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Cachi is a sleepy town in the mountain shadows 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) east of Nevado del Cachi, approximately 2,280 meters (7,480 ft) above sea level. The town is full of white buildings, antique adobe houses and paved streets centered around Plaza Mayor. The earth here is arid, but fertile enough to produce vegetables (especially peppers), and the weather varies depending on the season.


The main attractions in town are the plaza, the nearby white-painted Iglesia de San José and the Museo Arqueológico’s display of regional artifacts. Tour operators will happily show off surrounding mountainous regions such as Parque Nacional Los Cardones and Las Pailas. There is also a decent selection of lodging in Cachi for any budget, and several places in town to find a plate of humitas.


Other places nearby Cachi: Cafayate,

By Chris Hughes
Traveling South America to give Viva readers the most up-to-date information...
24 Aug 2009

Things to do in Cachi

Parque Nacional Los Cardones

Parque Nacional Los Cardones has breathtaking views from altitudes varying between 2,700 meters (8,858 ft) and 5,000 meters (16,404 ft). A walk in this park brings you through an amazing landscape of ...
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Cachi, Argentina

Museo Arqueológico

The Museo Arqueológico, located on the eastern side of the palm-shaded Plaza Mayor, displays a fairly standard collection of items excavated from the area. While it’s not the greatest collection ...
Cachi, Argentina

Las Pailas

Las Pailas is an intriguing set of ancient ruins approximately 16 kilometers (10 mi) west of Cachi, including a complex irrigation system and intricate circular dwellings. The view of white-tipped ...
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Cachi, Argentina

Hiking Cerro de la Virgen

Cerro de la Virgen is a nice day hike in the Cachi area, through hanging valley slopes freckled with huge boulders to incredible views of the Calchaquí Valley. As the trail is not well marked, it is ...
Cachi, Argentina
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