Northwest - 7 colours of the earth
Northwest
Province
Salta/Jujuy/Tucuman
Distance from Buenos Aires
1605km up to Salta
Flight time from Buenos Aires
2hs. 15min. to Salta
GDS Code
SLA - JUJ - TUC
Weather
Temperature
Period
Summer
Min:14º/Max:28º
Dec 21st
Mar 21st
Autumm
Min:3º/Max:24º
Mar 21st
Jun 21st
Winter
Min:3º/Max:23º
Jun 21st
Sep 21st
Spring
Min:7º/Max:28º
Sep 21st
Dec 21st

Northern provinces of Salta, Jujuy, Tucuman and Catamarca feature traces of pre-Columbian cultures, mingled with ruins of natives’ villages, as well as forts and constructions dating back to the time of the Conquest and Colonization. Time seems to stand still in the high plateau of the Puna, a land full of mountain ranges, steep mountain paths, and gorges. Villages have been built in the small valleys. Multi-coloured and monochromatic hills covered with huge cactuses on the slopes surround the village. This region offers landscapes full of contrast for tourists to enjoy, from the high peaks to the plains, the salt pans, and the subtropical rain forests, where Latin American culture took root.
The most common destination are Quebrada de Humahuaca and the Cerro de los Siete Colores, Cafayate and the Valles Calchaquíes, Tafí del Valle, and the capital cities of the provinces: San Miguel de Tucumán, San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, Salta and San Salvador de Jujuy.
The national parks of the region are: Baritú National Park, Calilegua National Park, El Rey National Park, Los Cardones National Park and Campo de los Alisos National Park.
Cultural tourism
Besides the geography of the area, its culture is of great interest. It is strongly influenced by Quechua and Aymara cultures, and the region widely differentiates to the more European Buenos Aires.
This influence can be seen in the music, clothing and customs of the people

Geography
The region had 5 different biomes:
* Sub-Andean humid Sierras of the east
* Fertile valleys
* The canyons
* The high mountains of the Andes
* The Altiplano or Puna

Activities:
Adventure Tourism
Adventure tourism in the Argentine Northwest is a very attractive option if you are looking for non-conventional activities during your vacations. The diversity of natural landscapes give tourist the opportunity to choose those activities that adapt to your experience and difficulty level. These activities include, trekking, horseriding, rafting and 4x4 adventures, among others.

Sport Fishing
An ample diversity of natural landscapes and dramatic contrasts such as the densely vegetated Yunga forests, or the serenity of mountains, hills and brooks of the Calchaquí Valleys, provide exhilarating conditions for sport fishing. The rivers Juramento, Lipeo, Iruya and Bermejo are home to the mighty dorado, and the mountain river rapids support trout.

Parties (Fiestas), trips, and leisure
Popular fiestas: colourful carnivals and Holy Week celebrations take place in the Puna and the Quebrada de Humahuaca. Misachicos: are colourful religious processions where Christian liturgy is mixed with ancestral rites in the towns of the altiplano. Another typical event in Salta are the peñas folklóricas in which folklore groups play the guitar while regional meals are served. Interesting visits to wine cellars can be made in Salta. There are casinos in Salta, San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, San Miguel de Tucumán and Termas de Río Hondo.

Flavours
Regional cuisine is somewhat spicy but exquisite, with ingredients such as choclo or tender maize, ajíes (chilies), and charqui meat (beef, lamb, or pork), without fat and dried in the sun. When prepared with salt it is called tasajo. Some of the typical meals are locro, tamales, empanadas (meat pies), chanfaina, quinua soup, and mazamorra, cayote and quesillo for dessert. As far as drinks are concerned, the chicha (made of maize flour and water fermented in earthenware pots), the aloja (obtained from the fermentation of carob pods), and the excellent wines of Salta and the Torrontés white wine of Cafayate are worth mentioning.

Flavours
Regional cuisine is somewhat spicy but exquisite, with ingredients such as choclo or tender maize, ajíes (chilies), and charqui meat (beef, lamb, or pork), without fat and dried in the sun. When prepared with salt it is called tasajo. Some of the typical meals are locro, tamales, empanadas (meat pies), chanfaina, quinua soup, and mazamorra, cayote and quesillo for dessert. As far as drinks are concerned, the chicha (made of maize flour and water fermented in earthenware pots), the aloja (obtained from the fermentation of carob pods), and the excellent wines of Salta and the Torrontés white wine of Cafayate are worth mentioning.

