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Safari to the Clouds + Salinas Grandes & Purmamarca

Discover the road to the clouds, Purmamarca and Salinas Grandes in one day

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Safari to the Clouds + Salinas Grandes & Purmamarca tour information

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Starts

06.20 a.m. from the meeting point in Salta City Center

Ends

9:00 p.m. to the meeting point

Included

  • Transportation in special four-wheel drive minibus with bathroom.
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Merienda (Snack)
  • Drinks on board (water - soft drinks - coffee - tea)
  • Professional bilingual guides for all activities

Not included

  • Drinks during lunch

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Tour departure is subject to weather conditions. In case the tour is not available due to the weather, we will offer you three options: an alternative route for the same day, a change of date or a full refund of the reservation. Argentina is a country with 50% annual inflation. The prices indicated in Argentinean pesos for meals and entrance fees are only indicative and may vary.
The order of the visits could be altered, but it will not affect the content of the program. The schedules of the tickets and transports could be subject to modifications.
SAFE ADVENTURE – Covid 19
This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in small groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

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Free cancellation! You can cancel this tour and you will receive 100% refund if you cancel more than 48 hours in advance. After this time, or in case you do not show up for the tour, no refunds will be given.
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Is the Train to the Clouds the best way to travel Salta? Not always.

The Safari to the Clouds offers you the only possibility to combine the three most emblematic landscapes of the Argentine Northwest in one day. Start the day by traveling the Camino a las Nubes, a circular route that we will do in our private vehicle following the tracks of the famous Train to the Clouds. Leaving Salta, it passes through the Quebrada del Toro to San Antonio de los Cobres. Cross the Puna on Route 38 until reach the Salinas Grandes in Jujuy. Llamas and vicuñas are waiting for us on the way!

And finally, the highlight: the Cuesta de Lipán. A descent of 2,000 m in only 35 km passes from the desert landscape of the Puna to the most humid valleys in a matter of minutes, until you reach Purmamarca located at the foot of the Cerro de los Siete Colores.

Find out why making the road hides treasures you wouldn't see on the train.

Tour itinerary

todayDay 1: Road to the Clouds, Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca

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Beginning of the tour We leave at 6.30 a.m. from the meeting point. We travel one hour by road until we reach Campo Quijano, where we stop for breakfast.
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Campo Quijano Hotel Las Lomitas awaits you with a buffet breakfast. Yum! You can have tea, coffee or mate cocido. For breakfast, you have at your disposal bread, croissants, cookies and toast. Combine them with butter, jam, and the Argentinean must: dulce de leche. If you wish, you can also try coca leaf tea: a fantastic natural and traditional remedy to avoid altitude sickness.
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Quebrada del Toro We accompany the Train to the Clouds tracks in Quebrada del Toro. Here we go down to see the viaduct, which makes an impressive contrast between the industrial iron and the rural landscape of the mountains.
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Santa Rosa de Tastil Santa Rosa de Tastil was once the largest Pre-Colombian city in Argentina. It existed even before the Incas arrived.
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We take a short 15-minute walk through the ruins of this ancient place. Can you imagine how life was like there 2,000 years ago?
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San Antonio de los Cobres The town of San Antonio de los Cobres awaits us... with a delicious lunch! The chosen place is Hotel de las Nubes. We have an hour and a half to eat and enjoy the authentic gastronomy of the argentinian north.
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The meal -included in the price of the tour- is a three-step menu: entrance, main course and dessert. There are the classic options such as pasta or chicken with salad, and also the typical meals of the region. If you're the kind of person who likes to try local flavors, don't miss the delicious llama meat milanesas with andean potatoes. Are you ready to continue your journey?
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Viaducto La Polvorilla You are not alone on the road. From the window you are accompanied by the cutest animals of the Andes: llamas and vicuñas. You are on your way to Viaducto La Polvorilla, the highest point of the Train to the Clouds, at 4,200 meters above sea level... Feel the sky with your hands!
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Salinas Grandes It's time for the most classic postcard of northern Argentina: Salinas Grandes. This immense salar fascinates its visitors... And it's no wonder! The small mounds of salt and the pools of turquoise water generate spectacular views.
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Do you know which is the star activity in this place? You guessed it: photography. This landscape is perfect for you to play with perspective, jumps and strange poses. Instagramers are welcome!
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In Salinas Grandes, laughter is guaranteed. You also have a very tasty surprise that, as you’ll understand, we’ll keep as a secrete ;).
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Cuesta de Lipán One of the most striking phenomena of mother nature is how the the wildlife changes according to the altitude we are at. Be prepared: the vehicle climbs a zigzagging and steep stretch. At the top of the mountain, you have a view worthy of a great photograph.
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But we still have the best part left. On the way back, the height drops about 6500 feet (2000 meters). In a few miles, you’ll be surprised by the change of the desert from the Puna to the fertility of the more humid valleys.
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Purmamarca & Hill of Seven Colors In the afternoon we arrive at the picturesque village of Purmamarca, located at the base of the famous Hill of Seven Colors. This town is so beautiful, that great artists from Latin America have chosen it for music videos. Among them, Calle 13 and Chano from Tan Biónica.
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We make a trip through the center of the town and the house of the artisans. Here, besides being able to buy handicrafts, you see first-hand the ancestral methods the locals still use to create looms and ceramics.
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Return to Salta At 6 p.m., we start the return trip to Salta. You get a "merienda" on board of the bus -that amazing meal between lunch and dinner-. We are served an infusion with facturas, a sweet argentinian pastry. You arrive in the City of Salta at 8 p.m., with 390 miles covered and memories you'll treasure forever.
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What to bring to Safari to the Clouds + Salinas Grandes & Purmamarca

