Argentinian Northwest

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Argentinian Northwest (SALTA)

Highlights
Itinerary:

Day 1: Buenos Aires - Tucumán - Tafí del Valle
We arrive at San Miguel de Tucumán where we take our bus to start our independent excursion. In the capital of the city we will visit the historical area and the traditional "Casita de Tucumán". Then, we recomend to start the journey towards Tafí del Valle.
Along the way, we will visit La Quebrada de los Sosas, located in the middle of the Tucuman 
Forest. This first day we will penetrate into the Valles Calchaquíes.
1 night of lodging in Tafí del Valle.

Day 2: Tafí del Valle - Cafayate
We start the excursion 23km away form Tafí, through Abra del Infiernillo. The way border the Amaicha river. We continue to Cafayate. Along the way, we will see Las Ruinas de Quilmes.
We will stay the night in Cafayate, best known as the land of wines. We do offer recomend to visit Quebrada de Cafayate wich offers a view of special deformations, product of the erosion of the sand and the water.
We specially recomend to taste the wines that Cafayate offers to the turists.
Finally, we return to Cafayate and stay the night there.

Day 3: Cafayate - Cachi
Through the route between Cafayate and Cachi, we will be able to see beautiful landscapes as La Quebrada de las flechas. Once we arrive at Molinos village, we will branch off to know La Finca Colomé, an important wine ranch producer. In Colomé we will visit the museum dedicated to James Turrell. 
When we arrive at Cachi, it is impossible not to visit the museum, the church and the cementary.
Stay one night in Cachi.

Day 4: Cachi - Salta
A beautiful way from Cachi through National Park Los Cardones. The highest top of the journey is Piedra del Molino. Then, we descend by Cuesta del Obispo, that leads us to the city of Salta.
Stay for two nights in Salta.

Day 5: Salta
On this day, we recommend the tourists to visit the beautiful capital of Salta, the Cathedral, the historical quarter and the Museum of High Mountain, where you will be able to knowt he mummies.

Day 6: Salta - San Antonio de los Cobres - Purmamarca
This is the largest day of the entire excursion but one of the most beautiful. We depart from Salta to penetrate La Quebrada del Toro. We continue the way that Tren a las nubes makes. 
Once we arrive at San Antonio de los Cobres we have lunch. Our journey continues through the puna and the Salines. After that, we continue to Purmamarca, a village in Cerro de los Siete colores.
Stay one night in Purmamarca.

Day 7: Purmamarca - Quebrada de Humahuaca - Salta
We recommed to enjoy Pumamarca during the morning, to  go on, later, towards the villages in Humahuaca. There, you will visit the villages of Tilcara, Uquia.
In the afternoon, we return to Jujuy capital.
Stay one night in Salta.

Day 8: Salta - Buenos Aires
Returned the vehicle in Salta airrport
DURATION
8 DAYS
FREQUENCY
EVERYDAY

Details of Argentinian Northwest

Itinerary:

Day 1: Buenos Aires - Tucumán - Tafí del Valle
We arrive at San Miguel de Tucumán where we take our bus to start our independent excursion. In the capital of the city we will visit the historical area and the traditional "Casita de Tucumán". Then, we recomend to start the journey towards Tafí del Valle.
Along the way, we will visit La Quebrada de los Sosas, located in the middle of the Tucuman 
Forest. This first day we will penetrate into the Valles Calchaquíes.
1 night of lodging in Tafí del Valle.

Day 2: Tafí del Valle - Cafayate
We start the excursion 23km away form Tafí, through Abra del Infiernillo. The way border the Amaicha river. We continue to Cafayate. Along the way, we will see Las Ruinas de Quilmes.
We will stay the night in Cafayate, best known as the land of wines. We do offer recomend to visit Quebrada de Cafayate wich offers a view of special deformations, product of the erosion of the sand and the water.
We specially recomend to taste the wines that Cafayate offers to the turists.
Finally, we return to Cafayate and stay the night there.

