The Valles Calchaquíes are a series of stunning valleys located in northwestern Argentina, encompassing the provinces of Salta and Tucumán. This breathtaking region, amuse visitors for its diverse landscape, including towering mountains, rolling hills, and colorful rock formations, making it a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers.
Cachi and Los Cardones National Park
One of the main draws in the Valles Calchaquíes is the settlement of Cachi, which is renowned for its preserved colonial-era architecture and rich cultural heritage. Visitors can meander through the picturesque streets, see the colonial-style buildings, and visit the local museum to learn more about the history and culture of the area. Another must-visit place is the Parque Nacional Los Cardones, which is home to the tall Cardón cactus and a variety of other plants and animals that only can be found in this region.
Another well-liked location is the Cuesta del Obispo, which offers breathtaking views of the surroundings and a strenuous trek to the top.
Quebrada de las Flechas & Quebrada de las Conchas
The Quebrada de las Flechas (“Arrow’s Ravine”) is a striking rock structure that is a favorite location for scenic drives and to take amazing photographs. It joins Cachi with Cafayate through the legendary Ruta 40.
Another must-visit location is the Quebrada de las Conchas (“Shell’s Ravine), where you can found towering rock formations and eye-catching colors, with a predominant red color. Some rock formations are famous, such as the “Anfiteatro” and “Garganta del Diablo”. This is located between Cafayate and Salta city.
Cafayate: wines of the Calchaquí Valleys
Cafayate, widely known for its excellent wineries and tasting rooms, is another highlight of the Valles Calchaquíes, and probably the “biggest” (however still a) village you will found during your journey across the Valles. Visitors can take a vineyard tour, sample delicious wines, and learn about the winemaking process. Cafayate also has a number of dining options that serve both local and international cuisine. This region is famous for the wines of altitude, specially Torrontés (white wine).
Where to stay at the Valles Calchaquíes
All types of travelers can find a place to stay in the Valles Calchaquíes, from luxury resorts to more affordable options.
Some of the preferred choices by our visitors, are La Merced del Alto (Cachi), El Cortijo (Cachi), Grace Cafayate (Cafayate), Patios de Cafayate (Cafayate), Estancia Colomé, Altalaluna, Cafayate Wine Resort, and Hacienda los Molinos – among other alternaives.
Other attractions and custom tours
This area counts with other beautiful places such as Molinos, Seclantás, La Poma, Payogasta, Angastaco, Animaná, San Carlos, and the Quilmes Ruins.
You can reach via Salta, Tucumán, or Jujuy, all cities with direct flights to and from Buenos Aires.
In conclusion, people looking to experience the spectacular natural beauty and rich cultural legacy of northwest Argentina should definitely visit the Valles Calchaquíes.
We offer personalized trips in Argentina, and would like to invite you to explore the following travel samples, which include parts of the Calchaquí Valleys on their itineraries.
- Highlights of Argentina
- Salta Jujuy Road Trip
- Tailor made vacations Northwest Argentina
- Iguazu to Salta
- Ruta 40 Argentina Road Trip
Keep learning about Salta and Jujuy in our post ” Northern Argentina “, same as in the other articles in our travel guide.
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