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“A precious glimpse of life in the Andes”
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Finca Montenieva
Ranked #18 of 102 Salta B&B and Inns
Reviewed 5 August 2011

Understand this first of all: The Four Seasons this ain’t. But what it is is a window into real life in the wilds of NW Argentina in a lovely, family run ranch/B&B. To start with, this is VERY hard to find, being 3 km south on a dirt road off Rte 40 (the Argentina version of Rte 66 except with gravel) from the tiny town of Seclantes, without benefit of any sign! When you do find it, it is VERY rustic with wood heating on an old family ranch run by Fido and Berta with 3 kids, some horses, a llama or two and pet dogs, cats, and a pig! Berta was away the night we were there, leading to a minor degree of chaos. Dinner normally is available, but Fido was without food or a functioning car, so our guide and we drove with him into Seclantes to coax some grocers into opening their stores on a Sunday afternoon and finally securing a steak from his brother, as the butcher was attending a local soccer match! Once back at the ranch, we figured the quickest path to glory was for all to pitch in, so my wife helped peel the carrots and potatoes, and Fido served us (and his 3 kids) a nice steak (though a bit overdone for our taste; I forgot to say the magic word, jugoso) with salad and roasted potatoes. Really a warm family experience, followed by stargazing at the Southern Cross without ANY contaminating light around, complemented by amazing the children with our iPad Star Walk app. By morning, the 20F chill outside had penetrated the house, but Fido had hot coffee and pastries awaiting us. He then led us on an hour-long horseback ride along the Calchaqui River in complete isolation. Stunning views. Dinner, breakfast, a bottle of Malbec, and the room set us back the grand sum of 270 pesos (US$65). Again, it will never win any spa awards from Conde Nast, but for a genuine glimpse into life in the Andean foothills, it can’t be beat!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 March 2011

We travelled through the province of Salta spending one day here and two days there. At Fido's and Berta's place we spent a whole week. We really enjoyed it there.

The place is stunning and you are surrounded by all sorts of animals: dogs, cats, horses, lamas, a pig and Pepe, the guanaco that stares at you when you take a walk in the garden in front of the finca.

Fido guides you through magnificent landscapes either on foot or horse-riding. Every time it's a discovery that takes you to the final goal through a path that makes you feel like you earned it. It's magic.
Fido gives you tons of information on the history of the place, the geography, the animals and the plants. You can see condores, wild "burros", lamas, hares, etc.

Fido, Berta and the kids have made us feel like at home. We have shared every meal with them and cooked together. We have even learnt to make empanadas!

You should not miss going there!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2017
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Room Tip: Todas las habitaciones tienen humedad y no son limpias
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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
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2  Thank vanina812017
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Reviewed 6 May 2017
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  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 April 2017
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 March 2017
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Room Tip: Las Habitaciones con vista a las Montañas
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  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Matías L
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Address: Seclantas, Salta, Argentina
Region: Argentina > Northern Argentina > Province of Salta > Salta
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Ranked #18 of 102 B&Bs / Inns in Salta

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