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Cuesta del Obispo and El Torreon 2 Day Trek from Salta

Hike through Argentina's gorgeous northern mountains outside of Salta, where you will get a chance to see amazing views, visit Incan ruins, and walk along condor habitats!

USD $225.00

Per Person


Cuesta del Obispo and El Torreon 2 Day Trek from Salta


  • Hike through Argentina’s gorgeous northern mountains!
  • See incredible views of the Cuesta del Obispo valley from the top of El Torreón
  • See Incan ruins and cave drawings
  • Hike along condor habitats, where you may get a chance to see some of these mighty birds flying around you!


This expedition takes you to a refuge nestled in a remote and beautiful part of Argentina’s northern mountains. From here, you have many different options for treks to geographic and historical landmarks. On this tour, you will get amazing views of the Cuesta del Obispo from the top of El Torreón mountain, plus the chance to visit multiple archaeological sites, learn more about the area’s flora and fauna, and take awesome photos!


Day 1 – Trail to La Cuesta del Obispo

You will exit Salta going south, through Cerrillos and El Carril, and then turn west to Chicoana to go through the Yungas jungle. Climbing, you will enter the Quebrada de Escoipe, where you can see cactus, carob trees, and brightly colored red rocks all around. As you enter the valley in La Cuesta del Obispo, you will leave the vehicle and trek to the refugio La Sala. After leaving some of your stuff, you will begin the day’s trek in the mountains!

The trek begins on ancient trails that run from the Calchaqueíes Valleys through the Andean pre-cordillera. After a couple of hours trekking, you will stop for a snack and a tea/coffee right next to a well-preserved Incan ruin! You will then hike to the Mirador del Cóndor (Condor Lookout), from where you can see the surrounding plains and pastureland. This area is a condor habitat and if you’re lucky, you will see some flying around while you’re at the lookout!

After a picnic, you will begin your descent back to the refugio. On the way down, you will stop in some caves that contain ancient Incan paintings! As you arrive at the refugio, you will enjoy an Argentinian-style barbecue (asado) and then settle in to this old mountain lodge under a blanket of stars.

Day 2 – Climb Cerro Torreón

The morning begins with a country breakfast at the lodge. Today’s trek brings you up Cerro Torreón, which has some of the area’s best views of La Cuesta del Obispo. You will stop at the peak for a snack and a rest, as you may now be feeling the altitude (the peak is 3,600 meters or about 11,800 feet). After drinking in the views and relaxing for a while, you will begin the descent to the refugio, where you will have some lunch before returning to Salta.

Important Information

Pickup time/place: 07:00am at your hotel

Trip duration: 2 days

Hours of hiking: 4-6 hours on the first day and 5-6 hours on the second day (depending on the fitness level of the participants)

Distance hiked during the tour: About 25 km (about 15.5 miles)

Altitude: 2,270 meters (7,450 feet) – 3,600 meters (11, 800 feet) 

Level of difficulty: Medium-Hard – this tour is for people who are in good shape and are prepared to hike on mountain trails that are often rocky.

Areas visited: Cuesta del Obispo, Quebrada de Escoipe, Parque Nacional Los Cardones, Cordillera Oriental o Precordillera

Season: This tour is year-round, but may be interrupted by summer rains (~January/February)

Please note that the refugio La Sala was an old, abandoned mountain lodge that the operator of this tour has partially reconstructed. It does not have potable water and accommodations are quite basic. The idea is to spend a couple of nights living like the locals of this area.

This tour requires a minimum of 2 people to run at the normal per person price. You can do the tour solo if you pay 15% on top of the normal price. If another person books for the same day (and you are OK with sharing), then we will return the extra 15%.

What’s Included

  • Roundtrip transportation to/from Salta
  • Hiking poles
  • Snacks
  • Picnic-style lunch
  • Dinner
  • Bilingual guide
  • Lodging in refugio La Sala

What to Bring

  • Trekking boots or shoes (whose soles are still in good shape, not smooth) and long socks
  • Long pants (preferably trekking pants)
  • Warm jacket (even in summer)
  • Sweatshirt
  • Backpack of at least 50 liters
  • 5 liters of water
  • Windbreaker
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat and sunglasses for the sun
  • Sleeping bag of + – 8º C (46º F)
  • Personal toiletry items


Salta, Provincia de Salta, Argentina

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