Salta

Andean Argentina is a region of rich Indian heritage. Beautiful scenery includes deep canyons, striking desert landscapes of sand and cactus, and unique rock formations. Salta (population 370,000), features perfectly preserved colonial architecture, and is the region’s cultural center. Daily visitor excursions are popular to nearby Indian villages, colonial towns, natural monuments, local wineries, and a ride on the Train to the Clouds, one of the world’s highest railways (Saturdays, April-October). The city of Salta still has a distinctly Hispanic feel to it, an urban skyline distinguished by the colonial architecture of its original buildings and churches which has also influenced more modern construction to the point where the main square is a charming monument to neo-colonial style. The streets in the old part of the town run between old Andalusian houses with their tiled roofs, thick white washed walls and wrought-iron balconies brightened by scarlet and fuchsia geraniums.

Highlights
• National Parks: Excursions to nearby national parks featuring spectacular natural formations, archaeological sites and prehistoric indigenous villages.
• Wine tours: The region is becoming one of Argentina’s emergent wine producers.
• Train to the Clouds: A fascinating train ride on one of the world’s highest railways.
• Wilderness Trekking.

Salta

Salta

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• When to go: Salta enjoys a balmy weather year ‘roundwith temperatures averaging 72F. Salta enjoys a balmy weather year ‘roundwith temperatures averaging 72F.

• Distance: From Buenos Aires: 1.485 km. / Car/Bus: 17 hours / Flight: 2 hours


HD CITY TOUR

A tour around the places of greater attractive of the city: The Cathedral (1855) where Gral. Güemes, patriotic hero, rests; Cultural Center America, Historical Museum of the North (Town Council) with exhibitions of sacred art and rooms dedicated to old traditional families of Salta, “San Francisco” Church and, “San Bernardo” Convent, and the monument to General Güemes. We ascend to “San Bernardo” Hill to enjoy the panoramic view of the city. After a visit to “Batalla de Salta” Monument (Battle of Salta) - and “20 de Febrero” Park (February 20th Park), we go towards the outskirts and visit a summer village called “San Lorenzo”, characterized by the subtropical microclimate and lastly a visit the Artisan Market where craftsmen of the entire province expose their original crafts.

FD CAFAYATE

The journey starts from Salta city to the south, through route 68 traversing the Lerma Valley and its historical towns. We reach Quebrada de las Conchas (the Shell´s Gorge), where wind and water erosion carved curious shapes on the rocks (The Amphitheater, Devil´s throat, The Toad, The Castles, among others). When we arrive to Cafayate, we visit some wineries, famous for their production of Torrontes, with special characteristics due to the particularities of the climate and land. After lunch we return to Salta through the Quebrada de las Conchas (the Shells´ Gorge) and the Lerma Valley. Rates do not include meals or entrance fees.

FD CACHI

The trip begins in the Lerma Valley until El Carril, continuing to Chicoana. We enter to the Quebrada de los Laureles (The Laurel´s Gorge) and soon to the Quebrada de Escoipe (Escoipe Gorge). We arrive to the Maray entering Cuesta del Obispo (The Bishop´s Cliff), road with abundant curves from where it is possible to enjoy a panoramic view of the Enchanted Valley and small houses with maize and fruit trees. At Piedra del Molino (The Mill`s Stone) we reach 3.384 meters above sea level, the highest spot in our trip. Soon Los Cardones National Park is crossed by the straight line of Tin-Tin (ancient Inca´s road). Arriving to Cachi, a panoramic view of the Nevado de Cachi and Payogasta is observed. We go the town of Cachi where the Archaeological Museum and the Church are visited. We return to Salta through the same route. Rates do not include meals or entrance fees.

FD QUEBRADA DE HUMAHUACA

The journey leaves from Salta, but really begins once arrived to Purmamarca Village where time will be enough to observe the Seven Colored Hill, the Church and the Craft Market on the square, and a small walk along its narrow streets. We continue towards the town of Tilcara where we visit the Pucará (ancient ruins), the Archaeological Museum, and Huacalera, and then we cross the Capricorn Tropic, from where the colors of La Pollera de la Coya Hill can be seen and really good pictures taken because of the daylight. We visit Uquía and its church, where the paintings of the Arcabuceros Angels (important vestige in the zone of the Cuzqueña School) are kept. Arrival to Humahuaca will be at noon; this town has an important Church and the Independence Monument (the Indian) of the sculptor Soto Avendaño. After lunch we´ll observe, from the route, La Paleta del Pintor (Painter‟s Palette) framing the town of Maimara. We continue to San Salvador de Jujuy where the Flag Hall and the Cathedral, characterized by its pulpit carved in wood and gold and the statues of Lola Mora are visited. Finally, we return to Salta through National Route N° 9 of abundant subtropical vegetation. The last stretch is: El Abra of Santa Laura, observing La Cienaga (The Swamp) dam, Las Maderas and Campo Alegre and returning to Salta through Vaqueros. Rates do not include meals or entrance fees.

FD SAN ANTONIO DE LOS COBRES

Leaving Salta, we travel along the route parallel to the Train to the Cloud´s railway track, at Quebrada del Toro (Bull´s Gorge), where the scenery will change its dense vegetation till the first cardones will be seen, as well as several viaducts and bridges such as The Bull, Alisal and Chorrillo, getting to know places as El Candado, El Gólgota, Alfarcito, etc. All lonely yet beautiful mountain landscapes. Onceat Santa Rosa de Tastil, we´ll be able to visit the village, the Archaeological Museum and the pre-incaic ruins where ancient housing and streets can be clearly distinguish. We continue through Finca La Encrucijada, to ascend up Muñano Cliff till to Abra Blanca, at 4.080 m.u.s.l. When we arrive to San Antonio de Los Cobres, visiting the Polvorilla Viaduct of 63 mts hight is something you can´t miss.  Rates do not include meals or entrance fees.

FD VUELTA POR LAS ALTURAS / SALINAS GRANDES

The trip begins in Salta towards the Tastil Ruins arriving to San Antonio de los Cobres, after a two hours stop for lunch and a short visit the town. We continue our trip along Route 40 crossing one of the most desert areas of our country. Soon, and already in the province of Jujuy, we arrive to Salinas Grandes (The Great Salt Flat), where the immensity of the area, the white shiny salt invites you to relax and take good shots. We continue down the Lipán Cliff arriving to Purmamarca, one of the typical towns of Humahuaca Gorge with its Seven Colors Hill and the enchantment of the small houses. We return to Salta after a brief visit to San Salvador de Jujuy. Rates do not include meals or entrance fees.