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Mendoza to Salta (11 days / 10 nts)

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Places Visited:
v/   Mendoza
v/   San Agustin de Valle Fertil
v/   Villa Union
v/   Belen
v/   Tafi del Valle
v/   Cafayate
v/   Cachi
v/   Salta
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A 10 night self-drive from Mendoza to Salta.
Day 1:Arrive in Mendoza
Day 2:Mendoza
Day 3:Mendoza - San Agustin de Valle Fertil
Day 4:Valle Fertil - Villa Union
Day 5:Villa Union - Belen
Day 6:Belen - Tafi del Valle
Day 7:Tafi del Valle - Cafayate
Day 8:Cafayate
Day 9:Cafayate - Cachi
Day 10:Cachi - Salta
Day 11:Fly out from Salta

Hotels used in this tour
(hotels can be changed on request for most tours)
Primitivo de la Reta 1007
81 rooms
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Hosteria Valle Fertil
Hosteria Valle Fertil
San Juan
Rivadavia s/n Valle Fertil
38 rooms
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Hotel Pircas Negras
Hotel Pircas Negras
Villa Unión
Ruta Nacional 76 - Acceso Sur, Villa Union 5350
43 rooms
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Hosteria Belen
Hosteria Belen
Belgrano /Cubas, Belen 4750
25 rooms
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Estancia Las Carreras
Estancia Las Carreras
Ruta Provincal 325 Km. 13
10 rooms
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Viñas de Cafayate Wine Resort
Viñas de Cafayate Wine Resort
25 de Mayo, Camino al Divisadero
12 rooms
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El Cortijo
El Cortijo
Ave Automovil Club Argentino
12 rooms
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Design Suites Salta
Design Suites Salta
Pasaje Castro 215
50 rooms
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Day 1:  Arrive in Mendoza
Meet & greet at the Airport by one of our representatives, who will assist you with all the details relative to the car rental delivery paperwork, and basic information about the region and local driving. Departure to the hotel. Overnight in Mendoza.
Day 2:  Mendoza
Take some time today to vist some wineries and the city of Mendoza. Most wineries offer guided tours that allow visitors to learn more about harvesting, winemaking process and the viticulture in Mendoza. Overnight in Mendoza.

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 3:  Mendoza - San Agustin de Valle Fertil
Departure from the hotel towards the province of San Juan. Arrival in San Agustín del Valle Fertil. Overnight in Valle Fertil.

Total distance to drive: 412 km (258 miles), paved road.
Driving time: 5 hours

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 4:  Valle Fertil - Villa Union
Start early and devote this full day to visit the Ischigualasto Provintial Park, also known as Moon Valley, in the morning. and Talampaya Canyon National Park in the afternoon. Take one of the internal paths. After visiting the park depart towards Villa Union. Overnight in Villa Union.

Total distance to drive: 177 km (111miles) + Internal Circuits within the Parks. Driving time: 2 hours ( Not included internalcircuit)

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 5:  Villa Union - Belen
Today the scenery of the sierras of Famatina and Sañogasta with its amazing loneliness will be our travel mate. Drive on along National Route 40 to the town of Londres, where you must detour to El Shincal Ruins, 5 km, dirt road. After visitng the ruins, return to Route 40, and continue northwards to Belen. Overnight in Belen.

Total distance to drive: 350 km.
Driving time: 6-7 hours. Overnight in Belen

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 6:  Belen - Tafi del Valle
Departure towards Tafi del Valle. Overnight in Tafi del Valle.

Total distance to drive: 265 km (166miles)
paved road. Driving time: 5 hours

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 7:  Tafi del Valle - Cafayate
Departure towards Cafayate. The route passes by Abra del Infiernillo, the highest point from where you will enjoy a great panoramic view of the surrounding valleys. Take a detour to Quilmes. After a short visit to this interesting archaeologic site continue driving to Cafayate. Overnight in Cafayate

Total Distance to Travel: 132 km (83miles) 119 km paved road, 13 km dirt road. Driving time: 2 hours

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 8:  Cafayate
Take advantage of this day to visit the nice and quiet city of Cafayate and its iria surrounding wineries. If you prefer something more active you can join a horseback ride, do some trekking in the Divisadero area, or even practice sandboard in the nearby sand dunes. Overnight in Cafayate.

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 9:  Cafayate - Cachi
Driving the legendary National Route 40, you will reach the Quebrada de las Flechas (Arrows’ Ravine). This is a very particular rock ravine formed by 20-meter-high rock walls that skirt the winding road. Before arriving in Cachi, you could enjoy lunch today at Hacienda de Molinos Hotel.

Total distance to drive: 170 km(106miles), gravel road (except for the first 24 km). Driving time: 4 -5 hours.

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 10:  Cachi - Salta
Departure towards Salta passing by Payogasta, the so-called “recta de Tin-Tin”. ‘Los Cardones National Park’ “Cuesta del Obispo”, up to the greenish “Quebrada de Escoipe” where the landscape suddenly turns sub-tropical. Finally pass by the farming towns of Chicoana, El Carril and Cerrillos, to reach Salta. Overnight in Salta.

Total distance to drive: 157 km (98miles) 107 km gravel road, 50 km paved road. Driving time: 4 hours.

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 11:  Fly out from Salta
If you have time, visit the city of Salta. In due time drop off the rental vehicle at the airport office.

(Included meals: breakfast)
Trip type:
  Private service
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