 

 

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Programs

1 - NORTHWEST 5 Days – 4 Nights

Day 1
Airport Arrival
Meet and greet with and INFOBA DMC Argentina´s guide at airport
Private transfer from Airport to hotel in Salta
Free time for leisure
Overnight at Hotel in Salta

Half day City Tour.
You will visit the cathedral, the Church of San Francisco, the Historic Museum of the North, the craft market and San Bernardo Hill. The Church of San Francisco is a magnificent Franciscan temple with fine architecture ornaments. The tour visits different historical places in the city and go up the San Bernardo Hill where you can admire the places that you have already seen. The visit continues to the summer holiday village of San Lorenzo which will surprise you with the singular beauty of its well known Ravine. The tour finishes with a visit to the handcraft market.

Overnight at Hotel in Salta

Day 2
Breakfast
2 days tour along the Calchaqui Valleys.
This circuit leads travelers through the Lerma Valley up to "El Carril", where the direction of the tour starts heading westward. After Chicoana the trip continues along the Quebrada de Escoipe (Escoipe Ravine). As the vehicle climbs the Cuesta del Obispo, there are many panoramic views. Following the Tin Tin Straight, visitors come upon a small, ancient town called Cachi. It is a very picturesque village in the Calchaqui Valleys, where the traditions and myths are still alive. Next, visit one of the most famous archaeological museums and take some free time to walk around the village meeting the people who are living legends. Continue excursion visiting traditional town of Seclantas & historical Molinos village, Moon Valley of Las Flechas Gorge, Angastaco, San Carlos & Cafayate.

Overnight in Cafayate.

Day 3
Breakfast
Tour around Cafayate and then spend some time in a local artisans market.
A visit to a winery is always welcome. In the afternoon visitors will return to Salta through the Conchas Gorge “Quebrada de Las Conchas” and due to wind and water erosion, discover the different shapes of the rock formations such as "The Monk", "The Fungi", " The Natural Theatre", "The Devil's Throat", and "The Castle". Driving along the fertile Lerma Valley you will pass different towns Coronel Moldes, El Carril, La Merces & Cerrillos. A substantial amount of tobacco plantations are located along this road.

Arrival to Salta & Overnight.

Day 4
Breakfast
Full day tour to Purmamarca
The first part, the "Way to the Clouds" follows the famous railway track of the "Train to the Clouds" through the Quebrada del Toro (Bull’s Ravine) up to San Antonio de los Cobres. The second part goes through the Puna, along National Route 40, up to Salinas Grandes of Jujuy. And the third part of the trip goes downhill from Lipan to the picturesque village of Purmamarca at the base of the well known "Seven Colors Hill".

Overnight in Purmamarca

Day 5
Breakfast
We continue the trip to Tilcara
We visit the archaeological museum and the Pucará ruins, age-old aboriginal fortress strategically located and surrounded by colourful hills and cactuses. We leave behind the little villages of Huacalera and Uquia and finally arriving to Humahuaca, the biggest and most important city of this gorge…

Private transfer from hotel to Airport with INOFA DMC guide

END OF THE PROGRAM


2 - NORTHWEST 8 Days – 7 Nights

Day 1
Airport Arrival
Meet and greet with and INFOBA DMC Argentina´s guide at airport
Private transfer from Airport to hotel in Tucumán
Free time for leisure
Overnight at Hotel in Tucumán

Brief city tour.
San Miguel de Tucumán is the capital city and heart of Tucumán Province. Popularly known as "El Jardín de la República" (The garden of the Republica)because in springtime there are flowers everywhere (in parks, balconies, streets and gardens). Being the land of the sugar cane and setting of the Independence Day, San Miguel de Tucumán City provides places to visit such as Obispo Colombres’ House, the Historical House of the Independence Declaration, the outstanding Cathedral and Casa Padilla Museum. Later will get on the National Route across sub-tropical jungle that leads to Tafi del Valle where guests will stay to overnight.

Overnight in Tucumán.

