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Purmamarca, Jujuy, Northwest, Argentina

Drive Classic North-West Argentina

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

14 Days

Prices Start from

£3,100 ex. flights

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.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Rock Formations in the Desert, Northwest Argentina 1

Desert Landscapes

Discover the ochre landscapes of north-west Argentina and its cactus-dotted deserts.

Salt water pool on the Salinas Grandes salt flats in Jujuy province, northern Argentina 2

Salinas Grandes

Explore Salinas Grandes, where hundreds of pink flamingos feast in striking contrast.

Grace Hotel, Entrance, Cafayate, Argentina 3

Meet Locals

Experience the warm hospitality of the local communities and taste their cuisine.

Pouring Red Wine 4

High Altitude Wine

Explore the wine region of Cafayate, home to the highest vineyards in the world.

Why we like it

Armed with maps and a full support system tracking your vehicle, this self-drive adventure travels along the route of the Tren de las Nubes and takes in breathtaking views of the Humuhuaca Gorge and the ancient Andean villages that are backed by rainbow-coloured hills. Passing through the Calchaquies Valley, arguably the most stunning route in Argentina, witness the charming whitewashed streets of Cachi and cruise along high passes of fiery red rock formations on the way the vineyards of Cafayate.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

Keys:
Internal Flight
  • Days 1-2
    Buenos Aires
  • Day 3
    Buenos Aires - Salta - Purmamarca
  • Day 4
    Purmamarca
  • Day 5
    Purmamarca - Salta
  • Day 6
    Salta
  • Day 7
    Salta - Cachi
  • Day 8
    Cachi
  • Day 9
    Cachi - Cafayate
  • Day 10
    Cafayate
  • Day 11
    Cafayate - Salta
  • Day 12
    Salta
  • Day 13
    Salta - Buenos Aires - Pampas
  • Day 14
    Pampas - Buenos Aires
Fourteen Coloured Mountain, Argentina
Fourteen Coloured Mountain, Argentina

Multicoloured Mountains

Visit the famous market in Purmamarca and explore the arid yet uniquely beautiful surroundings. The multicoloured rock face that provides a striking back drop to this Andean town is a must-see, as is the pretty town of Tilcara and Uquia with its beautifully painted interior.

Basilica and Convent of San Francisco, Salta, Argentina
Basilica and Convent of San Francisco, Salta, Argentina

Pretty Streets & Sugar Cane Factories

Head out to explore the Quebrada del Toro or the verdant valley and pretty village of San Lorenzo. Perhaps venture to the man-made Cabra Corral Dam, visit some tobacco and sugar cane factories or simply wander around Salta to explore its pretty streets and eateries.

Paseo de los Colorados, Purmamarca, Argentina
Paseo de los Colorados, Purmamarca, Argentina

High-Altitude Drives

Unwind in the sleepy, white-washed town of Cachi, perhaps visiting Colome Winery to sample the highest (and arguably the best) wine in the country. In the slow-paced town of Cafayate, visit the pre-Inca ruins at Quilmes and tuck in to a fantastic selection of locally produced cheeses, vegetables, meat and wines at Finca Las Nubes.

Gaucho Festival, Argentina
Gaucho Festival, Argentina

Ride with a Gaucho

Stay on a traditional estancia close to Buenos Aires, embarking on horseback rides across the pampas and exploring nearby streams and grasslands on meditative walks. Discover how the original gauchos spent their lives on horseback roaming ranch to ranch and have a privileged insight into the old-world charms of pampas life.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Legado Mitico £££££

  • Argentina
  • City
  • Boutique

A highly conceptual property founded on the notion of Argentine identity, Legado Mitico is a boutique property that is all at once avant-garde and undeniably homely. Despite its position in the hub of the bohemian barrio of Palermo Soho, the townhouse is a tranquil oasis peppered with foliage and draping vegetation. Its 11 refined rooms are individually decorated with wood floors and memorabilia inspired by historic figures of the nation that include Che Guevara and Eva Peron, while one boasts its own private terrace. There are inviting lounge areas that appear in the form of a serene library, a living room with sofas set around a roaring fireplace, and a small garden terrace with a bubbling Jacuzzi.

