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Northern Argentina: cultural and ethnographic experience

The perfect trip for all travelers who want a real immersion in the local culture, to share experiences with rural communities, and to discover archaeological sites. Northwest Argentina will surprise you for its magical and colorful roads, and its great diversity. We propose you to discover the guaraní culture in the vast region of the yungas, and explore the colors of Andean mountains in the Quebrada de Humahuaca. On each step of your journey, rural families will welcome you and make you feel like one of their own!

per adult from

$3,555

AUD

Duration

8 days

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  • What's included :
    • 7x Breakfast
    • 2x Dinner
    • 3x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 7 nights
    • 7 nights accommodation in a double room (6 nights in standard hotels and 1 homestay)
    • Ground transportation on site with an English speaking guide (private service).
    • Transfers to the airport (private service).
    • All the activities mentioned in the local communities
    What's excluded :
    • Air transport (optional).
    • Excursions indicated as "optional".
    • Meals when not mentioned and extra personal expenses

  • Day 1: Day 1: Arrival to Salta "la Linda" (-/-/-)

    Stop At: Salta, Salta, Province of Salta, Northern Argentina
    Arrival in Salta and private transfer to your hotel.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, Bartolome Mitre 77, Salta A4400 Argentina
    In the afternoon, your local guide will meet you to discover the secrets of one of the most fabulous cities in Argentina. You will visit its historic center, the Baroque-style cathedral, the San Bernardo Convent, the San Francisco church from the colonial era, the archaeological museum (MAAM) where you will learn in detail the history of the first inhabitants of the region.

    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Accommodation: Standard Category Hotel


    Day 2: Day 2: Salinas grandes and colorful landscapes (B/-/D)

    Stop At: San Antonio de los Cobres, San Antonio de los Cobres, Province of Salta, Northern Argentina
    In the morning, your private guide will pick you at your hotel, and drive in direction to San Antonio de los Cobres through the winding roads of the North-West. You will be able to see the Quebrada del Toro along the old railway line of the famous "train of the clouds", discover the ruins of Tastil and the impressive Polvorilla viaduct perched at 4200m altitude.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Salinas Grandes, 4600 Argentina
    After a lunch break (lunch not included), you take the road to discover Salinas Grandes, an impressive salt desert at over 4100m altitude, just on the border between the regions of Salta and Jujuy
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: The Hill of Seven Colors, Purmamarca Argentina
    Finally, you will descend, observing condors and llamas, to Purmamarca, a charming village at the foot of the 7 colors mountain.

    Salta - Purmamarca by Quebrada del Toro: 325 km
    4x4 private excursion with an English / Spanish speaking guide.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Purmamarca, Purmamarca, Province of Jujuy, Northern Argentina
    In the early evening, you set off on foot to reach Teresa's house, located 300 meters from the main square of Purmamarca. You will be warmly greeted by your host upon arrival! Teresa will teach you to cook typical dishes of the region, with local products: quinoa, llama meat, corn, andean potatoes, etc.

    You will then have dinner and taste your own dishes!
    Duration: 2h to 3h

    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Accommodation: Standard Category Hotel


    Day 3: Day 3: Discovering the Quebrada de Humahuaca (B/L/-)

    Stop At: Quebrada de Humahuaca, Rio Grande Purmamarca Village, Humahuaca Argentina
    Wake up in front of the magnificent Cerro de Los Siete Colores (the "Seven Colors Mountain"). You will go visit the Quebrada de Humahuaca and its small villages, this spectacular valley classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will discover the curiosities and colorful markets of each small village, and stop to enjoy the magnificent Hornocal mountain (known also as “14 colors mountain”).
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Serranias Del Hornocal, 25 Kilometers From the City, Humahuaca 4630 Argentina
    At noon, you will meet the local community of Ocumazo, and share with them a typical homemade lunch. After that, you will explore the surrounding paths and visit el Antigal, an archeological site.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Humahuaca, Humahuaca, Province of Jujuy, Northern Argentina
    Then, your guide will drive you to Humahuaca town, where you will spend the night.

    4x4 private excursion with English / Spanish speaking guide.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Accommodation: Standard Category Hotel


    Day 4: Day 4: From the Puna to las Yungas (B/-/D)

    Stop At: Santa Ana, Sta Ana, Salta, Argentina
    After a good breakfast, you will leave for the “yungas”, a humid forest from the Andean region. Your adventure starts through one of the best-preserved parts of the famous Inca Trail until you reach the Colorado Valley. In this region, the landscape combines the jungle and arid areas.

    In Colorado Valley, you will visit the town of Santa Ana, where you will meet a rural community. You will spend the night at this local community

    From Humahuaca to Santa Ana: 74 km (3h30)
    4x4 private excursion with an English / Spanish speaking guide.

    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Accommodation: Homestay (private room)


    Day 5: Day 5: Calilegua National Park (B/-/-)

    Stop At: Calilegua National Park, San Lorenzo s/n Libertador General San Martin, Calilegua 4514 Argentina
    Today you will discover the Calilegua National Park, with its 76,306 hectares and its dense vegetation. It is certainly one of the regions with more biodiversity in Argentina. You will do some treks along the way, to explore this jungle. It’s a perfect place for bird watching (around 270 species) and observing animals. The Park has several trails to discover it freely.

    You will spend the night in a hotel in Libertador San Martin
    4x4 private excursion with an English / Spanish speaking guide.

    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Accommodation: Standard Category Hotel


    Day 6: Day 6: Northern Salta: history and traditions (B/L/-)

    Stop At: Tartagal, Tartagal, Province of Salta, Northern Argentina
    Today you will meet Guarani communities in the north of Salta. Around 40 families live in this region and are from 3 different communities: Peña Morada, Yariguarenda, and La Salamanca.
    In this part of Salta, you can discover beautiful trails through the yunga and a rich culture, new flavors, unique crafts, colorful dresses, and many stories to share with you. Doña Francisca, the chief of Peña Morada will receive you and the families will invite you to participate in an artisan basketry workshop.

    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Yariguarenda, Salta, Argentina
    Then you will meet the Yariguarenda families. You can tour the mountain jungle on bicycle, visit the community plant nursery and participate in a reforestation workshop, identifying seeds and planting native species.

    You will spend the night at Tartagal.
    4x4 private excursion with English / Spanish speaking guide.

    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Accommodation: Standard Category Hotel


    Day 7: Day 7: Guaraní culture (B/L/-)

    Stop At: Tartagal, Tartagal, Province of Salta, Northern Argentina
    Half a day in the heart of the Guaraní communities of the North Salteño. You are going to enjoy your day in La Salamanca, where you will immerse yourself in the impressive Arete Guazú celebration, the most important for the Guarani culture. You are going to create chané masks with your own hands. As a local, you are going to walk into the jungle in order to find wood and fruits, with which they naturally dye these masks. Then you will live a gastronomic experience, where you will learn about the ingredients and dishes typical of the area.

    You will spend the night at Tartagal.

    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Accommodation: Standard Category Hotel


    Day 8: Day 8: End of the trip. Transfer to the airport (B/-/-)

    Stop At: Salta, Salta, Province of Salta, Northern Argentina
    Depending on the flight schedule, your guide will drive you to Salta (or Jujuy) airport. End of our services.

    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport, RN51 Km 5, A4400 Salta, Argentina
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 10/6/2020 - 12/22/2020
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    12/23/2020 - 1/2/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    1/3/2021 - 2/12/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    2/13/2021 - 2/16/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    2/17/2021 - 12/21/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

4

Organised by MATER Turismo Sustentable

Activity ID: V-123348P12

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