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Andes colours, desert and high vineyards Tucumรกn, Salta, Catamarca & Jujuy, Argentina 12 days / 11 nights
Andes colours, desert and high vineyards For landscape lovers. Blend into infinite horizons! We have designed this trip for you to travel the Andes Mountains in depth, at their widest and driest point. Throughout this journey you move from a temperate agriculture valley to a village set in the desert at the foot of coloured hills; driving through a cloud forest to get there. On the next day, the road takes you across salt flats and extreme deserts made of wind carved lava flows and sand dunes. A couple of days later, a change in scenery invites you to walk in green pastures using a Jesuit estancia as base. After that, moving north on magical Route 40, your next destination is yet another estancia where learning the secrets of the high altitude wines, among which Malbec and TorrontĂŠs are the flagship grapes of the region, is only one of your activities. After this trip you will have seen the best of the Argentine NW mountain area, combined with Andean style gourmet cooking, learnt about gaucho traditions and enjoyed remarkable walks.
trip details Trip duration: Activity: Rating: Category: Time of year:
12 days, 11 nights Walk and drive Moderate Discovery All year round
We can turn this trip into a photo safari, upon request. In that case an expert photographer will join you, teaching photography techniques and workshops throughout the whole trip.
LOCATION The trip takes place in the provinces of Tucumรกn, Salta, Catamarca and Jujuy, Argentina.
The City of Salta
Quebrada de Humahuaca
We will meet you at the Salta airport and transfer to your boutique hotel. As an introduction to the region a guided walk around the city will be topped with a drink at one of the cafes set around the city’s main square.
We will travel north towards the Quebrada de Humahuaca. Short walks on the way will break up the 3 hour transfer. By early afternoon you will settle into your hotel, tucked into red mountains.
Multicoloured Mountains A morning hike will take us near small towns and archaeological ruins and the afternoon will be used to learn about Andean crafts.
The Puna, a High Andean Plateau Today we will take you into the heart of the Andes Mountains, travelling up towards Salinas Grandes or “big salt flats”, and beyond. At the foot of an extinct volcano, you will rest your feet in hot water springs.
A Lunar Landscape
From volcanoes to green mountains
A day to discover and learn about endless skies and landscapes; going from mining towns to our destination located amidst back lava rocks. This is a day where life in remote places acquires a new meaning.
Today we will take you across a land of contrasts; from salt lagoons and volcanoes to a green valley home to a Jesuit estancia, now restored to its original glory and a working dairy and agriculture farm.
The Jesuit Heritage
High altitude wines
Forget the vehicle and enjoy a full day at the Estancia, where a half day to hike or horseback ride, a chance to learn about gaucho life, how to make cheese or relax are different options to choose from.
We will drive from green to red, where you will explore marvellous geological formations in the Quebrada de Las Conchas, one of the most outstanding landscapes in Argentina, and to know it better, we will take you hiking into it.
Route 40 and a Wine Estancia
Wine Tasting and Walking
Travelling in the Calchaquí Valley, along the longest route in Argentina, you will discover old colonial towns and end the day with an introduction to the secrets of the torrontés and malbec grapes during dinner.
Today you will take advantage of this fine estancia, and we will plan the day according to your wishes. Gourmet cooking, horseback riding, wine tasting, walking in vineyards or hiking up mountains.
Desert & Jungle is proud to follow TIES principles of ecotourism:
Estancia & Spa We will go from the Calchaquí Valley to the lower Lerma Valley, towards the city of Salta. A hike along the way will allow you to take in the dramatic changes in the landscape. The location chosen for the last night is a treat for all your senses.
Salta – Buenos Aires
A laid-back morning where you can walk, take a massage, indulge in the swimming pool or take another look at your new photo collection. At midday we will transfer you to the Salta airport, only 15 minutes away.
TRIP DETAILS Trip duration: 12 days, 11 nights. Difficulty:
Approximately three hours, but can be extended upon request.
Maximum height: 4000 metres above sea level.
Time of year:
All year round
Summer 15 / 30 ºC with occasional rains. Winter -10 / 25 ºC, it is the dry season.
Meeting point: Salta airport. End of trip:
Accomodation A lovely boutique hotel in Salta. A comfortable posada in Purmamarca. Two simple, spacious inns with all you need, in the Puna region. Two magnificent estancias. An old farm house turned into a boutique hotel & spa.
Note: if you want to add an extension to this trip, either before or after, we will arrange it for you. Comment: this trip can turn into a photo safari, upon request. In that case an expert photographer would join offering classes and workshops throughout the whole trip.
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• All land transfers.
• All meals mentioned in itinerary
• Extra drinks.
with beverages and local wines. • Bottled water throughout whole trip. • English speaking guide. • All gratuities except for your guide and host. • Entrance fees to archaeological museums and sites.
• Premium wines. • Meals not mentioned in itinerary: B, L on Day 1 and D on Day 12. • Domestic or international flights (we can arrange them for you).
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WHO WE ARE We are from NW Argentina and have travelled the region on foot, bike, horse, motorbike, 4WD, mule, train and local bus. Sharing, as we do, the same ideals about responsible travel, conservation and high quality standards, we decided to work together combining our knowledge so as to create authentic travel experiences. Having spent many years on guiding trips and spending time “in the field” with very special clients, and this and the fact that we live where we work, means we are able to show Argentina from an insider's point of view. We want to deliver a great South American experience to travellers seeking adventure excellence and fun.
OUR DIRECTOR Ana Ines Figueroa was born in Salta, Argentina in 1966. A Certified Fitness Instructor, horsewoman and hiker; she developed a passion for travel while visiting Europe, Africa and the wonders of South America. After extensively visiting the USA, she came back to Argentina and has worked as a guide and trip designer for many renown international adventure and luxury travel companies. She is also a writer, having written in both Spanish and English the texts for the photographic books by Ossian Lindholm: Argentina’s North, in 2005; and Ischigualasto, the Valley of the Moon and Talampaya, in 2006 and The Calchaquí Valley (2008). And in 2007, The Spirit of the North, with photos by Jasmine Rossi. This unique combination of guide, fitness savvy and writer is united with a desire to show this land and share its secrets. The result is original and down to earth trips. She lives in the city of Salta, NW Argentina with her three children and husband, the photographer Ossian Lindholm.
WHY DESERT & JUNGLE All our trips have a story; no itinerary is a simple collection of kilometres and great places. Every location has a reason to be in an itinerary. Once we know what our future client wants: wine, mountains, history, high mountain climbing, cuisine, comfort, roughing it, or a bit of everything we will design the itinerary that best fits our clients’ desires. Our trips specialize in the core, the heart, of the South American continent, that is our home. From Salta and the Andes valleys, we can also take you to the Iberá wetlands, the Atacama desert, Uyuni salt flat, Cusco and Puno, or Pantanal; just to mention a few destinations hidden in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru and Chile. Or Buenos Aires from inside, a polo clinic, the wines and great hikes of Mendoza, a photosafari in Patagonia.
Once in South America, the possibilities are endless. Let us show you. www.desertandjungle.com email@example.com
Travel your way Desert & Jungle gives you the opportunity to travel your way, with trips meeting everyoneÂ´s needs. Pick your own.
These are trips that take you to places only accessible by foot or horseback. Activity level is moderate to demanding; but designed for the casual exerciser.
Fun packed trips that take you to a combination of great and unusual places; combining easy to moderate activities.
On these trips we will take you to the most exclusive places in the region; by land and air; easy to moderate.
Estancias, posadas and basic mountian refuges or individual tents.
Estancias, posadas and boutique hotels.
lodging Lodging: premium estancias and boutique hotels.
Note: activity level can be increased upon request.
Published on Apr 23, 2010