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Exploring the Surreal Beauty of Salta, Argentina

The first town, on the banks of the Calchaquíes River, is Cachi, a dusty settlement straight out of a Peckinpah western. Don’t miss the restored 18th-century adobe church in Molinos, or an espresso on San Carlos’s sleepy town square. Soon, desert gives way to vineyards set under shimmering blue mountains: Cafayate is the center of high-altitude viticulture in Argentina. Just outside Cafayate, the limestone hills morph into the Quebrada de Cafayate—a spectacular swirl of ocher-colored arches and canyons. The road then levels out as it nears Salta City, founded in 1582 and the most beautifully preserved colonial city in Argentina. Read the article

Destinations: Salta · Cafayate · Cachi

Inspired by: Salta, Argentina — by Douglas Rogers, Published Nov. 2006

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    Hotel Solar de la Plaza

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    La Paya

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    Patios de Cafayate Hotel & Winespa

    The hotel consists of two stories of dark wood and stucco, built around a courtyard and filled with hundred-year-old furniture.

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    House of Jasmines

    Ancient eucalyptus trees flank a long and stately drive leading to the family-run estancia, 15 minutes outside Salta in Argentina’s subtropical ... More

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    El Solar del Convento

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    Van Gogh

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    El Rancho

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    Finca las Nubes

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    Oliver Wine Bar

    Locals gather here for a glass after dinner.

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    Baroque San Francisco Church

    The striking red-and-gold Baroque San Francisco Church was built in 1625.

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    Los Cardones National Park

    Track the condors in Los Cardones National Park, watch out for giant cacti.

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    Bodega San Pedro de Yacochuya

    Winemaker Michel Rolland has created superb Malbec and Cabernet blends at this boutique Argentinian winery.

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    Commonly called La Cuarenta, this famed stretch of pavement and dirt covers more than 3,000 miles from Argentina's northern border with Bolivia all the way to Cabo Virgenes in the south. It is one

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