Cortez, Colorado (PRWEB) May 01, 2013
Although many tour operators lead trips in Argentina, few can provide the blend of archaeology and wine—with a touch of tango—that the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is offering in its new travel program, “Northwest Argentina: Ancient Legacies, Contemporary Cultures.”
Dr. José María Vaquer, professor of precolumbian art at the National Arts Institute University in Buenos Aires, will lead this exploration through the southern Andes, focusing on the geography, archaeology and people of the remote Calchaquí Valleys and Humahuaca Gorge.
Travelers will traverse the high deserts, deep gorges and rugged mountains throughout the Salta and Jujuy provinces with Dr. Vaquer to investigate and explore pre-Inca and Inca-period settlements dating from the tenth through early sixteenth centuries A.D. The tour also includes visits to Spanish colonial cities, museums, lively markets, tango dance halls and high-altitude vineyards, where travelers can relax and enjoy Argentina’s famed cuisine and wine.
Travel is by air-conditioned coach, with one internal round-trip flight. All archaeological sites are easily accessible from roads.
"Some of the newest cutting-edge research into the Inca Empire is happening in the Calchaquí Valleys and the Humahuaca Gorge, places we’ll be visiting on this trip," said Sarah Payne, archaeologist and Crow Canyon travel specialist. She pointed out that the Calchaquí Valleys have recently been the focus of research by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in Mexico. INAH is working on a project in this area with the support of the Cultural Patrimony of the Salta Province and the National Geographic Society.
To sign up for the trip or to get more information, call 1-800-422-8975, ext. 136 or 160; e-mail travel(at)crowcanyon(dot)org; or visit http://www.crowcanyon.org/travel.
About the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
The not-for-profit Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, located near Cortez, Colo., conducts long-term, multidisciplinary research into the ancestral Pueblo Indians of the southwestern United States and provides experiential education programs for adults, teens and children. For nearly 30 years, Crow Canyon has also offered domestic and international travel adventures for people who love to explore other cultures and delve into the mysteries of the human past.