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Vip Tour Group > Argentina > Itineraries > From Jujuy to Atacama  

From Jujuy to Atacama - 10 Days


This 10 day itinerary offers a journey of breathtaking natural beauty, though some of the richest cultural regions of Argentina and Chile, where Pre Columbian heritage merges with Inca and Spaniah colonial legacies.

Explore Salta, Jujuy and the Quebrada de Humahuaca, declared World Natural Heritage by UNESCO. Enjoy the hospitality of Hosteria Colome and taste the wines produced at the highest vineyards of Argentina. Experience the breathtaking beauty of the high altitude deserts and salt lakes of San Pedro de Atacama. We fly to Salta; Traveling to Argentina's North is a voyage to a land of shades and deep contrasts. It is, no doubt, the region with more "historical" and "traditional" life, a place where pre-Columbian civilizations converge with a colonial past and a strongly-rooted folkloric present. Jujuy, with its wild nature, its villages held in time - such as Purmamarca, Tilcara and Iruya, among other - the mysticism of Coyan customs, the Salinas Grandes (Great Salt Pans) and Quebrada de Humahuaca (Humahuaca Gorge), one of the region's most mysterious places, a desert that rises to the clouds through uneven colorful mountains. We Leave Argentina in our 4x4 vehicles and we cross the border and enter Chile by Paso de Jama. Stop at Purmamarca, an attractive village with its "Cerro de 7 Colores" (Seven-Color Mountain). Drive along Cuesta de Lipán, enjoying its amazing views and visit to the Big Salt Planes. Arrive at San Pedro de Atacama; It is extreme in its variety, isolated, beautiful. Its beauty resides in the texture of the land, the starkness of the sky and in how life has found a way to conquer the desert. Atacama is a lunar landscape in places, lush river canyons in others. In some parts, rain has not touched this parched land for the past three hundred years.
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Day 1 - Buenos Aires / San Miguel de Tucumán / Tafi del Valle

Arrive in San Miguel de Tucumán. Reception at the Airport and we depart in 4x4 vehicles, lead by our specialized guide to Tafi del Valle, it’s a very good route (596 km paved). In the afternoon we arrive to Tafi del Valle, is the most important touristic centre of Tucumán Province. It is a village surrounded by mountains, in the mid- west of Tucumán, 107 km away from the capital city. The name of the village comes from the diaguita word "Taktillakta", that means “Town with a splendid entrance" and the village is an excellent combination of mountains, rivers and climate.

Day 2 - Tafi del Valle – Cafayate

We depart in 4x4 vehicles. We leave the City Tafi del Valle behind and travel to Cafayate. Located at 1,660 m above sea level, Cafayate is well known because of its famous torrontes wine product of the exquisite combination of temperature and humidity that provides the ideal environment to the growth of the sweet and deep fruit flavor. We walk around the winery's facilities and its vineyards, participate of a wine tasting, and then enjoy of our free time at the place.

Day 3 - Cafayate / Cachi

We head to Cachi through “Quebrada de las Flechas”, enjoying spectacular views. We drive through beautiful small villages like San Carlos, Molinos and Seclantás. Arrive at Cachi. Free time to relax.

Day 4 - Cachi / Salta

We travel through Cuesta del Obispo, Cardones National Park, and the Enchanted Valley. We enjoy a picnic lunch and continuo to Salta, where we spend the night.

Day 5 -Salta

Free morning to relax. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon city tour of Salta, the most representative Spanish colonial city in Argentina. Ascent of Cerro San Bernardo. We will visit the Cathedral, the Church of San Francisco, the Town Hall and the Historic Museum of the North, the craft market and the San Bernardo Hill. The Church of San Francisco is a magnificent Franciscan temple with fine architecture ornaments. The Town Hall was built in different periods, but has a predominant Baroque style. Looms and silver objects can be bought at the handicraft market.

Day 6 - Salta / Quebrada de los Toros / San Antonio de los Cobres / Tolar Grande

We enjoy a short visit to the City of Salta and head to San Antonio de los Cobres village. We start our 4x4 trip to discover the “Andean Circuit” and the Puna (high plateau). This area is over 4,000 meters above sea level and it amazes people with its snow-capped peaks, its silent volcanoes, its wide seas of salt, its abandoned mines, its lagoons, and its vicuñas against the skyline… All these things come together to create an almost unreal atmosphere. One of the most interesting aspects of this remote region is the culture of its people, who, from the pre-hispanic times, could adapt to the hard conditions. Little towns like San Antonio de los Cobres have kept the Incas’ traditions. We continue to Tolar Grande, is a small village situated in La Puna at 380 km from Salta City. It is surrounded of mountains that go from the 3700 to 6000 metres. This is an extremely arid place where we can see some of the most important elevations as Tuzgle Volcano of 5400 metres and Socompa Volcano of 6030 metres between others. It is really amazing visiting the town and see the landscapes which is not so known by the general of the tourists. We will be travelling around highest sandbanks that were formed by the erosion of the time, one of the most famous is “El Arenal” and also we will have views of most of the big salt planes as the “Salar de Arizaro”. Once we arrive to Tolar Grande we will stop at the refuge built by a french. This is a small country refuge, without any luxury but you will feel the experience of sharing your time with the friendly people of Tolar. These is a great way to know their culture, history and monuments as the 3 mummies that were discovered in perfect conditions. Now they are exhibited in the Museum of the village.

Day 7: Tolar Grande / Paso Sico – San Pedro de Atacama

The following day we will go to the frontier to Paso Sico, one of the most important that connect with Chile. This is an off road mountain that is used only for 4x 4 vehicles. After this landscape of mountains, salts, and Quebradas we will arrive to San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 8 - San Pedro de Atacama

Free day in San Pedro de Atacama. We enjoy one of the wide varieties of excursions included in the “All-Inclusive Program”. Awasi Hotel prepares special outings, customized for the most adventurous, for the faithful hiker, for the lover of heights, and for those who just want to be surprised. Excursions: Toconao & Atacama Salt Lake, Moon Valley, High-plateau Dry Salt Lakes…

Day 9 - San Pedro de Atacama

Free day in San Pedro de Atacama.

Day 10: San Pedro de Atacama – Calama – Santiago de Chile

Free time at Hotel. Transfer to Calama Airport in order to board the flight to Santiago de Chile.

"This program includes active tours for which a good health condition is advisable”.

Jujuy to Atacama Tour

Jujuy Tour

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Package Prices and other details
Category Hotel Prices  
  Five Star House of Jasmines
Patios de Cafayate
$4,807 price quote

Land Only - Price per person based on double occupancy.

All accommodations include breakfast. English speaking Guides, 4x4 vehicles, transports, entrance fees and airport transfers. Hotel accommodations with hotel taxes and service charges, meals as indicated in this itinerary.

Not Included: International and domestic flights, Airport departure taxes, Reciprocity tax (entry visa), Tips to drivers, guides, hotel bellboys, meals not specifically indicated as included.

This is a general itinerary, which does not necessarily incorporate the special interests that you may have personally. Please contact our specialists to customize this trip for you. Call us at 800.772.9188 to speak with an expert now.

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