Argentina Northwest

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Salta

Great Salt Flats & Purmamarca

Huamahuaca Gorge

Calchaqui Valleys

Cachi

Cafayate

Dare to discover the Andean Culture of the Argentina Northwest. Its mountain villages, with mud houses, fairs with colorful handcrafts, the delicious local food, landscapes of multicolored hills, valleys and gorges, the warmth of its people, their clothes, customs and music, create for the Northwest Region an identity of its own that makes this destination a must for those who visit Argentina. Let’s explore the magical Andean culture and the beautiful landscapes of the Argentine Northwest.

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AT A GLANCE

A trip through the Argentina Northwest. Visit Salta La Linda, main city and gateway to the Northwest Region; then spend two days to explore San Antonio de Los Cobres and The Great Salt Flats, through the amazing road of The Train to the Clouds, visiting the picturesque Purmamarca and its Seven Colours Hill, touring the stunning way of Humahuaca Gorge and its small mountain villages like Maimara, Tilcara and Uquia. Finish your trip visiting Cachi, Cafayate and Los Cardones National Park in the spectacular Calchaquies Valleys. 

All travel ideas are fully customizable. We make travel proposals adapted to your interests, activities you enjoy, travel dates and destinations you want to visit.

Argentina Northwest - Example Trip Itinerary

DAY 1

Salta La Linda

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Salta

Accommodation in Salta
Legado Mítico

Legado Mítico Salta is a high-end boutique hotel in the Historic District of the city Salta. Live the restorative feeling of staying in a house that retains its origin as a patrician family, with the most exclusive amenities that place it at the top of hotel ratings in the region.

UP GRADE : House of Jasmines

Our Argentina Northwest itinerary starts in Salta City, located in the Lerma Valley, at the foot of San Bernardo Hill, it is the main city and gateway to the Argentine Northwest Region (NOA). Founded by the Spanish in 1582, it retains the only architectural style that was not copied from Europe, the American Baroque. Its main square is surrounded by the main buildings such as cathedrals, San Francisco and Santo Domingo. Salta also has important museums with archaeological exhibitions of world relevance. Its cultural shows, diversity of peñas, restaurants and tourist services make the visitor experience to this beautiful city unforgettable.

Day 1: Arriving to Salta la Linda
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This city is the gateway of Northwest Region. Your local guide will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to your hotel and give you some tips so you can spend the rest of the day exploring the city by your own. You can visit the museums, taste the local food or go to the local peñas to enjoy the folkloric music and dance. And after a glass of wine, you will probably join in for dancing!

DAY 2

The Great Salt Flats & Purmamarca

Accommodation in Purmamarca
La Comarca Hotel

Shire, Charming hotel, was built in a privileged place in the beautiful village of Purmamarca, located at the foot of the spectacular Cerro de los Siete Colores and heart of the Quebrada mythical Humahuaca.

Day 11: Salt Flats, Lipán Slope & Purmamarca
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Visit the Salinas Grandes (Great Salt Flats) and travel parallel to the famous “Tren de las Nubes” (The Train to the Clouds) Railway appreciating the platforms and the bridges that impact for their size and majesty.

You will visit the small town of Campo Quijano, gateway to The Puna; the Quebrada del Toro (Bull Gorge); Santa Rosa de Tastil which is a little town of no more than 50 inhabitants, and see the museum and Tastil ruins; San Antonio de Los Cobres and the stunning Salinas Grandes that seems to be a solid ocean immerse in the landscape of the Puna.You continue through the Cuesta del Lipan (Lipan Slope), the highest point reaches 4170m (13,680 ft) above sea level, to reach the Cerro de los Siete Colores (Seven Colors Hill) in Purmamarca.

After, visit the main square, the handcraft market and the streets of Purmamarca you can stay the night in this picturesque town or came back to Salta City. Puna Region with its moon landscape, is also the home of a varied local fauna like vicuñas, llamas, zuris, foxes and condors. This tour allows you to discover different landscapes and learn about the life of the inhabitants of this large region. The area with its moon landscape, is also the home of a varied local fauna like vicuñas, llamas, zuris, foxes and condors.

DAY 3

The Colorful Humahuaca Gorge

Day 3: Humahuaca Gorge Tour
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Continue the Argentina Northwest trip traveling north to Jujuy Province to explore the beautiful mountain valley landscape of the Quebrada de Humahuaca (Humahuaca Gorge) and the impressive colorful mountain range during all the way. Humahuaca Gorge is dotted with a bunch of amazing attractions such us the Cerro de los Siete Colores (Seven Color Hill) in Purmarca, the Pucará de Tilcara, a dilapidated but well restored pre-Incan native fortress and the Cerro Paleta del Pintor (Painter Palette Hill) at Maimará village.

