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From Salta: 4-Day Trip in Salta Province & Salinas Grandes

1. From Salta: 4-Day Trip in Salta Province & Salinas Grandes

DAY 1. Tour to Cafayate. Travelling the Provincial Route 68, exploring panoramic views of the farms and tobacco plantations of the Lerma Valley. Pass the town of Alemania and marvel at the red mountains and rock formations of attractions such as the "Devil´s Throat" and "House of the Parrots." Upon arrival in Cafayate, visit 1 winery to learn more about the local wine industry and famous torrontes wines. Following lunch, journey back to Salta via a different route to see a completely different landscape from the morning drive. DAY 2. Tour to Cachi. Travel the Provincial Route 68 and then the Provincial Route 33 to pass the dramatic Gorge of Escoipe and Los Laureles. Next, start your journey along the famous winding road of the Cuesta del Obispo (Bishop's Slope). Admire the magnificent rock formations en route to the summit at 3,348 masl. Travel through the Parque Nacional los Cardones ("National Park of the Cactus"), named for its abundance of cardon grande cactus bush formations. Arrive in the beautiful town of Cachi in time for lunch. Then, stroll through streets of perfectly-preserved colonial architecture. Visit the town church in Central Plaza, and go to the historical museum showcasing the history of the Aboriginal communities. Pick up some souvenirs in the craft market and enjoy some free time to shop before the return drive to Salta. DAY 3. Tour to Salinas Grandes. 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 at the beautiful town of Purmamarca, one of the most picturesque villages in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Quebrada de Humahuaca. Visit the town's vibrant main square and perhaps pick up some souvenirs at one of the many surrounding craft stands. Afterward, enjoy a visit to the breathtaking and aptly-named 7 Color Hill. Later, continue your ascent along the majestic Cuesta del Lipan to reach the Salinas Grandes, one of the 7 Wonders of the Argentine Republic. Here, enjoy some free time to admire the unique salt planes and famous pools. Afterward, return to Purmamarca and break for lunch at one of the many traditional restaurants before returning to Salta. DAY 4. Tour to Hornocal. 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.

From Salta: Local Landscape, Winery, and Culture Tour

2. From Salta: Local Landscape, Winery, and Culture Tour

Admire rock features and local culture on this round-trip sightseeing tour in the Andes mountains around Salta. Taste unique wines and cuisine. Explore the historical towns of Cachi and Purmamarca. Visit Las Ruinas Incaicas del Pucara de Tilcara and learn about the region's earliest inhabitants. Day 1: Meet your guide at your hotel and settle into the van before setting out from Salta. Take in views of the farms and tobacco plantations of the Lerma Valley. Pass the town of Alemania and marvel at the red mountains and rock formations such as the Devil's Throat and the Parrots' House. Upon arrival in Cafayate, visit a winery to learn more about the local wine industry. Sample various wines. A highlight is the Torrontés, a variety that originated in Argentina. Experience a completely different landscape on your drive back to Salta. Day 2: Travel Provincial Route 33 and enjoy vistas of the Escoipe river's dramatic gorge and Los Laureles. Journey along the famous winding road of Cuesta del Obispo. Admire the magnificent rock formations en route to the summit. Ride through the Parque Nacional los Cardones. The park's name comes from its abundance of cardon grande cactus bushes. In the town of Cachi, you will have time to explore and find a spot to enjoy lunch. During your free time, stroll through streets of colonial architecture. Visit the church in Central Plaza or a museum devoted to local history. Browse shops and find a souvenir before the return drive to Salta. Day 3: Visit Purmamarca, with the spectacular Hill of 7 Colors rising behind it. Check out works by local craftsmen in the city's main square. Pay a visit to the church, important in local history. Break for lunch in town (costs not included) and explore. Admire the Paleta del Pintor Hill from the road and the impressive Monumento de la Independencia.Visit a chapel built 700 years ago featuring an altar covered in gold. See priceless paintings of the Cusco School and a small monument marking the Tropic of Capricorn. Stop in Tilcara for a walk to its main square and church. End your day's tour at Las Ruinas Incaicas del Pucara de Tilcara. Learn about the people who first lived on the site at the museum before returning to Salta. Day 4: Journey towards Jujuy, passing through the towns of Volcán and Tumbaya along the way. Experience the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Quebrada de Humahuaca, once a major trade route thousands of years ago. Return to Purmamarca. Experience the town's vibrant main square if you missed it the day before. Maybe pick up some souvenirs at one of the many craft stands. Enjoy a visit to the breathtaking Hill of 7 Colors. Continue your ascent along the Cuesta del Lipan to reach the Salinas Grandes, considered one of the 7 Wonders of the Argentine Republic. Enjoy some free time to admire the unique salt planes and famous pools. Back in Purmamarca, take some time for lunch at one of the many traditional restaurants. Explore some more of the town before returning to Salta.

