Northwest Valleys and Puna
DAY 1: SALTA
Reception at the airport and then transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, city tour visiting the Cabildo, the Cathedral, San Francisco church, San Bernado monestary abd the San Bernado hill. Return to Hotel, overnight accommodations.
DAY 2: SALTA / CAFAYATE / SALTA
Breakfast at hotel. Early departure from the hotel for a full day tour of Cafayate a beautiful colonial village located in the most wonderful landscape in the very heart of the Calchaqui Valleys. We will drive through a number of small towns and villages such as Cerrillos, El Carril, a typical village at the Lerma Valley, Ampascachi,, Alemania, Talapampa and Las Conchas river gorge, also known as Cafayate river gorge, ith reddish brown sandstone walls, curious rock formations that have been masterfully carved by erosion of wind and weather. All these formations have been baptized by locals according to its fancy shapes with names such as: the Amphitheater, the Devils Throat, the Obelisk and the Castles. Surrounded by rivers and vineyards stands Cafayate, where it is possible to admire it’s nice old houses that gracefully combine colonial and baroque styles. It is worth a visit the parish church, the Town Hall and the Regional and Archeological Museum. The Region is well known for its wine production among which stands the ‘torrontes’ variety. Visit a famous winery to get in touch with the traditional production techniques and seize the chance to taste some of the finest Argentine wines. On our way back to Salta we will stop by the Parador de las Cabras to taste some delicious home-made jams.
DAY 3: SALTA / SAN ANTONIO DE LOS COBRES / PURMAMARCA
Breakfast. Early departure following the Train to the Clouds rails towards the Quebrada del Toro (Bull’s River Gorge). Traveling this route you will see this impressive engineering masterpiece viaducts, switch-backs and loops. Visit the Ruins of Santa Rosa de Tastil, ancient pre –Inca settlement situated at 3,000 meters (9,842 feet) above sea level. The place, which housed up to 2,000 inhabitants, has the aspect of a huge beehive spreadover a hundred hectares. There are also some petroglyphs in the nearby ruins. Continue to the small village of San Antonio de los Cobres, locate d 163 km (101 miles) from Salta. Its has a population of 3,500 inhabitants and its main economic activities are weavings and handicrafts. Continue crossing the Puna up to Salinas Grandes to follow our trip descending through the Cuesta de Lipan to Purmamarca, typical village at the foot of the Seven Color Hill. Accommodations at the Manantial del Silencio hotel.
DAY 4: PURMAMARCA / HUMAHUACA / SALTA
Breakfast. Departure to the Humahuaca, located at the 2,939 meters (9,642 feet) above sea level, founded by Indians in 1594 and unique for its pure colonial style with its mud-made houses, its narrow cobblestones streets and colonial style street lamps. Visit the most important buildings and monuments such as the church, the old Town Hall, ana monument to the Wars of Argentine Independence (currently known as the Monument to the Aborigine) and city fair. Continue to Tilcara. Visit the Pucara de Tilcara, old pre – Columbian native fortress partially rebuilt and the Historic Muesum of Province in front of the main square, which counts with an interesting asset of Inca art coming from different sites in Argentina, peru, Bolivia and Chile. In Uquia, we will visit the local parish church which holds the oldest altarpiece in the region and a collection of painting fromCuzco, representing the harquebusier angels. On the way to Salta we will shortly visit San Sansalvador de Jujuy and its main buildings which, as in most Argentine provincial cities, gather around the main square: the Cathedral, the Town Hall, the Government House, and also San Francisco Church. Arrival to Salta. Accommodations.
DAY 5: SALTA
Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to the airport.