To start your Salta and Jujuy Mountain Tour, we pick you up from your hotel and travel out of the city to the west and the town known as the door to the Andes “Campo Quijano”. From this point onwards we follow the tracks of the train to the clouds up the Quebrada Del Toro which translates to “the Bull Ravine”.
The road up the ravine is a spectacular one boasting many colourful views and some breath taking scenery. The tracks of the train to the clouds has a lot of interesting features that we will look at on the way. In addition there are more than 20 bridges along its route that enable it to make this taxing journey up into the mountains.
We continue up the road passing little villages and communities on the way until we reach the highest point of the journey at the dizzying height of 4100 meters above sea level. From this area we continue on to the mining town of San Antonio de los Cobres where we will stop for a snack before continuing on.
From San Antonio we make our way towards the Salinas Grandes through the massive expanse of the Altiplano stopping along the way to take photos of the wild life we see along the way. You will have the chance to see many of the animals of the high mountains including Llamas, Vicunas, Donkeys and even Emus.
Once we arrive at the Salinas Grandes (Salt flats) you will have the opportunity to explore the strange yet beautiful white landscape. Even the buildings in this area are made of Salt, it is quite an experience.
After exploring the Salt flats we will make our way out of the Altiplano area and climb up to the highest point of this day tour at 4180 meters above sea level before winding our way down the spectacular road of the “Questa Del Lipan” or the Lipan slope.
We will arrive eventually in Purmamarca for a late lunch and then a walk around the hill of seven colours before making our way down the Sothern most part of the Quebrada de Humahuaca to San Salvador de Jujuy and on to Salta.
This is a very long and intensive trip but you get to see a huge amount in just one day.
The round trip is roughly 10 hours driving time depending on the amount of stops we make.
As always we like to stop at various locations to give you a chance to take in the scenery and stretch your legs to break up the journey.
The above Itinerary is based on a one day trip which does not allow for lots of time to explore but it does enable you to the see the maximum possible in one day.
The price for the one day trip is US$75.00 per person (two day option from US$150) this price does not include food, accommodation or additional activities.
Starting price is based on 4 people traveling together in a 4×4 truck. The price of the tour is per vehicle (US$300.00 per day) and does not change depending on the amount of people sharing.
1 day tour US$300.00 / 2 day tour US$600.00
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Gareth picked us up and off we went…up into the mountains: Quebrada de Humahuaca, overnighting in Tilcara. It was great having a personal English speaking guide who ensured we did the sorts of things that interested us. Day 2 the awesomeness continued, visiting Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca …before the drive back to Salta airport in plenty of time for our flight! Thankyou !
We did both of our tours with Gareth, who was a total legend. He really went above and beyond to give us the best trip ever, and we felt we left having gained a friend.
“The pace of the trip was perfect and Gareth was an excellent guide- informative, knowledgeable and friendly. We have some fantastic memories (and photos) of the trip. Thanks again for making our time so memorable”.
“Our guide was Gareth, originally from England, a very special boy for his sympathy connected to a great kindness and attention to the needs of tourists.
For us, the main feature was the fact of providing us with important information of the places visited, always willing to accommodate our requests, also leaving space to visit alone.
Carmen e Stefano
“Thank you for a very memorable and enjoyable time in the Quebrada de Humahuaca last week. We had a great time and will certainly pass on your contact details to our grinds when we get back to Melbourne. Many thanks also for your hospitality”.
“James and I can not thank you enough for making our trip so incredibly special. You are a wonderful travel companion and your knowledge of Argentina is impressive.
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Jane and I have had such a wonderful 3 days visiting such varied and unique landscapes and with the only person we would ever trust to drive us up and down those hairy roads and through enormous deserts. Your love of this country really came across. What a trip!!! 5 stars all round. Thanks a million.
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