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Sample Itinerary 12-day trip - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
Check in at hotel. We will take some time to visit the city and learn about its icons in a very special way: tango, Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada’s balcony, Eva Peron, etc. In the evening you might want to attend a tango show (optional). 
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Buenos Aires


Day 2: Transfer to Salta
Transfer to Domestic Airport & flight to Salta. We will visit the MAAM (Museum of High Altitude Archaeology) (closed Mondays). Recently opened to show the items found at an Inca human sacrifice site on top of the Llullaillaco volcano (6730 mts - 18000 ft. high). It holds the best preserved mummies worldwide. Check in at boutique hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner with your guide.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Salta


Day 3: Ride to Peñas Blancas
After breakfast, we will drive to meet our horses. The drive takes us along the Cuesta del Obispo and its breathtaking views and the Cardones National Park where you can usually spot guanacos (Andean camelidae). When we reach Piedra del Molino (3348 meters high) we meet the horses and gauchos. Lunch by the corral. We start our ride going south at this high altitude spot. We will reach Peñas Blancas (2750 meters high) before sunset to spend the night in a cabin with beds after crossing a small range of hills to our left. On the way there are herds of wild donkeys set free by the Spanish Conquistadors.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Peñas Blancas


Day 4: Ride to Chilo slopes & Isonza
After breakfast we get ready to ride. This day we ride the lifeline this valley has had for centuries. On our way, we can see here and there the small houses made with mud and archeological remains of ancient settlements. The ride takes us West at the beginning until we reach the very steep Chilo slopes which divide two valleys. The view is magnificent and makes us feel the power of nature. Lunch at a dry river bed which is great for cantering and we will take advantage of that. On the way, we will stop to see the ancient pictographs painted by local Indians centuries ago. We will visit Isonza which is a working ranch with its ancient way of life still intact and Leuca Burgos who makes goat cheese. The way they milk the goats, make cheese, grow their crops is centuries old and inherited from Inca times.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Peñas Blancas


Day 5: Peñas Blancas to Amblayo
We move mainly South towards Yaslaguala. The giant cactii are all over and set the stage. After lunch, we ride to Amblayo town (2450 meters high) where we will spend the night. It has only 150 dwellers and its main means of transportation is on horseback. It is renowned for its goat cheese. Sense the feeling of arriving on horseback to this tiny town with almost no cars! An unforgettable experience. To get there, we will ride first through archaeological areas where you can see pieces of painted pottery scattered around. We have a look with agreement not to remove any of the findings.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Amblayo


Day 6: Ride to Sierra Pelada
After breakfast enjoy this picturesque town and visit its ancient chapel as well as its 17th century paintings brought from Peru, have a chat with its neighbors... After lunch, we ride to the foothills of the Sierra Pelada. These multicoloured hills are unique. We will also ride the Río Salado which is a great place for cantering! Traditional goat barbecue for dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Amblayo


Day 7: Amblayo to El Churqui
The riding will provide a day full of contrasts. Riding East we will be crossing the Dead Lion range. The desert gradually gives way to high altitude grasslands. This is the land of the condor. Once we reach aprox. 3000 mts. we will have the chance to see some. We start our descent into the dense forest of the Lerma Valley.  At sunset, arrive at El Churqui mountain camp (1960 meters high) where we will be awaited with an energizing homemade meal.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at El Churqui


Day 8: El Churqui to Ayuso
Riding West we will cross again the Dead Lion range but now through narrow trails of the Enchanted valley until we reach Ayuso (2500 meters high). This is the home of a local family in a place that overviews the Calchaquí Valley. These ancient mud bricks that make the small house will make you feel in a world so different from your own. We put up the tents for the night.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Ayuso


Day 9: Ride to Cerro Bola
As the past two days have been spent crossing high mountains. This day we will go round the Cerro Bola (Ball mountain). It is a perfect day to canter along the dry river beds of the Salado river and have lunch down the shade of the ancient algarrobo trees. We will spend the night again at Ayuso so we will just carry with us the essentials for the day.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Ayuso


Day 10: Ayuso to Rastrojitos
We leave Ayuso riding through narrow creeks well South into the Calchaquí Valleys towards our next stop at Rastrojitos (1900 meters high). We have now moved into the Cafayate Creek which has rock formations that resemble that of the Grand Canyon, only smaller. These are the icon of the region. At Rastrojitos mountain shelter we will be awaited with a typical goat cooked in the mud oven. We put up the tents for the night.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Rastrojitos


Day 11: Rastrojitos to Puente Morales
We ride downhill towards the Las Conchas River. Some parts of our trail will be done very slowly as it is very steep. Today, we will have the chance to see one of the best views in Salta. Las Conchas river is our ending point. Say farewell to the horses at Puente Morales (1300 meters high). Transfer back to Salta city. End of ride. Check in at boutique hotel. Farewell dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Salta


Day 12: Departure
Transfer to Salta Airport. Flight to Buenos Aires on time to connect flight home. End of program.



