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The polychromatic North West

Humahuaca Canyon, Ancient Culture, Train to the Clouds

5 Days - 4 nights


A trip to enjoy the charming towns that offer an eclectic vision of the history of the Andean Range, from the Incas to the Spanish conquerors.  


Enjoy the multicolored landscape of the Humahuaca Canyon

Be amazed by the dry landscapes and its wide range of colors of the Calchaquies Valley and Cachi. 

Taste the typical local white wine ¨torrontés¨ at Cafayate vineyards

Go up the San Bernardo Hill riding a panoramic cable car. 

Immerse in the folk music while you taste the typical dishes of the region. You cannot miss a night at a local ¨peña¨ 

Take an unforgettable ride at the Train to the Clouds, going up to 4.200 mts above sea level. The Polvorilla Viaduct is a great engineering work and one of the highest in the World.

Visit the High Mountain Museum in downtown (MAAM), a moving place to see with your own eyes the mummies of three children buried at 6700 mts height 500 years ago and perfectly preserved. 

Operates: all year round


Day 1: Buenos Aires or Iguazu - Salta. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: Salta. Full day tour along the Humahuaca Ravine.
Day 3: Salta. Day at leisure.
Day 4: Salta. Day at leisure.
Day 5: Salta - Buenos Aires or Iguazu. Transfer to the airport.
Our itineraries are suggestions based in our knowledge and experience and were prepared in order to get the maximum enjoyment and use of the time. However it can be customized, as much or as little as you want to suit your own specific requirements.

Itineraty Details


Salta is main city to visit the District of the Andean Northwest. Reception and transfer to the hotel.
Afternoon free to explore their fine colonial buildings from the 18th Century.
Overnight at the selected hotel.

Day 2: SALTA

Full day tour along the Humahuaca Ravine, a vast gorge of vividly coloured rock with giant cacti in the higher parts and green oasis villages on the river below, visiting the old Indian villages of Tilcara and Purmamarca.
A chain of little villages in a colorful and charming landscape. Departure from Salta along a mountain road to get the gap of the Humahuaca ravine holds some of pre-Hispanic places, such as the "Pucara" of Tilcara and other remnants of the Hispanic colonization: small villages with chapels rich in Spanish-American art treasures, religious images and paintings so magnificent as those of the archangels with harquebuses.

Day 3: SALTA

Day at leisure.

Optional suggested: Full day to “Valles Calchaquies” or Train to the Clouds or Salt Mines.

Day 4: SALTA

Day at leisure.

Optional suggested: Full day to “Valles Calchaquies” or Train to the Clouds or Salt Mines.


Transfer out to the airport for the flight back to Buenos Aires or Iguazu.


Our itineraries are suggestions based in our knowledge and experience and were prepared in order to get the maximum enjoyment and use of the time. However it can be customized, as much or as little as you want to suit your own specific requirements.


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Important note:

Please take into account that the VAT tax 21%. According to tax regulations in regards to foreign visitors, is not included on the accommodation portion of your quote.
To skip the payment of the VAT tax, we need a copy of your passport before arriving to our country.

AIR TICKET - Flights needed for this itinerary

Buenos Aires or Puerto Iguazu / Salta / Buenos Aires or Iguazu
Covitour can offer special rates on flights for this itinerary.

Included in the cost
  • Seat-in basis services with local English/Spanish speaking guide.
  • Humahuaca ravine full day tour.
  • All Transfers mentioned, to and from airports.
  • Daily breakfast and meals mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in the mentioned or similar hotels within the selected category with daily breakfast and tax (21%): 4 nights in Salta.
  • VAT and local taxes.
Not Included in the cost
  • National Park Entrance Fees.
  • International or Domestic Flights.
  • Insurance (Covitour offers Travel insurance with special rates for this trip. Please just let us know if you are interested).
  • Tips to local guides and drivers.
  • Porterage and tips at hotels.
  • Extra expenses at hotel or personal items.
  • Optional excursions
  • Optional extension to Iguazu or other destination.
  • Domestic flights.

Particular conditions
All of the excursions described in the itineraries can normally be carried out. Notwithstanding the above, Covitour Incoming & Corporate and reserve the right, for technical or operative reasons, to reschedule, shorten, or alter all or part of the itineraries and/or excursions without prior notice, in order to safeguard the wellbeing and safety of passengers, preserve the environment, or due to any extraordinary circumstances, acts of God or force majeure. For the same reasons, the hours of departure or arrival of the excursions may be subject to change.

Optional Tours

Full day tour “Valles Calchaquies”

An overland trip along the Valley of Rio Las Conchas. An ever-surprising panorama of changing landscapes unfolds, with red and ochre colors and fantastic rock formations. Cafayate holds some magnificent pieces of handicraft pieces as well as being the home of one of the best white wines: the torrontés.

Half Day city tour

Tour starts at 9 de Julio Square, follow by important buildings as the City Hall, the Cathedral, the San Francisco and Vicuña Churches, as most prominent colonial examples. Next, visit to San Bernardo Hill, ascending there by cable car for spectacular city views. Finally we’ll visit San Lorenzo, upper class weekend neighborhood of wealthy Salteños. Before going back to the hotel, stop at the Handcraft artisan market plenty of local colors, folklore and wonderful souvenirs.

Salt Flats at Salinas Grandes

A remarkable day trip from Salta, this tour takes in the extraordinary sight of the Salinas Grandes salt desert covering 6000 square kilometers and the enchanting village of Purmamarca. Some pre-Inca ruins are visited on the way, before arriving to the mineral-rich town of San Antonio de losCobres. These immense expanses of white shiny salt, stretching away as far as the eye can see in all directions, possess both an impressive grandeur and eerie beauty, and demand to be photographed.
Back on the road, you will travel down the Lípan Cliff and on to Purmamarca, a typical village of the Humahuaca Gorge with its celebrated Hill of Seven Colours and its charming cottages. The tour returns to Salta after a brief visit to San Salvador de Jujuy.

Train to the Clouds

You cannot miss the opportunity to climb up the mountain by train starting at the City of Salta (1,187 meters) to a height of 4,200 meters above sea level in La Polvorilla. You will be using one of the highest branch lines in the world.
The wagons have comfortable seats, broad windows and the temperature is specially conditioned. There are restrooms on each end and a system of cutting-edge speakers and screens.
The bilingual tourist guides are almost constantly explaining through videos and descriptions of the lifestyle and the customs of the locals, the history of the train, the geographical features and some anecdotes regarding the tasks at the copper mine.
The Train to the Clouds provides great satisfaction to the local dwellers and the inhabitants of Salta in general, as it represents an emblematic tour and connects the City of Salta with the remote villages located very close to the Chilean border.
The tour includes thirteen viaducts, two zigzags, two curls and nine tunnels, unique works of their kind.

Two days – one night journey to Cachi and Cafayate

It is the combination of two locations: Cachi in the Alto Valle Calchaquí and Cafayate in the lower valley area. The route 40 offers a mountain scenery with great charm villages bordering the river Calchaquí, historic towns like Seclantás, Molinos and Angastaco.
Then you will get to the cradle of the torrontés white wine: Cafayate, to spend the night. The next day we visit the artisanal and industrial wineries, tasting wines recognized and awarded internationally. After lunch you will go back to Salta through the Quebrada de las Conchas and the Lerma Valley.


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