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Discover wonders of La Puna 15 Days

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Terra Argentina is a receptive travel agency based in Bariloche, part of Terra Group.

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Discover wonders of La Puna 15 Days

Each day spent in the Puna Argentina is completely different from than the other, our journey from north to south shows the transition between “wet” or “lush” Puna of Jujuy and to the dry Puna Catamarca. Population decreases as we move southward, the farther away we get from Bolivia.

DAY 1

City Tour Buenos Aires

Welcoming at Ezeiza International Airport and transfer to Buenos Aires in a private vehicle. Transfer with an English-speaking guide. Visit Buenos Aires (half day, private tour). Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city with European features, is among the 10 most active cities in the world. City of arts, cultures, theaters, traditions ... The variety satisfies the most demanding visitor. You visit the 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest in the world, dominated by the Obelisk, a symbol of Buenos Aires. You will pass the Colon Theatre, one of the jewels of the Argentine architecture. Then you arrive to the famous or central Plaza de Mayo, next to buildings such as the Casa Rosada or Casa de Gobierno, the Cabildo and the Cathedral. You end your day with the picturesque neighborhood of La Boca, and specifically the alley El Caminito, the spot for painters, tango dancers and singers. Return to your hotel after the visit. An English speaking guide will acompany you during the Buenos Aires city tour. Read more

Two Hotel
DAY 2

Buenos Aires - Salta

Transfer from the hotel to the Buenos Aires Domestic Airport in a private vehicle. Domestic flight Buenos Aires* - Salta. *National o international airport depending on time schedule and availability. Half day (morning or afternoon) dedicated to the visit of the city with an english speaking guide in a private vehicle. Welcoming at Salta's Airport and transfer to the hotel in private vehicle. In only few hours, the contrast is huge ! We arrive in the Northwest of Argentina. Salta is the capital city of the province of the same name and it is located at 1,187 masl, at the foot of Mount San Bernardo. The city was founded on April 16th 1582 by Hernando de Lerma. Both colonial-style houses and modern buildings coexist harmoniously. Out of all the historical buildings, you visit the cathedral, built in the nineteenth century, the San Bernardo convent and the Cabildo, which houses the picturesque historical museum of the northern region of Argentina. Visit to the very recent and interesting MAAM museum (Museo Archeologia de Alta Montaña or High Mountain Archaeological Museum) which exhibits several mummies discovered at an altitude of over 6,000 meters. Note: MAAM closed on mondays. Read more

Delvino Boutique
DAY 3

Salta - Cachi

Departure to Cachi, located at 2200masl, at 157km from Salta. We drive through spectacular landscapes such as those offered by the Piedra del Molino mountain pass at 3,600 meters, the Quebrada de Escoipe, a deep gorge where the green of the woods contrasts with the ochre of the soil on the bare mountains of “Cuesta del Obispo” and Los Cardones National Park composed of stark expanses scattered with candelabrum-shaped cacti… Cachi is a tranquil Andean native village featuring low-whitewashed houses and the San José Church with its sculpted roof of cactus-wood dating back to the eighteenth century. We visit the small archaeological museum which has a wonderful collection of pre-Inca and Inca ceramics, especially those pertaining to the Santa María culture. Read more

El Cortijo
DAY 4

Cachi - Cafayate

This morning you start your journey going to the Cuevas de Acsibi. We are greeted by Aban family that will be our guides; they will tell us their history and the one of the valley. We start our excursion in 4WD and then walking to the caves. The wide and sandy bed of the Monte Nievas River narrows and capricious natural formations appear inside a reddish canyon. The name, of Diaguita origin means "Place of Fire" due to the colour on the rocks. Picnic included with the trek. You cross the majestic "Quebrada de las Flechas" surrounded by a mysterious moonscape. White dunes announce the nearness of Cafayate, the largest city in the valley of Calchaquies, whose economy relies on the wine industry. Wine tasting. Read more

