Discover the soul of Northwest Argentina on this unique circuit that takes you along unpaved mountain roads and unveils off the beaten path treasures in the Salta province.
Northwest Argentina Getaway with Ker & Downey
Suggested journey at a glance: 7 days/6 nights in Salta, Cachi, Cafayate, and Purmamarca.
This suggested Northwest Argentina getaway is just one way to see the wonders of Salta on your own customized Ker & Downey journey. Our designers are at their best when crafting a journey unique to you; contact us to get started planning, and read on to see one example of what’s possible on a handcrafted trip.
Nicknamed “the beautiful,” Salta is a dynamic Northwest Argentinian province rich with fertile valleys, stunning mountains, and breathtaking salt flats. Your accommodation is in the city of Salta in a centuries-old mansion at the foot of the Andes. While there, sit under the stars while enjoying mouth-watering dishes, fine Argentinian wines, and stimulating conversation, blanketed by the sounds of live music.
A stunning drive through Cuesta del Obispo and Los Cardones National Park reveals centuries-old candelabra cacti and dinosaur fossils. Take the famous perfectly straight Recta de Tin-Tin to arrive in Cachi, a beautiful little village in northwest Argentina known for its skilled weavers and artisans, as well as the stunning 18th century Church of Cachi, a recognized National Historic Monument. Stay at in a hacienda-style La Merced del Alto before venturing onward to Cafayate. En route on your northwest Argentina journey, take time to shop on The Artisan’s Road for ponchos and yerba mate tea with locals.
Pause in Molinos to visit the local church and one of the town’s textile cooperatives selling local vicuña and llama wools knits. You will also enjoy a light, stylish lunch at the Bodegas Colomé winery, a hidden jewel amidst the Andes owned by Hess Collection. The James Turrell Museum is an exquisite treat with its modern light installations. Finally, arrive in Cafayate, a northwest Argentina land of extraordinary wines, incredible stone formations, and undulating hills. From your accommodations at Grace Cafayate, you will have the opportunity to visit some of the local wineries and vineyards and taste some of the region’s most popular varietals: torrontés, malbec, cabernet sauvignon, and tannat. Alternatively, you may forego the winery visits and return to Salta early to embark on a walking excursion of the historical district of the city.
Finally, head to your final destination on our Northwest Argentina journey: Purmamarca. Visit the Humahuaca Gorge, the Cemetery of Maimara, Tilcara, and the churches of Huacalera and Uquia on the way. Purmamarca is a quiet village in the shadow of the majestic Hill of the Seven Colors. Your retreat here is a place to unwind and absorb the ancient serenity of Andean culture. Conclude your stay with some of the best cuisine from the area prepared by chef Sergio Latorre, known for his reinvention of local dishes. Paired with impressive Argentinian wines from Mendoza, Salta and maimareños, your farewell dinner will punctuate what is an unbelievably unique adventure through Northern Argentina’s frontiers.