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Maureen S
Darwin, Australia752 contributions
We were fortunate that we were travelling in March so not as much traffic then. The journey from Purmamarca up the very winding road was breathtaking, loved the coloured mountains and the changing landscape. The Saltpans were enormous and so vividly white. Unfortunately, we only had a short time there and mainly stopped for photos and the toilet where you had to line up and pay. We were told to be very careful with the glare and had to wear sunglasses and a hat
Written April 25, 2020
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Germany8 contributions
Although the Salinas were impressive on their own, getting there proved much more fun than anything else. The landscape changes very quickly and delivers breathtaking views under nice weather. If you appreciate walking for a while in the middle of nowhere this is highly recommended if not you can still take a few funny pictures and keep driving!
Written March 23, 2020
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Federica T
Salta, Argentina8 contributions
It took some time to drive to Salinas Grandes from Jujuy, but it is totally worth. The landscape, also along the road, is spectacular! Just expect to drive slowly because of traffic and also altitude. There are little villages along the road, with local food, nice options to stop. July is a busy month, just be prepared.
Written February 12, 2020
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Buenos Aires, Argentina236 contributions
This is a MUST. Even better if it's rained and the floor is like a mirror. But I've read several reviews recomending insane hours trips from Salta, mostly from travel agencies (of course). Don't waste your time. Best way to go to Salinas is from Purmamarca, for many maaaany reasons. First, Purmamarca is one of the most beautiful towns in Quebrada de Humahuaca. Second, the route to Salinas by Cuesta del Lipan is astonishing. Third, is in way better condition than the route you have to take from Salta.
Fourth, you will save time and money. Even if you are in Salta, a bus to Purmamarca is $120 and three hours long aprox. And just one block away the bus station you have cars and vans that take you to Salinas for $150. I've seen insane tours from Salta over $700 and 14 hs long. It's a waste not only of money, but TIME which is, when you travel, the most valuable thing. And you won't regret getting around Purmamarca or anywhere in Jujuy either, so have this in mind as you plan your journey. Hope you find this helpful!
Written September 16, 2015
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United Kingdom55 contributions
Salinas Grandes (Salt Desert) is an amazing location and a must see location if you visit northern Argentina. If you're visiting this attraction as a day trip from Salta (as most people do), then here's some advice on taking a tour VS independent travel.

Independent Travel:
You need to take a bus from Salta's central bus station to San Salvador de Jujuy. It costs 165 AR$ one way. I'd recommend taking the 07:00 or 08:15 bus (it's going to be a long day). They fill up quick too, so it's best to book the day before. It takes 2 - 2.5 hours to reach S.S Jujuy. From here, you take another bus to Permamarca (Perm-a-mark-a). It costs 67 AR$ one way and takes about 1 hour. Permamarca is an attraction in itself. A beautiful little town, surrounded by hills and mountains, including the famous Hill of 7 colours. There is no public transport after here so the only way to continue the 65km / 45 miles to Salinas Grandes, is by shared taxi. As soon as you enter Permamarca, you'll see drivers saying "Salinas, Salinas" with Salinas Grandes signs on their windscreens. It cost 250 AR$ (return journey) per person and they leave when they have 4 people. You return to Salta exactly the same way as your outbound journey. A tip is, if you take the small Express bus from Permamarca to S.S Jujuy, it drops you off downtown, not at the bus station. So you have to take a local bus for 8 AR$ to the bus terminal (about 8km /5 miles away). Total cost for return journey 714 AR$.

Tours from Salta to Salinas Grandes begin at around 650 AR$. That's actually cheaper than independent travel by 64 AR$ and saves you a lot of hassle. This makes sense if you only want to see Salinas Grandes. But the basic tour won't include a visit to Permamarca and the Hill of 7 colours. So if you're only interested in seeing Salinas Grandes, take the tour. Note that 650 AR$ is the average price for the basic tour. Other (more expensive) tours include extras such as visits to Permamaca or the Railway in the Clouds. So find out exactly what you're getting and make a decision using the base costs i've listed above.
Written December 15, 2016
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Portland, OR641 contributions
We had a lot of trouble figuring out the best way to go to Salinas Grandes from Purmamarca on our trip in December 2018 (note: you can also go from the south, up from Salta, on more twisty roads though perhaps with a more dramatic entry point, but this review is about coming from the east on Route 9 starting at Purmamarca). We had three days in the NW region with a rental car, and we wanted to show up at Salinas Grandes at sunset to experience the amazing light. On the first day, we flew into Salta, rented a car and headed north on Route 9 to Tilcara (noting but not stopping in Humahuaca) where we checked into our hotel, walked around the town and had a lovely dinner (see other reviews). On the second day, we headed north on Route 9 stopping in the lovely Uquia (30 minutes) and then heading into Humahuaca to walk around, see the main sites and eat a late lunch. As Humahuaca has a modern gas station (as does Tilcara), we filled up, and headed back down Route 9 to Purmamarca which DOES NOT have a gas station. We grabbed some water and snacks from a local bodega and headed out toward Salinas Grandes (very well marked) at 4pm. This was knowing that sunset at the time was 8:11pm that evening. The road is very modern, well signed, with lots of curves but at modern grades. Between safety and wanting to take in the constant flow of awe-inspiring views, one must take their time. This is the main road between Argentina and Chile and you share the road with the numerous commercial longbed commercial truck rigs that make the trip regularly usually hauling cars. They are big but courteous. You will want to stop briefly at the top of the pass to snap a photo and congratulate yourself on having reached 14,000 feet (we had no altitude sickness but recognize others are not so fortunate). Then the curves work their way downhill, with llamas grazing and flocks of sheep being herded across the road, and you arrive in the high valley of Salinas Grandes. There were some scattered showers here and there on the way up and over, but when we reached the high plains these became distant thunderstorms with dramatic lightening strikes and quickly changing colors. We arrived at the "visitor station" area in 90 minutes, at 5:30. The locals have booths of stone carving crafts that they sell to visitors to help eeek out a livinig in this otherwise desolate place. As others have said, PLEASE throw a few dollars out and purchase some. There are virtually no amenities here except the vendors. You can drive you car out onto the salt flats but to us that seemed out of touch with the landscape. GOING AT ALMOST SUNSET was absolutely the right decision!!! After 30 minutes, we got in the car and headed back, hoping to get back to Route 9 before dark. There was quite a bit of fog heading west (beware, this can happen) so the return was a bit slower. We pulled into Purmamarca at 7:15. After walking around the town square and the few shops that were still open for maybe 30 minutes, we headed back to Tilcara for the night. Our third day was devoted to visiting Punta Tilcara and a leisurely drive back to Salta where we had plenty of time to walk to town and have a leisurely dinner. From there we went to Cafayatte (see other reviews). But goinig to Salinas Grandes is still one of the most powerful memories of our time in NW Argentina and we hope it will be for you too.
Written August 6, 2018
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Overview: We stayed in Salta and visited Salinas Grandes as part of a wider day trip incl. Purmamarca and Humahuaca. I will briefly explain how to get there and what does the tour contain.

