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  • Address: Cachi, Salta, Argentina
  • Hours: Daily
Cachi, a tiny pueblo of only 5,000 people in northwestern Argentina, offers visitors a blissfully quiet base for exploring the Calchaquí Valley and surrounding archaeological sites, many of which exist well off Salta’s usual tourist path.

While locals call it “the city,” Cachi is little more than a smattering of houses, a 17th-century Spanish colonial church, an impressive archaeological museum, the Centro Artesanal (a great place to buy hand-woven ponchos) and a couple of restaurants and hotels, all surrounded by the arid mountains of the province.

The reason people come to Cachi isn’t the town, per se, but the archaeological sites that lie just outside. La Paya, about six miles (10 km) to the south, and Potrero de Payogasta to the north are considered the most important. The cactus-laden landscape surrounding Cachi, particularly through the Calchaquí Valley, is perfect for exploring on horseback.

Practical Info

The journey between Salta and Cachi is served by only a single bus company and takes just over four hours. There’s also a fixed-price taxi service.

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Full-Day Tour of Cachi and Calchaquí Valleys from Salta, Salta, null
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Full-Day Tour of Cachi and Calchaquí Valleys from Salta

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Immerse yourself in the Cachi and Calcahaqui valleys during this tour of dramatic gorges, high altitude flora and fauna, Incan history, tranquil towns, ...  Read more

Location: Salta, Argentina
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.00
Calchaquí Valley Scenic Drive and Day Trip to Cachi from Salta, Salta, Day Trips
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Calchaquí Valley Scenic Drive and Day Trip to Cachi from Salta

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See the incredible natural attractions of the Calchaquí Valley on this ‘wow’-inducing day trip from Salta to Cachi! Enjoy a comfortable and scenic ...  Read more

Location: Salta, Argentina
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.18
Cachi Full Day Tour from Salta, Salta, Day Trips
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Cachi Full Day Tour from Salta

Discover the small region of Cachi while on this 8-hour tour from Salta. Travel through the landscape including multiple gorges such as The Laurel's Gorge and ...  Read more

Location: Salta, Argentina
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.00
2-Day Tour to Las Pailas, Los Colorados and La Poma from Cachi, Cachi, Day Trips
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2-Day Tour to Las Pailas, Los Colorados and La Poma from Cachi

Amazing walk through the magical town of Cachi and its surroundings. Some outdoor tours and the vast nature are enough to enchant you with this wonderful ...  Read more

Location: Cachi, Argentina
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $296.68
Cuesta del Obispo Mountain Bike Tour from Salta, Salta, Multi-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Cuesta del Obispo Mountain Bike Tour from Salta

Embark on this adrenaline-filled biking tour of Cuesta del Obispo Mountain. Spend an 8-hour day observing rock formations and Condors in their natural ...  Read more

Location: Salta, Argentina
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $195.40

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