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Yala, Argentina

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From Salta: Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca & Los Colorados Hike

1. From Salta: Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca & Los Colorados Hike

After departing from central Salta, drive through the picturesque towns of Yala, Volcán, and Tumbaya. On the way, stop at the Seven Colors Hill viewpoint to appreciate the wonderful views of the multi-hued mountain illuminated by the sun. Arrive in the magical village of Purmamarca at the base of the Seven Colors Hill. Start by ascending the slopes of Cuesta del Lipán, Cuesta del Saladillo, and Abra de Potrerillos. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife including vicunas and llamas along the way. When you reach 4,150 m above sea level, be dazzled by the Salinas Grandes - a spectacular white salt plain which creates a striking contrast with the blue sky. Spend about 45 minutes at the salt plain taking in the breathtaking views.  Follow the trail back to Purmamarca where you will have free time for lunch (not included in the tour price). Take the opportunity to stroll through the charming narrow streets, admire views of the mountain, and explore the craft market. At the end of the tour, return to Salta on the bus where your tour will end.

From Salta: Serranías del Hornocal & Hill of 14 Colors Tour

2. From Salta: Serranías del Hornocal & Hill of 14 Colors Tour

Depart from Salta and begin your drive towards the iconic landscapes of Argentina. During your tour visit the villages of San Salvador de Jujuy, Tumbaya, Purmamarca, Maimará, Tilcara, Uquía, and Huacalera. See the hills of Cerro de los 7 Colore, the scenic Paleta del Pintor, the pre-Incan archaeological ruins of El Pucará de Tilcara, and the Cuzco paintings in Uquía. Once you arrive in Uquía, switch vehicles to ride a 4WD vehicle. Take the road to Hornocal and enjoy panoramic views. On the return, have a short stop in Humahuaca before returning to Salta.

From Jujuy: Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca & Los Colorados Hike

3. From Jujuy: Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca & Los Colorados Hike

After pickup from the meeting point in Jujuy, take a drive through the picturesque towns of Yala, Volcán, and Tumbaya. On your way, make a stop at the Seven Colors Hill viewpoint and marvel at the wonderful views of the multi-hued mountain illuminated by the sun. Then, arrive in the village of Purmamarca at the base of the Seven Colors Hill where you'll begin your hike. Start by ascending the slopes of Cuesta del Lipán, Cuesta del Saladillo, and Abra de Potrerillos. Make sure to pay attention to occasional local wildlife including vicunas and llamas along the way. When you reach 4,150 meters (13,615 feet) above sea level, take in impressive views of the Salinas Grandes, a spectacular white salt plain that creates a striking contrast with the blue sky. Spend about 45 minutes at the top exploring the blue volcanoes and admiring the breathtaking views. On the return hike, follow the trail back to Purmamarca where you'll have free time for lunch (not included in the tour price). Take the opportunity to stroll through the charming narrow streets, admire views of the mountain, and explore the craft market. After lunch, enjoy a 30-40 minute hike along the stunning Colorados trail, which leads into the surrounding desert landscapes between the mountains. At the end of the tour, return to Jujuy.

From Jujuy: Salinas Grandes with Purmamarca

4. From Jujuy: Salinas Grandes with Purmamarca

A high altitude tour that takes us to see the most visited salt flat in the North of Argentina, passing through the most picturesque towns in the area. Delight your adventurous spirit with the most shocking landscapes of the Argentine Puna. Duration: 8 hours Round trip transfers from Jujuy or Purmamarca. Maximum altitude during the tour: 4170 masl. Passengers have to be 3 years old or older. Pick up from San Salvador de Jujuy starting at 9am. Pick up from Purmamarca starting at 10:30am. We will travel to the Salinas Grandes, a territory shared between Salta and Jujuy. In the way through Jujuy, you will be able to enjoy the best landscapes at their best, where you will take incredible postcard pictures! We will depart from the city of San Salvador, taking the National Road 34 in the province of Jujuy where we will have the opportunity to see a little piece of the Humahuaca Gorge, we will visit picturesque towns such as Yala, Volcán, Purmamarca where we will find the majestic Hill of the 7 Colors. We will then enter the incredible Cuesta de Lipán, where we will reach 4,170 meters above sea level and we will be able to appreciate its spectacular flora and fauna. Finally, we'll arrive at the Salinas Grandes, where we can appreciate all its magnitude and take the most beautiful and creative selfies. Before the tour ends, we'll return to the town of Purmamarca, where you can have lunch and try the best regional dishes with llama meat and also get to know the acclaimed town of Purmamarca, with its picturesque and rustic streets, with uphill paths. The guide will invite you to take a walk with them to see Los Colorados. *In case of departure from Purmamarca, we will not visit the stops between the city of Jujuy and that point.

