Salt water pool on the Salinas Grandes salt flats in Jujuy province, northern Argentina

Northwest Argentina

This 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.

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

Salar de Antofalla, NW Argentina
Salta, Argentina

Deserts & Gauchos of North-West Argentina

Embark on an extraordinary desert adventure by 4×4 in the company of a private guide, travelling deep into the heart of north-west Argentina on an off-piste and mostly unpaved road journey through epic and remote landscapes.

12 days

from £4,495 pp

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Purmamarca, Jujuy, Northwest, Argentina
Jujuy, Argentina

Drive Classic North-West Argentina

Pack up a hire car and set off through some of Argentina’s most varied and remote north-western landscapes on this classic self-drive journey.

11 days

from £4,650 pp

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Salar de Antofalla, NW Argentina
Salta, Argentina

A little more about Northwest Argentina

An area of dramatic visual contradictions, the northwest of Argentina blends striking mountains, arrid 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.

Rock Formation, El Cafayate, Argentina
Cafayate, Argentina

Our specialists' '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.


Discover some of our suggested activities to include on your Argentina holiday.

Train of the clouds, La Polvorilla viaduct, Argentina

Board the “Train to the Clouds”

Board the Tren de las Nubes for an exhilarating journey that clambers through tunnels and over floating tracks to reach a 4,475-metre-high destination.

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Vineyard, Mendoza, Argentina

Sip High Altitude Wines

Savour the local wines produced from the high altitude grapes when visiting the vineyards near Molinos and Cachi in the Calchaquies Valley.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Salt desert, Jujuy Province, Argentina

Visit the Salt Flats

Drive on an epic road journey to Salta’s dazzling white salt flats, a massive high altitude plateau that is the third largest of its kind worldwide.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Tafi del Valle lake, Tucuman province, Argentina

Visit Tucuman

Explore the subtropical province of Tucuman, home to a thriving sugar industry and considered to be the nation’s birthplace.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Dust Road, Ruta 40, Quebrada de las Flechas, Salta, Argentina

4×4 Adventure

Hop in a 4×4 and navigate through the expansive region, stopping to explore the small traditional villages and white-washed churches.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Pristine – Salinas Grandes Luxury Camp £££££

  • Americas - South
  • Tented Camps

Pristine Salinas Grandes Luxury Camp provides all guests with an incomparable experience in the Salinas Grandes de Jujuy.

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Patios de Cafayate £££££

  • Argentina
  • Vineyard

Patios de Cafayate Hotel & Spa is located on the edge of the charming town of Cafayate overlooking the Calchaqui Valley and surrounding vineyards. Antique furniture, artisan carpets, ceramic floors and pennyroyal baskets decorate each of the 26 rooms and suites and the hotel itself sits in the grounds of the El Esteco Winery. Guided tours of the vineyards are available, and March is the perfect time to visit as this is when the grape is harvested and the entire town comes out to celebrate with colourful local fiestas.

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Estancia Los Potreros £££££

  • Americas - South
  • Farmstead and Ranches

Nestled between the pampas and the Andes, in the heart of Cordoba, lies Estancia Los Potreros.

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Finca Valentina £££££

  • Argentina
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

A traditional white-washed country house that is shrouded by indigenous trees and climbing greenery, Finca Valentina is a characterful family-run property that lies in the foothills of the Andes. Outside, a pool is partly shaded by trees and encircled by lounge chairs, while inside an elegant restaurant boasts a culturally diverse menu of home-cooked dishes owing to the influence of the Italian owners.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Bird

Paul has visited Argentina several times, taking in everything from the mighty Iguazu Falls to the dazzling Perito Merino Glacier. According to him, any country that boasts one of Earth’s most dramatic waterfalls, magnificent salt flats, exquisite wines and a vibrant capital is more than worth a visit.

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