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Safari of the Clouds + Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca and Humahuaca
The most complete way to get to know Salta and Jujuy in two days
The 2-day Safari to the Clouds is the perfect combination with which you can also get to know the towns of the Quebrada de Humahuaca in Jujuy. On the first day, you will follow the Camino a las Nubes by road, discovering the most iconic points along which the Train to the Clouds passes. You will also visit the Salinas Grandes salt flats in Jujuy and the iconic town of Purmamarca, where you will spend the night.
On the second day, departing from Purmamarca, you will travel through the Quebrada de Humahuaca. Where we are expected: Tilcara, the church of Uquía and Humahuaca.
Buckle up: the road is waiting for us!
- Transportation for the whole journey
- Breakfast; lunch and merienda (snack) on the first day
- Drinks on board (water - soft drinks - coffee - tea)
- Professional bilingual guides for all activities
- Entrance to Pucará de Tilcara (200 Argentinean pesos)*
- Dinner on the first day
- All meals on the second day
- Accommodation in Purmamarca
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.
Day 1: Road to the Clouds, Salinas Grandes & Purmamarca
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.
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.
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.
Santa Rosa de Tastil
Santa Rosa de Tastil was once the largest Pre-Colombian city in Argentina. It existed even before the Incas arrived.
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.
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!
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.
Cuesta de Lipán
One of the most striking phenomena of Mother Nature, is how the type of life changes according to the altitude in which we are. Get ready: the vehicle is going up a zigzagging, steep stretch. At the top of the mountain, you have a view worthy of a great photograph.
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.
Day 2: Quebrada de Humahuaca
Between 10 and 10:30 a.m. you are picked up depending on your location. If your accommodation is on the highway, you are picked up at the front door. If your accommodation is within the village, you are picked up at the bus station. Don't worry! Purmamarca is a very small village. The maximum distance you'd have to walk to the station is around 400 meters.
The tour continues through Tilcara: another Andean town that obsesses Latin American artists. Groups like Soda Stereo, Intoxicados and Calle 13 have recorded their music videos here.
Humahuaca was once the commercial center of the ancient Viceroyalty of Upper Peru. With its narrow, cobbled streets, it maintains the essence of colonial times. We hope you are hungry: you have two free hours to eat and tour the town. There are many options, and the guides recommend you places according to your tastes. A three-step menu without drinks costs around 300 Argentine pesos (5 dollars). You can try typical northern food, such as empanadas, milanesa de llama or cabrito stew.
Uquía Full stomach, happy heart.
The journey continues in Uquía. Its church treasures one of the most important collections of the Cuzco School's paintings. This genre was very famous in Colonial America for mixing European techniques with the cosmovision of Indian and mestizo painters.
At 4:00 p.m., you arrive in a nice little town. There you find a solar clock that marks the passage of the Tropic of Capricorn through the province.
To finish this tour, we have an amazing highlight: Maimará. This is where the hill La Paleta del Pintor (The Paintor's Palette) is located. Its strange shapes and beautiful colors make it the favorite photograph of many travelers.
Return to Salta
At around 6 p.m., you return to the city of Salta. You arrive at approximately 8:00 p.m., ready to rest after two incredible days.
What to bring to Safari of the Clouds + Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca and Humahuaca
- 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)
- Lip balm
- Personal hygiene items (remember that this is a two-day tour)
- Change of clothes for the second day
- Cash (Argentinean pesos) for possible additional expenses such as food; crafts or soft drinks.
- Medication against altitude sickness (if deemed necessary).