Beautiful mountains of Northern Argentina

Northern Argentina Trips

The People and the Land

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Explore Northern Argentina, and connect with the spirit of Earth and the soul of its people. Wander the Humahuaca Gorge, ride to big salt flats, and discover archeological treasures. This region of Argentina is known for locations such as Salta and Cafayate, as well as many natural wonders.

FAQs
What should I pack for my trip to Northern Argentina?

There is a lot of thermal amplitude, so the days can be hot and the nights can be cold. We recommend bringing clothes for all climates and dressing in layers. Also, you will be at a high altitude, so both the cold and the heat will be felt. The climate is dry and the rains are usually in summer.

How many days should I visit Northern Argentina?

It is best to stay at least 3 nights, of course, the longer you stay the more you will be able to see, but it is not recommended less than 3 nights.

How can I travel to Northern Argentina?

You can take a long-distance bus or a plane to the city of Salta or Jujuy.

What destinations should I visit in the North?

The Quebrada de Humahuaca and its beautiful towns full of culture and beautiful landscapes and salt flats is a must if you visit the north of the country. If you like wine you must visit the Calchaqui valleys to know the area of Cafayate and Cachi.

What cities to visit?

Salta, Purmamarca, Tilcara, Cafayate and Cachi. Apart from the beautiful landscapes, there is a wide variety of hotels and restaurants.

Is it possible to travel by road in Northern Argentina?

It is an excellent destination for a self drive trip. You can pick up your car at the airport and from there you can drive north or south, or both!

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What to Do in Northern Argentina?

The northwest part of Argentina includes the provinces of Salta, Jujuy, and Tucumán. It is called The North by Argentinians. Salta and Jujuy, the two most popular tourist destinations, are embedded on the map like the Yin and Yang.

They are famous not only because of their stunning scenery (multicolored mountains and sparkling salt flats) but also because of their long-standing customs and mystical culture. This city, founded in 1582, is the perfect place to start touring northern Argentina. Travelers go from this city to the breathtaking Calchaquies Valley and Cafayate city, the cradle of Torrontés wine. 

The province of Jujuy is home to the Humahuaca Gorge (designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site), as well as the Great Flats, a white heaven nobody should miss! Salta and Jujuy served as an essential route between the viceroyalty of Perú and Buenos Aires and the field for numerous wars to secure Argentina’s independence.

Destinations to Combine with Northern Argentina

Buenos Aires

On the western shore of Río de la Plata, you’ll find Buenos Aires. From the capital city of Argentina it only takes an hour to cross to Uruguay, on the opposite coast! 

The majority of flights and airports in Argentina depart from this city: there is an international airport (known as “Ezeiza”) and a domestic airport (known as “Aeroparque”) from which you can travel to nearly every region of the country. 

Outdoor cafés, shopping, restaurants, wine, steak, and so on; you should stay at least five days to explore these places, and the combination of Latin American and European architecture.

 

Mendoza

Another marvelous destination that you can combine with a tour to the North of Argentina is Mendoza. Mendoza was once a desert, but the hands of hardworking immigrants, as well as the blessings of water and climate, have transformed it into a green fruitful region.

The best Argentine wines are made in this region, and numerous vineyards may be visited for a wine tasting! Mendoza’s greatest wine-growing region is located 4,000 feet above sea level in the Andes, making it one of the world’s highest-altitude wine districts.

Insects are hardly an issue in Argentine vineyards due to the high altitude and little humidity. In contrast to other parts of the world, wines in Mendoza are grown with little or no pesticides, allowing organic wines to be easily produced.

 

Iguazú Falls

“Iguazú” means big water in Guaraní language. These breathtaking falls have been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1984 and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World since 2011. Argentina’s most known attraction is split between Brazil and Argentina.

Both countries offer national parks that can be visited in a single day. However, the Argentinian park is larger and has more trails to explore. Take advantage of the tropical rainforest atmosphere and encounters native species.

 

Iberá Wetlands

The Esteros de Iberá (Iberá Wetlands) is the world’s second-largest wetlands and one of the continent’s major freshwater reservoirs. This natural reserve, located south of Iguazú Falls, encompasses about 5000 acres of marsh with over 60 lakes.

For nature enthusiasts, this is the best place to visit in Argentina. Caimans, capybaras, swamp deer, pampas deer, gigantic otters, anacondas, larger rheas, and over 350 bird species may all be seen.

 

San Pedro de Atacama

For action seekers, a visit to this relaxed town nestled around an oasis in the world’s driest desert provides the ideal adventures amongst volcanoes, sand dunes, and lagoons.

