Salta, Argentina

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Time2 days (Approx.)
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Overview

Discover the Calchaquí Valley's scenery and local wineries on this overnight excursion from Salta. Drive round-trip to Cachi and Cafayate, viewing mountain villages, rolling vineyards, rivers and gorges along the way. Visit Cachi's Archaeological Museum (optional) and enjoy winery tours and tastings. Learn about the history of the Calchaquí Valley from a knowledgable guide and stop at plenty of panoramic viewpoints to take photos. Hotel accommodation is not included.
  • 2-day tour from Salta to Cachi and Cafayate
  • Enjoy a gorgeous drive through the Calchaquí Valley, making photo stops along the way
  • Admire the gorges, mountains and rivers that make up the landscape for which the valley is so famous
  • Explore the village of Cachi however you wish — check out its 16th-century church or Archeological Museum
  • Spend one night in the wine town of Cafayate at any hotel of your choice (not included)
  • Take a tour of a local winery and sample varietals like malbec and torrontés, the local white grape
Relax aboard a luxury coach from Salta to the Calchaquí Valley (Valles Calchaquíes). You'll enjoy two days with a professional guide that include wine tasting, a bit of guided touring and plenty of free time to explore the towns of Cachi and Cafayate at your leisure. 
Meals and accommodation are excluded from the tour price. Your guide can offer recommendations on where to enjoy lunch and dinner, as well as advice on popular hotels in town that fit your needs. Once you've booked your tour, please contact the local tour operator for recommendations on hotels in Cafayate. Some popular options include: the Viñas de Cafayate Wine Resort (buffet breakfast included); La Casa de la Bodega — Wine Boutique Hotel (buffet breakfast included); and Patios de Cafayate Wine Hotel (one of the most luxurious options; breakfast included).

Itinerary

Day 1: Salta – Cachi – Cafayate
After hotel pickup by coach, your overnight tour begins by heading out of town on Route 68 toward Cachi, about 100 miles (160 km) southwest of Salta. Drive through the Lerma Valley, passing through towns like El Carril and Chicoana, and continue into the Calchaquí Valley, a series of incredible valleys, rivers and gorges spread across Salta and its neighboring provinces that’s on UNESCO’s tentative list to become a World Heritage site.

During the drive, make a few stops to admire natural attractions like Quebrada de Escoipe (Escoipe Gorge), and then arrive in Cachi around midday. You have about 1.5 hours of free time to eat lunch and explore. Have lunch at one of the local restaurants, or find a pretty spot to enjoy a picnic if you brought a packed lunch with you. Then wander around the village at your leisure to see its historical architecture, from the whitewashed adobe homes to the 16th-century church, a National Historic Monument. If you’re interested, you may visit the Archeological Museum (Museo Arqueológico) to see its collection of artifacts from this region, some dating back 10,000 years (optional; entrance at own expense).

After lunch, return to your coach for the drive to Cafayate, another 100 miles (160 km) south in the wine region of the Calchaquí Valley. On the way, admire the beautiful landscapes along the Calchaquí River, see Quebrada de las Flechas (Arrows Gorge) and pass through mountain towns like Seclantas, Molinos and San Carlos. As a group, you may let your guide know whenever you want to stop for quick photo ops.

When you arrive in Cafayate in the evening, enjoy a short tour of town while everyone is dropped off at their hotels. Your guide will tell you what time to meet up in the morning, and then you’re free to enjoy dinner and explore at your leisure for the rest of the night.

Overnight: Your selected hotel in Cafayate (own expense)

Day 2: Cafayate – Winery – Salta
Meet your guide in the morning and head to a nearby winery (usually either Vasija Secreta or Domingo Hermanos) for a 1- to 1.5-hour tour and tasting. Learn about the winemaking process in Cafayate as you tour the winery, visiting the vineyards or barreling facilities, and then enjoy a tasting of Argentine varietals like torrontés (the region’s signature white varietal) and malbec.

Return to Cafayate, where you have free time for lunch; check out one of the local restaurants on the town square, perhaps. Then start the drive back to Salta, which takes you past more of the Calchaquí Valley’s striking natural attractions. One of the most impressive is Quebrada de las Conchas (Shells Gorge), known for its many rock formations caused by wind and water erosion; make photo stops at formations like Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo) and the Amphitheater (Amfiteatro).

Then continue north through the Lerma Valley to Salta, where you’ll arrive in the evening. Your tour ends with hotel drop-off.
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