7-Day Best of Salta & Atacama - Humahuaca, Salt Flats, Moon Valley, Tatio Geyser

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Explore the north of Argentina and Chile on this 7-day tour from Salta, one of traveler’s favorite cities. Visit the Salt Flats and Purmamarca, tour along the Humahuaca Gorge (a UNESCO Heritage Site) and discover the famous Pucara de Tilcara, among others. Leaving Argentina, see the best of San Pedro de Atacama, a small town in the driest desert of the world. Little adobe houses and cozy restaurants are the base to explore one of...
Explore the north of Argentina and Chile on this 7-day tour from Salta, one of traveler’s favorite cities. Visit the Salt Flats and Purmamarca, tour along the Humahuaca Gorge (a UNESCO Heritage Site) and discover the famous Pucara de Tilcara, among others. Leaving Argentina, see the best of San Pedro de Atacama, a small town in the driest desert of the world. Little adobe houses and cozy restaurants are the base to explore one of Chile’s most spectacular sceneries: The Moon Valley, Salt Mountain Range, El Tatio Geyser (geothermal field), sand dunes, thermal waters and a totally clear sky full of stars.
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Discover why Salta is called “the very beautiful” by visiting its different regions full of contrast: from the Mountain Range with steep mountain paths and multicolor hills to Salt flats, plains, small valleys and cities that seem to be stopped in time. Learn about denizens traditions and customs, and taste its excellent local cuisine.

Cross the Andes to explore the small town located in the Atacama Desert and be amazed by its singular landscapes, quite unlike anywhere else on earth: Vast salt flats and active geysers are the main attractions.

You can choose between 3 types of accommodation: Inn, Comfort or Superior, depending on your preferences and you will have breakfast included each morning at your hotel or during your excursion. Lunches and Dinners are at your own expenses, and your guides will be happy to recommend places for you to taste local cuisine.

For details on each day of...
Discover why Salta is called “the very beautiful” by visiting its different regions full of contrast: from the Mountain Range with steep mountain paths and multicolor hills to Salt flats, plains, small valleys and cities that seem to be stopped in time. Learn about denizens traditions and customs, and taste its excellent local cuisine.

Cross the Andes to explore the small town located in the Atacama Desert and be amazed by its singular landscapes, quite unlike anywhere else on earth: Vast salt flats and active geysers are the main attractions.

You can choose between 3 types of accommodation: Inn, Comfort or Superior, depending on your preferences and you will have breakfast included each morning at your hotel or during your excursion. Lunches and Dinners are at your own expenses, and your guides will be happy to recommend places for you to taste local cuisine.

For details on each day of the tour, please see the Itinerary below:

Important Details

Overview
Day 1 – Salta

Upon arrival you will be driven to your hotel (private service), having the rest of the afternoon to explore the town. Since city stress has not arrived here, bear in mind that during nap time most shops are closed.

Overnight: accommodation included 

 

Day 2 - Salta - Excursion Salt Flats and Humahuaca Gorge – night in Purmamarca

Today you will leave Salta in a two- day excursion (shared service). For this exploration we recommend to leave your luggage in your hotel in Salta, and just take with you a day pack to the excursion.

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Day 1 – Salta

Upon arrival you will be driven to your hotel (private service), having the rest of the afternoon to explore the town. Since city stress has not arrived here, bear in mind that during nap time most shops are closed.

Overnight: accommodation included 

 

Day 2 - Salta - Excursion Salt Flats and Humahuaca Gorge – night in Purmamarca

Today you will leave Salta in a two- day excursion (shared service). For this exploration we recommend to leave your luggage in your hotel in Salta, and just take with you a day pack to the excursion.

Early in the morning you will travel along the same route as the famous Train to the Clouds, across the Quebrada Del Toro (Bull's Gorge). From here, you will reach Santa Rosa de Tastil, a vast archeological site 3,000 meters high, right in the heart of this gorge.

Afterwards, visit San Antonio de los Cobres, one of the smallest villages in the region. You will be driven through the ex National Route 40 until you reach the Great Salt Flats. Its surreal landscape is perfect for amateur and professional photographers alike.

Later in the afternoon, you will be taken to your hotel in Purmamarca.

Overnight: accommodation included

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 3 - Purmamarca - Humahuaca Gorge / Salta

Today you will meet your guide again to continue with your tour (shared service), this time along the Humahuaca Gorge, declared a UNESCO Heritage Site.

