Cachi is a peaceful village in the Calchaqui valley in North Argentina, about 3 hours from Salta. From Salta it can comfortably be visited on a full day tour, or alternatively it is often combined as an overnight package with Cafayate which is further down the valley. The main reason to visit Cafayate in addition is to take wine tours, as the area is famous for it’s wine.
The drive from Salta is half the attraction of visiting Cachi - the scenery is some of the most amazing I’ve seen in South America. The scenery constantly changes, but is always dramatic, with huge arid mountains, towering cliffs and cacti filled canyons and valleys.
En route to Cachi the scenery is stunning.
The village itself is peaceful and scenicly set in the Calchaqui Valley. Hikes can be undertaken individually, or you could arrange for a guide to take you on a three day hike to the summit of the nearby Nevado de Cachi, which towers over the village at well over 6000 metres above sea level. Cachi is also a lovely place to wander the streets or soak up the sleepy atmosphere on the main plaza. Other than that, there’s little else to do in Cachi.
One of “The Magnificent Seven” (it’s a film…)
Hotels in Cachi
There’s currently eleven hotels in Cachi, and all budgets are very well catered for. Hotel la Merced del Alto is 3 km out of town, and the most luxurious hotel in Cachi at ARG $395 a double. Other upmarket hotels in Cachi itself include Hotel Sol del Valle (ARG $245) and Hotel Boutique El Cortijo (ARG $240). Very good mid range options include Hotel Llaqta Mawka (ARG $150) and Estancia Samay Huasi (ARG $165) which is estancia style and 5 km from town. Those on a tighter budget should head to the remarkably good Hospedaje Don Arturo (a steal at ARG $50 a double).
Various tour operators in Salta can arrange for tours to Cachi, such as Luz del Norte with whom we booked.
For more specific travel advice on Cachi, email the local tourist office, they’re very helpful - firstname.lastname@example.org.