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🇬🇧 Salta and Valles Calchaquíes, Argentina

Experience the North of Argentina with Rural Community-Based Tourism Network.


The Calchaquí Valley (Spanish: Valles Calchaquíes) is an area in the northwestern region of Argentina which crosses the provinces of #Catamarca#Tucumán#Jujuy and #Salta. It is best known for its contrast of colours and its unique geography that ranges from the mountain desert to the subtropical forest.

In their own words:

We chose to work with tourism to complement our historical sources of income from agriculture or handicrafts; but with our own offering, planned to strengthen our management and self-management. Improving the quality of life in our communities, our natural heritage, our cultural identity and ownership of the community. ”

The Rural Community-based Tourism Network, an agricultural cooperative, handicraft and rural tourism services producers; managed and administered by 50 families (all small farmers) in 12 different communities. Its territory extends to the heart of the #VallesCalchaquíes between Angastaco and Cafayate in the south of the state of Salta.

Why Inverted?

Members of the Rural #communitybasedtourism Cooperative of the #CalchaquiValley define it as a form of tourism where they, smallholders, are the protagonists of the activity. That`s where the traveller becomes a partner who seeks to live a real cultural exchange, when the person is part of them and share the daily activities and community life of the family. From that, the visitors will really appreciate their customs, identity, productive diversity, gastronomy and landscape in the context of a friendly relationship with mutual respect and care.

Pepper production in Valles Calchaquíes.

Top 3 Highlights

The High Mountain Archeological Museum

The High Mountain Archeological Museum is home to some of the most important discoveries of South America’s ancient history. The 3 mummies discovered in the region, that tell a lot about the occupation of the region, take turns in displays and was reason for ethic discussions in #Argentina. Check it and take your own conclusions. 

The High Mountain Archeological Museum
Shell's Gorge

Some of the most iconic landscapes of Argentina are located in the #ShellsGorge, where the winds of the Andes combined with the water erosion have sculptured the shapes of the local red rocks. ​​​

Shell's Gorge, Northern Argentina

Life in the Desert

The environment seems, at first, to be harsh on local communities of the Valles Calchaquíes. The arid desert may impose difficulties but once you start living the daily life of the communities you will learn life is beautiful for these people. ​​

Your local hosts at Valles Calchaquíes, Northern Argentina

Visit Salta and Valles Calchaquíes, Northern Argentina

Let us organise your holidays in Salta and Valles Calchaquíes, in Northern Argentina. Inverted America is your specialist in Responsible Tourism for South America - travel and leave positive social impacts at your host communities! 

Download our suggested itinerary here and get in touch - either leave a message or e-mail us at travel@invertedamerica.com . We will adapt the trip to your available time, interest and budget :-) 


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