Essential Salta 4WD Tour - Salta, Argentina

In the northwest sector of Argentina, the region of Salta is full of breathtaking landscapes and offers an incredible diversity of ecosystem. Guided by an English-speaking guide, your experience with Essential Salta 4WD Tour - Salta, Argentina will have you cross high altitude vineyards and taste their finest harvest, while driving down canyons and to the lunar-like Calchaqui Valley. Venture to the Altiplano and get the chance to explore its desert, lagoons, isolated villages, Andean culture, and much more!

Highlights: Cardones National Park, Cafayate, Salinas Grandes, Altiplano, Salta, Quebrada Humahuaca. Tour duration: six days/five nights. Total riding distance: 1,500 kilometers (932 miles). Depart from Salta; arrive at Salta. Average driving per day: six hours. Best season: all year, except December-January. Guests: one to four persons. Price for private group: two persons (USD$1,505/per person), three persons (USD$1,330), four persons (USD$1,040); includes 4WD vehicle rental, hotel bookings, and roadmap. Price with hired driver: two persons (USD$2,195/per person), three persons (USD$1,840), four persons (USD$1,465); includes 4WD vehicle rental, gas, hotel bookings, and lunches. Price with bilingual guide: two persons (USD$2,555/per person), three persons (USD$2,125), four persons (USD$1,720); includes 4WD vehicle rental, gas, hotel bookings, lunches and dinners. For private tours, contact us at to request your preferred tour dates. A 38% deposit required for all tours, remaining 62% of payment paid on location upon arrival at Salta. Included: 4WD vehicle rental, third party and public liability vehicle insurance, complete technical support, transport facilities, entrance fees to national parks and museums, breakfast, lunch, unlimited water, tea and coffee, private car transfers to/from Salta airport, English speaking guide, mechanic, premium hotels with twin rooms (for individual room, please contact us), Mono 500 T-shirt, and accommodation in comfortable hotels with twin rooms to share (for an extra fee you may stay in a private room). Not included: international/domestic flights, gas and meals not included in private group option, dinners are not included with hired driver option, airport tax fees, dinner, alcoholic beverages, and mandatory medical and repatriation insurance.


Upon your arrival at Salta airport, a chaffeur will pick you up and drive you to the hotel. Your guide will provide a short briefing of the tour to come, then you'll have time for a relaxing evening in Salta and a special tasting of local delicacies.The hotel offers a spacious colonial-style bedroom, in a quiet and central place downtown.

Day 2: SALTA - PUMAMARCA via Humahuaca (Distance: 215km)

Your expedition will start from Salta and then travel north to visit of small, local villages, such as Humahuaca and Tilcara. These villages will provide a unique glimpse into the lives of local indigenous peoples and their traditions. Drive to Pumamarca to admire this colorful local town, and the famous seven`color hills.

Day 3: PUMAMARCA - San Antonio de los Cobres via Susques (Distance: 290km)

Head west towards the exciting "Cuesta de Lipan" and its perfectly asphalted 99 curves. Arriving at the top, you will experience a sensational panorama, including a snow cap summit in the far distance. On the other side, a unique experience is waiting for you: driving "Las Salinas Grandes," a great salt lake desert measured against the horizon line. Continue to the highlands along the Dakar Rally tracks with its dusty and sandy trails beisde the Chilean border. Spend the night in San Antonio de los Cobres, a mining town 3,800m high, a subtle reminder of how remote this place truly is. Receive a warm welcome and stay at a comfortable hostel in town.

Day 4: San Antonio de las Cobres - Cachi (Distance: 150 km)

Your mission, should you decide to accept it: Abra del Acay! As the highest road in North or South America, this small town is situated at an altitude of 4,900m. Once at the top, the scenery is magical as you'll behold the El Nevado del Acay summit, which sits high above at a mere 5,750m. On the way down, the road narrows and requires your full attention as you'll arrive at the small Andean village of Cachi. Spend the night in a charming boutique hotel located in the heart of this adorable town.

