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10 Day itinerary in Argentina, South America

Crossing between Salt Flats

We will find the possibility of traveling between salt flats, the main ones in South America. We will combine this trip with unique accommodation experiences in luxurious and unusual places to experience nature in all its splendor.

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Overview

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Recommended Age

Everyone

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English, Spanish

GUIDANCE

On Some Day Trips

starting point

Salta

trip type

Private

trip attributes

Hiking

Meet local people

Rural home stays

Indigenous culture

Travel with Purpose

Outdoors & Nature

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Night

End

Highlights

1

Be part of the nature in the Salinas Grandes Salt Flat in a Luxury Camp

2

Discover The Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia

3

Enjoy the immensity of the Atacama Salt Flat in northern Chile

4

Complete private adventure in South America

Itinerary

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Day 1

place Welcome Salta - Northwest of Argentina

Welcome Salta. Upon arrival at the airport, a driver will pick you up and will transfer you to your accommodation.

Accommodation:

  • Double Basis: Casa Real Hotel
Day 2

place Quebrada de Humahuaca

In 2003, the Quebrada de Humahuaca was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the Cultural Landscape category. This excursion will take us from Salta through the province of Jujuy to tour and visit its charming landscapes and towns and travel through almost 10,000 years of history. From south to north, the Quebrada de Humahuaca rises in Volcán, where the mountains abruptly abandon the green and give way to ocher and brown mountain ranges. Without leaving the outline of the Río Grande, you arrive at the town of Tumbaya, which shelters its beautiful church built in 1796. When you turn off National Route 52, you enter Purmamarca, a town of legends and singers, which has a church dedicated to Santa Rosa de Lima dating from the year 1648. The town of Purmamarca has been built at the foot of the internationally known “Cerro de Siete Colores”.

The tour continues through Tilcara. To the north, after passing through Huacalera and the Tropic of Capricorn, you reach Uquía, which houses one of the most important collections of the famous "Angeles Arcabuceros" in its Church, emblematic examples of Cuzco painting. The city of Humahuaca, the very heart of the Quebrada, awaits the visitor full of natural, historical and cultural attractions. Among the latter, the Monument to the Heroes of Independence and the articulated image of San Francisco Solano stand out, which every noon makes its appearance in the central square to bless the town. 

After this full day tour we will rest in Huacalera, a little small town with a great hotel.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Double Basis: Hotel Huacalera
Day 3

place Our first Salt Flat - Salinas Grandes

We start the day with our journey to the first ''Salt Flat'', the great Salinas Grandes. We will arrive here crossing the Cuesta de Lipan, A winding mountain road that separates Purmamarca from the Salinas Grandes and ascends at its highest point to 4170 meters above sea level. It is convenient to stop at some viewpoints to observe the tortuous path of the route and how it ascends and descends. Once we arrive we will go to our Luxury Pristine Camp. Enjoy the day!

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Double Basis: Pristine Camps Salinas Grandes
Day 4

place Experiential day

Do some activities with the guides in the Camp, like hiking, see the stars at night, navigate this amazing place!

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Double Basis: Pristine Camps Salinas Grandes
Day 5

place Crossing to Chile

Start the day early in the morning to return with our local guide-driver and cross to Chile. After some hours of journey we will arrive in San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. Its spectacular surrounding landscape includes desert, salt flats, volcanoes, geysers and hot springs. Valle de la Luna in Los Flamencos National Reserve is a moon-like depression with unusual rock formations, a massive sand dune, and pink-spotted mountains.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Double Basis: Altiplanico San Pedro de Atacama
Day 6

place Visit the Salt Flat

On this day you will visit the impressive Atacama Salt Flats, Jerez Valley, Chaxa Lagoon and Toconao, a town built from volcanic rock. On this tour we visit the Atacama Salt Flats, where the Los Flamencos Natural Reserve is located, a surprisingly large and arid landscape stretching 100 km from north to south. You can also marvel at the amazing Chaxa Lagoon, a spectacularly beautiful setting, which is split into various clear water lagoons, inhabited by both Andean and James flamingos. We then head to Toconao, a traditionally colonial-style village, famous for the bell tower of the San Lucas church, which has been declared as a National Monument. Agriculture and crafts are the principal source of income for its inhabitants who offer proudly crafted gifts made from volcanic rock.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Double Basis: Altiplanico San Pedro de Atacama
Day 7

