Argentina is the largest Spanish-speaking nation in the world, but from one end of the country to the other, language may be the only thing in common. Geography ranges from lunar plains to Patagonian plateaus, and the climate shifts from tropical to subantarctic.
In the foothills of the Andes, in the country’s northwest corner, is Salta—“the beautiful”—an awe-inspiring desert dominated by deep reds and shades of tan, but also home to the Calchaquí Valleys and some of the world’s highest-altitude vineyards. Colonial architecture is as prevalent as gaucho culture, making Salta a remarkably complex place for cycling.
Unique high-altitude wines of the Cafayate region, including the sweet white wine Torrontés, and Salta Negra beer
Empanadas Salteña filled with beef or cheese, barbecued meats called parilla, tamale-like humitas, dulce de leche, and picadas, the Argentine answer to charcuterie
Private onlyAndean Peaks, Red Rock Valleys, and High-Altitude Vineyards of Salta