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West 2

5 days/4 nights

From Salta, we will drive to Cafayate by way of the Quebrada de las Conchas. We will go up the Calchaquí valley via the Quebrada de las Flechas until Cachi. We ascend the Altiplano via the Abra El Acay, at 4,890 meters of altitude, when we descend to San Antonio de los Cobres, at 3,700 m. We will visit the La Polvorilla rail bridge (Tren a las Nubes). We return to Salta by the Quebrada del Toro, visiting the pre-Inca ruins of Santa Rosa de Tastil.

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. In Cafayate, besides the "bodegas", there are many opportunities for fine dining and a large choice of handicrafts.

The 'Quebrada de Cafayate' valley, SaltaThe "Los Castillos" rock formation, in the Quebrada de CafayateWinery, Cafayate, Salta, Argentina

Day 2:


Distance traveled: 50 km

Included: Breakfast, Lodging in Hotel Killa Cafayate

This day will be dedicated to the appreciation of the wines of Cafayate and the cuisine of northern Argentina - empanadas, humitas, tamales, locro, carbonada, quinoa, llama meat, goat cheese. In the morning we will visit the vineyards on bicycle.

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
Grapevines, Cafayate, Salta province, ArgentinaThe El Esteco winery, Cafayate, Salta, ArgentinaVines, Cafayate, Salta, Argentina

Day 3:

Cafayate -> Cachi

Distance traveled: 180 km in 5 hours

Included: Breakfast, Lodging in Hotel La Merced del Alto

The morning is free. We suggest browsing the handicrafts in llama and sheep wool, silverware, ceramics. At the end of the morning we will ascend the gorgeous Calchaquí valley up to Cachi. In this valley, nature left the rocks in the most fantastic positions, as in the Quebrada de Flechas. We will visit the picturesque "pueblos" of Molinos and Seclantas. In Cachi we can enjoy the tranquility, colonial architecture, the archaeological museum.

In Cachi [-]:

» Pío Pablo Díaz Archaeological Museum

A good opportunity to see the area's history

The 'Quebrada de Flechas', in the Calchaquí valley, SaltaThe 'Quebrada de Flechas', in back the Nevado de Cachi (6,400 m)The town of Seclantás, in the 'Calchaquí' valley, SaltaThe town of Cachi, ArgentinaThe Pío Pablo Díaz Archaeological museum, "pueblo" of Cachi

Day 4:

Cachi -> San Antonio de los Cobres

Distance traveled: 200 km in 6 hours

Included: Breakfast,Lunch, Lodging in Hosteria de las Nubes

We will ascend the Calchaquí valley until its origin, the Abra El Acay, at 4,890 meters of altitude, when the Altiplano will unfold ahead of us. We may see vicuñas, guanacos, foxes, condors. We descend to the altiplanic town of San Antonio de los Cobres, at 3,700 metros.

Landscape of the upper 'Valle CalchaquíThe upper Calchaquí valley, province of Salta, ArgentinaRoad from 'Abra El Acay' to La Poma, SaltaIn the Abra El Acay, province of SaltaVicuñas (Lama vicugna), province of Salta, ArgentinaAndean Condor (Vultur gryphus), gliding around the Abra El AcayThe Altiplano as viewed from the Abra El Acay (4,890 m altitude)

Day 5:

San Antonio de los Cobres -> Salta

Distance traveled: 220 km in 5 hours

Included: Breakfast,Lunch

We will descend the Andes Cordillera, heading to the "pueblo" of Santa Rosa de Tastil, at 3,100 meters of altitude. There we find pre-Inca ruins, where we can walk around the extinct settlement. From Santa Rosa de Tastil we will descend to Salta via the Quebrada del Toro, enjoying its landscapes, noticing the gradual change from Altiplano to pre-Cordillera.

The Quebrada del Toro valley, SaltaThe pre-Hispanic ruins of Santa Rosa de Tastil, SaltaThe Quebrada del Toro valley, Salta

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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