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Detailed Itinerary

Arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
In the afternoon, visit the city of Salta to explore its cobbled streets, churches and colonial buildings. During the tour, we will visit the MAAM (Archaeological Museum of High
Mountain), in charge of preserving one of the most relevant archaeological discovering of the latest decades, the “Children of Llullaillaco" mummies.
Maximum altitude: 1.152 MASL (3.380 feet)

Meal: No Meal

Departure towards the Humahuaca Gorge, UNESCO’s Mankind’s Cultural and Natural Heritage, to share an experience of Community Tourism where we will be both guests and actors. According to the availability of the seasonal crop, we will unveil different secrets of the Northern Andean gastronomy, alongside a local chef who will receive us at his own farm at the Cuesta de Lipán foothills to participate in a cooking lesson or to chat in the company of this very special local character. We will prepare and share some tea, blended with herbs that are native to the Gorge and the Puna, along homemade rolls and pastries that she will teach us to prepare while letting us know of her story and the community she represents. Accommodation in Purmamarca.
Total distance travelled: 156 km (98 miles)
Travel time: 3 hours
Maximum Altitude: 2.300 MASL (7.545 feet)

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch

In due time, we start our transfer to Maimará, a tiny town in the Humahuaca Gorge, famous for its cemetery, the Painter’s Palette formation on a nearby hillside, and the altitude wineries. We will visit Fernando DuPont’s winery, at 2.500 MASL (8.200 feet above sea level), where we will enjoy lunch.
In the afternoon, visit to the Sierras of Hornocal, also known as the mountain of 14 colors. Afterwards, we will continue to Abra Pampa to spend the night.
Total distance travelled: 202 km (126 miles)
Travel time: 6/7 hours.
Maximum Altitude: 3.507 MASL (11.500)

Meal: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

In the morning, a short drive will take us to Cochinoca, a town once located on the Inca trail that passed by. We will walk by and learn about the history of this town, which in the 17th century had 600 to 800 inhabitants, used to possess 5 churches and was an important mining hub, but over time lost its relevance. Moving on along Route 71, we will pass by the Peñas de As calte ravines, formations of volcanic origin that resemble animal shapes. After partaking in lunch at a local house, we will continue towards Cusi Cusi, another small town, with less than 250 inhabitants devoted to sheep, lamas and donkeys breeding, small-scale mining, handicraft production, and most recently the production of quinoa. A short walk in the town will allow us to learn about its history and the everyday life of these people. Accommodation in Cusi-Cusi.
Total distance travelled: 154 km (97 miles)
Travel time: 6 hours
Maximum Altitude: 3.800 MASL (12.400 feet)

Meal: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

5 kilometers from Cusi-Cusi is the so-called Moon Valley or Mars Valley, a site of volcanic rocks and scoria, with 100-meters (330 feet) high colorful rock walls where white,
grey, and various shades of red are protagonists. At this point, those willing for activity will have the chance to descend towards the bottom of the valley (1-hour walk).
In the afternoon, we continue along the mythical National Route 40 to Santa Catalina, passing by tiny towns such us Paicone, Misa Rumi, San Juan de Oros, Timón Cruz,
Oratorio, among others. In Paicone, it is interesting to see the “sounding stones", igneous rocks that when being hit toll like a bell. The scientific name of these rocks is phonolite rockstone and they are very rare in the world. However, the most notable sight in the area is the surrounding mountain slopes that seem to be huge yellow, white, crime and purple claws. We will afterwards continue to Santa Catalina for the night.
Total distance travelled: 103 km (6 miles)
Travel time: 3/4 hours.
Maximum Altitude: 3.636 MASL (11.930 ft)

Meal: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

In the morning, we will visit El Angosto, the most northern town in Argentina. It is located at 3.581 meters (11.750 feet), lain over the slope of the 4.000-meter-high (13.200 feet) Mt. Branqui, on which summit we find the boundary marker of the frontier with Bolivia. After lunch, we will visit the Mirador del Morrito lookout, a hill of barely 10 meters with a dry lagoon on its summit and some pre-Hispanic rupestrian art.
Total distance travelled: 90 km (56 miles)
Travel time: 3/4 hours
Maximum Altitude: 3.800 MASL (12.470 ft)

Meal: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

Early departure towards La Quiaca passing by Casira, a well-known town due to the excellence of its pottery. After a short visit to La Quiaca, we will continue to Yavi, declared
National Historic Town due to its general architecture, its church and the famous Marquis’ House, seat of the only marquisate ever existing in Argentine. Continuation to the
city of Jujuy.
Total distance travelled: 202 km (126 miles)
Travel time: 6/7 hours
Maximum Altitude: 3.507 MASL (11.480 ft)

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch


Needed transfers
Accommodation: 6 nights
Salta (1) - Purmamarca (1) - Abra Pampa (1) - Cusi Cusi (1) - Santa Catalina (2)
Salta: City tour with MAAM
Jujuy: Puna.
Meals: 6 breakfasts - 6 lunches - 4 dinners.


International / Domestic Airfare
Optional activities.
Meals, drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not specified on the program.
Voluntary tips for guides or drivers.
Travel and medical insurance.
Personal expenses.


Hotel Used Or Similar

Operational Notes:
Day 1: Arrival on a flight before 2PM is required.
The High Mountain Museum is closed on Mondays. Due to the closure of Cabildo (TUE) and Mercado de San Miguel (SUN), the points of interest to visit will be modified.

To keep in mind:
The tour can start or end in Salta or Jujuy. In case of starting in Jujuy, the city tour of Salta will not be included.
Accommodation in Abra Pampa, Cusi Cusi and Santa Catalina is in hostels or inns.

The staying at the Puna Jujeña (Abra Pampa, Cusi Cusi and Santa Catalina) is base category being 2-star hotels. The night at Abra Pampa can be replaced for a night in Huacalera or Humahuaca if you need better comfort.
Meals and breakfasts during the tour will be simple and with regional options.
Due to the characteristics of the Puna, such us altitude, atmospheric pressure and reduction of oxygen, we recommend people with respiratory, cardiac or pressure illneses to take extra care.

Program Touring / Guide

Private touring

Trip Highlights

Salta - Purmamarca - Abra Pampa - Cusi Cusi - Santa Catalina

Periodic Departure
26 Mar, 2024 to 30 Apr, 2024

2 pax
AUD 10,938 P P twin share
AUD 11,697 P P single

3 pax
AUD 8,206 P P twin share
AUD 9,002 P P single

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