Salta: Cafayate, Cachi, and Salinas Grandes Guided Day Trips

3. Salta: Cafayate, Cachi, and Salinas Grandes Guided Day Trips

Spend 3 days exploring the main attractions surrounding Salta with a driver and guide. Go wine tasting in Cafayate. Take in the cacti of Los Cardones National Park and the colonial architecture of Cachi. Explore the picturesque town of Purmamarca, the Hill of Seven Colors, and the Salinas Grandes. Day 1:After pickup from your hotel, head south along Provincial Route 68. Take in panoramic views of the farms and tobacco plantations of the Lerma Valley. See tobacco leaves drying in the sun. Pass the town of Alemania and marvel at red mountains and rock formations, including the "House of the Parrots." Upon arrival in Cafayate, visit a winery to learn about the local wine industry and famous Torrontés wines. Discover the winemaking methods used and sample some of the wines. Following lunch, travel back to Salta via a different route to see a completely different landscape from the morning drive. Day 2: Depart Salta and drive through the small towns of Cerrillos, La Merced, and El Carril. Then, pass the dramatic Escoipe Gorge and Los Laureles. Next, take the winding Cuesta del Obispo (Bishop's Slope) to the peak at 3,348 meters above sea level. Admire magnificent rock formations en route. Travel through Los Cardones National Park and marvel at its flourishing Cardon Grande cacti. Arrive in the beautiful town of Cachi in time for lunch. Then, stroll through the streets, admiring the perfectly-preserved colonial architecture, including the stunning town church in the central plaza. Next, visit the museum to discover the history of the indigenous communities in the Calchaquí Valley. Pick up some souvenirs in the craft market and enjoy some free time to shop before the return drive to Salta. Day 3:Head to the neighboring province of Jujuy, passing through the towns of Volcán and Tumbaya on the way. Stop at Purmamarca, one of the most picturesque villages in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Quebrada de Humahuaca. Visit the vibrant main square and buy souvenirs at one of the many craft stands. Afterward, visit the breathtaking and aptly-named Hill of Seven Colors. Later, continue your ascent along the majestic Cuesta del Lipan to reach the Salinas Grandes, one of the 7 Wonders of the Argentine Republic. Here, enjoy some free time to admire the unique salt flat and famous pools. Afterward, return to Purmamarca and break for lunch at one of the many traditional restaurants before returning to Salta.

From Salta: Cafayate, Cachi & Humahuaca 3 Day Guided Trip

4. From Salta: Cafayate, Cachi & Humahuaca 3 Day Guided Trip

Spend 3 Days exploring landscapes in Salta & Jujuy. Day 1. Tour to Cafayate: Discover the Quebrada de las Conchas and your red rock formations. Enjoy a Winery of Calchaquies Valleys where we will take a guided tour by the winery staff themselves, and learn about wine production. Moreover, A free wine tasting. Visit Cafayate town, the church, the square. Ending the day with the return to Salta. Day 2. Tour to Cachi: Take amazing panoramic photos in the Cuesta del Obispo. Visit Los Cardones National Park with extraordinary cacti of great height and diverse forms.. Discover Cachi Town, A small town that is characterized by its colonial architecture. Ending the day with the return to Salta. Day 3. Tour to Humahuaca. Visit Purmamarca town, the magnificent Seven Colour Hill and the local market where can buy gifts. Then enjoy Tilcara Town and Humahuaca Town and their church and surroundings. The order of the excursions is at the disposal of the passengers and availability of places. Ending the day with the return to Salta.

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Eine sehr gute Tour, wenn man alle Hauptsehenswürdigekiten in den Provinzen Jujuy und Salta in ein paar Tagen sehen möchte! Die Tour-Guides sind sehr bemüht, wissen und erzählen Vieles und sprechen sowohl Englisch als auch Spanisch hervorragend. Man ist in einem Mini-Van unterwegs und nicht in einem großen Bus - und das für diesen Preis! Übrigens: Nicht wundern: die einzelnen Tagestouren können in einer beliebigen Reihenfolge stattfinden.