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SALTA & VALLES CALCHAQUIES

A Great day at the Salt Flats

Explore the Natural Wonders of Salta

Colorful Mountains of Jujuy

FROM 660 USD 5 Days / 4 Nights
Highlights

Argentina Tours
Northern Argentina Trips
Salta Tours: Colonial City
Calchaqui Valleys
Cafayate town.
Cuesta del Obispo.
Cachi

SALTA & VALLES CALCHAQUIES

Tour Salta, try argentine wines & explore Calchaqui Valley - 5 days

Visit Salta and stay for 3 days in one of the most beautiful colonial cities of Northern Argentina. Take a 2-day trip to explore the Calchaqui Valleys, drive the winding road of Cuesta del Obispo, walk down the mysterious Flechas Gorge, and venture inside the Devil’s Throat, an amazing natural cavern. Stay one night in Cafayate, a wine-producing region, and taste its delicious products. This is a 5-day journey intended for active travelers wanting to get acquainted with Northern Argentina’s natural treasures.

 

Day 1 – Your Adventure in Argentina, starts in Salta!

 

Salta is the selected jumping-off point for travelers seeking to explore the North of Argentina. From here, you can visit the most outstanding natural wonders of the area: the Humahuaca Gorge, and the Seven Colors Hill located in Jujuy, a bordering province which is also famous worldwide.

 

Salta has it all: the geographical diversity (red, green and brown-tinted mountains) and the vast history—it is in these time-honored lands that men fought for the freedom of Argentina. The colonial architecture, the lively cafés in the main plaza (great people-watching spot) and the vibrant and authentic peñas, which are places where locals grab a table to watch their favorite folkloric singers, and after a glass of wine (or two) everyone joins in for dancing.

 

Upon arrival you will be driven to your hotel. Take the rest of the afternoon to explore the city. Bear in mind that this is a stress-free hub: la siesta (mid-day nap) is kind of a religious ritual for locals, which means that between 1 pm and 5 pm shops are usually closed.

 

 

 

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Go ahead and discover the best insider tips to visit the city: the best restaurants in town (you must try the tamales!), the most important historic buildings, and popular peñas– “¿Bailamos?” (Shall we dance?): it’s all you need to say to start the party! Read it all in our Salta Travel Guide.

 

 

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Day 2 – Salta Tours: Calchaqui Valley 2-day Excursion

 

It’s time to prepare your two-day bag and hit the road again on a journey to the jaw-dropping Calchaqui Valleys. Why do you need to take a Calchaqui Valley tour? Enthralling landscapes and the cultural diversity of its inhabitants are just two good reasons! You’re sure to adore the little pre-Columbian villages spread all over the valley, with amazing gorges backdropped by multi-colored mountains.

 

We’ll pick you up at your hotel in Salta and leave behind the Lerma Valley to visit Laures and Escoipe, the first two gorges of the 12-hour excursion. The landscapes will still remain green, but colors will definitely begin to change when we approach the Cuesta del Obispo, the windiest and most spectacular road in this area. We’ll climb up to 11,000 feet high—get prepared to see the world from above!

 

This is the connective road to get to the high valleys, where the Calchaqui Valley wine region sits. We’ll see enormous cactus while passing through Los Cardones National Park on our way to Cachi, a famous village where Spanish and native tradition combines to form the most beautiful architecture.

 

In the afternoon, continue with your exploration of the valleys and reach the town of Molinos and Angastaco, just before visiting Las Flechas Gorge, a special rocky formation which creates a labyrinth of sharp, high peaks. After going down its mysterious passages, we’ll get to Cafayate where we’ll spend the night.

 

Cafayate is one of the most popular destinations of the Calchaqui Valley wine region. Cafayate wine is renowned in Argentina, especially because of the star product of the region: the Torrontes wine.

 

Enjoy the end of the day in this picturesque town while sipping on a drink at sunset in the main square, or maybe a Malbec ice cream from a traditional gelato shop. Since there are many surrounding wineries, we thought that a visit to one or two of them could be interesting for you… so we’ve already scheduled it! According to weather and timetables, you will be able to partake in this memorable tour either on your arrival day or the day after.   

