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Salta Desert Explorer 5D/4N

Live a geologist’s dream as you go from beautiful desert landscapes to the glaring white expanse of the Salt Flats.

Walk through gorges with multi-coloured stones that seem to light up at sunset, and go back in time as you visit small desert villages.

Tour Highlights

  • Marvel at amazing multi-coloured and desert landscapes
  • Pass by small desert villages
  • Enjoy a free day in the peaceful colonial city of Salta
Price from

$700.00

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Tour Information

Inclusions:

  • - 4 nights accommodation in Salta hostels, 3 or 4 star hotels, depending on package
  • - Airport Transfers and Van
  • - Humahuaca Full Day Excursion
  • - English speaking guide
  • - Handy extras and accessories

Departures:

Every Monday

Itinerary

Day 1: Salta, Argentina

You will be picked up at the airport or at the bus station in Salta and taken to your accommodation for the night.

Day 2: Salta - Purmamarca, Argentina

We will pick you up between 7:00 – 7:45 am. Somewhere around 4pm and 5pm we arrive at the Great Salt Flats at 3450 m above sea level.

This desert has a surface of 212km2, and makes it an ideal place to play with perspectives through the lens of your camera. You will also find the “house of salt”, as well as different sculptures out of salta.

Leaving the salt flats, on our way to Purmamarca, we take the Route 52 up the mountain to Lipan, which is located in the district of Tumbaya, Jujuy at 4170 m above sea level. As we work our way up, the landscape is getting more and more spectacular and arid. Climbing the highest point of our trip, we admire the most impressive things at this altitude, the zigzagging trail in Route 52. Once arrived at this open space, we find craftsmen working with rocks and stones from the area.

After coming down the 1000 bends of Hill of Lipan, we get at around 6pm to Purmamarca, located next to iconic “Cerro de los 7 Colores” (Seven Colours Mountain). Purmamarca is one of the most important pieces of paradise at the beginning of the Quebrada de Humahuaca. It is a place to fall in love with because of its natural beauty, its architecture of precious houses and its narrow streets. In this village we make our last break, which allows you to buy handicrafts around the main plaza.

Overnight in Purmamarca

Day 3: Huamahuaca - Salta, Argentina

Leave Purmamarca after breakfast, and head north to the province of Jujuy.

The small towns of Maimará, Tilcara, Uquía and Humahuaca will open their ancient charm to your captivated eyes.

Make a stop in Purmamarca to see the beautiful and famous Seven Colour hill, in Tilcara, you will visit the Pucará (fortress) and the Archaeological Museum, while in Uquía you stop to admire the local church. But it’s in Humahuaca where you enjoy in the extremely peaceful atmosphere, the typical colonial architecture and the charming people. Let the history behind the walls and stones of these places take you on a ride to the Argentinian past! To finish your full day excursion around these amazing places, you will also visit San Salvador de Jujuy to get to know its monuments and intriguing legends.

Finish your day and go back to Salta at 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

Day 4: Salta, Argentina

Enjoy a free day in Salta.

You can walk around this beautiful colonial town and visit its interesting museums, including the well-known MAAM.

Day 5: Salta, Argentina

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Salta and dropped off at the airport or at the bus station.