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Hornocal, 14 colors mountain, trough Humahuaca´s gorge

Hornocal, 14 colors mountain, trough Humahuaca´s gorge

By Nordic Travel
per adult
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Ages 0-99, max of 27 per group
Duration: 13h
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Mobile ticket
English, Spanish

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Snacks
  • Entry/Admission - Serranias Del Hornocal
What's not included
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Gratuities
  • Pucara de Tilcara entrance tkt
  • Entry/Admission - Pucara de Tilcara
  • Entry/Admission - Las Paletas Del Pintor

Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup will be between 6:30 and 7:15 AM, and is available if you are staying in a centrally located accommodation up to 8 blocks from the 9th of July central square. Please bear in mind that in some cases, the bus might not be able to access your hotel and you will be contacted to arrange a different pickup spot. Please be ready for pickup 15 minutes before the activity starts.
  • Buenos Aires 45, A4400 Salta, Argentina Nordic Travel EVT
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 31845P15

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 27 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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About the operator
Nordic Travel
Joined in July 2015

#11 of 74 Tours & Activities in Salta
  • Andreea M
    Andreea M
    Canceled the day before when it was too late to book with another company and refused to speak to me about the alternatives they were offering. Costumer service could do with a lot of improvement.
  • Michelle P
    Michelle P
    Horrible customer service, inauthentic tour
    Leading up to the tour, Nordic travel was not very good at communicating with us about the details, but a friend had recommended them so we proceeded to book their 12-hour tour of cafayate with wine tasting. The tour said 12 hours, on one website it even said 11 hours. This was important to us because we had a flight that night and needed to be at the airport later. During the tour, we started being told we wouldn’t be back 2-3 hours late, and that there was nothing we could do about it. There didn’t really seem to be an explanation for this. 3.5 hours deep into the desert, we didn’t really have a choice but to just hope we’d be back on time. In the meantime, we tried talking to the office and they were EXTREMELY unhelpful and rude. They denied their descriptions said 11-12 hours, although I sent them screenshots of all of the listings. They basically denied everything that would make them responsible and said it was totally on us to get to the airport. They did not offer to help in any way, and were very rude in the conversation. Ultimately we made it to the airport on time. The tour guide helped us and so did the bus driver. They guide was helpful throughout the day with this problem. This company is rude, irresponsible, uncommunicative, unprofessional, lazy, and does not treat their customers with respect. I would never book with them again. This was the only group tour we did in salta, everything else we did on our own. And the tour was not unique in any way, it felt very manufactured and touristy. Not authentic. Would not recommend.
  • pirjok435
    Very bad
    Fraud! I booked a tour for 4 people, paid and received a confirmation on a wrong date. They said the tour cannot be done on the requested date and promised to return the money. It has been over 6 weeks and many messages, still no money has been returned.
  • RC_luv2trvl
    Good day trip out of Salta to Pumamarca and Salinas Grande del Noreste!
    Good full day trip out of Salta. The drive up through the mountain valley is nice and scenic but beware, you'll be driving up and up to fairly high elevation on windy roads (4,200m or 13,600+ ft). Pumamarca is a lovely small town nestled in beautiful colored mountains. Its town square plaza is full of tourist vendors selling stuff and there are some good small restaurants around. A nice nearby hike with viewpoints is available. The Salinas (salt flats) is picturesque but there can be many people out there alongside you (everyone trying to get that perfect Instagram selfie). Also, be prepared for very bright almost blinding white from the white salt (sun screen is a must). If you haven't been to salt flats before I would recommend this day trip.
  • Lmoorehead
    Don’t bother if you can’t speak Spanish
    Worst tour I’ve been on so far on my travels in South America and my first ever complaint… The information said an English guide would be provided and maximum of 15 people in the group - 95% of the tour was in Spanish and our group was approximately 30 people. By the afternoon I felt ignored and wished I hadn’t bothered getting up early for the bus. I tried to cancel another tour I had with the same company the following day and was repeatedly told no refunds because it was in 24 hours - my poor experience and false advertising of the tour didn’t seem to matter. I was asked to come into the office where a nice member of staff gave me a bottle of wine for my trouble but I’m still pretty shocked the company feels it’s acceptable to not provide any refund.
  • Berthaki
    Awesome places but poorly-informed guide
    The towns we visited were awesome, but when the tour began, we were never informed that the pucara of Tilcara was closed on Mondays so we couldn't visit this place. Anyway, the worst part of the tour was the poorly-informed guide (he said his name was Corleone), who had his own version of history. Let me cite some of his phrases: 1) "Pizarro arrived to Peru in 1535" - Actually, he arrived in 1532. 2) "The Inca has only one wife" - Actually he had one legal wife, the coya, whose sons were preferred when choosing the successor, and several concubines who came from the pallas (real family women). 3) "The Incas lived in peace when the Spanish arrived" - Actually, when Pizarro arrived, the empire was in the middle of a civil war because of the throne succession. Huascar, a coya's son, was the legal successor chosen by the his father Huayna Capac and the orejones council. However, Atahualpa, a palla's son, decided to claim the throne. 