Salta and Jujuy
Wild and remote, traditional and timeless, this exciting region of Argentina is slightly off the beaten track and will reward those looking for a less traditionally touristy area – you should allow at least a week to explore the interesting mix of colonial towns and wine-growing valleys. This is the region which is now challenging Patagonia as the country’s new frontier for adventurous travel.
The contrast of the stunning northwest from the rest of the country is such that it will leave you wondering if you’ve stepped into a different country. The influence here is reminiscent of Bolivia in terms of the dress, music and local crafts. Far away from the elegance of Buenos Aires lies the bustling and beautiful Salta, one of Argentina's best preserved Spanish colonial cities, packed with Barouque architecture and leafy plazas. Founded more than 600 years ago by the Spanish, Salta is the main starting point for serious road trips to the subtropical montane forests of El Finca Rey National Park, the Calchaquí Valley and the lush vineyards and desert canyons of Cafayate.
Stay in a cosy hotel in Salta or a more remote estancia-style property and explore the surrounding countryside on foot or horseback. The Quebrada de Humahuaca Valley in the province of Jujuy, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is also well worth a visit.
Salta’s inhabitants are proud of the survival and persistence of indigenous gaucho people and traditions. Every festival and religious custom reflects this mixture with elements of mestizo and criollo culture, intertwined with Spanish influence.
The North Andean region of Argentina is rich in striking and desolate landscapes. From salt flats and giant cacti, to multi-coloured mountains and winding rivers, the region has much to offer and with so much variety, it provides one of the best photo safari journeys on the continent. Discover these remote and outstanding places on our overlanding journey on a 4X4 Drive accompanied by our expert local guides. Travel into the heart of the high altitude deserts of the Puna and explore the villages of Tolar Grande and El Peñón. Spot up to 20,000 flamingos at Laguna Grande in the months of September to May, marvel at the perfectly geometric Cono de Arita and discover the red fossilised dunes in the Labyrinth Desert. This untouched region of the country offers experiences like no other and is one our favourite regions in Latin America to explore.
Please read our blog to find out why Grant was blown away by the beauty and spectacular landscapes of Northern Argentina.