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Puna, Andes & Salt flats from Argentina
Day 1 | Buenos Aires
Arrival at the International Airport, welcome and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure.
Accommodation: RECOLETA GRAND HOTEL www.recoletagrand.com
Day 2 | Buenos Aires - Salta
After breakfast, check out, at the appropriate time transfer to the Airport, flight to Salta, arrival and transfer to the hotel.
SOLAR DE LA PLAZA HOTEL
Day 3 | Salta – Quebrada de humahuaca – Tilcara – Purmamarca
Leaving the colonial city of Salta to the north, magical drive through a raincloud forest area, then through the Humahuaca Gorge, declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 2003, visting the prehispanic ruins of Tilcara, stroll around ancient Indian village of Purmamarca and the handicraft market.
FD, departure Salta 08:00, 300 km paved road, max. altitude 2.800 mts., hotel at 2.200 mts.
LA CASA DE PIEDRA HOTEL
CASA DE ADOBE HOTEL
Day 4 | Purmamarca - Salt Flats - Susques - San Antonio de los Cobres
Early morning walk through the 7 Colours Hill in Purmamarca, drive up the 99 or more curves of the Cuesta de Lipán, condors view and drive down to Salinas Grandes, the big saltflats, walk around and making funny pics, arriving to the ancient village of Susques, and south to the Polvorilla Viaduct, a masterpiece of 20th century engineering. FD, departure Purmamarca 09:00, 150 km paved road and 170 km gravel road, max. altitude 4.209 mts., hotel at 3.700 mts. Accommodation:
HOTEL DE LAS NUBES www.hoteldelasnubes.com
Day 5 | San Antonio de los cobres - Abra Gallo - Tolar Grande
Drive through the purest Puna, the argentine altiplano, mastering the Gallo Pass, driving through the llama producers villaje of Santa Rosa de los Pastos Grandes, along salt flats to Pocitos, a miners village. Through the Salar de Pocitos, to the Laberynth, Devils Desert to the small village of Tolar Grande. Stroll around Ojos de Mar, small lakes with a unique characteristic, live stromatolites, the first creatures on earth, which turned carbon monoxide to oxygen!
FD, departure San Antonio de los Cobres 09:00, 280 km gravel road, max. altitude 4.600 mts., hotel at 3.400 mts.
HOTEL CASA ANDINA
Day 6 | Tolar Grande – Arizaro Salts – Antofalla Salts – Antofagasta de la Sierra
Driving through extreme salt deserts, admiring the most perfect geopyramidical formation in the world, the Cono the Arita, visiting Ojos de Tierra, extinct geysers, and the Antofalla oasis, an ancient indian village. Along the way, extreme colours of long extinct? volcanoes.
FD, departure Tolar Grande 09:00, 240 km gravel road, max. altitude 4.500 mts.,
hotel at 3.300 mts.
HOTEL PUEBLO DEL SOL
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Day 7 | Antofagasta de la Sierra - Big Lagoon – Pomez Stone Fields – El Peñon
Drive to a main pink flamingo nesting and hatching spot, and then to a mars like landscape, the pumice stone field, surrounded by various volcanoes, crossing sand dunes, volcanic ash and stone hills.
FD, departure Antofagasta de la Sierra 08:00 hs, 250 km gravel and sand road,
max. altitude 4.000 mts., hotel at 3.400 mts.
HOSTERIA EL PEÑON
Day 8 | El Peñon - Santa María - Quilmes - Cafayate
Day 9 | Cafayate - Molinos - Cachi - Salta
Along the Quebrada de las Flechas Gorge to the highest comercial winery in the world, visiting the James Turrell museum, winetasting, through the colonial village of Cachi and the Los Cardones (gigant cactee) National Park back home to Salta City, where our services end.
FD, departure Cafayate 09:00, 200 km gravel road and 170 km paved road,
max. altitude 3.400 mts.
Day 10 | Salta - Buenos Aires
After breakfast, check out, transfer to the Airport, flight back to Buenos Aires, arrival and transfer to the hotel.
RECOLETA GRAND HOTEL
Day 11 | Salta - Buenos Aires
After breakfast, check out, at the appropiate time transfer to the International Airport, where our services end.
END OF OUR SERVICES
**All meals included; breakfast – lunch – tea – dinner – box lunch (when it´s neccesary) – soft drinks – wine & beer during meals – Puna – Andes & Salt Flats only
**Vehicle 4×4 with English or German speaking guide (Puna – Andes & Salt Flats) Ask us for French speaking guide.
**24 hours assistance
**Private transfers in Buenos Aires.
**Accommodation in Buenos Aires includes breakfast
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED
**Full board for staying in Buenos Aires.
**Services subject to availability at the time of booking