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The Northwest Travel Guide

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Plan Your The Northwest Vacation

Argentina's history began in the Northwest, in the provinces of Jujuy, Salta, and Tucumán, along the ancient road of the Incas. In the late 1400s the Incan people traveled southward from Peru along this route to conquer the tribes of northern Argentina and Chile. Half a century later the Spaniards traveled the same route in search of gold and silver.

Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. The Quebrada In this craggy, vast, color-splashed landscape, gaze up from time to time at the eternity of stars or the otherworldly carved walls of the gorge.
  2. Sports and the Outdoors Mountains, valleys, lakes, streams, and plains make this region ideal for hiking, horseback riding, rafting, fishing, and rock climbing. Or you could take a spin in a kite buggy on the Salinas Grandes.
  3. Folk Music In this hub of Argentina's folkloric music scene, a trip to one of Salta's peñas (halls of food, music, and dancing) is essential. Wind instruments, diverse percussion, and soaring harmonies define the high-Andean sound track.
  4. Wine Though they usually take a backseat to wines from the central Mendoza Province, the wines of the north, especially in the Cafayate region of Salta, are gaining worldwide recognition.

When To Go

When to Go

January and February are Argentina's summer vacation months, meaning hotels get booked up and prices rise. Ironically, these two months coincide w...

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