Explore the province of Salta, a spectacular wine region with a diverse geographic, cultural and climatic landscape. Salta’s landscape offers a unique mixture of multi-coloured rock formations, high altiplano (altitude) villages, and many other geographic novelties. Llamas can frequently be seen roaming the countryside on this 5 day trip covering Salta and its surrounding sights including Humahuaca Gorge, Cafayate and Cachi
Explore the city of Salta with its striking architecture, whitewashed buildings and a beautiful leafy plaza.
Try some of Argentina’s finest wines in the most stunning surroundings.
Visit the Hill of Seven Colours.
See spectacular desert formations on the road between Salta and Cafayate.
Itinerary in brief
Day 1: Salta arrival transfer
Day 2: Humahuaca Gorge tour
Day 3: Salta to Cafayate via Cachi
Day 4: Cafayate to Salta via Quebrada del Rio las Conchas
Day 5: Salta city tour and departure transfer
Tailor-made suggestions for this itinerary
Consider another day at leisure in Cafayate to soak in the spectacular views and do some more wine tasting.
Salta is worth another day to explore its interesting streets and enjoy its fabulous food.
Day 1: Arrival
On arrival in Salta, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel where you will spend the next two nights.
Day 2: Humahuaca Gorge
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you will depart on a guided tour to Humahuaca Gorge. At Purmamarca Village you will have time to look closely at the well-known Hill of the Seven Colours, the church and the craft market on the square, and even take a brief stroll through its narrow streets and get in touch with the locals. Then, continuing towards Tilcara town, you will visit the ancient ruins of Pucará, the Archaeological Museum, and Huacalera. You’ll also experience a unique event - crossing the tropic of Capricorn, from where the colours of La Pollera del Coya Hill can be seen (an excellent opportunity for taking photos, as the colours show beautifully in the daylight). You will visit the town of Uquía and its church, where the paintings of the “Arcabuceros” Angels are the most important legacy kept in the Cuzqueña School zone. We will arrive in Humahuaca at noon. This town has an important church, as well as a sculpture (“Monumento a la Independencia”) by the famous sculptor, Soto Avendaño. After lunch, on the route coming back to Salta City, you will see La Paleta del Pintor (“Painter’s Palette”) framing the town of Maimara and Purmamarca. Finally, we’ll return to Salta City.
Day 3: Salta – Cafayate
After breakfast, the journey starts in Salta and proceeds on to the famous Cuesta del Obispo, from an altitude of 1,100 m to 3,348 m/a/s/l in only 20 km. once in Los Cardones National Park you will descend to the Encantado Valley, which marks a transition between two climatic regions: monte (with jungle-like vegetation) and pre-puna (An arid plateau). If weather permits, you might be gifted with the majestic flight of a condor overhead. Continuing with the trip, you will travel across the Payogasta Village where, a few minutes later, you will arrive at the small city of Cachi for lunch and to visit its picturesque chapel and the archaeological museum. Then you will continue to the south along the famous National Route No. 40. You’ll view small villages such as: San Jose, Seclantás and Molinos, also known as “the Poncho’s capitol”. Molinos has an historical chapel built in the seventeenth century and a Vicuñas breeding place (one species of llamas) that belongs to a local artisanal cooperative. After Angastaco, you will begin to notice one of the strangest landscapes in South America, the Quebrada de Las Flechas. The strong contrast between desert, green valley and snow capped mountains on the background will take your breath away. After San Carlos, you will arrive in the most important wine areas of the region: first Animaná (name of the local Indian tribe) and finally the small city of Cafayate, with ten thousand inhabitants surrounded by wineries and extended vineyards.
Day 4: Cafayate - Salta
In the morning you will have a couple of guided tours at some local wineries to see their process and then taste different wines produced in the area. After lunch you will return to Salta with many stops for excellent pictures of strange rock formations eroded by the wind and water. The name of the canyon you’ll see is Quebrada del Rio las Conchas, which will connect you to the Lerma Valley so as to arrive again in Salta City.
Day 5: Salta Departure
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you’ll depart on a guided tour to the most important places in Salta: the Cathedral (1855) where General Güemes, the patriotic hero, rests, Cultural Center America, Historical Museum of the North (Town Council) (with exhibitions of sacred art and rooms dedicated to old traditional families of Salta), San Francisco Church, San Bernardo Convent, and a monument to General Güemes. We’ll ascend to San Bernardo Hill to enjoy a panoramic view of the city. After a visit to Batalla de Salta Monument (Battle of Salta) and 20 de Febrero Park (February 20th Park), we’ll travel towards the outskirts and visit a summer village called San Lorenzo, characterised by its subtropical microclimate. Lastly, we’ll make a visit to the artisan market, where craftsmen of the entire province exhibit their original crafts.
At the set time, you will be transferred to the airport to take your outgoing flight.
Departs - Daily
Posada del Marquez
Viñas de Cafayate
Patios de Cafayate
Accommodation with private facilities
Small Group Tours with English speaking guides
Meals as specified
What's not included
Airport entrance/departure taxes,
Passport, visa, and immigration fees
Additional hotel nights
Travel Protection Plan
Any items not mentioned as included
Hotel rates are based on twin share in lead in rooms.
Other room types and hotels are available. Rates are subject to change
and different rates may apply during holiday seasons and special events.
Single supplement will be applied if travelling alone or if you wish to
have a room to yourself.