Discover the beautiful landscapes of Northwest Argentina as your travel to the towns of Cafayate, Humahuaca, Cahi, and Iruya.
DAY 1 : BUENOS AIRES
Description: you will be greeted at Ezeiza airport by your guide and settle in at the hotel. You’ll have the afternoon off, or if you prefer, an initial tour around Buenos Aires. At the end of the day, a briefing around a map with one of our Operations Representatives will take place. Lunch and dinner: not included. Accommodation: Casa Sur Art Hotel or equivalent.
DAY 2 : BUENOS AIRES / SALTA
Description: after a 2h15 flight, your guide will greet you at Salta airport. After checking into the hotel and having lunch, you will enjoy a tour through the most interesting spots of the city and its outskirts: 9 de Julio Square, the Cathedral, the city council, the basilica of San Francisco, the San Bernardo convent, San Bernardo hill, the General Guemes monument and the artisans fair. The circuit ends with tea in San Lorenzo Castle, 14 km (8 mi) from Salta. Distances: 80 km circuit (50 mi), for 2-and-a-half hours. Note: the afternoon program may vary according to arrival time. Lunch: at Doña Salta restaurant – regional dishes, beautiful decoration. Accommodation: Legado Mitico Salta Hotel or equivalent.
DAY 3 : SALTA / CACHI / LOS COLORADOS & CARDONES
Description: on your way to the Chalchaqui Valleys you will go through some tobacco plantations. When taking the magnificent route of the Valley of Escoipe, you will discover subtropical vegetation. Under the intense blue Andean sky, the vegetation grows scarce as you ascend the impressive Obispo Hill which will take you to the highest point of your excursion: the Windmill Stone, 3348 meters (11048 ft) above sea level. A detour will guide you to Los Colorados, mountains of red sand and rivers of salt. You then cross Los Cardones National Park to the picturesque town of Cachi. After lunch and visiting town, you continue your trip to the Estancia Colome on the famous route 40. If you like, you can stop at a poncho weaving workshop in Seclantas. Distances: 222 km (138 mi), 4 hours from Salta to Cachi and 90 minutes from Cachi to Colome. Lunch: at the Automovil Club Lodge – regional dishes. Accommodation: Estancia Colomé.
DAY 4 : ESTANCIA COLOME
Description: day of activities at the estancia. According to your preference you can choose from a 4×4 tour around the property (39,000 hectares), a visit to the winery and vineyards and a visit to the breeding farm and the 160 hectares of biodynamic crops. You can also enjoy the facilities or activities: horse ride, swimming pool, tennis, lawn bowling, pool, mini golf, bocci ball court, Internet and massage service. Note: massages and the horse ride. Please book in advance; payable in situ. Duration: 90 minutes – visiting the property. Lunch and dinner: not included. Accommodation: Estancia Colomé.
DAY 5 : QUEBRADA DE LAS FLECHAS / CAFAYATE
Description: you will travel to Cafayate, stopping on the way at a vicuña breeding farm in the town of Molinos. You then take route 40, which is surrounded by the surprising landscapes of the Las Flechas formations. The Calchaqui Valleys lead you to Cafayate. There you will begin, after lunch, a wine tasting circuit at 2 local wineries: Mounier (las Nubes) and Etchart. You will discover an amazing wine stock: the Torrontes, the specialty of Cafayate. Distances: 137 km (85 mi), approximately 4 hours. Note: the wineries selection may be modified according to your preference. Lunch: at the San Pedro Winery restaurant in Yacochuya. Accommodation: Patios de Cafayate Hotel or equivalent.
DAY 6 : CAFAYATE / QUILMES / CAFAYATE
Description: the morning will be devoted to visiting the Quilmes ruins, the most famous archeological site in the country. Quilmes is an ancient pre-Incan city which was inhabited between the 17th and 19th centuries. The site, built on a natural amphitheater, offers an exceptional view of the valley. You will have the afternoon to yourself to enjoy the hotel facilities (pool and spa), stroll through Cafayate or visit other wineries. Distances: 100 km (62 mi), 8 km (5 mi) are dirt roads, between 2 and half hours and 3 hours. Lunch and dinner: not included. Accommodation: Patios de Cafayate Hotel or equivalent.
DAY 7 : CAFAYATE / LAS CONCHAS / QUIJANO
Description: after breakfast, you will travel to Las Conchas Valley, which offers numerous opportunities to stop and have a brief stroll. Multicolored rocky formations and semi-deserted mountains: a show nature has been preparing for centuries. If you wish, you can do a mini trek in the Yesera area. After a late lunch, the afternoon will be devoted to relaxing at the hotel’s spa or pool. Distances: 189 km (117 mi), approximately 4 hours. Optional: one hour trek in Yesera. Lunch and dinner: not included. Accommodation: Estancia House of Jasmines or equivalent.
DAY 8 : SALTA / SAN ANTONIO / SALINAS GRANDES / PURMAMARCA
Description: at 7.30 a.m. you will travel to San Antonio de los Cobres, following the well-known tracks of the “Train to the Clouds” for a long stretch. You will cross the Quebrada del Toro which will take you 3800 meters (2361 ft) above sea level, where you will enjoy the spell binding view of the snowy peaks of the Andes, and then you will reach Salinas Grandes, a 120 km salt desert. There you will stop for lunch before witnessing the salt extraction process. Then you will take the impressive Lipan’s Hill, which descends to Purmamarca. The exceptional thing about this town resides in its ochre-colored adobe houses, built at the foot of the Hill of the Seven Colors. Distances: 330 km (205 mi), full day excursion. Note: since it is a long day, it is advisable to set off early. Lunch: gourmet picnic at Salinas Grandes. Accommodation: El Manantial del Silencio Hotel or equivalent.
DAY 9 : PURMAMARCA / QUEBRADA DE HUMAHUACA / PURMAMARCA
Description: this day you will tour the entire Quebrada de Humahuaca, stopping by its small towns, each one with its own distinctive features, starting with Tilcara and its interesting Pucara, a pre-Columbine fortress built sometime between years 1000 – 1480, the archeological museum and Devil’s Throat. Immediately after crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, Uquia appears, with its lovely chapel. By the end of your tour you will reach Humahuaca, an ancient post of the Incan empire and later of the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata, located 2940 meters (9645 ft) above sea level. You then begin the descent of the Quebrada to enjoy the famous Painter’s Palette in Maimara. The variety of color tones derive from the successive appearance of different geological layers. Distances: 140 km (87 mi), approximately 6 hours. Note: you will visit Tilcara in the morning to take advantage of the light over the exceptional view that Pucara offers. Optional 1: before leaving Purmamarca you can take a brief stroll through the Hill of the Seven Colors (20 min), or climb to a small viewpoint (15 min) to see the morning light over the town. Optional 2: during the day, a 40-min trek through the Quebrada de las Señoritas in the Uquia area and/or the Pollera de la Coya area. Lunch: in Humahuaca at La Casa Vieja, regional restaurant. Accommodation: El Manantial del Silencio Hotel or equivalent.
DAY 10 : PURMAMARCA / IRUYA / PURMAMARCA
Description: from Purmamarca you retrace the Quebrada once more, this time until Abra del Condor, located 4000 meters (13123 ft) above sea level. The aim is to reach the town of Iruya nestled in the mountains with its small stone houses and its narrow steep streets. The landscapes you will cross are outstanding for their colors and variety. Distances: 246 km (153 mi) roundtrip, approximately 7 hours. Optional: after the Condor’s Pass it is possible to descend to Iruya on mountain bikes. The vehicle will accompany the cyclists. This option should be requested to the guide upon arrival in Salta. Lunch: at the Iruya Lodge restaurant. Accommodation: El Manantial del Silencio Hotel or equivalent.
DÍA 11 : PURMAMARCA / CORNISA / SALTA / BUENOS AIRES
Description: after leaving Purmamarca, you will descend to the city of Jujuy, a route still very rich in colors. You will then travel to Cornisa, which will transport you to a completely different landscape: the yunga forests. The flight time will determine whether you can make it for tea at Don Zanca’s in San Lorenzo or not. After settling in in Buenos Aires, a dinner show will embrace you with the passion and grace of tango. Argentina further reveals its soul!
Distances: 150 km (93 mi), approximately 3 hours). Note: if there is significant fog, the return to Salta will be via General Guemes. Lunch: at La Cienaga Dam Lodge restaurant. Dinner show: at Cabaret Rojo Tango at Faena Hotel in Puerto Madero, wine and champagne included. Accommodation: Casa Sur Art Hotel or equivalent.
DAY 12 : BUENOS AIRES / FLIGHT
Description: before leaving for the airport, you will discover Buenos Aires and/or, according to your preference, go shopping. The leather-goods and gaucho articles shops offer typical and original products. The city tour runs through 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world with its 65 meter (213 ft) obelisk and Avenida de Mayo, which is well known for its buildings of Galician architectural influence. At Plaza de Mayo you will discover the Casa Rosada, HQ for the president. You will then visit La Boca neighborhood with its colorful houses made of materials recovered from ships which inspire many painters and poets. You can also go to San Telmo, home of antique shops and traditional tango bars. Recoleta is a traditional residential neighborhood, where walking is a true pleasure due to its numerous parks and squares. To end the tour, you’ll visit Puerto Madero, the old city port which has recently been completely refurbished. You cannot miss out on this visit! Option:fly over Buenos Aires on a private helicopter. Enjoy an unforgettable view of the city from 200 m. A 30 to 40-minute tour covering around 100 km. Lunch: at the Gardiner restaurant or similar. Dinner and night: on the plane.