4) "The population at the Inca Empire reached 70 million people when the Spaniards arrived" - Actually, the population of the empire is estimated in 10-12 million people at that time. 5) "The Incas invented the vaccines, the anesthesia, and the antibiotics" - Actually, there's no account from chroniclers or historians about this. Coca leaves and San Pedro cactus' extract were used as anesthetic, although they have nothing to do with what we know nowadays as anesthesia. 6) "Manco Capac founded the first university in Cusco where many physicians, engineers, and astronomers studied" - Actually, the university concept was brought by the Europeans and the first university in the continent was St. Mark University founded on May 12, 1551 in Lima. 7) "Manco Capac inherited a big empire from his father" - Actually, nobody knows who was his father. According to mythology, Manco Capac and his wife Mama Ocllo emerged from Titicaca lake foam to found this new civilization, that was transformed into an empire by Pachacutec, continuing its expansion with his co-regent and successor Tupac Yupanqui in the XV century. 8) "The quipus were colorful 50cm strings used by the Incas" - Actually, quipus have several dimensions and its main feature are the knots in each string. They were not exclusive to the Incas, they were used since the first civilizations in Peruvian territory, e.g., Caral-Supe, the most ancient civilization in America. 9) Referring to European religions, "The Queen invented Anglicanism because the Vatican did not help her" - Actually, Anglicanism was founded by Henry VIII in 1534 because the Roman Pope did not want to approve his divorce from Catalina de Aragon, that he needed in order to marry Anne Boleyn. The Vatican did not exist in those times, it was founded in 1929. So those who want to take the tour, I still recommend it, but pay attention who is going to be the guide. If you want to learn about the Incas, don't go with Mr. Corleone as guide.
  • Salsa248
    Avoid this travel company at all costs!
    I booked & paid this English speaking tour about 8 days before. First heard from them the afternoon before telling me it was not possible to have English speaking guide. I refused this, then they said they could. Turns out the guide did her best, but spoke mostly in Spanish, basic in English so we learnt very little. Then the tour went on it’s own journey - to 5 craft markets. No ruins of Tilcara even though our ticket included entry. We saw the 7 colors hill from a distance and only saw the church of Uquia because we complained. Nordic Travel have ignored my messages to discuss. The trip was delayed because of extra craft markets. It took over 14 hours and was hell!
  • Marta B
    Marta B
    Dont´t miss it
    Unique place with amazing views! Long trip to get there, worth it though! On the way you can also take advantage to visit Purmamarca -my favorite place- and enjoy the way to Salinas... "Cuesta del Lipán" is a breath-taking view from the 4.150 msn. There you should walk slowly and chew some coca leaves or sweets.
  • A7473NHsimonw
    a bit disappointed
    The landscape is spectacular, no doubt about it. The tour in itself could have been better. The guide we had was excessively annoying. He seemed annoyed by his job and kept clowning around and making bad jokes instead of trying to captivate us with interesting or useful information. The group exceeded the 15 announced in the tour description but it felt manageable. But most importantly, the tour is not what's described: basically it's 1. going straight to the Salinas (5h ride with a 30min break in a crafts' market), 2. 30min on site (you need to pay 200 pesos entrance unlike what's announced), then 3. back to Pumamarca for lunch break and 4. one hour to stroll the town or climb the mountain (that's the "trekking" part: you can climb on your own if you want but there's not enough time to do it anyway). There's no complete tour of anything. You're entirely left on your own both in the Salinas and in Pumamarca, and these are the only two stops. You basically see the Hills of 7 Colors passing by, but that's it.
  • Scenic793060
    Great tour to scenic locations with Nordic.
    Nordic Tours was great. The guide was perfect with excellent English, the tour was well-planned no glitches. They also made some personal changes on the fly to accommodate some of my requests. Really attentive drives that adjust the temperature in the bus when asked. It is highly recommended. P.S. I made a point not to go with Tangol Agency and their local subsidiaries (especially Whiphalla, which treats clients really badly). My advice would be to stay away from them.
  • aijamarianna
    Very good experience!
    I was very happy with the tour and our tour guide Jeremy was brilliant! All the places that were visited during the tour were stunning and definitely worth visiting, would recommend! In addition to this, although there were only 3 people speaking English (and over 20 Spanish speakers) everything was also explained in English and we were not left out.
  • Tour30381772870
    Salt & Rocks the perfect combo
    Great day with stunning views accompanied by a well versed driver and guide! Would recommend the experience
  • Matthew K
    Matthew K
    Pleasantly surprised
    Reading the previous reviews I was a bit hesitant going on this tour but decided to give it a gamble and believe it payed off. First off the company picked me up from my hostel and was very punctual with the timing, and finding out I was the only English speaking person on the tour, the tour guide Jeremy went above and beyond to ensure I got the same information as the rest of the tour, repeating everything twice and made sure i was entertained throughout the day. You stop off at some formations and natural wonders along the way with spending a few hours in Cafayette for lunch and to walk around the town. Following this was the wine tour which was a cute little winery with a tasting of one white and one red, a little less than I was expecting but still happy with the whole day. Would recommend
  • Rita Z
    Rita Z
    Excellent, unmissable tour in Calafate
    Unmissable tour when in Calafate: Jazmin, the tour guide, and Facundo, the driver, did a fantastic jib sharing their knowledge and expertise very generously and proficiently.
  • 875annekatrines
    Don't go!
    They only get a star for the locations. 1. The tour was late. 2. The guide did not speak a word english (allthough it said the tour had a english speaking guide). 3. The park fees was not included allthough it said they did. 4. They didnt drop you off where they said they would. You're better off renting a car and do the tour yourself.
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53 reviews
Very good

