The Calchaqui Valley tour is a three day, two night journey through stunning ever-changing landscape to the south of Salta, Argentina. For those with less time in NOA, either this private tour or the Humahuaca Gorge Tour are perfect immersions in the culture of this area – the southernmost part of the Inca Empire. We will customize this tour based upon your interests – landscape, photography, culture, crafts and of course the calchaqui valley wineries. If you are particularly interested in wine, you may enjoy the special Salta Cafayate Wine Tour.
Calchaqui Valley Tour Itinerary
DAY 1 – Pick up at your Salta hotel or the airport and drive south through the Quebrada de las Conchas – 65 million year old Shell Gorge. We stop at various rock formations like the Devil’s Throat, Amphitheater and Obelisk, as well as spectacular view points for photographs. We arrive in Cafayate in time for lunch at the winery in the clouds, with a tour and tasting (lunches are not included so that you may make your own selection). After lunch we will enjoy further tours and tasting at Cafayate wineries not normally open to tours. Overnight in Cafayate.
DAY 2 – We drive further south into the Calchaqui Valley in Tucuman province and visit the Quilmes Ruins, a pre-Colombian city conquered by both Inca and Spanish with a fascinating history. After the tour and optional climb to the look out point, we return north into the lunar landscape of Arrow Gorge, arriving in time for lunch in Molinos. Continue across the puna to Seclantas with its pastel colored church, a visit to the llama wool weavers and arrive at Cachi. After a visit to the church and museum, a cold glass of Torrontes on the plaza is well-deserved. Overnight at a hundred-year-old working estancia.
DAY 3 – After breakfast before a snow-capped vista, we drive along the Inca road, Recta del Tintin, through the national cactus park. We descend the hairpin trail of Cuesta del Obispo and through a colored valley and rain forest for the return to Salta City with time for an orientation tour before drop off at your hotel or airport.