The places you will visit, and the north of Argentina in general, have a lot of thermal amplitude. In the morning and evening it can be quite cold and then during midday it can be hot. You also have to consider that in high altitude areas, the wind can be cold. That is why we recommend you dressing in several layers of clothing. This is what you should bring:
  • Passport or ID card
  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproof jacket and umbrella (between December and March)
  • Sunglasses (especially for Salinas Grandes)
  • Comfortable footwear (if possible hiking shoes or snickers)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Personal hygiene items (remember that this is a full day tour)
  • Cash (Argentinean pesos) for possible additional expenses such as crafts or soft drinks
  • Camera
  • Medication against altitude sickness (if deemed necessary).

Questions & Answers

Do you visit the museum of Santa Rosa de Tastil in the Safari to the Clouds?
We take a short walk around the ruins, but we do not visit the museum.

Does the Safari to the Clouds ever board the Train to the Clouds?
No, at no time does the Safari to the Clouds board the train. You visit the most famous viaducts, and some of the villages on the Road to the Clouds. The safari is an alternative tour that runs on the days that the train doesn't.

What are the differences between the Train to the Clouds and the Safari to the Clouds?
TheTrain to the Clouds is a classic tour, in which you spend 2 and a half hours by train and 9 by bus. The safari is completely by road, which besides visiting the most iconic points of the train, adds Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca.

So, is it better to take the Train to the Clouds or to do the Safari to the Clouds?
The Train to the Clouds is the third highest train in the world and a classic tour of northern Argentina, due to its cultural and historical richness. The Safari to the Clouds, in addition to these iconic points, combines in a single day landscapes like Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca, which are not seen on the train. Moreover, for almost the same price, it includes a three-course meal, while on the train that expense is on your own.

On the other hand, the Train to the Clouds has a capacity for 468 passengers, while the Safari to the Clouds works with small groups of less than 20 people.

The safari can be a little more physically demanding than the train. You don't need to be an athlete to go, but our senior travellers usually book the Train to the Clouds.

In conclusion: if you are interested in the Train to the Clouds, it is a fantastic tour. If you have little time in Salta and want to see more landscapes, the safari will be your most complete option.

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