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Overnight Trekking to Cuesta del Obispo from Salta

This outstanding overnight trekking experience takes you through the stunning wilderness of Cuesta del Obispo and Los Cardones National Park. With your knowledgeable local guides, hike to Condor Viewpoint and the Torreon Hill summit. Along the way, you’ll encounter spectacular landscapes and ancient archaeological sites!

USD $202.00

Per Person


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Encounter Spectacular Landscapes and Ancient Ruins on this Overnight Trekking Experience in Los Cardones National Park

This outstanding overnight trekking experience takes you from Salta to the stunning wilderness of Cuesta del Obispo and Los Cardones National Park. Here, you’ll set out on two day hikes to Condor Viewpoint and the Torreon Hill summit. Along the way, you’ll encounter spectacular landscapes and ancient archaeological sites. Your local guides will lead you through the high mountains and provide an in-depth encounter with the area’s wildlife, culture, and history.

Highlights

  • Experience the outstanding wildlife and natural landscapes in Los Cardones National Park
  • Travel with a local guide and trekking team for an in-depth and hassle-free experience
  • Visit iconic and breathtaking viewpoints — Cuesta del Obispo and Condor Viewpoint
  • Enjoy a traditional Argentine barbecue
  • Encounter Inca ruins and ancient cave paintings

Tour Information

Duration: 2 days, 1 night

Start/End Location: Hotel pick-up/drop-off in Salta

Availability: Daily (departure at 7:00 am)

Total Hiking Distance: Approximately 15 miles (25 kilometers)

Altitude: From 2270 meters to 3600 meters

Difficulty Level: Medium/High

Booking Requirements: Minimum 3 travelers to book

Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Cuesta del Obispo and Hike to Condor Viewpoint
Begin your overnight trek from Salta with hotel pick-up and transfer south, where you’ll cross small villages like Cerrillos and El Carril before heading west towards Chicoana. Here, the landscape changes to breathtaking high altitude rainforests, or yungas. As the drive takes you to higher altitudes into the Escoipe Gorge, giant cacti, carob trees, and red rocks dominate the landscape.

As you cross the Enchanted Valley to the Cuesta del Obispo, you’ll wind through hillside roads to experience lush hills and valleys straight out of a fairy-tale. Here, in Cuesta del Obispo, you’ll take your pack and take a quick hike to your overnight shelter.

Hike to the Condor Viewpoint
After dropping off your things at the shelter, you’ll set out along old Inca roads for a full-day hike to Condor Viewpoint. As you gain altitude and reach the crest of the ridge, you’ll get your first true look at the immensity of the Calchaqui Valley that extend to the Andean foothills.

You’ll hike for several hours then stop at isolated Inca ruins to rest and enjoy a snack and coffee/tea. Enormous rock formations tower above. After exploring the ruins, you’ll continue walking until you reach Condor Viewpoint. Located 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) above sea level, this high plain is covered with meadow and seasonal flowers. If you’re lucky, you’ll see an Andean condor soaring high overhead, catching warm air currents and rising high into the clear blue sky.

In the meadows, you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch, then begin your descent. As you hike, you’ll stop to encounter outstanding cave paintings that speak to the millennia of history that lives in these mountains. Continue back towards the shelter, where a typical Argentine asado or barbecue will be waiting for you! Enjoy this well-earned feast under the stars.

Day 2: Climbing Torreon Hill
Today, you’ll begin your day with a typical “criollo” breakfast before  beginning your morning hike on Torreon Hill. As you ascend, you’ll encounter views of the Cuesta del Obispo like none other. Pause during your ascent for a snack, then continue until you reach the summit at 11,800 feet (3600 meters).

At this altitude, you’ll feel the wind in your face, and the overwhelming sense of peace and accomplishment that comes with standing above the clouds. After exploring the summit, you’ll begin your descent to the the shelter for one final lunch before returning to Salta.

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • Hiking poles
  • Snacks
  • Lunch (picnic)
  • Dinner (asado)
  • Bilingual guide
  • Insurance
  • Accommodation in mountain shelter

What to Bring

  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Pants (if possible, detachable)
  • Jacket (even during summer)
  • Fleece coat
  • 50 liter backpack containing: 5 liters of water, raincoat, bug repellent, and sunscreen
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sleeping bag (15°F-8°C)
  • Personal hygiene elements

Important Notes

  • Tour availability may change due to the raining season
  • The mountain shelter referred as ‘La Sala’ is an old house which in the process of being restored. It does not have running water. The idea of using this house is to experience the locals way of living.

Map

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What Happens After I Book?

After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.

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