Arrive Salta. After settling in at the hotel, take an afternoon tour of the city commonly referred to as "Salta the Beautiful." True criollos (native Argentineans of Spanish parentage) reside in colonial Salta and uphold a culture that has remained traditionally strong. Visit the famous Iglesia Cathedral, San Francisco church, San Bernardo Convent and more. After touring the city, admire Salta and its surrounding landscape from the view at San Bernardo Hill. You will also spend some time enjoying the village charm of nearby San Lorenzo. Finish the day with a visit to a handicraft market before relaxing at the hotel.
The morning begins at Las Conchas Gorge. This narrow valley with its red sandstone walls is one of the most picturesque areas in Salta. This area not only offer impressive natural beauty, but also has a ancient stretch of the Inca path that amazed Spanish conquerors and modern travelers alike. In the afternoon, arrive in Cafayate - one of the most important wine regions in South America. Here you'll find a tiny colonial town dotted with vineyards, bodegas (wine cellars), and countless archaeological remains. After lunch, travel to Quebrada de la Flecha (Flecha Gorge), where a collection of sandstone spikes often appear like moving figures due to the play of natural light. This area holds much historical evidence of aboriginal settlements - adobe huts stand on sand dunes here. Tonight enjoy the local cuisine and relaxing atmosphere of the luxurious and remote Estancia Colome.
After breakfast, explore the fields and vineyards surrounding the estancia. This 3-hour hike is at a relaxed-pace. In the afternoon, return to the estancia - the afternoon is free to spend as you wish. As dinner time approaches, prepare your palette with an Argentine cooking class, where an expert chef will share the secrets behind the Northwest's local dishes and delicacies. Dine on your creations! Complement your meal with the rich flavors of Estancia Colome wines.
In the morning, your guide will meet you at the estancia to transfer you back to Salta city. On the way, stop to visit the charming town of Cachi. Wander the cobblestone streets, visit an ancient chapel made from cactus wood, and discover one of the best archaeological museums in Argentina, Museo Arqueologico Pio Pablo Diaz. In the evening, catch your flight to Buenos Aires and connecting flights homeward or continue to another destination in Argentina, such as Iguazu Falls. With more time in Salta, spend an extra night and do the Train to the Clouds excursion to witness beautiful landscapes and scenery as you travel on one of the world's most amazing railways.
$515 single supplement