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Great Salt Flats (Salinas Grandes) Tours

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Great Salt Flats (Salinas Grandes)
A desert-like expanse of snow-white salt plains await you at the Great Salt Flats (Salinas Grandes), which are located at an altitude of 11,320 feet (3,450 meters). Covering 132 square miles (212 square kilometers), they’re the third-largest salt flats in the world and among Argentina’s most impressive natural landscapes.

The Basics

Visit the Great Salt Flats (Salinas Grandes) on a day trip from Salta or a half-day tour from Purmamarca. The scenic journey is almost as impressive as the destination; most tours stop at the Hill of Seven Colors in Purmamarca and Cuesta de Lipan, a dramatic mountain road. Though there are numerous points from which to enter the salt flats, most tours travel down Highway 52, which cuts right through the center of the salt desert and affords the best views.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Great Salt Flats (Salinas Grandes) offer the ideal backdrop for forced perspective (optical illusion) photographs; bring along props to create your own unique photos.
  • There’s no shade at Salinas Grandes and the white ground can make the sunlight even stronger, so ensure you bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
  • Though you’ll find the occasional food or handicraft stall dotted along the highway, facilities are very limited at the salt flats so it’s best to pack lunch and plenty of water. Most tours include lunch.

How to Get There

The Great Salt Flats (Salinas Grandes) lie across the Salta and Jujuy regions of northwestern Argentina, around 154 miles (248 kilometers) north of Salta—the journey takes 3-4 hours along roads that are mostly unpaved. To save time, set out from Purmamarca, which is around 78 miles (126 kilometers) east of the salt flats and therefore a 1.5-hour drive. There’s no public transport to the flats, so join a tour to skip the stress of car hire. 
 
When to Get There

Though its possible to visit the salt flats at any time of year, Argentina’s dry season (May- September) is best for taking the ever-popular forced-perspective photos. Visiting between January and March means that the flats are often flooded, though the glistening blue pools form a mirror-like surface over the salt crust.
 
A Road Trip to the Salt Flats

Following a circular route from Salta means you can take in a number of regional highlights along the way. Head west along Highway 51 in order to make stops at the gorge of Quebrada del Toro, the ancient ruins of Tastil, and Mt. Acay mountain pass. Stop in the historic town of San Antonio de los Cobres, the starting point of the famous Train to the Clouds (Tren a las Nubes), and then return to Salta via the hairpin bends of the Cuesta del Lipan mountain road and the Hill of Seven Colors.
Address: Salinas Grandes, Salta, Argentina
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Full-Day Tour Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca whith trekking and More from Salta

Full-Day Tour Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca whith trekking and More from Salta

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Argentina’s wild northwest is home to some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes, and this full-day small-group tour from Salta checks off all the most photo-worthy sights. Marvel at the UNESCO-listed Humahuaca gorge and the ‘Hill of Seven Colors; pose for photos on the startling white salt flats of Salinas Grandes; and shop for handicrafts at the legendary Purmamarca market.
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Full-day Salinas Grandes, San Antonio and Purmamarca from Salta

Full-day Salinas Grandes, San Antonio and Purmamarca from Salta

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Marvel at the diverse landscapes of northwest Argentina on this full-day tour from Salta. Drive along part of the famous Train to the Clouds; visit the mountain towns of Santa Rosa de Tastil and San Antonio de los Cobre; and marvel at natural wonders including the Salinas Grandes salt flats, the Puna de Atacama desert, and the Seven Colored Hill of Purmamarca.
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  • 13 hours
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Full-Day Salinas Grandes Tour from Salta

Full-Day Salinas Grandes Tour from Salta

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Experience the ‘Salinas Grandes,’ a magical collection of salt flats in Northwest Argentina, during this 13-hour day trip from Salta. Explore some of the area’s picturesque small towns before reaching this surreal landmark, an area where a landscape of shiny-white salt seems to extend to the horizon. You’ll also stop by the village of Purmamarca on your way back to Salta.
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Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca Full Day Tour from Salta

Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca Full Day Tour from Salta

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Discover the scenic landscapes of Purmamarca and Salinas Grandes on a full-day tour from Salta. Get an early start to travel to the Salinas Grandes salt flats and take in the otherworldly scenery. Continue to the Lipan Slope (Cuesta de Lipan) and marvel at the engineering that allows vehicles to ascend the steep mountain. In charming Purmamarca, your guide shows you the highlights of the village before you head to Humahuaca, located near the multicolored mountains known as the Serranias del Hornocal.
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Salinas Grandes and Purmarmca: Full Day Tour from Salta Capital

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In this Service, Passengers will visa one of the most beautiful places in Northern Argentina, which was recently selected as one of the 7 Wonders of Argentina: SALINAS GRANES. You will also know and tour the town of Purmamarca, belonging to the Quebrada de Humahuaca (World Heritage Site) and enjoy the 7 Color Hill and the Beautiful Paseo de los Colorados (Back of the Seven Colors Hill)
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Salinas Grandes by Jujuy - From Salta

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Las Salinas Grandes in the province of Jujuy is the third largest salt flat in South America, offering a unique landscape in La Puna Argentina. An immense white plain that reaches the horizon.
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Full Day Trip to Salinas Grandes Salt Fields from Salta

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Gaze at the vast expanse of the Salinas Grandes Salt Fields on an enriching full-day trip from Salta. Ascend to the vertiginous altitude of Puna and relish the heavenly tableau of salt fields alongside an expert guide. Receive an insightful introduction to the geology and agricultural history of the area and capture photographs of the unique landscape reminiscent of an Arctic plain. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Salta hotel on this tour.   
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Full-Day San Antonio, Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca from Salta

Full-Day San Antonio, Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca from Salta

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Combine visits to San Antonio de los Cobres, Salinas Grandes, and Purmamarca on this full-day tour from Salta. Additionally, see the great salt flats that have made the area famous, the Hill of Seven Colors, and the Cuesta del Obispo. National Park fees included.
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Salinas, Purmamarca And Humahuaca 2 Days Tour

Salinas, Purmamarca And Humahuaca 2 Days Tour

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Spend 2 Days in stunning landscapes in Jujuy Province. Visit the Salinas Grandes salt flats, the Hill of 7 Colors and the Tilcara Pre-Inca Ruins and the most beautiful landscapes of the Quebrada de Humahuaca.
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4 x 4 Safari Tour to Puna, Salt Falts and Purmamarca from Salta

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Discover a land of remote desert, snow-white salt plains and remote adobe villages on this full-day Movitrack safari tour from Salta, including breakfast and lunch. Hop aboard an open-roof 4x4 truck for a dramatic road trip around Northwest Argentina and enjoy panoramic views of the Salt Flats, the Seven Color Hill of Purmamarca and the famous Train to the Clouds railway.
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3 Days 3 Full Excursions Pack

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4 Days 4 full Excursions Promotion

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Promotion of 2 Day Trips: Cafayate + Salinas Grandes by S. Antonio

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