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South 1

5 days/4 nights

From Salta, we will travel through the Quebrada de las Conchas, arriving in Cafayate, at 1,660 meters of altitude. We will drive up the Calchaquí valley via the Quebrada de Flechas, visiting the towns of Angastaco, Molinos, Seclantas and Cachi. We return to Salta by way of the Los Cardones National Park and the Cuesta del Obispo.

Optional: Welcome [-]


Included: Lodging in Hotel Salta

After our transfer from the airport to the hotel, we hold a briefing session, where we will discuss the most important aspects of our trip. During the remaining part of the day we will do a city tour: we will visit the San Bernardo hill, the monument to Güemes, and walk around the city center (Plaza 9 de Julio). Next morning, after breakfast, our adventure trip begins.

The 'Cabildo', a colonial building, on the Plaza 9 de JulioChurch in Salta, province of Salta, Argentina

Day 1:

Salta -> Cafayate

Distance traveled: 200 km in 5 hours

Included: Lunch, Lodging in Hotel Killa Cafayate

From Salta, we will drive to Cafayate via the Quebrada de las Conchas, with its splendid rock formations, a gift from nature. Arriving in Cafayate, at 1,660 meters of altitude, we can visit "bodegas", view handicrafts or explore the town and its surroundings.

The 'Quebrada de Cafayate' valley, ArgentinaRoad along the valley known as the 'Quebrada de Cafayate'In the 'Quebrada de las Conchas'Rainbow over Cafayate, province of Salta, Argentina

Day 2:


Distance traveled: 120 km in 4 hours

Included: Breakfast, Lodging in Hotel Killa Cafayate

In the morning we will visit the Quebrada de las Conchas, exploring its valleys surrounded by sedimentary rocks in the most amazing shapes and colors. The afternoon is free, and we recommend visiting some "bodegas", or hiking up the Divisadero river valley. It is possible to rent bicycles or go horseback riding.

In Cafayate [-]:

» Visit wineries
» Museum of the Grapevine and Wine
» Vino Tinto Vinoteca

Wines from the Calchaquí valley, spirits and tobacco

» Look around for handicrafts
» Jorge Barraco Silversmith

Wide variety of handicrafts in metal

» Go for a hike, ride a bicycle, go horseback riding
» Visit the Quebrada de las Conchas
The "Los Castillos" rock formation, in the Quebrada de CafayateThe Garganta do Diabo (Devil's Throat), Quebrada de las ConchasThe main square of Cafayate, province of Salta, ArgentinaThe main square of Cafayate, Salta, ArgentinaThe cathedral of Cafayate, Cafayate, province of SaltaThe town of Cafayate, Salta

Day 3:

Cafayate -> Angastaco

Distance traveled: 80 km in 4 hours

Included: Breakfast,Lunch, Lodging in Hosteria Angastaco

From Cafayate we will slowly ascend the Calchaquí valley, getting to know the Quebrada de Flechas, amongst others, enjoying its beautiful scenery and rocks sculpted by nature. We arrive at the "pueblo" of Angastaco.

Sedimentrary rocks in the 'Quebrada de Flechas'Sedimentrary rocks in the 'Quebrada de Flechas'Travelers in the "Quebrada de Flechas", "Calchaquí" valleyThe town of Angastaco, in the Calchaquí valley, SaltaThe town of Angastaco, Calchaquí valley, province of Salta

Day 4:

Angastaco -> Cachi

Distance traveled: 100 km in 4 hours

Included: Breakfast,Lunch, Lodging in Hostal Llaqta Mawk'a

We continue our ascent of the Calchaquí valley, with its amazing sedimentary rocks, and impressionistic colors. We will visit the "pueblos" of Molinos and Seclantás. We arrive at the colonial town of Cachi, at 2,200 meters of altitude. The Pío Pablo Díaz Archaeological Museum is worth a visit.

In Cachi [-]:

» Pío Pablo Díaz Archaeological Museum

A good opportunity to see the area's history

The 'Calchaquí' valley, province of Salta, ArgentinaThe church of the "pueblo" of Molinos, Salta, ArgentinaThe town of Seclantás, in the 'Calchaquí' valley, Salta provinceThe town of Cachi, ArgentinaThe Pio Pablo Diaz museum, in Cachi

Day 5:

Cachi -> Salta

Distance traveled: 200 km in 6 hours

Included: Breakfast,Lunch

From Cachi we will leave the Calchaquí valley, climbing to the Los Cardones National Park, with its uncountable cacti of the Trichocereus genus, that resemble guardians of the Altiplano. We will drive along the Tin Tin Stretch, on our way to the Piedra del Molino, at 3,300 meters of altitude, before descending the Cordillera via the fantastic Cuesta del Obispo.

Road leading to Cachi, in the 'Calchaquí' valleyThe Tin Tin Stretch, province of Salta, ArgentinaPhotographing cacti, province of SaltaThe 'Cuesta del Obispo', Argentina

Optional: Last night [-]


Included: Lodging in Hotel Salta

We drop off the group in the hotel and the rest of the day is free. The following morning, with adequate time, we transfer the group to the airport and our services end.

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