Trekking at Argentinean Northwest Uyuni Salt Flat & Atacama 15 days - 14 nights

Trekking at Argentinean Northwest Uyuni Salt Flat & Atacama   15 days - 14 nights

What's included in this package

Travel Styles Trekking
Season: April through October
Beginning day: Saturday
Departure: Group
Minimum of pax 2 passengers
Difficulty: Moderate
Comienza en: Salta Airport
Trip ends at: Salta Airport

This trekking trip around the Northern Argentina, Southern Bolivia Southern Bolivia and Northern Chile takes us to the unparalleled landscape of the Quebrada, the Salt Deserts and the Altiplano, as well as to meet the people inhabiting these zones for centuries and their millenary culture.
The balanced amount of excursions and hikes, the selection of places to visit, allow us to enjoy the spectacular landscapes of the Argentine North, Uyuni at Bolivia and Atacama at Chile; but also bringing us closer to the to ancient life styles, traveling the very same trails used by the original inhabitants.
This is a very colorful travel, magnificent, flowing through the warm hospitality of the local people.

 

DAY / ITINERARY
01 Airport - Salta
02 Salinas Grandes - Tilcara
03 Tilcara - Iruya
04 Iruya – Chiyayoc
05 Chiyayoc – Rodeo Colorado
06 Rodeo Colorado – Rio Nazareno
07 Rio Nazareno – Nazareno
08 Nazareno – La Quiaca –Uyuni
09 Salar de Uyuni
10 Bolivian Altiplanic Lagoons
11 San Pedro de Atacama
12 Salar de Atacama – Chilean Altiplanic Lagoons
13 Geyseres del Tatio – Valle de la Luna
14 San Pedro de Atacama - Salta
15 Salta - Airport

LODGING
7 nights Hosteria double or single base
3 nights at Simple lodging
2 nights Semi-Full camping
2 nights at Basic  Refuge

ITINERARY

Day 1 Salta - Airport Salta
We welcome you at the Salta Airport and transfer to our accommodation. The rest of the day will be free for us to discover this particular city.
Lodging at Hosteria double or single.
Meals we provide: none.

Day 2 San Antonio de los Cobres y Salinas Grandes
We depart early on our way to Campo Quijano, going thru the Quebrada Del Toro, and the finally arriving to the pre Hispanic city of Rosa de Tastil with its legendary ruins. Our trip continues to San Antonio de los Cobres, a typical town located at 4000 meters high. Later, we will be able to appreciate the “Salinas Grandes”; then descending over the path of the Lipan, we’ll make a stop at the town of Pumamarca and its famous Mount of the ‘Los Siete Colores’. Later we arrive to our lodge at the painteresque town of Tilcara.
Lodging at Hosteria double or single.
Meals we provide: Breakfast

Day 3 Tilcara - Iruya
During the morning, we will go towards the North to the small town of Iruya, a picturesque village just in the north of Salta. We will have enough time to go around the town, discovering its beautiful cobbled streets and its typical Cappel. We will spend the night in this fascinating place.
Simple Lodging
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch & Dinner

Day 4 Iruya – Chiyayoc
Early in the morning, we will begin the crossing from Iruya, at 2800 metres high. We will go up north the river in a slow but incessant ascent, until we reach the Abra Del Colorado. From there, we will descent to the San Juan River where we have lunch. After the break, another ascent is expecting us and then the posterior descent to the Chiyayoc village, at 3100 m OSL.
Walking time: 8 to 9 hours.
Simple Lodging
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch Dinner

Day 5 Chiyayoc – Rodeo Colorado
Our trek continues thru this amazing landscape. We descend until we reach the valley of the river Trancas. Once there we start ascending again till we arrive to the edge. From there we’ll have a fabulous view of the town of Rodeo Colorado. Later we go back descending thru the Pera River. We finally arrive to Rodeo Colorado town. Estimated waling time: 8 to 9
hours.
Lodging at Semi full Camping.
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch Dinner

Day 6 Rodeo Colorado – Nazareno River
This day we descend our way thru a wide slope to the town of Molino, keeping always the amazing view of the valley of the river Nazareno in our back. From here we walk up to the place where we’ll put up our camp. Estimated walking time:
4 to 5 hours.
Lodging at Semi full Camping.
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch Dinner

Day 7 Nazareno River – Nazareno
Last stage of our on-foot crossing, during which we will go upriver up to reach Nazareno village. There, we can discover
this typical town and enjoy our experiences. Walking time: 5 to 6 hours.
Simple Lodging
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch Dinner

Day 8 Nazareno - La Quiaca - Villazon – Uyuni
By morning we leave Nazareno heading to La Quiaca, by the border at the northernmost corner of Argentina. Once we cross the border we arrive at Villazon and head to the train station to take the service to Uyuni. Finally we arrive at Uyuni to spend the night at our accommodations.
Lodging at Hostería double or single.
Meals we provide: Breakfast.
 


Day 9  Uyuni Salt Flat
We leave Uyuni around 11:00hs. heading to Colchani (22 Km to the north of Uyuni), a little village of built around the exploitation and refinery of salt. We enter the town walking through the piles and attending a demonstration of the extraction of the salt blocks. We can visit the stores, the salt hotels and the Isla Lomo Pescado, appreciating the huge cactus and an outstanding panoramic from the view point. Box lunch at the Island and continue our walk to Chuvica, where we spend the night in a rustic refuge.
Lodging at Basic Refuge with shared bathroom.
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch & dinner.

