Trekking from Calilegua to Tilcara - Jujuy

Adventure mixing the green Yungas and the dryness of the Quebrada de Humahuaca

  • Start Date : 2021-Jun-28
    End Date: 2021-Jul-04
  • Hora Inicio: 9 hs.
    Hora Fin: 19hs Aprox
  • Meeting Point:Salta City
    End time: Tilcara, Jujuy
  • Duration:7 days + trip
    Availability: 15 available spots
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One of the ten most fascinating trekking in Argentina
It is one of the most attractive expeditions Northwest Argentina has to offer. Deep experience with nature and a millenary route, traveling ancient roads that becomes magical while you walk them, landscapes of deep ravines, valleys and small pampas. It will transform from the intense green of the jungles to the bare landscape of the high mountains. Along the road, condors will be seen furrowing the skies, flocks of guanacos and vicuñas.

It starts from the Yungas Biosphere Reserve, a jungle environment with a high biodiversity value, crossing different jungle biotypes, until reaching high grasslands, ascending the high mountains that separate the jungles of the Puna. In this adventure you will visit the towns of San Francisco, San Lucas, and you will arrive at the camping area known as the Abra El Potrero. Then the ascent continues to Molulo and beyond over the Yuto Pampa summits from where it leaves to the highest point of the route, at 4010 meters above sea level. Then we descend to the Quebrada de Humahuaca, arriving at Tilcara which marks the end of the crossing



What we present here is the planned route for the journey. Please be advised that exact route, duration of each stage of the travel and alternative routes can be modified subject to various factors such as weather conditions and group assessment by the guide.

Day 1: Salta - San Francisco: Transfer from the Salta city. Departure 9 am approx. Arrival in San Francisco, guides presentation and team preparation. Night at Hosteria de Montaña.

Day 2: Peña Alta - San Lucas: Beginning of Trekking in Peña Alta 1250masl, San Francisco. Overnight in San Lucas 1850masl. Mountain Camp-Shelter next to the Villagers.

  • Meters uphill: 600mts
  • Estimated walking time: 5 to 7 hours
  • Distance: 17km
  • Maximum Altitud: 1850 masl

Day 3: San Lucas - Abra del Potrero: Beginning of Trekking in San Lucas 1850masl, San Francisco. Overnight in Abra del Potrero 2550 masl

  • Meters uphill: 700mts
  • Estimated walking time: 6 to 7 hours
  • Distance: 11km
  • Maximum Altitud: 2550 masl

Day 4: Abra del Potrero - Molulo: Trekking - We start at Abra del Potrero 2550 masl. Overnight in Molulo 2900msnm - Camp - Mountain Shelter next to the settlers.

  • Meters uphill: 450mts
  • Estimated walking time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Distance: 10km
  • Maximum Altitud: 3000 masl

Day 5: Molulo - Huairahuasi - Yuto Pampa: Trekking - We start at Molulo 2900 masl. Overnight in Huairahuasi 3100 masl - Yuto Pampa Camp.

  • Meters uphill: 500mts
  • Estimated walking time: 6 to 8 hours
  • Distance: 15km
  • Maximum Altitud: 3410 masl

Day 6: Yuto Pampa - Tilcara: Trekking - We start in Yuto Pampa. From Yuto Pampa 3100m to Tilcara 2600m. Overnight stay in Tilcara in hostel or cabins.

  • Meters upnhill: 1000mts
  • Estimated walking time: 8 to 10 hours
  • Distance: 20km
  • Maximum Altitud: 4050masl

Day 7: . Breakfast, End of our Services

Included Services

- Transport from Salta to San Francisco y Peña Alta (trekking start point)

- Full board, not a la carte menu, from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 7. (4 meals a day: breakfast. Lunch, snack and dinner.)It does not includ dinner in Tilcara

- 1 night accommodation in Hostel in San Francisco (shared rooms)

- 1 night accommodation in Hostel or Hostel in Tilcara (shared rooms)

- 4 nights Camp and mountain shelter

- Portage with mules of the general equipment (tents, food, kitchen equipment, etc.) and individual (up to 7 kg. Per person).

- Backup Horse

- Tents

- Camp Generals logistics (pots, heaters, safety features, orientation).

- Guides and coordination group.

- Satellite communication for emergencies 

Services NOT included

- Transfers Buenos Aires - Salta / Tilcara - Buenos Aires

- Meals while traveling by bus.

- Rental of personal equipment (backpack, sleeping bag, etc..).

- Tilcara´s Dinner

- Health insurance.

- Eventual expenses caused by quiting the program

- Guide´s & Baqueanos tips

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Trekking from the Jungle to the Puna - Calilegua to Tilcara.

From the yungas salteñas to the Quebrada de Humahuaca.


Who can participate in the activity?

This trekking is for people who are in good physical condition to withstand an average of 6 to 8 hours of mountain walking, for several days, at an easy but constant rithm, leaving from San Francisco, Calilegua, with a spectacular landscape transition. With a lot of vegetation change, and where we are in full contact with people living in the mountains and with Nature. In only 70km, from the nuboselva, from the Calilegua National Park to the semi-desert, in the Quebrado de Humahuaca.

Do I need to be trained?

For any mountain activity you need to have a previous physical preparation, or be physically active. In this case we suggest Aerobic training (going for a run two to three times a week, cycling or swimming) and doing a good leg workout (gym, crossfit, AEX training, etc.)

