CACHI (Province of Salta, northern region of Argentina) a small town 2 hours away from the city of Salta. Cachi is found in the northern sector of the Calchaquí Valleys, at the foot of the Nevado de Cachi that flanks it from the west. The name is derived from Quechuan and means salt since “the snow of this hill reminds of the color of salt,” it is more likely that the name is of Cacán etymology : kak (stone) – chi (silence): silent stone.
The architecture of the small city is principally of colonial Spanish style with adobe homes painted white and built over bases of rock, sporting antique window grills forged of iron. In the Central Plaza is the Church of Cachi, a recognized National Historical Monument, built in the sixteenth century with an exterior from the nineteenth century.
This is a short list of my (3) favorite hotels in CACHI. All type of styles and budgets, but they all reflect with their own concept and beauty, the true soul of this charming little town, that has a particular magic at every time of the day. The evenings and nights at CACHI are unique. Nevado de Cachi Restaurant, was my choice while there.
The tour from Salta City to CACHI takes approximately 2 to 3 hours depending on the stops. This ride will take you trough the breathtaking area of Cuesta del Obispo.
Sala de Payogasta • (minutes away from the city of Cachi) Rudimentary in spanish colonial adobe style with great views of the Calchaqui river and Los Nevados slopes. The hotel offers 12 luxury suites which were created as an extension of the original Sala, keeping the same characteristic style, while adding all the details of comfort to ensure your best experience. All rooms are linked by a common patio that lead to the restaurant, reading and living room and the spa. Crossing the Route 40 – Ruta Nacional 40 – which is a very small road that runs along the hotel, you will find their restaurant Sala de Payogasta. Please if you do not plan to stay overnight… just stop there for lunch and try for me the Cabaleta and the Copa Sala de Payogasta. Then send me your feedback..
El Cortijo Hotel • (located in CACHI only 4 blocks away from the Central Square) A boutique Gay Friendly Hotel. This was the hotel of my choice during my stay in Cachi. Also 12 rooms distributed all over this old style house, property of a local family by the name of Bergesi, each with their own particular design and size. A very personalized service that will make you feel like home while being away. El Cortijo is within the town of Cachi, approx. 4 blocks away from the neuralgic social point. A beautiful stroll that will show you the real Cachi and let you interact with the local people.
La Merced del Alto • (located approx. 10 minutes away from the Central Square at the foot of the Nevado of Cachi, on a premium spot overviewing the hills, rivers and streams of the Calchaquies Valley) Other Videos Panoramic Views + Pool & Spa. 14 spacious and comfortable rooms, with all the services of any urban 5 stars hotel. A full spa and outdoors pool. This would be the top selection at this destination.
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