17 Day Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay

Jesuit Missions, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires & the Atlantic Coast
TOURCODE: UP1

Duration:
17 Days

Activity Level:
2

When To Go:
Nov

Countries Visited:
3

Arrive In / Depart From:
Asuncion / Montevideo

Max Group Size:
18

Tour Style:
Cultural

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Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides.

  • Small group sizes to help escape the beaten path.
  • Authentic local experiences with lots of inclusions.
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Countries Visited: 3 Activity Level: 2 Tour Style: Cultural

We've offered variations on this itinerary over the years and usually for only special one-off departures, so we're very excited to add Uruguay and Paraguay to our permanent roster of regularly-scheduled trips.

Our Paraguay, Northwest Argentina & Uruguay Tour itinerary is an amalgam of three very different, up-and-coming destinations - Uruguay is enjoying recognition as one of the best-governed, safest and most stable liberal democracies on the continent, with a friendly laid-back vibe and a vibrant emerging arts and culinary scene.

Paraguay is what parts of Argentina were like 30 years ago, with an un-touristed and authentic colonial charm.

Northwest Argentina, with its isolated and distinct Andean culture, is one of the most "indigenous" regions in the southern Andes.

The lifestyle here is laid-back and ruggedly elegant, with soaring peaks, plunging gorges, endless salt flats set as dramatic backdrops to leafy colonial plazas, chic galleries, trendy restaurants, and unfailingly friendly local smiles.

 


 

Dates & Prices
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Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to below Prices & Dates table. For general information on flights to/from the tour, click here.

 

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The above prices are subject to an additional $86 for taxes/fees levied on flights that occur as part of the tour. The internal airfares ARE included (any exceptions are listed in red below), but we list the taxes separately on your invoice as they are beyond our control and can change at any time.

$1000 deposit required due to nature of internal flights; additional $1000 pre-payment upon 'guarantee." Once paid, both your deposit and $1000 pre-payment becomes 100% non-refundable/non-transferable.

Optional Single Supplement: $1350 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $1010 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.

 


 

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Day 1 Arrival in Asuncion
Arrive in Asuncion; welcome to Paraguay!

Asuncion was founded on August 15, 1537 -- the Feast of the Assumption, or Asuncion in Spanish. Take a step back and you'll see traces of the city that was once the colonial capital of southern South America. Asuncion is one of the oldest cities in South America and the longest continually inhabited area in the Rio de la Plata Basin; for this reason that it is known as "Mother of Cities." It was from here that the colonial expeditions departed to found other cities, including the second foundation of Buenos Aires and of other important cities.

Overnight in Asuncion.

Included Meal(s): Dinner



Day 2 Asuncion: City Tour
Today we explore one of South America's oldest capitals. The city still displays a definite colonial aspect with colourful patios and red tiled roofs. From the river's east bank, the city spans out into gentle hills that look like large rectangular blocks overlooking the bay; beautiful flowering trees, native fauna, and lush gardens are spread throughout the city.

We start with a look inside the Casa de Independencia. Built in 1772, the building housed the secret meetings that led to the 1811 declaration of independence from Spain. Our tour will take in the Barro Museum; this creative oasis houses a world class collection of indigenous folk art. We stop at the Government Palace before visiting the Pantheon of National Heroes, pausing to reflect on the extremely turbulent history of this country. We will also stop at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Asuncion and the Teatro Municipal.

Overnight in Asuncion.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

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Day 3 Asuncion - Ruta Jesuita - Encarnacion
Today we'll head southeast to discover the marvellous ruins of the Jesuit Reductions, Christian settlements established to convert, teach, and protect the native Guarani communities. These intricate and still impressive buildings are little visited but evocative of the extraordinary era in Spanish colonial times when the Guarani were taught architecture, music, and craftwork. They are usually visited by following the newly devised “Ruta Jesuita”.

Ruins of Jesuit missions are today spread out across Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia. The Spanish and Portuguese empires adopted a strategy of gathering native populations into communities called "Indian Reductions". The objectives of the reductions (missions) were to organize and exploit the labour of the native indigenous inhabitants while also imparting Christianity and European culture. The Jesuits attempted to create a theocratic "state within a state" in which the native peoples in the reductions, guided by the Jesuits, would remain autonomous and isolated from Spanish colonists and Spanish rule. A major factor attracting the natives to the reductions was the protection they afforded from enslavement and the forced labor of encomiendas.

