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Great Salt Flats (Salinas Grandes)
Great Salt Flats (Salinas Grandes)

Great Salt Flats (Salinas Grandes)

Salinas Grandes, Salta, Salta

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.

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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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$35.00 per adult
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Tour was excellent & we had a wonderful day
Itinerary includes diverse stops, (for sightseeing, eating, hiking, photos, shopping) without feeling too rushed or packed The tour guide was knowledgeable, entertaining and spoke English very well. They had 2 drivers to take turns which was a great safety feature And they make small gestures (local candy) which gives the tour a really thoughtful & enjoyable vibe. Would fully recommend (Only small caveat: need to organize transfer to meeting point in the morning, but it is very doable in Salta)
Soo, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Salta

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Aliaksandr_K, Mar 2020
Full-Day Tour Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca whith trekking and More from Salta
Long trip, but views are amazing. Small bus with enough legroom. Guides are very polite and helpful. A lot of info in Spanish, less in English
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This tour is amazing! The tour guide...
Gabriella V, Jan 2018
Full-Day Tour Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca whith trekking and More from Salta
This tour is amazing! The tour guide Jeremy and Fabian were exquisite, they explained everything a bout the mountains and the salinas, took their time providing incredible info. The scenery is just indescribable, your drive through the mountains that have so many colors. the altitude wasn't a problem for me, but diffidently could feel it a bit, just recommend taking it easy. Would definitely recommend this tour!
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The day was long but worth it...
Francesca H, Mar 2018
Full-Day Salinas Grandes Tour from Salta
The day was long but worth it! Seeing the salt flats was by far the highlight! Seeing the vast changes in scenery was amazing! The driver was very professional and did a really good job driving the very windy roads while our guide did a great job dealing with everyones personalities and always knew the answers to the many questions that came her way! One thing to know, take cash! The small towns we went to do not take credit cards. Argentine pesos only!!!
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The tour was great! The tour guide...
Joanna D, Oct 2017
Full-Day Tour Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca whith trekking and More from Salta
The tour was great! The tour guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable. The route is beautiful and scenic so even if most time is spent on the bus, it gives you the chance to absorb the changing landscape and the information provided by the tour guide. Highly recommended.
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This is a 'must do' if you are in...
Nichola B, Apr 2017
Full-Day Tour Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca whith trekking and More from Salta
This is a 'must do' if you are in the Salta region. It is a long day, but well worth it. Our guide spoke excellent English and was very inclusive with his commentary. The scenery is absolutely breath taking. We even got to try cocoa leaves as we climbed in altitude nearly 4200m!
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Salt Flats & 7-Colored Mtns were very cool to see! The tour made them accessible in 1 day
AlexSEA2019, Nov 2019
Full-Day Tour Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca whith trekking and More from Salta
I loved visiting the salt flats & 7-colored mountains, but the description of what you do on the tour should be more specific. I was hoping to visit Humahuaca & the 14-colored mountains, but that was not on the itinerary. "with trekking & more" is not explicit enough. Also, while I liked our tour guide, he did 85% of his talking in Spanish, while it was explicitly advertised as an English tour. Half of us were sitting there, wondering what he was talking about with the Spanish-speaking passengers (our translation was a short bit, and then he was back to Spanish again), and felt like we were not getting the full experience and education about the places we were visiting. I fully realize I need to improve my Spanish, but when I booked the tour, I expected to be hearing mostly English.
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The tour definitely delivers on its...
Snjezana L, Dec 2017
Full-Day Tour Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca whith trekking and More from Salta
The tour definitely delivers on its promise. It is a great value, considering the length of the drive. It is also a 'must do' if you are in Salta region. The scenery is absolutely breath taking. The guide was informative and spoke good English. I really admired the drivers patience to navigate the roads. I wish we had more time in Purmamarca to enjoy it's beauty we had 2 hours of which 1 hour was spent on lunch in a local restaurant. I would recommend staying overnight if you are not pressed for time.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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