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4-Day Northwest Argentina: Trekking to the Clouds

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Day 1 : San Antonio de los Cobres to Sillon del Inca

Visiting: Salta

The trip begins at the bus terminal in the city of Salta. We will take the bus that goes to San Antonio de los Cobres (departs at 8 am - time to be confirmed on each departure as it may vary). We will get off the bus at the Gendarmerie Outpost of Ingeniero Maury, next to a school.

After checking in the luggage and backpacks for the day, we will provide lunch boxes, fill our water bottles and start walking. The first part is uphill. The trail is well marked and the slopes are mild/moderate but continuous. As we ascend, the Quebrada del Toro starts looming before us in all its glory as well as the snowy peaks of Cerro San Miguel and Acay behind the hills. After three hours of walking uphill we will reach La Virgen del Caminante (The Pilgrim ́s Virgin), a reference point for many mountaineers in the area. From here, the path continues with intermittent ascents and descents, but mostly downhill.

Our destination is Sillón del Inca ruins, where our first camp will take place. We'll have some spare time to walk around the area at this archaeological site that was once part of the Inca Empire.

TECHNICAL DATA – DAY 1

DISTANCE 9.0 KM

WALKING HOURS 6/7 HOURS

STARTING ALTITUDE 2,378 MTS

TOTAL ASCENT 1,063 MTS

TOTAL DESCENT 479 MTS

ENDING ALTITUDE 2,959 MTS

  • Meals: LD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 2 : Sillon del Inca to Lerma Valley

Visiting: Salta

The second day departs from Sillón del Inca and the path will lead us over the 3,000 meters. We will walk along one of the most beautiful places of agricultural production in the area, and if we are lucky, we will see some condors flying over us. We will continue the road with a slight increase up to the maximum height of the trip in the crossing clearing, reaching 3418 meters above sea level. Here, the journey will show us one of the most spectacular views. From this point well above the clouds you will get to see the whole Lerma Valley and the city of Salta. Then, the trail descends and will lead us, accompanied by spectacular views, to the site of our second camp. The camp will take place in the company of local people, who have their agricultural production ranch. We can share experiences with them and learn about their lifestyle in the area.

TECHNICAL DATA – DAY 2

DISTANCE 11.4 KM

WALKING HOURS 6/7 HOURS

STARTING ALTITUDE 2.959 MTS

TOTAL ASCENT 665 MTS

TOTAL DESCENT 741 MTS

ENDING ALTITUDE 2.882 MTS

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 3 : Lerma Valley to Yunga

Visiting: Salta

The third day the trail will lead us closer to the typical wetland forest of the Yunga. We will leave our camp and begin to descend. Here, the views are completely different from the previous two days. After a short hike we will find that trees and vegetation begin to grow on the mountains and we will see numerous rivers and waterfalls. The trail continues in slight decline to a point where two mountain rivers meet. Here, we continue upstream and then go into the Yunga. Here there is a first slight rise that gets more intense towards the end of today trek.

TECHNICAL DATA – DAY 3

DISTANCE 14.0 KM

WALKING HOURS 7 HOURS

STARTING ALTITUDE 2.882 MTS

TOTAL ASCENT 730 MTS

TOTAL DESCENT 1,052 MTS

ENDING ALTITUDE 2.560 MTS

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Camping

Day 4 : Yunga to Salta

Visiting: Salta

We will begin the last day of our tour already immersed in Salta Yunga. The trail goes along charming landscapes towards the city of Salta. Walking on the edge of the mountain, we will enjoy the flora and fauna of the region, in contact -every few kilometers- with local inhabitants who breed cattle in these remote places. The last part of the tour will take us to the foot of the city of Salta, in the Quebrada de San Lorenzo. Once in there we will share drinks and end the trip by returning on a bus to the city of Salta.

TECHNICAL DATA – DAY 4

DISTANCE 13.6 KM

WALKING HOURS 7 HOURS

STARTING ALTITUDE 2.560 MTS

TOTAL ASCENT 409 MTS

TOTAL DESCENT 1,489 MTS

ENDING ALTITUDE 1.479 MTS

  • Meals: BL

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