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Classic tour in Northwest Argentina

Duration

8 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

San Miguel De Tucumán

Available

May 2021 / December 2021

Cities to visit: San Miguel de Tucumán, Cafayate, Salta, Salta, Purmamarca,

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

Dear Traveler: thank you for choosing us to perform this Tour! We hope you enjoy your trip.

Here we give you a guidance on their tour with the information that we believe may be of your interest. The information is indicative, may exist variations on designated hours.

TRANSFER from the airport, if you have it included or purchasing. Our transfer will be waiting for you with a poster on behalf of Owner or its name to the output of the custom (after collecting your luggage)..

Remember to inform us by phone if you lost your connection flight or expected delay of their arrival, in your VOUCHER figure the phone of the transfer.

Day
Arrival in Tucumán. Transfer from Tucuman Airport to the selected hotel.

City Tour in Tucumán.

San Miguel de Tucumán has been declared „Historic City‟ in 1 because of its richness in patrimonial
heritage. Today, the historic centre forms the heart of the cosmopolitan metropolis and within it, the most significant civic and institutional buildings of Tucumán have been constructed.
This tour invites you to discover the capital of Tucumán, the protagonist of the National History and owner of an important patrimonial legacy. With an intense cultural life and a moving nightlife, the city offers varied attractions that allow you to get to know the most authentic aspects of its historic growth and its unique present. The Plaza Independencia, the heart of the city, where the statue of „La Libertad‟ stands out. The statue was a work of art made by the famous sculptor for Tucumán, Lola Mora. Around the square numerous buildings have been constructed, reflecting distinctive architectonical periods, all worthy of a short stop to appreciate them: Casa de Gobierno (Government building), Museum Casa Padilla and the Temple of San Francisco. The Cathedral, in neo-classical style, occupies the south-eastern corner of the square and two „petit hotel‟ stand out among the rest of the buildings La Casa Nougués, head-office of the Board of Tourism, and the Cultural Centre Rougés. On San Martín Street, still around the main square, we find the former Cinema Plaza, La Caja Popular de Ahorros, the seat of the prestigious Jockey Club, the former Plaza Hotel
and the Economic Federation of Tucumán, all buildings of great patrimonial value. Other optional visits within the historic city centre are the Church „La Merced‟, the Museum of Sacred Art, the Casa Avellaneda and the Basilica of Santo Domingo.
From here it is possible to get to know the Provincial Museum of Fine Arts „Timoteo Navarro‟ and on 24 de Septiembre Street the Folkloric Museum (to be restored shortly). A little further away we find the Parque 9 de Julio, the green lung of the city and a National Historic Place where we come across the Museum Casa Obispo Colombres. It is also recommended to visit the surroundings of Plaza Urquiza where an interesting architectonical ensemble can be found, composed of the Casino, the Legislature and the San Martín Theatre.

Accommodation in selected Hotel in Tucuman with breakfast.
Meals: none
Departure to Cafayate via Tafi del Valle, Amaicha and Quilmes.

Leaving the capital of the province towards the south via Route 38, heading in the directions of the Valleys you can visit the Jesuit Ruins of San José de Lules where the chapel and the cloister are being preserved. After 16 kilometers you reach Famailla, known for its typical empanadas from Tucumán.
You continue to Acheral where the road toward the Valleys, the provincial route 307, begins. Thousands of fern will capture the curiosity of the traveler, as will the giant trees alongside the road. After a short while, the road will enter the ravine of the river Los Sosa which forms part of the Natural Reserve Los Sosa. A short while after entering the reserve the road will start zigzagging its way up with sharp turns. At this point, the jungle dazzles most visitors and invites them to stop and take in the scenery, especially in the curve near the monument „El Indio‟. Further up the road, in a place called the Military halting-place, the vegetation starts losing a bit of its intensity. Here species like the alder, willow, and pine-tree take over the protagonist role. The entrance in the Valley of Tafí is simply breathtaking. In its center rests the dam „La Angostura‟. On the southern shores of the lake we find the village of El Mollar where we will visit the Archaeological Reserve „Los Menhires‟, where over a hundred monoliths are gathered from all over the valley telling the story of the Tafí-culture. Tafí del Valle is situated at 2000 meters above sea level. With its 2.600 inhabitants it is a typical tourist village that preserves the Jesuit conjunct „La Banda‟, who‟s oldest part was built by the Jesuits in the first half of the 18th century. Together with other estancias, La Banda forms a particular rural circuit and the productive center of the famous cheese from Tafí.
The route that introduces the visitors to the Calchaquíe Valleys is the provincial route 307. From the south it ascends in a sharply pronounces zigzag until reaching „El Infiernillo‟ The Little Hell) at 3.042 meters above sea level. From here you have an impressive view in any direction you look. This is where the descend begins. On both sides of the road on the slopes, big cacti begin to appear. Later the valley manifests itself with its typical vegetation dotting the landscape with carob-trees, churquis, chañares, and talas besides the aforementioned willows and poplars. Amaicha del Valle is the next point where we will stop to visit the main square and its surroundings and to get to know a little more about the celebrations of Pachamama (Mother Earth). Nowadays these celebrations coincide with the festivities of Carnival and they are related to certain fertility rites for the cattle and the plants they cultivate. We will visit the Museum of the Pachamama. Taking the famous National Route 40, the Ruins of Quilmes appear on our left. This was one of the most important pre-hispanic settlements. On the slopes of the mountain, one can observe the reconstructions of the residential area, crowned by a fortress situated at the top and two smaller fortifications on both sides of the residential area. A series of trails allow you a guided tour through the complex which was the ultimate bastion of aborigine resistance against the Spanish invasion. They only surrendered in 1667, after which 1.700 of the survivors were transferred on foot to the proximities of Buenos Aires (the present-day city of Quilmes). Only 400 of them survived the trip. In the museum near the complex, some of the pieces that have been rescued from the excavations can be observed. The legendary Route 40 continues its way through the valley towards Cafayate, but not before passing through Colalao del Valle, close to which we find El Pichao, an archaeological site, similar to that of Quilmes although not that restored.

