Cuesta del Obispo, Salta

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Hold on to the edge of your seat as your car winds its way up a precarious mountain road at Cuesta del Obispo. Not for the faint of heart, the scenic but intimidating road offers little in the way of safety measures and can cause motion sickness. You won't regret the journey, though, when you burst through the clouds and arrive at the cactus-filled plains at the road's end, perched atop a plateau 3,348 m (10984 ft) above sea level. Drive a rented car up the road or take a guided tour, which may be the best way to relax and enjoy the view. A visit to Cuesta del Obispo represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Salta day trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • You have to be pretty experienced driver to do so. No risk if one just knows how to lead. Beautiful landscapes and views
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  • From the Cuesta del Obispo view is is-pec-ta-cu-lar, but is not only that, the way to get to the slope is incredibly beautiful, worth and what I saw I remember forever.
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  • This road that joins Purmamarca with Salinas Grandes is unique. Although it is a path of cornice and sinuous, is a path completely paved and in good condition. It is incredible to be able to ascend to the 4200 meters above sea level
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  • Beautiful Drive up the pass ... Dirt road all the way up to the top, but well maintained and the views are amazing.
  • We went in March. During the ascent to more than 3400 m, shown a stunning landscape. At that point we immerse ourselves in the clouds. Curves and contracurvas for 20 km. In the fall, it was raining and small streams crossed the road falling into the void... Unforgettable experience.
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  • The step mill stone to 3.348 on the level of the sea, Quebrada de Escoipe, Provincial route 33, province of Salta. Continuing the trip we arrived at the Inn of the Maray, where you can see a spectacular view of the Faraglioni of washed red sandstones, which every now and then are sobrevoladas by a condor. Some kilometers further up is the turn-off to old copper mines exploited since colonial times (custodian, Salamanca). The route continues with the same spectacular layered multicolored through the Pie de la Cuesta, San Martín, Yonar, where the road goes beginning to zigzag in bends. In one of them, called the Horseshoe, was found in 1959 the first deposit of uranium in Marly rocks opened by foot to the Valley of Tonco with the famous Don Otto mine finds. Still there are the mines of exploration and mineralizations of hydrated uranium and calcium phosphates. Three kilometers further up there is the exit to the hidden Valley, one of the iconic landscape of Salta. Finally, you arrive to the mill stone to 3,350 msnm, height of the Cuesta del Obispo, owner of a spectacular panoramic view. The back of mountain is the dividing line of the waters: run toward the West going to the Calchaqui Valley and eastward which feed the headwaters of the Escoipe River. Between the mouth of the Gorge, 1,330 m, and the pass of the stone mill, they have promoted along about 50 km of route, about 2 km in the vertical. This is enough to pass from the humid jungle environment of Los Laureles to dry grasslands of height with less than 200 mm annual rainfall. The differences of heights and descent they grow when you study a profile between the Hill Malcante (5.226 m) and its output in the Escoipe River (1,800 m), where the differences in elevation exceed 3,400 meters in 14 km away. This gives rise to the phenomena of removal en masse in the region, where the relief is subject to fierce hydraulic wear that jeopardizes the life and property of those who live there. This old hillside collapses are joined by historical earthquakes, which were studied in the 1980's by Dr. William J. Wayne and his spouse Naomi, of the University of Nebraska (Lincoln), in collaboration with the subscribed. The economy of subsistence along the Gorge is based on the breeding of sheep and goats and the few spaces of arable, where you get beans "pallar", corn capia and beans, as well as peaches, apples, pears and nuts of Castile. Beyond any value judgment, the quebrada de Escoipe is an apotheosis of reliefs that combine a Symphony of shapes and colors of high-value aesthetic and landscape, worthy of the most exquisite of all visitors. Source: The Tribune, on 26/06/2011, in Edition: https://www.eltribuno.com/salta/nota/2011-6-26-21-19-0-la-quebrada-de-escoipe-un-paraiso-natural-a-pocos-kilometros-de-salta-capital *
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  • The road between Cachi is Salta is beautiful. A lot of short stop to admire the view
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  • Gorgeous way! Beautiful every meter! A part of land there are enough cerruchada, you have to go slowly and enjoy the scenery. Always wear a coat and sunscreen and water. Busy always. There are several Inns en route to eat or rest.
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