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Argentina: Salta and the northwest Andes

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Spiritually and culturally closer to the neighbouring Andean countries than the rest of Argentina, the remote northwest provinces have loads of attractions for visitors. These range from snow-dipped peaks, salt flats and arid, rust red canyons to lush forests, pre-Columbian ruins, lonely lime-washed chapels and a necklet of baroque colonial towns. The sunlit slopes are cloaked with vineyards, and everywhere there’s a warm welcome from the local people, many of whom have indian roots. At 1,200m above sea level, Salta is a delightful base for exploration of the region with a sumptuous cathedral, palm-shaded plazas and a cable car lift for views over the fertile countryside.

Our holidays to Salta and the northwest Andes

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Quebrada de Cafayate

Self-drive Argentina: Highlights of the hidden northwest

Private journey

16 days from £3,850pp

Atacama

Signature Northern Chile and Argentina: Atacama Desert to Iguazu Falls

Private journey

15 days from £4,314pp

Pato Andino

Pato Andino: Panorama of the Andes

Group tour

20 days from £3,638pp

Mendoza

Food and wine: Vineyards of Argentina and Chile

Private journey

14 days from £4,360pp

Things to do in Salta and the northwest Andes

Andean village

Take an Argentinian cookery lesson

North West on foot

See north west Argentina on foot


Train to the Clouds

Take the Train to the Clouds

Tour of Salta

Walking tour of Salta

Our insider tips for Salta and the northwest Andes

David

David Nichols

Wander round the cobbled lanes of Cachi, a peaceful 18th century mountain village. Pop inside its wood-floored whitewash church before walking out of town to visit the colorful rustic cemetery  from where there are wonderful views of the valley and looming mountain ranges.

Claire Milner

Claire Milner

Go wine-tasting in one of the bodegas of Cafayate and discover the very distinctive Torrontés produced in the surrounding high altitude vineyards. A delicious aromatic flowery white wine, it is a perfect complement to the delicious regional cuisine for which Cafayate is also known

Paul

Paul Winrow-Giffin

Dont miss out on a visit to the Musuem of High Altitude Archaeology (MAAM, closed on Mondays) in Salta's impressive colonial center. Not for the faint hearted, the museum displays the burial artifacts and perfectly preserved mummies, with feathered headdress and ceremonial costume, of three Inca children sacrificed 500 years ago to the gods atop 6730m Llullaillaco volcano.

Chris

Chris Rendell-Dunn

Travel along the winding, high-altitude trans-Andean road from Salta to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile, From Purmamarca, the road follows the stunning river valley before zig-zagging up past armies of cacti and into a landscape of permanent ice peaks and vast salt pans. It is one of the most scenic road journeys in South America, and a great way to combine the two countries.

What our experts say

Salta is a lovely, friendly city and a good base for exploring the the canyon and vineyards in the vicinity. It is also the launching pad for trips to visit the Puna, a virtually uninhabited region of indescribably beautiful high-altitude, alien desert landscapes. Visits to abandoned mines and tiny communities characterise what is a haunting, fascinating experience.  One of my favourite ever expeditions in Latin America.

David

David Nichols

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