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From Salta: Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca & Los Colorados Hike

1. From Salta: Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca & Los Colorados Hike

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.

From Salta: Cafayate Day Trip with Wine Tasting

2. From Salta: Cafayate Day Trip with Wine Tasting

After departing from central Salta, head south into the stunning, red-tinged lands of rock formations and towering cliffs. The trip begins south of the province, where you’ll soak up some local culture by visiting the historic villages of the Lerma Valley. Afterwards, head to the Quebrada de las Conchas, a canyon of curiously shaped rocks, eroded for centuries by water flow and strong winds. Marvel at the complex rock formations within the ravine, from the Devil’s Throat, to the Amphitheater, to The Castles, among many other spectacular displays. After a thorough exploration, head to Cafayate to visit a vineyard to taste some of the best wines that the region has to offer, including Torrontés. After the tasting, you’ll head back to Salta through the Quebrada de las Conchas.

Hornocal: Full-Day Tour to the Hill of Seven Colors

3. Hornocal: Full-Day Tour to the Hill of Seven Colors

The adventure begins at approximately 7:00 AM with pickup from centrally-located hotels in Salta. Guests outside the city center may also choose to meet the group at the Tiamar Tarev Agency Office in central Salta.   Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned van and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the National Route 9 on the way to Jujuy province where we visit the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a narrow mountain valley declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Stop in Purmamarca and admire the Hill of Seven Colors and its striking red and orange hues before exploring the main square and local craft stands. Continuing along Route 9, we reach the town of Humahuaca, located at 2,939 meters above sea level. Wander down to the Church of La Candelaria and visit the Independence Monument before enjoying free time for lunch. After lunch, enjoy 45 minutes of free time to explore Hornocal and its Hill of Fourteen Colors. Return along Route 9 to Salta City.

Salta: Andes Mountain Half or Full Day Trekking Tour

4. Salta: Andes Mountain Half or Full Day Trekking Tour

Start your day of nature exploration with a convenient pickup from your centrally-located hotel in Salta to be transferred to the beginning of your trail. The half-day option offers you a moderate-level 3-hour hike. Arrive at the ravine to climb paths that border the river, and gradually ascend on its slopes to reach different panoramic viewpoints, where you’ll get beautiful views of the city of Salta. Enjoy the vegetation of the yungas with epiphytic plants, climbers, and other spices typical of this biome.   If you choose the full day option, your hike will be 7 hours long at a more difficult level. Climb up the trails of La Quebrada to reach the mountains of Eastern Cordillera. Along the way, you’ll see imposing trees such as Ceibos, Nogales, Laureles, Cedars, Cebiles, Arrayanes, and Alders, among many others. You’ll pass lush ferns, epiphytic plans, and climbers characteristic of this biome. Catch amazing views of the Lerma Valley and Eastern Cordillera, reaching a height of almost 2400 meters. Enjoy a picnic lunchbox that includes water and fruit.

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What people are saying about Salta

The guide was very attentive with me. Being the only one who wanted the tour in English I sat next to the guide at the front of the bus so he could translate for me before or after the Spanish version. I also had the right to exclusive anecdotes so very nice. The bus was very comfortable and the landscapes and places visited wonderful. Just flat on the wine tasting where I did not understand the entire intervention being only in Spanish. But I absolutely do not regret this day which was very pleasant!!

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!

A very good experience, carried out in a very cute bus, but above all the way the guide carried out the excursion. The company always communicates on the eve to coordinate and always complies with the schedule.

They changed the excursion for the day and they did not notify us. Apart from this, we loved the salt flats. The guide was funny and added a lot to the tour. recommendable

Beautiful excursion the guide a genius and the excellent driver