Calchaquí Valley Scenic Drive and Day Trip to Cachi from Salta

Summary

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.

Tour info

Duration
12 hours
Group Size
Pricing
Commentary
Meeting Point
Dropoff location

Why take this tour?

See the incredible natural attractions of the Calchaquí Valley on this ‘wow’-inducing day trip from Salta to Cachi! Enjoy a comfortable and scenic round-trip drive to the charming village, accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who describes the terrain along the way. From gorges to bridges to snowcapped Andean mountains, the breathtaking landscape will fill up all the space on your camera. Make several stops — including the town of Payogasta — until you reach Cachi, where you can explore on your own. Visit the Archeological Museum if you wish before returning to Salta via Los Cardones National Park.

What’s included?

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Transport by air-conditioned car, van or minibus (depending on the group size)

  • Local guide

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Things to know

Before you book

  • Duration: 12h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

  • Instant confirmation

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

About operator:

Hit all of Buenos Aires' must-see sights and experiences in one Super Saver that includes a city sightseeing tour and an evening among passionate Argentine tango dancers. A comfortable coach ride will ferry you through the city's notable neighborhoods, including trendy Palermo, tony Recoleta and historic San Telmo. When evening falls, choose from of two of Buenos Aires' most famous tango spots, Café de los Angelitos or Tango Porteño for dinner and a show.