You will visit places such as Maimará, at the foot of the “Paleta del Pintor” (it’s a photo stop on the road), Tilcara and its famous “Pucará de Tilcara”, the Capricorn Tropic, Uquía (Cuzco School paintings) and the small town of Humahuaca, the village the Gorge is named after. On the way back to Salta, you will also visit San Salvador city, the capital of JUJUY province.

 

** The itineraries can be changed due to weather and roads conditions.

 

Overnight: accommodation included

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 4 - Salta / San Pedro De Atacama

At appropriate time, you will be transferred to the bus station (private service) to take a bus to San Pedro de Atacama. During the bus journey, you will cross the Andes thorough the "Paso de Jama", one of the highest international passes in the world. The trip takes about 12 hours during which you will enjoy stunning Altiplano scenery.

It is important to point out that today you are leaving Argentina and crossing the international border to Chile. Please, keep your passport handy.

Upon arrival at the bus station you will be driven to your hotel (shared service).

Overnight: accommodation included

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 5 - San Pedro De Atacama - Moon Valley Tour

After breakfast, you will have the whole morning to enjoy activities on your own.

In the afternoon you will visit a National Reserve located in one of the world’s driest and most hostile zones of the world: the Atacama Desert. Please remember that National Park Fees are not included since they should be paid locally.

Once inside the Reserve, you will visit a geological phenomenon known as Salt Mountain Range and will admire the landscape from different spots, to then immerse into the deepness of the Earth, while visiting the salt caves. You will as well understand the delicacy of the clay while visiting the Tres Marias, sculptures craved by nature. For the perfect closure, you will admire the dusk on the Great Dune, from where you will be able to see the Andes, Domeyko mountain range and the Salt mountain range.

Note: This tour starts and ends at our operator’s office in San Pedro de Atacama.

Overnight: accommodation included

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 6 - San Pedro De Atacama - Half Day Tatio Geysers Tour & Machuca

After an early morning pickup at your hotel, experience one of the most astonishing phenomena produced by nature! Visit the beautiful geothermal field, manifestation of the inner heat of the Earth. Take the most amazing photographs walking across the tracks over the field. Have the unique opportunity to swim in the Tatio spring waters, rich in minerals. Go along the imposing Andes mountain range, and participate in the adventure of observing native plants and animals in their natural habitat. Your breakfast will be provided when the sun rises during this tour. On your way back, you will also have a short visit to Machuca village. Please remember that National Park Fees are not included. You will have the rest of the afternoon at leisure to enjoy activities on your own.

Overnight: accommodation included

Meals included: Breakfast

 

 

 

Day 7 - San Pedro De Atacama

At the appropriate time, you will be driven to Calama airport (about two hour away- shared service).

Meals included: Breakfast
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Included
  • 2 nights accommodation in Salta with breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Half Day guided tour of the Moon Valley - share service
  • 3 nights accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama with breakfast
  • Professional English- and Spanish-speaking guide
  • Half Day guided tour to Tatio Geysers - share service
  • Transportation between cities and to the excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • Snacks
  • 2D/1N Safari to the Clouds tour (Purmamarca - Salt Flats - Humahuaca Gorge)
  • All activities mentioned on the itinerary
  • Overnight accommodation in Purmamarca with breakfast
  • Transport by air-conditioned Bus to San Pedro de Atacama (9/10hs duration)
Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from the afternoon tours (Moon Valley tour)
  • National Park Entrance fees (Pucara de Tilcara ARS50; Moon Valley $5; Tatio Geysers $16; Altiplanic Lagoons $10)
Departure Point
Salta Bus Station/Airport OR San Pedro de Atacama Airport
Return Details
San Pedro de Atacama Airport OR Salta Bus Station/Airport
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by an eglish/spanish speaking guide
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Important: Passport name, number, date of birth and country is required at time of booking for ALL participants.
  • The duration of transfers between Salta and San Pedro de Atacama are approximately 9/10hours. The exact duration will depend on the time of day, traffic conditions and costumes clearance. Distance between the two cities: 600km (372 miles)
  • Note: a migratory card form must be filled out in order to cross the border between Argentina and Chile.
  • Tatio Geysers from 4.30am to 12.00pm approximately
  • Moon Valley from 3.00pm to 7.00pm winer/4.00pm to 3.00pm summer approximately
  • Altiplanic Lagoons from 6.30am to 2.30pm approximately
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.