Culture and vineyards of northwest Argentina
Itinerary idea for a wine trip to Northwest Argentina in 11 days.
Are you dreaming of a refined trip to discover the wines of northwestern Argentina?
Travel to the heart of the Calchaquies Valleys and the Quebrada de Humahuaca in the charming setting of the Estancias and Bodegas selected by Terra Altiplano. A route of flavours that will lead you to taste some of the highest wines in the world, combined with local gastronomy while following the route of a millennial culture.
Length of stay: 11 days
Kind: Honeymoon & Exceptional trips
Fix: For all public
Countries visited: Argentina
- Day 1 : International Aiport Ezeiza, Buenos Aires
- Day 2 : Buenos Aires - Salta, walking tour
- Day 3 : Salta - Cachi, Mira Luna & Puna vineyards
- Day 4 : Cachi, Isasmendi Vineyards - Bodega Colomé
- Day 5 : Bodega Colomé - Cafayate, Bodega El Esteco
- Day 6 : Bodega Porvenir, Amalaya, Piatelli & San Pedro Yacochuya
- Day 7 : Cafayate - Quebrada de la Conchas - Chicoana
- Day 8 : Chicoana - Salinas Grandes - Purmamarca
- Day 9 : Purmamarca - Bodega F. Dupont - Tilcara - Mt Hornocal
- Day 10 : Purmamarca - Salta - Buenos aires, Tango Show.
- Day 11 : Buenos Aires
International Aiport Ezeiza
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Day 1 : International Aiport Ezeiza, Buenos Aires
Welcoming at Ezeiza International Airport and transfer to Buenos Aires in a private vehicle. Visit Buenos Aires (half day, private tour).
Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city with European features, is among the 10 most active cities in the world. City of arts, cultures, theaters, traditions … The variety satisfies the most demanding visitor.
You visit the 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest in the world, dominated by the Obelisk, a symbol of Buenos Aires. You will pass the Colon Theatre, one of the jewels of the Argentine architecture. Then you arrive to the famous or central Plaza de Mayo, next to buildings such as the Casa Rosada or Casa de Gobierno, the Cabildo and the Cathedral.
You end your day with the picturesque neighborhood of La Boca, and specifically the alley El Caminito, the spot for painters, tango dancers and singers.
Return to your hotel after the visit. An English speaking guide will acompany you during the city tour.
Night at the Miravida Soho Hotel in a standard room.
Day 2 : Buenos Aires - Salta, walking tour
Transfer from the hotel to the Buenos Aires Domestic Airport in a private vehicle.
Domestic flight Buenos Aires* – Salta.
National o international airport depending on time schedule and availability.* Transfer with an Engish-speaking guide. Half-day walking tour of the city.
Salta, capital of the province of the same name is located at 1187m above sea level at the foot of the San Bernardo peak. The capital of Salta was founded on 16 April 1582 by Hernando de Lerma. The houses of colonial style rub shoulders with modern buildings. From the historical buildings, you will visit the cathedral dating from the 19th century and the Cabildo which houses the picturesque Historical Museum of the North.
You climb to the Cerro San Bernardo to enjoy a panoramic view of Salta.
Then you discover the recent and very interesting MAAM museum (Museo Archelogia de Alta Montaña) which exhibits mummies found at more than 6000 meters above sea level.
*Note: Maam Museum closed on Mondays.* Excursion performed with an english speaking guide.
Night at the Legado Mítico Salta hotel in standard room.
Day 3 : Salta - Cachi, Mira Luna & Puna vineyards
Departure to Cachi, located at 2200masl, at 157km from Salta.
We drive through spectacular landscapes such as those offered by the Piedra del Molino mountain pass at 3,600 meters, the Quebrada de Escoipe, a deep gorge where the green of the woods contrasts with the ochre of the soil on the bare mountains of “Cuesta del Obispo” and Los Cardones National Park composed of stark expanses scattered with candelabrum-shaped cacti…
Cachi is a tranquil Andean native village featuring low-whitewashed houses and the San José Church with its sculpted roof of cactus-wood dating back to the eighteenth century. We visit the small archaeological museum which has a wonderful collection of pre-Inca and Inca ceramics, especially those pertaining to the Santa María culture.
Cachi has a unique diversity of soils, ranging from stony to sandy loamy soils. The altitude is about 2600 meters and the temperature range exceeds 20 degrees. These factors make for an explosive mix, as they offer ideal conditions for the production of premium wines.
