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

1. From Salta: Full-Day Trip to Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca

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. Finally, return to Purmamarca, and break for lunch at one of the many traditional restaurants before returning to Salta.

From Salta: Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca & Los Colorados Hike

2. From Salta: Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca & Los Colorados Hike

After departing from central Salta, drive through the picturesque towns of Yala, Volcán, and Tumbaya. On the way, stop at the Seven Colors Hill viewpoint to appreciate the wonderful views of the multi-hued mountain illuminated by the sun. Arrive in the magical village of Purmamarca at the base of the Seven Colors Hill. Start by ascending the slopes of Cuesta del Lipán, Cuesta del Saladillo, and Abra de Potrerillos. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife including vicunas and llamas along the way. When you reach 4,150 m above sea level, be dazzled by the Salinas Grandes - a spectacular white salt plain which creates a striking contrast with the blue sky. Spend about 45 minutes at the salt plain taking in the breathtaking views.  Follow the trail back to Purmamarca where you will have free time for lunch (not included in the tour price). Take the opportunity to stroll through the charming narrow streets, admire views of the mountain, and explore the craft market. At the end of the tour, return to Salta on the bus where your tour will end.

From Salta: Full-Day Tour to Cafayate with Wine Tasting

3. From Salta: Full-Day Tour to Cafayate with Wine Tasting

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 or 2 wineries 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.

From Salta: Cafayate Day Trip with Wine Tasting

4. From Salta: Cafayate Day Trip with Wine Tasting

After departing from central Salta, head south into the stunning, red-tinged lands of rock formations and towering cliffs. The trip begins south of the province, where you’ll soak up some local culture by visiting the historic villages of the Lerma Valley. Afterwards, head to the Quebrada de las Conchas, a canyon of curiously shaped rocks, eroded for centuries by water flow and strong winds. Marvel at the complex rock formations within the ravine, from the Devil’s Throat, to the Amphitheater, to The Castles, among many other spectacular displays. After a thorough exploration, head to Cafayate to visit a vineyard to taste some of the best wines that the region has to offer, including Torrontés. After the tasting, you’ll head back to Salta through the Quebrada de las Conchas.

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

5. 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.

Salta: Shared 1-Way or Round Trip SLA Airport Transfer

6. Salta: Shared 1-Way or Round Trip SLA Airport Transfer

Start your visit to Salta off right with a 1-way or round-trip transfer between SLA International Airport and your hotel in the city center. Climb aboard an air-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver and sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey. Save yourself from lugging heavy bags and navigating the public transportation system using this door-to-door transfer service. Enjoy comfort and security, benefiting from the knowledge that all vehicles are regularly maintained to high standards. Your driver will be waiting for you in case of a flight delay.

From Salta: Full-Day Scenic Tour to Cachi

7. From Salta: Full-Day Scenic Tour to Cachi

Depart Salta and journey along Provincial Route 68, traveling through the small towns of Cerrillos, La Merced and El Carril. Then, drive along 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 and natural walls en route to the summit at 3,348 meters above sea level. Look for condors flying above, and marvel at the majesty of the "King of the Sky." Get a stunning view of El Valle Encantado ("The Enchanted Valley"), where the scenery is like something out of a fairytale. Notice how the landscape changes as you leave the sub-tropical valleys to go to Recta del Tin Tin, built during the time of the Incas. Travel through the Parque Nacional los Cardones ("National Park of the Cactus"), named for its abundance of cardon grande cactus bush formations. 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. Pick up some souvenirs in the craft market and enjoy some free time to shop before the return drive to Salta.

From Salta: Cachi and Los Cardones National Park Tour

8. From Salta: Cachi and Los Cardones National Park Tour

Leaving the fertile Lerma Valley behind, we ascend through Escoipe Gorge and continue along the imposing Cuesta del Obispo and Enchanted Valley, surrounded by mountains. After visiting The Windmill Stone (at 3,400 meters above sea level) you will be crossing Los Cardones National Park. The magical little town of Cachi, located at the foot of the snow-capped mountain of the same name (6,320 meters above sea level) is characterized by its colonial-style facades, with large houses sitting on the edge of narrow, cobbled streets. We will visit the Lerma Valley, El Carril, El Maray, Calchaquí Valley, Escoipe Gorge, Cuesta del Obispo, Enchanted Valley, The Windmill Stone (3348 meters above sea level), Recta del Tin Tin (an 11-kilomoters long road built by the Incas), Los Cardones National Park (the only high-altitude National Park in Argentina), Sighting of Cachi's Snowpeaks (6,380 meters above sea level) and 2 free hours Cachi town.

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

9. 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.

From Salta: Salinas Grandes with Purmamarca

10. From Salta: Salinas Grandes with Purmamarca

This full day tour departs from Salta. We will discover the most interesting places. Marvel at the 7-colors hill. Pose for creative and imaginative photos at the amazing white salt pans of Salinas Grandes, and why not buy some souvenirs at the famous Purmamarca handicraft market. Get surprised by the natural wonders. Look for colorful handicrafts in the Purmamarca market. This tour visits: San Salvador de Jujuy, Volcán, Purmamarca, Cuesta del Lipán, Abra del Potrerillo, Chañi Snowpeek, 40 minutes to 1 hour of free time in Salinas Grandes. Return to Purmamarca and 2 free hours there. Within those 2 hours, you will have the chance to participate in the Paseo de los Colorados (between 30 to 40 minutes).

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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 cool excursion! We were very lucky with our guide - Angie is very charming and extremely interesting to listen to. The excursion itself was interactive, there was no time to get bored. We were introduced not only to the most beautiful places, but also to culture and folklore. And all this with humor and ease. The guide spoke excellent Spanish (her native language, of course), but also English, there were no problems in understanding. Thanks a lot! I highly recommend this excursion!

The trip was good our guide Vanessa was great she explained everything in Spanish and English. The transportation was great and we stopped at lots of places. However, we did have to pay extra for the wine tasting and tour 3,000 pesos per person when we got there and we arrived home 2 hours later than it said. But overall was a good day out with a great guide and bus driver

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

All good. Driver on time, friendly, helpful with luggage. Drove appropriately.