The northwestern peoples witnessed the Inca; then the Spanish arrived. Centuries later, the ruins of cities remain, but the food, daily life and handicrafts speak of a persisting, living and changing culture.
The northwestern cities are Argentina’s oldest, and there’s an unmistakable time-honored feel to them. Venerable churches, stately facades and handsome plazas planted with lofty trees – together with the relaxed pace of life – give these places an ambience unlike any other.
Out & About
The Andes dominate the geography here and boast excellent climbing, walking and 4WD excursions. But there are also subtropical national parks replete with bird and animal life, and top-notch hang gliding and paragliding offer the opportunity to see how things look from above.