You will also visit the small town of Uquía to see 17th-century paintings by indigenous students of the Cuzco School called Cusqueñas Paintings and the little Uquía Church. Then you will pass through Huacalera, and while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn road, admire the multicolored La Pollera de la Coya Hill. Finally, you reach the picturesque Humahuaca and enjoy its colorful narrow streets, handcraft markets and typical local food.

DAYS 4 -6

Calchaqui Valleys

Accommodation in Cafayate
Cafayate Wine Resort

Nestled within a vineyard at the foot of the impressive San Isidro Hill Cafayate-Wine Resort is a unique place to relax while you enjoy fine wines, magnificent landscapes, and the peace and quiet of the Northwest Region.

Let’s continue exporing the Argentina Northwest in a two day excursion to Calchaqui Valleys. Immerse yourself in the vastness of these wonderful valleys through roads between pronounced gorges, local flora and fauna, Inca history vestiges, enchanting quiet villages, antique churches and interesting museums.

Day 4: Los Cardones National Park, Cachi, Molinos & Las Flechas Gorge

Start the day visiting the two first gorges the Laures and Escoipe, then the landscape begins to change little by little until we approach to the Cuesta del Obispo (Bishop Slope), a 20-kilometer stretch of zigzag of provincial route No. 33 that reaches its maximum height of 3620 meters in Piedra del Molino. The landscape that accompanies this winding road is spectacular and from the top you will be able to appreciate an incredible panoramic view of the valley. This is the connective road to get to the high valleys, where the Calchaqui Valley wine region sits too.

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Los Cardones National Park

We will take the Recta del Tin Tin a perfect straight line upon which the route was built. It is so perfect that is difficult to achieve with the technology we have nowadays, but according to anthropological and historiographic studies, it was constructed in an artisanal way by the original peoples that inhabited the area. This line crosses the Los Cardones National Park, a cactus and cardon desert that was declared a protected area to promote its preservation over time.

Cachi, Molinos and Las Flechas Gorge
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We will see huge cactus on the way to Cachi, a small town in of Spanish and native traditions forms the most beautiful architecture. In the afternoon, we will continue exploring the valleys and visit the city of Molinos and Angastaco, just before visiting Las Flechas Gorge, with its spectacular rock formations. After visiting its curious passages, we will arrive at Cafayate where we spend the night.

Cafayate
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Is one of the most popular destinations of the Argentina Northwest wine region. The wine is renowned in Argentina, especially because of the star product of the region: Torrontes Wine. Enjoy the end of the day in this picturesque town sipping on a sunset drink in the main square, or a Malbec ice cream from a traditional Gelato Shop.

Day 5: Cafayate & Las Conchas Gorge
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On the second day of this Calchaqui Valley adventure let’s take a look to the wineries and wine yards. Enjoy a morning touring one of the best wineries in Cafayate; El Esteco, Piatelli, El Porvenir are some of the options to try the best Cafayate wines and learn about their production process. Then you’ll leave Cafayate and to immerse into the forbidding of Las Conchas Gorge, where the erosion has carved fascinating red shapes into the rocks.

Get prepared to visit this Natural Reserve to enjoy the views of its colorful hills and discover the most particular rocky highlights: the Frog, Obelisk the Castles,  Ampitheater and the famous Devil’s Throat. You will finish the day coming back to Salta, to finish this Argentina Northwest itinerary. Spend the evening visiting a peña to mingle with locals and taste a local dish.

Transfer

Private transfer to Salta Airport

Flight

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Salta - Huamahuaca Gorge -Purmamarca Cafayate

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How to Customize This Itinerary

Add an extra night in Cafayate so you can know more about the wine production and enjoy visiting some other wineries and wineyards. You can also extend the itinerary by adding one more night in Salta City to take a historical tour with your local guide to learn more about Salta’s history, visiting the museums, historical monuments and churches or take the cableway to visit the Cerro San Bernando, to enjoy of a wonderful panoramic view of the city.

Add some days in Buenos Aires to enjoy the vibrant Argentine Capital. Extend your visit with some time in Tucuman to complete your trip to the Argentina Northwest visiting Tafi del Valle and the Quilmes Ruins or spend some time in Iguazu inside Atlantic Rainforest with its lush vegetation and colorful wildlife and the stunning waterfalls.

Take some days to visit the Cuyo Region, recognized worldwide for the production of the highest quality wines in the world. Enjoy its landscapes of vineyards and wineries surrounded by valleys, rivers and the impressive Andes mountain range.

Extend your visit with time in Patagonia or the lovely Lake District and Bariloche. Enjoy incredible landscapes surrounded by forests, mountain, lakes and glaciers.

Include some time to relax! After a few days traveling you probably would enjoy some free time to relax or receive a massage that will you feel renew and energized for the rest of your trip. Most of the hotels have SPA services or wellness center.

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