North of Argentina Travel

North of Argentina, local immersion

from $2,300

trip to explore the North of Argentina in 9 days. An immersion in the traditions of the original peoples of Salta and Jujuy, their culture, their history and their colorful landscapesYou will discover the local life while you travel through the beautiful landscapes of northern Argentina.

Duration: 9 days.

The price is per person in double base and in american dollars.

  • Reviews 5 Reviews
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Community tourism, Cultural
  • Activity Level Easy
  1. Day 1 Arrival to Salta

    Arrival in Salta and private transfer to your hotel. Free evening to discover the city. We suggest you to spend the evening in one of the many ”peñas” (traditional tavern) that Salta has, we can give you our recommendations to spend an unforgettable evening. 

  2. Day 2 From Salta to Cachi via the Cactus National Park

    Your driver (English speaking) picks you up at the hotel to take you to the north-west trails, towards Cachi. You will cross the Los Cardones National Park, passing by the so-called ”Inca Trail”, the Recta Tin Tin, name given to a perfectly straight stretch of road of Route 33, which runs for 18 km through the cactus of the Los Cardones National Park. The name of this route dates from the peak of the Inca between 1480 and 1535 and was then part of the Inca Trail that ran along the Andes from Ecuador to Argentina. You will probably see lamas spinning between cactus across the Andean plateau. 

    Arrival to Cachi to discover this splendid small town of colonial inheritance, with low houses tinged with white lime.  

    Private tour with English speaking driver-guide 

  3. Day 3 Andean Rural Community: Sharing and Discoveries

    From Cachi, the famous Route 40 runs along the Calchaquí River south to Seclantás. From there a gravel road will take us to the town of Brealito, where we will meet an Andean rural community. 

    You will learn about local traditions and participate in weaving, ceramics, viticulture, paprika and other spices. A real immersion in this respectable and warm community. 

    After a lunch shared with your hosts, you will be able to walk in the hills along the irrigation channels guided by the inhabitants, in order to make the most of the surrounding nature from the most beautiful views. 

    Private tour with English speaking driver-guide 

    Note: Activity to be confirmed according to the schedule of the local family. 

  4. Day 4 Trip through the Calchaquies valleys

    The route 40 continues to Molinos and Angastaco with its pepper fields and its small center that comes alive when the heat falls. In the afternoon, you arrive in the city of Cafayate famous due to its wine production.  

    Private tour with English speaking driver-guide 

  5. Day 5 From Cafayate to Salta

    In the morning, you go towards Salta making some stops to enjoy the most breathtaking views. You cross small colonial cities like AlemaniaYowill also enter the Quebrada of the Río de Las Conchas, and enjoy the beauty and its spectacular rock formations carved by erosion and winds such as the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat), El Anfiteatro (the Amphitheater), El Sapo (The Toad), El Fraile (The Monk), El Obelisco (The Obelisk) Los Castillos (The Castles). On your arrival you are free to visit again Salta  

    Private tour with English speaking driver-guide 

  6. Day 6 Salt desert and splendor of colors + Purmamarca

    You head towards San Antonio de los Cobres through the winding roads of the Northwest by the Quebrada del Toro along the old railway of the famous ”Tren a las Nubes” (train to the clouds). 

    After a break for lunch (not included), you take the road to discover the “Salinas Grandes”, an impressive salt desert at over 1400m above sea level, just on the border between the regions of Salta and Jujuy. Finally, you will descend by Cuesta del Lipán observing condors and llamas to Purmamarca, beautiful village at the foot of the Seven Colors Mountain. 

    Private tour with English speaking driver-guide 

  7. Day 7 Discover the Quebrada de Humahuaca + visit to a local community

    Set off along the Quebrada de Humahuaca and its small villages, this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your driver and guide you will discover the curiosities and colorful markets of each small village, including those of Tilcara where you will also visit the Pucará (archaeological site). At lunch time, arrival to the village of Humahuaca. Free time to explore the ciy on your own and have lunch (not included)  

    On the way back to Purmamarca, you will visit a small rural village where you will meet a community called Hornaditas. A family invites you to participate in their daily activities, including bread making and goat cheese making. Lunch included. Back to Purmamarca in the late afternoon.  

  8. Day 8 Return to Salta

    Return to Salta with your driver by private car. 

    Note: depending on your flights schedule for the next day (Day 9), you could sleep this night (Day 8) in Purmamarca and be transferred to the airport the next day.   

  9. Day 9 Salta

    Private transfer to Salta airport. 

All about the North of Argentina, local immersion.

On this trip you will discover the charms of the Andean North: Salta, “la linda” and its incredible landscapes. You will visit Los Cardones and Cachi National Park. In Cafayate you can visit wineries and taste the torrontés, typical grape of the region, and you will have a meeting with a rural community in Brealita. They will share local traditions and activities such as weaving, pottery and viticulture. Then you will head towards the Quebrada River of Las Conchas and its spectacular rock formations. 

