Trekking from Iruya to Nazareno - Salta

Trekking from Iruya to Nazareno - Salta

One of the most wonderful trekking routes in the northwest region of Argentina

Start Date :
End Date:
Initial time :
alarm7 am
End Time:
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Meeting Point:
Iruya - previous day
End Point:
La Quiaca, Jujuy
65 km
5 days + 1 night
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Quebradas, cerros y Colla rivers - One of the 10 most important trekkings in Argentina #top10treksofargentina

As hundreds of years ago, as the Incas did, we will try to unite these small villages of Colla origin, which are capriciously nestled in ravines and hills. The task is not easy, but the contrast between the blue sky and the rainbow the colors of the imposing mountains fill our senses, they invite us to continue, step by step, through those narrow paths, through those deep ravines, wading through those torrential rivers.
At sunset, in the heights, share some mates with some other old settler, listening carefully to his story, enjoying its warmth but without losing sight of those high peaks that watch over us, with that blanket of clouds that shelters them when the evening approaches.

Next dates (2022):
  • June 27th
  • August 22nd
  • September 25th



What we present here is the planned route for the crossing, but the exact route, the duration of each stage of the march and the choice of alternative itineraries are subject to different factors such as weather conditions and group evaluation by the guide.

Day 1: This day you have to be in the town of Iruya to spend the night there, to have the meeting with the guides and be ready to start the next day. After noon. We advise you on how to travel to Iruya.

NOTE: Ask for the week prior to this date, that we will be doing the other great Calilegua-Tilcara trek; possibility of joining the two routes.

Day 2 Iruya-Chiyayoc: With the first rays of light, breakfast, armed with loads and, with backpacks on our shoulders, we went for a walk on our first day. Gentle and short descent to the Iruya river ravine. From here a steep climb awaits us to the pass of San Juan (from where the view is incomparable). After a light lunch, we went down to the ravine to face our last ascent: to Chiyayoc, a small town scattered on the side of a large hill, along a small valley, at 3000 meters above sea level. Intense day of 9 hours of walking. Night in beds.

  • Initial Height: 2700 masl
  • Final height: 3160 masl
  • Duration of activity approx: 9 hours
  • Distance: 23km

Day 3 Chiyayoc-Rodeo Colorado: We have breakfast with the warmth of the first rays of the sun, we set off heading north. We start a slow and continuous ascent, until the "open" from where we descend by a "multicolor" path to another small town: Rodío. Lunch at La Loma. In the afternoon we continue to Rodeo Colorado at 2,950 meters above sea level. Overnight in cabins.

  • Initial Height: 3160 masl
  • Final height: 2950 masl
  • Duration of activity approx: 7 hours
  • Distance: 20km

Day 4 Rodeo Colorado-Molinos: Free morning to explore the town. We can wake up with the school bells. A day of ups and downs, stalls with residents who greet us as we pass, rushing streams and huge stone walls. Our day culminates in another small town, Comunidad de Molinos. Capriciously founded on a ridge with a beautiful view of the Nazareno River valley. Long day of 8 hours of walking. Night with sleeping bag in room.

  • Initial Height: 2950 masl
  • Final height: 3200 masl
  • Duration of activity approx: 8 hours
  • Distance: 15km

Day 5 Molinos-Nazareno: We wake up early, have a light breakfast, prepare the equipment and assemble the loads. The trail winds and descends into a huge valley, then begins many river crossings. In the afternoon, we arrive at the end of our journey, at the picturesque town of Nazareno (3000 masl). After settling in a simple shelter in the community, we went out to explore the town and look for a place to have a tasty meal of homemade food. Extensive day of more than 8 hours of walking. night in bed

  • Initial Height: 3200 masl
  • Final altitude: 3060 masl
  • Duration of activity approx: 8 hours
  • Distance: 22 km

Day 6 Nazareno-La Quiaca: Very early in the morning, our charter transport picks us up and takes us to La Quiaca. There are 100 kilometers of film, steps at 5000 meters high, winding roads, llamas and vicuñas everywhere... At approximately 9 am we arrive at La Quiaca. End of our journey. Here you can hire a bus service that takes you to Jujuy or Salta, which depart permanently.

speaker_notesIncluded Services:

  • Transfer from Nazareno to La Quiaca.
  • Full board in the mountains (from lunch on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 5)
  • One night accommodation in a simple hostel in Nazareno.
  • nights of accommodation in houses of local people with beds and one with a sleeping bag.
  • Portage with mules-donkeys of the general team (tents, food, kitchen equipment, etc.) and individual (up to 5 kg. Per person).
  • Guided and permanent coordination throughout the journey.
  • General camping logistics (pots, heaters, security elements, orientation)
  • Personal tableware
  • Communication for emergencies with satellite phone
  • Permanent advice and assistance.

speaker_notes_offServices NOT included:

  • Travel to Salta and Iruya
  • Transfer back from La Quiaca
  • Accommodation in Iruya the night before.
  • Meals in cities and towns (Salta, Iruya, Nazareno)
  • Drinks
  • Expenses caused by eventual abandonment of the program
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