Situated in the wild northwestern region of Argentina is the shrouded jewel of Salta, one of the most beautiful urban communities in Argentina, having a rich historical past and colonial legacy. Cafayate, a wine town, is a town of exceptional excellence and has been named the ‘Tuscany of Argentina’. The region encompassing the district is honored with spectacular gullies and crevasses, which over hundreds of years have been caused by wind and rain throughout this sensational desert-like region. A large numbers of these locations are incorporated on our tour “Trans South America – From Buenos Aires to Lima”.
Salta is a brilliant spot to begin your exploration of the North Western region of Argentina. See the sights of Salta’s hub and colonial points of interest by walking and be amazed by the provincial structural engineering and native inhabitants from the nearby villages. You can likewise choose to ride a cable car from San Martin Park to the highest point of San Bernardo Hill, a location which presents you with an amazingly remarkable view of the scenic city.
Tren a las Nubes
The Tren a las Nubes happens to be Argentina’s most celebrated train trip. The train takes off from Salta through the Lerma Valley and then ascends up the vibrant Quebrada del Toro, proceeding past Tastil ruins and San Antonio de los Cobres, and prior to coming to the best part of the trip – a dazzling viaduct traversing a desert gorge at La Polvorilla, 4220m above ocean level.
It’s a long day – departing Salta at 7am, and taking until about midnight to get back. In the event that you choose to return by passenger bus (suggested), it’s a few hours faster.
The roughly 4-hour trip from Salta to Cafayate is entirely breathtaking and the scene varies from luxuriant green to an arid region and you can disembark at different gorges to absorb the mind blowing view. Navigating this route, you will navigate numerous agricultural sites where olives, tobacco, corn and different leafy foods and fruits are cultivated, likewise the local variety of goat’s cheese. pay a visit to some of Cafayate’s boutiques or wineries
From Cafayate continue on to Quilmes for the evening, to see some close-by and lesser-visited pre-Inca ruins with an intriguing history. The local inhabitants effectively protected the town from influxes of Inca strikes. At the point when the Spanish invaded, they had to spend 130 years before they could vanquish the tribe.
From Cafayate take a drive through the Calchaquies Valley, heading to Cachi. only the first 30 kilometers of the route is paved, heading towards the town of San Carlos. leaving the paved road, it becomes somewhat twisty in some spots however this adds to the feeling of exploration. The scenes are impressive, with numerous odd rock structures surrounded by scenery of high Andean crests. There are photographic scenes around each twist. have an overnight stay in one of the serene, whitewashed lodgings in Cachi.
Your journey back to Salta will include all the more panoramic scenes through the desert-like Calchaquies Valley region. You will leave on a long, straight street known as the Recta del Tin-tin which offers you a tremendous view of massive Candelabra Cacti. Toward the end of this, you land at a grandiose 3,350 meters above ocean level, from where the route quickly plummets through rich vegetation and a region of cloud woods. This is distinguished as a standout amongst the most astounding road trips in all of Argentina.
Quebrada de Humahuaca
Spectacular, diverse landscape is in plain view as far as possible from the valley base to the top, just northwest of San Salvador de Jujuy, to the similarly named town of Humahuaca, which is 125km north of the regional capital. The best part is the picturesque Cerro de los Siete Colores, hanging over the beautiful town of Purmamarca. From Purmamarca an impressive side route meanders crosswise over wonderful altiplano countryside, through beautiful small Susques, to the Chilean boundary located at the Paso de Jama, deep in the Andes. Purmamarca features sufficient lodging choices to make it a potential stopover. Past Humahuaca, the RN-9 crosses desolate however gorgeously striking altiplano scenery as far as possible up to La Quiaca on the Bolivian outskirt, almost 2000m higher but just 150km further on. A road branching off the RN-9 ascends to the amazingly remote and exceptionally quaint village of Iruya, in the event that you truly need to exit the weathered track.