DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN SALTA, VISIT OF THE CITY
Flight to Salta and upon arrival transfer to your selected hotel. in the afternoon, a tour around the places of greater attractive of the city and surroundings .
The city itself is absolutely charming. Founded in 1582, it still keeps a colonial style architecture, framed by hills. It is the right place to learn about an important part of the country’s culture and past. We can start at the the main square 9 of July You will see historic houses, such as the St Bernard Convent, which is the oldest religious building in Salta, with its door made of carob tree and carved by natives. It is a treasure of art from this province. St Francisco Church tower is 53 m high.. Then, we should quote the imposing Cathedral –keeping the human remains of General Martín Miguel de Güemes, the local hero in the independence struggles. Quite near it is Saint Francis Church, one of the most beautiful catholic churches in the North: built in 1796, it combines Baroque style with Italian neoclassic ornaments.Moreover the High Mountain Archaeological Museum (MAAM) is one of the obliged sites to visit in Salta. It keeps a really valuable archaeological treasure, witness of the Inca’s presence in the area: the Llullaillaco Children, found at the volcano of the same name at 22,000 f.a.s.l. They had been offered in sacrifice more than 500 years, together with gold, silver and clothes, at the highest Inca sanctuary known so far. Besides, the MAAM proposes an original tour that will convert the visit into an unforgettable memory. While touring, you will reach St Bernard Hill. At its foot, facing the city, the General Güemes monument stands out, carved into stone obtained from the same hill and with the bronze figure of the hero on top of it. You will see the Catholic University, the Vaqueros River, The Castellanos Gorge, Lesser, until you reach the picturesque San Lorenzo Village, a relaxing and appreciated place to enjoy summers in Salta. It is located in the yungas (sort of mountain forest) area, very close to San Lorenzo River, to the northeast of Lerma Valley, where a beautiful landscape and picturesque estancias, together with attractive houses, can be appreciated. The San Lorenzo Ravin is a place to see, with its high altitude vegetation that is covered with fog during the summer and is typical of the yungas area. On your way back, you will visit the Crafts Market in Salta. Salta has its Handcrafts Market at an old house of the 18th century.
DAY 2 – HUMAHUACA VISIT
In 2003, the Quebrada de Humahuaca was declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Cultural Landscape category. This tour takes us from Salta through Jujuy Province , to travel and explore the lovely countryside and villages which cover nearly 10,000 years of history. From south to north, the Quebrada de Humahuaca is born in Volcano, where the mountains abruptly drop the green hills and give way to brownish colours. Without leaving the side of the Rio Grande, above the town of Tumbaya, which has its beautiful church built in 1796. Next Purmamarca, town of legends and singers, has a church dedicated to Santa Rosa de Lima dating from 1648. The village has been built Purmamarca the foot of the internationally known «Hill of Seven Colors». The tour continues visiting Tilcara where the Pucara (ancient Indian fortress), now rebuilt, is a clear demonstration of the splendor of its ancient inhabitants, the Tilcara. To the north, after passing through Huacalera and the Tropic of Capricorn, we reach Uquía, that in his Church treasures one of the most important collections of the famous «Angels Arcabuceros» emblematic examples Cuzco painting.
The city of Humahuaca, heart of the Gorge, awaits the visitor full of natural attractions, history and culture. The latter highlights the Monument to the Heroes of Independence and articulated image of San Francisco Solano, which makes its appearance every afternoon in the central square to bless the people. The tour ends in Salta.
DAY 3 – CAFAYATE VISIT
You will start your tour to the Lerma Valley in the morning, going past gorges and the picturesque villages such as Cerrilos, La Merced, Ampascachi, and La Viña, where you will see an attractive establishment called Posta de la Cabra, surrounded by a peaceful environment, and a mountain view with beautiful trees. As you go along, you will reach Alemania, the verge to the Calchaquíes Valleys, where colours multiply in all their nuances throughout this beautiful gorge.
On one side of the road, along Las Conchas River, the wind erosion has built a succession of natural formations such as La Garganta del Diablo (The Devil’s Throat), El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre), the huge crack of the hill that constitutes a spectacular rocky scenario,Los Castillos (The Castles), and other fantastic shapes, depending on the imagination and on the different times of the day when sunrays light the mountains of the magic grove. As you go along, you will get to the union of Santa María and Calchaquí Valleys with Quebrada de las Conchas, with a view to Tres Cruces and Morales Hills. Cafayate rises within this mountain frame, at the foot of San Isidro Hill, bordered by rivers and inside a belt of vineyards. Our trio includes a visit to a winery. In the afternoon, you will return to Salta city.
DAY 4 – DEPARTURE FROM SALTA
Pick up from your hotel in the morning and transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires.
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