- 12 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Discover the many ways Mother Nature blessed Argentina’s Salta province on this day trip that combines spectacular scenery with delicious wine. You’ll head south of Salta city into the Calchaquí Valley, known for its array of gorges, rivers, mountains and valleys. Stop at dramatic rock formations like Devil’s Throat, and then visit the wine town of Cafayate, where you’ll tour a neighboring winery and enjoy a tasting of varietals like malbec and torrontés.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transport by air-conditioned car, van or minibus (depending on the group size)
- Local guide
- Wine tastings
Salta, Salta Province, Argentina
Traveler pickup is offered
Departs from downtown Salta hotels
Returns to original departure point
After hotel pickup by your local guide, your day trip begins by heading out of town on Route 68 toward Cafayate, about 120 miles (190 km) south of Salta. Drive through the Lerma Valley, stopping after about 90 minutes for a coffee break in Posta de las Cabras or La Viña.
Continue your drive all the way down into the Calchaquí Valley (Valles Calchaquíes), a series of striking valleys, rivers and gorges spread across Salta and its neighboring provinces that’s on UNESCO’s tentative list to become a World Heritage site. Reach the villages of Talapampa and Alemania at the entrance to Quebrada de las Conchas (Gorge of the Shells), which you’ll drive through, stopping four times to admire its various rock formations and canyons, such as Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo) and the Amphitheater (Amfiteatro).
Finally, arrive in Cafayate, where you have a 1-hour break to enjoy lunch. You may eat with your guide at a local restaurant reserved for the tour (restaurants vary by day), find your own restaurant on the town square or, if you brought a packed lunch with you, find a nice spot to enjoy a picnic (lunch is at your own expense). After lunch, meet back up with your guide and group to head to a local winery.
The exact winery visited on your tour varies by day; you may visit a vineyard such as Domingo Hermanos, El Tránsito or Vasija Secreta. Take a 15- to 25-minute tour of the winery, perhaps seeing the vineyards or barreling facilities, and learn about the winemaking process in Cafayate. Then enjoy a tasting of three to four wines including varietals such as torrontés (the region’s signature white varietal), malbec, cabernet or mistela (a dessert wine).
After your tasting, head back to Salta the way you came. Your day trip ends with hotel drop-off.
Note: If there is time, you may visit a second winery before returning to Salta.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Minimum age to drink wine is 18 years
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
It was a fantastic trip with a very scenic drive - the stops were sometimes to short. Our guide was really briefed and wanted us to have a full experience of the trip. At the winery the guided tour was a bit stressful. The whole image from the trip is anyway fantastic.
I didn't expect such a dynamic scenery, so I was always saying wow! wow!.
A guide and a driver were so kind and helpful.
We were very disappointed with how our trip went. It started off with getting picked up over 30 min after our confirmed pick up time. On the voucher it clearly states an English tour. No one, including the tour guide spoke English. And the wine tasting was only walk around and try a sip of 2 wines.
The views were fabulous! Our tour guide was courteous and tried to include us in the conversation, as we were the only English speaking people on the tour. The group consisted of 26ppl, which is larger than I prefer. What I didn't enjoy was the stops at random shops feeling pressured to buy.