by Rich Rubin
When considering a trip to Argentina, most people think of Buenos Aires. Or perhaps they know the pampas, or the wine-producing region of Mendoza. Well, I’m here to tell you there’s a real treat awaiting you in the country’s far north—the Jujuy and Salta regions took me completely by surprise with their immense beauty. Jujuy, up near the Bolivian and Chilean borders, and Salta, which wraps around Jujuy to its south and east, are everything you’d ask for in a trip to the Argentine countryside—gay-friendly and heart-stoppingly gorgeous. Think of the most beautiful place you’ve ever been. Double that, and you get Jujuy and Salta.
JUJUY: IN THE REALM OF IMPOSSIBLE BEAUTY
I start in the Jujuy region, on the edge of the Andes in Argentina’s northwest and a two-hour flight from Buenos Aires. Here you’re in the realm of impossibly gorgeous landscapes of craggy, multi-hued mountains, stately cacti, roads that wind up the cerros (hills) at such an angle you look back down and can’t believe you’ve actually driven that road. Villages of brown, red, and gold adobe houses hold hotels that are really just an excuse to look from your room to the amazing scenery.