina departing from Panama City at 3:42 p.m. and arriving at the International Airport of Salta Martín Miguel de Güemes at 11:27 p.m. (local time). Transfer to Salta hotel for overnight.

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Salta City Tour

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Private Half Day Salta City Tour
This afternoon, you will get your bearings in sunny Salta with a half day private tour with a knowledgeable guide. Founded all the way back in 1582, Salta has a distinctive Hispanic character that sets it apart from the other state capitals in Argentina, making it a fascinating place to explore. Nestled in the Valle de Lerma, circled by dramatic mountains, the city is a charming jumble of low colonial style buildings and narrow sidewalks. It is easily walkable, making it a laid back spot to spend a couple of days. During this trip, you will take a wander to the main square and the cathedral before climbing the San Bernando Hill. At the top, you will be rewarded for your efforts with sweeping panoramic views of Salta and its surrounding countryside. The tour finishes at the Lorenzo and handicraft market, a perfect place to pick up some keepsakes to remember your trip.
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Horseback riding from Chicoana with BBQ lunch

Get a glimpse of real local life during this full day horseback riding trip to Chicoana, complete with a traditional BBQ lunch. Setting off from Salta with a small group, you will drive to a local ranch in the sleepy town of Chicoana, where you will grab a tasty breakfast before getting in the saddle. First, you will ride through the town itself, watching daily life unfold around you, before entering true tobacco territory. Trotting alongside the endless tobacco plantations, you will see how the local people harvest and cultivate tobacco (depending on the season). Continuing further into the countryside, you will find yourself amidst a landscape of green mountains and twisting rivers, which you will cross on your trusty horse. You will climb up one of these mountains for a magical view from the top before heading back to the ranch for Lunch. Here, you will be treated to a real gaucho BBQ and, with a bit of luck, the gauchos will get out their guitars while you eat. Afterwards, you will head back to Salta, where the trip ends. ...read less

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6

Calchaqui Valley; Salta to Cachi

This morning you will set off on a private 3 day adventure through the beautiful Calchaqui Valley with your own personal driver guide. The panoramic route takes you across the Lerma Valley up to the top of El Carril. From here, you will head west, past Chicoana along the the Quebrada de Escoipe, a dizzying ravine with incredible views from every angle. After climbing the scenic Cuesta del Oboispo, you will follow the Tin Tin straight until you reach a small ancient village called Cachi, a picturesque spot packed with legend and tradition. Upon arrival, you will check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening relaxing or exploring Cachi on your own. ...read less

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Calchaqui Valley; Cachi to Cafayate

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel to start your journey heading to the traditional towns of Seclantas and Molinos Village, Moon Valley of Las Flechas Gorge, Angastaco, San Carlos, and end your trip in Cafayate. Overnight in Cafayate

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel to start your journey heading to the traditional towns of Seclantas and Molinos Village, Moon Valley of Las Flechas Gorge, Angastaco, San Carlos, and end your trip in Cafayate. Overnight in Cafayate

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8

Calchaqui Valley; Cafayate to Salta

This morning, you will enjoy the highlights of Cafayate, including the local handicraft market and winery before driving on to Quebrada de las Conchas, stopping at a handful of breathtaking viewpoints on the way. Next, you will visit the ghost town of Alemania and visit the abandoned train station, full of myth and atmosphere. Finally, you will drive through the Valle de Lerma, crossing endless tobacco plantations and arrive at Cabra Corral (a scenic dam) before heading back to Salta. Upon arrival into Salta, you will check in to your hotel and have the evening free to relax. ...read less

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9

Full day visit to Humahuaca

Today we will set off on a full day adventure into the gorgeous Humahuaca Valley, one of the real highlights of any trip to Salta. You will be transferred from the city to Tilcara, where you will visit the ancient ruins of Pucara, the Huacalera and the Archaeological Museum. From here, you will cross the Tropic of Capricorn, where you will get a dazzling view of the colored Pollera de la Coya Hill in the sunshine. Afterwards, you will head for Uquia and drop by the charming local church, complete with beautiful paintings of the Arcabuceros Angels. Around midday, you will reach Humahuaca, home to another important church and the Independence Monument sculpted by Soto Avendano. After taking a break for lunch, you will travel to Purmamarca where you will spend the night. ...read less

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Full day free in Purmamarca

Your day is free to enjoy Purmamarca at leisure. Have a look around town and enjoy looking at the incredible Mountain of Seven Color that rises up behind the village, the claim to fame for Purmamarca. Aside from this, Purmamarca has adobe houses and ancient algarrobo trees next the 17th century church and is a beautiful place to spend the day and shop for handwoven goods.

Your day is free to enjoy Purmamarca at leisure. Have a look around town and enjoy looking at the incredible Mountain of Seven Color that rises up behind the village, the claim to fame for Purmamarca. Aside from this, Purmamarca has adobe houses and ancient algarrobo trees next the 17th century church and is a beautiful place to spend the day and shop for handwoven goods.