How to get there: On the way from Salta or Jujuy (Ruta 9), take the exit at Purmamarca (Ruta 52) and continue on that road. It will not take much more than 1 hour to get there as the roads are in fairly good shape. Bear in mind you'll be driving up to a 4,170m pass (this road ultimately leads to Chile), so a stop in Purmamarca is recommended to get used to the altitude. Once you start descending from the peak, you'll start to see the great salt lake. There will be a small tourist info booth as well as some handcrafted merchandise on the left hand side. Stop there and sign up for your tour.

Price: 200ARS/car (Feb 2017)

Duration: 30-60mins (depending on the number of photos you wish to take)

Written February 25, 2017
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Buenos Aires, Argentina3 contributions
Las Salinas Grandes is amazing. I traveled to Purmamarca by myself -- to get to Las Salinas Grandes, there are remises (private cars) that pick up passengers just off the main square in town. If you go in the morning, you'll find drivers looking to take people. My driver's name was Ignacio -- he hands out cards with his business name "San Ignacio" - telephone is 0388 154793681 -- he is far from a saint -- DO NOT GO WITH HIM.

I was with him all day and tipped him well. After the 4 hour trip to Las Salinas, I agreed to let him drive me from Purmamarca to JuJuy (1 hour). After putting my bags in his car leaving my hotel, I went to use the bathroom and left my coat on the front seat of his car. While I was in the bathroom, he took advantage to search my pockets and stole my camera. DO NOT USE HIS SERVICE -- I've been in Argentina 6 months and all my pictures that I never downloaded from various trips are gone. My bad for not downloading the photos:(
Written July 18, 2013
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Miami, FL133 contributions
Salinas Grandes the White Dessert of Argentina • An extensive Salt Dessert in the northern region of Argentina, 126 kilometers from Purmamarca and 190 kilometers from San Salvador de Jujuy in the limit between the provinces of Salta and Jujuy with a total extension of 212 square kilometers.

The Salinas are located close to the areas of La Poma (Salta) and Tumbaya (Jujuy). Separated from the Quebrada de Humahuaca ” Humahuaca’s Gorge “. by Sierra Chañi “Chañis Slope”.

Considered to be the third Salt Dessert in the world in extension, after the Uyuni (Bolivia) and Salar de Arizaro (Salta, Argentina).

The local Salt Artisans spend their say working and crafting their creations out of the blocks of Salt. They go through extreme temperature, and weather conditions, reason why you will see they are all covered in dark close that cover their whole body, face and head. Take a little souvenir to help them secure their everyday food on the table.

I was always very interested on visiting the Salinas Grandes… and to be honest they came to me by surprise while doing a (02 Days / 01 Night ) tour of Purmamarca and Quebrada de Humauaca, departing from Salta and ending in Jujuy to catch my flight back to Buenos Aires.
Written August 22, 2010
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San Francisco, CA13 contributions
I unfortunately couldn't rent a car during my trip (sadly do not know how to drive manual, only automatic) so was forced to do a group tour of this area. Well... I'm sure it is fabulous, but I really wouldn't know based on my tour. It was by far the worst tour I've ever been on. I actually don't go on many guided tours, opting to go on my own and at my own pace. This would have been great on my own ,but the tour was horrible. It was a 13 hour drive round trip to Salta. The driver only spoke spanish (was supposed to be bilingual) but much worse, he never stopped! We only had on break in the middle of nowhere for TWO hours. The reason for our stop - it was the drivers girl friends town. So we milled about for two hours with nothing to see or do. Got back into the mini van and kept driving... and driving, and driving. At one point, the people in the car were taking pictures at a frantic pace out to a what looked like a distant pond. We didn't stop. about 20 minutes passes and he says, for once in english looking directly at me "hope you got your photo, that was the salt flat". Seriously. We drove by it, no stopping. What a joke of a tour. Upon our return, we drive by the hills of the seven colors at night. Couldn't see a thing. What a shame.
can't even name the tour company as they just pile in a bunch of people from different sources into the same tour. I booked with Destino Exotico. Others booked with other companies.
Written May 5, 2014
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