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North 6

4 days/3 nights

Salta, Cuesta del Obispo, Piedra del Molino (3,300 meters of altitude), Los Cardones National Park, Tin Tin Stretch, Cachi (2,200 meters), Calchaquí Valley via the "Ruta 40", Twin volcanoes, Devil's Bridge, La Poma (3,000 meters), Abra El Acay (4,890 meters), San Antonio de los Cobres (3,600 meters), La Polvorilla rail bridge ("Tren a las Nubes"), Tuzgle volcano, Susques, Salinas Grandes, Laguna de Guayatayoc, Quebrada de Humahuaca (World Heritage, UNESCO), Humahuaca (2,900 meters), Tilcara, "Pucará de Tilcara", Purmamarca (2,200 meters), "Cerro de los Siete Colores", "Paseo los Colorados", 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 -> Cachi, La Poma

Distance traveled: 300 km in 8 hours

Included: Dinner, Lodging in Hosteria La Poma

From Salta, we will climb the Cuesta del Obispo, a winding road that will take us to the Piedra del Molino, at 3,300 meters of altitude. We descend through the Los Cardones National Park, a fine opportunity to photograph the "cardones": the upright, noble cacti of the Trichocereus genus. These often host birds (telephoto), and, in spring, many flowers sprout (macro). In the Park we will also be able to photograph wild camelids (vicuña and guanaco), foxes, hares, condors, birds of prey (telephoto). We descend to the Calchaquí valley via the Tin Tin Stretch. The Nevado de Cachi (6,380 meters) will be right in front of us. In Cachi (2,200 meters) we stop for lunch and will be able to visit the Archaeological Museum, amongst others. We will ascend the Calchaquí valley by the famous "Ruta 40", towards La Poma, at 3,000 meters. On the way we will view incredible rock formations and a spectacular mountain landscape. We will photograph the Puente del Diablo, the result of recent volcanic activity. At night we will go out to photograph the valley and the stars.

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Day 2:

La Poma -> San Antonio de los Cobres, Susques

Distance traveled: 250 km in 8 hours

Included: Breakfast, Lodging in Hosteria Pastos Chicos

From La Poma we continue climbing the Calchaquí valley until its origin, in the Abra El Acay, at 4,890 meters of altitude. On the way we will see camelids (llamas, vicuñas and guanacos), foxes, hares and condors. On the Abra El Acay, which divides the Calchaquí valley from the Altiplano, the landscape will change from a large valley to a range of volcanoes, and the Salinas Grandes salt flat on the horizon. We descend to the Altiplanic "pueblo" of San Antonio de los Cobres (3,700 meters), where we stop for lunch. We proceed to Susques (3,600 meters) by the "Ruta 40", which will lead us to the La Polvorilla (Tren a las Nubes) rail bridge. We ascend the Altiplano towards the Tuzgle volcano (5,560 meters), passing by basaltic flows, huge lava blocks, and other rock formations, as well as the fauna. We will come across two Altiplanic "pueblos", which produce handicrafts and raise animals (llamas, sheep and goats). We arrive at the volcanic bombs field near Susques. These rocks are pieces of lava ejected still warm from a volcano, which were shaped by aerodynamic resistance.

Mountains in the upper Calchaquí valley, province of SaltaRoad in the upper Calchaquí valley, province of Salta, ArgentinaLandscape of the upper 'Valle Calchaquí', Salta, ArgentinaRoad in the upper Calchaquí valley, province of Salta, ArgentinaThe upper Calchaquí valley, province of Salta, ArgentinaThe Altiplano viewed from Abra El Acay (4,890 m of alt), SaltaThe La Polvorilla ("Tren a las Nubes") rail bridge, SaltaThe 'La Polvorilla' ("Tren a las Nubes") rail bridge, SaltaThe Tuzgle volcano, on the Andean Altiplano, province of JujuyIn the field of volcanic bombs, JujuyThe church of Susques, on the Altiplano of the province of Jujuy

Day 3:

Susques -> Salinas Grandes, Laguna de Guayatayoc, Humahuaca, Tilcara

Distance traveled: 300 km in 9 hours

Included: Breakfast,Lunch, Lodging in Hotel Viento Norte

From Susques we visit the Salinas Grandes salt flat. We then proceed north to the Guayatayoc Lagoon, spotting camelids, foxes, donkeys, birds and other fauna. We continue north until we intercept the Quebrada de Humahuaca, declared a World Heritage site (UNESCO). We drive down the Quebrada to the town of Humahuaca, at 3,000 meters of altitude. We end the day in Tilcara.

The "Salinas Grandes" salt flat, Jujuy, Andean AltiplanoThe Salinas Grandes salt flat, on the Altiplano of JujuyThe Andean Altiplano of the Guayatayoc Lagoon, province of JujuyVicuñas, Lama vicugna, "Laguna Guayatayoc", Andean AltiplanoSedimentary rocks in Tres Cruces, province of Jujuy, ArgentinaThe town of Humahuaca, province of Jujuy, Argentina

Day 4:

Tilcara -> Purmamarca, Salta

Distance traveled: 240 km in 7 hours

Included: Breakfast

In the morning we will visit the "Pucará" - pre-Inca ruins, and explore the town. We descend the Quebrada de Humahuaca towards Salta. We stop for lunch in Purmamarca (2,192 meters), after hiking the "Paseo Los Colorados" and visiting the "Cerro de los Siete Colores".

The pre-Inca ruins of Tilcara, province of Jujuy, ArgentinaThe pre-Inca ruins of Tilcara, province of Jujuy, ArgentinaThe town of Purmamarca, province of Jujuy, ArgentinaLandscape around the town of Purmamarca, Jujuy, Argentina

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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