Day 5: CACHI - CAFAYATE (160km)

Considered the finest stretch of road along the famous Ruta 40 (Road 40). After 50km, on which you'll come across a few isolated villages, the path narrows before arriving at Quebrada de Las Flechas, which features impressive rocky layers and sharp vertical peaks! The road weaves through the villages of Angastaco and Molinos, before arriving in Cafayate and its world renowned vineyards. In Cafayate, you will be rewarded with a stunning estancia, and a lovely view of the vineyards.

Day 6: CAFAYATE - SALTA (200km)

On the final ride, heads north towards Salta. The rocky mountain range becomes even more colorful as you ride through "Las Conchas" canyon and its inspirational rocky sculptures. Mastering the final curves on this astonishing roadway, you'll enjoy a well-deserved break at the "Devil's Throat," which boasts an amazing naturally constructed amphitheater. Arriving at Salta at midday, there are returning flights to Buenos Aires in the afternoon if you choose to extend your journey in Salta or to other destinations.

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Tour dates/price

Price for private group: two persons (USD$1,505/per person), three persons (USD$1,330), four persons (USD$1,040); includes 4WD vehicle rental, hotel bookings, and roadmap. Price with hired driver: two persons (USD$2,195/per person), three persons (USD$1,840), four persons (USD$1,465); includes 4WD vehicle rental, gas, hotel bookings, and lunches. Price with bilingual guide: two persons (USD$2,555/per person), three persons (USD$2,125), four persons (USD$1,720); includes 4WD vehicle rental, gas, hotel bookings, lunches and dinners. All vehicles include: spare wheels, sand boards, puncture repair spray, oxygen bottles, sleep bags, tent and camping accessories).

For private tours, please contact us at to request your preferred dates for tour. If you are a solo traveler or would like to form a group of five persons or more, please contact us at to receive a quote. Additional cost to book single room for the whole trip: USD$200. Cost to book additional night in Salta: USD$100.

In order to ensure placement of tour, a 38% deposit is required and must be transferred by bank transfer upon receipt of invoice to Jetset Times. Remaining 62% balance of tour price to be paid in cash (USD) on location upon arrival at Salta. Cash is the preferred payment for remaining amount due. However, you may also pay the remaining amount via bank transfer (6% additional fee associated with bank transfer).

Security Deposit

A security deposit of USD$1,000 is required per person on tour, and will be requested at the beginning of the tour. Security deposit will be returned to the customer at the end of the tour if no damages have been made to the motorcycle. If you are responsible for any damage, the necessary fixing cost will be deducted from your deposit.


In case of cancelation made more than 60 (sixty) days before the date of commencement of the tour, the entire deposit will be refunded minus deduction of USD$250 application fee. In case of cancelation made more than 30 (thirty) days before the date of commencement of travel, 50% deposit will be refunded minus deduction of USD$250 application fee. In case of cancelation made less than 30 (thirty) days before the start date of the trip, no refund will be allowed of the deposit in compensation of expenses incurred, and excludes the possibility of seeking additional damages, if necessary. No trip interruption or termination of tour by the customer for any reason whatsoever shall not be subject to refund and/or compensation.


Upon your arrival at Salta airport, a chauffeur will await you at the designated gate to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. At the end of the tour, a chauffeur will transfer you back to the airport for your departing flight.


Depending on your nationality, it is up to you to check and meet the visa requirements.


No vaccine mandatory for Argentina.


All persons on tour are required to have medical insurance prior to start of tour. Must provide proof of insurance in order to complete booking process.

International Driving License A

You must hold a valid International driving license A category.

Experience Level

Must have at least two years of driving experience.


March to November: Dry season. Temperatures are nice in the plains but cooler at altitude (20/28C daytime and 10/15C nighttime).


Local currency is in pesos. It's advised to bring cash for your daily expenses and souvenirs. It is completely safe to carry cash on your person in Argentina, especially if you're paying the remaining balance of the tour price in cash, which is the best option to avoid the 6% additional fee associated with bank transfer.


WiFi is available at 80% of the selected accommodations options during the tour.

"How can we not be ecstatic with such a perfectly planned trip, with a great mix of friendship, comfort, safety and mechanical delights. A human adventure with adrenalin rushes."

