Salta & the north west

When to go

Jan-March

Ideal length

4 nights

Transfer time

1 hour flight from Patagonia

The northwest is a relatively unknown region of Argentina and Salta is the centre from which to explore this spectacularly varied region. The multi-coloured valleys and canyons of Calchaques twist and turn down to Cafayate from where you can visit the ancient pre-Inca ruins of Quilmes, or walk through narrow canyons to hidden waterfalls, or, sample wine from the many vineyards in the area.

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO IN SALTA & THE NORTH WEST

TREN DE LAS NUBES

Train to the clouds. This monumental engineering work, built in 1932, begins in Salta and ends in La Polvarilla – the highest point at 4220m. The trip takes approximately 15 hours and passes through some of the most striking scenery in the region.

SALTA-CAFAYATE

We would recommend at least 2 days for this area. The drive south is stunning, zigzagging through multi coloured canyons, wind carved rock formations, and quaint villages. Cafayate is the northwest’s wine producing area, and a great place to hire a bike and sample the wines

CAFAYATE-CACHI

The road hugs the Andean range, as you pass through adobe villages. The town of Molinos has a lovely 17th century church and an alpaca market. Cachi is a lovely town, whose inhabitants are descendants of the Chicoanas Indians. 17th century churches and cobbled alleyways make this a good town to explore on foot.

CACHI-SALTA

This southern circuit ends with an incredible crossing of the Andes. Driving through Los Cardones National Park, famed for its cacti we continue climbing before reaching the highest point of 3348m, from here the view is stunning with a sea of cloud below. The descent passes through the whole range of vegetation from desert to rain forest within an hour

SALTA-HUMAHUACA

The road north to Humahuaca follows a deep canyon rich in minerals, with Indian hamlets dotting the landscape. We visit Tilcara where excavations of an Inca village have revealed stone houses. We end up in Humahaca, famed for its mountain with seven colours, aptly named painters pallet

BARITU NATIONAL PARK

For those seeking adventure, there is the opportunity of some white water rafting. The national park is situated inside Bolivia, and receives approximately 20 visitors a year, it is a remote wilderness. We plan a 5-day/4-night trip to raft through the national park

OUR FAVOURITE HOTELS IN SALTA & THE NORTH WEST

House of Jasmines

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