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Nuss Buenos Aires Soho £££££

  • Argentina
  • City
  • Boutique

The Nuss Hotel sits on a beautiful tree-lined street in Palermo Soho, surrounded by some of the finest bars, restaurants, shops and art galleries that Buenos Aires has to offer. This former convent has 22 rooms situated around a central courtyard and decorated in an understated way by a local interior designer.

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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, an outdoor 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. Homemade cakes, freshly baked bread and a superb wine list make this property an inevitably indulgent foodie favourite. Its eight bright rooms, interspersed between the main house and two independent cottages with private patios, are flooded with light through shuttered windows and furnished with local artisan objects and intricate textiles from Salta.

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Vinas de Cafayate £££££

  • Argentina
  • Vineyard

This lovely property is located in a vineyard plantation at the foot of the impressive San Isidro Hill.

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Legado Mitico, Salta £££££

Legado Mitico is the second hotel of a small boutique group that first started in Buenos Aires. Once home to one of Salta’s aristocratic families, this magnificent building has been painstakingly restored to its former glory. The hotel offers eleven individually styled rooms, all well-equipped and extremely comfortable.

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Thanks to James for planning this trip of a lifetime through Argentina, a place we have always wanted to see. We were able to visit everywhere from Patagonia in the south to the Iguazu Falls in the north, and all with very little effort on our part.

Destination: Argentina
Travel Expert: James

Paul listened carefully to what we wanted from our travels in Argentina and put together a really special itinerary that was perfectly tailored to us.

Destination: Argentina
Travel Expert: Paul

What a fantastic trip to Argentina, Chile and Brazil superbly organised by James.

Destination: Argentina, Chile & Brazil
Travel Expert: James

Paul did everything from making dinner reservations in Buenos Aires to booking specific rooms in the Lake District that he knew would give us the best view.

Destination: Argentina
Travel Expert: Paul

A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
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When to travel

Argentina in January

December to February is the peak of summer in Argentina, bringing long summer days and pleasant temperatures. As this is the busiest time of year to travel, expect peak prices and we recommend planning 9-12 months in advance for availability. Summer is the best time of year for all the outdoor experiences that the country has to offer.

Argentina in February

January and February are the peak of summer in Argentina, bringing long summer days and pleasant temperatures. As this is the busiest time of year to travel, expect peak prices and we recommend planning 9-12 months in advance for availability. Summer is the best time of year for all the outdoor experiences that the country has to offer.

Argentina in March

March brings the end of summer across the country. If you are planning to visit Patagonia, it is best to start here in early March as it is still accessible.

Argentina in April

April starts the autumn in Argentina. As the temperatures lower, crowds thin across the country. This can be a great time to avoid large numbers of visitors and to experience the autumnal colours across the countryside.

Argentina in May

As the country moves further into late autumn, temperatures continue to drop. However, cooler temperatures can make for a pleasant visit to Iguazu Falls, Mendoza and the desert avoiding the crowds.

Argentina in June

June begins the winter season across the country. Although Patagonia becomes more challenging to access, this can be a good time to visit other more popular destinations further north without the crowds. This is also the best time to view the southern right whales off the Valdes Peninsula.

Argentina in July

July and August are the depths of winter for the country. This brings much cooler temperatures and snow in some regions. Although perhaps not an ideal time to see the highlights, this can be a good time to visit Buenos Aires in an off-peak time with cooler temperatures.

Argentina in August

July and August are the depths of winter for the country. This brings much cooler temperatures and snow in some regions. Although perhaps not an ideal time to see the highlights, this can be a good time to visit Buenos Aires in an off-peak time with cooler temperatures.

Argentina in September

September officially welcomes spring across Argentina. This is a great time to experience the northern region without the peak season prices or crowds.

Argentina in October

As the country moves further into spring, the countryside starts to bloom with wildflowers. This is a great time of year to get involved with outdoor activities while temperatures are still cool and the crowds are quieter.

Argentina in November

November is a great time of year to visit as summer begins yet beating the peak season crowds that come in December. Patagonia is in full bloom and the vineyards of Mendoza are surrounded by the stunning snow-capped Andes.

Argentina in December

December in Argentina brings the start of the peak season. Temperatures are warm, although due to the size of the country these can vary so it is advisable to bring layers. Weather is at its most desirable for outdoor activities and sightseeing. Following from the spring rains, the falls of Iguazu are at their most impressive during December.

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