Food and wine of Salta
Departures: October to April
Places Visited: City of Salta, Cafayate & Estancia El Bordo de las Lanzas
Explore the rugged natural beauty of Northwestern Argentina, savoring outstanding wines and enjoying fine foods and gourmet meals. Visit the historic city of Salta with its lovely architecture and pleasant streets, set in a landscape of giant cactus and multi-hued mountains. Then travel south, across winding mountain passes to the vineyards of Cafayate and spend a few days at the colonial ranch of Estancia El Bordo de las Lanzas. This working ranch offers plenty of activities, including horseback riding, hiking, bike rides, cooking lesson and, bird-watching and winery tours.
- 4 nights of accommodation in Salta
- Daily breakfast and local taxes
- 3 nights of accommodation at Estancia El Bordo de las Lanzas
- Half day tour of Salta City
- Full day Gourmet Tour
- Full day Winery Tour
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
- International & Domestic Flights
- Meals and drinks other than those mentioned
- Tips and personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Optional tours
- Any items not mentioned
Day 01: SALTA. Upon arrival private transfer to the Design Suites Salta Hotel.
Half day City tour
Pick-up at the hotel for a panoramic sightseeing tour of picturesque Salta. Known as 'Salta, the beautiful', the city boasts a scenic location in the lovely Lerma Valley. Salta features the best preserved colonial heritage in all of Argentina, with lovely one-story houses with traditional balconies, adorned with ornate colonial-style bars. The heart of the city is 9 de Julio Square, which is framed by some of the most important buildings in the city, as well as the main hotels and many bars and restaurants. The tour includes a visit to colonial gems, such as the Church and Monastery of San Francisco, rebuilt in the 18th century; the 'Cabildo and Historic Museum of the Northwest' (old seat of the vice-royalty government and later the seat of the provincial government); the San Bernardo Monastery, dating back to the late 16th century; and the Italian-style Main Church, built in the 20th century and the final resting place of the mortal remains of the hero of the Independence Wars, General Martín Miguel de Güemes. The tour then continues to the city’s outskirts, up to San Bernardo Hill where the Monument to General Martín Miguel de Güemes stands. The viewpoint offers great view of the city and the Lerma Valley. The visit ends at the colorful Craft Market. Admire the great variety of wares produced by local artisans; browse the lovely pottery, baskets, knitted 'barracan' fabrics, tapestries, ponchos and musical instruments.
Day 02: SALTA.
Spend the day exploring the regional cuisine of Salta and some of its local delicacies. In the morning, visit the San Miguel market; browse the great variety of local products and spices. Based on today’s menu, the chef will select the freshest ingredients and talk about the local culture and traditions. Next, observe the chef as he/she prepares the meal. Then sit back and taste the freshly prepared dishes.
Day 03: SALTA/CAFAYATE.
The drive to Cafayate follows Highway 68 and goes through several quaint towns and villages such as: Cerrillos, El Carril, Ampascachi, Talapampa, Alemania and the Las Conchas River Gorge, also known as the Cafayate River Gorge. The gorge’s reddish sandstone walls have been carved into curious rock formations by the eroding actions of wind and weather. Inspired by their unique shapes, locals have baptized these formations with evocative names such as: Amphitheater, Devil's Throat, Obelisk and the Castles.
Cafayate is a beautiful colonial village nestled in the heart of the Calchaqui Valley. Surrounded by rivers and vineyards, Cafayate boasts some of the most beautiful and imposing views in the province. The town’s architecture features elegant old houses that gracefully combine colonial and Baroque style elements. Visit the parish church, the Town Hall and the Regional and Archaeological Museum. The region is well known for its wine production, in particular the 'Torrontés' varietal. Upon arrival transfer to Los Patios de Cafayate
Day 04: SALTA.
Full day Winery Tour
Home of the Torrontés varietal, Cafayate’s wineries open their doors to visitors who are keen to try this white, sun-ripened wine, created by the right combination of climate and altitude (1,600 m/4500 ft).
Cafayate is the epicenter of the Salta wine region with over a hundred wineries and vineyards to visit. All feature guided tours of their production facilities and vineyards, wine tastings, classes and presentations by winemakers. Many wineries also offer excellent cuisine and hospitality, and even spa treatments with wine-based products.
Begin the tour with a visit to the Museum of Wine, located in the center of the city, for an overview of the region’s winemaking history. Then visit some of the traditional wineries, like Etchart, Michel Torino or Domingo Hermanos. Next, tour one of the boutique wineries, such as Nanni, Mounier, El Porvenir and San Pedro de Yacochuya with a smaller production of high quality wine for local consumption and export.
The tour includes a visit to three wineries and lunch at a vineyard.
Day 05: CAFAYATE/GUEMES. At the appropriate time, transfer to Estancia El Bordo de las Lanzas
This typical Salta country estate is a 400-year old property owned by the Arias family who enjoy welcoming their guests personally. The main house is one of the finest examples of colonial architecture in Salta with thick walls, robust ironwork, thick woodcarvings and colonial doors leading to a veranda. The main house has 8 comfortable guest rooms in a classic décor with private bathrooms and wood burning stoves, surrounded by beautiful gardens. The Arias family also likes to share the experience of the authentic estancia-lifestyle and invites guests to participate in a great variety of activities on the estate and in organic farm fields.
Activities at the Estancia
· Horseback riding
· Cattle roundups and other gaucho chores
· Visit to the caiman reserve and tour of the plantations
· Bicycle rides
· Cooking and dance lessons (folklore and tango)
· Relaxation massages*
· Handicraft tours
· Folklore shows and gaucho horsemanship exhibitions*
* An additional fee applies to these activities, please request in advance.
Day 08: GUEMES: At the appropriate time, private transfer to the airport.
Tour descriptions and approximate times are for informational purposes only.Some places described may be substituted and/or approximate times may be subject to change, due to unexpected circumstances or weather conditions