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Trekking Argentina: 4 Day Hiking Tour from Salta into the Clouds

Explore this incredible trail on a four day trek that ranges from the arid Humahuaca Gorge, to the lush Yunga Jungle.

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Trekking Argentina: 4 Day Hiking Tour from Salta into the Clouds

The dates available on the right are all confirmed departures, if you are interested in different dates, please email us at info@keteka.com!

Highlights

  • Trek from the valley, to the clouds, to the jungle, all in one four day trip!
  • Interact with local farmers

Description

  • Duration: 4 days – 3 nights
  • Distance Covered: 48 km total
  • Beginning Elevation: 2,378 meters (7,800 feet)
  • Ending Elevation: 1,479 meters (4,852 feet)
  • Maximum Elevation: 3,410 meters (11, 188 feet)
  • Tour begins and ends in Salta

The trek begins at the foot of the Golgota Mountain in Ingeniero Maury and finishes in Quebrada San Lorenzo in Salta. Your path will take you all the way along an ancient Incan trail full of striking contrasts. It begins in the dry and arid desert mountains near Tilcara, goes through the Huairahuasi valleys, the community of Molulo, and finishes in the humid San Lucas jungle (Yunga) of Calilegua National Park. The trail also goes through ruins left by the Incan empire, including the archaeological site Sillón del Inca. Throughout the hike, you will have a chance to meet local farmers and cattle herders, either during meals, or during short breaks. The food included on the hike is not your average camping food – there will be a variety of food to enjoy in a proper mess tent, with tables and real cutlery, as well wine each night. If you are interested in trekking Argentina, this is one of the best options in the country!

Itinerary

Day 1: Salta – Sillón del Inca

The trip begins in the bus terminal in Salta, where you will meet your guide and take a bus towards San Antonio de los Cobres. (Generally you take the 08:00 am bus, but the leave time of the tour can vary, depending on your situation). You will get off at Gendarmería de Ingeniero Maury. After an equipment check, you will enjoy a quick box lunch and then begin the hiking!

The beginning of the hike is a steady uphill, from where you will be able to see the Quebrada del Toro unfurl in front of you in its full majesty. You will also begin to see the snow-capped peaks of the San Miguel and Acay mountains in the distance. After 3 hours of walking, you will arrive at the Virgen del Caminante, a reference point for many mountaineers in the area. From there, the trail will go up and down, but in a general downward slope.

You will spend the first night camped at the Sillón de Inca – ancient Incan ruins.

  • Distance covered: 9 km (5.6 miles)
  • Walking time: 6-7 hours
  • Starting altitude: 2,378 meters (7,800 feet)
  • Total ascent: 1,063 meters (3,488 feet)
  • Total descent: 479 meters (1,572 feet)
  • Ending altitude: 2,959 meters (9,708 feet)

Day 2: Sillón del Inca – The Clouds

Today, you will reach the highest point of the hike and pass through one of the prettiest farmlands of the area. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see condors flying overhead throughout the day!

The hike begins with a long uphill that takes you to 3,400 meters (11,188 feet) and one of the most spectacular views of the entire trip. From above the clouds, you will be able to see the entire Lerma Valley and the city of Salta. The trail then descends (with great views the entire time) until the second campsite, which is nestled among the local farmland. Here, you will have a chance to get to know some of the local farmers and learn more about their lives up in the clouds!

  • Distance covered: 11.4 km (7 miles)
  • Walking time: 6-7 hours
  • Starting altitude: 2,959 meters (9,708 feet)
  • Total ascent: 665 meters (2,182 feet)
  • Total descent: 741 meters (2,431 feet)
  • Ending altitude: 2,882 meters (9,455 feet)

Day 3: The Clouds – Yunga

Today, the trail takes you to the jungle. The views today will change dramatically from what you will be used to seeing the first two days of the trip. After descending for a while, you will start to see trees and more vegetation covering the mountain, as well as rivers and waterfalls. You will descend down to where the mountains converge with the river, cross the river, and then hike up again, this time into the jungle, where you will camp for the night.

