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Top Choice Ruins in Quilmes

Quilmes

Dating from about AD 1000, Quilmes was a complex indigenous urban settlement that occupied about 30 hectares and housed as many as 5000 people. The inhabitants survived contact with the Inca, which occurred from abo…
Top Choice Museum in Salta

Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña

One of northern Argentina's premier museums, this 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 centerp…
Top Choice Ruins in Londres & El Shincal

El Shincal

Seven kilometers west of Londres are the Inca ruins of El Shincal. Founded in 1471, the town occupied a commanding position in the foothills of the mountains, surveying the vast valley to the south. The setting is s…
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 takes its name from the cardón (candelabra cactus), the park’s most striking plant species. The most picturesque part is the Valle En…
Top Choice Museum in Santiago del Estero

Centro Cultural del Bicentenario

This excellent cultural center is an airy, modern space housing three museums, all imaginatively displayed; the highlight is the anthropological collection, with a stunning array of indigenous ceramics, jewelry and …
Top Choice Museum in Chilecito

Museo del Cablecarril

This old cable-car station documents the extraordinary engineering and mining project that created modern Chilecito at the beginning of the 20th century. The simple, picturesque museum preserves photos, tools and do…
Top Choice Mountain in Western Catamarca

Los Seismiles

West of Fiambalá, the paved road winds its way up into some serious mountains, topping out at the Chilean border. It's a stunning drive, with no services apart from a white-elephant hotel halfway between Fiambalá an…
Top Choice Museum in Salta

Pajcha – Museo de Arte Étnico Americano

This eye-opening private museum is a must-see if you’re interested in indigenous art and culture. Juxtaposing archaeological finds with contemporary and recent artisanal work from all over Latin America in a series …
Top Choice Carnival in Quebrada de Humahuaca

Carnaval

Argentina's most intriguing Carnaval celebrations take place right the length of the Quebrada de Humahuaca in February/March. Indigenous traditions have melded with the customs of the Spanish conquerors to create th…
Top Choice Historic Building in Western Catamarca

Ruta del Adobe

The road between Tinogasta and Fiambalá is designated the 'adobe route' for its ensemble of fantastic historic buildings. These are built with thick walls of mud, straw and dung and have cane roofs supported by alga…