Don't miss out on knowing these incredible colorful formations in a unique natural setting in the Province of Salta! We tell you everything you need to know about the Acsibi Caves.
The Acsibi Caves are a geographical accident, located 15 km from the town of Seclantás within the Calchaquíes Valleys, in the province of Salta. Also called Valle de las Cuevas, Acsibi is the place where the Sichas and Malcachiscos tribes settled.
Acsibi Caves: How to get there from Salta
The caves do not have easy access since there is no consolidated route or path to the place.
Once there, from the Montenieva farm (they are the only ones authorized to carry out this tour, since the Acsibi Caves are within their property) it is accessed by the dry river Montenieva, by 4 × 4 vehicle until arriving to a great canyon where you have to leave the vehicle, then start a walk that lasts approximately 4 to 4:30 hours. through an incredible landscape that nature formed during thousands of years, leaving a trace of ancient lakes in different ice ages and that by pressure gave shape to the current Quebrada del Rincón that crosses the Campo Monte de Nieva and flows into the current Calchaquí River. Fido Aban -owner of the Finca- knows the place very well and teaches you a lot since he has known the area since he was a child. He provides security, attention and is a very friendly person.
Acsibi Caves: Origin of the word
The word acsibi means in the Cacan language “Place of Fire” due to its intense red colors and the large amount of lightning that falls on the place on stormy days.
Acsibi Caves: What to see and do
The valley has an incalculable archaeological value whose main testimony is the cave paintings. Here old pipes made of very fine ceramic from the communities of the area, the Sichas and Malcachiscos, who performed ceremonies and rituals, have been found. In addition, the place offers very good routes for trekking, where the walls of the ravines change shape, until they become increasingly narrow, forming tunnels and caves. The attraction of the walk is precisely the walk and being able to enjoy all the landscape.