The Valles Calchaquíes are found in the northwest of Argentina spreading over the provinces of Salta, Jujuy, Catamarca and Tucuman. The scenery here is spectacular and unique. It’s certainly unlike anything you may see in Europe, where we’re from. The landscape is arid and harsh, yet the striking, vibrant multi-coloured rocks illuminate and give life to these valleys. Due to its altitude, the winds can be fierce and the temperature may fall below freezing at night. As soon as the sun comes up, however, its strong rays will warm you up nicely and at midday, it can feel very hot.
Within the valleys are a series of beautiful and humble villages that are all equally worth a visit. Being so close to the Andes, they still retain their Andean roots that they share with other South American countries. However, this is also mixed with the fascinating gaucho culture of genuine machismo cowboys and old traditional folklorico music and legends. You will notice this blend of cultures in their dress, music, food, fiestas, beliefs and general way of life.
When visiting these towns, there are plenty of opportunities for enjoying the outdoors. There are some great walks, independent and in guided-tours, as well as horse-riding and some cycling. In Tilcara and Cachí, there are interesting historical ruins to visit with fantastic views. Be sure to also visit some of the stunning vineyards, particularly famous in Cafayate, which offer some unique and delicious wines. A great place for a cycling wine-tasting tour!
Click on the links below to find out about each of the towns we have visited in the Valles Calchaquíes: