The Dark Side Of The Puna (Jujuy)

Highlights

Salta - Purmamarca - Abra Pampa - Cusi Cusi - Santa Catalina

REF :

EU-TBK1510

Dates

Prices*

Single Supp

1st Jan to 31st Aug 2022

£2,480 / $3,100

£185 / $230

*Price per person based on twin/double share

Full Itinerary

DAY 1: SALTA.

Morning arrival and transfer to the hotel.  Afternoon visit to the city of Salta. Explore its cobbled streets, abundant churches and colonial buildings. Visit the MAAM (Archaeological Museum of High Mountain), which preserves one of the most relevant archaeological discoveries of the recent decades, the mummies of the “Children of Llullaillaco".

Maximum altitude: 1.152 MASL (3.380 feet)


DAY 2: SALTA - PURMAMARCA (B, L).

Depart towards the Humahuaca Gorge, UNESCO’s Mankind’s Cultural and Natural Heritage. Here you will experience Community Tourism unveiling different secrets of the Northern Andean gastronomy. Visit a local chef at their farm located at the Cuesta de Lipán foothills to participate in a cooking lesson, or to simply take in a leisurely afternoon in the company of this special local character. You will prepare and share tea, blended with herbs that are native to the Gorge and the Puna, with homemade rolls and pastries that you will have been taught to bake whilst telling you of their community stories. Continue to Purmamarca.

Maximum Altitude: 2.300 MASL (7.545 feet)


DAY 3: PURMAMARCA - ABRA PAMPA (B, L, D).

Today transfer to Maimara, a tiny town in the Humahuaca Gorge, famous for its cemetery, the Painter’s Palette formation on a nearby hillside, and the altitude wineries. Visit Fernando DuPont’s winery, at 2.500 MASL (8.200 feet above sea level), and here, enjoy lunch.

Afternoon visit to the Sierras of Hornocal, also known as the mountain of 14 colours. Worth a visit!  Continue to Abra Pampa.

Maximum Altitude: 3.507 MASL (11.500)


DAY 4: ABRA PAMPA - CUSI CUSI (B, L, D).

This morning, a short drive will take you to Cochinoca, a town once located on the Inca trail that passed by. Walk and learn about the history of this town. Continue along Route 71, pass the Peñas de Ascalte ravines, formations of volcanic origin that resemble animal shapes. Following lunch at a local house, continue towards Cusi Cusi, another small town, with less than 250 inhabitants devoted to sheep, lamas and donkeys breeding, small-scale mining, handicraft production, and most recently the production of quinoa. Learn about its history and the everyday life its people.

Maximum Altitude: 3.800 MASL (12.400 feet)


DAY 5: CUSI CUSI- SANTA CATALINA (B, L, D).

Today head to the so-called Moon Valley or Mars Valley, a site of volcanic rocks and scoria, with 100-meters (330 feet) high colourful rock walls where white, grey, and various shades of red are protagonists. Take the opportunity to descend towards the bottom of the valley (1-hour walk).

In the afternoon, continue along the mythical National Route 40 to Santa Catalina, passing towns such us Paicone, Misa Rumi, San Juan de Oros, Timón Cruz, Oratorio, among others. In Paicone, see the “sounding stones", igneous rocks which on being hit toll like a bell. Continue to Santa Catalina.

Maximum Altitude: 3.636 MASL (11.930 feet)


DAY 6: SANTA CATALINA (B, L, D).

Morning visit to El Angosto, the most northern town in Argentina. It is located at 3.581 meters (11.750 feet), lain over the slope of the 4.000-meter-high (13.200 feet) Mt. Branqui, where you can find the boundary marker of the frontier with Bolivia. After lunch, visit the Mirador del Morrito lookout, a hill of barely 10 meters with a dry lagoon on its summit and some pre-Hispanic rupestrian art.

Maximum Altitude: 3.800 MASL (12.470 feet)


DAY 7: SANTA CATALINA - JUJUY (B, L).

Depart early towards La Quiaca passing by Casira, a well-known for its excellent pottery. Following a short stop, continue to Yavi, declared National Historic Town due to its architecture, church and the famous Marquis’ House, seat of the only marquisate that ever existed in Argentina. Continue to Jujuy and depart or extend your trip.

Maximum Altitude: 3.507 MASL (11.480 feet)


WHAT’S INCLUDED

Accommodation - 6 nights in minimum 3-star hotels.

Meals - As specified in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).

Luggage - One normal suitcase and one handbag per person included for hotel porterage.

Transfers - all airport transfers from arrival on Day 1 to final day (assuming specific group flights booked).

Tours (with local bilingual English-speaking guides) - Salta: City tour & MAAM. Humahuaca Gorge: Cookery lesson.


WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

International flights and airport taxes to join the tour.

Tips for local guides / drivers.

Early Check-in / Late Check-out.

Travel Insurance.


NOTES

  • Check required group flights at time of booking.

  • Tour prices are based on private services.

  • Passport copies required 30 days prior to arrival for all passengers.

  • Accommodation in Abra Pampa, Cusi Cusi and Santa Catalina, basic bed-and-breakfast or inns.

  • This tour can also begin in Jujuy. If it begins there the Salta City tour is NOT included.

Itinerary

DAY 1:  Arrival - Salta

DAY 2:  Salta - Purmamarca

DAY 3:  Purmamarca - Abra Pampa

DAY 4:  Abra Pampa - Cusi Cusi

DAY 5:  Cusi Cusi - Santa Catalina

DAY 6:  Santa Catalina

DAY 7:  Santa Catalina - Jujuy (or extend your trip)

Interests
History & Culture
Walking & Trekking
Wine & Gastronomy
Archaeology & Palaeontology
Wildlife & Nature
THE DARK SIDE OF THE PUNA (JUJUY)
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