Argentina private tour with self drive

“Discover the highlights of Argentina from the Iguazu Falls to Patagonia and Buenos Aires with an incredible tailormade self-drive tour.”

Highlights

Car hire in each destination | Admire the Iguazu Falls from the Argentine and Brazilian sides | Salta | Stay at traditional finca and haciendas | Los Cardones National Park | Drive the iconic Ruta 40 | Valley of the Arrows | Cafayete vineyards | Valley of the Shells | Buenos Aires | El Calafate | Argentine Patagonia | Perito Moreno Glacier | Learn gaucho cowboy life on a working farm | Guided hiking from El Chalten | Mt. Fitzroy |

Description of Argentina private tour with self drive

Sand dunes and sunsets. Waterfalls and wineries. This part self-drive 16-day private tour weaves together many of Argentina's most impressive natural wonders, in both the north and the south of this vast country, as well as all that its engaging capital city, Buenos Aires, has to offer. We work hard to avoid the crowds where possible, immerse you in them when appropriate and find plenty of ways for you to follow quieter paths in spectacular locations.

Get up close to the magnificent Iguazu falls as you explore both the Brazilian and the Argentine side of these most beautiful of cascades. Wander the silent sand dunes of Salta, finding solitude in landscapes that have the power to move you. Drive through some of South America's most beautiful scenery and pull on your walking boots to explore dramatic valleys as the sun sets. Visit a wine bodega at the highest vineyards in the world in Cafayate.

Then, take a relaxed and bespoke tour of Buenos Aires with your guide, going on and off the beaten track with plenty of opportunities to watch, and maybe take part, in some tango. Stay on a traditional Patagonian estancia and experience the startling power of the Perito Moreno Glacier after the crowds have gone. And finish in El Chalten to wander through meadows and along clear rivers below the granite peaks of the Fitz Roy range.

You'll be provided with a car in each destination, giving you the freedom to explore as you wish, while domestic flights are used to save travel time.

Travel Team

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Departure information

Departs on a date to suit you, from September through April.
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Argentina private tour with self drive

Environment

Because we are an Anglo-Spanish company and have all spent a great deal of time living, working and travelling in Latin America, we feel an enhanced sense of duty to care for and protect the local environment. Maintaining the balance of these places is especially important in places like Patagonia and Iguazu, where delicate ecosystems are inhabited by wildlife who were here long before we were. We work directly with local guides who share our ethos, rather than going through the filter of a local agency.

Our tours are low impact. We specialise in private tours, typically solo travellers, couples, small families and small groups of friends. In this way we are able to be more considerate and thoughtful in the way we interact with the environment. This approach is reciprocated by our travellers, who are typically conscientious, respectful and considered by nature.

We are working with local partners to eradicate plastic use wherever possible, including eliminating single use plastic bottles and encouraging alternatives to plastics used in the bathrooms and in dining areas.

Community

We believe that thoughtfully tailored holidays benefit everyone; the locals, the environment, the wildlife and you, the visitor. By working directly with drivers, hoteliers, guides and estancia owners in Argentina we are able to develop close relationships with the people who you meet on your travels, and they benefit directly from your trip.

Removing the filter of a distant agency means we can ensure your time here is more beneficial to the local community and that the money you spend before and during your trip makes a bigger and more positive impact. It also means that sustainable and responsible travel is part of our DNA. Everything we have ever done is fuelled by a respect for the partners with whom we work. Done right, tourism is a great engine of income generation for people who are living in remote but beautiful areas. Ultimately, the importance of making a genuine and mutually beneficial connection with the local people you meet on your travels should never be underestimated.

The finca (farmhouse) in which you stay near Salta is owned and run by a local couple, originally from Italy. If you like your food, you might spend the morning in the kitchen, helping to make some empanadas or other food. You'll also stay on a privately-owned wine resort in Cafayate with outstanding eco-credentials and a a working sheep and cattle farm that has been owned by the same family for four generations near El Calafate.

Throughout your trip you enjoy the company of local guides and drivers, who know their areas intimately, and have a holiday guide with recommendations for local restaurants that we have enjoyed on our travels. In Los Cardones National Park we ask travellers not to buy any souvenirs made from the cactus as they are trying to discourage the locals from harvesting them.

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