NORTHWEST ARGENTINA
The trip starts in "Tucumán" city, where we'll take a step road through the rainforest heading towards "Tafí del Valle", a place famous for it's menhirs' park dating from 3000 years BC and which origin is still unknown.   Leaving the archeological site of "La Bolsa" behind (3000BC), we follow to "Amaicha del Valle", there we'll make a brief but exciting visit to the "Pachamama's " (Mother Earth) museum. The road will lead us to the limit of "Salta" province where the Quilmes ruins are located. These constructions belonged to an antique civilization of Inca's origin (800 AC).
Driving through the desert we'll see 3m (10ft) tall cactus called "cardones" which will give us the welcome to "Cafayate" (Salta), being this place very well known for the vineyards, cellars and of course the excellent wines. It's well worthy to make a few stops in the road so as to do some wine tasting in the own cellars. Strange rock and mountain formations caused by erosion, will be observed during our way to "Salta" city, some of them carrying cute names such as "the toad" and "the obelisk", others a little more impressive just like the "devil's throat".
The classic "Salta" city tour will lead us to "San Lorenzo", a charming little town located in the transition to the subtropical rainforest.
We will notice the landscape contrast while riding through the "Obispo" slope and the "Cardones" national park and thus arriving to "Cachi" a beautiful colonial town located at 2300m (6.900 ft) above sea level. Our trip will lead us to our next adventure. When arriving to "San Antonio de Los Cobres" we'll loose all contact with civilization and then dare to cross a deserted plateau located at 3.500m (10.500ft) a.s.l, thus in the GPS hands we'll find the road to "Salinas Grandes" visiting the salt works.
Now, being inside the province of Jujuy and after driving on one of the world's highest paved roads (4.800 m / 14.400ft) we will delight ourselves with the seven colored mountain of "Purmamarca".

Our surprise will reach no limits when we discover the "Quebrada de Humahuaca" valley and it's neighboring side-road towns like "Tilcara" where the ruins of an aborigine fortress (known as the Pucará) are found. The valley has been used over the past 10,000 years as a crucial passage for the transport of people and ideas from the high Andean lands to the plains, thus being declared World Heritage on 1993 by the UNESCO. Its distinctive pre-Hispanic and pre-Incan settlements, together with the magnificent landscape are simply outstanding.


The closing of the trip will be left in the hands of "Iruya" a town located tight fitting the mountains, where time has eventually stop for centuries.