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Salta Extension

8 Days FROM USD 1,830

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Overview

Explore this incredible and unique region of Argentina. This eight-day Argentinian journey is the perfect extension add-on to any itinerary, departing from and returning back to Salta, and has been carefully curated to show you the highlights of the region. 

Arguably the most beautiful part of Argentina is around Salta, in the country's northwest. The variation of scenery is simply amazing and unmatched anywhere in South America with its wine region, Andean puna (grassland), bright red gorges, jagged mountain valleys, salt flats, jungle, and arid deserts. During the eight days, you will explore the streets of Salta and travel one of the most spectacular paths of the Argentinean Northwest.

Passing through the green jungle of the Yungas to the semi-deserted Calchaqui Valleys, you'll also spend time in Cafayate, known as the 'Tuscany of Argentina', where you can sample some of the best wines in the country. Then, leisurely stroll between the local bodegas, located all over the villages, before taking route 52, which connects Argentina and Chile, driving up the Lipan Pass between the Eastern and Western Andes Mountain Range.

You'll view the expansive Salt Flats, known as the 'Salinas Grandes', surrounded by volcanoes and a seemingly endless horizon. Finally, you'll get to explore the town of Purmamarca and Los Colorados, a red rocky path hidden behind the Seven-Coloured Hills, a site not to be missed, before the journey leads you back to Salta. 

On this all-encompassing personalised itinerary, Chimu will provide travel logistics for your travel party for the duration of your journey, plus expert guides for all the major sightseeing as per itinerary.  Each night you will stay in superior accommodation, handpicked by our experienced team for their creature comforts, convenient locations, and impeccable service. 

Trip Code: ARTSSC

Travel Style: Extension package.

Location: Argentina

Flights: Ask us about booking your internal flights with your flights to/from South America to save money by creating an 'airpass'. Contact us for more info.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • Explore Salta, known as "Salta la Linda" (Salta the Pretty), the provincial capital in the mountainous northwestern part of Argentina. Explore the sites on a half-day city tour, which includes a visit to the fascinating MAAM museum

  • Travel along Route 40, one of the most famous and longest Routes in the world. Exploring local villages populated by local winemakers and farmers

  • Relax in Cafayate, known as the 'Tuscany of Argentina' famous for the Torrontes grape and the crisp, floral white wine it produces. Visit one of the many Bodegas, which are located all over the village to enjoy a wine tasting and some tasty Argentinean food

  • Explore the Quebrada de las Conchas, which is home to some of the country's most impressive rock formations.  This deep canyon is framed by extraordinary rock walls showcasing layers of stunning colors, from deep red to vivid green to cobalt blue

  • Marvel at the colourful landscape of the unusual phenomenon that is locally known as Cerro de los Siete Colores (Hill of the Seven Colours), a strikingly coloured jagged formation

  • Take some impressive photos of the huge Salt Flats known as the 'Salinas Grandes', a white mirror of salt

  • Each night you will stay in superior accommodation ensuring your journey is comfortable

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

On arrival, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. This service includes a driver and local English speaking guide, who will provide you with any useful information needed for your stay. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Should you not be able to locate them, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details of our representative office.

Arrival transfer in Salta

Known as ''Salta la Linda'' (Salta the Pretty), Salta is a provincial capital in the mountainous north western part of Argentina. Founded in 1582, it is known for its Spanish colonial architecture and cobblestone streets as well as its Andean heritage. The centre of the city is the Plaza 9 de Julio, an elegant square bordered by the cathedral and El Cabildo, an 18th century town hall that is now a historical museum.

Salta

This city deserves at least one full day to explore it. Our premium shared half day city tour will take you on a tour of the main highlights of the city, such as the excellent MAAM (entrance fee not included), a fascinating museum built to house the mummified remains of three sacrificed Inca children found on a nearby mountain top. The afternoon will be at your leisure.

Salta Half Day City Tour

You will be collected early this morning from your hotel in Salta to begin your journey. The road between Salta and Molinos is one of the most spectacular paths of the Argentinean Northwest. We will pass through four different ecosystems, from the green jungle of the Yungas to the semi deserted Calchaqui Valleys. 33km of mountain will bring us closer to Paso Piedra del Molino at 3457 meters with condors flying in the blue sky, guanacos and wild burros among thousands of Cardones, the local species of giant cactus. There will be time for a walk in a small red desert rarely visited and a moment of relaxation under a cozy Molle tree in the white colonial village of Cachi, where the sun shines almost all year round.

