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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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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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