Live the trekking to the clouds, this amazing experience in the North-West region of Argentina. Walking in the mountains through the ancient Inca trail, this journey will take you to discover ruins, spectacular views and landscapes. Enjoy warm moments with local inhabitants sharing dinners and campfire in camping sites. Break on through the clouds and join this adventure! The Trekking to the Clouds.
This journey takes place quite near the city of Salta, in the North-West region of Argentina. That portion of the country more than 500 years ago used to be the southernmost part of the Inca empire, therefore the origin of remaining ruins and path. It is worth of mentioning that this product comes to life after the partnership of three Salta based companies: Argentina Trails, Socompa Puna Adventure and ourselves, Kallpa Tour Operator.
This trekking starts by taking a regular bus towards Ingeniero Maury station of the world famous Train to the Clouds, and ends four days later in Quebrada de San Lorenzo, right next to the city of Salta. The full itinerary takes us along an old Inca trail amid landscapes of great contrasts. The first part of the tour takes place in a dry and arid climate. During the final part we’ll enter the rainforests of Salta’s Yunga.
Along the route we will be in contact with nature and the culture of a particular area of Salta. Starting at the Quebrada del Toro, our first ascent will be surrounded by cardones (giant cactus) and will reveal the snowy peaks of Cerro San Miguel and Acay.
The trail leads to visit ruins of what once was the southern part of the Inca empire in the archaeological site of “Sillón del Inca” (Inca Seat). We continue the trip by visiting the local inhabitants of the area, who work their fields and breed their livestock over 3,000 meters high. Camping sites and dinners will be the time to share moments with the group and sometimes with local inhabitants when we camp near their homes at night.
It is worth mentioning the quality of the meals being included and the organization of camping sites. We want to walk together on the mountain, but then enjoy comfortable camps. Therefore we strive to provide quality service in both the variety and choice of menus, snacks, breakfasts and food offered. Also by the equipment that we provide in the camps. No eating on the floor or inside the tents. Our camps include a dining tent, tables, benches, cutlery and tableware. And a glass of wine each night to foster fellowship and relaxation in the mountains.
Trekking to the Clouds and Express Version
The regular version is a 4 day / 3 night programme. But there is also available a shorter version, the Trekking to the Clouds Express. This version is offered with one day less of activity, sharing with the main group the first two days of the circuit and then taking a side trail upon arrival to Astilleros river. After a connection walk of about 4 kilometers, a transfer out in 4×4 vehicle to the city of Salta it is provided. This version of the route reaches the western border of the Yunga forest.
Please contact your Account Executive for rates and conditions.
Minimun Pax Requirements:
- Local bus ticket Salta – Ing Maury and ticket Quebrada de San Lorenzo to Salta.
- Equipment needed for camp. (Tents, cooking utensils, heaters, etc.).
- Specialized Bilingual Guide (Spanish / English) throughout the program. An additional assistant in groups of 6 or more travellers.
- All meals detailed in program specification (B: breakfast; L: lunch; BXL: Box lunch; S: snack; D: dinner).
- Load of individual luggage: sleeping bag, clothing and insulation up to 7 kg.
- 3 nights camping (Trekking to the Clouds) / 2 nights camping (Express)
- First aid equipment. Spot satellite for emergencies. Emergency satellite phone. VHF.
Trip does not include
- Air tickets.
- Personal expenses and tips.
- Meals not mentioned in the program.
- Nights Hotel in Salta.
- Sleeping bags.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Health Insurance.
- Transfers to the Bus Station