Day 2
Private excursion to Cafayate
Tour around Cafayate and then spend some time in a local artisans market. A visit to a winery is always welcome. In the afternoon visitors will return to Salta through the Conchas Gorge “Quebrada de Las Conchas” and due to wind and water erosion, discover the different shapes of the rock formations such as "The Monk", "The Fungi", " The Natural Theatre", "The Devil's Throat", and "The Castle". Driving along the fertile Lerma Valley you will pass different towns Coronel Moldes, El Carril, La Merces & Cerrillos. A substantial amount of tobacco plantations are located along this road. Visit to local wineries in Cafayate.
Suggested activity
Visit to the Museo de la Vid & el Vino in Cafayate

Overnigth in Cafayate

Day 3
Continue the excursion northwards by the National Route 40 to the amazing Flechas Gorge, San Carlos & Angastaco towns. It is possible to take a walk through the incredible multicoloured rock formations of the gorge. Then we will visit Molinos town and its picturesque church. Then, upon arrival at Cachi town, we will offer a visit to its church and Archaeological Museum. Is possible to enjoy a visit to Cachi Adentro area and relax in the town.

Overnigth in Cachi

Day 4
From Cachi to Salta.
Continuation back to Salta, in private service with English speaking guide, by Los Cardones National Park, the Encantado Valley and the picturesque Obispo Slope, as well as the Escoipe gorge. Upon arrival in Salta city. Brief City Tour, where you will visit the cathedral, the Church of San Francisco, the Historic Museum of the North. Entrances fees to the MAAM Museum included.

Overnight in Salta

Day 5
Private excursion to the Salt Lakes with English speaking guide.
This excursion gives you the possibility to combine three different circuits in the Northwest of Argentina in one day. The first one, the "Way to the Clouds" following the famous railway track of the "Train to the Clouds" through the “Quebrada del Toro” (Bull’s Ravine) up to San Antonio de los Cobres. The second one goes through the Puna, along National Route Nº 40, up to Salinas Grandes of Jujuy. And the third one, the downhill trip of Lipan takes you to the picturesque village of Purmamarca at the base of the well-known Seven Colours Hill. There, you will have time to visit the handicraft market and to walk around the village.

Overnight in Jujuy

Day 6
This day continue the tour to Humahuaca and Iruya town. It is placed in a sort of mountain area that ends in a slope near “Río Iruya” (Iruya River). The streets in this town are narrow, steep and cobbled in order to avoid ground’s erosion caused by rain. This town, as well as its neighbor ones, has an ancient origin that highlights not only its landscapes but also the cultural and historic values.

Overnight in Iruya

Day 7
Return to Salta visiting Tilcara, we visit its Archaeological Museum and the "Pucará"(amazing) indigenous ruins. Entrances fee included.

Overnight in Salta

Day 8
Breakfast Private transfer from hotel to Airport with INOFA DMC guide

END OF THE PROGRAM


3 - NORTHWEST 7 Days – 6 Nights

Day 1- Salta
Arrive at the local airport in Salta where our operators are waiting to hand over the rental car and a complete package of maps and tourist information to help you get around as securely as possible on local roads. This afternoon, enjoy the lovely city of Salta. We recommend visiting the village of San Lorenzo, the Artisan Market, or the Summit of Mt. San Bernardo, to name a few. In the center of the city, we recommend you park the car and walk around at your leisure. This area is about seven blocks long and so much can be discovered by taking a stroll through here.

Day 2 - Salta - Cachi
Exit Salta towards the South to enjoy two days in the freshness of the Calchaquíes Valleys. Take National Route No. 68 until reaching the area near the Train to the Clouds. Soon afterwards, take
National Route No. 33 that heads towards the city of Cachi. En route are many attractive places to visit. At Chicoana, for instance, take a short of long walk on the Cresta del Obispo (Bishop Slope) and in La Recta del Tin Tin. Arrive at Cachi (46 km. paved/111 km. unpaved). Handle these roads with caution.

