Fine Wines and Frontiers

Fine Wines and Frontiers

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.

Suggested Itinerary-at-a-glance:

Itinerary Description:

Nicknamed “the beautiful,” Salta is a dynamic Argentinian province rich with fertile valleys, stunning mountains, and breathtaking salt flats. You accommodation in the city of Salta is the House of Jasmines Estancia de Charme, 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 the stunning 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 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 the breathtaking Valles Calchaquíes at the hacienda-style La Merced del Alto before venturing on to Cafayate. En route, 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 and 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 land of extraordinary wines, incredible stone formations, and undulating hills. 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.

Upon arrival in Salta, you will participate in activities unique to a working Argentinian estate at El Bordo de Las Lanzas. Ride an authentic Peruvian Paso horse with real Argentine gauchos through fields of sugarcane, visit beautiful reserves of storks and alligators, take in a game of polo in the gardens, help gauchos with chores around the estate, relax with afternoon tea, and enjoy cooking classes with resident chefs.

Finally, head to your final destination of Purmamarca, visiting 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, and your accommodations at El Manantial del Silencio--"the wellspring of silence"--provide a peaceful retreat for anyone wishing 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.

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