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From Salta: Full-Day Trip to Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca

1. From Salta: Full-Day Trip to Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca

Discover Argentina's breathtaking natural beauty on this full-day tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in Salta, begin the journey towards the neighboring province of Jujuy, passing through the towns of Volcán and Tumbaya along the way.  Your first stop of the day is at the beautiful town of Purmamarca, one of the most picturesque villages in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Quebrada de Humahuaca. Visit the town's vibrant main square and perhaps pick up some souvenirs at one of the many surrounding craft stands. Afterward, enjoy a visit to the breathtaking and aptly-named 7 Color Hill. Later, continue your ascent along the majestic Cuesta del Lipan to reach the Salinas Grandes, one of the 7 Wonders of the Argentine Republic. Here, enjoy some free time to admire the unique salt planes and famous pools. Afterward, return to Purmamarca and break for lunch at one of the many traditional restaurants before returning to Salta.

From Salta: Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca & Los Colorados Hike

2. From Salta: Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca & Los Colorados Hike

After departing from central Salta, drive through the picturesque towns of Yala, Volcán, and Tumbaya. On the way, stop at the Seven Colors Hill viewpoint to appreciate the wonderful views of the multi-hued mountain illuminated by the sun. Arrive in the magical village of Purmamarca at the base of the Seven Colors Hill. Start by ascending the slopes of Cuesta del Lipán, Cuesta del Saladillo, and Abra de Potrerillos. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife including vicunas and llamas along the way. When you reach 4,150 m above sea level, be dazzled by the Salinas Grandes - a spectacular white salt plain which creates a striking contrast with the blue sky. Spend about 45 minutes at the salt plain taking in the breathtaking views.  Follow the trail back to Purmamarca where you will have free time for lunch (not included in the tour price). Take the opportunity to stroll through the charming narrow streets, admire views of the mountain, and explore the craft market. Next, enjoy a 30-40 minute hike along the stunning Colorados trail which leads into the surrounding desert landscapes between the mountains. At the end of the tour, return to Salta on the bus where your tour will end.

From Jujuy: Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca & Los Colorados Hike

3. From Jujuy: Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca & Los Colorados Hike

After pickup from the meeting point in Jujuy, take a drive through the picturesque towns of Yala, Volcán, and Tumbaya. On your way, make a stop at the Seven Colors Hill viewpoint and marvel at the wonderful views of the multi-hued mountain illuminated by the sun. Then, arrive in the village of Purmamarca at the base of the Seven Colors Hill where you'll begin your hike. Start by ascending the slopes of Cuesta del Lipán, Cuesta del Saladillo, and Abra de Potrerillos. Make sure to pay attention to occasional local wildlife including vicunas and llamas along the way. When you reach 4,150 meters (13,615 feet) above sea level, take in impressive views of the Salinas Grandes, a spectacular white salt plain that creates a striking contrast with the blue sky. Spend about 45 minutes at the top exploring the blue volcanoes and admiring the breathtaking views. On the return hike, follow the trail back to Purmamarca where you'll have free time for lunch (not included in the tour price). Take the opportunity to stroll through the charming narrow streets, admire views of the mountain, and explore the craft market. After lunch, enjoy a 30-40 minute hike along the stunning Colorados trail, which leads into the surrounding desert landscapes between the mountains. At the end of the tour, return to Jujuy.

From Salta: 4-Day Trip in Salta Province & Salinas Grandes

4. From Salta: 4-Day Trip in Salta Province & Salinas Grandes

DAY 1. Tour to Cafayate. Travelling the Provincial Route 68, exploring panoramic views of the farms and tobacco plantations of the Lerma Valley. Pass the town of Alemania and marvel at the red mountains and rock formations of attractions such as the "Devil´s Throat" and "House of the Parrots." Upon arrival in Cafayate, visit 1 winery to learn more about the local wine industry and famous torrontes wines. Following lunch, journey back to Salta via a different route to see a completely different landscape from the morning drive. DAY 2. Tour to Cachi. Travel the Provincial Route 68 and then the Provincial Route 33 to pass the dramatic Gorge of Escoipe and Los Laureles. Next, start your journey along the famous winding road of the Cuesta del Obispo (Bishop's Slope). Admire the magnificent rock formations en route to the summit at 3,348 masl. Travel through the Parque Nacional los Cardones ("National Park of the Cactus"), named for its abundance of cardon grande cactus bush formations. Arrive in the beautiful town of Cachi in time for lunch. Then, stroll through streets of perfectly-preserved colonial architecture. Visit the town church in Central Plaza, and go to the historical museum showcasing the history of the Aboriginal communities. Pick up some souvenirs in the craft market and enjoy some free time to shop before the return drive to Salta. DAY 3. Tour to Salinas Grandes. Begin the journey towards the neighboring province of Jujuy, passing through the towns of Volcán and Tumbaya along the way.  Your first stop of the day is at the beautiful town of Purmamarca, one of the most picturesque villages in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Quebrada de Humahuaca. Visit the town's vibrant main square and perhaps pick up some souvenirs at one of the many surrounding craft stands. Afterward, enjoy a visit to the breathtaking and aptly-named 7 Color Hill. Later, continue your ascent along the majestic Cuesta del Lipan to reach the Salinas Grandes, one of the 7 Wonders of the Argentine Republic. Here, enjoy some free time to admire the unique salt planes and famous pools. Afterward, return to Purmamarca and break for lunch at one of the many traditional restaurants before returning to Salta. DAY 4. Tour to Hornocal. Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned van and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the National Route 9 on the way to Jujuy province where we visit the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a narrow mountain valley declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Stop in Purmamarca and admire the Hill of Seven Colors and its striking red and orange hues before exploring the main square and local craft stands. Continuing along Route 9, we reach the town of Humahuaca, located at 2,939 meters above sea level. Wander down to the Church of La Candelaria and visit the Independence Monument before enjoying free time for lunch. After lunch, enjoy 45 minutes of free time to explore Hornocal and its Hill of Fourteen Colors. Return along Route 9 to Salta City.

Hornocal: Full-Day Tour to the Hill of Seven Colors

5. Hornocal: Full-Day Tour to the Hill of Seven Colors

The adventure begins at approximately 7:00 AM with pickup from centrally-located hotels in Salta. Guests outside the city center may also choose to meet the group at the Tiamar Tarev Agency Office in central Salta.   Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned van and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the National Route 9 on the way to Jujuy province where we visit the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a narrow mountain valley declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Stop in Purmamarca and admire the Hill of Seven Colors and its striking red and orange hues before exploring the main square and local craft stands. Continuing along Route 9, we reach the town of Humahuaca, located at 2,939 meters above sea level. Wander down to the Church of La Candelaria and visit the Independence Monument before enjoying free time for lunch. After lunch, enjoy 45 minutes of free time to explore Hornocal and its Hill of Fourteen Colors. Return along Route 9 to Salta City.

Hornocal: Tour of the 14 Colors Mountain & Humahuaca´s Gorge

6. Hornocal: Tour of the 14 Colors Mountain & Humahuaca´s Gorge

Embark on an adventure that will take you through striking landscapes and scenic villages. The tour commences as you travel to Purmamarca village which rests at the base of the Seven Colors Hill, a stunning multi-hued mountain. Journey to Maimará, a small village nestled in the shadow of the Monolith Painter’s Palette. Admire the stunning red, yellow, orange, and pastel hues of the Monolith. Visit Pucará de Tilcara, a fort built in the 12th-century by the Omaguaca tribe who were later conquered by the Incas. Stop in the sleepy town of Uquía, which is notable for its historic church which boasts paintings of gun-toting angels. Pause at the Tropic of Capricornio, the most southerly latitude at which the sun can appear directly overhead at noon. Enjoy a short visit to Humahuaca's town en route to the main destination - the 14 colours mountain of Hornocal. In Humahuaca you will switch from your van or bus and hop into a 4x4 all-terrain vehicle as you travel to Hornocal. Hornocal is part of the calcareous formation called Yacoraite that extends from the province of Salta, crossing the Quebrada de Humahuaca and then the Bolivian Altiplano to Peru. Upon your return, you will meet up with the rest of your group.

