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From Salta: Serranías del Hornocal & Hill of 14 Colors Tour

1. From Salta: Serranías del Hornocal & Hill of 14 Colors Tour

Depart from Salta and begin your drive towards the iconic landscapes of Argentina. During your tour visit the villages of San Salvador de Jujuy, Tumbaya, Purmamarca, Maimará, Tilcara, Uquía, and Huacalera. See the hills of Cerro de los 7 Colore, the scenic Paleta del Pintor, the pre-Incan archaeological ruins of El Pucará de Tilcara, and the Cuzco paintings in Uquía. Once you arrive in Uquía, switch vehicles to ride a 4WD vehicle. Take the road to Hornocal and enjoy panoramic views. On the return, have a short stop in Humahuaca before returning to Salta.

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

2. 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.

Full-Day Tour to Humahuaca from Salta

3. Full-Day Tour to Humahuaca from Salta

On this full-day tour you’ll travel from Salta city to San Salvador de Jujuy. This is where your adventure begins, with visits to the towns of La Quebrada de Humahuaca. The first of the towns on the itinerary is Purmamarca, with the spectacular Cerro de Siete Colores (Hill of 7 Colors) rising behind it. Take a walk to the principal square, where craftsmen display and sell their work. Afterwards, visit the church, which played an important role in local history. From the road you’ll be able to see the Paleta del Pintor Hill, before arriving in Humahuaca town. Enjoy a break for lunch and take some time to explore the town. Admire the impressive Monumento de la Independencia (Independence Monument). As you make your way back to Salta, you'll visit a chapel built 700 years ago that has an altar covered in gold. You’ll also get to see priceless paintings of the Cusco School and a small monument marking the imaginary line of the Tropic of Capricorn. Stop in Tilcara town for a walk to its main square and church. There will also be time here to visit the Anthropology Museum. The final stop on the tour is Las Ruinas Incaicas del Pucara de Tilcara. These ruins date back to a society even older than the Incas.

From Salta: Cafayate, Humahuaca & Salinas Grandes 3-Day Tour

4. From Salta: Cafayate, Humahuaca & Salinas Grandes 3-Day Tour

DAY 1: Depart Salta and head south along Provincial Route 68, offering panoramic views of the farms and tobacco plantations of the Lerma Valley. Admire the new and old tobacco chimneys made of adobe and clay, and see tobacco leaves being dried under the sun. Pass the town of Alemania and marvel at the red mountains and rock formations of attractions such as the "Devil´s Throat" and "House of the Parrots." Upon arrival in Cafayate, visit 1 winery to learn more about the local wine industry and famous Torrontes wines. After lunch, journey back to Salta via a different route to see a completely different landscape from the morning drive. Day 2: On this full-day tour you’ll travel from Salta city to San Salvador de Jujuy. This is where your adventure begins, with visits to the towns of La Quebrada de Humahuaca. The first of the towns on the itinerary is Purmamarca, with the spectacular Cerro de Siete Colores (Hill of 7 Colors) rising behind it. Take a walk to the principal square, where craftsmen display and sell their work. Afterward, visit the church, which played an important role in local history. From the road, you’ll be able to see the Paleta del Pintor Hill, before arriving in Humahuaca town. Enjoy a break for lunch and take some time to explore the town. Admire the impressive Monumento de la Independencia (Independence Monument). As you make your way back to Salta, you'll visit a chapel built 700 years ago that has an altar covered in gold. You’ll also get to see priceless paintings of the Cusco School and a small monument marking the imaginary line of the Tropic of Capricorn. Stop in Tilcara town for a walk to its main square and church. There will also be time here to visit the Anthropology Museum. Day 3: 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.

