Welcome to Valles Calchaquíes
One of Argentina’s most seductive rural zones is a winning combination of rugged landscapes, traditional weavers' workshops, striking adobe villages and top vineyards. Small but sophisticated Cafayate, with its wineries and paved highway, presents quite a contrast to more remote settlements such as Angastaco or Molinos, while Cachi, accessible from Salta via a spectacular road that crosses the Parque Nacional Los Cardones, is a peaceful, adorable and increasingly popular base. Vernacular architecture merits special attention: even modest adobe houses sport neoclassical columns or neo-Moorish arches.
The indigenous Diaguita (Calchaquí) put up some of the stiffest resistance to Spanish rule.