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Discover Salta and its surroundings

A fantastic tour from Buenos Aires to Salta. You will discover the landscapes of the North West region of Argentina with different stops in Salta, Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca, Tilcara, Cachi and Cafayate. Experience the freedom adventure



  • Day 1: Salta - City Tour Salta - Salta
  • Day 2: Salta - Cachi
  • Day 3: Cachi - Cafayate
  • Day 4: Cafayate - Salta
  • Day 5: Salta - Purmamarca
  • Day 6: Purmamarca - Salta


Day 1: Salta - City Tour Salta - Salta

Welcoming at Salta's Airport and transfer to the hotel in private vehicle.

Transportation with an Engish-speaking guide.

A day’s leisure in the capital of the province of Salta.
Discover the city freely.

Salta is the capital city of the province of the same name and it is located at 1,187 masl, at the foot of Mount San Bernardo. The city was founded on April 16th 1582 by Hernando de Lerma. Both colonial-style houses and modern buildings coexist harmoniously.
Out of all the historical buildings, you visit the cathedral, built in the nineteenth century, the San Bernardo convent and the Cabildo, which houses the picturesque historical museum of the northern region of Argentina.
Visit to the very recent and interesting MAAM museum (Museo Arqueologia de Alta Montaña or High Mountain Archaeological Museum) which exhibits several mummies discovered at an altitude of over 6,000 meters.
Note: MAAM closed on Mondays.

Night at Antiguo Convento hotel ***.
Included : transfer arrival, reception with english-speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 2: Salta - Cachi

Rental vehicle type Corsa 4 doors.

Suggested itinerary:

Departure to Cachi, located at 2200masl, at 157km from Salta.
We drive through spectacular landscapes such as those offered by the Piedra del Molino mountain pass at 3,600 meters, the Quebrada de Escoipe, a deep gorge where the green of the woods contrasts with the ochre of the soil on the bare mountains of “Cuesta del Obispo” and Los Cardones National Park composed of stark expanses scattered with candelabrum-shaped cacti…
Cachi is a tranquil Andean native village featuring low-whitewashed houses and the San José Church with its sculpted roof of cactus-wood dating back to the eighteenth century. We visit the small archaeological museum which has a wonderful collection of pre-Inca and Inca ceramics, especially those pertaining to the Santa María culture.
We will get back to the vehicles for a 6km excursion to Cachi Adentro.
We return to Cachi and spend the night in a hotel.

Night at El Cortijo hotel ***.
Included : car rental, insurance, room & breakfast

Day 3: Cachi - Cafayate

Suggested itinerary:

Departure by private vehicle to reach the small town of Molinos, dating from 1659; there is a church, probably erected in the late eighteenth century, by the last royal governor of Salta, Don Nicolás Severo of Isasmendi, buried there. Around this chapel, the town of Molinos grew.
You cross the majestic "Quebrada de las Flechas" surrounded by a mysterious moonscape. White dunes announce the nearness of Cafayate, the largest city in the valley of Calchaquies, whose economy relies on the wine industry. Wine tasting in the evening.

Night at Killa hotel ***.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 4: Cafayate - Salta

Suggested itinerary:

You leave Cafayate and head towards the archaeological site of Quilmes, former fortified stronghold of the Inca era; in bygone times, it gave shelter to over 3,000 people resisting Spanish evangelization and military conquest. The town and its intricate structure were built by terracing the hill slopes. A tour of the site.
We travel to Salta through the “Quebrada de las Conchas” which undoubtedly offers the visitor one of the most spectacular landscapes in the Northwest of Argentina, with its imposing semi-desert mountains featuring multi-colored rock formations sculpted by erosion. A century-old sight conceived by nature for our benefit!
Night at a hotel in Salta.

