HIGH­LIGHTS OF AR­GENTINA’S NORTH-WEST

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Argentina -

1 Salta This beau­ti­ful, his­toric city has a winning com­bi­na­tion of sights and experiences, and all the mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties you would ex­pect. Stroll the colo­nial streets and plazas ( pic­tured right), take the tele­férico (ca­ble car) for city views and visit a peña to en­joy the lo­cal mu­sic.

2 Cafay­ate

The jour­ney here through spec­tac­u­lar red-rock scenery is rea­son enough to visit, but most are in search of the world’s high­est winer­ies. Per­haps best known for the white tor­rontés grape, reds such as mal­bec are also grown. You can sam­ple the wines in bode­gas, or ex­plore the sur­round­ing winer­ies by bi­cy­cle or car.

3 Que­brada de Humahuaca

This val­ley has been a ma­jor trade route over the last mil­len­nium and was a vi­tal Inca trail. To­day’s vis­i­tors come for this Unesco-listed site’s scenery, such as the ‘Moun­tain of Seven Colours’, as well as for an in­sight into its his­tory.

4 Ride like a Gau­cho

Salta is sur­rounded by ranches; some wel­come vis­i­tors for an es­tan­cia ex­pe­ri­ence, usu­ally in­volv­ing horse rid­ing, an in­sight into gau­cho life and a BBQ, and many of­fer multi-day treks. The lo­cal pon­cho is a rich red with a black stripe, or stripes ( pic­tured left).

5 Tren a las Nubes

Al­though you can cur­rently only ride a small sec­tion of the route on train (from San An­to­nio de los Co­bres to the Polvo­rilla viaduct), it is still worth it to ap­pre­ci­ate this in­cred­i­ble feat of en­gi­neer­ing and the train it­self, as well as the great views. Cross­ing the viaduct will have you squeal­ing with joy. (tre­nalas­nubes.com.ar; tick­ets cost AR$2,380/£85) 6 Cono de Arita A nat­u­ral won­der of the world. Try and en­sure that you have Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon play­ing when you view it!

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