SALTA AND JUJUY
 
Destination:   SALTA and JUJUY (mountains and valleys)
 

o              Description

o              Activities

o              Hotels

o              National Parks

o              Flights

o              Programs

 

Description:
 
Colonial. Prodigal. Attractive and singular. At the beginning, Salta was a sea; the San Bernardo hill still preserves marine fossils of almost 500 million years. Also the dinosaurs left their footprints in various sites of this provincial territory. Later in history, the influence of the powerful Inca Empire arrived. And even later, the Spanish culture stamped the colonial aspect that still characterizes Salta. In Jujuy, the Quebrada de Humahuaca (Canyon of Humahuaca) adds its multicolored enchantment to an exciting visit to prehistoric ruins. And Discover Argentina will be by your side throughout the adventure.
 
Activities:

Salta City Tour

Depart from the hotel to the historic Cabildo and its colonial architecture, the Cathedral, the Churches of San Francisco and La Viña, San Bernardo – Convent of the Carmelites Sisters that the city has preserved for the admiration of visitors. You will climb up in a funicular railway to the San Bernardo hill in order to appreciate a panoramic view of the city. Then, you will go to the summery place of San Lorenzo, among green hills and courses of crystalline water, with old trees and big mansions, to finish at the Mercado Artesanal (Handicraft Market) where you can obtain fine silvery pieces, ceramics and rustic leather and textiles.

Info: 3-hour tours. 

 

Valles Calchaquies Tour

DAY 1: Departure from Salta through “Cuesta del Obispo” (‘The Bishop’s Hill’) road towards Cachi.

Leaving behind tobacco plantations, the road will begin ascending through Escoipe Valley, beautiful for its red soil and green hills. Further, you’ll continue through “Cuesta del Obispo”: an ancient road used by aborigines of the area. In the lonely “Enchanted Valley” you will feel time has stopped, tripped between red mountains and lots of colorful flowers, guarded by the lord of the birds: the condor.  

You will go through Los Cardones National Park (The Cactus National Park) towards Cachi town: a picturesque town founded in 1673 by a group of Spaniards, which keeps its narrow cobblestone streets, the old church with its adobe walls and cactus roofs (typical local vegetation).

Through National Route 40 you will continue knowing more towns: Seclantás, Molinos (which extraordinary beauty can be compared to Switzerland), Angastaco (attractive because of the contrasts of its colors and Animaná, some km before Cafayate that counts with one of the most traditional wineries. Finally, you’ll reach Cafayate town. Night in Cafayate.

DAY 2: On the second day, you will continue through Río de las Conchas (‘The Shells River’) Valley towards Salta:

Cafayate is land of Sun and Wine. Modern stores, ancient Cathedral, archeological museum, mud, wood and wool artisans are waiting for your visit. You can visit old vineyards and wineries.

You will continue through the irregular road beside Conchas River appreciating the particular shapes in mountains formed sixty million years ago. You will be surprised and marveled entering to “Garganta del Diablo” (Devil’s Throat) and “Anfiteatro” (natural amphitheatre), big gaps open in the soil where you will be able to hear the eco of any sound with perfect acoustics. Back to Salta.

Info: 2 days, 1 night. Distance traveled: 520 Km

 

QUEBRADA DE SAN LORENZO

14 km from the city, this is an option of adventure and nature. Horse-riding, bicycle rides and "cuatriciclos" (four tracks vehicles) can be organized.

 

QUEBRADA DE HUMAHUACA (Humahuaca gorge)

Leaving Salta city and going down to Route 34, across the Siancas? Valley through the town of Gral. Güemes and through fields where sugar-cane, tobacco, beans and cotton is cultivated, you reach the province of Jujuy, and its capital city, San Salvador.

At Yala, a summer resort in between the mountains, rivers and lakes, the road begins to rise into the Quebrada de Humahuaca, dotted with small settlements whose origins go back to Pre-Hispanic times.

