Itinerary in brief:
- 1 night Salta
- 1 night Cachi
- 1 night Cafayate
- 2 nights Purmamarca
- 1 night Salta
Day 1: Arrive in Salta
You will arrive at Salta airport where you will be met and driven you to your hotel.
In the afternoon, you will be picked up at your hotel and taken for a guided tour of the city to get your bearings. You’ll see the most iconic colonial buildings and also visit the High Mountain Archaeology Museum with its exhibits which will introduce you to the Inca culture and heritage.
You’ll have the late afternoon and evening at leisure; then you’ll spend the night in a hotel in Salta.
Day 2: Calchaqui Valley
After breakfast and an early departure, you will be picked up and taken on a drive through the impressive Calchaqui Valley. Along the way, you’ll be able to enjoy contrasting views, from tobacco plantations and multi-coloured hills to agricultural valleys and imposing mountains. You’ll reach the pretty, pre-colonial village of Cachi, with its white architecture and adobe houses, surrounded by snow-capped peaks. You’ll visit the main sites, enjoy some free time to explore and spend the night here.
Day 3: The winelands of Cafayate
This morning after breakfast you will be driven to Cafayate. At 185km from Salta, this is one of Argentina’s driest spots, and locals say that here the sun shines every single day of the year!
Cafayate is particularly well-known for its wine and the many vineyards that surround the city. The altitude, climate and terroir combined with insightful investment in technological innovation has gained Cafayate’s wines an international reputation for the quality.
Today you’ll get to visit some local wineries for some wine tasting – including the most famous locally-produced wine Torrontés, before spending the night at a hotel amongst the vineyards.
Day 4: Cerro de Los Siete Colores (Seven Colours hill)
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll begin your drive towards Salta, continuing to Purmamarca a village with a truly spectacular backdrop.
Purmamarca village is huddled at the base of the striking Cerro de Los Siete Colores (Hill of the Seven Colours) whose vibrant hues come to life when the afternoon sun shines on the mountainside. Formed from different rock types, you’ll see pink, red, yellow, green, brown and purple hues which form a striking and highly photogenic landscape!
We’ve included the rest of the day here, so you can enjoy the spectacular views, wander through the local shops and see some of the locally-produced crafts before spending the night in a local hotel.
Day 5: Salt lands
After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for a full day excursion to the Salinas Grandes (Salt Flats).
You’ll drive over a pass at 4,180m where you’ll get your first glimpses of the vast Puna – an arid plateau. Gradually you’ll descend along a winding road, passing tiny hamlets with breath-taking views over the desert-like plateau with its intense colours until you reach the flats at 3,550m
You will arrive back in Purmamarca with some free time to relax, before staying overnight in Purmamarca.
Day 6: Humahuaca Gorge
Today is another opportunity to explore this region’s spectacular scenery. You’ll drive through the stunning Quebrada de Humahuaca, a narrow valley between the Altiplano and the sub-Andean ranges that follows the line of a major cultural route, El Camino Inca, along the valley of the Rio Grande. Here you’ll find many pre-Columbian ruins and evidence of ancient Andean culture, and you’ll stop to explore villages including Tilcara, Pucara, Humahuaca and Jujuy.
You will reach Salta in the afternoon where you will check in into your estancia (ranch) for your final night.
Days 7: Departure
Today you will be picked up at your estancia, and you will be taken to Salta airport for your onward flight.