Argentina
Argentina & Atacama
Exploring the tastes of the Andes

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Sample itinery - Argentina tailor made - Andes & Atacama desert + How this holiday makes a difference

Itinery of 6 - 12 days exclusive travel with driver - guide, tailor made
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DAY 1 -SALTA

Arrive in Salta and private transfer to your boutique hotel, La Candela or Khala boutique. Free afternoon for strolling around, taste some empanadas and some wines, or a privately-guided walk introducing you to the most traditional corners of this city, nicknamed “Salta La Linda, the Beautiful.” You can end the evening with a combination of traditional plates made in a local's kitchen with a folkloric dance peña, or visit a gourmet restaurant in the city.


DAY 2 - SALTA - CAFAYATE

After breakfast, we leave Salta and head towards the picturesque Calchaquíes Valleys, crossing the agricultural Valley Lerma to enter the impressive lunar landscape of Las Conchas Gorge. We visit some impressive rock formations and at Cafayate we arrive at the exquisite hotel Killa, hotel Paris-Texas or Vinas de Cafayate. After check in, take some time to relax and check out the view from the surrounding grounds of the hotel or stroll through the lovely village.

DAY 3 - CAFAYATE

Enjoy a traditional breakfast. Later, we have a trip through vineyards and a bodega to learn about local wine production and specific flavors and grapes indigenous to the region. Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting in the wine cellar, with the Torrontes grape variety, characteristically smooth and fruity in flavor, or the Malbec-Cabernet blend with its remarkable body and rich taste. In the midday we have various options as brief walk or a longer hike in the middle of the incredible rock formations of the gorge to be able to really get amongst the landscape, with its warm colors and view of the Cafayate Valley and dunes, and/or visiting local artesans.

DAY 4 - CAFAYATE - MOLINOS - CACHI

In the morning, we head towards Cachi driving through small colonial villages over the spectacular N40. When arriving at the Quebrada de las Fechas gorge, enjoy a walk through the multicolored rock formations. In Molinos, we visit a small farm and a center of weavers and their old looms. Finally we arrive at Seclantas, a small village from where we can enter the Colte to visit the craftsmen along the way, as they practice their ancestral techniques making ponchos and blankets. In the evening, we arrive in Cachi and lodge in the Hotel Cortijo or hotel of your choice. Optional: to have an extra stay in between, when we reach Angastaco we can take a secondary road that takes us to Colome in 40 kms after which we reach the luxury Colome Estancia.

DAY 5 – FREE DAY CACHI

Free day for visiting artisans and shopping, participating in local excursions to Cachi Adentro, horse riding, and/or visiting pre-Inca and Inca ruins exploring the surroundings and make some small walks.


DAY 6 - CACHI - SALTA – PURMAMARCA

In the morning we exit towards Salta, crossing the Los Cardones National Park and the Encantado Valley to arrive around noon at the city. Take a stroll in town and enjoy some free time during lunch before leaving for the Humahuaca Gorge, a World Heritage Site. We will pass numerous villages with typical Andean architecture until arriving finally at the small town of Purmamarca to check into the hotel of your choice, La Comarca, El Viejo Algorrobo, Marques de Tojo. Your evening is to enjoy the ambiance of boutique shops, bars and gourmet restaurants. Alternatives: stay in Salta for 1 or 2 extra nights at a hacienda, at finca Los Los, estancia de charme - House of Jasmines or similar estancia in the Salta Area to relax and/or for horse riding. For birdwatchers stay in San Lorenzo for an extra day birdwatching at the cloud mountain forest near Salta.

Day 7 – TO CHILE OVER THE ANDES

A long and fascinating travel to San Pedro de Atacama passing salt lakes with sometimes hundreds of flamingos, crossing the Jamo pass of 4600m altitude. Over the pass we descend again to the Atacama desert known as the driest place in the world with green oases and views on the Lascar and Licancabur volcanoes. Hotel of your choice at San Pedro for 4 nights, Explora hotel de Larache, Casa Solcor Boutique, Takha Takha, Katarpe up to hostels managed by local indigenous organizations.

DAY 8 – SAN PEDRO DAY & MOONVALLEY

After your long journey a full morning to relax and stroll through this desert village, visit the archaeological museum, in the afternoon a visit to the surroundings, salt formations, viewpoints and the dunes of the moonvalley for sunset over the Andes.

DAY 9 – TATIO GEYSIRS AND PURITAMA HOT POOLS

Early departure to the geysirs of Tatio to see the steam condensed in the cold air and the sunrise coming in through the impressive steamclouds creating a mystical ambiance. After the visit we drive another 1.5 hours crossing the mountain to the Atacama village Machuca from where we make a short walk to a colonial church just above the village and bofedales (wet pampa lands) where the alpacas and lamas stroll and graze. At the end of the day we visit the beautiful thermal bath complex of Puritama to enjoy this long day in small natural hot pools before returning late afternoon to San Pedro de Atacama.

DAY 10 – SALAR DE ATACAMA

In the morning we leave for Toconao, an oases village 40 km of San Pedro de Atacama. From here we continue to the Reserva Nacional de Los Flamencos at the salt plain of Salar de Atacama where we will see various flamengos and other birds. Back in Toconao, we may make a walk through the green oases into the canyon, surrounded by volcanic rock and desert like landscapes. We return in the afternoon back to San Pedro de Atacama to visit the ruin Quitor of the Atacameño culture with a view over the oasis of San Pedro and the salt plains and enjoy dinner in one of the lovely boutique restaurants.

DAY 11 – BACK TO SALTA VIA CANYON DE TORO

Today we travel back to Argentina via a route passing the Miscanti en Miñiques volcanoes and heading to San Antonio de los Cobres where we will descend into the Cañon del Toro to Salta following the same trail as the Train of the Clouds (Tren de las Nubes). We stay overnight in Salta in a hotel of your choice.

DAY 12 - SALTA - BUENOS AIRES

Free morning to relax, in the midday or afternoon we leave to the Salta airport with a flight to Buenos Aires.

How this holiday makes a difference - Environment & Community

This program, modules and all tailor made itineries are offered by a certified mountain leader with a University degree, trained in eco-awareness and with deep respect for nature and wildlife. The knowledge that we will share, the awe and inspiration that will be felt for the greatness of the Andes mountains and the vastness of the Altiplano we trust shall contribute in people's lifes to appreciate and support the preservation of our natural reserves. Exploring the remote and most beautiful places in the Andes and Altiplano can only be done by car as regular buses only drive from one place to the other or do not exist on certain routes. The traditional horseback trekkings which we also offer with local gauchos is one of the purest responsible ways of travel you can imagine but is of course only possible in a very limited area with the time span a traveller usually has. In these itineries long distances have to be covered as this is part of the Andes adventure. We trust that the personal impact and the inspiration that will be generated by these special travels will have a positive effect in people's lives and decision making with respect to nature. When staying in our estancias and pousadas, or more simple guesthouses we will always check if the management is taking care of the natural reserves and what can be improved in case this turns out to be necessary.

We propose to our client to make one or two visits to social projects for children along our itinery and see in which way we can make a contribution to the local community of the Andean people. Clients can also come forward with one or more social projects they would like to visit. Before the start of our trip some research will have to be done and contacts to be made in order to make this a success of all parties involved, Your guide speaks fluently Spanish so there will be no languange barrier between you, the teachers, children or coordinators involved with the project. All local operators are small and local owners, meaning that the income remains within the country and creates a real economic contribution to its people and country. Accommodations are chosen by the client according to budget, taste and style, when they are locally owned this will have our preference, when this is not the case we will inform the client with further details so that a well balanced decision can be made.

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