The Colorful Northwest

Enjoy the incredible colors of the Argentinian Northwest, visiting Salta, Jujuy and amazing landscapes of the area such as the 7-colour mountain, the Humahuaca Canyon and more. Taste the local gastronomy and learn more about the rich local culture.

Purmamarca and the 7-color mountain in Humahuaca Canyon

ITINERARY

The Argentinian Northwest is an amazing place full of colorful landscapes, incredible mountains, and rich culture. Our 3-night basic program includes some great activities like the visit to Humahuaca Canyon which is a  Unesco World Heritage, the unique Train to the Clouds to arrive at 4200 mts above sea level in Viaducto La Polvorilla, a visit to Cachi, Cafayate, and the Wine Country and many adventure activities like rafting or horseback ridings. Take a look at our day-by-day itinerary below!


Day 1

SALTA: Arrival to the Argentinian northwest.

Arrival at Salta, the gate to visit different attractions in the Argentinian northwest. Salta is one of the most important cities, the 7 most populous in Argentina with around 600,000 inhabitants. It`s located in Lerma Valley, and it`s the gate to visit many attractions in the area. Known as Salta la Linda (“Salta the beautiful”), the city has become an important tourist destination for international travelers due to its old, colonial architecture, tourism friendliness, excellent weather, and natural scenery of the valleys westward.

After arrival, transfer to your hotel and have free time to walk the city on your own, or maybe add some of our optional activities you can find below


Day 2

JUJUY and THE HUMAHUACA CANYON: Unesco World Heritage

After breakfast, we will start one of the most important excursions in the area: the Humahuaca Canyon. It’s a harsh but vivid landscape full of incredibly colorful mountains and a real network of dry yet river-scoured canyons overlooked by mountains with sedimentary strata that have been eroded time by time, into unique formations revealing a wide variety of colors in waves. This incredible place was declared by Unesco as World Heritage
Through your guide’s commentary, learn about how the Incas once used this gorge as a caravan road and later as a commercial route during the colonial period.
We arrive at Purmamarca where we can enjoy watching the incredible Cerro de Los Siete Colores (Seven-Color Hill,) a large natural formation looming over the town. It´s a great chance to take a wonderful and unforgettable picture. Stroll through the streets of the small village, visiting the small church and handicrafts at the local market.

After a stop, we arrive at Tilcara, to enjoy the archaeological museum and the town square. First, stop at a scenic viewpoint on the way into town to see some pre-Incan ruins. We continue through Huacalera, to admire the colorful formation called La Pollera de la Coya, and see paintings dating from the 17th century in Uquía.
We stop in Humahuaca for lunch (not included) where we will visit the Monument of Independence, the local cathedral, and admire paintings from the Cuzco School.

After that, we start to return to Salta, but we will watch some incredible landscapes on the way, like La Paleta del Pintor or the Painter’s Palette, and stop in San Salvador de Jujuy. Visit the town’s cathedral and the French Baroque–style Flag’s Hall before moving on to the Government House.

Arrival in Salta late in the evening.


Day 3

SALTA: Choose from many options available!

After breakfast, you have free time to choose from many options available, from adventure activities, to traditional activities like Train to the Clouds (check calendar available), Cachi, Cafayate Wine Country, and more. Take a look at our options below:


Day 4

SALTA: Good bye to “La Linda”

After breakfast, you have free time until your transfer to airport or bus station if you continue to Chile. If you have time enough, you can choose an optional activity before your transfer. Check options below


End of our services. We can personalize your program, by adding or deleting nights, adding new destinations, or making any necessary changes. Just let us know. Optional activities you can see below each day, are just suggested options. You can add any of these activities to your quotation, or ask for any other available in each destination.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Transfers and excursions with an English-speaking guides
  • Accommodation in selected hotels with breakfast
  • Air tickets Buenos Aires - Salta - Buenos Aires
  • Entrance fee to national parks
  • Tips
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activities, that can be added at extra cost

FAQs

  • Can I add extra activities?

    Yes, you can add any of the activities you can see below each day in the itinerary. If you have any question, just let´s know. We´re ready to help you

  • Can I add extra nights to the program?

    Yes, absolutely. You can add or even delete one night if you want. The Argentinian Norwest offers many places to be visited, so 3-4-5 nights are great to explore. Even, you can extend your visit and cross to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. If you want something more complete, just email us info@ripioturismo.com 

  • Can I buy internal flights with you?

    Yes, the air tickets from Buenos Aires and back to Buenos Aires are included. You can choose to buy the tickets on your own if you prefer. 

  • How to book this extension?

    Just select the extension program when you submit the booking form. If you want to decide later you just can email us to info@ripioturismo.com We´re ready to add you to the extension program to visit the Argentinian Nortwest