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  • 1. Basílica Menor y Convento San Francisco

    Every salteño's soul belongs to the landmark St. Francis Church and Convent, with its white pillars and bright terra-cotta-and-gold facade. The first sanctuary was built...Read More

  • 2. Bodega Colomé

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Remote wineries are one thing, Bodega Colomé is something else altogether. Yet finally arriving at this world-class spot puts the miles of driving...Read More

  • 3. Bodega Fernando Dupont

    On the lovely grounds of this bodega, cardon cacti mingle with Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah vines, which thrive at 2,500 meters (8,202 feet) thanks...Read More

  • 4. Casa de Gobierno

    The 1907 Casa de Gobierno (Government House) fronts the plaza on San Martín and contains the provincial government offices. A first-floor hall, the Salón de...Read More

  • 5. Cerro de Siete Colores

    Looming above Purmamarca is the brightly tinted Cerro de Siete Colores (Hill of Seven Colors). Look closely and see if you can find all seven—most...Read More

  • 6. Domingo Molina

    About 2 km (1 mile) north of Cafayate, Domingo Molina has been making Torrontés, a 90-point Malbec, and various blends since 2000. Tastings are available,...Read More

  • 7. El Porvenir de Cafayate

    Old blends with new at Bodega El Porvenir. Founded at the turn of the 20th century by Italian immigrants, the winery was bought by the...Read More

  • 8. Estancia Los Cardones

    Head south out of Cafayate toward Tolombón, then drive 7 km up the eastern mountain to this remote vineyard and winery. One of the valley’s...Read More

  • 9. Museo de Árqueología de Alta Montaña

    The fascinating Museum of High Mountain Archaeology (MAAM) holds the mummified remains of three children born into Incan nobility—aged 6, 7, and 15—and the 146...Read More

  • 10. Museo en los Cerros

    You'll find this surprising photography gallery by following a stony road that runs alongside the River Huichaira up into the mountains. The brainchild of photographer...Read More

  • 11. Plaza General Belgrano

    Orange trees and vendors populate the central square, which is surrounded by colonial buildings—including the imposing government palace. It's empty by day, but starts to...Read More

  • 12. Pucará de Tilcara

    Set on a hill above the left bank of the Río Grande, this fortified, pre-Inca pucará (settlement) is the best-preserved of several in the Quebrada...Read More

  • 13. Quebrada de Humahuaca

    About 60 km (37 miles) north of San Salvador de Jujuy, the inimitable Ruta 9 runs into the Quebrada de Humahuaca—a riotously colorful gorge that...Read More

  • 14. Salinas Grandes

    West of Purmamarca you can ogle one of the area’s most eye-popping sights: the Salinas Grandes, more than 200 square km (80 square miles) of...Read More

  • 15. San Pedro de Yacochuya

    Head 8 km (5 miles) northwest of town toward the hills to find the Etchart family's boutique winery. Born into the local winemaking dynasty, Arnaldo...Read More

  • 16. Barrancas and Casabindo

    From Purmamarca, it's a two-hour drive up into the high-altitude Puna past the Salinas Grandes on RN 9 to visit the rural Andean community of...Read More

  • 17. Bodega Kindgard

    A new bodega that opened its doors in 2022 while marking its third grape harvest, Kindgard was set up by two Jujuy cousins who come...Read More

  • 18. Bodega Nanni

    Nanni has been in the same family and in the same building—just a block from the main square—since 1897. Thanks to its organic certification, much...Read More

  • 19. Bodega Tacuil

    A 20-minute drive on from Colomé is Tacuil, a tiny community crowned by this lovely winery, whose simplicity is notable in comparison with its neighbor....Read More

  • 20. Cabildo

    Humahuaca's cabildo (town hall), the most striking building in the village, has a beautifully colored and richly detailed clock tower. Each day at noon crowds...Read More

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