Do a road trip to the North Loop to Salinas Grandes:
So if you weren’t convinced about renting a car yet, now you should. Because you do not want to miss the surrounding of Salta. We left around 8am/9am in the morning
The drive to Salinas Grandes gets beautiful once you pass Jujuy before that it’s pretty much a highway.
At the intersection where on your left you go to Pumamarca, drive a little further to Tilcara. The road is very pretty! And fill up your Gas tank on the way 😉
Drive then straight to Salinas Grandes from Tilcara. There you have plenty of parking area choices where you can stop. In each, locals are waiting for you to offer to take you to the Salt pool. Or else, you can walk to the Lake and take as many pictures as you want!
We had the yummiest lunch after our time in Salinas Grandes! Do not miss it and stop at the small (and only) restaurant called La Pekana on your way back (It will be on your left). There try his empanadas, tamales & humitas. Believe me, between the amazing view & the taste of the food you will not regret stopping here?
Then stop at Abra de Lipan Viewpoint
And finally, stop at Pumamarca. It is a very lovely – yet super touristic – town. Super crowded in the morning with Touristic buses, if you go in the afternoon around 3 pm, the town is way quieter.
When driving, don’t forget your lights! And note that there is a couple of police checkpoint on the way. We were only asked where we were going, nothing else.
Fill up your tank before leaving Salta! If you forgot, there is another petrol station right after the tiny town of Cobos. Then of course in Jujuy. There is no petrol Station in Pumamarca! If you need to fill up your tank you have to go to Tilcara. It’s quite a long way from Pumamarca to Salinas Grandes & back. Make sure you have plenty of gas to come back 🙂
Where we stayed.
For Salta, we took an Airbnb 🙂
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