Many years ago, these regions were traveled by the Incas, in their desire to find a direct path to the southern sector of the empire. The Tahuantinsuyo road network or, in Quechua, Qhapaq Ñan, which means King's Road, was a system of long-distance roads in the aforementioned civilization, which linked the important cities on the coast with those in the mountains. The length of the road is immense, just as in Peru the famous section that connects Cusco with Machu Picchu is known, in the north of Argentina there are sections that are still preserved, almost without any type of extra maintenance or preservation, such as the one that crosses the Nevados de Aconquija (between Catamarca and Tucumán passing through La Ciudacita) and this one from Salta, between the Calchaquíes Valleys, La Quebrada del Toro and the humid valleys of San Lorenzo, on the outskirts of Salta city.
Here we suggest you to do one of the least explored and most attractive sections of the Inca Trail in Argentina, where archaeological remains are still found and where there is an amazing landscape, between rivers and gigantic mountains, such as San Miguel or Acay, of more than 5700 masl.
* It is advisable to arrive a day before to the city of Salta, to check equipment and make last purchases.
Day 1: Transfer from the accommodation in Salta to Valles Calchaquies, through the Cuesta de Obispo and Los Cardones National Park. Before reaching Cachi and Payogasta, we turn off along the mythical Route 40, heading north, and in Palermo, we enter a narrower path until we reach the small place of Punta del Agua. After 3 hours of driving and lunch, our walking tour finally begins. The section is short, to begin to acclimatize to the altitude and gradually force the body. The camp is in Potrero de Payogasta.
Day 2: A little longer, but keeping a lot of height. We visit the Inca ruins of Payogasta. We will gradually go up the Payogasta riverbed, with ascents and descents in great landscapes. Finally we´ll access our camp, in a deep valley, next to a post of a villager.
Day 3: Day in which we also maintain altitude, to continue acclimatizing, preparing for the most exhausting day. We cross different openings and obtain a wonderful view of the Nevados San Miguel and Acay, of more than 5700 meters above sea level. Camp next to a post, in the area of ??Capillas.
Day 4: The longest and most exhausting day. The first section is through the same valley but immediately begins an impressive climb, of almost 1000 meters of unevenness, until reaching a wide hill with one of the most moving views of the journey. Then we maintain altitude, we go through several transversal valleys until we reach our last camp, already very close to the Quebrada del Toro.
Day 5: The final day is lighter; We make a small ascent and a last descent to the plain that precedes Route 51, the main one in Quebrada del Toro. Finally a charter vehicle will be waiting for us, after the festivities, we will move to Salta city. End of our services and the journey.
In all our expeditions we offer the food service IN FULL BOARD PLAN.
Marching lunches (cold meals): Milanesa and tomato sandwiches, cold cuts, snacks, salads, tapas, etc.
Dinners: They are usually cooked in the pot. Vegetable-bacon-red chorizo ??stews, Chicken and vegetable casseroles, Pasta with various sauces or stew, Roast beef (Chivito), Chaw Fan, Chicken with rice in the saucepan ....
Breakfasts and snacks: Tea, Coffee, Cappuccino, , Mate, Milk powder; bread, cookies, jam, honey, dulce de leche; cereals, fruit.
in igloo tents, in wild camps, next to local stalls, in the mountains, without toilets or bathrooms.
How many hours do we walk per day?
In general we have a system of walking for 3 or 4 hours in the morning; We make a long lunch stop and walk the same in the afternoon to the place where we set up camp.
What temperatures do we have to endure?
The north of Argentina is characterized by having an important thermal amplitude (heat during the day and cool at night and early morning). There is also the so-called "Bolivian Winter". This means that in our summer (December to March) there is the rainy season. In our winter it does not rain but the thermal amplitude is noticeable a little more and the cold in the nights and early mornings can be felt, especially in the high camps (at more than 2500 meters above sea level) as two of this route.
You have to protect yourself a lot from the sun with a hat-cap, neck scarves, sunscreen and mountain sunglasses. And for the night it is important to have a good sleeping bag and shelter since the temperature can drop to less than 0° Celsius (32° Fahrenheit)
What sleeping bag should I bring?
Sleeping bags or bags must be able to withstand a temperature of -0°C (32°F) Comfort, to be able to rest peacefully. The divet-goose down material is the best, but the synthetics nowadays also have modern and high-performance materials. They can be rented.
Is there something you can tell me about the group? How many are we, ages, etc.?
In general these are very heterogeneous groups (all kinds of people). Varied ages and genders, people traveling alone, accompanied by a friend, couples, families, etc.
What physical condition must I have to carry out this kind of trekking?
It is not decisive that you are an updated athlete and that you train 4 times a week. But it is important for you to know that the better you are physically, the better experience you´ll have. The idea of ??these adventures is that you can enjoy it and not suffer it. If you do not usually train, go for a run, bike or other aerobic activity, we recommend that you attend a class of our weekly trainings associated with mountain activities. And instead, start by going out for a walk with a backpack loaded of no less than 8 kilograms and do several kilometers per week and also go up and down stairs or slopes in series of 20 uninterrupted minutes. Ask us for a suitable training plan.
I understand that the tents are shared, right? Do I need to bring one?
The tents are included in the program, by our company. But if you want to bring one, you can do it. Just ask us.
20% Up to 5 Kilos: Short excursion walks / Trekking Talampaya
40% Hasta 8/10 Kilos: Trek-ascenso de ida y vuelta / Vallecitos programas de 3 y 4 días
60% Up to 12/15 kilos: Crossing trekking with porting / Crossing of the Andes Paso Portillo
80% More than 15/18 kilos: Cross-country trekkings with little or no portage / Trekkings in Patagonia (Paso Vuriloche, PN Lanin or Nahuel Huapi, etc)
100% More than 25 Kilos: With a lot of equipment on top and little or no porting / Continental Ice
20% half a day or less with little unevenness.
40% more sustained slopes and longer days in the activity. 2-3 days / more than 6 hours per day.
60% Long ascents and descents with a longer duration. Ascents to more than 4000 meters in the central mountain range / intense 4-day trekking (Uruguayan plane)
80% Important work of legs in resistance. Very long days. Very long day ascents (Lanin - Domuyo) or more than 5000 meters. Ice courses.
100% Maximum demand. Aerobic work and constant effort on legs. Continental Ice, Aconcagua, mountains of more than 6000 meters.
20% flat land
40% trails with moderate ups and downs. General crossing trekkings . Sierra de la Ventana, Córdoba, Patagonia, Cuyo, north, others. Classic ascents
60% Steeper slopes and trails. Possible use of crampons. Domuyo, Cordón del Plata, Cordillera Central.
80% Mixed terrain, with snow or ice. Alvear, Lanin, Tronador. Bolivia, Peru.
100% Highly technical terrain. Glacial transit and climbing in sections. Hill climbing with sections on slopes of more than 60 ° inclination
20% We will not be much affected.
40% This is a normal level of attention.
60% We require more motivation, enthusiasm and concentration.
80% The activity will require us to be very connected and convinced.
100% Maximum control and emotional-psychological performance.
0% + sea level.
20% Up to 2000 masl.
40% + 2000 masl.
60% + 4000 masl.
80% + 5000 masl.
100% + 6000 masl.
HEALTH & HYGIENE
OPTIONAL, not mandatory (check space and weight)
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