En route we'll pass through San Cosme and San Damian, where we will visit the Jesuit ruins and see the church and school that are still in use.

Overnight in Encarnacion.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 4 Jesuit Missions, Paraguay - Posadas, Argentina
When the Jesuits were expelled from the Spanish realm in 1767, the reductions slowly died out, becoming victims of slave raids or being absorbed into European society. Some of the reductions have continued to be inhabited as towns while most have been abandoned and remain only as ruins. At the height of the reductions in the 18th century were around 40 different communities that were home to more than 150,000 Indians, most of whom were Guaraní, Tupi, Chiquitos, and members of diverse ethnic groups in the Llanos de Moxos.

Today we explore several of the Jesuit Missions in the Paraná and Itapúa areas of Paraguay, including the ruins of La Santísima Trinidad. Rarely does one find a UNESCO World Heritage Site with so few visitors, but that's only part of the attraction. A walk around the atmospheric red-brick hilltop ruins allows you to absorb a sense of what once made these 17th and 18th century colonies so powerful that the Spanish crown had them abolished. The Jesuit ruins of Trinidad, the best-preserved in the country, are testament to an earlier age when the Jesuits commanded considerable power in these parts.

We also visit the Mission of Jesús de Tavarangue, built in 1609 and part of the Jesuit and Guarani communities for 150 years. The ruins feature impressive brickwork, baroque details, and extensive proportions that hint at the former architectural glory of these missions.

Later today we cross into Argentina for our overnight in Posadas.

Overnight in Posadas.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 5 Posadas - Apostoles & Santa Maria La Mayor - L.N. Alem
Today we continue Apostoles -- also known as the City of Flowers -- located on a plateau scored by innumerable streams that then form the characteristic falls of the Misiones region. Apostoles is the home of the Juan Szychowski Yerba Mate History Museum, and one of the largest yerba factory farms in the province, "La Cachuera", which makes the brand Yerba Amanda.

We visit the museum before continuing to the Jesuit ruins of Santa Maria La Mayor, founded in 1626. By 1744 it held a population of 993; it was abandoned after the Jesuits were expelled from the Spanish colonies in 1767. The ruins have been grown over by vegetation; not as well-preserved as others on our program, but charming and picturesque in their advanced state of ruin.

We end our day back in Leandro N. Alem, named after an Argentine politician, a founder and leader of the Radical Civic Union.

Overnight in Leandro N. Alem.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 6 Alem - San Ignacio - Wanda - Puerto Iguazu
This (likely early) morning we depart by road for Iguazu Falls.

As we prepare to leave the Misiones behind, one can reflect on their impact and the ideals they represented. Indeed Pope Francis, in 2015, praised the Jesuit reductions as an almost utopian social and economic experiment, saying that they were "one of the most important experiences of evangelization and social organization in history. There the Gospel was the soul and the life of communities which did not know hunger, unemployment, illiteracy or oppression. This historical experience shows us that, today too, a more humane society is possible."

And since it's one the way, we'll include our last ruined mission! The San Ignacio Mini Mission, located in the San Ignacio Valley, is one of the best-preserved. The mission was founded in 1632, and features brilliant baroque architectural details. These ruins, like many of the others, were virtually forgotten and abandoned for many decades, lost in the dense vegetation, until uncovered in 1897. It wasn't until an expedition in 1903, restoration projects in the 1940s, the Robert Deniro movie 'The Mission,' and the inclusion of the missions on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in the 1980s, did the missions gain world recognition.

We can also stop at Wanda, famous for its mines of semi-precious stones such as agate, amethyst, topaz, jasper and different types of quartz. There are several mining companies that remove the stones and also cut, polish and produce different types of products, from ornaments to jewelry. Mining companies have guided tours in which tourists can appreciate the different sectors of the mines, workshops and showrooms (hopefully we'll be able to experience this). The town of Wanda was founded mostly by Polish settlers; indeed it was named after a Polish princess.

We finish our day in the vicinity of Iguazu Falls, located at the confluence of the River Iguazu and the deep flowing Parana. This place is known as the "Hito de las Tres Fronteras" because at this point Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay converge.

