Salta & the northwest
One of Argentina’s least visited areas, the northwest sits dry and tough beneath the mighty Andes. This region of Argentina has more in common with the Quechan cultures of Bolivia and Peru than with the rest of the country, contrasting dramatically with the European-flavoured south. From the Andes the landscape rolls east blending spectacular desert landscapes, cactus forests, Spanish colonial towns and some of the world’s highest altitude vineyards. Starting in the endearing city of Salta, take the loop north to the spectacular salt plains of the Salinas Grandes and through the sculptured mountain valley of Quebrada de Humahuaca, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed gorge with the indigenous villages of Tilcara and its pre-Inca ruins and Purmamarca, at the foot of the Hill of the Seven Colours. The southern loop takes you through beautiful Cachi, the Valles Calchaquies with its windswept, lunar desert landscapes and traditional weaving communities and on to Cafayate, home to some of Argentina’s best wine.
Why we like it
- Far-flung corner of Argentina
- Magnificent lunar landscapes
- Ochre deserts dotted with cacti
- Historic city of Salta