Cultural Excursion

Argentina's Northwest A Cultural Excursion

Tucuman, Argentina

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This fully customizable itinerary will lead you through the culturally rich Northwest regions of Argentina. Begin your adventure in Tucumán before heading into the rural regions. You will be enjoying full days of activities such as exploring ruins and natural wonders, and spend the evenings at beautiful countryside estates as you journey from Tucumán to Salta.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival In Tucumán - Tafi Del Valle

Today you will arrive in Tucumán via Buenos Aires. After you have settled in at your hotel, enjoy a tour of the city.

San Miguel de Tucumán is the capital city and heart of Tucumán Province. It is popularly known as "El Jardín de la República" (The garden of the Republic) because in springtime there are flowers everywhere (in parks, balconies, streets and gardens). Being the land of the sugar cane and setting of the Independence Day, San Miguel de Tucumán City provides places to visit such as Obispo Colombres’ House, the Historical House of the Independence Declaration, the outstanding Cathedral and Casa Padilla Museum.

Later you will get on the National Route across a sub-tropical jungle that leads to Tafi del Valle where you will stay for the evening.

Overnight: Estancias Las Carreras

Day 2 - Tafi Del Valle - Cafayate

Today you will head on a private excursion to Cafayate. It is the main city in the district of Cafayate and is well known because of its proximity to the famous Calchaquí Valleys which are home to the Quilmes ruins. Explore the ruins The ruins which were one of the most important pre-Hispanic settlements in Argentina and it is known that the Calchaquí tribe lived there from about 800 AD until 1666, when it was conquered by the Spanish.

Continue to visit some local wineries in Cafayate which is known for its Torrontes wine, a product of the exquisite combination of temperature and humidity that provides the ideal environment to the growth of the sweet and deep fruit flavor.

Overnight: Hotel Patios de Cafayate (Breakfast included)

Day 3 - Cafayate - Cachi

Continue your excursion northwards by the National Route 40 to the amazing Flechas Gorge and the towns of San Carlos and Angastaco. It is possible to take a walk through the incredible multi colored rock formations of the gorge. Then visit the town of Molinos and its picturesque church. Upon arrival at the town of Cachi, enjoy a visit to its church and Archaeological Museum. You may want to enjoy a visit to Cachi Adentro area or relax in the town.

Overnight: La Merced del Alto Hotel (Breakfast included)

Day 4 - Cachi – Salta

Today you will head back to Salta in a private service with English speaking guide. Drive by Los Cardones National Park, the Encantado Valley and the picturesque Obispo Slope, as well as the Escoipe gorge. After arriving in Salta, enjoy a brief city tour to visit the cathedral, the Church of San Francisco and the Historic Museum of the North.

Overnight: Legado Miticio-Salta (Breakfast included)

Day 5 - Salta - Purmamarca

Today you will head on a private excursion to the Salt Lakes. This excursion will give you the possibility to combine three different circuits in the Northwest of Argentina. This first, called the “Way of the Clouds” will lead you through the “Quebrada del Toro” (Bull’s Ravine) and up to San Antonio de los Cobres. Continue through the Puna to Salinas Grandes of Jujuy. Finally, you will head downhill to Lipan which will take you to the picturesque village of Purmamarca at the base of the Seven Colors Hill. Here you will have time to visit the handicraft market and walk around the village.

Overnight: Hotel Manantial del Silencio (Breakfast included)

Day 6 - Purmamarca – Humahuaca - Salta

Today you will head to Tilcara to visit the archeological museum and the Pucara ruins, an age old aboriginal fortress. You will head through Huacalera and Uquia as you make your way to Humahuaca, the largest and most important city in this region. Walk around this picturesque town before returning to Salta in the afternoon.

Overnight: Kkala Hotel Boutique (Breakfast included)

Day 7 - Salta - Buenos Aires Departure

After breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your domestic flight to Buenos Aires to connect with your outbound flight.

Accommodation Information

Estancias Las Carreras

Jesuit Estancia Las Carreras is set in a landscape of exceptional beauty, only 12km from Tafí del Valle, in the province of Tucumán in the northwest region of Argentina. Its has an idyllic location at the foot of the Andes. The original manor house was built by the Jesuits c. 1718. The estancia has been enlarged and renovated to cater for comfort while respecting the style and mood of the original architecture.

Hotel Patios de Cafayate

Patios De Cafayate offers luxury rooms in a former colonial mansion, with views out over the Calchaquí Valley vineyards. There is an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi in public areas.

All of the spacious guest rooms feature antique furniture, ceramic floors and artisan carpets. The rooms all have air conditioning and cable TV with DVD player, and offer views of the mountains or landscaped grounds.

La Merced del Alto Hotel

Hotel La Merced del Alto is set in the Calchaqui valleys, just 2km from the historic town of Cachi, 157km from Cafayate and 159km from Salta in Argentina. Hotel La Merced del Alto has breathtaking views of the surrounding hills, rivers, and streams.

This boutique hotel, characterized by its personalized service, maintains distinctive characteristics typical of the northern region. Built in the traditional style of the area's manor houses, the wide interior patios and galleries of Hotel La Merced del Alto re-establish the splendor of regional construction materials. Enjoy stunning views of the colorful and snowy peaks from every room and the best service and cuisine in the region.

Legado Miticio-Salta

The Legado Mitico is a warm and inviting hotel, inspired by the history and culture of Argentina. Here refinement and sophistication harmoniously blend with the contemporary. Designed for travelers who wish to experience the authentic spirit of their destination, the Legado Mitico reflects and celebrates the Argentinean identity.

This mansion located in the historic quarter of the city had slowly faded into oblivion until Legado Mitico came to its rescue. After careful renovation, it has regained the charm of its original spirit. Legado Mitico Salta is located just five blocks away form the city's traditional main square and its banking and commerical center.

Hotel Manantial del Silencio

A peaceful retreat in colonial-style splendour, stunningly situated in Purmamarca, the most idyllic village in the Quebrada de Humahuaca, 2 hours north of Jujuy

Fling wide the windows in the morning: the view from your room is the vivid red, cream, green and aubergine rock of the celebrated Cerro de Siete Colores (the 'Rock of Seven Colours'), peeping between golden fringes of tall poplars beyond the quiet village of Purmamarca.

Kkala Hotel Boutique

The Kkala Boutique Hotel is in the lovely city of Salta, at less than half an hour to local museums, Cathedral and hand-made craft shops. With just six rooms of three different types - classic, superior and deluxe - it is a wonderful mix of classic and urban modernity, always keeping a traditional and elegant style, representing the different landscapes of the province.

The classic rooms have views of the hills.The superior rooms on the second floor have views over the city and the hills and have wrhirlpool tubs and share a balcony. The Deluxe rooms are very spacious and have whirlpool tub, king or twin beds, and views over the city and the hills with a shared balcony. There is a pleasant patio with swimming pool and lots of outdoor and indoor spaces for lounging. The restaurant offers traditional food.


Region: South America



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Day Tours Day Tours

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General Information

Price Includes

  • Accommodations in hand picked boutique style locations
  • Breakfast served daily
  • Tours/activities lead by knowledgeable English Speaking tour guides
  • All transportation and transfers as mentioned
  • Full support before, during & after your trip

Price Excludes

  • International & Domestic Flights
  • Airport taxes and fees
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Entrance to national parks/museums
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature