29 days in Northern Argentina Itinerary

29 days in Northern Argentina Itinerary

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29 days in Northern Argentina Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  22​h
1
Salta
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Humahuaca
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Purmamarca
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
San Salvador de Jujuy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Cachi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Antofagasta de la Sierra
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Cafayate
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
San Miguel de Tucuman
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Zurich

4
nights
Salta

Salta ©
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, nature, shopping, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia San Francisco, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cuesta del Obispo, and explore the world behind art at Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes de Salta.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Salta driving holiday planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Salta is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Zurich to Salta. Traveling from Zurich in December, things will get much hotter in Salta: highs are around 33°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Humahuaca.

Things to do in Salta

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ojo de Mar
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Cathedral of Salta ©
Cathedral of Salta
Iglesia San Francisco ©
Iglesia San Francisco

3
nights
Humahuaca

Humahuaca ©
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.
Step out of Humahuaca to go to Valle Grande and see San Francisco, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Serranias Del Hornocal, don't miss a visit to Plaza Dr. Ernesto Padilla, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Francisco de Paula, and explore the striking landscape at Quebrada de Las Senoritas.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Humahuaca online route planner .

Traveling by car from Salta to Humahuaca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Purmamarca.

Things to do in Humahuaca

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Uquia, San Francisco
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SerranĂ­a de Hornocal ©
SerranĂ­a de Hornocal
Quebrada de Humahuaca ©
Quebrada de Humahuaca
Iglesia San Francisco de Paula ©
Iglesia San Francisco de Paula

3
nights
Purmamarca

Purmamarca ©
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.
Purmamarca is known for nature, trails, historic sites, scenic drive, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at The Hill of Seven Colors, explore the striking landscape at Cerro Pollera de la Coya, explore and take pictures at Cuesta de Lipan, and look for gifts at Tejidos Llama Negra.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Purmamarca tour itinerary builder .

You can drive from Humahuaca to Purmamarca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Salvador de Jujuy.

Things to do in Purmamarca

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Salinas Grandes
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The Hill of Seven Colors ©
The Hill of Seven Colors
Salinas Grandes ©
Salinas Grandes
Paseo de los Colorados ©
Paseo de los Colorados

3
nights
San Salvador de Jujuy

San Salvador de Jujuy ©
Near the edge of a canyon where northwestern Argentina's lowlands meet forested hills, San Salvador de Jujuy draws both nature lovers and those seeking culturally enriching experiences in a modern urban center.
Step out of San Salvador de Jujuy with an excursion to Mirador Termas de Reyes in Termas De Reyes--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Casa de Gobierno de Jujuy, get engrossed in the history at Iglesia de San Francisco y Museo de Arte Sacro, admire the masterpieces at Museo Fundacion Recrear, and immerse yourself in nature at Parque Provincial Potrero de Yala.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Salvador de Jujuy route planner .

You can drive from Purmamarca to San Salvador de Jujuy in 1.5 hours. In January in San Salvador de Jujuy, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cachi.

Things to do in San Salvador de Jujuy

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mirador Termas de Reyes
Highlights from your plan
Casa de Gobierno de Jujuy ©
Casa de Gobierno de Jujuy
Catedral de San Salvador de Jujuy ©

2
nights
Cachi

Cachi ©
Though it's the biggest settlement for miles and locals call it a city, Cachi is really more of a village with a population of just over 2,000.
On the 9th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Parque Nacional Los Cardones, do a tasting at Bodega Puna, and then make a trip to Cachi. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Cachi Iglesia, then don't miss a visit to Recta del Tin Tin, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cuevas de Acsibi, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cachi road trip planning tool .

Getting from San Salvador de Jujuy to Cachi by car takes about 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Antofagasta de la Sierra.

Things to do in Cachi

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Seclantas
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Parque Nacional Los Cardones ©
Parque Nacional Los Cardones
Cachi ©
Cachi
Recta del Tin Tin ©
Recta del Tin Tin

3
nights
Antofagasta de la Sierra

Antofagasta de la Sierra ©
Antofagasta de la Sierra is a village in Catamarca Province, Argentina. Antofagasta de la Sierra is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Campo de Piedra Pomez, examine the collection at Museo Mineralogico de la Puna, get impressive views of Volcan Galan, and get outside with Carachi Pampa.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Antofagasta de la Sierra trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cachi to Antofagasta de la Sierra takes 10.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Cafayate.

Things to do in Antofagasta de la Sierra

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Campo de Piedra Pomez ©
Campo de Piedra Pomez
Volcan Galan ©
Volcan Galan
Carachi Pampa ©
Carachi Pampa

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nights
Cafayate

Cafayate ©
Nestled in one of the country's major wine regions, Cafayate and the surrounding area remain a top vacation destination throughout the year.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cafayate: Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes) (in Amaicha del Valle), Quebrada de Las Flechas - Angastaco (in Angastaco) and Museo Jallpha Calchaqui (in San Carlos). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Nuestra Senora del Rosario, examine the collection at Museo Regional y Arqueologico Rodolfo Bravo, and take in the dramatic natural features at La Garganta del Diablo.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cafayate online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Antofagasta de la Sierra to Cafayate takes 8 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Miguel de Tucuman.

Things to do in Cafayate

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

San Carlos, Quebrada de Las Flechas - Angastaco, Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes)
Highlights from your plan
Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas ©
Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas
Garganta del Diablo Salta ©
Garganta del Diablo Salta
Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes) ©
Quilmes Ruins (Ruinas de Quilmes)

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San Miguel de Tucuman

San Miguel de Tucuman ©
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.
Explore San Miguel de Tucuman's surroundings by going to San Javier (Parasailing & Paragliding & Cristo Redentor), Mirador del Cerro de la Cruz (in Tafi del Valle) and Dique La Angostura (in El Mollar). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Casa Historica de Tucuman, contemplate the long history of Capilla Nuestra Senora de Lourdes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Miguel de Tucuman, and stroll around Parque Sierra de San Javier.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Miguel de Tucuman trip planner .

You can drive from Cafayate to San Miguel de Tucuman in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in San Miguel de Tucuman can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Miguel de Tucuman

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Yerba Buena, San Javier, Dique La Angostura, Mirador del Cerro de la Cruz
Highlights from your plan
Capilla Nuestra Senora de Lourdes ©
Capilla Nuestra Senora de Lourdes
Casa Historica de Tucuman ©
Casa Historica de Tucuman
Parque Sierra de San Javier ©
Parque Sierra de San Javier