Northwest Argentina

Why visit Northwest Argentina

Once regarded as an inaccessible and rocky outpost, particularly when compared to the flourishing regions of the south, the northwest of Argentina has metamorphosed in to a sought-after travel destination.

The region is characterised by dramatic expanses of coarse ochre deserts, studded with cacti and cut with steep ravines, and interlaced with ancient ruins of civilisations past.

Our specialist's 'must do'

Marvel at the esteemed rainbow-coloured rock and hill formations of Quebrada de Humahuaca, a narrow mountain valley in the province of Jujuy, and discover the spellbinding salt plains of Salinas Grandes in the high puna.

Additionally, head to the serene town of Cafayate, celebrated for its red rock formations, to visit its remote and flourishing vineyards and sample the aromatic white wine named Torrontés.

About Northwest Argentina

An area of dramatic visual contradictions, the northwest of Argentina blends striking mountains, arid terrain and green foliage with traditional colonial towns, pre-Inca ruins and the occassional ancient fortress.

Visitors to the region will find that the harshness of the landscape is only counteracted by the charming hospitality of the welcoming locals who make their homes in this remote wilderness.

What can you do in Northwest Argentina?

  • Board the Tren de las Nubes (Train of the Clouds) for an exhilarating journey that clambers through tunnels and around loops to reach more than 4,475 metres in altitude 
  • Explore the subtropical lowlands and the small but bustling province of Tucuman home to a thriving sugar industry and considered to be the nation's birthplace
  • Savour the wines produced from the high altitude vineyards near Molinos and Cachi in the Calchaquies Valley
  • Hop in a 4x4 and navigate the region, stopping to explore the small traditional villages and white-washed churches
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