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Salta - Humahuaca Gorge - Purmamarca - Salt Flats
Upon arrival at Salta, you will be driven to your hotel and have the rest of the afternoon to explore the city. Salta is the selected jumping-off point for travelers seeking to explore the North of Argentina. From here, you can visit the most outstanding natural monuments of the area: the Humahuaca Gorge, or the Seven Colours Hill in Jujuy, a bordering province which is also famous worldwide.
At the appropriate time, you’ll meet our local guide who will brief and share all the information you need for your self-drive trip to northern Argentina. Then you’ll pick up your car at the car rentals office located downtown.
Start your self-drive adventure through Argentina and the North very early in the morning, heading northwest to Campo Quijano until reaching the small town of Santa Rosa de Tástil, which was once one of South America’s major cities in the pre-Inca era. Then you’ll visit San Antonio de los Cobres where you may choose to have lunch at one of the scarce but cozy restaurants in the area. At the end of the day, reach the Great Salt Flats, the amazing white solid ocean of the north. Finally, take the Cuesta del Lipan, an undulating stretch in zigzag that provides outstanding views to reach Purmamarca, located at the base of Jujuy’s famed Seven Color Hill, where you’ll spend the night.
Directions for today:
The self-drive adventure of today will take you to travel along 418 km of paved and gravel road for 10 hours.
Enjoy your day at leisure and explore the surroundings of Purmamarca. We suggest that you rise early in the morning and take the short walk through Camino de los Colorados, when the mountain is bathed in sunlight and there are fewer hikers around.
After this walk, you can visit the Pucará de Tilcara archeological ruins, a former fortress constructed by the tilcaras, natives of the area, and located on a hill just outside the small town of Tilcara (an approximately 15-minute walk away). Once in Tilcara, you can also visit the botanical garden and Tilcara museum.
To reach Tilcara:
The self-drive adventure of today will take you to travel along 27,2 km of paved road for 1 hour (plus the time spent on-site).
Continue your self-drive adventure trip to North Argentina by exploring the famous Humahuaca Gorge, flanked by the high plateau of the Puna and painted in the shades of pink, red and gray. This is a UNESCO heritage site, following the line of a major cultural route: the Inca Trail. You will be able to see the picturesque towns of Maimara, Tilcara, Humahuaca and Uquía, passing through many beautiful mountains like “Paleta del Pintor” and “Pollera de la Kolla” among others. We suggest you make a stop at Humahuaca town for a quick lunch and maybe buy some souvenirs from the artisan shops, you will find the best prices here! At Uquía you may want to visit the tiny church, famous for its paintings of “Ángeles arcabuceros” before returning to Salta.
The self-drive adventure of today will take you to travel along 320 km of paved road for 5 hours (plus the time spent on-site).
This is the end of your amazing self-drive experience to North Argentina! At the appropriate time, you will drive from Salta to the airport and return the vehicle at the car rental office.
Today’s self-drive trip will take you to travel 12 km of paved road for 25 minutes.
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No flights needed for this trip. Trip starts and finishes at Salta.
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