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Rafting & Drive by yourself in the Northwest (NOA)!

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DAY 01:


Arrival at Salta airport and pick up the rental car to go to the hotel in city and accommodation. Then you can will visit the more emblematic parts of the city, such as: 9 de Julio Park, the Cathedral, the Archeological Museum, "Cerro San Bernardo" or the famous MAAM (Museum of high Altitude Archaeology), that night you should spend the nightlife in Salta. Overnight in Salta.

DAY 02:


After breakfast, we will depart by Route 68 crossing Cerrillos, La Merced and El Carril to arriving at Coronel Moldes town where in a few kilometers is the “Parador Salta Rafting”, here we will stop to find and to make a nice experience, a rafting in Juramento River. After we deliver the necessary equipment, we will start the descent through the rapids of the Juramento River. There are 10 class III rapids plus 5 class II rapids, surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the canyon. The Juramento Canyon is a huge open cut between the mountains with walls of 65 million years ago, ancient beaches inhabited in the past by prehistoric animals. The rafting starts in the base (Route 47, km 34) and ends 12 kilometers downstream in the place called “Los Lapachos”. The trip back to the base takes 20 minutes in our vehicles. Then we have the option for lunch "asado" in the base or to continue to Cafayate. In the way, we will enjoy a lot of magnificent landscapes such us "Garganta del Diablo", "Los Mèdanos", etc. We will have the reservation in a hotel. Overnight in Cafayate.

DAY 03:


After breakfast, we will go through the Route 40 into the Valles Calchaquíes, a valley system on the eastern foothills of the Andes. Our next stop will be the Quebrada de Las Flechas, we can explore it with a short hike. Here too, the wind and rain worked out incredible shapes of the white sandstone. In Molinos, we recommend a visit to the church and the adjacent historic building where once resided Don Nicolás Severo de Isasmendi, the last royal spanish governor. We will also find the Hacienda de Molinos, where we will spend the night. A short detour takes us to Criadero Coquena, a vicuñas hatchery, where these interesting animals live semi-wild here. Overnight in Molinos.

DAY 04:


The "Handicraft Route" is our next attraction to discover, on the 55 km long route from Molinos to Cachi. Cachi is probably the most charming city in the Valles Calchaquíes, with a visit to San Josè Church, an architectural monument in adobe construction, whose façade are crowned by three old free-hanging bells. Highly recommended is a visit to Archeological Museum "Pío Pablo Diaz" and the cemetery because of here we will have the most beautiful view over the city, the inner valley and the southern part of the Valles Calchaquíes. Next, we will continue our journey through about 157 km to Salta, on the Recta del Tin-Tin and the National Park Los Cardones. Arrival at Salta and lodging. Overnight in Salta.

DAY 05:


We will go up the hill by the main road that goes parallel to the Tren a las Nubes to Santa Rosa de Tastil. Then, we will drive on the “Cuesta del Obispo” to San Antonio de los Cobres. Here, we will do stop and will enjoy this beautiful and little town. Later, we will take the road until arrival at "Salinas Grandes". After enjoying this surprising and stunning scenery, we will arrive at Purmamarca, where is the famous "Cerro de los 7 Colores" (Seven Colored Hill) then we will continue to Tilcara where we will stay. Overnight in Tilcara.

DAY 06:


In Tilcara, we will visit the Archaeological Museum and the fascinating ruins of Pucarà fortress, as it can be found in a typical plant of the natives in many places in the central Andes. After a short drive of about 45 km on paved roads we can reach the lovely old village of Humahuaca. On the way, we will stop in Huacalera and Uquía. During the afternoon, we will return to Salta. A break is recommended in San Salvador de Jujuy, the capital of the northern province of Argentina. Overnight in Salta.

DAY 07:


After breakfast, we will drive to Salta airport and we will return the car to then to take the flight to the next destination.

Category Medium:
Car hire company Hertz category medium (GM Corsa 4-door or similar) including all
mileage, CDW insurance with a deductible, local taxes, GPS.
Category G
Car hire company “Hertz category J (Toyota Hilux 4×4 or similar) including all mileage, CDW insurance with a deductible (see below, rental conditions), local taxes, GPS
Terms of hire Hertz (the detailed terms and conditions available locally when hiring)
 Itinerary indicated in the schedule
 03 nights in Salta in hotel to choose with breakfast
 01 night in Cafayate in hotel to choice with breakfast
 01 night in Hostal de Molinos with breakfast
 01 night in Tilcara in hotel to choice with breakfast
 Rafting in Juramento River – 2 ½ hours
 Professional guide per raft
 Safety kayak

 Duration: 2 ½ hours
 A professional guide per raft
 Safety kayak
 Delivery of necessary equipment: helmet, paddles, life jackets, wetsuits and boots, waterproof pants and jackets
What to bring?
 Extra clothing
 Sandals or sneakers
 Towel
 Repellent for mosquitoes
 Sunscreen