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 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 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, …
Winery in Valles Calchaquíes

Colomé Bodega

Fine wines are produced at this ecological bodega, which is set (as they say hereabouts) ‘where the devil lost his poncho,’ 18km down a spectacular gravel road west from Molinos. The vineyards enjoy a stunning natur…
Church in Cachi

Iglesia San José

This endearing adobe church (1796) has graceful arches and a barrel-vaulted ceiling of cardón wood. The confessional and other features are also cardón, while holy water lives in a large tinaja (oil jar).
Museum in Cachi

Museo Arqueológico

This well-presented and professionally arranged museum on the plaza gives an account of the surrounding area’s cultural evolution, with good background information (in Spanish) on archaeological methods. Don’t miss …
Museum in Molinos

Centro de Interpretación Molinos

This restored historic house has a good English and Spanish display on the region’s culture and history, and tourist information. It's also a space for artisans – especially weavers – to work and sell their crafts, …
Winery in Angastaco

Bodega El Cese

This picturesque boutique winery sits in a lovely setting 7km north of the turnoff to Angastaco. The wines are uncomplicated but tasty, and free tastings are given. It's best to phone ahead, as it's not always atten…
Church in Molinos

Iglesia San Pedro Nolasco

The town church, built in the Cuzco style, dates from the 17th and 18th centuries, and features twin bell towers and a cactus-wood ceiling. The Stations of the Cross are tapestries by local artisans.
Winery in Valles Calchaquíes

Bodegas Humanao

Some 9km beyond Colomé, and worth a visit for a delicious, balanced cabernet-malbec blend, among others wines.