Argentina's Northwest

The Argentinean Northwest is the region of the high mountains, the impressive volcanoes and the blue sky.

It includes Jujuy, Salta, Catamarca and Tucumán provinces.

In colonial times, the densely populated northwest was the River Plate’s link to the Viceroyalty of Peru and to Spain, and its palpable indigenous and colonial landmarks—set among incomparable mountain and desert scenery—are the region’s strongest assets.

Northwest Argentina maintains the roots of the region's pre-Columbian cultures though influenced by the habits and customs of the Puna. This enormous plateau is located at an altitude of 3,500 metres and stretches beyond Argentina, to Chile and Bolivia. It was precisely these cultures from the north of the continent that converted this zone into pre-Hispanic Argentina's nerve centre, later transferred to Buenos Aires, where the emancipation of the country originated.

The northwest has a rich legacy of this past, in the way of invaluable indigenous ruins, works of art, in which the influence of the pre- and post-Hispanic eras, form the special style of the region, and the colonial architecture, clearly evident in the buildings and particularly in some churches still in use.

Its most beautiful places are La Quebrada de Humahuaca, The Calchaquíes Valleys, Salta city and El Tren a las Nubes (Railway to the Clouds) . This area was called "Pachamama" (Mother earth) by the natives Incas.

In addition to its historic and scenic appeal, the Northwest can claim a unique, underappreciated status as a wine region. The areas around Cafayate can boast distinctive high-altitude wines, including what most consider to be Argentina’s top Torrontés.

Angastaco Church - Salta

Quebrada de Cafayate - Salta

The inhabitants of the Argentinian Puna, in the northwest, still proudly maintain numerous ancient traditions. Known as "collas", they maintain the cult of "Pachamama" giving thanks to Mother Earth who makes the "maize grow and livestock multiply" even though they are, simultaneously, profoundly Christian. They sing and dance to the rhythm of their folkloric instruments: the charangos, quenas, erkes, cajas and bombos; they weave the wool of the vicuñas, sheep, and llamas, making blankets and ponchos, and sometimes talk in Quechua, the language of their forefathers.

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Northwest Tours

  • Salta 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - City Tour Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 264

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Tours in Argentina's Northwest

  • Around the Heights - From Salta
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  • Cafayate Full Day Tour with pairing lunch at Piatelli’s winery (Calchaqui Valley)
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  • Salt Flats visit with picnic lunch and drop off in Purmamarca
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  • Walks with Llamas - This day you will enjoy a unique experience with Llamas
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  • Cachi - Cafayate
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  • Tilcara - Veranada de Yutos Pampa
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  • Pottery Class with local people & lunch at Porvenir Vineyards
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  • San Miguel de Tucumán Sightseeing

    A journey through the roots of modern Argentine history.

    Plaza Independencia and its surr... [+] Read More

  • San Salvador de Jujuy Sightseeing

    We start the trip from the outskirts of the city to the Cristo de la Hermandad to have a panoramic view and understan... [+] Read More

  • Salta Sightseeing

    Visit the hightlights of the Salta city: 

    -Cathedral Basilica of 1855
    -Cultu... [+] Read More

  • Full Day Cachi - From Salta

    We will go through the Lerma Valley to Carril town, continuing through Chicoana and entering through... [+] Read More

  • Full Day Cafayate - From Salta

    The tour begins through the Lerma Valley, passing through tobacco cultivation fields and towns of co... [+] Read More

  • Full Day Humahuaca - From Salta

    A trip through the Quebrada declared World Heritage, where the landscape and the colors of the hills are combined wit... [+] Read More

  • Salinas Grandes - From Salta

    Salinas Grandes (Big Salar) —a huge white salt sea (212 km²) — is located on the border between the ... [+] Read More

  • Clouds Train

    The most amazing train in the world, the one that takes you up to the clouds at 4,200 meters above sea level. The tra... [+] Read More

  • San Antonio de los Cobres - From Salta

    Parallel route to the train tracks of the Train of the Clouds, by the Quebrada del Toro where the la... [+] Read More

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