Northern Argentina by car
- Published: Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:58
One of the ways to meet the North of Argentina is to travel by car, so we will introduce some proposed journey through different landscapes and towns of this region. During the three routes, you can see beautiful parts of the highlands, it is interesting walks but with some difficult stages.
These suggested routes are ideal for restless and curious travelers who want to know everything.
Postcards of La Rioja and Catamarca
Chilecito is the second largest city in the province of La Rioja, its main tourist attractions are the engineering work cableway, wineries and some museums. The legendary Route 40 passes Pituil, a very small but very picturesque village is an area where wine is produced patero.
The journey can continue through the towns of Las Talas and Los Robles. Following the walk it leads to Hualco Pucara, a little known but well-preserved archaeological site, from where scenic valley of Catamarca and Famatina views are obtained. Last Rioja town to visit before arriving in Catamarca is Alpasinche, from here you can join and get to Aimogasta a cradle of olive growing in Northern Argentina.
Between Cafayate and Cachi
Another interesting walk is to walk the stretch of National Route 40 which joins two emblems of northern Argentina: Cafayate and Cachi. During the tour you can see several villages such as Aimaná (also known for the production of foot-pressed wine) and San Carlos famous for its narrow colonial streets. Another village on the road is La Merced are calling attention to its all painted white church.
If the idea is to continue the trip from San Carlos it is necessary to note that in the area of Los Valles Calchaquíes National Route 40 is gravel, feature that remains to the town of La Quiaca where the tour ends thereof.
Cachi, Susques and La Puna
The stretch of Cachi to Susques is 252 kilometers, there can be enjoyed postcards transition to the high mountain valleys through interesting places like Payogasta where you can watch peppers drying in the sun.