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From Salta: Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca & Los Colorados Hike

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From Salta: Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca & Los Colorados Hike

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Travel to the stunning Salinas Grandes salt flats and be dazzled by the out of this world scenery. Walk along the spectacular Los Colorados trail after eating lunch in Purmamarca. Admire the multi-hued mountain and desert landscapes of Seven Colors Hill.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 11.5 - 12.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup optional
Hotel pickup will be between 6:30 and 7:15 AM, and is available if you are staying in a centrally located accommodation up to 8 blocks from the 9th of July central square. Please bear in mind that in some cases, the bus might not be able to access your hotel and you will be contacted to arrange a different pickup spot. Please be ready for pickup 15 minutes before the activity starts.

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the natural beauty of Seven Colors Hill of Purmamarca
  • Be amazed by huge large salt flats and volcanic peaks
  • Walk through the Colorados and take in wonderful views
  • Get to know the culture, people, and unique landscapes
Full description
After departing from central Salta, drive through the picturesque towns of Yala, Volcán, and Tumbaya. On the way, stop at the Seven Colors Hill viewpoint to appreciate the wonderful views of the multi-hued mountain illuminated by the sun. Arrive in the magical village of Purmamarca at the base of the Seven Colors Hill. Start by ascending the slopes of Cuesta del Lipán, Cuesta del Saladillo, and Abra de Potrerillos. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife including vicunas and llamas along the way. When you reach 4,150 m above sea level, be dazzled by the Salinas Grandes - a spectacular white salt plain which creates a striking contrast with the blue sky. Spend about 45 minutes at the salt plain taking in the breathtaking views.  Follow the trail back to Purmamarca where you will have free time for lunch (not included in the tour price). Take the opportunity to stroll through the charming narrow streets, admire views of the mountain, and explore the craft market. Next, enjoy a 30-40 minute hike along the stunning Colorados trail which leads into the surrounding desert landscapes between the mountains. At the end of the tour, return to Salta on the bus where your tour will end.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from centrally-located accommodations in Salta (if option selected)
  • Meeting point pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Transportation in bus or minivan, depending on group size
  • Bilingual guide in Spanish and English
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
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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Meeting point

YPF Vision. It is a gas station which has a coffee shop named "Full". You can wait inside, your guide will fetch you from there. Please be on time!

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility or children under 5 years old
  • In this tour, you reach up to 4200 meters above sea level and it involves driving on low-quality dirt roads
  • Please provide a contact number the supplier can reach you on when booking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 84 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.4/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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Amazing experience. The opportunity to see how the landscape changes from Salta Capital to Salinas Grandes is really great and everything went as expected. The only thing to mention is that Salinas Grandes itself is not as nice as we were expecting. The trip to get there is what really makes your day together with the guide’s explanation in order to understand why the landscape is as it is. Would certainly recommend this!

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August 21, 2021

Beautiful landscape, definitely recommended. Long journey, but it is also a considerable distance. On the way there enough stops for toilet facilities or something small to buy (drink, souvenir). 30-40 min at salinas grandes, option to immerse your feet in a saltwater hole. Afterwards 2h Purmamarca, for lunch / market / walk. Nice ethnic souvenirs of good quality and not expensive. Guide, translator and driver have arranged a well-organized journey.

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January 29, 2020

It is an excursion to do it in two days actually because the distances are very long, it is tiring and the roads are quite deteriorated for a combi. I would have liked to have more time left in both the salt flats and Purmamarca to enjoy more of each place and not be running. In itself, the experience was very good, excellent explanations of the guide Martin and the incredible places.

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January 28, 2020

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