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Volcanoes Route: 8-day hiking tour with a guide

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Join David, a local mountain guide, in this 8-day hiking tour across the famous Volcanoes Route. You'll start in Tilcara and visit the most impressive landscapes of the Argentina' puna, until you're in the Catamarca province.


8 Days

Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec


The Volcanoes Route is a famous hiking route through the High Puna of Jujuy, Salta and Catamarca. During this 8-day adventure that I come here to propose, we will travel 1900 km in total. In addition, you will discover impressive and very varied landscapes.

We will walk through different types of terrain and visit the highest mountains in the region, such as Cerro Negro, Alto del Morado, Cerro San Gerónimo, Antofagasta and Cerro Falso Morocho.

All those who want to come to this trekking trip across the Volcanoes Route must have a good fitness level. Keep in mind we will walk around 4-6 hours per day (between 6 and 12 km).

The best season to come to this region is during the months of March, April, November and December. I can lead a group of at least 3 guests.

Finally, I recommend to bring with you the following equipment:

  • Windbreaker jacket

  • Trekking Pants

  • Sunscreen

  • Lip balm

  • Trekking Boots

  • 40 liter backpack

  • Sun hat

  • Wool cap

  • Sunglasses

  • Walking sticks

  • Photo camera

So, are you coming? I will be here, waiting for your contact so we can discuss and plan your next adventure through the amazing Volcanoes Route!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

- Drinks


Day 1: Jujuy - Tilcara

Meeting in the morning and transfer to Tilcara. It is a short day of a gentle 85-km route with a 4-hour trek to Cerro Negro (3350 m). Night in Tilcara.

Day 2: Tilcara - San Antonio de los Cobres.

It is a long day. We’ll visit Tilcara, Purmamarca and Salinas Grandes. We’ll also enjoy a 3-hour hike to Cerro Morado (4500 m). Night in San Antonio de los Cobres.

Day 3: San Antonio de los Cobres – Tola Grande

Tren de las Nubes (“Tain to the clouds), Valle de los Sueños (“Valleys of the Dreams”) and then, we will continue to Tola Grande, where we’ll spend the night.

Day 4: Tola Grande - Antofagasta de la Sierras

Transfer and crossing the Salar de Arizaro and Antofalla, visit the Cono de Arita and Calalaste. Night in Antofagasta.

Day 5: Antofagasta - El Peñon

In the morning we will ascend to a small volcano of 3550 m and visit the arid environment of the Puna de Atacama. Overnight stay in El Peñon.

Day 6: El Peñón - Fiambala

Today we will cross the San Buenaventura mountain range, crossing the field of Piedra Pomez, the only one in the world. It is a long day, of 140 km of route but with a surprising landscape.

Day 7: Fiambala

Transfer by the Route of the “Seismiles” and trekking in the Falso Morocho (4550 m) walking on the roof of the Andes. Free afternoon at the Fiambala hot springs.

Day 8: Fiambala - Catamarca

From Fiambala, transfer to San Fernando del valle de Catamarca, where we will visit the Adobe Route. End of the program.


About the guide

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Mountain Guide

AAGM Mountain Guide from Argentina.

I was born in Catamarca province, land of 6000m peaks (los seismiles), such as Pissis and Ojos del Salado.

I now live in Tilcara, Jujuy, located in the 'Quebrada de Humahuaca' a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I guide mountaineering, trekking, horse riding and multi adventure trips in Argentina's North and North-West region.

When guiding, my objective is to provide confidence and safety to my clients, and by the end of the trip to say goodbye as friends.



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What people are saying about David



I dont know where to start. But david do not speak english, as he said and lupe from explore and share said he did. But I was thinking okay ill get to practice My spanish. But we had some trouble in communication. And there was some bad communication between david and Explorer and share so i did not get the expedition i bought. I paid My self for 3 days at hostels and hotels althoug it was included also 100 dollars extra for base camp at llullaillaco. At grand tolar david left me at gave me a local guide lorenzo also only speaking spanish but really nice and peacefull and great Guy by the way. But david said he has problems so he had to go. When i got down from summit no david. So i write to him a litle angry where he was and where My stuff was and he was in a city 3 hours away. But he got me some transport to him and ill ended up paying for My hotel there to. Now to the good things. The expedition where beutyfull. And david know whats good for you i got good aklimatation and most places where absolutely stunning. Will i recomend david. Probely not. Unless you speak spanish and make sure everthing is sorte out and no misunderstandings.



I had a mindblown experience riding in the mountains for 3 days in Juyjuy, or should I say horseback mountain climbing. I do have previous experience with horseback riding, but I have never done anything compared to this. Mesmerizing views, primitive overnight stays and food in the nature. I was also allowed to book very last minute, resulting in me being alone in the mountains with a guide. This tour is an experience that I will take with me fondly for life. My communication with David was good. My guide on the journey, Gonzalo, was very shy and timid. He only answered questions and did not explain to me the areas we were riding through. Something that I would have appreciated. This is also a very Argentinian experience in the sense that they sent an itinerary that was not exactly followed, and they were not punctual on time. If you have a relaxed view upon things like these, you will have an amazing time. Living here, I have come to learn that this is very Argentinian, so you also get a cultural experience. On the plus side, here, everything has a solution. The only thing, as an urbanized European, I would have highly appreciated, is that they bring a satellite telephone (mentioned in the itinerary) and a primitive first aid kit (mentioned during the briefing), that they did not. I do understand that they know these mountains like the back of their hands. But I do not, if something would have happened. I did feel safe during the tour. All in all, I highly recommend this tour, while ensuring that important things to me are brought on the trip.



I hired David Torres for a full-day mountain hike at least 2 months in advance. Without explanation or warning, he sent in his place a man with a recently broken ankle who uses a cane to walk! My entire day of "hiking" was a 3k slow walk on a flat trail. I have attempted to get a refund, but the company has refused to communicate with me. The replacement guide told me David had another trip at the same time as mine, and chose the other, more lucrative, trip.



The trip was amazing. The climb especially. Not being used to horse riding it was quite exhausting but overall we were very satisfied with how the day went.

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