Argentina – Valleys, villages & salt plains
7 days from £1,675* per person Saving you £270 per person*
This itinerary isn’t set in stone. Pick, mix, swap however you like – your trip will be totally tailor made for you.
Day 1 Arrival in Salta
You’ll be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel to ready yourself for an afternoon of sightseeing.
Tour the historic centre of Salta, with its Andalusian-style houses with thick whitewashed walls. You’ll see the principal buildings, including the baroque Cathedral and the Convent of San Bernardo with its carved front portal. In the city’s main square stands the High Mountain Archaeology Museum, celebrating Inca culture. Here you can learn about the costume, history and rituals of the Inca people and their influence on this Northern part of Argentina.
Day 2 The Calchaquí Valleys
Depart early and take the road up through the Quebrada de Escoipe, a valley bordered with colourful hills. The road continues winding into the hills up to a stretch of ancient Inca road running parallel to Los Cardones National Park, which is covered in cardón cacti. Catch a glimpse of the Nevado de Cachi mountains and continue to the village of Cachi to see its Spanish church and archaeological ruins.
Day 3 Cafayate
Move on to the dry climate of Cafayate. Explore the town’s colonial-style houses, the Nuestra Señora del Rosario Cathedral and the surrounding wineries.
Day 4 Purmamarca
Enjoy an overnight stay in tiny Purmamarca, a village nestled at the foot of Cerro de los Siete Colores (Mount of Seven Colours). You’ll see its rainbow of colours come to life when the afternoon sun hits its slopes.
Day 5 Salt plains and grasslands
Today you’ll take the winding road up to see the dazzling white salt plains of Salinas Grandes. Continue further north to the vast Puna grassland and get some astonishing views of this desert-like plateau before returning to Purmamarca for the night.
Day 6 The Humahuaca Gorge
Set off early to discover the amazing vistas of the Humahuaca Gorge, which follows the Rio Grande valley and still contains traces of the Inca Empire. Stop in the village of Tilcara to see a reconstruction of an Indian fort, then continue to Uquia to check out its ancient church.
Move on to the old-time cobbled streets of Humahuaca, lined with adobe buildings. Here you can climb Santa Bárbara Hill to see the bronze monument to the Northern Argentine Army who fought here during the War of Independence. Stop off for a quick look at the monuments of the city of Jujuy before returning to Salta for the night.
Day 7 Time to go
After breakfast, it’s back to Salta airport for your flight home.
*Prices are based on private arrangements (not lower priced escorted tours with set dates). Quality three star accommodation is quoted here (unless mentioned otherwise), with breakfast included and other meals where mentioned. Mostly private transfers with an English speaking driver/guide and all activities mentioned, with top guides, are included. Domestic flights and transport all included from Day 1 to end point. Can be tailored to your needs, so prices could be lower for budget arrangements or higher for luxury.
International flight is not included