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Hiking in Iruya - Argentina

Itinerary

Day 1: Half day guided city tour

Transfer from the Salta Airport to the hotel.

Salta is called “The Lovely City” on account of the fact that its Colonial sections are the best preserved in the entire country. The city is at the foot of Mount San Bernardo, and you will ride a cable car to reach it. The city tour is quite extensive, and you will see fine examples of Spanish architecture, single story houses, and arcades at the front of the town square, which give off the aroma of oranges in September. The Spanish left their mark on such Colonial landmarks as the City Hall, Cathedral, San Francisco Church, San Bernardo Convent, National University, and the handicrafts market (where vendors sell wool clothing, wooden handicrafts, and delicious candy made from caramel and nuts). Afterwards, you will tour the High Mountain Archeological Museum (MAAM) which exhibits the Children of Llullaillaco mummies. There are also natural wonders to explore: Mount San Bernardo, Vaqueros River, Castellanos Gorge, Lesser, and the summer villa of San Lorenzo.

Lodging at the Hotel Almeria or similar establishment.

Day 2: Transfer from Salta to Iruya

You will eat a nice breakfast and then take to the road with your destination being Iruya, in the Jujuy Province. The path follows the Grande River and climbs the Humahuaca Valley. You will stop at towns along the way: Purmamarca, Tilcara, Humahuaca, and finally end up in Iruya, where you will walk through its narrow streets and past adobe houses, getting to know the rustic nature of the place.

Lodging at Hostería Iruya or similar establishment.

Day 3: Hiking from Iruyo to San Isidro

You will hike a trail that follows the Iruya River for about three hours, reaching the small town to visit with the local weavers. You will spend the night in San Isidro at one of the resident’s homes.

Lodging in San Isidro (family home).

Day 4: Hike from San Isidro to San Juan

The destination of this 6-hour hike is another small mountain village: San Juan. These are remote places, and so the inhabitants have preserved their ancient way of life and traditions. It is quite common to walk past a goat herder tending his flock or another local riding past on the back of a donkey.

Lodging in San Juan (family home).

Day 5: Return hike to Iruya

It’s a 5 hour hike over the hills to Iruya.

Transfer from Iruya to the hotel in Salta.

Lodging at the Hotel Almeria or similar establishment.

Day 6: Transfer to the Airport

Transfer from the hotel to the Salta Airport.

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* Private service with a guide: Salta city tour

* Round trip transfer Salta – Iruya and transfer out to the Salta Airport: private services with just the driver.

* Cost of the MAAM entrance tickets included.

All of our adventure programs are inspired by destinations that evoke mystery and are charged with mystical energy. Our brand, Liv, Condor Travel is always on the lookout for the best routes on each journey.


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