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Salta Trekking — Quebrada del Toro to Rio Astilleros (3 Days, 2 Nights)

Hike across Quebrada del Toro Gorge and along ancient Inca passes. Share stories, experiences, and cultures with a local family who open their home to you. Disconnect from the bustle of everyday life and reconnect with with the stunning natural world on this 3-day trekking experience!

USD $684.00

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Salta Trekking: Stunning Landscapes and True Argentine Hospitality

On this Salta trekking experience, hike across mountainsides and along ancient Inca passes. Share stories, experiences, and cultures with a local family who will open their home to you. Disconnect from the bustle of everyday life and reconnect with with the stunning natural world on this 3-day trek from Quebrada del Toro Canyon to the Astilleros River.

Highlights

  • Hike along ancient roads to a remote Inca city
  • Witness outstanding panoramas of Quebrada del Toro Canyon
  • Camp in the ancient city of Sillón del Inca
  • Experience panoramic views at Abra de la Cruz
  • Share dinner and conversation with local families who live in the mountains

Tour Information

Duration: 3 days/2 nights
Start location: Quebrada del Toro
End location:  Río Astilleros
Availability:

  • September 22, 2018 (Full moon during the trek)
  • October 27, 2018
  • November 24, 2018
  • For 2019 dates, please contact us at info@keteka.com for details!

Difficulty Level: Medium

  • Day 1: 6-7 walking hours, 7.5 miles (12.5 kilometers)
  • Day 2: 6-7 walking hours, 6.5 miles (10 kilometers)
  • Day 3: 6-7 walking hours, 8 miles (13 kilometers)

Itinerary

Day 1 — Trek to Sillón del Inca
Today, you’ll hike along a path that was once an ancient road of the Inca Empire. Walk 12.5 kilometers surrounded by stunning views, stopping for lunch at the midway point to enjoy the outstanding view and relax.

In the afternoon, you’ll begin your ascent to El Observatorio. Built by ancient inhabitants of the mountainous region to keep watch for arriving visitors — or enemies — that tried to reach the village ahead. From this timeless, lonely view point, you’ll get a singular panoramic view of the entire ravine and surrounding mountainside.

From El Observatorio, you’ll hike to the nearby ruins of Sillón del Inca where you’ll camp for the night. At Sillón del Inca, wander the outstanding ruins, walk through the mysterious Inca throne room, and admire the pristine Andes that surround you.

You’ll set up camp for the night near the ruins, and enjoy dinner and hot tea or coffee under star-filled skies.

Day 2 — Trek to Abra de la Cruz
Today, you’ll continue your ascent to the highest point of your journey — Abra de la Cruz. From here, you’ll have the opportunity to look across the entire Lerma Valley, and marvel at the immensity of this landscape. At the peak, be sure to turn around and face the ancient mountainside you’ve crossed. You’ll be humbled by the generations of humanity that have lived and thrived in the lonely expanse.

After stopping for lunch at Abra de la Cruz, you’ll begin your descent and arrive at the Reinaga family home by mid-afternoon. In their home, you’ll share dinner, laugh, and tell stories, under the backdrop of stunning hills and peaceful countryside.

Day 3 — Travel to Yunga
Today is the last day of your Salta trekking experience. You’ll watch the landscape dramatically change as you leave the high mountains and cross the treeline into the rich, green forests of Yunga. You’ll descend along the River Astilleros, where a vehicle will be waiting to take you back to Salta.

What’s Included

  • One-way bus ticket to trail head
  • Camping equipment except sleeping bag (tent, cooking utensils, heaters, etc.).
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) guide
  • Day 1 meals: boxed lunch, dinner, tea
  • Day 2 meals: breakfast, boxed lunch, dinner, tea
  • Day 3 meals: breakfast, lunch
  • Personal luggage carry: sleeping bag, clothing and insulating carpet up to 7 KG
  • First aid kit

What’s Not Included

  • International or domestic flights
  • Sleeping bag
  • Accommodation in Salta
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages (available at campsite)

Important Notes

  • This is a high-altitude experience. We recommend an acclimation period of at least 2 days above 6,500 feet (2000 meters) prior to your Salta trekking experience.

What to Bring

The following items are suggested for maximum comfort and preparedness:

  • Head
    – Wool hat.
    – Buff or soft cotton scarf.
    – Mountain fit sunglasses with U.V. + 90% and side-protectors
  • Upper body
    -1 Polypropylene long sleeve T-shirt
    -2 short sleeve cotton or polypropylene t-shirt
    -Jacket/ Polar fabric jacket
    -Jacket/gore-tex or breathable waterproof
  • Hands
    – Polypropylene, first skin gloves
  • Lower body
    – Polypropylene leggings
    – Gore-tex or similar windbreaker breathable pants
  • Feet
    – Long socks (1 cotton pair and 1 expedition pair)
    – Trekking boots
    – Comfortable shoes
  • Technical equipment
    – Trekking cane
    – Backpack
    – Feather sleeping bag (14° Fahrenheit/-10° Celcius)
    – Water bottle (at least 900 ml.)
    – Insulating sleeping pad
    -Frontal flashlight with extra batteries and light-bulb
  • Personal belongings
    – Sunscreen
    – Lip protector
    – Hygiene bag
    – Personal first aid kit
    – Personal belongings: camera, mp3, books, etc.

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