Day 3 - Cachi - Molinos - Cafayate - Salta
Leave Cachi to the south of Salta city by National Route No. 40 (a section of Argentina's longest highway). You pass several small towns an it is recommended to visit Colte (where you can see artisans weave the typical ponchos of this region), Molinos (with its beautiful church), and to stop and enjoy the view of the lunar landscape in Quebrada de las Flechas (Arrowhead Gorge). Arrive in Cafayate around lunch time. This is a great opportunity to go to a typical warehouse that specializes in Torrontes wine production (a dry and fruity white wine). After lunchtime, head back to Salta city via the magnificent landscape of the Quebrada de las Conchas. (Important: this will be a long day; make sure you leave Cachi as early as possible to ensure you can safely enjoy the landscape and finish the trip before darkness. 210 km. paved/138 km. unpaved).

Day 4 - Salta - Purmamarca
Leave Salta northwards towards Purmamarca. You may choose the winding old highway, Route No. 9 (with 400 curves in total), to enjoy the drive through the hanging forest. At the city of Jujuy you will join with National Route No. 9. From here, you switch onto International Route No. 52 for just a few kilometers until finding the town of Purmamarca. We recommend the classic stroll down Los Colorados path (less than 5 km.), which goes through the heart of the Hill of Seven Colors. 180 km., all paved.

Day 5 - Purmamarca - Humahuaca Gorge
Exit from Purmamarca back the way you came towards Route No. 9 to continue towards the most colorful towns of the Gorge. Among them we recommended Tilcara with its indigenous ruins, and Uquia with one of the oldest churches in the zone, where you may also be able to visit potter and visit the traditional pottery of the region. In Humahuaca town you can find typical Andean cuisine for lunch. After lunch return to the area of Purmamarca. 136 km., paved.

Day 6 - Purmamarca - Salta
Leave Purmamarca back the way you came to Salta. Along the way, we suggest visiting the city of San Salvador de Jujuy, with one of the most beautiful cathedrals in northern Argentina. Arrive in Salta. 187 km., paved.

Day 7 - Salta - Buenos Aires
Leave the hotel in Salta for the airport and drop off the car.

END OF THE PROGRAM


4 - NORTHWEST 9 Days – 8 Nights

Day 1- Buenos Aires - Tucumán
Arrive at the local airport in Salta where our operators are waiting to hand over the rental car and a complete package of maps and tourist information to help you get around as securely as possible on local roads. This afternoon, enjoy the lovely city of Salta. We recommend visiting Villa Nougues, San Javier Hill, and the Siambon. In the center of the city, we recommend you park the car and walk around at your leisure. This area is only a few blocks, and there is much to discover on foot.

Day 2 - Tucumán - Tafí del Valle
Leave the City of San Miguel de Tucumán to Tafí del Valle by Provincial Route No. 307. Along the way you pass by Quebrada de los Sosa (Sosa Gorge). You arrive at Tafí del Valle. We suggest visiting the Menhires archeological reserve in Mollar, the Jesuit Chapel of La Banda, and the Estancia Las Carretas. 125 km., paved.

Day 3 - Tafí del Valle - Cafayate
From Tafí del Valle go south towards Cafayate via Route No. 307 and National Route No. 40. On the way you can visit the Pachamama Cultural Complex in Amicha del Valle, and the Quilmes Ruins. Arrive in Cafayate with the rest of the day free. 121 km., paved.

Day 4 - Cafayate - Molinos
Leave from Cafayate by National Route No. 40 towards the city of Cachi. Along the way we recommend you visit the lunar landscape of Quebrada de las Flechas, the beautiful Church and vicuña reserve at Molinos, and Paraje el Colte in Seclantas town where local artisans make the traditional "poncho salteño" on rustic looms. 210 km. paved, 138 km. unpaved.

Day 5 - Molinos - Cachi - Salta
Head from Cachi to a typical "salteña" estancia to relax. Take National Route No. 40 until meeting Provincial Route No. 33, a colorful and pintoresque road. On this route there are many attractive places to visit. For example, take a walk in Cuesta del Obispo (Bishop's Slope), or along La Recta del Tin Tin. Arrive at the Estancia. 46 km. paved, 11 km. unpaved. Handle the roads with caution.

Day 6 - Salta
This day is free to enjoy the surroundings of the estancia.

Day 7 - Salta - Purmamarca
Go from the estancia towards Purmamarca. Take National Route No. 51 to cross the landscape that the famous Train to the Clouds also covers. You will arrive at noon at the city of San Antonio de los Cobres (we suggest that you stop for lunch and bathrooms in this area since it is the only substantial settlement until Purmamarca). Afterwards, move northward to find one of the larger salt flats covering an extensive section of Northern Argentina. Then descend by a very windong mountain road to Purmamarca. 231 km. paved, 94 km. unpaved.