From Salta: Day Trip to Quebrada de Humahuaca

7. From Salta: Day Trip to Quebrada de Humahuaca

Embark on an adventure that will take you through striking landscapes and scenic villages. Meet at the local partner’s office near the Plaza 9 de Julio de Salta. If you select the pick-up option, enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in Salta. Drive to the Purmamarca village, which rests at the base of the Seven Colors Hill, a stunning multi-hued mountain. Journey to Maimará, a small village nestled in the shadow Monolith Painter’s Palette. Admire the stunning red, yellow, orange, and pastel hues of the Monolith. Visit Pucará de Tilcara, a fort built in the 12th century by the Omaguaca tribe, who were later conquered by the Incas. Stop in the sleepy town of Uquía, which is notable for its historic church which boasts paintings of gun-toting angels.  Pause at the Tropic of Capricorn, the most southerly latitude at which the sun can appear directly overhead at noon. Visit Humahuca and admire the multi-colored town and culture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Salta: Cafayate, Cachi, and Salinas Grandes Guided Day Trips

8. Salta: Cafayate, Cachi, and Salinas Grandes Guided Day Trips

Spend 3 days exploring the main attractions surrounding Salta with a driver and guide. Go wine tasting in Cafayate. Take in the cacti of Los Cardones National Park and the colonial architecture of Cachi. Explore the picturesque town of Purmamarca, the Hill of Seven Colors, and the Salinas Grandes. Day 1:After pickup from your hotel, head south along Provincial Route 68. Take in panoramic views of the farms and tobacco plantations of the Lerma Valley. See tobacco leaves drying in the sun. Pass the town of Alemania and marvel at red mountains and rock formations, including the "House of the Parrots." Upon arrival in Cafayate, visit a winery to learn about the local wine industry and famous Torrontés wines. Discover the winemaking methods used and sample some of the wines. Following lunch, travel back to Salta via a different route to see a completely different landscape from the morning drive. Day 2: Depart Salta and drive through the small towns of Cerrillos, La Merced, and El Carril. Then, pass the dramatic Escoipe Gorge and Los Laureles. Next, take the winding Cuesta del Obispo (Bishop's Slope) to the peak at 3,348 meters above sea level. Admire magnificent rock formations en route. Travel through Los Cardones National Park and marvel at its flourishing Cardon Grande cacti. Arrive in the beautiful town of Cachi in time for lunch. Then, stroll through the streets, admiring the perfectly-preserved colonial architecture, including the stunning town church in the central plaza. Next, visit the museum to discover the history of the indigenous communities in the Calchaquí Valley. Pick up some souvenirs in the craft market and enjoy some free time to shop before the return drive to Salta. Day 3:Head to the neighboring province of Jujuy, passing through the towns of Volcán and Tumbaya on the way. Stop at Purmamarca, one of the most picturesque villages in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Quebrada de Humahuaca. Visit the vibrant main square and buy souvenirs at one of the many craft stands. Afterward, visit the breathtaking and aptly-named Hill of Seven Colors. Later, continue your ascent along the majestic Cuesta del Lipan to reach the Salinas Grandes, one of the 7 Wonders of the Argentine Republic. Here, enjoy some free time to admire the unique salt flat and famous pools. Afterward, return to Purmamarca and break for lunch at one of the many traditional restaurants before returning to Salta.