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Flight Home via Panama City, Panama (Thurs or Sun only)

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight home. Check-out at the hotel is at 12:00 pm. Late check-out may be available directly at the hotel subject to availability. You may store your luggage at the hotel until the time that you are ready to leave for the airport.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight home. Check-out at the hotel is at 12:00 pm. Late check-out may be available directly at the hotel subject to availability. You may store your luggage at the hotel until the time that you are ready to leave for the airport.

Salta, Salta Province, Argentina

Places You'll See

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    Panama City

    The largest and most modern city in central America, as well as the capital of Panama, is Panama City. Within the city is the Panama Canal which links the Pacific and Atlantic oceans through a fifty-mile channel. Enjoy views of the canal via airplane or stay close to the ground and delight in a terrific view of Panama from Amador Causeway, connecting three islands to the mainland.

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    Salta

    There is much to see and do in the beautiful city of Salta. Spend some time at the MAAM Museum, home to some of the best preserved mummies in the world. Take a day trip on the Tren a las Nubes, or “Train to the Clouds” to the little village of La Povorilla, nearly 14,000 feet above sea level. Also enjoy guided walking tours and horseback riding.

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    Calchaqui Valley

    Known for its strikingly rugged landscape and high elevation vineyards, the northwest region of Calchaqui Valley in Argentina is a picturesque escape for adventure travelers, wine connoisseurs, and culture lovers alike. Admire the beauty of the vibrantly colored hills while discovering small, local villages in the valleys with their traditional architecture dotting the area. Horseback through the pristine countryside with the opportunity to spot some of the region’s endangered wildlife such as Puma, Red Fox, s and Vicuña.

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    Purmamarca

    Set at the base of the vibrant “Seven Colors Hill” mountain, Purmamarca Village offers unbelievable views from the small adobe houses that line its streets. Aside from popular crafts markets and beautiful, centuries-old churches there are numerous trails leading through the desert landscapes for mountainous views. Visit the nearby  Salinas Grandes salt flat, a true spectacle especially after summer rains.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Salta : Kkala Boutique Hotel

Calchaqui Valley : El Cortijo Hotel

Calchaqui Valley : Viñas de Cafayate

Purmamarca : La Comarca Hotel

5 Star Properties

Salta : Legado Mitico Hotel

Calchaqui Valley : Merced del Alto

Calchaqui Valley : Patios de Cafayate

Purmamarca : Colores de Purmamarca Hotel

Testimonials

David P.

Traveled February 2018

Really great experience working with Yampu!

Great experience working with Karolina and the Yampu Tours team for my family’s three week trip to Peru, Chile, and Argentina. Seamless connections, very good communication, knowledgeable local guides, and excellent accommodations all added up for a wonderful experience. My wife and I took my older parents and things were scheduled to be interesting enough for everyone to enjoy but not too exhausting that my folks couldn’t keep up. The one hiccup we had at a restaurant was addressed very responsibly by Karolina and was very much appreciated. Overall A+ experience and I can’t recommend them enough.

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Joe F

Traveled November, 2014

Overall, we had an amazing trip

Overall, we had an amazing trip. Every location you chose was spot on for our delight, superb service, and food out of this world (frankly the tastiest stretch of food we have ever eaten). The Patagonia Choices including Helsingfors and El Pedral were the exact bit of quiet serenity, mixed with unspeakable beauty and copious amounts of wildlife that were all new to me and definitely new to Stephanie. She, as a first time South American traveler really got a taste of a mini adventure and different regions..which I am sure only wet her appetite for more. The attention we received at El Pedral was beyond that of just normal service, and if you can believe it, they cooked a Thanksgiving dinner just for Steph and I because they knew it was our holiday back home so so VERY special. I can’t tell you how much The Helsingfors people and El Pedral went out of their way to accommodate our every need, from breakfast selections, being ready at every minute, and most importantly never rushing us. It was awe inspiring.I felt particularly comforted in the communication with Jennifer back home and the constant updates whenever we called, not to mention the last minute plans to come home early that were executed beautifully with our cheerful guide.

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Renee

Traveled February, 2017

It was all so spectacular

It is hard to say which was the highlight of the trip because it was all so spectacular. Patagonia Camp was so special. Even though it was so remote and immersed in nature, it had all the amenities and comforts of home. The hiking was extraordinarily. Views left me speechless. Walking with the penguins in the rookery is a once in a lifetime experience. Iguasu Falls is most impressive. . . having traveled around the world and visited most renounced waterfalls. This was the most wonderful. Views of the Moreno glacier was so close you can appreciate its magnitude.

The lodgings you chose for us were very good. We were pleased with the service at each stay. What more can I say. We loved our trip.

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