Viñas de Cafayate
DAY 5

Cafayate

This morning, relax in Cafayate. Possibility to discover a wine testing in one of the several local bodegas (not included, please send a request). After lunch, we travel through the “Quebrada de las Conchas” which undoubtedly offers the visitor one of the most spectacular landscapes in the Northwest of Argentina, with its imposing semi-desert mountains featuring multi-colored rock formations sculpted by erosion. A century-old sight conceived by nature for our benefit! Night at a hotel in Salta. Meals open. Note: a 191km (119mi) trip lasting approximately 2h20 minutes. About 100 km to go and return. Read more

Viñas de Cafayate
DAY 6

Cafayate - El Penon

You leave early in the the morning to reach Cafayate by the mythical route 40. You are entering at the heart of the wild La Puna. First stop to the archaeological site of Quilmes, former fortified stronghold of the Inca era; in bygone times, it gave shelter to over 3,000 people resisting Spanish evangelization and military conquest. The town and its intricate structure were built by terracing the hill slopes. A tour of the site. You continue on the road and head Hualfin and then Laguna Blanca, where you will explore many kind of local fauna such as vineyards, ñandous, etc. It is a large area of 973.270ha. Its centre is a salt lake, surrounded by peaks higher than 5000masl. Laguna Blanca was born as a provincial reserve in 1979 with the aim of protecting the vicuña of its imminent demise. Currently the reserve is open to sustainable active tourism where ecotourism activities such as wildlife watching and photo safaris are provided. Chaku is also practeiced here, consisting of legal and sustainable production of vicuña wool for the production of ponchos and blanket You keep on driving and arrive to El Peñon where you spend the night. Breakfast included. 440 km including 175 of track roads. About 8 hour-itinerary Dinner included Read more

The Peñon
DAY 7

El Peñon

You leave in the morning to head El Peñon for a spectacular day. You start with a road in the middle of the rock and abrasive desert to reach "Piedras Pòmez" site. You will be able to explore the sand dunes and volcanoes. Picnic in the middle of the nature. After, you reach Carachi Pampa volcanoe. You cross the salar and observe Carachi Laguna, before going back to El Peñon to spend the night. Dinner included Read more

Peñon Hotel
DAY 8

El Penon - Antofagasta de la Sierra

You leave El Peñon this morning to reach Galán Volcano, which has the world record for the planet's largest crater, with 40 km diameter. Inside the crater is the spectacular Laguna Diamante, populated by flamingos; and further north there is a hot spring. You keep going on the road to reach Antofagasta de la Sierra to spend the night. Picnic included Read more

Complejo Pucara
DAY 9

Antofagasta de la Sierra - Tolar Grande

This morning, departure from Antofagasta de la Sierra to cross the quebradas refuge with an important wild fauna. You will reach Antofalla oasis located on the riverbank of salar d'Antofalla. It's time to discover Los Ojos de Campo, small lagoons with blue to red colors. Enjoy your lunch in the middle of these incredible landscapes. You leave Catamarca province and its volcanoes to start Arizaro crossing, the biggest of Argentina. You can also observe Socompa and Llullaillaco volcanoes located at more than 6000 meters of altitude. Llullaillaco is famous of its Incas mummies. You arrive to "Cono de Arita", a kind of slag heap with an conical shape located in the middle of the white area... it is fantastic ! You keep on going and arrive to Tolar Grande to spend the night in this small village with only 200 inhabitants... lost in the middle of the desert. 315 km, about 9 hours Read more

Casa Andina
DAY 10

Tolar Grande - San Antonio de los Cobres

This morning, before leaving Tolar, you go and discover the Natural Park of Ojos de Mar, where there are several incredible lagoons with turquoise colors and crystalline water. When you keep on going to reach San Antonio de los Cobres, you drive on the the track ride along Salar del Diablo and arrive in the 7 curvas. If the weather allows it, we can visit Salar de Pocitos before heading to Santa Rosa de los Pastos Grandes. We drive then to the Gallo Pass at 4630 meters. Stop in San Antonio de los Cobres to lunch. This village surrounded by mountains and with low houses has no vegetation and is very windy. It is a good opportunity to go and see the Polvorilla viaduct, a famous bridge where the Tren de las Nubes is passing (the train of the clouds), located at 20 km away from San Antonio. Night at the hotel of San Antonio de los Cobres. Picnic included. Note, 194 of road, about 5h30 drive Read more