From Salta: 4-Day Trip in Salta Province & Salinas Grandes

5. From Salta: 4-Day Trip in Salta Province & Salinas Grandes

DAY 1. Tour to Cafayate. Travelling the Provincial Route 68, exploring panoramic views of the farms and tobacco plantations of the Lerma Valley. Pass the town of Alemania and marvel at the red mountains and rock formations of attractions such as the "Devil´s Throat" and "House of the Parrots." Upon arrival in Cafayate, visit 1 winery to learn more about the local wine industry and famous torrontes wines. Following lunch, journey back to Salta via a different route to see a completely different landscape from the morning drive. DAY 2. Tour to Cachi. Travel the Provincial Route 68 and then the 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 en route to the summit at 3,348 masl. Travel through the Parque Nacional los Cardones ("National Park of the Cactus") 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. DAY 3. Tour to Salinas Grandes. 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. DAY 4. Tour to Hornocal. Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned van and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the National Route 9 on the way to Jujuy province where we visit the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a narrow mountain valley declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Stop in Purmamarca and admire the Hill of Seven Colors and its striking red and orange hues before exploring the main square and local craft stands. Continuing along Route 9, we reach the town of Humahuaca, located at 2,939 meters above sea level. Wander down to the Church of La Candelaria and visit the Independence Monument before enjoying free time for lunch. After lunch, enjoy 45 minutes of free time to explore Hornocal and its Hill of Fourteen Colors. Return along Route 9 to Salta City.

From Jujuy: Quebrada de Humahuaca, Purmamarca and Tilcara

6. From Jujuy: Quebrada de Humahuaca, Purmamarca and Tilcara

A ride through an impressive gorge, with hills full of colors due to thousands of years of oxidation of the minerals within them. Towns, culture and its people are the protagonists of the tour. Duration: 8 hours. (approx.) Round trip transfers to and from meeting points. Total mileage: 128 km. Maximum height 3012 meters above sea level. Pick up from San Salvador de Jujuy from 09:00 a.m. We will travel to Humahuaca City, a Unesco-declared World Heritage Site, on the outskirts of the province of Jujuy. This tour will allow us to appreciate the most impressive colors of the Argentine North, its culture, its unique towns and its people. We will start from San Salvador de Jujuy, visiting Purmamarca as the first stop where we will find the majestic 7-colors Hill; Tilcara; Humahuaca, the largest town in the gorge; Uquía, a small town where the church of San Francisco de Paula is located, dating from the 17th century, where the ancient paintings of the Arcabuceros Angels reside; Huacalera, where we step on the imaginary line of the Tropic of Capricorn and finally: The Painter's Palette in Maimará. The longest stop will be in Humahuaca City, where you can have lunch and try the best regional dishes with llama meat. You'll also get to know the town, where culture and history takes over the streets. Carnival is a main theme in this place, since it is the epicenter of this celebration. After lunch, we start our way back, alternating the stops if necessary. *In case of departure from Purmamarca, we will not visit the stops between the city of Jujuy and that point. *In case of departure from Tilcara, we will not visit the stops between Jujuy and that point.

From Salta: Quebrada de Humahuaca, Purmamarca and Tilcara

7. From Salta: Quebrada de Humahuaca, Purmamarca and Tilcara

We will be visiting a destination renowned as Natural and Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO) crossing the homonymous "Humahuaca" Gorge, discovering incredible landscapes and sights, towns and cultures. We'll visit unique towns, such as Purmamarca, famous for the 7-colors Hill, Maimará with its colorful slopes called The Painter's Palletes. Tilcara stands out for its Pucará (a fortress in high mountains) which's ruins have been partially destroyed. The tour also visits Uquia's chapel, built in the 17th century, worked in laminated gold. The destination: Humahuaca City is the Gorge's largest town, with cobbled streets and iron lampposts on the corners. It is also the highest point of the route, at 2,940 meters above sea level. The main attractions in the town are: The Independence Monument, Cathedral Church and The Municipal Building. San Salvador de Jujuy, Quebrada de Humahuaca: Volcano, Tumbaya, Purmamarca (the 7-colors hill), Maimará (the Painter's Palette), Tilcara, Huacalera (Tropic of Capricorn), Uquía and 2 free hours in Humahuaca.

