Self Drives with Smartphone Navigation

Grow your Self Drives business: smartphone navigation for travellers.


Self drives are booming. Starting as a niche product a few years ago, this sort of trips have been gaining market year after year. Kallpa has been a pioneer in aiding drivers delivering a pre-programed GPS with specific routes. Now, we are proud to announce our new development for Self Drives.

From May 2018 onward, travelers will be able to enjoy their driving experience navigating with their own Smartphones as well. As usual, with precise locations: starting at travellers´ departure hotel, going through the best scenic routes and ending at their booked destination. Day by day itinerary and navigation with Google Maps application.

This has the big benefit of not requiring a GPS device. Travellers can start their trip at any location. We provide them with a web link to a landing page with the travellers´ specific day by day itinerary, and also a PDF file for them to download to their smartphones. Each route can be navigated using Google Maps application or web page. It only requires internet connection before starting the journey. Then , it can be navigated all day long without an internet connection. Maps can also be downloaded to be available offline.

There may also be alternative routes for the travellers to choose if, for instance, they  have a tight schedule and prefer the fastest route, or if they have more time to enjoy the best scenic routes. With this technology we can also develop special routes through secret places, and even make prior arrangements and amenities to further exceed traveller’s expectations.

All self drives bookings for 2018 will include access to Smartphone Navigation with no extra costs. We are confident that with this technology you will be able to further differentiate from your competitors adding value to travellers experience.

 

 

 


 

Andean Experiences Self Drive Discovery

Visit the most emblematic sights in the North of Argentina on this journey through valleys, hills, rivers and gorges where tradition, culture, regional cuisine and relax await.


Get to know the northern culture taking part everyday in different and unique experiences of your choice where local people open their doors to share their hospitality and lifestyle. A cultural exchange where each person you meet will teach you and let you take a part of their daily activity.
On the way, stay and rest in charming boutique hotels specially selected for this trip. With typical Andean architecture and details, these hotels are built with regional materials and combine avant-garde design with woven items, craftsmanship and paintings by local artists.

Castellanos

Day one will take you on the first drive of the trip from Salta City to Castellanos, a town 15 km away, nearby Villa San Lorenzo. This is one of the most exclusive areas of Salta, surrounded by lush vegetation and majestic mountains.
Once in Castellanos, the choice of activity for the day will be between a visit to a local woman’s home to learn and participate in the artisanal making of homemade regional specialties such as quesillo salteño, tamales and humitas; or meeting the students of a local country school to learn about their agricultural activities.
In the evening you may relax at the enchanting Hotel Amalinas.

After a 3 to 4 hours drive from Castellanos, the next morning will bring you to San Antonio de los Cobres. This is a typical town in the Puna and the second highest urban center in Argentina. Its plateau is over 3000 meters above sea level and is an enchanting place for its unique characteristics: the aridity of the soil, the salt flats, the high peaks of strong colors due to the rich variety of minerals and its flora and fauna which can survive under such extreme weather conditions.
One of the experience options to select here is a walk with llamas, where a shepherd will tell you everything about this ancestral camelid -once a working tool for the salteños ancestors-  and you will be able to pick your own llama to join you for a walk around town, recreating the former local custom when these animals were used to transport merchandise up on these heights.

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Or you may want to visit Turu Maky (which means mud hands in quechua language) a ceramic workshop where you will see the complete artisanal process of the clay with ancestral techniques and also you will be able to do a piece on your own to take back home with you.
The night will be spent at Hotel de las Nubes.

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The third day of this cultural adventure takes place approximately 160 km away from San Antonio. Purmamarca is located  in the province of Jujuy, in the Quebrada de Humahuaca gorge, declared World Heritage site by UNESCO. Purmamarca is an originally pre-Hispanic village from the early XVII century, located 65 km away from the capital city of Jujuy. Its name means Pueblo de la Tierra Virgen (Virgin Land Town) in aimará language. The main attraction here is the Cerro de los Siete Colores (Seven Colors Hill), which gives an impressive and colorful contrast to the town. The buildings are made of adobe and roofs of cardón and mud, all of them constructed around the main church from 1648 -Santa Rosa de Lima- nowadays a National Monument. At the main square you will find the handicraft market where it is possible to get regional items such as ceramic pots, woven carpets and blankets, ponchos, musical instruments and typical garments of the region.

La Comarca
Here you will be able to take an easy walk down Los Colorados. It is advisable to do it early in the morning, when the light is better and the temperature is cooler. The path is winding and flat and goes behind the famous Cerro de los Siete Colores. The hike offers perfect views of the red mountains. You will discover many shades of red on them and different mineral layers as well. The rustic rocky formations are the result of many years of erosion and sediment stack.
At the end of this active day you will find relax at Hotel La Comarca.

