• Duration: 10 hours
  • Easy
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As you climb in elevation during the drive, travel through Quebrada del Toro’s dense greenery and breathtaking gorge dotted with cacti. Cross viaducts and bridges, including Alisal and Chorrillo, and visit the pre-Incan archaeological gem of Santa Rosa de Tastil. 

Explore the quiet mining town of San Antonio de los Cobres, from where you’ll capture views of Polvorilla Viaduct.



Your day trip from Salta will start with hotel pickup for the 100-mile (160-km) drive northwest of town to San Antonio de los Cobres.

Salta - Quebrada del Toro

Your route parallels Argentina’s famous railway, Train to the Clouds (Tren a las Nubes) but on this tour, you will enjoy the comfort of disembarking as your group pleases for photo ops of the incredible Andean scenery. We will reach your first sightseeing marvel after about two hours, Quebrada del Toro (Gorge of the Bull). Then, you will admire views of El Toro viaduct, a 79-foot (24-meter) bridge built between the 1920s and ‘40s, that crosses the gorge, and you will pass by the bridges of Alisal and Chorrillo. Your guide will provide engaging commentary on history and local geology, which spans the spectrum from dense vegetation to rocky landscapes strewn with cacti. See if you can spot cardones, a native plant resembling celery.

Salta - Santa Rosa de Tastil

You will travel through the charming villages of El Candado, El Gólgota and Alfarcito. Depending on your group, you will make stops in the towns to stretch your legs and snap pictures. Then, you will continue and disembark at the tiny rural village of Santa Rosa de Tastil, where you’ll visit the ruins of a mysterious pre-Incan city. As you will walk through the arid and rocky terrain, your guide points out remnants that used to be housing and streets of this former civilization. You will find out more inside the archaeological museum (entrance fee is an additional expense), and if you’re hungry, purchase a light snack in the village.

Salta - San Antonio de los Cobres

Back in your air-conditioned vehicle, you will pass through Finca La Encrucijada, ascend Muñano Cliff and reach Abra Blanca, the highest point on the road between Salta and San Antonio de los Cobres, at a height of 13,386 feet (4,080 meters). You will take in sweeping views of the gorge and perhaps catch sight of condors swooping over the valley or llamas clopping up a mountainside.

Salta - San Antonio de los Cobres

Then, we will make the final stretch to San Antonio de los Cobres, one of Argentina’s highest-elevation towns at 12,300 feet (3,750 meters) and you will enjoy views of the often-photographed Polvorilla Viaduct. During your two hours here, you will learn about the town whose name is taken from nearby Sierra de Cobre (Copper Mountain). You will explore at your leisure and buy lunch at one of the local restaurants serving regional dishes. 

You will wander the streets lined with traditional adobe houses, browse the handicraft stalls and admire the views of the surrounding Andes.

Salta - Return

When it’s time to go, we will return to Salta the way you came but with no stops. Your day trip will end with hotel drop-off.

Pick up locations

What's included

Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle

What's excluded

Food & Drinks
Entrance fee to Archaeological Museum in Santa Rosa de Tastil

Important information

  • A minimum of two passengers per booking is required.
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring a jacket/sweater and sunscreen.
  • Note: San Antonio de los Cobres sits at an elevation of more than 12,000 feet, which may cause altitude sickness for some; it is recommended that you drink plenty of hot tea or water prior to the tour and carry any necessary medication.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not stroller accessible
  • Not suitable for pets
  • No public transportation nearby
  • Infants must not sit on laps
  • Infant seats unavailable
  • The pick up transfer is only from selected centrally located hotels. If your hotel is outside the geographic area, we will confirm you the closest meeting point. Indicate the name and address of your hotel. We suggest you to confirm the booking details with us prior to travel, or upon arrival at your destination. Please note that departure times and locations may vary slightly. OFFICE NUMBER: (+54 11) 4363-6000 (Mon to Sat from 9 to 18 Hs and Sundays from 10 to 19 Hs) EMERGENCY MOBILE: (+54 911) 4991-4035 (After office hours)
  • The pick up transfer is only from selected centrally located hotels. If your hotel is outside the geographic area, we will confirm you the closest meeting point. Indicate the name and address of your hotel.

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure
  • Cancellation fee of 0% if cancelled 1000 days or less before departure



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  • Español


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