Do I need previous experience?

We recommend  walking at least once before this trekking with a backpack, although no previous experience is required. Having slept in a tent also helps as a experience for this trekking.

Where do we spend the night?

Overnight is spent in mountain campsite in igloo tents, comfortable and for 2/3 or 4 people. Last Night we includ a Hostel to share.

Do I have to carry a tent?

The tents are included in the service. If you want to bring yours, ask us.

What is the weather like ?

Although the time of the year is optimal for this crossing, in mountain and/ or wild areas temperatures tend to fall at night. There may be the possibility of rain storms, hence the importance of personal equipment. Non of what we detail in the equipment list can be missing.

Are there any breaks to rest?

Stops are given with a frequency and graduation according to the intensity.

There are breaks for lunch, snack, and rest.

How old do I have to be to do this activity?

From 13 years old onwards. We also recommend you to contact us before registering or registering a minor just to make sure that his/her experience is the suitable for this trek.

How much does the backpack weigh?

In a woman backpack, from 8 to 10 kilos, in a man from 10 to 12 kilos. 

Is there any carrying service?

We have a mule carrying  the general equipment, such as kitchen elements, food, tents, and security elements. They also carry some of your equipment, an approximate of up to 7 kilos per person.

What do we eat?
  • Meals: Milanesa and tomato sandwiches, cold sandwiches, snacks, salads, tapas, etc.
  • Dinners: Vegetable stews with bacon or chorizo ;chicken and vegetable casseroles, pasta with various , barbacue (goat), Chaw Fan, chicken with rice among other meals
  • Breakfasts and snacks: Tea, Coffee, Cappuccino, Mate Cocido, Mate, Milk powder; bread, cookies, jam, honey, dulce de leche; cereals, fruit.
  • It is necessary to complete the personal / medical file to clarify if someone does not eat some type of food.

Graduación de dificultad

Mochila: Peso / Duración de la Jornada.

Exigencia Física

Técnico: Dificultad en el Terreno / Equipo.

Fortaleza Psicológica

Exposición a la Altura

Backpack (M)

This point has to do with the weight that we must carry in our backpacks. Trekkings or crossings where we have pack animals allow us to bear less weight on our backs. And the multi-day journeys in Patagonia (without the option of having pack mules) generally make us carry more weight, especially in the early days.

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

Fitness (F)

We consider physical demands to the wear that we can suffer both aerobic (climbs = possible shortness of breath) and muscle (resistance = many hours walking) and of legs and joints (descents = knees / ankles).

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.

Technical (T)

The technical difficulty is mainly based on the terrain. How much can it cost us to climb a slope, if it is very steep or if we have to use our hands in some section (simple climbing), both in rock and snow-ice, or materials such as crampons and pegs in other ascents.

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

Psycho (P)

We maintain that this point, the psychological factor, represents a relevant factor. Each one needs a factor of conviction, confidence, self-control and will power to achieve a goal. And depending on the attitude with which we face distances, slopes, terrain and many other objective factors, we can achieve performance with very different results.

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.

Adventures (A)

It is the factor that, the height above sea level, influences us depending on the activity we carry out. Managing and overcoming symptoms caused by altitude is the key to this point

0% + sea level.

20% Up to 2000 masl.

40% + 2000 masl.

60% + 4000 masl.

80% + 5000 masl.

100% + 6000 masl.

Gradual Adventure Activity Difficulty System designed by Leandro Scheurle.
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Required equipment

MANDATORY  EQUIPMENT ***  (If this equipment is not taken, the guides reserve the right to define your participation in the trekking)
  • Trekking Backpack (65 to 85 liters)  ***
  • Warm sleeping bag ( -10 degrees comfort or less)  ***
  • Insulated sleeping pad (10 to 15mm) ***
  • trekking poles ***
  • 1 waterproof / breathable jacket  (parka,ultrex,goretex)  ***
  • Sunglasses (Category III or IV)


  • 1 pair of trekking boots (in good conditions)***
  • 1 second pair of footwear (comfy)
  •  3 pairs of trekking socks 
  • Underwear
  • 1 pair of trekking boots (in good conditions)
  • 1 second pair of footwear  to cross rivers
  • Long trekking pants (NO JEAN)
  • 1 indoor long pants or leggings
  • 2 Dry fit synthetic short sleeve t-shirts
  • 1 Long sleeve shirt
  • 2 sweatshirts (fleece)
  • Warm jacket (made of feathers or synthetic) 
  • 1 sun hat (with flaps)
  • 1 handkerchief to cover your neck from the sun (multifunction scarves Buff type)
  • Warm gloves  ***
  • Warm hat ***
  • Passport or ID. ***
  • Medical insurance
  • Travel assistance insurance. Required. ***
  • Front flashlight with batteries (With spare batteries) ***
  • Sunscreen (not less than factor 45). Lip balm
  • Toilet paper. Wet wipes
  • Containers for at least 2 liters of water (can be plastic bottle) Camelback, Nalgene or similar
  • Cutlery, plate or tupper and cup (No glass or metal)
OPTIONAL, not mandatory (check space and weight)
  • SILVER TAPE tape, for blisters and repairs.
  • Steel thermos
  • Binoculars, monocle. Camera
  • Book, travel diary, pencil, pen.
  • Games; cards, dice, etc
  • Whistle and lighter.

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