Year-round good weather and a host of unbelievable landscapes are turning Salta, in Argentina’s northwest, into the country’s next adventure frontier. But is the region ready for an influx of international tourists?

A bright-blue 1928 Ford ‘Model A’ Phaeton blares along Route 40 from San Miguel de Tucumàn toward the colonial city of Salta in northwest Argentina. I’m in the back. At the wheel is Perkins, my driver and guide—whose real name is Cristián.

I’ve got my poncho on and my ‘queen’s wave’ down. Riding along the route that traverses the length of western Argentina alongside the Andes, our vintage two-car parade becomes the main attraction; a traffic-stopper that makes everyone pull out their phones for photos. My fame could easily get to my head. Instead, the wind gets blown into my bones.

By the time we make it to Estancia Las Carreras, a historic Jesuit estate and our first stop on this three-day antique car adventure, I feel so windblown that I skip the horseback ride. Instead, I defrost by the fireplace and munch on taif, a Manchego-style cheese made at the estancia with cow instead of sheep milk from a recipe that’s been passed down over nine generations.