Overnight in Iguazu.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 7 Iguazu Falls Area
This morning we have a guided tour of the falls on the Argentine side.

Here we are at the confluence of the River Iguazu and the deep flowing Parana. This place is known as the "Hito de las Tres Fronteras" because at this point Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay converge. The national park here is home to more than 21,000 plant species and 400 bird species. The waterfalls disgorge 1700 cubic m (1,853 cubic yards) of water per second from a height of 70m (230 feet) in 275 different falls, most of which are in Argentina. On the frontier with Brazil there is a gully -- La Garganta del Diablo (The Devil's Throat), which is 150m (490 feet) wide and 700m (2,290 feet) long.

The afternoon is yours to revisit the paths along the upper and lower parts of the falls and the path that goes along the river from the observation point of the Bosetti Falls to the quay. The plunging falls throw a fine drizzle up to 30m (98 feet) into the air, weaving countless rainbows in the sun. Be sure to take rain-proof clothing. The United Nations has declared Iguazu Falls a protected area of worldwide importance.

You can also take an optional boat ride to the base of the falls (extra cost), or the local bus to Iguazu Town where you can explore and observe where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay come together. Your Tour Leader can help you plan your afternoon.

Overnight at Iguazu Falls.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 8 Iguazu - Fly to Salta
This morning we connect with our flight to to Salta (1100 m/3,300 feet) in the northwest corner of the country.

The city of Salta, capital of Salta Province, was founded on April 16th, 1582. Known as "Salta la linda" (Salta the Beautiful), it is one of the Argentine cities that has valued and preserved its colonial architectural heritage. In its building aspect you can appreciate a mixture of colonial buildings with white walls, red tiled roofs, also with modern constructions within an urban scheme that includes several green spaces. The variety and beauty of its landscapes is spectacular: the magnificence of its mountains, its valleys, its gorges, and the subtropical flora and fauna preserved in the national parks, are just some of its immediate attractions.

Depending on timing, we may begin our Salta sightseeing today upon arrival.

Overnight in Salta.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 9 Salta: City Tour
Argentina’s northwestern Salta Province has long been famous for its spectacular scenery of Andean peaks, red- rock valleys and vineyards, but its central metropolis, the city of Salta, has emerged only in the last few years as a bright spot on the tourist map. A concerted effort to encourage new hotels, restaurants, and shops is now paying off in a stream of visitors attracted to Salta’s updated colonial charm. Today, the old city center is recognized as a jewel- box-size getaway, perfect for exploring on foot and finally appreciated for its rich cultural offerings, grand neo- Classical buildings and thriving night life.

This morning we'll have a guided walking tour of the highlights of Salta, most of which are grouped around the central square: the Cathedral, the Cabildo or Town Council, which houses the Museo Historico del Norte; the Museo Colonial, and the Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts). The church of San Francisco has one of the tallest church towers in the Americas (53 m/175 feet), and the Convento de San Bernardo now belongs to the Carmelite Order.

Balance of the day at leisure (given our free afternoon and early start tomorrow, dinner will be on your own this evening).

Overnight in Salta.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast



Day 10 Purmamarca: Salinas Grandes
Today (early start!) we depart Salta and make our way to the picturesque village of Purmamarca. On arrival, we will visit the famous Mountain of Seven Colours.

We will then begin a magnificent journey along the Cuesta de Lipan where we will get to enjoy some of the best views of the Eastern Andean Range. As we climb to the highest point of the itinerary (4,170 m/13,680 ft), we will witness the transition from fertile highlands of the valleys to desert. Following this, we will then descend to around 3,600m above sea level for our visit to Salinas Grandes, an open white space of more than 100km surrounded by volcanoes, where the horizon seems endless. Finally, we will get another opportunity to admire the phenomenal scenery that surrounds us as we make our descent back to Purmamarca.

There will be some leisure time this afternoon before we regroup for our evening meal.

Overnight in Pumamarca.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 11 Purmamarca - Humahuaca - Salta
We return to Salta, making a stop at another spectacular point of Northwest Argentina: Humahuaca Gorge.

The area delights with its brightly coloured rock formations and a vast product mix of minerals and natural agents. We'll see the Serranía de Hornocal, where centuries of erosion have uncovered contrasting coloured limestone bands on these saw-tooth massifs (some claim as many as 33 colours can be discerned, but we’ll leave the counting up to you). UNESCO declared the entire mountain valley here a World Heritage Site in 1983, both for the Serrania de Hornocal’s wondrous peaks and the historic Inca caravan road running through the region.

Overnight in Salta.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 12 Salta - Fly to Buenos Aires: City Touring
This morning we'll fly to Buenos Aires, our necessary connecting point onward to Uruguay. And since we're here, we might as well see a bit of this very worthwhile city before crossing over to the last country on our journey. In the early part of the 20th century, Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world. The grand public buildings of Buenos Aires reflect this opulent era. Indeed the city is known as the "Paris of South America" because of its wide boulevards and European-style architecture.

We'll begin our sightseeing in Buenos Aires on arrival (the exact content today will depend on our arrival time). Nearly 40% of the country's 33 million citizens live in Gran Buenos Aires (Greater Buenos Aires), which at first makes the city almost as imposing as New York or London. However, after a brief orientation, you will find that the compact city centre is accessible and easily explored on foot, by bus, taxi and underground.

Overnight in Buenos Aires.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 13 Buenos Aires: Walking Tour
Today we have a half-day WALKING tour.

Our first stop is the Centro Naval, one of the city's most exquisite buildings and a masterpiece of cast stone architecture. It's not generally open to the public, but sometimes they let you into the circular lobby.

The Kavanagh Building, at the time of its construction in 1936, was the tallest building in South America, standing at about 120 m (400 ft) with over 30 stories. Designed as a residential structure, it took more than 16 years to sell the apartments in this Art Deco building.

Palacio Paz is perhaps the most beautiful of the Beaux Arts mansions in Buenos Aires; the Circulo Militar looks plucked from the Loire Valley. It was the home of the Paz family and took almost 12 years to build; the patriarch who commissioned it died waiting.

The General Jose de San Martin Monument celebrates General Jose de San Martin, who battled against Spain in the wars of independence and is known as the founder of the Argentine nation. The Palacio San Martin is another of the The Torre Monumental (British Clock Tower) is a 1916 gift from the British community in Buenos Aires, along with all other things British, was renamed in response to the Islas Malvinas/Falkland Islands War and is called the Argentine Big Ben by some. Decorated with British royal imperial symbols, the base was partly destroyed by an angry mob during an Islas Malvinas-Falkland Islands memorial service. Inside the tower you'll find a small Buenos Aires City Tourism Information Office.

Retiro Station was opened in 1915 and was built with British technological assistance. Four British architects designed it, and the steel structure was made in Liverpool, England, and shipped to Argentina to be assembled.

Our tour ends in the Galerias Pacifico in time for your lunch break. This is the most famous shopping mall in Buenos Aires, opened in 1891. The building was designed to recall the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, with its long halls, glass cupola, and several tiers of shops.

Ask your Tour Leader about the possibility of seeing an optional Tango Show this evening (in order to leave this option open, we don't include dinner this evening).

Overnight in Buenos Aires.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast



Day 14 Buenos Aires, Argentina - Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
Today we travel the short distance to Uruguay by ferry/hydrofoil (have your passports handy!).

Uruguay is the smallest country we visit on our tour -- slightly smaller than the US state of Washington. It is surrounded by the two giants, Brazil and Argentina, and is blessed with a long Atlantic shoreline. Home to just over 3.4 million inhabitants, Uruguay is an important agricultural country and its human population is vastly outnumbered by cattle, sheep and horses.

Colonia del Sacramento is one of the Southern Cone's unappreciated gems. Founded in 1680 by the Portuguese Manoel Lobo, it occupied a strategic position almost exactly opposite Buenos Aires across the Rio de la Plata, but its major importance was as a source of contraband, undercutting Spain's jealously defended mercantile trade monopoly. British goods made their way from Colonia into Buenos Aires and the interior through surreptitious exchange with the Portuguese in the Parana delta; for this reason, Spanish forces intermittently besieged Portugal's riverside outpost for decades.

The capital of its department, Colonia is a pleasant town of about 20,000, the streets of its historic colonial core are shaded by sycamores from the summer heat. In the course of the day, the town discloses its many aspects as sunlight strikes whitewashed colonial buildings and the river; the latter, living up to its name, is silvery in the morning, but turns brownish by midday.

