13 days in Northern Argentina Itinerary

13 days in Northern Argentina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Argentina trip planner

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Salta
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cafayate
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Miguel de Tucuman
— 1 night
Drive
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Humahuaca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Purmamarca
— 2 nights
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Salta

— 4 nights

Salta the Beautiful

Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Salta is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, make a trip to Calle Balcarce, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Menor San Francisco, and take in the awesome beauty at Cerro San Bernardo.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Salta trip planning site.

Jacksonville, USA to Salta is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Jacksonville to Salta is 2 hours. Traveling from Jacksonville in July, expect Salta to be much colder, temps between 68°F and 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cafayate.

Things to do in Salta

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Cafayate

— 2 nights

Tuscany of Argentina

Nestled in one of the country's major wine regions, Cafayate and the surrounding area remain a top vacation destination throughout the year.
On the 15th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes), see the interesting displays at Museo Regional y Arqueologico Rodolfo Bravo, and then examine the collection at Museo de la Vid y el Vino de Cafayate, Salta, Argentina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): stop by Mercado Artesanal Cafayate, take in the dramatic natural features at El Anfiteatro, then take in the dramatic natural features at Garganta del Diablo Salta, then identify plant and animal life at Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Nuestra Senora del Rosario.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cafayate trip planner.

Drive from Salta to Cafayate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Miguel de Tucuman.

Things to do in Cafayate

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Miguel de Tucuman

— 1 night

Garden of the Republic

The commercial hub of an area known for its high production of sugarcane, tobacco, and rice, San Miguel de Tucuman also has a historical claim to fame, having hosted the national congress that declared independence from Spain in 1816.
On the 17th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Miguel de Tucuman, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Nuestra Senora de la Merced, then see the interesting displays at Casa Historica de Tucuman, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Historico Pte. Nicolas Avellaneda.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Miguel de Tucuman online trip builder.

Drive from Cafayate to San Miguel de Tucuman in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in San Miguel de Tucuman are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Humahuaca.

Things to do in San Miguel de Tucuman

Historic Sites · Museums

Humahuaca

— 2 nights
The largest settlement in the Quebrada de Humahuaca, Humahuaca allows for thorough exploration of the colorful valley that links the high Andean lands and the temperate plains of southeastern South America.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Francisco de Paula, then take in the dramatic natural features at Quebrada de Humahuaca, then take in the dramatic natural features at Quebrada de las Senoritas, and finally appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Torre de Santa Barbara, take in the awesome beauty at Serranía de Hornocal, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cabildo de Humahuaca.

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Drive from San Miguel de Tucuman to Humahuaca in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Purmamarca.

Things to do in Humahuaca

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Purmamarca

— 2 nights
With a population of just over 2,000, the small village of Purmamarca possesses a remote Andean charm, with its adobe houses and colorful market streets some of the most photogenic in the area.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): stroll through Paseo de los Colorados, then make a trip to Plaza 9 de Julio, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Hill of Seven Colors. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Lima, identify plant and animal life at Cerro Morado, take a memorable drive along Abra de Potrerillos (Mirador a 4170msnm), then go for a walk through Cuesta de Lipan, and finally look for gifts at Tejidos Llama Negra.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Purmamarca online road trip planner.

You can drive from Humahuaca to Purmamarca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Purmamarca

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Northern Argentina travel guide

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Mountains · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Often overlooked, Northern Argentina nevertheless offers tons of possibilities for tourism, all against a backdrop of fertile valleys, rocky canyons, soaring mountains, and tropical jungles. The city of Salta--packed with colonial architecture--serves as a perfect jumping-off point for Northern Argentina tours. Also characteristic of the area is its lively indigenous culture, which enriches your holiday in Northern Argentina with insight into a lifestyle strongly influenced by the not-too-distant Andes.