Accommodation in selected Hotel in Cafayate with breakfast.
Meals: None.
Cafayate is located in Salta province, it is one of the most important points of the Calchaqui Valleys because of its renowned wine industry and its calchaqui, Spanish and immigrant history. This influence resulted in the city having a mix between colonial and end of 19th-century baroque style.
We will visit wineries where the local Torrontes wine can be tasted and we will discover why it is so popular.
Afterward we will head towards Salta going through the majestic Quebrada de las Conchas, where wind and water erosion carved curious
shapes on the rocks (The Amphitheater, Devil ́s throat, The Toad, The Castles, among others).

Once we arrive in Salta, rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodation in selected Hotel in Cafayate with breakfast.
Meals: None.
Morning at leisure.

In the afternoon, City Tour in Salta

A tour around the places of greater attractiveness of the city: The Cathedral (1855) where Gral. Güemes, the patriotic hero, rests; Cultural Center America, Historical Museum of the North (Town Council) with exhibitions of sacred art and rooms dedicated to old traditional families of Salta, “San Francisco” Church and, “San Bernardo” Convent, and the monument to General Güemes. We ascend to “San Bernardo” Hill to enjoy the panoramic view of the city. After a visit to “Batalla de Salta” Monument Battle of Salta) - and “20 de Febrero” Park (February 20th Park), we go towards the outskirts and visit a summer village called “San Lorenzo”, characterized by the subtropical microclimate and lastly a visit the Artisan Market where craftsmen of the entire province expose their original crafts.

Accommodation in selected Hotel in Salta with breakfast.
Meals: none.
Tour to the Clouds Excursion

The trip begins in Salta towards the Tastil Ruins arriving in San Antonio de Los Cobres, after a short visit to the town. We continue our trip along Route 40 crossing one of the most desertic areas of our country. Soon, and already in the province of Jujuy, we arrive in Salinas Grandes (The Great Salt Flat), where the immensity of the area, the white shiny salt invites you to relax and take good shots. We continue down the Lipán Cliff arriving at Purmamarca, one of the typical towns of Humahuaca Gorge with its Seven Colors Hill and the enchantment of the small houses.

Accommodation in selected Hotel in Purmamarca with breakfast.
Meals: None.
Quebrada de Humahuaca Excursion

We start in Purmamarca our journey through the magical Quebrada de Humahuaca, declared a World Heritage site by Unesco, where the landscape and the colors of the hills blend with the local cultures that live here. This is a trip for social contact and a return to the ancestral.

We visit Uquía and its church, where the paintings of the Arcabuceros Angels (an important vestige in the zone of the Cuzqueña School) are kept. Arrival to Humahuaca will be at noon; this town has an important Church and the Independence Monument (the Indian) of the sculptor Soto Avendaño.
After lunch we ́ll observe, from the route, La Paleta del Pintor Painter‟s Palette) framing the town of Maimara.

We will arrive in Salta in the afternoon.

Accommodation in selected Hotel in Salta with breakfast.
Meals: none.
Day at leisure to walk around this beautiful town and its surroundings.

Accommodation in selected Hotel in Salta with breakfast.
Meals: None.
Transfer from the Hotel to the Airport to board the return flight.
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