Route & dates
17 days in Northern Argentina Itinerary
Fly + Drive: 29h
Tilcara— 3 nights
Cafayate— 5 nights
Drive: 2h 45min
Salta— 6 nights
Fly: 21h 15min
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With evidence of continuous settlement going back several thousand years, Tilcara remains one of the oldest inhabited places in South America.The Hill of Seven Colors and Pucara de Tilcara will appeal to museum buffs. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Quebrada de Humahuaca and The Devil's Throat. Explore Tilcara's surroundings by going to Humahuaca (Serranias Del Hornocal, Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia, & more) and Paseo de los Colorados (in Purmamarca). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Lima, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria, explore the striking landscape at Cerro Morado, and stroll the grounds of Cementerio Nuestra Senora del Carmen.
To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tilcara trip itinerary planner .
Lisbon, Portugal to Tilcara is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Argentine Time (ART) is minus 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cafayate.
Things to do in Tilcara
Humahuaca, Purmamarca, Iglesia San Francisco de Paula
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.Take a break from the city and head to Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas and Quebrada de Las Flechas - Angastaco. Museum-lovers will appreciate Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes) and La Garganta del Diablo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cafayate: Museo de la Pachamama (in Amaicha del Valle) and Centro de Interpretacion Molinos (in Molinos). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museo de la Vid y el Vino de Cafayate, Salta, Argentina, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Nuestra Senora del Rosario, do a tasting at Bodega Finca Las Nubes, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Central.
To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cafayate route app .
Traveling by car from Tilcara to Cafayate takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Salta.
Things to do in Cafayate
Amaicha del Valle, Quebrada de Las Flechas - Angastaco, Centro de Interpretacion Molinos
Salta the Beautiful
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.Get in touch with nature at Cerro San Bernardo and Parque Nacional Los Cardones. Museum-lovers will appreciate Cathedral of Salta and Cuesta del Obispo. Change things up with these side-trips from Salta: San Salvador de Jujuy (Obispado de Jujuy, Catedral de San Salvador de Jujuy, & more). Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, explore the world behind art at Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes de Salta, steep yourself in history at San Bernardo Convent, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Historico Jose Evaristo Uriburu.
To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Salta day trip planner .
Traveling by car from Cafayate to Salta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Salta can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
Things to do in Salta
San Salvador de Jujuy, San Lorenzo, Parque Nacional Los Cardones
Highlights from your plan
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