  • Distance covered: 14 km (8.7 miles)
  • Walking time: 7 hours
  • Starting altitude: 2,882 meters (9,455 feet)
  • Total ascent: 730 meters (2,395 feet)
  • Total descent: 1,052 meters (3,451 feet)
  • Ending altitude: 2,560 meters (8,399 feet)

Day 4: Yunga – Salta

Today, you begin your return to Salta, by trekking through the jungle. You will walk along the crest of the mountain range, enjoying the area’s flora and fauna, and occasionally meeting local cattle farmers along the way. The final part of the trip will take you to the edge of Salta, to the Quebrada de San Lorenzo. Here, you will have a few drinks to celebrate the journey, before boarding a bus that will take you back to Salta.

  • Distance covered: 13.6 km (8.5 miles)
  • Walking time: 7 hours
  • Starting altitude: 2,560 meters (8,399 feet)
  • Total ascent: 409 meters (1,342 feet)
  • Total descent: 1,489 meters (4,885 feet)
  • Ending altitude: 1,479 meters (4,852 feet)

Whats Included

  • Bus ticket from Salta to Ingeniero Maury
  • Bus ticket from Quebrada de San Lorenzo to Salta
  • Camping equipment (tents, cooking utensils, etc.)
  • Bilingual (Spanish & English) guide + a supplemental guide for groups of 6 or more
  • All meals
  • Carrying of equipment, up to 7 kg
  • 3 nights camping
  • Emergency equipment
  • Spot satellite phone for emergencies

What’s Not Included

  • Flights
  • Sleeping bag
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Hotel nights in Salta
  • Any other service not mentioned
  • Medical insurance (if you would like to get insurance for the trip, we can highly recommend World Nomads)

Important Notes

  • This tour operates from April to December
  • Good health and physical condition are required as each day has an average of 6-8 hours of hiking
  • The tour operator reserves the right to modify the itinerary because of weather conditions or other logistical reasons
  • If you prefer your own tent, you can book one with the “single tent supplement” option on the dropdown menu above
  • Much of this trek is at altitude, so we highly recommend acclimatizing for a few days before beginning the tour
  • While the conditions of the hike are quite safe, if an emergency exit is necessary during the hike, on the first day you will leave through Ingeniero Maury, on the second night along the Astillero River in a 4×4, the third night through Quebrada de San Lorenzo
  • In the case of an evacuation caused by health problems, neglect, or accidents, the operator will not be responsible for the cost of evacuation, nor the ensuing medical costs, outside of emergency first aid. As such, the operator highly recommends getting medical insurance
  • Cancellation Policy: At the time of payment, 30% of the tour payment is immediately non-refundable. The rest of the payment is non-refundable beginning 10 days before the start date of the tour.

What to Bring

For your head

  • Wool hat
  • Sun hat
  • Buff or cotton bandana
  • Sunglasses with UV filter + 90% side protectors

For your upper body

  • 1 long sleeve polypropylene shirt
  • 2 polypropylene or cotton t-shirts
  • 1 jacket
  • 1 breathable, water-proof jacket
  • 1 down jacket

For your hands

  • 1 pair polypropylene gloves
  • 1 pair thick polar gloves

For your lower body

  • Breathable, wind-proof pants made of gore-tex or similar material

For your feet

  • Long socks (at least 1 cotton and at least 1 synthetic material)
  • Trekking boots
  • Comfortable shoes

Technical equipment

  • Trekking poles
  • 35 liter backpack
  • Sleeping bag (at least -10° C)
  • At least 900 cc water bottle
  • Insulating mat
  • Flashlight with spare batteries and spare bulb
  • Expedition bag to load on to mules/vehicles

Personal items

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Toiletries
  • First-aid kit
  • Personal entertainment items: camera, music player, books, etc.

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