Follow the old Inca trail into continuously changing landscapes, an amazing experience!
Descend into the Incahuasi Valley, “Home of the Inca”, and enjoy the views this trek offers
Conquer Cerro Negro and enjoy the views!
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Day 1: Salta - El Golgota - Sillon del Inca - Quebrada del Toro
This tour is a hiking excursion, characterized by the continuous transition of amazing landscapes, from ruins of the Inca Empire, to native cultures that are still thriving in the present day.
You’ll be picked up from your hostel/hotel between 8:00am to 8:30am. We’ll make our way by mini-bus to El Golgota, from where the hike begins. As we start our ascent, you’ll get an amazing panoramic view of the Toro's Gorge, the place where the very famous “Train to the Clouds” passes by. Also in this gorge, you will be able to see the entire mountain range, with many different rock formations, and a wide variety of colours, allowing you to understand the geological history of this very interesting place.
Likewise, the cultural history is also an intriguing one. Along the way, you will find ancestral trails that were used by the Incas, and these trails will lead us to the Incahuasi Valley. Here, you will visit a 500-year-old throne that was built for the Inca Emperor's Representative, in order to collect all tributes, gifts and offerings. This throne is known by the name of “Sillon del Inca”.
We will set up our first campsite where we’ll spend the night.
Accommodation: Campsite in Quebrada del Toro.
Day 2: Quebrada del Toro - Abra de la Cruz - Quebrada del Astillero - Salta
In the morning after breakfast, we’ll dismantle our camp site, bid farewell to our hosts, and continue the tour. Slowly, you will start noticing the transition, with more humidity, pastures becoming greener, and towards the bottom of the valley you’ll see deep ravines crossed by crystalline rivers.
From Abra de la Cruz (3,100m.a.s.l.), we will stop to enjoy the view over the city of Salta and the surrounding area. At midday, there’ll be another pause at El Mirador de los Condores (a view point), from where you can appreciate the magnitude of the Quebrada de Astilleros, and witness the majestic flight of the condors. Here, you’ll enjoy the last picnic of the trip.
Lastly, we’ll continue downhill to Potrero de Uriburu by the Astilleros river, where our mini-bus will be waiting, ready to take you back to Salta. Estimated arrival time is 5:30pm.
Note: Minimum of 2 passengers for this tour.
DAY 1 / 08:00 - 08:30
Hotel and hostel pick-up
DAY 1 / 08:30 - 10:00
Depart from Salta to El Gólgota
DAY 1 / 10:00 - 17:00
Hiking: El Gólgota – Sillón del Inca – Abra de la Cruz
DAY 1 / 18:00
DAY 2 / 10:00 - 16:00
Hiking: Abra de la Cruz – Quebrada del Astillero
DAY 2 / 17:30
Arrive in Salta
- English-speaking tour guide
- Pack mule or porter
- Sleeping bag (-10°C)
- Personal expenses
- Sleeping bag (-10°C)
- Backpack (around 60 litres)
- Trekking boots
- Warm clothes, long trousers/pants, a hat, a wind coat
- Sunscreen and insect repellent
- Extra cash
- Bottle of water
This tour is not possible to operate for children under 16 years old.
Cancellation or changes of this tour:
Changes: It is FREE to change the tour date before 5:00 pm (Buenos Aires time) 5 days before the tour begins.
Cancellations: If you cancel before 5:00 pm (Buenos Aires time) 5 days before the tour begins, a 60% administration fee will apply. After this time, there is a 100% cancellation fee.
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What time zone is used in Salta?
Local time in Salta is GMT -3, the same as on Argentina's mainland.
What kind of weather can we find in Salta?
Salta, located in a tropical area, has a warm climate year-round. However, there are quite marked variations in its different regions, due to the disparity in the terrain elevation. January is the hottest month in Salta, with an average temperature of 22°C (72°F), and the coldest month is June, at 12°C (54°F). September is the month with the most daily sunshine hours, at 11. The wettest month is January, with an average of 182mm of rain.
What should I bring to the tour?
You should bring a backpack (around 60 litres), a sleeping bag (for temperatures of -10°C), warm clothes, long trousers/pants, a wind coat, trekking boots, sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, and insect repellent. Don't forget to bring your camera, a bottle of water, and extra cash for your personal expenses.
Will I get problems with altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness is a real possibility here. If you are arriving directly from the coast, you may need up to a couple of days to acclimatize. Dizziness, shortness of breath, and headaches are common symptoms, but extended bouts of nausea and vomiting are not unheard of amongst those that have rushed their ascent. The locals swear by chewing coca leaves, and although they do relieve the symptoms, it may cause you to fail a drug test. Anyone not already fully acclimatized is advised to pick up some medicine (such as Dramamine) from the pharmacy in Salta before departure. You can also drink tea or coffee to help (but most importantly, drink water to stay hydrated).
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