Take an exhilarating 4x4 trip into the Argentinian puna, one of the most extraordinary and off-the-beaten-track regions on the continent. Discover a startling variety of desert landscapes including stark mountain ranges, giant dunes and volcanoes, bizarre rock formations, barren salt flats, blue lagoons and green oases.This privately escorted adventure includes prolonged drives along unpaved roads and travel at altitudes up to 4,500 metres.
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Fly to Salta and stay at the boutique Legado Mitico Hotel. Explore the colonial centre with time to relax afterwards. (B)
Travel north to San Antonio de los Cobres and the elevated Central Andean plateau called puna. Take a stop to see the red clay dunes of the Labyrinth desert and spend 2 nights at Tolar Grande. This small settlement is set on the edge of the Arizaro salt flat, a giant depression surrounded by a chain of volcanoes. (B, L, D)
Explore the surroundings of Tolar Grande including the turquoise Ojos del Mar lagoons and the old ghost railway station of Caipe. (B, L, D)
Cross the crusty surface of the salt flat and marvel at the perfect cone of the Arita volcano. Drive through stunning scenery of barren mountains, lava strips, tiny oasis communities and green patches where llamas, suris (Andean ostrich) and vicuñas graze. Spend 2 nights at Hosteria de Altura El Peñon. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to the stunning labyrinth of bizarre pumice stone rocks. In the afternoon, drive to the Laguna Grande, a high Andean sanctuary for thousands of flamingoes. (B, L, D)
Travel back to Salta via the delightful town of Cafayate and the impressive Las Conchas gorge. An option is available to visit the Quilmes pre-Inca ruins en route. Stay overnight at Finca Valentina, a charming white-washed country house on the outskirts of Salta, and relax in the gardens or by the pool before your onward flight. (B)
(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals
It is possible to arrange an additional stay at a wine estate in Cafayate or the colonial towns of Cachi and Molinos.
Casa Andina Tolar Grande is situated in the centre of the small settlement of Tolar Grande (altitude 3,500 metres), on the edge of the Arizaro salt flat in the high puna of north-west Argentina. Constructed of adobe and volcanic stones, this small but comfortable hosteria is under the administration of the local community and features six rooms, all with private bathrooms, heating and hot water. Breakfast and dinners can be taken in the nearby local...
Finca Valentina is a beautiful boutique hotel set in the foothills of the Andes just outside Salta. This charming whitewashed country house blends traditional architecture and local crafts with a chic design. The five guestrooms and private cottage feature luxury linens, locally woven blankets and antique chairs. There is a living room with library and fireplace, an outdoor swimming pool and barbecue area. Home-made breakfast is served in the dining area with views towards the mountains. Other meals are by arrangement and specially designed by the...
The small and cosy Hosteria de Altura El Peñon is located in the small oasis village of El Peñon, surrounded by the stark and beautiful Argentine puna (altitude 3,400 metres). The eight comfortable rooms are decorated in a simple but warm style, and all feature private bathrooms and thick duvets for the cold desert nights. Meals are served in the main dining room and include homemade bread and simple dishes prepared using regional produce. Electricity comes from the village's generator, for 6 hours in the evening (5:30pm - midnight), while the hotel's own small generator and batteries provide electricity in the communal areas from 7am to 11am. Heating is provided by wood-burning stoves and hot water from solar panels, while limited wireless internet access is available in the main hall. The hotel does not accept credit cards: all payments for extras should be made in cash (preferably...
Legado Mítico is located in the historic quarter of Salta, just a few blocks from the main square and 20 minutes from the airport. After careful restoration and renovation this old mansion, which once belonged to an aristocratic Salteñan family, has now been transformed into an 11 room hotel.
The 11 rooms vary in category from standard to luxury. All are spacious and bright with a modern en suite bathroom, flat screen TV, DVD player, mini bar, safe, air conditioning, WiFi internet access and direct dial telephone. The hotel facilities include a library and a roof terrace. Breakfast is served at the hotel but other meals need to be taken in local restaurants, of which many can be found within easy walking distance of the...
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PUA2016: 7 Nights
Salta takes its name from the Aymara word "sagta", meaning very beautiful, and is known...