Hike across Quebrada del Toro Gorge and along ancient Inca passes. Share stories, experiences, and cultures with a local family who open their home to you. Disconnect from the bustle of everyday life and reconnect with with the stunning natural world on this 3-day trekking experience!
On this Salta trekking experience, hike across mountainsides and along ancient Inca passes. Share stories, experiences, and cultures with a local family who will open their home to you. Disconnect from the bustle of everyday life and reconnect with with the stunning natural world on this 3-day trek from Quebrada del Toro Canyon to the Astilleros River.
Duration: 3 days/2 nights
Start location: Quebrada del Toro
End location: Río Astilleros
Difficulty Level: Medium
Day 1 — Trek to Sillón del Inca
Today, you’ll hike along a path that was once an ancient road of the Inca Empire. Walk 12.5 kilometers surrounded by stunning views, stopping for lunch at the midway point to enjoy the outstanding view and relax.
In the afternoon, you’ll begin your ascent to El Observatorio. Built by ancient inhabitants of the mountainous region to keep watch for arriving visitors — or enemies — that tried to reach the village ahead. From this timeless, lonely view point, you’ll get a singular panoramic view of the entire ravine and surrounding mountainside.
From El Observatorio, you’ll hike to the nearby ruins of Sillón del Inca where you’ll camp for the night. At Sillón del Inca, wander the outstanding ruins, walk through the mysterious Inca throne room, and admire the pristine Andes that surround you.
You’ll set up camp for the night near the ruins, and enjoy dinner and hot tea or coffee under star-filled skies.
Day 2 — Trek to Abra de la Cruz
Today, you’ll continue your ascent to the highest point of your journey — Abra de la Cruz. From here, you’ll have the opportunity to look across the entire Lerma Valley, and marvel at the immensity of this landscape. At the peak, be sure to turn around and face the ancient mountainside you’ve crossed. You’ll be humbled by the generations of humanity that have lived and thrived in the lonely expanse.
After stopping for lunch at Abra de la Cruz, you’ll begin your descent and arrive at the Reinaga family home by mid-afternoon. In their home, you’ll share dinner, laugh, and tell stories, under the backdrop of stunning hills and peaceful countryside.
Day 3 — Travel to Yunga
Today is the last day of your Salta trekking experience. You’ll watch the landscape dramatically change as you leave the high mountains and cross the treeline into the rich, green forests of Yunga. You’ll descend along the River Astilleros, where a vehicle will be waiting to take you back to Salta.
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