LLULLAILLACO VOLCANO BASE CAMP IN SALTA

LLULLAILLACO VOLCANO BASE CAMP IN SALTA

Ideal for adventurous travelers who want to live a unique experience in a special off the beaten track place, directly benefiting the local community. 


The Llullaillaco Volcano -with 6,739 masl- is the highest in the province of Salta and the second highest active volcano in the world after the Ojos del Salado, on the border between Argentina and Chile. 

Considered the Incas’ sacred volcano and the highest sanctuary of its empire, its fame grew even more after the Children of Llullaillaco were discovered: three mummified children were found in March 1999 close to the summit. They were perfectly preserved by cold and next to more than 150 objects that made up their funeral trousseau, consisting of miniature human and animal figures, utensils and food. Today they are exhibited at the Museum of High Mountain Archaeology (MAAM) in Salta and the ceremonial complex of Llullaillaco was declared a World Heritage Site. 

There are many reasons why mountaineers from all over the world venture to ascend to the summit of this Sacred Volcano. Being so, now we can find at its base the first Tourist Camp in the Argentine puna.

The Llullaillaco Base Camp project was created with the purpose of promoting the sustainable development of the local communities connected with active tourism in the region. Together with Tolar Grande community leaders, the “Puna Vision Foundation” was born with the aim of training local young people to continue the development of this activity in the area, being the ones who will welcome and assist guests at the camp.

Regarding the campsite amenities, it is prepared to provide quality personalized service and comfort for 24 people at the same time. For safety, there’s permanent connection to a base in Salta via satellite phone, allowing 24/7 communication regarding information about expeditions, weather conditions and efficiently coordinate potential evacuations. The service is also available for visitors to contact their families. 

Meals are carefully prepared in the kitchen tent, fully equipped to provide fresh food, complying with hygiene and safety standards. The in-camp chef offers a wide menu including red and white meat, pizza and pasta, cakes, fresh fruits and cereals among other options. All meals are served at the dining dome. 

There are 1200 liter drinking water supply for guests and solar energy provides power with low environmental impact, available to charge small electronic devices. There is also a toilet (with no showers) to avoid travelers’ impact in the area. 

The camp is located at 4500 masl, which is ideal for mountaineers’ good acclimatization willing to climb the volcano, as well as for those adventure travelers in 4×4 vehicles, motorbikes or MTB travelers passing by the area. 

Using it as a base also enables new trekking possibilities. Just to mention a couple of them, a 6 hour hike to Tambo -an Inca ruin at the foot of the volcano- which starts at 5000 meters and ascends to 5300 meters. And a one hour night walk ascending to the viewpoint in front of the camp to contemplate the starry sky (which may also be done during the day to get a completely different view).

Please, ask your executive about the Kallpa programs already available to get to know the Puna through different activities, visiting and staying at the camp from November to March. An unmissable experience for every adventurer!


Rafting in Salta

Just two hours away from the city, enjoy an unforgettable full-day adventure that combines an outdoor activity in full contact with nature and the adrenaline rush of sailing the rapids of the famous Juramento River. An aquatic adventure crossing a prehistoric canyon where fossil and geological tracks are in plain sight.


Only 100 km from Salta ́s capital city, the Juramento River canyon shows a rugged landscape, surrounded by geological formations, fossils and dinosaur tracks. A fun way to get to know it is to descend its twelve class II and III rapids by raft. 

The aquatic adventure begins at 10:30 in the morning at the operational base, with an instructional rafting and safety course. The equipment is delivered and the descent through the rapids of the Juramento River begins.

There are ten class III rapids, plus five class II ones, framed by the imposing landscape of the Canyon: a giant open pit between the mountains. 65 million years ago its walls were huge beaches inhabited by prehistoric animals. 

The descent ends 12 km later at the Los Lapachos area. The return to the base its a 20 minute ride. Afterwards, it is possible to stay for a barbecue.

The experience has an intermediate difficulty rating, with an approximate duration of 2 hours. Includes suitable raft guide.


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Rafting starts every day at 10:30 am (with prior reservation).
  • Difficulty: intermediate
  • Duration: 2 hs
  • Includes: Raft guide. Safety kayak and necessary equipment (helmets, paddles, lifeguards, wetsuits, neoprene boots, jacket and waterproof pants).
  • Optional: Barbecue at the end of the rafting descent. Transportation from the Salta Rafting office to the Juramento River, departure 08:30 hs.
  • Bring a bathing suit, towel, repellent and sunscreen.
  • During rafting, high quality photographs are taken. Optional purchase.

LUXURY GETAWAY IN THE DELTA

Leave Buenos Aires for a couple of days to relax and enjoy nature. Only 45 minutes north of the city and a boat ride after, recruit yourself in a bungalow surrounded by lush vegetation, be delighted with an all-inclusive gourmet proposal and benefit from a laid-back schedule hiking on the island, kayaking or swimming.


La Becasina Delta Lodge is an exclusive hotel located on the Tigre river delta. The complex consists of a main lodge, pool and outdoor bar, living areas, and guest cabins connected by catwalks. It was specially designed for rest and privacy, and feels like a remote sophisticated treehouse. It’s all about leisure and luxury here, ideal for couples.

