About The Andean Northwest of Argentina
The map to the right shows the Northwestern region of Argentina. It's
largest city, Salta, is on the upper right. A red dot marks the small
town of Chicoana, where our Inn is located. Chicoana
lies just east of the Andes in the lush valley, Valle de Calchaquis.
About The Andean Northwest
From LonelyPlanet Worldguide:
"Home to abundant natural attractions and atmospheric relics
from the pre-Columbian and colonial past, this is the more 'traditional'
part of Argentina. It includes the provinces of Jujuy (numerous wildlife
reserves), Salta (with the best preserved colonial city in the country,
hundreds of archaeological sites, and colonial buildings) and Tucumán,
La Rioja, Catamarca and Santiago del Estero."
Where Chicoana got its name
Some of the first inhabitants of the area were the members of the Chicoana
tribe, who lent their name to the town. These were followed by many others,
including the Diaguita Indians, who were here to meet the Spanish conquerors
on this soil.
In Chicoana's currently standing plaza and church, Argentine independence
was fought for.
Here the past is ever present, mingling with the modern, as hand-forged
iron railings and colonial-style lanterns adorn adobe buildings with red-tiled