Top things to do

Top Choice Mountain in Western Catamarca

Los Seismiles

West of Fiambalá, the paved road winds through the high desert, past picturesque red rock escarpments known as the Quebrada Angosturas, and into some serious altitude, topping out at the Chilean border. It's a stunn…
Top Choice National Park in Parque Nacional Talampaya

Parque Nacional Talampaya

The spectacular rock formations and canyons of this dusty desert national park are evidence of the erosive creativity of water. The sandstone cliffs are amazing, as are the distant surrounding mountainscapes. You mu…
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 Ruins in Tucumán & Around

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, 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 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. Yes, this town, like many in cowboy country the world over, w…