Otherworldly landscapes, award-winning vineyards, and ancient cultures
Argentina’s Northwest boasts a unique history and remarkable desert landscapes. This nine-day itinerary showcases the diversity of the often-overlooked region. After two days in the bustling city of Buenos Aires, travel to the tranquil vineyards of Cafayate, and take a glimpse into the ancient past at the Quilmes ruins. Finish your adventure in the colonial city of Salta to learn firsthand why it's earned the nickname “Salta the beautiful.”
Who is a luxury Argentina's Northwest trip best for?
Travelers for whom the journey is the destination. As you drive from one village to the next, you will find yourself pulling over very often to soak up views of the ever-changing landscape.
Argentina's Northwest trip highlights
- Start your trip in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s vibrant capital. Immerse yourself in the tango rhythm, explore historic neighborhoods like San Telmo, and savor local cuisine in a closed-door restaurant.
- Fly to Salta and drive through the desert roads to Cafayate. Watch the landscape evolve from green farmland to colorful desert valleys filled with cacti and dramatic sandstone formations.
- Explore the stunning Quebrada de las Conchas, a natural amphitheater of red rocks. Embark on an excursion to the ancient Quilmes ruins, Argentina’s largest pre-Columbian settlement. Sip on Torrontés, a white wine that originated in this region.
- Take a scenic drive to Bogeda & Estancia Colomé, nestled into the imposing landscape of the Calchaquí Valley. Established in 1831, this winery and hotel holds the title as the highest-altitude vineyard in the world. Colomé boasts not only fine wines but also an impressive art collection, making it a haven for art, nature, and wine enthusiasts alike.
- Journey to Salta, a city brimming with colonial charm and indigenous influence. Stroll the cobblestone streets and leafy plazas of its historic center. Settle into your hotel, House of Jasmines, a charming estancia with warm hospitality and picturesque gardens. Spend two nights in this idyllic setting before returning home.
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When is the best time to travel to Argentina's Northwest?
It never gets too cold in Argentina’s Northwest, making it a year-round destination. The autumn (March and April) and spring (September to November) have moderate temperatures and very little rain. The peak summer months (January and February) are considered the rainy season.
Argentina's Northwest map
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