Day 8 - Purmamarca - Humahuaca Gorge
Exit from Purmamarca back the way you came towards Route No. 9 to continue towards the most colorful towns in the Gorge. Among them we recommend Tilcara with its indigenous ruins, and Uquia with one of the oldest churches in the zone, where you may also be able to visit potter and see the traditional pottery of the region. In Humahuaca town you can find typical Andean cuisine for lunch. After lunch, return to the area of Purmamarca. 136 km., paved.

Day 9 - Purmamarca- Salta
Leave Purmamarca towards Salta. Along the way, we suggest visiting the city of San Salvador de Jujuy, with one of the most beautiful cathedrals in northern Argentina. Arrive in Salta. 187 km., paved.

END OF THE PROGRAM


5 - NORTHWEST 14 Days – 13 Nights

Day 1- Buenos Aires - La Rioja
Arrive at the local airport in La Rioja where our operators are waiting to hand over the rental car and a complete package of maps and tourist information to help you get around as securely as possible on local roads. Lodging in Naindo Park Hotel, in La Rioja.

Day 2 - La Rioja - Villa Unión
We suggest a full day visit to Ischigualasto Provincial Park (172 km., paved road) with its famous Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) and the wonderful Canyon of Talampaya in the National Park of the same name (75 km. from Ischigualasto, paved road). Both sides are unique and are Unesco World Heritage listed. These are some of the few places on earth where all the different layers of soil, as well as the processes of tectonic plate movement, are clearly exposed. Continue driving after Talampaya to Villa Unión, 70 km. north on paved roads. Lodging in Pircas Negras Hotel, Villa Unión.

Day 3 - Villa Unión
Day of leisure to relax and discover the area or visit one of the parks not visited the day before. Lodging in Pircas Negras Hotel, in Villa Unión.

Day 4 - Villa Unión - Belén
Full day drive from Villa Unión to Belén (340 km. unpaved and then 221 km. paved). On your drive to Chilecito pass by the marvelous Miranda Gorge where La Mexicana mine and the longest cable car in thw world are located. Then continue north following the high, snow-capped Andes, passing by the Famatina town and the Patero (foot-smashed) vineyard, where locals make wines with regional grapes like Torrontes and Barbera. Outcrops of the beautiful and unique Argentine pink semi-precious stone, rodocrosite, are present in this area. Drive along National Route 40 and visit Shincal, the largesi inca ruins in Argentina. Overnight at Hostería Belén.

Day 5 - Belén - Amaicha del Valle
We suggest spending the morning visiting the artisan world of Belén, famous for its lama and vicuña wool ponchos. Some of the finest Indian pottery can be found here as well. Drive north to Amaicha del Valle (196 km., of which 80 km. are unpaved). Discover the different national historial heritage chapels of Hualfin valley, a unique landscape where the road (an old Inca trail), represents a border between the contrasting nature of the desert and the fertile valleys. You will drive through Santa María region, famous for its archeological sites full of ancient pottery. Arrival to Amaicha del Valle. Overnight at Altos de Amaicha Hotel or similar.

Day 6 - Amaicha del Valle - Cafayate
Drive from Amaicha del Valle to Cafayate: 65 km., paved road. On the way we suggest a stop at Quilmes Indian ruins, a ruined citadel ot a fierce cultures that resisted Spanish domination for years. Arrive at Cafayate and in the afternoon you can visit a typical winery that specializes in Torrontes wine production (a dry and fruity wine). Overnight at Viñas de Cafayate Wine Resort Hotel or similar.

Day 7 - Cafayate
Day at leisure to visit the Quebrada de las Conchas with its magnificent landscapes. This Gorge, also known as the Cafayate Gorge, features a range of wind-sculpted fock formations, such as Los Médanos (The Dunes), Los Castillos (The Castles), El Obelisco (The Obelisk), El Fraile (The Monk), El Sapo (The Toad), El Anfiteatro (The Natural Amphitheatre) & La Garganta del Diablo (The Devil's Throat). Many stops are a must. Overnight at Viñas de Cafayate Wine Resort or similar.

