Discovering Salta and the Atacama Desert
This 10 day tour is a convenient way to combine
the desert highlights of Argentina, and Chile,
including San Pedro de Atacama
Day 1 Salta.
Arrival and reception at Salta’s airport and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, we do a walking tour where we discover its streets, churches and colonial buildings. The visit includes the MAAM (High Mountain Archeological Museum) which is in charge of sharing and conserving the ‘Children of Llullaillaco’, one of the most important archeological discoveries in the last decades.
Maximum altitude: 1.152 MASL (3.779 ft.)
Day 2 Salta / Cafayate. B
We depart for a tour around the Calchaquíes Valleys. We pass by Del Obispo Slope, Tin Tin Straight, Los Cardones National Park, Cachi and De Las Flechas Gorge. Arrival at Cafayate.
Total travelled distance: 320 km (199 miles) Travel time: 12 hours Maximum altitude: 3.348 MASL (10.984 ft.)
Day 3 Cafayate / Salta. B
In the morning, we visit the town. After lunch (not included) departure to Salta, passing by De Las Conchas Gorge.
Total travelled distance: 197 km (122 miles) Travel time: 7 hours Maximum altitude: 1.660 MASL (5.446 ft)
Day 4 Salta / Purmamarca. B
Early in the morning, we depart travelling along Del Toro Gorge in Jujuy’s province to discover San Antonio de los Cobres. Then, continue through the Puna to Salinas Grandes Salt Flat and Purmamarca, located next to De los Siete Colores Hill.
Total travelled distance: 338 km (210 miles) Travel time: 10 hours Maximum altitude: 4.170 MASL (13.681 ft.)
Day 5 Purmamarca. B
Today we explore the Humahuaca Gorge, a Natural and Cultural Heritage Site
Total travelled distance: 476 km (296 miles) Travel time: 12 hours Maximum altitude: 3.012 MASL (9.882 ft.) 29/06/2022 204
Day 6 Purmamarca / San Pedro de Atacama. B
Early in the morning, departure towards Paso de Jama in order to continue to San Pedro de Atacama. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Time at leisure.
Maximum altitude: 4.400 MASL (16.608 ft.)
Day 7 San Pedro de Atacama. B
Today we get to know Atacama the Salt Flats and Chaxa Lagoon, which is part of Los Flamencos National Reserve. In the afternoon, we enjoy a beautiful sunset at De la Luna Valley.
Maximum altitude: 2.500 MASL (8.300 ft.)
Day 8 San Pedro de Atacama. B
Very early in the morning, departure to El Tatio Geysers, the highest geothermal field in the world where we witness the steam fumaroles activity produced by the high temperatures of its craters. Maximum altitude: 4.320 MASL (13.944 ft.)
Day 9 San Pedro de Atacama / Salta. B
At due time, return to Salta.
Maximum altitude: 2.447 MASL (8.028 ft.)
Day 10 Salta. B
Transfer to the airport.
Day 1: The Town Hall and the MAAM close on Mondays. San Miguel ‘s Market closes on Sundays. The itinerary could be modified.
Day 2: Pablo Díaz Museum closes on Mondays.
Day 3: The Vine and Wine Museum closes on Mondays.
Day 5: Please, ask for the extension to Hornocal (De los Catorce Colores Hill).
To keep in mind: From January to March the itinerary could be modified due to the rainy season.