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North-West Argentina

  • Salta
  • Purmamarca
  • Cachi
  • Cafayate
North-West Argentina North-West Argentina
£ 2865

If you’re an avid photographer, a painter or a collector of stunning scenery the north-west region of Argentina will delight your eye. 

Our North-West Argentina itinerary focuses on the highlights of this remarkable region. Over the next 9 days you will be taken on a private tour of the area's highlights, with your own English speaking driver/guide accompanying you. This high-altitude area has some of the most impressive and unique scenery in all of South America and we have designed the route to allow guests to acclimatise and sleep in towns and villages at lower altitudes. 

During your time in the north-west you will discover numerous attractions, including the sparkling and mesmeric salt flats around Salta, the Seven Colour Hills by Purmamarca and numerous adobe villages and craft markets. You will pass through an array of jaw-dropping landscapes, enjoy world-class white wines in some of the highest altitude wineries in the world and have chance to explore the beautiful colonial city of Salta.

The north-west itinerary has been designed to either be a standalone trip or as an addition to a larger itinerary around Argentina. The area's proximity to neighbouring Chile and Bolivia also means it can be combined with either country too, possibly the Atacama Desert in Chile or the Salt Flats in Bolivia.

 

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Day 1-2 Salta

Take a direct flight from Buenos Aires to Salta, where you will be met and driven to your charming boutique hotel, just a few blocks from the centre of town.

Despite being in a desert, Salta is famous for its spring like climate and is surrounded by green hills. It was once one of the most affluent cities in all of Argentina, but went into decline after Buenos Aires was declared the capital. Nowadays it’s a popular place to come and enjoy the warm climate, long sunny days and relax in one of the lively cafés and bars surrounding the main plaza. 

After settling into your hotel you will be taken on a private tour of Salta’s main attractions, including the beautiful Plaza 9 de Julio, the MAAM (Museum of high altitude archaeology) and a chance to discover its many well-kept historic buildings. 

Stay: Two nights at the Legado Mitico Salta – bed & breakfast

Day 3-4 Purmamarca

Over the next week you will have an English speaking driver/guide accompanying you on a breathtaking journey through north-west Argentina.

Set off early in the morning into the northern province of Jujuy, home to traditional Andean villages and some of South America’s most remarkable landscapes. Similar to the wild-west, but over 3,000m in altitude, the area is referred to as the puna and comprises of canyons dotted with cacti, charming adobe towns and parched desert.

Over the next two days you will stay in the colonial village of Purmamarca (2,400m), set at the foot of the astonishing Seven Colours Hills where different geological eras are picked out in purple, red, green, ochre, brown, yellow and white rocks.

You’ll take in the main church, founded in 1648, and a 500 year old tree and journey on to the Great Salt Flats, Argentina’s largest and most impressive at over 3,500m high. Here you’ll be able to witness the mirror mirage created by sunshine on the salt surface. 

You will also visit the historic village of San Antonio de las Cobres, a high-altitude village on the Argentine puna, known for its handicrafts.

Stay: Two nights at El Manantial del Silencio – bed & breakfast

Day 5

Cachi 

Cachi 

Today you will head south to the small town of Cachi (2,280m), famous for its white buildings, traditional adobe homes and attractive stone-paved streets.

Giant cacti will point the way to Cachi and the drive takes you along an impressive mountain road known as Cuesta del Obispo, where on a clear day you’re greeted to magnificent views across the mountains. The winding mountain road reaches its highest point at Piedra del Molino (3,367m), before sloping down to Cachi.

Stay: One night at La Merced del Alto – bed & breakfast

 

Day 6-7 Cafayate

After breakfast you embark on a journey to Cafayate (1,683m) that winds through a place called Little Hell, before arriving in the Calchaqui Valleys. The scenery is nothing short of miraculous, and ever-changing. Pushing on, the countryside changes dramatically from svelte grass-cloaked mountains to desert highlands. You pass through the spectacular fortifications of the town of Quilmes dating back to 800 AD and nowadays a centre for the Quilmes Native Community.

After an unforgettable journey you’ll arrive in the small city of Cafayate, known for its Torrontes wine and crafts market. The following day you’ll tour the region’s fine wineries, visit a cathedral with five aisles and tour the Archaeological Museum before exploring the weird natural sandstone sculptures and weather-carved rock formations of the Shells’ Gorge.

Stay: Two nights at Grace Cafayate – bed & breakfast

Day 8 Salta

Your final full day in the north-west is spent on the beautiful journey back to Salta. 

Stay: One night at the Legado Mitico Salta – bed & breakfast

Day 9 End of arrangements

After breakfast you will be driven back to Salta airport for your onward flight to Buenos Aires.

 

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