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mendoza and salta treks


I will be travelling in Argentina in March/April. For BAires I have my plans ready, but for Mendoza and Salta I am sort of wondering whether to take a ho(s)tel in the centre and organise trips from there coming back to the city each time, or leave the cities to find accommodation in the surrounding areas. I will be visiting each of the areas for a week.

any tips are welcome !


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1. Re: mendoza and salta treks

I think you could do day trips from Mendoza but I would certainly either hire a car yourselves or a car and guide and stay out of Salta, we stayed a night in Purmamarca in the North and one night in Cachi and another night in Cafayate and would definitely do the same again because the distances are so far, you don't realise how long it takes to do 100 kms until you are there, for example the Salta to Cachi road is all gravel, you will absolutely love the Salta area, it's incredible.

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Agree w/ Chrella - stay a few nights in Salta to visit the sights and the penas at night, but don't try to do daytrips from there. We had some day trips that were 12-15 hours, not realizing the distances were so great.

I would go back in a heartbeat, so beautiful and totally different from the rest of Argentina.

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Even in Mendoza I think you would want to get out of the City and visit country areas and other cities. The city of San Rafael for one is worth a few nights and is in an ideal location for rafting, trekking, horseriding and many other activities. You also have some great smaller towns which you would find interesting and it would be a pity to have to backtrack all the time to the city of Mendoza. Have a look at Welcome Argentina site and the Mendoza government tourist site to plan out your itinerary.

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As you are coming to SAlta I suggest to take two or three days for Cafayate and reserve some time for the province of Jujuy also, as Purmamarca is one of those magic places you will never forget.

There are plenty of trials around Purmamarca and Tilcara. Like Los Colorados, The Devil´s throat... and many others.

In cafayate I suggest to go to Rio Colorado and also do some treks in the Quebrada.

Enjoy the area. Have a great time!


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dear all, thank you so much for your tips! I will have only one week in each of the locations, it will be a challenge to make choices here. thanks !


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6. Re: mendoza and salta treks

Hello Lian,

Indeed both Mendoza and Salta are great areas to discover.

In the Mendoza area I would also recommend to stay one or two nights in the Uco Valley, famous for its great wines and view on the Cordón del Plata (Andes mountain range). In the area of Las Vegas you can also make some great hikes (day trips) or horseback riding.

Another option (an option which a lot of our customers choose to do) is travel to both Talampaya and Ischigualasto parks from Mendoza. To do so you will need at least 3 days.

You already received some good advice for the Salta & Jujuy area. Another suggestion is to make a 3 days hike or horseback riding trip, in the middle of nowhere (North of the Cachi region). Truly spectacular!

Enjoy Argentina,


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