Footprint Adventures the way to go...... Travel Itinerary Crossing The Argentinean North 16 days - 15 nights Walking by valleys and Quebrada, EL CAMINO DEL INCA will take us, with its mysteries and silences, to the Heart of a millenary culture. Like hundreds of years ago, we will try to do like the Incas did, and we will united these small populations of kola origin, nailed between hills, by walking. From the PUNA to the SELVA, we propose the crossing of a very extensive region of enormous mountains and deep valleys, with communities which are only possible to be acceded by foot. The route begins in the very same Quebrada of Humahuaca; more over, this tour offers you histories, places, experiences and people who we will remember forever. Day 1 Salta Airport - City of Salta We welcome you at the Airport and transfer you to your accommodation in Salta. We will have the rest of the day to enjoy the town. Lodging at Hosteria double or single. Meals we provide: none Day 2 San Antonio de los Cobres y Salinas Grandes We depart early on our way to Campo Quijano, going thru the Quebrada Del Toro, and the finally arriving to the pre Hispanic city of Rosa de Tastil with its legendary ruins. Our trip continues to San Antonio de los Cobres, a typical town located at 4000 meters high. Later, thru el Paso de Jama we will be able to appreciate the “Salinas Grandes”; then descending over the path of the Lipan, we‟ll make a stop at the town of Pumamarca and its famous Mount of Footprint Adventures Ltd. 5 Malham Drive, Lincoln, LN6 0XD, UK. Tel: 01522 804929 Fax: 01522 306156 e-mail: email@example.com Internet: http://www.footprint-adventures.co.uk Company Registration No 2363685 VAT Registration 619 3070 49 Travel Trust Association Member No R704x Footprint Itinerary Page 2 of 5 the „Los Siete Colores‟. Later we arrive to our lodge at the painteresque town of Tilcara. Lodging at Hosteria double or single. Meals we provide: Breakfast Day 3 Devil’s Throat - Tilcara We‟ll have the morning free to discover the town and its unique things such us: la plaza grande, la plaza chica, the town church - and the Pucará de Tilcara. In the afternoon we‟ll do a small trek to the devil‟s throat, walking along the old Kollas paths and watching the amazing view. After 3 or 4 hours we finally go back to Tilcara. Lodging at Hosteria double or single. Meals we provide: Breakfast. Day 4 Tilcara - Iruya During the morning, we will go towards the North in a local Bus to the small town of Iruya, a picturesque village just in the north of Salta. We will have enough time to go around the town, discovering its beautiful cobbled streets and its typical Cappel. We will spend the night in this fascinating place. Simple Lodging Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch Dinner Day 5 Iruya - Chiyayoc Early in the morning, we will begin the crossing from Iruya, at 2800metres high. We will go up north the river in a slow but incessant ascent, until we reach the Abra Del Colorado. From there, we will descent to the San Juan River where we have lunch. After the break, another ascent is expecting us and then the posterior descent to the Chiyayoc village, at 3100 m OSL. Walking time: 8 to 9 hours. Simple Lodging Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch Dinner Day 6 Chiyayoc - Rodeo Colorado Our trek continues thru this amazing landscape. We descend until we reach the valley of the river Trancas. Once there we start ascending again till we arrive to the edge. From there we‟ll have a fabulous view of the town of Rodeo Colorado. Later we go back descending thru the Pera River. We finally arrive to Rodeo Colorado town. Estimated walking time: 8 to 9 hours. Lodging at Semi full Camping. Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch Dinner Day 7 Rodeo Colorado - Nazareno River This day we descend our way thru a wide slope to the town of Molino, keeping always the amazing view of the valley of the river Nazareno in our back. From here we walk up to the place where we‟ll put up our camp. Estimated walking time: 4 to 5 hours. Lodging at Semi full Camping. Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch Dinner Day 8 Nazareno River - Nazareno Last stage of our on-foot crossing, during which we will go upriver up to reach Nazareno village. There, we can discover this typical town and enjoy our experiences. Walking time: 5 to 6 hours. Simple Lodging Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch Dinner Day 9 Nazareno - La Quiaca - Tilcara In the morning we go back to the northern region or Argentina of La Quiaca, next to the frontier with Bolivia. Form here we continue our way to Tilcara. Lodging at Hosteria double or single. Meals we provide: Breakfast. Day 10 Day Off At Tilcara We dedicate this day to rest, re arrange our equipment and prepare yourself for the final part of this journey. Footprint Itinerary Page 3 of 5 Lodging at Hosteria double or single. Meals we provide: Breakfast. Day 11 Tilcara - Veranada de Yutos Pampa Early morning, we take a local transfer to “Alfacito” (2900 m OSL). There, we will begin our on foot crossing, with a slow and incessant ascent - we have to be careful about acclimatising- up to reach Campo Laguna (4200 m OSL). This is the highest point of the crossing. After lunch, we will descent to Yutos Pampa at 3200 metres OSL. Lodging at Semi full Camping. Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch Dinner Day 12 Veranada de Yutos Pampa - Molulo We continuo our crossing, ascending till the top of the Mount Cumbre Grande. At the end of the valley, the crowded forest can be appreciated. In the afternoon we arrive to the community of Molulo at 2950 meters of high. Estimated walking time: 6 to 7hs. Lodging at Semi full Camping. Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch Dinner Day 13 Molulo - Abra Del Potrero We will have a peaceful morning, and plenty of time to meet the local inhabitants and going around the area. After lunch, we will continue with our crossing. Gradually, you would notice the increase of vegetation; we will arrive then, to a place known as Abra Potrero. Walking time: 4 to 5 hs. Lodging at Semi full Camping. Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch Dinner Day 14 Abra Del Potrero - San Lucas We continue our adventure from the Abra of the Potrero (lowest point between two mountains). The thick forest gives birth to plain landscape. From the red land come the first trees. After undertaking a section of forest in continuous ascension we get to see the caserío of San Lucas, located at 2500 meters of high. Later, we slowly start the descent back to the town. Walking time 7 to 8 hours. Lodging at Semi full Camping. Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch Dinner Day 15 San Lucas - Calilegua - Salta Last stage of the crossing between San Lucas and San Francisco. The path continues by the southern bank of San Lucas River, the vegetation is dense and the valley is deep. After crossing Valle Grande Valley, we will ascent to Peña Alta, which is the end of our long walk. There, a local transfer is waiting for us, to lead us through the small town of San Francisco and the whole Calilegua National Park arriving to Liberator San Martín Village. From there, we will move to Salta city. Walking time: 5 to 6 hours. Lodging at Hosteria double or single. Meals we provide: Breakfast. Day 16 Salta - Airport After breakfast we are transferred to the airport where our tours ends Meals we provide: Breakfast Included: Incoming services Bilingual guide (Spanish - English) during all the activities. 6 nights in Hostería it bases double or single with breakfast 3 nights in simple lodging (room without private bathroom) 6 nights in Semi - Full Camp (included: tents and dinner tent or saloon. Not included: sleeping bag or insulating mattress) Transfer Salta Airport - Hotel / Hotel - Salta. All transportation as shown in the itinerary combining private and regular buses. Footprint Itinerary Page 4 of 5 Mules for the transportation of the tents, general equipment y food for all the crossing. We will carry the passengers‟ luggage up to a maximum of 8 kg, for the days 4 to 9 and the days 11 y 15) 15 breakfast 9 box lunch and 9 dinners. The CROSSING THE ARGENTINIAN NORTH tour is offered with the following type of accommodations NIGHTS Lodging at Hosteria double Simple Lodging Semi Full Camp The semi full camping is a pre mounted camping that is set up once the passengers arrive. It has igloo type tents that we used in double base. It also has a dinner tent or dinner saloon with tables, chairs and a complete set of dishes. Meals The following meals are provided in this program. DAYS Breakfast Box Lunch Dinner 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 Not included: Medical and life insurance. Tips. Drinks and beverages (all foods are without alcoholic or non alcoholic drinks). Flights or airport taxes. Optional excursions. Services not shown or detailed in the program. Notes We hold the right of changing the itinerary or cancel any of the activities when any natural cause (or any other cause of any type) justifies it in order to look after the group safety The tour can start in Salta (Argentina) and from there take the bus to San Pedro de Atacama. If this is the case, you will probable need an extra night in Salta. ¿Is this tour for me? We qualify this tour as "Intense". This means that you need to be fit to enjoy it. No previous technical knowledge is required. The group will walk an average of 6 to 7 hours a day, may be 9 in some specific days, at a moderate pace and with all the necessary stops for water, snacks or rest. The trek includes up hills and down hills, some of them quite steady. List of suggested personal equipment: Backpack, 50 lts or so Sleeping bag down or synthetic for -10º C Sleeping mattress Trekking shoes or boots Thermal underwear Footprint Itinerary Page 5 of 5 Trekking pants Fleece Breathable parka and over pants Gaiters Gloves Thermal socks The necessary spare cloth Wool hat Sun hat Sun glasses Sun screen (UV is very strong during the southern spring, from September thru December) Personal items Lamp Trekking poles (recommended, if you are use to them) Personal medication Important: Before you travel please check your Tour Voucher and Arrival Information for the latest joining instructions. This will be sent to you upon receipt of final payment. All itineraries are subject to change without prior notice.