At night, enjoy the beautiful stars; the Atacama Desert is one of the greatest places on Earth for stargazing and learning about astronomy. In this age-old village with dirt roads and adobe buildings, ancient civilizations and tourists from all over the world coexist.

The Quebrada de Humahuaca, UNESCO World Heritage

 

The Quebrada de Humahuaca is a living example of North Argentina native civilizations like the Omaguacas or Humahuacas. It also traces the path of a significant cultural route like the Inca Trail.

Over the past 10,000 years, the valley has displayed substantial evidence of its utilization as a major trade route. It showcases remnants of prehistoric hunter-gatherer communities, the Inca Empire (15th to 16th centuries), and the struggle for independence in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Why is it considered a World Heritage site by UNESCO?

Why is it considered a World Heritage site by UNESCO?

 

The Quebrada is a unique cultural landscape in the world, as the indigenous peoples of the area preserve religious beliefs, rituals, festivals, art, music, and agricultural techniques that are a living heritage. For this reason, it was declared a “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO in 2003.

Its current inhabitants are predominantly of the Quechua ethnicity. The gorge was the scene of various ancestral cultures dating back 10,000 years, including the Omaguacas, and named after. There are sites like the “Inca Cueva” locality, where signs (petroglyphs and carved stones) have been found, with an estimated antiquity of ten millennia.

It was a mandatory passage for explorers and colonizers and an important commercial route during the colonial period. The site has always served as a means of interaction: it has been the communication route between different territories and cultures, from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from the Andes to the southern plains. It was also the scene of many battles fought during the War of Independence and during the war that erupted with the invasion of the Peruvian-Bolivian Confederation.

What places can you visit in la Quebrada de Humahuaca?

What places can you visit in la Quebrada de Humahuaca?

 

A must-stop on the journey is Purmamarca, recognized as one of the most beautiful towns in Argentina. Visit the mythical Hill of Seven Colors, the Colorados’ Walk, and see the adobe houses and the craft fair in the central square.

Continuing along the road, you reach Maimará, which attracts travelers with the astonishing hues of the Painter’s Palette Hill. You can take a guided hike to explore the area.

Another must-see is Tilcara, one of the most visited sites in the Quebrada de Humahuaca. In this destination, you should include a visit to the pre-Hispanic settlement of Pucará de Tilcara, the Devil’s Throat and the Amphitheater natural monuments, and a stroll through the beautiful streets of Tilcara.

 

 

The Quebrada de Humahuaca is a living example of North Argentina native civilizations like the Omaguacas or Humahuacas. It also traces the path of a significant cultural route like the Inca Trail.

Over the past 10,000 years, the valley has displayed substantial evidence of its utilization as a major trade route. It showcases remnants of prehistoric hunter-gatherer communities, the Inca Empire (15th to 16th centuries), and the struggle for independence in the 19th and 20th centuries.

What places can you visit in la Quebrada de Humahuaca?

 

A must-stop on the journey is Purmamarca, recognized as one of the most beautiful towns in Argentina. Visit the mythical Hill of Seven Colors, the Colorados’ Walk, and see the adobe houses and the craft fair in the central square.

Continuing along the road, you reach Maimará, which attracts travelers with the astonishing hues of the Painter’s Palette Hill. You can take a guided hike to explore the area.

Another must-see is Tilcara, one of the most visited sites in the Quebrada de Humahuaca. In this destination, you should include a visit to the pre-Hispanic settlement of Pucará de Tilcara, the Devil’s Throat and the Amphitheater natural monuments, and a stroll through the beautiful streets of Tilcara.

 

Why is it considered a World Heritage site by UNESCO?

 

The Quebrada is a unique cultural landscape in the world, as the indigenous peoples of the area preserve religious beliefs, rituals, festivals, art, music, and agricultural techniques that are a living heritage. For this reason, it was declared a “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO in 2003.

Its current inhabitants are predominantly of the Quechua ethnicity. The gorge was the scene of various ancestral cultures dating back 10,000 years, including the Omaguacas, and named after. There are sites like the “Inca Cueva” locality, where signs (petroglyphs and carved stones) have been found, with an estimated antiquity of ten millennia.

It was a mandatory passage for explorers and colonizers and an important commercial route during the colonial period. The site has always served as a means of interaction: it has been the communication route between different territories and cultures, from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from the Andes to the southern plains. It was also the scene of many battles fought during the War of Independence and during the war that erupted with the invasion of the Peruvian-Bolivian Confederation.

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