Salta, & Argentine Northwest
Cultural, Food & Wine Experience, 7 days / 6 nights
The vast territory of Argentine Northwest & Salta, offers an extraordinary range of landscapes, from the dry arid desert of the Puna (High Andean Plateaus) to the luxuriant lush greens of the sub-tropical Yungas jungle. A mosaic of Pre-Columbian cultures, this reflects on the local cuisine and delicious native dishes. Some of the world´s highest vineyards are also planted in the region, cradle of superb Torrontes and Malbecs.
- Explore the fantastic landscape and cultures of the Puna– (High Andean Plateaus).
- Walk the colonial streets of Salta , and visit the world class MAAM, High Altitude Archeology Museum , which preserves the findings of “Children of Llullaillaco” (mummified bodies of three Inca children found at the Andes, above 22,000’ ).
- Dine at private Haciendas and some of the world´s highest vineyards, while enjoying Argentina´s famous Malbecs & Torrontes.
- Drive through lost in time quaint villages, and leisure away at luxurious classic properties and Wine lodges.
Afternoon reception at Salta airport and depart directly for Argentina’s northernmost province of Jujuy and the Quebrada de Humahuaca. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this colorful canyon is home to 10,000 years of human settlements with developing traditions, music, art and religious beliefs that still thrive today throughout the small adobe and cobblestone villages. Your home for the next two nights is in the quaint village of Purmamarca. Evening leisure, and dinner on own (the village offers excellent dining options for local cuisine).
Lodging : Manantial del Silencio- Purmamarca
This morning we set out on foot through the village narrow streets, and loop around the Seven Color hills before taking a scenic drive over Cuesta de Lipán high pass, with spectacular views and chances of spotting wild vicuñas and guanacos. We finally reach Salinas Grandes the immense salt flats, an otherworldly landscape that provides stunning photographic and walking opportunities. Picnic lunch by while enjoying the surreal scenery of the High Andean Plateaus. Mid afternoon return to Purmamarca and evening leisure.
Lodging: Manantial del Silencio – Purmamarca
Today we are set for an amazing contrast with the desert landscape of previous days, as we leave the arid Puna behind and drive on narrow roads through subtropical cloud forests (yungas) stopping along the way for sights, scents and sounds of the jungle. We continue then to Colonial Salta. Check-in at the hotel, and lunch on own. The afternoon walk thought the City´s historical district reveals true colonial treasures: among them the striking red-and-gold baroque San Francisco Church, built in 1625, the café terrace-lined 9 de Julio Square, and the city´s Cathedral. We walk to Salta´s popular San Miguel food market in search of unique Andean spices and local aromatic herbs. Later on is time to visit MAAM, the High Altitude Archaeological Museum, built to preserve and display the outstanding archaeological findings of “Children of Llullaillaco” mummified bodies of three Inca children found at the peak of Mount Llullaillaco at above 22,000’ ( as of today acknowledged as the highest burial site in the world). The displays also bring amazing insight to the ancient customs and traditions of the Incas.
Lodging at Legado Mítico, Boutique Hotel
Morning scenic drive across Quebrada de las Conchas (Las Conchas Gorge) to the town of Cafayate, known for its superb artisans and high altitude vineyards. We stop on the way for easy hikes, amid the arid, almost moonlike formations of the Quebrada. Arrive at Cafayate and private lunch at El Porvenir Hacienda & Vineyards, producers of outstanding Malbecs and Cabs. Check in and dinner at our home for the next two nights, Patios de Cafayate, the wine resort located at the grounds of El Esteco Winery.
Lodging: Patios de Cafayate
(B, L, D)
Walk from the vineyards surrounding our lodge to the village. We’ll make our first stop at some of Argentina’s most renowned artisans’ homes to learn about their crafts. Then we continue visiting the town’s main square with its colonial church, and sample some delicious, flaky empanadas to go. Follows a short drive to Bodega Mounier, where we sip young Torrontés over a menu of exquisite local ingredients, while enjoying one of the best sights of the Calchaqui valleys.
During the early afternoon, as we return to our wine resort, we delight our palates once more with a quick visit to the local goat cheese factory. The rest of the afternoon is yours to relax at the lodge.
Lodging: Patios de Cafayate
We drive north through the Calchaquí Valleys and across Quebrada de las Flechas (Arrow’s Canyon) a fascinating bulbous rock formation on some of the driest geography on Earth. Roadside, ancient cemeteries beckon us to enter.We stop for lunch at the oldest Hacienda in the region, by the sleepy town of Molinos, and then continue on to the quaint village of Cachi. Your charming accommodation is placed on a hill overlooking this colonial treasure. Afternoon relax at the grounds or enjoy the Spa. Dinner this evening is at Viracocha, the local spot that masters Andean cuisine.
Note: Cachi offers some exceptional half day trekking options.
Lodging: Merced del Alto
(B, L, D)
This morning we head for Salta. Our journey (3.5 hours), takes us through the Cactus filled landscape of Los Cardones National Park, Cuesta del Obispo high pass, and down into the cloud forests. Early afternoon arrival to Salta Airport to board connecting flights .
End of services
– All accommodations in “Boutique Luxury” lodging, on double occupancy:
Boutique Hotels / Wine estates (All lodges are subject to availability)
– Meals, as described in the detailed itinerary (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
– Private transportation in all locations
– Private expert local guides (English- Spanish).
– Wine expert guides during Wine Tasting activities.
– Wine Tasting & Outdoor Activities as described,
– Water Bottles during outdoor activities & shuttle time.
– Wines and other alcoholic beverages during meals/ except during wine tasting activities (included).
– Insurance of any kind.
– International and domestic airfares
– Tips for guides and drivers.
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