Andean Combined Expeditions
You may have heard about the Puna Salteña, its ancestral pre-inca origins, its isolated mining towns as San Antonio de los Cobres and the legendary "Train to the Clouds" that crossing stunning mountain landscape along tunnels, bridges, zig-zags and loops climbs up to 4,200 m. in the immensity of the northern Andes in Argentina. We meet you up there in order to start traveling by vehicle, instead of returning to Salta by train along same railroad. We have added to this experience a lot of fun. We will explore the snow-capped peaks that further north of San Antonio give frame to the salt flats. Also, the humid beauty of the Cloudforest and the traditional Humahuaca Canyon. The result is two or three days of adventure, lot of fun, Andean atmosphere and Natural History at its best.
|1)- The Classic Expedition: ( 2 days / 1 night)|
includes : Tour to Salinas Grandes, Lipan slope and Purmamarca. One night accommodation in Hostería w / breakfast. Tour along the Cloudforest w/ picnic lunch. Full time service of one of our professional english speaking guides, transportation in an adequate private vehicle as well as all permissions, entrances and tickets to private reserves and national parks.
|2)- The Expedition with Humahuaca: ( 3 days / 2 nights )|
It includes: Tour to Salinas Grandes, Lipan slope and Purmamarca plus Humahuaca Canyon with typical lunch. Two nights accommodation in Hostería w/ breakfast. Tour along the Cloudforest w/ picnic lunch. Full time service of one of our professional english speaking guides, transportation in an adequate private vehicle as well as all permissions, entrances and tickets to private reserves and national parks.
Please note: Depending on time and availability we can provide booking and issuing service for the "Tren a Las Nubes" (Train to the Clouds) tickets. This way we combine our services with the train schedule on Day 1 of this excursion.
|3)- The Long Andean Expedition: (6 days / 5 nights)|
Train to the Clouds, Humahuaca Canyon, Calchaquíes Valleys and the Aconquija Mount.
Six days of adventure and fun exploring the most amazing Andean landscape. We start traveling in the Train to the Clouds and proceed by vehicle from San Antonio visiting the Salinas Grandes, Lipan and Purmamarca.
the second full day to Humahuaca Canyon while the contrast with green
Cloudforest will materialize when exploring the Santa Laura mountain pass.
Then, it is the Condor and the Cactus-tree country when we visit Los Cardones Nat. Park offering excellent opportunities for Nature photography. Following the course of the Calchaquí river southwards, we reach Molinos.
We tour along the Arrows Gorge and taste famous wines in Cafayate. Hiking the impressive Quilmes ruins, visiting the Amaicha Museum and the vision of endless valleys from the Aconquija summit, will help us to understand the importance that this region had for ancient cultures.
Strange geological formations and mineral colors along the Las Conchas Canyon will give adequate frame to conclude our trip back in Salta.
|4)- Atacama Overland Expedition, the ways of desert :(6days / 5nights)|
Starting off our road odyssey from the colonial city of Salta westwards and up into the Andes Cordillera, we will visit pre-inca archaeological site in Tastil, and explore its labyrinthine streets.
we visit San Antonio de los Cobres mining town and La Polvorilla pass
where the "Train to the Clouds" gives its breathtaking last run.
On our second journey we cross the great expanses of Salinas Grandes and Olaroz-Cauchari salt flat watching rheas and vicuñas running freely on the slopes while Andean Condors soar above snow capped volcanoes. Crossing dramatic volcanic landscape and blue desert lakes we arrive to San Pedro de Atacama village, at the entrance to one of the most barren areas in the world, the Atacama Desert.
We spend two full days here exploring the surrounding stark moonscapes, the desert and its oases. We may treat ourselves with thermal bath at El Tatio Geysers and hikes amidst strange geological formations in Valle de la Luna. Also, we will visit the impressive Atacama salt flat with its shallow brackish lagoons where Andean Flamingoes congregate and the archaeological Tulor village to learn about the Atacamensis ancient culture.
On our return to Argentina across the Jama pass we´ll enjoy astonishing views of the Altiplano and visit Purmamarca and Tilcara towns. The Cloudforest in Santa Laura mountain pass will give a contrasting green biodiversity over the end of our tour before reaching Salta after six days of a truly unique travel experience in South America.