Day 1 – Buenos Aires
After your international arrival to Argentina get ready for a warm welcome by your guides and fellow photographers at the Buenos Aires hotel. You’ll need to arrive at our hotel in by 12 pm. We will spend the afternoon walking around the unique neighbourhood of La Boca which is also the home of one of the most popular soccer teams in Argentina. We’ll later dine at a special Tango show restaurant and will celebrate our first toast together.
Day 2 – Cafayate – World Class Vineyards
We say goodbye to Buenos Aires, very early in the morning, and catch our domestic flight to Salta Province. After a smooth 2 HS flight towards Northwest Argentina, we will arrive at Salta’s airport. Our Mini-bus driver we will be waiting for our arrival and proceed to transfer us to our hotel at the small town of Cafayate. Immediately after, we will be invited to an amazing ‘Salteño’ lunch at a gorgeous Cafayate vineyard. Its magnificent vistas and local down-to-earth approach makes this experience one to treasure.
We’ll spend the rest of the afternoon snapping photos at the vineyard and return to the hotel to relax.
The city of Cafayate is known around the world as one of the finest wine regions in the Southern Hemisphere. Just 2 hours south from Salta’s capital, in the northwestern Argentina region, the Calchaquí valleys holds some of the key ingredients to any good wine: An amazing terroir and the exceptional combination of altitude (5.522 ft over sea level) for stunning dry, sunny days.
The Cafayate area not only provides some amazing high-altitude winemaking opportunities, but it also marvels visitors by its panoramas and exceptional beauty.
Day 3 – Cafayate – Quebrada de las Conchas
Our hotel will host a very early breakfast so we can take advantage of the first lights over La Quebrada de las Conchas (Shell Ravine) This unique geological gem provides amazing photo opportunities at its various rock sites and formations as well as panoramas.
We’ll share lunch at another amazing Cafayate’s vineyard and wrap our afternoon at the Cafayate’s dunes, for some spectacular sundown photos.
In 1995 La Quebrada de las Conchas was declared a natural reserve with the purpose of protecting its unique geological formations and its vast and diverse paleontology value.
With its red, orange and blue rock formations, its geological diversity provides a magical location for landscape photography.
Day 4 – Cafayate – Cachi – Local Agricultural Cooperative
After checking out from our Cafayate hotel, we will visit a local agricultural cooperative and share the morning with some local pepper farmers and ceramic producer. This is a great cultural opportunity to exchange stories and take great pictures. The cooperative is happy to open its doors and share with us their developments and culture.
After having lunch at the cooperative, we will travel north to the small town of Cachi. We offer the option of taking route 40, and experience the amazing Quebrada de las Flechas (Arrow’s ravine) for one of the most spectacular rock formations along our journey. This excursion requires 4×4 transport and it’s optional for all passengers.
We arrive later in the evening at our Cachi’s accommodations.
Day 5 – Cachi – Purmamarca
We depart Cachi during the early morning and make our way to a small village called Senclantás were the proud artisan weavers are famous for producing, by traditional methods, the most exquisite scarfs, ponchos, table runners and shawls. These artisans have inherited their craft through family tradition which extends to several generations.
Later, will make our way through the Parque Nacional los Cardones (Cardones National Park) home of the cardones, a type of desert cactus also found in Mexico and Baja California. We’ll witness the famous Recta de Tintin (Tintin’s Straight – One of the straightest roads and passages in the park, which was originally used by travelers crossing the desert before colonial times).
Following our journey toward the Province of Jujuy, will ascend the Cuesta del Obispo (Obisp Hill) at approximately 10,000 feet over the sea surface. The amazing views and panoramas are standard features of the hill year-round. During our descend we’ll cross the Escoipe Quebrada (Escoipe Ravine) where the cold altitude flora makes space for lushes greens and reds with its warm climate.
Once at the Province of Jujuy, we’ll travel to Purmamarca, where we will check-in into our accommodations.
Purmamarca has the unique characteristic of being surrounded by a multi-color hill, El Cerro de los 7 Colores (7 color Hill) which its unique for its hues and geological beauty
Day 6 – Purmamarca – Humahuaca
After breakfast we will travel to La Quebrada de Humahuaca (Humahuaca’s Ravine) and continue our photographic journey. After lunch, we’ll stop at Maimará for some photo opportunities at a unique and colorful cemetery.
La Quebrada de Humahuaca follows the line of a major cultural route, the Camino Inca, along with the spectacular valley of the Rio Grande, from its source in the cold high desert plateau of the High Andean lands to its confluence with the Rio Leone some 150 km to the south. The valley shows substantial evidence of its use as a major trade route over the past 10,000 years. It features visible traces of prehistoric hunter-gatherer communities, of the Inca Empire (15th to 16th centuries) and of the fight for independence in the 19th and 20th centuries
Day 7 – Tilcara – Buenos Aires
We’ll check-out of our Purmamarca hotel and make our way to Salinas Grandes (Salt ﬂats) for an amazing panorama on high altitude. Later we’ll journey to the city of Tilcara for lunch and pursue to photograph the Pucará of Tilcara,
an original enclave by the pre-hispanic communities of what’s now known as Jujuy. This city is also known as the archaeological capital of the province and its historical and cultural value is unprecedented.
Later that afternoon we’ll make our way back to Salta’s airport and a few hours later into our hotel at the city of Buenos Aires.
During our last breakfast together, we’ll do a portfolio review of everyone’s best picture and select the best ones for the production of trip’s photo book