Salta the Perfect Escapade
4 Day / 3 Night
In Argentina, limiting with Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay, at 1187 meters over the sea level, stands SALTA. Its name comes from "aimar " (a regional language) and it has many meanings such as: "sallata" (rock place); "sita"(resting place) and "sagta" (very beautiful). This strategic point in the north of Argentina, has a mild and dry climate which allows the growth of a great variety of crops. Its wonderful geography lets you enjoy different types of tourism. Its population, estimated in over 800.000 inhabitants, has peculiar features, among which hospitality and cordiality have to be remarked. Owner of a wide and deep history, a characteristic culture and a capacity and strength to go forward the present times, Salta does not stop searching for new horizons in the provincial growth. During the last years, one of the windows from Salta to the world has been the Train to the Clouds, with its unbelievable trip, full of emotions, up to the viaduct "La Polvorilla", 4200 meters over the sea level. Today, we invite you to know more about our province.
Day 1 Arrival in Salta, Meeting at the airport.
MOTORCOACH - SALTA / CACHI / RUINAS DE QUILMES
HOTEL - PARADOR RUINAS DE QUILMES
SALTA, CACHI, CAFAYATE, SALTA (2 days)
This is the traditional trip to the Calchaquíes Valleys. We also include a visit to the Quilmes Ruins, in the province of Tucumán. We start at the city of Salta and cross the Lerma Valley to get to the Escoipe Canyon and the Cuesta del Obispo. On the Tin-Tin straight we travel through the National Park of the Cardones to reach the old village of Cachi, placed at the foot of the Nevado de Cachi (6.000 mts.). On a picturesque little road we skirt the fertile valleys of the Calchaquíes River through the National Park of the Cardones to reach the old village of Cachi, placed at the foot of the Nevado de Cachi (6380mts.). On a picturesque little road we skirt the fertile valleys of the Calchaquíes River through little villages such as Molinos, Angastaco and San Carlos, and later we cross the impressive Arrow´s Canyon (Quebrada de las Flechas). We spend the night at a fascinating hotel at the foot of the ruins.
Lunch and Dinner
Day 2 Breakfast at your hotel.
MOTORCOACH - RUINAS DE QUILMES / CAFAYATE / SALTA
HOTEL - SELVA MONTANA
Departure to Cafayate, a beautiful colonial village located in the very heart of the Calchaquies Valleys. Drive along route 68 passing through Cerrillos, El Carril a typical village at the Lerma River valley, Ampascachi, Talapampa, Alemania and the Las Conchas River Gorge with its extraordinary formations on the rocks eroded by the wind and time. Surrounded by rivers and vineyards stands Cafayate. See the colonial style houses, the main square, the Parish Church and the Town Hall. Visit a famous wine bodega to sample some of Argentina finest wines. Later on to the Calchaqui Colonial and Archeological Museum. Return to Salta.
Lunch and Dinner.
Day 3 Breakfast at you hotel.
Transfer from hotel to the train station.
TRAIN - SALTA / SAN ANTONIO DE LOS COBRES
MOTORCOACH - SAN ANTONIO DE LOS COBRES / TILCARA
HOTEL - HOSTAL VILLAR DEL ALA
TRAIN TO THE CLOUDS, HUMAHUACA AND PURMAMARCA (2 Days) (does not operate daily)
In addition to the beautiful landscape on the way to San Antonio de los Cobres, this train ride is one of the three highest railroads in the world. It seems to be hanging from the giddy mountains, the visitor feels as if he were hanging from the clouds and it runs across some of the region's most spectacular scenery, like the amazing landscape with its high picks. During the season that goes from April to October the train leaves the city of Salta on Saturdays and other special scheduled departures. Along its zig-zagged trip of 217 km. The train passes by San Antonio de los Cobres and climb almost 4,200 meters above sea level when it gets to La Polvorilla Viaduct. During the journey this train provides a buffet-car, a medical ward, audio sound, video, folk groups and bilingual tourist guides. Due to its magnificent landscape, to the translucent clarity of the intense blue of the sky and because over the years "Train to the Clouds" has become one of the most important railroads built the first half of this century, it is one of the most important tourist attractions in Argentina.
Lunch and dinner.
Day 4 Breakfast at your hotel.
MOTORCOACH - TILCARA / HUMAHUACA / PURMAMARCA / SALTA
FLIGHT - SALTA / BUENOS AIRES
Morning departure to the pucara (a fortified pre-Columbian settlement) and the Archaeological Museum. Then on to Huacalera and Uquia to see one of the oldest colonial churches in the Northwest. Arrive at Humahuaca, founded in the XVl century at the Grande River bank it has been strongly influenced by the Inca culture. Walk through its narrow cobblestone streets with its sun dried clay bricks houses. See its Cathedral, Town Hall, the Northern Carnival Museum and the craft fair. On our way back to Salta visit of San Salvador de Jujuy to see its main landmarks: San Francisco Church, San Bernardo Convent, the Cathedral, etc. On the way to Salta visit Purmamarca, a colonial village surrounded by the picturesque Seven Colors Hill. Lunch en route.
Optional: Transfer from Aeroparque airport to Ezeiza airport for connecting flight.