The North has always been a magical region of Argentina. Nothing compares to the outstanding colors of Purmamarca Hill, the green vastness of Calchaqui Valley, and the humble hearts of the local Northerners. During this 17-day adventurous travel itinerary to South America you’ll discover the northern region of Argentina, as well as the best of Bolivia and Chile! 

In this 17-day travel itinerary to Argentina is the most ambitious itinerary ever. Being such a long country, it is sometimes hard to take the time and find the right way to visit both the Northern and the southern areas. But fear not! This North to South adventure in Argentina proposes to experience first-hand nature, history, culture, and beauty at a normal pace, perused and recommended itinerary.

 

In this travel adventure to Argentina come to discover delicious parrillas (barbecues) and stunning tango dancers in Buenos Aires, Jujuy and the Seven Color Hill rising above the quaint village of Purmamarca, and taste some of the best traditional Argentine cuisine in Mendoza, hometown of the stunning Mount Aconcagua.  

 

 

The combination of Northern Argentina and Iguazú Falls is fast becoming the new hot-spot for travel in South America. Come wander the bohemian streets of Buenos Aires, then take a flight to Northern Argentina to visit Santa’s traditional villages, dance to folklore tunes in the local peñas, and taste the heavenly empanada salteña. Continue your adventure visiting Jujuy and Puerto Iguazú — Discover all the secrets of the North, and a little bit more…

 

 

Enjoy a 6-day self-drive travel experience to Argentina’s Calchaquí Valleys and explore the natural wonders of the north. Drive through the gorges of the valley and the daring Cuesta del Obispo. Discover the colonial architecture of the little northern villages, the regional museums and the traditional vineyards of Cafayate. This is not just a self-drive trip, we’ll share with you our insider tips to discover Northern Argentina and you’ll receive 24/7 assistance from our local experts!

 

If you want to discover the beautiful Northern Argentina you must come to Salta and Jujuy. Experience the natural beauty and culture of the region. From sleepy colonial towns and traditional villages to picturesque desert gorges, stunning salt flats and exclusive wineries, Salta and Jujuy offer the perfect balance of nature and Andean culture.

 

Discover all the northern natural highlights of Argentina on this 15-day trip to Iguazú Falls, Iberá Wetlands, Salta and Jujuy. Soon you’ll be adventuring the way Northeners do! At the end of your journey to the North, travel back to Buenos Aires to explore the vibrant streets of the capital of Argentina, and enjoy an exclusive dinner tango-show in the most historic district of the city. 

Not all those who wander are lost and not all travels are far from home…We discover a new way to explore Argentina. Dive into our landscapes, culture and music through books, movies, songs and without putting a foot outside.

Argentina Through its Music

Argentinians love music! Known worldwide musicians have been born in these southern lands that keep on giving. Travel from the Northern region of Salta to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, with this playlist that combines the most traditional artists and some off-the-beaten-path musical gems of the new era.

Argentina Through Movies

Argentinians have a special taste for cinema and movies. Here are some of the classic films that best features Argentina’s people and landscapes, a BBC documentary about the growing tango queer movement, and two video-travel journeys one from our director and the other of a traveler who spends 10 days in Patagonia.

Diarios de Motocicleta (Motorcycle Diaries)

This film about the famous motorcycle journey of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, the famous Argentine Marxist revolutionary, features the most beautiful landscapes and the cruelest social scenarios that still characterizes Latin America. In Puerto Alegre, crossing borders from Argentina to Chile, you can see a copy of the motorcycle used by the Che to cross into Chile.

The German Doctor

Argentina, 1960, a German doctor searching for a place to stay in Patagonia. An Argentine family hosts him and a strange thing begins to happen… Based on true events.

ATTA Adventure Travel Trade Association with Say Hueque

A trip to the unexplored Northern lands of Salta in Argentina told by Rafa Mayer, Say Hueque´s Founder, to meet colonial villages, walk with llamas through the rainbow-colored mountains, till reaching Don Isidro’s house…

10 Days in Argentina and Chile

Take a look at a traveler who wanders Patagonia through Argentina and Chile for 10 days, the perfect amount of days to discover the most legendary region of South America.

LGBT Tango in Buenos Aires by BBC Travel

How the most famous dance of Argentina evolved since 2016 to fight against the idiosyncrasy of male chauvinism in tango culture and encourage a most inclusive practice.

Argentina Through Literature

This is our curated selection of the best Argentine literature (novel, travel stories, comic books) to bring you some of our traditions, landscapes, political history, and humor!

In Patagonia, Bruce Chatwin

Dive into the Bruce Chatwin journeys through Patagonia to discover the legends of the southernmost lands, the native heritage, and amazing landscapes. Anecdotes, history and exhilarating descriptions of the dream adventure expedition, and a literary masterpiece. 

