A brief note
Argentina was once inhabited by hunter gatherer peoples that would migrate across its vast plains and mountains in search of food. Around 10,000 years ago the first settlements are thought to have appeared, some of which grew to become part of the massive Inca empire before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores in the mid 1500s. Our North West Argentina History Tour delves into the past and visits incredible, significant sites in our region’s history.
The “Indian” people correctly called “Amerindian” lived in many different regions of the country and had different dialects. It is thought that these people would trade amongst each other and live a generally peaceful life.
The arrival of the Spanish changed this peaceful existence forever. There were many bloody battles and a huge amount of hardship for the aboriginal people. Today there are many archeological sites and museums that you can visit. These document the lives of the ancient inhabitants up to and including the arrival of the Spanish and how they effected life in the region. You will be able to see how the people lived, the ceramics and textiles they produced and the tools and foods on which they relied. The Museum of MAAM in the center of Salta contains some of the best preserved mumified remains that you will see in the world.
Modern history saw the gradual emergence of Argentina as a trading nation, facilitating trade between Peru, Bolivia and Spain. The huge growth in cattle gave rise to the Gaucho and in turn the eventual Gaucho armies that fought for the independence of Argentina from the Spanish crown. There are many examples of colonial architecture still visible in many parts of Salta as well as museums dedicated to these influential times.
If you are interested in the history of the Americas we will be able to take you to experience first-hand the wealth of treasures in this region. Enquire now for your perfect North West Argentina History Tour.
Gareth picked us up and off we went…up into the mountains: Quebrada de Humahuaca, overnighting in Tilcara. It was great having a personal English speaking guide who ensured we did the sorts of things that interested us. Day 2 the awesomeness continued, visiting Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca …before the drive back to Salta airport in plenty of time for our flight! Thankyou !
We did both of our tours with Gareth, who was a total legend. He really went above and beyond to give us the best trip ever, and we felt we left having gained a friend.
“The pace of the trip was perfect and Gareth was an excellent guide- informative, knowledgeable and friendly. We have some fantastic memories (and photos) of the trip. Thanks again for making our time so memorable”.
“Our guide was Gareth, originally from England, a very special boy for his sympathy connected to a great kindness and attention to the needs of tourists.
For us, the main feature was the fact of providing us with important information of the places visited, always willing to accommodate our requests, also leaving space to visit alone.
Carmen e Stefano
“Thank you for a very memorable and enjoyable time in the Quebrada de Humahuaca last week. We had a great time and will certainly pass on your contact details to our grinds when we get back to Melbourne. Many thanks also for your hospitality”.
“James and I can not thank you enough for making our trip so incredibly special. You are a wonderful travel companion and your knowledge of Argentina is impressive.
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Jane and I have had such a wonderful 3 days visiting such varied and unique landscapes and with the only person we would ever trust to drive us up and down those hairy roads and through enormous deserts. Your love of this country really came across. What a trip!!! 5 stars all round. Thanks a million.