Multi-day trip

From Salta: Cafayate, Salinas Grandes, & Hornocal Tour

Activity provider: TIAMAR TRAVEL EVT

From Salta: Cafayate, Salinas Grandes, & Hornocal Tour

Activity provider: TIAMAR TRAVEL EVT

From US$ 125 per person

Tour Argentina's natural landscapes from Salta. Marvel at red mountains and rock formations, be mesmerized by the salt flats of Salinas Grandes, and stop at a local winery along the way.

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Duration 3 days
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Hotel pickup and drop-off is only available from hotels located within 15 blocks of the Plaza 9 Julio. Only for the excursion to Hornocal, passengers must be at caseros 420 at 06:30 am. This is because the excursion is long and the driver do not want to waste time looking for hotels.

Experience

Highlights
  • Have your breath taken away by colorful mountains and mesmerizing salt flats
  • Visit a winery to learn about wine production and the famous Torrontes wines
  • Explore the Salinas Grandes, one of the 7 Wonders of the Argentine Republic
  • Admire the striped mountain ranges in the towns of Purmamarca and Hornocal
  • Learn the history and culture of the region with your Spanish-speaking guide
Full description

Discover Argentina's breathtaking natural beauty on a tour to Cafayate, Salinas Grandes, and Hornocal. Visit a Torrontes winery, stop in the town of Purmamarca, and wonder at the stunning landscape along the way.

Day 1: Cafayate

Depart Salta and head south along Provincial Route 68. Take in the panoramic views of the farms and tobacco plantations of the Lerma Valley. Admire the new and old tobacco chimneys made of adobe and clay, and see tobacco leaves being dried under the sun.

Pass the town of Alemania and marvel at the red mountains and rock formations such as the Devil's Throat and House of the Parrots.

Arrive in Cafayate and visit a winery to learn about the local wine industry and famous Torrontes wines. Following lunch, journey back to Salta via another route to see a completely different landscape from the morning drive.

Day 2: Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca

After getting picked up from your hotel in Salta, begin the journey towards the neighboring province of Jujuy, passing through the towns of Volcán and Tumbaya along the way.

  Your first stop of the day is Purmamarca, one of the most picturesque villages in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Quebrada de Humahuaca. Visit the town's main square and purchase souvenirs at one of the many surrounding craft stands. Afterward, visit the breathtaking Hill of Seven Colors.

Continue your ascent along the Cuesta del Lipan to reach the Salinas Grandes, one of the 7 Wonders of the Argentine Republic. Enjoy free time to admire the unique salt flat and famous pools. Afterward, return to Purmamarca and have time for lunch before returning to Salta.

Day 3: Purmamarca and Hornocal

Leave Salta and appreciate a second visit to Purmamarca. Have the chance to see the sites you might have missed the previous day before heading to the town Humahuaca.

Continuing along Route 9, reach Humahuaca, located 2,939 meters above sea level. Wander down to the Church of La Candelaria and visit the Independence Monument before having free time for lunch.

Afterward, take time to explore Hornocal and its Hill of Fourteen Colors. At the end of your final day take in the passing scenery as you return to Salta along Route 9.

Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (within 15 blocks of Plaza 9 Julio)
  • Transportation
  • Multi-day tour
  • Guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • Each day's itinerary is dependent on the availability of the locations
  • This trip involves traveling through low-quality dirt roads
Customer reviews

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These are long day tours (13-16 hours each). The pick-up window is 45 minutes usually between 7 a.m. and 7:45 a.m., but one day it was 15 minutes late - we ended up waiting at the lobby for an hour. For Hornocal, the tour starts at 6:30 a.m., and you need to meet the bus in their office near Plaza 9 de Julio de Salta. The guides were knowledgeable and multilingual. Bring snacks as lunch is mostly not available until 3 p.m. The "recommended" restaurants in Cafayate (El Criollo) and Humahuaca weren't great (hair in the food), but the one in Purmamarca (Kuntur) was great. Communication with the tour operator was at times less than ideal (e.g., asking for the same passport information three times, the text message confirming which tour we will go on the next day was sent only once out of three days), but everything worked out as anticipated in the end. The minibus had problems twice going up Hornocal.

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April 14, 2022

Product ID: 412270