North of Argentina in deep
We propose to explore the Northwest, its outstanding landscapes and hidden treasures ! Beyond the beaten path, this tour offers you a real immersion in the traditions of the original peoples of Salta and Jujuy, their culture and customs. Whether on the high plateaus or in the valleys, you will be amazed by this immense scenery that invites you to take the road!
Price per person on a double basis, in US dollars
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCultural, Nature
Activity Level Active
Arrival to Salta
Arrival in Salta and private transfer to your hotel. Free evening to discover the city. We suggest you to spend the evening in one of the many ”peñas” (traditional tavern) that Salta offers, we have many recommendations in order to spend an unforgettable evening.
From Salta to Cachi - Los Cardones National Park
Your driver picks you up at the hotel to take you to the north-west trails, towards Cachi. You will cross the Los Cardones National Park, passing by the so-called ”Inca Trail”, the Recta Tin Tin, name given to a perfectly straight stretch of road of Route 33, which runs for 18 km through the cactus of the Los Cardones National Park. The name of this route dates from the Inca empire, between 1480 and 1535 and was then part of the long trail that ran along the Andes from Ecuador to Argentina. You will probably see lamas and cactus, across the Andean plateau.
Arrival to Cachi, charming small town of colonial inheritance, with low houses tinged with white lime.
Small group tour with English speaking driver-guide.
Trip through the Calchaquies Valleys
The route 40 continues to Molinos and Angastaco with its pepper fields and its small center that comes alive when the heat falls. In the afternoon, you arrive in the city of Cafayate, famous due to its wine production. Small group tour with English speaking driver-guide.
Discovering the andean culture with a local family
Get ready for a day immersed in the traditional culture of Northwest Argentina in a small rural tourism cooperative! You will meet the inhabitants of a small community in the area. You will also participate in the preparation of meals and learn how to cook regional dishes in the clay oven.
From Cafayate to Salta
In the morning, you will enjoy a typical breakfast with your host, and share with them local traditions. Then, you go towards Salta making some stops to enjoy breathtaking views next to the road. You cross small colonial cities like Alemania. You will also enter to the Quebrada de Las Conchas, a beautiful and spectacular rock formations carved by erosion and winds such as the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat), El Anfiteatro (the Amphitheater), El Sapo (The Toad), El Fraile (The Monk), El Obelisco (The Obelisk) Los Castillos (The Castles). Small group tour with English speaking driver-guide.
In the end of the afternoon, you are free to visit Salta at your own pace.
On the way to the Puna
The morning will begin with an expedition with your guide in 4X4 to the Andean highlands, heading towards the small town of Tolar Grande, lost in the middle of the Argentine plateaus of La Puna. You will have lunch in San Antonio de los Cobres, from where you can see the exit of the famous ”Train of the Clouds”. On the way you will see llamas, condors and vicuñas that will accompany you between the different landscapes, desert expanses with unreal colors, deserts of salt and ocher dunes.
When you arrive at Tolar Grande, you will be received in a family home, with whom you will spend the following nights. Small group tour with English speaking driver-guide.
Discovering hidden treasures of Highlands
In the morning, your guide will pick you up to take you to discover in a 4×4 excursion the natural sites that you can not miss: Salar de Arizaro, Ojos de Mar and El Arenal. You can enjoy the sunrise during the walk to the other doubts of the Arenal, and at the top you will enjoy a spectacular view of the volcanoes and the desert areas. You will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop to discover local handicrafts and the weaving techniques used in this Andean region. Return to the family home in Tolar Grande. Small group tour with English speaking driver-guide.
Back to Salta city
After a last breakfast with your hosts, you will leave the Andean plateaus with your guide and a driver to enjoy the sunrise over the winding roads, dunes and salt deserts of the surroundings.
Free afternoon in Salta. Small group tour with English speaking driver-guide.
On the road to Jujuy: Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca
You head towards San Antonio de los Cobres through the winding roads of the Northwest by the Quebrada del Toro along the old railway of the famous ”Tren a las Nubes”.
After a break for lunch (not included), you take the road to discover the “Salinas Grandes”, an impressive salt desert at over 4.000m above sea level, just on the border between the regions of Salta and Jujuy. Finally, you will descend by Cuesta del Lipán observing condors and llamas to Purmamarca, a beautiful village next to the Hill of Seven Colours. Small group tour with English speaking driver-guide.
Discover the Quebrada de Humahuaca
Set off along the Quebrada de Humahuaca and its small villages, this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your driver and guide you will discover the curiosities and colorful markets of each small village, including those of Tilcara, where you will also visit the Pucará (archaeological site). In the afternoon, return to Salta. Small group tour with English speaking driver-guide.
End of the trip. Transfer to the airport in Salta
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Salta airport. End of our services.
Travel dates: all year long (rainy season from December to February)
Blackout dates: none
Departures every day (subject to availability)
Minimum 2 passengers (Extra cost applies for solo travelers)
- 7 nights accommodation in a double room.
- 3 nights in a family homestay (private room with shared facilities) .
- Small group transportation (4×4 vehicle with English speaking driver-guide)
- Private transfer from/to airport
- Breakfasts included in all accommodations
- Meals when mentioned
- Meals (except when mentioned) and additional staff.
- Air transport (national and international), optional.
- Excursions indicated as optional.