Full-day Salinas Grandes, San Antonio And Purmamarca From Salta

Overview

On this full-day tour you will discover one of the most breathtaking landscapes that Salta and Jujuy offers.The most important point is the visit to the Salinas Grandes andfinally the visit to the Seven Colors Hill Purmamarca town.

Highlights

  • Fully narrated tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Details about this tour

This full-day tour is considered one of the most beautiful and complete tours in the region. It allows you to discover different landscapes and learn about the life of the inhabitants of this large Puna Region.

You will depart going through Campo Quijano and travel parallel to the famous Tren a las Nubes (The Train to the Clouds) Railway appreciating each of the bridges, stations, tunnels and viaducts it goes through. You will also be able to enjoy Quebrada del Toro (Bull Gorge) where you will stop to take in the beauty of the different views you are offered. Then you will reach Santa Rosa de Tastil which is a little town of no more than 50 inhabitants, and will see the museum and Tastil ruins. Then you will head through Abra Blanca where you will reach the maximum height of 4080m (13,385ft) above sea level. From there you will be able to contemplate the impressive snow-covered Mountain Acay.

Afterwards you will make your way into the Puna Region with its lunar landscape and finally reach San Antonio de los Cobres. After a break for lunch (not included), you will take the route 40 see the local fauna consisting of vicuas, llamas, zuris, foxes and condors. The next stop is going tobe in the beautiful Salinas Grandes (a salt flat).

After that you will go to the 7 Colors Hill in Purmamarca through the Cuesta del Lipan (Lipan Slope), the highest point reaches 4170m (13,680 ft) above sea level. After, visit the main square, the artisan market and the streets of Purmamarca. Then you will start your way back to Salta City.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Read More

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Reviews

  • Amelia C
    11-Jul-2019

    Overall a thoroughly enjoyable day. The bus had big windows, so that you could admire the beautiful views of the mountains from any seat. Guide was friendly with a good level of English. However, would've liked some more time at Pumamarca because it was a beautiful little village but we barely had enough time to walk around the market. Also we arrived to see the 7 colour hill as the sun was setting and we couldn't see any of the colours due to the back lighting. This moment was a little disappointing and wish we'd seen it during the morning, when it is seen at it's best.

  • Thomas K
    03-Jul-2019

    A long day in a minivan with enough stops and a lunch on the way to finally arrive at the Salinas Grandes. A lot of beautiful and different landscapes to be seen along the way. Our guide was professional and enthusiastic and told us a lot. Overall an interesting experience!

  • Felix M
    03-Jul-2019

    A really fantastic way to get an insight of the amazing landscape that Argentina has to offer. The tour guide was very enjoyable at all, whether the explanation about points of interests or his knowledge about general things about the locals. He was very good to understand ether way very good english and clear for tourists in spanish. The bus driver did a very good job as well during the long 12+ hours day. The only con has been the circumstance that’s more a sightseeing only tour, with very short stays at each places that we loved to explore even longer (San Antonio de Cobre was only a drive through with a stopover to have lunch, no
    exploring by foot. The other thing in Salinas Grandes, consider if you need to make use of the toilets and waste your time being in the queue or have time to make remarkable footage out in the salt field ;-)
    Would definitely recommend to take that tour!

  • darryl
    24-Sep-2018

    Really great tour. Our guide was good, we had a small group of english and spanish speaking people so he had to do the commentary twice. The only issue was sometimes he was hard to understand on the bus sound system, but he was knowlegeable, friendly and had a sense of humour. The scenery at this time of the year was like being on mars! Despite reaching over 4000 metres there was no snow but it was still stunning. The lunch was fine - we tried a few local specialties, as they say when in Rome... We could certainly feel the effects of the altitude and they warn you about it - deeper breathing, tired muscles etc, but it was ok as long as you did nothing strenuos. The trip across the high plateau makes you realize how big the area is and the salt flats are an entirely different experience. We were lucky to drive right across them - apparently thats not that common. The only issue I have is that Purmamarca felt like a bit of an add-on and was quite hurried. Would have liked to spend an hour or 2 wandering this beautiful town we only got 20 minutes or so. The drive back from there to Salta is LONG, so be aware of that. A full 12 hour day, over 500km travelled - it's great until after the salt flats then a bit of a yawn back from Purmamarca but I guess it's a long way and you have to get back somehow! Overall would recommend, the scenery is amazing but be prepared for a long day.

  • Aksel L
    14-Mar-2018

    Fantastic tour and very good guide.

  • Niina
    17-Jan-2018

    Our guide was not the most professional one but very sympathetic and did her best. We enjoyed even though her English was not excellent. The landscapes along the route are very impressive. There is a lot of time spent sitting in the car. However, we made several stops, quite quick though. The trip is worth it. We enjoyed seeing the Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca and San Antonio de los Cobres. So much beautiful views!

  • Natalie W
    17-Dec-2017

    As there were no English speaking guides, we were moved to a smaller car with a driver/guide and translator. The car was quite uncomfortable with 3 people in the backseat for a trip that’s a very long day of driving. As well, we received pretty minimal tour guiding. Sights were pretty fantastic though

  • Lilia B
    11-Dec-2017

    A fabulous tour! Note that is starts early in the morning to pick-up all the people and ends around 9PM depends on traffic and weather conditions. We took a perfect amount of stops to take pictures and take-in all the beautiful scenery. In addition, the rest stops for food and bathrooms were good as well. Javiar and our driver were wonderful! Really engaging and helpful the entire day! I highly recommend this tour to see lots of places in one day!

  • Lis J
    03-Nov-2017

    To short stops it went sometimes very stressful but the scenerice are fantastic. The guide was very keen about the railway Tren a las Nubes it is a spectacular train but that was not the purpose of the trip. The complete experience was good. I would highly recommend to go for the trip.

  • Yongjie C
    05-Sep-2017

    Great guide - engaged, loved her job, personality, unique experiences - had llama for lunch, and amazing landscapes - multi-colored fields

Show More Reviews
From
USD 56.5
Per Person
15 Reviews