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From Salta: Full-Day Scenic Tour to Cachi

1. From Salta: Full-Day Scenic Tour to Cachi

Depart Salta and journey along Provincial Route 68, traveling through the small towns of Cerrillos, La Merced and El Carril. Then, drive along Provincial Route 33 to pass the dramatic Gorge of Escoipe and Los Laureles. Next, start your journey along the famous winding road of the Cuesta del Obispo (Bishop's Slope). Admire the magnificent rock formations and natural walls en route to the summit at 3,348 meters above sea level. Look for condors flying above, and marvel at the majesty of the "King of the Sky." Get a stunning view of El Valle Encantado ("The Enchanted Valley"), where the scenery is like something out of a fairytale. Notice how the landscape changes as you leave the sub-tropical valleys to go to Recta del Tin Tin, built during the time of the Incas. Travel through the Parque Nacional los Cardones ("National Park of the Cactus"), named for its abundance of cardon grande cactus bush formations. Arrive in the beautiful town of Cachi in time for lunch. Then, stroll through streets of perfectly-preserved colonial architecture. Visit the town church in Central Plaza, and go to the historical museum showcasing the history of the Aboriginal communities. Pick up some souvenirs in the craft market and enjoy some free time to shop before the return drive to Salta.

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From Salta: Day Trip to Cachi and the Calchaquí Valleys

2. From Salta: Day Trip to Cachi and the Calchaquí Valleys

Get to know the most beautiful landscapes of the Calchaquí Valleys and the magical town of Cachi on a full-day bus excursion from Salta. After departing from central Salta, head through the Lerma Valley. Then, enter the Quebrada de los Laureles, where you can admire the landscape of Yungas forest. On the Cuesta del Obispo hill, admire the panorama of the entire Encantado Valley and enjoy spectacular views of the windy road you have just traveled up. Head to Piedra del Molino where you will reach the highest point of 3,384 m above sea level. Continue through the Straight of Tin-Tin and Payogasta until you reach Cachi, a small town known for its adobe houses and white colonial buildings. When you arrive, visit the Museo Arqueológico de Cachi Pío Pablo Díaz, a museum of locally excavated artifacts, some dating back 10,000 years. Just round the corner, step inside the Iglesia San José - a beautiful Spanish colonial church. Take a relaxing stroll through the pretty streets admiring the views and architecture. Finally, return to Salta along the same road.

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What people are saying about Cuesta del Obispo

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 74 reviews

Excellent day tour to Cachi. Our guide Jeremy was very knowledgeable and passionate, speaking both Spanish and English. The scenery on the drive is amazing and we stopped at several spots to look around and take photos. Cachi is a quaint town with nice lunch options. My only note is the seats on the bus don’t offer much legroom, but Jeremy and our driver did their best to accommodate my very tall husband. I recommend this tour!

Very beautiful landscapes, different from other Quebradas. The cactus forest is impressive. Our guide-driver, Fernandez, is amazing. He is passionate about everything, Inca culture, biology, botany and so on! He gave us a lot of information, equally divided between Spanish and English (even if we were only 2 versus 10 Spanish). He used a headset with microphone, much better than many tourist bus systems

The guides were excellent, especially our English translator. Very knowledgable and explained everything as we went along. Always willing to take our photograph and tell us where the best places to eat were.

Various natural landscapes during the trip with ample opportunity for stops for admiring / photographing. The entire area is well worth a visit. Bus ride and guide well cared for.

Excellent organization, warm company of the guide Elena and the driver Pepe in addition to the wonders of the Calchaqui landscape