| The Puna, as it is known the Argentina Northern
region, waits for us not only to enjoy trekking through the magic landscapes
but also with its friendly people and antique culture, with the traditions
of the oldest towns of Argentina which are inherited from the Incas and
Kollas that established in South America thousand of years before the Spanish
& European civilization.
Located in the North of Argentina, the provinces of Salta & Jujuy invite us to go across vineyards and colorfull landscapes, in towns such as Humahuaca, Tilcara, Uquía and Purmamarca with its Mountain of seven colours and its great Salar Field in the hill of Lipan. We can choose to walk between the towns of Iruya to the north of Rodio and Rodeo Colorado or we can also make a crossing from the Puna to the forest to the Calilegua Park, among the options we have organized for our travelers. The Desert of Atacama in Chile waits for us at the other side of Los Andes mountain range, this region often named as one of most barren lands in the world also allows us to appreciate lakes of many colours, flamencos and condors. The Altiplano lagoons, the Salar fields and the unique Geysers with their great steam columns at dawn are without a doubt the right complement to this region of Argentina.
How to select your Trekking Trip in North Argentina, Puna & Atacama
We have organized here 3 of our trekking trip styles, that you can select depending on your desired lodging, number of hiking days and your own fitness & hiking experience.
Adventure Trips: They combine different kind of accommodations allowing this way to explore more distant areas of the country, like Hostels or Hosterias, Full camps and Mountain refuges. The physical difficulty of the adventure trips is between low and intermediate. The travelers should be willing to walk an average of 6 to 7 hours per day during the trekking activities and also willing to camp during some nights. In some group departures there are incoming services and guides during the activities and in others there is a tour leader dedicated strictly to the group. The trekking activities are led by mountain guides or local inhabitants of the area (according to the destination)
Adventure to Atacama and La Quebrada (ANA): 12 days hiking at Atacama - Tilcara - Iruya - Rodeo - Humahuaca - Salta. From April to October - Beginning on Tuesdays
Adventure at La Quebrada (ASA): 8 days hiking at Tilcara - Iruya - Rodeo - Humahuaca - Salta. From April to October - Beginning on Saturdays.
Adventure at Atacama (ATA): 6 days hiking at Lagunas del Altiplano - Geysers del Volcan Tatio, camp Salar Tara. All season - Beginning on Tuesdays
Uyuni Salt Field Adventure Tour (XUY): 2 days at Atacama & Salar de Uyuni. Individual. All season - Beginning all days
Intense Trekking Trips: These tours have more intense activities than the Adventure Trips and the accommodations usually used are camps in order to explore more distant areas of the country. Some nights are in Hostels or Hosterias, simple lodgings, Full camps and Mountain refuges. In some group departures there are incoming services and guides during the activities and in others there’s a tour leader dedicated strictly to the group. The trekking activities are led by mountain guides or local inhabitants of the area (according to the destination). The level of difficulty is intermediate. Travelers need to be in adequate physical condition although it is not required prior technical experience. We carry all the necessary equipment for the trek and your personal luggage up to a maximum of 8 kg / 16 lb per pax. This is due to National Park regulations. In some very specific sections of the trek we ask you to carry your own sleeping bag and personal items that you will use during 2 days / 1 night. We walk an average of 6 or 7 hours a day, 9 hours in specific days, at a moderate pace and with all the necessary stops for rest, snacks or photos. The trek includes some steady up hills and down hills that can be steeper at certain sections. Previous experience on walking outdoors and on camping is advisable as we use a lot our Full Camps
Trekking Atacama & Puna (TAN): 22 days trekking Atacama - Tilcara - Iruya - La Quiaca - Calilegua - Salta. From April to October - Beginning on Sundays
Trekking Atacama, Iruya & La Quiaca (TAI): 16 days trekking Atacama - Tilcara - Iruya - La Quiaca - Salta. From April to October - Beginning on Sundays
Trekking Puna (TNT): 16 días trekking Tilcara - Iruya - La Quiaca - Calilegua - Salta. From April to October - Beginning on Saturdays.
Trekking the Atacama Oasis (TAO): 8 days trekking San Bartolo - Machuca - Geysers del Tatio - Atacama. All season - Beginning on Sundays
Trekking from Iruya to La Quiaca (TIN): 10 days trekking Tilcara - Iruya - La Quiaca - Salta. From April to October - Beginning on Saturdays
Trekking from La Puna to La Selva (TTC): 9 days trekking Tilcara - Calilegua - Salta. From April to October - Beginning on Saturdays
Discovery Tours: They focus on the enjoyment and discover of nature and is the entry level for those with no trekking experience at all or that don't want long hiking days or don't like camping. Or they can be a good choice to combine with an Adventure Trip in Patagonia if you don't want so many days hiking & camping. The accommodations are all in hosterias, never at camps. They don’t have any kind of technical of physical requirement. The travelers should only be willing to walk an average of 4 to 5 hours per day during the trekking activities. In some group departures there are incoming services and guides during the activities and in others there is a tour leader dedicated strictly to the group. Some tours are in group while others can have individual departures. We provide the chance to upgrade the difficulty for those private groups that are keen on doing more intense hiking activities
Discovery Atacama & the Quebrada (DAN): 10 days at San Pedro de Atacama - Tilcara - Iruya - Humahuaca - Salta. Group departures - All season - Begins on Thursdays
Discovery the Quebrada (DHN): 8 days at Tilcara - Iruya - Humahuaca - Uquia - Salta. Group departures - All season - Begins on Saturdays
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