From the very cold high Andes to the sub-tropical jungle, with mountains and fertile sun-drenched valleys in between, North West Argentina really does have it all for a holiday… minus hordes of visitors, as it has been slow to establish itself on the tourist trail.

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  • The vineyards around Cafayate grow grapes at some of the highest altitudes anywhere; apparently you can tell this when you taste the wines...

Luxury Holidays to Northern Argentina: the Detail

The city of Salta was founded in 1582 and still has a distinct Hispanic character with its colonial houses and churches surrounded by hills. An attractive place for a luxury holiday in its own right, with several delightful boutique hotels, appealing bars and restaurants around its main square, and panoramic views from Saint Bernard Hill, it is also the base for explorations into the surrounding area. Northwards lies the Humahuaca Gorge and the pretty village of Purmamarca, with its famous Hills of Seven Colours.

Several hours' drive south of Salta through spectacular gorges and valleys is the town of Cafayate, located in an area renowned for its wine production. Claiming to be some of the highest vineyards in the world, at over 6,000ft above seal level, the wineries benefit from strong sunshine and big differences in day and night temperatures, producing outstanding results which you must sample while there, although the majority is produced for export.

En-route between Salta and Cafayate, you will pass through spectacular Andean scenery such as the Quebrada (gorge) de Las Conchas, with colourful and unusual sandstone rock formations; part desert, part lunar.


Top picks for North West Argentina

House of Jasmines

House of Jasmines

North West Argentina

House of Jasmines is half an hour's drive outside the colonial city of Salta, and was originally bought and restored by actor Robert Duvall and his Argentine wife.

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Legado Mitico Salta

Legado Mitico Salta

North West Argentina

Legado Mitico Salta is every bit as luxurious as its sister property in Buenos Aires, with its elegant grey townhouse façade and chic air similar to that of a prestigious member’s club.

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Hacienda de Molinos

Hacienda de Molinos

North West Argentina

Once home to Salta’s last colonial governor, Nicolás Severo de Isasmendi, the restored 18th century Hacienda de Molinos is now a luxury boutique hotel.

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La Merced del Alto

La Merced del Alto

North West Argentina

Despite having being built this side of the millenium, La Merced del Alto gives off the impression of a Spanish hacienda that has been around since colonial times, with its adobe walls and high ceilings made from carob wood and cane.

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Patios de Cafayate Hotel & Spa

Patios de Cafayate Hotel & Spa

North West Argentina

Housed in a colonial building built in 1892, Patios de Cafayate Hotel & Spa is a luxury boutique hotel with spectacular views of the Calchaquíes Valleys’ vineyards.

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Manantial del Silencio

Manantial del Silencio

North West Argentina

Manantial del Silencio is located in Purmamarca, certainly the most idyllic village in the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a 150 mile valley which has recently been made a World Heritage Site.

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