There are 15 individual wooden bungalows; elevated, surrounded by water and hidden among the lush vegetation. They all have a private deck overlooking the water and chaises lounges to rest. The bungalows are simple but luxurious; with white patinated walls, cane furniture and paintings that reflect the harmony of the place and converge with each other to ensure maximum well-being.

Bathrooms are constructed with quebracho wood, with an oversized bathtub and a shower box also. Large windows offer reading light and a king-sized bed topped with elegant linens provides the best rest. Theres no TV and all bungalows have central heating and air conditioning to ensure greater comfort according to the different temperatures of the year.

The lodge operates according to an all-inclusive structure that provides meals and a twice–daily open bar. Before lunch and dinner, guests are welcome to the indoor or outdoor bar for happy hour and hors d’oeuvres. The varied cocktails prepared by an expert bartender are perfect to enjoy the sunset.

Lunch is usually served outdoors and dinner is in the more formal dining room. The daily menu for each meal includes an entree, a main course, dessert, drinks (mineral water, wine and soda) and tea or coffee. 

If the stillness is too much for you, there’s a varied program of activities perfect for nature lovers and to explore the island: pedal boats are a great and easy option to go through the streams, swimming, fishing or simply enjoying the natural surroundings. Kayaks will allow you to explore the Delta area and you may hire an instructor to join you if you don’t have previous experience. There are also several open hiking paths into the interior of the island. 

If you visit Buenos Aires, this lodge is perfect to rest and relax for a couple of days after the agitated life of the city. This will certainly be one of the most relaxing weekends of your life!


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Min. 2 nights stay.
  • Rates include: Open bar of non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day. / Happy hour with free drinks and hors d’oeuvres before each lunch and dinner. / Buffet breakfast. Daily menu for lunch and dinner. / Wine in the main meals. / Internet service. / Use of all sports and entertainment facilities (pedal boats, kayaks, swimming pool, guided walks on the island). / IN / OUT River Transportation to the Hotel.
  • Not included: Telephone use. / Room service (available for breakfast only). / Tips. / Snacks. / Guides or instructors for any activity. / Massage service. / Alcoholic beverages outside the hours of Happy Hour, lunch and dinner.

FULL PATAGONIAN EXPERIENCE

A natural reserve that combines comfort, hospitality and domes in the middle of the forest.


Huemules Mountain Reserve is located on the Rivadavia Mountain Range, 22 km from Esquel, Chubut province. 6100 hectares of natural reserve, next to Los Alerces National Park, with snowy mountain summits, streams and forests of original species. 

This project aims not only to offer accommodation, but a full experience to embrace Patagonian nature like nowhere else; including local cuisine, the kindest service, as well as a variety of adventurous activities, four daily meals and a daily guided tour.

At Huemules you will stay at a private dome with great panoramic view, amenities and services that provide the utmost comfort while maintaining that special feeling of living in nature. In total, there are 10 double and triple domes of 28m2 each, with private bathroom, hot water, electricity, wood stove, deck and private balcony. 

Between November and April, Huemules provides recreational outdoor half or full day activities to enjoy the reserve’s natural environment and landscapes. Horseback riding, trekking and mountain biking circuits with different levels of difficulty, altitudes and breathtaking scenery just in the company of the Patagonian immensity. 

For this summer, there will be six daytime trekking paths, and a special night time one, when there’s a full moon. Hiking through forests, valleys and creeks while enjoying mountain views and learning about local flora and fauna is a great way to get to know the Patagonia.

As for horseback riding, there will be three circuits, one of each level of difficulty. Vidal and El Cruce are also two of the trekking paths, so this is an option for a more relaxed journey through the reserve’s surroundings. 

For more adventurous people, mountain biking is your choice! Three half day circuits and one full day, all of them offer a thrilling experience up and down slopes, zigzagging across the woods. Adrenaline rush guaranteed going downhill traversing the lenga forest on Downhill Norte circuit. 

Gastronomy is a very important part of this experience. Meals are included with your stay, so be prepared to enjoy Patagonian flavors all the way.

To start the day, a typical buffet breakfast with hot infusions and freshly squeezed seasonal fruits juices. Also, a selection of eggs a la carte and croissants, freshly baked breads and homemade marmalades in addition to cereals, yoghurts and an assortment of regional fruits.

Lunch at Huemules is an invitation to learn and enjoy typical Patagonian cooking techniques where fire is the main character. Cordero a la cruz (upright charcoal grilled lamb) and a typical Argentinian barbecue all served with grilled seasonal vegetables and salads prepared with herbs are just an example of what they offer to renew energies for the next mountain adventure.

Upon arrival from the tours, in the warm atmosphere of the restaurant, hot infusions, delicious pastries, chocolate and fruits will be served while waiting for the sunset.

For dinner, the finest local dishes, regional products, Patagonian beef, lamb, trout and game meats prepared according to traditional recipes, paired with the best Patagonian wines and beers.

Delight yourself with great meals, fun activities and an enchanting environment where snowy mountains, forests and streams provide the perfect atmosphere for relaxation. 


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Included in the rate: Accommodation in the dome – Four daily meals – A daily tour – Natural water.
  • Not included: Soft and alcoholic drinks – Additional tours – Transfers.
  • Huemules will open in November 2019. Summer season will be extended until Easter Sunday 2020.