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Top Choice Natural Feature in Angastaco

Angastaco Natural Monument

Just south of Angastaco, the rutted earthen highway that is RN 40 weaves through surrealist rock formations that are unofficially called the Angastaco Natural Monument. The views are stunning. Expect jagged mineral-…
Top Choice Vegan in Salta

Chirimoya

Colorful and upbeat, this artsy, world-class vegan restaurant is the most inventive and consistently excellent kitchen in the entire region. Here pasta is fashioned from zucchini, cannelloni are made from corn flour…
Top Choice Mountain in Humahuaca

Serranía de Hornocal

Located 25km east of Humahuaca, this jagged row of rock 'teeth' offers utterly spectacular colors. Tours run here but it's drivable in a normal car with care. It's prettiest from 4pm onward, when the western sun bri…
Top Choice Gallery in Valles Calchaquíes

James Turrell Museum

Colomé Bodega boasts this stunning museum designed by artist James Turrell that features a permanent exhibition of six of his works. These are utterly memorable installations involving light and the strange frontier…
Top Choice Museum in Salta

Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña

One of northern Argentina's premier museums, MAAM has a serious and informative exhibition focusing on Inca culture and, in particular, the child sacrifices left on some of the Andes’ most imposing peaks. The center…
Top Choice National Park in Valles Calchaquíes

Parque Nacional Los Cardones

Flanking the winding RP 33 from Salta to Cachi across the Cuesta del Obispo, this park takes its name from the cardón (candelabra cactus), the park’s dominant plant species. Most picturesque is the Valle Encantado, …
Top Choice Carnival in Quebrada de Humahuaca

Carnaval

Argentina's most intriguing Carnaval celebrations take place along the length of the Quebrada de Humahuaca in February and March. Indigenous traditions have melded with the customs of the Spanish conquerors to creat…
Top Choice Argentine in Cafayate

Piattelli

The indoor-outdoor setting overlooking picture-perfect vineyards at this upmarket, yet slightly corny, winery 3km from Cafayate makes a fine lunch stop. The sophisticated food doesn't disappoint. A range of internat…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Cafayate

Chato’s Wine Bar

Run by a cordial English-speaker, the only proper wine bar in Cafayate serves a long list of dry whites, rosés and bold reds by the glass and bottle. Grab one of the round tables fashioned from wine barrels. It's a …
Top Choice Fusion in Cafayate

Pacha

A lovely new bistro, one block off Cafayate's main plaza. The Buenos Aires-trained chef sources ingredients (and wines) carefully and crafts a menu with welcome departures from traditional Argentine fare. Hits inclu…