AROUND THE HEIGHTS: SALINAS GRANDES & PUMAMARCA – 8 DAYS 7 NIGHTSfrom
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- Vacation Style Holiday TypeAdventure, Charming, City Tour, Classic, Family-friendly, Mountain, Museum, National Park, Romantic, Rural, Salt Flat, Wines
- Activity Level Leisurely
Tour of the most surprising and traditional places in northwestern Argentina. Starting in San Miguel de Tucumán, the city where Argentinian independence history begin more than 200 years ago. Your trip to Salta and Jujuy will take to about 4.080 meters above sea level, where you will visit the most beautiful northern landscapes, in particular Salinas Grandes and Pumamarca.
-Regular tour departs everyday.
-Private tour departure schedule is coordinated previously with the passenger depending on their availability.
- Pick up and Drop Off at your hotel;
- English Speaking guide;
- Museum ticket entrance;
- National Park ticket entrance;
- Wineries ticket entrance;
- DAY 1 TUCUMÁN
Arrival to Tucumán and transfer from airport to your hotel.
You will enjoy a city tour arround San Miguel de Tucumán City where you will learn about the roots of Argentinian history. We will visit the Independence Square and its surroundings: the Goverment House, San Francisco Temple, the Cathedral, La Merced Church, the historic Tucumán’s house (museum), 9 de Julio Park, the Sugar Industry Museum, Bishop Colombres House, Urquiza Squere, the Legislation House, the Casino, San Martín theater, Belgraniana House.
Night in Tucumán.
- DAY 2 TUCUMÁN / TAFÍ DEL VALLE / AMAICHA / RUINAS DE QUILMES / CAFAYATE
Your trip will take you to the Province Route 307 where begins the ascent through the valleys. The road goes into the River Los Sosa’s Gorge and we stop at the monument ”El Indio”. You will arrive to El Mollar so you can visit Los Menhires. After you are going to visit the picturesque city called Tafí del Valle.
You will take the same route so you can ascend from Calcachquí Valleys to Abra del Infiernillo. In Amaicha del Valle you will visist the principal square and its surroundings. You will take the miticical 40 National Route so you can see Quilmes Sacred City. You will arrive to Cafayate, land of sun and good wine.
Night in Cafayate.
- DAY 3 CAFAYATE / SALTA
After lunch, you will departure from Cafayate (the most importan city in the Calchaquí Valleys) to Salta city, traveling along the “Quebrada del Río de Las Conchas” and due to wind and water erosion, discover the different shapes of the rock formations such as ”The Monk”, ”The Fungi”, ” The Natural Theatre”, ”The Devil’s Throat”, and ”The Castle”.
If you are intrested in visintg wineries, you should ask about half day morning excursions in Cafayate.
Night in Salta.
- DAY 4 SALTA
In the afternoon, you will enjoy a city tour arroung Salta where you are going to visit its most attractive places: the Cathedral, the Americas’ cultural center, the North historic Museum (Cabildo), San Francisco Basilica, San Bernando Convent and its panoramic view of the city, the Craft Market and the summer village of San Lorenzo.
Night in Salta.
- DAY 5 SALTA / SAN ANTONIO DE COBRES / SALINAS GRANDES / PUMAMARCA
You will travel along the Tren de las Nubes’ railroad track, next to ”Quebrada del Toro”. We start ascending so we can reach 4080 meters above sea level.
You will arrive to San Antonio de los Cobres. There, you will take a lunck break. Then, you will go throught the National Route 40 so we can get to Salinas Grandes, located in the limit between Salta and Jujuy. Next, we start descending the Lipán Slope. There you may see condors. Arrive in the little town of Pumamarca where you can see the Cerro de los Siete Colores.
Night in Pumamarca.
- DAY 6 PUMAMARCA / HUMAHUACA / TILCARA / SALTA
From the little village of Pumamarca will begin your trip to the Humahuaca’s Gorge.
You are going to travel along La Posta de los Hornillos, continuing towards the village of Tilcara so you can visit the Pucará and the Archaeological Museum. The trip continuies to Huacalera, the Capricorn Tropic, where you can see the colours of the hill called Pollera de la Colla. You will visit the Uquía Church where we can find the painting of the Arcabuceros’ Angels.
Arrival to Humahuaca with its important Cathedral and the Independence Monument called ”El Indio”. After lunch you will go back so we can see the Paleta del Pintor located in Maimara town. Arrive in San Salvador de Jujuy so we can visit the city, specially the Flag’s Hall, the Cathedral and the Lola Mora statue.
Return to Salta down the mountain road, travelling arround the Abra de Santa Laura, where you can see La Ciénaga Dam, Las Maderas Dam and Campo Alegre Dam.
Night in Salta.
- DAY 7 SALTA
Free day to enjoy this beautiful city and its surroudings.
Night in Salta.
- DAY 8 SALTA DEPARTURE
Transfer from hotel to airport. End of services.