We will see the Real de San Carlos, a 10,000 seat bullring built at the turn of the century. Then our walking tour of Colonia begins at the Puerta de Campo, the restored Calle Manoel Lobo entrance to the old city, which dates from the governorship of Vasconcellos in 1745. A thick, fortified wall runs south along the Paseo de San Miguel to the river. Later we see Casa de Lavalleja, once the residence of General Lavalleja, and the ruins of the 17th century Convento de San Francisco and the 19th century Faro.

Overnight in Colonia del Sacramento.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 15 Colonia del Sacramento - Montevideo: City Tour
This morning we drive along the Uruguayan Littoral (coast) to Montevideo. The littoral is that portion of Uruguay that fronts the Rio de la Plata and the Rio Uruguay, opposite Argentine Mesopotamia. Originally Indian and Gaucho country, it has become the country's most important agricultural area, the wheat fields and gardens of which feed the growing population of the capital. Montevideo is a vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life. The historic heart of Uruguay's capital is an unspoiled tableau of 18th- and 19th-century colonial architecture.

On arrival we'll tour the city; the main points of interest are the Old City, Constitution Square, Cathedral, Colonial Town Hall, Solis Theatre, Independence Square, at the center of which stands a monument dedicated to national hero, Jose Gervasio Artigas and his Mausoleum. Facing the square the Government House (Museum of the Presidents). The main commercial street, 18 de Julio, is lined with shops, cafes and office buildings. We stop for a photo at the Congress Building, the pride of Uruguay. It was constructed between 1908 and 1925 with 52 kinds of local marble and 12 types of wood. We drive past Prado neighbourhood, one of the oldest parks in the city, which hosts the famous sculpture La Diligencia (The Stage Coach), and ther monument to the last Charruas indians.

Next is Batlle & Ordonez Park, the Obelisk, La Carreta (Covered Wagon) monument, and the Soccer Stadium. We'll stop at Plaza Virgilio and a monument dedicated to the Fallen Soldiers of the Navy, from which we have an excellent view of the city. Our return route takes us along the coast and beaches.

Overnight in Montevideo.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 16 Montevideo & Vineyard Tour
Today we will head out of the city and visit the charming Pueblo Eden. En route we'll stop at Lote 8 Olive Oil Boutique Plant, where we will visit their production facilities followed by a tasting of their olive oil with a selection of cheeses. Lote 8 is located in Eden Valley, a spot of rugged beauty, strategically-located at the foot of Dos Hermanos Hill. Its numerous natural streams with very good water, make for perfect conditions for olive trees.

We then visit the rocky outcrops of Pueblo Eden. Several things call the attention of visitors, not only the cleanliness of the streets, the nicely kept houses and gardens, the simple but beautiful main plaza and church, but the amazing 360 degrees views to the fields and hills that surround Pueblo Eden.

Here we taste the wines of Viña Eden Winery, including a chardonnay, a typical Tannat Reserva, and the Cerro Negro wine. Here we'll also enjoy a nice lunch with three different wine pairings -- a very relaxing way to end our adventure!

We return to Montevideo in the afternoon.

Overnight in Montevideo.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 17 Departure
Departure from Montevideo.

BUEN VIAJE!

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

 


 

Trip Info
Trip Info

Inclusions
Breakfast daily, several lunches, and most dinners (hotels & local restaurants). All transport (including internal flights), accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Domestic flights via local scheduled carriers as per the itinerary. Airport transfers for land & air customers.

Exclusions
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, one dinner, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international (if applicable), visa fees/departure taxes, any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, visas (Paraguay), and shopping.

Only Paraguay requires a visa, currently US$150 upon arrival (you do nothing in advance). You need only show your passport on arrival in Uruguay and Argentina.

Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered in October ("spring") in the region, with warm-hot days on the coast and at lower elevations and comfortably warm days/cool nights at higher levels. Our tour in March ("fall") will also experience similar conditions -- a bit cooler than mid-summer and dry conditions inland away from the sea.