Today you will visit the Puna and Miraluna vineyards: you will discover the vineyards of Cachi, get to know the region’s terroir and the different types of grapes. You will also take part in wine tastings.
The Bodega Puna, the most recent, is an excellent option for lunch with a view of the vineyard.
Bodega Miraluna is a place where you can enjoy the silence and immensity of the Andes. A unique setting! You will be able to make a guided tour of the winery and taste their high quality wines.
Installation at your hotel.
Note: 157 km, 70 km of which are on a track, about 3h30 drive.
Night at La Merced del Alto hotel in standard room.
Day 4 : Cachi, Isasmendi Vineyards - Bodega Colomé
This morning you will visit the vineyards of Bodega Isasmendi. This vineyard is a family business involving grandparents, parents and grandchildren, all very well advised and motivated by grandfather Jean Paul Bonnal, a Frenchman who has been living in Argentina for many years and who is passionate about the art of winemaking received from his French soil from a very young age. This morning we leave Cachi to the litle village Molinos, and we continue our journey to Colomé.
This historic bodega covers 39,000 hectares. The estancia is known for its wine but also for the museum of modern art James Turrell, a Californian artist who creates works of art by playing with light.
65 kms, about 1h55 minutes drive – track.
Night at the Bodega Colomé in a room with a view of the garden and vineyard.
Day 5 : Bodega Colomé - Cafayate, Bodega El Esteco
This morning at 11:30 am you will attend the James Turrell Museum’s guided tour of the Bodega and participate in a Colomé wine tasting.
Museum of Light, James Turell: Among the vineyards located at the highest altitude in the world in the Calchaquí Valley, is the only museum dedicated exclusively to the work of the prestigious American artist James Turrell. James Turrell (California, 1943) is a world-renowned artist of light and space whose works can be found in collections all over the world. For more than four decades he has been creating astonishing works that play with the perception and effect of light in created space.
Departure in a private vehicle to reach Cafayate through the majestic Quebrada de las Flechas , surrounded by a mysterious lunar landscape. White dunes announce the proximity of Cafayate, the most important town in the Calchaquies valleys, whose economy is based on the wine industry.
Cafayate, located in the heart of the Calchaquies Valley in the province of Salta, is known internationally for the quality of its wines, the mildness of its climate, the friendliness of its people and the beauty of its landscapes.
On arrival, you will visit the Bodega El Esteco founded in 1892 by French immigrants. You will also take part in a tasting of the wines of the Bodega.
Check-in at your hotel.
130 kms, 90 kms of which are on a track, about 3 hours drive.
Lunch included in a Winery: starter, main course & dessert
Night at the Patios de Cafayate hotel in standard room.
Day 6 : Bodega Porvenir, Amalaya, Piatelli & San Pedro Yacochuya
Cafayate is one of the highest wine regions in the world. As explained in the interesting Vine and Wine Museum that we will visit: You will discover the history of wine growing in the region and the varieties of wines grown at high altitude. The building that now houses the museum was built in 1888 and has been restored as a cultural site since 1981. The visitor will learn about the beginnings of winegrowing in the region: documents, photographs and various objects are on display. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Afterwards, we will visit the vineyards, meet the professionals of the vineyard and taste the wines, which are characteristic of the region’s terroir:
Bodega Porvenir: Their vineyards are located at an altitude of 1,750 metres and are divided into four wineries: El Retiro, Río Seco, Alto Río Seco and Alto Los Cuises.
Bodega Amalaya: Amalaya means hope for a miracle in the Quechua language, like growing vines in the Cafayate desert, and vines of excellent quality. Bodega Amalaya is part of Hess Family Wine Estates, a Swiss-based group with vineyards in the United States and Argentina. The Hess Family Wine Estates specialise in the production and marketing of high quality wines with a constant link to art, gastronomy and tourism.
Bodega Piatelli: The Piattelli Cafayate Vineyards opened in 2013 and are the newest of the two Piattelli wineries (its sister wineries are located in Agrelo, Mendoza). It is characterised by beautiful architecture, attention to detail, beautiful gardens, and a gravity-flow wine cellar. Piattelli produces a range of wines including Malbec, Torrontés, Cabernet, Tannat among others. Lunch is recommended.
Bodega San pedro de Yacochuya. It is located only 8 kilometres from Cafayate, with the peculiarity of being at an altitude of 2,035 metres, which makes its terroir unique and incomparable. This is what the prestigious oenologist from Pomerol, Michel Rolland, thought when he joined forces with Arnaldo Etchart to farm 16 hectares on the slopes of the Salta mountain range. We recommend a late afternoon visit: this is the best time to admire the landscape of the vineyards that reach the river Yacochuya, clear water in the Quechua language.
