Argentina’s Northwest, locally known as NOA (Noroeste Argentino) is famous for its rainbow mountains, charming villages, folkloric music and handwoven crafts. Salta is home to the country’s second largest wine region and Tucuman saw the beginning of Argentina’s battle for independence.
the northwest at a glance
Provinces: Jujuy, Salta, Tucuman, Catamarca, and Santiago del Estero
Highlights: Jujuy’s rainbow mountains and villages, the Salinas Grandes salt flats, the wineries in Cafayate, Salta’s Quebrada de las Conchas and the Calchaqui Valleys of Salta and Tucuman, Tucuman’s Tafí del Valle
When to visit: Fall and Spring are the best time time to visit NOA for warm days and cold nights, Winter is good as well but it will be colder, Summer months can be very hot and also the rainy season which complicates road trips on the tight mountain passes, Easter is very busy (avoid or book accommodation well in advance).
read about the northwest
NOA is my favorite region of Argentine, full stop.
In Jujuy we’ve explored the small villages of Purmamarca, Tilcara, Uquia and Humahuaca. This region has some of the country’s best food with pre-Hispanic origins, beautiful folkloric music and handicrafts like woven tapestries you’ll need an extra suitcase to bring home.
Salta has some of the world’s highest altitude vineyards in Cafayate and Cachi. Drive through some of the most stunning vistas in Salta’s Quebrada de las Conchas, Quebrada de las Flechas, and Cuesta del Obispo and check out hundreds year old cactus in the Cardon National Park.
Catamarca and its upcoming wine region are still on my to-do list as well as the history and green valleys of Tucuman.