You will continue through this typical road until your arrival to Purmamarca, a picturesque village with its famous “Cerro de los Siete Colores” (‘Seven Colors Hill’), and the main park where you will appreciate the famous and colorful handcrafts of Argentinean northwest region. Breakfast. The excursion continues towards Humahuaca; you’ll reach the ancient Tilcara and the Pucará Ruins. Then you visit Huacalera and Uquía towns, whose small church is one of the oldest in the area.

The colonial town of Humahuaca will greet you at the end of the trip, resting beneath a beautiful blue sky where you may try the delicious regional dishes and admire all sorts of Indian crafts, musical instruments and rustic weaves of llama and vicuña wool.

Info: Full day tour with time for lunch in Humahuaca town. Guides will recomend you local restaurants.

 

CAFAYATE

You leave Salta city along Route 68 and travel through the Lerma Valley, today an important tobacco growing area.

All along this route you come across different settlements such as Cerrillos, La Merced and El Carril.

As you carry on up the gorge, the winding road along the banks of the Las Conchas River, you come across strange mountainous shapes made of brightly coloured sandstone. You will be amazed, as you go into the “Garganta del Diablo” and the “Anfiteatro”,  by huge open cracks in the earth, where you can hear the perfect echo of any sound.

You arrive at Cafayate, a land of sunshine and wine, its historic Cathedral, an archeological museum, and artists (craftsmen) in clay, wood and weaving. Visit the ancient wine cellars, which will make your soul drunk with the perfume of oak and torrontés (a unique variety of wine grape). And don't start your return journey without having visited the old Molino Harinero (Flour Mill), a legacy of the Jesuits to such peaceful surroundings.

Info: Full day tour with time for lunch in Cafayate. Guides will recomend you local restaurants. 

 

DIQUE CABRA CORRAL

Located 68 km away from Salta City. Rafting is practiced along the rapids of the Juramento River, kayak, rappel on a 15m-high climbing wall, trekking in the Peñas Blancas hill, horse-riding in the Potrero de Díaz area visiting rock paintings and nocturnal fishing with dinner and drinks on board.

Cabra Corral counts with a great 5 star hotel with an ideal lake view for lovers of tranquility and natural life.

 

ROSARIO DE LA FRONTERA

168 km away from the city of Salta, there is a hidden treasure: 9 springs flow from thermal waters, which temperature oscillates between 25º and 99º (the hottest of the world).

 

tren de las nubes (the clouds train)

It is one of the highest railways in the world, taking its way across the high peaks of the Andes Mountain Range, surrounded by striking sceneries. The train departs from Salta City, travels across the Lerma Valley, enters the Quebrada del Toro (‘The Bull’s Gorge’) and finally reaches La Puna.

It was named “Tren de las Nubes” after the clouds that are often seen under bridges and around slopes.

The number of spirals, viaducts, tunnels and other twists and turns that the train passes through arises from a decision made by the designer of this project, US engineer Richard Maury. He took into account the principle of adhesion of train wheels to the railways and the laws of Physics, ruling out the funicular system commonly used so that the train may safely reach the expected heights. The train has no cogwheels, not even for the steepest slopes, since the railways are peculiarly arranged, running through a system of zigzags and spirals: it runs 217 km. and passes through 29 bridges, 21 tunnels, 13 viaducts, 2 spirals, and 2 zigzags.

Info: The train offers meals onboard, translator services and medical assistance for any passenger that may be affected by the lack of oxygen caused by altitude. The trip lasts approximately sixteen hours: from 7 am until midnight or later with two stops on the way.

 
Hotels:
 
Hotel del Dique, Cabra Corral, Salta
 
 
National Parks:
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Salta Flights
From/To: Jorge Newbery Airport in Buenos Aires (AEP)
Companies: Lan (LA) / Aerolineas Argentinas (AR) / Andes Líneas Aéreas (OY)
Iata Code: SLA