Woman on the trek around the Hill of Seven Colours (Cerro de los Siete Colores), Quebrada de Purmamarca, Jujuy Province, North Argentina

Already on the second half of the journey, the next day you will drive to Iruya where you will stay two nights. A location known for its geographic beauty and fantasy-like town with stone streets that go up and down, in Iruya the aboriginal culture mixes with the Hispanic. The name of the town has many meanings, but the most common one comes from the quechua or aymará languages from the word iruyoc, which means: iru -hay- and yoc -abundance-, so: abundante paja, which means many hay.
Today you may take a walk to San Isidro town, which is almost 8 km away from Iruya and would take you between 2.5 or 3 hs. San Isidro is another high-up village -located literally on a rock- that seems frozen in time with stone and adobe houses. The path to trek is by the riverbed of Iruya until the union of rivers San Isidro and La Cueva. The hike is interesting because of the colors of the mountains and the chances of seeing local inhabitants with their donkeys and also guanacos, llamas and condors in the wild.

Iruya Landscape

The next day you may relax at the hotel but also enjoy the daily experience. You will visit a local lady’s home for a regional cooking class. She will teach you how to cook empanadas salteñas -recipe secrets and all- and you may collaborate too. After the lesson, you will taste the delicious meal prepared by you.
On this location you will rest at the delightful Hotel Iruya.

Day 6 will take you back to Castellanos along the Quebrada de Humahuaca gorge, driving from 5 to 6 hours. On the way we recommend a stop at Maimará to admire the Paletas del Pintor (Paintor´s Palettes) which are magnificent geographic accidents and its many colors are better appreciated with the afternoon light.
You will spend the night again at Hotel Amalinas, where you will enjoy the facilities and relax at the gallery or garden. If the weather allows it, you may use the swimming pool too.

Amalinas Hotel

After a good night sleep and a week full of cultural experiences, the journey comes to an end with a final drive to Salta Airport

Hospitality, culture and imposing landscapes merge on this peerless Andean voyage that will give you memorable experiences to tell back home. Please contact your Kallpa Account Executive for more details and rates.


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Daily experiences may vary depending on local people availability and regional festivities.
  • Program not valid for Carnival and Easter Week.
  • All experiences are provided in Spanish. English speaking assistance for the daily experiences upon request, subject to availability and with extra cost.

SERVICES INCLUDED

  • One daily experience of choice at every destination as detailed with mentioned services.
  • Pre-loaded GPS
  • Private arrival transfer from Salta airport to Car rental Office.
  • 6 nights accommodation including breakfast at mentioned Hotels.

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED

  • International/domestic flights.
  • Car rental (see rated detailed below).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Meals not detailed in the program.

OPTIONALS UPON REQUEST

  • Half-board at hotels.
  • English assistance for daily experiences upon request.

 

Self Hike and Drive Patagonia

Everything starts in El Calafate. As soon as we arrive at its modern airport a bilingual Tour Guide will be waiting for us  to take us to our hotel where we’ll leave our luggage and  then go along with us to the Car-rental Company to pick up the car we’ll be driving during our Hike and Drive Patagonia trip.


We thought it would be a wonderful idea to combine the rented car plus a GPS for the roads and a Trekking GPS for the walks we’ll be taking.

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We will be visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier and consider the possibility of taking the Minitrekking. The Minitrekking  walk is moderate and the surface of the Glacier is irregular but solid and safe. It  starts with a 20 minutes walk  along the Lake banks until we reach the Glacier. The walk on the Glacier lasts  about 2 hours to appreciate different ice forms.

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It not only draws thousands of local and foreign tourists to its wonderful show every time a breaking in the ice takes place, but the Perito Moreno Glacier is also becoming a mystery to the scientists that can´t understand its behaviour.

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On the third day we went to El Chalten, also known as the National Capital of Trekking. On the way to El Chalten we suggest to stop at La Leona Petrified forest where you will be able to do a trek to the Petrified Forest, where large petrified tree trunks from 0,5 to 1,2 meters in diameter and  fragments of dinosaur bones can be admired. This excursion is not included in the price of the program but you can ask for it to your Kallpa Account Executive. A fair physical condition is required due to the fact that the site is abundant of steep hillsides, broken terrain and loose soil. Wind and water erosion is significant here and allows encountering new surprises every visit.

