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With peaks over 20,000 feet high, the set of valleys known as Valles Calchaquíes extends over 320 miles and 3 provinces in a field of dreamlike landscapes, ancient villages and Pre-Columbian and colonial sites almost intact and with an unparalleled beauty.

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nhabited since Pre-Inca times, the Valles Calchaquíes are named after one of the three Pazioca or Diaguita nations, the Calchaquí, an indigenous culture whose earliest records date from 800 AD approximately.

The Diaguita peoples, besides being enshrined master potters, are famous for having resisted both the Inca and the Spanish invasions, a nation with which they remained at war for about 100 years in the so-called Calchaquí Wars, initiated in 1562 by their military chief Juan Calchaquí, and finalized in 1665 with the infamous walk of Quilmes Indians.

The valleys are cut by the Calchaquí River, which springs from the interior of a volcanic structure of over 7 million years, in the high peaks of the Nevado de Acay, 13,000 feet above sea level, following the valleys north to south, leading to these landscapes smothered in life and exuberance, that earned a place among the most beautiful of all Argentina.

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