14 Days , 2 Countries , 10 Cities
Welcome to Salta, Argentina!
Arrive at the airport, where you will be met by your driver and transferred to your Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to explore the charming streets of Salta.
Suggestion: Visit a Peña Folklorica at night. Folklore is a general term that refers to all traditional song and dance that isn’t Tango. At the Peñas you will listen to music and be offered traditional food and lots of wine!
Salta: Visit High Altitude Archeological Museum
In the morning, your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby for a guided tour of the city. You will visit the MAAM (High Altitude Archeological Museum), although it hosts several informative exhibits relating to the Inca empire, it’s the world-famous Llullaillaco Children who take center stage. Back in 1999, three immaculately preserved mummies were discovered at the peak of a nearby 6,000 m (19,700 feet) volcano.
The scientific examination determined they were left there intentionally as sacrifices to the gods. Only one mummy is exhibited at any given time, stored in a specially designed high-tech display that circulates cool air to preserve the remains.
You will continue to the Cabildo, or City Hall, one of the oldest colonial buildings in the region, The Cathedral and the Church of Saint Francis, its maroon walls with ochre details make it an impressive sight. Afternoon at leisure to experience the city on your own.
The Quebrada de las Conchas - Salta
Meet your driver at the hotel lobby, you will drive to Cafayate via the Quebrada de las Conchas, with its jagged cliffs and red-rock formations, Shells’ Ravine (Quebrada de las Conchas) is one of Northern Argentina’s most impressive natural wonders Stops will be made at formations Devil’s Throat, El Anfiteatro, a rocky geological formation whose walls exceed 20 meters (65 feet) in height where you will surely find a musician interpreting typical northern melodies and some artisan stalls offering their creations, Tres Cruces and others for you to appreciate.
After lunch, at 1,660 meters (5,447 feet) of altitude, you will visit a local winery, view handicrafts, and explore the town and its surroundings.
Return to your hotel in Salta.
San Lorenzo: Stay in a Stone Castle
Meet your driver at the hotel lobby, you will drive to San Lorenzo, to meet your next adventure. You will be staying at a local castle, which is surrounded by the majesty of the mountain forest. The castle emerges from the green background with its imposing stone architecture. From its balconies and stately windows, the view of the hills covered with dense vegetation is stunning. The magic and tranquility of the scenery are interrupted only by the singing of birds and the rushing water of the river. The Castle is a proposition that combines history and nature with comfort and fine taste, assuring that your stay will be a unique experience.
It has Argentinian and Italian roots since, towards the end of the nineteenth century, the Italian Luigi Bartoletti, married a young woman from Jujuy, Adelina Bassani, and settled in the city of Salta. Bartoletti became a successful merchant, founding an important “general store” located on Florida Street. The prosperity of the Bartolettis enabled them to build this summer home or “villa” in the style of a “Castello”, characteristic of northern Italy. The Castle was restored in 1986, opening its doors as a Restaurant and several years later as a hotel, offering its services in the best style of Don Luigi Bartoletti’s day, and you have the chance to stay on it!
Afternoon at leisure to experience the city on your own.
Quebrada de San Lorenzo: The heart of the mountain jungle of Yungas
Meet your local guide at the hotel lobby. In an exciting trek, you will immerse yourself in the
streams full of vegetation and watercourses. The “Quebrada de San Lorenzo” is the heart of the mountain jungle of Yungas. Its name is due to the name of the river that crosses it, the San Lorenzo River. Its crystalline waters run through every stretch returning magic and pure nature in its path.
You will have the opportunity to find wild animals such as Pavas del Monte, different species of birds, corzuelas (a kind of small deer), among others. We will find places where we can enjoy the river, waterfalls, observation of flora and fauna, and enjoy a leisure picnic while we are there.
➔ Trekking: 4 hours.
➔ Difficulty: Low
Return to your hotel to relax.
Purmamarca: Admire one of Argentine’s most postcard-worthy towns
Today you will visit one of Argentina’s most postcard-worthy towns, Purmamarca, which lies beneath the shadows of the spectacular Cerro de Los Siete Colores (Hill of Seven Colors). The area, filled with adobe houses and a 17th-century Spanish colonial church is extremely charming, but the backdrop of jagged hills, displaying layers of red, purple, yellow, and orange makes for a particularly vivid sight in the early hours when the rising sun illuminates the natural tapestry. Within the town, itself sits one of Argentina’s oldest and prettiest churches, the centuries-old Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Lima, constructed from adobe and thistle wood and dating back to 1648.
Spending a night in the “Pueblo” also means you can take advantage of the dry air and high altitude by doing some stargazing.
Salinas Grandes: Witness the impressiveness and take amazing pictures
Today you will visit the impressive Salinas Grandes, a massive salt desert covering around 3,200 square miles. It used to be a lake, but once it dried up, all the salt concentration in this area.
If you’re wondering, yes, you may taste it! You will have time to take amazing pictures and stroll around the main plains before heading back to Purmamarca.
Tonight, we suggest attending a classic “ Peña Folklórica“, which is what we call our Argentine folkloric show.
Depart from Salta Airport
As we come our final day in our journey, morning is yours to relax until your transfer to the airport. After breakfast, meet your private driver at the hotel lobby, and head to the Salta Airport.
Starting from $1,575 per person
Price per person in double occupancy
The rate is based on 5-star accommodation
Price excluding international and domestic flights
This trip is customizable for your private travel.
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- All transportation specified in the itinerary
- Hotel accommodations including breakfast
- A private guided tour in Salta
- A private guided tour through Cafayate
- A private guided trekking through Quebrada de San Lorenzo
- A private guided tour in Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca
Sightseeing Highlights Included
- Visit the MAAM (High Altitude Archeological Museum)
- Visit Cabildo, or City Hall, one of the oldest colonial buildings in the region, The Cathedral and the Church of Saint Francis,its maroon walls with ochre details make it an impressive sight
- Explore Cafayate via the Quebrada de las Conchas, with its jagged cliffs and red-rock formations, Shells’ Ravine (Quebrada de las Conchas) is one of Northern Argentina’s most impressive natural wonders
- Visit Devil’s Throat, El Anfiteatro
- Discover San Lorenzo and stay at The Castle
- Immerse yourself in the streams full of vegetation and water courses in “Quebrada de San Lorenzo” (Trekking)
- Visit one of Argentina’s most postcard-worthy towns, Purmamarca, which lies beneath the shadows of the spectacular Cerro de los Siete Colores (Hill of Seven Colors)
- Witness the impressive Salinas Grandes and take amazing pictures
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