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Northwest Trek from Iruya to La Quiaca

FROM $1249
Length9 days / 8 nights
StyleAdventure / Sports
Archeological site
Humahuaca gorge


Walking by valleys and Quebrada, el Camino del Inca will take us, with its mysteries and silences, to the Heart of a millenary culture. Like hundreds of years ago, we will try to do like the Incas did, and we will united these small populations of kola origin, nailed between hills, by walking.
More over this tour offers you histories, places, experiences and people we won’t forget.

  • Day 1 SALTA Airport
  • Day 2 San Antonio de los Cobres - Salinas Grandes - Tilcara
  • Day 3 Tilcara - Iruya
  • Day 4 Iruya - Chiyayoc
  • Day 5 Chiyayoc - Rodeo Colorado
  • Day 6 Rodeo Colorado - Nazareno River
  • Day 7 Nazareno River - Nazareno Town
  • Day 8 Nazareno - La Quiaca - Salta
  • Day 9 Salta (Out)
Day 1 SALTA Airport
We welcome you at the Salta Airport and transfer to our accommodation. The rest of the day will be free for us to discover this particular city.
Lodging at Hosteria double or single.
Meals we provide: none.
Day 2 San Antonio de los Cobres - Salinas Grandes - Tilcara
We depart early on our way to Campo Quijano, going thru the Quebrada Del Toro, and the finally arriving to the pre-Hispanic city of Rosa de Tastil with its legendary ruins. Our trip continues to San Antonio de los Cobres, a typical town located at 4000 meters high. Later, we will be able to appreciate the “Salinas Grandes”; then descending over the path of the Lipan, we’ll make a stop at the town of Pumamarca and its famous Mount of the ‘Los Siete Colores’. Later we arrive to our lodge at the painteresque town of Tilcara.
Lodging at Hosteria double or single.
Meals we provide: Breakfast
Day 3 Tilcara - Iruya
During the morning, we will go towards the North in a local Bus to the small town of Iruya, a picturesque village just in the north of Salta. We will have enough time to go around the town, discovering its beautiful cobbled streets and its typical Cappel. We will spend the night in this fascinating place.
Simple Lodging
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch & Dinner
Day 4 Iruya - Chiyayoc
Early in the morning, we will begin the crossing from Iruya, at 2800metres high. We will go up north the river in a slow but incessant ascent, until we reach the Abra Del Colorado. From there, we will descent to the San Juan River where we have lunch. After the break, another ascent is expecting us and then the posterior descent to the Chiyayoc village, at 3100 m OSL.
Walking time: 8 to 9 hours.
Simple Lodging
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch Dinner
Day 5 Chiyayoc - Rodeo Colorado
Our trek continues thru this amazing landscape. We descend until we reach the valley of the river Trancas. Once there we start ascending again till we arrive to the edge. From there we’ll have a fabulous view of the town of Rodeo Colorado. Later we go back descending thru the Pera River. We finally arrive to Rodeo Colorado town. Estimated waling time: 8 to 9
Lodging at Semi full Camping.
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch Dinner
Day 6 Rodeo Colorado - Nazareno River
This day we descend our way thru a wide slope to the town of Molino, keeping always the amazing view of the valley of the river Nazareno in our back. From here we walk up to the place where we’ll put up our camp. Estimated walking time:
4 to 5 hours.
Lodging at Semi full Camping.
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch Dinner
Day 7 Nazareno River - Nazareno Town
Last stage of our on-foot crossing, during which we will go upriver up to reach Nazareno village. There, we can discover
this typical town and enjoy our experiences. Walking time: 5 to 6 hours.
Simple Lodging
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch Dinner
Day 8 Nazareno - La Quiaca - Salta
In the morning we go back to the northern region or Argentina of La Quiaca, next to the frontier with Bolivia. From here we continue our way to Salta.
Lodging at Hosteria double or single.
Meals we provide: Breakfast.
Day 9 Salta (Out)
After breakfast we are transferred to the airport where our tours ends
Meals we provide: Breakfast

    $ 1249

MInimum 2 pax

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There is a difference when travel arrangements are made by a travel agent who has been there and done that. Ana was born and raised in Argentina and knows South America very well. It is her experience that made our trip fantastic. She knows the hotels, the sites, and restaurants so that everything planed for us was better. Thank you for taking such good care of our travel needs.

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Los Angeles, California
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Wonderful service and wonderful trip!
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  • Receptive services
  • Bilingual guide (Spanish – English) during all the activities.
  • 3 nights in Hosteria it bases double or single with breakfast (2 in Salta and 2 in Tilcara)
  • 3 nights in simple lodging (room without private bathroom)
  • 2 nights in Semi – Full Camp (included: tents and dinner tent or saloon. Not included: sleeping bag or insulating mattress)
  • Transfer Airport Salta – Hotel / Hotel - Salta.
  • All transportation as shown in the itinerary combining private and regular buses.
  • Mules for the transportation of the tents, general equipment y food for all the crossing. We will carry the passengers’ luggage up to a maximum of 8 kg, for the days 4 to 9)
  • 8 breakfast 5 box lunch and 5 dinners.
  • *The semi full camping is a pre mounted camping that is set up once the passengers arrive. It has igloo type tents that we used in double base. It also has a dinner tent or dinner saloon with tables, chairs and a complete set of dishes.


  • Medical and life insurance.
  • Tips.
  • Drinks and beverages (provided meals are without alcoholic or non alcoholic drinks).
  • Optional excursions.
  • Services not shown or detailed in this program.
  • Flights or airport taxes.
  • Entrance to National Parks or Private Areas.


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