Ultimate Northern Argentina Adventure

Salta, Argentina
Trip Length: 6 Days
Group Size: 1-8
Difficulty
From: 1,880 USD
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Travel through time in Northern Argentina, with a landscape ripe with history, culture and incredible natural wonders.

Home to a fascinating mesh of colonial and indigenous cultures, this charming part of northwestern Argentina will give you the opportunity to fall in love with the region through short day hikes, "Torrontes" wine tastings, and exploring nearby small picturesque towns and the city of Salta itself.

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Introduction

Highlights

  • Salta City.
  • MAAM Museum.
  • Cafayate, Town Wineries.
  • Las Flechas Gorge.
  • Los Cardones National Park.
  • Humahuaca Gorge.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Salta, meet the local traditions and culture

Salta, Northern Argentina

After arriving at Salta Airport and being transported to your hotel, we’ll spend the afternoon on an enlightening half-day city walking tour through this charming colonial town, home to some of the nicest historical squares in Argentina. The tour also includes a visit to the amazing MAAM museum, featuring exhibitions of famous high altitude mummies.

In the evening, we will visit one of the city peñas, a traditional restaurant where you can taste local dishes such as world-renowned cheese or meat Salteñas empanadas, humitas, and tamales while enjoying live folk music in the background.

Overnight in Hotel Villa Vicuña (3* hotel), Salta.

Day 2: Cafayate, land of Northern Argentina's best wine cellars

Cafayate, Northern Argentina

After breakfast, we’ll depart for Cafayate wine country in the Calchaqui Valley, where we'll have a premium wine tasting and vineyard visit. Along the way, once we’re in the heart of the colorful Las Conchas gorge, we’ll stop to embark on a 40-60 minute hike with an English speaking guide through this breathtaking Martian-esque landscape. After enjoying a delicious box lunch, we continue on Cafayate, arriving in the afternoon.

Overnight in Hotel Killa Cafayate (3* hotel), Cafayate.

Day 3: Cachalqui Valley, experience natural and historical heritage

Calchaqui Valley, Northern Argentina

After breakfast, we head north through the Calchaqui Valley, once the cradle of ancient pre-Incan cultures, and now home to a rich historical past, natural wonders, and flowing vineyard-covered fields. Surrounded by this stunning natural beauty, we’ll take a break for a nice box lunch. After passing by picturesque small towns, we arrive back in Salta.

We will arrive back in town for lunch and free time in the afternoon.

Overnight in Hotel Villa Vicuña (3 star accommodation), Salta.

Day 4: From Salta to Purmamarca, salt flats adventure

Purmamarca, Northern Argentina

After breakfast, we travel along a zigzagging road past historic ruins and the pre-Incan city of Santa Rosa de Tastil. We then visit the Great Salt Flats, a surreal landscape perfect for photographers and wildlife watchers. We finish the day in Purmamarca, at the base of a mountain said to have 7 colors.

Overnight in La Casa de Piedra (3 star accommodation), Pumamarca.

Day 5: Drive north to the famous Humahuaca Gorge

Purmamarca, Northern Argentina

After breakfast, we drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Humahuaca Gorge. We will stop for photos and see various landmarks such as the Paleta del Pintor, Pucará de Tilcara and the charming small town of Humahuaca.

Overnight in Hotel Villa Vicuña (3 star accommodation), Salta.

Day 6: End of the adventure in the land of colors and tradition

Salta, Northern Argentina

After breakfast, you’ll be transported back to the Salta Airport for your departing flight.

Accommodation

  • Salta: Hotel Villa Vicuña STD room or similar

The elegant Spanish colonial style of Villa Vicuña Hotel and the excellent personalized attention of its staff provide a feeling of warmth and create an atmosphere of peace and serenity, allowing travelers to relax and disconnect from the fast pace of the city.

  • Cafayate: Hotel Killa Cafayate STD room or similar

Killa Cafayate is a charming hotel located in the heart of town. Once an old colonial house, today this hotel offer its own unique character and particular style. It is a place to rest and enjoy ample guest rooms, fresh galleries and colorful gardens.

  • Cachi: Hotel El Cortijo STD room or similar

El Cortijo is a beautiful hotel in small and charming town. The geographic features of the place make it unique in terms of culture and architecture. It’s a treat to stay in this wonderful village, one that appears frozen in the 1700s.

  • Purmamarca: Casa de Piedra STD room or similar

Casa de Piedra is a hotel with stone and adobe structures, a reed roof and fine touch details in the finishes, all with the rustic charm of the area. It is located in the center of the town of Purmamarca, steps from the main square.

*Optional upgrade available

Included

Included

  • Accommodation at selected hotels.
  • On day 1 transfer to the Peña (local restaurant) transfer out to the hotel.
  • Private transportation with English speaking driver guide from day 2 to 6.
  • Dinner at local peña on day 1.
  • Entrance fees detailed in the program.
  • Vineyard visit premium wine tasting on day 2.
  • Meals:
    B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, BL: Box Lunch, D: Dinner
    • Day 1: D.
    • Day 2: B, BL.
    • Day 3: B, BL.
    • Day 4: B, BL.
    • Day 5: B, BL.
    • Day 6: B.

Not included

  • Flight or Bus Tickets.
  • Insurance.
  • Voluntary tipping.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Services not detailed in the program.
  • Voluntary tips.

Facts

Departures

Private Departure.
Every day on request.

Starting / finishing point

The trip starts in the morning at Salta Bus Station or Airport.
The trip ends at Salta Airport.

Physical demands

This trip does not demand physical activity other than walking a maximum of two or three consecutive hours over fairly easy terrain, with as many stops as necessary to fit in with the rhythm of the group. If you feel that you want to be more active during excursions then our local guides will be ready to incorporate more action into the excursions.

Weather

The area of valleys, canyons, and hills in Northern Argentina offers a kind weather, concentrating the main agricultural activities and the bulk of the population.
Here the average annual rainfall reaches the 1000 mm.
Overall, the average summer temperatures
vary between 25C to 30C during the day, falling to 15C at night. In winter, the averages are lower than 14 ° C.

What you need to bring

We recommend you to bring the following items:

  • Water-bottle.
  • 3 to 4 cotton sleeved shirts.
  • Heavy wool socks.
  • Light socks.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Rain and wind-proof jacket.
  • Polar-fleeces.
  • Jeans.
  • T-shirts.
  • Shorts.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Wool cap.

Itinerary modifications

We reserve the right to change the order of the days in any itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide and based on operational considerations. The trip guide can modify, change or eliminate part of the itinerary based on safety/weather considerations.

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We are a Chilean owned adventure tour operator, based in Santiago de Chile, operating adventure tours in Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. Our base prices are in Chilean Pesos (CLP), but we charge prices in USD based on the exchange rate valid on the day of payment.

Destinations | Chile

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