Argentina Self Drive Mendoza to Salta

Take this memorable drive up the northern section of the infamous Ruta 40, an over 800 mile trip showcasing some of the most spectacular scenery in Argentina. Visit vineyards, deserts, mountains and the multicoloured landscapes of the high Andean Puna.

Places you visit: Buenos Aires – Mendoza – Villa Unión – Belen – Cafayate – Cachi – Salta

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1: Meet & greet at the airport in Buenos Aires

plaza monumental buenos aires

Today you arrive in Buenos Aires from your international flight. One of our friendly guides will be waiting at the airport to welcome you to Argentina and take you by private transfer to your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Clasico

Day 2: Buenos Aires city tour

aerial view of buenos aires on holiday

Discover the ‘Paris of the South’ on this premium city tour taking you to all the best spots in this fascinating city.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Clasico

Day 3: Fly to Mendoza & a traditional Asado dinner

the pool at finca adalgisa mendoza

Take a short flight to the Mendoza wine region and transfer to your farmhouse hotel located on a Malbec vineyard. Spend the day by the pool or cycling to nearby vineyards. This evening enjoy a traditional asado (BBQ) prepared at the vineyard with plenty of Malbec!

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Suggested Accommodation: Finca Adalgisa

Day 4: Lujan de Cuyo Wine Experience

gourmet steak and wine lunch on Argentina tour

Today you will discover the Lujan de Cuyo region of Mendoza, the heartland of the Malbec grape. Visit three high end wineries in a small group with a specialist guide. Enjoy tastings at each winery and a spectacular gourmet lunch!

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Suggested Accommodation: Finca Adalgisa

Day 5: Drive Mendoza to Villa Unión

cañon de talampaya hotel on argentina self drive

This morning your 4X2 hire car is delivered to your hotel for you to start your drive north. Today is the longest drive up the Ruta 40 on a straight paved road with the Andes a constant presence on your left hand side. Overnight in Villa Unión.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Cañon de Talampaya

Day 6: A Full Day 4X4 Tour to the High Andean Puna

laguna brava tour argentina

Today you will be taken on a full day tour to the spectacular Laguna Brava and the unique landscapes of the Andean Puna. This excursion requires a 4X4 and a guide, so we do not recommend you do this yourselves. Enjoy this adventure into the beautiful and colourful landscapes of this part of Argentina.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Cañon de Talampaya

Day 7: Talampaya National Park & Drive to Belen

Talampaya national park argentina

This morning we recommend you visit Talampaya national park, a 30 minute drive from your hotel. This afternoon continue your journey along the Ruta 40, then the Cuesta de Miranda, surely one of the most amazing roads in Argentina with stunning scenery. Overnight in Belen.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Las Cardas

Day 8: Continue the road trip to the wine town of Cafayate

self drive holiday in northern argentina

Today you have an interesting drive back on the Ruta 40 heading toward Cafayate. Take in the wide open spaces and scenery as you drive. You may wish to stop at the Quilmes ruins just south of Cafayate in the Calchaquí valley.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Patios de Cafayate

Day 9: Day at leisure in Cafayate

courtyard at patios de cafayate hotel argentina

Cafayate is Argentina’s second wine region. Up here in the north the speciality grape is Torrontes which produces a dry but fruity white wine that is unique to Argentina. Spend the day visiting the various Bodegas in town where you can do wine tasting. Or you could relax in your hotel or further explore the area.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Patios de Cafayate

Day 10: A memorable drive & the Valley of the Arrows

valley of the arrows argentina

A great day of driving up the Calchaquies valley and the Valley of the Arrows. There are several great spots to stop along the way for photos. Visit pretty Molinos, and perhaps make a stop at the highest altitude winery in the world! Overnight in a scenic spot at Cachi.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: La Merced del Alto

Day 11: Drive on mountain roads with great views to Salta

cacti in los cordones national park argentina

Drive down the Cuesta del Obispo, an amazing and fairly hair raising road with sharp turns and big drop offs! Pass by the Los Cordones National Park and the Piedra de Molino, the highest point on your journey at 3348 metres above sea level. End at a welcoming family run farmhouse just outside Salta.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Finca Valentina

Day 12: A day at leisure or optional activities

swimming pool at finca valentina

We can recommend a fantastic horse ride to explore the area and a wonderful tasting lunch served at the Finca where you are staying. Cycling, hiking, and city tours of nearby Salta can all also be arranged. Or, just relax by the pool!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Finca Valentina

Day 13: Fly Salta to Buenos Aires

caminito street in buenos aires city tour

Drop you car at Salta airport for your short flight back to Buenos Aires. The rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure. Why not enjoy your final night in Argentina with a special dining experience, or a tango show. Let us know if you would like us to arrange this for you.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Suggested Accommodation: Hotel Clasico

Day 14: Fly home or extend your trip!

plane flying into the sunset

End your trip here, or why not extend? You could add two nights at Iguazu falls, or a stay at an estancia. All our trips are tailor made and designed to your specifications. Give us a call to start planning your trip!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our Suggested Accommodation

For this itinerary we have picked a selection of mid range properties, most of which are small, family owned hotels with character. In some of the more remote locations there is not much choice, but it is possible to upgrade the hotels if you wish.

We can tailor each trip to your requirements, so just send us an enquiry to start planning your trip around your dates.

Tour Inclusions

  • All accommodation
  • All internal flights
  • Car hire with unlimited milage, maps and guides
  • All tours as specified in the itinerary
  • All private transfers
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees
  • 24 hour emergency assistance
  • 100% financial protection with our ATOL license & ABTA membership
  • Our exclusive 100+ page trip guidebook, personalised to your trip
  • Full support from your dedicated specialist
  • International flights
  • Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides
  • Travel insurance

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