Salta Adventure Week

An exclusive trip with the Socompa quality.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel
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Salta Adventure Week / Day 1

7 Days program

Salta | Arrival

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Duration

Estimated driving time 15 min.

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Distance

7 km / 4 ml paved road. 250 km /  155 ml camino de tierra y ripio.

Altitude

Salta 1.200 m. / 3.937 f.

Meals Included​

Gourmet dinner.

Arrival to the City of Salta, our guide will meet you at the Airport.

Salta is a colonial town in the Northwest of Argentina with the best conserved Hispanic architecture surrounded by mountains and a green valley called Valle de Lerma.

Transfer to Finca Valentina, a charming country house in the outskirts of Salta City, located just a few minutes away from the Airport.

Afterwards, you will have time to relax and enjoy yourself by requesting any of the following services, horseback riding through the Finca, massage session or cooking classes with the Chef, these services are subject to availability. Gourmet dinner is included.

Salta Adventure Week / Day 2

7 Days program

Salta | Cuesta del Obispo | Cachi | Molinos.

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Duration

Estimated driving time 4 hs.

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Distance

132 km /82 ml paved road. 40 km / 25 ml gravel road. 

Altitude

highest point 3.457 m. / 11.342 f. La Paya 2.280 m. / 7.480 f. 

Meals Included​

Breakfast and lunch.

The road between Salta and La Paya is one of the most spectacular paths of the Argentinean Northwest.

We will pass through four different ecosystems, from the green jungle of the Yungas to the semi deserted Calchaquí Valley. 33 km of mountain will bring us closer to Paso Piedra del Molino at 3.457 meters with condors flying in the blue sky, guanacos and wild donkeys amongst thousands of cardones, the local species of giant cactus.

There will be time for a walk in a small red desert rarely visited and a moment to relax under a cozy molle in the white colonial village of Cachi, where the sun shines almost all year round.

We will spend the night in Hacienda de Molinos.

Salta Adventure Week / Day 3

7 Days program

Molinos | La Paya | Cuevas de Acsibi | Road of Artisans | Quebrada de las Flechas | Glamping Siilu Wasi

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Duration

Estimated driving time 2 hs.

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Distance

70 km / 43 ml gravel road.

Altitude

highest point 2.400 m / 7.874 f. Molinos 2.020 m. / 6.627 f.

Meals Included​

Breakfast and lunch.

Transfer to the little town of Seclantás in the heart of the valley and encounter with our local guide.

This day we will hike to the Acsibi Caves, stone and clay formations in a canyon located inside one of the biggest private Finca’s of Salta.

Our guide is part of a large family that own this land since colonial times. He knows the area very well and has created an amazing circuit.

The history of the land of Acsibi goes back to Pre-Inca times. It was home to the Malcachiscos, who fought bravely against the Spanish conquerors and it also became part of the Inca Trail during the short occupation of this region by the Empire.

We will drive to the Valle de las Cuevas and from there we will start a four-hour hike among the most spectacular shaped rocks of an intense red color, climbing up a river canyon. We will enjoy a picnic in a nice spot with a view of the surrounding mountains.

We will return to Seclantás in the early afternoon and we recommend visit the Road of Artisans, a few “ranchos” of local handcrafters and weavers that make the best Argentine Ponchos with natural dies for the wool, all handmade in Telar. They also have beautiful shawls and covers.

We will spend the night under the stars in Siilu Wasi Glamping (in quechua means “home in the sky”) located in Payogastilla.

Salta Adventure Week / Day 4

7 Days program

Glamping Siilu Wasi | Quebrada de las Flechas | Cafayate.

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Duration

Estimated driving time 3 hs.

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Distance

24 km / 15 ml paved road. 92 km / 57 ml gravel road.

Altitude

highest point 2.300 m./ 7.546 f. Cafayate 1.683 m. / 5.522 f.

Meals Included​

Breakfast and lunch.

Between the towns of Cachi and Cafayate we will find many little villages populated by local winemakers and farmers.

We will drive across the Quebrada de las Flechas, a desert formed by dust of limestone and quartz, eroded by wind and water creating the shape of thousands of Arrow Peaks.

