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

Product ID: 69016
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Explore a stunning desert of salt and discover the colonial charms and breathtaking landscapes of Jujuy Province on a day trip to the Salinas Grandes from Salta. Follow the route of the “Tren a las Nubes” and see the salt flats up close.
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Duration: 14 hours
Starting time 7:00 AM
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

Pick-up between 07:00 AM and 07:40 AM from the lobby or reception of your hotel in downtown Salta.

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  • Follow the route of the "Train to the Clouds" to San Antonio de los Cobres
  • Marvel at one of the most beautiful salt lakes in Argentina
  • Visit the town of Purmamarca and see the famous "Hill of 7 Colors"
  • Experience the hairpin bends of the Cuesta del Lipan mountain pass
  • Look for local wildlife, such as condors, llamas and vicuñas
Full description
Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in downtown Salta, and then venture out to the beautiful landscapes of Jujuy Province. Learn about the life of the inhabitants of this large and rugged region of Puna.

Journey through the town of Campo Quijano, parallel to the famous “Tren a las Nubes” ("Train to the Clouds") railway line. Admire all the stations, bridges, tunnels and viaducts it passes, including the gorge of the Quebrada del Toro. Stop to take photos of its staggering views or just appreciate its beauty.

Upon arrival at the small town of Santa Rosa de Tastil, visit the museum and see the remains of a settlement built by the Atacameño people who thrived during the 15th century at the ruins of Tastil. Then, head through the high mountain pass of the Abra Blanca and climb to a maximum altitude of 4,080 meters (13,385 feet) above sea level. Contemplate the impressive snow-covered peaks of Mount Acay. 

Make your way into the Puna de Atacama for unrivalled views of the plateau's lunar landscape. Reach the small town of San Antonio de los Cobres and break for lunch (own expense) before driving along Route 40 to keep an eye out for wildlife such as vicuñas, llamas, zuris, foxes and condors. Get a breathtaking view of the salt desert of the Salinas Grandes, and go to the Cerro de los Siete Colores ("Hill of 7 Colors") in Purmamarca. Travel along the hairpin bends of the Cuesta del Lipan, reaching an altitude of 4,170 meters (13,680 feet) above sea level.

Visit the main square and artisan market of Purmamarca before returning to Salta to get dropped off at your hotel.
  • Pick up and drop-off at downtown Salta hotels
  • Transportation by air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz minivan
  • Certified knowledgeable guide
  • Fully narrated tour
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Tips

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Passport or ID card for children
Not allowed
  • Smoking
  • Intoxication
Know before you go
• This tour involves around 2 hours of traveling through low-quality dirt roads and another 2 hours through the highway on the way back. All vehicles are of a high-quality minivan

From US$ 47.99 per person

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Product ID: 69016