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Visit the impressive natural attractions of the Calchaquí Valley on this full-day scenic drive. Enjoy a comfortable ride from Salta to the village of Cachi as you learn about the surrounding natural resources from your guide along the way. Stop at Payogosta and the Archaeological Museum of Cachi before returning to Salta through stunning Los Cardones National Park.

Highlights

  • Day trip from Salta to Cachi
  • Enjoy a long, scenic drive through the Calchaquí Valley
  • Be wowed by natural attractions like Quebrada de Escoipe (Escoipe Gorge) and the Nevado de Cachi mountain range
  • Stop at several viewpoints to take photos and hear commentary from your informative guide
  • Explore the village of Cachi however you wish — check out its 16th-century church or Archeological Museum
  • Cross Los Cardones National Park on the Recta del Tin Tin, a stretch of straight road whose construction was believed to originate with the Inca
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Calchaquí Valley Scenic Drive and Day Trip to Cachi from Salta

Drive along the Recta del Tin Tin

After pickup at your hotel in Salta, start the 5- to 6-hour drive toward Cachi with an introduction to the area by your guide. Watch the stunning scenery of the Calchaquí Valley pass by the windows while you settle in to your comfortable seat aboard your car, van or minibus (depending on the group size). The duration of your drive will vary depending on the weather, the condition of the roads and any stops along the way.

Heading south past El Carril and Chicoana through the Lerma Valley, stop at Puente Malcante (Malcante Bridge) to snap some photos. Your journey continues on Route 33 through two spectacular gorges, Quebrada de Escoipe and Quebrada de los Laureles, after which your guide stops at a lookout point. Hop out at Cuesta de Obispo (Bishop's Slope) for views of the Enchanted Valley's undulating corn fields and lush fruit trees. You'll reach Piedra de Molino (Millstone), a rocky outcropping and the highest point on the trip at 11,100 feet (3,384 meters) and a great spot for beautiful mountain views.

Arrive in the village of Payogasta for a lunch break (own expense) before continuing to Cachi. Explore Cachi's historical village on your own; choose to visit the National Historic Monument or the Archaeological Museum, or simply stroll through the whitewashed adobe buildings.

Meet up with your group for the 3- to 4-hour return trip to Salta, during which you pass through Los Cardones National Park. Cross the Recta del Tin Tin, a straight stretch of road believed to be created by the Incas. Your trip ends with drop-off at your hotel in Salta.

Customer Reviews

Patricia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Guide spoke excellent english

Martin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Really nice day tour from Salta to Cachi and back.

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