Day 8 - Cafayate - Cachi
Leave from Cafayate by National Route No. 40 towards the city of Cachi. Along the way we recommend you visit the lunar landscape of Querbrada de las Flechas, the beautiful church and vicuña reserve at Molinos, and Paraje el Colte in Seclantas town where local artisans make the traditional "poncho salteño" on rustic looms. Afternoon at leisure in Cachi to enjoy its pintoresque village, its main square, museum and church. Overnight at El Cortijo Hotel or similar.

Day 9 - Cachi- Salta
Drive from Cachi to Salta down the amazing Obispo Gorge, probably the most stunning view for people who love mountain roads, descending approximately 1000 meters to the Lerma Valley (157 km.). Take National Route No. 40 until meeting Provincial Route No. 33, a colorful and pintoresque road. On this route are many attractive places to visit. For example, take a walk in Cuesta del Obispo (Bishop's Slope), or along La Recta del Tin Tin. Overnght at Hotel del Virrey or similar.

Day 10 - Salta
This day is free to enjoy this beautiful city in northwest Argentina, walking its historical streets. Salta is full of shops, a pintoresque food market and pleasant squares. Overnight at Hotel Del Virrey or similar.

Day 11 - Salta - Purmamarca
Leave Salta northwards towards Purmamarca. You may choose the winding old highway, Route No. 9 (with 400 curves in total), to enjoy the drive through the hanging forest. At the city of Jujuy you will join with National Route No. 9. From here, you switch onto International Route No. 52 for just a few kilometers until finding the town of Purmamarca. 180 km., paved. Overnight at La Comarca Hotel or similar.

Day 12 - Purmamarca
We recommend the classic stroll down "Los Colorados" path (less than 5 km.), which goes through the heart of the Hill of Seven Colors, or take the trip to the Salinas Grandes, one of the major attractions of Jujuy Province, with more than 12.000 hectares of salt flats under the open sky. Ancient techniques of salt extraction are still used and visitors can see salt-mining pools filled with puddles of cloudy water. Overnight at La Comarca Hotel or similar.

Day 13 - Purmamarca
Exit from Purmamarca by Route No. 9 to continue towards the most colorful towns of the Gorge. Among them we recommend Tilcara with its indigenous ruins, and Uqui with one of the oldest churches in the zone, where you may also be able to visit potter and see the traditional pottery of the region. In Humahuaca town you can find typical Andean cuisine for lunch. After lunch return to the area of Purmamarca. 136 km., paved. Overnight at La Comarca Hotel or similar.

Day 14 - Purmamarca - Salta
Leave Purmamarca back towards Salta. Along the way, we suggest visiting the city of San Salvador de Jujuy, with one of the most beautiful cathedrals in northern Argentina. Arrive in Salta. 187 km., paved.

END OF THE PROGRAM


6 - NORTHWEST 11 Days – 10 Nights

Day 1 - Buenos Aires
Arrive in Buenos Aires, reception at Ezeiza international airport by our bilingual guide and transfer to a central hotel. INFOBA DMC Argentina representatives will give you all the material and explanations about your trip. In the afternoon, take a shared premium city tour of approximately 3 hours to see the highlights of Buenos Aires. Overnight at Waldorf Hotel or similar.

Day 2 - Buenos Aires - Salta
Private transfer (without guide) to the domestic airport, to take the flight to Salta. Upon arrival to Salta, reception at the airport by our bilingual guide and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a city walk: The city of Salta was founded in 1582 and it still bears a distinct Hispanic character that sets it apart from other cities in the country. Our city walk begins when our guide picks passengers up from the hotel and starts the walk until ”9 de Julio” main square to appreciate the most important buildings located around it. Passengers will continue through Caseros St. till they reach San Francisco’s Church, where they will be able to visit its interior. Later, they will continue until San Bernardo Convent, the oldest building in the City. From this point, passengers will walk till the base of the cable car station in San Martin Park, in order to go up San Bernardo hill. Once at the top, they will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of the City and the Lerma Valley, where Salta is located. Overnight at Del Virrey Hotel for 2 nights or similar.

