7-Day Best of Salta & Atacama - Humahuaca, Salt Flats, Moon Valley, Tatio Geyser

7-Day Best of Salta & Atacama - Humahuaca, Salt Flats, Moon Valley, Tatio Geyser

Explore the north of Argentina and Chile on this 7-day tour from Salta, one of traveler’s favorite cities. Visit the Salt Flats and Purmamarca, tour along the Humahuaca Gorge (a UNESCO Heritage Site) and discover the famous Pucara de Tilcara, among others. Leaving Argentina, see the best of San Pedro de Atacama, a small town in the driest desert of the world. Little adobe houses and cozy restaurants are the base to explore one of Chile’s most spectacular sceneries: The Moon Valley, Salt Mountain Range, El Tatio Geyser (geothermal field), sand dunes, thermal waters and a totally clear sky full of stars.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Salta La Linda!

Pass By: Salta, Salta, Province of Salta, Northern Argentina
Welcome to Salta! Upon arrival you will be driven to your hotel.
Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the city. Salta is the selected jumping-off point for travelers seeking to explore the North of Argentina. From here, you can visit the most outstanding natural monuments of the area: the Humahuaca Gorge, or the Seven Colours Hill in Jujuy, a bordering province which is also famous worldwide.
(Bear in mind that this is a stress-free hub: la siesta (mid-day nap) is kind of a religious ritual for locals, which means that between 1 pm and 5 pm shops are usually closed).


No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your chosen category in Salta


Day 2: Salta: Full-Day Safari to the Clouds with visit to the Salt Flats & Purmamarca

Stop At: Salta, Salta, Province of Salta, Northern Argentina
Today you’ll travel to the clouds—no exaggeration! We’ll pick you up at your hotel to start a two day trip to Purmamarca and the Great Salt Flats, a white solid ocean, 13000 feet above sea level!
On this full day trip we’ll travel along the same route of the famous Train to the Clouds, zigzagging on lonely roads between the blue sky and the high desert plains. On our way, we will visit historic ruins and small scattered villages.

Duration: 8 hours

Pass By: Campo Quijano, Campo Quijano, Province of Salta, Northern Argentina
Our first destination is the small town of Campo Quijano, best known as the Gateway to the Puna.


Pass By: Quebrada Del Toro (The Toro Gorge), from Campo Quijano to Puerta Tastil Argentina
Later, we will visit the impressive Quebrada del Toro, a natural wonder where human-sized cactus stand in a backdrop of eroded peaks which emerge from the golden sand like giant fingers. Here we’ll stop for a refreshing coffee break.


Pass By: Salinas Grandes, Llamado Puna Jujena, 4600 San Salvador de Jujuy, Jujuy, Salta Argentina
We’ll keep on traveling to Santa Rosa de Tastil, a pre-Incan city of the XIII century, and right after, to San Antonio de los Cobres, the HQ of the Pachamama (Mother Earth) Celebration. The “salty” cherry on top will be the surreal landscape of the Great Salt Flats. The natural light and reflections provide perfect opportunities for endless photo fun. Test your creativity! And be careful of where you put your feet: there are artificial water pools in the area.


Pass By: Purmamarca, Purmamarca, Province of Jujuy, Northern Argentina
At the end of your adventure in the Great Salt Flats we’ll take you to your hotel in Purmamarca, located at the base of Jujuy’s famed Seven Color Hill.


Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your chosen category in Purmamarca, Jujuy


Day 3: Full-day Humahuaca Gorge

Stop At: Quebrada de Humahuaca, Rio Grande Purmamarca Village, Humahuaca Argentina
We’ll pick you up early in the morning and take you on an adventure to the Humahuaca Gorge, declared a UNESCO Heritage Site. Humahuaca Gorge is home to a bunch of natural amazing monuments like the Seven Color Hill, the Pucará de Tilcara (a ramshackled yet well restored native fortress), the Paleta del Pintor (Painter Palette) at Maimará village, an impressive multi-colored mountain range. You’ll see some peculiar paintings of the colonial period (called Pinturas Cuzqueñas) at the little Uquía Church, and finally, pass by the famous Tropic of Capricorn milestone to reach the picturesque Humahuaca. Wander among their traditional houses and streets, and get a feel for the old-world languor that still survives in this setting. At the end of the day, we’ll drive you back to your hotel in Purmamarca.
Duration: 10 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your chosen category in Purmamarca, Jujuy


Day 4: From Purmamarca, travel to Chile - San Pedro de Atacama

Stop At: Purmamarca, Purmamarca, Province of Jujuy, Northern Argentina
In the morning, you will have the private transfer from the hotel to the bus stop in Purmamarca. You will board a public bus to San Pedro de Atacama, the gateway to the orange-tinted sands of the notoriously driest desert in the world.
You’ll cross the Andes Range through the “Paso de Jama”, one of the highest international passes in the world, and ride 200 km away (125 miles) until finally arriving in San Pedro de Atacama.
The scenic route we take will be 9 - 10 hours in which you’ll enjoy stunning Altiplano scenery. It is important to point out that today you are leaving Argentina and crossing an international border. Please, keep your passport handy!