Sample Itinerary 9-day trip - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival & Visit of Salta
Plan to arrive at Salta airport any time before 4 PM, in time for the transfer. We will visit the MAAM (Museum of High Altitude Archaeology). Recently opened to show the items found at an Inca human sacrifice site on top of the Llullaillaco volcano (6730 mts - 18000 ft. high). It holds the best preserved mummies worldwide. Check in at boutique hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner with your guide.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Salta


Day 2: Ride to Peñas Blancas
After breakfast, we will drive to meet our horses. The drive takes us along the Cuesta del Obispo and its breathtaking views and the Cardones National Park where you can usually spot guanacos (Andean camelidae). This is a program in its own. When we reach Piedra del Molino (3348 meters high) we meet the horses and gauchos. Lunch by the corral. We start our ride going south at this high altitude spot. We will reach Peñas Blancas (2760 meters high) before sunset to spend the night in cabins with beds after crossing a small range of hills to our left. On the way there are herds of wild donkeys set free by the Spanish Conquistadors. 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Peñas Blancas


Day 3: Ride to Chilo slopes & Isonza
After breakfast we get ready to ride. This day we ride the lifeline this valley has had for centuries. On our way we can see, here and there, the small houses made with mud and archeological remains of ancient settlements. The ride takes us West at the beginning until we reach the very steep Chilo slopes which divide two valleys. The view is magnificent and makes us feel the power of nature. Lunch at a dry river bed which is great for cantering and we will take advantage of that. On the way we will stop to see the ancient pictographs painted by local Indians centuries ago. We will visit Isonza which is a working ranch with its ancient way of life still intact and Leuca Burgos who makes goat cheese. The way they milk the goats, make cheese, grow their crops is centuries old and inherited from Inca times.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Peñas Blancas


Day 4: Peñas Blancas to Amblayo
The riding today is mainly South. We will go past Yaslaguala.  The giant cactii are all over and set the stage. After lunch we ride to Amblayo town (2400 meters high) where we will spend the night. It has only 150 dwellers and its main means of transportation is on horseback. It is renowned for its goat cheese. Sense the feeling of arriving on horseback to this tiny town with almost no cars! An unforgettable experience. To get there we will ride first through archaeological areas where you can see pieces of painted pottery scattered around. We have a look with agreement not to remove any of the findings.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Amblayo


Day 5: Ride to Sierra Pelada
After breakfast enjoy this picturesque town. Visit its ancient chapel and its 17th century paintings brought from Peru, have a chat with its neighbors. After lunch we ride to the foothills of the Sierra Pelada. These multicoloured hills are unique. We will also ride the Río Salado which is a great place for cantering! Traditional goat barbecue for dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Amblayo


Day 6: Amblayo to El Churqui
The riding will provide a day full of contrasts. Riding East we will be crossing the Dead Lion range. The desert gradually gives way to high altitude grasslands. This is the land of the condor. Once we reach aprox. 3000 mts. we will have the chance to see some. We start our descent into the dense forest of the Lerma Valley.  At sunset, arrive at El Churqui mountain camp (1960 meters high) where we will be awaited with an energizing homemade meal. We sleep inside a cabin in sleeping bags. Toilet available and cold running water.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at El Churqui


Day 7: El Churqui to La Viña
After breakfast, leave for La Viña along the course of the Las Pircas stream. These trails have been used for centuries and are still the only means of communication among locals. When we reach La Viña the minibus will be waiting for us. Two hours drive will get us to Salta city. Check in at boutique hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Salta


Day 8: Buenos Aires City
Breakfast and transfer to airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer to hotel. We will take some time to visit the city and learn about its icons in a very special way: tango, Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada’s balcony, Eva Peron, etc. In the evening you might want to attend a tango show (optional).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Buenos Aires


Day 9: Departure
Breakfast. End of program.



Extra days and/or activities (please inquire for prices)

Salta city tour: We walk and drive the city with a guide. Its colony time buildings bring to life the way the city was at the time of the Spanish Conquistadors.

Quebrada de Humahuaca: Trip to Humahuaca Creek. Walk the ancient indian fortress in Tilcara. We reach Purmamarca and the 7 Colors Hill. Lunch. See a few of the small and picturesque towns along the creek.

Cafayate and its wineries: The road to Cafayate shows us very curious rock shapes (the amphitheater, the toad, the Titanic, etc.). At Cafayate we will visit the world renowned vineyards and wineries for wine tasting. The Torrontés variety is regarded as best in class and exported all over the world.
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Inca Trails near Salta
Tour Code: IT-ARRT20
12 days / 11 nights ~$2,390.00
Dates : March to Nov

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Basic
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2021 05/11 - 05/19 9d / 8n 9 day ride (6 riding days), ... 6 /12 Expired
A 2021 05/23 - 06/03 12d / 11n 12 day ride (9 riding days),... 6 /12 Expired
A 2021 08/08 - 08/19 12d / 11n 12 day ride (9 riding days),... 6 /12 Reserve
B 2021 08/22 - 08/30 9d / 8n 9 day ride (6 riding days), ... 6 /12 Reserve
A 2021 09/19 - 09/30 12d / 11n 12 day ride (9 riding days),... 6 /12 Reserve
B 2021 10/12 - 10/20 9d / 8n 9 day ride (6 riding days), ... 6 /12 Reserve
A 2021 11/14 - 11/25 12d / 11n 12 day ride (9 riding days),... 6 /12 Reserve
B 2021 11/28 - 12/06 9d / 8n 9 day ride (6 riding days), ... 6 /12 Reserve
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Tack: South American recado saddles
Horses: Criollo and Peruvian Paso cross, mount...
Pace: Slow mountain riding - 5 to 6 hrs per ...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Buenos Aires / Salta
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