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West 3

3 days/2 nights

From Salta, we drive to Cachi via the Cuesta del Obispo, getting to 3,300 meters of altitude. We descend the Tin Tin Stretch, cross the Los Cardones National Park and arrive in Cachi. We ascend to the Altiplano by the Abra El Acay, at 4,890, descending to San Antonio de los Cobres, at 3,700 meters. We visit the La Polvorilla rail bridge (Tren a las Nubes). We follow the Altiplano north to the Salinas Grandes salt flat. We descend via the Cuesta de Lipán, to the "pueblo" of Purmamarca. We return to Salta by the more scenic route.

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

Distance traveled: 200 km in 6 hours

Included: Lunch, Lodging in Hostal Llaqta Mawk'a

From Salta we ascend to Cachi by the fantastic Cuesta del Obispo, getting to 3,300 meters of altitude, at the Piedra del Molino. From this point we descend via the Parque Nacional los Cardones, with its uncountable cactus of the Trichocereus genus, passing through the Tin Tin Stretch. Nearing Cachi we will be able to view the Nevado de Cachi (6,550 meters).

In Cachi [-]:

» Pío Pablo Díaz Archaeological Museum

A good opportunity to see the area's history

The location of 'El Maray', near the 'Cuesta del Obispo'The 'Cuesta del Obispo', province of Salta, ArgentinaThe Tin Tin Stretch, province of Salta, ArgentinaRoad leading to Cachi, in the 'Calchaquí' valleyThe town of Cachi, on the Andean Altiplano, ArgentinaThe Pío Pablo Díaz Archaeological museum, "pueblo" of Cachi

Day 2:

Cachi -> San Antonio de los Cobres

Distance traveled: 200 km in 6 hours

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

We will ascend the Calchaquí valley until its origin, the Abra El Acay, at 4,890 meters of altitude, when the Altiplano will unfold ahead of us. We may see vicuñas, guanacos, foxes, condors. We descend to the altiplanic town of San Antonio de los Cobres, at 3,700 metros.

Landscape of the upper 'Valle CalchaquíThe upper Calchaquí valley, province of Salta, ArgentinaRoad from 'Abra El Acay' to La Poma, SaltaIn the Abra El Acay, province of SaltaVicuñas (Lama vicugna), province of Salta, ArgentinaAndean Condor (Vultur gryphus), gliding around the Abra El AcayThe Altiplano as viewed from the Abra El Acay (4,890 m altitude)

Day 3:

San Antonio de los Cobres -> Purmamarca, Salta

Distance traveled: 400 km in 8 hours

Included: Breakfast

From San Antonio de los Cobres, we drive north on the Altiplano, to the Salinas Grandes salt flats. We descend the Altiplano via the Cuesta de Lipán, arriving at the picturesque "pueblo" of Purmamarca. After lunch, we enjoy the famous rock formations, such as the Cerro de los Siete Colores. We proceed to Salta by the more scenic route.

The "Salinas Grandes" salt flat, Jujuy, on the Andean AltiplanoRoad from Purmamarca to Susques, Jujuy, ArgentinaRoad from Purmamarca to Susques, 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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