Puna and Salinas tour characteristics
|DEPARTURE / RETURN||Central location accommodations.|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Between 7 / 7:45 am.|
|RETURN TIME||9 pm approx.|
|WHAT TO BRING?||Comfortable sportswear, sneakers with sole, cap, sunglasses, a coat and sunscreen. How is the weather in northern Argentina?|
The Salinas tour starts in Salta city
These countryside villages are considered the cradle of Salteño folk and handicraft.
This canyon is a geographical collision situated between Campo Quijano and “Tastil”.
Entering the Quebrada del Toro
Tracks and Train to the Clouds viaduct
At the entrance of the canyon, we can enjoy the view of “El Toro” viaduct. Is where the Train to the Clouds passes.
We cross the canyon via the narrow Route 51, with on our left side the Toro river and on our right side, the imposing mountains.
Typical vegetation for the North of Argentina: Cardon
Actually in the region of Salta and Jujuy, it is a protected kind. That is, by law it is forbidden to cut these plants.
Without a doubt, the Cardon is a symbol of Salta and Jujuy region. You may as well see this cactus while passing through the National Park Los Cardones, as part of tour to Cachi.
Santa Rosa de Tastil
The Museum of Tastil, and is housed in a building more than 200yrs old, originally a horse stable.
In here, the museum displays fabrics, pottery, masks, and other aspects of local culture.
An interesting part is without a doubt the Abra de Muñano, 3953m high, where you can enjoy the tranquillity and the scenery of this region.
While going up this hill, the cardones are disappearing according with the altitude.
San Antonio de los Cobres
This village owes its name to presence of big reserves of cupper in the surroundings.
Windows measure approximately 50x50cm, designed in this intelligent way to keep out the strong winds, especially during the cold nights.Arrival to San Antonio village is foreseen at 1pm, the time where will have lunch.
Generally the group has lunch together in a place recommended by the guide. Nevertheless, some tourists bring their own lunchbox and use this half hour lunch break to explore the village.
The road to Puna region, wild animals like the Vicuña
At this phase, we can observe the most typical animals of this region: the Vicuña.Vicuñas are the smallest camel types in the North of Argentina, weighing between 40 and 50kg.
These animals are very common in this area, whilst no other species can support the meteorological conditions in the Andean highlands.
We can see this animals freely wandering in the middle of this enormous highland plateau. The characteristics of these animals is the ability to cope with the climate of extremes in this huge high altitude desert called the Puna: warm and sunny afternoons, as opposed to freezing temperatures at night.
The Great Salt Flats: a salt lake shared between Salta and Jujuy
This desert has a surface of 212km2, makes it an ideal place to play with perspectives through the lens of your camera.
You will also find the “house of salt”, as well as different sculptures out of salt.
The Hill or Cuesta of Lipan
The winding road leads us, almost like a snake, up the mountain to Lipan, which is located in the district of Tumbaya, Jujuy at 4170m above sea level.
As we work our way up, the landscape is getting more and more spectacular and arid.
Once arrived at this open space, we find craftsmen working with rocks and stones from the area.
Purmamarca and its Mountain of 7 Colours
Purmamarca is one the most important pieces of paradise at the beginning of the Quebrada de Humahuaca.
It is a place to fall in love with because of its natural beauty, its architecture of precious houses and its narrow streets.
After visiting the village, we return to Salta by highway.
It is also possible to do this same circuit, but with a differential service. In this case, we recommend reading the description of Movitrack, Safari to the Clouds.
Tour package that includes Salinas and Quebrada de Humahuaca
There is a promotional 2 days package that includes Quebrada de Humahuaca tour and Salinas Grandes tour. It is done in 2 days that do not need to be consecutive. We are talking about Pack 4 “Salt & Quebrada”.
Take advantage of the discount of booking these pack benefiting from a discount of 15% aprox.
For a more complete pack, you can take a look to the most complete tour package from Salta.