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wildlife & nature • 11 days, 10 nights

Lunar Landscapes & Quechan Culture in NW Argentina

wildlife & nature • 11 days, 10 nights

Lunar Landscapes & Quechan Culture in NW Argentina

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  • Group Size 14 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
  • Travel Style
    Outdoor Expedition
from $4,680 USD per person
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Trip Overview

Salta and the Northwest of Argentina once lay at the heart of the Inca Empire and their influence remains, woven in amongst the Spanish colonial architecture, strong gaucho culture, and otherworldly landscapes of this extraordinary region. Salta and its surroundings share more traditions, local delicacies, and indigenous languages with the Quechan peoples of neighboring Bolivia and Chile than with the rest of Argentina. The landscape is a patchwork of immense gorges and spectacular rock formations. Mountain roads wind through gorges, desert, and cactus forests and lead to the world’s highest-altitude vineyards and some fabulous wineries. Join us on this exciting journey where we will explore easygoing villages and hike through gorgeous natural wonders, all while enjoying traditional estancia hospitality and superb local wines.

  • Taste the unique flavor of Argentina’s high altitude wines
  • Gaze in awe upon the spectacular rock formations
  • Warm hospitality and rich intersection of the region’s gaucho and indigenous cultures
  • Reach new heights at the Salinas Grandes salt flats
  • Revel in the landscapes, wines, cuisine, and music of the mountains and desert


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Additional Info


The listed price of this trip is per person based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $980. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance. 

Arrival & Departure

You should plan to arrive in Salta City before 4:00 p.m. on Day 1. Airlines offer multiple flight options daily between Buenos Aires and Salta. Our tour concludes in Salta City on Day 11 with a transfer to the Salta airport coinciding with your chosen departure flight. 

If you are joining the October 2022 departure, consider extending your travels in South America by also joining our Mountains, Lakes & Wilderness in Untamed Northern Patagonia trip!

Activity Level

This journey is based on overland travel, with drive times up to 4 hours per day. Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles over the course of each day, remaining on their feet for long periods of time, and sometimes walking on uneven terrain. Elevations reached on this itinerary range from 3,780 ft (Salta) to 11,300 ft (Salinas Grande). The highest sleeping elevation is 8,300 ft in Cachi. 

  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable boutique hotels and estancias.
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • Transportation throughout the trip, including airport transfers.
  • Experienced local guides to accompany you for the duration of the trip, as well as special guests throughout.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • All tips and gratuities except for accompanying trip leader.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that Northwest Argentina has to offer!
  • Global Rescue medical evacuation insurance.
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences.
  • International flights or other transportation to and from Salta City, Argentina.
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations in Buenos Aires or any other location in Argentina.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Applying for an Argentinian visa, if applicable.
  • Customary gratuities for your trip leader.
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Trip FAQ

A portion of your trip fees will go to support Fundación Unir that is working to promote the integral development of people collaborating with the basic needs of work, food, housing, and health. Among its many projects, Unir fixes bicycles to donate to local children, purchases tools and materials for local craftspeople, and purchases machinery for local businesses and entrepreneurs. Your participation in this trip will also provide significant financial contributions to the communities we visit, directly supporting small businesses, schools, villages, and local families. In addition, this trip's focus on traditional customs will help to preserve and maintain them for future generations.

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  • Oct 19–Oct 29, 2022
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