Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Overnight flight from your departure point to Buenos Aires.
Transfer to the domestic airport to take a flight to Salta. Visit the colonial city of Salta in the heart of the mountains.
Transfer by 4-wheel drive from Salta to the village of Aymara of Purmamarca (2,324m) at the foot of the Mountain of 7 Colours. We will visit the pre-Incan site of Santa Rosade Tastil (3,200m) and the village of San Antonio de Los Cobres (3,774m). Then we move to the outskirts of Salinas Grandes, one of the largest salt deserts in Argentina, Col of Lipán (4,170m).
Arrival at the village of the Terre Sainte, home to the Aymara language.
From Purmamarca to Ocumazo (2,930m). Small walk in the morning to admire the Mountain of 7 Colours. Then transfer to the Humahuaca Valley. Pucará de Tilcara, prehispanic village of the Omaguaca civilization, Humahuaca village (2,940m), Ocumazo, and then a short walk in the Quebrada de las Señoritas. Finally, we go to Ocumazo where we will stay and dine in the house of local inhabitants.
We hike over the Quebrada of Humahuaca, where the many petroglyphs testify to human presence dating back more than 10,000 years. Then by road to Tilcara. Prepare hiking equipment which will start the next day.
We depart early to reach Casa Colorada (3,200m) which is the starting point of a 4-day trek that links the semi-arid environment of the Quebrada to Humahuaca and the Yungas, which are more tropical. We reach the Campo Laguna (4,170m) which is the highest point of the crossing. Then we descend to the refuge of Waira Huasi (3,200m).
We leave the arid and austere landscapes of the Puna and gradually move to high pastures. We will walk along the slopes and cliffs, accompanied by the silent flight of the many condors inhabiting this part of the Cordillera. Then we arrive in the community of Molulo (3,000m).
We will cross high forests, encounter diverse species as the earth turns a tropical red. We the follow the cliff path and then descend towards the hamlet of San Lucas.
We conclude our trek in an increasingly tropical setting. Following a winding path we pass streams, waterfalls and caves. We take advantage of the crystalline waters of the Rio Valle Grande to cool off before climbing the Peña Alta. Our hike ends at the summit and we will meet the vehicle that will take us to the village of San Fransisco (1,480m). We then continue by car to the town of Libertador General San Martin, crossing Calilegua National Park. After a short visit to this park created to preserve the wet rain forests, we finish our day at Salta.
We depart by minibus to the small colonial village of Cachi (2,200m). The route is punctuated by spectacular landscapes: the Piedra del Molino pass (3,600m); the Quebrada de Escoipe; a large enclosed gorge; the mountains of the Cuesta del Obispo; and the regional park of Los Cardones. Cachi is a peaceful Indian village with whitewashed low houses and the church of San José which dates from the eighteenth century. We will visit the small archaeological museum with beautiful collections of pre-Incan and Incan ceramics. We then take a 6-km excursion from the village towards Cachi Adentro. We will explore the most beautiful landscapes of Cachi, walking 2 to 3 hours towards the snow-capped peaks.
Departure from Cachi to the Acsibi valley where we will begin our trek to the Acsibi Gorge: a trek in a desert of colourful rocks with surprising shapes. In the late afternoon we reach Molinos where we will spend the night.
Departure by minibus to the south. On the way we will visit a famous bodega for wine tasting. We will then cross the Quebrada de las Flechas, a desert composed of thousands of quartz arrows. We cross white dunes as we approach Cafayate, a city famous for its wine industry and an international reputation for the quality of its grape varieties. We will discover the alleys and the central square of the village.
Visit Cafayate and then a 3-4 hour hike in Quebrada de las Conchas, a 70km-long gorge with sandstone walls carved by the elements and time in spectacular colours. Then a drive to Salta.
Morning flight from Salta to Buenos Aires, which we will visit.
Visit Buenos Aires, free lunch then afternoon transfer to the airport.
Arrive at your final destination.
In Buenos Aires, a 4-star hotel in double rooms. During the journey the accommodation is in comfortable 2- or 3-star hotels in double rooms, according to the hotel available in the different villages. During the 4-day trek accommodation is in refuges.
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