Salta and Jujuy Private Journey

Exploring Argentina’s Northern Realm

Overview

With surreal landscapes that beckon the hiker, classic towns, and a proud cultural heritage, northern Argentina is utterly intriguing. We’ve woven together a private journey that brings you from the beautifully preserved colonial city of Salta to the renowned Calchaquí Valley, home of the highest vineyards in the world, to dreamy Cachi and surreal salt flats. Your hikes and explorations lead to wind-sculpted canyons with towering multi-colored rock formations. Along the way you’ll learn to make pottery in a village, sample elegant vintages with a winemaker, and enjoy the vibrant and welcoming culture of northern Argentina.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Salta / Vineyards of Calchaquí / Cafayate

In Salta, with its beautiful colonial architecture, enjoy a private viewing of rare 14th century Inca mummies and a Welcome Dinner at an historic club. Heading north to the wine mecca of Cafayate, where snowy mountains rise above the vineyards, walk (and sample wine!) with a geologist-winemaker, hike amid the towering red-rock walls of the high desert, explore the haunting ruins of the fortified citadel of Quilmes, and meet a local potter in his studio.

Solar de la Plaza
Salta, Argentina
Day 1 (1 night), Day 9 (1 night)
Patios de Cafayate
Cafayate, Argentina
Days 2 to 3 (2 nights)
Hacienda de Molinos
Molinos, Argentina
Day 4 (1 night)
Days 5-7
Quebrada de las Flechas / Cuevas de Acsibi / Cachi

Along the legendary Ruta 40 that runs the length of Argentina, you’ll walk in the spectacular Quebrada de las Flechas—canyon of the Arrows—where eons of wind have eroded the sandstone into fins that stretch for miles below the desert sky. Your hike to the Cuevas de Acsibi takes you through a spellbinding world of orange sandstone to a hidden cave illuminated by a single shaft of sunlight. On one night, you'll overnight at a beautiful estancia, one of the oldest in Argentina, where you’ll learn to make empanadas on the outdoor oven.

La Merced del Alto
Cachi, Argentina
Days 5 to 6 (2 nights)
Estancia El Bordo de las Lanzas
El Bordo, Argentina
Day 7 (1 night)
Days 8-10
Salt Flats / Purmamarca / Depart

Cross over the Cuesta del Obispo to Purmamarca. You'll head up to the surreal Salinas Grandes to walk on the shimmering salt flats and hike to the Paseo de Los Colorados for grand views of the “Hill of Seven Colors,” with its bands of vivid red, orange, golden, and gray-green rock that rise above the village in an otherworldly backdrop. Depart on Day 10 via Salta or join our Iguazú Falls or Mendoza extensions.

El Manantial del Silencio
Purmamarca, Argentina
Day 8 (1 night)
Solar de la Plaza
Salta, Argentina
Day 9 (1 night)

Highlights

Highlights

Hike the spectacular red-rock canyons of northern Argentina
Walk in a historic vineyard with a winemaker, learn to make empanadas, enjoy insider experiences
Savor fine Argentinean wines at some of the highest vineyards in the world
Overnights in historic inns and a traditional estancia

Details

Length: 10 days
Cost From: $6295  
Arrive: Salta, Argentina
Depart: Salta, Argentina
Lodging: 9 nights hotels and haciendas
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking, Hiking / Trekking, Culinary
Trip Level:

Moderate day hikes, 2-4 hours a day (one 5-6-hour hike), cultural exploration, altitudes between 3,700-8,300 feet