From Jujuy: Serranías de Hornocal with Quebrada de Humahuaca

5. From Jujuy: Serranías de Hornocal with Quebrada de Humahuaca

A tour through an impressive gorge, where colors predominate on the hills, thanks to thousands of years of oxidation of the minerals in them. The towns, landscapes, culture and its people are the main protagonists of this tour. Duration of the tour: 8 hours. (approx.) Round trip transportation to and from meeting points. Total mileage: 127 km. Maximum altitude reached during the tour: 3012 meters above sea level. Pick up from San Salvador de Jujuy starting at 9am. We will travel to Humahuaca city, an Unesco-declared World Heritage Site, towards the outskirts of Jujuy, just a few kilometers away from the border with Bolivia. This tour will allow us to appreciate the most impressive colors of the Argentine North, its culture, its unique towns and its people. We will depart from the city of Jujuy, taking National Road 9 to later enter and have the opportunity to know the great Humahuaca Gorge, recognized for its imposing landscapes and its picturesque towns such as Volcán, Purmamarca where we will find the majestic Cerro de los 7 Colores; Tilcara; Humahuaca, the largest town in the gorge; Uquía, a small town where the church of San Francisco de Paula is located, dating from the 17th century, where the ancient paintings of the Arcabuceros Angels reside, coming from Cuzco-Peru, painted at the time of colonization; Huacalera, where we step on the imaginary line of the Tropic of Capricorn and finally, La Paleta del Pintor in Maimará. We'll be have 2 free hours in Humahuaca, where you can have lunch and try the best regional dishes with llama meat and also get to know the town, where culture takes over the streets. Carnival is a main theme in this place, since it is the epicenter of this celebration. After lunch, we start our way back, alternating the stops. Once you arrive in Uquía, you'll be boarding a 4WD vehicle, and then the road to Hornocal will begin to enjoy these magnificent panoramic views. On the way back there is a stop in Humahuaca for 20 minutes. It is recommended to bring lunch or snacks to eat since there is no time to stop at a restaurant in Humahuaca *In case of departure from Purmamarca, we will not visit the stops between the city of Jujuy and that point. *In case of departure from Tilcara, we will not visit the stops between Jujuy and that point.

From Jujuy: Yala and Termas de Reyes Half-Day Tour

6. From Jujuy: Yala and Termas de Reyes Half-Day Tour

Spend half a day beyond the city of Jujuy to explore the surrounding natural beauty of northwest Argentina. See the lagoons of Yala and experience a mountain forest teeming with wildlife and beautiful foliage. End your tour at the rejuvenating Termas de Reyes to experience the healing properties of thermal waters.  After being picked up in Jujuy, head west up to the town of Yala. The area is famous for lakes located at 2,300 meters above sea level. Visit the lagoons of El Comedero, Desaguadero, and Rodeo with their crystalline waters set among a lush green environment. Crossing the ravine of the Yala River, head up a dirt road to Los Nogales. Upon entering the Potreros de Yala Provincial Park, you will see a mountain forest with its cloud cover. Known as Yungas, this stretch of forest along the eastern slope of the Andes has thick vegetation and flowers, creating an attractive landscape setting. The coexisting fauna include macas, herons, ducks, coots, and a variety of other species. After a small trek in the high-altitude trails, begin to descend toward the Spa Termas de Reyes, where you can enjoy the thermal waters in an open pool and several whirlpools. Relax and find rejuvenation in the mineral waters that can exceed 50 degrees Celsius and offer various health benefits. Afterward, enjoy your return transfer back to Jujuy.

