Spend your July Vacation in the Northeast Region of Argentina

By Tracey Chandler

Find out what makes the northeast region of Argentina such a popular destination for winter holidays in July and August and book a tour to Salta and the surrounding areas with the expert help of the team at Connecting Worlds.

Temperatures drop in Argentina during July and August, but it’s still a wonderful place to take your vacation. The northeast region of Argentina in an area full of beautiful mountains stunning canyons and pretty cities full of restaurants serving traditional Argentine dishes for the winter time.

Destinations

Salta, Jujuy and Tucuman are the three main cities in this region. A one or two week trip travelling between these destinations can be a great way of getting to know the area and experiencing the slower pace of life that the people in these cities lead. From each city, it’s possible to organize a range of day or overnight trips to the surrounding mountains and canyons. It takes about 20 hours by bus to reach Salta from Buenos Aires, so many people try to take the overnight service from Retiro Train Station.

Activities

The northeast region of Argentina is full of great walking tours and minibus tours which weave you in and around the nearby mountainous areas. Many tours can be booked from the cities themselves upon arrival, but there are a number of companies who will arrange your tours for you direct from Buenos Aires. Connecting Worlds organizes a great four day tour to Salta and The Calchaqui Valley (read more about this tour below in the final section of this post).

Try white-water rafting on the class three Juramento River, just 100km outside of the city of Salta, or spend the afternoon horseback riding, an easy activity to organize in practically every location in the northeast.

Food

Any trip to the northeast of Argentina during winter time wouldn’t be complete without sharing a large pot of locro with friends, washed down with a few bottles of red malbec and a couple of tamales served on the side for good luck.

Locro is an Argentine stew made from meat, chorizo and con (amongst other ingredients), it’s yellow and thick and perfect for warming up at winter. Tamales are tasty packages of boiled corn, filled with minced meat, vegetables and spices. Sharing one with a friend, on top of the locro, will be more than enough in one sitting. They’re very filling!

Folklore

The cities of Salta, Tucuman and Jujuy offer lots of opportunities to enjoy folklore music and dancing. An alternative to the Argentine tango you will hear all over the place in Buenos Aires, Argentine folklore has a strong heritage which harks back to Argentina’s native and indigenous past. Argentina’s European and African influences have also had an undeniable effect on the style.

The music is created by Argentina’s gauchos. Inspiration for the music they produce comes directly from their agricultural lives working the land. Even though there are many variations, the most popular forms of Argentine folklore include the Chamame, Chacarera and Malambo (or Zapateo). Salta is well known for its authentic and traditional Peñas, where you can enjoy live folklore music and dancing, while you eat and dine, all year round.

Weather

Maximum temperatures in the northeast during the day rarely get beyond 20 degrees. At night, temperatures can drop as low as two degrees during the winter months, so it’s important to dress warmly.

Tourist Packages via Connecting Worlds

Connecting Worlds can arrange a beautiful four day tour of Salta and The Calchaqui Valley if you don’t want to have the hassle of organizing everything yourself. Full details of the tour can be found here, but accommodation, breakfasts and transfers are all included in the price. We also make sure there is a Spanish/English bilingual guide to accompany you throughout the entire journey to ensure all your needs are covered and all your questions answered.

The tour will give you time to a see a little of Salta City, explore traditional mountain villages, look out across endless view of multicolored, stunning gorges and learn a little about where wine is made in Argentina by visiting some of the Cafayate wineries along the planned route.

If you are interested in finding out more about this tour, don’t hesitate in contacting us directly, either by email or telephone. We will be happy to answer all your questions and find a way of organizing the exact kind of northeast tour of Argentina you are hoping to experience this winter.

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