Northern Argentina is a special place, not only for their magical landscapes (multicolored mountains and gleaming salt flats) but also for its time-honored traditions and mystical culture. These are the lands of the people devoted to Mother Earth. Learn about things to do and how to get to the region.
What Argentinians call “the north” usually refers to the province of Salta, Jujuy and Tucumán, located in the northwest of the country. Salta and Jujuy are the two main destinations of the region since both feature incredible natural landscapes, a wide history and a very powerful local culture focused on the care and worship of Pachamama (the “Mother Earth”). Salta, founded in 1582, is the starting point to explore northern Argentina. From this city, nicknamed “la linda” (the beauty), travelers hit the road towards the stunning Calchaquíes Valley and the city of Cafayate, hometown of Torrontés wine. The province of Jujuy, located at the north of Salta, features the Humahuca Gorge, declared World Heritage by UNESCO and the Great Salt Flats, a white paradise that all should visit once in their life! Both provinces served as an obligated route that connected the viceroyalty of Perú and the Río de la Plata (Buenos Aires), and many battles have been fought here in order to achieve Argentina’s independence. The original culture of the area is still palpable in archeological remains, craft markets, and the personality of the people of the north which is definitely the other reason to visit northern Argentina.