Day 3 - Salta
Day at leisure for optional tours. We suggest you to visit Cachi or Cafayate in the Calchaqui Valleys. Overnight in Hotel Del Virrey or similar in Salta (B).

Day 4 - Humahuaca
After breakfast, departure with a shared excursion to Humahuaca Gorge. On the way to Humahuaca, the tour passes by different villages such as Volcán, Tumbaya and Maimará with its "Paleta del Pintor” (Painter’s Palette). In Purmamarca, a famous village for its well-known "Cerro de los Siete Colores” (Seven Colours Hill), you will have time to visit the handicraft market and to walk around the village. In Tilcara, we visit its Archeological Museum and the "Pucará", amazing indigenous ruins (entrance fee is not included). We then continue the trip, passing by Huacalera and Uquía, until we finally arrive to Humahuaca, an ancient picturesque village, where we will have free time for lunch. In the afternoon, free time for own exploration or short hikes with our guide. Overnight at Solar de la Quebrada Hotel or similar in Humahuaca town. (B)

Day 5 - Humahuaca - Villazón - Uyuni
After breakfast, we will take a regular bus to La Quiaca, escorted by our tour leader. Upon arrival to La Quiaca, we cross the border to Villazon (Bolivia) in order to take our train to Uyuni. Our Argentine Tour Leader says goodbye and our Bolivian guide will welcome passengers in Uyuni. Overnight at Los Jardines de Uyuni Hotel or similar in Uyuni town. (B)

Day 6 - Uyuni - Colchani - Uyuni
Trip to Colchani to see the locals producing salt and enter the great Uyuni saltflats to “Isla Incahuasi” (2 hours), a special habitat of volcanic rocks and giant cactus. Continue northwards to see the mummies of Coquesa and then west to Tahua (2 hours), a village in the shores of the saltflats and foothills of the Tunupa volcano. Trip back to Uyuni. Overnight in hotel Jardines de Uyuni (3*) (B-L).

Day 7 - Uyuni Salt Flats - Villamar
Morning trip towards south crossing the saltflats, leaving it behind in Chuvica, to then enter the highlands and small branches of the western range. Pass the villages of San Juan and San Agustín until the rich high valley of Alota (5 hours). Continue southwards with great stone formations produced by the erosion, to finally reach Villamar (1 hour). Overnight in hotel Mallku Cueva (2*). (B-L-D)

Day 8 - Villamar - San Pedro de Atacama
Early departure to Eduardo Avaroa reserve (REA), visiting Laguna Colorada (4,278 m – 2 hours), declared a RAMSAR site, “Sol de Mañana” geysers, Chalviri lagoon and its natural hot springs of Polques. Continue through the nice high desert of Pampas de Dali until “Laguna Verde” (3 hours), a beautiful green lagoon at the foothills of the Licancabur Mountain. Continue to the border Hito Cajon, where we will change vehicles and continue our trip to San Pedro de Atacama (service provided with only driver). Overnight in La casa de Don Tomas hotel for 3 night (B)

Day 9 - San Pedro de Atacama - Moon Valley
Pick up at your hotel. We will leave San Pedro heading towards Calama. First, we will explore the Death Valley, a mountainous and sandy valley nearby San Pedro. The Death Valley is located inside the salt mountain range, a surprising spectacle of amazing forms, hills and minerals that shine in the distance. Geologically, it corresponds to a sunken lake bottom, where the sediment stratums once horizontal, have adopted a vertical position due to the folds in the crust. We will be able to walk between the huge sand dunes where we can admire natural sand and salt sculptures. Afterwards, we will continue to the Moon Valley, one of the most spectacular phenomenon in the Atacama Desert because of its geomorphic features of geological structures that suffered by erosion thousand of years by the climate effects. Time to explore this amazing place and its bizarre rock formations. You will be impressed by the silent moonscape of this valley, exploring strange figures that nature has formed out of salt and clay. Optional short hike to one of the giant sand dunes in the valley. In the evening return to your hotel in San Pedro. Entrance fee is not included. Overnight in San Pedro. (B)

Day 10 - San Pedro de Atacama
Free day for optional tours; we suggest you to visit Tatio Geysers & Machuca Village. Overnight in San Pedro. (B)

Day 11 - San Pedro de Atacama
Breakfast.

END OF THE PROGRAM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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