4-Day Culture and Wine Tasting Tour in Valles Calchaquies from Salta

4-Day Culture and Wine Tasting Tour in Valles Calchaquies from Salta

Discover the highest altitude wine region in the world

Tour type: Private , Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights

Product ID: 53953
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Explore the highest altitude wine region in the world, Valles Calchaquies, set in the stunningly varied landscape of North West Argentina with this 4 day wine tour combining vineyards tours with a 4x4 excursion through the heart of the Valles.
 
You will be taken on a journey of discovery through the rugged landscape of the Valles Calchaquies to learn about its rich history of pre-Inca ruins and Spanish conquest, taking time out to sample some of Argentina’s lesser known Malbecs, the signature white Torrontes and unusual ruby red variety of Tannat. 
 
You’ll travel down the Valles visiting the remote Colome vineyard, the bold venture of internationally renowned Swiss wine entrepreneur Donald Hess, as well as Cafayate’s boutique vineyards of Domingo Molina, Finca las Nubes and El Porvenir. And of course we will surprise you with some hidden jewels tucked away off the main tourist track.
 
Itinerary:
 
Day 1: You will be picked up from your hotel in Salta and head south through the tobacco region of the Valle de Lerma and climb the lush green mountain road of the Cuesta del Obispo, arriving at the peak of nearly 3,500m above...

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Explore the highest altitude wine region in the world, Valles Calchaquies, set in the stunningly varied landscape of North West Argentina with this 4 day wine tour combining vineyards tours with a 4x4 excursion through the heart of the Valles.
 
You will be taken on a journey of discovery through the rugged landscape of the Valles Calchaquies to learn about its rich history of pre-Inca ruins and Spanish conquest, taking time out to sample some of Argentina’s lesser known Malbecs, the signature white Torrontes and unusual ruby red variety of Tannat. 
 
You’ll travel down the Valles visiting the remote Colome vineyard, the bold venture of internationally renowned Swiss wine entrepreneur Donald Hess, as well as Cafayate’s boutique vineyards of Domingo Molina, Finca las Nubes and El Porvenir. And of course we will surprise you with some hidden jewels tucked away off the main tourist track.
 
Itinerary:
 
Day 1: You will be picked up from your hotel in Salta and head south through the tobacco region of the Valle de Lerma and climb the lush green mountain road of the Cuesta del Obispo, arriving at the peak of nearly 3,500m above sea level.
From there you will descend into a completely different landscape, entering the Parque Nacional de los Cardones. This is a vast open plain peppered with candelabra cactii where you’ll picnic in the best spot to enjoy the extraordinary views.
After lunch you will visit some of the boutique vineyards in the delightful mountain town of Cachi, famous for its picturesque church with a cactus wood roof. This is the perfect location for an early evening stroll in the main square to enjoy the local colours  or unwind at your hotel.    
 
Day 2: Travel through the Valles Calchaquies, rich in indigenous culture, great varied landscapes and vineyards. After a visit to traditional poncho weavers of Seclantas, head for lunch at the 18th century Hacienda de Molinos, home of the last Royalist governor of this part of South America under Spanish rule.
You can visit the local museum and church in this historic colonial town where little seems to have changed through the centuries  before visiting the highest altitude wine resort in the world: Colome, also home to the extraordinary James Turrell art museum. 
 
Day 3: After sampling the wines of the Swiss billionaire producer Donald Hess at Colome you will visit some of the smaller local wine producers dotted around the Valles Calchaquies.
Travel south down the iconic Route 40 through the Quebrada de las Flechas where you can take a walk in the midst of this breathtaking, jagged desert landscape, fashioned from ancient quartz, limestone and sandstone rock.
Arrive in Cafayate, Salta’s premier wine town, and home to the best Torrontes white wine in the world.
 
Day 4: The Valles Calchaquies was the seat of fierce resistance to the Spanish arrival 500 years ago. You will visit the pre-Inca site of Quilmes where descendants of the original inhabitants will share with you the remarkable and sad story of how this indigenous tribe resisted the invasion until they were were finally, cruelly, broken.
Then there will be time for some more wine tasting, visiting some vineyards in Cafayate, before returning to Salta through the deep ochre coloured landscape of the Quebrada de las Conchas national park.

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About this activity
Tour Timings
Flexible start between 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group size
1 - 4
Languages
English, Spanish
The meeting point
All central Salta hotels

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Includes

  • Winery visits
  • Wine tastings
  • Admission to museums and natural monuments
  • Indigenous guide at Quilmes
  • Transportation in 4x4 or 4x2 pick-up
  • Pick-up and drop-off at airport or your hotel in Salta
  • Tour guide

  • Accommodation
  • Meals

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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel between 0 and 14 days before departure on the trip, we retain 100% of the deposit paid.

For cancellations between 14 and 29 days before departure, we retain 50% of the deposit paid.

For cancellations between 30 and 90 days in advance, we retain 10% of the deposit paid.

If you cancel more than 91 days in advance, the deposit is fully refundable.

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Product ID: 53953

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