SAM_7055Upon arrival to El Chalten we will have the introductory talk given by The National Park guard. In El Chalten we will spend four days visiting beautiful mountain trails´ landscapes, watching cascades, waterfalls, glaciers and taking different walks, for instance, on the second day we walked to the Laguna Torre where we caught sight of Mount Torre and its steaming peaks caused by the clouds that usually cover them. Another choice is trekking to Laguna de los Tres that offers an excellent view of Mount Fitz Roy. On the third day we suggest walking on the ice of Viedma Glacier, the biggest one in the Glaciers National Park.

trekking-to-the-huemul-glacier-highlightOn the sixth day we visited  Lago del Desierto, located 32 km north of El Chalten. It’s A lake that links Argentina with Chile and is surrounded by beautiful forests and glaciers. We’ll be ending our trip in El Calafate where we´will spend the last night before our return.

The diversity of landscapes, the different activities and the possibility of coming and going in our rented cars and with different possibilities of trekkings available in El Chalten pre-loaded in the GPS provides travellers  a total  sense of freedom and made this trip unique in its type. For those who like to travel without being subjected to timetables this is the best option ever. That´s why we recommend the Hike and Drive programme offered by Kallpa Tour.


FACT SHEET

Prices include:

  • Services detailed in the program
  • Special fly & drive kit with road maps & tourist information.
  • Accommodation at the selected hotels or similar

Not included: 

  • Car rental, please find prices separately
  • Flights & airport taxes.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Early check-in & late check-out at the hotels if it is not mentioned.
  • Tips & personal expenses.
  • Drinks and meals except when mentioned.
  • Medical insurance

Minimun Pax Requirements: 2

 

Ibera wetlands and mocona waterfalls

Driving your car along these roads surrounded by Ibera wetlands and mocona waterfalls is a trip that will keep coming back into our minds.


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The reason for this is that the Fly & drive Iberá wetlands and Moconá Tour will get you closer to the most beautiful destinations in Argentina.

Everything starts when we arrive at our first destination Posadas, where we are given a GPS with all the roads that we should take already loaded. We begin our trip along  a route  that will take us to the San Ignacio Ruins before arriving in Puerto Valle where we’ll put up for the first three nights.

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San Ignacio Ruins are some of the best preserved ruins,among others,in a territory today known as Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. And the most visited because they are within easy reach. Built in the middle of a dense vegetation,the remains of these “Guaraní Baroque Style Construction” were discovered in 1897,although the restoration didn´t begin until 1940.

The public square was surrounded by the Church, the Cabildo(former town hall),the Cemetery,the Monastery and a bunch of houses. The magnificent Church was built by the Italian priest Juan Brasanelli,who used in the construction local red sandstone. The walls 70 meters tall and 24 meters wide are still standing after more than two centuries.

In 1984 the UNESCO declared the ruins as a “World Heritage Site”. Today the ruins hold the “Museo Jesuitico San Ignacio Miní”. After driving for over  120 kilometers we´ll get to Iberá Wetlands and stay in Puerto Valle.

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Iberá Wetlands are the second largest in South America. These “Esteros” are a mixture of swamps,bogs,stagnant lakes and lagoons. Natural wet areas(sloughs) and courses of water of fluvial origins cover an area of 15.000 to 20.000 square kilometers.

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The Natural Reserve is host to a large biodiversity,including four species of animals that have been declared “Provincial Natural Monuments”: the neotropical otter, the maned-wolf, the Pampas deer and the marsh deer. It is also home to two Argentinian species of alligator: the yacaré caiman(or black yacaré) and the broad-snouted caiman(or yacare overo), as well as the capybara(world´s largest rodent)and about 350 species of birds.

There are a lot of activities to be done in Puerto Valle, such as visiting a caymans´farm,going for a ride on a boat made of plastic bottles or going for a horseback ride or a bike ride to stay in touch with nature.

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We go on our trip driving towards El Soberbio in Oberá(Misiones Province) very close to the Moconá waterfalls. Because of its near location a visit to this place is highly recommended, besides the activities in the Lodge.

The waterfalls,10 meters in height,interrupt for about 3 kilometers the course of the Uruguay River,southwest of San Pedro county,in Misiones Province.

A peculiar characteristic about these waterfalls is that they fall perpendicularly and not transversally to the course of the waters. The canal where the water falls is a geological fault and in some places reaches the height of 170 meters. Not every season is good for visiting them. They are at their best when the volume of water is low. A curious fact: the guaraní word Moconá means: “it swallows everything”.ibera-wetlands-and-mocona-waterfalls-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



FACT SHEET

Minimun pax requirements: 1

Prices include:

  • 2 nights in Esteros del Iberá.
  • 2 nights in El Soberbio área.
  • Special fly & drive kit with road maps & tourist information.

Not included:

  • Flights & airport taxes.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Early check-in & late check-out at hotels.
  • Tips & personal expenses.
  • Drinks and meals except when mentioned.
  • Medical insurance.