5 tips for planning a trip to Northern Argentina
1- Length of visit:
If you go on a tourist package and want to see the most important highlights of the region we recommend one week. If you plan on going on your own and backpacking we recommend two weeks.
2- When to go:
You can visit Northern Argentina anytime of the year, but we recommend traveling between April and November in order to avoid the humidity and heat. The temperature drops significantly at night and it is therefore essential that you pack warm clothes and a coat no matter what time of year you travel. If you travel between December and February add waterproof clothes as it tends to rain.
3- What to see:
Here are some must-sees from this region full of incredible scenery, traditions, flavors and music:
- Salta and its surroundings
- Quebrada de Humahuaca (Purmamarca, Tilcara) and San Salvador de Jujuy
- Valles Calchaquíes (Cachi, Molinos, Cafayate)
- Tafí del Valle
Some begin their journey in Tucumán and travel north on the map, while others begin in Salta. It truly depends on where you are coming from. If you are visiting the Iguazú Falls first it is more convenient to begin in Salta because there is a nonstop flight between both locations thanks to the northern route inaugurated by Aerolíneas Argentinas.
4- What to bring:
- A hat for protection, sunscreen and it is important to always carry a bottle of water to remain hydrated
- Comfortable, closed-toed and water-resistant shoes
- Mosquito repellent
- As we said before, pack warm clothes for the evenings and if you travel during the southern summer pack a raincoat as it is rainy season
- Don’t worry too much about altitude sickness. While it is true that reaching higher altitudes can cause dizziness, you will get used to it as the days go on. If you travel to extremely high altitudes, most tour companies offer coca leaves to chew. These are really effective at counteracting the effects of altitude sickness for long periods of time.
- Camera and video camera
5- How to get around:
By car or tourist bus. Travel roads are constructed over valleys and do not exceed a height of 900 feet.
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