Few other South American tribes are as fascinating as this old and legendary culture whose domain extended from today’s Ecuador to the southernmost reaches of Chile and Argentina.
Our first stop is Salta, capital of the province of the same name. The city possesses a large number of historic buildings, many of which commemorate Argentina’s wars of independence at the beginning of the nineteenth century. The atmosphere of those times is still present in much of Salta and in contrast to the somewhat modest architecture of the Convento San Bernardo and the statue built in honor of General De Güemes is truly monumental.
The one hundred and fifty kilometre journey from Salta to Cachi has much diverse scenery. Molinos is situated two thousand metres above sea level and is a sleepy village with a population of two and a half thousand. Despite its remote location, it has a long history and was founded in the middle of the seventeenth century.
The El Anfiteatro Canyon is well known for its fine acoustics and the echo created by this natural amphitheatre is quite outstanding. In addition to its unique acoustics, the narrow canyon has a hundred metre high rock walls.
Only little remains of the former great realm of the Incas whose religion was eventually replaced with Christianity. However, their magnificent landscape has most certainly survived!