Night at Antiguo Convento hotel ***.
Included : room & breakfast

Day 5: Salta - Purmamarca

Suggested itinerary:

We ride along the railway tracks of the famous “Tren de las Nubes” and head first for Salinas Grandes and then for Purmamarca.
We leave Salta (1,200 masl) and after a 166km (104mi) ride, we arrive in San Antonio de los Cobres at 3,774 masl.
We then stop to visit Santa Rosa de Tastil (3,200 masl) and the pre-Inca site which dates back to the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries AD (a half-hour walk, approximately).

Later, we stop in San Antonio de los Cobres. Surrounded by mountains with virtually no vegetation, this wind swept village and its low buildings give an impression of remoteness. We visit the small museum dedicated to the highest railway-track in the world. Countless pictures describe its construction in the 1930s: what a saga!

As we follow our road, we reach a vast white expanse of land which contrasts against the pure blue of the sky. We are now in the very midst of one of the largest salt deserts in Argentina (1,200 sq. km).
As we drive along a winding dirt track for a few miles, we reach the Lipán Mountain Pass, located at 4,170 masl and later the last stop of the day’s tour: Purmamarca, “the Holy Land” in Aymara language. This little town is renowned for its seven-colored mountain, “Cerro de los Siete Colores”, a mineral rainbow of sorts.

Note 1: a 347km (216mi) trip with some delicate mountain tracks lasting approximately 6h30 min.
Note 2: during the rainy season, between November and March, the access to the Salinas Grandes might become virtually impossible.

Night at Los Colorados Cabins ***.
Superior Bungalow
Included : car rental, insurance, room & breakfast

Day 6: Purmamarca - Salta

Suggested itinerary:

A quiet day-start to enjoy the "Cerro de los 7 Colores" and the village of Purmamarca.
Departure by private vehicle to hit the Andean road, arrive after twenty kilometres to Pucará Tilcara, a pre-Hispanic Omaguaca village founded over 900 years ago. We visit the village and the remarkable collection housed in its museum including mummies, funeral vases, jewellery and other objects found in archaeological sites in the Northwest of Argentina.

We continue north to Humahuaca, located at 2940masl, one of the most important trade centres in times of the Vice Regency of Peru.
Then we go south all the way to San Salvador de Jujuy and include a visit to the Huacalera chapel which dates back to 1655 and was restored in 1944.

We reach Salta during the afternoon.

307 km – 4 hours

Drop off your vehicle at the airport.
Included : car rental, insurance

Hotel Antiguo Convento   Salta

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

The Old Convent Hotel is located in the Historic Corridor in street Caseros, minutes from Plaza 9 de Julio. Among the attractions of the colonial architecture that our city presents we can see the Cathedral, the Cabildo Historico, San Francisco Church and Convent of San Bernardo. There is no doubt that walking around the center of our city will be an experience you will never forget.

Hotel El Cortijo   Cachi

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Enjoy a warm atmosphere, an exclusive Andean stile kitchen, an ideal site to contemplate art and nature and our personalized and kind service. The traditional family Bergesi´s villa became what today is a charming hotel, adding comfort and modern installations to the original building. The restaurant Catalino “chef author, wines and conserved food” is where the cook exhibits his style, adding to the regional kitchen his gourmet touch. The hotel rooms maintain the original architecture and materials like adobe, natural stones, wood and cane with old furnishing combined with regional paintings.

Hotel Killa   Cafayate

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Killa Cafayate is a hotel de charme located in the heart of town. Developed after an old colonial house it is today a hotel with own character and a very particular style. It is a place to rest and encounter with ample guestrooms, fresh galleries and colorful gardens. Decorated with exclusive artisan designs, invites to enjoy its history and present with unique hospitality style.

Hotel Los Colorados   Purmamarca

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Cabañas Los Colorados is a complex of bungalows, which are located in northwestern Argentina, in Jujuy Province. The Cabañas el Colorado are located in the "Quebrada de Humahuaca" declared "World Heritage" UNESCO 2003. Located at the foot of the seven color hills (western) within the magnificent tour of the "Paseo de los Colorados." At 500 meters of Purmamarca's main square.

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