The Tango Singer, Tomás Eloy Martinez

In this novel, Bruno Cadogan travels to Argentina in search of Lucio Martel, the last great tango singer. It’s 2001, the economic breakdown in Argentina, and Bruno, an American student specialized in Borges, will trace Martel performances through the city, and discover the darkest moments of the city that never sleeps…

Che Boludo, A Gringo’s Guide to Understanding the Argentines by James Bracken

¡Che Boludo! is your perfect guide to improve your Spanish, or learn your first steps. A humorous and high informative guide for those longing to immerse in Argentina’s culture by using some of the most common yet bizarre phrases and expressions.

The Winds that Lay Waste, Selva Almada

Selva Almada is one of the most popular Argentine writers, largely published by Random House. The wind that lays waste tells the story of the evangelizing journey of reverend Pearson and his daughter Leni whose car breaks in the Northern roads. They met the mechanic Gringo Brauer and a young boy named Tapioca, and as intimacy grows between the fourth characters, beliefs are questioned and a storm breaks over the plains…

Mafalda, Quino

Mafalda is the famous Argentine comic book known worldwide to be the finest example of how Argentinians manage to criticize Politics and Economics through the intelligent thoughts of a sweet little girl. A humor masterpiece created by Quino, the Argentine talented graphic humorist, and published in Argentine newspapers through 1964 and 1973. Download some of her best stories!

Argentina Podcast

Learn about “mate” the drink that best defines Argentinians, how to kiss properly when greeting, and meet a scientist who is saving the world’s penguins in this podcast.

Argentina Virtual tours

Make a 360° tour in each province of Argentina without jumping off the couch!

Breaking News! Daily Journal about Argentina

Catch up with daily news of Argentina COVID-19, Politics and Economics in this Argentina’s guide in English for locals and foreigners. “Explain Argentina’s reality and news through the eyes of pop culture”, says The Bubble.

Written by Agustina del Vigo

There always seems to be a big difference between tourists who simply visit a new country and those who travel like a local. While there is nothing wrong with visiting a new place and playing tourist, there is something more profound and rewarding about getting to know a new culture from the inside out.

When you travel like a local, you get to know people, places, customs  and culture from a whole new perspective. You are not an outsider looking in, but truly assimilating into the culture from its core. Each country and city has its own quirks, those that just scream, “I’m from here!”

None is more true than in Argentina, where by simply looking at a person you can tell that they are so Argentine. Begin your journey ready to travel like a local Argentine, and you will find yourself lost in a beautiful world of passion, friendship, and tradition.

Here’s our trip to travel like a local Argentine in 5 easy steps:

1. Buy a SUBE card and take public transportation

In big cities like Buenos Aires, the majority of Porteños take public transportation everywhere. With the subway, train, and bus systems across the city, it’s incredibly easy to get from one place to another while experiencing local life. Purchase a SUBE card, which is an electronic card that you can charge money and pay for each ride electronically. Don’t be afraid to ask Porteños for direction, they almost always know how to get to where you need to go. Enjoy the ride!

2. Drink Mate all day, every day

Mate is the highly caffeinated tea leaf that most Argentines drink daily. There is mate culture all over Argentina, where there is never a wrong moment to drink a mate. Head to a park or plaza and notice all of the couples, friends, and families drinking mate together. Don’t be afraid to go and introduce yourself and ask to try some. Argentines drink mate groups, so this is a good way to meet new friends and bond over your first time drinking mate!

3. Eat meat and drink wine

The meat in Argentina is some of the best in the world and Argentines are very proud of it! Meat is served at most group gatherings including the popular asado, an Argentine barbecue. Malbec red wine goes perfectly paired with all cuts of meat, so make sure to fill up a glass. Attending an asado is a chance to see the true Argentine spirit  Friends and family coming together to share memories and laughs with good food and good wine. If you can score an invite to an authentic asado, this may be the highlight of your entire trip.

4. Ditch the Morning Bird routine

Social events in Argentina happen every single day of the week. These include include birthday parties, after-office with coworkers, end of the year parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and casual get-togethers. Many of these events are for many hours and usually begin late in the evening. Learning to stay out late all nights of the week is a key to surviving in Argentina (hint: this is where the magic of mate comes in). Just make sure to fit in your mid-afternoon siesta to get some rest.

5. Keep a sense of humor

Show up for dinner and the line is out the door? No pasa nada. You can’t plan everything in Argentina and it’s much better to sit back, relax and enjoy the journey. Grab a drink while you wait, talk to other people in line, and practice a bit of Spanish. If you are running late to a scheduled appointment, don’t worry about it. Everyone else is too!

Don’t forget a very obvious step of traveling like a local: dressing like a local!

Let Say Hueque help you travel like a local during your trip to Argentina!

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