Salta or Jujuy: Iruya and Salinas Grandes 2-Day Tour

7. Salta or Jujuy: Iruya and Salinas Grandes 2-Day Tour

Choose to depart from Jujuy or Salta, and start your multi-day tour. DAY 1 After departing from central Salta or Jujuy, drive through the picturesque towns of Yala, Volcán, and Tumbaya. On the way, stop at the Seven Colors Hill viewpoint to appreciate the wonderful views of this multi-hued mountain illuminated by the sun. Arrive in the magical village of Purmamarca at the base of the Seven Colors Hill. Start by ascending the slopes of Cuesta del Lipán, Cuesta del Saladillo, and Abra de Potrerillos. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife including vicuñas and llamas along the way. When you reach 4,150-meters above sea level, be dazzled by the Salinas Grandes - a spectacular white salt plain which creates a striking contrast with the blue sky. Spend about 45 minutes at the top exploring the blue volcanoes and taking in the breathtaking views.   Follow the trail back to Purmamarca where you will have free time for lunch (not included in the price). Take the opportunity to stroll through the charming narrow streets, admire views of the mountain, and explore the craft market. Next, enjoy a 30-40 minute hike along the stunning Colorados trail which leads into the surrounding desert landscapes between the mountains. Stay overnight in Purmamarca; please note accommodation is not included in the price, however, your guide will be happy to help you find the best option for your stay. DAY 2 Travel across the Humahuca's Gorges - hich was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 - to get to the town of Iruya, a unique town built in the middle of the mountains. Free time for lunch (not included in the price). Return to Salta or Jujuy, and end of services.

Humahuaca Valley Multicultural Tour from Salta

8. Humahuaca Valley Multicultural Tour from Salta

We will travel from Salta to the city of Humahuaca, a picturesque town in the Quebrada de Humahuaca, recognized by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. On the excursion, we will also visit nearby towns such as Volcán, Purmamarca, Tilcara, Uquía and Huacalera, and enjoy the regional gastronomy and local culture. The longest stop will be in Humahuaca, where you can have lunch and explore the town. After lunch, we will return to Salta making a few stops along the way to take pictures. Visit picturesque places such as Volcán, Purmamarca, Tilcara, Humahuaca, Uquía, Huacalera and La Paleta del Pintor in Maimará.

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What people are saying about Yala, Argentina

Overall rating

5.0
(1 reviews)

Our guide Leo, and the 2 drivers were the best. Leo, in particular was like a long-lost brother- caring, kind, helpful and oh so informative. The van, though old, was reliable - no breakdowns. It was a long day trip 14 hours. But such fun, all because of Leo whose laughs, jokes and stream of information, kept the trip light and cheerful. We stopped at Pumaramarca and the ceramic factory before reaching Hornacal. A jeep drove us to the panorama. The mountains are a breathtaking natural wonder characterized by their vibrant and diverse hues. They display a mesmerizing palette of reds, oranges, yellows, and greens, creating a stunning and surreal landscape. The colors are caused by mineral deposits and sedimentary layers, which have been shaped over millions of years by geological processes. We were captivated by the striking beauty of these mountains.

We enjoyed this day trip. It's true that it is a lot of driving, as per the other reviews, but if you want to see the 7 coloured and 14 coloured mountain in a day then there really is no other choice. The other stops were short and mainly photo spots or toilet stops. We chose to see Hornocal The 14 coloured mountain instead of having time for lunch in Humahuaca but it was definitely worthwhile. It was pouring with rain but the mountain was still magnificent to see. It's a long day but the landscapes on the way are definitely worth all the driving. The tour guide was good too, very friendly and funny.

Very good excursion, even a little long! (7 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.) but well worth the price and time. The Jeep ride/safari alone is worth the price of the tour, not to be missed to see Hornocal at its best. César, the driver is highly competent and Luis, the guide, filled our heads with relevant information while using humor and consideration. To do!

It was a long day but packed with a wonderful itinerary which was made more enjoyable by our enthusiastic guide Leonardo.

Aside from the involuntary bus stop (problem with air conditioning), great. Very beautiful views. Highly recommended