Duration: 10 hours

Pass By: San Pedro de Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region
In this village situated on a plateau between the mountains (at 2500 m.a.s.l.), adobe houses painted white, small restaurants in dirt streets adorned with lanterns, and snow-capped peaks watch over the village in the distance.
Upon arrival, you will transfer to your hotel.


Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your chosen category in San Pedro de Atacama


Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama: Moon Valley afternoon tour

Stop At: San Pedro de Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region
After a long journey and good rest, enjoy your first morning at leisure in San Pedro de Atacama and get ready for your afternoon visit.
Sugerences: Stroll through the handicraft market to see the exquisite ceramic pieces, a speciality of the Atacameños.

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Valle De La Luna, San Pedro de Atacama Chile
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 (shared service). The world-famous Moon Valley houses a set of landscapes of incomparable beauty that resembles a fragment of the lunar landscape, to which it owes its name.
**Note: This tour starts and ends at our local operator’s office in the downtown area of San Pedro de Atacama
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your chosen category in San Pedro de Atacama


Day 6: San Pedro de Atacama: Tatio Geiser and Machuca morning tour

Stop At: Geyser del Tatio, 174a Caracoles, San Pedro de Atacama 1410000 Chile
After an early morning pick-up at your hotel (shared service), experience one of the most astonishing phenomena produced by nature! Visit the beautiful geothermal field (entrance fee not included), a manifestation of the inner heat of the Earth and take the most amazing photographs walking across the trails. At dawn, with temperatures below zero, an impressive show may be appreciated, generated by the violent steam flows that rise up to 10 Mts. Enjoy and take the best pictures! Soon after that, you will enjoy a picnic-style breakfast. On your scenic drive back to San Pedro, you will also pass by Machuca village and Putana River bofedal (wetlands).**It is not advisable to eat anything until you reach the Geysers.
Duration: 8 hours

Pass By: San Pedro de Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region
You will be dropped off at noon at San Pedro de Atacama downtown and you will have the rest of the day at leisure to have lunch, relax and if you like joining an afternoon excursion.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your chosen category in San Pedro de Atacama


Day 7: San Pedro de Atacama, end of your Adventure!

Stop At: Airport El Loa Calama (CJC), Calama, Antofagasta, Chile
At the appropriate time, you will be driven from San Pedro de Atacama to Calama Airport ‘El Loa’ (shared service).

**Notes: Schedules and the order of the visited attractions are estimated and may vary due to conditions of an operational nature such as bad weather, traffic, etc.

Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Not included

Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability"
"A current valid passport is required on the day of travel"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"*IMPORTANT: Passport name, number, nationality and date of birth are required at time of booking for all participants"
"*Hotel accommodation categories are based on service and comfort standards, not star ratings"
"*All special requirements must be advised at the time of booking. Extra tours and extra nights can be added to the original itinerary when requested in advance"
"*Infants seats must be required in advance. Availability to be confirmed by the time of booking."
"Not recommended for travelers with severe cardiac diseases due to high altitudes areas visited."
"Please advise any specific dietary requirements, restrictions or allergies at the time of booking. You may use the “Special Requirements” box for that matter"
"Near public transportation"
"Infants must sit on laps"
"Infant seats available"
"Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
"Not recommended for pregnant travelers"
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"Most travelers can participate"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers"
"Face masks required for travelers in public areas"
"Face masks required for guides in public areas"
"Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff"
"Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas"
"Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized"
"Such measures may be amended or supplemented according to the official protocol. Tatio Geysers: Due to COVID, thermal bathing is not allowed. No stop at Machuca because there are old people living there, isolated."



Hora de Inicio: Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. Comfort 12/16/2021 - 4/1/2023
Monday - Saturday:07:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Inn 12/16/2021 - 4/1/2023
Monday - Saturday:07:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Superior 12/16/2021 - 4/1/2023
Monday - Saturday:07:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Duración: 7 Days
Lugar de comienzo: Traveler pickup is offered
If you let us know in advance, you might also ask us to switch the order of the itinerary starting in
San Pedro de Atacama.
Inform us, if you are arriving by bus. We can provide transfer IN / OUT from Salta and San Pedro de Atacama Bus Terminal instead.

Airports

  • Gen Belgrano Airport, Salta Argentina



Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.

Incluye

  • 6x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 7 nights
  • 6 nights of accommodation (1 in Salta, 2 in Purmamarca, 3 in San Pedro de Atacama)
  • Tours mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transfers mentioned in the itinerary
  • Ticket air-conditioned Bus to San Pedro de Atacama (9/10 hs duration)
  • Bilingual guides (English / Spanish)

No Incluye

  • Gratuities
  • International and/or Domestic Flights
  • Unmentioned food and drink
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off in Moon Valley afternoon tour in San Pedro de Atacama
  • National Park Entrance Fees (Pucará de Tilcara, Moon Valley CLP 10.000, Tatio Geysers CLP 15.000)
  • Entry/Admission - Quebrada de Humahuaca
  • Entry/Admission - Valle De La Luna
  • Entry/Admission - Geyser del Tatio

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