In Cafayate, we’ll enjoy a specially prepared Asado with local delicacies in Finca El Porvenir paired with an excellent wine selection, including the unique Torrontés.

After lunch we will check in at the Viñas de Cafayate Wine Resort Hotel. At Sunset, we recommend an optional photo safari to Quebrada de las Conchas.

Salta Adventure Week / Day 5

7 Days program

Cafayate | Quebrada de las Conchas | Salta.

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Duration

Estimated driving time 3 hs.

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Distance

180 km / 111 ml  paved road. 

Altitude

highest point 1700 m/5.577 f. Salta 1.200 m. / 3.937 f.

Meals Included​

Breakfast and lunch.

The Canyon of Quebrada de las Conchas is a Natural Heritage Site formed by sediments from the Mesozoic and Cenozoic Eras (90 to 60 million years ago). The intense red color is present due to the ferric oxide contained in its mineral basins.

The name of the gorge is given by the marine fossils found along the region in the oldest formation of the region known as “Formación Yacoraite”.

To appreciate the rich geology of the formation we will take a walk along a path that is well known by the local villagers. We will be in the heart of the gorge and enjoy amazing views of the colorful geological strata.

We will have a nice picnic for lunch and afterwards we’ll drive to Salta and visit the northern region of the Canyon.

Salta Adventure Week / Day 6

7 Days program

Salta | Tilcara | Purmamarca | Cuesta de Lipán | Salinas Grandes | Purmamarca

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Duration

Estimated driving time 5 hs.

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Distance

330 km / 205 ml paved road.

Altitude

Highest point 4.170 m / 13.681 f. Purmamarca 2.192 m. / 7.192 f.

Meals Included​

Breakfast and lunch.

The Humahuaca Gorge is a large valley located in the province of Jujuy in the far north of Argentina, that ends at the border with Bolivia.

It is quite a young valley, its formation dates a million years old. The Gorge is famous for its colourful mountains, its geological formations and its historical villages.

In the morning we will visit the archaeological ruins Pucará de Tilcara, a pre-inca fortress where we can hike in the paths among the reconstruction of the homes and the ceremonial center of an ancient culture.

At Sunset, we will drive towards the intriguing Salinas Grandes (Salt Flats), one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Puna. The shiny white surface of the salt flats contrasts with the blue sky, and the horizon disappears providing the opportunity for taking fun perspective photos. The salt flat extends over 30,000 acres and it is surrounded by some of the most impressive peaks of the Andean volcanoes and mountains, as Tuzgle and Chañi.

We will visit the small salt mines and pools and learn about the local culture.

Salta Adventure Week / Day 7

7 Days program

Purmamarca | Uquía | Humahuaca | Hornocal | Salta

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Duration

Estimated driving time 6 hs.

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Distance

320 km / 205 ml paved road. 70 km / 43 ml gravel road.

Altitude

Highest point 4.300 m./ 14.108 f. Salta 1.200 m. / 3.937 f.

Meals Included​

Breakfast and lunch.

Driving North on Route N° 9 we will come across the picturesque town of Uquia, often known for its art
series “Arcángeles Arcabuceros” of the “Escuela Cusqueña” located in the local Church of San Francisco de Paula.

However, a hidden treasure lies just a few kilometers behind the village of which can only be discovered on foot: the stunning landscape known as ‘Las Señoritas Gorge’.

After the trekking we will enjoy a homemade lunch made with locally grown products in a regional restaurant.

Later, we will head off on another adventure, off the beaten track to Serranías del Hornocal, a hidden gem and impressive Mountain Range located in a secluded Valley by the town of Humahuaca.

There we will find a viewpoint to enjoy the amazing rainbow colored mountains before returning to Salta in the late afternoon.

Suggested Luggage

  • Sunscreen and sunglasses (protection against UV rays) All year round!
  • Hat. All year!
  • In winter gloves (wool or similar material).
  • In autumn / winter (May to August), clothing must be reinforced: winter jacket, sweatshirts, long-sleeved fleece shirt, scarf, etc.).
  • Windbreaker (it is important because there is wind in the area). only in winter
  • Waterproof jacket during the summer (mid-December to mid-March)
  • Trekking shoes (comfortable). All year!
  • Moisturizer. All year!