La Merced del Alto Hotel Cachi

La Merced del Alto Hotel | Cachi, Salta, Argentina |  La Merced del Alto Hotel is located in Cachi, a charming small town approximately 3 hours away from the city of Salta in Argentina. I was there a year ago and fell completely in love with this area, the fantastic boutique Hotel and over all the culture, the people, the food and of course the wine. It is truly a shame that at that time I did not have the camera I have now, to capture more in depth the soul and colors of the area, the textures and its people.

Located at the base of El Nevado de Cachi slope, La Merced del Alto stands out in the Valles Calchaquies surrounded by rivers, springs of water and slopes. Only a few minutes away walking from the town of Cachi which consist in a main square from where spreads the most 15 blocks on each direction. 159 km from the City of Salta and 157 from worldwide renown vineyards of Cafayate.

Outdoors Pool area with breathtaking views of the valley in full harmony and tranquility. Spa with multiple treatments to better enjoy and appreciate the unparalleled beauty of this area, complimented by this unique boutique hotel. From the warmth of its staff to the details in the decoration, you will feel at home.

Comfortable, spacious and full of natural light  rooms, where white linens, iron furniture and wood are the stars. Six rooms overviewing the slopes, six rooms overviewing the Colonial Patio and standard rooms, some with access for guests with special needs.

The hotel offers a CAVA – 6380 – with a local premium selection of wines from Yacochuya, Colome, Viñas de Dávalos and Finca Humanao, only a few examples of the record high altitude vineyards in the world, classic from this area of Argentina.  Also the restaurant with Andean Gourmet Cuisine, featuring local delicatessens and typical dishes.  Common areas to entertain yourself and mingle with other guest, and a space called SUM where guests may enjoy the connection to the back to the real world, with access to Satellital TV.
La Merced del Alto, will be one of the host hotel to accommodate the Buenos Aires + Salta + Jujuy Small Group that I am putting together for next SEPTEMBER 2011, that I will be announcing soon. So only 15 of you will have the chance to see this gem in the Valles Calchaquies together with me.

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CACHI Salta my favorite hotels

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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(**) Keep in mind that we can assist you planning your trip to Cachi or any other itinerary all over Argentina and Uruguay. So if you liked it, do not hesitate to contact me. CM