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Salta & Northwest

Explore the Andes on Board the Train to the Clouds

Walking the city streets of Salta, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re in Europe. There’s a strong physical resemblance between the architecture here and that of Andalucia in southern Spain. The neoclassical Cathedral of Salta is dedicated to Jesus and the Virgin Mary, and it is a pink and white wedding cake of a structure.

When it comes to festival time in April, Salta reveals its hybrid Spanish and gaucho side. Many of Salta’s residents have both criollo and mestizo heritage, of which they are righly proud. It the noise and bustle of the partying on the streets becomes too much for you, take the cable car or walk to the top of San Bernardo Hill for quieter views across the city.
 
Around the city in the Calchaquíes Valleys you’ll find vineyards and golf courses, as well as some attractive hikes. The natural red sandstone amphitheatre of the Río las Conchas is reminiscent of Arizona’s Antelope Canyon. Explore the region on foot by vehicle, then ride the Tren a las Nubes (Train to the Clouds) across the Andes for a thrilling journey on one of the highest altitude railways in the world.
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House of Jasmines
House of Jasmines is at the base of the Andes, just a short drive outside Salta. We’ll take you to this 100-year-old mansion along a drive lined with eucalyptus trees, set within extensive parkland, and as you cross over the threshold you might well be stepping back in time.
Accommodation:
Vinas de Cafayate
To the south of Salta in the magnificent setting of Calchaquí Valley is La Estancia de Cafayate, a secluded collection of private villas and the Grace Cafayate hotel. The scenery is spectacular, and dotted with vineyards, manicured golf courses and endless array of horse riding trails.
Accommodation:
Finca Valentina
At Finca Valentina Milan native Valentina and her husband have opened their home and their hearts to guests. Their children have all been born in the house, making it a charming, family-friendly oasis close to the charming city of Salta.