Route 40 is one of the most famous and longest routes in the world. Between the towns of Molinos and Cafayate we will find many little villages populated by local winemakers and farmers, we will drive across the Quebrada de las Flechas, a desert formed by dust of limestone and quartz, eroded by wind and water creating the shape of thousands of Arrow Peaks. On arrival you will be dropped off to your hotel in Cafayate.

Salta to Cafayate via Calchaquies Valley

The quiet town of Cafayate is located in the central zone of the Valles Calchaquies. It lies at an altitude of 1,683 metres above sea level, the mountains providing a spectacular backdrop to the vineyards. Cafayate is one of Argentina's main centres for quality wine production and is famous for its torrontes grape that produces an aromatic dry white wine. The wineries also produce good quality red wines from Malbec, tannat and cabernet sauvignon.

Cafayate

Known as the Tuscany of Argentina, this little wine town is famous for the Torrontes grape and the crisp, floral white wine it produces. Explore the many bodegas located all over the village, leisurely strolling between vineyards, taking tours and doing tastings. Or enjoy the post-colonial architecture and the dramatic landscapes that Cafayate has to offer.

Free Day in Cafayate

You will be collected from your hotel this morning to make your way back to Salta. On the way, we will explore the Quebrada de las Conchas, a Natural Heritage Site formed by sediments from the Mesozoic and Cenozoic Eras (90 to 60 million years). The intense red color is present due to the ferric oxide contained in its mineral basins. The name of the gorge is given by the marine fossils found along the region in the oldest formation of the region known as 'Formacion Yacoraite'.

Cafayate to Salta

Depart from your hotel in Salta this morning, where we will begin our trip with a visit to the town of Purmamarca and Los Colorados, a red rocky path hidden behind the Seven-Colors Hill. Then we will take route 52, that connects Argentina with Chile and drive up the Lipan Pass (4170 meters above sea level), which is also the breaking point between the Eastern Andes and the Western Range. In the middle lies the High Altitude Plateau called the Puna. In this giant depression we will find huge Salt Falts known as the Salinas Grandes, a white mirror of salt in an extension of a 100km surrounded by volcanoes and with a seemingly endless horizon. After a break we will return to Purmamarca to visit the Plaza and the handcraft market.

Salta to Purmamarca and the Salt Flats

Purmamarca is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Quebrada de Purmamarca, a narrow mountain valley bordered by the Altiplano to the west and north and by Andean hills to the east. The picturesque village, with its ochre adobe houses, carob-like algarrobo trees and 17th century church, sits under Cerro de los Siete Colores (Hill of the Seven Colours), a strikingly coloured jagged formation.

Purmamarca

Departing from your hotel and begin the journey back to Salta. The Humahuaca Gorge is a large valley that ends at the border with Bolivia, located in the province of Jujuy in the far north of Argentina. It is quite a young valley, given that its formation dates from about a million years. The Gorge is famous for its colourful mountains, geological formations and historical villages. During our trip, we will enjoy the best parts of this area in order to get a real feel for Northern Argentina: the Humahuaca Market, a walk in the Coloradas Gorge, the sacred garden of Cardones at 3200 meters, the Pucara of Tilcara (a pre-Inca fortress), with Tilcara, Humahuaca and Purmamarca also offering the opportunity to visit very unique handcraft markets. We will also visit the Sierra del Hornocal, a special site to take brilliant photographs of one of the most colourful mountains in the world. In the afternoon you will be dropped off to your hotel in Salta.

Purmamarca to Salta

You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time for a private transfer to the airport for your outward flight from Salta.

Transfer to the airport for onward destination
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Important Information

  • Private Airport Transfers
    Seven nights accommodation with breakfast daily
    Sightseeing with local English-speaking guides as detailed in the itinerary
    Bus transfers between listed destinations and pick up/from off from hotels
    Other meals where stated 

    Exclusions 

    International Flights
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Travel Insurance
    Beverages
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for tour guides and drivers
    Any meals and items not mentioned as included

     

  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • Season and availability.

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will piece together one of our Signature packages and customise your travel plans by adding extension packages.

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore remain culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE

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