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Along the Humahuaca Gorge (6 days / 5 nts)

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Places Visited:
v/   Salta
v/   Cafayate
v/   San Antonio de los Cobres
v/   Purmamarca
v/   Humahuaca´s gorge
v/   Iruya
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A short tour of the Puna, fascinating for its geology and traditional life, visiting Humuhuaca Gorge, the fortress of Tilcara, and villages like Iruya and Purmamarca lost in time.
Day 1:Arrive in Salta
Day 2:Salta (Cafayate)
Day 3:Salta (San Antonio de los Cobres) - Purmamarca
Day 4:Purmamarca (Humahuaca´s gorge) - Iruya
Day 5:Iruya - Salta
Day 6:Salta


Hotels used in this tour
(hotels can be changed on request for most tours)
Del Virrey
Del Virrey
Salta
20 de Febrero 420
8 rooms
click to see Trip Advisor report Hotel website
Hosteria Del Amauta
Hosteria Del Amauta
Purmamarca
Calle Salta No. 3
9 rooms
click to see Trip Advisor report Hotel website
Hotel Iruya
Hotel Iruya
Salta
15 rooms
click to see Trip Advisor report Hotel website
Day 1:  Arrive in Salta
Arrival and reception at the Salta airport; transfer to the hotel. Accomodation. Salta city tour visiting the Cathedral, the Government House, the Lavalle Historic Museum and the San Francisco church, including. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Salta.

Maximun altitude. 1.454 masl (4798 ft)
Day 2:  Salta (Cafayate)
Early departure from the hotel for a full day tour to Cafayate, a beautiful colonial village located in the most wonderful landscape, in the very heart of the Calchaqui Valleys. We will drive through Las Conchas river gorge, also known as Cafayate river gorge, with reddish sandstone walls, curious rock formations that have been masterfully carved by the erosion of wind and weather. All these formations have been baptized by locals according to their fancy shapes with names such as: the Amphitheatre, the Devil’s Throat, the Obelisk and the Castles. Cafayate stands surrounded by rivers and vineyards, characterized by its nice old houses that gracefully combine colonial and baroque styles. We strongly recommend a visit to its parish church, the Town Hall and the Regional and Archaeological Museum. The region is well known for its wine production among which stands the “torrontés” variety. Visit a famous winery to get in touch with the traditional production techniques and seize the chance to taste some of the finest Argentine wines. Return to Salta. Overnight in Salta.

Maximun altitude. 2.000 masl (6560 ft)

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 3:  Salta (San Antonio de los Cobres) - Purmamarca
Early departure following the route of the Train to the Clouds rails towards the Quebrada del Toro (Bull’s river Gorge). Travelling this route we will see these impressive engineering masterpiece viaducts, switch-backs and loops. Arrive at the small village of San Antonio de los Cobres. After lunch (not included) we will continue crossing the Puna up to Salinas Grandes, and start descending through the Cuesta de Lipan to Purmamarca, a typical village at the foot of the Seven Colours Hill. Overnight in Purmamarca.

Maximun altitude.4.200 masl (13776 ft)

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 4:  Purmamarca (Humahuaca´s gorge) - Iruya
Today we will enjoy part of the full day excursion to Humahuaca´s Gorge visiting typical and colourful villages such us: Tilcara with its Pucará , an old pre-Colombian native fortress partially rebuilt, and the Province’s Historic Museum and Uquia with its local parish church which holds a collection of paintings coming from Cuzco, representing the harquebusier angels. Arrive at Humahuaca, this town was founded by aborigines in 1594. Visit the church, the old Town Hall, and the Argentine Independence War’s Monument. We continue towards Iruya. Arrive at Iruya. Dinner. Overnight in Iruya.

Maximun altitude. 4.000 masl (13120 ft)

(Included meals: breakfast, dinner)
Day 5:  Iruya - Salta
Departure to Humahuaca´s gorge. On the way we will stop at Maimara to admire La Paleta del Pintor (Paintor‘s Palette). .and at San Salvador de Jujuy where we will shortly visit the main square, the Cathedral, the Town Hall, and the Government House. Arrival at Salta. Overnight in Salta.

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 6:  Salta
Transfer to the airport to board the scheduled flight.

(Included meals: breakfast)
 
Trip type:
  Shared service
(can be done privately also)