The adventure continues in Jujuy. You will discover the small town of Purmamarcalocated at the foot of the famous Hill of the 7 colorsthe Salinas Grandes and the Quebuebrada de Humahuaca and the colorful markets of the towns of Tilcara, Pucará (archaeological site) and Humahuaca. You will visit a small rural town where you will meet a community calle Hornaditas. A family invites you to participate in their daily activitieswhich include making bread and goat cheese. 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 7 nights accommodation in a double room. 
  • night accommodation (homestay) in the rural community of Brealito (private room with share facilities
  • Breakfasts included in all hotels. 
  • All meals at the rural tourism program in Salta.  
  • Lunch at the rural tourism programa in Jujuy.   
  • Meals when “included” are mentioned 
  • Private transportation from day 2 to day 8 (4×4 vehicle with English speaking driver-guide)  
  • Airport transfers in Salta by private car.  
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meals (except when mentioned) and additional staff. 
  • Air transport (national and international), optional. 
  • Excursions indicated as optional. 
Local hotels, family homes and unique properties

At Mater we know that accommodation is much more than a place to sleep. It is an opportunity to experience the local culture. Because of this, our itineraries are designed to stay in local hotels and, whenever possible, have an experience in the family home.

The published price is in standard hotels, but we have options in superior and luxury category hotels. We work with inns, rooms, and charming hotels.

At Mater we always search for alternative activities to those usually chosen by large groups of tourists so that you can have more intimate and authentic experiences, without missing out on the most emblematic places in Argentina.

In this tour you’ll get to visit Salta and Jujuy from a unique perspective that offers the possibility of authentically discovering the lifestyle and traditions of their inhabitants organised in rural communities. Driving through the paths surrounded by incredible landscapes such as ravines, salines or valleys is definitely an extraordinary experience. The tour has a completely different perspective to the ones offered in other conventional circuits in the region, as you’ll have the opportunity to share unique moments with locals.

On top of our general sustainability policies (see here), there are some specific sustainable actions we take in this particular tour.
One of the main aspects of rural tourism is the direct and genuine bond that is created with locals, generating a reciprocal cultural exchange. This is the case in Brealito, where you’ll meet an Andean rural community to learn about their traditions and participate on their daily activities such as knitting, making ceramic pieces, viticulture and more. In Hornaditas, a family will invite you to participate in activities such as making bread or goat cheese.

Salta City – Cachi: 4hs on route

Cachi – Cafayate: 4hs on route

Cafayate – Salta City: 3.30hs on route

Salta City – Purmamarca: 3.00hs on route

Purmamarca – Tilcara : 0.30hs on route

In the North the weather is pretty good all year round, although it tends to be very rainy and hot during the summer months. During the other months of the year it’s an arid region with great variability in temperatures: hot during the day and colder at night.
The city of Salta, located in a valley, has an average temperature of 10 ºC (50 ºF) during the winter and 20 ºC (68 ºF) in the summer, and a rainy season between December and February. In the rest of the province temperatures vary according to the altitude of the area. For example, in the Puna region there is a big thermal amplitude with cold mornings and nights and nicer temperatures during the day. In Cachi and Cafayate the weather is quite warm during the summer, with an average temperature of 28 ºC (82 ºF), long and sunny days and cooler nights. In the winter, temperatures drop to 15°C (59 ºF) during the day. 

In the Quebrada de Humahuaca, the average temperature in the summer is 23°C (73 ºF) with long, sunny days and cooler nights. In winter, average temperature drops to 16°C (60 ºF) during the day.

The North is considered quite safe, especially in rural areas. Just like in most countries, you should be more cautious in the city and the areas around it.

The Northwest is definitely one of the most gastronomically diverse areas in Argentina due to the coexistence of different cultures. We strongly suggest that you try the most typical meals like tamales, locro or empanadas.

Salta (city) has the main airport in the Northwest area, although San Salvador de Jujuy also has an airport with less frequent flights. Most direct flights connect the largest cities in the country, such as Buenos Aires, Rosario or Córdoba. There are also other flights like Salta – Puerto Iguazú or Salta – Mendoza.

Overall Rating
Reviewed On 12/05/2019

An excellent trip! Unbeatable itinerary, without a doubt recommended

Reviewed On 03/05/2019

Local cuisine, cultural immersion, extraordinary meetings and an impressive landscape

Reviewed On 21/04/2019

We're leaving very happy. The guides, the lodging and the luxury transport!

Reviewed On 10/03/2019

We let ourselves be carried throughout the trip, it only remained to enjoy the scenery, excursions, animals ... and all without knowing the language. In a word, a magical journey!

Ana Fernesher
Reviewed On 16/02/2019

Our trip to to the north of Argentina was amazing. Mater surprised us in a good way!


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