Night at the Patios de Cafayate hotel in standard room.
Day 7 : Cafayate - Quebrada de la Conchas - Chicoana
This morning, we travel to Salta through the “Quebrada de las Conchas” which undoubtedly offers the visitor one of the most spectacular landscapes in the Northwest of Argentina, with its imposing semi-desert mountains featuring multi-colored rock formations sculpted by erosion. A century-old sight conceived by nature for our benefit!
Arriving in Chicoana during the day.
191km (119mi) trip lasting approximately 2h20 minutes.
Arrival at the Finca de Chicoana. You will enjoy the services offered by the Finca, its air-conditioned swimming pool and the bicycles at your disposal to go for a ride in the surrounding area.
Overnight at the Finca las Margaritas in a standard room.
Day 8 : Chicoana - Salinas Grandes - Purmamarca
Departure by private vehicle to reach the Grandes Salines via San Salvador de Jujuy.
After passing Purmamarca and after a few kilometres of winding track we will reach the Lipán pass at 4170 metres. We continue on our way and arrive at a vast white expanse that contrasts sharply with the pure blue sky. You are in the middle of one of the largest salt deserts in Argentina (1,200 km2).
Last stop of our day: Purmamarca, which means village of the Holy Land in the Aymara language. This village is famous for its mountain with 7 colours Cerro de los siete colores a kind of mineral rainbow.
*375 kms – 6h30
Night at the Manantial del Silencio in a standard room.
Day 9 : Purmamarca - Bodega F. Dupont - Tilcara - Mt Hornocal
Today, you will visit the Fernando Dupont winery and taste its wines from the Quebrada de Humahuaca region.
The extreme dryness of the Quebrada guarantees a healthy condition for the natural development of the local yeasts. Benefiting from the scarcity of rainfall and long cool autumns, the Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes from this winery reach their optimum maturity, allowing a high concentration of flavours, aromas and colours to be obtained without losing their freshness. The ancient techniques of care and coexistence with the environment and its energy cycle try to save the natural system of cultivation.
The bodega takes advantage of the purity of the underground water to irrigate a stony and austere land, although full of minerals. The high density of plants per hectare, which allows a high environmental radiation and luminosity, requires the contribution of intensive manual work. We leave Purmamarca and its Cerro de los Siete Colores in the morning for a grand tour of the Humahuaca Valley.
After 20km (12.5mi), our typically Andean road takes us to Pucará de Tilcara, a pre-Hispanic Omaguaca village founded over 900 years ago. We visit the village and the remarkable collection housed in its museum including funeral vases, jewellery and other objects found in archaeological sites in the Northwest of Argentina.
*Note: 30 kms, aprox. 30 minutes.* Departure for a crossing of the Humahuaca Valley.
Stop en route at the village of Humahuaca located at 2940m, which was one of the most important trade centers of Upper Peru.
We continue our route to the Mirador del Cerro Hornocal where you will have a magnificent panoramic view of the 14-coloured mountain. You can enjoy a short walk on the Mirador.
At the end of the afternoon, we take our way back to Purmamarca.
Night at the Manantial del Silencio in a standard room.
Day 10 : Purmamarca - Salta - Buenos aires, Tango Show.
This morning, return to the capital Salteña by taking the asphalt road through San Salvador de Jujuy.
Arrival at Salta airport.
180km, about 2h15 drive.
Domestic flight Salta – Buenos Aires*.
National o international airport depending on time schedule and availability.* Welcoming at Buenos Aires domestic airport and transfer to the hotel in private vehicle.
Transfer from the hotel to Café de los Angelitos (Little Angel’s Café) between 20h and 20:30h.
The Café de los Angelitos Tango is part of the “porteña” history. Los Angelitos is a living witness of over 100 years of local history. Countless celebrities came to this café.
In an intimate atmosphere, the show starts … 5 dancing couples, together with singers and an orchestra. The performance will take you to the history of Tango since the 20s all the way to Piazzolla, with some modern components.
It’s a dynamic and intense show that amazes the spectator in a very special environment.
Elegant suites, desired lightning effects are other components of a wild show. Enjoy the performance with the cuisine that honours the local meals lit by candles. Welcome to Angelitos!
Transfer to the hotel at the end of the show. Round trip to the restaurant in VIP service
Night at the Casa Sur Recoleta in Executive room (STD).