BEST OF THE NORTHWEST
On this trip you will visit the most important cities of the Argentine Northwest, starting with Tucumán, where Argentine independence was declared on July 9, 1816. You will continue to Cafayate, the wine city of the north, crossing the Calchaquíes Valleys until you reach 3000 m.a.s.l.. Traveling along the mythical RN 40, you will arrive at Quilmes to visit the ruins of the last aboriginal fortress. On the last days of your trip, you will visit the city of Salta – in Argentina we call it “Salta la linda” – and you will visit the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Tucumán, city tour
Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel. At the appropriate time you will start the Tucumán City Tour, you will visit to 9 de Julio Park (House of Colombres Bishop, Clock Flowers), Main Cathedral, La Merced Church, Avellaneda Museum and Historic House of Tucumán, Residential Zone.
Visit to Cafayate through Tafí Del Valle, Amaicha and Quilmes
Today you will departure to Cafayate through Tafí del Valle, Amaicha and Quilmes. Route 307 marks the ascent to the Valleys. The road goes through the Gorge of Los Sosa River and we stop at the monument El Indio. Higher, we arrive to El Mollar to visit the Menhires. Then we visit the picturesque town of Tafí del Valle. The Route ascend to The Calchaquí Valley up to Abra del Infiernillo, to 3.042 meters above sea level. In Amaicha del Valle we visit the square and around.
Then we arrive to the Holy City of Quilmes, one of the most important archaeological sites of the country. In the hillside we see the reconstructions of the residential zone, and a fortress at the top of the hill. Walking tour around the place.
We continue northward by National Route 40, through Colalao del Valle. Cafayate, land of the sun and the good Wine, will welcome us with grape crops. We will visit a winery in the area.
Cafayate – Salta.
Cafayate, located in the province of Salta, is one of the principal points of the Calchaquí Valleys, because of the powerful wine industry, the calchaquí history, Spanish, immigrant and native; resulted in this city has a colonial and baroque style of the late nineteenth century. Will visit the wineries where you can taste the particular Torronts wine.
Departure then to Salta through the majestic Shells Gorge, where the curious formations eroded by wind and water will be the main attraction: the dunes, the toad, the bishop, the devil’s throat, the castle, the amphitheater, and others.
Salta, city tour
Today you will have the morning at leisure. In the afternoon you will have the Salta City Tour around the most attractive sites of the city: The Cathedral, San Francisco Church and, San Bernardo Convent, and the monument to General Guemes. We ascend to San Bernardo Hill to enjoy the panoramic view of the city. After a visit to Batalla de Salta Monument (Battle of Salta) and 20 de Febrero Park, we go towards the outskirts and visit a summer village called San Lorenzo, characterized by the subtropical microclimate and lastly a visit the Artisan Market where craftsmen of the entire province expose their original crafts.
Salta – Humahuaca Gorge
The journey leaves from Salta, but really begins once arrived to Purmamarca Village where time will be enough to observe the Seven Colored Hill, the Church and the Craft Market on the square, and a small walk along its narrow streets. We continue towards the town of Tilcara where we visit the Pucar (ancient ruins), the Archaeological Museum, and Huacalera, and then we cross the Capricorn Tropic, from where the colors of La Pollera de la Coya Hill can be seen and really good pictures taken because of the daylight. We visit Uqua and its church, where the paintings of the Arcabuceros Angels (important vestige in the zone of the Cuzquea School) are kept.
Arrival to Humahuaca will be at noon; this town has an important Church and the Independence Monument (the Indian) of the sculptor Soto Avendaño. After lunch we will observe, from the route, La Paleta del Pintor (Painters Palette) framing the town of Maimara. We continue to San Salvador de Jujuy where the Flag Hall and the Cathedral, characterized by its pulpit carved in wood and gold and the statues of Lola Mora are visited. Finally, we return to Salta through National Route N 9 of abundant subtropical vegetation. The last stretch is: El Abra of Santa Laura, observing La Cienaga (The Swamp) dam, Las Maderas and Campo Alegre and returning to Salta through Vaqueros.
Leisure day to enjoy the city of Salta.
At the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport.