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CLAY AND LIVING CULTURE IN THE NORTH

Learn about the secrets of artisanal pottery and get your hands dirty with the red-colored clay of this enchanting northern town.


Placed in the north-west and almost in the middle of Jujuy province, we find the colorful town of Purmamarca, embraced by the well-known Hill of the Seven Colors. In one of its many mud houses lives Maby, a local artisan that invites us to learn her pottery techniques.

Maby has been a clay artisan for many years and knows a lot about modeling and decoration with local pigments and materials. She is happy to share not only her craft knowledge but also her culture; believing that there is nothing more moving and rewarding than creating something with our own hands.

She warmly welcomes us to her home and workshop to teach us the whole artisanal pottery process, which -according to her- requires enthusiasm and patience.

First, we learn every step to prepare the material that we need to model with, from mud to clay. Then, Maby shows and helps us with the modeling technique to create a small original pottery piece by ourselves, such as bowls, plates, cups or decoration items. Once we’re done, she will take care of the final touches to dry and bake the piece for us.

You can take a piece of art that has been made by someone else and that is already finished. Yours will stay in Purmamarca until the whole process is complete and will be taken by another person that visits Maby some other time after you.

It is not a simple workshop, but the experience of sharing stories, knowledge and techniques of an art that has been alive from our cultural roots. In Maby’s own words: “you will take an indelible memory of my Purma; a space of living culture!”  


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Difficulty: intermediate. No previous experience required.
  • Duration: 2 hours.
  • Min. 2 pax required.
  • Indoor activity. No smoking allowed.
  • Includes materials, apron to protect your clothes, a piece made by someone else as a souvenir of this experience and a snack.
  • Recommendations: bring hands cream, comfortable clothes and shoes.

 

Simplicity, excellence & location in Salta

Right in the heart of of Salta, a new hotel surprised us with the most incredible views of the city and the greatest service.


Located in the commercial and touristic centre in the city of Salta, Brizo Salta Hotel has a privileged location, close by the 9 de Julio square, the ancient Cathedral and Balcarce road, home of the traditional folkloric peñas, the main regional restaurants and the Train to the Clouds departing station.

Under the category of Comfort, Superior and Executive, this nice hotel has overall 70 luminous rooms, functionally decorated with distinguished design details. All of them provide queen or twin beds, independent air conditioning, a 43” smart TV, a desk, safe-box and minibar, electronic locks, shower box, hairdryer and free access to Wi-Fi.

The differences between them: Comfort rooms are 26 mts2, for two people. Superior rooms are 30 mts2 and can accommodate up to three people adding a sofa-bed. Executive rooms are wide and comfortable with 38 mts2, and also can accommodate up to three people. Some of them have a balcony with views to the city.

The building has the most amazing rooftop with the greatest view to the city and mountain background, ideal to relax after a long touring day, watching the sunset.

At Los Cerros Bar & Bistró you may taste drinks and fast food in a warm and pleasant environment.

Also, an outdoors climatized pool with solarium to enjoy the northern sun, a fully equipped gym for those who wish to keep on with their exercise routine, and massage and cosmetic treatments service at your disposal.

Brizo Hotel provides high quality facilities complemented by the professionalism and human warmth of the staff. This is a great lodging choice for those who look for simplicity and excellence.


 

Total Solar Eclipse in the Andes

Viewing an eclipse is a unique mystical experience. And even more special it is while being surrounded by the northern Andes mountain range.


Once a fearful and unpredictable event, nowadays observing an eclipse is an emotional and powerful experience. The day becomes night, nature stands still, oddly quiet and the temperature drops abruptly. A gradual twilight dance between the moon and the sun that wraps you slowly in an incredible surrounding.

Eclipse in Rapa Nui, Easter Island, 2010

The next total solar eclipse will take place on July 2, 2019. Lucky for us, it will be fully seen west to east in our country, right over a few locations in the provinces of San Juan, La Rioja, San Luis, Córdoba, Santa Fe and Buenos Aires. This is a great excuse to plan a trip to Argentina! Take advantage of the opportunity and enjoy touring around.

Eclipse in Rapa Nui, Easter Island, 2010

We invite you to the northwest to witness this rare natural phenomena when the moon gets between the sun and the earth. It provides many beautiful landscapes to set a special context to experience this unique event. A trip across Mendoza, San Juan and La Rioja, passing by Ischigualasto, Talampaya and El Leoncito National Parks…enjoying local culture, traditional food and wine tasting…the perfect northwest destination combination.

You may be asking yourself where to watch the eclipse. For us, one of the best places is Valle Fértil in San Juan. A quien city that dazzles visitors from all over with its abundant vegetation and mountain landscape filled with cacti.

Eclipse in Rapa Nui, Easter Island, 2010

If you would like to have an experience of a lifetime and have the chance to watch one of nature’s most incredible spectacles, contact us to organize your trip for 2019.

Eclipse in Rapa Nui, Easter Island, 2010

 


 

Train to the Clouds and beyond

The most amazing tourist train in the world that takes you to the clouds, at 4200 meters high. A classic and a must when visiting Salta!


Much has been told about the famous Tren a las Nubes, but not many know the story of its name. Although one may think that it was given due to the magnificent ascending tour, according to Luis Borelli, an Argentinean journalist and writer, the name was given after a steam cloud that was captured on film by two cameraman that traveled on board in the 60s, before the train was a tourist attraction.

The story goes that while stopping at La Polvorilla viaduct, the train discharged steam which remained under the wheels floating in the air as a cloud just for a moment, because of the low temperatures of the region. Hence: the train to the clouds, a very graphic image kept for posterity that would make anyone wonder about the veracity of its name.

It doesn’t matter if the name comes from steam or from the clouds themselves that seem to be closer and closer as the train goes up in the sky. Since 1972 it has been running, taking tourists from all over the world.

Today the train provides comfortable seats, broad windows to enjoy the landscape along the way, and conditioned temperature. There are restrooms, speakers and screens on board.

There are two options to choose from when planning your excursion:

BUS + TRAIN + BUS: This option includes a bus trip from the city of Salta, going across the National Route 51 and passing by the towns of Campo Quijano and Gobernador Solá up to El Alfarcito. At this stop, you will be provided with a rural breakfast with local fresh products, all handmade by the local communities from the area. Then, the bus trip will continue along the Quebrada de las Cuevas and the Muñano plain towards San Antonio de los Cobres.

At this town, you will be taken to the train station where you will finally go on board the Train to the Clouds that will take you on an hour ride to the La Polvorilla viaduct, an imposing work of engineering from the last century, at 4200 masl.

After 30 minutes, the train returns to San Antonio de los Cobres where you will take the bus back to Salta. On the way, a last stop will be done at Santa Rosa de Tastil where you may visit the historic museum and handicrafts fair to meet and support the local artisans.

ONLY TRAIN: For those who prefer a shorter tour, you may go straight to the San Antonio de los Cobres station and take the Train to the Clouds for the one hour ride (22 km) to the La Polvorilla viaduct and back. This option does not include San Antonio de los Cobres in/out transfers.

No matter which option you choose, it is advisable to book your tickets in advance. Below you will find the train´s operation days for 2018:

If you would like to ride the Train to the Clouds, please contact your Kallpa Executive and ask for available dates.


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Passengers must show their passport and printed ticket voucher.
  • It is advisable to bring warm clothes, to have a light dinner and good rest the night before to make the most of this fantastic experience in Salta.

BUS + TRAIN + BUS:

  • The bus service leaves at 7:05 hs from Salta city bus terminal and arrives at 12 hs to San Antonio de los Cobres station to board the train. The bus back to Salta leaves San Antonio at 16:15 hs.
  • Transfers from/to Salta city terminal are not included.

ONLY TRAIN:

  • Passengers should be at San Antonio de los Cobres station at 11:45 hs or before. The train leaves at 12 hs.
  • Transfers from/to Salta city are not included.
  • Distance from Salta to San Antonio is 160 km. Approx. 3 hs car ride.
  • Train ride total distance: 44 km.