The Calchaquies Valley makes up 530 km (331 mi) of surface
area, and is located in the Salta province. In the valley we can
appreciate beautiful places such as the majestic Obispo(Bishop)
Hill, the lovely Valle Encantado (Enchanted Valley), and the
Erizados(spiny plants) of Cardonez National Park.
The region belongs to the "prepuna"
environment, an expansive semi-desert characterized by the
presence of valleys and gorges that are sprinkled with thistle and
cactus plants several feet high. One of the most interesting areas
is near the population of Cachi, where Los Cardones National Park
was recently created.
Another element that distinguishes these valleys is
the rich animal life that inhabits this region: chinchillas, red
fox, cactus hummingbird, mountain parakeet, cuises (species of
guinea pig), guanacos (llama guinacoe), trout, black-chested
buzzard eagle, and condor.
Red pepper is laid to dry in large expanses of land
within this region. It is later grinded to make paprika.
Also distinguishable in the Calchaquíes
Valleys is the folkloric and historic richness that is manifested
in the numerous archaeological fields and ancient ruins from
periods of splendor.
You should not miss the place known as Cerrillos,
famous for its carnivals; el Carril (the rail), situated amongst
tobacco plantations; Chicoana, known for its indigenous
architecture and for the nearby Ruins of Loma Chata; the Escolpe
Gorge, with its unusual subtropical vegetation; and the
spectacular Valle Encantado (Enchanted Valley), possessing a rare and
beautiful combination of shapes and colors.
In the Salta Province, to the Northwest of Argentina
When to go
Open season year-round.
Located in the middle of the valley are towns like Cachi, Molinos
and Coronel Moldes
How to get there
To the city of Salta:
By plane. From Buenos Aires to El Aybal Airport 9 km (5.6
mi) from Salta, and at 1145 m (3755 ft) above sea level,
with Aerolíneas Argentinas and Dinar.
By Bus. From Buenos Aires to Salta, Rosario de la Frontera,
Metán and San Ramón de la Nueva Orán.
By car: By (Ruta Nacional) RN 9, RN 16, RN 34, RN 40, RN 51,
RP 37 and RP 27.
Trekking, wine tasting, navigation, nature observation,
photography and horseback riding.
In the Calchaquies and Lerma Valleys there are ranches and
farms where it is possible for the tourist to be in touch
with nature, enjoy peaceful relaxation, and participate in
various activities such as manufacturing sweets, cheeses,
wines, and harvests of different products.
Quebrada de la Flecha (Flecha Gorge), located between San Carlos
La Quebrada de las Conchas (Las Conchas Gorge) the
vineyards or las Dunas
de Cafayate (Cafayate Dunes), the German ghost town, and
the Cabra Corral dam. El Valle Encantado and Cuesta