Religious parades in Argentina and the Milagro of Salta

The middle of September marks the most important religious pilgrimage in Salta and it has nothing to do with Christmas or Easter. In far flung corners of the province close to the Bolivian and Paraguayan borders, this week pilgrims began…

Explore Argentina In The Stunning Landscape Of Quebrada De Humahuaca

I was delighted to be back in the Quebrada de Humahuaca recently for the first time since roadblocks made trips into Jujuy province nigh on impossible. As you will see from a previous blog, for almost two months, travel north…

The Magical Floating Islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca

The first time I visited Peru in 1999, I deliberately avoided the floating islands of Uros, because they struck me as too touristy.   I was one of those insufferable backpackers looking for the “real Peru”: though that didn’t stop…

7 Amazing Things To Do In Salta - Discover The History And Culture

Salta, Argentina, also known as Salta la Linda, is one of the most beautiful locations in the northwest of Argentina. This historic city has a rich colonial culture with traditional food choices and attractions. Typical local food includes empanadas (small…

Jujuy ablaze with protest

Tomorrow I should be starting a two day trip into the Quebrada de Humahuaca with four guests from India, but instead we are going in completely the opposite direction: south to Cafayate in the Salta wine region.   For more…

Argentina wine & climate change

As in much of the world, Argentina’s winemakers are battling with climate change: early figures for the 2023 harvest suggest that total production is a swingeing 27% below the figures for 2013.   For years now, on our wine tours…

Best places to eat in Salta

When you’re looking for the best places to eat in Salta, a unique gourmet experience with spectacular views of the city awaits those brave and open-minded enough to sample the city’s newest high-end restaurant.   El Baqueano made the bold…

Yungas Cloud Forest

It is Autumn in Salta now, and rainy season is over. As in much of the country which has suffered severe drought, this year we’ve had less rain in both Jujuy and Salta provinces, along with higher average temperatures between…

Death is part of Life

As you'll know from a previous blog, I'm fascinated by the folk traditions and roadside shrines to popular saints in Argentina. When taking guests on private tours in Argentina, heading north towards the Quebrada de Humahuaca, famous for its coloured…

It's Malbec Day!

As we mark World Malbec Day on April 17th, consider this: in 1995 the Malbec grape, first introduced with such success in the mid 19th century, was in the doldrums, with only 9,746 hectares in production: that was 4.6% of…