This surreally beautiful northwest province punctuated by mountains and canyons also offers first-rate wineries, superb colonial architecture, and miles of open road. Situated in the Lerma Valley, the Hispanic architecture of the city of Salta stands out from other cities in the country. The colonial spirit from the times of the foundation remains in its houses, streets, hundred-year-old monuments and narrow sidewalks surrounded by the nearby Andes mountains.
Salta, Calchaquies Valley and Humahuaca Gorge: 4 days/3 nights
Day 1: Salta
Arrive Salta and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure to explore this charming city. Salta is a fascinating city to explore on foot and in a short time you can get a feel for it’s wonderful preserved colonial arquitecture, narrow streets, plazas and museums.
Day 2: Cafayate and Calchaquies Valley
On this full-day tour you will travel through the cacti-covered Lerma Valley enjoying mountain scenery, rock formations and fantastic colour variations. The colonial town of Cafayate is a UNESCO national monument and sits in a picturesque setting against the backdrop of the Andes. Isolated in the Calchaquies Valley, this area produces delicious well-known wines and you will have an opportunity to visit a local winery before returning to Salta.
Day 3: Humahuaca Gorge
A full-day excursion to the Humahuaca Gorge, a vast gorge of vividly coloured rock with giant cacti in the higher parts and emerald green oasis villages on the river below. Visit tiny Andean villages enroute and also see the striking Hill of Seven colours. Visit the small town of Tilcara where there is a superb archaeological museum and Pucara which is a restored prehispanic hilltop settlement with panoramic views of the gorge.
Day 4: Salta
Transfer to the airport for your departing flight.
Salta Tours - Overview
Full and half day tours available from Salta. To read more about featured tours, please follow the link in the "Tours" boxes, below.
Salta City Tour
A half day tour discovering the provinces of Salta and Jujuy with their early Spanish settlement history and Inca culture.
Quebrada de Humahuaca
A full day tour to explore the Humahuaca gorge & surrounding villages, amongst the striking coloured hills.
Train to the Clouds
A unique train tour through the spectacular scenery of the Quebrada del Toro gorge. Full day (14 hours) tour.
Salta to Cafayate
A scenic mountain drive to the isolated town of Cafayate with an afternoon visit to a local winery.