From Jujuy: Day Trip to Quebrada de Humahuaca

9. From Jujuy: Day Trip to Quebrada de Humahuaca

Meet your group at the meeting point in Jujuy. From there, take a ride to Purmamarca, a small town at the base of the Seven Colors Hill, a stunning multi-hued mountain. Then, discover Maimará, a small village nestled in the shadow of the Monolith Painter's Palette, a multicolored geological formation made up of stunning red, yellow, orange, and pastel hues. Next, visit Pucará de Tilcara, a fort built in the 12th century by the Omaguaca tribe, who were later conquered by the Incas. Stop in the sleepy town of Uquía, notable for its historic church boasting paintings of gun-toting angels. Make your next stop at the Tropic of Cancer, the most southerly latitude at which the sun can appear directly overhead at noon. Head on to Humahuaca and admire the multicolored Quebrada de Humahuaca mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This mountainous gorge or "quebrada" runs for nearly 100 miles (155 kilometers) along the Grande River and up into Bolivia.

From Salta: Cafayate, Salinas Grandes, & Hornocal Tour

10. From Salta: Cafayate, Salinas Grandes, & Hornocal Tour

Discover Argentina's breathtaking natural beauty on a tour to Cafayate, Salinas Grandes, and Hornocal. Visit a Torrontes winery, stop in the town of Purmamarca, and wonder at the stunning landscape along the way. Day 1: Cafayate Depart Salta and head south along Provincial Route 68. Take in the panoramic views of the farms and tobacco plantations of the Lerma Valley. Admire the new and old tobacco chimneys made of adobe and clay, and see tobacco leaves being dried under the sun. Pass the town of Alemania and marvel at the red mountains and rock formations such as the Devil's Throat and House of the Parrots. Arrive in Cafayate and visit a winery to learn about the local wine industry and famous Torrontes wines. Following lunch, journey back to Salta via another route to see a completely different landscape from the morning drive. Day 2: Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca After getting picked up from your hotel in Salta, begin the journey towards the neighboring province of Jujuy, passing through the towns of Volcán and Tumbaya along the way.  Your first stop of the day is Purmamarca, one of the most picturesque villages in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Quebrada de Humahuaca. Visit the town's main square and purchase souvenirs at one of the many surrounding craft stands. Afterward, visit the breathtaking Hill of Seven Colors. Continue your ascent along the Cuesta del Lipan to reach the Salinas Grandes, one of the 7 Wonders of the Argentine Republic. Enjoy free time to admire the unique salt flat and famous pools. Afterward, return to Purmamarca and have time for lunch before returning to Salta. Day 3: Purmamarca and Hornocal Leave Salta and appreciate a second visit to Purmamarca. Have the chance to see the sites you might have missed the previous day before heading to the town Humahuaca. Continuing along Route 9, reach Humahuaca, located 2,939 meters above sea level. Wander down to the Church of La Candelaria and visit the Independence Monument before having free time for lunch. Afterward, take time to explore Hornocal and its Hill of Fourteen Colors. At the end of your final day take in the passing scenery as you return to Salta along Route 9.

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4.5 / 5

based on 323 reviews

Eine sehr gute Tour, wenn man alle Hauptsehenswürdigekiten in den Provinzen Jujuy und Salta in ein paar Tagen sehen möchte! Die Tour-Guides sind sehr bemüht, wissen und erzählen Vieles und sprechen sowohl Englisch als auch Spanisch hervorragend. Man ist in einem Mini-Van unterwegs und nicht in einem großen Bus - und das für diesen Preis! Übrigens: Nicht wundern: die einzelnen Tagestouren können in einer beliebigen Reihenfolge stattfinden.

They changed the excursion for the day and they did not notify us. Apart from this, we loved the salt flats. The guide was funny and added a lot to the tour. recommendable

The guide was friendly and a lot of explanation in Spanish and English. Beautifull landscapes.

Excellent tour and highly recommended ... Ramiro as a guide a genius !! Spectacular music!

The guide Iván a genius explaining everything. They make you want to come back!!