 

 

Toast with the best Argentine wine in your trip to Argentina

 

 

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Day 3 – Salta Tours: Calchaqui Valley Excursion - The Devil Gorge

 

On the second day of this Calchaqui Valley adventure you’ll leave Cafayate and be directly immersed into the forbidding universe of Las Conchas Gorge, where erosion has carved mysterious red shapes into the rocks. Get prepared to visit this Natural Reserve for about 5 hours, and to enjoy the views of its colorful hills while you go down its red-tinted promontories and discover the most prominent rocky highlights: the Frog, the Obelisk and the Castles.

 

The highlight of the day will be the Amphitheater and the famous Devil’s Throat. The amphitheater is a natural semicircular formation (65 feet high), and is home to intimate concerts performed by local artists. Get inside and check out the amazing acoustics by singing your favorite tune! Nearby, the Devil’s Throat awaits at the end of Las Conchas Gorge. Going down this particular rocky formation, you’ll feel as though you’re right in the belly of a giant!

 

At the end of the day, we’ll take you back to Salta. Enjoy the evening by eating an empanada salteña, a special variation of this classic Argentine dish.

 

 

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(Say hi! to the empanada salteña…)

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Day 4 – Free Day in Salta

 

This is your free day, and your opportunity to discover this incredible city at your own pace. Salta has lots of architectural monuments to admire, which can help you learn a little bit about the history of the city.

 

Our recommendation for this day is to take a personal tour around the Colonial area of the city, where you can view structures like the grand Cathedral, a beautiful building painted in a creamy, pretty pink color, San Francisco Church, where you’ll see the highest bell tower in South America, and the San Bernardo Convent, built in the 17th century. 

 

For museum lovers, we have a place that you cannot miss: the MAAM (Museum of High Mountain Archaeology) was created to educate the whole world about the discovery of the “Niños del Llullaillaco” (Llullaillaco Kids), three ancient Incan children who remained hidden in their icy tombs on top of the Llullaillaco volcano for more than 500 years before being unearthed. Come to discover what nobody told you about the Inca civilization, and the secrets that these mummified children came to reveal!

 

At night, go shake your hips to the rhythm of the Spanish guitars and criolla music in the peña Balderrama, a classic restaurant and bar where local artists and musicians are known to meet up. Try the locro, a juicy stew of meat, corn, and potatoes!

 

Travel to Argentina the lands of good dancers!

 

 

 

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Day 5 – Salta: End of your Adventure in Argentina!

 

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport. If you don’t want this journey to end, you can extend your travels. Check out our Argentina tours and keep exploring our beautiful country.

 

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Included

Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary

3-night accommodation in a hotel (Salta) and 1-night accommodation in a hotel (Cafayate

Daily breakfast

Bilingual guide (English / Spanish)

 

Not Included

National Park Entrance Fees

International or domestic flights

Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quote please follow this link: World Nomads

 

 

 

Accommodation & Prices

SALTA & VALLES CALCHAQUIES


INN/ B&B

USD 660

COMFORT

USD 750

SUPERIOR

USD 830

*Prices in US Dollars.
*Valid until April 2020 (Not valid in Christmas, New Year and Carnival).

*Prices are per person, based on 2 people in double occupancy. Single rates are available on request. Flights are not included in the price, but can be arranged on request.

*Please note that this tour is also available in Luxury Category. Ask your Travel Advisor for the details and quotation on this category.



Flights needed for this itinerary

No flights needed for this trip. Trip starts and finishes in Salta.

Flights in South America cost approximately $100 to $250 USD per segment (destination). We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

Included

Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary

3-night accommodation in a hotel (Salta) and 1-night accommodation in a hotel (Cafayate

Daily breakfast

Bilingual guide (English / Spanish)

 

Not Included

National Park Entrance Fees

International or domestic flights

Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quote please follow this link: World Nomads

 

 

 

Trip Reviews

SALTA & VALLES CALCHAQUIES

Bashira Rangwala

Bashira Rangwala

(5 / 5)

We would highly recommend Say Hueque for travel in Argentina

We had a great time in Argentina. We toured Buenos Aries, Salta and Iguazú.

The hotels were very good centrally located in Buenos Aries and in Iguazú. The hotel house of jasmine in Salta was on outskirts of the town, but was a fantastic hotel in a peaceful setting.

Say Hueque had perfect booking process, Karen Rosa was our contact for booking and she did a very good job, always available if we called.

All the guides were great and Agostina was friendly and very knowledgeable.

We would highly recommend Say Hueque for travel in Argentina.


19.11.18

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