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7-Day Salta & Atacama: Humahuaca-Purmamarca, Cafayate, Moon Valley, Tatio Geyser

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Discover why Salta is called “the very beautiful” by visiting its different regions full of contrast: from the Mountain Range with steep mountain paths and multicolor hills to Salt flats, plains, small valleys and cities that seem to be stopped in time. Learn about denizens traditions and customs, and taste its excellent local cuisine.
Cross the Andes to explore the small town located in the Atacama Desert and be amazed by its singular landscapes, quite unlike anywhere else on earth: Vast salt flats and active geysers are the main attractions.
You can choose between 3 types of accommodation: Inn, Comfort or Superior, depending on your preferences and you will have breakfast included each morning at your hotel or during your excursion. Lunches and Dinners are at your own expenses, and your guides will be happy to recommend places for you to taste local cuisine.
For details on each day of the tour, please see the Itinerary below:
Itinerary
Day 1 – Salta  

Upon arrival you will be driven to your hotel (private service), having the rest of the afternoon to explore the town. Since city stress has not arrived here, bear in mind that during nap time most of shops are closed.

Overnight: accommodation included

 

Day 2 - Salta - Full Day Humahuaca

Today you will depart in a tour along the Humahuaca Gorge, declared a UNESCO Heritage Site. The first destination will be Purmamarca, a town well known for its Seven Colour Hill which can be seen from the village streets and the handcraft market bordering the main square. To explore the rich indeginous history you will also visit places such as Maimará, at the foot of the “Paleta del Pintor” (it’s a photo stop on the road), Tilcara, and it´s famous “Pucará de Tilcara”, the Capricorn Tropic, Uquía (Cuzco School paintings) and the small town of Humahuaca, the village the Gorge is named after. On the way back to Salta, you will also visit San Salvador city, the capital of JUJUY province. (No tickets included on the tour)

 

** The itineraries can be changed due to weather and roads conditions.

 

Overnight: accommodation included
Meals included: Breakfast 

Day 3 - Salta - Full Day Cafayate

Head south along the Conchas Gorge to the picturesque town of Cafayate in the heart of Argentina's northern wine region. On the way, stop and admire the many stunning geological wonders such as the Devil's Throat (a deep and narrow canyon) and the Amphitheater (formation with excellent acoustics). Next, you will find El Sapo (The Frog), El Obelisco (The Obelisk) and Los Castillos (The Castles), which resemble what they were named after. In Cafayate you will get to visit one of the beautiful wine cellars and will also have free time to stroll the town which has colonial and baroque-style houses and is also located in one of the most popular regions in the Calchaqui Valley. Return to Salta in the afternoon.

** The itineraries can be changed due to weather and roads conditions.

 

Overnight: accommodation included
Meals included: Breakfast 

 

Day 4 - Salta / San Pedro De Atacama

At appropriate time, you will be transferred to the bus station (private service) to take a bus to San Pedro de Atacama. During the bus journey, you will cross the Andes thorough the "Paso de Jama", one of the highest international passes in the world. The trip takes about 12 hours during which you will enjoy stunning Altiplano scenery.
It is important to point out that today you are leaving Argentina and crossing the international border to Chile. Please, keep your passport handy.
Upon arrival at the bus station you will be driven to your hotel (shared service).

Overnight: accommodation included
Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 5 - San Pedro De Atacama - Moon Valley Tour

After breakfast, you will have the whole morning to enjoy activities on your own.
In the afternoon you will visit a National Reserve located in one of the world’s driest and most hostile zones of the world: the Atacama Desert. Please remember that National Park Fees are not included since they should be paid locally.

Once inside the Reserve, you will visit a geological phenomenon known as Salt Mountain Range and will admire the landscape from different spots, to then immerse into the deepness of the Earth, while visiting the salt caves. You will as well understand the delicacy of the clay while visiting the Tres Marias, sculptures craved by nature. For the perfect closure, you will admire the dusk on the Great Dune, from where you will be able to see the Andes, Domeyko mountain range and the Salt mountain range.

Note: This tour starts and ends at our operator’s office in San Pedro de Atacama.

Overnight: accommodation included
Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 6 - San Pedro De Atacama - Half Day Tatio Geysers Tour & Machuca

After an early morning pickup at your hotel, experience one of the most astonishing phenomena produced by nature! Visit the beautiful geothermal field, manifestation of the inner heat of the Earth. Take the most amazing photographs walking across the tracks over the field. Have the unique opportunity to swim in the Tatio spring waters, rich in minerals. Go along the imposing Andes mountain range, and participate in the adventure of observing native plants and animals in their natural habitat. Your breakfast will be provided when the sun rises during this tour. On your way back, you will also have a short visit to Machuca village. Please remember that National Park Fees are not included. You will have the rest of the afternoon at leisure to enjoy activities on your own.

Overnight: accommodation included
Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 7 - San Pedro De Atacama

At the appropriate time, you will be driven to Calama airport (about two hour away- shared service).

Meals included: Breakfast
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