Day 10 Uyuni Salt Flat – Bolivian Altiplanic Lagoons
Leaving around 09:00hs. after breakfast, to visit the altiplanic Lagoons: Cañapa, Hedionda y Ramadita, then continuing through the desert of Siloli to see the Tree of Stone. Visit to Laguna Colorada where we can appreciate the pink flemings and major Andean fauna such as vicuña, suri or andean ñandú. We spend the night at another basic refuge.
Lodging at Basic Refuge with shared bathroom.
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch & dinner.

Day 11 Bolivian Altiplanic Lagoons– San Pedro de Atacama
The day begins around 05:00 am, when we leave the refuge to be able to see the Geysers (volcanic steam springs) and visit the thermal waters. Continuing our travel we find very curious rock formations produced by countless years of erosion, and finally reach Laguna Verde, a lagoon very particular and famous because of its color shift occurring between 11:00 and 12:00. We also visit Laguna Blanca and then we may take a new transport vehicle (regular bus) and continue to San Pedro de Atacama, arriving past noon.
Lodging at Hostería double or single.
Meals we provide: Breakfast.

Day 12 Salar de Atacama and Chilean Altiplanic Lagoons
This day we will visit the Miscanti y Miñique lagoons; with its wonderful colours are located over 4000 meters over the level of the sea. On our way to them, we stop at a Toconao, an old town made complete of stone, where the art craft is also well known. Another highlight of this is the “Salar de Atacama” which is over 100 km of extension. We will also appreciate some of the bird and fauna that has manage to survive in one the most desert places of the earth. All this will require from us around 6 hours. Our lodging will be at San Pedro de Atacama.
Lodging at Hosteria double or single.
Meals we provide: Breakfast.

Day 13 Geysers del Tatio – Valle de la Luna
This days starts quite early in the morning. We will depart before sunrise (4am) in order to go to the TATIO volcano, located 4300 meters over sea level. First thing we’ll do once we arrive is to go to the geothermal field located in the mountain range of Los Andes. Early in the morning this place has an amazing steamy activity because of the high temperatures that are coming up from the craters. The boiling water, the huge columns on steam and the water that runs underneath the surface makes of this, and unforgettable experience. Here will have breakfast, and then we’ll take a walk and those who want to might take a bath in the warm water (between 25ºC and 30ºC).near the geysers.
In the afternoon we take a trek to the Valle de la Luna; located at 17 km from San Pedro in the area of the Cordillera de la Sal, it has an especial appeal for its amazing resemblance to the lunar surface.
Lodging at Hosteria double or single.
Meals we provide: Breakfast.

Day 14 San Pedro de Atacama – Salta
We leave San Pedro de Atacama by bus, arriving in Salta during the afternoon.
Lodging at Hosteria double or single.
Meals we provide: Breakfast.
Day 15 Salta - Airport
After breakfast we are transferred to the airport where our tour ends.
Meals we provide: Breakfast

SERVICE DETAILS
Included:
Incoming Services
Bilingual guide (Spanish - English) during the excursions.
Tour Leader in Uyuni
7 nights at Hostería on double or single base and breakfast
3 nights at Simple Lodging
2 nights at Semi full Camping (includes tents and dinning tent, sleeping bag and insulating pad not included)
2 nights at Basic Refuge (single common area with shared bathroom)
Included meals: 14 breakfast, 7 box-lunch / lunches, 7 dinners.
Transfer Salta airport – Hotel.
Mules transportation of tents, general equipment, and food along the journey, and for the carrying-out of the passenger’s luggage during the trek (maximum 8 Kg., on the days 4 through 7)
Transfers according to the Itinerary descriptions. Transportations as shown in the itinerary combining private and regular services. Including train from Villazon to Uyuni.

Not included:
Medical and life insurance.
Tips.
Drinks and beverages (provided meals are without alcoholic or non alcoholic drinks).
Optional excursions.
Services not shown or detailed in this program.
Flights or airport taxes.
Entrance to National Parks or Private Areas.

List of suggested personal equipment:
Backpack, 50/60 lts. or so
Sleeping bag down or synthetic for -10º C
Insulating sleeping mattress/pad (therm-a-rest style suggested)
Trekking shoes or boots
Thermal underwear (polyester, capilene or similar): a long sleeves shirt and thermal pants.
Cotton T-Shirt
Trekking pants
Fleece
Breathable parka with hood or similar
Over pants, preferably with lateral zippers
Gaiters (1 pair) recommended not only for the water but also for the vegetation
Thick thermal gloves (1 pair)
Thin synthetic gloves (1 pair)
Thick thermal socks (2 pairs)
Thin synthetic socks (2 pairs)
Trekking poles (recommended, if you are use to them)
Neckpiece
Balaclavas
Wool hat
Sunglasses with high UV protection (1 pair)
Sun screen (UV is very strong during the southern spring, from September thru December)
Plastic bottle or thermo
Wide duct tape
A minimal set of personal hygiene items
Knife of swiss knife
Lamp and batteries
Personal medication.

Notes
The travel agency holds the right of changing the itinerary or cancel any of the activities when any natural cause (or any other cause of any type) justifies it in order to look after the group safety

 

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