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Argentina: Salta and the northwest Andes

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Spiritually and culturally closer to the neighbouring Andean countries than the rest of Argentina, the remote northwest provinces have loads of attractions for visitors. These range from snow-dipped peaks, salt flats and arid, rust red canyons to lush forests, pre-Columbian ruins, lonely lime-washed chapels and a necklet of baroque colonial towns. The sunlit slopes are cloaked with vineyards, and everywhere there’s a warm welcome from the local people, many of whom have indian roots. At 1,200m above sea level, Salta is a delightful base for exploration of the region with a sumptuous cathedral, palm-shaded plazas and a cable car lift for views over the fertile countryside.

Our holidays to Salta and the northwest Andes

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Quebrada de Cafayate

Self-drive Argentina: Highlights of the hidden northwest

Private journey

16 days from £3,825pp

Atacama

Signature Northern Chile and Argentina: Atacama Desert to Iguazu Falls

Private journey

15 days from £4,204pp

Gaucho: Highlights of Argentina

Gaucho: Vintage Argentina

Group tour

12 days from £2,770pp

Mendoza

Food and wine: Vineyards of Argentina and Chile

Private journey

14 days from £4,467pp

Things to do in Salta and the northwest Andes

Andean village

Take an Argentinian cookery lesson

Tour of Salta

Walking tour of Salta


Puna

The Puna wilderness of Andean Argentina

Vineyard in Cafayate

Enjoy a wine tour in Cafayate

Our insider tips for Salta and the northwest Andes

David

David Nichols

Wandering round the 18th century mountain village of Cachi: its cobbled lanes, wood-floored church, orange trees and views over a pea-green oasis.

Claire Milner

Claire Milner

Wine-tasting in one of the bodegas of Cafayate, chief town of the vineyards which produces a flowery white wine to complement the delicious cuisine of the region.

Paul

Paul Winrow-Giffin

Humahuaca Gorge where the poster-worthy, rainbow-coloured rocks of eroded cliffs tower over ancient hamlets.

Chris

Chris Rendell-Dunn

The winding, high-altitude trans-Andean road to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile, passing armies of cacti and landscapes of permanent ice.

What our experts say

Salta is a lovely, friendly city and a good base for exploring the the canyon and vineyards in the vicinity. It is also the launching pad for trips to visit the Puna, a virtually uninhabited region of indescribably beautiful high-altitude, alien desert landscapes. Visits to abandoned mines and tiny communities characterise what is a haunting, fascinating experience.  One of my favourite ever expeditions in Latin America.

David

David Nichols

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