Day 3: Cafayate - Cachi
Through the route between Cafayate and Cachi, we will be able to see beautiful landscapes as La Quebrada de las flechas. Once we arrive at Molinos village, we will branch off to know La Finca Colomé, an important wine ranch producer. In Colomé we will visit the museum dedicated to James Turrell. 
When we arrive at Cachi, it is impossible not to visit the museum, the church and the cementary.
Stay one night in Cachi.

Day 4: Cachi - Salta
A beautiful way from Cachi through National Park Los Cardones. The highest top of the journey is Piedra del Molino. Then, we descend by Cuesta del Obispo, that leads us to the city of Salta.
Stay for two nights in Salta.

Day 5: Salta
On this day, we recommend the tourists to visit the beautiful capital of Salta, the Cathedral, the historical quarter and the Museum of High Mountain, where you will be able to knowt he mummies.

Day 6: Salta - San Antonio de los Cobres - Purmamarca
This is the largest day of the entire excursion but one of the most beautiful. We depart from Salta to penetrate La Quebrada del Toro. We continue the way that Tren a las nubes makes. 
Once we arrive at San Antonio de los Cobres we have lunch. Our journey continues through the puna and the Salines. After that, we continue to Purmamarca, a village in Cerro de los Siete colores.
Stay one night in Purmamarca.

Day 7: Purmamarca - Quebrada de Humahuaca - Salta
We recommed to enjoy Pumamarca during the morning, to  go on, later, towards the villages in Humahuaca. There, you will visit the villages of Tilcara, Uquia.
In the afternoon, we return to Jujuy capital.
Stay one night in Salta.

Day 8: Salta - Buenos Aires
Returned the vehicle in Salta airrport
Reviews

Brilliant tour of the northwest argentina
14/07/2016
Right from the first email from cecilia from Tangol Tours we had the feeling that we were in good hands. We had only a vague idea about what we wanted to do in northwest Argentina and she was able to make some suggestions which, after some discussion (including a Skype chat), led to us agreeing a plan. We went for 2 short tours; a 4 day/3 night one taking in Tilcara, Purmamarca, Susques and San Antonia de los Cobres, and a 3 day/ 2 night tour stopping at Seclantas and Cafayate. He also arranged tickets for us to attend La Serenata, a folkloric music festival that was on when we were in Cafayate (and which turned out to be excellent). She suggested a range of accommodation for us to stay and booked it all for us. SHe then met us at the airport and took us to our first hotel and made sure we were all prepared for the tour. Our guide, Pablo, was tremendous. He was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about his region. And he showed us some amazing sights. The countryside is so varied and interesting and we saw some truly stunning scenery. And he added in so much information about history, geology, local customs etc. He was also knowledgeable about local food and took us to some excellent and varied restaurants. Sampling good quality local food is such an important part of travelling for us. And he seemed to judge very well the pace of the trips and varied the level and type of activity from day to day. All in all a great trip.
Reviewed by Cool traveler
Great trip through the Andes in the northwest
14/07/2016
We had a great trip with Tangol Tours. They helped us organise a 7 day trip that showed us the highlights of the Salta and jujuy area. they recommended hotels and booked them for us - and picked us up at the airport when we arrived. We spent the weekend looking around Salta and then got picked up for a round trip from Salta to San Antonio de los Cobres, to Susques, Tilcara (via Purmamarca,) and back to Salta. It was stunning scenery throughout, and Jed was great - knowing the best spots to stop for photographs - and avoiding both a crazy driver trying to pass on a blind bend and a herd of Vicuña's who decided to cross the road as we passed. All in all - a great trip and would recommend Tango l, as well as the northwest region. If you come to Argentina and you need a travel agency that deals with english customers then email them or go to one of their 2 shops in buenos aires, Argentina.
Reviewed by Mark
Magnificent 6-day journey on history and landscape
14/07/2016
6 days traveling in the Quebradas and high Puna was worth every minute. The mix of landscape, geology, history, people and wildlife is an eye-opener. Take extra days, don't rush, be prepared for altitude, bring your cameras, don't expect 5-star hotels and enjoy the comfort of simple adobe, and appreciate that you are following in the footsteps of many peoples over the centuries and more. Have traveled the world for 50 years and this was one of the very best weeks in all that time. Informed, experienced and very attentive guides in all the different tours.
Reviewed by nick

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