The province of Salta is in northern Argentina and features an amazing landscape of mountains, rivers and valleys. These horseback trails explore the beautiful Calchaqui Valley (Valles Calcahquies in Spanish) which is best known for its contrast of colours and unique geography that ranges from mountain desert to subtropical forest.
There are a number of valleys and rivers within the Calchaqui valley that have their own names, such as Lerma Valley which is close to Salta city, and Quebrada de las Conchas (Gorge of the Conchas river) which is close to Cafayate (c. 90kms from Salta).
Our partners operate an estancia 45mins from Salta city which operates as their headquarters. The estancia is within the Lerma Valley and is surrounded by hills and tracks which are perfect for getting to know your horse before setting out on the longer trails. Both here, and at their sister estancia in Cordoba, they breed, raise and train their herd of Peruvian Paso horses. Over the two locations they have more than 150 well-loved horses.
There are four trails exploring this region, depending on how much time you have to spare and how much of the area you wish to discover.
- Salta and the Lerma Valley explores the area around Salta, and offers the chance to experience the gaucho life
- La Quebrada de Humahuaca takes you from Salta into the province of Jujuy, passing through Purmamarca with its hills of Seven Colours to reach the ancient town of Tilcara
- Entire Calchaqui Valley offers the highlights of the valley with some non-riding days too
- Valley of Lerma to Calchaqui Valley has the most riding days and visits Los Cardones national park with its red rocks en-route to the wine-producing region of Cafayate.