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North 5

3 days/2 nights

Salta, La Caldera (cornice road, more scenic), Purmamarca (2,200 meters of altitude), "Cerro de los Siete Colores", "Paseo los Colorados", Cuesta de Lipán, Salinas Grandes (3,600 meters), San Antonio de los Cobres, (3,600 meters), La Polvorilla ("Tren a las Nubes", 4,200 meters) rail bridge, Quebrada del Toro, pre-Inca ruins of Santa Rosa de Tastil (3,100 meters), Salta.

Optional: Welcome [-]


Included: Lodging in Hotel Salta

After our transfer from the airport to the hotel, we hold a briefing session, where we will discuss the most important aspects of our trip. During the remaining part of the day we will do a city tour: we will visit the San Bernardo hill, the monument to Güemes, and walk around the city center (Plaza 9 de Julio). Next morning, after breakfast, our adventure trip begins.

The 'Cabildo', a colonial building, on the Plaza 9 de JulioChurch in Salta, province of Salta, Argentina

Day 1:

Salta -> Purmamarca

Distance traveled: 220 km in 4 hours

Included: Lodging in Hotel Marques de Tojo

From Salta we drive to Jujuy via the more scenic route, via La Caldera. From Jujuy we follow to Purmamarca, at 2,192 meters of altitude. Purmamarca is a typical Andean "pueblo": narrow streets, old houses, handicrafts everywhere, in the midst of fabulous mountains. Hiking the surrounding area we can appreciate its fantastic rock formations, such as the "Cerro de los Siete Colores".

The town of Purmamarca, province of Jujuy, ArgentinaThe town of Purmamarca, JujuyThe town of Purmamarca, JujuyRocks around the town of Purmamarca, Jujuy, Argentina

Day 2:

Purmamarca -> Salinas Grandes, San Antonio de los Cobres

Distance traveled: 250 km in 8 hours

Included: Breakfast,Lunch, Lodging in Hosteria de las Nubes

We will ascend the Andes Cordillera via the Cuesta de Lipán, getting to 4,200 meters of altitude. We will visit the Salinas Grandes salt flat, smack in the Altiplano, appreciating this immense plain covered with salt. From there we drive to the Altiplanic "pueblo" of San Antonio de los Cobres, at 3,600 meters. We will visit the famous La Polvorilla ("Tren a las Nubes", 4,200 meters) rail bridge.

The 'Cuesta de Lipan', road that ascends to the AltiplanoRoad that climbs the 'Cuesta de Lipan', to the AltiplanoPhotographing on the Salinas Grandes salt flat, on the AltiplanoThe Salinas Grandes salt flat, on the Altiplano of JujuyThe La Polvorilla rail bridge, Salta province, Andean AltiplanoThe La Polvorilla rail bridge, Salta province, Andean AltiplanoThe Altiplanic town of San Antonio de los Cobres, Salta

Day 3:

San Antonio de los Cobres -> Salta

Distance traveled: 220 km in 5 hours

Included: Breakfast,Lunch

We will descend the Andes Cordillera, heading to the "pueblo" of Santa Rosa de Tastil, at 3,100 meters of altitude. There we find pre-Inca ruins, where we can walk around the extinct settlement. From Santa Rosa de Tastil we will descend to Salta via the Quebrada del Toro, enjoying its landscapes, noticing the gradual change from Altiplano to pre-Cordillera.

The Quebrada del Toro valley, SaltaThe pre-Hispanic ruins of Santa Rosa de Tastil, SaltaThe Quebrada del Toro valley, Salta

Optional: Last night [-]


Included: Lodging in Hotel Salta

We drop off the group in the hotel and the rest of the day is free. The following morning, with adequate time, we transfer the group to the airport and our services end.

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