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Full of colors and contrasts, with Inca’s reminiscences and adobe houses that seem to be an extension of the earth, the Northwest is considered one of the most complete attractions of Argentina. Right at the border with Chile and Bolivia, the provinces of Salta, Jujuy and Tucumán are blessed with an immense variety of landscapes: the arid Puna with its Llamas and the Salt fields (Salinas Grandes); Cachi with its Cactus; Quebrada de Humahuaca with the indigenous communities and the magnificent Hill of Seven Colors; the Valles Calchaquíes with Cafayate, and many other hidden pearls that enrich the souls of those who visit them. If instead a private tour, you would like to do a self-drive tour, you can check our road trip holidays page.
The Northwest of Argentina is full of contrasts. The color of the hills in Humahuaca Gorge (so intense that you can distinguish the different layers from many miles away) or the salt fields above the clouds, are just some of them. Don´t miss to explore the culture, with its remarkable indigenous influence and the exquisite local cuisine. It´s going to be our pleasure to help you to plan your own adventure!
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up and we will start our expedition’s first day.
SALTA / CUESTA DEL OBISPO / NATIONAL PARK LOS CARDONES / CACHI
We start going through Valle de Lerma with its tobacco crops and towns with colonial architecture until Chi-coana.
After Chicoana we enter Escoipe’s Gorge, that has subtropical vegetation, and then we follow the sizzling and amazing Bishop’s Slope until we reach the highest point of this day: Piedra del Molino, at 3.348 meters above the sea. A little bit further, we will enter The National Park Los Cardones and then Cachi.
Cachi is a peaceful town in the Valle Calchaquí, that welcomes us with its always white hill top, named Ne-vado de Cachi. In Cachi, we visit the archeological museum and the old Church.
Lodging at Cachi
Breakfast at the hotel, and beginning of the second day of the expedition.
CACHI / SECLANTAS / MOLINOS / QUEBRADA DE LAS FLECHAS / CAFAYATE
Crossing through the picturesque Quebrada de las Flechas (passing first by Seclantas and Molinos) visiting its attractions, continuing later towards the amazing vineyards in Cafayate. Visit to a traditional wine cellar.
Lodging at Cafayate.
Breakfast at the hotel, and beginning of the third day of the expedition.
CAFAYATE / QUEBRADA DE CAFAYATE / SALTA
We get to the colorful and spectacular Concha´s Gorge, where wind and water have carved impressive formations into of the rocks, such as the Devil’s Throat, the Amphitheatre, the Frog. We continue to Salta City.
Lodging at Salta City
Breakfast at the hotel, and beginning of the fourth day of the expedition.
SALTA / QUEBRADA DEL TORO / TASTIL / SAN ANTONIO DE LOS COBRES / SALINAS GRANDES / PURMAMARCA
We make a journey to the clouds, following the train tracks. The town of Campo Quijano leads us to the spectacular Bull’s Gorge. Then, we visit the ruins of the pre-Inca town Santa Rosa de Tastil. We can become witnesses, as our journey continues, of the impressively engineered work made parallel to the route: the bridges, viaducts, sizzling and different stations. We will ascend to 4080 meters above the sea in Abra Blanca, located in the immensity of the Puna. Arrival to San Antonio de los Cobres, placed in the middle of the Andes mountain chains.
Then we pass by the Puna until we get to Salinas Grandes, in the province of Jujuy. We go down the impres-sive Cuesta de Lipán and finally we reach the beautiful town Purmamarca, with its Seven Colors Hill.
Lodging at Purmamarca
Breakfast at the hotel, and beginning of the fifth day of the expedition.
PURMAMARCA / TILCARA / HUMAHUACA / IRUYA
We visit the entire Gorge: Purmamarca with its beautiful Seven Colors Hill and Craftsmanship Market, Mai-mará and its Painter’s Pad, Tilcara with its warrior fortress Pucara, Uquía and its old Chapel that homes paintings from the Cusco School and Humahuaca, capital of the Gorge.
Then, we go to the enchanting little town of Iruya, with its narrow streets and crops terraces framed by majes-tic mountains where time seems to have stopped.
Lodging at Iruya
Breakfast at the hotel, and beginning of the sixth day of the expedition.
IRUYA / YUNGAS / SALTA CITY
We depart from Iruya towards Salta, but taking the way that crosses the Yungas, the regional jungle that is home to many native species of flora and fauna.
Lodging at Salta
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport at an agreed-upon time.
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