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The northwest extends from the imposing desert heights of the Andes to the mountain ranges and jungle plains of the east. In this land of interminable plateaus, multicoloured hills, hidden gorges, immense salines and cactus-strewn hills, there is a strong presence of pre-Columbian cultures. Their life, habits and constructions are a blend of colonial and modernity, giving a unique character to the region.

San Miguel de Tucumán
It is the capital of the smallest province of Argentina. It is called "the Garden of the Republic", its architecture shows important parts of the history of the country, as for example, the house where its independence was signed in 1816.

Valles Calchaquíes (Calchaquíes valleys)
This enormous valley that crosses the provinces of “Catamarca”, “Tucumán” and “Salta” offers landscapes of great beauty, with winding roads between hills full of colour. It shows a wonderful contrast between the desert mountain areas and the subtropical forest. In the latter, “Tafí del Valle” (Tafí of the Valley) stands out, where even today vestiges of the millenarian culture that inhabited it can be found.
Towards the north, following roads bordered by great cacti, the ruins of “Quilmes”, an important indigenous establishment amazingly conserved may be observed.
Arriving at “Calafate”, you begin to see vineyards that produce the raw material for the wines, internationally appreciated for their quality. This city, that maintains the characteristics of the Spanish colonial culture in its architecture as well as in its habits, is the front door to the “Quebrada de las Conchas”, where erosion and time have trimmed capricious forms on the rock, giving it a very particular beauty.

Salta   Valles Calchaquíes (Calchaquíes valleys) - Salta
Ruins of Quilmes - Tucumán
Called “Salta the pretty one", it is the Argentine city that better conserves the colonial architecture and the inherited customs of the pre-Columbian towns and the Spanish colonizers.

Tren de las Nubes (Train of the Clouds)
It is an unforgettable ride in an old train that reaches heights of up to 4200 m, across unimaginable landscapes.

Purmamarca - Quebrada de Humahuaca - Jujuy
Quebrada de Humahuaca
From the city of Jujuy, towards the north, you arrive to the “Quebrada de Humahuaca”, a place of incomparable beauty that leads us slowly towards the plateau. There, colourful towns, frozen in time, can be found surrounded by imposing polychromatic mountains, where millenarian customs are conserved intact. Perhaps one of most beautiful is “Purmamarca”, framed by the “Cerro de los Siete Colores” (Hill of the Seven Colours). At “Tilcara” the ruins of the famous “Pucará”, an ancient, very well conserved pre-Hispanic fortification of the native “Omaguacas” can be visited. UNESCO declared the “Quebrada de Humahuaca” Cultural Landscape of Humanity in 2003.

Photos: Courtesy of the Secretaría de Turismo de la Nación