Tours and Activities:
Salinas GrandesMarcelo SolaJorge González
We visited Salinas Grandes, one of the greatest depressions in the province with an exposed surface of over 12,000 hectares of salt, 126km from Purmamarca. Its infinite vastness dazzles visitors with its white color.
In order to reach this solitary area, visitors must travel 60 kilometers along National Route 9 up to the crossroad with the road leading to Purmamarca. Once there, they must take National Route 52 and travel 126km more along the Lipán Slope up to Abra de Potrerillo, where the salt flats are located.
During the journey, we saw picturesque hamlets such as Yala, León, Volcán, Tumbaya and Purmamarca. At Yala, the mountain sceneries feature beautiful panoramic sights. This summer village offers visitors the possibility to camp and enjoy its six main lagoons and the large laurel and walnut tree groves.
We were gaining height as we followed a road through hamlets such as Quisquira, Patacal and La Ciénaga until we reached the winding Lipán Slope. The meandering road spirals up the Lipán Slope until it reaches 4,140 m.a.s.l., where the crystal-clear sky gets mingled with the frost and the grasslands.
Bush species such as tola and cacti such as cardon grow at the entrance of the Puna.