We visit a large area on this trip and the conditions we encounter will be quite varied -- from cool and dry higher regions of the Andes (subject to sudden showers), to lush forests and semi-tropical inland and coastal regions. Overall, however, these are the best times to visit these destinations, outside the height of summer (Dec-Feb) when it can be hot, crowded, and expensive in some locales.

Transport and Travel Conditions
Ground transport by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size') and location. Though we will have some full bus days, roads are generally in good condition (rougher in NW Argentina) though a little winding on some stretches.

We feature numerous optional walking opportunities and walking tours on uneven surfaces. This tour is not strenuous in terms of physical activities, but in order to fully enjoy and experience the sites visited, you must be prepared for considerable walking at a leisurely pace.

We also have a couple of internal flights via domestic carriers, which can in itself be fatiguing (you will have to be able to manage your luggage). This is definitely a full itinerary with plenty of moving around!

Hotels generally provide baggage handling, but you must still be independent with your luggage, especially at airports.

Most of this tour occurs at low-medium elevations, though on days 10&11 we spend brief periods above 3000m/10,000 ft, and then descend greatly for our overnight, so we do not require a high-altitude medical questionnaire for this tour (if you are concerned about this though, please consult with your doctor). For exact elevations, please refer to the tour itinerary.

Our "Level 2" rating refers to the overall ambitious nature of the program, the tremendous amount of moving around we do, some early starts and full days of travel and activities, leisurely walks at sites and short walks to dinner, and a brief time spent at high elevation.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

Activity Level: 2
These are particularly busy tours that feature a lot of moving around, sometimes by train and short journeys on local transport. Walking tours of towns and cities are leisurely but you should be prepared to be on your feet for several hours. Some of our cultural trips that occur at high altitude and/or require greater independence with baggage handling (at hotels, airports, train stations) also fall into this category.

To learn more about the Activity levels, please visit our tour styles page.

Accommodation
Well-located, air-conditioned/heated, upper-range hotels and inns (3-4 star) used throughout. All hotels have en suite toilet and bath, though some may have shower only (ie no tub). Porter service is usually available (see 'inclusions') though you should be independent with your luggage, especially at airports. Single rooms are limited in number and likely smaller than twins.

Due to the fact that most hotels in the region do not offer single accommodation rates, the MANDATORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (if you sign up to share and we fail to pair you) is 100% of the optional single supplement.

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Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local guides at several locations, multiple drivers.

Group Size
Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader

Tour Extensions
This tour is part of a series that can be upgraded to make for a longer trip. For more options, please refer to tour code/s:

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Map & Hotels
Map & Hotels

Regions visited: South America
Countries visited: Paraguay; Argentina and Uruguay


*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Guarani Hotel
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Asuncion
Country: Paraguay
The Guarani Hotel is an architectural icon of Asunción. Originally built in 1961, today it is modern and renovated, consisting of 13 floors with 19 rooms each. Recently declared Heritage of Latin ... Culture. The hotel has a wide variety of rooms, all designed with an avant-garde style that provides maximum comfort to those who enjoy them. As a guest, you can also enjoy a large 1500 m2 terrace, an outdoor pool with a 160 m2 reflecting pool and a gym. If you are looking for a place for your event, we have two spacious and comfortable rooms, ideal for holding corporate and social events.
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AWA Resort Hotel
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Encarnacion
Country: Paraguay
AWA Resort Hotel offers a lot of leisure for the whole family, the best attention for business trips with a complete service for all kinds of events, and 87 rooms designed for ... comfort.
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Hotel Almeria
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Salta
Country: Argentina
The Almeria Hotel is located in the historical center of the city, 400 meters from the Plaza 9 de Julio, the city’s main square, the Cathedral and the High Mountain Museum. On ... ground floor, the Restaurant Don Salvador is one of the best Restaurants in the city.

The Hotel Almeria has 64 rooms, two suites and a meeting room with a capacity for 10 people.

