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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.

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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.

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Hornocal: Tour of the 14 Colors Mountain & Humahuaca´s Gorge

3. Hornocal: Tour of the 14 Colors Mountain & Humahuaca´s Gorge

Embark on an adventure that will take you through striking landscapes and scenic villages. The tour commences as you travel to Purmamarca village which rests at the base of the Seven Colors Hill, a stunning multi-hued mountain. Journey to Maimará, a small village nestled in the shadow of the Monolith Painter’s Palette. Admire the stunning red, yellow, orange, and pastel hues of the Monolith. Visit Pucará de Tilcara, a fort built in the 12th-century by the Omaguaca tribe who were later conquered by the Incas. Stop in the sleepy town of Uquía, which is notable for its historic church which boasts paintings of gun-toting angels. Pause at the Tropic of Capricornio, the most southerly latitude at which the sun can appear directly overhead at noon. Enjoy a short visit to Humahuaca's town en route to the main destination - the 14 colours mountain of Hornocal. In Humahuaca you will switch from your van or bus and hop into a 4x4 all-terrain vehicle as you travel to Hornocal. Hornocal is part of the calcareous formation called Yacoraite that extends from the province of Salta, crossing the Quebrada de Humahuaca and then the Bolivian Altiplano to Peru. Upon your return, you will meet up with the rest of your group.

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From Salta: Day Trip to Quebrada de Humahuaca

4. From Salta: Day Trip to Quebrada de Humahuaca

Embark on an adventure that will take you through striking landscapes and scenic villages. Meet at the local partner’s office near the Plaza 9 de Julio de Salta. If you select the pick-up option, enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in Salta. Drive to the Purmamarca village, which rests at the base of the Seven Colors Hill, a stunning multi-hued mountain. Journey to Maimará, a small village nestled in the shadow Monolith Painter’s Palette. Admire the stunning red, yellow, orange, and pastel hues of the Monolith. Visit Pucará de Tilcara, a fort built in the 12th century by the Omaguaca tribe, who were later conquered by the Incas. Stop in the sleepy town of Uquía, which is notable for its historic church which boasts paintings of gun-toting angels.  Pause at the Tropic of Capricorn, the most southerly latitude at which the sun can appear directly overhead at noon. Visit Humahuca and admire the multi-colored town and culture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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From Salta: Full-Day Scenic Tour to Cachi

5. From Salta: Full-Day Scenic Tour to Cachi

Depart Salta and journey along Provincial Route 68, traveling through the small towns of Cerrillos, La Merced and El Carril. Then, drive along 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 and natural walls en route to the summit at 3,348 meters above sea level. Look for condors flying above, and marvel at the majesty of the "King of the Sky." Get a stunning view of El Valle Encantado ("The Enchanted Valley"), where the scenery is like something out of a fairytale. Notice how the landscape changes as you leave the sub-tropical valleys to go to Recta del Tin Tin, built during the time of the Incas. 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.

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Salta: Horseback Riding in the Mountains with Optional BBQ

6. Salta: Horseback Riding in the Mountains with Optional BBQ

Get picked up from centrally-located hotels in Salta and transfer to the hills that surround the town of San Lorenzo. Completely covered with grassland, where cattle graze and locals mill about, take in the best panoramic views of the Lerma Valley, Salta Capital, and the town of San Lorenzo. Get kitted out with all the necessary equipment and get acquainted with your horse, which will be selected based on your size and experience. Ascend from the village on a path with a moderate slope. Follow an undulating route up the mountain to different points of interest in the area, all of great natural value. This tour is ideal for people who have little time and are looking to take full advantage of the natural landscapes, as well as those looking to try out horseback riding for the first time. If the full-day option is selected, enjoy a delicious Argentinian Asado BBQ. The lunch includes a selection of typical Argentinian meat, grilled vegetables, seasonal salads, and soft drinks and water. A vegetarian option is also available.

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Salta: Andes Mountain Half or Full Day Trekking Tour

7. 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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From Salta: Day Trip to Cachi and the Calchaquí Valleys

8. From Salta: Day Trip to Cachi and the Calchaquí Valleys

Get to know the most beautiful landscapes of the Calchaquí Valleys and the magical town of Cachi on a full-day bus excursion from Salta. After departing from central Salta, head through the Lerma Valley. Then, enter the Quebrada de los Laureles, where you can admire the landscape of Yungas forest. On the Cuesta del Obispo hill, admire the panorama of the entire Encantado Valley and enjoy spectacular views of the windy road you have just traveled up. Head to Piedra del Molino where you will reach the highest point of 3,384 m above sea level. Continue through the Straight of Tin-Tin and Payogasta until you reach Cachi, a small town known for its adobe houses and white colonial buildings. When you arrive, visit the Museo Arqueológico de Cachi Pío Pablo Díaz, a museum of locally excavated artifacts, some dating back 10,000 years. Just round the corner, step inside the Iglesia San José - a beautiful Spanish colonial church. Take a relaxing stroll through the pretty streets admiring the views and architecture. Finally, return to Salta along the same road.

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From Salta: Full-Day Trip to Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca

9. From Salta: Full-Day Trip to Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca

Discover Argentina's breathtaking natural beauty on this full-day tour. 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 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.

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Salta: Rafting on Juramento River with optional Zip Line

10. Salta: Rafting on Juramento River with optional Zip Line

Arrive at the base in the Juramento River and get a safety briefing. Receive an introductory rafting course and gear up with the equipment. Start descent through the rapids of the Juramento River and be thrilled by the10 Class III rapids plus 5 Class II rapids, framed by the impressive landscape of the Juramento River Canyon. The canyon is like a giant open-pit between the mountains and its walls were, 65 million years ago, huge beaches inhabited by prehistoric animals. The descent begins at the base and ends 12 km later at Los Lapachos Spot.  After finishing the rafting enjoy a barbecue lunch at the base. If the option is selected, enjoy another adventure on zip lines. Roam from platform to platform “flying” over the Canyon. Adventurers go from one canopy platform to another over the canyon until they reach the starting point. The height of the steel cables is 140 meters above the ground, and they are of different lengths – the longest one with 500 meters. This allows you to reach in some cables more than 30 km per hour, giving you an exciting sensation of flying!

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What people are saying about Salta

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 156 reviews

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!

Excellent!! Both the guide Martín, and the driver Mauricio super attentive. They explain to you about the history and illustrious citizens of Salta / Jujuy, they explain to you about the topography of the territory and in turn they take you to multiple points to enjoy and take photos of the landscapes.

Different landscapes are appreciated that contrast with each other. Excursion and guide highly recommended. I would do it again. The next time I would like to stay in Purmamarca so that I can better explore the town. Dreamlike.

The landscapes are very beautiful and especially the guide Roberto who knew how to make this trip a unique experience. The truth is highly recommended!

The guide and the circuit were excellent, always very cool and with a good disposition towards the people who were on top of the minibus ...