Andean Experience

Day 01: APT La Rioja / P.N Talampaya. Overnight in Villa Union

We start at the airport in La Rioja and then continue to Talampaya National Park. We spend the whole day enjoying this park of unique natural beauty and great importance for its archaeological and paleontological reservation. In the afternoon, we continue to Villa Union.

Day 02: Villa Union / Ischigualasto National Park / Villa Union. Overnight in Villa Union

Today we visit this interesting Triassic Park, of rugged landscape and paleontological richness. In the morning we go through the different areas of the park. Lunch in the park. In the afternoon afternoon we do a hike up  Cerro Morado from where we get a magnificent view of the park appreciating its geological history of 248 million years, which was characterized by the expansion of the first dinosaurs and mammals.

Day 03: Villa Union / Chilecito / Chañarmuyo. Overnight at Bodega Chañarmuyo

We take Route 40 to the North along the valleys of Famatina, driving past vineyards, walnut and olive plantations and then, the spectacular Cuesta de Miranda. Arrival at Bodega Chañarmuyo. Free day to visit the winery, walk through the vineyards and enjoy this beautiful place.

Day 04: Chañarmuyo / Londres (Shincal) / Tolombón. Overnight in Tolombón

Early departure to the North. We first visit the wild Inca Site of ” Shincal”, in Catamarca and after lunch, we continue towards the mystical Calchaqui Valley.

Day 05: Tolombón / Quilmes/ Quebrada de las Conchas. Overnight in Tolombón.

In the morning we visit the archaeological site of Quilmes. In the afternoon, we continue our way to the spectacular Quebrada de las Conchas. Short hike in the area to enjoy this fantastic place of many shapes and colors.

Day 06: Tolombón / Cafayate / Cachi. Overnight in Cachi.

Early departure to the North through Route 40 driving past adobe houses of thached roofs that bring us back to ancient times. We visit San Carlos, of Jesuit roots, the magic Quebrada de las Flechas; Angastaco; Molinos with its old church, Seclantás, famous for its textile artisans and finally, the peaceful and picturesque Cachi.

Day 07: Cachi / Salta. Overnight in Salta

Free time in the morning to walk and enjoy the town. After lunch we leave for Salta through the beautiful Cardones National Park and the spectacular Cuesta del Obispo.

Day 08: Salta – City tour. Overnight in Salta

Free morning to walk around town, visit museums or go shopping to the market. In the afternoon, city tour visiting the historical area and the most relevant sites around the city.

Day 09: Jump / Quebrada de Humahuaca. Overnight in Tilcara

We head north to visit the charming Quebrada de Humahuaca. Today, we´ll find a magical landscape combined with a rich culture based on the fusion of pre-Columbian traditions with Spanish culture. We´ll visit  Purmamarca with the magical  Cerro de los Siete Colores, Maimará, Uquía, Tilcara and Humahuaca.

Day 10: Tilcara / Salinas Grandes / San Antonio de los Cobres / Salta. Overnight in Salta

We start driving up west through the spectacular Cuesta de Lipan to the immense “mirror of salt” made by the Salinas Grandes. We enjoy this magical landscape of the Puna and then take  Route 40 towards the town of San Antonio de los Cobres. After lunch we take Route 51, parallel to the tracks of the famous Tren a las Nubes, and drive through beautiful landscapes to descend to Lerma  Valley to return to Salta.

Day 11: TR out

Transfer to Salta airport. End of our services.

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA EXTENSION

Day 10: Tilcara / Paso de Jama / San Pedro de Atacama. Overnight in San Pedro

After breakfast we head West climbing the amazing Cuesta de Lipan , entering the vast plateau of the Puna. We have lunch in the village of Susques, “El Portal de los Andes” and then continue on a barren landscape and unique beauty, through salt flats and lagoons, and later peaks of the Cordillera of the Andes, down to the town of San Pedro . Arrival in San Pedro in the early evening.

Day 11: Geysers Geysers + Valley of the Moon. Overnight in San Pedro

Today we leave at 4 am to visit the Tatio Geysers (4300 m). We do a short walk to watch the activity of the various geysers and hot mud pools and then we take a thermal bath. On our way back we go down slowly, enjoying the scenery and Andean flora and fauna. Arrival in San Pedro at about 1pm. In the afternoon we visit the Magic Moon Valley where we do a gentle walk through dunes and canyons and then enjoy the sunset over the central crater of this spectacular site.

Day 12: FD Salar + highland lakes. Overnight in San Pedro

Full day in the National Reserve (7am-6pm). Visit to Laguna Chaxa in the Salar de Atacama (Habitat of endemic and migratory birds), turquoise lagoons and wetlands beneath the volcanoes (4.000mts) in a spectacular landscape where we do short walks. We also go through the Andean villages of  Toconao and Socaire, the latter with its oasis Quebrada de Jere.

Day 13: TRF San Pedro / Calama

Transfer to Calama airport. End of our services.