Northern Argentina, Argentina

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clock-o12 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Argentina’s wild northwest is home to some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes, and this full-day small-group tour from Salta checks off all the most photo-worthy sights. Marvel at the UNESCO-listed Humahuaca gorge and the ‘Hill of Seven Colors; pose for photos on the startling white salt flats of Salinas Grandes; and shop for handicrafts at the legendary Purmamarca market.
  • Full-day tour of Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca, and Humahuaca from Salta
  • Marvel at natural wonders like the Humahuaca gorge and the Hill of Seven Colors
  • Pose for fun forced perspective photos on the Salina Grandes salt flats
  • Browse for colorful handicrafts at the Purmamarca market
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up, national park fees, and round-trip transport
  • Small group tour limited to 15 people ensures a personalized experience
Your full-day adventure begins with pick-up from your central Salta hotel by air-conditioned coach. Admire the scenery as you drive north, winding along the Rio Grande, and climbing through the foothills of the Andes Mountains. Get a glimpse of local life as you pass through the sleepy villages of Yala, Volcan, and Tumbaya, and enjoy plenty of stops to take in the views and snap photos.
Arrive in the lively village of Purmamarca, famous for its daily handicrafts market and its spectacular backdrop, in the shadows of the Cerro de los Siete Colores (Hill of Seven Colors). Stand in awe before the multi-hued peaks, then journey on through the Humahuaca gorge, driving along the dramatic mountain passes of Cuesta del Lipan, Cuesta del Saladillo, and Abra del Potrerillo. Jump out to take photos as you climb to a height of 13,615 feet (4,150 meters), marvel at the mountain vistas, and look out for llamas and vicuñas grazing on the hillsides.
After an unforgettable drive, arrive at the day’s star attraction – the Salinas Grandes, an awe-inspiring expanse of gleaming white salt flats. You’ll have around 45 minutes of free time to explore the salt flats, leaving plenty of time to experience the unique landscapes and pose for the ubiquitous forced perspective photos.
Head back to Purmamarca to enjoy lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant and browse the market stalls for handcrafted souvenirs, before the return journey. Back in Salta, your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

Reviews

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J
, Sep 2018

Essentially the tour that I thought I booked was not what I received. But it was still such a beautiful place and decent drive. The approximately 2 hour stop in Purmamarca was long enough to visit the market and walk around after lunch. The guide Martin was fairly knowledgeable but sometimes spent too much time on tangential topics to the local scenery and history.

On the page of the tour it clearly states that the tour is limited to 15 people to make it a 'personalized experience'. I purchased this tour in part for this very reason. What I received was a large bus with AT LEAST 30 people. When I asked the tour guide he stated that no the tours were always that big. Very disappointed. Especially Considering that the day prior I was on a different tour my other Viator booking, and same description of 15 people or fewer and it was perfect, and was driven in a small van 15 people, and half the price!.

I found the tour's description of the destinations somewhat exaggerated. Humahuaca is clearly stated in the title description along with Salinas grandes and purmamarca. We visited all except humahuaca. How can you consider the three equal as in the title? This maybe works for a while as a marketing tool but the next person will hopefully be more informed after reviews come in.

G
, Jan 2018

This tour is amazing! The tour guide Jeremy and Fabian were exquisite, they explained everything a bout the mountains and the salinas, took their time providing incredible info. The scenery is just indescribable, your drive through the mountains that have so many colors.
the altitude wasn't a problem for me, but diffidently could feel it a bit, just recommend taking it easy. Would definitely recommend this tour!

S
, Dec 2017

The tour definitely delivers on its promise. It is a great value, considering the length of the drive. It is also a 'must do' if you are in Salta region. The scenery is absolutely breath taking. The guide was informative and spoke good English. I really admired the drivers patience to navigate the roads. I wish we had more time in Purmamarca to enjoy it's beauty we had 2 hours of which 1 hour was spent on lunch in a local restaurant. I would recommend staying overnight if you are not pressed for time.

J
, Oct 2017

The tour was great! The tour guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable. The route is beautiful and scenic so even if most time is spent on the bus, it gives you the chance to absorb the changing landscape and the information provided by the tour guide. Highly recommended.

N
, Apr 2017

This is a 'must do' if you are in the Salta region. It is a long day, but well worth it. Our guide spoke excellent English and was very inclusive with his commentary. The scenery is absolutely breath taking. We even got to try cocoa leaves as we climbed in altitude nearly 4200m!

N
, Apr 2017

This is a 'must do' if you are in the Salta region. It is a long day, but well worth it. Our guide spoke excellent English and was very inclusive with his commentary. The scenery is absolutely breath taking. We even got to try cocoa leaves as we climbed in altitude nearly 4200m!


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