The Salt Flats

Salinas Grandes

Llama trekking in Salinas Grandes (salt flats): Visit to Pozo Colorado Community (Rural Tourism), 1/2 day:

CLARIFICATION:

This tour begins in Pozo Colorado, at the eastern border of the Salt Flats, where we work together with Santiago Lamas of the community of Pozo Colorado in the context of rural tourism. The transfer to Pozo Colorado is not included. You can go by private car (see map below) or in remis / taxi (we can hire them for you, with previous notice).

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Difficulty:  (medium exigency, for the family).
Highest altitude: 3500 meters a.s.l.
Full trip duration: 4 hs. (Trekking time: about 2:30 hs.)
Departure hour: 11:00 AM. (from Pozo Colorado. The journey by car from Tilcara to Pozo takes around 2 hours).
Departure location: Pozo Colorado (near Salinas Grandes)
Time of the year: it can be done any month of the year (In January and February it migth rain).

Pozo Colorado is a beautiful place with a small village located in the East border of Salinas Grandes. Its 200 inhabitants (native community) base their production activity mainly in extracting salt and breeding the most famous animal in our province: “the llamas”. The native community is currently working to recover its cultural heritage: spinning and weaving llama wool; carving laja stones; manufacturing salt stones crafts; and, recently, along with Caravana de Llamas, using the llama as pack animal. 
During the car trip towards the town of Pozo Colorado we can enjoy the spectacular landscape of “Cuesta de Lipán”, observing vicuñas and guanacos (south American wild camelids). When we arrive to Pozo Colorado we prepare the llamas for the expedition and we begin the llama trekking that lasts about and hour and a half. We penetrate the salt surface, we visit the salt extraction spots and then we have lunch. After a well-deserved rest, we return to the community to end the journey.

For a minimum of: two guests.
(Fees in pesos ARS until July 2019)
Fee per person (shared services):
* ADULTS AND MINORS: $ 3000 (u$s 75)
It includes: Guide from the community (Spanish); full lunch with quality wine (regional picnic); water during the walk.
It does not include: Transfer to Pozo Colorado (we offer connections with local taxis).
We recommend bringing hat, jacket, trekking shoes and sun block.

We advise to book the tours with some anticipation to guarantee a place, and for that we ask an advance payment of half the cost of the trip through a bank deposit.

Download The Salt Flats – Rural Tourism (pdf)
Download how to get to Pozo Colorado map (PDF)

Idiomas/Language:

  • english
  • spanish
  • française
  • Certificado SIGO

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