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North-West Argentina in 7 Days

A week spent road-tripping through the deserts, mountains, salt flats and vineyards of North-Western Argentina - just a few of the many things the country has to offer.

by alyssazaraAbout Me:My name is Alyssa - I'm a 24 year old Australian currently travelling in South America. After completing a 6 month exchange program in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I have decided to defer my final year of my degree and spend another year in th... read more

South AmericaArgentina6 days / July - August 2022

Highs & Lows

The rainbow mountains nearby Humahuaca are not to be missed!!

Elevation sickness - take the high elevation points slowly!

Itinerary Overview

With the many incredible things that Argentina has to offer, a week’s time is only enough to scratch the surface. The North-West area of Argentina hosts an array of sights and attractions, making for a fantastic place to spend a week’s time. The number one recommendation I would have for this area is to hire a car!! Not only do the roads through these stunning and diverse landscapes make for a stunning road-trip, there are also many a smaller attractions and routes that bigger tour groups tend to skip. The diversity of the landscapes is unimaginable – in one day we drove through desert, mountains, salt flats and savannah-like plains. Not to mention the area’s rich history and vibrant cuisine, it is not a destination solely for nature-lovers. Most notably there exists a proud and well-recognised Indigenous population in the area who are rich with cultural and social history.

  • 3 Nights: Humahuaca
    Stunning deserts, beautiful mountains, unbelievable salt flats and peaceful remote villages!
  • 1 Night: Campo Quijano
    Amazing drive through a mountain range, salt flats and Argentina's famous Ruta 40
  • 2 Nights: Cafayate
    A perfect way to end the trip - waterfalls and vineyards!

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would have taken two weeks instead of one! Even though we saw so much there was still many things we had to skip/rush!

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Make sure to leave a bit extra time when driving! There was a few times we ended up driving at night because we followed the exact time of google maps, so I would definitely recommend leaving a few hours earlier.

  • How was the food?

    Bodega Nanni in Cafayate!! Incredible food and organic wine - we didn't do a tasting however if I was to go back this would be a must

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Do your research beforehand! Especially if you're going for a shorter period of time. Also leave Cafayate until last so that you can wind down and enjoy the wineries.

  • Packing tips?

    Pack for all types of weather! Especially in the desert areas it gets very hot during the day (more than 30 degrees) and very cold at night (less than 5 degrees).

  • Transportation Tips?

    Hiring a car is definitely the easiest method of transportation! But otherwise buses between the towns are frequent and accessible.

  • Any surprises?

    The scenery on the drive between Cafayate and Salta was a complete surpirse - I wish we'd left more time for this as I believe there's a multitude of hikes that can be done in the area as well.

  • Booking details?

    A lot of the hostels in smaller towns aren't accessible on major booking sites (such as Booking.com, Hostelworld). If it's not high season don't be afraid to turn up and book upon arrival - there are many options!