De las nubes
DAY 11

San Antonio de los Cobres - Purmamarca

Departure from San Antonio de los Cobres by the legendary route 40. You arrive then to a wide white area contrasting with the pur blue sky. You are in the middle of one of the biggest salt desert of Argentina (1200 km2). After a few kilmeters to reach Lipan, you arrive to the last stop of your itinerary : Purmamarca, which means Holy Land in Aymara language. This small town is famous for its 7 coloros mountains "Cerro de los Siete Colores", a kind of mineral rainbow. 254 kilometers including 118km of track. About 5h30 Read more

Casa de Adobe Hotel Spa
DAY 12

Purmamarca

Relaxing morning at Purmamarca. Go and explore the Cierro de los Siete Colores thanks to the numerous ways. You can also enjoy the historic village and walk in the lovely streets. After lunch, you keep on going on your road to the Quebrada de Humahuaca, designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a good opportunity to have a nice walk in the Ocumazo valley and its surroundings. We will go until the Hornocal serrania to contemplate this gorgeous mountain. 100km about 1h30. Read more

Casa de Adobe Hotel Spa
DAY 13

Purmamarca - Salta

You leave the quebradas valleys to go back to Salta for a relaxation day. You spent the afternoon in the estancia. Possibility to do a horse ridding or participate to an asado (traditional Argentinian barbecue). Way back to San Salvador de Jujuy. 230 km about 3 hour

Delvino Boutique
DAY 14

Salta - Buenos Aires

2 hours before your flight, transfer to Salta airport Domestic flight Salta - Buenos Aires*. *National o international airport depending on time schedule and availability. Welcoming at Buenos Aires domestic airport and transfer to the hotel in private vehicle. Transfer from the hotel to Café de los Angelitos (Little Angel’s Café) between 20h and 20:30h. The Café de los Angelitos Tango is part of the “porteña” history. Los Angelitos is a living witness of over 100 years of local history. Countless celebrities came to this café. In an intimate atmosphere, the show starts … 5 dancing couples, together with singers and an orchestra. The performance will take you to the history of Tango since the 20s all the way to Piazzolla, with some modern components. It’s a dynamic and intense show that amazes the spectator in a very special environment. Elegant suites, desired lightning effects are other components of a wild show. Enjoy the performance with the cuisine that honours the local meals lit by candles. Welcome to Angelitos! Transfer to the hotel at the end of the show. Round trip to the restaurant on pool service Read more

Two Hotel
DAY 15

Buenos Aires - International Aiport

Transfer from the hotel to Ezeiza International Airport Buenos Aires in a private vehicle. Departure and end of Services

Departure

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Buenos Aires
Hotel Two Hotel
Day 2
Location Salta
Day 3
Location Cachi
Hotel El Cortijo
Day 4
Location Cafayate
Day 6
Location El Peñon
Hotel El Peñon
Day 8
Location Antofogasta
Day 9
Location Tolar Grande
Hotel Casa Andina
Day 10
Location San Antonio de Los Cobres
Hotel De Las Nubes
Day 11
Location Purmamarca
Day 13
Location Salta
Day 14
Location Buenos Aires
Hotel Two Hotel

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfers in a private vehicle hotel/airport with Spanish speaking driver, and English speaking guide when mentioned.
  • Nights in hotel in a standard double room (unless otherwise stated).
  • Guided tours and excursions mentioned in private service (English speaking guide specified on each day).
  • Guide’s fees (Transportation, hotels, meals, etc.).
  • Meals mentioned as "included" (Meals served aboard flights following the flight schedule).
  • Assistance by our English speaking team before / during / after your trip (24-7 service).

Package excludes

  • International Flights and Domestic flights
  • Meals not mentioned as "included", drinks.
  • Tips
  • Personal equipment.
  • Repatriation insurance.

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  • Domestic flights are mentionned in trip plan in option.

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