This outstanding overnight trekking experience takes you through the stunning wilderness of Cuesta del Obispo and Los Cardones National Park. With your knowledgeable local guides, hike to Condor Viewpoint and the Torreon Hill summit. Along the way, you’ll encounter spectacular landscapes and ancient archaeological sites!
This outstanding overnight trekking experience takes you from Salta to the stunning wilderness of Cuesta del Obispo and Los Cardones National Park. Here, you’ll set out on two day hikes to Condor Viewpoint and the Torreon Hill summit. Along the way, you’ll encounter spectacular landscapes and ancient archaeological sites. Your local guides will lead you through the high mountains and provide an in-depth encounter with the area’s wildlife, culture, and history.
Duration: 2 days, 1 night
Start/End Location: Hotel pick-up/drop-off in Salta
Availability: Daily (departure at 7:00 am)
Total Hiking Distance: Approximately 15 miles (25 kilometers)
Altitude: From 2270 meters to 3600 meters
Difficulty Level: Medium/High
Booking Requirements: Minimum 3 travelers to book
Day 1: Travel to Cuesta del Obispo and Hike to Condor Viewpoint
Begin your overnight trek from Salta with hotel pick-up and transfer south, where you’ll cross small villages like Cerrillos and El Carril before heading west towards Chicoana. Here, the landscape changes to breathtaking high altitude rainforests, or yungas. As the drive takes you to higher altitudes into the Escoipe Gorge, giant cacti, carob trees, and red rocks dominate the landscape.
As you cross the Enchanted Valley to the Cuesta del Obispo, you’ll wind through hillside roads to experience lush hills and valleys straight out of a fairy-tale. Here, in Cuesta del Obispo, you’ll take your pack and take a quick hike to your overnight shelter.
Hike to the Condor Viewpoint
After dropping off your things at the shelter, you’ll set out along old Inca roads for a full-day hike to Condor Viewpoint. As you gain altitude and reach the crest of the ridge, you’ll get your first true look at the immensity of the Calchaqui Valley that extend to the Andean foothills.
You’ll hike for several hours then stop at isolated Inca ruins to rest and enjoy a snack and coffee/tea. Enormous rock formations tower above. After exploring the ruins, you’ll continue walking until you reach Condor Viewpoint. Located 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) above sea level, this high plain is covered with meadow and seasonal flowers. If you’re lucky, you’ll see an Andean condor soaring high overhead, catching warm air currents and rising high into the clear blue sky.
In the meadows, you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch, then begin your descent. As you hike, you’ll stop to encounter outstanding cave paintings that speak to the millennia of history that lives in these mountains. Continue back towards the shelter, where a typical Argentine asado or barbecue will be waiting for you! Enjoy this well-earned feast under the stars.
Day 2: Climbing Torreon Hill
Today, you’ll begin your day with a typical “criollo” breakfast before beginning your morning hike on Torreon Hill. As you ascend, you’ll encounter views of the Cuesta del Obispo like none other. Pause during your ascent for a snack, then continue until you reach the summit at 11,800 feet (3600 meters).
At this altitude, you’ll feel the wind in your face, and the overwhelming sense of peace and accomplishment that comes with standing above the clouds. After exploring the summit, you’ll begin your descent to the the shelter for one final lunch before returning to Salta.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.