place Geyser del Tatio

We will travel towards the High Andean plains early in the morning and after an almost 2-hour ride we will reach one of the most important geothermal fields in the world, the “Tatio Geysers”. We will learn about different geothermal manifestations and see the geysers located at the highest altitude in the world, 4,320 meters (14,173 feet) above sea level. Surrounded by spurts of water and vapor, we will enjoy the beauty of the Andes in its natural scenery. We will then visit “Pozón Rústico”, where you will delight in the thermal waters the mountain range provides for us. Taking the road back to San Pedro de Atacama, you will see the beautiful landscape, as well as native plants and wildlife, such as the Andean Feather Grass, the “Tolares” (shrublands), and the Vicuñas. We will also observe different bird species at the Putana bog, such as the Giant Coot, the Andean Goose, and the Crested Duck. We will continue our journey accompanied at all times by the majestic Andes Mountains, until finally coming to a stop at the Machuca village, an ancient place of llama herders and extraction of llareta (a compact plant) and sulfur. This town with houses built with adobe, straw and cactus wood is nowadays focused on tourism, offering local products such as Andean handicrafts, male llama meat, sopaipillas (fried bread) and empanadas (filled turnovers). Every year, on July 25, the village celebrates Saint James, its patron, which is also the name of the church that dates from the XVIII and is a symbol of the High Andes in this region.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Double Basis: Altiplanico San Pedro de Atacama
Day 8

place To Uyuni!

Departure from San Pedro de Atacama and we will be transferred to Hito Cajón Border Crossing. 

Pick up from Hito Cajon border and departure to the first attraction the Green Lagoon, a small iconic lagoon that tends to have a very green emerald color due to the microorganisms that compose it; it is natural boundary between Bolivia and Chile from there you can see the Licancabur volcano, very close to these you will reach the Polques Hot Springs, which are also a product of the volcanic activity of the region, high in medicinal minerals. The next attraction is the particular Red Lagoon, unique for its abundance of algae and plankton, which give it its color and have it populated with flamingos, including the James flamingo that was thought to be extinct. Picnic lunch on route. Continuing with the journey, you visit the Stone Tree, a natural sculpture sculpted by wind erosion over thousands of years. As the last attraction of the day, you will visit the Siloli Desert, one of the driest deserts in the world characterized by having rock formations in the middle of the changing dunes and is the gateway to the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve, the most visited national park in Bolivia. Transfer to the rustic lodge.


Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Double Basis: Los Flamencos Eco Hotel
Day 9

place Uyuni Salt Flat

Breakfast and departure to the Small Lagoons or Andean Jewels, a set of lagoons characterized by each being particular to the other in its color, smell and chemical compounds that make them so particular within this biodiversity. After that you visit the Ollague Volcano Viewpoint to contemplate a dark stone and very particular volcanic rocks in a totally desert landscape. Lunch picnic on route. Continuing with the journey you visit the awesome Rock Valley, stones with more than 8 meters high forming a natural sculpture in the middle of the imposing high plateau, next visit the Authentic Towns of Lipez: San Cristobal, known for be a mine center village from the colony age; Culpina K, iconic region of the cultivation of the golden grain of royal quinoa. The last visit in the day is the Train Cemetery, an abandoned railway complex from the 19th century. 

Transfer to the salt hotel in Colchani.


Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Double Basis: Hotel de sal
Day 10

place Departure Bolivia and South America

Breakfast and departure to the Colchani village, a small local center of salt factories where handcrafted processes are possible to observe. Drive into the Uyuni Salt Flats, the largest and highest in the world. It resembles an impressive, overwhelming and solitary white ocean in which below the surface is largely saturated by water creating the eyes of salt, interesting underground water exits; visit the salt polygons, geometric shapes on the surface and the salt mounds, signs of the daily mineral extraction. Picnic lunch in the middle of the salt flats. Continuing onward, visit to the largest island in this ecosystem, Incahuasi, populated with giant cacti species that measure up to 40 feet in height, providing impressive contrast and panorama of the place. 

Transfer to the airport in Uyuni city. 


Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included

Accommodation expand_less

  • Pristine Camps Salinas Grandes
  • Casa Real Hotel
  • Altiplanico San Pedro de Atacama
  • Los Flamencos Eco Hotel
  • Hotel de sal
  • Hotel Huacalera

Meals expand_less

  • Breakfast (9)
  • Dinner (2)
  • Lunch (1)

Transport expand_less

  • Private 4x4 vehicle with English speaking driver/guide from Day 2 to Day 8 of the program
  • Private tour in Bolivia from Hito Cajon (border between Chile and Bolivia)

Activities expand_less

  • All mentioned activities during the journey with English speaking guide/driver

Extras expand_less

  • Optional Tours - Ask us for them
  • Meals that are not mentioned

Not Included expand_less

  • International and Domestic flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals
  • Travel Insurance

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