≡ Andean Altiplano








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South-North 1

5 days/4 nights

From Salta: Quebrada de las Conchas, Cafayate (1,660 meters of altitude), "bodegas" (wineries), Calchaquí Valley via the "Ruta 40", Quebrada de las Flechas, Angastaco, Molinos, Seclantas, Cachi (2,200 meters), Tin Tin Stretch, Los Cardones National Park, "Piedra del Molino", "Cuesta del Obispo", Salta to Jujuy via the cornice road, Quebrada de Humahuaca (World Heritage site, UNESCO), Purmamarca, "Cerro de los Siete Colores", "Paseo los Colorados", pre-Inca ruins of Tilcara, Humahuaca (2,900 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 -> Cafayate

Distance traveled: 200 km in 5 hours

Included: Lunch, Lodging in Hotel Portal del Santo

From Salta, we will drive to Cafayate via the Quebrada de las Conchas, with its splendid rock formations, a gift from nature. Arriving in Cafayate, at 1,660 meters of altitude, we can visit "bodegas", view handicrafts or explore the town and its surroundings.

In Cafayate [-]:

» Visit wineries
» Museum of the Grapevine and Wine
» Vino Tinto Vinoteca

Wines from the Calchaquí valley, spirits and tobacco

» Look around for handicrafts
» Jorge Barraco Silversmith

Wide variety of handicrafts in metal

» Go for a hike, ride a bicycle, go horseback riding
» Visit the Quebrada de las Conchas
The 'Quebrada de Cafayate' valley, ArgentinaRoad along the valley known as the 'Quebrada de Cafayate'In the 'Quebrada de las Conchas'Rainbow over Cafayate, province of Salta, Argentina

Day 2:

Cafayate -> Cachi

Distance traveled: 180 km in 5 hours

Included: Breakfast, Lodging in Hotel El Cortijo

The morning is free. We suggest browsing the handicrafts in llama and sheep wool, silverware, ceramics. At the end of the morning we will ascend the gorgeous Calchaquí valley up to Cachi. In this valley, nature left the rocks in the most fantastic positions, as in the Quebrada de Flechas. We will visit the picturesque "pueblos" of Molinos and Seclantas. In Cachi we can enjoy the tranquility, colonial architecture, the archaeological museum.

In Cachi [-]:

» Pío Pablo Díaz Archaeological Museum

A good opportunity to see the area's history

The 'Quebrada de Flechas', in the Calchaquí valley, SaltaThe 'Quebrada de Flechas', in back the Nevado de Cachi (6,400 m)The town of Seclantás, in the 'Calchaquí' valley, SaltaThe town of Cachi, ArgentinaThe Pío Pablo Díaz Archaeological museum, "pueblo" of Cachi

Day 3:

Cachi -> Salta, Purmamarca

Distance traveled: 400 km in 8 hours

Included: Breakfast,Lunch, Lodging in Hotel La Comarca

From Cachi we will leave the Calchaquí valley, climbing to the Los Cardones National Park, with its uncountable cacti of the Trichocereus genus, that resemble guardians of the Altiplano. We will drive along the Tin Tin Stretch, on our way to the Piedra del Molino, at 3,300 meters of altitude, before descending the Cordillera via the fantastic Cuesta del Obispo. From Salta we drive to Jujuy via the cornice road, more scenic. 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".

Road leading to Cachi, in the 'Calchaquí' valley, SaltaThe 'Cuesta del Obispo', province of Salta, ArgentinaThe road from the city of Salta to the city of Jujuy, ArgentinaThe town of Purmamarca, Jujuy, ArgentinaLandscape around the town of Purmamarca, Jujuy, Argentina

Day 4:

Purmamarca -> Tilcara, Humahuaca

Distance traveled: 200 km in 7 hours

Included: Breakfast, Lodging in Hosteria Solar de la Quebrada

We will ascend the Quebrada de Humahuaca, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We cross the Tropic of Capricorn near Huacalera. In Tilcara (2,461 meters of altitude) we will visit pre-Inca ruins: the "Pucará de Tilcara". We spend the night in the picturesque town of Humahuaca, at 2,936 meters.

Scenery in the Quebrada de Humahuaca, Jujuy, ArgentinaSedimentary rocks, "Quebrada de Humahuaca" valley, JujuyThe pre-Inca ruins of Tilcara, province of Jujuy, ArgentinaThe pre-Inca ruins of Tilcara, province of Jujuy, ArgentinaRock formations known as "Las Señoritas", JujuyThe town of Humahuaca, province of Jujuy, ArgentinaThe Monument to Independence, Humahuaca, province of Jujuy

Day 5:

Humahuaca -> Salta

Distance traveled: 300 km in 6 hours

Included: Breakfast

The morning is free. In the afternoon we will descend the Quebrada de Humahuaca towards Salta, with the option of stopping in Tilcara, Purmamarca, or another locale in the Quebrada.

The town of Maimara, "Quebrada de Humahuaca", JujuyChurch in 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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