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The Northwest Travel Guide

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Plan Your Northwest Vacation

This region flourished under the Inca, then attracted treasure-seeking Spaniards during colonial times; now it’s luring an international contingent of tourists—and rightly so. The Northwest is notable for diverse locales, ranging from colonial towns to thriving vineyards and arid Andean deserts. It appeals to diverse types of travelers, too. Hikers converge on colorful canyons;

oenophiles satisfy their wine cravings in Cafayate; and history buffs get their fix at ancient ruins and archaeology museums. Visitors who swoon over scenery, meanwhile, ascend to the clouds on the Tren a las Nubes: a day-long trip that’s literally and figuratively breathtaking.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. The Quebrada In this vast, mountainous, color-splashed landscape, gaze up at an eternity of stars or the otherworldly carved walls of the gorge.
  2. Sports and the Outdoors Rivers deep, mountains high, valleys, lakes, and plains all play their part in tempting the adventurous to hike, ride, raft, fish, and rock climb. Take a spin in a kite buggy on the Salinas Grandes or try trekking with a llama.
  3. Folk Music Dive into the fabled Argentine folk scene by spending a night out at one of Salta's peñas (halls of food, music, and dancing). Wind instruments, diverse percussion, and soaring harmonies define the evocative high-Andean soundtrack.
  4. Wine Vintners from the Northwest—especially the Cafayate region of Salta—are gaining worldwide recognition for their cépages grown at great heights. The area is part of Argentina’s Wine Trail and offers ample touring opportunities for oenophiles.

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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