- James S.

"Mono500 is an enthusiastic, serious and very professional team. We rode through delightful landscapes, and the Royal Enfield experience on dirt track was exceptional. Great organization. Compare to different tour operators of this kind, the choice of Accommodation was always right, diversified, and interesting. To do and do it again."

- Regis C.

"A magnificent motorcycling trip of 12 days around Salta and its beautiful region thanks to Mono500. Breathtaking landscapes, and total escape with good on and off road. Light and handy motorcycle, even in Duo. Very nice mechanics and guides, always joyful and mindful, and devoted to keep this trip perfect."

- Elisabeth M.

"Thanks again, for this great trip with no mistakes. The pleasure was intense, and you succeeded to bring us to places we never thought we could reach. Thanks again for your kindness, and your experience. We will see you during the motorcycling exhibition in December."

- Peter S.

"The discovery of a magnificent region & breathtaking sceneries, incredible dirt tracks across the Andes Cordillera, and a very comfortable 4X4 vehicle. A friendly atmosphere with our passionate guide, Simon, who knows the region by heart. A great souvenir, highly suggested."

- Maria C.

"Dazzled by the beauty of those landscapes, the intensity of the journey, and the mechanical and human adventure. I have forged memorable souvenirs. Thanks to the crew!"

- John K.

"A trip that will forever stay in our minds, a total escape. A great guide who like mixing, pleasure, great wine, seriousness and good things all together. Moreover, with this great trip, we got to know ourselves better and share delightful moments. Thank you Gauthier for everything!"

- Marc B.

"We came back from this great adventure, very well organized. Your hospitality, your kindness and your professionalism made our time spent together an incredible souvenir."

- Josephine and Mitch

"Magical trip! Comfortable ride with a professional team, mastering the itinerary, the timing, authentic addresses, traveling outside of mass tourism to places we would probably never found. Thanks to Gauthier and Chloe for making this exceptional trip!"

- Marianne and Charles F.

"I enjoyed every second of this trip. It was beyond my expectations, and even if it requires a technical level, that's why I came here for. This mix of asphalted roads, and off road trail was appreciated. Accommodations in Cafayate, Cachi, and Iruya were well chosen. Thanks again to the Mono500 team. I'm looking forward to the next trip!"

- Hichem

"An exceptional and unforgettable trip; with properly calibrated stages, a wonderful weather, impeccable Royals and breathtaking landscapes!"

- Clementine and Jim

"MUCHAS Gracias to all the team for making us live such an adventure. We took in full view, this region is absolutely amazing! Thanks for your home in Salta, your advice before departure, perfect 4 x 4, the hyper-precise road book (found tortillas at Juan!).The crossing of the dunes of Piedra Pomes will remain forever in our memories. Hasta luego Mono 500!"

- Annet and Julian

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"To all lovers of the great outdoors, we know that traveling and exploring the world will always be a part of your life - whether you're in search of adventure off the beaten path or seeking to immerse yourself in beautiful ancestral cultures. As passionate adventurers and traditional old-school expedition lovers, we enjoy hitting the road to unearth atypical motorcycle itineraries and share with our riders unique spots and places that have left us ever so enchanted.

Our initiative is the result of 10 years of experience from around the world, focused on providing the ultimate motorized tour experience. Since 2011, our agency is focused on developing quality tours for bikers and travelers in small groups on the South American continent. At MONO 500, you will find a committed team of professionals who are able to provide you with tailor-made solutions and itineraries. We create unique experiences matching every of your requirements: roadmap, timing, rhythm of travel, group size, choice of vehicles, accommodations, mechanical support and logistics.

Mono 500 will accompany you on these exclusive rides with the legendary Royal Enfield motorcycle or by 4WD vehicles. Each expedition tour has been thoroughly researched by our team of professionals to provide the ultimate tour experience for our guests. Our ultimate goal is to bring you beyond your expectations while being in your comfort zone. Take time to contemplate natural beauties and landscapes but also to share unique moments and smiles with those crossing our path.

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- Gauthier Deschamps, Co-Founder of Mono 500

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