HanYi L
2 contributions
It took 51/2 hrs to arrive at the Humahuaca Gorge for the colorful mountain, few stops for toilet, b'fast n not tht fasinating local villages n a transfer, BUT, BUT we were given 20-25 min at the most important scene. Worst is yet to come, the bus, the midibus, brokedown half way, we were waiting for 31/2hrs in a cafe for another bus to take us back, not hot drink offer while its night time, temp dropping. The replace bus came at 10.15pm, while everyone was so tire, trying to catch some sleep, the bus is blasting with some noisy music thru out, such an inconsideration. Reached back hotel at 1.30am, the excursion from 6.45am to 1.30am next day for tht 25min view of the so call 14 color mount. With the trust on Tripadvisor, paying for a premium, compare to directly deal with unknown operator, this is wht I got.
Written April 26, 2023
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Cardiff, UK29 contributions
Feb 2020
We took this trip in February 2020. We did read the other reviews before booking, so we did have some idea of what to expect, so perhaps this review is a little harsh, but read on.

The problem with this trip is that it's just too far from Salta - it's three hours on a bus before the first sightseeing stop in Purmamanca. Then it's 45 mins to look around the town before another drive to the Pukara de Tilcara, where there's barely enough time to get to the Pukara at the top of the hill and back before the bus departs for Humahuaca...if you're not fit, you're not going to make it up the hill and back in time. Even if you are fit, there's no enjoyment in rushing.

If you choose the Hornocal extension to this tour as we did, the bus stops at the roadside before Humahuaca and you are transferred to a 4 x4 for the trip to see the gorge - it's about 25 mins or more over very rough and very steep roads both ways. We did get 20 mins or more at the top to view Hornocal, and it is spectacular.

The return trip from Hornocal drops you in Humahuaca, where you will have barely 30 mins to get lunch (at 3.30pm-ish) and see the town before the bus departs for the four hour journey back to Salta. It's impossible. Groan!

Our guide was pleasant, but as others have noted, the PA system on the bus is dire. Add to that her very strong accent with high speed delivery and it was just about incomprehensible. The Spanish speakers on the trip seemed OK with it, and of course we should go with the flow - Argentina is a Spanish speaking country.

So, be warned. This trip will show you some spectacular scenery, but 8 hours on a bus for very little time at the sights may not be your bag. If you want to see the sights in and around Purmamanca in a leisurely fashion and give them the time they deserve then you need to stay in the area, ideally with a hire car or a driver.
Written March 4, 2020
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