TOLAR GRANDE: A UNIQUE PLACE IN THE WORLDfrom
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There are few places in the world like Tolar Grande. Volcanoes of more than 6,000 meters, mountains of reddish colors, large salt flats of pure white, and the blue of its sea eyes are some of its great attractions.
Los Andes Wildlife Reserve Almost the entire Puna of Salta is protected by this immense reserve of more than 1,440,000 hectares, is one of the largest in Argentina. It is one of the most impressive landscapes in the world, highlighting the volcanoes, the Ojos de Mar, and the magical Cone of Arita. The vicuña, a beautiful camelid very popular in these regions, is one of the most impressive animals in this area.
The highest archaeological site in the world
At more than 6,700 meters high, in the Llullaillaco Volcano, is the highest archaeological site in the world. There, three frozen Inca children were found together with their ceremonial trousseau. Wrapped in a majestic landscape, it was recently declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The Children of Llullaillaco
In 1999, at the top of the Llullaillaco Volcano, three Inca children were found frozen in perfect condition. More than 500 years ago, La Maiden, La Niña del Rayo, and El Niño were offered to their gods on this sacred mountain. This Andean treasure is today on display at the High Mountain Archeology Museum located in the city of Salta. A bit of sea in the middle of a desert Tolar Grande surprises you at every moment and Ojos de Mar is a good example of this. A few kilometers before reaching the town are these mirrors of saline water where the oldest living bacteria that gave rise to life on the planet were recently discovered.
A perfect cone in the heart of the Puna
When you arrive at this place, you cannot believe what you see. In the middle of the Salar de Arizaro, one of the largest salt flats on the planet is this perfect naturally formed cone that surprises and amazes all who visit them. For lovers of the mysterious and inexplicable, the Cone of Arita is one of their favorite places.
The tribute to Pachamama or Mother Earth is an ancestral ritual that continues to this day. It is the gratitude of the people for all that she gives us, and is transmitted and preserved from generation to generation.
A lagoon 4,000 meters high
After traveling through an extremely arid landscape, you discover the Santa María lagoon, surrounded by the highest mountains. One of the great wonders of this place, the pink flamingos, walk and fly in its blue waters. An unforgettable postcard.
The Seven Curves
If you want to take the best photo of your life, this is the place. Upon reaching the top, the incredible Devil’s Desert shows you one of the best landscapes in Salta. Strange shapes and reddish colors create the ideal setting to surprise everyone who visits us.
The ascent to the Sacred Mountain
An ancestral ritual Come to share with the inhabitants of Tolar Grande the unforgettable and magical experience of being grateful for the water that this sacred mountain provides to this arid region. Every third Saturday in November the ascent to Cerro Macón takes place where, in addition to its incredible views, you can share the culture and beliefs of a unique place in the world.
The Salar de Arizaro
If you are looking to experience a unique feeling, this is the place. Being quiet in the middle of this great sea of salt is something you will never forget. Surrounded by the highest mountains in South America, this is one of the places that you cannot miss.
The Pink Flamingos
If there is something that surprises you when you come to the Puna, it is to see these incredible birds in this place. With their pink feathers, their elegant neck, and their long legs, flamingos decorate the lagoons of this magical landscape.
Just 8 km from the town of Tolar Grande, immense dunes of reddish sand framed in the highest mountains in South America create one of the most impressive landscapes in Salta. A place that you cannot miss.
The Andean culture is reflected in the being and feeling of the inhabitants of Puno towns, such as Tolar Grande. You can relive the pre-Columbian past enjoying the traditions, beliefs, and customs manifested in the gastronomy, dances, and celebrations that continue to this day.
Walking through one of the most beautiful places on the planet is something you will never forget. From simple hikes to the most demanding options, Tolar Grande is the ideal place to develop your passion.
Large sandy areas form the ideal setting for this fun activity. Surrounded by the most incredible landscapes, enjoy the adrenaline in this magical place.
Cook at the heighs
Our Puna offers you the most varied combination of typical products of the area, which you can find in preparations made in different dining rooms and restaurants. With recipes handed down from generation to generation, you will be able to try the most delicious stews, “locros”, preparations with llamas and Andean potatoes, and the typical Salteño empanadas.