MORE COLORS OF ROCK THAN YOU’VE EVER SEEN

[PURMAMARCA, ARGENTINA] — Right on the Salta/Jujuy provincial borders are two must see stops: the dusty Andean town of Purmamarca and just around the corner, the incredible Camino de los Colorado, a two mile amusement ride of colors that wrap around behind Purmamarca. Stop in for a lunch in town, dominated by the stratified colors of the Hill of the Seven Colors — you’ll see why they named it that.  When I read about this place in the NYTimes, I knew I had to go there. You should, too. Here’s a great article in the Wall Street Journal about Salta. Where else

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IT’S LIKE BEING IN YOUR OWN DREAM SEQUENCE

[JUJUY, ARGENTINA] — Play the voiceover from the Voice of God dude in movie trailers: “In a world where…” and you’ll get a feeling what it’s like to make the trip to Salinas Grandes, a well-worth-it side detour from traveling up the Humahuaca Gorge in Jujuy province. Taking a steep and windy left from the main road, you go up and over the switchbacks, often through the clouds, into a high arid plain, with the Salinas Grandes (salt flats) looming as a mirage at the distance. You see it and you keep driving. It seems close, but it is far away.

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A CANYON LIKE A PALM READER FOR THE EARTH

(Salta, Argentina) — On a northern spur of highway, just north of Salta city lies the stratified painter’s palette of the Humahuaca Gorge, one of several UNESCO World Heritage sites in the jaw dropping valleys and deserts of Salta province.   The gorge starts on the northern edge of Salta province and continues into Jujuy province (which is a hoot to just say: “hoohooee”) Who knew there were so many shades of green in rock?  With my trusty guide Augustin, we just just dipped into the gorge up Ruta 9, just north of Purmamarca before we diverted over the mountain

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A VINEYARD ON TOP OF THE WORLD

(Molinos, Salta, Argentina) — Estancia Colome is a place I had read a few things about, mostly its magical high-altitude vineyard and its remote, very remote location. But what really attracted me to make the long journey was that it also is home to the only museum dedicated to one of my favorite artists, James Turrell. The fact that he chose this remote place for his remote works makes both all the more special.  He works with light and the way we perceive. Read more about him, the museum and the estancia here. Colome is owned by the Hess Collection and

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A villa in the vineyards of Cafayete

(Cafayate, Argentina) — This is really a pretty place. The Patios de Cafayete — almost the most perfect Spanish style villa and grounds you can imagine.  The reviews are sometimes mixed, but  I loved it.  Maybe while pretty, it might be lacking a soul with some of the people working there. I think it used to be part of the Luxury Collection, but then I got a cryptic message from the LC when booking saying that they were no longer associated with the property.  Nice big rooms and perfect reading porches all around. Excellent courtyard and gorgeous main room.  I had

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IF RED IS YOUR COLOR, THIS IS YOUR DRIVE

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DRIVING LEGENDARY RUTA 40 DOWN THE SPINE OF ARGENTINA

A pictorial highlight of driving the treacherous Ruta 40 from Cachi to Molinas in Salta Argentina

SEE THE ENTIRE GEOLOGICAL HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN A FOUR HOUR DRIVE

What’s amazing about Salta Argentina is the incredible diversity of geology — you can see the entire development of the Earth in just a few hours. Starting from Salta, you can head up through rain forests and roaring river gorges, riding along a varying road with overhangs, washouts and dramatic stream fording

STAY ON YOUR OWN ESTANCIA IN ARGENTINA

[SALTA, ARGENTINA] — A few miles outside of Salta is a perfect hotel and spa in the country. A luxurious estancia-turned-hotel (and the actor Robert Duval’s former place) it’s the perfect base to explore Salta province, easy to connect to the highways into the mountains, yet being away from the bustling Salta city.  It’s just a few kilometers on the other side of the airport, so it’s a great place to crash after a long flight.  Set amidst acres of green, green farmland, trees and remarkable views of the distant mountains, it is essentially made up of a main house and

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