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Hotel El Manantial del Silencio
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Purmamarca
Country: Argentina
El Manantial del Silencio is located 500 meters from the town of Purmamarca, on National Route 52, in the heart of the Quebrada de Humahuaca. Built in the year 2000, in a ... Spanish neocolonial style, respecting the architecture of the area with native materials (adobe walls and hollow reeds on the ceilings). The building was designed by the specialized architect Mariano Sepúlveda (in 1985 he received the Knight's Cross of the Royal Order of Isabel la Católica for his work in our country with the Spanish colonial style) and tastefully decorated with objects belonging to historical families of the Argentine North. An ideal place to rest, with the personalized attention necessary to feel unique and part of this destination that feeds the soul of those who travel to Purmamarca.
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Scala Hotel Buenos Aires
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Buenos Aires
Country: Argentina
This elegant hotel in a neoclassical townhouse is a 1-minute walk from Independencia metro station and 2 km from both Teatro Colon opera house and presidential palace Casa Rosada. Polished rooms with ... conservative decor feature flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and minibars.
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Don Antonio Posada
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Colonia Del Sacramento
Country: Uruguay
This traditional guesthouse is 4 minutes' walk from the Basílica del Santísimo Sacramento and 7 minutes' walk from the preserved 18th-century house Museo Portugues. Bright rooms, most featuring white brick walls, come ... private bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and air-conditioning. Wi-Fi and room service are available.
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Hotel Costanero Montevideo
5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation
Location: Montevideo
Country: Uruguay
Right in Montevideo, by Pocitos Bay, Costanero Montevideo is a boutique hotel designed for memorable experiences. Its uniquely designed rooms are perfect for relaxing with sea views. Also with Cauce's locally influenced ... cuisine and Bar Cauce, with flavours and aromas offering a unique sensory experience. Take advantage of the meeting rooms and wellness area with a swimming pool, gym and sauna.
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01. What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?
Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 90-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.
02. Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?
Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.
03. How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?
The easiest way to make a reservation is via our website; during office hours, you are also more than welcome to contact us by telephone. A non-refundable deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 90 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s). Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time. Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.
04. What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?
Please review our cancellation policy page for details.
05. I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?
All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location. This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement. The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible. On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available. Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.
06. Do you have a shared accommodation program?
Yes! If you are single traveller and are willing to share, we will do our best to pair you with a same-gender roommate. On most of our tours, if we fail to pair you, we will absorb the single supplement fee and you will default to a single room at no extra charge. At some destinations, however, where single rooms are not significantly discounted, or not at all, we may apply a "mandatory" single in the event that we cannot find you a share partner. This is usually 50% of the usual supplement, but can be as much as 100%. If applicable, this proviso will be noted on each tour page on this website, on your invoice, and in our tour date/price book (available for download under "Resources").

 

What People are Saying
Arleen C.
Sagamore Hills, OH - US
I had been searching for several years for a tour that included Paraguay and was delighted to find this one. The mission visits were excellent, in terms of both the sites and the explanations. The Pipore Yerba Mate tour was terrific and I loved our guide there. Iguazu Falls was spectacular and again, we had a very good guide. Our trip to Purmamarca was surprising and very good. The buses and vans were very good. The hydrofoil trip was good also. All the dinners were wonderful, with excellent food and in lovely locations. The hotels were very good. Overall it was an excellent tour, with many interesting destinations.
Erle J.
Gloucester, ON - CA
A good tour with lots of interesting sites and spectacular scenery. I really learned a lot about these 3 countries and Latin America. I most enjoyed the Jesuit Missions, Iguazu Falls, and the Safari to the Clouds. All the hotels were very good. Meals on the tour were very good. I really liked our tour leader ordering appetizers to be shared which allowed me to try more local foods. Local Guides were either very good or excellent.
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Countries Visited: 3

Paraguay; Argentina; Uruguay.
Activity Level: 2

These are particularly busy tours that feature a lot of moving around, sometimes by train and short journeys on local transport. Walking tours of towns and cities are leisurely but you should be prepared to be on your feet for several hours. Some of our cultural trips that occur at high altitude and/or require greater independence with baggage handling (at hotels, airports, train stations) also fall into this category.

To learn more about the Activity levels, please visit our tour styles page.
Tour Style: Cultural

These three- and four-star hotel-based, "soft adventure" trips concentrate on the culture, history, and natural attributes of our destination. Though there are no strenuous activities built into these tours, you need to be prepared for some full days with some early starts, plenty of walking on uneven surfaces through villages, cities and archaeological sites, and not a lot of "down time." Independence, reasonable fitness, and an ability to be steady on one's feet are critical in order for you to get the most out of these programs.

To learn more about the Tour Styles, please visit our tour styles page.
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