From Jujuy: Serranías de Hornocal with Quebrada de Humahuaca

8. From Jujuy: Serranías de Hornocal with Quebrada de Humahuaca

A tour through an impressive gorge, where colors predominate on the hills, thanks to thousands of years of oxidation of the minerals in them. The towns, landscapes, culture and its people are the main protagonists of this tour. Duration of the tour: 8 hours. (approx.) Round trip transportation to and from meeting points. Total mileage: 127 km. Maximum altitude reached during the tour: 3012 meters above sea level. Pick up from San Salvador de Jujuy starting at 9am. We will travel to Humahuaca city, an Unesco-declared World Heritage Site, towards the outskirts of Jujuy, just a few kilometers away from the border with Bolivia. This tour will allow us to appreciate the most impressive colors of the Argentine North, its culture, its unique towns and its people. We will depart from the city of Jujuy, taking National Road 9 to later enter and have the opportunity to know the great Humahuaca Gorge, recognized for its imposing landscapes and its picturesque towns such as Volcán, Purmamarca where we will find the majestic Cerro de los 7 Colores; Tilcara; Humahuaca, the largest town in the gorge; Uquía, a small town where the church of San Francisco de Paula is located, dating from the 17th century, where the ancient paintings of the Arcabuceros Angels reside, coming from Cuzco-Peru, painted at the time of colonization; Huacalera, where we step on the imaginary line of the Tropic of Capricorn and finally, La Paleta del Pintor in Maimará. We'll be have 2 free hours in Humahuaca, where you can have lunch and try the best regional dishes with llama meat and also get to know the town, where culture takes over the streets. Carnival is a main theme in this place, since it is the epicenter of this celebration. After lunch, we start our way back, alternating the stops. Once you arrive in Uquía, you'll be boarding a 4WD vehicle, and then the road to Hornocal will begin to enjoy these magnificent panoramic views. On the way back there is a stop in Humahuaca for 20 minutes. It is recommended to bring lunch or snacks to eat since there is no time to stop at a restaurant in Humahuaca *In case of departure from Purmamarca, we will not visit the stops between the city of Jujuy and that point. *In case of departure from Tilcara, we will not visit the stops between Jujuy and that point.

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From Salta: Cafayate, Humahuaca, Cachi, & Salinas Grandes

10. From Salta: Cafayate, Humahuaca, Cachi, & Salinas Grandes

Join four full-day tours from Salta, exploring the town of Cafayate, Las Conchas Gorge and its wineries, Humahuaca’s magical towns and colorful mountains, Cachi nestled amid mountains and Cardones National Park, and Salinas Grandes salt flats. Itinerary: Humahuaca Gorge Purmamarca and 7-colors Hill Tilcara Maimará Huacalera and Tropic of Capricornio Uquía Lipan Slope Salinas Grandes Colorados Trekking Escoipe Gorge Visit the Cuesta del Obispo Los Cardones National Park Visit to spice grocers Photo stops at Cuesta del Obispo, Los Cardones National Park Visit to a winery in Cafayate Las Conchas Gorge Calchaquíes Valleys Wine Route Devil's throat Amphitheater

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4.5
(132 reviews)

Our guide Leo, and the 2 drivers were the best. Leo, in particular was like a long-lost brother- caring, kind, helpful and oh so informative. The van, though old, was reliable - no breakdowns. It was a long day trip 14 hours. But such fun, all because of Leo whose laughs, jokes and stream of information, kept the trip light and cheerful. We stopped at Pumaramarca and the ceramic factory before reaching Hornacal. A jeep drove us to the panorama. The mountains are a breathtaking natural wonder characterized by their vibrant and diverse hues. They display a mesmerizing palette of reds, oranges, yellows, and greens, creating a stunning and surreal landscape. The colors are caused by mineral deposits and sedimentary layers, which have been shaped over millions of years by geological processes. We were captivated by the striking beauty of these mountains.

We enjoyed this day trip. It's true that it is a lot of driving, as per the other reviews, but if you want to see the 7 coloured and 14 coloured mountain in a day then there really is no other choice. The other stops were short and mainly photo spots or toilet stops. We chose to see Hornocal The 14 coloured mountain instead of having time for lunch in Humahuaca but it was definitely worthwhile. It was pouring with rain but the mountain was still magnificent to see. It's a long day but the landscapes on the way are definitely worth all the driving. The tour guide was good too, very friendly and funny.

Very good excursion, even a little long! (7 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.) but well worth the price and time. The Jeep ride/safari alone is worth the price of the tour, not to be missed to see Hornocal at its best. César, the driver is highly competent and Luis, the guide, filled our heads with relevant information while using humor and consideration. To do!

It was a long day but packed with a wonderful itinerary which was made more enjoyable by our enthusiastic guide Leonardo.

Aside from the involuntary bus stop (problem with air conditioning), great. Very beautiful views. Highly recommended