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Up in this far-flung corner lie great and magnificent swathes of land that have visibly more in common with Argentina’s Andean neighbors than the modern, European influenced areas further south.

A lunar landscape awaits, a place of ochre deserts dotted with cactus and gorges striped with many different hues.

Exploring the Region

Begin your exploration in the historic city of Salta, where striking architecture and leafy plazas easily justify a stay for a day or two.

During excursions from this charming city, you will climb past giant cactus, grazing vicuña, sculpted rocks and mountains striped red, amber, coffee and ochre, reaching dazzling salt flats and impossibly tiny settlements at nearly 4,000 meters above sea level.

Humahuaca Gorge

From Purmamarca, with its Hill of Seven Colours, you can travel further north into the awe-inspiring scenery of the Humahuaca Gorge, visiting quiet oasis villages, the ruins of a hilltop fortress, exquisite churches and some of the most important archaeological sites in the country.


If you wish to combine Argentina with Chile, we can organize for you to traverse the high puna from this point into the Chilean Atacama Desert, in a heady day’s travel over a high and quiet border crossing.

South of Salta lie the stunning Calchaquíes Valleys and the vineyards of Cafayate, which can be combined in a day’s trip, both accessible by means of winding mountain passes above which condors glide.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Salta & The Northwest

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Salta & The Northwest, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Salta & The Northwest

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    Places near Salta & The Northwest

    Accommodation choices for Salta & The Northwest

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Salta & The Northwest. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Finca Valentina, Salta

      Finca Valentina


      Finca Valentina is a country house set in beautiful surroundings a short distance outside the city of Salta.

    • Living room, La Casa de los Jazmines, Salta

      La Casa de los Jasmines

      First Class

      The House of the Jasmines is located in 300 acres of rural farmland in the vicinity of Salta, only five minutes from the airport, but you will feel a million miles away from it all.

    • Kkala Boutique Hotel, Salta

      Kkala Boutique Hotel


      Kkala (a species of white flower) is a boutique hotel with only six rooms opened in the quiet, upmarket neighborhood of Tres Cerritos.

    • Mitica de Lujo (Deluxe) Room, Legado Mitico, Salta

      Legado Mitico Salta

      First Class

      Legado Mitico Salta is extremely comfortable accommodation in an ideal location just one block from Balcarce street, where most of the city's best restaurants and bars are located and only six blocks from the main square.