The Best of the Northwest

Salta - Pumamarca - Molinos - Cafayate (7 days / 6 nts)  From $N/A

Devil's throat ('Garganta del diablo')

Day 1: Arrive in Salta
Arrival at the airport; Pick up of the car at Airport Stand. You will be assisted by a member of our staff . He will explain you about driving conditions in the region. Departure from the airport to hotel.Time at leisure to visit the city. The MAAM is a must.

Day 2: Salta - San Antonio de los Cobres - Purmamarca
Early departure following the route ofNorthwest Argentina - Purmamarca and hills of seven colours the Train to the Clouds rails towards the Quebrada del Toro (Bull’s river Gorge. You will pass by the Ruins of Santa Rosa de Tastil, ancient pre-Inca settlement situated at 3,000 mals (9,842 feet) to finally ariive at the small village of San Antonio de los Cobres. After you will continue crossing the Puna up to Salinas Grandes, and start descending through the Cuesta de Lipan to Purmamarca, a typical village at the foot of the Seven Colours Hill. Arrival Purmamarca. Overnight in Purmamarca.

Total distance to drive: 285 km (178 miles)
Road: 196 km (122.50 miles) paved; 100 km (62.50 miles) gravel
Driving time: 6 hours

(Included meals: breakfast)

Day 3: Purmamarca - Humahuaca Gorge - Salta
Today we suggest a full day excursion to Humahuaca´s Gorge visiting typical and colourful villages such us Purmamarca, a typical village at the foot of the Seven Colours Hill and its colourful handcraft fair, Tilcara with its Pucará , an old pre-Colombian native fortress partially rebuilt, and Uquia with its local parish church which holds a collection of paintings coming from Cuzco, representing the harquebusier angels. Arrive at Humahuaca and visit the church, the old Town Hall, and the Argentine Independence War’s Monument. After lunch (not included) return to Salta. On the way you can stop at Maimara to admire La Paleta del Pintor (Paintor‘s Palette). Arrival at Salta. Overnight in Salta.

Total distance to drive: 275 km (172 miles)
Road: paved
Driving time: 4 hours

(Included meals: breakfast)

Day 4: Salta - Molinos
Departure towards the Calchaquí Valleys, a natural treasure enclosed in one of the country’The north - Cardon cacti around Recta de Tin Tins most beautiful landscapes. You will pass by Chicoana, Cuesta del Obispo, known as “the condor’s home”, Recta del Tin and Los Cardones National Park. We arrive at Cachi, visit the church and continue towards Molino. Overnight in Molino.

Total distance to drive: 210 km (131.25 miles)
Road: 151 km (94.40 miles) paved; 59 km (37 miles) gravel road
Driving time: 4 hours

(Included meals: breakfast)

Day 5: Molinos - Cafayate
Departure towards Cafayate, driving along mountainous roads passing by Seclantas, Molinos and Angastaco. You will pass by Quebrada de las Flechas (Arrows’ Ravine). This is a very particular rock ravine formed by 20-meter-high ( 66 ft ) rock walls that skirt the winding road. Finally arrival at Cafayate, a peaceful, colonialtype settlements with its vineyards that produce renowned wines. Overnight in Cafayate.

Total distance to drive: 110 km (68.75 miles)
Road: 5 km ( 3.15 miles) paved; 105 km (65.6 miles) gravel road
Driving time: 3 hours

(Included meals: breakfast)

Day 6: Cafayate - Salta
Departure departure towards Salta. The panoramic view of the valleys continues along Quebrada de las Conchas, (Cafayate´s Gorge) with reddish sandstone walls, curious rock formations that have been masterfully carved by the erosion of wind and weather. All these formations have been baptized by locals according to their fancy shapes with names such as: the Amphitheatre, the Devil’s Throat,The north - Cathedral of Salta the Obelisk and the Castles. Arrival at Salta. Overnight in Salta.

Total distance to drive: 192 km (120 miles)
Road: paved
Driving time: 3 hours

(Included meals: breakfast)

Day 7: Salta
If you have some spare time before your departure flight, you may seize the chance to join some of the short tour to the city or San Lorenzo´s gorge. At due time, departure towards de airport. Drop off your car at car rental office.

(Included meals: breakfast)

Included: hotel accommodation with breakfast, rental vehicle (unlimited kms, tax airport, drop off and partial insurance included), transfer/ tours/ meals/ services as detailed.

Not included: International and domestic Air Fare, airport taxes, park entrance fees, meals not mentioned, gratuities and personal expenses.

-Prices per person/USDollars, minimum 2 passengers
-This program may be altered depending on the airline`s schedule
-The services are subject to the availability & rates at the moment of the reservation
- From January to march the itinerary could be changed because of the rainy season
- Car Rental: Category E (Chevrolet Corsa 4doors or similar)