Classic Wine Route

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Explore the varied landscape of the Valles Calchaquies and its excellent boutique wineries in this Argentine wine tour par excellence.

Our Classic wine route combines Salta's superb boutique wineries in the highest altitude wine region in the world with the breathtaking landscape of north west Argentina.

Apart from the ubiquitous Malbec, this area is known for its fine Torrontes and Tannat, not to mention its wine ice cream!

We can often combine this trip with our Salt & 7 Colours tour by taking the mountain pass of Abra el Acay, the highest road crossing in the world outside the Himalayas, at just under 5,000m altitude.

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Tour info

Duration
3 days
Group Size
1 to 4
Price starts at
$375
Languages
English, Spanish
Meeting Point

We can pick you up direct from Salta airport or from your chosen hotel in the city.

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Dropoff location

To be discussed upon booking

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Why take this tour?

We head south through the tobacco fields of the Valle de Lerma, and take the winding mountain road up the Cuesta del Obispo, rising to a peak of 3,500m to cross into the Parque Nacional de Los Cardones, where candelabra cacti pepper the landscape as far as the eye can see. We will visit the picturesque towns of Payogasta and Cachi, and may also make a trip to see rarely-visited Inca ruins at Potrero. In Cachi, as in most small towns of the Andean northwest, you'll see typical buildings of adobe and cactus wood, including the beautifully preserved church: this is also our first chance to visit a boutique vineyard.

We continue our trip south through Salta's Argentine wine country via the historic town of Molinos, home of the last ever Spanish Royalist governor, and the picturesque villages of Seclantas and Angastaco: all set in outstanding and constantly-changing scenery. The Quebrada de las Flechas is a breath-taking lunar landscape. I hope we can find time to visit the wine resort of Colomé, which boasts the highest altitude vineyards in the world, and an excellent museum dedicated to the Californian artist James Turrell.

We arrive in Cafayate, the hub of Salta's wine region, and home to some of the best boutique vineyards in the New World. We will take you to family wineries where you can try Argentina's classic Malbec, Salta province's trademark white Torrontes (even in a sparkling version), and some more unusual varieties you may not have tried before. And don’t miss the delicious wine ice cream!

Just south of Cafayate, at the pre-Inca ruins of Quilmes, you’ll discover the extraordinary story of this Diaguita tribe who lived an independent life for centuries, until the Spanish invaders cruelly broke their resistance. Nearby, at Amaicha del Valle, is one of the most impressive museums in Argentina, a work of art in itself: Pachamama Museum, dedicated to the pre-Hispanic indigenous culture.

We return to Salta via the stunning ochre landscape of the Quebrada de las Conchas, a former river bed thought to be 60 million years old. It's not hard to imagine dinosaurs stalking this prehistoric-looking landscape.

Included

  • Bilingual tour guide

  • Private tailor-made tour

  • Vehicle & guide costs

Excluded

  • Food

  • Accommodation

  • Wine tasting fees

Things to know

Pricing

Headline price based on four people travelling together in one of our 4x4s with an English-speaking driver/guide.

Below are our DAILY rates PER PERSON excluding food and accommodation: valid to end 2024.

One person - US$350
Two people - US$200
Three people- US$150
Four people (one vehicle) - US$125
Four people (two vehicles) - US$200

Headline price based on four people travelling together in one of our 4x4s with an English-speaking driver/guide.

Below are our DAILY rates PER PERSON excluding food and accommodation: valid to end 2024.

One person - US$350
Two people - US$200
Three people- US$150
Four people (one vehicle) - US$125
Four people (two vehicles) - US$200

Accommodation & Food

Double rooms at the privately owned B&Bs and small hotels we work with start from US$50 per night. You can eat well in some of the simple rustic places we use where you will be rubbing shoulders with the locals for less than US$15 per person. And splashing out on a three-course meal with wine in ...

Double rooms at the privately owned B&Bs and small hotels we work with start from US$50 per night. You can eat well in some of the simple rustic places we use where you will be rubbing shoulders with the locals for less than US$15 per person. And splashing out on a three-course meal with wine in a smart restaurant is unlikely to set you back more than US$40 per person.

Group Size

We operate with comfortable 4x4s which can accommodate up to four people, but if you’re travelling with a larger group, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate.

We operate with comfortable 4x4s which can accommodate up to four people, but if you’re travelling with a larger group, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate.

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