Discovering the calchaqui valleys
Program of 4 days & 3 nights that shows a combination of a two days horseback riding and two of most popular tours to the valley.
Following this itinerary the upper part of the valley (Alto Valle Calchaquí) will be connected with the Shells Gorge (quebrada de Cafayate) after two days on the horse spending nights in Amblayo a traditional village from the valley.
Day 1: Salta – Cachi – Amblayo (-/-/D)
Incredible road to appreciate the biodiversity of the region, in just 157 km it joins the Lerma and Calchaquí Valleys going through the Escoipe Gorge surrounded by a lush vegetation “the Yungas” and climbing the winding Bishop´s Slope to reach the Pre-Puna enviroment accompanied by condors and guanacos.
After walking around the small but beautiful colonial village of Cachi we drive almost 90 km to relax and enjoy a tasty homemade dinner in Amblayo
Day 2: Amblayo – Rastrojito (B-L-D)
After a good rest and shared breakfast with the host family we start getting the horses ready for the adventure, looking for hills and slopes to cross.
About 7 hours of riding.
Night in mountain shelter.
Day 3: Rastrojito – Quebrada de las Conchas – Cafayate
After the homemade breakfast, we leave Rastrojito to start the second day of riding which lasts 5 hours. We start an ascension which will lead us to a fantastic point of view over the whole Quebrada de las Conchas. From this point, we going downhill until the bottom of the Gorge (Quebrada de las conchas).
After having lunch and rest we wait for the perfect light of the afternoon to discover the Shells Gorge and its incredible rock formations on the way to the village of Cafayate (or return to Salta).
Día 4 Cafayate – Salta
During the late morning, we will take time to visit some of the many wineries of Cafayate, emblematic place of the white wine Torrontés and after breakfast returning back to Salta crossing again the Natural reserve of the Shells Gorge.
- Valle de Lerma (1 día)
- Chicoana – Alto Chivilme (2 días, 1 noche)